Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton. A friendly cafe-bar, live music and theatre venue in the heart of James North arts district. Great acoustic music four nights a week: roots, folk, jazz, singer-songwriter, world beat. Also theatre and dance works. Capacity 60, licensed by AGCO, all-ages, cafe tables and bar stools, espresso, micro-brew on tap, light meals. Tech info: in-house tuned baby grand piano and a full sound system. Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator March 29, 2012 says "Artword Artbar is a cosy little licensed listening room on Colbourne at James St. N., that always features interesting live music."
Your hosts: Ronald Weihs & Judith Sandiford 905-543-8512, c:905-912-9083, email@example.com
Sunday September 13, 2015, Supercrawl weekend. Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6 pm. A return appearance of “It Is What It Is” — fusion psychedelic jazz featuring the far-out fabulous Doug Murphy guitar, with Tim Kulakowsky guitar, Brian Ropcean drums, Alanna Gunn bass.
Saturday September 12, 2015, (Supercrawl Saturday). Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets $10 advance (Book tickets online) , $15 at door. Artword Artbar’s good friend Mr. Jay hosts a Supercrawl Special Edition reggae roots music night, with a return appearance of the wonderful Riddim Riders Unplugged!
Riddim Riders Unplugged, aka Acoustic Ride, are an extension of Hamilton’s premier reggae band Riddim Riders. Core members Franklin Joseph and Mike Rajczak are joined by vocalist Lauren Mikayla, lead guitar Keon Crosswell and Christopher Charles. The Riders break away from their usual reggae-rockers vibe with this configuration, featuring acoustic and classical guitars, djembe, conga and hand percussion, and a big focus on rich vocal harmonies. Although still touching on the reggae tip, the focus is on acoustic rock, r&b and soulful originals, showcasing the band’s diversity and unique sound potential.
Featured guest is dub-poet Klyde Broox, who will be backed by the Riddim Riders Unplugged.
Friday September 11, 2015, at 8 pm (Supercrawl Friday). Tickets $15. (Book tickets online). Artword Artbar launches its Fall 2015 season with one of our favourites: Stuart Laughton and his wonderful Radio Dial, with Stuart Laughton on vocals, guitar, harmonica, trumpet, piano. Guest artists for the Friday Sept 11 edition of Radio Dial are: Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Jim Clayton (piano), Steve Lucas (bass); Martin Worthy (banjo/drums).
Why RADIO DIAL? Because on long car trips, Stuart scours the radio waves for interesting music, and wanted to bring a similarly eclectic presentation to the stage (think Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café, with the speaking and musical proportions reversed). http://www.radiodial.ca/ Read more…
Wednesday October 21 to Sunday October 25, 2015, Week One of the Steel City Jazz Festival is at Artword Artbar. Details coming. (Photo left is Adrean Farrugia with Sophia Perlman at Artword Artbar SCJF 2014.) Week Two of SCJF is at The Pearl Company. http://steelcityjazzfest.com/
Saturday October 17, 2015, at 8:00 pm, $15. “Birthday Suite“, a jazz cabaret with the wonderful vocalist Colina Phillips and jazz pianist Stacie McGregor. In addition to her own band, the Stacie McGregor Quintet, Stacie is a member of Brandi Disterheft’s Juno-award winning band and Archie Alleyne’s hard-bop band Kollage. http://www.staciemcgregor.com/ Joining Colina and Stacie is bassist Mike Milligan. Nominated for “Jazz Bassist of the Year” at the 2008 National Jazz Awards, Mike Milligan has performed and recorded with David Liebman, Joshua Redman, Donny McCaslin, David Binney, Claude Ranger, Jeff Ballard, Billy Kilson, Adam Nussbaum, Don Thompson, and Sonny Greenwich. Mike has toured all around the globe as a sideman including multiple tours of Europe with the Shuffle Demons. He presently also leads his Quartet and co-leads a guitar and double bass duo (SixplusFour) with guitarist James Brown.
Friday October 16, 2015, at 8 pm, $15. Guitarist and singer Kyle Pacey presents an evening of original music that’s an eclectic mix of soul, roots, R & B and funk. With Kevin Christoff on bass, and Jay Burr on trombone and percussion. www.kylepacey.com
A musical force, Grammy-nominated Kyle Pacey has been described as Canada’s answer to the Buena Vista Social Club. Pacey’s combination of rhythm and technique are exhilarating. He likes to push the boundaries with his unorthodox style and unique approach to the guitar. Joe Curtis, To-nite Magazine writes: “I was totally mesmerized by guitarist Kyle Pacey’s playing technique… Kyle is the fastest, most superb guitar virtuoso I’ve ever seen. I always daydreamed that if Superboy played guitar, his hand on the neck would be a blur. This feat of musical ability was achieved by Kyle… and no foolin’ his left hand on the neck became a blur.”
Saturday October 10, 2015 at 8 pm, $10. We’re looking forward to the Hamilton launch of “Brass Bandit“, the latest CD from percussionist/ songwriter Dave Clark and his wacky and wonderful Woodshed Orchestra.
Here’s their press release: The Woodshed Orchestra exists to uplift people. Legendary Toronto drummer Dave Clark (Rheostatics, Gord Downie, The Woodchopper’s Association, Dinner is Ruined, Charles Spearin) and The Woodshed Orchestra mash up classic dance styles from all over the world into a soulful celebration. The Woodshed’s new “Brass Bandit” disc sees the group celebrating in brass band style. They kick the ball around the world from New Orleans 2nd line, to Greek Surf Rock, to Politicized Poetry Love Scatting, to Old Tyme UK Beer Hall Waltzing, to Football Funk, to Meditative Yearning. The disc clocks in at a Punk Rock 26:26 for 9 tunes and it’s jammed with goodness!
Dave Clark founded The Woodshed Orchestra in 2005 in order to celebrate life through music. The band plays Clark’s 200 strong original songbook as a full on electric band and as a brass band a la the New Orleans 2nd line band tradition depending on the occasion. They’ve created their own on stage language to navigate from song to song and to shift gears on a dime for awestruck audiences. http://thewoodshedorchestra.com/
Second Thursday for 2 months: October 8 and November 12, 2015, at 8 pm, cover tba. Jazz vocalist Sue Ramsay hosts a jazz vocal jam, backed by Bob Shields on guitar and Clark Johnston on stand-up bass, with Adam Fielding on drums. And there may be some storytelling in the mix. Sue says: “I want to create an environment where singers can do their thing and promote whatever they’re working on. And I get to gig once a month to try out new material and jam a wee bit with my trio. I have often found being a singer is a lonely road. The path is not always clear but so much easier with a network of friends around.” Details coming about how to contact Sue to take part and what to bring. http://www.suzanne-ramsay.com/
Saturday October 3, 2015, 8 pm, $10. Artword is pleased to welcome wonderful Hamilton legendary songwriter and guitarist Michael J. Birthelmer back to our stage, this time in a solo show! He’ll be bringing you some new songs, and some old. Singers Sue Leonard and Cindy Dell will provide some backup vocals, and maybe a song or two of their own. They have been recording their new album Perfect Strangers at Michael’s Pine Street recording studio.
Michael was born, raised and is still residing in Hamilton, Ontario where he has been writing and performing his music since 1976. His career has included four critically acclaimed albums; Zanzibar, Your Number, The Hat, and The Grand Review, featuring songs he composed about the American Civil War. Since 1997, Michael has recorded numerous CDs of other artists in his Recording Studio, most of which he arranged and produced. He also composed, arranged, and recorded the music to the television documentary The History of Hamilton. Currently, most of Michael’s time is spent operating his recording studio.
Friday October 2, 2015 at 8 pm, $15 / $10 students. Jazz with the incredible vocal trio The Ault Sisters. Experience the joy of sweet sibling harmony from Amanda, Alicia and Alanna Ault. The trio are currently making a name for themselves in vocal jazz, a genre in which their signature and sublimely seamless vocal harmonies really shine. With Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Jordan Snider on drums. http://aultsisters.com/
Sunday September 27, 2015, 3 to 5 pm, $10 regular, $5 youth. Bay City String Quartet: Madeleine Kay violin, Ewen Hutton violin, Maximilan Aoki cello, Dominico Kim cello, play a Sunday afternoon concert at Artword Artbar. The string quartet is unconventional in instrumentation, as they play without a viola, substituting it with a second cello. The quartet will play a mixture of classical and modern music, coupled with individual and duo performances from the members of the group. They are all leading members of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Bay City Strings are quickly becoming active members of the Hamilton music scene, playing at the Hamilton Youth Poets 2015 fundraiser, participating in the 2015 Juno Awards Turn It On Hamilton, and playing for other local fundraisers and events in the area. http://baycitystringquartet.blogspot.ca/
Friday September 25, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. A return visit by dynamic folk-blues duo Jennis. Jennis 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
Thursday, September 24, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. The Sue Ramsay Trio (jazz vocalist Sue Ramsay, Bob Shields on guitar and Clark Johnston on bass) will be looking longingly at the summer that was, and then to the autumn that is … in their favourite pocket of late 50’s and early 60’s jazz grooves. It will be a hot night and the leaves will be flying. Sue’s latest CD, released in spring of 2015, Once Upon a Summertime will be available for purchase. The Trio has been playing at jazz festivals in the Golden Horseshoe. Sue’s previous CDs include two all-original albums co-authored with jazz guitarist Mike Stanutz: Reunion in 2006 followed by Dichotomy in 2011. http://www.suzanne-ramsay.com/
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8 pm, $10. Back at Artword Artbar! Shake it up with soul, R&B and motown classics and new compositions by award-winning vocalist André Bisson on guitar, vocals. Band members: Loretta Hale trumpet, Andrew King tenor sax, Kevin Matthews baritone sax, Kevin Beeby bass, Glenn Paul drums. We’ll push back some tables for dancing!
Since 2005, André Bisson has been performing his unique blend of R&B and Soul throughout the US, Canada, England, Wales & Ireland. After graduating from the Applied Music Program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, André went on to record, compose, and arrange five studio albums. The success of these award-winning albums has led to four international tours, radio airplay, and the chance to open for artists such as Colin James, Jimmie Vaughan, Robben Ford and Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies). Recently, André was honored as ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ for the 2015 Hamilton Blues Awards as well as a nomination for ‘Overseas Artist of the Year’ from the British Blues Awards. With the help of a horn section, André combines the influence of Motown and Stax in his own original compositions. Website: andrebisson.com
Friday September 18, 2015, at 8 pm, pwyc. An Artword favourite, the high-energy Beg To Differ Trio playing blues / jazz / funk — Tim Ninehouse on keyboards, vocals; Doug Sikma on guitar; Steve Foster on drums. Unique renditions of blues, jazz and funk songs, drawing from a large musical repertoire from early blues roots to jazzified contemporary songs. http://reverbnation.com/begtodiffertrio
Wednesday & Thursday September 16 & 17, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. Choreographer and dancer Learie Mc Nicolls curates and hosts the next edition of his on-going series “Big Dance, Little Stage”, an evening of contemporary dance works for a small stage.
Line-up, so far, for Sept 16-17:
*Trio: Rose Hajas, Devan Hunter, Amanda Horn.
*Duet: Tanis McArthur and Pamela Gardner.
*Duet: Megan English with musician Dale Morningstar (photo right)
*Solo: Learie Mc Nicolls
with live visuals by Judith Sandiford
Learie, who has had a lengthy career in Toronto, is now based in Hamilton. In 2014, he performed his one-man show Resurrection at The Pearl Company. He was choreographer on Artword Theatre’s production of their musical play “James Street” in May 2014 and 2015. Most recently, his new work, “Transformation: A Journey of the Soul’s Healing”, an Artword Theatre production, written, choreographed and performed by Learie McNicolls, directed by Ronald Weihs, was performed March 25-26, and remounted for an 8-show run at Artword Artbar July 16 to 25, 2015, for the Hamilton Fringe Festival, to rave reviews.