Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton. A friendly cafe-bar, live music and art venue in the heart of James North arts district. Great acoustic music, in the roots, folk, jazz, world beat and inventive mode. We have a baby grand piano, a sound system. Licensed under the AGCO for 60, cafe tables and bar stools, micro-brew on tap, espresso, light meals [all-ages venue]. Art installations on the lower level. 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
Artword Theatre presents “James Street” a mad musical dash through the history of Hamilton. All at Artword Artbar on our new theatrical stage! New songs, new dance, since our December 2012 production.
Hamilton`s official Town Crier from 1850 meets a modern Hamiltonian from the North End, right on James Street!
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Performed by The Artword Theatre Ensemble: Charly Chiarelli as modern day Hamiltonian, Jeremy Shand as Town Crier Paola Brown, plus
Paula Grove, Valeri Kay, Gordon Odegaard and Ryan Sero as everyone else [Surveyor and Helper, Land Promoters, Pioneer Woman and Man, Dentist, George Hamilton, James Durand, Nathaniel Hughson, Immigrant Woman, Robert Murray Police Chief, Newsboy, Farmer, Editor, Auctioneer, Mr. Cummings, Woman, Wanzer, Mr. Ryan, Workers, Hugh Cossart Baker, Mrs. Baker and family, Billy Carroll, HSR Conductor 1906, Trolley Girl, WWI Recruiters, Marion Simpson, Soldier, Rocco Perri, Bessie Starkman, WWII soldiers from RHLI, Evelyn Dick, citizens in 40s and 50s and 60s...]
An Artword Theatre production, written and directed by Ronald Weihs, with original music by Mark McNeil and choreography by Learie McNicolls. Produced and designed by Judith Sandiford. Music performed by Mark McNeil, Ron Weihs & the Ensemble
Opens Wed Apr 30 at 8 pm, runs to May 11, Tues-Sat 8 pm, Sun matinées 3 pm
Previews: Sun Apr 27 at 3 pm & Tues Apr 29 at 8 pm
Special “James Street” evening Sat May 3, presentation by Margaret Houghton 8 pm, play at 9:30 pm
Tickets: Previews $10, Regular $25, Advance $20 (book online or call 905-543-8512)
Saturday April 26, 2014 at 8 pm, $15. Our favourite Americana songstress Tia McGraff returns to Artword Artbar, with Tommy Parham. http://tiamcgraff.com/
Their special guest for the evening is David Starr, an Americana singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist living in Cedaredge, Colorado. His music has roots in Arkansas blues, country rock and classic rock. http://www.davidstarrmusic.com/
Wednesday April 23, 2014, at 8 pm, $10, child under 12 $5. Azalea — Benjamin and Mia Hackett, husband & wife duo from Hamilton. For their latest release, “Inside Out”, Azalea has streamlined their folk-tinged pop sound and crafted songs that tug on your heart’s strings with haunting melodic & harmonic lines. http://www.azaleamusic.net/. Opening set by Ash & Bloom (singer-songwriters Matt McKenna and James Bloemendal) www.AshAndBloom.com
Saturday April 12, 2014, at 8 pm, $10. Wayne Krawchuk & Carol Greene. New suite of songs by singer-songwriter Wayne Krawchuk, the first since the “Smile for the Camera” recordings. Then he’ll be joined by Carol Greene and other musical friends for a set of folk, blues and roots covers. Musical guests include Randal Hill on mandolin and Stephen Fuller on fiddle. Fun night guaranteed! To reserve, call 905-543-8512.
James North Art Crawl, Friday April 11, 2014, from 8 pm to 11 pm or so, tip jar (suggested $5). Blues with Big Johnny Blue and Strange Cargo. Big Johnny Blue is John M. Crawford, Hamilton guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Hamilton Blues Society. Big Johnny Blue has written hundreds of songs, and played with countless local musicians over the years. He is committed to supporting local music and musicians, especially by supporting efforts to tell the story of Hamilton’s blues history. http://www.bigjohnnyblue.com/
Thursday April 10, 2014, at 7:30 pm, $10. The Hamilton Ceili Band plays Irish music at Artword Artbar. Tap your toes to jigs, reels, polkas and waltzes played on flute, fiddle, bodhran (drum), piano and accordion. Band members are: Catherine Gibbon flute, Sara Van Hamme flute, Mike Murphy fiddle, Barb Phoenix bodhran, Beth Beech piano and Greg Debkowski accordion. The band was established to play traditional Irish dance music for the Hamilton Irish Arts Dance Ceilis. On the first Sunday of each month the band holds a traditional tune session at the Winchester Arms, in Dundas. The band has played for the Whitehern summer tea series, the Haldiman County Museum and for the dance stage at the Goderich Folk Festival.
Friday April 4 and Saturday April 5, 2014, at 8 pm, $20 door, $15 advance (call 905-543-8512 or book advance tickets online via PayPal). Well-known performer, musician and activist Eric Nagler performs Tales from the Attic: A retrospective in story and song. Two-day run! “Brimming with humour and heart, Eric takes his audience on a musical journey through his past and into their future.” [Note: Adult content, not a children's show.]
Canada remembers Eric from his appearances on The Elephant Show and Eric’s World which dominated Children’s TV in the 80s and 90s. But he began his performing career a decade earlier with Columbia Artists, doing Community Concerts throughout North America. His life experiences have taken him from Washington Square in the hay day of the sixties folk revival, to Bosnia, Spain, Ireland and just about everywhere on this continent. Eric has marched with Martin Luther King, has been tried for draft evasion, directed folk festivals, opened the first Folklore Centre in Canada. Along the way Eric has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn, Brownie Magee and Sonny Terry, The Reverend Gary Davis, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, John Lee Hooker, and a host of others. – and he has a story to tell, a song to sing or a tune to play about each cross road and companion he’s encountered. http://www.ericnagler.com/
Eric writes about his new show Tales from the Attic:
“I’ve never been more excited about a performance. In many ways it represents the culmination of a life’s adventure in music and personal growth. Read more…
Thursday April 3, at 8 pm, $10. The incredible singer-songwriter Joni NehRita is back at Artword Artbar with her band. Joni NehRita on vocals and keyboard, Tyler Wagler on bass, Adam Bowman on drums, Jane Ellenton on woodwinds. The Joni NehRita Band brings an infectious blend of “adult pop” that flirts heavily jazz & funk while being rooted in soul music. Her live show brings together well-crafted tunes supported by a deep pocket and a sizzling band chemistry. The addition of Jane Ellenton on sax, clarinet and flute bring another texture that is satisfying both sonically and visually. The interplay between Joni and Jane bubbles with mutual admiration.
Raji Sohal from CBC 3 has this to say: “I can attest that in live performance her voice and stage presence are stellar and come off as endearingly natural…”
Wednesday April 2, 2014, at 7:30 pm, no cover, admission by donation. “Hamilton Speaks Up“, a literary and musical Open Mic, presented by the newly formed Hamilton Branch of the Canadian Authors Association. Writers and musicians, of all genres, are welcome to participate, presenting preferably original work. Please register for the event by contacting Mony Shohayeb: firstname.lastname@example.org
CAA website: www.canadianauthors.org
This show was postponed from Wed March 12 due to the blizzard.
Friday March 28, 2014 at 8 pm, $15 door, $12 adv (call 905-543-8512 or book advance tickets online via PayPal). Singer-Songwriter Double Bill: Matthew de Zoete and Jeffery Straker.
Imagine Nick Drake cheering up a bit and living long enough to work with Beck. Mixing pop and folk styles, Matthew de Zoete writes songs built on strong melodies and honest lyrics about everything from washing dishes to grandparents and divorce. Matthew will play an intimate concert of new material and songs from his latest album Colour Film, accompanied by Jennifer Lockman on keys and brother Johan de Zoete on harmonies. www.matthewdezoete.com
NEWS: And the Winner of the Vina del Mar (Chile) International Song Festival is….. Jeffery Straker!!! http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=eb9f1889e0fef57a72f4fde77&id=adebe26d8c&e=582ff3e7b0
Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Michael Straker performs over 100 shows per year across Canada. He’s recorded for CBC radio’s ‘Canada Live’, and had a music video chart in the top 10 on Much More Music. His tour stops range from house concerts to club & theatre shows and include recent sold-out concerts with both the Regina & Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras. The review of his orchestral debut read: “Straker was simply spectacular”. His most recent album ‘Vagabond’ (produced by Danny Michel) was given 4 out of 4 stars by the Toronto star stating,”one of the most faultlessly conceived and meticulously executed albums in any genre to come out of Canada in a long time”. http://jeffstraker.com/
Thursday March 27, 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm, pwyc ($10 suggested)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm, pwyc ($10 suggested)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm, pwyc ($10 suggested)
SINGALONG with Sam Turton and Jane Lewis, singer-songwriters from Guelph. Come out and SING! They’ve got songbooks full of classic favourites — YOU request the songs, and we all sing them together. Led by Jane Lewis and Sam Turton. http://www.all-together-now.ca Tell your friends because — the more, the merrier. Hundreds of songs – songbooks provided: Over 100 great artists, including The Band, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Elvis, Bob Marley, Read more…
Wednesday March 26 at 8 pm, $5/pwyc. The Sean Dowhaniuk Group is back at Artword Artbar, playing some new tunes, some old tunes, and maybe a standard or two. Sean Dowhaniuk guitar/compositions, Riley Keller alto saxophone, Mike Rajna drums, Josh Smiley piano, Ethan Tilbury bass. PLUS an opening set by Fraser/Pitt Duo: Kevin Fraser bass and Dan Pitt guitar.
Saturday March 22 at 8 pm, $15. Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley present Hot Blues – a show that combines classic and original blues with a vintage flavour. Featuring Diana’s internationally renowned vocals, and Chris’ award-winning skill on guitar, trumpet and harmonica, they draw the audience in with their musicianship, stories and history, and even some “blues dancing.” They have recently visited South Carolina and Virginia for Festival appearances, and have visited the UK, Russia and Europe multiple times, along with many Canadian and American shows. Their list of awards includes 9 Maple Blues Awards, Gemini Award, Golden Sheaf Award (songwriting), and 6 Juno nominations. They recently performed their original works The Blues Suite, commissioned by the Canada Council, at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. http://www.braithwaiteandwhiteley.com/
“Diana Braithwaite is a national treasure” – BLUZ FM Host Danny Marks.
“The musical talents and abilities of Chris Whiteley are seemingly endless” – musical legend Jeff Healey
Friday March 21, 2014 at 8 pm, pwyc. An intimate concert by guitarist-songwriter George Meanwell, a musician with a fascinating career. George spent the late 70′s as a member of the folk trio Short Turn, appearing throughout Ontario (including Festival of Friends) and on national television. After a couple of decades spent earning his living as a classical cellist (including touring internationally with Quartetto Gelato) he resumed songwriting in 2002, releasing three CDs of his own material. Most recently he has been working in theatre, including the Stratford Festival, The Festival Players of Prince Edward County, and various independent projects in Toronto. www.gmeanwell.ca
Joining George at Artword Artbar will be award-winning jazz guitarist Eric St- Laurent. http://www.ericst-laurent.com/
Video from George’s most recent CD/DVD: http://vimeo.com/65432275
Reviews of The Easy Straight CD: “A remarkable, diverse musician.” – Tom Allen, CBC Radio 2 Shift; “A lovely album.” – Andy Frank, Roots Music Canada
“(Meanwell) merges folk and chamber music seamlessly on this enchanting disc.” – Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music
Thursday March 20, 2014 at 8 pm. $18 door, $15 advance (call 905-543-8512) or book advance tickets online via PayPal. Internationally acclaimed folk and bluesman Josh White Junior returns to Artword Artbar with a programme of folk and blues favourites from his more than 30 albums and CDs. He promises to include well loved songs from his legendary father’s repertoire like House of the Rising Sun, One Meatball, Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out. Among the many glowing reviews of his performances, this one in Performance Magazine sums up this outstanding performer beautifully: “White has the harmonic finesse of a jazz performer, and his style is still one of the most recognizable and polished sounds in all folk music.” http://www.joshwhitejr.com/
Plus an opening set by singer-songwriter Taivi Lobu, a veteran of the folk music scene in Toronto, who began her musical career in coffee houses on the Danforth. She writes with an adventuring spirit and a social justice vision. http://www.taivilobu.com/
Wednesday March 19 at 8 pm, $15 regular, $10 students. Jazz duo extraordinaire, vocalist Sophia Perlman and pianist Adrean Farrugia are coming back for an intimate concert at Artword Artbar!
And on Wednesday April 9, watch for a showcase hosted by Sophia and Adrean of their jazz music students from Mohawk.
Sunday March 16 at 7 pm, $10. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Eve at Artword Artbar. A special song-fest with our favourite a capella group What the Folk.
Joining them is Chroí (gaelic for ‘Heart’), a Hamilton-based, celtic-inspired band seeking to share beauty and power in sacred and secular music. Members are: Christopher Dawes (founder, piano/vocals), Caroline Olsen (violin/vocals), Geoff Ball (cello, guitar/vocals), Gord Simmons (bodhran, percussion/vocals). https://www.facebook.com/Chroimusic