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Acoustic Moments: Reggae dinner and show, Sat Apr 15

March 10th, 2017
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Saturday April 15, 2017. Acoustic Moments Easter weekend special dinner & show. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
**Dinner + show, doors 7:00, dinner 7:30 pm, $20 (MUST RESERVE by Apr 10).
**Show only, at 8:30 pm, $10 adv.
Mr. Jay hosts another fabulous Acoustic Moments show & dinner, with world-class reggae music by The Riddim Riders Unplugged. Core members Franklin Joseph and Mike Rajczak are joined by vocalist Lauren Mikayla and lead guitar Keon Crosswell.
Chef Learie Mc Nicolls will be cooking up some jerk chicken with rice and steam vegetables, Trinidad style, or a vegetarian stir fry option.

Event, Music, Music-World, Special event

Beg To Differ, special concert for Good Friday, April 14

March 9th, 2017
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BegToDiffer2Friday April 14, 2017, at 8 pm, $tba. Beg To Differ Trio present a special Good Friday concert. 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

Event, Music-Blues, Special event

THEATRE: play-readings for The Future is Female Festival, Wed Mar 22

February 12th, 2017
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Wednesday March 22, 2017, at 7:30. Hamilton’s Make Art Theatre presents an evening of three play-readings as part of The Future is Female Festival. The plays featured are:
** How to Date a Politically-Correct Feminist (Or, the Compassion Experiment) by Emma Harr
** Press  by Alice Stanley Jr.
** Low & Away by Demetra Kareman
Readers: Cadance Allen, Liz Buchanan, Sean Emberley, Carlos Jimenez, Kenneth Johnson, Tina Kocic, Amy Noelle Milligan, and Amber Wood

The Future is Female Festival is a festival of readings of short plays by women of all backgrounds on the subject “the future is female” and what that means to them. The festival is happening across North America throughout the month of March. It is an expression of the hope that the future will hold equality for all and a celebration of women in theatre. https://thefutureisfemalefestival.com/

Event, Special event, Theatre

Grito de Mujer, a night of poetry and music, Sat Mar 11

February 3rd, 2017
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Saturday March 11, 2017, at 8 pm, free. Grito de Mujer (Woman Scream) is a night of music and poetry that is part of the Woman Scream International Poetry Festival celebrated in March of each year. 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, Angie C., Edith Chávez, Klyde Broox, Kelsey Knight, Violeta San Juan, Tania Pineda.
Musicians include: Lil America, Nancy Reyes, Rowena Chow, Marcelo Puente, Fito Molina.
For more info about the international festival: http://www.gritodemujer.com/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music, Music-Latin, Special event

Steel City Jazz Festival, Andrew Downing’s Otterville, Wed Oct 26

September 22nd, 2016
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andrew_downing_otterville_900Wednesday October 26, 2016, at 8 pm. $15/$10 students. Book tickets online Andrew Downing Otterville
Andrew Downing’s Otterville, scjf_2016_logo_ra co-production with Zula Presents and Steel City Jazz Festival. Andrew Downing, cello; Michael Davidson, vibraphone; Tara Davidson, alto saxophone; Paul Mathew, bass; Nick Fraser, drums. “The song-like compositions and the virtuosity of the musicians take a sweet and nostalgic snapshot of the slow passage of time in the country and the joys that can bring.” http://www.andrewdowning.com/projects.html

Event, Music-Jazz, Special event, Steel City Jazz Festival

60s Folk Revival Sing-a-long, Thurs Sept 29

August 21st, 2016
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Sue_and_Dwight_logoThursday September 29, 2016, at 8 pm, $15. Back by popular demand! BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone
, a 60s Folk Revival sing-a-long concert, a 60s Folk Revival sing-a-long concert, with Sue Peters (vocals),  Michelle Rumball (vocals), Dwight Peters (vocals, 6 & 12 string guitars) and Tony Laviola (double bass). Imagine an evening that transforms the Artword Artbar into one of the 1960s coffeehouses of Yorkville or Greenwich Village. The lyrics have meaning, the voices are true and passionate in solo and in harmony, and the music inspires the audience to join in. Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone recreates the songs of hope and social justice, messages that still resonate today. The show covers the songs of the great singers and poets including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Ian & Sylvia, Peter Paul and Mary, and Phil Ochs. Song-sheets are provided. http://wherehaveallthefolksongsgone.blogspot.ca/

Event, Music, Special event

Harrison Kennedy, Roots en Route events at Artword, Wed Sept 28

August 20th, 2016
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renr_logoRoots en Route Festival of World Music, Dance, Spoken Word, presented by Matapa in multiple venues. http://www.matapa.org/ and  http://rootsenroutefest.com/new-events/
Events at Artword Artbar:
harrison-kennedy-juno-2016_cWednesday, September 28, 2016, at 7:30 pm. Renowned blues artist Harrison Kennedy in the intimate cafe setting of Artword Artbar. Tickets $20.00 online at http://rootsenrouteharrisonkennedy.bpt.me/

Harrison Kennedy’s album This Is From Here was awarded the 2016 Blues Album of the Year at the 45th annual JUNO Awards. This was the 6th nomination for the Hamilton based artist.
Harrison grew up in a house filled with music and famous visitors such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Lonnie Johnson. In 1969 he took a hiatus from college to become a founding member of the million selling Detroit Soul super group The Chairmen of the Board with whom he toured the world, as well as appearing on Soul Train, American Bandstand and the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Since signing with Electro-Fi Records in 2007, Harrison Kennedy has released 5 internationally acclaimed albums Read more…

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Special event

Trinite, Roots en Route events at Artword, Mon Sept 26

August 19th, 2016
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renr_logoRoots en Route Festival of World Music, Dance, Spoken Word, presented by Matapa in multiple venues. http://www.matapa.org/ and  http://rootsenroutefest.com/new-events/
Events at Artword Artbar:
Dance-Trinite_cMonday, September 26, 2016, 8:30 pm. $20 (advance reserve 905-543-8512), $25 door. Trinite dance trio:
Nickeshia Garrick ,(Canada); Collette Murray (Canada);
Shelly Ann Mc Leod (Trinidad). These three women entertain and educate, through movement and song.

Dance, Event, Music, Music-World, Special event

India to Scotland: Neeraj Prem & Ruth Sutherland, Roots en Route, Fri Sept 23

August 16th, 2016
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renr_logoRuth_Sutherland+pic_cRoots en Route Festival of World Music, Dance, Spoken Word, presented by Matapa in multiple venues. http://www.matapa.org/ and  http://rootsenroutefest.com/new-events/
Events at Artword Artbar:
Neeraj+Prem_cFriday September 23, 2016, 8 pm, $25 door, $20 advance*. India to Scotland: Neeraj Prem and Ruth Sutherland.
Neeraj Prem (sitar and vocals), originally from India, and Ruth Sutherland (Celtic harp and vocals), originally from Scotland, are both based in Hamilton now. The two musicians will share their musical roots and collaborate on stage for everyone to enjoy. *For advance tickets: call 289-700-9997, or 289-396-9906

Event, Music-World, Special event

Acoustic Moments, reggae concert & dinner, Sat Sept 17

August 14th, 2016
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Jay_Mr._D.I.DSaturday September 17, 2016, doors 7:30 pm, dinner 8 pm, show 9 pm. Dinner and show $20 (must reserve), show only $10 at door.  Mr. Jay hosts another fabulous Riddim_Riders_Unplugged_cAcoustic Moments show & dinner, with world-class reggae music by The Riddim Riders and guests. Chef Learie Mc Nicolls will be cooking up some jerk chicken with rice and steam vegetables, Trinidad style. Vegetarian stir fry and vegetarian soup will also be available. Reserve seats for dinner before Sept. 13 (905-543-8512).

Event, Music, Music-World, Special event

Jazz w. North Pandemic Groove, quartet from Japan, Thurs June 30

May 30th, 2016
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npg_IMG_6786_cThursday June 30, 2016, 8 pm, $15 reg/$10 students. BUY_tix_buttonBook tickets online
NorthPandemicGroove_Takezo_Yamada_680Jazz, funk and fusion with jazz festival winners North Pandemic Groove, performing at Artword Artbar as part of their Ontario festival tour. Band members Takezo Yamada (trumpet) (photo right), Taihei Kuroda (drums), Shunsuke Ochi (bass), Kudo Takuto (keyboard/piano) are all in their twenties and come from the northern island of Hokkaido in Japan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpk7PKZcCO8NorthPandemicGroove_Poster Hamilton2
Every year the winners of the Sapporo Jazz Festival Competition are invited to perform at the Toronto Jazz Festival. In 2016 North Pandemic Groove returns for a second year, with pianist Kudo Takuto joining them. They will perform in the Youth Jazz Showcase in Nathan Phillips Square at 12:30 (noon) on Saturday, July 2. They will also tour Eden Mills June 26, Midland June 29, Hamilton (Artword Artbar) June 30, and Humber College July 1. Read more…

Event, Music-Jazz, Special event

Something Else Festival of Creative Music: Alexander Hawkins Trio, Sat June 25

May 21st, 2016
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16seposterpdftoAlexHawkinsSaturday, June 25, 2016, at 8 pm, $15: https://www.picatic.com/u/359727/events
Email: cem@zulapresents.org http://zulapresents.org/. The Alexander Hawkins Trio. Part of The Something Else Festival of Creative Music, 2016, hosted by Zula Presents and Cem Zafir.
Neil Charles, double bass, Alexander Hawkins, piano, compositions, Harris Eisenstadt drums.
‘Hawkins is a unique presence in music; not bound by conventional thinking or the typical forces that guide trio playing. He looks through the music to a place that is, frankly, unfathomable to many musicians and listeners’.
http://alexanderhawkinsmusic.com/alexander-hawkins-trio.html

Event, Music-Jazz, Special event

“Open Mic for Open Streets” Sun June 19, from 11 am to 4 pm

May 18th, 2016
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OpenStreets2016_RGBSunday June 19, 2016, from 11 am to 4 pm. Free. Artword Artbar’s traditional “Open Mic for Open Streets“, at the corner of Colbourne and James, hosted by Ron the Fiddler. We will bring out our sound system and a guitar or two. Roll on by and sing a song or play a tune or two.
Part of the Open Streets Festival. http://openstreetshamilton.ca/

Event, Special event

Something Else Festival of Creative Music, THE THING, Sat June 18, 8 & 10 pm

May 17th, 2016
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16sefestcardbackflat16seposterpdftoSaturday June 18, 2016. The Something Else Festival of Creative Music, 2016, hosted by Zula Presents and Cem Zafir. Tickets and Passes: $15 single concert, Pass 3-pack $35 , Pass 4-pack $45, Pass full festival $75. https://www.picatic.com/u/359727/events
Email: cem@zulapresents.org
http://zulapresents.org/

8 to 9:30 pm: The Thing (Stockholm, Austin, Oslo): Mats Gustafsson saxophones, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten double bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love drums. http://thethingrecords.com/
Plus an opening set by Thomson-Vorvis Duo: Scott Thomson trombone and Jack Vorvis drums.The-Thing-by-Petra-Cvelbar-1024x6815283aa026acbf

10 to 11:30 pm: The Thing (Stockholm, Austin, Oslo): Mats Gustafsson saxophones, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten double bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love drums. Plus an opening set by Plinc Plonc: Jean Derome – alto saxophone, flutes, small keyboard, objects, voice; Pierre Tanguay – drums, voice.

Event, Music-Jazz, Special event

Something Else Festival of Creative Music, Out Louds 6 pm, Castor et Compagnie 8 pm, Luc Ex’ Assemblée 10 pm, June 17

May 16th, 2016
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16seposterpdfto16sefestcardbackflatFriday June 17, 2016. The Something Else Festival of Creative Music, 2016, hosted by Zula Presents and Cem Zafir. Tickets and Passes: $15 single concert, Pass 3-pack $35 , Pass 4-pack $45, Pass full festival $75. https://www.picatic.com/u/359727/events
Email: cem@zulapresents.org http://zulapresents.org/

Events at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street
Call 905-543-8512 or email artword@artword.net

Friday, June 17, 2016:

6 to 7:30 pm: Festival Opening: The Out Louds (San Fransicso / NY): Ben Goldberg clarinet, Mary Halvorson guitar, Tomas Fujiwara drums. Opening set: Scott Thomson tromboneCastor_et_compagnie_am_037

8 to 9:30 pm: Castor et Compagnie (Montreal): Joane Hétu saxophone, voice, Jean Derome reeds, flute, voice, Diane Labrosse keyboards, Pierre-Yves Martel bass, Pierre Tanguay drums. http://www.actuellecd.com/en/cat/am_037/  luc-exassemblc3a9e-c-francesca-patella-c

10 to 11:30 pm: Luc Ex’ Assemblée (Amsterdam / NY / Chicago): Ab Baars tenor saxophone, Ingrid Laubrock tenor saxophone,  Luc Ex – acoustic bass, Hamid Drake drums.  https://www.lucex.nl/cms/assemble

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Special event

Singers Playground Workshop w Micah Barnes, Sat June 4, 1 to 5 pm

May 7th, 2016
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Micah_Barnes_cSaturday June 4, 2016, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, workshop. Singers Playground Workshop w Micah Barnes, Micah writes: “While performing in Hamilton, I’ll will be coaching a workshop! Please do tell your pals!” Former Nylon and founder of Singers Playground will be covering the proper warm up, smart technique, performance technique and overcoming stage fright in this special four-hour workshop. $45
Bring a song to sing and receive one-on-one coaching!
Info on Micah’s coaching here: http://www.singersplayground.com

Event, Special event

Micah Barnes “New York Stories”, Fri & Sat, June 3 & 4

May 6th, 2016
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micah_barnes_albumFriday June 3 and Saturday June 4, 2016, at 8 pm. $15 advance / $20 at the door. Two shows!   BUY_tix_buttonBook advance tix online
The fabulous chart-topping jazz singer-songwriter Micah Barnes is returning to Artword Artbar for a two-show run of his New York Stories. His critically acclaimed disc New York Stories (eOne Music) is a personal ode to romance in the City That Doesn’t Sleep. Inspired by the classic songwriting of Fats Waller, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, this self-penned song cycle takes the listener on a journey through Manhattan’s musical history including the Cotton Club, the Apollo Theatre, Broadway and late night jazz clubs.
New York Stories was conceived while Barnes was romancing his partner who was working on Broadway at the Palace Theatre. Their apartment was on Lenox Avenue in Harlem, right on the site of the legendary Savoy Ballroom, and just a few blocks from Apollo Theatre. Micah decided to make the most of the musical and romantic inspiration and rented an hourly piano studio off Times Square to sketch the songs that would become New York Stories. These songs are inspired by the composers writers who created so many of the classic jazz, Broadway and pop songs in those very piano studios.   http://www.micahbarnes.com
Micah Barnes began his career as Read more…

Event, Music-Jazz, Special event

Sunday Brunch with singer-songwriters Annie and Rose-Erin, Sun May 22 at noon

April 30th, 2016
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Annie_Sumi_c_RyanMarshall_680Rose-Erin_Stokes_cSunday May 22, 2016, from noon to 3 pm. A Victoria Day Weekend Special Treat. A homemade Trinidad Brunch by chef Learie Mc Nicolls, starting at noon, PLUS a full concert by touring singer-songwriters Annie Sumi and Rose-Erin Stokes starting at about 12:30 pm. to 2:30 pm. $20 covers both the Concert and the Brunch. Concert only $10. Reserve 905-543-8512.
Annie Sumi,  from the GTA area, released her debut album Reflections last spring. It earned airplay on CBC radio and charted on college radio for 10 straight weeks. In October she received a Best Singer-Songwriter nomination at the Toronto Independent Music Awards.  www.anniesumi.com
Rose-Erin Stokes, from North Bay, was a nominee for “Best Solo Album” and the recipient of “Best Vocals on a Recording” at the 2015 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards. Most recently, Rose toured throughout Western Canada on a solo, music-cycling tour.  www.roseerinstokes.com
Rose and Annie play together in the Hidden Roots Collective band and share in this journey of being female singer-songwriters.

Event, Music-folk, Special event

Hamilton Regional Writers Group, meetings… Wed Apr 13, …

March 2nd, 2016
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HRWGMonthly meetings, 2016, 7-10 pm. (Tues Feb 9, Tues March 8, Wed April 13, Tues May 10), at Artword Artbar. The Hamilton Regional Writers Group is a Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) supported community in which songwriters can support each other in growing their craft and navigating the music business.
The SONG is the focus, so bring lyric sheets. Participants can play their song live or have a CD demo to play over the house system. You can choose to have your song critiqued by peers or not critiqued and just see what it feels like to bring your lil gem out in the public. Themes and format will be developed as we go and we’re expecting to have occasional guest speakers.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/HamiltonRWG/

Event, Special event

Opera comediennes Millan & Faye: The Opera! Sat April 9

February 24th, 2016
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Millan&Faye_650Saturday April 9, 2016, at 8 pm. $20.  Call 905-543-8512 or 905-912-9083 to reserve (online ticketing is closed).
Millan & Faye Present: The Opera!
In a special appearance at Artword Artbar, opera comedienne Kyra Millan and her music partner Tina Faye invite the audience into the world of opera through a brilliantly funny, whirlwind concert full of operatic favourites and well-known classical tunes, as well sketches and improv that celebrate the sublime and sublimely ridiculous elements that make up opera. View their YouTube hit Top Ten Opera Deaths.
Soprano Kyra Millan is happiest creating quirky shows that allow her to blend education and performance, as her unique career has been a balance of both. Millan&Faye_10_OperaDeaths_c680An opera Comedienne, she is embarking this year on her first Ontario tour of her original show “Millan & Faye Present: The Opera”, with her music duo partner Tina Faye. Commissioned four years running by the Canadian Opera Company, they will begin their tour at the Four Seasons Centre in March of 2016. Other recent performances have included headlining Harbourfront’s Voice and Strings Festival in 2014, and a surprise appearance for the TSOs Pianos In The City earlier this year. In winter 2013, she created her first full-length show ‘Christmas with Hi and Lo’ – which she created in collaboration with Canadian jazz icon John Alcorn, and performed to sold-out audiences. http://kyra-millan.com/
Christina Faye is an accomplished pianist now making her home in Toronto. Currently she is the music director at Christ Church Scarborough Village, and accompanist for the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir, as well as being an in demand collaborative and solo pianist. Christina is a member of the dynamic and successful ‘Yegada Piano Trio’ with cellist Mateusz Swoboda and violinist Edwin Huizinga, and piano/vocal duo ‘Seirínes’ with acclaimed soprano Adria McCulloch. In all of her collaborative and solo work, Christina explores and promotes contemporary Canadian music and seeks to bring new and exciting experiences to her audiences.  http://www.christinamfaye.com/

Event, Music-Classical, Special event

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