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Soirée Frenchkiss: Amélie & Les Singes Bleus, Le R 1er, Moonfruits, Wed Feb 14

January 2nd, 2018
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Wednesday February 14, 2018, at 7:30 pm $10. Soirée Frenchkiss: A concert hosted by the Centre Français de Hamilton, with three francophone bands: Amélie & Les Singes Bleus (multi-genre band from Toronto), Moonfruits (folk duo from Québec) and Le R 1er, (a rapper from Benin via Québec). This event is part of the City of Hamilton’s Winterfest.
Amélie & Les Singes Bleus: Amélie Lefebvre, Rizaldo Padilla, Beth Washburn, Rachel Melas, Tim Shia. Do you enjoy French cabaret jazz-country-ska-mariachi-swing-torch-Motown-samba-rock and roll-trip hop?  www.alsb.ca/
Moonfruits (Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy) vocals, banjo and guitar) Moonfruits’ soaring harmonies captivate listeners and celebrate common ground. Partners on and off stage, they summon music from a place where ideals and imagination intertwine. Groupe sur scène, couple dans la vie, le duo Moonfruits crée un folk qui donne voix à ses valeurs et son imaginaire. Guidées par le banjo et la guitare, les harmonies envoûtantes de Moonfruits transportent le public dans un univers qui célèbre le pouvoir rassembleur du quotidien. www.moonfruits.ca/music
Le R 1er: Rapper Le R 1er (Christian Djohossou), a nomadic spirit with a raw talent, blends rhythm and poetry. The rapper and composer merges Western sounds with the percussive world of authentic African instruments. Through the poetry of his sensitive lyrics, he creates a universe that fascinates and seduces. His title The City of 333 Saints won the Radio-Canada Trille Or award for song. Esprit nomade au talent brut, Le R 1er, de son vrai nom Christian Djohossou, mêle véritablement rythme et poésie. Le rappeur et compositeur fusionne dans un univers percussif d’authentiques instruments africains à des sonorités plus occidentales.  Video link: 

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

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 & 9:30 pm. $25 Adv, $30 Door
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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 and Michael J. Birthelmer. 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

The Secrets of the Gypsy Guitar: Oleg Timofeyev and Vadim Kolpakov, Tues Nov 21

October 24th, 2017
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Tuesday November 21, 2017, at 7:30 pm. $20 regular / $15 students, seniors. Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online.
The Secrets of the Gypsy Guitar, a performance by the ZINGARESCA Duo: Oleg Timofeyev and Vadim Kolpakov. Oleg Timofeyev is a pioneer in the revival of the Russian seven-string guitar. Vadim Kolpakov is the celebrated Russian-Roma (Gypsy) virtuoso, who grew up in Russian Roma musical tradition. The two musicians have been exploring an intricate mix of the written legacy of Russian guitar composers with the exciting living tradition of the Russian Roma (Gypsy).

Event, Music-folk, Music-World

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

Latin Music and Poetry peña with Marcelo Puente, Thurs Nov 9

October 16th, 2017
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Thursday November 9, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Join us for a special evening: a Latin Peña Trova y Poesia,
with artists: Ama Luna, Edgardo Moreno, Fito Molina, Lil America, Marcelo Puente, Nancy Reyes, Constanza Durán and a guest youth poet.
https://www.facebook.com/events/163435450911998/?ti=cl.

From Wally Brooker’s Music Notes Newsletter: “Marcelo Puente [is] one of the outstanding exponents of the “nueva cancion” tradition in this (or any) country. Marcelo Puente came to Toronto in the aftermath of the coup in Chile in 1973, bringing his songs and poetry. In the late seventies he co-founded the popular Chilean-Greek band Los Compañeros, a group of anti-fascist exiles who discovered a common musical language.” For more info: http://companero-group-international.com/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music-folk, Music-Latin

Water Bear (Tom Dusome and Alex T), and guests, Wed Nov 8

October 15th, 2017
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Wednesday November 8, 2017, tip jar. Our friend Tom Dusome is back with a new project — Water Bear is Tom Dusome and Alex T writing original songs that are honest, dealing with themes of autonomy, survival, and home. Some guests are on board for the evening: Babbage Industries and singer-songwriter Marie Avery.

Event, Music-folk, Music: singer-songwriter

The Sandplains Pickers (Ian Bell, the Schotts, Shane Cook, Matt Rait), Sat Oct 21

September 22nd, 2017
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Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online.
The Sandplains Pickers are a new stringband from Southwestern Ontario, with musical styles ranging from old-time country and folk to western swing, and some blazing fiddle tunes. The band members are:
– Country and bluegrass favourites Darrin Schott on mandolin, fiddle, vocals, and Alison Schott on guitar, ukulele, vocals.
– Veteran singer and songwriter Ian Bell, on guitar, banjo, harmonica, concertina, bass, vocals.
– North American fiddle champ Shane Cook on fiddle and mandolin.
– Bass player Matt Rait on guitar and string bass.
They play mostly original songs by Ian, Darrin and Alison, and some songs by regional songwriters, that paint a picture of Southwestern Ontario from Backus Mill, tobacco kilns and farm kitchens to the Summer Garden dancehall, motorcycles and Port Dover fishermen. Expect some hot instrumentals that show off the virtuosic playing of Shane Cook, who is the only fiddler to have won both the Canadian and US fiddle championships, and of Darrin Schott, whose talents have led him to work with The Good Bros., Susan Aglukark, The Ennis Sister and Stompin’ Tom Connors.

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass, Music-folk

60s Folk Revival Sing-along, Thurs Oct 12

September 11th, 2017
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Thursday October 12, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone (the Fall 2017 edition) returns to Artword Artbar. The 60s Folk Revival sing-along concert features 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-folk

Chicken-Like Birds, country blues, ragtime, swing, Sun Oct 1, 7:30

August 19th, 2017
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Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 7:30 pm, $10. Special show from BC! Country blues, ragtime and swing, by duo Jasmin Frederickson and Ari Lantela, a duo recommended to us by our friends near Salmon Arm, BC.
“Chicken-Like Birds is the combination of Ari Lantela who is known for his refined sloppy blues guitar picking and Jasmin Frederickson who plays a mean double bass.”
https://www.chickenlikebirds.com
https://chickenlikebirds.bandcamp.com/album/moving-on

Event, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Singer-songwriters Richard Garvey, Teal Booth, John Muller, Wed Sept 13

August 3rd, 2017
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Wednesday Sept 13, 2017, $10. Our wandering minstrel Richard Garvey is back in town. His guests are friends Teal Booth with songs about Hamilton and life, and John Muller, singer-songwriter specializing in folk, bluegrass and flamenco, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
http://www.richardgarvey.ca/    http://www.johnmuller.ca/

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music: singer-songwriter

60s Folk Revival Sing-along, Thurs July 6

June 5th, 2017
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Thursday July 6, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone returns to Artword Artbar. The 60s Folk Revival sing-along concert features 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-folk

CONCERT: Cootes Paradise, Fri June 9

May 16th, 2017
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Friday June 9, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
The powerhouse band of familiar faces returns to Artword Artbar:
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). PLUS an opening set by the noted Hamilton musician and songwriter Michael J. Birthelmer.
http://www.cootesparadiseband.ca/

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk, Music: singer-songwriter

Ronley Teper’s Lipliners, w. Dave Gould, Sat May 20

April 18th, 2017
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Saturday May 20, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. From Toronto, the surprising and delightful Ronley Teper’s Lipliners, plus a special guest opening set by Hamilton’s ever-inventive Dave Gould. Children at heart who love comedic, poetic, theatric, yet at times provocative storytelling, alongside truly magical music and visuals (by Saul Lederman), should prepare themselves for the surprising world of Ronley Teper’s Lipliners. Ronley Teper guitars, voice; Ben Bowen trumpet; Aly Livingston flute; Tim Posgate (of So Long Seven) banjo; Ben Hermann percussion.   http://www.ronleyteper.com

Event, Music, Music-folk

Corin Raymond + Treasa Levasseur & Brian Kobayakawa, Sat Apr 29

March 21st, 2017
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Corin_Raymond_3961251_cadSaturday April 29, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. Or book online https://www.corinraymond.com/shows
Singer/storyteller Corin Raymond will be joined by Hamilton-based keCorin_Raymond+HoboJunglehjfd-coveryboardist and songbird Treasa Levasseur, along with upright bassist Brian Kobayakawa, for an entertaining evening of new songs and old. Warning: Corin may very well still be celebrating the Juno nomination for his album Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams, as well as sharing some songs as yet unrecorded. “Corin Raymond is a storyteller who by the end of the night you’ll have known your whole life.” – The Globe and Mail.     http://www.corinraymond.com/

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music: singer-songwriter

Singer-songwriters Gina Horswood & Karen Morand, Wed Apr 26

March 17th, 2017
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Singer-songwriters Karen Morand, from Windsor, and Gina Horswood, on tour from Australia, are coming to Artword Artbar on their Ontario tour. Gina and Karen are not just a couple of chicks playing guitars. Their Saints and Sinners tour finds them rambling down highways‚ unraveling stories and songs with powerhouse vocals and infectious beats. Their original songs echo dusty roads, dark bars and creaking church pews. A night of gritty gospel and earthy blues will be sure to leave ya with a satisfied soul.
www.karenmorand.com         www.ginahorswood.com

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Singer-songwriter Allison Brown & The Assembly Line, Fri Apr 21

March 12th, 2017
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Friday, April 21, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Folk-roots singer-songwriter Allison Brown is back with a full band The Assembly Line: Jedd House upright bass, Dan Henshall on mandolin, Vera Colley on accordion and Allison Brown on guitar and vocals. Roots songstress Allison Brown brings crafted originals matched with classic roots repertoire, delivered with conviction and sweet and powerful singing.
www.allisonbrown.ca

Event, Music, Music-folk

Bluegrass with New Cumberland, + Ian Bell, Sat April 8

March 5th, 2017
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Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Back with some blazing hot bluegrass: The New Cumberland bluegrass band from London Ontario: Tom Burns vocals and guitar,  Blair Heddle vocals, mandolin and dobro, Paul Hurdle vocals and banjo, Tom Rutledge string bass, and Darrin Schott fiddle. Featuring inventive solo work, driving rhythms and three part vocal harmonies, New Cumberland’s musical integrity and joy in playing together resonates in every performance. http://newcumberlandband.com/
Special guest with an opening set on April 8 is the renowned Ian Bell, traditional music specialist, player of many instruments (guitar, button accordion, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, pipes) and member of many bands including Muddy York. http://www.ianbellmusic.ca/Ian_Bell/Welcome.html

Event, Music, Music-folk

The Rough & Tumble, Will Gillespie, Daniel Whitener, Wed Apr 5

March 2nd, 2017
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Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 8 pm, $15/$10. A one-night-only music festival of folk, americana, bluegrass singer-songwriters at Artword Artbar. Three sets, headlined by Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler (The Rough and Tumble) on tour from the US, with guest sets by local songwriter Will Gillespie, and visiting guitar-picker/singer Daniel Whitener.
The Rough & Tumble is a two-person, multi-instrumental folk-americana duo Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler. While they consider their beloved PO Box location to be Nashville, the couple has been living on the road with their two dogs for two of their five touring years. The Rough & Tumble delivers each performance with the nudge of an elbow, a wink from the right eye, and the sincerity of Pinocchio after his rehabilitation. Their 2016 release, Pieces and Pieces, written for the Alyssa Pearson film, delves into themes of women, war, and PTSD. Their February 2017 release, Cardboard and Christmas Lights (Rock Candy Recordings), is a 7-song EP.  www.theroughandtumble.com
Dan Whitener is bluegrass banjo-picker and vocalist from Washington DC, on a solo tour of Southern Ontario with a new CD. He is a member of a number of bands, including the ground-breaking Gangstagrass, and Blue Plate Special, Man about a Horse, and Sparrows. http://danwhitenermusic.com/ 
Will Gillespie
(photo right) has developed an elegant and eccentric sound all his own. He is a dynamic performer with a diverse catalogue of original songs, from crooner to rockabilly, combining elements of folk, rock & roll and cabaret. Born and raised in South Porcupine, Northern Ontario, Will lives in Hamilton, where he is actively involved in the local music and theatre scene.  https://www.willgillespie.ca/

Event, Music, Music-folk

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