Usual Hours: Wed to Sat from 6 pm. Check event posts for details and special events and occasional closings. To get in touch, email us artword@artword.net.

Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton. A friendly cafe-bar, live music and theatre venue in the heart of James North arts district. Great acoustic music four nights a week: roots, folk, jazz, singer-songwriter, world beat. Also theatre and dance works. Capacity 60, licensed by AGCO, all-ages, cafe tables and bar stools, espresso, micro-brew on tap, light meals. Tech info: in-house tuned baby grand piano and a full sound system.  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, artword@artword.net

FEATURED POST: “James Street” returns to Artword Artbar, May 20 to 30

April 12th, 2015
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james_street_poster_700Wednesday May 20 to Saturday May 30, 2015. We are delighted to announce that our hit musical, James Street, is coming back! To Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, just off James!
Showtimes: Wed May 20 to Sat May 23 at 8 pm
Sun May 24 matinee at 2 pm
Wed May 27 to Sat May 30 at 8 pm.
Tickets: $25 (Fri & Sat), $20 (Wed, Thur, Sun), $10 preview May 20 only.
(Book online  or call 905-543-8512 to reserve.)

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
JamesStreet2014_0017_c800Paula Grove, Valeri Kay, Gordon Odegaard and Ryan Sero as everyone else [Surveyor and Helper, Land Promoters, Pioneer Woman and Man, Dentist, George Hamilton, James Durand, Nathaniel Hughson, Immigrant Woman, Robert Murray Police Chief, Newsboy, Farmer, Editor, Auctioneer, Mr. Cummings, Woman, Wanzer, Mr. Ryan, Workers, Hugh Cossart Baker, Mrs. Baker and family, Billy Carroll, HSR Conductor 1906, Trolley Girl, WWI Recruiters, Marion Simpson, Soldier, Rocco Perri, Bessie Starkman, WWII soldiers from RHLI, Evelyn Dick, citizens in 40s and 50s and 60s…]

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.

Click here for the new May 7th James Street press release

Click here for the full-size James Street full poster:

Event, Special event, Theatre

Sat June 27: Zineposium 2 to 6 pm, Spoken Word open mic and PoeMagic, 6:30 to 9:30 pm

May 18th, 2015
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Zineposium_image_FB_cSaturday June 27, 2015, from 2 pm on, free. Artword Artbar hosts the 2015 Hamilton Zineposium from 2 to 6 pm, followed at 6:30 pm by a special edition for Zine-ists of spoken word open mic PoeMagic (hosted by Klyde Broox) and Campfire Stories (hosted by Tom Dusome, anything-goes storytelling).

Here is the call for submissions from Hamilton Zineposium on Facebook: “Do you make zines, artists’ books, DIY multiples of any kind? Do you make bizarre indie-arts/crafts/prints/comics/graphic novels/electronic arts/3d prints/posters/stickers/t-shirts/buttons/ … Maybe your stuff is too out-there for the X-mas craft fairs, or maybe it is so low key and subtle you feel like people never notice it at all… Now’s the time to get your stuff out into the world…”  Read more…

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Open Mic and Jam, Special event, Storytelling

FOLK/BLUEGRASS: The Allen Family Reunion, Fri June 26

May 17th, 2015
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The_Allen_Family_ReunionFriday June 26, 2015, at 8 pm, $10 (call 905-543-8512 to reserve). Back at Artword Artbar! The Allen Family Reunion TheAllenFamilycoveris a five-piece bluegrass and folk band from London, Ontario. The original Allen Family Reunion, four members of the Allen family, brought their bluegrass music to many festivals in the early ’80s. Today, the band has reunited three of the original members, siblings John, Joe and Julie plus two of the next generation.
Band members are: John P. Allen on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, voc
als; his daughter Beverly Allen on autoharp and vocals; Joe Allen on banjo and trumpet; Julie Allen on string bass and vocals; and her son Paul Hickling on guitar and vocals.
John P. Allen is a country, rock and bluegrass fiddler, was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame group P
rairie Oyster, winning six Juno awards. Read more…

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Jazz: Scott Taplay’s new trio + guest Adrean Farrugia, Thurs June 25

May 16th, 2015
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Scott_Taplay_c680Thursday June 25, 2015 at 8 pm, $5-10. Jazz guitarist Scott Taplay‘s new trio: Jill Mckenna on bass and Kevin Dempsey on drums, play jazz standards and some originals. Special guests: Adrean Farrugia on the piano and Brade Goode on trumpet

Event, Music-Jazz

Jazz with the Brenda Brown Quartet, Wed June 24

May 15th, 2015
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brenda-brown7_680Wednesday June 24, 2015, at 8 pm, cover tba. Jazz vocalist Brenda Brown celebrates her debut self-titled EP, which was nominated for a 2015 Hamilton Music Award for Jazz Recording of the Year. She’ll be singing with her quartet of piano, bass and drums. Her EP is a tantalizing tribute to great songs. The performances are chosen from Brenda’s eclectic and inspiring portfolio – the North American Songbook, Adult Contemporary, Classic Country, and an original composition penned by daughter Olivia. Watch for her at upcoming outdoor festival shows in Caledonia, Hamilton Waterfront Stage and Dundas Cactus Festival.
After three exciting years of public and private performances in and around Hamilton, Brenda Brown was determined to record with some of her favourite musicians. She collaborated with well known multi-instrumentalist Ross Wooldridge (piano, woodwinds), Carl Jennings (recording engineer), and corralled active GTA session sidemen Chris Banks (bass), and Glenn Anderson (drums) to create her debut EP “Brenda Brown.”
“Brenda’s voice is mesmerizing…” M.K.
“Relaxing, smooth, bluesy, mystical…” G. H.

Event, Music-Jazz

2015 Something Else! Festival of Creative Music, Fri June 19 to Mon June 22

May 10th, 2015
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Ellwood_EppsFriday, June 19, to Monday, June 22, 2015, four evenings of concerts at 8:30 pm. Zula Pesents the 2015 SOMETHING ELSE! Festival of Creative Music, at Artword Artbar. Performers so far:
Artist in Residence: ELLWOOD EPPS (Montreal)
ERIC BOEREN 4TET (Amsterdam)
SEE THROUGH TRIO (Toronto)
KEN ALDCROFT/SCOTT THOMSON (Toronto/Montreal)
ERIC STACH/MIKE MALONE/DAVID LEE/TERRY FRASER (London/Hamilton)
NOT THE WIND, NOT THE FLAG (Toronto)
DALE MORNINGSTAR ++ (Hamilton)
more details soon…
http://zulapresents.org/

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Special event

Campfire Stories: Tom Dusome’s Open Stage, Thurs June 18

May 9th, 2015
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Tom_Dusome_cCampfireStories_TomDusome_2Thursday June 18, 2015, 8 pm, free. Campfire Stories. It’s time to fire up your creativity at Artword Artbar. Singer-songwriter Tom Dusome hosts an open stage for spoken word, poetry, song, music, dance, movement, visual art, or anything goes. Everyone has a story to tell. Come share your stories — by any means.

Event, Music, Open Mic and Jam, Storytelling

Jazz with the Jason Jones Unit, Wed June 17

May 8th, 2015
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Jason_Jones_Unit_c680Wednesday June 17, 2015, at 8 pm, $5. A night of modern acoustic music played by the Jason Jones Unit. Their music is a blend of Bluegrass, Jazz and Gypsy Swing.  Featuring Jason Jones guitar, Jill McKenna bass and Scott Taplay guitar, playing original music along with the music of Tony Rice, David Grisman, Bela Fleck and others.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Songstress Shari Vandermolen is back! Sat June 13

May 7th, 2015
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Shari Vandermolen_0112_enrcSaturday June 13, 2015, at 8:00 pm, $15. Back again for an intimate evening of song with her trio: vocalist Shari Vandermolen, accompanied by Steve McCrae on piano and James Gannett on bass.
Shari sings with her own 6-piece jazz band Quarter To Nine and has been invited to collaborate on a number of other larger jazz and swing projects over the past couple years. It was the intimate vibe of our very own Artbar that inspired her to bring you an intimate evening of song accompanied by Steve McRae, an accomplished jazz pianist and member of Quarter To Nine, who has played with Shari for the past 5 years. They will leave the sound of the big band behind and bring you some of their favourite jazz, torch and blues standards. Come and get your jazz on! Shari’s Quarter to Nine website

Fans of musical theatre have been treated to Shari’s unique vocal stylings for the past 9 years. “She takes a song and gives it emotional depth and edge. She not only sings it magnificently she acts the heart and soul out of it.” Gary Smith, The Hamilton Spectator.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Art Crawl: Jazz with the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, Fri June 12

May 6th, 2015
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AubreyWilson_quartetFriday June 12, 2015, James North Art Crawl, from 8 pm, tip jar. Jazz vocalist Aubrey Wilson is back with her Quartet: Aubrey Wilson vocals, Chris Bruder piano, Sean Bruce Parker drums, and Tom Altobelli bass, playing a variety of jazz standards. http://www.aubreywilsonmusic.com/

Event, Music-Jazz

3 Guitars: Will Gillespie, ‘Mo Kauffey & Robin Lee: Pickin’ & Grinnin’ Thurs June 11

May 5th, 2015
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Will_Gillespie_3_Guitars_c680Thursday June 11, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. “3 Guitars: Will Gillespie, ‘Mo Kauffey & Robin Lee: Pickin’ & Grinnin’ “ is a song-trading, in-the-round, workshop-style concert featuring these three singer-songwriters, together for the first time in a show, playing their original Folk, Jazz & Blues tunes, trading songs and stories, creating a casual, off-the-cuff jam-session atmosphere. You will be treated to a wide range of styles, songs and subjects, taken on an emotional journey by three men who have finely honed their skills and craft as both songwriters and as guitarists.
Will Gillespie has been described as a “one-of-a-kind finger-picking old-time crooning, genuine songwriter you absolutely must see perform” He calls his sound “Jazzed-Up Folk-Rock”: Original Rock & Roll with an air of Old-World Romance, taking Folk-Rock from the Barn to the Ballroom. www.willgillespie.ca
‘Mo Kauffey is among other things a Bluesman from Guelph, ON. Describing his approach to songwriting, he says “It is about the story, which is told by the lyrics. The lyrics are borne by the melody. The chord progression gives the melody a path. The rhythms are the ‘driving wheel’. And that is how it all makes sense to me.” www.mokauffey.com
Robin Lee is one of the smoothest pickers around. Hailing from Hamilton, Robin has a laid-back delivery both in his Chet Atkins-style finger-picking and almost conversational singing style. www.youtube.com/user/robinlajoiemusic

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk, Music-Jazz

Sim Bansal, Amber-Leigh Palka, Thom Mason, Coco Murphy, Wed June 10

May 5th, 2015
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Sim_BansalWednesday June 10, 2015, at 8 pm, $5. Sim Bansal, guitarist/vocalist, hosts an evening of songs, originals, jazz and more. Guests include jazz duo Amber-Leigh Palka on vocals and Thom Mason on guitar.  Sim Bansal‘s solo acoustic set of mostly original material, might remind you of… “early Sting, Steely Dan, Peter Gabriel, and David Bowie and may include some covers of songs from these artists.”
Rounding out the evening, singer songwriter Coco Murphy performs a set of originals on piano and guitar.

Event, Music

Hanna Bech and Friends, special concert, Sun June 7 at 7 pm

May 4th, 2015
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Hanna_Bech_Geoff_Ball_7829c_680Sunday June 7, 2015, at 7 pm, $10. Singer-songwriter-pianist Hanna_Bech_Rachel_Nolan_cHanna Bech presents a concert of her new songs, with cellist Geoff Ball and harpist Rachel Nolan, the first time all the songs are being showcased together. Hanna Bech is an “elegant, funny and passionate” storyteller with song. She likens her songs to a “a musical seascape where poetry loves deeply, stories soar sublimely, and our turtle hearts trump fear with laughter: vulnerable vibes in a confident cadence.”
Opening set by singer-songwriter Bob Edmonds accompanied by his partner Michelle on piano. His music grafts Celtic ballads to blues and roots, to create a wide variety of playful tunes. His song ‘Carry On’ formed a central piece of the May concert by Hamilton Sings! Community Choir, and will also play a part in celebrations around the upcoming PanAm Games.
Plus a guest set by The Folk (formerly known as What the Folk), Hamilton’s popular a capella group performing music from the heart of Ontario to the East Coast of Canada, and across the British Isles. The Folk is well-known for rousing harmonies, thrilling a capella songs, foot-stomping instrumental tunes, and various blends thereof.

Event, Music, Music-folk

Jazz: Thom Mason, Adrean Farrugia, Pat Collins, Sat June 6 at 9 pm

May 4th, 2015
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Saturday June 6, 2015, at 9:00 pm, $8 ($5 for students). Jazz with the Thom Mason Group. Jazz guitarist Thom Mason is very fortunate to be sharing the stage with Canadian jazz icons Adrean Farrugia on piano and the always swinging Pat Collins on bass. Mike Rajna will be joining the group on drums for a wonderful night of jazz standards ranging from swing to latin and everything in-between.

Event, Music-Jazz

Tiny Bill Cody presents Wranglers and Weepers, Fri June 5

May 3rd, 2015
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Tiny Bill CodyFriday June 5, 2015, at 8:30 pm, $15. Tiny Bill Cody presents
Wranglers and Weepers! an evening of classic western and classic originals with his super talented friends. Featuring Mimi Shaw, Dan Medakovic, Jeff Griffiths, and more super guests!

Event, Music

Richard Garvey: “Where Fools Gather” CD launch, Thurs June 4

May 2nd, 2015
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Richard_Garvey_cThursday June 4, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. Singer-songwriter Richard Garvey is releasing his new album, Where Fools Gather. The Hamilton launch is at Artword Artbar. Guest sets by Betty Supple and Marley Daemon. Richard is playing with a band: Julia Narveson – bass / fiddle, Dan Henshall – mandolin, Cory Orr – percussion, Celidh Barker – voice
www.richardgarvey.ca/wherefoolsgather

Event, Music, Music-folk

Ariana Nasr sings PIAF! a special concert, Wed June 3

May 1st, 2015
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ariananasr-piaf_c680Wednesday June 3, 2015 at 8 pm, $12. Imagine Artword Artbar as a  cabaret in Paris in the 40s or 50s — Ariana Nasr chante PIAF! To Edith_piaf_columbia_posterscelebrate the 100th year anniversary of the birth of the famous chanteuse Édith Piaf, Ariana Nasr has developed a live performance including 18 songs from the repertoire of Piaf, one of France’s best loved performers (see image right). The songs are all sung en français and the show includes song synopsis and background info in English. She is accompanied by her long-time collaborator, the inimitable Andy Flinn (of Andy and Ariana, who regularly visit Artword Artbar from Nova Scotia) http://www.andyandariana.com/      http://www.ariananasr.com/

Event, Music

Humber Literary Review issue #3 launch, Tues May 26, 7-9 pm

April 10th, 2015
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HumberLiteraryReview_flyerTuesday May 26, 2015, 7 to 9 pm, free. The Humber Literary Review launches its third issue for its Hamilton readers at Artword Artbar. Readings by Krista Foss, Sally Cooper, Claire Caldwell, Kelli Deeth, Nicola Winstanley. “HLR is the creation of Humber College’s Department of English, and its collective includes writers, academics, critics, visual artists, and linguists. Our goal is to share our enthusiasm for work that provokes, excites, and entertains — writing that makes you want to read more.” http://humberliteraryreview.com/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Folk-blues duo Jennis, Dennis Gaumond & Jen Gillmor, plus Sarah Beatty, Sat May 16

April 8th, 2015
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Jennis-9671-smallcSaturday May 16, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. (Book online or call 905-543-8512.) An evening of music with  folk-blues duo Jennis and an opening set by local songstress Sarah BeattyJennis 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. SarahBeatty8x10300-0282cWhat do you get when you combine some talented songwriting, warm, rich vocals along with a resophonic guitar, cello, jaw harp and even a didgeridoo?  A unique and impressive blend of folk, roots and bluesy sounds served up as a fine, entertaining evening of Jennis music.” Debra Thornington, Ottawa Blues Society  www.jennis.ca     www.jengillmormusic.ca
Hamilton-based singer-songwriter Sarah Beatty deftly occupies the space between blues, jazz, country, and soulful styled roots music. Her music shines with dynamic vocals, imaginative lyrics, and sing-song melodies. www.sarahbeatty.ca

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Country band The Lovelocks, Fri May 15

April 7th, 2015
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Lovelocks_stageFriday May 15, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. (Book online  or call 905-543-8512 to reserve.) The Lovelocks, Ali Raney and Zoe Neuman, a dynamic duo of two city girls who LOVE country music. Lovelocks_CD_frontTheir sound is described as a mixture of The Dixie Chicks go Lumineering with a Mumford & Sons-ian alt-country, roots-inspired approach filled with soaring vocals, sweet harmonies and sultry string. Celebrated by BlogTO (July 2014) as one of the top 5 alt-country bands to watch in Toronto. In 2014 The Lovelocks had a chart topping debut EP, and multiple accolades including the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Discovery Award Finalist and Rising Star Nomination.
http://www.thelovelocksband.com/

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