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Jazzy blues & more, The Kirkendolls, Fri June 16

May 18th, 2017
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Friday June 16, 2017, at 8 pm, $10/ pwyc. A return visit by The Kirkendolls, a new local band: Mark Caruana on vocals and guitar, Tom Shea on bass, Jamie Shea on guitar, and Mario Laquintana on drums. The music is a mix of music from originals to jazzy re-arrangements to soulful blues and beyond. About half of their songs are originals by Mark Caruana, who was the guitar player for Big Rude Jake in Toronto throughout most of the 90s. Later he had his own jazz trio/quartet playing in the jazz clubs in Toronto to the early 2000s. Since then he has played mostly solo for private events. He moved to Hamilton a few years ago and has put this new band together.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Andrew Aldridge – Planet of the Loops, Thur June 15

May 17th, 2017
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Thursday June 15, 2017, at 8 pm, $tba. Noted guitarist Andrew Aldridge is bringing back his legendary Planet of the Loops for a test outing at Artword Artbar. He explains: “In 1998 (in Toronto) I started a Collective event called Planet of the Loops. It’s an improvisational/ experimental night consisting of 3-4 players. It ran in Toronto until 2005. Then I moved to Hamilton and occasionally had some Planet events in various locations. I was touring a lot too and couldn’t do a regular monthly event. I am hoping to start doing more regular Looping nights – in Hamilton and other cities – and would really like to have an association with Artword Artbar for this event (and hopefully future ones).” https://www.andrewaldridgemusic.com/     For Andrew’s bio, read on… Read more…

Event, Music

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

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

Bolivian charango player Willy Rios, Thurs June 8

May 15th, 2017
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Thursday June 8, 2017, at 8 pm, $tba. Special event! Willy Rios, master charango player from Bolivia, is visiting Artword Artbar. He will be performing with Hugo Larenas (flamenco and classical guitarist) and Daniel Emden (percussionist). The charango is the Andean traditional stringed instrument in the lute family.  www.willyrios.com
A musician for 35 years, Willy Rios began his musical career at the Masis cultural centre in Sucre, Bolivia, with the charango as his main instrument. In 1988, he travelled with the group Los Masis in South America, Europe and finally Canada, which became his adopted country. While in Montreal in 1993 he joined various musical projects and later performed internationally, in Japan, Australia and other countries. In 2008, he was invited to join the TV project The Symphony of the New World  (Ici ARTV). The same year, Cirque du soleil invited him to participate in recording the CD Totem. His last album, Para Ti, earned Willy the World Solo Artist of the Year Award at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Willy has recorded over 15 CDs with artists in Canada and Japan.

Event, Music, Music-World

Beats Workin’ duo David Hurley & Charly Chiarelli, Thurs June 1

May 4th, 2017
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Thursday June 1, 2017, 8 pm. $10. Beats Workin’ is a duo from Kingston: David Hurley on seven-string guitar and vocals and Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals. They perform a variety of music from jazz, blues, rock and original. You can expect a little delicious storytelling as a side dish.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

Celtic duo Mairi Rankin & Ailie Robertson, Tues May 30, 7:30

May 2nd, 2017
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Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm, $15 door/ $10 adv (call 905-543-8512). A special concert by Celtic duo Mairi Rankin and Ailie Robertson, on tour in Canada. They are part of the Celtic band Outside Track, who played at Artword Artbar last year. Now they are doing a little tour as a duo (after a full tour with the whole band).
Mairi Rankin, from Cape Breton, one of the legendary Rankin Family, plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm.
Ailie Robertson, from Edinburgh, is one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians and clarsach (celtic harp) virtuoso.

Event, Music, Music-World

Ronley Teper’s Lipliners, w. Dave Gould, Sat May 20

April 18th, 2017
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Saturday May 20, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. From Toronto, the surprising and delightful Ronley Teper’s Lipliners, plus a special guest opening set by Hamilton’s ever-inventive Dave Gould. Children at heart who love comedic, poetic, theatric, yet at times provocative storytelling, alongside truly magical music and visuals (by Saul Lederman), should prepare themselves for the surprising world of Ronley Teper’s Lipliners. Ronley Teper guitars, voice; Ben Bowen trumpet; Aly Livingston flute; Tim Posgate (of So Long Seven) banjo; Ben Hermann percussion.   http://www.ronleyteper.com

Event, Music, Music-folk, Storytelling, Theatre

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

JAZZ: vocalist Julie Michels & pianist Adrean Farrugia, Sat May 6

April 8th, 2017
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Saturday May 6, 2017, at 8 pm, $15/$10 students. To reserve in advance call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Pianist Adrean Farrugia has invited renowned Toronto-based jazz vocalist Julie Michels to heat up the stage at Artword Artbar. Julie Michels is a unique and important feature on the Toronto jazz scene. Pat Collins joins in on bass.  http://www.juliemichels.com/
Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. He plays occasionally at Artword Artbar and teaches music at Mohawk College, as well as juggling his busy touring schedule.  http://adreanfarrugia.com/

Julie Michels began her life humming in tune with the radio … and she hasn’t stopped since.  Her “glorious holler” (Mark Miller, Globe and Mail) has been a unique and important feature on the Toronto Jazz scene for more than two decades. She settled there after studying with legendary bassist Richard Davis at the University of Wisconsin, and spending time performing across Europe and North America. As a recording artist, Julie has worked with bassist George Koller (Singing Naked, 1995, and Bass and Voice, 2011), Read more…

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

The Acoustics, accordion-based music, Thurs May 4

April 6th, 2017
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Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. The Acoustics, a lively band from the Hamilton area, play their own original folk-rock, world-roots music. Alfonso Spoto on accordion, Bonnie Bell on violin, and Vince Spoto on guitar/vocals. For the past 14 years, they have been cultivating their own unique music for local fans and venues. During this period they have released three studio CDs, their debut CD A Thousand Yesterdays  (Dec. 2003), Forever and a Day (Dec. 2007), and Erie Long (Jan. 2013).

Event, Music, Music-World

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

Singer-songwriters Gina Horswood & Karen Morand, Wed Apr 26

March 17th, 2017
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Singer-songwriters Karen Morand, from Windsor, and Gina Horswood, on tour from Australia, are coming to Artword Artbar on their Ontario tour. Gina and Karen are not just a couple of chicks playing guitars. Their Saints and Sinners tour finds them rambling down highways‚ unraveling stories and songs with powerhouse vocals and infectious beats. Their original songs echo dusty roads, dark bars and creaking church pews. A night of gritty gospel and earthy blues will be sure to leave ya with a satisfied soul.
www.karenmorand.com         www.ginahorswood.com

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Alex Whorms & Dana Swarbrick, EP release, Sun Apr 23, at 4 pm

March 16th, 2017
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Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 4 pm, $10 show/$15 includes EP. To reserve call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
A Sunday afternoon special concert by pianist and singer-songwriter Alex Whorms, plus a guest set by singer-songwriter Dana Swarbrick.
Alex will play piano and sing solo, and then joined by Michael Podlovics (violin), Ailish Corbett (viola),  Scott Robinson (bass), Michael Panza-Beltrandi (guitar), Zachary Cropper (drums).
Alex Whorms, who is an accomplished pianist, singer, and songwriter, is celebrating the release of her new indie-pop EP Our Lives, recorded recently at Grant Avenue Studio. Following a lifelong passion for classical piano and musical theatre, her original music combines strong piano parts with multi-instrumental accompaniment and relatable, honest lyrics. She has appeared in the CBC Piano Hero competition and Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival as well as several gigs in Toronto and the GTA.    http://www.alexwhorms.com/
Dana Swarbrick (photo right) fronts a folk-rock band Dana & The Monsters, and was the winner of the 2016 McMaster Battle of the Bands competition. She has performed extensively in Hamilton and beyond, including her recent anthem performance at the 2016 Vanier Cup. A past research assistant at the McMaster LIVELab, she is now completing graduate studies at the University of Toronto.

Event, Music

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 Allison Brown & The Assembly Line, Fri Apr 21

March 12th, 2017
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Friday, April 21, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Folk-roots singer-songwriter Allison Brown is back with a full band The Assembly Line: Jedd House upright bass, Dan Henshall on mandolin, Vera Colley on accordion and Allison Brown on guitar and vocals. Roots songstress Allison Brown brings crafted originals matched with classic roots repertoire, delivered with conviction and sweet and powerful singing.
www.allisonbrown.ca

Event, Music, Music-folk

Acoustic Moments: Reggae dinner and show, Sat Apr 15

March 10th, 2017
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Saturday April 15, 2017. Acoustic Moments Easter weekend special dinner & show. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
**Dinner + show, doors 7:00, dinner 7:30 pm, $20 (SOLD OUT).
**Show only, at 8:30 pm, some tickets at door only.
Mr. Jay hosts another fabulous Acoustic Moments show & dinner, with 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.
Chef Learie Mc Nicolls will be cooking up some jerk chicken with rice and steam vegetables, Trinidad style, or a vegetarian stir fry option.

Event, Music, Music-World, Special event

Bluegrass with New Cumberland, + Ian Bell, Sat April 8

March 5th, 2017
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Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Back with some blazing hot bluegrass: The New Cumberland bluegrass band from London Ontario: Tom Burns vocals and guitar,  Blair Heddle vocals, mandolin and dobro, Paul Hurdle vocals and banjo, Tom Rutledge string bass, and Darrin Schott fiddle. Featuring inventive solo work, driving rhythms and three part vocal harmonies, New Cumberland’s musical integrity and joy in playing together resonates in every performance. http://newcumberlandband.com/
Special guest with an opening set on April 8 is the renowned Ian Bell, traditional music specialist, player of many instruments (guitar, button accordion, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, pipes) and member of many bands including Muddy York. http://www.ianbellmusic.ca/Ian_Bell/Welcome.html

Event, Music, Music-folk

So Long Seven: jazz-world-folk blend… Fri Apr 7

March 4th, 2017
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Friday April 7, 2017 at 8 pm, $15. So Long Seven, a wonderful band that includes Neil Hendry (guitar, mandolin), William Lamoureux (violin), Ravi Naimpally (tabla) and Tim Posgate (banjo), returns to Artword Artbar (photo from show last year). 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
**There is such a positive glowing musical force driving the sound. Each performer is a star when soloing and improvising. Tiina Kiik – Whole Note Magazine
**So Long Seven is a melange – and a delicious one, too judging from the enthusiastic audience. It’s music – almost all originals – draws from folk, bluegrass, and world music… Alayne McGregor, Ottawa Jazz Scene

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

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