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The Vagabond Duet, Rachel Nolan & Geoff Ball, Thur July 11

May 23rd, 2019
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Thursday July11, 2019, 8 pm, $10.
The Vagabond Duet: Geoff Ball on cello, guitar and vocals, and Rachel Nolan on pedal harp, lever harp and vocals. The Vagabond Duet mixes and mashes musical genres with reckless abandon. Cello and harp and two voices come together to bring you folk & baroque, old and new, fierce and lilting, existentialism and hope. In addition to their original compositions, you will hear Simon & Garfunkel, Claude Debussy, The Tea Party, Fleetwood Mac and more, as you have never heard them before.

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-folk, Music-singer/songwriter

“Hamilton, Durand, Pub & Parlour” Capella Intima vocal quartet- Tues June 18 at 9 pm

May 11th, 2019
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Tuesday June 18, at 9 pm, free admission (sponsored by Hamilton Arts Council and the Downtown BIA). Part of Hamilton Arts Week.
Special event at Artword Artbar: The Capella Intima vocal quartet performs Hamilton, Durand, Pub & Parlour, the story of the founding of Hamilton, with music and readings from early 19th to 20th centuries. Fun, enlightening programme on the city’s early days: settlement, growth, war, court system, pub songs, churches, development. Readings are from Public Library archives. Runs 45 minutes.
Founded by tenor Bud Roach (of Hammer Baroque) in 2008, Capella Intima has carved out a niche for itself in the Toronto/Hamilton early music scene by presenting the vocal chamber music of the 17th century in exciting concerts of rarely-heard gems. With motets and cantatas for up to four voices interspersed with readings from composers, performers and critics of the period, audiences are given context to music
https://www.hamiltonartscouncil.ca/artsweek

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music, Music-Classical, Special event, Storytelling

The Vagabond Duet: Rachel Nolan harp & Geoff Ball cello, Thurs Apr 11 7:30

March 6th, 2019
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Thursday April 11, 2019.
TIME CHANGE, start now 7:30 pm !! $10.
The Vagabond Duet: Geoff Ball on cello, guitar and vocals, and Rachel Nolan on pedal harp, lever harp and vocals. The Vagabond Duet mixes and mashes musical genres with reckless abandon. Cello and harp and two voices come together to bring you folk & baroque, old and new, fierce and lilting, existentialism and hope. In addition to their original compositions, you will hear Simon & Garfunkel, Claude Debussy, The Tea Party, Fleetwood Mac and more, as you have never heard them before.
Featuring an opening set by Teal Booth, song artist and existentialist, serenading on guitar and vocals.

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-folk

Guitar Magic: James Bryan and Emma Rush, Thurs Mar 7, at 7:30

January 13th, 2019
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Thursday March 7, 2019, at 7:30 pm, $20. Two of Canada’s finest guitarists, James Bryan (McCollum) and Emma Rush come together for a night of pure guitar magic. Jazz meets pop meets folk meets classical. Originals meet classics. Tickets:  www.eventbrite.com/e/guitar-magic-tickets-55478289056

James Bryan is a member of the Philosopher Kings and duo Prozzak.
Hamiltonians know Emma Rush as the force behind Guitar Hamilton.
A must for all fans of the guitar.

www.facebook.com/jamesbryanmusic/

http://emma-rush.com/

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-folk, Music-pop-etc.

Greg Oh, John Millard and Patricia O’Callaghan, Sat Sept 16

August 6th, 2017
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Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 8 pm, $15, $10 for students. Greg Oh, John Millard and Patricia O’Callaghan met during their 6 year artistic residency at  Soulpepper Theatre. They have since then collaborated on a variety of music performances. This repertoire is a fascinating evening of stories and songs ranging from Millard’s gothic Canadian solo repertoire to O’Callaghan’s elegant and playful cabaret selections, to Greg Oh’s remarkable solo work, including remarkable stories about the world of modern orchestral piano playing.
1st set: John Millard on banjo and vocals. Greg Oh piano. New and recent songs by John Millard plus a selection of songs from the musical Ratbag by Martha Ross and John Millard. Joined by Patricia O’Callaghan
2nd set: Greg Oh performs short works by Phillip Glass and John Cage. Patricia O’Callaghan performs works by Randy Newman, Charles Ives, Leonard Cohen, Jaques Brel, Fernando Obradors, Astor Piazzolla and Divine Comedy.

Event, Music, Music-cabaret, Music-Classical, Music-Jazz, Music-singer/songwriter

Chamber music concert by Brott Festival musicians, Sun July 30

July 22nd, 2017
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Sunday July 30, 2017, at 7:30 pm. $5. On the evening of Sunday, July 30, classical music will take the stage! Come join the Musicians of the Brott Festival National Academy Orchestra for a concert of intimate chamber music. Ten musicians will present music featuring flute, oboe, bass trombone and string quartet. The concert will finish with Schubert’s mesmerising cello quintet, featuring two violins, viola, cello and double bass.
Players: Dana Boyd, oboe; Guillaume Cóté, cello; Carolyn Farnand, viola; Gregory Lewis, violin; Olivier Lizette, bass trombone; Joel MacDonald, cello; Blake Martin, double bass; Christian Paquette, flute; Lev Nesterov, violin; Jessica Timmermans, violin.
Program: Mozart flute quartet and oboe quartet; McCarty piece for Bass Trombone and String Quartet; Schubert Cello Quintet. Read more…

Event, Music-Classical

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

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

Classical guitar: William Beauvais, CD launch, Sun Feb 28, 7 pm

December 28th, 2015
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William_BeauvaisSunday February 28, 2016, at 7 pm. BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Tickets: $25 (Concert + CD), Concert only $20 regular, $15 student/seniors/unemployed. To reserve, call 905-543-8512 or email artword@artword.net.
Classical guitarist William Beauvais launches a new CD Old Wood – New Seeds: new solo works for guitar by William Beauvais. With special guest Brent Wirth.
The new CD is also for sale for $15.00 at the door.
Preeminent Canadian guitarist/composer William Beauvais has been composing, recording, performing and improvising for over thirty years. Read more…

Event, Music-Classical

Nano Valverde + Ayekan Ensemble, Sat Feb 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm!

December 10th, 2015
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AyekanSaturday February 6, 2016, at 7 pm. $15 at the door. https://www.facebook.com/events/968480229909687/.
An evening of Latin American music by Nano Valverde + Ayekan Ensemble, an ensemble of quena (bamboo flute), flute, guitars, violin, double bass. Band members Nano Valverde, Peter Dean, Tim FitzGerald, Irena Josipovic, Samantha Chang, and Miguel Vasquez will be playing Nano Valverde’s compositions. Special guest for the evening is Marcelo Puente, Chilean singer-songwriter. For more information about Ayekan: https://www.facebook.com/ayekanensemble/?fref=ts
Nano’s compositions and arrangements are grounded in South American Folk music, but also show the influences of a wide variety of other traditions, most importantly the minimal music movement most closely associated with the composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass. In bringing together these different styles and traditions in their performances, Ayekan seeks to break down the barriers that still separate musical styles and cultures: folk and classical, Latin American and European, traditional and contemporary.

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-folk

Classical music: Bay City String Quartet, Sun Sept 27, 3 pm

August 20th, 2015
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MadeleineKayQuartet_0255_680Sunday September 27, 2015, 3 to 5 pm, $10 regular, $5 youth. Bay City String Quartet: Madeleine Kay violin, Ewen Hutton violin, Maximilan Aoki cello, Dominico Kim cello, play a Sunday afternoon concert at Artword Artbar. The string quartet is unconventional in instrumentation, as they play without a viola, substituting it with a second cello. The quartet will play a mixture of classical and modern music, coupled with individual and duo performances from the members of the group. They are all leading members of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Bay City Strings are quickly becoming active members of the Hamilton music scene, playing at the Hamilton Youth Poets 2015 fundraiser, participating in the 2015 Juno Awards Turn It On Hamilton, and playing for other local fundraisers and events in the area. http://baycitystringquartet.blogspot.ca/

Event, Music-Classical

Opera: new works performed by Bicycle Opera, Tues July 15 at 7:30

June 11th, 2014
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Tuesday July 15, at 7:30 pm, a special concert, $20. Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-bicycle-opera-project-hamilton-on-tickets-11887887993
Back again at Artword Artbar on this year’s tour, the fabulous Bicycle Opera! This exciting season brings together a cast of young emerging opera stars, instrumentalists, and a program of fantastic Canadian opera works:BOP trail_c900
Bianchi: A Five Minute Bicycle Opera – Libretto and music by Tobin Stokes
(What rhymes with) Azimuth? – Libretto by Liza Balkan, music by Ivan Barbotin
A little rain must fall – Libretto by David Yee, music by Chris Thornborrow
L’homme et le ciel (excerpt) – Libretto by Ian Koiter, music by Adam Scime
Airline Icarus (excerpt) – Libretto by Anton Piatigorsky, music by Brian Current
Rosa – Libretto by Camyar Chai, music by James Rolfe
The Brothers Grimm (excerpt) – Libretto and music by Dean Burry

The performers on the 2014 tour are: Larissa Koniuk – soprano and Artistic Director; Stephanie Tritchew – mezzo; Christopher Enns – tenor; Geoffrey Sirett – baritone; Wesley Shen – music director/piano; Chelsea Shanoff – saxophone; Tristan Durie – flute. The stage director is Liza Balkan. http://bicycleopera.com/

The Bicycle Opera Project brings Canadian contemporary opera to communities across Ontario by bicycle! Read more…

Event, Music-Classical

new music adventure: The Bicycle Opera Project, Thurs July 11

June 7th, 2013
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BicycleOpera_starting journey_800SPECIAL CONCERT Thursday July 11 at 8 pm, $20 (online link below). The Bicycle Opera Project: 14 wheels, 6 opera scenes, 4 voices, 3 instruments, and a sense of adventure, on tour! (Toronto July 4-7, and on tour July 11-28: Hamilton, Guelph, Elora, Fergus, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford, London and Bayfield.)  Artword Artbar is their Hamilton stop! http://bicycleopera.ca/   Order tickets: http://bicycleopera-hamilton.eventbrite.ca/
Performers on the 2013 tour: Geoffrey Sirett baritone, Michelle Simmons mezzo, Will Reid tenor, Larissa Koniuk soprano, with Wesley Shen, Music Director and piano, Leslie Ting violin, Katherine Watson flute.
BicycleOpera_img3303_cThey’ll be presenting the following new opera works:
Rosa – James Rolfe and Camyar Chai
Little Miss All Canadian – Lemit Beecher and Liza Balkan
Cake – Monica Pearce
The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G. – Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy
Trahisons liquides, excerpts – Stacey Brown & Sébastien Harrisson
Slip, excerpts – Juliet Palmer and Anna Chatterton
read more about the works Read more…

Event, Music-Classical

XiFu Sagas: nine-member new music band, Sun June 23, 7 pm

May 24th, 2013
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IN THE NEWS! Noted by Leonard Turnevicius, classical music columnist  in June 20 The Spec. Plus an in-depth interview on Cut From Steel Blog: http://cutfromsteel.com/project/learning-all-about-the-xifu-sagas/

xifusagas_2013cSPECIAL CONCERT Sunday June 23 at 7 pm, $10 door, $8 advance (book xifusagas.ca/shows ). XiFu Sagas, a nine-member new-music chamber ensemble from Montreal. They are here launching their new album “One Last Dance”. Two members, Annie Shaw and Sarah Good (from Earth Wind and Choir), are Hamiltonians. XiFu Sagas’s music is all original and composed by ensemble co-founder and composer Simon Chung. XiFuSagas_posterCombining modern, classical, jazz as well as ancient Chinese melodic inspirations, they will bring us something totally fresh and new to hear. Their site: xifusagas.ca  Their live videos: vimeo.com/xifusagas   Their music: (album preview) xifusagas.bandcamp.com
Simon Chung -compositions, double bass, voice; Thierry Cotton -tenor saxophone, flute, piccolo, guitar, voice; Martin Courchesne – piano, voice; Daniel Gélinas -drums, guitar, voice; Sarah Good – glockenspiel, guitar, voice; Kaitlyn Raitz – cello, voice; Annie Shaw – accordion, piano, voice; Alma Thrift – violin, voice; Devin Waldman – alto saxophone, drums, voice.
Opening set by Earth Wind and Choir.

Event, Music, Music-Classical

Guitar Hamilton classical Guitar Festival fundraiser, Sun June 2 at 7 pm

May 2nd, 2013
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Emma_Rush_70_Tessier.jpgSunday June 2, from 7-9 pm, admission by donation (suggested $10).  Artword Artbar hosts its annual fundraising soiree in support of Guitar Hamilton’s International Guitar Festival, coming to the Hamilton conservatory of the Arts July 12 to 14, 2013. Hostess is Emma Rush, Guitar Hamilton Artistic Director. The entertainment includes a program of classical music featuring Emma Rush, Azuline Duo, Wires and Pipes (flute and cello), Ethan Lacey (piano) and more. There will be prizes, raffles, and a chance to win gift certificates, concert tickets, and a Festival pass!  http://guitarhamilton.com/festival.html

Event, Music-Classical, Special event

Concert: Azuline Duo – Emma Rush & Sara Traficante, Sat April 27

March 20th, 2013
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EmmaRush_SaraTraficante-20c650.jpgSaturday, April 27, at 8 pm, $12 at door $10 advance. Classical concert with the Azuline Duo (Emma Rush, guitar and Sara Traficante, flute), playing a wide variety of music for flute and guitar including works by Doppler, Oukourzounov, Dowland, Villa-Lobos and Granados. Emma and Sara will each play some solo pieces. Tickets available by writing to azulineduo@gmail.com.

 

Event, Music-Classical

Ensemble Paramirabo (Montreal) and the Toy Piano Composers (Toronto), Thurs March 21

February 19th, 2013
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Thursday March 21, at 8 pm. $10 advance/$15 door (advance bookings www.toypianocomposers.com). This concert SOLD OUT!
“THRESHOLD/LE SEUIL”. Ensemble Paramirabo (Montreal) and the Toy Piano Composers (Toronto) are teaming up to present a cross-country tour of their collaborative concert “Threshold/Le Seuil”. The concert features six world premieres by the Toy Piano Composers (TPC): Monica Pearce, Chris Thornborrow, Elisha Denburg, Nancy Tam, Igor Correia and Fiona Ryan. Ensemble Paramirabo_5c850.jpgThe works are performed by Montreal’s young and talented quintet, Ensemble Paramirabo: flute (Jeffrey Stonehouse), clarinet (François Gagné), piano (Gabrielle Gingras), violin (Geneviève Liboiron) and cello (Viviana Gosselin), will be exchanging their grand piano for the most playful of instruments – the toy piano, a symbol of fun, innovation, humour and imagination!
Threshold is a point which must be exceeded by spontaneous reaction, phenomenon or effect. It is the starting point — the door that must be opened in order to experience something new.    www.toypianocomposers.com     www.ensembleparamirabo.com
Article in The Hamilton Spectator by Leonard Turnevicius: http://www.thespec.com/whatson/article/901452–turnevicius-more-than-just-child-s-play  Read more…

Event, Music, Music-Classical

Classical Trio, Lacey-Lawrence-McKnight, Wed Feb 20

January 15th, 2013
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Wednesday February 20, 2013. 8 pm. An evening of classical trio music performed by Ethan Lacey piano, Sarah Lawrence flute, Calypso McKnight violin, playing Shostakovitch, Caesar Cui, Astor Piazolla, among others. Some solo and duet works will also be played.

Event, Music, Music-Classical

NEW MUSIC: Thin Edge New Music Collective “Free-Form Constructs” Sun Nov 25 at 7:30 pm

October 22nd, 2012
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ThinEdge_JasonSharp.jpgThinEdge_Cheryl_Duvall.jpgSunday November 25, 2012, 7:30 pm, tickets $20 regular, $15 arts workers, $10 students/seniors. Artword Artbar is delighted to host something new and adventurous in our cafe-bar! Thin Edge New Music Collective presents Free-Form Constructs, a juxtaposition of the concepts of freedom and structure presented in collaboration with Montreal composer/improviser Jason Sharp (left). Baritone and bass saxophonist, Jason Sharp (from Montreal) joins forces with members of The Thin Edge New Music ThinEdge_Ilana_Waniuk.jpgCollective to explore the relationship between improvisation and composition in contemporary music. Jason will perform works for bass saxophone and amplified heartbeat and the Thin Edge will present Pulau Dewata by Claude Vivier, and new works by Fjóla Evans and Anna Höstman. The Thin Edge New Music Collective was founded in September of 2011 by pianist Cheryl Duvall and violinist Ilana Waniuk. Olaf Szester is featured on percussion.
http://www.thethinedgenewmusiccollective.com/artists.cfm   Read more…

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