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

 

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April 25th, 2018
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April 25th, 2018
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The Amy Project, stories/songs of Amy Winehouse, Fri May 25

April 20th, 2018
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Friday May 25, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. The Amy Project is a musical and storied journey outlining the short but tragic life of Amy Winehouse, the late British soul, blues and jazz singer. The show is performed live by five talented performers: 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-Soul/R&B

Dana Sipos: album release, w. Gillian Nicola, Thur May 24

April 19th, 2018
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Thursday May 24, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. Dana Sipos, singer-songwriter, with her new album Trick of the Light, plus a guest set by Hamilton singer-songwriter Gillian Nicola.
Described as a “consummate singer and songwriter with a wholly unique sound,” by No Depression, Dana Sipos‘ hypnotic, tenderly skewed songs are filled with a wild wind. A haunting new album, Trick of the Light, recorded with experimental producer Sandro Perri, will be released on Toronto’s Roaring Girl Records in May 2018. www.danasipos.com/
The first thing that strikes listeners about Hamilton’s Gillian Nicola is the strength of her vocals. This rising singer/songwriter ranges from acoustic folk singer-songwriter to textured and electric Americana. “Nicola delivers warm, familiar, folksy Canadiana — but her powerhouse vocals make for a listening experience that’s entirely refreshing.” (Exclaim!, 2016)   www.gilliannicola.com/

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music: singer-songwriter

Singer-songwriter Corin Raymond, Sat May 19

April 18th, 2018
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Saturday May 19, 2018, 8 pm, $15. Corin Raymond‘s “coming home” show. (He is on tour in Australia until the end of April.) He will be bringing new songs and stories, sharing some stories from the road, and some songs which none of his fans at home will have heard yet. Details coming.

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

Jennis: Jen Gillmor and Dennis Gaumond, folk-blues, Fri May 18

April 17th, 2018
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Friday May 18, 2018, at 8 pm. $10. A return visit from an Artword Artbar favourite: Jennis. Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond’s original blues and folk with the diverse musical experiences of Toronto multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is augmented by the unusual sounds of the didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator.  www.jennis.ca
“Jennis electrified our audience with their music and their personalities. To say that Jen and Dennis are excellent musicians would be an understatement. Their versatility and energy is absolutely amazing.” ~George Auer of Auerhouse Concerts

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk, Music-roots, Music-World

Jazz: the Aaron Zukewich Trio, Thurs May 17

April 16th, 2018
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Thursday May 17, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. The Aaron Zukewich Trio, featuring Aaron Zukewich on piano, Marito Marques on drums and Clark Johnston on bass, with new compositions.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Sympoesis: singer-songwriter Glenn Macdonald & poet John Terpstra, Wed May 16

April 15th, 2018
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Wednesday May 16, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Sympoesis is a collaboration between singer/songwriter and cartographer Glenn Macdonald, and poet and cabinetmaker/carpenter John Terpstra.
An evening of songs and poems and other writing, some new, some old. They first collaborated in the 1980’s, when John was invited onstage to read during multimedia performances by Glenn’s band, Martin Fields and the Academy. Since that time, Glenn has produced a number of tapes and CDs, including the ever-evolving song-cycle Iceland, while John has published books of poetry and non-fiction, including Falling into Place, a love song to Hamilton’s landscape. In Sympoesis, they’ll bring their music and words to bear on community and technology, built and natural geographies, and life in the ambiguous city.  www.johnterpstra.com
Glenn MacDonald on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/user-819876309

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

Bluegrass with New Cumberland, Sat May 12

April 14th, 2018
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Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve call 905-543-8512. Back with some blazing 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, and Darrin Schott fiddle. 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/

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

World Music: William Mukuna Trio, Fri May 11

April 13th, 2018
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Friday May 11, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Join us for an evening of World music with the William Mukuna Trio. The trio performs original compositions fusing elements of Afro-beat, Latin rhythms, Hip-hop and Jazz improvisation. Will Mukuna guitar, Brad Cheeseman bass, Marito Marques drums.
Deeply influenced by the West African griots and Brazilian composers, the band takes you through a musical journey that brings music from the World together.  www.williammukuna.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

closed Wed&Thur, May 9&10, for private function

April 10th, 2018
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Linda McRae, folk-country-roots songs, + Deni Gauthier, Sun May 6 at 7:30

April 9th, 2018
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Sunday May 6, 2018, at 7:30 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
A special Sunday evening of songs and stories with folk/roots old-time musician Linda McRae, who plays guitar, clawhammer banjo and accordion. Plus a guest set by singer-songwriter Deni Gauthier.
Linda McRae is a Canadian-US based songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and 2016 BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Pioneer Inductee. Her unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, make her a captivating and sought-after artist. Linda has performed in venues as diverse as Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre with the VSO and New Folsom Prison, where she facilitates writing workshops for the inmates. No Depression Magazine, John Apice, “Linda carries on a priceless tradition of folklore through her music even though her songs are originals. She is firmly footed in the mud and moss of country-folk-blues.” Linda McRae website

Joining Linda is Ontario’s own favourite Deni Gauthier. “This prolific storyteller demonstrates his mastering of song creation by entwining heartfelt, emotional lyrics blanketed with appealing soundscapes. His textured approach to music precipitates unabridged songs that leave the listener feeling satisfied. It doesn’t hurt that his voice is a beautiful fusion of a softer version of John Legend and the soulfulness of Dallas Green.” Canadian Beats. Deni Gauthier website

Event, Music, Music-country, Music-folk, Music-roots, Music: singer-songwriter

Andre Bisson Acoustic Show, Sat May 5

April 8th, 2018
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Saturday May 5, 2018, $15 advance, $20 door. Andre Bisson Acoustic Show
Advance ticket site: www.ticketscene.ca/events/20501/
An evening of original acoustic music with heavy influences in soul, blues & roots, and gospel, performed by a unique group of 8 talented musicians playing instruments such as the cello, violin, bass, trumpet, and saxophone. Here is the line-up so far: Andre Bisson (vocal/guitar), Loretta Hale (trumpet/cello), Gordon Aeichele (tenor sax/clarinet), Mike Rowell (acoustic bass), Sean Bruce Parker (drums), Theresa Hale-Charters (vocals), Aubrey Wilson (vocals), Crystal Lee (violin).

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

Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham, Fri May 4

April 7th, 2018
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Friday May 4, 2018, at 8 pm, $15/$10 students. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Americana-country songstress Tia McGraff, and singer-guitarist Tommy Parham return to Artword Artbar. They will perform their classic hits, as well as some new songs from their upcoming album-in-the-works.
www.tiamcgraff.com/

Tia McGraff is an award-winning Americana/Country singer-songwriter from Port Dover, ON. Tia’s talent has been described as “haunting and soul-gripping.” Tia’s 2015 release Crazy Beautiful, produced by Colorado native, husband and longtime collaborator Tommy Parham, immediately impressed radio programmers in the USA, Canada and Europe. Tommy, who moved to Nashville in 1998 with a staff songwriter deal in hand, soon became one of Music Row’s sought-after hit-writers, and is credited with cuts by major label artists and film placements.
In recent years the duo have supported and shared stages with artists including Steve Earle, Joan Baez, Randy Bachman (BTO, Guess Who), Jose Carreras and Steve Balsamo, among others.

Event, Music, Music-country, Music: singer-songwriter

60s Folk Revival Sing-along, Thurs May 3

April 3rd, 2018
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Thursday May 3, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone (the Spring 2018 edition) returns to Artword Artbar. The 60s Folk Revival sing-along concert features 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, Music-folk

A cabaret evening w. Millard and Perlman, Wed May 2

April 2nd, 2018
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Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 8 pm, $10/$5 students. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. An evening of musical fun and invention with John Millard and Sophia Perlman. Artword welcomes two delightful long-time friends who have recently teamed up for a cabaret-style show.
Veteran composer, creator of the Polka Dogs and seasoned performer, John Millard combines heart wrenching stories, exquisite songs, dark baritone voice and modernist banjo playing in a memorable and rarely heard set of new and old songs.
Sophia Perlman is mostly known for her creative take on other people’s songs. A little over a year ago she went to a residency at the Banff to see if she could find some. Not only did she find some songs, she ran into John Millard. She is excited to sing some of those songs, and to share the stage with him.

Event, Music, Music-cabaret, Music: singer-songwriter

Blunt Object, jazz ensemble featuring 8 horns, Sat April 28

March 25th, 2018
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Saturday April 28, 2018, at 8 pm, $15 /$10 students. To reserve call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Something special at Artword Artbar! Blunt Object is a Toronto-based 11-piece jazz ensemble performing energetic, creative music. Showcasing the music of Carla Bley, the ensemble presents engaging music with a refreshing sense of humour. Blunt Object balances unique improvisors with quirky and compelling arrangements.

Saxophones:  Ben Dietschi, Lindsay Paul, Conrad Gluch;
trumpets Jesse Malone, Tara Kannangara;
trombones Heather Saumer, Robin Jessome; sousaphone Josh Bird;
bass Tom Altobelli; piano Tania Gill; drums Robin Claxton.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Funk, jazz-fusion w. Nezqwik Trio, Fri April 27

March 24th, 2018
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Friday April 27, 2018, at 8 pm. $10/$7 students. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. The Nezqwik Trio with Aleef Mehdi on guitar, Ben Duff on bass, and Jinu Isac on drums. Nezqwik plays originals and arrangements of covers in the style of jazz fused with hip-hop and funk. This is a scaled down version of their previously larger band, offering a more intimate musical performance. Inspired by Snarky Puppy, Mark Lettieri, Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo and all makers of groovy music.

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

Latin Music and Poetry peña with Marcelo Puente, Thurs April 26

March 23rd, 2018
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Thursday April 26, 2018, at 8 pm. $10. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. Join us for a Latin American Peña Trova y Poesia, featuring Marcelo Puente and friends.
Marcelo Puente [is] one of the outstanding exponents of the “nueva cancion” tradition in this (or any) country. Marcelo Puente came to Toronto in the aftermath of the coup in Chile in 1973, bringing his songs and poetry. In the late seventies he co-founded the popular Chilean-Greek band Los Compañeros, a group of anti-fascist exiles who discovered a common musical language.” [Wally Brooker’s Music Notes Newsletter]

Event, Music, Music-Latin, Music-World, Music: singer-songwriter

Jazz: The Scott McIntosh Quartet, Wed Apr 25

March 22nd, 2018
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Wed April 25, 2018, at 8 pm. $10. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. Jazz with the Scott McIntosh Quartet. The players are Mike Malone on trumpet, Clark Johnston on bass, Jordan Snider on drums, and Scott McIntosh on guitar. The quartet is playing a tribute to the music of Pat Metheny, Kenny Burrell, and Grant Green.

Event, Music-Jazz

Singer-songwriter-pianist Alex Whorms, Sun April 22 at 4 pm.

March 21st, 2018
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Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 4 pm, $10. A Sunday afternoon special concert by pianist and singer-songwriter Alex Whorms. Inspired by Carole King, Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor, Alex Whorms is an emerging piano pop songwriter. Her 2017 EP, Our Lives, has been played internationally on community radio shows and she has toured across Ontario and in New York City. She is a 2018 recipient of FACTOR’s Artist Development Grant and is currently recording her second release. Alex is joined by Ailish Corbett (violin), Michael Panza-Beltrandi (guitar), Konrad Swierczek (bass) and Nigel Stewart (drums).      http://www.alexwhorms.com/

Opening set by Jordan Hallin, frontman for alt-rock band Day Drunk. Jordan is an actor, comedian, storyteller, singer and puppeteer that will make you laugh, chant and cry in record time. From life’s trials come the stories of a young man, both happy and sad, woven in such a way that you can’t help but be mesmerized by his charm. https://daydrunk.bandcamp.com/

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

Singer-songwriter James Gordon, solo show, Sat April 21

March 20th, 2018
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Saturday April 21, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Iconic Canadian songwriter James Gordon got his start in show business in the clubs, festivals and recording studios of Hamilton. He returns to his roots with songs about Canada’s roots in a solo concert at the Artword Artbar. Gordon’s last appearance at Artword Artbar was with the jazzy “Romancing The Song” trio, (he’s the trumpet player and singer in that band). Audiences will see a different side of his eclectic musical tastes on April 21st. A multi-instrumentalist, we’ll hear him on guitar, piano, banjo, harmonica and penny whistle at this intimate performance. His latest album Sunny Jim on Borealis Records made it to #2 on the national airplay charts in the roots/folk category, and he’ll be previewing some material from his NEXT album at this concert . Find out more at www.jamesgordon.ca

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Event, Music, Music-cabaret, Music-folk, Music: singer-songwriter

Berman Billings, folk blues w. Matt Berman & Jonathan Billings, Fri Apr 20

March 19th, 2018
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Friday April 20, 2018, at 8 pm, $5. Berman Billings is a new project featuring Matt Berman (Must Stash Hat) and Jonathan Billings (Jonathan Billings Band). It’s a mix of acoustic guitars and pedal steel with vocal harmonies. Matt Berman songwriter, guitar, vocals and Jonathan Billings songwriter, pedal steel, vocals
Often referred to as “Psychedelic Folk Blues”, Berman Billings can be heard playing in just about any room in southern Ontario from large clubs to barber shops! Their debut album Killin’ Time will be released on vinyl and digital on June 23, 2018.

Event, Music-Blues, Music-folk

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