Saturday March 11, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 or sliding scale. We welcome back this year another Noche Bohemia (a night of poetry and music) called Grito de Mujer (Woman Scream), in honour of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2017). The night is dedicated to raising awareness about violence against women and girls. There will be poetry and music. The poets include: Amaluna, Constanza Duran, and others TBA. Musicians TBA…
Saturday February 25, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 regular, $10 students. Reserve 905-543-8512 or Book online
Warm up with Santerías, a Latin fusion band from Toronto. “Santerias is happy to bring their original sound of Rumba Funk to Hamilton for the first time and is looking forward to make Sat. Feb. 25th the hottest day of winter!”
Vocalist Ana Lía Arias Garrido was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Guitarist Juan Dino Toledo, a composer and a founding member of Santerías, is from Chile. Oriana Barbato is a versatile bassist, composer and a founding member of Santerías. Drummer Randolf Jiménez is a versatile and successful Venezuelan musician. http://www.santerias.ca/ https://www.facebook.com/santeriasband/
Thursday July 7, 2016, 8 pm, $10. Fito Molina and Jorge Gavidia are two Latino musicians who fuse the traditional folk sounds of Latin America with the Afro-Caribbean heritage and some hints of jazz. Together they bring a repertoire that will take you on a journey through the different regions of this big continent.
Fito Molina started his career as a musician in his native El Salvador. He was a member of Cayaguanca, a band that focused on Central American traditional music and which performed throughout Costa Rica and Panama. In Canada, he plays with several Latin American bands and is also known as a songwriter whose lyrics speak of social issues and personal experiences. www.fitomolina.com
Jorge Gavidia is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, tres, mandolin, piano and upright bass), performer, teacher and composer who specializes in jazz and Latin music. He has played in many different bands in genres including jazz, Latin, rock, folk, blues, hip hop and electronic music. He is currently living in Toronto and is active as a guitar and theory teacher. He also performs on the guitar and cuban tres in his own jazz quartet, is the leader of the band Storyville Project, and is also part of a duo with vocalist Sarah Begin. http://www.jorgegavidiamusic.com
Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 reg / $5 students. We are pleased to have this wonderful jazz performer back at Artword Artbar — Cuban vocalist and violinist Elizabeth Rodriguez and her band Eli’s Quartet. Band members: Elizabeth Rodriguez voice and violin, Jose Hernandez drums, Devin Patten bass, John Imre piano. Elizabeth will perform some Cuban classics, a lot of Brazilian tunes, including Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim songs, and American jazz standards with some Latin arrangements. Read more…
Saturday December 5, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. Places and Memory: an evening of music and stories about and from Latin America, with singer-songwriter Marcelo Puente from Chile, and musician/composer Edgardo Moreno. Marcelo and Edgardo will be performing original and traditional Latin American music. Edgardo will be showing his film Double Exposure which features live as well as pre-recorded music and sound. http://www.musicamoreno.com/
Saturday May 2, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. Artword Artbar becomes a peña folklórica (a folk-music club) for a Noche Bohemia, an evening of Latin music, featuring Chilean musician and activist Marcelo Puente with guests. Join us for acoustic Latin music, Latin folk and South American New Song (Nueva Cancion). Guest performers include guitarist Jorge Lasso, vocalist Lil Acevedo with some Cuban boleros and Chilean musician and composer Edgardo Moreno with some instrumental pieces.
From Wally Brooker’s Music Notes Newsletter: “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.” For more info: http://companero-group-international.com/
Saturday February 21, 2015, cover $15 at the door or advance $12 (call 905-543-8512). Doors open 8 pm, two sets: 9 pm and 10:30 pm. A night of Latin Jazz with the Carlos Rodriguez Quartet featuring Randy Stirtzinger, piano; Mike Filice, flute and tenor sax; Fhanor Molina, bass; Carlos Rodriguez, drums. Photo left Fhanor, Carlos and Mike during the Steel City Jazz Festival at Artword Artbar October 2014.
Saturday October 18, 2014, at 8 pm, $15
The Steel City Jazz Festival day four
presents A Night of Latin Jazz:
featuring Rob Fekete (piano), Mike Filice (flute and tenor sax), Carlos Rodriguez (drums), Fhanor Molina (bass), and special guest Ashley St. Pierre on vocals.
[To reserve, call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512.
At Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St. http://steelcityjazzfest.com/
Saturday January 14, 2012 at 8 pm, $10. Caliente — hot music for a cold night! Back again! We’ll push back the tables! Join Solstice for an evening in the tropic islands as they share with you their Cuban, Brazilian,and Spanish music. With special guest vocalist Lil America (from El Salvador via Cuba).
Solstice was recently formed by four veteran musicians: Javier Martinez: Singer, and former musical entertainment director, Hotel las Brisas Guardalavca , Cuba. Julian Reynolds: bass player from Buenos Aires and a veteran of many cruise tours with Argentina’s top pianist. Dave Aldham: bongos, congas, one of Ontario’s top percussionists for last 40 years, performed in Cuba for the last 10 years. George Kairy: studied with Justin Perchin, one of Cuba’s top jazz guitarists and Miguel la Batistde, North America’s top flamenco guitarist, and performed internationally for many years. Having just completed some new recordings of Batacha, Cumbia and Merengue and Salsa rhythms, this diversified band promises to prove what Caliente is all about!
Thursday October 21 at 7:30 pm, $5, at Artword Artbar. Lil America Acevedo and Ruben Parra perform songs of La Nueva Cancion and other Latin American music. Lil America Acevedo was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. At the age of 4 she moved to Havana, Cuba, where she grew up listening to Silvio Rodriguez, Pablo Milanes, Los Van Van, Irakere, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and all the influential Cuban music of the €˜80s. She studied vocal music and began singing in school the €œnueva trova€ songs, also know as €œLa Nueva Cancion.€ Now a resident of Hamilton. Lil is a jewel in the city€™s arts scene. Ruben Parra was born in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Read more…