"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
Artword Theatre’s delightful Christmas comedy Scroogissimo returns for a third time to Artword Artbar, November 29 to December 11, 2016. Hamilton’s North End meets Charles Dickens in a wacky script by Ryan Sero and Charly Chiarelli, directed by Ronald Weihs. With the original cast!
A sell-out hit in 2013 and 2014, Scroogissimo features Charly as “Ebenezu Scroogi”, a Christmas-hating old Hamiltonian from Racalmuto, Sicily, who finds himself haunted by three ghosts of the Past, Present and Future.
Scroogissimo is performed by Charly Chiarelli, Pamela Gardner, Paula Grove, Valeri Kay, Jon-Gordon Odegaard, and Jeremy Shand.
Musical support for Scroogissimo is provided by Tim Nijenhuis (keyboard), leader of the blues trio Beg to Differ.
Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 8 pm, matinées Sundays at 2:30 pm.
Tickets: Wed to Sun $25.00. $10 Tuesdays: Tues Nov 29 & Dec. 6 $10 cash at door.
Tickets also available online, as a 2-show package with MacBush (both shows for only $36.) Reservations are required (905-543-8512) (Cast photo by Adam Carter.)
Saturday November 26, 2016, at 9:30 pm (late show after performance of Princess), $10. The Bossa Duo, vocalist Angela Turone and jazz guitarist Chris Platt, perform original arrangements and interpretations of bossa nova and samba favourites, written by some of Brazil’s most venerated composers and lyricists. http://chrisplattmusic.ca/ http://www.angelaturone.com/
Angela Turone, a graduate of the University of Toronto’s jazz performance program, is establishing herself in the Toronto jazz scene. In 2013, Angela shared the stage with Juno-Award-winning saxophonist Mike Murley and recorded on his album Reflections. Angela has been featured at Prince Edward County Jazz Festival, and in 2014 received the Jazz.FM91 Mary Alice Stuart Scholarship.
Chris Platt is an up-and-coming guitarist on the Toronto music scene. An alumnus of Mohawk College’s music program, Chris is currently earning his degree in jazz performance at the University of Toronto. Chris has been featured at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Newmarket Jazz Festival and the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival.
Thurs-Sun Nov 17-20 and Thurs-Sun Nov 24-27, 2016. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm $15, Sun mats 2 pm pwyc. Princess is a new one-act play written and directed by Sky Gilbert. It stars Anna Chatterton (writer/performer in Quiver at Theatre Aquarius Studio) as Mary Beth, and Ralph Small as her father. A young woman meets her dad in a little cafe. We learn that she has cancer, and that her father neglected her is a child. But is that all the truth? Or are there other truths? As the confrontation grows deeper we learn some troubling things about the young woman, and we also learn that things are not quite what they seem. Mary Beth is an extreme young woman, but maybe her obsessions are not that different from someone you know. Not every little girl can be a princess, and not every little girl can be perfectly happy. Can you come to terms with that? With life?
The show runs 60 mins.
LATE SHOWS, after Princess: On Fri and Sat Nov 18-19, at 9:30 pm, Artword Theatre presents a new dance work by Learie Mc Nicolls, called Night Journey.
On Saturday Nov. 26 at 9:30 pm, Brazilian Bossa Nova with vocalist Angela Turone, and guitarist Chris Platt.
Book two-show deal for $36 online!
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November 1 to 13, 2016. BACK for a 2-week run at Artword Artbar, in time for you-know-which election week!
MacBush, the Musical, by David L. Dawson and directed by Ronald Weihs, is a musical mash-up of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the George Bush administration.
You need to see this show! Here’s why:
“Tired of Trump, Hillary and the crew dispensing ‘Ain’t America Great’ on TV? Then go get a reality check at Artword Artbar, where Artword Theatre is offering hemlock and humour, stirred not shaken, in a bitter witches’ brew. … Sean Emberley stands out as a look-alike for the grinning George Bush. Jon-Gordon Odegaard makes an exotic Osama bin Laden. And Will Gillespie and Allan Merovitz have fun with the roles of Rumsfeld and Cheney. … Well worth seeing.” (Gary Smith, Hamilton Spectator, May 2016).
“This lively play… threads its laughs with an undeniably sinister undercurrent… Jamila B.’s vocals are a treat… she not only has good comedic timing but is eerie when she evokes Lady Macbeth.” (Allison Jones, View Magazine, May 2016)
“Mixing clever, biting political satire…, showing how power corrupts and evil proliferates. … Two highlights of the show are Shavini Fernando’s portrayal of an Iraqi woman’s lament, …and Will Gillespie, as an ordinary soldier. Shand’s portrayal of Powell’s conflicts is memorable.” (Ellen Jaffe, Ont Arts Review, May 2016)
Performed by seven accomplished singer-actors in the Artword Theatre Ensemble:
Jamila Bello, Sean Emberley, Shavini Fernando, Will Gillespie, Allan Merovitz, Jon-Gordon Odegaard, Jay Shand.
Music direction and performance by Tim Nijenhuis, with percussion by Steve Foster.
Book and lyrics by David Laing Dawson. Music by Charles W. Humphreys.
Directed by Ronald Weihs. Design by Judith Sandiford.
Produced by Artword Theatre and Gallery on the Bay.
Ticket Prices? Wed to Sun $25 Call 905-543-8512, or book online
Tuesday Special all tickets $10 cash at door
When? November 1 to 13, 2016, Tues to Sat at 8 pm, Sun mat. at 2:30 pm
Where? Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is this show about? G. Dubya and his sidekicks Dickie, Rummy, Condi and Coley sing jaunty show tunes while they plan tactics of ‘shock and awe’. Songs sung by a soldier and an Iraqi woman reveal other viewpoints. With guest appearances by ‘Saddam Hussein’ and ‘Osama Bin Laden’ and ‘Ahmadinejad’ as witches, who have some chilling prophecies about our now current world crisis.
Steel City Jazz Festival presents the Mike Malone Trio, featuring festival Artist-in-Residence Mike Malone on trumpet, with Adrean Farrugia on piano and Bob Shields on guitar. The SCJF Artist-in-Residence program is supported by Smordin Law. https://steelcityjazzfest.com/
Saturday October 29, 2016. 8 pm, $15/$10 students. Book tickets online Jazz Vocalists.
Steel City Jazz Festival presents a double bill of jazz vocalists: The Ault Sisters and the Aubrey Wilson Quartet.
The Ault Sisters: Amanda Ault, vocals; Alicia Ault, vocals; Alanna Ault, vocals; Tom Altobelli, bass; Chris Bruder, piano; Jordan Snider, drums. http://www.aultsisters.com/
Aubrey Wilson Quartet: Aubrey Wilson, vocals; Tom Altobelli, bass; Chris Bruder, piano; Sean Bruce Parker, drums. http://www.aubreywilsonmusic.com/
Friday October 28, 2016, at 8 pm, $15 / $10 students. Book tickets online for Lewis.Brown.
Steel City Jazz Festival presents Lewis.Brown, a new duo project: Larnell Lewis on drums and electronics, and Rich Brown on bass and electronics. https://steelcityjazzfest.com/
Rich Brown has been an active member of Toronto’s culturally diverse music scene since 1992. He has released 3 albums as a leader, and currently tours with New York based saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. Rich has also lead his own bands rinsethealgorithm and The Abeng and has appeared on over 60 recordings ranging from Jazz to Funk to Latin to traditional Asian and Arabic music. https://www.facebook.com/Rich-Brown-electric-bassist-298278910378211/
Larnell Lewis describes his sound as an eclectic mix of fusion music inspired by Afro and Latin Caribbean sounds, RnB, soul and funk. He is a Toronto-born musician, composer, producer, educator and clinician.
Thursday October 27, 2016, at 8 pm. $15/$10 students. Book tickets online Kite Trio + Brad Cheeseman Trio.
Steel City Jazz Festival presents an evening of New Jazz Compositions, a double bill with Kite Trio from Montreal and Brad Cheeseman Trio from Toronto.
Kite Trio: Eric Couture, guitar; Eric Dew, drums; Paul Van Dyk, bass. http://kitetrio.com
Brad Cheeseman Trio: Brad Cheeseman, bass; Adrean Farrugia, piano; Adam Fielding, drums.
Kite Trio has a new album Slightly Higher In Canada in the works. It was recorded over five days in May with producer Dave King, who helped them “capture raw, meaningful performances of 12 original compositions and one cover, with no overdubs or edits.” Here is the link to their fundraiser page to finish the project. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2030573278/kites-new-album-produced-by-dave-king-help-us-rele
Wednesday October 26, 2016, at 8 pm. $15/$10 students. Book tickets online Andrew Downing Otterville
Andrew Downing’s Otterville, a co-production with Zula Presents and Steel City Jazz Festival. Andrew Downing, cello; Michael Davidson, vibraphone; Tara Davidson, alto saxophone; Paul Mathew, bass; Nick Fraser, drums. “The song-like compositions and the virtuosity of the musicians take a sweet and nostalgic snapshot of the slow passage of time in the country and the joys that can bring.” http://www.andrewdowning.com/projects.html
Saturday October 22, 2016, at 8 pm, $15. Book online
Back with more smokin’ 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. Special guest for Oct 22 is multi-Juno award-winner John P. Allen on fiddle.
[To reserve call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or book online.]
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/
Friday October 21, 2016, at 8 pm, $15 / $10 students. The Artie Roth Quartet performs new music from their recent album Discern. The Toronto-based jazz group: Artie Roth acoustic bass/compositions, Geoff Young electric guitar, Anthony Michelli drums, Mike Filice saxophone. Their music is aggressive, melodic and groovy, and at other times sublime and spacious. Full of catchy melodic hooks and bass lines, Discern is cutting-edge composing and improvisation influenced by Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Dave Holland. Discern was co-produced by Grammy nominated, Genie award winning New York/Hamilton-born producer Roman Klun at the historic Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton, Ontario. As a leader, Artie released Parallels in 2005, Currently Experiencing in 2013 and released Discern in fall 2015. www.artieroth.com
Thursday October 20, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 /$5. Jazz vocalist Sue Ramsay hosts another of her jazz vocal jams, backed by Bob Shields on guitar, Adam Fielding on drums and Clark Johnston on stand-up bass. With some storytelling in the mix. Seasoned singers and students all welcome. Singers bring lead sheets please. Sue says: “I want to create an environment where singers can do their thing and promote whatever they’re working on. And I get to try out new material and jam with my trio. I have often found being a singer is a lonely road. The path is not always clear but so much easier with a network of friends around.” http://www.suzanne-ramsay.com/ .