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Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne Street. Your hosts Ronald Weihs and Judith Sandiford
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Upcoming Highlights

September 10th, 2016
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News

Steel City Jazz Festival, Mike Malone Trio, Sun Oct 30

September 22nd, 2016
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Sunday, October 30, 2016, 7:30 pm,. $15/$10 students. Steel City Jazz Festival presents the Mike Malone Trio: Mike Malone, trumpet; Adrean Farrugia, piano; Bob Shields, guitar

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

Steel City Jazz Festival, Jazz Vocalists double bill, The Ault Sisters & Aubrey Wilson, Sat Oct 29

September 22nd, 2016
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Saturday October 29, 2016. 8 pm, $15/$10 students. Steel City Jazz Festival presents a double bill of Jazz Vocalists: The Ault Sisters and Aubrey Wilson Quartet.

Aubrey Wilson Quartet: Tom Altobelli, bass; Chris Bruder, piano; Sean Bruce Parker, drums; Aubrey Wilson, vocals.
The Ault Sisters: Amanda Ault, vocals; Alicia Ault, vocals; Alanna Ault vocals; Tom Altobelli bass; Chris Bruder piano; Jordan Snider drums.

Event, Music-Jazz, News, Steel City Jazz Festival

Steel City Jazz Festival, Kite Trio + Brad Cheeseman, Thurs Oct 27

September 22nd, 2016
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Thursday October 27, 2016, at 8 pm. An evening of New Jazz Compositions, a double bill with Kite Trio from Montreal and Brad Cheeseman Trio from Toronto.
Kite Trio: Eric Couture, guitar; Eric Drew, drums; Paul Van Dyk, bass.
Brad Cheeseman Trio: Brad Cheeseman, bass;  Adrean Farrugia, piano; Adam Fielding, drums.

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

Steel City Jazz Festival, Andrew Downing’s Otterville, Wed Oct 26

September 10th, 2016
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Wednesday October 26, 2016, at 8 pm. $15/$10 students. Andrew Downing’s Otterville, a co-production with Zula Presents and Steel City Jazz Festival. Andrew Downing, cello; Michael Davidson, vibraphone; Tara Davidson, alto saxophone; Paul Mathew, bass; Nick Fraser, drums.

Event, Music-Jazz, Special event, Steel City Jazz Festival

Bluegrass with New Cumberland, Sat Oct 22

September 8th, 2016
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Saturday October 22, 2016, at 8 pm, $15. Back for more: the New Cumberland bluegrass band from London Ontario: Tom Burns – vocals and guitar,  Blair Heddle – vocals, mandolin and dobro, Paul Hurdle – vocals and banjo, Tom Rutledge – string bass. Special guest for Oct 22 is multi-Juno award-winner John P. Allen on fiddle. [Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512 to reserve].
Featuring inventive solo work, driving rhythms and three part vocal harmonies, New Cumberland’s musical integrity and joy in playing together resonates in every performance.

Event, Music

Jazz with the Artie Roth Quartet, Friday Oct 21

September 7th, 2016
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artie_roth_quartet_0895_c680Friday October 21, 2016, at 8 pm, $15 / $10 students. The Artie Roth Quartet performs new music from their recent album Discern. The Toronto-based jazz group: Artie Roth acoustic bass/compositions, Geoff Young electric guitar, Anthony Michelli drums, Mike Filice saxophone. Their music is aggressive, melodic and groovy, and at other times sublime and spacious. Full of catchy melodic hooks and bass lines, Discern is cutting-edge composing and improvisation influenced by Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Dave Holland. Discern was co-produced by Grammy nominated, Genie award winning New York/Hamilton-born producer Roman Klun at the historic Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton, Ontario. As a leader, Artie released Parallels in 2005, Currently Experiencing in 2013 and released Discern in fall 2015.  www.artieroth.com

Event, Music-Jazz

Scott Merritt, w. Jeff Bird, Sat Oct 15

September 5th, 2016
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Scott Merritt_2_headv_3cadjSaturday October 15, 2016, at 8 pm, $15. BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Scott Merritt is back on tour with the second pressing of his new record Of, with Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) accompanying on upright bass and other instruments.
Scott_Merritt_coverOf_2295242The record Of received Best of 2015 from both Macleans: (… he uses his ukulele and little else—a pump organ, a clarinet, sparse upright bass courtesy of Cowboy Junkie Jeff Bird—to craft evocative vignettes and melodies … powerful in their hushed intimacy and quietly insistent rhythmic pulse.) And Slate: (It is a small, exquisite record played with glittering precision mostly on a tenor ukulele… The sound is ideal for these elusive, imagistic songs about memory and mortality. If you seek it out, it will take hold of you.)
http://www.scottmerritt.com/   Read more…

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

Jazz/blues/soul vocalist Siona Neale, Fri Oct 14

September 5th, 2016
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Siona Neale_4574_cFriday October 14, 2016, 8 pm, $10. Hamiltonian Siona Neale sings jazz/blues/soul classics, as a duo, Midnight Flame, with bassist Brent Gelhar. Remembrance is a key theme, with timeless songs by Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, and some originals. Whether singing about social justice or loss, joy or tragedy, Neale brings you to the heart of the matter, to the roots of the story behind the song. Neale has a dual career in Europe and Canada. “One of Canada’s most vibrant cultural exports” (Polish Canadian Embassy), Siona Neale captivates audiences with her magnetic energy, deep, dark voice, and sizzling moves. She easily navigates between her Caribbean and rock and roll, soulful North American heritages.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Zula Presents: Samuel Blaser Quartet + Hübsch/Martel/Zoubek, Thurs Oct 13

September 4th, 2016
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Thursday October 13, 2016, at 8 pm, $15 or tba. Zula Presents a concert in their fall line-up of new music. https://zulapresents.org/
samuelblaserquartet2-c680Samuel Blaser Quartet (Berlin/NY/Barcelona/Lucerne): Samuel Blaser trombone, Russ Lossing piano, Toto Gucci bass, Gerry Hemingway drums. Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser, known for blending progressive post-bop with early music, heads a tribute to the late, ever-stimulating jazz eccentric Jimmy Giuffre, with crack band which includes master drummer Gerry Hemingway.  “… the music on Spring Rain has something so incredibly refreshing and encouraging.” – Telerama    http://www.samuelblaser.com/projects/#quartet
zoumasch_cHübsch/Martel/Zoubek (Koln/Montreal): Carl Ludwig Hübsch tuba, objects; Pierre-Yves Martel viola da gamba, objects; Philip Zoubek prepared piano.
“Five rather quiet pieces, full of fine moments of tension, delicate surprises, bold sonic gestures carefully placed within the ensemble, in search of a tangible balance that is never taken for granted. Gorgeous.” — Francois Couture, Monsieur Delire (canada)
http://pymartel.com/hubsch-martel-zoubek

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Shavini Fernando, jazz and K-pop, Wed Oct 12

September 3rd, 2016
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Shavini_Solo Show_680Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. Shavini Fernando sings a solo evening of jazz standards (with some K-pop). Shavini is a vocalist, songwriter and a recent graduate of Mohawk College (Diploma of Applied Music with Honours). She also performed in Artword Theatre’s recent production of MacBush the Musical (returning this November).
Special guest Shahani Fernando will join her sister Shavini on the K-Pop (Korean pop) tunes.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Corin Raymond’s Moving to Hamilton show, Sat Oct 8

August 27th, 2016
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Corin_Raymond_3961251_cadSaturday October 8, 2016 at 8 pm, $15. A concert by songwriter Corin Raymond, accompanied by Treasa Levasseur on accordion, keyboard and back-up vocals and Brian Kobayakawa on bass.
Corin writes: This is my We’re Movin’ to Hamilton! show. Me and my gal will be unloading into our Gibson home the following week.
Tickets: http://www.corinraymond.com/tour-dates

Corin_Raymond+HoboJunglehjfd-coverCorin Raymond is a troubadour whose robust veracity appeals to older folks and children alike. Raymond’s latest album, Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams (released March 3rd, 2016) is “a hypnotic, literate collection of dark tall tales…. Romantic, immediate, and narcotic.” (Acoustic Guitar). Aside from the hilarious triumph of funding his previous project, double-album Paper Nickels, with Canadian Tire money, Raymond enjoys a second career performing his non-musical, one-man shows Bookworm (2011) and The Great Canadian Tire Money Caper (2014), which he has toured extensively to over a dozen Fringe and literary festivals, and to theatres in three countries.  http://www.corinraymond.com/

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

Jazz, fusion, funk w. Nezqwik, Fri Oct 7

August 26th, 2016
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NezqwikFriday, October 7, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 /$5. Nezqwik, a 7 piece band from Hamilton, plays jazz, hip hop, fusion, funk, R&B. They are inspired by Snarky Puppy, The Funky Knuckles, Lettuce, and various other groups of jazz-ish nature. Members: Aleef Mehdi guitar, Alex Teeuwsen drums, Dyheim Stewart guitar, Jaden Raso bass, Mark Bissessar trumpet, Tim Bangma tenor sax.  https://www.facebook.com/Nezqwik.Band/

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Big Dance Little Stage, Wed & Thurs Oct 5 & 6, 8 pm

August 25th, 2016
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Learie_BDLS_0196_cWednesday and Thursday, October 5 & 6, 2016, 8 pm, $10. The next edition of Big Dance Little Stage, our ongoing contemporary dance showcase series hosted by choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls. The BDLS showcases are an exciting opportunity for dancers to showcase new work, explore improvisations, and build new collaborations. Line-up includes a new work in progress by Lisa Emmons with dancer/violist Anthony Rapoport. Live visuals by Judith Sandiford. More coming.

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Zula Presents: Nick Fraser Quartet, Sun Oct 2 at 2 pm

August 24th, 2016
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NickFraserQuartet_57-ogSunday October 2, 2016, at 2 pm, $15. Zula Presents a concert in their fall line-up of new music. The Nick Fraser Quartet: Nick Fraser drums, Tony Malaby saxophones, Rob Clutton double bass, AndrewDowning cello.
The lifeblood of free jazz can be found in musicians’ efforts to push beyond existing habits and practices. They court the danger of the unknown and unpredictable. To that end, drummer Nick Fraser decided to cross swords with NYC free jazz saxophone titan Tony Malaby. The result is an album of strong playing by engaged players matching wits in real time, weaving their sounds together to make a whole cloth, not separate threads. Glen Hall, Exclaim!  https://zulapresents.org/
nickfraserthedrummer.com/projects.html

Event, Music-Jazz

Kitchen Orkestra celtic/balkan band +country singer Mackenzie Hunter , Sat Oct 1

August 23rd, 2016
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Kitchen+Ork+c2Saturday October 1, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. Kitchen Orkestra is an Mackenzie-Hunteracoustic band that likes to dip into many styles, serving up sizzlin’ balkan melodies, cookin’ celtic tunes, and fresh original songs. They are coming to Artword Artbar as a quartet: Hayley Ryerson violin and voice, Felix Mills cajon and percussion, George Chenery upright bass, and Graham Mansfield mandolin. http://www.kitchenorkestra.com/
Opening the evening is Hamilton country singer-songwriter Mackenzie Hunter vocals & guitar, with her original songs, backed by AJ Astle bass, Chris Bray guitar, Sam Goswell drums (all members of the country cover band The Dukes).

Event, Music, Music-folk, World music

closed, no event, Fri Sept 30

August 22nd, 2016
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Friday, September 30, 2016. Closed. No event.

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60s Folk Revival Sing-a-long, Thurs Sept 29

August 21st, 2016
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Sue_and_Dwight_logoThursday September 29, 2016, at 8 pm, $15. Back by popular demand! BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone
, a 60s Folk Revival sing-a-long concert, a 60s Folk Revival sing-a-long concert, with Sue Peters (vocals),  Michelle Rumball (vocals), Dwight Peters (vocals, 6 & 12 string guitars) and Tony Laviola (double bass). Imagine an evening that transforms the Artword Artbar into one of the 1960s coffeehouses of Yorkville or Greenwich Village. The lyrics have meaning, the voices are true and passionate in solo and in harmony, and the music inspires the audience to join in. Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone recreates the songs of hope and social justice, messages that still resonate today. The show covers the songs of the great singers and poets including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Ian & Sylvia, Peter Paul and Mary, and Phil Ochs. Song-sheets are provided. http://wherehaveallthefolksongsgone.blogspot.ca/

Event, Music, Special event

Harrison Kennedy, Roots en Route events at Artword, Wed Sept 28

August 20th, 2016
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renr_logoRoots en Route Festival of World Music, Dance, Spoken Word, presented by Matapa in multiple venues. http://www.matapa.org/ and  http://rootsenroutefest.com/new-events/
Events at Artword Artbar:
harrison-kennedy-juno-2016_cWednesday, September 28, 2016, at 7:30 pm. Renowned blues artist Harrison Kennedy in the intimate cafe setting of Artword Artbar. Tickets $20.00 online at http://rootsenrouteharrisonkennedy.bpt.me/

Harrison Kennedy’s album This Is From Here was awarded the 2016 Blues Album of the Year at the 45th annual JUNO Awards. This was the 6th nomination for the Hamilton based artist.
Harrison grew up in a house filled with music and famous visitors such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Lonnie Johnson. In 1969 he took a hiatus from college to become a founding member of the million selling Detroit Soul super group The Chairmen of the Board with whom he toured the world, as well as appearing on Soul Train, American Bandstand and the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Since signing with Electro-Fi Records in 2007, Harrison Kennedy has released 5 internationally acclaimed albums Read more…

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Special event

Trinite, Roots en Route events at Artword, Mon Sept 26

August 19th, 2016
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renr_logoRoots en Route Festival of World Music, Dance, Spoken Word, presented by Matapa in multiple venues. http://www.matapa.org/ and  http://rootsenroutefest.com/new-events/
Events at Artword Artbar:
Dance-Trinite_cMonday, September 26, 2016, 8:30 pm. $20 (advance reserve 905-543-8512), $25 door. Trinite dance trio:
Nickeshia Garrick ,(Canada); Collette Murray (Canada);
Shelly Ann Mc Leod (Trinidad). These three women entertain and educate, through movement and song.

Dance, Event, Music, Special event, World music

Dance: Learie Mc Nicolls, Roots en Route at Artword, Sun Sept 25

August 18th, 2016
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renr_logoRoots en Route Festival of World Music, Dance, Spoken Word, presented by Matapa in multiple venues. http://www.matapa.org/ and  http://rootsenroutefest.com/new-events/
Events at Artword Artbar:
artword_box_0990Sunday, September 25, 2016, 8 pm, $20 (advance reserve 905-543-8512), $25 door. Artword Theatre presents a dance double-bill:
Once I Lived in the Box (30-minute version) is choreographed by Learie Mc Nicolls, performed by dancers Angela Del Franco, Sharon Harvey, Tanis Macarthur and Learie Mc Nicolls. “Once I lived in the box/ hated the box/ loved the box/ respected the box/ got angry at the box… ” The piece is a sequence of trios, duets and solos, that reveal different aspects of isolation and connection, vulnerability and trust. Learie_McNicolls_0194_cThe full length version of this stunning work premiered at the Hamilton Fringe Festival 2016, to rave reviews.
The Parrot of Paradise is a Caribbean tale told in dance and spoken word, written and performed by Learie Mc Nicolls. This is the premiere of a new work. It tells a story of a individual chosen to tell a short tale of a particular incident on a particular island. The story draws on Learie’s own experience growing up in the Caribbean, and is partly autobiographical, partly historical. Duration 20 mins.

Dance, Event, Theatre

Hannah Shira Naiman, banjo + Niagara String Band, Sat Sept 24

August 17th, 2016
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Hannah_Shira_Naiman_origcSaturday September 24, 2016, at 8 pm, $8 advance (905-543-8512), at door $10, $5 students. Hannah Shira Naiman, singer/banjoist from Toronto, brings you original songs, played on the clawhammer banjo, sung with the appalachian sound. “Songs not from the mountains, but from a rocky, rugged place.” Hannah stops by on her way to a Bluegrass festivalNiagara_String_Band_c in Virginia. http://www.hannahshiranaiman.com/music.html
Hannah has invited the Niagara String Band (Alex Andrews and Shawn Fehlow, R & L in photo), as special guests for the evening. The duo perform a range of musical styles popularized in the early 20th century, an eclectic repertoire drawn from old recordings and sheet music. They play a variety of instruments including guitar, upright bass, 5 and 6 string banjo, piano, mandolin, fiddle, and harmonica.  http://www.niagarastringband.com/

Event, Music, Music-folk

India to Scotland: Neeraj Prem & Ruth Sutherland, Roots en Route, Fri Sept 23

August 16th, 2016
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renr_logoRuth_Sutherland+pic_cRoots en Route Festival of World Music, Dance, Spoken Word, presented by Matapa in multiple venues. http://www.matapa.org/ and  http://rootsenroutefest.com/new-events/
Events at Artword Artbar:
Neeraj+Prem_cFriday September 23, 2016, 8 pm, $25 door, $20 advance*. India to Scotland: Neeraj Prem and Ruth Sutherland.
Neeraj Prem (sitar and vocals), originally from India, and Ruth Sutherland (Celtic harp and vocals), originally from Scotland, are both based in Hamilton now. The two musicians will share their musical roots and collaborate on stage for everyone to enjoy. *For advance tickets: call 289-700-9997, or 289-396-9906

Event, Special event, World music

Jazz vocal jam w. Sue Ramsay Trio, Thurs Sept 22, Oct 20

August 15th, 2016
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Sue_RamsayThursday September 22 and October 20, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 /$5. Jazz vocalist Sue Ramsay hosts two more jazz vocal jams, backed by Bob Shields on guitar, Adam Fielding on drums and Clark Johnston (or a sub) on stand-up bass. With some storytelling in the mix. Seasoned singers and students all welcome. Sue says: “I want to create an environment where singers can do their thing and promote whatever they’re working on.  And I get to try out new material and jam with my trio. I have often found being a singer is a lonely road. The path is not always clear but so much easier with a network of friends around.”  http://www.suzanne-ramsay.com/ .

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Acoustic Moments, reggae concert & dinner, Sat Sept 17

August 14th, 2016
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Jay_Mr._D.I.DSaturday September 17, 2016, doors 7:30 pm, dinner 8 pm, show 9 pm. Dinner and show $20 (must reserve), show only $10 at door.  Mr. Jay hosts another fabulous Riddim_Riders_Unplugged_cAcoustic Moments show & dinner, with world-class reggae music by The Riddim Riders and guests. Chef Learie Mc Nicolls will be cooking up some jerk chicken with rice and steam vegetables, Trinidad style. Vegetarian stir fry and vegetarian soup will also be available. Reserve seats for dinner before Sept. 13 (905-543-8512).

Event, Music, Special event, World music

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