Artword Artbar is a licenced cafe-bar (all ages) for live music, theatre, contemporary dance.
Your hosts Ronald Weihs, Judith Sandiford. For reservations & info: call 905-543-8512, 905-912-9083. EMAIL artword@artword.net. BUY tickets online for some shows! BUY_tix_button

"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

 

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June 6th, 2018
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June 6th, 2018
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Fringe BYOV Artword Artbar: The Man in the Vault

June 6th, 2018
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July 19 to 28, 2018. Part of the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival.
The Man in the Vault
(Artword Theatre).
Performed by Mariam Bekhet, Jordan Campbell, Jason Thompson
Written and directed by Ronald Weihs
Produced and designed by Judith Sandiford
A Russian spy defects with information about Lee Harvey Oswald and the Kennedy assassination. James Angleton, the CIA’s legendary head of counterintelligence, is convinced he is a disinformation agent sent by the KGB. The defector is kept in a concrete vault in a secret location while interrogators try to extract the truth from the man in the vault. Based on true events in the 1960s that resonate with today’s headlines.
Drama, All Ages, Running Time: 60 minutes
Tickets: $10 (Fringe Backer Button required)  hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/

Show Times: Thursday, July 19 @ 9pm, Friday, July 20 @ 4:30pm
Saturday, July 21 @ 7pm, Sunday, July 22 @ 8pm
Tuesday, July 24 @ 9pm, Wednesday, July 25 @ 7pm
Thursday, July 26 @ 9pm, Friday, July 27 @ 5pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 6pm  (Final show)

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe BYOV Artword Artbar: The Decision

June 6th, 2018
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July 19 to 28, 2018. Part of the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival.
The Decision (Gallery on the Bay).
Performed by Jordan Campbell and Jason Thompson.
Written by David Laing Dawson, directed by Ronald Weihs
Produced by Marlaise Dawson, design and lighting by Judith Sandiford
Amsterdam, May 16, 1940: Two young officers in the Royal Netherlands Army meet secretly.Their orders are to report to Gestapo Headquarters in the next morning.

Drama, Parental Guidance, Strong Language. Running Time: 60 minutes
Tickets: $12 for Adults, $5 for Children under 12. (Fringe Backer Button required)
hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/

Show Times: Thursday, July 19 @ 7pm, Friday, July 20 @ 7pm
Saturday, July 21 @ 9pm, Sunday, July 22 @ 6pm
Tuesday, July 24 @ 7pm, Wednesday, July 25 @ 5pm
Thursday, July 26 @ 7pm, Friday, July 27 @ 7pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 4pm  (Final show)

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe BYOV Artword Artbar: Romeo & Juliet: An Escapist Comedy

June 6th, 2018
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July 19 to 28, 2018. Part of the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival.
Romeo & Juliet: An Escapist Comedy (Make Art Theatre).
Performed by Tyler Brent, Natalia Bushnik, Kristian Reimer, Ryan M. Sero, Liz Kalles, Laura Welch.
Written by Ryan M. Sero, Directed by Tyler Brent.
Winner of the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2014 Hamilton Fringe! The sell-out fan favorite returns! Romeo is distraught: his girlfriend just dumped him, he can’t find meaning in the universe, he’s worried there is no God, plus he can’t even get a table at Steinman’s! Shakespeare meets Woody Allen in this comic re-imagining of the Bard’s classic tale.
Comedy, All Ages, Running Time: 60 minutes.
Tickets: $10 (Fringe Backer Button required)  hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/

Show Times: Thursday, July 19 @ 5pm, Friday, July 20 @ 9pm
Saturday, July 21 @ 5pm, Sunday, July 22 @ 4pm
Tuesday, July 24 @ 5pm, Wednesday, July 25 @ 9pm
Thursday, July 26 @ 5pm, Friday, July 27 @ 9pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 8pm (Final show)

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Sat July 14

June 5th, 2018
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Saturday July 14, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble returns! This ensemble combines the ancient rhythms of Africa with the jazz harmonies of modern times.
Waleed Abdulhamid (Composer/Band Leader) explains:  “We play melody on top of traditional jazzy chord progressions with a twist of African ancient rhythms. There is a place for African instruments such as gombri, lakoumbe, marimba in the music.”
Band members are: Waleed Abdulhamid bass,vocals, percussion; Joseph Callender soprano and tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Cory Sitek alto and soprano saxophone, flute, and a drummer tba.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Jazz: Adrean Farrugia/Kelly Jefferson/Ernesto Cervini : Explorations, Fri July 13

June 5th, 2018
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Friday July 13, 2018, at 8 pm, $15/$10. Adrean Farrugia/Kelly Jefferson/Ernesto Cervini : Explorations. Juno award winning pianist Adrean Farrugia joins internationally acclaimed friends, saxophonist Kelly Jefferson and drummer/percussionist Ernesto Cervini for an exploration of song. The result will be an eclectic mix of beauty, groove, surprise and that joyous place that music can bring us to.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

FRÄNDER, Swedish-Estonian folk group, Wed July 11

June 5th, 2018
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Wednesday July 11, 2018, at 8 pm. $15/$10. Swedish-Estonian group FRÄNDER blends traditional music from their respective countries and uses it as a springboard for creating a captivating experience. Natasja Dluzewska vocals, fiddle; Säde Tatar flute, vocals; Gabbi Dluzewski string instruments, vocals; Daniel Dluzewski bass, vocals. The four family members create harmonies and inventive arrangements produce a musical landscape focusing on stories filled with warmth, charm and love of adventure.
www.frander.se 

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Kongero, a capella quartet from Sweden, Sat July 7

June 5th, 2018
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Saturday July 7, 2018, at 8 pm $15/$10. Kongero is a Swedish vocal group of the four female folk music singers Lotta Andersson, Emma Björling, Anna Larsson and Anna Wikénius.

The highly acclaimed folk vocal group Kongero draws traditional Swedish music out of the past and into the present. A concert with Kongero will take the listener on a fabulous journey, an all-embracing Scandinavian folk music experience. Blue notes, amazing vocal polyphony, groovy, powerful, and intimate. The band was formed in 2005 and besides doing concerts they also conduct well-received workshops in traditional Swedish vocal music and vocal harmonies.
www.kongero.se/index.php/en/

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Swing jazz vocalist Alex Pangman & her Alleycats, Fri July 6

June 5th, 2018
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Friday July 6, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Jazz with Juno-nominee vocalist Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats (Trio): Peter Hill piano, Glenn Anderson drums, Jack Zorawwski double bass. This vibrant young vocalist is proud to be known as Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing.   www.alexpangman.com/
“It would be hard to find a box of musical bonbons more beguiling than this collection of post-Jazz Age treats… Her earnest vocals and sharp Alleycats band make each song sparkle.” Toronto Star review by John Terauds.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Folk-roots: Allison Brown and String Bone, Fri June 29, 2018,

June 4th, 2018
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Friday June 29, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Two folk-roots musicians on the road return to Artword! String Bone (Barry James Payne) is a great songwriter and tells a great story in a song, folk/roots Americana style. A mix of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, hillbilly and even other contemporary and traditional elements harder to define.  www.stringbone.ca
Roots songstress Allison Brown, likes her religion a little bit gritty, takes her country music with a side of syrup and keeps her folk as dusty as the ol’ cabin floor. Allison’s crafted originals matched with classic roots repertoire reflect the striking conviction she brings to her sweet and powerful singing. Allison Brown  www.allisonbrown.ca

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-roots

Ben Bowen, Tom Shea, Mario Laquintana, music composed around poetry, Thurs June 28

June 4th, 2018
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Thursday June 28, 2018, at 8 pm, $10.  Cloctawr: Ben Bowen on electric guitar, poetry samples, and trumpet; Tom Shea on electric guitar; Mario Laquintana on drums. Music primarily composed around various pieces of local poetry (by Gary Barwin, John Terpstra, Sarah Farr, and Kathy Rupcic, among others), with lots of melodic content and improvising, It’s playful, poppy, hook-centric music.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-pop-etc.

Jazz vocalist Sienna Dahlen, pianist Amanda Tosoff, Sat June 23

June 3rd, 2018
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Saturday June 23, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Jazz vocalist Sienna Dahlen and pianist Amanda Tosoff, in an intimate evening of original French and English music in the styles of Cole Porter, Leonard Cohen and Lhasa de Sela.
Montreal-based Juno award-winning vocalist, Sienna Dahlen teams up with Toronto-based Juno-nominated pianist Amanda Tosoff to present an intimate evening of lesser-known standards and original French and English repertoire that stylistically-speaking, lies somewhere between the work of the late great Leonard Cohen and Lhasa de Sela.
According to All About Jazz writer, Pascal Denis Lussier, “Dahlen has an extremely alluring voice, one that could sell rainwater in a snowstorm.” And in the words of the Edmonton Journal’s Roger Levesque, Tosoff’s music “….incorporates dreamy beauty and spare realism and fresh song forms, quite beyond conventional standards fare.” In short, Amanda and Sienna are two of this country’s most talented jazz composers and musicians and this is a show that you won’t want to miss.
www.siennadahlen.com/
amandatosoff.com/

Event, Music-Jazz

So Long Seven (guitar, violin, tabla, banjo) + Adrean Farrugia, Fri June 22

June 3rd, 2018
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Friday June 22, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. So Long Seven, a delightful quartet — Neil Hendry (guitar, mandolin), William Lamoureux (violin), Ravi Naimpally (tabla) and Tim Posgate (banjo) — returns to Artword Artbar. So Long Seven brings their new CD/Vinyl Kala Kalo back to the town where they recorded it. Plus special guest Adrean Farrugia (another Artbar favourite) will play a set of solo piano.
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

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Allan Merovitz w. Lightstone/Katz/Koller Klezmer Trio, Thurs June 21

June 2nd, 2018
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Thursday June 21, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. A stellar concert of Klezmer music with our good friend singer Allan Merovitz and an all-star Klezmer Trio: Brian Katz (guitar, piano), Jonno Lightstone (clarinet, flute), George Koller (bass). Allan is widely known as a singer with Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band and some of the world’s top Yiddish and Klezmer ensembles including the Ot Azoj Klezmer Band of Amsterdam and the Montreal based Merovitz Project. Artword Theatre has directed and produced numerous remounts of his celebrated play If Cows Could Fly.
The Lightstone/Katz/Koller Klezmer Trio: Brian Katz (guitar, piano), famed jazz and Jewish music artist, Jonno Lightstone, acclaimed klezmer clarinettist / flutist and the great “all over the map” bassist, George Koller—all who have worked with Allan in various settings over many years—combine their talents to explore their fresh take on klezmer. Bringing together a multitude of musical styles and experience, the trio creates a variety of diverse moods by weaving the melodies of klezmer with the sounds and textures of jazz, Indian raga, Yiddish song, chamber music, and down home rock’n blues! Dancing shoes and a whacky hat required!  www.allanmerovitz.com,   www.briankatz.com,   www.klezconnection.com,   www.georgekoller.com

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Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

World Refugee Day Celebration, Wed June 20

June 1st, 2018
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Wednesday June 20, 2018, at 8 pm (by donation). An evening of Syrian and Latin American music, hosted by the Emergency Support Committee for Refugees. Special guest is Syrian oud player Moutaz. Also performing are singer Lil America from El Salvador via Cuba, and local band Babbage Industries. More details coming.
Event on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/129236804593724/

Event, Music, Music-World, Special event

Exchange for Change, for Under The Willow, Tues June 19, at 6 pm

June 1st, 2018
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Tuesday June 19, 2018, from 6 to 9 pm. All ages. Exchange for Change – a clothing swap fundraiser in support of Under The Willows, arts and garden program where children who experience adverse life circumstances may joyfully express themselves as creative individuals of value. www.underthewillows.org
What: Snazzy duds, rad tunes, yummy treats and chill zones for relaxing. All donated items are up for grabs for $2 each!
How: Bring your still-wearable but no longer-for-you clothes. to the swap itself. Or have them picked up for a fee of $5 with proceeds from pickup going to UTW, Email singfromthestart@gmail.com to arrange pickup.
Why: Because UTW is amazing. Because clothes left over will be donated to
Drama Dressup. Because your closet needs a refresh so why not do it
for a good cause. Because $2 is a ludicrously lovely price to pay for your
new favourite top/pants/dress/skirt/shoes/hat/mitts/tux. Because Artword is
a super fun place to hang out. Because YOLO and FOMO. Because you want to!

Event, Special event

Jazz with the Brad Cheeseman Group, Sat June 16

May 31st, 2018
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Saturday June 16, at 8 pm, $10.  Jazz with Brad Cheeseman electric bass, Robert Chapman guitar, Matt Lagan tenor sax, Marito Marques drums, Chris Pruden piano. Performing music from the JUNO-nominated album THE TIDE TURNS.
bradcheeseman.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

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