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

 

Calendar view, upcoming events – Feb-Mar 2019

January 18th, 2019
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Sad Boys Literary Society, readings, music, Wed Mar 6

January 12th, 2019
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Wednesday March 6, 2019, at 8 pm. The Sad Boys Literary Society returns with music, readings, and new chapbooks. Host Ben Robinson. Details coming.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

Jazz with the Carolyn Credico Quartet, Sat Mar 2

January 8th, 2019
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Saturday March 2, 2019, at 8 pm, $15/$10. Jazz with the Carolyn Credico Quartet:
Carolyn Credico vocals, Chris Bruder piano, Jordan Snider drums, Victor Vrankulj bass.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

The Amy Project, stories/songs of Amy Winehouse, Fri March 1

January 7th, 2019
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Friday March1, 2019, at 8 pm, $tba. The Amy Project returns to Artword Artbar! The show is a musical and storied journey outlining the short but tragic life of Amy Winehouse, the late British soul, blues and jazz singer. The performers are: Marni Shuster as the voice of Amy,  Anthony Caradonna guitar/vocals, Ian Taylor bass/vocals, Amy DiNino piano/synth/vocals and Dominic DiNino drums.
Amy Winehouse was nominated for 63 World Music Awards and won 25 times for her songs and recordings before her death in 2011 at the age of only 27. The Amy Project performance will cover most of the songs from her two main albums Frank and Back to Black, plus many more of her other recordings, and some unreleased covers and collaborations.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-pop-etc., Music-rock, Music-Soul/R&B

Kongero, a capella quartet from Sweden, Thurs Feb 28, 2019

January 7th, 2019
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Thursday February 28, 2019, at 8 pm. Kongero, the a capella Swedish vocal group returns to Artword Artbar. Singers Lotta Andersson, Emma Björling, Anna Larsson and Anna Wikénius, of the highly acclaimed folk vocal group Kongero, draw traditional Swedish music out of the past and into the present.

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Jazz: The Jill McKenna Project, Wed Feb 27, 2019

January 6th, 2019
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Wednesday February 27, 2019, at 8 pm. Jazz with The Jill McKenna Project: Jill McKenna bass, Adrean Farrugia piano, MacKenzie Read drums.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Sat Feb 23, 2019

January 6th, 2019
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Saturday February 23, 2019 at 8 pm, $15. The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble returns again for Black History Month! 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; Aaron Ferrera drums, percussion; Cory Sitek alto and soprano saxophone, flute.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-roots, Music-World

Alternative funk & soul: Olivia Brown Quartet, Fri Feb 22, 2019

January 5th, 2019
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Friday February 22, 2019, at 8 pm. Alternative funk and soul with the Olivia Brown Quartet: “Billie Holiday, James Brown, and the Pixies collide in an evening of refreshingly original music.”
Olivia Brown bass and vocals, Jake Franiczek guitar, Justin McHugh drums, Ian Aisling piano.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-Soul/R&B

Psychedelic jazz, guitarist Doug Murphy, Thurs Feb 21, 2019

January 5th, 2019
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Thursday February 21,2019, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. Fusion psychedelic jazz with  guitarist Doug Murphy and his band “It Is What It Is”: Alana Gunn bass, Oscar Galbraith drums, Mike Ricci saxophone and flute. Guest set by Stef of KILLTHEOPPRESSOR.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz, Alex Tomowich Quartet, Sun Feb 17, 2019 at 7 pm

January 4th, 2019
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Sunday February 17, 2019 at 7 pm. Special early Sunday concert. Jazz w. the Alex Tomowich Quartet:  Ted Warren on drums, Pat Collins on bass, Michael Morabito on saxophones, and Alex Tomowich on piano. The quartet plays a range of music including innovative originals inspired by Joe Satriani, Bud Powell, and Joey Calderazzo, along with covers of music by Adrean Farrugia and more.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Acoustic Moments: The Riddim Riders Unplugged, Sat Feb 16, 2019

January 4th, 2019
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Saturday February 16, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 advance, $20 at the door. Mr. Jay hosts another fabulous Acoustic Moments show, featuring world-class reggae music by The Riddim Riders Unplugged.
Core members Franklin Joseph and Mike Rajczak are joined by vocalist Lauren Mikayla. The band breaks away from their usual reggae-rockers vibe with this configuration, presenting an acoustic-soul vibe featuring acoustic and classical guitars, djembe, conga and hand percussion, and a big focus on rich vocal harmonies.

Event, Music, Music-Soul/R&B, Music-World

Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley “Morning Sun” Black History Month, Fri Feb 15, 2019

January 3rd, 2019
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Friday February 15, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 advance, $20 door. The wonderful blues/gospel duo Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley are bringing us a very special show: “Morning Sun” – a celebration in song for Black History Month.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-roots, Special event

Valentine Special with Em and Joss, Thur Feb 14, 2019

January 3rd, 2019
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Thursday February 14, 2019, at 8 pm. $tba. Artword Artbar hosts a date-night Valentine’s Day special, a romantic evening of music with our wonderful friends Em and Joss (Emily Kemp and Jocelyn Russell). They will sing their favourite love songs. Piano, acoustic guitar, rhythm instruments and rich vocal harmonies. More details to come…

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-pop-etc.

Jazz w. the Winona Collective, Sat Feb 9, 2019

January 2nd, 2019
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Saturday February 9, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. The Winona Collective is a group of five jazz musician friends: Dan Pitt and Harry Bartlett on guitars, Jill McKenna and Caleb Klager on upright basses and Harry Vetro on drums. They are exploring the possibilities of this unusual instrumentation. New arrangements are possible, where each member can take on a different role in the ensemble. Their compositions will feature aspects of jazz improvisation, as well as new takes on standards.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

The SoulCypher: featuring Aisha Barrow & Viktoria Csik, Fri Feb 8, 2019

January 2nd, 2019
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Friday February 8, 2019, at 8 pm. The SoulCypher features up-and-coming Soul and R&B artists LifeandtheTribe (Aisha Barrow vocalist and band) and Viktoria Csik and band. The evening will showcase modern and classic R&B and Neo-soul.
Lifeandthetribe: Aisha Barrow vocals (listen to video below); Nathanael Pollard keys; Jason Osario guitar; Spencer Devolin bass; Jadon Haughton drums.
Viktoria Csik and band: Viktoria Csik vocals; Santiago Rozo keys; Cameron Watson bass; Lucas Hibbs drums.

Event, Music, Music-pop-etc.

OPENING Event: Kyp Harness, w. Tania Gill & Dale Morningstar, Thurs Feb 7, 2019

January 2nd, 2019
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Thursday February 7, 2019, at 8 pm. First event of 2019. Songwriter Kyp Harness, musician and writer, is celebrating the release of his second novel The Abandoned as well as his 14th album, self-titled Kyp Harness.Joining him is pianist Tania Gill and multi-intrumentalist Dale Morningstar of Dinner is Ruined.  https://kypharness.net/

“If you aren’t familiar with Kyp Harness, then you’ve been missing one of the most important bodies of work any Canadian singer-songwriter…. With each new release, media outlets have hailed him as a genius, and his songs have been covered by Ron Sexsmith, Daniel Lanois and Mary Margaret O’Hara, among others. Sexsmith has called Harness, ‘my favourite songwriter. It’s his lyrics that set him apart. They are every bit as powerful as the best Dylan, Cohen and Lennon combined.’”

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

December 2018, January 2019, in London, England

December 18th, 2018
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Artword Artbar closed to Feb 6, 2019

December 10th, 2018
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From Dec 16, 2018 to Feb 6, 2019, Artword Artbar will be closed.
Programming resumes from Thurs February 7, 2019. Watch the website for programming updates for February and March 2019.

Event, News

Scroogissimo! is delightful and charming (review by Gary Smith)

December 10th, 2018
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GARY SMITH: Scroogissimo! is delightful and charming

WhatsOn December 11, 2019, 12:02 PM by Gary Smith, Special to The Hamilton Spectator

www.thespec.com/whatson-story/9075444-gary-smith-scroogissimo-is-delightful-and-charming/

It’s the best Scrooge I’ve seen all year.

With apologies to Charles Dickens, this Hamilton version of the transformation of a crusty old skinflint to a giving and caring benefactor of humanity, will make you believe in something more than ersatz holiday entertainment.

We’re in Hamilton, where Bob Cratchit (Jon-Gordon Odegaard) and his family live at 487 Barton St. Cratchit scratches out a living in the office chambers of Ebenezer Scrooge a wily old Sicilian played of course by the irrepressible Charly Chiarelli.

As in Dickens, you’ll go with those three spirits of Christmas, Past, Present and Future (Pamela Gardner, Paula Grove and Valeri Kay) as they force the grumpy old miser to confront the waste of his life. Read more…

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