"Artword Artbar is a cosy little licensed listening room on Colbourne at James St. N., that always features interesting live music." Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator 03/29/12
Saturday March 25, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Back at Artword Artbar! The wonderful folk-blues duo Jennis. Jennis brings together award-winning Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond‘s decades of experience writing and performing original blues and folk and the diverse musical experiences of veteran Toronto indie-scene multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is also augmented by unusual sounds, such as didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator. It makes for a very entertaining performance, filled with energy, passion and humour. www.jennis.ca www.jengillmormusic.ca
Friday March 24, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 (or $15 includes CD). Singer-songwriter M.E. Law returns to Artword Artbar. She brings tales of her life to the table: songs behind the stories and stories behind the songs, spiked with a gentle, ribald sense of humour, and at times aching honesty. All are delivered in a unique voice and style all her own.
Opening set by local singer-songwriters Sarah Farr and Christine Leakey.
“Listen carefully – you may miss a zinger or two!” – Frank Kocher, San Diego Troubadour Music Magazine
Thursday March 23, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Japanese jazz vocalist Hisaka is visiting from Tokyo, and will play a reunion concert with noted bassist George Koller. Also playing is Attila Fias on piano. This is Hisaka‘s first visit to Hamilton!
Currently based in Tokyo, Hisaka visits Canada on occasion for performances to keep active in the world-wide music scene. Hisaka first came to Toronto in 2011 to pursue her music dream and became actively involved in the Toronto music scene, including the appearance of Jazz FM91.1 One Stop Vocal Jazz Safari. Hisaka has released two albums so far, both produced by Canadian luminary bassist George Koller. Her second album, with legendary Canadian trumpet player Guido Basso, combines various musical elements — jazz, classic, samba, rock, R&B, and pop.
Sunday March 19, 2017, from 2 to 4 pm. Come listen to stories! Members of The Burlington Storytellers’ Guild tell tales with the theme of Transformation, in honour of World Storytelling Day. Guild members are dedicated to the growth, development and expansion of oral tradition storytelling as an art form. http://burlingtonstorytellersguild.vpweb.ca/events
World Storytelling Day (March 20th) is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, celebrated every year on the equinox. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night. Read more…
Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Come on and feel the Illinoise! Spend an evening hearing the music of Sufjan Stevens, delightfully reimagined and rearranged for an all-instrumental band of great local musicians, headed by bassist/composer Brad Cheeseman (2016 TD Grand Prix de Jazz winner). Expect to hear a number of selections from Stevens’ broad repertoire, including fan-favourites from ILLINOISE and MICHIGAN. Brad Cheeseman bass, Chris Bruder piano, Lorenzo Castelli drums, Aidan Sibley trombone, Francis Smith alto sax, Jordan Tunney trumpet
Friday March 17, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 / $10 students. Jazz with the Adrean Farrugia Trio featuring violinist Drew Jurecka. Adrean Farrugia piano, Drew Jurecka violin/vocals, Clark Johnston bass.
Drew Jurecka, violinist, has spent ten years playing jazz in Toronto, and has become an in-demand sideman and session player. He has played, written or arranged on more than 150 records, including several Juno winning and Grammy nominated albums. Drew spent 5 years on the road with Jeff Healey, and now plays as part of Jill Barber’s band. He has also written and arranged for Jill’s records, and produced her last two records.
Award-winning pianist Adrean Farrugia has been featured on more than 30 albums to date garnering multiple Juno awards and nominations and has performed internationally across Canada, the United States, Japan, France, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Israel, and Australia. Adrean performs regularly with platinum selling artist Matt Dusk Read more…
Wednesday March 15 and Thursday March 16, 2017, at 8 pm. Artword Theatre presents a regular mid-month two-day exploration of theatre projects in the works, with Artistic Director Ronald Weihs. May include readings, Explore workshops, dance in performance, and other theatrical investigations. Call 905-543-8512 to find out more, and how to participate, or just attend, or email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday March 11, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 or sliding scale. We welcome back this year another Noche Bohemia (a night of poetry and music) called Grito de Mujer (Woman Scream), in honour of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2017). The night is dedicated to raising awareness about violence against women and girls. There will be poetry and music. The poets include: Amaluna, Constanza Duran, and others TBA. Musicians TBA…
Friday March 10, 2017, 8 pm, Art Crawl tip jar. A lively busy Friday night at Artword Artbar. Joey DePaiva, bass, and Shelby Crego, guitar, are bringing two bands from Mohawk Music, playing mostly rock and blues. One long set each.
Band 1: Aoife Doyle vocals, Leah Korkowski vocals, Shirley Simpson vocals, Graysen Lee guitar, Shelby Crego guitar, Jamie Bekyarovich guitar, Joey DePaiva bass, Nik Hurst keyboards & piano, Cooper Hannahson drums.
Band 2: Lauren Perreira vocals, Shelby Crego guitar, Olivia Brown bass, Miles Branaugh keys, Cooper Hannahson drums.
Wednesday March 8, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. A new showcase series from Mohawk College Music, featuring teachers and students coming together to make music, organized by pianist Adrean Farrugia (photo left) and bassist Clark Johnston. Mohawk students for Wed March 8 are Devon Savas bass, Cooper Hannahson drums, and Alex Tomowich piano.
Saturday March 4, 2017, at 8 pm, $15.
Reserve 905-543-8512 or Book online
A new powerhouse band of familiar faces:
Cootes Paradise, a collective of six musicians who chose to play together, combining their many talents. Their music is roots-based: bluesy, funky, and filled with soul. Band members are: Amy Di Nino (drums), Wayne Krawchuk (guitar/vocals), Sue Leonard (vocals), Lily Sazz (keyboards/vocals), Ian Taylor (bass), Mark Volkov (flute, violin, sax).
Friday March 3, 2017, at 8:30 pm, $15. Tiny Bill Cody, vocals and guitar, and his Cowboy Quartet: Vintage Sounds show, with Mimi Shaw vocals/guitar, Orange McFarland bass, Jeff Griffiths drums. They will play your favourite country weepers, cowboy ballads, and early rock crooners. Not to be missed.
Thursday March 2, 2017. at 8 pm, $15. Jazz with the Samuel Bonnet Trio, on tour from Montreal: Samuel Bonnet on guitar, Elli Miller-Maboungou on percussion and Julien Fillion on saxophone, with special guest Brad Cheeseman on bass. Website: http://www.samuelbonnetguitar.com/
“Here’s a project that will please both jazz and world music lovers. What a pleasure it is to discover guitarist and composer Samuel Bonnet and his group. The savvy mix of arabic sounding harmonics, Chano Dominguez-like percussions and flamenco guitar all add up to make a great sounding band. More than just a nice CD, this group has something to say.” Christophe Rodriguez – www.sortiesjazznights.com
Bio: Born in Haifa (Israël), Samuel Bonnet moved to Paris (France) and started classical guitar at age 8. Read more…
Wednesday March 1, 2017, at 8 pm, $5. Jazz duo Alex Tomowich (piano) and Jesse Martel (guitar) play a mixture of freely improvised jazz, as well as specially arranged jazz standards, and some jazz-based original compositions in multiple genres. Alex Tomowich is a jazz pianist studying music in the Applied Music program at Mohawk College and Jesse Martel is a jazz guitarist who graduated from the Applied Music program at Mohawk College. Together they have played various venues in Hamilton, as well as in Toronto and Dundas.
Saturday February 25, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 regular, $10 students. Reserve 905-543-8512 or Book online
Warm up with Santerías, a Latin fusion band from Toronto. “Santerias is happy to bring their original sound of Rumba Funk to Hamilton for the first time and is looking forward to make Sat. Feb. 25th the hottest day of winter!”
Vocalist Ana Lía Arias Garrido was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Guitarist Juan Dino Toledo, a composer and a founding member of Santerías, is from Chile. Oriana Barbato is a versatile bassist, composer and a founding member of Santerías. Drummer Randolf Jiménez is a versatile and successful Venezuelan musician. http://www.santerias.ca/ https://www.facebook.com/santeriasband/
Friday February 24, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 or by donation. Our favourite troubadour/wandering minstrel Richard Garvey has a new CD in the works. He will play some of the new songs for us! Guest performers: Tom Dusome and Charlie Banjo Bean.
Wednesday February 22 and Thursday February 23, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Artword Theatre presents a Dance Showcase, featuring a new work called Night Journey, by dancer/choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls, choreographed to selected recorded music by solo bassist Wilbert De Joode. Also a new duet with dancer Tanis Macarthur, with soundscape by Learie Mc Nicolls. Visual design by Judith Sandiford.
Saturday February 18, 2017, at 8 pm. $15/$10 students. Reserve 905-543-8512 or Book online
Back just after Valentine’s Day. Treat your sweetie to some sweet harmonies! Jazz with the incredible vocal trio The Ault Sisters. Experience the joy of sweet sibling harmony from Amanda, Alicia and Alanna Ault. The trio are currently making a name for themselves in vocal jazz, a genre in which their signature and sublimely seamless vocal harmonies really shine. With Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Jordan Snider on drums. http://aultsisters.com/
Friday February 17, 2017, at 8 pm, cover pwyc. The Kirkendolls, a new local band: Mark Caruana on vocals and guitar, Tom Shea on bass, Jamie Shea on guitar, and Mario Laquintana on drums. The music is a mix of music from originals to jazzy re-arrangements to soulful blues and beyond. About half of their songs are originals by Mark Caruana, who was the guitar player for Big Rude Jake in Toronto throughout most of the 90s. Later he had his own jazz trio/quartet playing in the jazz clubs in Toronto to the early 2000s. Since then he has played mostly solo for private events. He moved to Hamilton a few years ago and has put this new band together.