Saturday March 25, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Back at Artword Artbar! The wonderful folk-blues duo Jennis. Jennis 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
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…
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.
Saturday March 4, 2017, at 8 pm, $15.
Reserve 905-543-8512 or Book 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).
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.
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.
Saturday February 18, 2017, at 8 pm. $15/$10 students. Reserve 905-543-8512 or Book online
Back just after Valentine’s Day. 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/
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.
Saturday 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
Friday February 10, 2017, 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.
Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. The Acoustics are back at Artword! A lively band from the Hamilton area, they 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).
Wednesday February 8, 2017, at 8 pm. A new showcase series from Mohawk College Music, featuring teachers and students coming together to make music, organized by pianist Adrean Farrugia (photo left) and bassist Clark Johnston. Mohawk students for Wed Feb. 8 are saxophonist Michael Morabito and vocalist Alyssa Giammaria.
Saturday February 4, 2017, at 8 pm. Tickets $20, book online: https://www.bruha.com/event/523#tickets
Hanna Bech hosts a new edition of Queens of Quirk, an evening celebrating the (un)conventionally cool. This time the evening involves music, silks, comedy and a radio musical. Tonight’s Queens:
Hanna Bech, songwriter/piano player, is a professor of whimsy, and a diviner of hooks;
Pamela Gardner is a velvet-voiced flying songbird and member of HAG (Hamilton Aerial Group);
Mary Clements is debuting as a songwriter, whose folky piano tunes will remind you of musicals;
Radha Menon, playwright, brings a staged reading of her original radio musical Circles, set in ancient Sicily, about a deserting Roman soldier, an Archimedes groupie and a singing cyclops. Book and script by Radha Menon and music composed by Hanna Bech.
Friday February 3, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 0r Book online
Stuart Laughton is back with his wonderful Radio Dial show, and lots of new material. The lineup for Feb 3 includes Rebecca Campbell (guitar/vocals), Jim Clayton (piano), Martin Worthy (drums), and Steve Lucas (bass), and of course, Stuart Laughton on trumpet, guitar, and many other instruments!
Why RADIO DIAL? Because on long car trips, Stuart scours the radio waves for interesting music, and wanted to bring a similarly eclectic presentation to the stage (think Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café, with the speaking and musical proportions reversed). http://www.radiodial.ca/ It helps that Stuart sings and plays a dozen instruments, Read more…
Thursday February 2, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. The Distillery is a blues trio from Toronto: Chloe Watkinson vocals, Neil Hendry acoustic and electric guitars, Jordan Safer harmonica, keys and lap steel guitar. Special guest Ginger St. James.
http://thedistilleryblues.com/ Their debut release What You Told Me won the 2012 Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Blues. The band was a finalist in the 2012 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search. A West Coast Canada tour and two US tours lead to the 2015 EP How We Carry On, followed by various festival performances (including JunoFest, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Lighthouse Blues Festival, Southside Shuffle, Canal Bank Shuffle, Toronto TD Jazz Festival, Barrie Jazz & Blues). The band’s latest three-song recording is now available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.
Friday January 27, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Online ticketing: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/16952/
Here’s the story: Andre Bisson and his band won the Grand River Blues Society Road to Memphis Competition to compete at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee this February. This show is raising funds for the cost of the travel and accommodations to move a 6-piece band to Memphis for a week to compete and represent Canadian Blues.
A few days before they leave for the competition, the band will perform Andre’s original and cover arrangements with a 6-piece band at Artword Artbar. Come hear Andre’s upbeat Blues, R&B and Soul with heavy horns and rhythm! www.andrebisson.ca
The Band for Jan 27: Andre Bisson vocals/guitar, Loretta Hale trumpet, Mike Albert tenor sax, Simon Wheeldon bari sax, Olivia Brown bass, Sean Bruce Parker drums.
Artword Artbar is taking a break.
Last day of programming in 2016 is Sunday December 11, for our final matinee of our hit play Scroogissimo.
First day of programming in 2017 is Friday January 27, for a big fundraiser for the Andre Bisson Band who take off on a tour to Memphis. Showtime is 8 pm.
Saturday October 22, 2016, at 8 pm, $15. Book online
Back with more smokin’ 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. Special guest for Oct 22 is multi-Juno award-winner John P. Allen on fiddle.
[To reserve call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or book online.]
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/
Thursday October 20, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 /$5. Jazz vocalist Sue Ramsay hosts another of her jazz vocal jams, backed by Bob Shields on guitar, Adam Fielding on drums and Clark Johnston on stand-up bass. With some storytelling in the mix. Seasoned singers and students all welcome. Singers bring lead sheets please. Sue says: “I want to create an environment where singers can do their thing and promote whatever they’re working on. And I get to try out new material and jam with my trio. I have often found being a singer is a lonely road. The path is not always clear but so much easier with a network of friends around.” http://www.suzanne-ramsay.com/ .
Saturday October 15, 2016, at 8 pm, $15. (905-912-9083)
Scott Merritt is back on tour with the second pressing of his new record Of, with Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) accompanying on upright bass and other instruments.
The record Of received Best of 2015 from both Macleans: (… he uses his ukulele and little else—a pump organ, a clarinet, sparse upright bass courtesy of Cowboy Junkie Jeff Bird—to craft evocative vignettes and melodies … powerful in their hushed intimacy and quietly insistent rhythmic pulse.) And Slate: (It is a small, exquisite record played with glittering precision mostly on a tenor ukulele… The sound is ideal for these elusive, imagistic songs about memory and mortality. If you seek it out, it will take hold of you.)
http://www.scottmerritt.com/ Read more…