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

Transformation by Learie Mc Nicolls, Fringe Festival, July 16 to 25

June 22nd, 2015
Comments Off on Transformation by Learie Mc Nicolls, Fringe Festival, July 16 to 25

transformation_poster_Jul2015Hamilton_Fringe_BLK Logo_smJuly 16 to 25, 2015, $10. Eight performances. Artword Theatre presents Transformation: A Journey of the Soul’s Healing by Learie Mc Nicolls, in the 2015 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival.
Learie Mc Nicolls confronts the demons of poverty, violence and fear in his powerful new work, Transformation: a Journey of the Soul’s Healing. An Artword Theatre production, directed by Ronald Weihs, Transformation combines dance, spoken word, soundscape and visual images, to present one man’s struggle to come to terms with his troubled Trinidad childhood and redeem the forgotten child inside him. The live musical soundscape is by Dale Morningstar, and live visuals by Judith SandifordArticle on March version of Transformation
Learie_McNicolls_Transformation_Mar2015_0508_680Venue: Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, a Bring-Your-Own-Venue.
Running time is 60 minutes.
Showtimes: Thursday July 16 at 9:00 pm; Friday July 17 at 9:00 pm;
Saturday July 18 at 9:00 pm; Sunday July 19 at 8:00 pm;
Wednesday July 22 at 9:00 pm; Thursday July 23 at 8:00 pm;
Friday July 24 at 9:00 pm; Saturday July 25 at 9:00 pm  (Final Show) http://hamiltonfringe.ca/
Learie Mc Nicolls has been a key figure in the contemporary dance scene in Toronto since Read more…

Dance, Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Literary, Spoken Word, Theatre

Drinking, Fighting and Fishing, Fringe Festival, July 16 to 25

June 21st, 2015
Comments Off on Drinking, Fighting and Fishing, Fringe Festival, July 16 to 25

Hamilton_Fringe_BLK Logo_smJulian_Nicholson_posterJuly 16 to 25, 2015, eight performances, $10. Julian Nicholson and David B. Fraser present Drinking, Fighting and Fishing at Artword Artbar (a BYOV Venue), as part of the 2015 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival, .
Julian Nicholson stars in Drinking, Fighting and Fishing, a one-man play by David B. Fraser, about Andy and his two brothers drinking, fighting, and fishing their way through life. Andy re-lives his youth and his traumatic history that masks a deeper and mysterious illness affecting his life. The play, a coming of age story that deals with mental illness and substance abuse, is funny, desperate, and honest.
Julian Nicholson and David B. Fraser are long-time theatre veterans who have collaborated on many theatre projects in the Toronto and Hamilton area. Most recently, Julian directed David’s play A Home for Margaret in the 2014 Hamilton Fringe Festival. David B. Fraser won the 2008 Hamilton Fringe Playwright’s Contest for his play Gerald Hilroy’s Guide to the Art of Seduction.
Venue: Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, a Bring-Your-Own-Venue.
Running time is 45 minutes.
Show times for Drinking, Fighting and Fishing are: Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 pm; Friday, July 17 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, July 18 at 7:30 pm; Tuesday, July 21 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30 pm; Friday, July 24 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, July 25 at 5:00 pm and at 7:30 pm  (Final Show)

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Late jazz show: Patrick Smith band fusion and hard bop, Thurs July 23 at 9:30 pm

June 20th, 2015
Comments Off on Late jazz show: Patrick Smith band fusion and hard bop, Thurs July 23 at 9:30 pm

Patrick_Smith_21C_11cThursday July 23, 2015, at 9:30 pm, cover tba. (Late show after the performance of Transformation 8 to 9 pm.) Jazz fusion and hard bop band called 21C, led by up-and-coming jazz composer Patrick Smith on saxophones. Patrick_Smith_21C_10cBand members: Jacob Thompson keyboards; Alex Lakusta upright and electric bass; Patrick Armstrong drums. Drawing on influences from hard bop and fusion, to flamenco, classic rock and hip hop, the Pat Smith band 21C connects with the 21st century by playing original, modern music with a strong emphasis on melody and groove. Their goal is to play music that reaches across genres to reflect the various faces of the world we are living in. The band has played in venues in Ottawa and Toronto. Currently in the works is the recording of a short length EP and a tour of southern Ontario. Patrick Smith is a young saxophonist and composer, originally from Ottawa, who is currently studying Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto. Read more…

Event

Dance/Music Collaboration: Olga Barrios, John Henry Gerena, Edgardo Moreno, Tues July 14

June 18th, 2015
Comments Off on Dance/Music Collaboration: Olga Barrios, John Henry Gerena, Edgardo Moreno, Tues July 14

olga_barrios_BGR_cNEW DATE! Tuesday July 14, 2015, at 9 pm, $10. A special evening by three brilliant Latin American performers. In a rare appearance back in Hamilton, dancer/choreographer Olga Barrios  joins forces with Hamilton-based dancer John Henry Gerena and musician Edgardo Moreno in an extended experimental interaction of movement and electro-acoustic music, with projections.
Olga Barrios is a choreographer, dancer and teacher who has collaborated with theatre, music and dance companies in Canada, USA and Colombia. Born in Bogota Colombia where she studied Performing Arts – Dance Program at the Arts Academy and Advertising at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Olga also holds a MFA in Dance from Toronto’s York University. She is co-founder of Vanguardia Dance Projects in Canada and Artistic Director of Olga Barrios Contemporary Dance. Olga received the 2011 Hamilton Arts Award in Performance and is proud of being part of the multi-cultural artistic development movement in the Canadian community. http://www.olgabarrios.com/
Edgardo_Moreno_cEdgardo Moreno, born in Santiago Chile, is Hamilton-based composer who specializes in film scores as well as contemporary dance and theatre. Edgardo has begun a multi-media exploration of Nostalgia and notions of home. The work includes video, live sound manipulation, and music. He has worked extensively with numerous choreographers, including Allen and Karen Kaeja. His compositions are a mix of influences and styles, and have been called ‘compelling and strongly integrated’ by the Washington Post. ‘Beautiful and haunting ‘ Globe & Mail. ‘Ominous, threatening, driven and haunting’ Montreal Gazette. ‘Richly textured’ Toronto Star. http://www.musicamoreno.com/
John_Henry_Gerena_bcJohn Henry Gerena is a Colombian choreographer, improviser, performer and dancer with more than twenty years of artistic experience. Graduated in art education and advertising; Master in dance from York University of Toronto-Canada. In Canada, he has worked as a guest dancer in companies such as ParBleux, Newton Moraes Dance Theatre, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and Olga Barrios Contemporary Dance. His interest as an independent artist focuses on the development of solo performance work, taking the body as central element in a close dialogue with other artistic disciplines, to find new ways to conceive dance.   http://johnhenrygerena.wix.com/john-henry-gerena

Dance, Event, Music

Songstress Orit Shimoni, plus Dave Pomfret, Sat July 11

June 8th, 2015
Comments Off on Songstress Orit Shimoni, plus Dave Pomfret, Sat July 11
Orit_Shimoni_a680Saturday July 11, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. “Brilliant and lyrically impactful vocalist” singer-songwriter Orit Shimoni swings by Artword Artbar. On the road full time for nearly seven years now, this fiercely independent songstress has been writing and singing her way into the hearts, minds and souls of fans across the globe. Dave_PomfretWith five full-length albums, all highly acclaimed and radio charting, and a new EP in hand, Shimoni is defiantly proving there’s a place for ‘smart’ in the world of song. She even has a sense of humour. “Playing impressive fingerstyle guitar, she commands a vocal wallop and her intense, singer-songwriter material covers a lot of ground.” – Roots Music Canada. www.oritshimoni.com
With an opening set by one of our favourite singer-songwriters, Dave Pomfret. Dave’s solo debut album NO RUSH (Mike Trebilcock, Producer) has garnered high praise from Hamilton’s music community, including 2009 Hamilton Music Awards Nominee for Male Artist of the Year and Folk/Roots Record of the Year. “On his first solo effort, Dave Pomfret demonstrates a mature songwriting craft that blends a rootsy grit with a natural pop sensibility.” – Graham Rockingham.  http://www.davepomfretmusic.com/

Event, Music

Art Crawl: R&B, Motown, Soul w. Andre Bisson and band, Fri July 10

June 7th, 2015
Comments Off on Art Crawl: R&B, Motown, Soul w. Andre Bisson and band, Fri July 10

Andre Bisson 2cFriday July 10, 2015, James North Art Crawl, from 8 pm, tip jar. Hot summer night at Artword Artbar! Award-winning vocalist André Bisson on guitar, vocals; Kevin Beeby bass; Glenn Paul drums; Loretta Hale trumpet; Andrew King tenor sax; Kevin Matthews baritone sax.
Since 2005, André Bisson has been performing his unique blend of R&B and Soul throughout the US, Canada, England, Wales & Ireland. After graduating from the Applied Music Program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, André went on to record, compose, and arrange five studio albums. The success of these award-winning albums has led to four international tours, radio airplay, and the chance to open for artists such as Colin James, Jimmie Vaughan, Robben Ford and Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies). Recently, André was honored as ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ for the 2015 Hamilton Blues Awards as well as a nomination for ‘Overseas Artist of the Year’ from the British Blues Awards. With the help of a horn section, André combines the influence of Motown and Stax in his own original compositions.
Website: andrebisson.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/andreandthejtones

Event, James North events, Music

Jazz vocal duo Carolyn Credico and Mim Adams, Thurs July 9

June 6th, 2015
Comments Off on Jazz vocal duo Carolyn Credico and Mim Adams, Thurs July 9
CarolynCredico_MimAdams_cThursday July 9, 2015, at 8 pm, $10/$5 students. Jazz vocal duo Carolyn Credico and Mim Adams are two performers whose impeccable vocal precision come together in this combo.  They sing a variety of jazz standards (arranged by Mim herself), pop and folk tunes.
Mim sings in a number of bands in the GTA.  She is the Jazz choir conductor at Mohawk College and York University, and writes arrangements for the vocal duo.
Carolyn has released a jazz album titled “Pieces of Dreams” with Don Thompson, Reg Schwager and Pat Collins.  She sings in the GTA, Hamilton, and the Niagara Region, as well as performs for special events for 91.1 Jazz FM in Toronto. Carolyn teaches voice, piano and guitar at InTune Music Academy. https://credicoadams.wordpress.com

Event, Music-Jazz

Jazz with the Dimitri Mavridis Group, Wed July 8

June 5th, 2015
Comments Off on Jazz with the Dimitri Mavridis Group, Wed July 8

Dimitri_Mavridis_picWednesday July 8, 2015, at 8 pm, pwyc. A reunion jazz concert with the Dimitri Mavridis Group, with Dimitri Mavridis bass, Calvin Barnard drums, Travis Baynham guitar, David Hollingshead piano. Find out more about these musicians and more:  http://www.hollingsheadmusic.com/

Event, Music-Jazz

Gypsy Jazz: Les Petits Nouveaux, Sun July 5 at 7 pm

June 4th, 2015
Comments Off on Gypsy Jazz: Les Petits Nouveaux, Sun July 5 at 7 pm

Les_Petits_Nouveaux_logo_cLes_Petits_Nouveaux_2_680Sunday July 5, 2015, at 7:00 pm, $10/pwyc. A special concert by Les Petits Nouveax, a Gypsy Jazz group in town at Whitehern Museum in the afternoon and at Artword Artbar in the evening. Les Petits Nouveaux play music in the tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Members: Andy Mac guitar, Tak Arikushi guitar, Aline Homzy violin, plus guest Julian Anderson-Bowes bass.  https://www.youtube.com/user/LesPetitsNouveaux
Sabine_NdalambaOpening the evening is guitarist/composer Sabine Ndalamba. Her approach to jazz guitar is forward thinking, modern and contemporary yet also pays tribute to the greats. http://sabinendalamba.blogspot.ca/
Les Petits Nouveaux is a gypsy jazz trio from Canada/Sweden. While the group’s sound is defined by Django and Grappelli, Les Petits Nouveaux also draw inspiration from Astor Piazzolla, Bartok and many other composers and styles into their signature sound. After being formed in 2011 by Swedish guitarist Mikko Hilden in Toronto, the international trio has maintained a presence on the gypsy jazz scene through concerts and residencies. In August, 2015 the trio will make its second tour of Sweden.

Event, Music-Jazz, Special event

Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil played by the Chris Bruder Group, Sat July 4

June 3rd, 2015
Comments Off on Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil played by the Chris Bruder Group, Sat July 4

WayneShorter_SpeakNoEvil_backWayneShorter_coverSaturday July 4, 2015, at 8 pm, cover $10-$15. Jazz pianist Chris Bruder hosts a Wayne Shorter tribute night, featuring Mike Malone on trumpet, Clark Johnston on bass, Adam Fielding on drums, Chris Bruder on piano, and (hopefully) Scott Neilson on sax. They will be playing Wayne Shorter‘s classic 1964 album Speak No Evil from front to back, and then another set of Shorter tunes.
From Wikipedia: Murray Horwitz stated in 2001 that “Speak No Evil is sort of a consolidation of Wayne Shorter’s compositional excellence. It’s so thorough and consistent and wide-ranging. It’s almost a manifesto for his ideas. Those ideas were new 40 years ago, but they’re still fresh today.”

Event, Music-Jazz

Roots reggae, host Mr. Jay, singer-songwriter Jsun, Riddim Riders Unplugged, Fri July 3

June 2nd, 2015
Comments Off on Roots reggae, host Mr. Jay, singer-songwriter Jsun, Riddim Riders Unplugged, Fri July 3

Jay_Mr._D.I.DFriday July 3, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. Artword Artbar’s good friend Mr. Jay hosts an evening of reggae roots music. Jsun_live1-u3008c encFeatured is Bajan-Canadian singer-songwriter jSun, who will call in some relaxing vibes with his reggae-folk infused acoustic sound. Special guest appearance by Riddim Riders Unplugged!
jSun will share some sunny new tunes from his upcoming release Mellow Moods, songs inspired by the rhythm of the natural world. A musical journey through both the light and the shadows,  jSun will also venture into a few Songs of Past, with more politically-oriented songs from the beginnings of his musical journey.  J will have on display some hand-crafted instruments and several paintings from the series Waves and Sunshine.  http://www.jmusic.ca/
Riddim_Riders_Unplugged_cRiddim Riders Unplugged, aka Acoustic Ride, are an extension of Hamilton’s premier reggae band Riddim Riders. Core members Franklin Joseph and Mike Rajczak are joined by vocalist Lauren Mikayla, lead guitar Keon Crosswell and Christopher Charles. The Riders break away from their usual reggae-rockers vibe with this configuration, featuring acoustic and classical guitars, djembe, conga and hand percussion, and a big focus on rich vocal harmonies. Although still touching on the reggae tip, the focus is on acoustic rock, r&b and soulful originals, showcasing the band’s diversity and unique sound potential. Audiences are loving the Acoustic Ride, set for a busy summer in 2015, so come check it out and be blessed.

Event, Music

Jazz with the Brad Cheeseman Group, Thursday July 2

May 22nd, 2015
Comments Off on Jazz with the Brad Cheeseman Group, Thursday July 2

Thursday July 2, 2015, at 8 pm, $10 (or $20 includes CD). The Hamilton launch of The Brad Cheeseman Group’s new self-titled CD. Brad Cheeseman – electric bass/compositions; Robert Chapman – guitar; Nick Maclean – piano/keys; Marito Marques – drums; Chelsea McBride – tenor sax. Plus an opening set with the Tom Altobelli Group.
“By blending the rich language of jazz with elements of rock, R&B, fusion and other styles, Brad was able to marry his many influences into a unique compositional voice. The music seeks to bridge the gap between jazz and other genres in order to provide an engaging, emotional and exciting musical experience for all listeners. ”  http://bradcheeseman.com/

Event, Music-Jazz

“Open Mic for Open Streets”, hosted by Ron the Fiddler, Sun June 28, 11:00 to 4 pm

May 19th, 2015
Comments Off on “Open Mic for Open Streets”, hosted by Ron the Fiddler, Sun June 28, 11:00 to 4 pm

OpenStreets_WWR-JUNE-28-2015_680Sunday June 28, 2015. It’s the Open Streets Festival again (walk, ride, roll all day from 10 am to 5 pm up and down James Street North. http://openstreetshamilton.ca/).
OpenStreets_Artword_2014c_photoAWenzowskiFrom 11 am to 4 pm or so, Artword Artbar presents “Open Mic for Open Streets“, our traditional presence on the street, as we haul our sound gear out to the corner of Colbourne & James Street North, to join in the fun. Roll on by with your guitar or harmonica or kazoo and take over a mic. Hosted by Ron the Fiddler. Music, songs, stories, poems, dance – all welcome. (Photo 2014)

Event, James North events, Open Mic and Jam, Special event

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

May 18th, 2015
Comments Off on Sat June 27: Zineposium 2 to 6 pm, Spoken Word open mic and PoeMagic, 6:30 to 9:30 pm

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

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…

Event, Music-folk

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

May 16th, 2015
Comments Off on Jazz: Scott Taplay’s new trio + guest Adrean Farrugia, Thurs June 25

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 Brad Goode on trumpet. Brad is visiting the area from his home base in Boulder, Colorado, for some appearances at the Toronto Jazz Festival.  http://www.bradgoode.com/home/bio/

Event, Music-Jazz

AWSOM Powered