SNOW STORM. We will be open, but the Cat Bernardi Quartet won’t be able to get here. They will be back another time.
James North Art Crawl, Friday February 8, 2013, from 8 pm, tip jar. The Cat Bernardi Quartet, a jazz group comprised of Claire Lee on piano, Devin Patten on bass, Ben Corner on drums and Cat Bernardi providing the vocals. They play a wide variety of jazz standards as well as their own original compositions. The Cat Bernardi is inspired by Latin, swing, bebop and contemporary jazz–all which influence their sound. www.facebook.com/thecatbernardiquartet
Artword Theatre is back in action, with a four-show season of original plays with music, two new and two favourites remounted. For more information call Ron and Judith at 905-543-8512.
We’re presenting these at: The Lyric Theatre, at 434 King Street West, near Locke. For tickets call 905-527-6135, or book online at http://www.lyrichamilton.com
Artword Theatre presents its second play of the 2012-13 season, James Street. a mad musical dash through the history of Hamilton. It runs Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, November 29, 30, December 1, 6, 7, 8 , at the Lyric Theatre, 434 King Street W., 905-527-6135. Book online: www.lyrichamilton.com. Regular prices: $19 Thursdays, $24 Fridays and Saturdays. Students/seniors $16. Children (12 and under) $10. Preview Wed, Nov 28 — all tickets $10.
Charly Chiarelli plays a modern Hamiltonian who magically encounters a famous figure from the 1840s – Paola Brown, a leader in Hamilton’s black community and Hamilton’s official town crier (played by Jeremy Shand). The two find themselves witnesses to (and sometimes participants in) a fast-forward gallop through life on James Street. They see how pioneer dentistry was done, witness George Hamilton and his cronies (Hughson and Durand) plot out the town, watch a farmer advertise for a wife “with a good back”, drop into Billy Carroll’s cigar shop and bookie joint to bet on the first Around the Bay Race, take a ride on the new Electric Railway – all depicted by Valeri Kay, Gordon Odegaard, Ryan Sero, and Abigail Veenstra. Mark McNeil appears onstage with guitar as a street singer, with his buddy Ron Weihs on fiddle, and of course Charly on harmonica
James Street is written and directed by Ronald Weihs. Songs are by Mark McNeil, one of Hamilton’s most inventive singer-songwriters and a well-known journalist for the Hamilton Spectator. Judith Sandiford is both producer and designer.
It’s a celebration of the contribution James Street is making to the revitalization of downtown Hamilton, and it’s lots of fun. Come and enjoy it with us.
One of the songs in the play, “Private Riley”, is featured in a special section of the Hamilton Spectator commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (RHLI – “Rileys”). (Check it out online at http://www.thespec.com/community/RHLI) There is a terrific video of Mark McNeil performing the song with the RHLI Regimental Band.
From July 19 to 29, 2012, it’s Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival time. Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, is the Fringe Clubhouse, open daily during the Festival from about 5 pm weekdays, noon on weekends until late (midnight, 1:00 am). Meet-up before/after shows, light meals, espresso, licenced under the AGCO. Special Fringe events at Artword Artbar (see following posts). In the Gallery each Fringe show is invited to mount a display.
The 2012 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival: Four venues in the James North district, a short walk from Artword Artbar. Click the map.
Twenty-nine companies with 28 shows, 7 performances of each show! For show info and schedules: http://www.hamiltonfringe.ca/ Read more…
Under the Influence of Dub from Luke Banville on Vimeo. Klyde Broox is an award winning dub poet and author. This short documentary highlights his migration from Jamaica to Canada. Directed/Edited: Luke Banville; Director of Photography: Jake Levinsky; Sound Design/Music: Conor Sullivan; Sheridan College Media Arts – 2012. [The performance portions of this documentary were filmed at Klyde's PoeMagic evenings at Artword Artbar.]