Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton. A friendly cafe-bar, live music and art venue in the heart of James North arts district. Great acoustic music, in the roots, folk, jazz, world beat and inventive mode. We have a baby grand piano, a sound system. Licensed under the AGCO for 60, cafe tables and bar stools, micro-brew on tap, espresso, light meals [all-ages venue]. Art installations on the lower level. Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator March 29, 2012 says "Artword Artbar is a cosy little licensed listening room on Colbourne at James St. N., that always features interesting live music."
Your hosts: Ronald Weihs & Judith Sandiford 905-543-8512, c:905-912-9083, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday April 27 to Sunday May 11, 2014. Artword Theatre presents “James Street” a mad musical dash through the history of Hamilton. All at Artword Artbar on our new theatrical stage! New songs, new dance, since our December 2012 production.
Hamilton`s official Town Crier from 1850 meets a modern Hamiltonian from the North End, right on James Street!
Performed by The Artword Theatre Ensemble: Charly Chiarelli as modern day Hamiltonian, Jeremy Shand as Town Crier Paola Brown, plus
Paula Grove, Valeri Kay, Gordon Odegaard and Ryan Sero as everyone else…
Previews Sunday April 27, 3 pm & Tuesday April 29, 8 pm
runs April 30 to May 11, 2014, Tues-Sat 8 pm, Sun mats 3 pm
previews $10, regular tickets $25, advance tickets $20 (online)
An Artword Theatre production, written and directed by Ronald Weihs, with original music by Mark McNeil and choreography by Learie McNicolls. Produced and designed by Judith Sandiford. Music performed by Mark McNeil, Ron Weihs & the Ensemble
Wednesday April 23, 2014, at 8 pm, Azalea — Benjamin and Mia Hackett, husband & wife duo from Hamilton. For their latest release, “Inside Out”, Azalea has streamlined their folk-tinged pop sound and crafted songs that tug on your heart’s strings with haunting melodic & harmonic lines. http://www.azaleamusic.net/
Friday April 25, 2014, at 8 pm, a concert with three singer/songwriters returning to Artword, touring with new songs and new albums: Melissa Bel, Brydan Smith, Rob Szabo
Saturday April 26, 2014 at 8 pm. Our favourite Americana songstress Tia McGraff returns to Artword Artbar, with Tommy Parham. http://tiamcgraff.com/ Their special guest for the evening is David Starr, an Americana singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist living in Cedaredge, Colorado. His music has roots in Arkansas blues, country rock and classic rock. http://www.davidstarrmusic.com/
Saturday April 12, 2014, at 8 pm, $10. Wayne Krawchuk & Carol Greene. New suite of songs by singer-songwriter Wayne Krawchuk, the first since the “Smile for the Camera” recordings. Then he’ll be joined by Carol Greene and other musical friends for a set of folk, blues and roots covers. Fun night guaranteed! To reserve, call 905-543-8512.
James North Art Crawl, Friday April 11, 2014, from 8 pm to about 11 pm, tip jar. Jazz vocalist Carolyn Credico has just released her new jazz CD titled “Pieces Of Dreams“. Carolyn’s trio (Daryl Buckle on guitar and a bass player) will be playing tunes from that CD. www.carolyncredico.com
Thursday April 10, 2014, at 8 pm, pwyc/$5. Birth of the Cool, the classic compilation album by Miles Davis and his nonet (recorded in 1949-1950 released 1957), recreated by a group of Mohawk jazz students. Players include Esther Matthew trumpet, Jason Louge flugelhorn, Brittany Craig alto sax, Victoria Cox baritone sax, Rob Sommerville trombone, Munro Thadius tuba, David Hollingshead piano, Dan Pitt guitar, Devin Patten bass, Zach Thompson drums.
Friday April 4 and Saturday April 5, 2014, at 8 pm, $20 door, $15 advance (call 905-543-8512 or book advance tickets online via PayPal). Well-known performer, musician and activist Eric Nagler performs Tales from the Attic: A retrospective in story and song. Two-day run! “Brimming with humour and heart, Eric takes his audience on a musical journey through his past and into their future.” [Note: Adult content, not a children's show.]
Canada remembers Eric from his appearances on The Elephant Show and Eric’s World which dominated Children’s TV in the 80s and 90s. But he began his performing career a decade earlier with Columbia Artists, doing Community Concerts throughout North America. His life experiences have taken him from Washington Square in the hay day of the sixties folk revival, to Bosnia, Spain, Ireland and just about everywhere on this continent. Eric has marched with Martin Luther King, has been tried for draft evasion, directed folk festivals, opened the first Folklore Centre in Canada. Along the way Eric has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn, Brownie Magee and Sonny Terry, The Reverend Gary Davis, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, John Lee Hooker, and a host of others. – and he has a story to tell, a song to sing or a tune to play about each cross road and companion he’s encountered. http://www.ericnagler.com/
Eric writes about his new show Tales from the Attic:
“I’ve never been more excited about a performance. In many ways it represents the culmination of a life’s adventure in music and personal growth. Read more…
Thursday April 3, at 8 pm, $10. The incredible singer-songwriter Joni NehRita is back at Artword Artbar with her band. Joni NehRita on vocals and keyboard, Tyler Wagler on bass, Adam Bowman on drums, Jane Ellenton on woodwinds.
Joni NehRita Band brings an infectious blend of “adult pop” that flirts heavily jazz & funk while being rooted in soul music. Her live show brings together well-crafted tunes supported by a deep pocket and a sizzling band chemistry. The addition of Jane Ellenton on sax, clarinet and flute bring another texture that is satisfying both sonically and visually. The interplay between Joni and Jane bubbles with mutual admiration.
Raji Sohal from CBC 3 has this to say: “I can attest that in live performance her voice and stage presence are stellar and come off as endearingly natural…”
Friday March 28, 2014 at 8 pm, $15 door, $12 adv (call 905-543-8512 or book advance tickets online via PayPal). Singer-Songwriter Double Bill: Matthew de Zoete and Jeffery Straker.
Imagine Nick Drake cheering up a bit and living long enough to work with Beck. Mixing pop and folk styles, Matthew de Zoete writes songs built on strong melodies and honest lyrics about everything from washing dishes to grandparents and divorce. Matthew will play an intimate concert of new material and songs from his latest album Colour Film, accompanied by Jennifer Lockman on keys and brother Johan de Zoete on harmonies. www.matthewdezoete.com
Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Michael Straker performs over 100 shows per year across Canada. He’s recorded for CBC radio’s ‘Canada Live’, and had a music video chart in the top 10 on Much More Music. His tour stops range from house concerts to club & theatre shows and include recent sold-out concerts with both the Regina & Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras. The review of his orchestral debut read: “Straker was simply spectacular”. His most recent album ‘Vagabond’ (produced by Danny Michel) was given 4 out of 4 stars by the Toronto star stating,”one of the most faultlessly conceived and meticulously executed albums in any genre to come out of Canada in a long time”. http://jeffstraker.com/
Thursday March 27, 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm, pwyc ($10 suggested)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm, pwyc ($10 suggested)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm, pwyc ($10 suggested)
SINGALONG with Sam Turton and Jane Lewis, singer-songwriters from Guelph. Come out and SING! They’ve got songbooks full of classic favourites — YOU request the songs, and we all sing them together. Led by Jane Lewis and Sam Turton. http://www.all-together-now.ca Tell your friends because — the more, the merrier. Hundreds of songs – songbooks provided: Over 100 great artists, including The Band, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Elvis, Bob Marley, Read more…
Wednesday March 26 at 8 pm, $5/pwyc. The Sean Dowhaniuk Group is back at Artword Artbar, playing some new tunes, some old tunes, and maybe a standard or two. Sean Dowhaniuk guitar/compositions, Riley Keller alto saxophone, Mike Rajna drums, Josh Smiley piano, Ethan Tilbury bass. PLUS an opening set by Fraser/Pitt Duo: Kevin Fraser bass and Dan Pitt guitar.
Saturday March 22 at 8 pm, $15. Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley present Hot Blues – a show that combines classic and original blues with a vintage flavour. Featuring Diana’s internationally renowned vocals, and Chris’ award-winning skill on guitar, trumpet and harmonica, they draw the audience in with their musicianship, stories and history, and even some “blues dancing.” They have recently visited South Carolina and Virginia for Festival appearances, and have visited the UK, Russia and Europe multiple times, along with many Canadian and American shows. Their list of awards includes 9 Maple Blues Awards, Gemini Award, Golden Sheaf Award (songwriting), and 6 Juno nominations. They recently performed their original works The Blues Suite, commissioned by the Canada Council, at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. http://www.braithwaiteandwhiteley.com/
“Diana Braithwaite is a national treasure” – BLUZ FM Host Danny Marks.
“The musical talents and abilities of Chris Whiteley are seemingly endless” – musical legend Jeff Healey
Friday March 21, 2014 at 8 pm, pwyc. An intimate concert by guitarist-songwriter George Meanwell, a musician with a fascinating career. George spent the late 70′s as a member of the folk trio Short Turn, appearing throughout Ontario (including Festival of Friends) and on national television. After a couple of decades spent earning his living as a classical cellist (including touring internationally with Quartetto Gelato) he resumed songwriting in 2002, releasing three CDs of his own material. Most recently he has been working in theatre, including the Stratford Festival, The Festival Players of Prince Edward County, and various independent projects in Toronto. www.gmeanwell.ca
Joining George at Artword Artbar will be award-winning jazz guitarist Eric St- Laurent. http://www.ericst-laurent.com/
Video from George’s most recent CD/DVD: http://vimeo.com/65432275
Reviews of The Easy Straight CD: “A remarkable, diverse musician.” – Tom Allen, CBC Radio 2 Shift; “A lovely album.” – Andy Frank, Roots Music Canada
“(Meanwell) merges folk and chamber music seamlessly on this enchanting disc.” – Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music
Thursday March 20, 2014 at 8 pm. $18 door, $15 advance (call 905-543-8512) or book advance tickets online via PayPal. Internationally acclaimed folk and bluesman Josh White Junior returns to Artword Artbar with a programme of folk and blues favourites from his more than 30 albums and CDs. He promises to include well loved songs from his legendary father’s repertoire like House of the Rising Sun, One Meatball, Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out. Among the many glowing reviews of his performances, this one in Performance Magazine sums up this outstanding performer beautifully: “White has the harmonic finesse of a jazz performer, and his style is still one of the most recognizable and polished sounds in all folk music.” http://www.joshwhitejr.com/
Plus an opening set by singer-songwriter Taivi Lobu, a veteran of the folk music scene in Toronto, who began her musical career in coffee houses on the Danforth. She writes with an adventuring spirit and a social justice vision. http://www.taivilobu.com/
Wednesday March 19 at 8 pm, details coming. Jazz duo extraordinaire, vocalist Sophia Perlman and pianist Adrean Farrugia are coming back for an intimate concert at Artword Artbar!
And on Wednesday April 9, watch for a showcase hosted by Sophia and Adrean of their jazz music students from Mohawk.
Sunday March 16 at 7 pm, cover tba. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Eve at Artword Artbar. A special song-fest with our favourite a capella group What the Folk.
Joining them is Chroí (gaelic for ‘Heart’), a Hamilton-based, celtic-inspired band seeking to share beauty and power in sacred and secular music. Members are: Christopher Dawes (founder, piano/vocals), Caroline Olsen (violin/vocals), Geoff Ball (cello, guitar/vocals), Gord Simmons (bodhran, percussion/vocals). https://www.facebook.com/Chroimusic
Saturday March 15, 8 pm, $15 at door, $10 advance. Heavy Pedal #2, hosted by Marie Avery, in an evening highlighting songwriters playing our baby grand piano. Performers, who will each play a short solo set, include Annie Shaw, Sarah Whynott, Deanna Wells, Molly Babin, Aaron Zukewich and Marie Avery. Gord Simmons is ringmaster and MC and, with Marie, will add some dramatic moments.
Friday March 14, Art Crawl, from 8 pm, tip jar. Jazz w. Fred Butler and Abigail Neale Big Band, with Fred Butler on tenor sax and Abigail Neale on alto sax, plus trombones and trumpets, piano, bass, guitar, drums, and (if we are lucky) a bari sax! It’s always a blast – look at the horn section from last May’s concert! Our stage is bigger now, just for them.
Thursday March 13, at 8 pm, $10 adv. Call 905-543-8512 or book advance tickets online via PayPal. Celtic fiddler Alana Cline, with Leigh Cline on guitar and bouzouki, are back for a pre-Paddy’s day show. This father-daughter duo combine Irish, Cape Breton and Scottish styles to create their own sound. They also include occasional Balkan tunes in their sets. www.alanacline.com www.leighcline.com
Alana Cline is a Toronto-based Celtic fiddler who combines Irish, Cape Breton and Scottish styles to create her own sound. Alana has studied with Cape Breton fiddler Sandy MacIntyre, among others, and with All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Maeve Donnelly. In 2008 Alana became the first Canadian to be accepted to the auditioned Meitheal School of Irish Traditional Music in Limerick, Ireland with Paul O’Shaughnessy of Altan as one of her instructors. Read more…
Wednesday March 12, 2014, at 7:30 pm, no cover, admission by donation. “Hamilton Speaks Up“, a literary and musical Open Mic, presented by the newly formed Hamilton Branch of the Canadian Authors Association. Writers and musicians, of all genres, are welcome to participate, presenting preferably original work. Please register for the event by contacting Mony Shohayeb: email@example.com
CAA website: www.canadianauthors.org
Saturday March 8, from 2 to 4 pm. WSGT (When Sistahs Get Together) presents Sistahs Express! hosted by singer/activist Queen Cee. “Artistic and Creative Women in the community coming together to showcase their talents of song, art, dance, instrument and spoken word/poetry in celebration of International Women’s Day!”
$10 donation goes toward Not-For-Profit organization Be-You-tiful Girls Club Inc.
Showcasing artistes include: Amarna Magnum, Queen Cee, Mouth FullOfStars, Nylda Gallardo Lopez, Erin Amelia, Angelina Gomes, Mecca Muhammad, Shanika Maria, Angela Nethersole and our youngest artist, Hannah Ralph.
Saturday March 8, 2014, at 8 pm, $10, call 905-543-8512 or book online via PayPal. Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, with Stuart Laughton on vocals, guitar, harmonica, trumpet, piano; Burke Carroll on pedal steel guitar and Steve Lucas on bass. 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, and that he injects his contagious enthusiasm into a kaleidoscopic amalgam of Read more…
Friday March 7, 2014 at 8 pm, $10.00. call 905-543-8512 or book online via PayPal. Grammy-nominated guitarist and singer Kyle Pacey presents an evening of original music that’s an eclectic mix of soul, roots, R & B and funk. Kyle draws on his varied musical influences and is inspired by the optimism and culture of the 1960s and 70s along with current events, personal upheavals, metaphysics… and more.” A musical force, Kyle Pacey has been described as Canada’s answer to the Buena Vista Social Club. Pacey’s combination of rhythm and technique are exhilarating. He likes to push the boundaries with his unorthodox style and unique approach to the guitar. Joe Curtis, To-nite Magazine writes: “I was totally mesmerized by guitarist Kyle Pacey’s playing technique… Kyle is the fastest, most superb guitar virtuoso I’ve ever seen. I always daydreamed that if Superboy played guitar, his hand on the neck would be a blur. This feat of musical ability was achieved by Kyle… and no foolin’ his left hand on the neck became a blur.” With special guest Kevin Christoff on bass. www.kylepacey.com
Thursday March 6, 2014, at 8 pm, $15 door, $10 advance, call 905-543-8512 or book online via PayPal. The Bossa Tres Trio, featuring Victor Monsivais on acoustic guitar, playing Brazilian bossa nova and samba, Latin music and some jazz standards.
Cover: $15 at door, $10 adv. Seniors & students $10 at door, $5 adv.
Victor Monsivais has been performing bossa nova and Brazilian samba classics, as well as a variety of Brazilian rarities, jazz standards and Latin jazz since 2003. His repertoire draws from the greatest Brazilian composers and performers, such as Ary Barroso, Dorival Caymmi, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendoça, João Gilberto, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso among others. He performs their compositions in the original Portuguese versions. Victor also plays Beny More, Buenavista Social Club, Santana, Maria Greever, and other Latin great in their original Spanish versions.