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 baby grand piano (kept tuned) and a full PA sound system.
Your hosts: Ronald Weihs & Judith Sandiford 905-543-8512, c:905-912-9083, firstname.lastname@example.org
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."
Saturday December 12, 2015 at 8 pm, $10. Have a jazzy night out with The Brad Cheeseman Trio. They will be playing an evening of standards, covers and original compositions. Brad Cheeseman – electric bass, Robert Chapman – guitar, Adam Fielding – drums.
Brad’s larger ensemble The Brad Cheeseman Group has recently released a new self-titled album, which has been nominated in the Best Jazz Instrumental category of the 2015 Toronto Independent Music Awards.
Getting the evening started is the lovely Deanna Wells from Ophelia Syndrome (www.opheliasyndrome.com).
Thursday December 10, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. Queens of Quirk, a concert celebrating charming (un)conventional coolness, hosted by Hanna Bech.
* Accordionist/storyteller-in-song Willow Rutherford
* Comedienne Michelle Zhitomirsky
* Silks Aerialist/vocalist Pamela Gardner
* Keyboardist/songsmith Hanna Bech
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 8 pm, $10. Celebrate the season with A Charlie Brown Christmas tribute concert with the Aaron Z. Trio. Jazz pianist Aaron Zukewich will play through A Charlie Brown Christmas, a 1965 studio album by jazz composer/pianist Vince Guaraldi, soundtrack to the CBS Christmas television special of the same name. A Charlie Brown Christmas features several originals (Christmas Time Is Here, Linus and Lucy) as well as covers of contemporary Christmas songs (The Christmas Song, O Tannenbaum). Vince Guaraldi went on to compose scores for seventeen Peanuts television specials, plus the feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
Sunday December 6, 2015, matinee at 3 pm, $10 adults, $5 children 12 & under.
Monday December 7, 2015, evening at 7 pm. $10/$5. To reserve, call 905-543-8512.
The First Channukah in Kanata (1759), by Allan Merovitz (singer, actor, storyteller). Allan tells the story of Aaron Hart, sometimes known as The First Jew in Canada, with traditional Channukah songs.
In 1759, Aaron Hart came north from the British colony of New York, during the Conquest of Quebec. He stayed behind in the town of Trois Rivieres on the St. Lawrence River.
Saturday December 5, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. Places and Memory: an evening of music and stories about and from Latin America, with singer-songwriter Marcelo Puente from Chile, and musician/composer Edgardo Moreno. Marcelo and Edgardo will be performing original and traditional Latin American music. Edgardo will be showing his film Double Exposure which features live as well as pre-recorded music and sound. http://www.musicamoreno.com/
Friday December 4, 2015, at 8 pm, $15 (call 905-543-8512). The incredible Gypsy singer-songwriter Micheal T. Butch is back at Artword Artbar, with his full band The Gypsy Rebels. Band members: Micheal T. Butch guitar and lead vocals, Steve Evans trumpet, Alfred Gertler stand-up bass, Dudu Rotash accordion and backup vocals, and a violinist.
Micheal T Butch founded The Gypsy Rebels in 2005 with the dream of bringing the traditional Gypsy repertoire he learned from his parents and grandparents to a wider audience here in Canada. His goal is not only to keep the music of his ancestors alive, but also to add a new dimension to each song with original arrangements and a unique reggae, funk, and soul sound. Micheal is also an accomplished songwriter who sings from the heart about his passions, his philosophies, and his way of life. www.thegypsyrebels.com/
The Gypsy Rebels fully support the important work being done on behalf of the Roma Gypsies by the Roma Community Centre, and in turn, thank them for their ongoing support. Visit www.romatoronto.org for more information.
Thursday December 3, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. One night only! Choreographer/dancer Learie Mc Nicolls curates and hosts edition #8 of Big Dance, Little Stage, an evening of contemporary dance works for a small stage. New choreography, improvisations, live visuals. Line-up for Dec 3:
* Anderson Langille,
* Julia Garlisi
* Megan English with musician Dale Morningstar,
* Learie Mc Nicolls
Wednesday December 2, 2015, at 8 pm, $10 regular/$5 students. Jazz and more with JOM! a three-piece band founded by Matthew Pullicino (drums), with Jake Franizcek (guitar), and Olivia Brown (bass), playing funk/jazz/fusion music (John Scofield, Jaco Pastorius, James Brown, The Meters) along with original compositions from each member. Guest vocalists throughout the evening.
Saturday November 28, 2015, $10, at 9:30 pm, after Toller. The Jay Danley Ethiojazz Project features Jay Danley‘s compositions and guitar playing in the style of Ethiojazz, which combines the rich sounds of Ethiopian scales and modern jazz. For the concert at Artword Artbar the group will feature Elena Kapeleris on sax, Nabil Amarshi on bass and Max Sennit on drums. http://jaydanleyethiojazzpr.wix.com/jaydanleyethiojazz
The group has featured such Jazz luminaries as Hilario Duran (piano) and Rich Brown (bass). Watch the video of the larger group with Hilario Duran.
Friday November 27, 2015 at 9:30 pm, after Toller. Guitarist, singer and songwriter Wayne Janus continues his Last Friday residency at Artword Artbar, with David Carrillo on drums and Myron Plichota on bass. This electric trio displays artistic diversity based on Blues, Funk and Groove, a world class performance mixing original and cover material, and strong improvisation.
Wednesday November 25, 2015 at 8 pm, $10. North of Nashville: 3 Alt-Country songwriters in the round: Danny Medakovic, Nudie, and Chris Altmann. A night of great musical discovery and storytelling.
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer, Danny Medakovic has been gathering the respect of fellow musicians and music fans since moving to Hamilton 20 years ago. Danny will play tunes from his newest album, Jolley Cut. http://www.jolleycut.com/
Roots troubadour Nudie is touring through Ontario in November from his current home base of Charlottetown, PEI. His authentic style of music and songwriting is captured on his 2014 album Remember This. It is the soundtrack of relationships and heartache, delivered with wit and charm, and coated in the sounds of 1960s West Coast country soul. http://nudiemusic.com/
Pedal steel player and songwriter Chris Altmann was born in Adelaide, Australia and has been living in Hamilton for three years, where he is an in-demand session player and touring musician. He is currently working on his third solo album. http://chrisaltmann.com.au/
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Thurs to Sat Nov 19-21 & Nov 26-28, 2015, at 8 pm, tickets $15. Matinees Sundays Nov 22 & 29 at 2 pm, PWYC at the door only.
A two-week run at Artword Artbar of Sky Gilbert‘s new play TOLLER, about figure-skater Toller Cranston. The play is written and directed by Sky Gilbert, produced by hammertheatre, and stars David Benjamin Tomlinson in the role of Toller (photo right).
Sky Gilbert’s new play TOLLER: A Performance by Toller Cranston is a fictional one-act presentation in which Toller Cranston muses on his life and times. It is inspired by Cranston’s 1997 memoir Zero Tollerance: An Intimate Memoir by The Man That Revolutionized Figure Skating.
Toller Cranston died suddenly earlier this year at a relatively young age of 65. The Olympic Bronze medalist, born in Hamilton, was always a controversial figure. Sky Gilbert considers Toller Cranston as an historical gay figure much in the ‘old school closeted’ style of Noel Coward and Liberace. Uncomfortable with gay liberation, Cranston instead preferred to position himself as a creative outsider rather than as a homosexual.
The play allows Toller Cranston himself to speak about his life and his sexuality through an artful performance of the famous figure skater’s own devising. TOLLER boldly confronts issues of sexuality, identity, and hypocrisy, ultimately painting the portrait of a fierce, frightened, heroic, and very wounded gay man.
The running time is 60 minutes. Separate concerts will follow at 9:30 on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 5 pm on Sunday Nov 22.