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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

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June 6th, 2016
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DANCE: Once I Lived in the Box, FRINGE: July 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

June 10th, 2016
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FRINGE LOGO 2016_c Artword_Box_July2016_8x11posterSIX SHOWS: Tues- Fri July 19-22, 2016, at 9:00 pm; Sat July 23 at 6:00 & 9:00 pm. Running time 60 minutes.
Tickets $10: hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/
or at door.
Artword Theatre presents Once I Live in the Box, a dance work by Learie Mc Nicolls,  for the 2016 Hamilton Fringe Festival.Box_P1270889_c Dancer and choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls has created a full-length dance piece about vulnerability and trust. The piece is danced by Angela Del Franco, Sharon Harvey, Tanis Macarthur, Jamila Bello and Learie Mc Nicolls, in a sequence of trios, duets and solos, that reveal different aspects of isolation and connection. Judith Sandiford is producer and lighting designer. Box_P1270852_c
“Once I lived in the box/ hated the box/ loved the box/ respected the box/ got angry at the box… ”

Photos right are from the presentation at Artword Artbar in Feb 2016.
REVIEW: “Learie Mc Nicolls’ newest creation, Once I Lived in the Box, at Artword Artbar [Feb 3, 4 and 5, 2016], was a powerful, yet intimate, piece of choreography… This piece touched the heart. I hope it will be remounted; it deserves a longer run and a larger audience.” Ellen Jaffe, Ontario Arts Review

Dance, Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Sky Gilbert’s Toller, Hamilton Fringe Fest, July 14, 15, 16, 17

June 9th, 2016
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Toller_DBTomlinson_crThurs July 14 & Fri July 15 at 8 pm, Sat July 16 at 4 & 8 pm, Sun July 17 at 2 pm. Tickets $10: Hamilton Fringe website (http://hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/) or at the door.
Venue: Artword Artbar, BYOV.
TOLLER, about figure-skater Toller Cranston. The play, premiered in November 2015 at Artword, is written and directed by Sky Gilbert, produced by hammertheatre, and stars David Benjamin Tomlinson in the role of Toller. The play 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 in 2015 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.

Gary Smith (Hamilton Spectator) chose “Toller” as one of the Ten Best of 2015: Read more…

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Smiling Jack Smith, Sue Leonard, Cindy Dell, Michael J. Birthelmer, Sun July 10, at 3 pm

June 6th, 2016
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smiling-jack-smith_adj3Sunday July 10, 2016, from 3 to 6 pm, $15 door / $10 advance 905-543-8512. BUY_tix_buttonBook advance tix online
Spend a special Sunday afternoon with blues singer-songwriter Smiling Jack Smith, “Spain’s blues poet”, visiting Canada on tour from his home base in Spain. SueLeonard_CindyDell_cJack heads up a celebration of song with his good friends local musicians Sue Leonard, Cindy Dell (of Perfect Strangers) and Michael J. Birthelmer, master guitarist, songwriter and story-teller.
Smiling Jack has been writing and singing his songs in a career that spans five decades and three continents. He has played folk songs with The Smith Brothers in New York (with lead guitar Stan Jay), folk-rock in Vancouver (with players like Joe Mock, Pat Coleman, Ed Patterson and Robbie King), country in Florida (with T.C. Carr on harmonica) and blues in Europe and Australia (with David Gwynn, Antonio Serrano and Jim Finn). http://www.smilingjacksmith.com/
Read more…

Event, Music-folk, Music: singer-songwriter

R&B, Motown, Soul w. Andre Bisson and band, Sat July 9

June 5th, 2016
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Andre_Bisson_1c680Saturday July 9, 2016, 8 pm, $10. Back for a hot night! Award-winning soul and R&B vocalist André Bisson on guitar, vocals; Loretta Hale, trumpet; Aaron Bowers  tenor sax; Simon Wheeldon, bari sax; Mike Rowell, bass, Sean Bruce Parker, drums. Catch the band before they head out on their Left With the Blues Across Canada Tour.
Website: http://www.andrebisson.ca/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/andreandthejtones
Since 2005, André Bisson has been performing his unique blend of R&B and Soul throughout the US, Canada, England, Wales & Ireland.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Danielle Knibbe Trio, plus Hanna Bech & Marie Avery, Fri July 8

June 4th, 2016
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Danielle_Knibbe_Trio_cFriday July 8, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 /pwyc. Headlining the evening is singer-songwriter Danielle Knibbe and her country-tinged folk trio (Bryn Besse guitar and Connor Walsh bass). “Combining bittersweet vocals, aching lyrics, and indelible melodies, with the tight instrumental and vocal harmony of her small ensemble, Danielle Knibbe and her trio are making their mark on the Canadian music scene. With upright bass, two guitars, and three-part harmony, their deftly crafted songs win, and then all too often, break your heart.” In June of 2016, she is releasing her first full-length album, titled Some Curious Birds.   www.danielleknibbe.ca
Hanna_Bech_bonesMarie_AveryOpening the show, Hamilton’s own Hanna Bech and Marie Avery are teaming to bring you fresh arrangements of their whimsical piano-pop favourites, as well as debuting some new tunes.
Hanna Bech‘s songs are “a perfect balance of tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a melody that you will be whistling for the rest of the day.” (stitchedsound.com/album-review-hanna-bech-naked-bones).
Marie Avery takes on a myriad of emotional tones with candour. Her song structures may be adventurous, but there are no shortage of hooks.
www.hannabech.com          www.marieavery.com

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

Latin music: Fito Molina and Jorge Gavidia, Thurs July 7

June 3rd, 2016
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fito_molina_3_cJorge_Gavidia_cThursday July 7, 2016, 8 pm, $10. Fito Molina and Jorge Gavidia are two Latino musicians who fuse the traditional folk sounds of Latin America with the Afro-Caribbean heritage and some hints of jazz. Together they bring a repertoire that will take you on a journey through the different regions of this big continent.
Fito Molina started his career as a musician in his native El Salvador. He was a member of Cayaguanca, a band that focused on Central American traditional music and which performed throughout Costa Rica and Panama. In Canada, he plays with several Latin American bands and is also known as a songwriter whose lyrics speak of social issues and personal experiences. www.fitomolina.com
Jorge Gavidia is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, tres, mandolin, piano and upright bass), performer, teacher and composer who specializes in jazz and Latin music. He has played in many different bands in genres including jazz, Latin, rock, folk, blues, hip hop and electronic music. He is currently living in Toronto and is active as a guitar and theory teacher. He also performs on the guitar and cuban tres in his own jazz quartet, is the leader of the band Storyville Project, and is also part of a duo with vocalist Sarah Begin. http://www.jorgegavidiamusic.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Singer-songwriters Marion M.E. Law and Sarah Farr, Sat July 2

June 2nd, 2016
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Marion_ME_Law_2Saturday July 2, 2016, $12 advance, $15 door. BUY_tix_buttonBook advance tix online
Marion (M.E.) Law, a talented Canadian folk artist currently living in San Diego, is Sarah_Farr_cplaying at Artword Artbar on her way to the Canterbury Folk Festival in Ingersol. Local singer-songwriter Sarah Farr (photo right) will perform an opening set.       www.original-m-e.com/     https://www.facebook.com/marion.law.16
Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Marion (m.e.) Law has been entertaining audiences around the world since 1978. From sold-out house concerts to Canadian folk festivals, Baja beach concerts to Tokyo bars, m.e.’s work has gained an international following. She has recorded four CDs, and her music credits range from documentary film to reality TV to a George Romero zombie film.
Sarah Farr first picked up a guitar after moving to Canada a little over 10 years ago. Raised in the relatively small town of Ipswich, England, she fell in love with the creative nature of Hamilton and was inspired to put pen to paper, initially in the form of poetry and spoken word. A short time later, she discovered the strings of her guitar were tools capable of weaving her stories into songs.

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

Jazz w. North Pandemic Groove, quartet from Japan, Thurs June 30

May 30th, 2016
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npg_IMG_6786_cThursday June 30, 2016, 8 pm, $15 reg/$10 students. BUY_tix_buttonBook tickets online
NorthPandemicGroove_Takezo_Yamada_680Jazz, funk and fusion with jazz festival winners North Pandemic Groove, performing at Artword Artbar as part of their Ontario festival tour. Band members Takezo Yamada (trumpet) (photo right), Taihei Kuroda (drums), Shunsuke Ochi (bass), Kudo Takuto (keyboard/piano) are all in their twenties and come from the northern island of Hokkaido in Japan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpk7PKZcCO8NorthPandemicGroove_Poster Hamilton2
Every year the winners of the Sapporo Jazz Festival Competition are invited to perform at the Toronto Jazz Festival. In 2016 North Pandemic Groove returns for a second year, with pianist Kudo Takuto joining them. They will perform in the Youth Jazz Showcase in Nathan Phillips Square at 12:30 (noon) on Saturday, July 2. They will also tour Eden Mills June 26, Midland June 29, Hamilton (Artword Artbar) June 30, and Humber College July 1. Read more…

Event, Music-Jazz, Special event

The CAROUSEL Paper Roadshow, Wed June 29

May 28th, 2016
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CAROUSEL36_cover_RGB700Wednesday June 29, 2016, 8 pm, free admission. The CAROUSEL Paper Roadshow. CAROUSEL, an innovative and beautifully designed art/lit journal, is taking it on the road this summer — getting out of Toronto and touring to 8 cities across Ontario, to introduce audiences to the bold spirit of this unique journal. http://blog.carouselmagazine.ca/2016-summer-tour/
Artword Artbar is the official Hamilton stop! They will be launching both CAROUSEL 36 (the latest 88-page issue), and the new, spin-off experimental comic strip anthology, 4PANEL 1.
Hosting the evening is CAROUSEL editor and 4PANEL curator Mark Laliberte. Readers and performers include: Laura Furster, Jim Johnstone, Robin Richardson, Marc di Saverio, Sam Shelstad, with an experimental music/sound performance by Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist W.A. Davison.  You can pick up some wonderfully designed paper treasures: $10 for CAROUSEL 36, $15 for 4PANEL 1. Discounted subscriptions to the magazine will also be available.  http://carouselmagazine.ca/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

Something Else Festival of Creative Music: Alexander Hawkins Trio, Sat June 25

May 21st, 2016
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16seposterpdftoAlexHawkinsSaturday, June 25, 2016, at 8 pm, $15: https://www.picatic.com/u/359727/events
Email: cem@zulapresents.org http://zulapresents.org/. The Alexander Hawkins Trio. Part of The Something Else Festival of Creative Music, 2016, hosted by Zula Presents and Cem Zafir.
Neil Charles, double bass, Alexander Hawkins, piano, compositions, Harris Eisenstadt drums.
‘Hawkins is a unique presence in music; not bound by conventional thinking or the typical forces that guide trio playing. He looks through the music to a place that is, frankly, unfathomable to many musicians and listeners’.
http://alexanderhawkinsmusic.com/alexander-hawkins-trio.html

Event, Music-Jazz, Special event

Jazz w. Brad Cheeseman Group, Friday June 24

May 20th, 2016
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Brad_Cheeseman_Group_cFriday June 24, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. The Brad Cheeseman Group performs music from their 2015 self-titled album. Brad Cheeseman – electric bass, Robert Chapman – guitar, Sam Kogen – piano/keys, Marito Marques – drums, Chelsea McBride – tenor sax. Melody-driven compositions, exciting performances and a compelling group dynamic permeate the Brad Cheeseman Group’s self-titled debut. Brad Cheeseman Group reached #8 on Earshot!’s National Jazz Charts, receives regular airplay on Toronto’s JazzFM, and was nominated for “Best Jazz Instrumental” at the 2015 Toronto Independent Music Awards and “Jazz Recording of the Year” at the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards. The Brad Cheeseman Group has been blending the rich language of jazz with elements of rock, R&B, fusion and other styles since 2012.
www.bradcheeseman.com
http://bradcheeseman.bandcamp.com/

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“Open Mic for Open Streets” Sun June 19, from 11 am to 4 pm

May 18th, 2016
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OpenStreets2016_RGBSunday June 19, 2016, from 11 am to 4 pm. Free. Artword Artbar’s traditional “Open Mic for Open Streets“, at the corner of Colbourne and James, hosted by Ron the Fiddler. We will bring out our sound system and a guitar or two. Roll on by and sing a song or play a tune or two.
Part of the Open Streets Festival. http://openstreetshamilton.ca/

Event, Special event

Something Else Festival of Creative Music, THE THING, Sat June 18, 8 & 10 pm

May 17th, 2016
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16sefestcardbackflat16seposterpdftoSaturday June 18, 2016. The Something Else Festival of Creative Music, 2016, hosted by Zula Presents and Cem Zafir. Tickets and Passes: $15 single concert, Pass 3-pack $35 , Pass 4-pack $45, Pass full festival $75. https://www.picatic.com/u/359727/events
Email: cem@zulapresents.org
http://zulapresents.org/

8 to 9:30 pm: The Thing (Stockholm, Austin, Oslo): Mats Gustafsson saxophones, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten double bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love drums. http://thethingrecords.com/
Plus an opening set by Thomson-Vorvis Duo: Scott Thomson trombone and Jack Vorvis drums.The-Thing-by-Petra-Cvelbar-1024x6815283aa026acbf

10 to 11:30 pm: The Thing (Stockholm, Austin, Oslo): Mats Gustafsson saxophones, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten double bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love drums. Plus an opening set by Plinc Plonc: Jean Derome – alto saxophone, flutes, small keyboard, objects, voice; Pierre Tanguay – drums, voice.

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Something Else Festival of Creative Music, Out Louds 6 pm, Castor et Compagnie 8 pm, Luc Ex’ Assemblée 10 pm, June 17

May 16th, 2016
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16seposterpdfto16sefestcardbackflatFriday June 17, 2016. The Something Else Festival of Creative Music, 2016, hosted by Zula Presents and Cem Zafir. Tickets and Passes: $15 single concert, Pass 3-pack $35 , Pass 4-pack $45, Pass full festival $75. https://www.picatic.com/u/359727/events
Email: cem@zulapresents.org http://zulapresents.org/

Events at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street
Call 905-543-8512 or email artword@artword.net

Friday, June 17, 2016:

6 to 7:30 pm: Festival Opening: The Out Louds (San Fransicso / NY): Ben Goldberg clarinet, Mary Halvorson guitar, Tomas Fujiwara drums. Opening set: Scott Thomson tromboneCastor_et_compagnie_am_037

8 to 9:30 pm: Castor et Compagnie (Montreal): Joane Hétu saxophone, voice, Jean Derome reeds, flute, voice, Diane Labrosse keyboards, Pierre-Yves Martel bass, Pierre Tanguay drums. http://www.actuellecd.com/en/cat/am_037/  luc-exassemblc3a9e-c-francesca-patella-c

10 to 11:30 pm: Luc Ex’ Assemblée (Amsterdam / NY / Chicago): Ab Baars tenor saxophone, Ingrid Laubrock tenor saxophone,  Luc Ex – acoustic bass, Hamid Drake drums.  https://www.lucex.nl/cms/assemble

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