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Edgar Breau and Jean Caffeine “From punk to present” Sat June 15

May 10th, 2019
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Saturday June 15, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 door, $10 advance. From punk to present: Edgar Breau and Jean Caffeine bring songs and stories from their storied pasts.
Edgar Breau is a local and national treasure steeped in folk and Canadiana. Playing a style of guitar he describes as ‘Canadian primitive’, Edgar’s songs run the gamut from folk to blues to country to pastoral with a lyricism rare in this age of instant communication. Joining him on stage will be jazz vocalist extraordinaire, Colina Phillips of the legendary girl group, The Tiaras and a charter member of Toronto’s super session singers, THE GIRLS.
Jean Caffeine is an Austin-based genre-fluid artist who writes folk pop/folk punk and Americana hooky tunes that will burrow into your ear. In the mid aughts, Jean spent two years in Hamilton and a year in TO. During that time Jean collaborated musically with Mike Trebilcock. Mike T. will be backing Jean up at the show. Mike has played in the Killjoys, Simply Saucer and the low heels and composes music for ghoulish movies and musicals.

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter

Martin Verrall and Raphael Smith Keelan, Fri June 14

May 9th, 2019
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Friday June 14, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. Local legend singer-songwriter Martin Verrall is doing a full evening at Artword Artbar, with singer-songwriter Raphael Smith Keelan.
Martin Verrall is “… a prolific singer/songwriter, painter, and urban wanderer. [He is] a scribe who details the plights and triumphs of the human heart with dark romanticism, and captures the lonesome ambience of a rainy afternoon or a sleepless night.”  https://martinverrall.bandcamp.com/

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-singer/songwriter

Paul Linklater and Dale Morningstar, Thurs June 13

May 8th, 2019
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Thursday June 13, 2019, at 8 pm, $10/$15. Singer-songwriter guitarist Paul Linklater (of the Pinecones ) and multi-instrumentalist Dale Morningstar (of Dinner is Ruined) team up for a musical picnic.
“Linklater thrives on thwarting the sonic convention of the strumming troubadour.”  www.paullinklater.com

Event, Music, Music-Improvisors, Music-singer/songwriter

New Orleans jazz with Red Hot Ramble, Sat June 8

May 7th, 2019
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Saturday June 8, 2019, 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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A return visit! New Orleans-style jazz with Red Hot Ramble: Roberta Hunt  lead vocals, piano; Jamie Stager vocals, trombone; Alison Young sax/clarinet;  Jacek “Jack” Zorawski vocals, acoustic bass; Glenn Anderson vocals, drums.
“New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz music is also the home of great blues, rhythm & blues, second lines and ‘street beats’. Red Hot Ramble throws them all into the pot with and dishes them out in generous portions with a distinct taste of Canadiana thrown in! To borrow an old Louisiana saying, ‘Come as you are, leave different’, Red Hot Ramble, now in their 8th year together, has a well-earned reputation for their performances living up to that motto.” Website:  www.redhotramble.ca

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles, Fri June 7

May 6th, 2019
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Friday June 7, 2019, at 8 pm, at 8 pm, $15. McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles will perform local story songs and new originals from Caroline Wiles’s new album Living In The Now. 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.
www.mccurliedoidgeandwiles.com   and   www.carolinewiles.com.

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-rock

Marshall Veroni, w. Emma Elena Grace, Thurs June 6

May 2nd, 2019
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Thursday June 6, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. Singer-songwriter Marshall Veroni, w. guest set by Emma Elena Grace. Marshall Veroni is a contemporary folk singer-songwriter from Owen Sound, Ontario. With the release of his first studio record In Fields, he intends to share his music with all of Canada. From October to December of 2018, he toured across Ontario. He is touring Ontario again in June before heading for western Canada this July. 
Marshal has a sound that rings with a raw honesty about the human condition that turns his performances into something intimate and personal, regardless the size of the audience.  https://marshallveroni.com/

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter

Alt-Country w. Rae Billing & her band Crybaby, Sat June 1

May 1st, 2019
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Saturday June 1, 2019, at 8:00 pm, $15. Rae Billing and her Alt-Country band CRYBABY: Rae Billing vocals and acoustic guitar, Andrew Aldridge lead guitar, Greg Brisco keys, Scott Bell bass and Lucky Pete Lambert drums. CRYBABY is an alt-country band originally formed in Toronto in the mid-1990’s and reformed in Hamilton in late 2016 with a blend of Toronto and Hamilton players.
Their music has been described as tangy country soul” and “late night, pan-Americana rootsy songs… handled with gutsy femininity.”

Event, Music, Music-country, Music-rock

James Gordon, new cd “The Heritage Hall Sessions”, Fri May 31

April 29th, 2019
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Friday May 31, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. The wonderful singer-songwriter James Gordon returns to Artword to promote his new album The Heritage Hall Sessions, which has just been released to a really enthusiastic response. With a fresh-baked batch of new songs, some Hamilton favourites, and an electric car full of instruments, James will use his usual combination of historical, hysterical, politically charged and poignant material to engage with one of his favourite venues!
https://borealisrecords.com/product/the-heritage-hall-sessions/?v=3e8d115eb4b3

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-singer/songwriter

Special #2: Jazzkia+with Saskia Laroo, Wed May 29, 7:30pm

April 27th, 2019
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Wednesday May 29, at 7:30, $15. Special Concert #2. Jazzkia+, Saskia Laroo‘s innovative world music jazz project, comes to Hamilton, ON for a special performance! Saskia Laroo trumpet and vocals, Warren Byrd keyboards and lead vocals, Alvin Carter, Jr., drums and vocals, Jocelyn Pleasant, percussion and vocals, David Chevan bass and vocals.
Saskia Laroo’s Jazzkia+ goes Afro-Semitic featuring David Chevan and Warren Byrd (Kind of Cool meets Klezmer Soul). An evening of bebop, Latin, klezmer, funk, gospel and soul!

Jazzkia+ is Amsterdam-born trumpeter Saskia Laroo‘s Jazz Quartet plus guests. She got her nickname of “Lady Miles Davis” when the American press compared her improvisation style to this giant, one of her Jazz trumpet heroes. She met her pianist/vocalist, and husband Warren Byrd from Hartford, Connecticut in 2001 and was introduced by him to Jewish bassist David Chevan from New Haven, Connecticut.  Chevan and Byrd are the co-founders of the Afro-Semitic Experience. Saskia is honored to be part of this eclectic group and is proud to return the favor by inviting the bandmembers into her Jazzkia+.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Special #1: Two-Shekel Swing, klezmer/swing band, Tues May 28, 7:30pm

April 26th, 2019
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Tuesday May 28, 2019, at 7:30 pm. $15. Special concert #1. Two-Shekel Swing, coming to the GTA for Jewish Music Week in Toronto, and then on to Hamilton! The musicians are Yoni Battat violin/vocals, Travis Pullman guitar, David Chevan bass, Jesse Chevan drums. Two-Shekel Swing blurs the lines between Klezmer, the folk music of Eastern European Jews, and Gypsy Jazz, the Parisian swing music of the 1930s.

The Boston-based ensemble is led by fiddler and vocalist, Yoni Avi Battat, who has performed this music for wide-ranging audiences in Lisbon, Tel-Aviv, New York and more. His fresh arrangements draw on his academic studies in Yiddish language along with his love for improvisation and experimentation. Yoni is joined by bassist David Chevan of the Afro-Semitic Experience, guitarist Travis Pullman of the Somerville Symphony Orkestar, and drummer Jesse Chevan who plays brass band, afrobeat, jazz, hip hop, and klezmer music in New York City.

Their unique blend of Yiddish Swing and old-world nostalgia will have you clapping, stomping and singing along to these historic melodies, reimagined with nuance, spirit and flair. The group performs in Jewish and secular venues, from synagogues to jazz clubs, and is working towards the release of their debut album.

Event, Music, Music-roots, Music-World

Trumpeter Brownman Ali and his Electryc Trio, Sat May 25

April 17th, 2019
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Saturday May 25, 2019, at 8:00 pm, $20 door, $15 advance, $10 students. Call 905-543-8512 or
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The amazing jazz trumpeter Brownman Ali returns to Artword Artbar with his Electryc Trio on their May tour.

The trio, Brownman Ali on electric trumpet, Sean Dennis on 6-string electric bass, and Jacob Aylward on drums, explore the later compositions of Miles Davis.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

60s Folk Revival Sing-along, Sat May 11, TWO shows — 3:30 & 8 pm

April 3rd, 2019
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Saturday May 11, 2019, at 3:30 and 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone (Spring 2019 edition) returns with a two-show Saturday. We had to turn people away last time, so Sue, Michelle, Dwight and Tony have added a second show.
The 60s Folk Revival sing-along concert features Sue Peters (vocals),  Michelle Rumball (vocals), Dwight Peters (vocals, 6 & 12 string guitars) and Tony Laviola (double bass). Imagine an evening in a 1960s coffeehouse in Yorkville or Greenwich Village. The lyrics have meaning, the voices are true and the music inspires the audience to join in. Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone recreates the songs of hope and social justice, messages that still resonate today, from songwriters including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Ian & Sylvia, Peter Paul and Mary, and Phil Ochs. Song-sheets are provided. http://wherehaveallthefolksongsgone.blogspot.ca/

Event, Music, Music-folk

Jazz w. the Nick Arseneau Sextet, Friday May 10

April 2nd, 2019
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Friday May 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm, $10. Jazz with the Nick Arseneau Sextet: Nick Arseneau compositions and upright & electric bass, Marie Goudy trumpet, John Nicholson tenor sax, Patrick O’Reilly guitar and effects, Josh Smiley piano, and Harry Vetro drums.
The Nick Arseneau Sextet takes a unified, organic approach to modern jazz. Playing Nick’s original compositions, the group strives to create one voice, rather than playing as a group of divided individuals. When this is accomplished, the improvisational elements of listening and interacting come through strong and clear. Nick’s compositions range from straight-ahead jazz to free jazz, often incorporating elements of punk rock, math rock, and hip hop. Based in Toronto, the group gigs regularly at local clubs. The Sextet is scheduled to release their first full-length recording in Fall 2019.  https://nickarseneau.bandcamp.com
http://nickarseneau.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Cats Cove Media presents Joe Bass, The Do-Gooders, Tim Collins, Thurs May 9

April 1st, 2019
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Thursday May 9, 2019, at 8 pm, door $15 cash only, $12 advanced online. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Cats Cove Media presents an artist showcase featuring Joe Bass, The Do-Gooders and Tim Collins.
Tim Collins
:  singer-songwriter in the folk and folk-rock genre.
The Do-Gooders:  a hard-acoustic trio made up of Hamilton cellist Geoff Ball, and Burlington guitarists Stu Gritter and Dan Murray. Possessing a penchant for storytelling, they tend to snag bits and pieces from different genres in order to find what best suits their whimsically grim (Grimsical?) tales.
Joe Bass is a guitar, mandolin and bass banjo trio: Sandy James, Eric Marcotte, and Garrett Stratford. Modern folk tales, rootsy genre-bending anthems, and just a dash of small-town nostalgia, Joe Bass offers an adventurous spin on alternative-folk music.

Joe Bass
The Do-Gooders
Tim Collins

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

Bluegrass: New Cumberland Band, Sat May 4

March 22nd, 2019
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Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
An Artword favourite: 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/

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

Western Swing Band, w. Sonny Sinclair, Fri May 3

March 21st, 2019
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Friday May 3, 2019 at 8 pm, $10. The Western Swing Band with Sonny Sinclair guitar/ vocals; Peter Arthur bass / vocals; Doug Johnson pedal steel, Domenic Di Nino drums.

Inspired by the country swing style of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, George Strait, The Time Jumpers and Asleep at the Wheel, this band celebrates that great tradition. From country two-step, western swing and Texas waltzes, with sweet vocal harmonies, it’s a bit like travelling back in time to the original days of western swing.

Event, Music, Music-country

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