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The ‘Music-folk’ Category

Singer-songwriters Richard Keelan, and Raphael Keelan, Fri June 15

May 19th, 2018
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Friday June 15, 2018, at 8 pm, $tba. The Keelan Family Show. Singer-songwriter Richard Keelan of the legendary folk-rock band in the 60s/70s The Perth County Conspiracy, teams up with daughter singer-songwriter Raphael Keelan-Smith.

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

The Polka Dogs, a Toronto legend, BACK w. new CD, Thurs June 7

May 16th, 2018
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Thursday June 7, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. After an over 25-year hiatus, The Polka Dogs, Toronto’s beloved theatre based band returns with an Ontario tour and new CD June 2018. The revived, renascent, and reformed Toronto theatre-based band, THE POLKA DOGS, have returned after a 25-year hiatus. Starting as a theatre pit band in 1989, the band wowed the world in the 90s with an explosive, raucous, joyous sound of trombone, tuba, banjo, drums and that sultry, fantastic voice of theatre staple John Millard. The band returns with the same original sound, and features all five of its founding members including, Tom Walsh on trombone, Tiina Kiik on accordion, Colin Couch on tuba, John Millard on banjo and vocals, and Ambrose Pottie on drums.
Tour dates: June 2, 8pm at Burdock, Toronto; June 7, 8pm at Artword Artbar in Hamilton; June 8, 8pm at Silence in Guelph.

“The Polka Dogs are a boiling pan-cultural stew that bastes you, roasts you and serves you up well done. Please, Polka Dogs, can I have some more?” – Tom Allen, CBC

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

Newfoundland singer-songwriter Sherry Ryan, Thurs May 31

May 2nd, 2018
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Thursday May 31, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Special treat! Singer-songwriter from Newfoundland Sherry Ryan on tour with Darren Browne on mandolin.
“It’s not hard to understand why Sherry Ryan has devoted fans. Drifting between country, blues and folk and beautifully marrying these genres with her distinct Newfoundland roots, she’s been releasing heart-stealing originals across each album. Ryan’s rich vocal style has been described as  “so good – so distinct – it’s absolutely unforgettable” (Exclaim!)  sherryryan.com/

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

Folk troubadour Ken Dunn w. Anna Green, +Piper Hayes, Wed May 30

May 1st, 2018
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Wednesday May 30, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Folk troubadour Ken Dunn returns to Hamilton, Ontario for an evening of original acoustic music, with vocal harmonies by partner Anna Green, The opening act will be local Hamilton singer-songwriter Piper Hayes with partner Carson Ritcey-Thorpe.
B.C. folk troubadour Ken Dunn combines finger style acoustic guitar and harmonica with “strong, distinctive vocals” (R2, Dublin). His engaging stories and songwriting “provide refreshing insight into human complexities” (The Late Bill Powell, Festival of Friends). Backed by “the tight vocal harmonies of Anna Green, the music is alternately haunting, uplifting and always deeply touching” (Morovino, Avila Beach, California).

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

Collette Savard & The Savants, Sat May 26

April 21st, 2018
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Saturday May 26, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Singer-songwriter Collette Savard and her band The Savants: Rebecca Campbell, Martin Worthy, Tim Posgate, Megan Worthy, John Zytaruk. With her palette of acoustic folk instruments, Collette whittles out of her imagination beautiful song gems. She brings them to you wrapped in the exciting package of her band of seasoned masters.

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

Dana Sipos: album release, w. Gillian Nicola, Thur May 24

April 19th, 2018
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Thursday May 24, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Dana Sipos, singer-songwriter, with her new album Trick of the Light, plus a guest set by Hamilton singer-songwriter Gillian Nicola.
Described as a “consummate singer and songwriter with a wholly unique sound,” by No Depression, Dana Sipos‘ hypnotic, tenderly skewed songs are filled with a wild wind. A haunting new album, Trick of the Light, recorded with experimental producer Sandro Perri, will be released on Toronto’s Roaring Girl Records in May 2018. www.danasipos.com/
The first thing that strikes listeners about Hamilton’s Gillian Nicola is the strength of her vocals. This rising singer/songwriter ranges from acoustic folk singer-songwriter to textured and electric Americana. “Nicola delivers warm, familiar, folksy Canadiana — but her powerhouse vocals make for a listening experience that’s entirely refreshing.” (Exclaim!, 2016)   www.gilliannicola.com/

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

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

Linda McRae, folk-country-roots songs, + Deni Gauthier, Sun May 6 at 7:30

April 9th, 2018
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Sunday May 6, 2018, at 7:30 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
A special Sunday evening of songs and stories with folk/roots old-time musician Linda McRae, who plays guitar, clawhammer banjo and accordion. Plus a guest set by singer-songwriter Deni Gauthier.
Linda McRae is a Canadian-US based songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and 2016 BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Pioneer Inductee. Her unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, make her a captivating and sought-after artist. Linda has performed in venues as diverse as Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre with the VSO and New Folsom Prison, where she facilitates writing workshops for the inmates. No Depression Magazine, John Apice, “Linda carries on a priceless tradition of folklore through her music even though her songs are originals. She is firmly footed in the mud and moss of country-folk-blues.” Linda McRae website

Joining Linda is Ontario’s own favourite Deni Gauthier. “This prolific storyteller demonstrates his mastering of song creation by entwining heartfelt, emotional lyrics blanketed with appealing soundscapes. His textured approach to music precipitates unabridged songs that leave the listener feeling satisfied. It doesn’t hurt that his voice is a beautiful fusion of a softer version of John Legend and the soulfulness of Dallas Green.” Canadian Beats. Deni Gauthier website

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

60s Folk Revival Sing-along, Thurs May 3

April 3rd, 2018
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Thursday May 3, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone (the Spring 2018 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, Music-folk

Singer-songwriter James Gordon, solo show, Sat April 21

March 20th, 2018
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Saturday April 21, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Iconic Canadian songwriter James Gordon got his start in show business in the clubs, festivals and recording studios of Hamilton. He returns to his roots with songs about Canada’s roots in a solo concert at the Artword Artbar. Gordon’s last appearance at Artword Artbar was with the jazzy “Romancing The Song” trio, (he’s the trumpet player and singer in that band). Audiences will see a different side of his eclectic musical tastes on April 21st. A multi-instrumentalist, we’ll hear him on guitar, piano, banjo, harmonica and penny whistle at this intimate performance. His latest album Sunny Jim on Borealis Records made it to #2 on the national airplay charts in the roots/folk category, and he’ll be previewing some material from his NEXT album at this concert . Find out more at www.jamesgordon.ca

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

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

Fiddle trio Fru Skagerrak, on tour from Scandinavia, Thur Apr 19

March 18th, 2018
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Thursday April 19, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
A special treat at Artword Artbar. Fru Skagerrak (Lady Skagerrak) fiddle trio: Maja Kjær Jacobsen from Denmark (Maja&David), Elise Wessel Hildrum from Norway and Anna Lindblad from Sweden (Lyy, The Duhks). The music of Fru Skagerrak takes you on a journey through Scandinavia; from lowlands to mountains, from slow airs to lively polkas, in major and in minor, and everything in between.  www.fruskagerrak.com

“Fru Skagerrak is a new pan-Scandinavian folk music trio, excellent young musicians and composers with their hearts in the right place and full speed ahead. Listening to Fru Skagerrak simply makes you happy!” – Morten Alfred Høirup, Guitarist and Radio Host
“Their combined sound is one of effortless beauty, grooving dance energy, and elegant arrangements. Not to be missed!” – Natalie Haas, Cellist
“Smokin’ fiddle playing” – Flensborg Avis, (Germany)

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

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

Edgar Breau, CD Release Concert, Fri Mar 2, 2018

January 26th, 2018
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Friday March 2, 2018, 8 pm, $10.  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Singer-songwriter Edgar Breau celebrates his new CD on Flying Inn Recordings with a release concert at Artword Artbar. Band members include two Simply Saucer veterans: Mike Trebilcock on guitar, Kevin Christoff on bass. Also featured is jazz singer Colina Phillips with original vocal harmonies and percussion.
From his Facebook write-up: “Edgar Breau may be best known as the founder of Hamilton, Ontario’s cult ‘70s psych/proto-punk band Simply Saucer, but he has forged a parallel path as a solo musician. … Breau’s self-titled tour-de-force was painstakingly completed over three years by producers Adam Bentley and Jordan Mitchell (The Dirty Nil, Single Mothers, Greys). … [The album] includes contributions from Blue Rodeo drummer Glenn Milchem, Hawks guitarist Mike Eastman, plus Simply Saucer members Kevin Christoff, Colina Phillips, Ed Roth, and Mike Trebilcock (The Killjoys). Finally, Gaven Dianda (The Flashing Lights) added the ethno-musicological flourishes of Afghan rabab, sitar, and other medieval instruments on “A Penny Fare To Babylon.” Read more…

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

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.  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
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 (SOLD OUT)
9:30 pm $25 Adv, (Call 905-543-8512 or 905-912-9083)
$30 Door for 9:30 show only
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, Michael J. Birthelmer, and Linda McRae (from Nashville, new addition to the line-up). 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

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