"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 4, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. 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).
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, $tba. Warm up with Santerías, a Latin fusion band from Toronto. 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/
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 music by solo bassist Wilbert De Joode, plus a new work with dancer/aerialist Tanis Macarthur. Visual design by Judith Sandiford.
Saturday February 18, 2017, at 8 pm. $15/$10 students. 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.
Thursday February 16, 2017, at 8 pm, pwyc. Howard Jerome, veteran actor, improviser, gamer voice, Toronto mayoral candidate (2010) and former beatnik-hippie-new-ager, brings on the Doctor! Dr. Possibilities is making a house call at Artword Artbar. Come and get your out-of-body exam. Have your mind expanded, your heart opened, and your vision illumined.
Howard will be channelling the Doctor on Thursday Feb 16 in this 21st century cabaret. Make your appointment today.
Saturday February 11, 2017, 8 pm, tip jar. An Artword favourite, the high-energy Beg To Differ Trio playing blues / jazz / funk — Tim Ninehouse on keyboards, vocals; Doug Sikma on guitar; Steve Foster on drums. Unique renditions of blues, jazz and funk songs, drawing from a large musical repertoire from early blues roots to jazzified contemporary songs. http://reverbnation.com/begtodiffertrio
Friday February 10, 2017, from 8 pm to 11 pm. Tip Jar for the band. An old-fashioned art-crawl, just like the good ol’ days, with Bill Lutes and The Art Crawlers: Bill Lutes guitar, vocals; Lilia Lutes very cool vocals; Kenny Clark guitar, vocals; Hank Paton guitar, vocals; Robert Louis guitar, vocals; Bob Rudy bass, vocals; Phil Dales drums. Drop in and warm up, with all your favourite tunes.
Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. The Acoustics are back at Artword! A lively band from the Hamilton area, they play their own original folk-rock, world-roots music. Alfonso Spoto on accordion, Bonnie Bell (formally Bonnie Krenciglowa) on violin, and Vince Spoto on guitar/vocals. For the past 14 years, they have been cultivating their own unique music for local fans and venues. During this period they have released three studio CDs, their debut CD A Thousand Yesterdays (Dec. 2003), Forever and a Day (Dec. 2007), and Erie Long (Jan. 2013).
Wednesday February 8, 2017, at 8 pm. A new showcase series from Mohawk College Music, featuring teachers and students coming together to make music, organized by pianist Adrean Farrugia, and bassist Clark Johnston. Mohawk students for Feb. 8 are saxophonist Michael Morabito and vocalist Alyssa Giammaria.
Saturday February 4, 2017, at 8 pm. Tickets $20, book online: https://www.bruha.com/event/523#tickets
Hanna Bech hosts a new edition of Queens of Quirk, an evening celebrating the (un)conventionally cool. This time the evening involves music, silks, comedy and a radio musical. Tonight’s Queens:
Hanna Bech, songwriter/piano player, is a professor of whimsy, and a diviner of hooks;
Pamela Gardner is a velvet-voiced flying songbird and member of HAG (Hamilton Aerial Group);
Mary Clements is debuting as a songwriter, whose folky piano tunes will remind you of musicals;
Radha Menon, playwright, brings a staged reading of her original radio musical Circles, set in ancient Sicily, about a deserting Roman soldier, an Archimedes groupie and a singing cyclops. Book and script by Radha Menon and music composed by Hanna Bech.
Friday February 3, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Stuart Laughton is back with his wonderful Radio Dial show, and lots of new material. The lineup for Feb 3 includes Rebecca Campbell (guitar/vocals), Jim Clayton (piano), Martin Worthy (drums), and Steve Lucas (bass), and of course, Stuart Laughton on trumpet, guitar, and many other instruments!
Why RADIO DIAL? Because on long car trips, Stuart scours the radio waves for interesting music, and wanted to bring a similarly eclectic presentation to the stage (think Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café, with the speaking and musical proportions reversed). http://www.radiodial.ca/ It helps that Stuart sings and plays a dozen instruments, Read more…
Thursday February 2, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. The Distillery is a blues trio from Toronto: Chloe Watkinson vocals, Neil Hendry acoustic and electric guitars, Jordan Safer harmonica, keys and lap steel guitar. http://thedistilleryblues.com/
Their debut release What You Told Me won the 2012 Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Blues. The band was a finalist in the 2012 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search. A West Coast Canada tour and two US tours lead to the 2015 EP How We Carry On, followed by various festival performances (including JunoFest, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Lighthouse Blues Festival, Southside Shuffle, Canal Bank Shuffle, Toronto TD Jazz Festival, Barrie Jazz & Blues). The band’s latest three-song recording is now available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.
Wednesday February 1, 2017, at 8 pm, by donation $10/$5 students. Singer-songwriter Melissa Greener special concert! Melissa writes: “I am a Nashville based folk-rock crooner, singer-songwriter. Corin Raymond is a friend of mine who suggested I reach out about booking a show at the Artword Artbar. I’ve looked at your website and love your mission! I will be touring solo, but I’m not your average ‘girl with a guitar’. I play an electric hollowbody through a big dirty amplifier with lots of effects, in a vast sonic-wash that supports lyric-driven contemporary folk songs. I’ve been touring internationally for more than a decade playing clubs, theaters and festivals. I have released four full-length albums of original songs and a 5th is on the way. I’ve won some songwriting awards, and I was also a cast member on the syndicated tv series Troubadour TX. I was also good friends and co-writers with the great Guy Clark in the last years of his life.” http://melissagreener.com/
Friday January 27, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Online ticketing: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/16952/
Here’s the story: Andre Bisson and his band won the Grand River Blues Society Road to Memphis Competition to compete at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee this February. This show is raising funds for the cost of the travel and accommodations to move a 6-piece band to Memphis for a week to compete and represent Canadian Blues.
A few days before they leave for the competition, the band will perform Andre’s original and cover arrangements with a 6-piece band at Artword Artbar. Come hear Andre’s upbeat Blues, R&B and Soul with heavy horns and rhythm! www.andrebisson.ca
The Band for Jan 27: Andre Bisson vocals/guitar, Loretta Hale trumpet, Mike Albert tenor sax, Simon Wheeldon bari sax, Olivia Brown bass, Sean Bruce Parker drums.
Artword Artbar is taking a break.
Last day of programming in 2016 is Sunday December 11, for our final matinee of our hit play Scroogissimo.
First day of programming in 2017 is Friday January 27, for a big fundraiser for the Andre Bisson Band who take off on a tour to Memphis. Showtime is 8 pm.