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McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles, songs & stories, Sat Mar 17

February 14th, 2018
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Saturday, March 17, at 8 pm, $15. A return visit from McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles are an Ancaster-based trio who perform original folk rock music and great story songs, many based on Ancaster’s history. These seasoned musicians are award winning songwriters/artists who sing fabulous three part harmonies. Mike McCurlie and Bob Doidge have been making music together since their early teens. Then along came Caroline Wiles, a songwriter from Montreal. They all start playing together, harmonizing, creating a groove with guitar, mandolin and bass. They like the blend. And by now, they have a lot of songs about their hometown, and all around: the Dundas Valley, the Bruce Trail, The Hammer…
www.mccurliedoidgeandwiles.com
   or   www.carolinewiles.com.

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

Hidden Valley Ante Chamber Orchestra, Thurs Mar 15

February 9th, 2018
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Thursday March 15, 2018, at 8 pm, $10 reg, $5 students. The Hidden Valley Ante Chamber Orchestra features Ian Brown, Leah Korkowski, Jonathan Malström, Sophia Perlman and Nigel Stewart. They began meeting under cover of darkness (and highway overpass) in the summer of 2017, confusing late-night commuters with their symphonic stylings and late-night strip-club goers with their lack of navigation skills. As winter trudged on, they sought an indoor playground to continue their exploration of the songs and hidden talents that rarely see the light of day. Artword Artbar seemed like the perfect place.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-pop-etc.

Art Crawl with Bill Lutes and the Art Crawlers, Fri Mar 9

February 5th, 2018
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Friday March 9, 2018, from 8 pm to 11 pm. Tip Jar for the band. An old-fashioned art-crawl, just like the good ol’ days, with Bill Lutes and The Art Crawlers: Bill Lutes guitar, vocals; Lilia Lutes very cool vocals; Kenny Clark guitar, vocals; Hank Paton guitar, vocals; Robert Louis guitar, vocals; Bob Rudy bass, vocals; Phil Dales drums. Drop in and warm up, with all your favourite tunes.

Event, James North events, Music

Zula Presents: Celebrating the music of Ken Aldcroft, Sun Mar 4, 7:30 pm

February 3rd, 2018
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Sunday March 4, 2018, at 7:30 pm. $15/$10. Artword Artbar is hosting a special concert:  Zula Presents a celebration of the music of Ken Aldcroft performed by Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late + Mars People. This concert is part of an 8-venue tour.
** Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late: saxophone and guitar duo music by Ken Aldcroft performed by Jason Robinson & Eric Hofbauer (USA)
** Mars People: music by & for Ken Aldcroft, performed by Emily Denison, Daniel Kruger & Joe Sorbara (Montréal/ Toronto)
March 2 to 11 2018 will see a vanload of adventurous musicians from both sides of the 49th parallel travel from Montréal through Southern Ontario in celebration of the late guitarist Ken Aldcroft, a long time leading figure in Canada’s creative music community. Read more…

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Special event

Edgar Breau, CD Release Concert, Fri Mar 2, 2018

January 26th, 2018
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Friday March 2, 2018, 8 pm, $10.  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Singer-songwriter Edgar Breau celebrates his new CD on Flying Inn Recordings with a release concert at Artword Artbar. Band members include two Simply Saucer veterans: Mike Trebilcock on guitar, Kevin Christoff on bass. Also featured is jazz singer Colina Phillips with original vocal harmonies and percussion.
From his Facebook write-up: “Edgar Breau may be best known as the founder of Hamilton, Ontario’s cult ‘70s psych/proto-punk band Simply Saucer, but he has forged a parallel path as a solo musician. … Breau’s self-titled tour-de-force was painstakingly completed over three years by producers Adam Bentley and Jordan Mitchell (The Dirty Nil, Single Mothers, Greys). … [The album] includes contributions from Blue Rodeo drummer Glenn Milchem, Hawks guitarist Mike Eastman, plus Simply Saucer members Kevin Christoff, Colina Phillips, Ed Roth, and Mike Trebilcock (The Killjoys). Finally, Gaven Dianda (The Flashing Lights) added the ethno-musicological flourishes of Afghan rabab, sitar, and other medieval instruments on “A Penny Fare To Babylon.” Read more…

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

The Kirkendolls, jazzy blues and more, Sat Feb 24

January 7th, 2018
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Saturday Feb 24, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. A return visit by The Kirkendolls, a local band led by Mark Caruana on vocals and guitar, with Tom Shea on bass, Jamie Shea on guitar, and Mario Laquintana on drums. They play a mix of music from originals to jazzy re-arrangements to soulful blues. About half of their songs are originals by Mark Caruana, who was the guitar player for Big Rude Jake in Toronto through the 90s. Later he had his own jazz trio/quartet playing in the jazz clubs in Toronto to the early 2000s. He is now Hamilton-based.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

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

The North Enders, Charly Chiarelli, Ron Weihs, Venesio deSalvo, Sat Feb 17

January 5th, 2018
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Saturday February 17, 2018, 8 pm, $10. The North Enders features Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals, Ron Weihs on fiddle and guitar, and Venesio DeSalvo on guitar. They will perform a variety of music from jazz and blues to rock and originals. Charly and Ron may reprise some of their new songs from their recent theatre collaboration Charly’s Piano.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

The Ault Sisters, back for Valentine’s week! Fri Feb 16

January 4th, 2018
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Friday February 16, 2018, at 8 pm.  $15/$10 students. Reserve email artword@artword.net or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
More Valentine treats! Treat your sweetie to some sweet harmonies! Jazz with the incredible vocal trio The Ault Sisters. Experience the joy of sweet sibling harmony from Amanda, Alicia and Alanna Ault. The trio are currently making a name for themselves in vocal jazz, a genre in which their signature and sublimely seamless vocal harmonies really shine. With Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Jordan Snider on drums. http://aultsisters.com/

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

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

Jazz with the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, Sat Feb 10, 2018

December 26th, 2017
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Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. An Artword favourite returns! Jazz with the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, featuring Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Sean Bruce Parker on drums and bandleader Aubrey Wilson on vocals.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz double bill: Magee/D’Alves Duo + Scott Taplay Group, Thurs Feb 8, 2018

December 22nd, 2017
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Thursday February 8, 2018, 8 pm $10. Jazz double bill: Magee/D’Alves Duo: Des Magee vocals, Alex D’Alves guitar
plus The Scott Taplay Group: Scott Taplay guitar, Victor Agrippa alto sax, Jonas Pearson Paavola bass.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Rapper LTtheMonk (Liam Tyndall) & Friends, Wed Feb 7, 2018

December 22nd, 2017
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Wednesday February 7, 2018, at 8 pm, $5 students. Rapper LTtheMonk (Liam Tyndall) and some of his colleagues at Mohawk Music.  www.facebook.com/ltthemonk/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

The Amy Project, stories/songs of Amy Winehouse Fri Nov 24

October 28th, 2017
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Friday November 24, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. The Amy Project is a musical and storied journey outlining the short but tragic life of Amy Winehouse, the late British soul, blues and jazz singer. The show is performed live by five talented performers: Marni Shuster as the voice of Amy,  Anthony Caradonna guitar/vocals, Ian Taylor bass/vocals, Amy DiNino piano/synth/vocals and Dominic DiNino drums.
Amy Winehouse was nominated for 63 World Music Awards and won 25 times for her songs and recordings before her death in 2011 at the age of only 27. The Amy Project performance will cover most of the songs from her two main albums Frank and Back to Black, plus many more of her other recordings, and some unreleased covers and collaborations.

Event, Music, Music-rock

String Bone (Barry James Payne), new album Love & Highways, Sun Nov 5 at 7 pm

October 10th, 2017
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Sunday November 5, 2017, at 7:00 pm, $15. Early show with Barry James Payne and his String Bone band. String Bone is Americana to the bone, Canadiana in the heart and soul. Southern Ontario songwriter Barry James Payne, the architect of String Bone, has a new collection of songs and stories, Love & Highways, his second full-length recording. On Love & Highways he drives through darkness, betrayal and remorse towards love, light, escape and freedom on the road ahead. www.stringbone.ca
Opening set by singer-songwriter Michael Coughlan, now making his home in Toronto, Ontario. His debut album The Sixth Avenue Verses was produced by underground roots music genius Shannon Lyon. From a lyrical standpoint he paints in bold strokes, delivering unfettered compositions strongly rooted in story. His influences include Neil Young, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Replacements, Shannon Lyon, Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle, Rush, Bob Dylan, and Warren Zevon.  soundcloud.com/michaelcoughlan

Barry James Payne also performs and records with Celtic powerhouse Rant Maggie Rant Read more…

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

The Sandplains Pickers (Ian Bell, the Schotts, Shane Cook, Matt Rait), Sat Oct 21

September 22nd, 2017
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Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online.
The Sandplains Pickers are a new stringband from Southwestern Ontario, with musical styles ranging from old-time country and folk to western swing, and some blazing fiddle tunes. The band members are:
– Country and bluegrass favourites Darrin Schott on mandolin, fiddle, vocals, and Alison Schott on guitar, ukulele, vocals.
– Veteran singer and songwriter Ian Bell, on guitar, banjo, harmonica, concertina, bass, vocals.
– North American fiddle champ Shane Cook on fiddle and mandolin.
– Bass player Matt Rait on guitar and string bass.
They play mostly original songs by Ian, Darrin and Alison, and some songs by regional songwriters, that paint a picture of Southwestern Ontario from Backus Mill, tobacco kilns and farm kitchens to the Summer Garden dancehall, motorcycles and Port Dover fishermen. Expect some hot instrumentals that show off the virtuosic playing of Shane Cook, who is the only fiddler to have won both the Canadian and US fiddle championships, and of Darrin Schott, whose talents have led him to work with The Good Bros., Susan Aglukark, The Ennis Sister and Stompin’ Tom Connors.

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass, Music-folk

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

Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band, Sat Oct 14

September 13th, 2017
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Saturday October 14, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online.
The renowned Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band is coming back! The band: Randal Hill mandolin and vocals; Rocky Hill guitar and vocals; Tim McDonald banjo and vocals; Owen Mahoney bass and vocals. Here they are … working hard on the shores of Lake Erie!

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner) + Michel deQuevedo, Sun Sept 17, 7 pm

August 7th, 2017
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Sunday Sept 17, 2017, 7 pm, $10/pwyc. Special concert. Melodic Pixel Media presents The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner) and Michel deQuevedo. Pamela Gardner has been described as a velvet voiced songbird with eyes that can make babies laugh and grown men cry. She performs her songs backed by an all-star band of Hamilton musicians: Chris Bruder (The Altobeelays) keys; Jon The Bassist (Bring Me The Author/the human race) bass/vocals; Cameron Draper saxophone; Adam F Carter (the human race) drums/vocals; Hanna Bech glockenspiel/vocals.

Michel DeQuevedo is best known as percussionist and multi-instrumentalist for a multitude of diverse acts. For this show, he’ll be taking center stage and presenting his original music backed by acclaimed Toronto musicians. His groovy latin-infused pop songs are delivered in both Spanish and English.

Event, Music

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