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"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 Artbar 15 Colbourne Street. Your hosts Ronald Weihs and Judith Sandiford
905-543-8512, c.905-912-9083 artword@artword.net

Upcoming Highlights

April 25th, 2016
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Featured Post: THEATRE: MacBush, the Musical, by David Dawson, April 26 to May 8

April 20th, 2016
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Tuesday April 26 to Sunday May 8, 2016, a two-week run at Artword Artbar.   BUY_tix_buttonBook online
MacBush, the Musical, by David L. Dawson and directed by Ronald Weihs, is a new musical play that is — yes, you guessed it — a mash-up of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the George ‘Dubya’ Bush administration during 2001/9/11 and the War on Iraq.

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.

Performed by a cast of seven accomplished singer-actors in the Artword Theatre Ensemble:
Jamila B., Sean Emberley, Shavini Fernando,
Will Gillespie, Allan Merovitz,
Jon-Gordon Odegaard, Jay Shand

Book and lyrics by David Laing Dawson. Music by Charles W. Humphreys.
Directed by Ronald Weihs. Music direction by Tim Nijenhuis.
Design by Judith Sandiford. Produced by Artword Theatre and Gallery on the Bay.

Show Dates and Times: April 26 to May 8, 2016, Tues to Sat at 8 pm, Sun mat. at 2:30 pm
Prices: Tues $20.00, Wed, Thurs & Sun: $25.00, Fri & Sat $30.00

Call for info about groups and special price offers:
Artword Artbar: 905-543-8512   www.artword.net/artbar
OR Gallery on the Bay: 905-540-8532   www.galleryonthebay.com

Event, Theatre

Micah Barnes “New York Stories”, Fri & Sat, June 3 & 4

April 19th, 2016
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micah_barnes_albumFriday June 3 and Saturday June 4, 2016, at 8 pm. $15 advance / $20 at the door. Two shows! The fabulous chart-topping jazz singer-songwriter Micah Barnes is returning to Artword Artbar for a two-show run of his New York Stories. His critically acclaimed disc New York Stories (eOne Music) is a personal ode to romance in the City That Doesn’t Sleep. Inspired by the classic songwriting of Fats Waller, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, this self-penned song cycle takes the listener on a journey through Manhattan’s musical history including the Cotton Club, the Apollo Theatre, Broadway and late night jazz clubs.
New York Stories was conceived while Barnes was romancing his partner who was working on Broadway at the Palace Theatre. Their apartment was on Lenox Avenue in Harlem, right on the site of the legendary Savoy Ballroom, and just a few blocks from Apollo Theatre. Micah decided to make the most of the musical and romantic inspiration and rented an hourly piano studio off Times Square to sketch the songs that would become New York Stories. These songs are inspired by the composers writers who created so many of the classic jazz, Broadway and pop songs in those very piano studios.   http://www.micahbarnes.com
Micah Barnes began his career as Read more…

Event, Music-Jazz, Special event

Folk-blues duo Jennis: Dennis Gaumond & Jen Gillmor, Sat May 28

April 18th, 2016
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Jennis-9671-smallcSaturday May 28, 2016, at 8 pm, $10.  Back at Artword Artbar! The wonderful  folk-blues duo JennisJennis 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. “What 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

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Jazz w. the Adam Fielding Trio, Fri May 27

April 17th, 2016
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Friday May 27, 2016, at 8 pm. $10. Jazz with Adam Fielding on drums, Matthew Flemming on guitar and Jon Stemmler on bass. They will be performing jazz and pop standards in their own unique way. More details coming.

Event, Music-Jazz

60s Folk Revival Sing-a-long, Thurs May 26

April 10th, 2016
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Sue_and_Dwight_logoThursday May 26, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone, a 60s Folk Revival sing-a-long concert, with Sue Peters (vocals),  Michelle Rumball (vocals), Dwight Peters (vocals, 6 & 12 string guitars) and Tony Laviola (double bass). Imagine an evening that transforms the Artword Artbar into one of the 1960s coffeehouses of Yorkville or Greenwich Village. The lyrics have meaning, the voices are true and passionate in solo and in harmony, and the music inspires the audience to join in. Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone recreates the songs of hope and social justice, messages that still resonate today. The show covers the songs of the great singers and poets including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Ian & Sylvia, Peter Paul and Mary, and Phil Ochs. Song-sheets are provided. http://wherehaveallthefolksongsgone.blogspot.ca/

Event, Music-folk

Sunday Brunch with singer-songwriters Annie and Rose-Erin, Sun May 22 at noon

April 5th, 2016
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Annie_Sumi_c_RyanMarshall_680Rose-Erin_Stokes_cSunday May 22, 2016, from noon to 3 pm. A Victoria Day Weekend Special Treat. A homemade Trinidad Brunch by chef Learie Mc Nicolls, starting at noon, PLUS a full concert by touring singer-songwriters Annie Sumi and Rose-Erin Stokes starting at about 12:30 pm. to 2:30 pm. $20 covers both the Concert and the Brunch. Concert only $10. Reserve 905-543-8512.
Annie Sumi,  from the GTA area, released her debut album Reflections last spring. It earned airplay on CBC radio and charted on college radio for 10 straight weeks. In October she received a Best Singer-Songwriter nomination at the Toronto Independent Music Awards.  www.anniesumi.com
Rose-Erin Stokes, from North Bay, was a nominee for “Best Solo Album” and the recipient of “Best Vocals on a Recording” at the 2015 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards. Most recently, Rose toured throughout Western Canada on a solo, music-cycling tour.  www.roseerinstokes.com
Rose and Annie play together in the Hidden Roots Collective band and share in this journey of being female singer-songwriters.

Event, Music-folk, Special event

Jazz with the Hans Luchs Trio from Chicago, Sat May 21

April 3rd, 2016
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Hans_Luchs_cSaturday May 21, 2016, at 8 pm, cover tba. On tour from Chicago, the Hans Luchs, jazz guitarist, with bass player and drummer. Guitarist Hans Luchs has been performing professionally in and around Chicago since moving to the city in 2007. In 2011, The Jazz Institute of Chicago selected Hans to perform in its annual “Young Lions’ concert. Since then, Hans has gone on to perform across the USA and internationally in Sweden, The UK, Ireland, Canada, and Mexico. He has performed and toured with an array of artists, including 8-time Grammy winner Pepe Aguilar, Motown legend Martha Reeves, and blues singer Shirley King, as well as with a host of wonderful jazz musicians from Chicago and beyond. www.hansluchs.com

Event, Music-Jazz

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial is back! Friday May 20

April 2nd, 2016
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Version 4Friday May 20, 2016, at 8 pm. $15. The multi-talented trumpeter-singer Stuart Laughton is back with a new edition of his wonderfully eclectic Radio Dial show. He tells us this will be “an almost entirely new program, and will mark a return to Artword Artbar of ace pedal steel guitarist Burke Carroll.”
The Radio Dial gang coming to Artword May 20: Burke Carroll (pedal steel guitar), Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Martin Worthy (drums), Stuart Laughton (guitar, et al), and Steve Lucas (bass).

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Hamilton Poetry Centre Open Reading, Thurs May 19, 7-9 pm

April 1st, 2016
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Hamilton_Poetry_Centre_400x400Thursday May 19, 2016, 7 pm. Free. The Hamilton Poetry Centre presents its annual Open Reading. Everyone is welcome to attend and to read. Established in 1983, the Hamilton Poetry Centre works to support and encourage the writing and appreciation of poetry, by conducting workshops and hosting Canada Council sponsored readings. http://hamiltonpoetrycentre.com/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

New Cumberland Bluegrass Band, Sat May 14

March 29th, 2016
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New Cumberland_2016_adjSaturday May 14, 2016, at 8 pm, $15. Back at Artword, New Cumberland, a 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 May 14 is virtuoso fiddler and mandolin player Darrin Schott. http://www.newcumberlandband.com
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. Read more…

Event, Music

Jazz with the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, Fri May 13

March 23rd, 2016
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Aubrey_Wilson_2016_bFriday May 13, 2016, at 8 pm, $10.  Jazz with the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, featuring Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Sean Bruce Parker on drums and bandleader Aubrey Wilson on vocals. Another Aurtword favourite, the Aubrey Wilson Quartet has been actively gigging in both the Hamilton and Toronto areas since 2012. The band is made up of Mohawk jazz alumni, and Tom and Chris have also completed their Bachelor of Music degree in contemporary music from Humber College. Together the band has a dynamic, high-energy sound over a range of jazz standards. They represent the next wave of jazz players in the city, bringing their own energy, experience, and musical sensibilities wherever they play.

Event, Music-Jazz

Jazz vocal jam w. Sue Ramsay Trio, … Apr 14, May 12

March 21st, 2016
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Sue_RamsaySecond Thursdays: Feb 11, Mar 10, April 14, May 12, 2016 (last one for the season), at 8 pm, $10 /$5. Jazz vocalist Sue Ramsay hosts a jazz vocal jam, backed by Bob Shields on guitar and Clark Johnston on stand-up bass, with Adam Fielding on drums. With some storytelling in the mix. 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 gig once a month to try out new material and jam a wee bit 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/ .

Event, Music-Jazz

Jazz with Kite Trio from Montreal, + Scott Taplay Group, Wed May 11

March 20th, 2016
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Kite_Trio3_c800Wednesday May 11, 2016, 8 pm, $10. We are pleased to welcome back the extraordinary Kite Trio, an innovative jazz trio from Montreal: guitarist Eric Couture, drummer Eric Dew, and upright bassist Paul Van Dyk. http://kitetrio.com/
PLUS an opening set by the Scott Taplay Group: Jonas Pearson Paavola bass, Victor Agrippa alto sax, Jon Pascoal drums, and Scott Taplay guitar.
Review of Strange Beast by Kite Trio: “Maîtres de leurs instruments et repoussant leurs limites, ils nous offrent un jazz métissé aux couleurs progressives avec une touche post-moderne, parsemé de classique et de rock.  Masters of their instruments and pushing their limits, they offer a jazz mixed with progressive colours and a post-modern touch, dotted with classical and rock.” Read more…

Event, Music-Jazz

Love & Spring: vocalist Colina Phillips w. Stacie McGregor piano, Fri Apr 22

March 6th, 2016
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Colina_PhillipsStacie_McGregor_cFriday April 22, 2016, at 8 pm, $15.  Love & Spring, a jazz cabaret with vocalist Colina Phillips: “Love and Spring go heart in hand. That’s what my repertoire will reflect.” Joining Colina are Stacie McGregor (piano),  Mike Milligan (bass) and Ted Warren (drums).
Jazz pianist Stacie McGregor has her own band, the Stacie McGregor Quintet, and is also a member of Brandi Disterheft’s Juno-award winning band and Archie Alleyne’s hard-bop Mike Milligan_c680band Kollage.   http://www.staciemcgregor.com/
Bassist Mike Milligan, nominated for Jazz Bassist of the Year at the 2008 National Jazz Awards, has performed and recorded with David Liebman, Joshua Redman, Donny McCaslin, David Binney, Claude Ranger, Jeff Ballard, Billy Kilson, Adam Nussbaum, Don Thompson, and Sonny Greenwich. Mike has toured all around the globe as a sideman including multiple tours of Europe with the Shuffle Demons. He presently also leads his Quartet and co-leads a guitar and double bass duo (SixplusFour) with guitarist James Brown.

Event, Music-Jazz

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