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Singer-songwriter Will Gillespie, Fri Oct 5

August 14th, 2018
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Friday October 5, 2018, at 8:00 pm, $tba. Singer-songwriter Will Gillespie returns with a solo show. You will recognize him as author/star of Swingin’ in St. Johns, and for his role in MacBush the Musical, both at Artword Artbar.
Born and raised in South Porcupine, Northern Ontario, now finding a home in Hamilton, Will Gillespie has developed an elegant and eccentric sound all his own. He is a dynamic performer with a diverse catalogue of original songs, combining elements of Folk, Rock & Roll and Cabaret. https://www.willgillespie.ca/
“From songwriter to crooner and cabaret man to power pop genius, Will Gillespie is always evolving his artistry.”

Event, Music, Music-cabaret, Music-country, Music-pop-etc., Music-rock, Music: singer-songwriter

Tragedy Ann (Liv Cazzola & Braden Phelan) + Sophia Perlman, Thur Oct 4

August 14th, 2018
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Thursday October 4, 2018 at 8 pm, $10 adv/$15 door.(Adv tickets will be online in September.)

Guelph-based folk duo Tragedy Ann (Liv Cazzola vocals, accordion, ukulele, singing saw and Braden Phelan vocals, guitars) have a debut full-length album Matches, out in September. Artword Artbar is a stop on their Canadian tour (ON, QC, BC, NS, NB) in support of the new album.

Their special guest for the evening is our good friend and stunning jazz vocalist Sophia Perlman, with some new songs and old.

https://www.tragedyannmusic.com/home

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

Singer-songwriters Richard Garvey and Vic Horvath, Wed Sept 12

August 8th, 2018
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Wednesday September 12, 2018, at 8 pm, $10/pwyc. Two minstrels on the road launch our Fall 2018 season. Richard Garvey from KW wanders here often, and Vic Horvath, who is making his way from BC. They have both been doing the BC folk-festival tour circuits. A friendly start to our fall season.

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

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

May 30th, 2018
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Friday June 15, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. 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 Smith Keelan.
Background: Richard Keelan‘s music career began in the late ’50s with his first teenage rock band, the Swinging Shepherds. He was a Greenwich Village folkie in the mid-60s, performing on the same circuit of clubs that spawned Bob Dylan. He recorded and released singles in the psychedelic era with the Spikedrivers and its spin-off duo, Misty Wizard. He has delved into the worlds of both traditional and fusion-jazz having worked with both the Washingtons and Brian Griffith respectively. He’s best known for his work with the folk group the Perth County Conspiracy (Does Not Exist) based in Stratford, Ontario. Back in 1998, he put out his solo CD “Chameleon”. (richard-keelan.blogspot.com/)
and an article at www.criticsatlarge.ca/2014/12/a-pining-spirit-perth-county.html
Raphael Smith Keelan: “Born amidst the creative fruits of the Perth County Conspiracy, this singer songwriter was infused in ‘utero’ with many artistic influences. Raphael began her journey towards musicianship at the age of six with the piano….continuing over the past twenty years with songwriting and self-taught guitar playing. Her lyrics inspire the listener to reflect on the spiritual as her rich vocals soothe the soul….” www.facebook.com/Raphael-Keelan-432264416849634/

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

Songwriters-in-the-Round, host Duane Rutter, Sat June 9

May 20th, 2018
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Saturday June 9, 2018, at 8 pm, $20 / pwyc. The next edition of Songwriters-in-the-Round, hosted by Duane Rutter. Guests for June 9 are: Cindy Dell, Dave Pomfret and Danny Medakovic. NOTE: Brennagh Burns sits in for Cindy Dell, who won’t be able to come.

Event, Music, 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

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, Sat June 2

May 8th, 2018
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Saturday June 2, 2018, at 8 pm, $15.
Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Stuart Laughton‘s wonderful show Radio Dial is back. Multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton and his merry band Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Martin Worthy (drums), Burke Carroll (pedal steel) and Steve Lucas (bass) share their astonishing versatility and sense of fun.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz, 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.

Read more…

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

POSTPONED! Singer-songwriter Corin Raymond, Sat May 19

April 18th, 2018
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POSTPONED!
Saturday May 19, 2018, 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512.
Corin Raymond‘s “coming home” show, with Hamilton-based keyboardist and songbird Treasa Levasseur. (He is returning from a long tour in Australia.)

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

Sympoesis: singer-songwriter Glenn Macdonald & poet John Terpstra, Wed May 16

April 15th, 2018
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Wednesday May 16, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Sympoesis is a collaboration between singer/songwriter and cartographer Glenn Macdonald, and poet and cabinetmaker/carpenter John Terpstra.
An evening of songs and poems and other writing, some new, some old. They first collaborated in the 1980’s, when John was invited onstage to read during multimedia performances by Glenn’s band, Martin Fields and the Academy. Since that time, Glenn has produced a number of tapes and CDs, including the ever-evolving song-cycle Iceland, while John has published books of poetry and non-fiction, including Falling into Place, a love song to Hamilton’s landscape. In Sympoesis, they’ll bring their music and words to bear on community and technology, built and natural geographies, and life in the ambiguous city.  www.johnterpstra.com
Glenn MacDonald on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/user-819876309

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

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

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