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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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May 25th, 2016
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Something Else Festival of Creative Music: Alexander Hawkins Trio, Sat June 25

May 21st, 2016
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Alexander_Hawkins_TrioSaturday, June 25, 2016, at 8 pm, $20 door, $15 advance. 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, Tom Skinner, 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 18th, 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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Something Else Festival of Creative Music, THE THING, Sat June 18, 8 & 10 pm

May 17th, 2016
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SomethingElse_2016festivalflyer16sefestcardbackflatSaturday June 18, 2016. The Something Else Festival of Creative Music, 2016, hosted by Zula Presents and Cem Zafir.
Single Tickets at door: $20 door (or $15 students/seniors)
Advance Tickets and Passes: $15 single concert, Pass 3-pack $35 , Pass 4-pack $45, Pass full festival $75. 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 with Scott Thomson and Vorvis Duo.

10 to 11:30 pm: The Thing (Stockholm, Austin, Oslo): Mats Gustafsson saxophones, Ingebrigt Håker FlatThe-Thing-by-Petra-Cvelbar-1024x6815283aa026acbfen double bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love drums. Plus an opening set by Plinc Plonc.

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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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SomethingElse_2016festivalflyer16sefestcardbackflatFriday June 15, 2016. The Something Else Festival of Creative Music, 2016, hosted by Zula Presents and Cem Zafir.
Single Tickets at door: $20 door (or $15 students/seniors)
Advance Tickets and Passes: $15 single concert, Pass 3-pack $35 , Pass 4-pack $45, Pass full festival $75. 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.

Castor_et_compagnie_am_0378 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/

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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Big Dance, Little Stage, w. Learie Mc Nicolls, Wed-Thurs June 15-16

May 15th, 2016
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Wednesday June 15 and Thursday June 16, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. Choreographer/dancer Learie Mc Nicolls curates and hosts edition #11 of Big Dance, Little Stage, an evening of contemporary dance works for a small stage. An exciting opportunity for dancers to showcase new work, explore improvisations, and build new collaborations . Line-up: Jamila B. movement, Jacquie Pullar and Mimi Karla-Brenzil, belly dance, Susan Robinson and Will Gillespie (dance and music).  Learie Mc Nicolls performs a new solo dance work-in-development “The Night Journey”, with recorded tracks by bassist Wilbert de Joode, about “sinking deep into your unconscious and bringing what you find there up to the surface.”

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Latin Jazz with vocalist Elizabeth Rodriguez and band, Sat June 11

May 12th, 2016
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Eli_Herrera_band_cbb6Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 reg / $5 students. We are pleased to have this wonderful jazz performer back at Artword Artbar — Cuban vocalist and violinist Elizabeth Rodriguez and her band Eli’s Quartet. Band members: Elizabeth Rodriguez voice and violin, Jose Hernandez drums, Devin Patten bass, John Imre piano. Elizabeth will perform some Cuban classics, a lot of Brazilian tunes, including Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim songs, and American jazz standards with some Latin arrangements.
She has recently returned to Canada after an absence of a year and a half. Since then she has been working with noted jazz musician Jane Bunnett, and just finished collaborating with her on a new CD. Elizabeth also just came back from Chicago where she had my first presentation with Jane Bunnett and the Cuban band Maqueque.

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Jazz with Chris Wallace’s Many Names Trio, Friday June 10

May 11th, 2016
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Chris_Wallace_cFriday June 10, 2016, at 8 pm. Jazz with Chris Wallace‘s Many Names Trio: Adrean Farrugia on piano, Artie Roth on bass, Chris Wallace on drums. They will be exploring original compositions by each of the three members of the trio as well as playing some classic piano trio jazz standards.
Chris Wallace, a drummer and composer originally from Regina, lived a decade in Edinburgh, Scotland where he became a central figure in the Scottish jazz community. Chris is now based in Toronto. Best known for his work with the trios NeWt (Scottish Jazz Ensemble of the year 2012) and Breach, Chris also released his own quartet album “Looking Glass” under the band name Loose Grip. Just before leaving Scotland, he formed the Chris Wallace Quintet and recorded the album “Identity” which is now available for digital download. Chris’ new project is called “Chris Wallace’s Many Names. Featuring Jeff King on tenor sax, Adrean Farrugia on piano and Dan Fortin on bass. The ‘Many Names’ EP was recorded in Toronto on December 6th and a full album is planned for 2016.  “…a drummer of supreme musicality.”  John Shand – Sydney Morning Herald

 

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Psychedelic jazz fusion, Doug Murphy, Thur June 9

May 10th, 2016
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Doug Murphy_c5014_2Thursday June 9, 2016, 8 pm, $10 reg / $5 students. A return appearance of “It Is What It Is” — fusion psychedelic jazz featuring the far-out fabulous Doug Murphy on guitar. All original compositions, mostly by Doug himself. Also some free-form improvisations. The band includes Nicola Moore on vocals, Mike Ricci sax and flute, Oscar Galbraith drums, Alana Gunn bass, and more.

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Singers Playground Workshop w Micah Barnes, Sat June 4, 1 to 5 pm

May 7th, 2016
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Micah_Barnes_cSaturday June 4, 2016, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, workshop. Singers Playground Workshop w Micah Barnes, Micah writes: “While performing in Hamilton, I’ll will be coaching a workshop! Please do tell your pals!” Former Nylon and founder of Singers Playground will be covering the proper warm up, smart technique, performance technique and overcoming stage fright in this special four-hour workshop. $45
Bring a song to sing and receive one-on-one coaching!
Info on Micah’s coaching here: http://www.singersplayground.com

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

May 6th, 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!   BUY_tix_buttonBook advance tix online
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
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Big Fat Greek Jewish Music Night, Thurs June 2

May 5th, 2016
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Friends_ofMarkosThe_HorablesThursday June 2, 2016, at 8 pm, $15, $10 students/seniors. Big Fat Greek Jewish Music Night: The Horables and Friends of Markos bring you a night of Klezmer and Rebetiko. They will be swapping scales, musical instruments and languages. Come for the Hora and stay for the Hassapiko. The Horables play Klezmer, Django style jazz, polkas, Gypsy dance tunes, rags from the age of steam and the occasional Cajun tune just to scare the horses. The Friends of Markos play an exciting and fun mix of Greek and Aegean-area music, focusing on traditional rebetiko, a Greek style of urban folk that features catchy bouzouki leads and powerful nine-beat rhythms. www.thehorables.com        www.thefriendsofmarkos.weebly.com

The Friends of Markos band members: Michael Kaler bouzouki and vocals, Michaelangelo Iafalldano vocals, baglama, clarinet and percussion, Rachel Melas upright bass, accordion and violin, Conny Nowe guitar, vocals and mandolin, Mark Zurawinski percussion.

The Horables band members: Rachel Melas has spent decades playing bass in various bands, and decided that she liked Klezmer music so much that she would learn a whole new instrument to play it. Conny Nowe is rhythm guitarist in Swamperella, and has been playing Klezmer and Old Time music on the mandolin for the last 15 years. Rachel Shenin, violinist, leads the Bulgars and Freylachs fearlessly, solos effortlessly on the jazz tunes and sings in Yiddish. Michael Kaler plays upright bass with The Horables, and plays bouzouki with the Friends of Markos.

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

May 4th, 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

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Jazz w. the Adam Fielding Trio, Fri May 27

May 3rd, 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.

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

May 2nd, 2016
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Sue_and_Dwight_logoThursday May 26, 2016, at 8 pm, $10.   BUY_tix_buttonBook online
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/

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

April 30th, 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.

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Jazz with Hans Luchs Trio from Chicago, + Scott Taplay Group, Sat May 21

April 29th, 2016
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Hans_Luchs_cSaturday May 21, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. On tour from Chicago, Hans Luchs, jazz guitarist, with Aaron Zachary on double bass, and Peter Manheim on drums. Opening set by one of our favourites, the Scott Taplay Group. 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

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

April 28th, 2016
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Version 4Friday May 20, 2016, at 8 pm. $15. BUY_tix_buttonBook online
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).

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