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Latin American Peña, music and poetry, Sat March 16

February 4th, 2019
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Saturday March 16, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. 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 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

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
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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
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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

Jurij Fedynskyj, bandura player, w. Juliana Lachance, Thurs Nov 8

October 2nd, 2018
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Thursday November 8, 2018 at 8 pm, $10. Call 905-543-8512 or
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Musician Jurij Fedynskyj presents The Lost Instruments of a Forgotten Ukraine, the original torban, kobza, and bandura, on his North America tour. This show at Artword Artbar is organized by Juliana Lachance, one of his bandura students, and a Hamilton musician.
For the past fifteen years, Jurij Fedynskyj has worked to resurrect these original and unique, Ukrainian instruments, by researching their construction from a handful of surviving instruments in Ukrainian museums, and mastering the techniques required to make and play new instruments. He is one of several makers who create exclusive and professional examples of these instruments presently, and the only player who regularly performs traditional repertoire on all three. He teaches making and playing in a small Ukrainian village in the Poltava region.  http://www.kobzarskiytabir.bravesites.com/

Event, Music, Music-World

Latin American electro-acoustic music: Nano Valverde, Edgardo Moreno and Juan D. Toledo, Fri Sept 28

August 14th, 2018
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Friday September 28, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. A Latin American Peña hosted by Constanza Duran and Marcelo Puente. The September edition features minimalist electro-acoustic improvisational soundscapes with an Andean vibe performed by Edgardo Moreno (of Firefly Project), Nano Valverde, (of Sikuris Andean band), and Juan D. Toledo (of Santerías),
(The group originally scheduled to perform on this date, Las Brujas del Barrio, has unfortunately had to cancel.)

Event, Music-Latin, Music-World

Acoustic Moments, reggae show, Riddim Riders, Sat Sept 22

August 12th, 2018
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Saturday September 22, 2018, at 8 pm, $20 door. Advance tickets $15   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 lead guitar Keon Crosswell.

Event, Music, Music-World

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Sat July 14

June 28th, 2018
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Saturday July 14, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
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 for July 14 are: Waleed Abdulhamid bass,vocals, percussion; Joseph Leo Callender soprano and tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Ilios Steryannis, drum kit, and Gustavo “Repique” Rosa, percussion and hand drums.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

FRÄNDER, Swedish-Estonian folk group, Wed July 11

June 5th, 2018
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Wednesday July 11, 2018, at 8 pm. $15/$10. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online Swedish-Estonian group FRÄNDER blends traditional music from their respective countries and uses it as a springboard for creating a captivating experience. Natasja Dluzewska vocals, fiddle; Säde Tatar flute, vocals; Gabbi Dluzewski string instruments, vocals; Daniel Dluzewski bass, vocals. The four family members create harmonies and inventive arrangements produce a musical landscape focusing on stories filled with warmth, charm and love of adventure. [Note: Mirva Tarvainen, musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer from Finland, is on tour with the band, stepping in for Natasja.]
www.frander.se 

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Kongero, a capella quartet from Sweden, Sat July 7

June 5th, 2018
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Saturday July 7, 2018, at 8 pm $15/$10. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online Kongero is a Swedish vocal group of the four female folk music singers Lotta Andersson, Emma Björling, Anna Larsson and Anna Wikénius.

The highly acclaimed folk vocal group Kongero draws traditional Swedish music out of the past and into the present. A concert with Kongero will take the listener on a fabulous journey, an all-embracing Scandinavian folk music experience. Blue notes, amazing vocal polyphony, groovy, powerful, and intimate. The band was formed in 2005 and besides doing concerts they also conduct well-received workshops in traditional Swedish vocal music and vocal harmonies.
www.kongero.se/index.php/en/

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

So Long Seven (guitar, violin, tabla, banjo) + Adrean Farrugia, Fri June 22

June 3rd, 2018
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Friday June 22, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
So Long Seven, a delightful quartet — Neil Hendry (guitar, mandolin), William Lamoureux (violin), Ravi Naimpally (tabla) and Tim Posgate (banjo) — returns to Artword Artbar. So Long Seven brings their new CD/Vinyl Kala Kalo back to the town where they recorded it. Plus special guest Adrean Farrugia (another Artbar favourite) will play a set of solo piano.
So Long Seven performs richly textured acoustic music that brings their diverse influences into a distinctly Canadian voice. Influenced by bands such as Punch Brothers, Shakti, Oregon and many others the band is breaking new ground. Together they are creating a seamless tapestry of sound through their original music, blending composition and improvisation.  www.solongseven.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Allan Merovitz w. Lightstone/Katz/Koller Klezmer Trio, Thurs June 21

June 2nd, 2018
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Thursday June 21, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
A stellar concert of Klezmer music with our good friend singer Allan Merovitz and an all-star Klezmer Trio: Brian Katz (guitar, piano), Jonno Lightstone (clarinet, flute), George Koller (bass). Allan is widely known as a singer with Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band and some of the world’s top Yiddish and Klezmer ensembles including the Ot Azoj Klezmer Band of Amsterdam and the Montreal based Merovitz Project. Artword Theatre has directed and produced numerous remounts of his celebrated play If Cows Could Fly.
The Lightstone/Katz/Koller Klezmer Trio: Brian Katz (guitar, piano), famed jazz and Jewish music artist, Jonno Lightstone, acclaimed klezmer clarinettist / flutist and the great “all over the map” bassist, George Koller—all who have worked with Allan in various settings over many years—combine their talents to explore their fresh take on klezmer. Bringing together a multitude of musical styles and experience, the trio creates a variety of diverse moods by weaving the melodies of klezmer with the sounds and textures of jazz, Indian raga, Yiddish song, chamber music, and down home rock’n blues! Dancing shoes and a whacky hat required!  www.allanmerovitz.com,   www.briankatz.com,   www.klezconnection.com,   www.georgekoller.com

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Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

World Refugee Day Celebration, Wed June 20

June 1st, 2018
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Wednesday June 20, 2018, at 8 pm (by donation). An evening of Syrian and Latin American music, hosted by the Emergency Support Committee for Refugees. Special guest is Syrian oud player Moutaz. Also performing are singer Lil America from El Salvador via Cuba, and local band Babbage Industries. More details coming.
Event on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/129236804593724/

Event, Music, Music-World, Special event

Latin American peña, an evening of poetry & music, Fri June 8

May 17th, 2018
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Friday June 8, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Latin American peña (evening of poetry and music),  with musicians guitarist-singer Marcelo Puente, singer Lil America, musician/laptops Edgardo Moreno, singer Nancy Reyes, musician Jose Lobos, and singer-songwriter Fito Molena. Poetry by Ama Luna and Constanza Durán.

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

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-singer/songwriter, Music-World

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

World Music: William Mukuna Trio, Fri May 11

April 13th, 2018
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Friday May 11, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Join us for an evening of World music with the William Mukuna Trio. The trio performs original compositions fusing elements of Afro-beat, Latin rhythms, Hip-hop and Jazz improvisation. Will Mukuna guitar, Brad Cheeseman bass, Marito Marques drums.
Deeply influenced by the West African griots and Brazilian composers, the band takes you through a musical journey that brings music from the World together.  www.williammukuna.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Latin Music and Poetry peña with Marcelo Puente, Thurs April 26

March 23rd, 2018
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Thursday April 26, 2018, at 8 pm. $10. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. Join us for a Latin American Peña Trova y Poesia, 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-Latin, Music-singer/songwriter, Music-World

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

Grito de Mujer (Woman Scream), poetry & music, Fri Mar 16

February 22nd, 2018
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Friday, March 16, 2018, 8 to 11pm,  (viernes, 16 de marzo 2018,  20:00 a 23:00), at Artword Artbar, an evening of poetry and music, for the Grito de Mujer International Festival. Hamilton Coordinator is Ama Luna, with collaborators from Friends of the Poet Tree. The theme for 2018 is Faros de esperanza / Beacons of hope.
The Grito de Mujer or Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival is a non-profit series of events by volunteers worldwide, poets, artists, painters, actors and literary groups, celebrated throughout the month of March each year. The purpose is to honor women and their role in society though poetry and arts, while delivering a message of non-violence towards women, as well as a sense of community and cultural sharing.
Grito de Mujer se realiza de manera altruista con el apoyo de nuestros colaboradores voluntarios, amigos y seguidores del movimiento y cuenta con la participación de poetas, artistas, pintores, actores e instituciones, y grupos literarios que se suman a la causa. Nuestra iniciativa forma parte de la misión social del movimiento en favor de la mujer y el interés de propagar el mensaje de la no violencia.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music-Latin, Music-World, Special event

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Fri Feb 23

January 6th, 2018
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Friday February 23, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. BUY_tix_buttonBook online
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.  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

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