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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. Songwriter Corin Raymond returns to Artword, accompanied by Treasa Levasseur on accordion, keyboard and back-up vocals and Brian Kobayakawa on bass.
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-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 Kare 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. 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

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

March 13th, 2017
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Saturday April 22, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Duane Rutter (photo left), a guitarist and songwriter from Port Rowan, is hosting a songwriter-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 (MUST RESERVE by Apr 10).
**Show only, at 8:30 pm, $10 adv.
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

The Amy Project, the music of Amy Winehouse, Thurs Apr 6

March 3rd, 2017
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Thursday April 6, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. To reserve call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
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, raw and acoustically (with no backing tracks) by four talented performers: Marni Shuster (photo left) as the voice of Amy,  Anthony Caradonna guitar/vocals, Ian Taylor bass/vocals, and Bob DiSalle drums/vocals.
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. This is not a tribute act but a respectful celebration of a talented and influential artist’s short body of work.

Event, Music

The Rough & Tumble, Will Gillespie, Daniel Whitener, Wed Apr 5

March 2nd, 2017
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Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 8 pm, $15/$10. A one-night-only music festival of folk, americana, bluegrass singer-songwriters at Artword Artbar. Three sets, headlined by Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler (The Rough and Tumble) on tour from the US, with guest sets by local songwriter Will Gillespie, and visiting bluegrass banjo-player Daniel Whitener.
The Rough & Tumble is a two-person, multi-instrumental folk-americana duo Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler. While they consider their beloved PO Box location to be Nashville, the couple has been living on the road with their two dogs for two of their five touring years. The Rough & Tumble delivers each performance with the nudge of an elbow, a wink from the right eye, and the sincerity of Pinocchio after his rehabilitation. Their 2016 release, Pieces and Pieces, written for the Alyssa Pearson film, delves into themes of women, war, and PTSD. Their February 2017 release, Cardboard and Christmas Lights (Rock Candy Recordings), is a 7-song EP.  www.theroughandtumble.com
Dan Whitener is bluegrass banjo-picker and vocalist from Washington DC, on a solo tour of Southern Ontario with a new CD. He is a member of a number of bands, including the ground-breaking Gangstagrass, and Blue Plate Special, Man about a Horse, and Sparrows. http://danwhitenermusic.com/ 
Will Gillespie
(photo right) has developed an elegant and eccentric sound all his own. He is a dynamic performer with a diverse catalogue of original songs, from crooner to rockabilly, combining elements of folk, rock & roll and cabaret. Born and raised in South Porcupine, Northern Ontario, Will lives in Hamilton, where he is actively involved in the local music and theatre scene.  https://www.willgillespie.ca/

Event, Music, Music-folk

Em & Joss (Emily Kemp & Jocelyn Russell vocal duo), Sat Apr 1

March 1st, 2017
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Saturday April 1, 2017, at 8 pm. $10. The powerhouse vocal duo Em & Joss (Emily Kemp and Jocelyn Russell) sing a wide variety of genres, including rock, jazz, pop, folk and blues, with some originals in the mix. Their music is vocal-driven, full of rich, sultry harmonies that create a down-to-earth feel of true feminine beauty. Both are graduates of the Mohawk College Music Program and have been performing throughout the GTHA for a number of years.
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Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

Jennis: Dennis Gaumond & Jen Gillmor, folk-blues, Sat March 25

February 15th, 2017
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Jennis-9671-smallcSaturday March 25, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.  Back at Artword Artbar! The wonderful  folk-blues duo JennisJennis brings together award-winning Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond‘s decades of experience writing and performing original blues and folk and the diverse musical experiences of veteran Toronto indie-scene multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is also augmented by unusual sounds, such as didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator. It makes for a very entertaining performance, filled with energy, passion and humour. www.jennis.ca     www.jengillmormusic.ca

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Grito de Mujer, a night of poetry and music, Sat Mar 11

February 3rd, 2017
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Saturday March 11, 2017, at 8 pm, free. Grito de Mujer (Woman Scream) is a night of music and poetry that is part of the Woman Scream International Poetry Festival celebrated in March of each year. 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, Angie C., Edith Chávez, Klyde Broox, Kelsey Knight, Violeta San Juan, Tania Pineda.
Musicians include: Lil America, Nancy Reyes, Rowena Chow, Marcelo Puente, Fito Molina.
For more info about the international festival: http://www.gritodemujer.com/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music, Music-Latin, Special event

Two Bands! Rock and blues! Fri March 10

February 2nd, 2017
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Friday March 10, 2017, 8 pm, Art Crawl tip jar. A lively busy Friday night at Artword Artbar. Joey DePaiva, bass, and Shelby Crego, guitar, are bringing two bands from Mohawk Music, playing mostly rock and blues. One long set each.
Band 1: Aoife Doyle vocals, Leah Korkowski vocals, Shirley Simpson vocals, Graysen Lee guitar, Shelby Crego guitar, Jamie Bekyarovich guitar, Joey DePaiva bass, Nik Hurst keyboards & piano, Cooper Hannahson drums.
Band 2: Lauren Perreira vocals, Shelby Crego guitar, Olivia Brown bass, Miles Branaugh keys, Cooper Hannahson drums.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

CONCERT: Cootes Paradise, Sat March 4, 2017

January 10th, 2017
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Saturday March 4, 2017, at 8 pm, $15.
Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
A new powerhouse band of familiar faces:
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

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

Jazz duo Alex Tomowich & Jesse Martel, Wed Mar 1, 2017

January 7th, 2017
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Wednesday March 1, 2017, at 8 pm, $5. Jazz duo Alex Tomowich (piano) and Jesse Martel (guitar) play a mixture of freely improvised jazz, as well as specially arranged jazz standards, and some jazz-based original compositions in multiple genres. Alex Tomowich is a jazz pianist studying music in the Applied Music program at Mohawk College and Jesse Martel is a jazz guitarist who graduated from the Applied Music program at Mohawk College. Together they have played various venues in Hamilton, as well as in Toronto and Dundas.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

The Ault Sisters, jazz vocalists, Sat Feb 18, 2017

January 5th, 2017
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ault sistersSaturday February 18, 2017, at 8 pm.  $15/$10 students. Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Back just after Valentine’s Day. Treat your sweetie to some sweet harmonies! Ault_Sisters_c_680Jazz 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

Jazzy blues w. the Kirkendolls, Fri Feb 17, 2017

January 4th, 2017
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Friday February 17, 2017, at 8 pm, cover pwyc. 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

Beg To Differ Trio, Sat Feb 11, 2017

January 4th, 2017
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BegToDiffer2Saturday February 11, 2017, 8 pm, tip jar. An Artword favourite, the high-energy Beg To Differ Trio playing blues / jazz / funk — Tim Ninehouse on keyboards, vocals; Doug Sikma on guitar; Steve Foster on drums. Unique renditions of blues, jazz and funk songs, drawing from a large musical repertoire from early blues roots to jazzified contemporary songs. http://reverbnation.com/begtodiffertrio

Event, Music, Music-Blues

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