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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. Songwriter Corin Raymond returns to Artword, accompanied by Treasa Levasseur on accordion, keyboard and back-up vocals and Brian Kobayakawa on bass.
Corin_Raymond+HoboJunglehjfd-coverCorin Raymond is a troubadour whose robust veracity appeals to older folks and children alike. Raymond’s latest album, Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams (released March 3rd, 2016) is “a hypnotic, literate collection of dark tall tales…. Romantic, immediate, and narcotic.” (Acoustic Guitar). Aside from the hilarious triumph of funding his previous project, double-album Paper Nickels, with Canadian Tire money, Raymond enjoys a second career performing his non-musical, one-man shows Bookworm (2011) and The Great Canadian Tire Money Caper (2014), which he has toured extensively to over a dozen Fringe and literary festivals, and to theatres in three countries.  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 Kare 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 bluegrass banjo-player 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

60s Folk Revival Sing-a-long, Thurs March 30

February 17th, 2017
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Sue_and_Dwight_logoThursday March 30, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve
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-a-long 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

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

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

Songwriter Richard Garvey, Friday February 24, 2017

January 6th, 2017
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Friday February 24, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 or by donation. Our favourite troubadour/wandering minstrel Richard Garvey has a new CD in the works. He will play some of the new songs for us! Guest performers: Tom Dusome and Charlie Banjo Bean.
http://www.richardgarvey.ca/

Event, Music-folk, Music: singer-songwriter

CANCELLED Sat Oct 1: Kitchen Orkestra & guests. Call us for more info 905-912-9083

August 23rd, 2016
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Kitchen+Ork+c2CANCELLED Saturday October 1, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. Sorry, but both bands cancelled out of this concert.
Kitchen Orkestra is an acoustic band that likes to dip into many styles, serving up sizzlin’ balkan melodies, cookin’ celtic tunes, and fresh original songs. They are coming to Artword Artbar as a quartet: Hayley Ryerson violin and voice, Felix Mills cajon and percussion, George Chenery upright bass, and Graham Mansfield mandolin. http://www.kitchenorkestra.com/
Opening the evening is Hamilton country singer-songwriter Mackenzie Hunter vocals & guitar, with her original songs, backed by AJ Astle bass, Chris Bray guitar, Sam Goswell drums (all members of the country cover band The Dukes).

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Hannah Shira Naiman, banjo + Niagara String Band, Sat Sept 24

August 17th, 2016
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Hannah_Shira_Naiman_origcSaturday September 24, 2016, at 8 pm, $8 advance (905-543-8512), at door $10, $5 students. Hannah Shira Naiman, singer/banjoist from Toronto, brings you original songs, played on the clawhammer banjo, sung with the appalachian sound. “Songs not from the mountains, but from a rocky, rugged place.” Hannah stops by on her way to a Bluegrass festivalNiagara_String_Band_c in Virginia. http://www.hannahshiranaiman.com/music.html
Hannah has invited the Niagara String Band (Alex Andrews and Shawn Fehlow, R & L in photo), as special guests for the evening. The duo perform a range of musical styles popularized in the early 20th century, an eclectic repertoire drawn from old recordings and sheet music. They play a variety of instruments including guitar, upright bass, 5 and 6 string banjo, piano, mandolin, fiddle, and harmonica.  http://www.niagarastringband.com/

Event, Music, Music-folk

Smiling Jack Smith, Sue Leonard, Cindy Dell, Michael J. Birthelmer, Sun July 10, at 3 pm

June 6th, 2016
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smiling-jack-smith_adj3Sunday July 10, 2016, from 3 to 6 pm, $15 door / $10 advance 905-543-8512. BUY_tix_buttonBook advance tix online
Spend a special Sunday afternoon with blues singer-songwriter Smiling Jack Smith, “Spain’s blues poet”, visiting Canada on tour from his home base in Spain. SueLeonard_CindyDell_cJack heads up a celebration of song with his good friends local musicians Sue Leonard, Cindy Dell (of Perfect Strangers) and Michael J. Birthelmer, master guitarist, songwriter and story-teller.
Smiling Jack has been writing and singing his songs in a career that spans five decades and three continents. He has played folk songs with The Smith Brothers in New York (with lead guitar Stan Jay), folk-rock in Vancouver (with players like Joe Mock, Pat Coleman, Ed Patterson and Robbie King), country in Florida (with T.C. Carr on harmonica) and blues in Europe and Australia (with David Gwynn, Antonio Serrano and Jim Finn). http://www.smilingjacksmith.com/
Read more…

Event, Music-folk, Music: singer-songwriter

Big Fat Greek Jewish Music Night, Thurs June 2

May 5th, 2016
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Friends_ofMarkosThe_HorablesThursday June 2, 2016, at 8 pm, $15, $10 students/seniors. Big Fat Greek Jewish Music Night: The Horables and Friends of Markos bring you a night of Klezmer and Rebetiko. They will be swapping scales, musical instruments and languages. Come for the Hora and stay for the Hassapiko. The Horables play Klezmer, Django style jazz, polkas, Gypsy dance tunes, rags from the age of steam and the occasional Cajun tune just to scare the horses. The Friends of Markos play an exciting and fun mix of Greek and Aegean-area music, focusing on traditional rebetiko, a Greek style of urban folk that features catchy bouzouki leads and powerful nine-beat rhythms. www.thehorables.com        www.thefriendsofmarkos.weebly.com

The Friends of Markos band members: Michael Kaler bouzouki and vocals, Michaelangelo Iafalldano vocals, baglama, clarinet and percussion, Rachel Melas upright bass, accordion and violin, Conny Nowe guitar, vocals and mandolin, Mark Zurawinski percussion.

The Horables band members: Rachel Melas has spent decades playing bass in various bands, and decided that she liked Klezmer music so much that she would learn a whole new instrument to play it. Conny Nowe is rhythm guitarist in Swamperella, and has been playing Klezmer and Old Time music on the mandolin for the last 15 years. Rachel Shenin, violinist, leads the Bulgars and Freylachs fearlessly, solos effortlessly on the jazz tunes and sings in Yiddish. Michael Kaler plays upright bass with The Horables, and plays bouzouki with the Friends of Markos.

Event, Music, Music-folk

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

60s Folk Revival Sing-a-long, Thurs May 26

May 2nd, 2016
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Sue_and_Dwight_logoThursday May 26, 2016, at 8 pm, $10.   BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone, a 60s Folk Revival sing-a-long concert, with 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

Sunday Brunch with singer-songwriters Annie and Rose-Erin, Sun May 22 at noon

April 30th, 2016
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Annie_Sumi_c_RyanMarshall_680Rose-Erin_Stokes_cSunday May 22, 2016, from noon to 3 pm. A Victoria Day Weekend Special Treat. A homemade Trinidad Brunch by chef Learie Mc Nicolls, starting at noon, PLUS a full concert by touring singer-songwriters Annie Sumi and Rose-Erin Stokes starting at about 12:30 pm. to 2:30 pm. $20 covers both the Concert and the Brunch. Concert only $10. Reserve 905-543-8512.
Annie Sumi,  from the GTA area, released her debut album Reflections last spring. It earned airplay on CBC radio and charted on college radio for 10 straight weeks. In October she received a Best Singer-Songwriter nomination at the Toronto Independent Music Awards.  www.anniesumi.com
Rose-Erin Stokes, from North Bay, was a nominee for “Best Solo Album” and the recipient of “Best Vocals on a Recording” at the 2015 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards. Most recently, Rose toured throughout Western Canada on a solo, music-cycling tour.  www.roseerinstokes.com
Rose and Annie play together in the Hidden Roots Collective band and share in this journey of being female singer-songwriters.

Event, Music-folk, Special event

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

Special double-bill: Edgardo Moreno & So Long Seven, Fri March 11

February 8th, 2016
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Tim_Posgate_So_Long_Seven_cFriday, March 11, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 (reservations call 905-543-8512). A special double-bill concert: Edgardo Moreno, electronic composer and video artist, and So Long Seven, a wonderful foursome playing a crazy blend of world, bluegrass & jazz. The whole evening for only $10. For Art Crawlers, we will pass a tip jar as well.
Edgardo_Moreno_cEdgardo Moreno is a composer that has been commissioned for projects in Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Sweden, Argentina, England and USA. He has written scores for films produced by CBC, Bravo, City TV, NFB, OMNI, Ontario Arts Council, History Channel, TVO. He has worked extensively with contemporary dance choreographers creating sound design and musical scores. He is presently working in creating video and live sound pieces that are part of his Fireflyproject. His film Double Exposure has screened in various film festival across Canada and will be part of exhibitions in Ontario in the coming months. www.musicamoreno.com    www.fireflyproject.ca 
So Long Seven
is proud to release their debut self-titled CD featuring 8 tracks of original music. Influenced by bands such as Shakti, Punch Brothers, and Bela Fleck, So Long Seven combines elements of folk, bluegrass, world and jazz music to create an incredibly rich tapestry of sound. The band members include some of Toronto’s finest musicians including Neil Hendry (guitar, mandolin), William Lamoureux (violin), Ravi Naimpally (tabla) and Tim Posgate (banjo). Each player brings a vast amount of experience and talent, that when brought together, leads to a sublime listening experience. www.solongseven.com

Event, James North events, Music, Music-folk, Music-Jazz

Celtic band The Outside Track, Wed Mar 2

January 3rd, 2016
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OutsideTrack_CDCoverWednesday March 2, 2016 at 8 pm, $15. SOLD OUT!
Multi-award-winning Celtic band The Outside Track is touring Canada with a new CD, and Artword Artbar is their Hamilton stop! Hailing from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton, the five members are united by a love of traditional music. They blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. http://www.theoutsidetrack.com/  Band members:
* Mairi Rankin, from Cape Breton, one of the legendary Rankin Family, plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm.
* Teresa Horgan, from Co. Cork, sings and plays flute.
* Ailie Robertson, from Edinburgh, is one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians and clarsach (celtic harp) virtuoso.
* Fiona Black plays accordion, intertwining her native Scottish style with Irish, Swedish and Cape Breton repertoire.
* Simon Marion, from Montreal, plays guitar on the Ontario tour. Read more…

Event, Music, Music-folk

Richard Garvey “I found a box of beer…” EP launch, Wed Feb 17, 2016

December 12th, 2015
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Richard_Garvey_2015_cRichard_Garvey_Feb17_800Wednesday February 17, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 (or by donation). Singer-songwriter Richard Garvey is launching the new year with a new EP I found a box of beer in the snow. The title song is “a tragic Canadian classic song that I wrote on a snowy morning with a hangover-of-magical-proportions. It explores some very deep themes.”
At Artword Artbar, the featured guests are:
* Harebrain (Alan Mackie & Anh Phung) from Toronto, “the coolest bass/flute improvised tunes and songs to bust your jam too!”
* Milo & Otis (Claire and Nicki), from Hamilton. Bestfriendcore – ukuleles and joyful noises.
* Richard Garvey, from Guelph, ukulele sing-a-longs and stories.
PS: There will be a dance-off! Wear your favourite scarf! http://www.richardgarvey.ca/

Event, Music, Music-folk

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