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

 

Upcoming Highlights

September 19th, 2017
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Charly Chiarelli, Cu’Fu? & Charly’s Piano, two-show offer

September 10th, 2017
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Two by Chiarelli: Charly (Calogero) Chiarelli is coming to Hamilton this fall with two shows, one a classic and the other brand new. For our two-show offer, good until Oct 7, click to book:BUY_tix_buttonBook online
**September 28 to Oct 7, 2017: Cu’Fu?, the show that made him famous, is Charly’s hilarious and touching tribute to his crazy Sicilian family in the North End of Hamilton. His father’s bewilderment at the automatic record changer, his mother’s uncanny ability to read faces, and the unexpected reaction of both when they discover Charly is smoking “Mario Lanza”, create a portrait at once affectionate and achingly funny.
**December 7 to 16, 2017: Charly’s Piano, a new play by Charly Chiarelli, is the true story about how Charly went to work as a psychiatric assistant at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto. The year was 1972, Toronto was full of music and hippies, and the Clarke was exploring new techniques in mental health. Charly, harmonica and all, fit right in. Read more…

Theatre

2017 Steel City Jazz Festival, Oct 24 to 29

September 20th, 2017
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The 5th Annual  Steel City Jazz Festival runs from October 24 to 29, 2017, at Artword Artbar and other venues.  https://steelcityjazzfest.com/
* Tuesday October 24, 2017, at 8pm, $15/$10 for students: Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Series: Colleen Allen Quartet: Colleen Allen saxes; Adrean Farrugia piano; Mike Downes bass; Ben Wittman drums. Also featuring Genevieve Marintette on vocals.
* Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 8pm, $15/$10 for students: Adrean Farrugia Trio  featuring violinist Drew Jurecka with Clark Johnston on bass.
* Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 8pm, $15/$10 for students: Alex Pangman and her Alley Cats: Alex Pangman vocals; Peter Hill piano; Chris Banks double bass; John Macleod cornet.
* Friday, October 27, 2017, at 8pm, $15/$10 for students: On Topic Trio: guitarist Kim Ratcliffe, drummer Aubrey Dayle, and bassist  Brad Cheeseman.
* Friday, October 27, 2017, at 8pm, $20/$15 for students. Venue: Mills Hardware. Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Series: Kalabash, with Colleen Allen.
* Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 8pm, $15/$10 for students: Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Series: Barry Livingston Group with Colleen Allen. Band members: Suba Sankaran vocals, Colleen Allen reeds, Barry Livingston piano, compositions, Kobi Hass bass, Paul Fitterer drums.
* Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 8pm, $15/$10 for students: Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Series: Alto & Tenor Madness with Colleen Allen and Darcy Hepner. This final Steel City Jazz Festival concert features Colleen Allen alto saxophone; Darcy Hepner tenor saxophone; Adrean Farrugia piano; Pat Collins bass; Ben Wittman drums.

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

The Sandplains Pickers (Ian Bell, the Schotts, Shane Cook, Matt Rait), Sat Oct 21

September 18th, 2017
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Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. The Sandplains Pickers are a new stringband from Southwestern Ontario, with musical styles ranging from old-time country and folk to western swing, and some blazing fiddle tunes. The band members are:
– Country and bluegrass favourites Darrin Schott on mandolin, fiddle, vocals, and Alison Schott on guitar, ukulele, vocals.
– Veteran singer and songwriter Ian Bell, on guitar, banjo, harmonica, concertina, bass, vocals.
– North American fiddle champ Shane Cook on fiddle and mandolin.
– Bass player Matt Rait on guitar and string bass.
They play mostly original songs by Ian, Darrin and Alison, and some songs by regional songwriters, that paint a picture of Southwestern Ontario from Backus Mill, tobacco kilns and farm kitchens to the Summer Garden dancehall, motorcycles and Port Dover fishermen. Expect some hot instrumentals that show off the virtuosic playing of Shane Cook, who is the only fiddler to have won both the Canadian and US fiddle championships, and of Darrin Schott, whose talents have led him to work with The Good Bros., Susan Aglukark, The Ennis Sister and Stompin’ Tom Connors.

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass, Music-folk

Máire Ní Chathasaigh Irish harp +Chris Newman guitar, Thurs Oct 19

September 16th, 2017
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Thursday October 19, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Irish harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh and virtuoso acoustic guitarist Chris Newman are visiting Artword Artbar after they make a headlining appearance at the Northern Lights Harp Festival in Cornwall, Ontario on their North American tour. The duo is a celebrated partnership of “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS) with “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY). Their music is a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, spiced with striking new compositions – and what The West Australian calls “Chris’s delightfully subversive wit.” http://www.maireandchris.com/

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Event, Music, Music-World

Jazz guitarist Chris Platt album release, Wed Oct 18

September 14th, 2017
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Wednesday October 18, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. The Chris Platt Trio will be releasing their debut album, Sky Glow. Chris Platt guitar; Phill Albert bass; Mike Rajna drums. The album consists of entirely original compositions by Chris, drawing influence from Jazz, Blues, and Brazilian music. The album offers fluent melodies, understated rhythms, and a harmonic complexity, paying homage to composers Billy Strayhorn and Guinga, among many others. On the evening of the album release, Chris and his trio will play through the album in its entirety, along with some favourite jazz standards and folk tunes.

Event, Music-Jazz

Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band, Sat Oct 14

September 13th, 2017
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Saturday October 14, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. We are pleased to announce that the renowned Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band is coming back! The band: Randal Hill mandolin and vocals; Rocky Hill guitar and vocals; Tim McDonald banjo and vocals; Owen Mahoney bass and vocals. Here they are … working hard on the shores of Lake Erie!

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

Latin American Peña w. Rosy Cervantes, Fri Oct 13

September 12th, 2017
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Friday October 13, 2017, at 8 pm. $10. A Latin American Peña, an evening of music and poetry. Returning as the featured performer is Rosy Cervantes, lead singer of the band La Sana Rabia. Born in Cuernavaca, Rosy has an extensive career in Mexico where she founded La Sana Rabia in 2002, performing in blues festivals, tv shows and major venues all over the country. Her CD Lo blanco y lo negro (The dark and the light) shows her talents as a blues singer and songwriter. Accompanying Rosy is Richard Fouchaux, guitar, and a guest musician to be announced.

Event, Music-Latin, Music-World

60s Folk Revival Sing-along, Thurs Oct 12

September 11th, 2017
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Thursday October 12, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone (the Fall 2017 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-folk

Blues duo Beats Workin’: David Hurley + Charly Chiarelli, Wed Oct 11

September 10th, 2017
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Wednesday October 11, 2017, 8 pm. $10. Beats Workin’, a duo from Kingston, returns to Artword. David Hurley on seven-string guitar and vocals and Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals. They perform a variety of music from jazz, blues, rock and original. You can expect a little delicious storytelling as a side dish.

Event, Music-Blues

Chicken-Like Birds, country blues, ragtime, swing, Sun Oct 1, 7:30

August 19th, 2017
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Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 7:30 pm, $10. Special show from BC! Country blues, ragtime and swing, by duo Jasmin Frederickson and Ari Lantela, a duo recommended to us by our friends near Salmon Arm, BC.
“Chicken-Like Birds is the combination of Ari Lantela who is known for his refined sloppy blues guitar picking and Jasmin Frederickson who plays a mean double bass.”
https://www.chickenlikebirds.com
https://chickenlikebirds.bandcamp.com/album/moving-on

Event, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Charly Chiarelli’s hit show Cu’Fu? returns: Sept 28 to Oct 8

August 18th, 2017
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Thursday September 28 to Saturday October 7, 2017. Charly Chiarelli‘s classic hit show Cu’Fu? (So Who Did It?), Stories of a Sicilian Family, returns to Hamilton, for a two-week run at Artword Artbar. An Artword Theatre production written and performed by Charly Chiarelli, directed and dramaturged by Ronald Weihs.
Cu’Fu?, the show that made him famous, is Charly’s hilarious and touching tribute to his crazy Sicilian family in the North End of Hamilton. His father’s bewilderment at the automatic record changer, his mother’s uncanny ability to read faces, and the unexpected reaction of both when they discover Charly is smoking “Mario Lanza”, create a portrait that is both affectionate and achingly funny.
Show times and prices:
Advance Preview: Wed Sept. 27, at 8 pm, $10
Opening Festitalia Special, Thurs Sept 28, at 8 pm, $20
Fri and Sat Sept 29 & 30, at 8 pm, $20
Sun Oct 1 matinee at 3 pm, $20
Tues to Sat, Oct 3 to 7, at 8 pm, $20. Final show is Sat Oct 7.

Book tickets online for Cu’Fu now. For only $15 more, you can also pay for our Two-Show Package: Cu’Fu (Sept 28 to Oct 7) PLUS our second show in December – Charly’s Piano by Charly Chiarelli (Dec 7 to 16). Dates to be selected later.  BUY_tix_buttonBook online

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Duane Rutter hosts Songwriters-in-the-Round, Sat Sept 23

August 10th, 2017
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Saturday September 23, 2017 at 8 pm, $20. Duane Rutter is back hosting another wonderful Songwriters-in-the-Round evening. The participants this time are: Rae Billing, Michael J. Birthelmer, Jay Linden, Gillian Nicola and Duane Rutter.

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

JAZZ: Brad Cheeseman CD Release, Fri Sept 22

August 9th, 2017
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Friday September 22, 2017 at 8 pm, $10. Hamilton bassist/composer Brad Cheeseman presents music from his new album The Tide Turns. With: Robert Chapman (guitar), Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax), Sam Kogen (piano/keys), Marito Marques (drums), and special guest Adrean Farrugia (piano). The Tide Turns is Brad Cheeseman’s second full-length album, recorded after winning the Montreal Jazz Festival’s coveted Grand Prix de Jazz. The album features nine contemporary jazz tracks—eight of which are new original compositions from Cheeseman—performed by frequent collaborators Robert Chapman, Sam Kogen and Marito Marques, as well as JUNO-winning saxophonist Kelly Jefferson.
Get the album: http:// bradcheeseman.bandcamp.com/

Event, Music-Jazz

Big Dance, Little Stage, w. Learie Mc Nicolls, Wed-Thur, Sep 20-21

August 8th, 2017
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Wednesday and Thursday, September 20 and 21, 2017, at 8 pm $10. Learie_BDLS_0196_cBig Dance Little Stage, our ongoing contemporary dance showcase series hosted by choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls, returns. This series provides an opportunity for dancers to showcase new work, explore improvisations, and build new collaborations. Line-up for Sept 20 & 21 so far includes dancer Tanis Sydney Macarthur performing a new work choreographed by Learie Mc Nicolls, and Jackie Pullar (of Wild Orchid Belly Dance) performing a collaborative duet of belly-dance and modern dance with Learie McNicolls. The evening also includes four spoken-word poems with dance, and an improvisation by Learie Mc Nicolls. Live visuals by Judith Sandiford.

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The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner) + Michel deQuevedo, Sun Sept 17, 7 pm

August 7th, 2017
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Sunday Sept 17, 2017, 7 pm, $10/pwyc. Special concert. Melodic Pixel Media presents The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner) and Michel deQuevedo. Pamela Gardner has been described as a velvet voiced songbird with eyes that can make babies laugh and grown men cry. She performs her songs backed by an all-star band of Hamilton musicians: Chris Bruder (The Altobeelays) keys; Jon The Bassist (Bring Me The Author/the human race) bass/vocals; Cameron Draper saxophone; Adam F Carter (the human race) drums/vocals; Hanna Bech glockenspiel/vocals.

Michel DeQuevedo is best known as percussionist and multi-instrumentalist for a multitude of diverse acts. For this show, he’ll be taking center stage and presenting his original music backed by acclaimed Toronto musicians. His groovy latin-infused pop songs are delivered in both Spanish and English.

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