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David Essig returns! Thurs May 2

March 20th, 2019
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Thursday May 2, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online

The wonderful David Essig returns to Artword on his “short and sweet spring tour – it’s a good chance to catch up with dear friends and audiences and to share some new tunes.” (Only 6 other stops in Ontario.)  http://davidessig.com/cms/

DAVID ESSIG was introduced to Canadian audiences in 1971 as a “talented newcomer” at the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival. Now, nearly 50 years later, he continues to pursue an international career as one of Canada’s finest roots music performers. He has appeared at every major folk festival in Canada and at concerts throughout the world. David uses the traditions he grew up with – Bluegrass and Delta Blues – to create timeless original songs. He has released 25 albums and continues to tour across Canada and in Europe, where he has a strong following, especially in Italy. David is a compelling live performer with contemporary original songs that always pay tribute to their roots in traditional country music and Delta blues.  Many of his songs, like “Albert’s Cove” and “High Ground,” are considered classics of Canadian roots music. As a producer, David has done over 60 albums with other artists, including the first three albums by both Willie P Bennett and Fred Eaglesmith.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk, Music-roots, Music-singer/songwriter

Special concert: The Sinners Choir, Sat Apr 27

March 19th, 2019
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Saturday April 27, 2019, at 8 pm, $15.00. Nearly sold out. For ticket info, email Trevor Powell <trevpowell16@gmail.com>
A special concert: Tracey and Trevor Powell present The Sinners Choir, a trio comprised of three generations of seasoned Toronto sidemen: bassist Terry Wilkins, drummer Adam Warner and guitarist Adam Beer-Colacino. The Sinners Choir takes each player out of their sideman role, showcasing themselves as composers and as singers with a resonant 3-part harmony.

Terry Wilkins is a veteran of the Canadian music scene and represents the 70-something demographic. He has been a member of bands ranging from Rough Trade to Lighthouse as well as David Wilcox and a string of visiting jazz and blues artists like Dr. John, John Hammond and Levon Helm among others.
Adam Warner has been in the trenches as a drummer supporting a who’s-who of Canadian musical aristocracy, Steven Page, Jill Barber, and White Cowbell Oklahoma, to name a few. As a singer/songwriter he has released 3 solo albums. Adam represents the 40-something demographic.
Adam Beer-Colacino, the youngest member of the band, represents the 20-something group. Adam has been honing his craft mostly in Toronto, working with such people as Devin Cuddy, Whitney Rose and members of Downchild Blues Band. His guitar playing is influenced by Pops Staples and Freddie King.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-rock

Surefire Sweat: jazz, funk, world rhythms, Sat April 13

March 8th, 2019
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Saturday April 13, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Surefire Sweat‘s debut appearance at Artword Artbar features the group’s inventive blend of jazz, funk and worldly rhythms. Players are: Dave Chan percussion, vocals; Larry Graves drums, vocals; Elena Kapeleris tenor sax, vocals; Paul MacDougall guitar, vocals; Liam Smith bass, vocals.
The music, composed by Juno-nominated drummer Larry Graves, is original, drawing on an amalgam of funk, jazz, brass-band, blues and Afrobeat. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage listeners through improvisational explorations and danceable arrangements. Some new music will be explored as well as repertoire from the band’s up-coming release (supported by The Canada Council for Arts and The Ontario Arts Council).  surefiresweat.com

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-funk, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, back! Fri April 12

March 7th, 2019
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Friday April 12, 2019, at 8 pm $15.
Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Stuart Laughton brings us another edition of Radio Dial. Always wonderful, always full of surprises.

Stuart writes “Stuart Laughton’s RADIO DIAL is back with more great musicianship and fun (and 10 new tunes!) featuring Rebecca Campbell on vocals/guitar, Burke Carroll on pedal steel guitar, Martin Worthy on drums/vocals, and Steve Lucas on bass. Oh, and Stuart on everything else.” Note: Morgan Childs will sit in for Martin Worthy on drums.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz, Music-roots, Music-singer/songwriter

Beg to Differ Quartet, Sat March 9, at 9 pm

January 16th, 2019
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Saturday March 9, 2019, at 9:00 pm, $10. An Artbar favourite, Beg To Differ Quartet, are back with a special late concert. Tim Ninehouse on keyboards, vocals; Doug Sikma on guitar; Steve Foster on drums and new member Ryan Ethier on bass. 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

This show follows the performance of Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

The Amy Project, stories/songs of Amy Winehouse, Fri March 1

January 7th, 2019
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Friday March 1, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. Online ticketing closed. Call 905-543-8512 or 905-912-9083 for ticket availability.
Amy Project returns to Artword Artbar! The show is a musical and storied journey outlining the short but tragic life of Amy Winehouse, the late British soul, blues and jazz singer. The performers are: Marni Shuster as the voice of Amy,  Anthony Caradonna guitar/vocals, Ian Taylor bass/vocals, Amy DiNino piano/synth/vocals and Dominic DiNino drums.
Amy Winehouse was nominated for 63 World Music Awards and won 25 times for her songs and recordings before her death in 2011 at the age of only 27. The Amy Project performance will cover most of the songs from her two main albums Frank and Back to Black, plus many more of her other recordings, and some unreleased covers and collaborations.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-pop-etc., Music-rock, Music-Soul/R&B

Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley “Morning Sun” Black History Month, Fri Feb 15, 2019

January 3rd, 2019
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Friday February 15, 2019, at 8 pm.
$15 advance, $20 door.
Call 905-543-8512 or
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The wonderful blues/gospel duo Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley are bringing us a very special show: “Morning Sun” – a celebration in song for Black History Month.
Chris and Diana’s most recent appearance at Artword Artbar was in October 2018 in the Steel City Jazz Festival with a show of vintage jazz and blues.
Chris and Diana’s website

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-roots, Special event

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, new edition, Fri Nov 9

October 3rd, 2018
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Friday, November 9, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
Book online   BUY_tix_button
Stuart Laughton‘s Radio Dial fall 2018 edition! Radio Dial is currently celebrating 5 years together and their 75th show. The November 9 lineup will feature Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Burke Carroll (pedal steel), Jeff McLeod (keys), Steve Lucas (bass) and Martin Worthy (drums), led by multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Stuart Laughton. And there will be new material! http://www.radiodial.ca/

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz, Music-roots

Folk-blues duo Jennis, Fri Nov 2

September 30th, 2018
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Friday November 2, 2018, at 8 pm. FREE! No cover! Call 905-543-8512 to reserve seating. Back with a video shoot show: Jennis. Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond’s original blues and folk with the diverse musical experiences of Toronto multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is augmented by the unusual sounds of the didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator.  www.jennis.ca
“Jennis electrified our audience with their music and their personalities. To say that Jen and Dennis are excellent musicians would be an understatement. Their versatility and energy is absolutely amazing.” ~George Auer of Auerhouse Concerts

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk, Music-roots

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, Sat June 2

May 8th, 2018
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Saturday June 2, 2018, at 8 pm, $15.
Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Stuart Laughton‘s wonderful show Radio Dial is back. Multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton and his merry band Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Martin Worthy (drums), Burke Carroll (pedal steel) and Steve Lucas (bass) share their astonishing versatility and sense of fun.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz, Music-singer/songwriter

Blues with Morgan Davis, Fri June 1

May 7th, 2018
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Friday June 1, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Blues with the one and only Morgan Davis. For 45 years Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour. Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. He moved to Canada in 1968 and settled in Toronto, where he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto’s music scene in the early 1970’s was the perfect place for Davis to see and play with many legendary performers, such as Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, and John Hammond.

Event, Music-Blues

The Amy Project, stories/songs of Amy Winehouse, Fri May 25

April 20th, 2018
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Friday May 25, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
The Amy Project is a musical and storied journey outlining the short but tragic life of Amy Winehouse, the late British soul, blues and jazz singer. The show is performed live by five talented performers: Marni Shuster as the voice of Amy,  Anthony Caradonna guitar/vocals, Ian Taylor bass/vocals, Amy DiNino piano/synth/vocals and Dominic DiNino drums.
Amy Winehouse was nominated for 63 World Music Awards and won 25 times for her songs and recordings before her death in 2011 at the age of only 27. The Amy Project performance will cover most of the songs from her two main albums Frank and Back to Black, plus many more of her other recordings, and some unreleased covers and collaborations.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Soul/R&B

Jennis: Jen Gillmor and Dennis Gaumond, folk-blues, Fri May 18

April 17th, 2018
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Friday May 18, 2018, at 8 pm. $10. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
A return visit from an Artword Artbar favourite: Jennis. Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond’s original blues and folk with the diverse musical experiences of Toronto multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is augmented by the unusual sounds of the didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator.  www.jennis.ca
“Jennis electrified our audience with their music and their personalities. To say that Jen and Dennis are excellent musicians would be an understatement. Their versatility and energy is absolutely amazing.” ~George Auer of Auerhouse Concerts

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk, Music-roots, Music-World

Andre Bisson Acoustic Show, Sat May 5

April 8th, 2018
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Saturday May 5, 2018, $15 advance, $20 door. Andre Bisson Acoustic Show
Advance ticket site: www.ticketscene.ca/events/20501/
An evening of original acoustic music with heavy influences in soul, blues & roots, and gospel, performed by a unique group of 8 talented musicians playing instruments such as the cello, violin, bass, trumpet, and saxophone. Here is the line-up so far: Andre Bisson (vocal/guitar), Loretta Hale (trumpet/cello), Gordon Aeichele (tenor sax/clarinet), Mike Rowell (acoustic bass), Sean Bruce Parker (drums), Theresa Hale-Charters (vocals), Aubrey Wilson (vocals), Crystal Lee (violin).

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Soul/R&B

Berman Billings, folk blues w. Matt Berman & Jonathan Billings, Fri Apr 20

March 19th, 2018
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Friday April 20, 2018, at 8 pm, $5. Berman Billings is a new project featuring Matt Berman (Must Stash Hat) and Jonathan Billings (Jonathan Billings Band). It’s a mix of acoustic guitars and pedal steel with vocal harmonies. Matt Berman songwriter, guitar, vocals and Jonathan Billings songwriter, pedal steel, vocals
Often referred to as “Psychedelic Folk Blues”, Berman Billings can be heard playing in just about any room in southern Ontario from large clubs to barber shops! Their debut album Killin’ Time will be released on vinyl and digital on June 23, 2018.

Event, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Wayne Krawchuk, Sat Mar 10 (8 pm SOLD OUT) + Sun Mar 11 (7:30 SOLD OUT)

February 6th, 2018
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Saturday March 10, 2018, at 8:00 pm, $15. SOLD OUT.
Sun March 11 at 7:30 pm. SOLD OUT
For info, call 905-543-8512.
Folk-roots singer-songwriter Wayne Krawchuk launches his new CD Love Hopped a Train with a special concert at Artword Artbar. He will be accompanied by Michael J. Birthelmer on guitar, Mike Hickey on bass, Randal Hill on mandolin/banjo, and Ron Cole on keyboards/accordion. There will be an opening set by The Harmones (Carol Greene, Christine Roarke, Audrey Hensen) with their ukuleles and 3 part harmonies.

Event, Music-Blues, Music-folk, Music-roots

The Kirkendolls, jazzy blues and more, Sat Feb 24

January 7th, 2018
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Saturday Feb 24, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. A return visit by The Kirkendolls, a local band led by Mark Caruana on vocals and guitar, with Tom Shea on bass, Jamie Shea on guitar, and Mario Laquintana on drums. They play a mix of music from originals to jazzy re-arrangements to soulful blues. About half of their songs are originals by Mark Caruana, who was the guitar player for Big Rude Jake in Toronto through the 90s. Later he had his own jazz trio/quartet playing in the jazz clubs in Toronto to the early 2000s. He is now Hamilton-based.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

The North Enders, Charly Chiarelli, Ron Weihs, Venesio deSalvo, Sat Feb 17

January 5th, 2018
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Saturday February 17, 2018, 8 pm, $10. The North Enders features Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals, Ron Weihs on fiddle and guitar, and Venesio DeSalvo on guitar. They will perform a variety of music from jazz and blues to rock and originals. Charly and Ron may reprise some of their new songs from their recent theatre collaboration Charly’s Piano.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Jennis: Dennis Gaumond & Jen Gillmor, folk-blues, Fri Nov 10

October 17th, 2017
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Friday November 10, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Back at Artword Artbar! Jennis, the delightful folk-blues duo.  Jennis brings together Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond’s original blues and folk with the diverse musical experiences of Toronto multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is augmented by the unusual sounds of the didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator.
www.jennis.ca     www.jengillmormusic.ca

Event, Music-Blues, Music-folk

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