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Jazz History & Film: David Lee on Ornette Coleman + Shirley Clarke film, Fri Feb 27

January 20th, 2015
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Print David_Lee_poster_ORNETTEfilm_680Friday 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.)

Event, Film, Literary, Spoken Word

Film screening: “Cowspiracy” plus discussion, Wed, Oct 29 at 7 pm

September 19th, 2014
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CowspiracyWednesday, October 29,  2014, at 7:00 pm. Green Cottage Industries presents a screening of the film Cowspiracy followed by a discussion facilitated by Michael Nabert and Peter Ormond. Cowspiracy describes some of the world’s challenges and how they relate to animal agriculture. Yet our meat-eating habits are rarely mentioned as an obstacle to a more sustainable planet. The film Cowspiracy turns this silence on it’s head. Veganism and healthy dietary choices are a major part of the solution to a greener planet. Screening at 7:00 pm, discussion following the film 8:30 pm.

Event, Film, Special event

Tongue Fu and their video “James Street North”

September 11th, 2014
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Video published August 28, 2014: This video is fantastic. Thanks Lou! The wonderful Lou Molinaro of This Ain’t Hollywood tips the hat to a lot of folks in the ‘hood, including us at Artword Artbar. Unfortunately we were out of town for the video shoot, so we missed our big chance to be in a rock video. Love our beat-cop Gary!

Here’s their intro from YouTube:Tongue Fu are a Rock N Roll 6-pack from Hamilton Ontario Canada. The band consists of Gord Lewis, Rob Sweeney, Dave Elley, Gene Champagne, Greg Brisco & Lou Molinaro. James Street North is dedicated to a neighbourhood that we love in our fine city of Hamilton Ontario. Melissa Marchese was our muse as we followed her along. The video also includes some of the terrific Hamilton folks who are making our neighbourhood a cool vibrant place! Ladies & Gentlemen, welcome to JAMES STREET NORTH!!” For the lyrics … Read more…

Film, Special event

Sky Gilbert’s Naked Hamilton: The Movie Premiere, Sat Sept 20

August 1st, 2014
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naked-hamiltonNakedHamilton_c680Saturday September 20, 2014, two screenings at 8 and 10 pm, $10. Sky Gilbert’s Naked Hamilton: The Movie Premiere, starring Elley-Ray Hennessy and Scott McCord.  “A Hamilton hardcore couple try to take over their favourite bar.”
The full original play ran at Artword Artbar in November 2012, starring Elley-Ray Hennessy (Hamilton Bus Stop) and Scott McCord (Scott McCord and the BonaFide Truth). The production was written specifically for the intimate cafe-bar environment at Artword Artbar. One portion of the play has been made into a film, and is being premiered in its home bar! It is a film about working class people – everywhere — and about cities – everywhere — cities that put massive corporate profits above quality of human life. Tickets on-line at

Event, Film

Mexican cinema from the golden era, Luis Buñuel’s Los olvidados, Wed Nov 27

October 9th, 2013
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losolvidados1Wednesday November 27 at 8 pm. Free admission. RAPS presents “An evening of Mexican cinema from the golden era”,  a screening of Los olvidados (The forgotten ones), México, 1950, directed by Luis Buñuel’s (known in the US as “The Young and the Damned”).
A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others. The film won the Golden Ariel for Luis Buñuel at the Ariel Awards, and Best Director: Luis Buñuel at the Cannes Film Festival.
Guest speaker Andrès Miramontes, Mexican social activist and philosopher attending McMaster University, will introduce the film and facilitate discussion after the screening.

Event, Film, News

Insurgent Theatre, film “The Shadow of Lucasville” Mon Aug 26 & theatre “Know Your Enemy” Tues Aug 27, 7 pm

July 21st, 2013
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InsurgentTheatre_Shadow_of_Lucasville_600SPECIAL EVENT: Monday August 26 and Tuesday August 27 at 7 pm. Artword Artbar is pleased to host Insurgent Theatre, currently touring with two projects: a film, The Shadow of Lucasville, screening and  facilitated conversation, and their newest play Know Your Enemy. (They brought “In the Belly” to Artword Artbar two years ago.)
Monday August 26, 7 pm: Film: The Shadow of Lucasville, the follow-up to the award winning documentary film, The Great Incarcerator, part 1: Dark Little Secret. Directed by D Jones – 60 minutes.
The Shadow of Lucasville revisits the 1993 uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, one of the longest in U.S. history, while exploring the fight for human rights and media exposure through inmate uprisings in response to mass incarceration and dehumanization supported by the prison industrial complex. The film will be followed by conversation with former prisoners. $5-20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. Here is some background on the Lucasville case:
Event page:

InsurgentTheatre_Know_Your_Enemy_600Tuesday August 27, 7pm. Theatre: Know Your Enemy: A Theatrical Examination of Police and Prison in America.  Written by Ben Turk, Directed by Kate Pleuss, Performed by Ben Turk – 90 minutes.
What does it mean to be a compassionate, dedicated, humane police officer in the country with the world’s highest incarceration rate and a continuing tradition of racial injustice? Know Your Enemy examines the role of police using stripped down interactive theatre, critical understanding of history and the power of silent refusal. Know your history. Know your rights. Know your enemy.
$5-20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. Event page:

Event, Film, Special event, Theatre

Artword Theatre videos and more, Wed June 5

May 4th, 2013
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Wednesday June 5, at 8 pm, free. We will show some videos of our recent revival of Tobacco Troubadour, and more…

Event, Film, Music

Art Crawl, Friday April 13, “Behind the Kiln” 7 pm, Jazz 9:30 pm

March 4th, 2012
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Friday April 13  (James North Art Crawl), from 7 pm-9:15: “Behind the Kiln” multi-media dance, music, video collaborations in real-time. Dancers include:  Olga Barrios, Liz Bates, Laura Reid, Victoria Slager, Grace Loney, Tanis MacArthur. Musicians include: Brier Pomfret, Ronald Weihs. Video vee-jaying by Judith Sandiford.
9:30 – midnight (tip jar): Jazz with Emily Kemp vocals, Scott MacIntosh guitar, Jordan Snider drums, Tom Altobelli bass, and Chris Bruder piano.

Dance, Event, Film, James North events, Music

Under the Influence of Dub, documentary about Klyde Broox

February 20th, 2012
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Under the Influence of Dub from Luke Banville on Vimeo. Klyde Broox is an award winning dub poet and author. This short documentary highlights his migration from Jamaica to Canada. Directed/Edited: Luke Banville; Director of Photography: Jake Levinsky; Sound Design/Music: Conor Sullivan; Sheridan College Media Arts – 2012. [The performance portions of this documentary were filmed at Klyde’s PoeMagic evenings at Artword Artbar.]

Event, Film, Literary, Spoken Word, News

“Love In Motion: A Post-Materialist Love-in” Monday Feb 20

January 12th, 2012
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Monday February 20 at 8 pm. We’ll be open for a special event —  “Love In Motion: A Post-Materialist Love-in” at Artword Artbar. . . featuring Janice Lee (acoustic guitar/spoken word), Lorimer Longhaul (spoken word), Kendall Downey (spoken word) and a screening of the animated short “Condiment Love” (stop motion animation) by Aaron Fitzpatrick
Here are some links:  Janice Lee
Lorimer Longhaul
Kendall Downey
Aaron Fitzpatrick

Event, Film, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

Art Crawl: Trio Arjento + “Behind the Kiln”, Friday Feb 10

January 8th, 2012
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TrioArjento_JBusatophoto.jpgSeptember Kiln017smc.jpgFriday, February 10, 2012, from 8 pm onwards… (James North Art Crawl). Music, dance, video, and all of the above. Opening guest set: Rob Willett, guitar and voice. Second set, “Behind the Kiln” part one, dance and music improvised before your eyes, featuring Tanis MacArthur, with the improvising orchestra (Trio Arjento plus friends). Third set, a more formal concert set by Trio Arjento , Jennifer Lockman piano, Tom Shea guitar, Orange McFarland stand-up bass, (minus Marcy Hull who is not able to join in). Last set, “Behind the Kiln” part two, more real-time collaborations and live video-mix by Judith Sandiford, with guest musicians (including Angela Macaroni on flute) and dancer/movers including Jenny Rae on a visit from Thailand

Dance, Event, Film, James North events, Music

Multi-Media, Music & Animation Showcase, Wed Jan 25

December 21st, 2011
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AaronFitz_Jan25Poster1_650.jpgAaron_FitzproLogoc.jpgWednesday, January 25 at 8 pm, $5. A Multi-Media, Music & Animation Showcase!  Featuring animated shorts (Animated Doom Prophecies) by Aaron Fitzpatrick from Hamilton ( – . View some of Aaron’s animation here:

Miramichi_music.jpgPlus guest artists Miramichi Aaron_Fitzpatrick_fromDGB.jpgfrom Hamilton (Experimental Electronica) (
Plus Slender Loris (Quirk Rock Exploration), and Lorimer Longhaul (Spoken Word/Squat Poetry)

Event, Film, Music, Special event

Behind the Kiln #13, dance, music, video, Thur Nov 10

October 9th, 2011
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September Kiln017smc.jpgThursday November 10 at 8 pm pwyc. Behind the Kiln #13. Always thrilling and unpredictable, our  evenings of real-time collaborations between dancers, musicians and visual artists, are a treat. Organized by dancer-choreographer Tanis MacArthur and video-jammer Judith Sandiford. [Image left Sept 15: duet Tanis MacArthur, Rose Gowling, plus live web-cam (photo Anne Milne)]
Movers and sounders tba.

Dance, Event, Film, Music

Film: “Free To Learn”, host Tom Dusome, Thur Oct 20 7:30 pm

September 13th, 2011
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Tom_Dusome_ScreeningPoster1_650en.jpgThursday October 20, 7:30 pm,  Tom Dusome is hosting a film night.
“Dear Freeskool Friendlies, We are planning a get together for everyone who’s interested in talking about how we learn in our society… Film: “Free To Learn” (Albany, NY Free School – 2007). We will view the film, and follow up with discussion regarding learning, education and how these processes are played out in our society. We encourage one and all to come along and join in on the discussion, share your thoughts and experiences, and together we will envision the future of learning… Love, Hamilton Freeskool”
For information on the documentary, visit:

Event, Film

Behind the Kiln #12, dance/music/video, “ghOulish and dreAry”, Thurs Oct 13

September 11th, 2011
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September Kiln017smc.jpgThursday October 13 at 8 pm pwyc. Behind the Kiln #12. Always thrilling and unpredictable, our  evenings of real-time collaborations between dancers, musicians and visual artists, are a treat. Organized by dancer-choreographer Tanis MacArthur and video-jammer Judith Sandiford. [Image left Sept 15: duet Tanis MacArthur, Rose Gowling, plus live web-cam (photo Anne Milne)]
Movers and sounders for our “ghOulish and dreAry” Oct 13 include: Victoria Slager, Anne Milne, Jennifer Lockman, Tom Shea. Orange McFarland, Tanis MacArthur, Liz Bates, Ron Weihs, Judith Sandiford.

Dance, Event, Film, Music, Theatre

Behind the Kiln #11, multi-media performance, Thur Sept 15

July 30th, 2011
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September Kiln_Liz_Jenny_sm.jpgThursday September 15 at 8 pm, pwyc. Behind the Kiln #11. Always thrilling and unpredictable, our  evenings of real-time collaborations between dancers, musicians and visual artists, are a treat. Organized by dancer-choreographer Tanis MacArthur and video-jammer Judith Sandiford. Movers and sounders: Jenny Rae (via skype from Thailand), Liz Bates, Rose Gowling, Paula Grove, Tanis MacArthur, Jennifer Lockman, Ron Weihs, Orange McFarland. Image left: Sept 15:  live realtime duet Jenny Rae (in Thailand) and Liz Bates (in Artword Artbar), via skype and a web-cam. Wow! We did it! (photo Anne Milne)

Dance, Event, Film, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

Behind the Kiln #10, “Last Fling of Summer” Thurs Sept 1

July 18th, 2011
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BehindtheKiln_Frolic_0163_650.jpgThursday Sept 1, 8 pm, pwyc. Last minute craziness — Behind the Kiln #10. Last fling of summer. Our wildly unpredictable multi-media collaborations between dancers, musicians and a video-jammer, making it all up on the spot. We’re filling a gap the only way we know how — having fun and making magic. Come and join us. Coordinated by dancer-choreographer Tanis MacArthur. Participants so far: movers- Liz Bates, Carissa Bowerman and sister, Tanis Macarthur (maybes from Rose Gowling, Victoria Slager); sounders- Jennifer Lockman, Ron Weihs, Tom Shea; visuals- Judith Sandiford

Dance, Event, Film, Music

Filmmakers Night at Artword Artbar, Sat July 9

June 5th, 2011
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Alex_Szatmary_ThePromise_ad.jpgSaturday July 9 at 8:30 pm, free  — Filmmakers Night at Artword Artbar: An Evening of Short Film Screenings. Participants so far: Alex Szatmary (“Voodoo” and “Ocean-view”), Brent Ross (“Canadian Priaires”), … more coming…
Submission Information for filmmakers:
– Format must be digital and able to run on a laptop on standard media player software. We have the laptop and the digital projector in place.
– Running time under 10 minutes, preferred.
– All genres welcome.   – No limits about previous screenings.
– No fee to participate, but pre-registration is requested.
– To register, please send an email to Judith Sandiford
Please provide: your name, title of film, running time of film, a brief description, all the film credits, date made and other background of the film.

Event, Film, Special event

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