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Singer-songwriters Thom Coombes and Max Marshall, Sat June 17

May 19th, 2017
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Saturday June 17, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Two folk-based singer-songwriters on tour with new material for spring 2017 are making a stop at Artword Artbar. Thom Coombes from Newfoundland and Max Marshall from Harrow, Ontario, have embarked on an 18-date eastern and central Canadian tour. This concert offers a unique juxtaposition of folk songwriting and road worn personality, as well as a wide display of fingerstyle guitar styles and techniques. “Max Marshall’s clever picking, and playful melodies lifted hearts and got toes tapping.
www.maxmarshall.org          https://thom.bandcamp.com/

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

José Contreras + Paul Linklater, Sat Jun 10

May 16th, 2017
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Saturday June 10, 2017 at 8 pm, $10. José Contreras of By Divine Right and Paul Linklater of the Pinecones bring their respective solo acts to Artword Artbar. These veteran performers thrive on thwarting the sonic convention of the strumming troubadour!
www.paullinklater.com
http://www.bydivineright.ca/

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

CONCERT: Cootes Paradise, Fri June 9

May 16th, 2017
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Friday June 9, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
The powerhouse band of familiar faces returns to Artword Artbar:
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, Music: singer-songwriter

tiny bill cody sees the devil, Fri June 2, 9 pm

May 5th, 2017
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Friday June 2, 2017, at 9 pm, $10. The ever-unpredictably wonderful Tiny Bill Cody is back with a solo show:  “tiny bill cody sees the devil“, in which tiny bill cody recounts his incredible true story of seeing the devil, thinking about it too much, and then writing lots of songs. It’s the three ‘s’s: storytelling, songwriting, satan.

Event, Music: singer-songwriter, Storytelling

Roots troubadour Nudie from PEI, Thurs May 25

April 25th, 2017
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Thursday May 25, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Roots troubadour Nudie returns to Artword, on tour in Ontario, from Charlottetown, PEI. Special guest is Chris Altmann on pedal steel guitar. Nudie’s authentic style of music and songwriting is captured on his 2014 album Remember This. It is the soundtrack of relationships and heartache, delivered with wit and charm, and coated in the sounds of 1960s West Coast country soul. Nudie’s latest offering, Everything’s Different In The Night (2016), is a collection of songs about relationships, and stories from the road, including “Mr. Why’d You Come To Texas”, about not knowing how to two-step, and “Train You Took My Baby”, inspired by a trip across Canada.  http://nudiemusic.com/

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

Singer-Songwriters NLX, Tara Holloway, Sammi Morelli, Wed May 24

April 24th, 2017
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Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 8 pm, $10. To reserve in advance call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Three singer-songwriters team up for a great night of music. NLX from Hamilton, now NY-based. Tara Holloway now back in her hometown Ottawa. Sammi Morelli  from BC.
NLX (http://www.nlxmusic.com) Raised in the icy shadows of Canada’s steel city smoke stacks, NLX hails from the proud tradition of BS-free northern songwriting women. Though her roots may be in Canada, the branches reach out towards New York City; where she wrote and recorded most of her latest offering, Luxury of Failure. Production began in an old church in Hudson, NY with nothing but a focus on microphones, drums, strings and a piano. The result was a record that took root in something really raw and tactile.
Tara Holloway (http://taraholloway.com) Tara Holloway, the power-house folk-noir and pop songwriter with the raspy voice, has a regular job driving trucks for a catering company, after two decades of cross-country touring, dive motels, and couch surfing. Two years ago, she released the plaintive and pained stunner Little Ghosts on Vancouver’s Light Organ Records. She has since parted in favour of going it on her own. Expect her new EP, out this summer, to explore the push-pull between staying put and an inherent, all-consuming wanderlust.
Sammi Morelli (http://www. sammimorellimusic.com) Sammi Morelli is an award-winning Canadian pop singer/songwriter who seamlessly blends multiple genres with her fierce voice, fresh lyrics & sticky hooks. “Sammi Morelli is a voice Canada will one day boast about,” her collaborator and mentor Laurell Barker exclaims, “Her buttery tone, diva agility and tasteful, sensual lyrical interpretations make something of a phenomenon when she opens her mouth to sing.”  Winner of Best Female Vocalist at 2015’s Niagara Music Awards, she’s often likened to powerhouse artists like Alicia Keys, Adele & Pink!

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

Mother’s Day Special, Raine Hamilton & Piper Hayes, Sun May 14 at 2:30

April 15th, 2017
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Sunday May 14, 2017, at 2:30 pm, $10. To reserve in advance call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Singer-songwriter-violinist Raine Hamilton is on tour from Winnipeg. She teams up with Piper Hayes from Hamilton for a special Mother’s Day Sunday afternoon concert.
Raine‘s music is resonant, acoustic folk with an other-worldly edge and a lyric presence that cuts deep. Each song has a story, delivered between songs with humour and grace.  http://www.rainehamilton.com/
Piper Hayes is a critically acclaimed performer, singer- songwriter in the folk-pop mode, now based in Hamilton. In the past few years she has toured all over Canada and the USA, and has headlined three international tours. In 2016 she released her second EP Goodbye Mister Nice Guy, which was in the top 10 of CFMU 93.3 charts. http://pipersings.com/

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

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. Or book online https://www.corinraymond.com/shows
Singer/storyteller Corin Raymond will be joined by Hamilton-based keCorin_Raymond+HoboJunglehjfd-coveryboardist and songbird Treasa Levasseur, along with upright bassist Brian Kobayakawa, for an entertaining evening of new songs and old. Warning: Corin may very well still be celebrating the Juno nomination for his album Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams, as well as sharing some songs as yet unrecorded. “Corin Raymond is a storyteller who by the end of the night you’ll have known your whole life.” – The Globe and Mail.     http://www.corinraymond.com/

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

Songwriters-in-the-round, host Duane Rutter, Sat Apr 22

March 13th, 2017
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Saturday April 22, 2017, at 8 pm, $15.  Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. Duane Rutter (photo right), a guitarist and songwriter from Port Rowan, is hosting a songwriters-in-the-round evening at Artword Artbar:
* Jay Linden. Unabashedly acoustic, unabashedly folk rooted, he writes and sings memorable folk songs and plays dozens of instruments.   www.jaylinden.com
* Caroline Wiles  The Ancaster singer/songwriter has a “rich, awe-inspiring voice with incredible range”.  Her latest album is Lover’s Lane.   www.carolinewiles.com
* Michael J Birthelmer Hamilton-based, Michael has been writing and performing his music since 1976. Currently, most of Michael’s time is spent operating his recording studio.  www.michaelbirthelmer.com
* Noah Zacharin  Poet and songwriter, Noah has been praised as “a wonderful songwriter and performer, and stunning guitarist”.  www.noahsong.com
* Duane Rutter  Duane has been writing, recording and performing his unique mix of folk/Americana/outlaw/country and blues  music throughout North America  www.duanerutter.com

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

Singer-songwriter Keith Kitchen, w. guest Jacob Moon, Thur Apr 20

March 11th, 2017
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Thursday April 20, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Saskatchewan’s Keith Kitchen brings his soothing voice and soulful acoustic guitar to the stage for the first time in Hamilton. His latest CD Orbits has been hailed as ‘absolutely mesmerizing collection of songs.’ www.keithkitchenmusic.com
Joined by special guest singer-songwriter Jacob Moon from Hamilton, this evening promises to be a tour-de-force of well-crafted songs, stories and guitar fireworks.  www.jacobmoon.com

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

Singer-songwriter M.E. Law, and guests, Fri Mar 24

February 14th, 2017
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Friday March 24, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 (or $15 includes CD). To reserve call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Singer-songwriter M.E. Law returns to Artword Artbar. She brings tales of her life to the table: songs behind the stories and stories behind the songs, spiked with a gentle, ribald sense of humour, and at times aching honesty. All are delivered in a unique voice and style all her own.
http://www.original-m-e.com/
Opening set by local singer-songwriters Sarah Farr and Christine Leakey.

“Listen carefully – you may miss a zinger or two!” – Frank Kocher, San Diego Troubadour Music Magazine

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

Cowboy Quartet: Vintage Sounds, w. Tiny Bill Cody, Fri Mar 3, 2017

January 9th, 2017
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Friday March 3, 2017, at 8:30 pm, $15. Tiny Bill Cody, vocals and guitar, and his Cowboy Quartet: Vintage Sounds show, with Mimi Shaw vocals/guitar, Orange McFarland bass, Jeff Griffiths drums. They will play your favourite country weepers, cowboy ballads, and early rock crooners. Not to be missed.

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter, Storytelling

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

Queens of Quirk, Sat Feb 4, 2017

December 20th, 2016
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Saturday February 4, 2017, at 8 pm. Tickets $20, book online: https://www.bruha.com/event/523#tickets
Hanna Bech hosts a new edition of Queens of Quirk, an evening celebrating the (un)conventionally cool. This time the evening involves music, silks, comedy and a radio musical. Tonight’s Queens:
Hanna Bech, songwriter/piano player, is a professor of whimsy, and a diviner of hooks;
Pamela Gardner is a velvet-voiced flying songbird and member of HAG (Hamilton Aerial Group);
Mary Clements is debuting as a songwriter, whose folky piano tunes will remind you of musicals;
Radha Menon, playwright, brings a staged reading of her original radio musical Circles, set in ancient Sicily, about a deserting Roman soldier, an Archimedes groupie and a singing cyclops. Book and script by Radha Menon and music composed by Hanna Bech.

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter, Theatre

Melissa Greener, singer-songwriter from Nashville, Wed Feb 1, 2017

December 15th, 2016
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Wednesday February 1, 2017, at 8 pm, by donation $10/$5 students. Singer-songwriter Melissa Greener special concert! Melissa writes: “I am a Nashville based folk-rock crooner, singer-songwriter. Corin Raymond is a friend of mine who suggested I reach out about booking a show at the Artword Artbar. I’ve looked at your website and love your mission! I will be touring solo, but I’m not your average ‘girl with a guitar’. I play an electric hollowbody through a big dirty amplifier with lots of effects, in a vast sonic-wash that supports lyric-driven contemporary folk songs. I’ve been touring internationally for more than a decade playing clubs, theaters and festivals. I have released four full-length albums of original songs and a 5th is on the way. I’ve won some songwriting awards, and I was also a cast member on the syndicated tv series Troubadour TX. I was also good friends and co-writers with the great Guy Clark in the last years of his life.”  http://melissagreener.com/

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

Scott Merritt, w. Jeff Bird, Sat Oct 15

September 5th, 2016
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Scott Merritt_2_headv_3cadjSaturday October 15, 2016, at 8 pm, $15. (905-912-9083)
Scott Merritt is back on tour with the second pressing of his new record Of, with Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) accompanying on upright bass and other instruments.
Scott_Merritt_coverOf_2295242The record Of received Best of 2015 from both Macleans: (… he uses his ukulele and little else—a pump organ, a clarinet, sparse upright bass courtesy of Cowboy Junkie Jeff Bird—to craft evocative vignettes and melodies … powerful in their hushed intimacy and quietly insistent rhythmic pulse.) And Slate: (It is a small, exquisite record played with glittering precision mostly on a tenor ukulele… The sound is ideal for these elusive, imagistic songs about memory and mortality. If you seek it out, it will take hold of you.)
http://www.scottmerritt.com/   Read more…

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

Corin Raymond’s Moving to Hamilton show, Sat Oct 8

August 27th, 2016
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Corin_Raymond_3961251_cadSaturday October 8, 2016 at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. A concert by songwriter Corin Raymond, accompanied by Treasa Levasseur on accordion, keyboard and back-up vocals and Brian Kobayakawa on bass.
Corin writes: This is my We’re Movin’ to Hamilton! show. Me and my gal will be unloading into our Gibson home the following week.
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: singer-songwriter

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

Danielle Knibbe Trio, plus Hanna Bech & Marie Avery, Fri July 8

June 4th, 2016
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Danielle_Knibbe_Trio_cFriday July 8, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 /pwyc. Headlining the evening is singer-songwriter Danielle Knibbe and her country-tinged folk trio (Bryn Besse guitar and Connor Walsh bass). “Combining bittersweet vocals, aching lyrics, and indelible melodies, with the tight instrumental and vocal harmony of her small ensemble, Danielle Knibbe and her trio are making their mark on the Canadian music scene. With upright bass, two guitars, and three-part harmony, their deftly crafted songs win, and then all too often, break your heart.” In June of 2016, she is releasing her first full-length album, titled Some Curious Birds.   www.danielleknibbe.ca
Hanna_Bech_bonesMarie_AveryOpening the show, Hamilton’s own Hanna Bech and Marie Avery are teaming to bring you fresh arrangements of their whimsical piano-pop favourites, as well as debuting some new tunes.
Hanna Bech‘s songs are “a perfect balance of tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a melody that you will be whistling for the rest of the day.” (stitchedsound.com/album-review-hanna-bech-naked-bones).
Marie Avery takes on a myriad of emotional tones with candour. Her song structures may be adventurous, but there are no shortage of hooks.
www.hannabech.com          www.marieavery.com

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

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