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Skye Consort & Emma Björling, Sat Nov 2, 3 pm & 8 pm

September 11th, 2019
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Saturday November 2, 2019, TWO SHOWS: 3 pm & 8 pm. $20 reg, $10 students. To reserve tickets (and seating),  Book online BUY_tix_button

or call 905-543-8512, or email artword@artword.net

Skye Consort & Emma Björling perform trans-Atlantic arrangements of traditional Nordic/Celtic/Québecois music as well as original compositions. Voices, fiddle, nyckelharpa, cello, bouzouki, banjo, and percussion. whirling polskas, groovy reels, passionate love songs, breathtaking hymns, and more. www.skyeconsort.org/
Amanda Keesmaat (cello & vocals) is a member of La Nef, a vibrant presence in the Montréal early music community, and has recorded and performed with many prominent singers and renowned ensembles.
Emma Björling (lead voice, shruti box, perc.) is an award-winning Swedish singer, composer, arranger, active in the renowned Scandinavian bands Kongero and Lyy. Both bands have toured the world, and are busy in the European Folk/Trad scene. Emma teaches and conducts workshops all over the world.
Seán Dagher (cittern/bouzouki, banjo & vocals) is the artistic director of La Nef and an active performer, arranger, and composer of music from various folk and classical music traditions. He participated in the Adisq-winning CD, La Traverse Miraculeuse with La Nef and Les Charbonniers de l’enfer.
Alex Kehler (fiddle, nyckelharpa & vocals) is a member of La Nef, Soulwood, a Kehler Williams duo, Les Siffleurs de nuits, and also busy playing with Suzie LeBlanc, Jeremiah McLane, Timmothy Cummings.

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Acoustic Moments, w. The Riddim Riders Unplugged, Thurs Oct 31

September 6th, 2019
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Thursday October 31, at 8 pm. Admission $15 if you wear red, gold and/or green. General admission will be $25.
Mr. Jay hosts another fabulous Acoustic Moments show, featuring world-class reggae music by The Riddim Riders Unplugged.
Band members Franklin Joseph (guitar), Mike Rajczak (lead vocals, drums), Lauren Mikayla (background vocals) and Carl De Souza (bass). The Riders break away from their usual reggae-rockers vibe with this configuration, presenting an acoustic-soul vibe featuring acoustic and classical guitars, djembe, conga and hand percussion and a big focus on rich vocal harmonies. This event will be hosted by Mr. Jay from the Artword Theatre Ensemble (James Street, Scroogissimo) and host of the I.R.S. radio show (International Reggae & Soca) on CFMU 93.3 FM.
Artword Artbar has been the venue for this event for the past four years. Come and take in some sweet reggae vibes one more time before they close their doors for good in December 2019.

Event, Music, Music-Soul/R&B, Music-World

Latin Peña: music and poetry with Marcelo Puente, Sat Oct 19

August 30th, 2019
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Saturday October 19, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Join us for a Latin American Peña (coffee house), an evening of poetry and music, featuring Marcelo Puente and friends.
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.” [Wally Brooker’s Music Notes Newsletter]

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-singer/songwriter, Music-World

Ewan Macintyre Trio, Scotland-Quebec, Wed Sept 25

August 10th, 2019
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Wednesday September 25, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve tickets and seating, call 905-543-8512 or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Scottish musician Ewan Macintyre is on tour with his band: Ewan Macintyre: vocals, guitar, mandolin; Karine Bouchard: violoncelle/ cello (from Montreal); Peter Menzies (pronounced mingus): fiddle (from Moray Scotland). They are touring this summer and autumn across the UK, Europe and Canada.
“Cowboy campfire meets Celtic grooves.” Ewan weaves his own blend of folk pop traditions, featuring beautiful string arrangements, ripping solos, soaring harmonies and heartfelt lyrical content.  http://www.ewan-macintyre.org/

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Clic-Clac: Flamenco dance and song, Sat Sept 21

August 7th, 2019
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Saturday September 21, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve tickets and seating, call 905-543-8512
or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Flamenco ensemble, Clic-Clac: Angela Deiseach (dance), Shirley ‘la Pili’ Pincay (vocals), Amilia Cervantes (violin), and Juan D Toledo (guitar). Rooted in traditional flamenco music and dance, Clic-Clac also incorporates influences from other genres and styles. Their performance celebrates expression and storytelling through song and dance, drawing on their collective knowledge and experience of the multifaceted flamenco genre. Formed earlier this year and based in Toronto, Clic-Clac made their debut as part of the Tablao Flamenco Toronto showcase at Supermarket. The group has since been featured in the Dance Matters Into the Fire Series at Toronto’s Pia Bouman School.

Dance, Event, Music, Music-World

Cantrip (Scottish music trio), Thurs Sept 19

August 5th, 2019
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Thursday September 19, 2019, at 8 pm. $15 advance/$20 door.
To reserve tickets and seating, call 905-543-8512
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Cantrip, a high energy Celtic trio, is releasing a new live album in celebration of their 20 year history. Come enjoy an evening of good humour, companionship and music from the Celtic isles and beyond. Jon Bews (fiddle, vocals), Eric McDonald (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Dan Houghton (pipes, flute, whistles, guitar, bouzouki, vocals). www.cantrip-music.com/index.html
“Cantrip” is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief. It aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements, likewise the compelling potency of their musicianship. Cantrip sprung from a local session in Edinburgh nearly twenty years ago. With their first album “Silver” (2001) in hand, Cantrip made its way across the water to the United States.  www.ericmcdonaldmusic.com

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Marcelo Puente, fundraiser for his trip to Chile , Sat Aug 24

July 5th, 2019
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August Special Concert #4. We will be open for only these special events:

Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 8 pm. Admission by donation. Marcelo Puente, singer-songwriter, gives a fundraiser concert for his trip: “I was invited to Chile to play in October at the Museo de la Memoria. It is for me a great honour to be part of that, the memory of the atrocity of the dictatorship.” Marcelo is among the many Chileans forced into exile by the brutal Pinochet dictatorship after the military coup in 1973 against President Allende.

Event, Music, Music-World

Latin-american folk music/ Canto popular latinoamericano, Sat July 6

May 20th, 2019
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Saturday July 6, 2019 at 8 pm, $15. Another of our Peña evenings, this time performed by Los Quatro: Marcelo Puente, Pepe Sanhueza, Nano Valverde, Miguel Vásquez. An evening of Latin-american folk music / Canto popular latinoamericano.

Event, Music, Music-Latin, Music-World

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Sat June 22

May 15th, 2019
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Saturday June 22, 2019 at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or Book online   BUY_tix_button

The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble is back for their summer show at Artword. This ensemble combines the ancient rhythms of Africa with the jazz harmonies of modern times. Waleed Abdulhamid (Composer/Band Leader) explains:  “We play melody on top of traditional jazzy chord progressions with a twist of African ancient rhythms. There is a place for African instruments such as gombri, lakoumbe, marimba in the music.”
Band members are: Waleed Abdulhamid bass, vocals, percussion; Joseph Callender soprano and tenor saxophone; tba keyboard, piano, accordion; Ilios Steryannis, drum kit.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

The Acoustics, world music and more, Fri June 21

May 14th, 2019
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Friday June 21, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Back at Artword, The Acoustics: Bonnie Bell on violin, Vince Spoto on guitar and vocals, and Alfonso Spoto on accordion, playing their own lively and original folk/rock, world/roots compositions with distinctive musical arrangements.
For the past 16 years, they have been cultivating their unique music for local fans and venues. During this period they have released three studio CD’s, their debut CD (Dec. 2003) A Thousand Yesterdays, their second CD, Forever and a Day (Dec. 2007), and their third CD, Erie Long (Jan. 2013).

Event, Music, Music-roots, Music-World

World Refugee Day Celebration, Thurs June 20

May 13th, 2019
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Thursday June 20, 2019, at 8:00 pm, $20 or pwyc. World Refugee Day Concert hosted by the Emergency Support Committee for Refugees, in support of family reunification for refugees.
Arabic songs by Moutaz Al-Shalabi on oud and Marah Assaf on vocals.
Music of Latin America by Lil America and Marcelo Puente.
Eclectic roots rock by Babbage Industries.

Donations over $20 are eligible for an income tax receipt!

From the United Nations website: “In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees. On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.”

 

Event, Music-World, Special event

Special #2: Jazzkia+with Saskia Laroo, Wed May 29, 7:30pm

April 27th, 2019
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Wednesday May 29, at 7:30, $15. Special Concert #2. Call 905-543-8512 or
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Jazzkia+, Saskia Laroo‘s innovative world music jazz project, comes to Hamilton, ON for a special performance! Saskia Laroo trumpet and vocals, Warren Byrd keyboards and lead vocals, Alvin Carter, Jr., drums and vocals, Jocelyn Pleasant, percussion and vocals, David Chevan bass and vocals.
Saskia Laroo’s Jazzkia+ goes Afro-Semitic featuring David Chevan and Warren Byrd (Kind of Cool meets Klezmer Soul). An evening of bebop, Latin, klezmer, funk, gospel and soul!

Jazzkia+ is Amsterdam-born trumpeter Saskia Laroo‘s Jazz Quartet plus guests. She got her nickname of “Lady Miles Davis” when the American press compared her improvisation style to this giant, one of her Jazz trumpet heroes. She met her pianist/vocalist, and husband Warren Byrd from Hartford, Connecticut in 2001 and was introduced by him to Jewish bassist David Chevan from New Haven, Connecticut.  Chevan and Byrd are the co-founders of the Afro-Semitic Experience. Saskia is honored to be part of this eclectic group and is proud to return the favor by inviting the bandmembers into her Jazzkia+.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Special #1: Two-Shekel Swing, klezmer/swing band, Tues May 28, 7:30pm

April 26th, 2019
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Tuesday May 28, 2019, at 7:30 pm. $15. Special concert #1.
Call 905-543-8512 or
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Two-Shekel Swing, coming to the GTA for Jewish Music Week in Toronto, and then on to Hamilton! The musicians are Yoni Battat violin/vocals, Travis Pullman guitar, David Chevan bass, Jesse Chevan drums. Two-Shekel Swing blurs the lines between Klezmer, the folk music of Eastern European Jews, and Gypsy Jazz, the Parisian swing music of the 1930s.

The Boston-based ensemble is led by fiddler and vocalist, Yoni Avi Battat, who has performed this music for wide-ranging audiences in Lisbon, Tel-Aviv, New York and more. His fresh arrangements draw on his academic studies in Yiddish language along with his love for improvisation and experimentation. Yoni is joined by bassist David Chevan of the Afro-Semitic Experience, guitarist Travis Pullman of the Somerville Symphony Orkestar, and drummer Jesse Chevan who plays brass band, afrobeat, jazz, hip hop, and klezmer music in New York City.

Their unique blend of Yiddish Swing and old-world nostalgia will have you clapping, stomping and singing along to these historic melodies, reimagined with nuance, spirit and flair. The group performs in Jewish and secular venues, from synagogues to jazz clubs, and is working towards the release of their debut album.

Event, Music, Music-roots, Music-World

Surefire Sweat: jazz, funk, world rhythms, Sat April 13

March 8th, 2019
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Saturday April 13, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Surefire Sweat‘s debut appearance at Artword Artbar features the group’s inventive blend of jazz, funk and worldly rhythms. Players are: Dave Chan percussion, vocals; Larry Graves drums, vocals; Elena Kapeleris tenor sax, vocals; Paul MacDougall guitar, vocals; Liam Smith bass, vocals.
The music, composed by Juno-nominated drummer Larry Graves, is original, drawing on an amalgam of funk, jazz, brass-band, blues and Afrobeat. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage listeners through improvisational explorations and danceable arrangements. Some new music will be explored as well as repertoire from the band’s up-coming release (supported by The Canada Council for Arts and The Ontario Arts Council).  surefiresweat.com

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-funk, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Latin American Peña, music and poetry, Sat March 16

February 4th, 2019
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Saturday March 16, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 at the door.
(advance closed).
Another of our regular Latin American Peñas, with music and poetry from South and Central America.

Performers include: musicians Marcelo Puente, Lil America, and Fito Molena, and poets Ama Luna, Jessica Carrasco and Constanza Durán.

Event, Music, Music-World

Kongero, a capella quartet from Sweden, Thurs Feb 28, 2019

January 7th, 2019
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Thursday February 28, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 regular / $10 students/seniors.  Call 905-543-8512 or
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Kongero, the a capella Swedish vocal group returns to Artword Artbar. Singers Lotta Andersson, Emma Björling, Anna Larsson and Anna Wikénius draw traditional Swedish music out of the past and into the present. They take the listener on a fabulous journey, an all-embracing Scandinavian folk music experience. www.kongero.se

“This group is a revelation. The beauty of the four voices is equaled only by the pristine, flawless arrangements. They provide a stunning example of a marriage between the traditional and the innovative. This magical Swedish music very much deserves to be heard far and wide.”  – Jeff Meshel, Music journalist

Artword has assembled a little sampler of Kongero’s beautiful singing.

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Sat Feb 23, 2019

January 6th, 2019
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Saturday February 23, 2019 at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
Book online   BUY_tix_button

The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble returns again for Black History Month! This ensemble combines the ancient rhythms of Africa with the jazz harmonies of modern times. Waleed Abdulhamid (Composer/Band Leader) explains:  “We play melody on top of traditional jazzy chord progressions with a twist of African ancient rhythms. There is a place for African instruments such as gombri, lakoumbe, marimba in the music.”
Band members are: Waleed Abdulhamid bass,vocals, percussion; Joseph Callender soprano and tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Aaron Ferrera drums, percussion; Cory Sitek alto and soprano saxophone, flute.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-roots, Music-World

Acoustic Moments: The Riddim Riders Unplugged, Sat Feb 16, 2019

January 4th, 2019
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Saturday February 16, 2019, at 8 pm.
$15 advance, $20 at the door. Call 905-543-8512 or
Book online   BUY_tix_button
Mr. Jay hosts another fabulous Acoustic Moments show, featuring world-class reggae music by The Riddim Riders Unplugged.
Core members Franklin Joseph and Mike Rajczak are joined by vocalist Lauren Mikayla. and Lorne Hinds on lead guitar, plus guest Russ Wilson on bass. The band breaks away from their usual reggae-rockers vibe with this configuration, presenting an acoustic-soul vibe featuring acoustic and classical guitars, djembe, conga and hand percussion, and a big focus on rich vocal harmonies.

Event, Music, Music-Soul/R&B, Music-World

Sikuris St. Lawrence, music from the Andes, Sat Nov 24

October 14th, 2018
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Saturday November 24, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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From Toronto, the Sikuris St. Lawrence band who play traditional South American music from the Andes: a special concert for their new cd Vidala.
Band members: Ernesto Cardenas (vocals and Andean wind instruments), Rodrigo Chavez (guitar, charango, percussion), Marco Frangini (vocals and sikus), Jose Sanhueza (vocals, guitar and small percussion), Nano Valverde (guitar, Andean wind instruments and bass), Miguel Vasquez (Andean wind instruments and percussion). The sikus is South American pan-flute (Aymara language); a sikuris is a person who plays the sikus.
The story: In 1983 a group of South American musicians living in Toronto gathered every Saturday at the legendary St Lawrence Market to play their music, exchange ideas and practice their instruments. Now, the SIkuris are gathering again to share their music and pay respect to the ancient music of the South American Andes. Instruments include the sikus, spanish guitar, charango, venezuelan cuatro guitar, kena, bombo, bass drum.

Event, Music, Music-World