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Grito de Mujer (Woman Scream), poetry & music, Fri Mar 16

February 13th, 2018
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Friday, March 16, 2018, 8 to 11pm,  (viernes, 16 de marzo 2018,  20:00 a 23:00), at Artword Artbar, an evening of poetry and music, for the Grito de Mujer International Festival. Hamilton Coordinator is Ama Luna, with collaborators from Friends of the Poet Tree. The theme for 2018 is Faros de esperanza / Beacons of hope.
The Grito de Mujer or Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival is a non-profit series of events by volunteers worldwide, poets, artists, painters, actors and literary groups, celebrated throughout the month of March each year. The purpose is to honor women and their role in society though poetry and arts, while delivering a message of non-violence towards women, as well as a sense of community and cultural sharing.
Grito de Mujer se realiza de manera altruista con el apoyo de nuestros colaboradores voluntarios, amigos y seguidores del movimiento y cuenta con la participación de poetas, artistas, pintores, actores e instituciones, y grupos literarios que se suman a la causa. Nuestra iniciativa forma parte de la misión social del movimiento en favor de la mujer y el interés de propagar el mensaje de la no violencia.

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

Zula Presents: Celebrating the music of Ken Aldcroft, Sun Mar 4, 7:30 pm

February 3rd, 2018
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Sunday March 4, 2018, at 7:30 pm. $15/$10. Artword Artbar is hosting a special concert:  Zula Presents a celebration of the music of Ken Aldcroft performed by Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late + Mars People. This concert is part of an 8-venue tour.
** Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late: saxophone and guitar duo music by Ken Aldcroft performed by Jason Robinson & Eric Hofbauer (USA)
** Mars People: music by & for Ken Aldcroft, performed by Emily Denison, Daniel Kruger & Joe Sorbara (Montréal/ Toronto)
March 2 to 11 2018 will see a vanload of adventurous musicians from both sides of the 49th parallel travel from Montréal through Southern Ontario in celebration of the late guitarist Ken Aldcroft, a long time leading figure in Canada’s creative music community. Read more…

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Special event

Science on Tap = Astronomy + Beer, Wed Feb 28

January 7th, 2018
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Wednesday February 28, 2018, at 8 pm, doors open at 7 pm, free. Open to all. Join scientists from McMaster University’s Physics and Astronomy Department for an entertaining night filled with scientific discussion, trivia, and beer. At Science on Tap, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with researchers in various scientific fields as they present some of science’s most intriguing phenomena. There will be plenty of time to ask questions while the scientists are on stage, or afterwards over cold pints. Come try this educational twist on a night out at the pub. Host: Joey Rucska.

Event, Special event

New Play “Static” by Kevin Land, reading,Thurs Feb 22 at 7 pm

January 6th, 2018
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Thursday February 22, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm, free (call 905-543-8512). Reading of a new script-in-progress by playwright, screenwriter and director Kevin Land. Readers are: Deanna  Stevens, Martha Christianson, Aimee Kesler Evans, Janet Kompare Fritz, Greg Flis, Carlos Jiminez, John Land, Dean Rooney, Julian Nicholson, Paul Rivers.
Attentive listeners with an interest in theatre are welcome to attend. Seating is limited, call 905-543-8512 to reserve.
Static” is a film script about a musician who has never been able to forgive himself for his responsibility in the death of his wife and six month old baby while driving home late after a gig over 25 years ago. Having rejected music, alcohol, and human connectedness in the intervening years, Mitch, now retired as a letter carrier, rents a recording studio to put down nine songs he wrote in the ten years after the accident. There he works with a trans woman who is an intern sound engineer and in the process, the two form a bond out of the redemptive, communal, and restorative nature of music.

 

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Special event, Theatre

Bar closed while we hold OPEN AUDITIONS, Wed Feb 21

January 5th, 2018
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Wednesday February 21, 2018. Artword Artbar will be closed to the public today. We are holding OPEN AUDITIONS for several upcoming theatre projects by Gallery on the Bay and Artword Theatre. Gallery on the Bay is seeking to fill two roles for men in 20s-30s age range. Artword Theatre doing Get Acquainted auditions for a variety of possible projects, for men and women, any age. To make an appointment for an audition, email: artword@artword.net.

Event, Special event, Theatre

Willie P Bennett Tribute w. Barry James Payne, Rick Taylor, David Essig, and more, Fri Feb 9 at 6:30 and 9:30

December 23rd, 2017
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Friday February 9, 2018, two shows: 6:30 pm (SOLD OUT)
9:30 pm $25 Adv, (Call 905-543-8512 or 905-912-9083)
$30 Door for 9:30 show only
A tribute concert to the late Willie P. Bennett, icon of Canadian folk-roots scene up to his untimely death in 2008. To celebrate Willie’s legacy, Willie’s guitar player and blues man extraordinaire, Rick Taylor, teamed up with Barry James Payne from String Bone and Rant Maggie Rant to create a show celebrating the legendary folk hero. As well as performing some Willie P Bennett songs themselves, they are bringing in Bennett’s first record producer, guitar virtuoso David Essig and Juno Award winning singer-songwriter Jenny Whiteley to top the list of artists, which also include Paul Langille, Michael J. Birthelmer, and Linda McRae (from Nashville, new addition to the line-up). Plus Lynne Hanson from Ottawa will join just prior to heading on a European Tour with Lynn Miles in The LYNNeS.
Born in Toronto, Willie P. Bennett was part of the 1970s folk music scene in Canada, Read more…

Event, Music-folk, Music-roots, Special event

SCJF Speaker Series, Oct 27 5pm, Oct 28 noon, 2pm, 4pm, Oct 29 2pm

September 28th, 2017
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The Steel City Jazz Festival launches a series of free talks designed to widen the conversation about how musicians make great jazz.

Friday, October 27, 5 pm, at Artword Artbar. A clinic by drummer Aubrey Dayle of On Topic Trio. He’ll be covering what it takes to be the backbone of the rhythm section.

Saturday, October 28, at Artword Artbar, three afternoon talks.
*noon: Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Colleen Allen, with a talk on improvisation.
*2:00 pm: Adrean Farrugia (pianist and Mohawk faculty member) speaks on Music and Mindfulness. Farrugia: “Mindfulness can create a liberated space within which we can discover our own true potential as artists, and possibly even as human beings.”
*4:00 pm: Dr. John Chong speaks about some medical problems common in performing artists. He describes the latest ways to treat or prevent repetitive strain injuries, motor control problems, anxiety, depression, neuropathic pain, nerve entrapments, and stress-related disorders.

Sunday, October 29, 2:00 pm, at Hamilton Central Library. A panel discussion on the history of jazz music in Hamilton, the current state of the scene and avenues for further development. The panel includes musicians and teachers Astrid Hepner and Mike Malone and jazz venue owner Ronald Weihs.

Event, Special event, Steel City Jazz Festival

Supercrawl Sat. events, Adam Carter, The Human Race, Brandon General, This Mad Desire, Sat Sept 9, 7 pm

August 1st, 2017
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Saturday September 9, 2017, events at Artword Artbar for Supercrawl weekend:
* 7 to 10 pm, pwyc /suggested $5-$10: Melodic Pixel Media hosts a Supercrawl Saturday Songwriter Showcase: with The Human Race, Brandon General, This Mad Desire.
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the human race: A special set as a one-man-band with live-loopers and as a duo with Pamela Gardner. The Human Race is the music of Adam F Carter; melodic, heartfelt, ironic and weird. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD5drKjfXYNHoxiDw0Ct_ZQ
* My Flying Machine: Brandon P. General‘s solo project. Sad songs from the basement. Resulting in a sound that is somewhere between Ryan Adams and M. Ward. https://myflyingmachine.bandcamp.com/
* This Mad Desire:   The brainchild of Mackenzie Kristjon, This Mad Desire recently released a delightful single and music video for ‘Operators Are Standing By’. Quirky and weird, highly entertaining. https://thismaddesire.bandcamp.com/

Event, Music, Special event

Back to the 1780s! The WÖR band from Belgium, Mon July 10 at 7:30

June 8th, 2017
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Monday July 10, 2017, at 7:30 pm, $15. SPECIAL SHOW! Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online

Matapa World Festival Series presents the WÖR band from Belgium, on a festival tour in Ontario.  The musicians: Fabio Di Meo, baritone & soprano saxophone; Bert Ruymbeek accordion; Jeroen Goegebuer violin; Pieterjan Van Kerckhoven bagpipes, musette, soprano saxophone; Jonas Scheys guitar. Back to the 1780’s! If it sounded good back then, why not today?
“Wör’s album is brilliant. It’s very exciting to hear a young band reinterpreting old manuscripts in a refreshing and new way” Sam Sweeney – BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician Of The Year 2015
With their finely textured arrangements WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century tunes from the Flanders region of Belgium. Their music shines an inventive spotlight, with a modern twist, on tunes from the manuscripts of De Gruijtters (Antwerp, 1746), Van Belle (Van Belle, 1743), De Prins (Leuven, 1781) and many more.    
“They’re all astonishing musicians, coaxing fantastic sounds out of their chosen instruments. But more than this, they craft intricate and fresh arrangements for each piece.” Stephen D. Winnick – Huffington Post

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-World, Special event

Romancing the Song, w. Loretta Bailey, James Gordon, Michael Mulrooney, Sat June 24

May 22nd, 2017
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Saturday June 24, 2017, at 8 pm, $20.
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Robert Missen presents Romancing the Song, performed by singers Lorretta Bailey and James Gordon, with Michael Mulrooney on piano, in a tribute to the wealth of musical treasures from the Great American Songbook. Three of Canada’s foremost entertainers perform popular songs from musical theatre, films and Tin Pan Alley of the early to mid-20th century, including songs by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers and others. Lorretta Bailey, James Gordon and Michael Mulrooney have all had lengthy and distinguished careers in concerts and theatres across Canada.
Lorretta Bailey is one of Canada’s finest musical theatre performers came to prominence as Eponine in the Toronto production of Les Miserables. She went on to perform with all of the major regional theatre companies across Canada. She is a Founding Co-Artistic Director of the Lowville Festival, the “festival of all the arts for the artist in all of us”, which is held annually in and around the historic hamlet of Lowville in north Burlington.
James Gordon, a native of Guelph, was a founder and long-time member of Tamarack, the acclaimed Canadian folk group, Read more…

Event, Music, Special event

Matapa World Music Series: fado singer Tony Gouveia Fri May 19

April 17th, 2017
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Friday May 19, 2017, at 8 pm. Tickets: Advanced $20 (call 905-543-8512); Seniors & Students $18; Matapa Members $18; Door $25.
Matapa World Music Series presents Tony Gouveia, an impressive voice of a new generation of fadistas (fado singers) in North America. Fado is the urban folk music of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. Tony Gouveia was born in Lisbon, and came to Canada at the age of 13. He never forgot his roots nor the fados that his father used to sing at family gatherings. His debut fado album, O Nosso Fado, a compilation of fado standards reveals his deep passion and authentic vocal expression. Critically acclaimed by the Portuguese-Canadian media, it won over many new fans to fado. Even if you don’t understand the lyrics, it is difficult not to be moved by Tony’s performance which embodies the essence of the Portuguese soul. His new album, Fado Ardente, recorded in Portugal, offers a blend of new original material along with some fado standards.
https://www.matapa.org/world-music-series

Event, Music-World, Special event

Matapa: Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Fri May 5

April 7th, 2017
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Friday May 5, 2017 at 8 pm. Tickets Advanced $20 (call Artword 905-543-8512); Seniors & Students $15; Matapa Members $15; Door $25.
Matapa World Music Series presents Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble combining the ancient rhythms of Africa with the jazz harmonies of modern times. Waleed Abdulhamid (Composer/Band Leader) explains:  “We play melody on top of traditional jazzy chord progressions with a twist of African ancient rhythms. There is a place for African instruments such as gombri, lakoumbe, marimba in the music.”
Band members are: Waleed Abdulhamid bass,vocals, percussion; Brian Dhari tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Aaron Ferrera drums, percussion; Cory Sitek alto and soprano saxophone, flute.   https://www.matapa.org/world-music-series

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer and film maker, Waleed Abdulhamid was born in Sudan.  Read more…

Event, Music-World, Special event

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 (SOLD OUT).
**Show only, at 8:30 pm, some tickets at door only.
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

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