Usual hours: Wed to Sat from 6 pm. Some special events on Sundays and Tuesdays. Check event posts for details. To get in touch, email us

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,

closed until Jan 30, 2015

December 15th, 2014
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No event programming at Artword Artbar until Jan-Feb 2015. However, we are easy to reach. To get in touch, please email us: or phone 905-543-8512. Thanks, Judith and Ron.

Event, News

Hamilton Dixieland All-Stars Christmas Special, Sat Dec 13

November 17th, 2014
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HDAS_Oct15-2014_800Saturday December 13, 2014, at 8 pm, $15. (Call 905-543-8512 to reserve.) The Hamilton Dixieland All-Stars, a highlight of the Steel City Jazz Festival, return to Artword Artbar. Take a break from your Christmas shopping and be entertained by a band that brings a most exciting and entertaining brand of southern-styled jazz. This performance features some of your favourite Christmas and seasonal music. Come and celebrate the season with the Hamilton Dixieland All-Stars. Bring all of your friends and make it a Christmas party with the HDAS. Frank Musico trumpet, Don Templeton trombone, Don Hall clarinet, Matt Kennedy piano, Jimmy Howard bass and Steve Wilson drums.

Event, Music-Jazz

Tiny Bill Cody’s Cowboy Show, Fri Dec 12 at 9 pm

November 16th, 2014
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artwordnov2012Tiny Bill CodyFriday December 12, 2014, at 9 pm, $10. Nothing says Holidays like ‘old time country variety show’. Tiny Bill Cody presents an evening of western, roots, string band music with a star studded array of special guests including The Family Supper String Band (Neal, Max, Frank Evans), singer Dara Weiss, singer Mimi Shaw, drummer Jeffery Griffiths.
As Tiny Bill says, “I have pretty cool team of old-timey players to do some vintage country, some cowboy songs, maybe a little preachifying.”

Event, Music

Peter Tigchelaar “Better Things” launch, Thurs Dec 11

November 15th, 2014
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peter_tigchelaar_trainThursday December 11, 2014, at 8 pm, $15 cover includes CD. Peter_Tigchelaar_BettercoverSinger-songwriter Peter Tigchelaar is doing a series of “soft launches” of his new CD “Better Things”. At Artword Artbar he will be joined by John Lewis, guitar and Andrew Tigchelaar, bass. Peter plays a variety of instruments including guitar, keyboard and mandolin, and more recently has developed a true affinity for other smaller instruments such as ukulele and WhiteCloud, his made-in-Hamilton Hammertone.      Read more…

Event, Music

Scroogissimo trailer 2014

November 14th, 2014
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Video by Adam Carter from his footage of our 2013 production, to the tune of “Eh Cumpari”. Performed by Charly Chiarelli, Pamela Gardner, Paula Grove, Valeri Kay, Gordon Odegaard, Jeremy Shand. An Artword Theatre Production directed by Ronald Weihs, script by Ryan Sero and Charly Chiarelli, design by Judith Sandiford.

News, Theatre

THEATRE: Scroogissimo! our festive comedy, is back Nov 25 to Dec 7

October 21st, 2014
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Artword_Scroogissimo_posterE_web680Artword Theatre’s delightful Christmas comedy Scroogissimo returns to Artword Artbar, November 25 to December 7, 2014. Hamilton’s North End meets Charles Dickens in a wacky script by Ryan Sero and Charly Chiarelli, directed by Ronald Weihs.
SOLD OUT: Saturday Dec 6 show. To reserve for Sunday Dec 7 at 3 pm, call 905-543-8512.
(Running time about 2 hours plus 20-min intermission.)
A sell-out hit last December, Scroogissimo features Charly as “Ebenezu Scrugi”, a Christmas-hating old Hamiltonian from Racalmuto, Sicily, who finds himself haunted by three ghosts of the Past, Present and Future.
Scroogissimo is performed by the Artword Ensemble, an acting company that has been working in Hamilton under Weihs’s direction since 2008. In addition to Chiarelli and Sero, the company includes Pamela Gardner, Paula Grove, Valeri Kay, Gordon Odegaard, and Jeremy Shand, all experienced practitioners of the Artword Ensemble style. Musical support for Scroogissimo is provided by Tim Ninehouse (keyboard), leader of the blues trio Beg to Differ.
Performances Tuesday to Saturday at 8 pm, matinées Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets Regular $25, Advance $20, child $12
Tuesday November 25 (preview), all tickets $10 at the door
Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St, is an intimate licensed cafe-bar with limited seating. Reservations are required (call 905-543-8512)    (Cast photo by Adam Carter.)

“Artword Theatre is cramming a whack of seasonal fun into their tiny package of a space. Mixing local Sicilian–Canadian storyteller Charly Chiarelli and “Charly” Dickens makes a Christmas-cracker exploding with musical and comedic goodies that will make an addition to your festive season you will never forget….” Robin Pittis, View Magazine (December 12-18, 2013):

“Great fun.” … Review by Tony Kilgannon in Ontario Arts Review, December 8, 2013:
“Charly Chiarelli and Ryan Sero have teamed up to devise Scroogissimo a send-up of the story in a uniquely Hamilton way, at Artword Artbar. … Read more…

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Wayne Janus and KAIZEN, Sat Nov 22

October 20th, 2014
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Saturday NovemKaizen2040caber 22, 2014, 8 pm $10. (Noche Bohemia had to cancel.) We are pleased to announce that brilliant guitarist Wayne Janus and his band KAIZEN:waynejanus drums (David Carrillo), bass (Shane Lannigan) and guitar/vocals (Wayne Janus) will be back at Artword Artbar. Their sound has a rich variety of influences ranging from Funk, Jazz, Blues, Fusion, Rock, and Latin, a mix of original and cover material. Kaizen’s debut release entitled First Impressions, received positive reviews from national and international sources. Currently, Kaizen has just finished their second CD and launched their new web page
Review: “Kaizen’s second album entitled Closer To Earth is an epic modern ground-breaking instrumental masterpiece. This unique album has it all, from New York Funk, Jazz, Rock, Fusion and even features a Sanskrit Chant entitled Shivaya. A Must Have!
For more about Wayne Janus, visit

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Concert: Guitarist/singer Kyle Pacey and friends, Fri Nov 21

October 17th, 2014
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kyle_paceyFriday November 21, 8 pm, $10, call 905-543-8512 to reserve.  Back again! Grammy-nominated guitarist and singer Kyle Pacey presents an evening of original music that’s an eclectic mix of soul, roots, R & B and funk. Guests Kevin Christoff on bass and Michael Sloski on drums. Kyle draws on his varied musical influences and is inspired by the optimism and culture of the 1960s and 70s along with current events, personal upheavals, metaphysics… and more. A musical force, 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.”

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Big Dance, Little Stage, Learie McNicolls, Thur Nov 20

October 16th, 2014
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Learie4c_680Thursday November 20, 2014, at 8 pm, $10. Choreographer and dancer Learie McNicolls (photo left) curates and hosts the next edition of “Big Dance, Little Stage”, an evening of contemporary dance works for a small stage. Line-up TBA.
Learie, who has had a lengthy career in Toronto, is now based in Hamilton, where he has opened a dance studio. Most recently he performed his one-man show Resurrection at The Pearl Company, in May and August. He was choreographer on Artword Theatre’s production of their musical play “James Street” in May 2014.


Dance, Event

Koopa Troop, jazz arrangements of video game music, Wed Nov 19

October 12th, 2014
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KoopaTroop_TomAltobelliWednesday November 19, 2014, at 8 pm. Jazz bassist Tom Altobelli has a new project, Koopa Troop, a new group who play their own jazz arrangements of classic video game music. Songs from Mario, Tetris, Pokemon, Metroid, and Banjo Kazooie. The band members, all Humber alumni, are: Chelsea McBride flute/tenor sax, Wilson McLeish guitar, Chris Bruder keys, Tom Altobelli bass, Tyler Goertzen drums.
The Matthew Pullicino Tercet will open the evening.

Event, Music

Concert: Euphonic reunion concert + The Plain Steel, Sat Nov 15

October 9th, 2014
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EuphonicSaturday November 15, 8 pm, $5/pwyc. An acoustic / folk show with The Plain Steel (folk set), and the return of Euphonic. Euphonic is an eclectic trio of instrumentalists, Bob Wegner guitar, Vince Waters drums, Geoff Ball cello, perform original songs influenced by classical, spanish, folk, ragtime, and jazz.
The Plain Steel is a “Folk and Roll” band featuring Ross Lizotte guitar and vocal; Geoff Ball cello; Tim Friesen bass; Jason Sanislo banjo, Vince Waters drums.

Event, Music

Art Crawl Fri Nov 14: Jazz in the bar: Jonas Pearson Paavola group.

October 9th, 2014
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Jonas_Pearson_Paavola_cFriday November 14, 2014, James North Art Crawl, from 8 pm., tip jar. Jazz with bassist Jonas Pearson Paavola and his group JPP4: Victoria Cox on sax, Dave Hollingshead on keys, Andrew Deacon on drums and Jonas Pearson Paavola on bass and composition. The JPP4 strive for spontaneity and exploration in music. Playing mostly original material, they mix jazz theory with more modern textures.

Event, James North events, Music-Jazz

In the Gallery on Art Crawl: Janice Peshke, Debbie Long, Fri Nov 14

October 9th, 2014
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Janice_Peshke_cJanicePeshke_IMG_0743_cFriday November 14, 2014, James North Art Crawl, from 7:30 to 10 pm.
In the installation gallery, on exhibit and for sale, hand made unique jewellery by Janice Peshke and Debbie Long.  Janice Peshke is a jewellery designer, who teaches classes in her Coachhouse, as well as at the Dundas Valley School of Art. Debbie Long is one of Janice’s students who does drop in classes each week and has done so for the past few years. She has developed her own unique designs.
The artists will be present between about 7:30 to 10 pm

Artword Gallery, Event, James North events

Jazz with the Scott McIntosh Trio, Thurs Nov 13

October 8th, 2014
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ScottMcIntosh_cThursday November 13, 2014, at 8 pm, cover tba. Jazz with the Scott McIntosh Trio, Tom Altobelli on bass, Jordan Snider on drums and Scott McIntosh on guitar. Featured guest for the evening is Andrew King on saxophone.

Event, Music-Jazz

Wordcrafters Meetup, Wed Nov 12 at 7:30 pm

October 7th, 2014
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Wednesday November 12, 2014, at 7:30-9:30 pm. Free admission. Wordcrafters Meetup. The event will be an opportunity for writers, editors and other publishing and communications professionals to meet, network, explore collaborations, socialize, and participate in what promises to be a lively panel discussion about electronic self-publishing. Special guest Mark Leslie, a Hamilton author and director of self-publishing and author relations for Kobo, will take part in the panel discussion. Co-hosted by the Hamilton-Halton Twig (HH Twig) of the Editors’ Association of Canada, the Canadian Authors Association, Crime Writers of Canada, Professional Writers Association of Canada, and The Writers and Editors Network.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

New Cumberland Bluegrass Band, Sat Nov 8

October 6th, 2014
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Saturday November 8, 2014, at 8 pm, $15. Back again (their shows sell out, so reserve early!) New Cumberland, a bluegrass band from London Ontario: Tom Burns – vocals and guitar,  Blair Heddle – vocals, mandolin and dobro, Paul Hurdle – vocals and banjo, Tom Rutledge – string bass. [To reserve, call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512].
Featuring inventive solo work, driving rhythms and three part vocal harmonies, New Cumberland’s musical integrity and joy in playing together resonates in every performance.   Proficient in the straight ahead driving bluegrass of… Read more…

Event, Music

Party: Artword Artbar’s 5-year anniversary, host Dave Pomfret, Friday Nov 7

October 3rd, 2014
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Dave_Pomfret_2014Klyde_Broox_adjFriday November 7, 2014, at 8 pm, no cover. We’re celebrating Artword Artbar’s 5-year anniversary with a party and some special friends. We’ve invited our favourite singer-songwriter Dave Pomfret to host the evening. Dave got us started back in Fall 2009 with a regular singer-songwriter evenings. Special guest is another friend who jumped on board with us in 2009: dub poet Klyde Broox who ran regular PoeMagic spoken word sessions once a month for 4 years. More details coming. There is a rumour that Ron the Fiddler might be making pizza!

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music, Special event

Singalong with Sam Turton & Jane Lewis, Thurs Nov 6, at 7:30 pm

October 2nd, 2014
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SamTurton_JaneLewis_650Thursday November 6, 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.
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…

Event, Music

closed, Wed Nov 5

October 1st, 2014
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Wednesday November 5, 2014, we will be closed.

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Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, new edition, Sat Nov 1

September 21st, 2014
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Stuart_Laughton_June212014_0246_680Saturday November 1, 2014, at 8 pm, $15. Stuart Laughton is back with a new edition of his Radio Dial, with Stuart Laughton on vocals, guitar, harmonica, trumpet, piano. Guest musicians for November 1 are: Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Jim Clayton (piano), Steve Lucas (bass) and Martin Worthy (drums/vocals), with lots of new tunes! [To reserve, call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512.
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). Read more…

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