"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 April 29, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. Songwriter Corin Raymond returns to Artword, accompanied by Treasa Levasseur on accordion, keyboard and back-up vocals and Brian Kobayakawa on bass.
Corin 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/
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Singer-songwriters Karen Morand, from Windsor, and Gina Horswood, on tour from Australia, are coming to Artword Artbar on their Ontario tour. Gina and Kare are not just a couple of chicks playing guitars. Their Saints and Sinners tour finds them rambling down highways‚ unraveling stories and songs with powerhouse vocals and infectious beats. Their original songs echo dusty roads, dark bars and creaking church pews. A night of gritty gospel and earthy blues will be sure to leave ya with a satisfied soul.
Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 4 pm, $10 show/$15 includes EP. A Sunday afternoon special concert by pianist and singer-songwriter Alex Whorms, plus a guest set by singer-songwriter Dana Swarbrick.
Alex will play piano and sing solo, and then joined by Michael Podlovics (violin), Ailish Corbett (viola), Scott Robinson (bass), Michael Panza-Beltrandi (guitar), Zachary Cropper (drums).
Alex Whorms, who is an accomplished pianist, singer, and songwriter, is celebrating the release of her new indie-pop EP Our Lives, recorded recently at Grant Avenue Studio. Following a lifelong passion for classical piano and musical theatre, her original music combines strong piano parts with multi-instrumental accompaniment and relatable, honest lyrics. She has appeared in the CBC Piano Hero competition and Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival as well as several gigs in Toronto and the GTA. http://www.alexwhorms.com/
Dana Swarbrick (photo right) fronts a folk-rock band Dana & The Monsters, and was the winner of the 2016 McMaster Battle of the Bands competition. She has performed extensively in Hamilton and beyond, including her recent anthem performance at the 2016 Vanier Cup. A past research assistant at the McMaster LIVELab, she is now completing graduate studies at the University of Toronto.
Saturday April 22, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Duane Rutter (photo left), a guitarist and songwriter from Port Rowan, is hosting a songwriter-in-the-round evening at Artword Artbar:
* Jay Linden. Unabashedly acoustic, unabashedly folk rooted, he writes and sings memorable folk songs and plays dozens of instruments. www.jaylinden.com
* Caroline Wiles The Ancaster singer/songwriter has a “rich, awe-inspiring voice with incredible range”. Her latest album is Lover’s Lane. www.carolinewiles.com
* Michael J Birthelmer Hamilton-based, Michael has been writing and performing his music since 1976. Currently, most of Michael’s time is spent operating his recording studio. www.michaelbirthelmer.com
* Noah Zacharin Poet and songwriter, Noah has been praised as “a wonderful songwriter and performer, and stunning guitarist”. www.noahsong.com
* Duane Rutter Duane has been writing, recording and performing his unique mix of folk/Americana/outlaw/country and blues music throughout North America www.duanerutter.com
Friday, April 21, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Folk-roots singer-songwriter Allison Brown is back with a full band The Assembly Line: Jedd House upright bass, Dan Henshall on mandolin, Vera Colley on accordion and Allison Brown on guitar and vocals. Roots songstress Allison Brown brings crafted originals matched with classic roots repertoire, delivered with conviction and sweet and powerful singing.
Thursday April 20, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or Book online
Saskatchewan’s Keith Kitchen brings his soothing voice and soulful acoustic guitar to the stage for the first time in Hamilton. His latest CD Orbits has been hailed as ‘absolutely mesmerizing collection of songs.’ www.keithkitchenmusic.com
Joined by special guest singer-songwriter Jacob Moon from Hamilton, this evening promises to be a tour-de-force of well-crafted songs, stories and guitar fireworks. www.jacobmoon.com
Saturday April 15, 2017. Acoustic Moments Easter weekend special dinner & show. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or Book online
**Dinner + show, doors 7:00, dinner 7:30 pm, $20 (MUST RESERVE by Apr 10).
**Show only, at 8:30 pm, $10 adv.
Mr. Jay hosts another fabulous Acoustic Moments show & dinner, with world-class reggae music by The Riddim Riders Unplugged. Core members Franklin Joseph and Mike Rajczak are joined by vocalist Lauren Mikayla and lead guitar Keon Crosswell.
Chef Learie Mc Nicolls will be cooking up some jerk chicken with rice and steam vegetables, Trinidad style, or a vegetarian stir fry option.
Friday April 14, 2017, at 8 pm, $tba. Beg To Differ Trio present a special Good Friday concert. 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
Wednesday April 12 and Thursday April 13, 2017, at 8 pm, pwyc/$10. Artword Theatre presents the third in a series of monthly theatre projects in the works, with Artistic Director Ronald Weihs. Details coming.
The February edition (#1) was Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy, a reading based on testimony from the interrogation in 1953 interspersed with some of his poems. The March edition (#2) was Mind Wars: a theatre exploration about the 1960s, when politics became a struggle over reality and perception, with readings from actual testimony and interviews of the Yippies, Black Activists, the CIA, the FBI.
To find out more, and how to participate, or just attend, call 905-543-8512 or email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or Book online
Back with some blazing hot bluegrass: 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, and Darrin Schott fiddle. 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. http://newcumberlandband.com/
Special guest with an opening set on April 8 is the renowned Ian Bell, traditional music specialist, player of many instruments (guitar, button accordion, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, pipes) and member of many bands including Muddy York. http://www.ianbellmusic.ca/Ian_Bell/Welcome.html
Friday April 7, 2017 at 8 pm, $15. So Long Seven, a wonderful band that includes Neil Hendry (guitar, mandolin), William Lamoureux (violin), Ravi Naimpally (tabla) and Tim Posgate (banjo), returns to Artword Artbar (photo from show last year). So Long Seven performs richly textured acoustic music that brings their diverse influences into a distinctly Canadian voice. Influenced by bands such as Punch Brothers, Shakti, Oregon and many others the band is breaking new ground. Together they are creating a seamless tapestry of sound through their original music, blending composition and improvisation. www.solongseven.com
**There is such a positive glowing musical force driving the sound. Each performer is a star when soloing and improvising. Tiina Kiik – Whole Note Magazine
**So Long Seven is a melange – and a delicious one, too judging from the enthusiastic audience. It’s music – almost all originals – draws from folk, bluegrass, and world music… Alayne McGregor, Ottawa Jazz Scene
Thursday April 6, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. To reserve call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or Book online
The Amy Project is a musical and storied journey outlining the short but tragic life of Amy Winehouse, the late British soul, blues and jazz singer. The show is performed live, raw and acoustically (with no backing tracks) by four talented performers: Marni Shuster (photo left) as the voice of Amy, Anthony Caradonna guitar/vocals, Ian Taylor bass/vocals, and Bob DiSalle drums/vocals.
Amy Winehouse was nominated for 63 World Music Awards and won 25 times for her songs and recordings before her death in 2011 at the age of only 27. The Amy Project performance will cover most of the songs from her two main albums Frank and Back to Black, plus many more of her other recordings, and some unreleased covers and collaborations. This is not a tribute act but a respectful celebration of a talented and influential artist’s short body of work.
Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 8 pm, $15/$10. A one-night-only music festival of folk, americana, bluegrass singer-songwriters at Artword Artbar. Three sets, headlined by Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler (The Rough and Tumble) on tour from the US, with guest sets by local songwriter Will Gillespie, and visiting bluegrass banjo-player Daniel Whitener.
The Rough & Tumble is a two-person, multi-instrumental folk-americana duo Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler. While they consider their beloved PO Box location to be Nashville, the couple has been living on the road with their two dogs for two of their five touring years. The Rough & Tumble delivers each performance with the nudge of an elbow, a wink from the right eye, and the sincerity of Pinocchio after his rehabilitation. Their 2016 release, Pieces and Pieces, written for the Alyssa Pearson film, delves into themes of women, war, and PTSD. Their February 2017 release, Cardboard and Christmas Lights (Rock Candy Recordings), is a 7-song EP. www.theroughandtumble.com
Dan Whitener is bluegrass banjo-picker and vocalist from Washington DC, on a solo tour of Southern Ontario with a new CD. He is a member of a number of bands, including the ground-breaking Gangstagrass, and Blue Plate Special, Man about a Horse, and Sparrows. http://danwhitenermusic.com/
Will Gillespie (photo right) has developed an elegant and eccentric sound all his own. He is a dynamic performer with a diverse catalogue of original songs, from crooner to rockabilly, combining elements of folk, rock & roll and cabaret. Born and raised in South Porcupine, Northern Ontario, Will lives in Hamilton, where he is actively involved in the local music and theatre scene. https://www.willgillespie.ca/
Saturday April 1, 2017, at 8 pm. $10. The powerhouse vocal duo Em & Joss (Emily Kemp and Jocelyn Russell) sing a wide variety of genres, including rock, jazz, pop, folk and blues, with some originals in the mix. Their music is vocal-driven, full of rich, sultry harmonies that create a down-to-earth feel of true feminine beauty. Both are graduates of the Mohawk College Music Program and have been performing throughout the GTHA for a number of years.
Friday March 31, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 / $10 students. A return visit from Chris Wallace‘s Many Names Trio: Adrean Farrugia on piano, Artie Roth on bass, Chris Wallace on drums. This top shelf trio will be playing classic jazz standards and modern compositions by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Esbjorn Svensson, Miles Davis, Mulgrew Miller and others.
Chris Wallace, a drummer and composer originally from Regina, lived a decade in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he became a central figure in the Scottish jazz community. Chris is now based in Toronto. Best known for his work with the trios NeWt (Scottish Jazz Ensemble of the year 2012) and Breach, Chris also released his own quartet album Looking Glass under the band name Loose Grip. Just before leaving Scotland, he formed the Chris Wallace Quintet and recorded the album Identity which is now available for digital download. His new project is Chris Wallace’s Many Names, with an EP released in 2016. https://chriswallace.bandcamp.com/album/many-names-ep
“…a drummer of supreme musicality..” John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
Thursday March 30, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve
call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or Book online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone returns to Artword Artbar. The 60s Folk Revival sing-a-long concert features 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/
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 8 pm, $10 reg / $5 students. A return appearance of “It Is What It Is” — fusion psychedelic jazz featuring the far-out fabulous Doug Murphy on guitar, with Alana Gunn bass, Oscar Galbraith drums, Mike Ricci sax and flute. All original compositions, mostly by Doug himself. Also some free-form improvisations.
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