Friday June 13, 2014, James North Art Crawl. In the bar from 8 pm, tip jar. An Artword favourite, the lively 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.
Friday March 14, Art Crawl, from 8 pm, tip jar. Jazz with the Jazz After All Quartet: Brandon Munro drums, Kristen Prince saxophone, Scott Tapley guitar, Jill McKenna bass, and guest Jeff Plumbley flugelhorn. The Fred Butler and Abigail Neale Big Band, with Fred Butler on tenor sax and Abigail Neale had to cancel
November 7 to 17, 2013, a two-week run of Sky Gilbert’s new play An Evening with Lucky Jim Lacroix, written and directed by Sky Gilbert, featuring Stephanie Jones and Jason Cadieux of ECT (Essential Collective Theatre Company). The play is an up close and personal conversation with contract killer Lucky Jim (Jason Cadieux) who has agreed to give a talk at a local community centre in the hopes of earning brownie points for his upcoming parole hearing. The play is a darkly comic look at contemporary obsession with the “righteous kill”, morality and the inadequacies of our justice system. “Audiences that saw ETC’s production of CRACK by Sky Gilbert will remember that Sky is not afraid to challenge his audiences with tough questions about politics, sex and modern morality.”
Hamilton run: November 7 to 17, 2013, at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street www.artword.net/artbar Tickets: $15 (Sun pwyc). Call 905-543-8512 to reserve.
Nov 7, 8, 9, Thurs-Sat, at 8 pm, Sun mat Nov 10 2:30 pm Fri Nov 8 is the James North Art Crawl.
Nov 14, 15, 16, Thurs-Sat, at 8 pm., Sun mat Nov 17 at 2:30 pm
St Catharines run: November 20 to 24 2013, at Sullivan Mahoney Courthouse Theatre, 101 King Street Tickets: Adult $21 / Students & Snrs $18 http://www.ectheatre.ca/
Friday October 11, 2013, James North Art Crawl.
In the gallery, through October, the 3rd Vormittag Biennial Invitational, organized by the artist Irena Vormittag, a founding member of Arcadia Gallery in Toronto and Hamilton Artists Inc. in Hamilton Ontario. These exhibits feature mid-career artists who had been working consistently in the Golden Horseshoe region, artists with a rich history of art making, organizing shows, operating galleries, and being active in the art community. From Sept 26, to Oct 26 this show moves from Arcadia Gallery in Toronto to Artword Gallery in Hamilton for its second stop. The 2013 participants are Andrew Glinski, Cynthia Hill, Bryce Kanbara, James Latrobe, Samuel Robinson, Irena Vormittag, Julita Wolanska and Robert Yates. Some of the artists will be present on Art Crawl, Friday October 11, from 7 to 10 pm
Friday October 11, 2013, James North Art Crawl, from 8:30, in the bar, tip jar. Pianist Ian Green and vocalist Kirsten Urbas present an evening of music from every era including Romantic music, ragtime, show tunes, jazz standards, pop, rock, and original pieces of music composed by Ian. Ian Green, professional jazz and classical pianist, resident of Hamilton, enjoys playing a variety of styles of music from classical to jazz stylings. Kirsten Urbas, a jazz singer from Toronto, has a very warm voice and a great stage presence. Ian and Kirsten will be performing many standard jazz charts that Kirsten has put her own personal touch. Kirsten Urbas is a young singer-songwriter who enjoys performing many different genres. She is currently attending Humber College in Toronto to pursue her Music Performance degree.
SUPERCRAWL: Artword Artbar showcases alt/indie rock bands Andreas & The Crimson Permanent, Sat Sept 14, 2013
Saturday September 14 (Supercrawl): open from 1:30 pm
– afternoon 3-5: Jazz Plasma band: Brent on bass, Sergey on keyboard, Ivan on drums.
– evening from 6 pm: Alt Rock Showcase at Artword Artbar! We’ve invited two interesting and original young rock bands who have played at Artword Artbar recently to strut their stuff in our acoustic environment — high quality songwriting, and it’s not all loud.
* Andreas. Time around 9 pm. This brilliant Hamilton group has just launched a new EP. Brian Dahl (lead vocals/guitar), Jay Brandow (guitar/vocals), Adam Payne (bass), Mike Medhurst (drums), and Jennifer Lockman (keyboards/vocals). http://andreasband.com/aboutus.htm
* The Crimson Permanent, around 6:30 pm. A new band from Burlington: Jonathan Malström guitar, Haydn Sterne drums, Conor Povey lead vocals and bass, Adam Gazelle guitar and keys.
*Sunday June 23 at 2 pm, special edition of PoeMagic for Open Streets, at Artword Artbar’s Open Mic, corner of Colbourne and James.
*Friday June 28 at 8 pm. PoeMagic, an evening of spoken word, hosted by dub poet Klyde Broox. All genres of spoken word poets welcome. Contact Klyde at firstname.lastname@example.org. “Steeped in oral traditions, Broox’s gesture-enabled, dance and song-oriented, performances are consistently pitched to engage, entertain, and invite audiences to experience poetry as social communion. ” Read more…
Sunday June 23 from 11 am to 4 pm. “Open Mic for Open Streets” hosted by Ron the Fiddler. It’s the Open Streets Festival again (walk, ride, roll all day from 10 am to 5 pm up and down James Street North http://openstreetshamilton.ca/). Artword Artbar will be out on the corner with our sound system, hosting our “Open Mic for Open Streets”. To sign up for a time slot, email us email@example.com.
From 2 pm to 3 pm (or so), the mics are open for a special street edition of spoken word — PoeMagic with host dub poet Klyde Broox.
Friday May 10, James North Art Crawl. Music in the bar from 8 pm, tip jar: An Artword favourite, the lively 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.
In the gallery, “The Blues in Black and White“, an exhibit of ‘live in performance” photos of blues musicians, from the glory days of Albert’s Hall in Toronto, taken by bartender and photographer Robert Allison.
Gallery month of April, and Friday April 12 Art Crawl, 7 to 10:30 pm: A group exhibition of paintings, sculptures, prints and installation work by Alicia Giansante, Emma Hale, Nikkie To and Ianitza Vassileva. These four emerging artists are currently all completing a degree in Studio Art at McMaster University. The exhibition concept revolves around notions of self-perception, alternate realities, ethereality and femininity. The artists will present four unique bodies of work that express similar ideas, transforming the space to create an intimate and tranquil atmosphere through the use of lighting and sound.
The four artists have experience exhibiting as a collective, and individually throughout Canada; having participated in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada, HAVN Gallery, and have had work published in Incite Magazine, Hamilton.
Friday April 12, James North Art Crawl, from 8 pm onwards. Tip jar. Jazz in the bar with the Aubrey Wilson Quartet with Aubrey Wilson vocals, Chris Bruder piano, Sean Bruce Parker drums, and Tom Altobelli bass, playing a variety of jazz standards and some new works by rising jazz star Esperanza Spalding.
In Artword Gallery from Friday January 11 to Saturday February 23, 2013, a two-part drawing show by David Nemeth.The artist will be present for both January 11 and February 8 Art Crawl evenings. Artword Gallery is open during Artword Artbar hours.
David Nemeth recently made his home in Hamilton, the city that inspired him to create his latest series, “Between the Hammer and a Hard Place”, an evocative study of Hamilton’s architecture and the people who reside there, as seen through the eyes of the artist.
David writes: “Creating a drawing is more than simply duplicating an image. The challenge is creating the emotion that captures a living, breathing moment of life. I try to tap into the emotion of a photograph to go beyond what the camera can “see”. It’s that emotion that I translate into a drawing and the closer I get to the end of an illustration, the stronger that emotion becomes.”
David works in several media, including oil, watercolour, and graphite on rag, canvas and linen. His illustration work is painstakingly detailed; its realism capturing not only moments of beauty, but also the sometimes harsh realities of life. http://www.mylefteyestudios.ca/ Artist’s Bio: Read more…
Friday January 11, 2013, James North Art Crawl (second Friday of each month).
Music in the bar from 8 pm, tip jar: An Artword favourite, the lively high-energy trio 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.
Friday December 14 (James North Art Crawl) from 7 to 10 pm
Saturday December 15 from 1 to 5 pm, at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street.
gritLIT, Hamilton’s Literary Festival, is proud to partner with the Artword Artbar for their second annual Holiday Book and Gift Sale, over two days!
Loads of new and almost new books at bargain prices, plus gift items, raffles, and more. www.gritlit.ca
Friday December 14, 2012, James North Art Crawl, tip jar. Music by Bill and the Art Crawlers, a mainstay in the Hamilton music scene, most recently found playing Art Crawls at the Blue Angel around the corner, and now making a guest appearance at Artword Artbar. Here’s what they say “… a new (old) band that is generating much interest in Hamilton’s James Street North art district. The band consists of four guitarists-singers, sax and drums. Bill, Robert, Hank, Ken, Aaron and Phil come to play. Their repertoire includes pop, country, jazz. traditional rock’n’roll, international, and vocals in English, French and Spanish. There is a total of more than 150 years of experience between the band members: no beginners here. Try them, you’ll like them.”
James North Art Crawl, Friday Nov 9, tip jar. A dynamite double-bill:
8 to 9:45 pm:- Singer-songwriter Mark McNeil, with his own blend of country-flavoured roots and blues classics and originals. Joining Mark is Jeff Griffiths on drums.
10 pm to midnight or so: Cindy Dell and Brennagh Burns. Hailing from rural South-Western Ontario, the acoustic duo of Cindy Dell and Brennagh Burns are known for their tree-hugging, cause-fighting, instrument-swapping, and town-hopping ways. Having spent the last several years traveling throughout Southern Ontario, exploring solo musical careers as well as playing/writing for various musical groups and projects, Cindy (vocals, guitar, fiddle, uke) and Brennagh (guitar, harmonica) continue to come together not only as dear friends and colleagues, but also as passionate collaborators, singer-songwriters, and lovers of song. Both have just released new CDs and they perform a variety of original songs as well as unique arrangements of covers against a backdrop of haunting harmonies, rich song and charged acoustic ambiance. Influences: Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Bonnie Raitt, Rose Cousins.
Friday October 12, James North Art Crawl.
In the bar, jazz with Brad Cheeseman Group from 8 to about 11 pm. Tip jar. The Brad Cheeseman Group, led by the eponymous bassist/composer, is an exciting contemporary jazz ensemble that draws from a wealth of influences to create a unique, modern sound. Elements of fusion and R&B co-exist peacefully with the rich language of jazz. The group also features Jeff LaRochelle (tenor sax), Matt Burns (drums), Rob Chapman (guitar) and Sam Kogen (piano/keyboards). www.bradcheeseman.com
In the gallery: Linda Joyce Ott‘s exhibit of remarkable new paintings, Dancing Around the Void, is held over into October! The artist will be present at Art Crawl on October 12 from 7 to 10 pm.
Saturday September 15. Artword Artbar will be open from 1 pm to 1 am during Supercrawl. One of the sound stages is right across the street from us at Colbourne and James.
Special early evening appearance at Artword Artbar by the wonderful local band Fry Truck, led by three super singer-songwriters; Dan Medakovic, Dave Pomfret and Mike Trebilcock. Full band: Matt Coleman (fiddle), Linda Duemo (drums/vocals/guitar), Carrie Ashworth (bass), Dave Pomfret (guitar/vocals), Mike Trebilcock (guitar/vocals), Chris Wheeler (pedal steel, lapsteel, guitar), Dan Medakovic (banjitar/vocals)
6 to 7:30 pm: Solo short sets by FRY TRUCK members Dan Medakovic, Dave Pomfret, Mike Trebilcock and Linda Duemo. 7:30 to 9:30: FRY TRUCK full band. Tip jar for band.