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.
ART CRAWL Friday September 14 at 11 pm. Live performance: Original Score Music composed by Sandra Ramunno (piano) with special orchestral keyboard arrangements by Jim Unsworth (keyboard). [Performance is about 45 minutes.]
Sandra Ramunno: Sandra has always been magically drawn to film and the film music of every era. Her own compositions deeply heartfelt, reflective and playful lend themselves beautifully to the emotionally complex and personal world of cinema. Her pieces, written in a variety of styles, mostly for piano, draw on several music traditions including classical, popular, jazz, and film music itself. Read more…
Friday September 14, James North Art Crawl, the second Friday of every month.
Music in the bar all evening: Beg To Differ Trio playing blues / jazz / funk — Tim Ninehouse on keyboards, vocals; Doug Sikma – guitar; Steve Foster – drums, unique renditions of blues, jazz and funk songs, drawing from a large musical repertoire from early blues roots to jazzified contemporary songs.
Friday September 14, James North Art Crawl, artist present from 7 to 10 pm.
In the Gallery for the month of September: new paintings by Linda Joyce Ott. Dancing Around the Void, new paintings and mixed media works. In these intriguing works, Linda explores those moments of luminosity that hover between life and death, being and non-being, meaning and ambiguity. Show held over through October. Artist present Friday October 12 for Art Crawl.
Friday July 13 from 8 pm, tip jar: Music in the bar during the James North Art Crawl. one of our favourite jazz vocalists Emily Kemp is back with her band: Scott MacIntosh guitar, Jordan Snider drums, Tom Altobelli bass, and Chris Bruder piano.
In the Gallery: show displays for productions in the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival.
Sunday June 24 from 11 am to 4 pm. “Open Mic for Open Streets“, Artword Artbar’s traditional presence on the street, as we haul our sound gear out to the corner of Colbourne & James Street North, to join in the fun. Roll on by with your guitar or harmonica or kazoo and take over a mic. Hosted by Ron the Fiddler.
What is Open Streets? On Sunday, June 24th 2012, from 10 am to 5 pm, make the streets your playground! This year’s Open Streets Hamilton includes over 2 kilometres of car-free roads for pedestrians, cyclists, scooters, skateboards, wheelchairs, games, activities and more! Featuring: NEW SECTION! James North between York & King, James Street North closed to cars from north side of King & James to Guise St; YWCA Hamilton’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (LiUNA Station); Pathways to Peace (1-4pm at the Lister Block); GritLIT Booksale; Over 60 local businesses and organizations on the street; great music, food and art, and more! www.openstreetshamilton.ca
Friday June 8, 2012, from 8 pm, James North Art Crawl. Music in the bar, tip jar. Jazz with The Robert Chapman Trio (with Robert Chapman – guitar, Mark Ballyk – drums, Jon Stemmler – bass), plus special guests Ruthie Pytka-Jones – voice, and Matt Woroshyl – sax.
Friday May 11, 2012 (James North Art Crawl). In the bar, tip jar.
From 8 pm to 10:30: A Touch of Klez, Hamilton’s own Klezmer band, playing the high-energy sounds of Eastern European music, gypsy, Jewish, swing. Featuring Jordan Abraham on accordion.
From 11 pm to 12:30 am, a late set showcase: singer-songwriter Crissi Cochrane and 3-piece folk band Dear Sister (Bri Salmena – vocals, guitar; Raven Shields – vocals, guitar; Aaron Comeau – banjo, piano, guitar, double bass, etc.)
Friday April 13 (James North Art Crawl), from 7 pm-9:15: “Behind the Kiln” multi-media dance, music, video collaborations in real-time. Dancers include: Olga Barrios, Liz Bates, Laura Reid, Victoria Slager, Grace Loney, Tanis MacArthur. Musicians include: Brier Pomfret, Ronald Weihs. Video vee-jaying by Judith Sandiford.
9:30 – midnight (tip jar): Jazz with Emily Kemp vocals, Scott MacIntosh guitar, Jordan Snider drums, Tom Altobelli bass, and Chris Bruder piano.
Friday April 13, 2012 (James North Art Crawl). Leah Boyd exhibits sculpture, drawings, prints and collage. The exhibit is a collection of Leah’s work from her last two years as a student until now. Leah meticulously pieces together fragments of sculpture, drawing, printmaking, textile and found objects in order to replicate her own personal feelings of tension and anxiety. Leah is a recent graduate of McMaster Fine Arts and Art History program. The exhibit is up for the month of April. Artist present 7-10 pm during James North Art Crawl
Friday March 9, 2012 from 8 pm on…(James North Art Crawl). Jazz trio “Beg To Differ” playing blues / jazz / funk. Featuring Tim Ninehouse on piano, keyboards, vocals; Doug Sikma – guitar; Steve Foster – drums. “Beg To Differ” performs unique renditions of blues, jazz and funk songs, drawing from a large musical repertoire from early blues roots to jazzified contemporary songs. Photo from their concert last year.
Friday, February 10, 2012, from 8 pm onwards… (James North Art Crawl). Music, dance, video, and all of the above. Opening guest set: Rob Willett, guitar and voice. Second set, “Behind the Kiln” part one, dance and music improvised before your eyes, featuring Tanis MacArthur, with the improvising orchestra (Trio Arjento plus friends). Third set, a more formal concert set by Trio Arjento , Jennifer Lockman piano, Tom Shea guitar, Orange McFarland stand-up bass, (minus Marcy Hull who is not able to join in). Last set, “Behind the Kiln” part two, more real-time collaborations and live video-mix by Judith Sandiford, with guest musicians (including Angela Macaroni on flute) and dancer/movers including Jenny Rae on a visit from Thailand