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Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Fri Feb 23

January 6th, 2018
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Friday February 23, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble returns 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-World

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

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Sat Nov 25

October 29th, 2017
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Saturday November 25, 2017 at 8 pm, $15. The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble returns! 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-Jazz, Music-World

Timna & Dario Duo (Brazil/Argentina), Wed Nov 22

October 25th, 2017
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Wednesday November 22, 2017, 8 pm, $10. Timna & Dario Duo (Timna Comedi and Darío Acosta Teich). Opening set by Euphonic.
A beautiful Brazilian voice and  Argentinian guitar come together in exquisite arrangements that combine tropical rhythms with jazzy harmonies and a touch of contemporary music. After launching their album Tabula Rasa in 2015, Timna & Dario presented it in Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, Belgium, England, Netherlands, Israel and Palestine. Currently they are finishing their second CD called Tipo um Album, featuring songs by Chico Buarque. https://www.facebook.com/timnaydario/
“Her voice shines expressive, like fresh spring water. His guitar is clever, eloquent. A music and talent hug” (“La Gaceta” Newspaper)
Euphonic is an eclectic trio of instrumentalists: Bob Wegner on guitar, Vince Waters on drums and Geoff Ball on cello perform original songs influenced by classical, spanish, folk, ragtime and jazz.

Event, Music-Latin, Music-World

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

Bossa Duo Angela Turone & Chris Platt, Fri Nov 17

October 23rd, 2017
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Friday November 17, 2017, $10. The Bossa Duo, vocalist Angela Turone and jazz guitarist Chris Platt, perform original arrangements and interpretations of bossa nova and samba favourites, written by some of Brazil’s most venerated composers and lyricists. With Pat Collins on bass. http://chrisplattmusic.ca/          http://www.angelaturone.com/
Angela Turone, a graduate of the University of Toronto’s jazz performance Read more…

Event, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Máire Ní Chathasaigh Irish harp +Chris Newman guitar, Thurs Oct 19

September 17th, 2017
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Thursday October 19, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online.
Irish harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh and virtuoso acoustic guitarist Chris Newman are visiting Artword Artbar after they make a headlining appearance at the Northern Lights Harp Festival in Cornwall, Ontario on their North American tour. The duo is a celebrated partnership of “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS) with “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY). Their music is a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, spiced with striking new compositions – and what The West Australian calls “Chris’s delightfully subversive wit.” http://www.maireandchris.com
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Event, Music, Music-World

Latin American Peña w. Rosy Cervantes, Fri Oct 13

September 12th, 2017
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Friday October 13, 2017, at 8 pm. $10. A Latin American Peña, an evening of music and poetry. Returning as the featured performer is Rosy Cervantes, lead singer of the band La Sana Rabia. Born in Cuernavaca, Rosy has an extensive career in Mexico where she founded La Sana Rabia in 2002, performing in blues festivals, tv shows and major venues all over the country. Her CD Lo blanco y lo negro (The dark and the light) shows her talents as a blues singer and songwriter. Accompanying Rosy is Richard Fouchaux, guitar, and Edgar Alejandro López Aguilar, violin.

Event, Music-Latin, Music-World

Mû Mbana, musician from Guinea-Bissau, Thurs Aug 3

July 24th, 2017
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Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 advance/ $20 door. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Matapa World Music Series presents Mû Mbana, a multifaceted artist, singer, poet and composer, playing the simbi and other instruments.
BREAKING NEWS from Matapa!! Waleed Abdulhamid, multi-instrumentalist from Sudan, is joining Mû Mbana at this concert, along with guest appearances by Celtic harpist Ruth Sutherland, singer-songwriter Dan Medakovic.
Mû Mbana is appearing at Mariposa Festival and Mill Race Festival this summer in Ontario. Born on the island of Bolama, Guinea-Bissau, Mû Mbana grew up influenced by the music of his immediate surroundings, especially the voices and music of the Brame (Mancanha) and Bidjugu peoples. He has published ten albums and has played on many stages in Europe, Africa and America. Currently, he travels between Bissáu and Barcelona, alternating his solo work with projects collaborating with musicians such as Selva de Mar, La Locomotora Negra, the great Manu Dibango, Simão Felix, Rosa Zaragoza, Lula Pena, Jurandir Santana and Fabiana Cozza.

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Event, Music-World

Blue Moon Marquee, gypsy blues jazz, Sat July 15

June 9th, 2017
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Saturday July 15, 2017, at 8 pm, $15/$10. Gypsy-blues jazz duo Blue Moon Marquee (A.W. Cardinal guitar, vocals and Jasmine Colette upright bass, percussion, vocals) are swinging by Artword Artbar! This authentic duo writes and performs original compositions influenced by early blues, folk roots, swing, and ragtime. This year they are playing at seven Jazz festivals across Canada (Vancouver, Victoria, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Kaslo). They have also been nominated for Indigenous Group of the year for the 2017 Western Canadian Music awards. Stemming from the Badlands of the Rocky Mountain prairies, Blue Moon Marquee is a self-styled gypsy blues band. A.W. Cardinal, a Metis of Cree heritage, howls with a distinctive thick and smoky vocal while playing a jazz tinged blues guitar. Jasmine Colette, aka Badlands Jazz, is the rhythm section who not only commands the upright bass but also keeps the swing with both feet while singing harmonies. Blue Moon Marquee‘s passionate performances and smouldering onstage chemistry are their trademark.  www.bluemoonmarquee.com      https://bluemoonmarquee.bandcamp.com/

 “The spirits of Memphis Minnie, Louis Armstrong, Read more…

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

Back to the 1780s! The WÖR band from Belgium, Mon July 10 at 7:30

June 8th, 2017
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Monday July 10, 2017, at 7:30 pm, $15. SPECIAL SHOW! Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online

Matapa World Festival Series presents the WÖR band from Belgium, on a festival tour in Ontario.  The musicians: Fabio Di Meo, baritone & soprano saxophone; Bert Ruymbeek accordion; Jeroen Goegebuer violin; Pieterjan Van Kerckhoven bagpipes, musette, soprano saxophone; Jonas Scheys guitar. Back to the 1780’s! If it sounded good back then, why not today?
“Wör’s album is brilliant. It’s very exciting to hear a young band reinterpreting old manuscripts in a refreshing and new way” Sam Sweeney – BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician Of The Year 2015
With their finely textured arrangements WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century tunes from the Flanders region of Belgium. Their music shines an inventive spotlight, with a modern twist, on tunes from the manuscripts of De Gruijtters (Antwerp, 1746), Van Belle (Van Belle, 1743), De Prins (Leuven, 1781) and many more.    
“They’re all astonishing musicians, coaxing fantastic sounds out of their chosen instruments. But more than this, they craft intricate and fresh arrangements for each piece.” Stephen D. Winnick – Huffington Post

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-World, Special event

Latin American Peña, w. Rosy Cervantes, music & poetry, Fri July 7

June 7th, 2017
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Friday July 7, 2017, at 8 pm. $10. A Latin American Peña, an evening of music and poetry. Featured performer is Rosy Cervantes, lead singer of the band La Sana Rabia. Born in Cuernavaca, Rosy has an extensive career in Mexico where she founded La Sana Rabia in 2002, performing in blues festivals, tv shows and major venues all over the country. Her CD Lo blanco y lo negro (The dark and the light) shows her talents as a blues singer and songwriter. Accompanying Rosy is Richard Fouchaux, guitar, and Edgar Alejandro López Aguilar, violin

Event, Music-World

Bolivian charango player Willy Rios, Thurs June 8

May 15th, 2017
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Thursday June 8, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Special event! Willy Rios, master charango player from Bolivia, is visiting Artword Artbar. He will be performing with Hugo Larenas (flamenco and classical guitarist) and Daniel Emden (percussionist). The charango is the Andean traditional stringed instrument in the lute family.  www.willyrios.com
A musician for 35 years, Willy Rios began his musical career at the Masis cultural centre in Sucre, Bolivia, with the charango as his main instrument. In 1988, he travelled with the group Los Masis in South America, Europe and finally Canada, which became his adopted country. While in Montreal in 1993 he joined various musical projects and later performed internationally, in Japan, Australia and other countries. In 2008, he was invited to join the TV project The Symphony of the New World  (Ici ARTV). The same year, Cirque du soleil invited him to participate in recording the CD Totem. His last album, Para Ti, earned Willy the World Solo Artist of the Year Award at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Willy has recorded over 15 CDs with artists in Canada and Japan.

Event, Music, Music-World

Celtic duo Mairi Rankin & Ailie Robertson, Tues May 30, 7:30

May 2nd, 2017
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Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm, $15 door/ $10 adv.
To reserve in advance call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
A special concert by Celtic duo Mairi Rankin and Ailie Robertson, on tour in Canada. They are part of the Celtic band Outside Track, who played at Artword Artbar last year. Now they are doing a little tour as a duo (after a full tour with the whole band).
Mairi Rankin, from Cape Breton, one of the legendary Rankin Family, plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm.
Ailie Robertson, from Edinburgh, is one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians and clarsach (celtic harp) virtuoso.

Event, Music, Music-World

Matapa World Music Series: fado singer Tony Gouveia Fri May 19

April 17th, 2017
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Friday May 19, 2017, at 8 pm. Tickets: Advanced $20 (call 905-543-8512); Seniors & Students $18; Matapa Members $18; Door $25.
Matapa World Music Series presents Tony Gouveia, an impressive voice of a new generation of fadistas (fado singers) in North America. Fado is the urban folk music of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. Tony Gouveia was born in Lisbon, and came to Canada at the age of 13. He never forgot his roots nor the fados that his father used to sing at family gatherings. His debut fado album, O Nosso Fado, a compilation of fado standards reveals his deep passion and authentic vocal expression. Critically acclaimed by the Portuguese-Canadian media, it won over many new fans to fado. Even if you don’t understand the lyrics, it is difficult not to be moved by Tony’s performance which embodies the essence of the Portuguese soul. His new album, Fado Ardente, recorded in Portugal, offers a blend of new original material along with some fado standards.
https://www.matapa.org/world-music-series

Event, Music-World, Special event

Matapa: Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Fri May 5

April 7th, 2017
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Friday May 5, 2017 at 8 pm. Tickets Advanced $20 (call Artword 905-543-8512); Seniors & Students $15; Matapa Members $15; Door $25.
Matapa World Music Series presents Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble combining 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; Brian Dhari tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Aaron Ferrera drums, percussion; Cory Sitek alto and soprano saxophone, flute.   https://www.matapa.org/world-music-series

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer and film maker, Waleed Abdulhamid was born in Sudan.  Read more…

Event, Music-World, Special event

The Acoustics, accordion-based music, Thurs May 4

April 6th, 2017
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Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. The Acoustics, a lively band from the Hamilton area, play their own original folk-rock, world-roots music. Alfonso Spoto on accordion, Bonnie Bell on violin, and Vince Spoto on guitar/vocals. For the past 14 years, they have been cultivating their own unique music for local fans and venues. During this period they have released three studio CDs, their debut CD A Thousand Yesterdays  (Dec. 2003), Forever and a Day (Dec. 2007), and Erie Long (Jan. 2013).

Event, Music, Music-World

Acoustic Moments: Reggae dinner and show, Sat Apr 15

March 10th, 2017
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Saturday April 15, 2017. Acoustic Moments Easter weekend special dinner & show. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
**Dinner + show, doors 7:00, dinner 7:30 pm, $20 (SOLD OUT).
**Show only, at 8:30 pm, some tickets at door only.
Mr. Jay hosts another fabulous Acoustic Moments show & dinner, with world-class reggae music by The Riddim Riders Unplugged. Core members Franklin Joseph and Mike Rajczak are joined by vocalist Lauren Mikayla and lead guitar Keon Crosswell.
Chef Learie Mc Nicolls will be cooking up some jerk chicken with rice and steam vegetables, Trinidad style, or a vegetarian stir fry option.

Event, Music, Music-World, Special event

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