Artword Artbar is a licenced cafe-bar (all ages) for music, theatre, dance. 905-543-8512, 905-912-9083. Your hosts Ronald Weihs, Judith Sandiford. 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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July 18th, 2017
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September events at Artword Artbar

July 14th, 2017
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Friday Sept 8, 2017 Kidscrawl, organized by the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts.
Saturday, Sept 9, 2017, Supercrawl Weekend, from 4 to 6:30 pm: jazz jam organized by Stephanie Sloss, with a “house band”.
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, Supercrawl Weekend, from 7 to 10 pm: Adam Carter and The Human Race, with surprise guests.
Wednesday Sept 13, 2017, 8 pm, Richard Garvey, singer-songwriter.
Friday Sept 15, 2017, McCurlie, Doidge, Wiles: Mike McCurlie, Bob Doidge and Caroline Wiles.
Saturday Sept 16, 2017, John Millard and Patricia O’Callahan.
Sunday Sept 17, 2017, (7 pm) The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner) and Michel deQuivedo.
Wed-Thurs Sept 20-21, 2017, Big Dance Little Stage, curated by dancer-choreographer Learie McNicolls.
Friday, Sept 22, 2017, Brad Cheeseman Group, CD release.
Saturday Sept 23, 2017, Songwriters in the Round, organized by Duane Rutter.
Tues Sept 26 to Sun Oct 8, 2017. A return run of Artword Theatre’s production of Charly Chiarelli’s hit show Cu’Fu? (So Who Did It?), Stories of a Sicilian Family

Event, Music, Theatre

CLOSED from August 6 to September 7, 2017

July 14th, 2017
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Some early events in August. And then we will be CLOSED from August 6 to September 7, 2017. Back for Supercrawl weekend. September details coming.

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Lianne Cranfield and Scott Maynard, from the Yukon, Fri Aug 4

July 13th, 2017
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Friday August 4, 2017, at 8 pm, tip jar. A special concert by singer-songwriter Lianne Cranfield, formerly of Hamilton, now living in Whitehorse, Yukon. She has invited singer-songwriter Scott Maynard (band The Quiet Revolution) to join her in a songwriters circle. Scott, also now based in Whitehorse, is well known in Toronto music circles. Details coming.

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

Mû Mbana, musician from Guinea-Bissau, Thurs Aug 3

July 11th, 2017
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Thursday, August 2, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 advance/ $20 door. Matapa World Music Series presents Mû Mbana, a multifaceted artist, singer, poet and composer, playing the simbi and other instruments. Mû Mbana is appearing at Mariposa Festival and Mill Race Festival this summer in Ontario. Born on the island of Bolama, Guinea-Bissau, Mû Mbana grew up influenced by the music of his immediate surroundings, especially the voices and music of the Brame (Mancanha) and Bidjugu peoples. He has published ten albums and has played on many stages in Europe, Africa and America. Currently, he travels between Bissáu and Barcelona, alternating his solo work with projects collaborating with musicians such as Selva de Mar, La Locomotora Negra, the great Manu Dibango, Simão Felix, Rosa Zaragoza, Lula Pena, Jurandir Santana and Fabiana Cozza.

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Event, Music-World

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, special festival launch, Tues Aug 1

July 10th, 2017
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 8 pm, $20. Stuart Laughton‘s wonderful show Radio Dial is launching its summer festival season with a special warm-up show at Artword Artbar. Multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton and his merry band Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Martin Worthy (drums), Burke Carroll (pedal steel) and Steve Lucas (bass) share their astonishing versatility and sense of fun. Then they troop off to The Dora Keogh Irish Pub (Toronto, Aug. 8), The Kincardine Summer Music Festival (Aug. 10), Music at Fieldcote (Ancaster, Aug. 13) and The Forest Festival in Haliburton Forest (Aug. 18): http://www.radiodial.ca/gigs/
“RADIO DIAL’s excellent musicians indulge Stuart’s multiple musical personality disorder.” http://www.radiodial.ca

Event, Music

Chamber music concert by Brott Festival musicians, Sun July 30

July 9th, 2017
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Sunday July 30, 2017, at 7:30 pm. $5. On the evening of Sunday, July 30, classical music will take the stage! Come join the Musicians of the Brott’s Festival National Academy Orchestra for a concert of intimate chamber music. Ten musicians will present music featuring flute, oboe, bass trombone and string quartet. The concert will finish with Schubert’s mesmerising cello quintet, featuring two violins, viola, cello and double bass.
Players: Dana Boyd, oboe; Guillaume Cóté, cello; Carolyn Farnand, viola; Gregory Lewis, violin; Olivier Lizette, bass trombone; Joel MacDonald, cello; Blake Martin, violin; Christian Paquette, flute; Lev Nesterov, violin; Jessica Timmermans, violin.
Program: Mozart flute and oboe quartet; McCarty piece for Bass Trombone and String Quartet; Schubert Cello Quintet.

Musicians apply to the Brott Festival from all over Canada. There is a rigorous audition process in which 50 musicians are selected from the 450+ applications. It is recognized as a Canadian National School for professional training and provides wonderful opportunity for emerging young Canadian professional musicians to work as apprentice musicians. The orchestra plays 16 concerts this season! More information about Brott Orchestra concerts can be found at brottmusic.com

 

Event, Music-Classical

BYOV 3 shows at Artword Artbar: Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival, July 20 to 30

June 20th, 2017
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July 20 to 30, 2017. Artword Artbar is a Bring-Your-Own-Venue for three theatre projects in the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival. Full schedule of the Festival BUY Tickets on Fringe Festival website
The productions at Artword Artbar are:
#1: The Lost Years: a Renurg Production by Peter Gruner, directed by Al French, performed by Deb Dagenais and Peter Gruner.
#2: Cheri: by Sky Gilbert and Dustin Peters, directed by Sky Gilbert, performed by Peggy Mahon and Dustin Peters.
#3: Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy. An Artword Theatre production, written and directed by Ronald Weihs, performed by Learie Mc Nicolls and Howard Jerome.

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Fringe 2017: Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy, an Artword Theatre producton, July 20 to 29

June 19th, 2017
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July 20 to 29, 2017. Artword Theatre participates in the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival with a timely and sensitive piece of documentary theatre, Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy, written and directed by Ronald Weihs and produced by Judith Sandiford. Dancer-choreographer-actor Learie Mc Nicolls plays the role of Langston Hughes and character actor Howard Jerome performs as The Interrogator.
Is poetry subversive? U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy thought so. On March 24, 1953, Langston Hughes, renowned poet of the Harlem Renaissance, was summoned before the Senate Committee on Investigations. Did his poems contain communist ideas? In reply, Langston Hughes tells about his personal encounters with racism in America. The script is based on the actual transcript of his testimony, interwoven with the controversial poems, and incorporating dance, music and powerful images of the era.
Running time: 60 minutes.
Tickets: $10 + one-time Fringe button:  BUY Tickets Fringe website
Showtimes: Thu July 20: 6:30pm, Fri July 21: 9:00pm, Sat July 22: 9:00pm, Sun July 23: 8:30pm, Tue July 25: 9:00pm, Wed July 26: 9:00pm, Thu July 27: 9:00pm, Fri July 28: 8:30pm, Sat July 29: 8:30pm
[The poems by Langston Hughes are used by permission granted by Harold Ober Associates Incorporated, as agents for the Estate of Langston Hughes.]

Click here for full PRESS RELEASE pdf

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe 2017: Chéri, a play by Sky Gilbert, based on Colette novels. July 22-23, 28-29

June 18th, 2017
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July 22-23, 28-29, 2017. The 2017 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival at Artword Artbar Bring-Your-Own-Venue: Chéri, a play by Sky Gilbert and Dustin Peters, based on novels of French author Colette (photo). Directed by Sky Gilbert, with Peggy Mahon as Léa, an elderly ex-courtesan who is performing a musical based on her life story. The lady becomes distracted by her pianist (Dustin Peters), who reminds her of her lover from many years ago — Chéri. The play deals with issues of aging and the true nature of love.
Running Time: 50 minutes
Tickets: $10 + one-time Fringe button:  BUY Tickets Fringe website
Showtimes: Sat July 22: 3:00pm, Sat July 22: 7:00pm, Sun July 23: 3:30pm, Fri July 28: 4:30pm, Sat July 29: 2:30pm, Sat July 29: 6:30pm

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe 2017: The Lost Years by Peter Gruner, July 20 to 29

June 17th, 2017
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July 20 to 29, 2017. The 2017 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival at Artword Artbar Bring-Your-Own-Venue: The Lost Years: a Renurg Production by Peter Gruner, directed by Al French, performed by Deb Dagenais and Peter Gruner.
Travel through The Lost Years… Having kids is crazy! You start out young and suddenly “wake up” old. Ben and Carly start off happy and naïve, but where will they be after their journey through parenthood? The Lost Years is the time spent raising children. For parents, parents-to-be, children or anyone in a long term relationship. A comedy from the creators of Minced, Laund-o-Mat at the End of the World, and Mommy’s Mask.
Running Time: 50 minutes
Tickets: $10 + one-time Fringe button:  BUY Tickets Fringe website
Showtimes: Thu July 20: 8:30pm, Fri July 21: 7:00pm, Sat July 22: 5:00pm, Sun July 23: 6:00pm, Tues July 25: 7:00pm, Wed July 26: 7:00pm, Thu July 27: 7:00pm, Fri July 28: 6:30pm, Sat July 29: 4:30pm.

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Blue Moon Marquee, gypsy blues jazz, Sat July 15

June 9th, 2017
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Saturday July 15, 2017, at 8 pm, $15/$10. Gypsy-blues jazz duo Blue Moon Marquee (A.W. Cardinal guitar, vocals and Jasmine Colette upright bass, percussion, vocals) are swinging by Artword Artbar! This authentic duo writes and performs original compositions influenced by early blues, folk roots, swing, and ragtime. This year they are playing at seven Jazz festivals across Canada (Vancouver, Victoria, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Kaslo). They have also been nominated for Indigenous Group of the year for the 2017 Western Canadian Music awards. Stemming from the Badlands of the Rocky Mountain prairies, Blue Moon Marquee is a self-styled gypsy blues band. A.W. Cardinal, a Metis of Cree heritage, howls with a distinctive thick and smoky vocal while playing a jazz tinged blues guitar. Jasmine Colette, aka Badlands Jazz, is the rhythm section who not only commands the upright bass but also keeps the swing with both feet while singing harmonies. Blue Moon Marquee‘s passionate performances and smouldering onstage chemistry are their trademark.  www.bluemoonmarquee.com      https://bluemoonmarquee.bandcamp.com/

 “The spirits of Memphis Minnie, Louis Armstrong, Read more…

Event, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz, Music-World

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