Sunday July 13, 2014, from 11 am to 4 pm. 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 presents “Open Mic for Open Streets“, our 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. To sign up for a time slot, email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday July 11, 2014, from 8:15 pm, tip jar. An Art Crawl special treat: PerlHaze, a new project by two well-known jazz singers Sophia Perlman and Terra Hazelton. Join us at Artword Artbar, as they preview their new material and their new approach to harmonising. They want to perform at Art Crawl to show as many people as possible the wonderful things they are up to.
“Toronto-based singers Terra Hazelton and Sophia Perlman have discovered a mutual love for music, harmonies and songwriting that goes far beyond the borders of their respective jazz careers. They are taking their first steps as aspiring songwriters, and learning to play (at press time) six instruments between them, and fine-tuning their uncanny vocal blend. As bootcamp before they record their own first full-length album in the fall, they are trekking across Western Canada, armed with their new-found harmony super-powers, and little collection of early recordings of the music that inspires them most.” http://www.perlhaze.com/
Friday July 11, from 7 to 8 pm, tip jar, a special Art Crawl opener. Accordionist and NY subway busker Damon Hankoff with a sample of his project Out of Sight of Land (brought to you at Artword Artbar by Annie Shaw).
Out of Sight of Land is the musical project of Damon Hankoff, a multifarious sideman and fledgling songwriter. Mr. Hankoff is a New Yorker by birth and by youth and is currently based out of Quebec City and Montreal. But actually most of the songs in question were written during a long sojourn in the Near East and subsequently honed in the cacophonic corridors of the NYC subway system. Among the topics Out of Sight of Land addresses are longing, the end of the world, and the salt, salt, sea. Musical influences include ancient masters (Palestrina, Gesualdo) and the New Weird America. Out of Sight of Land is on tour this October, after releasing a first album in June. http://outofsightofland.bandcamp.com/
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 email@example.com. “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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.