Saturday March 11, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 or sliding scale. We welcome back this year another Noche Bohemia (a night of poetry and music) called Grito de Mujer (Woman Scream), in honour of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2017). The night is dedicated to raising awareness about violence against women and girls. There will be poetry and music. The poets include: Amaluna, Constanza Duran, and others TBA. Musicians TBA…
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 8 pm, free admission. The CAROUSEL Paper Roadshow. CAROUSEL, an innovative and beautifully designed art/lit journal, is taking it on the road this summer — getting out of Toronto and touring to 8 cities across Ontario, to introduce audiences to the bold spirit of this unique journal. http://blog.carouselmagazine.ca/2016-summer-tour/
Artword Artbar is the official Hamilton stop! They will be launching both CAROUSEL 36 (the latest 88-page issue), and the new, spin-off experimental comic strip anthology, 4PANEL 1.
Hosting the evening is CAROUSEL editor and 4PANEL curator Mark Laliberte. Readers and performers include: Laura Furster, Jim Johnstone, Robin Richardson, Marc di Saverio, Sam Shelstad, with an experimental music/sound performance by Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist W.A. Davison. You can pick up some wonderfully designed paper treasures: $10 for CAROUSEL 36, $15 for 4PANEL 1. Discounted subscriptions to the magazine will also be available. http://carouselmagazine.ca/
Thursday May 19, 2016, 7 pm. Free. The Hamilton Poetry Centre presents its annual Open Reading. Everyone is welcome to attend and to read. Established in 1983, the Hamilton Poetry Centre works to support and encourage the writing and appreciation of poetry, by conducting workshops and hosting Canada Council sponsored readings. http://hamiltonpoetrycentre.com/
Sunday March 20, 2016. Two events to celebrate World Storytelling Day:
** 2:30 to 4:30 pm: Stories of Discovery by participants in the McMaster Discovery Program.
** 5 to 7 pm: Strong Women Burning Brightly, a concert celebrating the wit, wisdom and wonder of Crones and Damsels, by The Burlington Storytellers’ Guild.
Come to one or both. Admission free or by donation. All ages. Read on for details. Read more…
Friday March 4, 2016, at 8 pm, $15 or sliding scale. This Noche bohemia (a night of poetry and music) is called Woman Scream, a night dedicated raising awareness about violence against women. There will be poetry and music. The poets include: Amaluna, Constanza Duran, Violeta San Juan, Maria Eugenia Lemus. Musicians include: Fito, Marcelo Puente, Edgardo Moreno, Lil Acevedo.
This event is part of an international event, Festival Internacional de Poesía y Arte: Grito de Mujer/Woman Scream/ Cri de Femme.
It also honours International Women’s Day (March 8, 2016).
Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 8 pm, free. The Tower and PoeMagic presents a poetry reading, in English and Mandarin, to launch a chapbook of poems by Xu Lizhi, the late Chinese poet, and worker at FoxConn, an electronics factory in Shenzhen. The chapbook is published by The Tower, Hamilton’s Anarchist Community Library and Resource Centre. http://the-tower.ca/
Readers include: Lee Reed, Laura Kodzhe, Chris Pannell, Ziboya Nhun, New-Era Neisha, Angie C, Campbell Young, and Adam Getty, as well as Klyde Broox, who hosts the event. Stories of the struggles of migrant laborers in Chinese factories and Canadian farms will also be shared, as we attempt to foster universal working class solidarity across great distances. The evening will include an open mic section. Read more…
Tara Azzopardi — Last Stop, Lonesome Town (poetry)
Salvatore DiFalco — Mean Season (novel)
David W. McFadden — Abnormal Brain Sonnets (poetry)
Nick Papaxanthos — Love Me Tender (poetry)
Come celebrate with us!
Sunday October 18, 2015, from 2 to 5 pm. Free admission. October Poetry Blast, organized by poet James Deahl. Featured readers include Canadian contributors to the California-based anthologies LUMMOX 3 and LUMMOX 4. Readers: Jennifer L. Foster (Hamilton), David Haskins (Grimsby), Debbie Okun Hill (Sarnia), Donna Langevin (Toronto), Norma West Linder (Sarnia), Michael Mirolla (Oakville), Deborah Morrison (Hamilton), and James Deahl (Sarnia). Books will be for sale.
July 16 to 25, 2015, $10. Artword Theatre presents Transformation: A Journey of the Soul’s Healing by Learie Mc Nicolls, in the 2015 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival.
Learie Mc Nicolls confronts the demons of poverty, violence and fear in his powerful new work, Transformation: a Journey of the Soul’s Healing. An Artword Theatre production, directed by Ronald Weihs, Transformation combines dance, spoken word, soundscape and visual images, to present one man’s struggle to come to terms with his troubled Trinidad childhood and redeem the forgotten child inside him. The live musical soundscape is by Dale Morningstar, and live visuals by Judith Sandiford.
Article on March version of Transformation
Venue: Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., a Bring-Your-Own-Venue.
Running time: 60 minutes. Eight performances, showtimes:
Thursday July 16 at 9 pm; Friday July 17 at 9 pm;
Saturday July 18 at 9 pm; Sunday July 19 at 8 pm;
Wednesday July 22 at 9 pm; Thursday July 23 at 8 pm;
Friday July 24 at 9 pm; Saturday July 25 at 9 pm (Final Show)
Tickets $10 at door or online at: http://hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/
plus a one-time purchase of a Fringe Button ($5), good for all Fringe shows.
Click here for Transformation_press_rel_Artword_Fringe2015.pdf
Learie Mc Nicolls has been a key figure in the contemporary dance scene in Toronto since the 1980s. He has danced with Toronto Dance Theatre, Desrosiers Dance Theatre, Dancemakers, the National Ballet of Cuba, and his own company, Mythmakers. Read more…
Saturday June 27, 2015, from 2 pm on, free. Artword Artbar hosts the 2015 Hamilton Zineposium from 2 to 6 pm, followed at 6:30 pm by a special edition for Zine-ists of spoken word open mic PoeMagic (hosted by Klyde Broox) and Campfire Stories (hosted by Tom Dusome, anything-goes storytelling).
Here is the call for submissions from Hamilton Zineposium on Facebook: “Do you make zines, artists’ books, DIY multiples of any kind? Do you make bizarre indie-arts/crafts/prints/comics/graphic novels/electronic arts/3d prints/posters/stickers/t-shirts/buttons/ … Maybe your stuff is too out-there for the X-mas craft fairs, or maybe it is so low key and subtle you feel like people never notice it at all… Now’s the time to get your stuff out into the world…” Read more…
Tuesday May 26, 2015, 7 to 9 pm, free. The Humber Literary Review launches its third issue for its Hamilton readers at Artword Artbar. Readings by Krista Foss, Sally Cooper, Claire Caldwell, Kelli Deeth, Nicola Winstanley. “HLR is the creation of Humber College’s Department of English, and its collective includes writers, academics, critics, visual artists, and linguists. Our goal is to share our enthusiasm for work that provokes, excites, and entertains — writing that makes you want to read more.” http://humberliteraryreview.com/
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 8:00 pm. Host Klyde Broox returns to Artword Artbar with a Poetry Month special edition of PoeMagic. Klyde Broox hosts I SPEAK BLOOD, an open community poetry reading in memory of Xu Lizhi, the late Chinese poet, and worker at FoxConn, an electronics factory in Shenzhen. https://libcom.org/blog/xulizhi-foxconn-suicide-poetry
“I Swallowed a Moon Made of Iron”
I swallowed a moon made of iron
They refer to it as a nail Read more…
Sunday April 19, 2015 , from, 2:30-5:30 pm. A Poetry Month Special hosted by poet James Deahl. “Established in Canada in April 1998 by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP), National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture.” http://poets.ca/programs-2/reading-programs/national-poetry-month/
The readers at Artword Artbar (they didn’t mention “bars” in the above quote or whether beer qualifies for the “food” theme) are:
James Deahl, Sarnia G.W. Down, Hamilton David Haskins, Grimsby
Laurence Hutchman, Oakville John B. Lee, Port Dover Norma West Linder, Sarnia
Bernadette Rule, Hamilton Lynn Tait, Sarnia Anna Yin, Toronto
Wednesday & Thursday, March 25 & 26, 2015, at 9 pm, $10. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. Artword Theatre presents “Transformation: A journey of the soul’s healing”, told in spoken word and dance by award-winning choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls, directed by Ronald Weihs, script by Learie Mc Nicolls with dramaturgy by Ronald Weihs, designed by Judith Sandiford, with live music by Dale Morningstar.
Walked I have into the sun’s glare
till my princedom became fear
Friday February 27, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. Jazz history at Artword Artbar: David Lee, musician and author of The Battle of the Five Spot, talks about Ornette Coleman‘s historic 1959 debut at New York’s Five Spot Cafe. The talk is followed by a showing of the newly-remastered Shirley Clarke film from 1984, Ornette: Made in America (running time 85 mins.)
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.
Friday 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!
Thursday September 25 at 8 pm, $10. The Muted Note: Songs Based on Poems by P.K. Page, created and performed by Susanna Hood (voice & dance) and Scott Thomson (trombone). Artword Artbar is one stop on Susanna and Scott’s tour performing The Muted Note as a duo in small venues across Canada. http://www.scottthomson.ca/muted-note/
The Muted Note is a suite of songs composed by Scott Thomson, settings of poems by P.K. Page, for Susanna Hood’s singing voice. As a duo, Susanna, in addition to singing the lyrics, improvises on the songs both vocally and in dance, a synthesis for which she is singularly acclaimed in Canada. Scott, on trombone, both underpins Susanna and solos on the songs in a wide-ranging style that reflects his broad experience as an improviser. Throughout, P.K. Page’s stellar poems are at the core of the work and, in both dance and music, Scott and Susanna seek to animate and activate the verse as they play. Their extensive Canadian tour this autumn will help to promote their new duo disc on &records.
Susanna Hood is a compelling and virtuosic performer in dance and music. Read more…
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: email@example.com
CAA website: www.canadianauthors.org
This show was postponed from Wed March 12 due to the blizzard.
Saturday March 8, from 2 to 4 pm. WSGT (When Sistahs Get Together) presents Sistahs Express! hosted by singer/activist Queen Cee. “Artistic and Creative Women in the community coming together to showcase their talents of song, art, dance, instrument and spoken word/poetry in celebration of International Women’s Day!”
$10 donation goes toward Not-For-Profit organization Be-You-tiful Girls Club Inc.
Showcasing artistes include: Amarna Magnum, Queen Cee, Mouth FullOfStars, Nylda Gallardo Lopez, Erin Amelia, Angelina Gomes, Mecca Muhammad, Shanika Maria, Angela Nethersole and our youngest artist, Hannah Ralph.