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Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne Street. Your hosts Ronald Weihs and Judith Sandiford
905-543-8523, c.905-912-9083 artword@artword.net

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February 12th, 2016
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World Storytelling Day, two events, Sun Mar 20

February 12th, 2016
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Sunday March 20, 2016. Two events to celebrate World Storytelling Day: 2:30-4:30 and 5-7.

2:30 to 4:30 pm: Stories of Discovery is an opportunity for alumni of the McMaster Discovery Program to showcase their diverse talents in writing, performance and storytelling. Stories will range from the personal to the fictional to the passionate. For the past five years, the Discovery Program has provided a free, university-level class to adults who have experienced barriers in accessing higher education. Alumni of the Discovery Program form vibrant and active community of people, many of whom will be performing in this event. Admittance is pay-as-you-can, and all proceeds will support the Discovery Program. https://artsci.mcmaster.ca/mcmaster-discovery-program/

WorldStorytellingDay_logo_c5 to 7 pm: Strong Women Burning Brightly, a concert celebrating the wit, wisdom and wonder of Crones and Damsels, is a presentation of The Burlington Storytellers’ Guild in honour of World Storytelling Day, whose theme this year is Strong Women.
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. Participants tell each other about their events in order to share stories and inspiration, to learn from each other and create international contacts. http://www.freewebs.com/worldstorytellingday/
The Burlington Storytellers’ Guild was formed for the furtherance and enjoyment of Storytelling. Members are dedicated to the growth, development and expansion of oral tradition storytelling as an art form.  http://burlingtonstorytellersguild.vpweb.ca/events

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Storytelling

Earth Hour: candlelit evening of music and story, host Tom Dusome, Sat Mar 19

February 11th, 2016
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article-2098093-11A2383D000005DC-967_964x478_cSaturday March 19, 2016, at 8 pm, cover tba. A candle-lit unplugged evening of song and story, in honour of Earth Hour. Host is singer-songwriter Tom Dusome.
Image left (from NASA) is our Golden Horseshoe all lit up by electric lights, as seen from space. We will turn a couple of lights off.

Event, Music

Jazz with the Brenda Brown Quartet, Fri Mar 18

February 10th, 2016
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brenda brown-sq_crFriday March 18, 2016,  at 7:30 pm, $10. Jazz vocalist Brenda Brown returns to Artword Artbar with One Hundred Years of Love Songs, with her quartet: Olivia Brown (bass), Ian Brown (piano), Jon Pascoal (drums).  http://brendabrownmusic.blogspot.ca/
Hamilton Music Award nominee Brenda Brown has been singing professionally since 2012. Her smooth, warm, and expressive voice has been sought after for audio books as well as always lighting up her musical repertoire. In 2013 Brenda teamed up with jazz musician Ross Wooldridge to record her debut self-titled EP, which garnered a nomination for Jazz Recording of the Year at the 2015 Hamilton Music Awards. She has performed at the Dundas Cactus Festival, Gasworks, the Pier 8 Waterfront Stage for Music In The City, the Downtown Hamilton BIA’s Localicious and in the Gore Park Promenade series.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

St. Patrick’s Day special w. General Sherman and The Plain Steel,Thurs Mar 17

February 9th, 2016
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General_Sherman_10_cThursday March 17, 2016, at 8 pm, cover tba. A rollicking rocking St. Patrick’s Day Special at Artword Artbar, with General Sherman (Geordie Stewart vocals, keys, guitar; Freddy Wilkes guitar, Vince Waters drums)  and the folk version of The Plain Steel (featuring Ross Lizotte on guitar and vocals). General Sherman is a three-piece progressive alternative band from Hamilton. Their music blends driving rhythms with clever lyricism and infectious vocal hooks, with emphasis on earnest storytelling and unique melodies. https://www.facebook.com/generalsherman12345/   and: https://generalsherman3.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/theplainsteel/

Event, Music, Special event

Koopa Troop, jazz meets video games, Sat Mar 12

February 9th, 2016
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Koopa_Troop_1Saturday March 12, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. Koopa Troop brings the nostalgic sounds of video games to life in a quirky 5-piece ensemble. Koopa Troop is: Chelsea McBride/Princess Daisy (sax/flute), Wilson McLeish/ Luigi (guitar), Chris Bruder/Toad (piano), Tom Altobelli/Mario (bass), and Tyler Goertzen/Link (drums)
Donning their Nintendo-themed costumes, five Toronto jazz musicians embrace their inner nerd and become a live, musical nostalgia machine. Koopa Troop aims to induce flashbacks as they cover all the classic video game soundtracks from Mario to Megaman. Bringing the best video game composers to the forefront, the Koopa Troop jazz, rock, funk, and swing-infused arrangements bring the epic pixelated melodies of the past into the real world.
Koopa Troop website: http://www.thekoopatroop.com/

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Special double-bill: Edgardo Moreno & So Long Seven, Fri March 11

February 8th, 2016
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Tim_Posgate_So_Long_Seven_cFriday, March 11, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 (reservations call 905-543-8512). A special double-bill concert: Edgardo Moreno, electronic composer and video artist, and So Long Seven, a wonderful foursome playing a crazy blend of world, bluegrass & jazz. The whole evening for only $10. For Art Crawlers, we will pass a tip jar as well.
Edgardo_Moreno_cEdgardo Moreno is a composer that has been commissioned for projects in Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Sweden, Argentina, England and USA. He has written scores for films produced by CBC, Bravo, City TV, NFB, OMNI, Ontario Arts Council, History Channel, TVO. He has worked extensively with contemporary dance choreographers creating sound design and musical scores. He is presently working in creating video and live sound pieces that are part of his Fireflyproject. His film Double Exposure has screened in various film festival across Canada and will be part of exhibitions in Ontario in the coming months. www.musicamoreno.com    www.fireflyproject.ca 
So Long Seven
is proud to release their debut self-titled CD featuring 8 tracks of original music. Influenced by bands such as Shakti, Punch Brothers, and Bela Fleck, So Long Seven combines elements of folk, bluegrass, world and jazz music to create an incredibly rich tapestry of sound. The band members include some of Toronto’s finest musicians including Neil Hendry (guitar, mandolin), William Lamoureux (violin), Ravi Naimpally (tabla) and Tim Posgate (banjo). Each player brings a vast amount of experience and talent, that when brought together, leads to a sublime listening experience. www.solongseven.com

Event, James North events, Music, Music-folk, Music-Jazz

Jazz vocal jam with Sue Ramsay Trio, Thurs Feb 11, March 10, 2016

February 5th, 2016
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Sue_RamsaySecond Thursdays: February 11, and March 10, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 /$5. Jazz vocalist Sue Ramsay hosts a jazz vocal jam, backed by Bob Shields on guitar and Clark Johnston on stand-up bass, with Adam Fielding on drums. With some storytelling in the mix. 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 gig once a month to try out new material and jam a wee bit 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-Jazz

Hamilton Regional Writers Group, second Tuesdays, Feb 9, Mar 8…

February 4th, 2016
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HRWGSecond Tuesdays, 2016, 7-10 pm. (February 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14), at Artword Artbar. The Hamilton Regional Writers Group is a Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) supported community in which songwriters can support each other in growing their craft and navigating the music business.
The SONG is the focus, so bring lyric sheets. Participants can play their song live or have a CD demo to play over the house system. You can choose to have your song critiqued by peers or not critiqued and just see what it feels like to bring your lil gem out in the public. Themes and format will be developed as we go and we’re expecting to have occasional guest speakers.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/HamiltonRWG/

Event, Special event

Double Bill: Will Gillespie and Mark Martyre, Sat Mar 5

February 3rd, 2016
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Will and Mark Artbar March 2016Will Wall 1_crSaturday, March 5, 2016, at 8 pm, only $5. Singer-songwriter double-bill: Will Gillespie with Mark Martyre. Two unique voices share the stage at Artword: Hamilton’s own rockabilly-cabaret-crooner Will Gillespie and Toronto’s troubadour with a voice like “whisky and honey” Mark Martyre.
“From songwriter to crooner and cabaret man to power-pop genius, Will Gillespie is always evolving his artistry.” (Paul Loewenberg, Artistic Director, Northern Lights Festival Boreal)Mark Martyre Coffee_cr
“There is a certain wryness about Martyre‘s voice which makes it perfect for telling stories about knowing the truth and bearing the weight of it so that someone else doesn’t have to before their time.” (Juliette Jagger, Rock and Roll Journalist / alancross.ca)
www.willgillespie.ca           www.markmartyre.com

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

Noche de poesia y musica (night of poetry and music), Fri Mar 4

February 1st, 2016
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Woman Scream 2016Friday March 4, 2016, at 8 pm, $15 or sliding scale. This Noche bohemia (a night of poetry and music) is called  Woman Scream, a night dedicated raising awareness about violence against women. There will be poetry and music. The poets include: Amaluna, Constanza Duran, Violeta San Juan, Maria Eugenia Lemus. Musicians include: Fito, Marcelo Puente, Edgardo Moreno, Lil Acevedo.
firma MPIThis event is part of an international event, Festival Internacional de Poesía y Arte: Grito de Mujer/Woman Scream/ Cri de Femme.
It also honours International Women’s Day (March 8, 2016).

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

JAZZ double bill: Tom Altobelli Group + Scott Taplay Group, Thur Mar 3

February 1st, 2016
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Tom_Altobelli_Group_Pic2c800Thursday March 3, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. Jazz double bill of original compositions by two inventive groups: the Tom Altobelli Group, plus the Scott Taplay Group.  The Tom Altobelli Group will play a set of original compositions by bassist Tom Altobelli, arranged for his quintet: Andrew King sax, Chris Bruder piano, Scott McIntosh guitar, Jordan Snider drumss. The Scott Taplay Group, Jonas Pearson Paavola bass, Victor Agrippa alto sax, Jon Pascoal drums, and Scott Taplay guitar, will play compositions by Scott and by band members.
Tom Altobelli is an upright and electric bassist, currently in Hamilton, ON. He is a graduate of both the Humber College Bachelor of Music, and Mohawk College Music programs. Tom’s projects include The Altobeelays, Mother Tareka and the Rebel Funktion, Monkley Cascade, The Koopa Troop, The Aubrey Wilson Quartet, and his own original jazz group (Tom Altobelli Group).

Event, Music-Jazz

Celtic band The Outside Track, Wed Mar 2

January 3rd, 2016
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OutsideTrack_CDCoverWednesday March 2, 2016 at 8 pm, $15. BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Multi-award-winning Celtic band The Outside Track is touring Canada with a new CD, and Artword Artbar is their Hamilton stop! Hailing from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton, the five members are united by a love of traditional music. They blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. http://www.theoutsidetrack.com/  Band members:
* Mairi Rankin, from Cape Breton, one of the legendary Rankin Family, plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm.
* Teresa Horgan, from Co. Cork, sings and plays flute.
* Ailie Robertson, from Edinburgh, is one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians and clarsach (celtic harp) virtuoso.
* Fiona Black plays accordion, intertwining her native Scottish style with Irish, Swedish and Cape Breton repertoire.
* Cillian O’Dalaigh, from Limerick Ireland, plays guitar and sings. Read more…

Event, Music, Music-folk

Classical guitar: William Beauvais, CD launch, Sun Feb 28, 7 pm

December 28th, 2015
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William_BeauvaisSunday February 28, 2016, at 7 pm. BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Tickets: $25 (Concert + CD), Concert only $20 regular, $15 student/seniors/unemployed. To reserve, call 905-543-8512 or email artword@artword.net.
Classical guitarist William Beauvais launches a new CD Old Wood – New Seeds: new solo works for guitar by William Beauvais. With special guest Brent Wirth.
The new CD is also for sale for $15.00 at the door.
Preeminent Canadian guitarist/composer William Beauvais has been composing, recording, performing and improvising for over thirty years. Read more…

Event, Music-Classical

Poetry and song: Glenn Bowie w. Leonard, Burns & Dell, Sat Feb 27

December 27th, 2015
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Leonard_Burns&Dell_c680Saturday February 27, 2016, at 8 pm, $15. BUY_tix_buttonBook online
An evening of poetry and song with Leonard, Burns & Dell and poet Glenn Bowie 
Leonard_Burns&Dell_GlennBowie_cLeonard, Burns & Dell (Sue Leonard, Brennagh Burns, Cindy Dell) are a powerhouse harmony trio based out of Hamilton singing sultry blues and roots.  They will be singing songs from their new CD: Perfect Strangers, along with Glenn Bowie, a poet from Boston, who will be reading some of his works. Leonard, Burns & Dell have been collaborating with Bowie and writing songs from his poems. They will be performing these songs, along with others they have written.

Event, Music

Benefit concert for Mo’ Kauffey, Sat Feb 27, 2 to 6 pm.

December 22nd, 2015
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Mo' Kauffey FundraiserHBL_MoKauffeySaturday February 27, 2016, from 2 to 6 pm. A benefit concert fundraiser for talented roots bluesman Mo’ Kauffey (Gary Wickizer), who is fighting cancer, organized by Hamilton Blues Lovers and friends. Performers include: Duane Rutter, Will Gillespie, Ian Andrews, Ambre Maclean, and Mo’ himself! Check out these sites for updates. http://blueshamilton.blogspot.ca/   https://www.facebook.com/blueshamilton
Support the on-line “Mo’Better Benefit” for Gary Wickizer: https://www.youcaring.com/gary-wickizer-aka-mo-kauffey-457124

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Jazz: Nicole Chambers & Lauren Cumberbatch, Thurs Feb 25

December 20th, 2015
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Lauren_Cumberbatch_cdjNicole_Chambers_cdjThursday February 25, 2016, at 8 pm, $5. Mohawk Music showcase jam, featuring jazz vocalists Nicole Chambers (left) and Lauren Cumberbatch, with R&B classics, Reggae tunes and some original tunes by the vocalists.
The band includes Olivia Brown bass, Jon Becker bass, Shelby Crego guitar, Miles Evans piano, Jonathan Pascoal drummer, and guest Jessie Faiazza on vocals.

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Acoustic Moments for Black History Month, Sat Feb 20

December 16th, 2015
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Acoustic Moments_poster_res_enSaturday February 20, 2016, 8 pm, $16 dinner+show, $10 show only.   BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Mr Jay hosts an Acoustic Moments special for Black History Month.
Dinner: Enjoy a sweet Caribbean Jerk chicken dish by chef
Learie Mc Nicolls.
Music: Listen to the the reggae, folk and R&B sounds of Riddim Riders Unplugged playing music inspired by the greatest legends from the past. Core members Franklin Joseph and Mike Rajczak with vocalist Lauren Mikayla, and lead guitar Keon Crosswell.
Reserve your seats for dinner & show by February 15. To reserve tickets, book online (see above or email artword@artword.net. Limited seating available.

Event, Music, Special event

Jazz with the Scott Taplay Group, Fri Feb 19

December 15th, 2015
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Scott_Taplay_Group_2015_cFriday February 19, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 /$5 students. Jazz guitarist Scott Taplay is back with the Scott Taplay Group:
Jonas Pearson Paavola bass, Victor Agrippa alto sax, Jon Pascoal drums, and Scott Taplay guitar. They will be playing compositions by Scott and by band members. (Photo: the Scott Taplay Group during the Steel City Jazz Festival 2015 at Artword Artbar.)

Event, Music-Jazz

Jazz with the Jesse Martel Group, Thurs Feb 18

December 14th, 2015
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Jesse_Martel_cThursday February 18, 2016, at 8 pm, $5. Jazz with the Jesse Martel group: Jesse Martel guitar,  Ian Brown piano/keys, Michael Morabito alto saxophone, Devon Savas, upright bass/electric bass, Jonathan Pascoal  drums, with special guest vocalist Thomas Messore. They play a mix of jazz and jazz fusion, as well as some more modern pieces (Flying Lotus, King Crimson, etc.)

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Richard Garvey “I found a box of beer…” EP launch, Wed Feb 17, 2016

December 12th, 2015
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Richard_Garvey_2015_cRichard_Garvey_Feb17_800Wednesday February 17, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 (or by donation). Singer-songwriter Richard Garvey is launching the new year with a new EP I found a box of beer in the snow. The title song is “a tragic Canadian classic song that I wrote on a snowy morning with a hangover-of-magical-proportions. It explores some very deep themes.”
At Artword Artbar, the featured guests are:
* Harebrain (Alan Mackie & Anh Phung) from Toronto, “the coolest bass/flute improvised tunes and songs to bust your jam too!”
* Milo & Otis (Claire and Nicki), from Hamilton. Bestfriendcore – ukuleles and joyful noises.
* Richard Garvey, from Guelph, ukulele sing-a-longs and stories.
PS: There will be a dance-off! Wear your favourite scarf! http://www.richardgarvey.ca/

Event, Music, Music-folk

Valentine sweet harmonies by The Ault Sisters, Sat Feb 13

December 11th, 2015
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ault sistersSaturday February 13, 2016, at 8 pm.  BUY_tix_buttonBook online $15/$10 students. Valentine treat: some sweet harmonies for your sweetie!
Ault_Sisters_c_680Jazz 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/

Event, Music-Jazz

Art Crawl: R&B, Motown, Soul w. Andre Bisson and band, Fri Feb 12

December 11th, 2015
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Andre_Bisson_1c680Friday February 12, 2016, James North Art Crawl, from 8 pm, tip jar. Warm up at Artword Artbar! Award-winning soul and R&B vocalist André Bisson on guitar, vocals; Kevin Beeby bass; Glenn Paul drums; Loretta Hale trumpet; Kristen Prince tenor sax; Victoria Cox baritone sax.
Website: http://www.andrebisson.ca/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/andreandthejtones
Since 2005, André Bisson has been performing his unique blend of R&B and Soul throughout the US, Canada, England, Wales & Ireland. The success of his six award-winning albums has led to four international tours, radio airplay, and the chance to open for artists such as Colin James, Jimmie Vaughan, Robben Ford and Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies). Recently, André was honored as ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ for the 2015 Hamilton Blues Awards as well as a nomination for ‘Overseas Artist of the Year’ from the British Blues Awards. With the help of a horn section, André combines the influence of Motown and Stax in his own original compositions.

Event, Music

Nano Valverde + Ayekan Ensemble, Sat Feb 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm!

December 10th, 2015
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AyekanSaturday February 6, 2016, at 7 pm. $15 at the door. https://www.facebook.com/events/968480229909687/.
An evening of Latin American music by Nano Valverde + Ayekan Ensemble, an ensemble of quena (bamboo flute), flute, guitars, violin, double bass. Band members Nano Valverde, Peter Dean, Tim FitzGerald, Irena Josipovic, Samantha Chang, and Miguel Vasquez will be playing Nano Valverde’s compositions. Special guest for the evening is Marcelo Puente, Chilean singer-songwriter. For more information about Ayekan: https://www.facebook.com/ayekanensemble/?fref=ts
Nano’s compositions and arrangements are grounded in South American Folk music, but also show the influences of a wide variety of other traditions, most importantly the minimal music movement most closely associated with the composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass. In bringing together these different styles and traditions in their performances, Ayekan seeks to break down the barriers that still separate musical styles and cultures: folk and classical, Latin American and European, traditional and contemporary.

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-folk

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