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Jennis: Dennis Gaumond & Jen Gillmor, folk-blues, Sat March 25

February 15th, 2017
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Jennis-9671-smallcSaturday March 25, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.  Back at Artword Artbar! The wonderful  folk-blues duo JennisJennis brings together award-winning Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond‘s decades of experience writing and performing original blues and folk and the diverse musical experiences of veteran Toronto indie-scene multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is also augmented by unusual sounds, such as didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator. It makes for a very entertaining performance, filled with energy, passion and humour. www.jennis.ca     www.jengillmormusic.ca

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Two Bands! Rock and blues! Fri March 10

February 2nd, 2017
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Friday March 10, 2017, 8 pm, Art Crawl tip jar. A lively busy Friday night at Artword Artbar. Joey DePaiva, bass, and Shelby Crego, guitar, are bringing two bands from Mohawk Music, playing mostly rock and blues. One long set each.
Band 1: Aoife Doyle vocals, Leah Korkowski vocals, Shirley Simpson vocals, Graysen Lee guitar, Shelby Crego guitar, Jamie Bekyarovich guitar, Joey DePaiva bass, Nik Hurst keyboards & piano, Cooper Hannahson drums.
Band 2: Lauren Perreira vocals, Shelby Crego guitar, Olivia Brown bass, Miles Branaugh keys, Cooper Hannahson drums.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

CONCERT: Cootes Paradise, Sat March 4, 2017

January 10th, 2017
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Saturday March 4, 2017, at 8 pm, $15.
Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
A new powerhouse band of familiar faces:
Cootes Paradise, a collective of six musicians who chose to play together, combining their many talents. Their music is roots-based: bluesy, funky, and filled with soul. Band members are: Amy Di Nino (drums), Wayne Krawchuk (guitar/vocals), Sue Leonard (vocals), Lily Sazz (keyboards/vocals), Ian Taylor (bass), Mark Volkov (flute, violin, sax).
http://www.cootesparadiseband.ca/

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Jazzy blues w. the Kirkendolls, Fri Feb 17, 2017

January 4th, 2017
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Friday February 17, 2017, at 8 pm, cover pwyc. The Kirkendolls, a new local band: Mark Caruana on vocals and guitar, Tom Shea on bass, Jamie Shea on guitar, and Mario Laquintana on drums. The music is a mix of music from originals to jazzy re-arrangements to soulful blues and beyond. About half of their songs are originals by Mark Caruana, who was the guitar player for Big Rude Jake in Toronto throughout most of the 90s. Later he had his own jazz trio/quartet playing in the jazz clubs in Toronto to the early 2000s. Since then he has played mostly solo for private events. He moved to Hamilton a few years ago and has put this new band together.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Beg To Differ Trio, Sat Feb 11, 2017

January 4th, 2017
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BegToDiffer2Saturday February 11, 2017, 8 pm, tip jar. An Artword favourite, the high-energy Beg To Differ Trio playing blues / jazz / funk — 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, Music-Blues

CONCERT: Stuart Laughton, and Radio Dial, Fri Feb 3, 2017

December 19th, 2016
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Friday February 3, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 0r  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Stuart Laughton is back with his wonderful Radio Dial show, and lots of new material. The lineup for Feb 3 includes Rebecca Campbell (guitar/vocals), Jim Clayton (piano), Martin Worthy (drums), and Steve Lucas (bass), and of course, Stuart Laughton on trumpet, guitar, and many other instruments!
Why RADIO DIAL? Because on long car trips, Stuart scours the radio waves for interesting music, and wanted to bring a similarly eclectic presentation to the stage (think Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café, with the speaking and musical proportions reversed). http://www.radiodial.ca/  It helps that Stuart sings and plays a dozen instruments, Read more…

Event, Music, Music-Blues

The Distillery Blues Trio + Ginger St. James, Thurs Feb 2, 2017

December 16th, 2016
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Thursday February 2, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. The Distillery is a blues trio from Toronto: Chloe Watkinson vocals, Neil Hendry acoustic and electric guitars, Jordan Safer harmonica, keys and lap steel guitar. Special guest Ginger St. James.
http://thedistilleryblues.com/ Their debut release What You Told Me won the 2012 Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Blues. The band was a finalist in the 2012 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search. A West Coast Canada tour and two US tours lead to the 2015 EP How We Carry On, followed by various festival performances (including JunoFest, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Lighthouse Blues Festival, Southside Shuffle, Canal Bank Shuffle, Toronto TD Jazz Festival, Barrie Jazz & Blues). The band’s latest three-song recording is now available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Andre Bisson & band, the Memphis Challenge Fundraiser, Fri Jan 27, 2017

December 11th, 2016
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Friday January 27, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Online ticketing: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/16952/
Here’s the story: Andre Bisson and his band won the Grand River Blues Society Road to Memphis Competition to compete at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee this February. This show is raising funds for the cost of the travel and accommodations to move a 6-piece band to Memphis for a week to compete and represent Canadian Blues.
A few days before they leave for the competition, the band will perform Andre’s original and cover arrangements with a 6-piece band at Artword Artbar. Come hear Andre’s upbeat Blues, R&B and Soul with heavy horns and rhythm!  www.andrebisson.ca
The Band for Jan 27: Andre Bisson vocals/guitar, Loretta Hale trumpet, Mike Albert tenor sax, Simon Wheeldon bari sax, Olivia Brown bass, Sean Bruce Parker drums.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Artword closed Dec 12-Jan 26, back Jan 27, 2017

December 5th, 2016
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Artword Artbar is taking a break.
Last day of programming in 2016 is Sunday December 11, for our final matinee of our hit play Scroogissimo.
First day of programming in 2017 is Friday January 27, for a big fundraiser for the Andre Bisson Band who take off on a tour to Memphis. Showtime is 8 pm.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, News

Jazz/blues/soul vocalist Siona Neale, Fri Oct 14

September 5th, 2016
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Siona Neale_4574_cFriday October 14, 2016, 8 pm, $10. Hamiltonian Siona Neale sings jazz/blues/soul classics, as a duo with guitarist James Ruben. Remembrance is a key theme, with timeless songs by Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, and some originals. Whether singing about social justice or loss, joy or tragedy, Neale brings you to the heart of the matter, to the roots of the story behind the song. Neale has a dual career in Europe and Canada. “One of Canada’s most vibrant cultural exports” (Polish Canadian Embassy), Siona Neale captivates audiences with her magnetic energy, deep, dark voice, and sizzling moves. She easily navigates between her Caribbean and rock and roll, soulful North American heritages.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

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

Supercrawl special, R&B / soul w. Andre Bisson and band, Fri Sept 9

August 11th, 2016
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AndreBisson-0394-RR_cFriday September 9, 2016, 8 pm, $10. (Supercrawl weekend special concert at Artword Artbar.) Kicking off our Fall season, award-winning soul and R&B vocalist André Bisson and his band: André Bisson (vocals/guitar), Loretta Hale (trumpet), Simon Wheeldon (tenor sax), Mike Rowell (bass), Sean Bruce Parker (drums). Come see them off before their 6th UK Tour this September.
Website: http://www.andrebisson.ca/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/andreandthejtones
Since 2005, André Bisson has been performing his unique blend of R&B and Soul throughout the US, Canada, England, Wales & Ireland.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

R&B, Motown, Soul w. Andre Bisson and band, Sat July 9

June 5th, 2016
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Andre_Bisson_1c680Saturday July 9, 2016, 8 pm, $10. Back for a hot night! Award-winning soul and R&B vocalist André Bisson on guitar, vocals; Loretta Hale, trumpet; Aaron Bowers  tenor sax; Simon Wheeldon, bari sax; Mike Rowell, bass, Sean Bruce Parker, drums. Catch the band before they head out on their Left With the Blues Across Canada Tour.
Website: http://www.andrebisson.ca/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/andreandthejtones
Since 2005, André Bisson has been performing his unique blend of R&B and Soul throughout the US, Canada, England, Wales & Ireland.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Folk-blues duo Jennis: Dennis Gaumond & Jen Gillmor, Sat May 28

May 4th, 2016
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Jennis-9671-smallcSaturday May 28, 2016, at 8 pm, $10.  Back at Artword Artbar! The wonderful  folk-blues duo JennisJennis brings together award-winning Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond‘s decades of experience writing and performing original blues and folk and the diverse musical experiences of veteran Toronto indie-scene multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is also augmented by unusual sounds, such as didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator. It makes for a very entertaining performance, filled with energy, passion and humour. “What do you get when you combine some talented songwriting, warm, rich vocals along with a resophonic guitar, cello, jaw harp and even a didgeridoo?  A unique and impressive blend of folk, roots and bluesy sounds served up as a fine, entertaining evening of Jennis music.” Debra Thornington, Ottawa Blues Society  www.jennis.ca     www.jengillmormusic.ca

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial is back! Friday May 20

April 28th, 2016
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Version 4Friday May 20, 2016, at 8 pm. $15. BUY_tix_buttonBook online
The multi-talented trumpeter-singer Stuart Laughton is back with a new edition of his wonderfully eclectic Radio Dial show. He tells us this will be “an almost entirely new program, and will mark a return to Artword Artbar of ace pedal steel guitarist Burke Carroll.”
The Radio Dial gang coming to Artword May 20: Burke Carroll (pedal steel guitar), Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Martin Worthy (drums), Stuart Laughton (guitar, et al), and Steve Lucas (bass).

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Blues, Funk, Groove, w. Wayne Janus Trio, Fri Jan 29, Fri Feb 26

December 21st, 2015
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Wayne_Janus_2015Friday January 29, and Friday February 26, 2016, at 8:00 pm. Guitarist, singer and songwriter Wayne Janus continues his Last Friday residency at Artword Artbar, with David Carrillo on drums and Myron Plichota on bass. This electric trio displays artistic diversity based on Blues, Funk and Groove, a world class performance mixing original and cover material, and strong improvisation.

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Blues, Funk, Groove, w. Wayne Janus Trio, Fri Nov 27 at 9:30

October 29th, 2015
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Wayne_Janus_2015Friday November 27, 2015 at 9:30 pm, after Toller. Guitarist, singer and songwriter Wayne Janus continues his Last Friday residency at Artword Artbar, with David Carrillo on drums and Myron Plichota on bass. This electric trio displays artistic diversity based on Blues, Funk and Groove, a world class performance mixing original and cover material, and strong improvisation.

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Blues, Funk, Groove, w. Wayne Janus Trio, Fri Oct. 30

September 18th, 2015
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Wayne_Janus_2015Friday October 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm. Guitarist, singer and songwriter Wayne Janus is back at Artword Arbar, with David Carrillo on drums and Myron Plichota on bass. This electric trio displays artistic diversity based on Blues, Funk and Groove. The audience can expect a world class performance mixing original and cover material, and strong improvisation.

Event, Music-Blues

3 Guitars: Will Gillespie, ‘Mo Kauffey & Robin Lee: Pickin’ & Grinnin’ Thurs June 11

May 5th, 2015
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Will_Gillespie_3_Guitars_c680Thursday June 11, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. “3 Guitars: Will Gillespie, ‘Mo Kauffey & Robin Lee: Pickin’ & Grinnin’ “ is a song-trading, in-the-round, workshop-style concert featuring these three singer-songwriters, together for the first time in a show, playing their original Folk, Jazz & Blues tunes, trading songs and stories, creating a casual, off-the-cuff jam-session atmosphere. You will be treated to a wide range of styles, songs and subjects, taken on an emotional journey by three men who have finely honed their skills and craft as both songwriters and as guitarists.
Will Gillespie has been described as a “one-of-a-kind finger-picking old-time crooning, genuine songwriter you absolutely must see perform” He calls his sound “Jazzed-Up Folk-Rock”: Original Rock & Roll with an air of Old-World Romance, taking Folk-Rock from the Barn to the Ballroom. www.willgillespie.ca
‘Mo Kauffey is among other things a Bluesman from Guelph, ON. Describing his approach to songwriting, he says “It is about the story, which is told by the lyrics. The lyrics are borne by the melody. The chord progression gives the melody a path. The rhythms are the ‘driving wheel’. And that is how it all makes sense to me.” www.mokauffey.com
Robin Lee is one of the smoothest pickers around. Hailing from Hamilton, Robin has a laid-back delivery both in his Chet Atkins-style finger-picking and almost conversational singing style. www.youtube.com/user/robinlajoiemusic

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk, Music-Jazz

Folk-blues duo Jennis, Dennis Gaumond & Jen Gillmor, plus Sarah Beatty, Sat May 16

April 8th, 2015
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Jennis-9671-smallcSaturday May 16, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. (Book online or call 905-543-8512.) An evening of music with  folk-blues duo Jennis and an opening set by local songstress Sarah BeattyJennis brings together award-winning Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond‘s decades of experience writing and performing original blues and folk and the diverse musical experiences of veteran Toronto indie-scene multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is also augmented by unusual sounds, such as didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator. It makes for a very entertaining performance, filled with energy, passion and humour. SarahBeatty8x10300-0282cWhat do you get when you combine some talented songwriting, warm, rich vocals along with a resophonic guitar, cello, jaw harp and even a didgeridoo?  A unique and impressive blend of folk, roots and bluesy sounds served up as a fine, entertaining evening of Jennis music.” Debra Thornington, Ottawa Blues Society  www.jennis.ca     www.jengillmormusic.ca
Hamilton-based singer-songwriter Sarah Beatty deftly occupies the space between blues, jazz, country, and soulful styled roots music. Her music shines with dynamic vocals, imaginative lyrics, and sing-song melodies. www.sarahbeatty.ca

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Special concert by bluesman Michael Pickett, Sat May 9

April 5th, 2015
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Michael_Pickett_Artword_2015_rSaturday May 9, 2015 at 8 pm, $20 ( Book online  or call 905-543-8512 to reserve). Artword Artbar is delighted to announce a rare and return appearance by the extraordinary blues guitarist and singer Michael Pickett. Michael told us back in 2009, when we were just starting out, that we were a “listening room” and that put us on the track we have followed ever since.
More about Michael from his website: “With exceptional award winning rack harmonica skills and powerful vocals, he delivers charismatic, compelling, and passionate performances that are charged with electricity and filled with authenticity, and a unique style. He puts his own spin on obscure tunes of legendary icons such as Robert Johnson, Bukka White, Mississippi John Hurt, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and showcases his own potent material. Michael Pickett has evolved into an eclectic and captivating storyteller through Delta Blues, Country, Folk, and Americana, revealing a profound understanding of where this music comes from and why it stands the test of time. Pickett now performs exclusively as a solo acoustic artist touring throughout Canada, the US, the UK. and Europe, appearing in blues, folk, jazz clubs, coffee houses, house concerts, theatres, festivals… ”
http://www.michaelpickett.com/

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