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In the Gallery on Art Crawl: Janice Peshke, Debbie Long, Fri Nov 14

October 9th, 2014
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Janice_Peshke_cJanicePeshke_IMG_0743_cFriday November 14, 2014, James North Art Crawl, from 7:30 to 10 pm.
In the installation gallery, on exhibit and for sale, hand made unique jewellery by Janice Peshke and Debbie Long.  Janice Peshke is a jewellery designer, who teaches classes in her Coachhouse, as well as at the Dundas Valley School of Art. Debbie Long is one of Janice’s students who does drop in classes each week and has done so for the past few years. She has developed her own unique designs.
The artists will be present between about 7:30 to 10 pm

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Art Crawl “To the Bone” Dave Gould exhibit & performance Fri Oct 10

August 13th, 2014
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Dave_Gould_antlerposter1_cDave_Gould_Poster_680Friday October 10, 2014, James North Art Crawl, music and art and craft beer on tap. In the Gallery: special guest tonight is musician/sculptor/zany guy Dave Gould, with an installation mainly of his instruments made of bones. And in the bar, Dave will demonstrate and perform on the instruments. The show is called “TO THE BONE” – from Dave Gould’s Audiotorium Collection.
Dave explains: “I am inspired to re-purpose objects in unique ways whether it is with my electro-acoustic sculptures/instruments or visual art. It is my hope that people will be inspired to perceive their environments in new ways and find art in everyday life. I am also intrigued by the blurring of lines between what is visual and what is musical which prompts the question, “Is that a musical instrument or a sculpture?”
The installation will remain on view for the month of October.

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Gallery: months of May and June, Ellen Irving new paintings “Field Studies”

April 27th, 2014
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Ellen_Irving_Field_Studies_0012In the Gallery for the months of May and June. New paintings in acrylic on canvas, “Field Studies”, by Ellen Irving. During the summer of 2013 and the winter of 2014, Ellen traveled through the farming communities of southern Ontario and the Gaspe Bay. Fascinated with the patch-work appearance of farm fields, Ellen took pictures and did small sketches. With these as a starting point, she was able to capture on canvas her excitement with the patterns in the various fields.

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Art Crawl, in Gallery, the Vormittag Invitational, Friday Oct 11

September 5th, 2013
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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

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Gallery: Alicia Giansante, Olivia Rozema and Jenn Shamo, Sept 12-22

August 6th, 2013
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Olivia_Rozema_img4Alicia_Giansante_img22Artword Gallery: Sept. 12-22, 2013. “Flux”, a group exhibition by Alicia Giansante, Olivia Rozema and Jenn Shamo, all currently completing a degree in Studio Art at McMaster University. The artists will be present during Friday Sept 13 Art Crawl and Saturday Sept 14 Supercrawl. (The Gallery is open when Artword Artbar is open.)
The exhibition includes work by each artist that emphasizes a continued flow, an essential continuance or cycle. Though they use various materials, each artist is concerned with determining the essence of their subject and making it resonate beyond its physical form.
Jenn_Shamo_img9Alicia Giansante, in a series of sculptural mixed media and found art, examines escapism and a suspended moment in time. She draws upon a never-ending stream of consciousness manifested in an iconic falling figure. Olivia Rozema is a sculpture artist who uses found items of both natural and manmade origins; manipulating their forms to reference the womb and the regenerative qualities of the natural world. She seeks to give the human body spiritual agency in the context of the Earth’s natural cycles. Jenn Shamo uses drawing mediums and collage combined three-dimensionally to explore diaristic concepts with improvisational and spontaneous processes. Her organic lines and forms defy special boundaries, recalling continuous and swelling growth.

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Gallery: The Blues in Black and White, photos by Robert Allison, May 2013

April 6th, 2013
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reed-l_en.jpgcotton-l.jpgIn the Gallery, month of May 2013, The Blues in Black and White, an exhibition of archival photographs by Robert Allison from the glory days of Albert’s Hall, the premier venue in the late 80s for blues musicians passing through Toronto.
Robert wrote in 1989: “I began photographing each act that came to the bar. On Monday I’d shoot, and by Friday I’d have prints to be signed. butterfield-l_en.jpgIt gave me a goal, it gave me a purpose for shooting, but most of all it gave me satisfaction – something that I was interested in and something that I could feel. The management gave me a private gallery, and the bar gave me a captive audience. Thematically I was capturing history in the making. That’s what this collection is. It’s a history of a bar that I’ve worked in for five years, and it’s a history of the musicians that have played there.” (photo top left James Cotton, left lower Paul Butterfield, right Jimmy Reed) Read more…

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ART CRAWL Fri May 10: blues in the bar – Beg to Differ

April 6th, 2013
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Tim Ninehouse_cc.jpgFriday 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.

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Gallery in April: Alicia Giansante, Emma Hale, Nikkie To, Ianitza Vassileva

March 10th, 2013
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Alicia_Giansante_Falling.jpgEmma_Hale_August24th.jpgGallery 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 GiansanteEmma 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. Nikkie_To.jpgIanitza_Vassileva_Guise_Series.jpgThe 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.

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Gallery: Nicole Babjak, open-air sketches, Fri March 8, Art Crawl

February 8th, 2013
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Nicole_Babjak_IMG_0132_650.jpgNicole_Babjak_IMG_0125_en650.jpgJames North Art Crawl, in the Gallery for the month of March 2013: Nicole Babjak, an emerging artist from Burlington showcases her open-air sketches from around the world. “Windows to the World” is a collection of miniature watercolour and pen & ink drawings featuring locations as Alaska, China, Italy and Croatia that Nicole has travelled to in the past 10 years. Nicole will be present Friday March 8 from 7 to 10pm for the James St. North Art Crawl. Artword Gallery is open when Artword Artbar is open.

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ART CRAWL: Drawings by David Nemeth, Jan 11 & Feb 8, 2013

December 5th, 2012
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David_Nemeth_SomethingFishyGoingOn.jpgIn 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_BrokenE-stringBreakdown.jpgDavid 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…

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Gallery: Linda Joyce Ott, new paintings, Friday Sept 14

August 14th, 2012
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Friday September 14, James North Art Crawl, artist present from 7 to 10 pm.
LindaJoyceOtt_valueofalife.jpgLindaJoyceOtt_LIFEMUTATES.jpgIn 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.

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Gallery: Miranda Black and Meiko Ando, month of May 2012

April 7th, 2012
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Miranda_Black_II.jpgMeiko_Ando_usuba_1_650.jpgIn Artword Gallery for the month of May 2012, paintings by Miranda Black and linocut prints by Meiko Ando.
Miranda Black (image left) Artist’s Statement: “In this time of environmental catastrophe and economical detriment Mother Earth needs a voice. It takes a lot to fight for our earth mother. Right now, fighting for our earth is still seen as against the stream. However the resilience of our planet and survival the human race are linked. As our climate shifts our lives will change and I am hopeful that our addictions will lessen. Now, more than any other time, the world is in need of art that generates freedom of our most precious human trait — our souls.  As a visionary artist my goal is to use the light of creativity and imagination to envision our world as a planet of health and spiritual wealth.” Artist present during Art Crawl Friday May 11, 2012.

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Gallery: Leah Boyd, sculpture, drawings, collage, Fri April 13

March 4th, 2012
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Leah Boyd_016_enc650.jpgFriday 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

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Gallery: Bigda, Kamocki Allaby, Woodhouse, James North Art Crawl, Fri Mar 9

January 28th, 2012
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Kamocki-Allaby image12.jpgBigda_Artbar_650.jpgFriday March 9, from 7 to 10 pm, James North Art Crawl, artists present. In the Gallery for the month of March, “Hybrids & Counterparts“, an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by three McMaster art students: Jessica Bigda, Morgan Kamocki Allaby, and Paige Woodhouse. The sculptures have in common an exploration, through the physicality of clay, of hybrid anatomies that are part human, part animal. Read more…

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Artword Gallery in February: Ellen Irving + Martin Peckham

January 7th, 2012
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Ellen_Irving_0014c_650.jpgArt exhibit for February 2012, artists present Friday February 10, James North Art Crawl from 7 to 10:30 pm. Gallery hours: when Artword Artbar is open.
Martin_Peckham_0004c_650.JPGEllen Irving
has incorporate childhood loves of maps, hardware , painting and wood to her most recent works. Taking the scale bar from maps used to measure distance, she is using sculpture, drawings and paintings to explore the distance she has travelled in her personal life…
Martin Peckham will be showing his illuminated glass sculptures in the installation room. Having spent years collecting beach glass from the shores of Lake Erie he has now found a brilliant way to display them.

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Christmas Treat: Puppet show – Pulcinella, il Cameriere, Sun Dec 4, Fri Dec 9, Sun Dec 11

November 6th, 2011
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Pulcinella2.jpgADDED SHOWS on Friday Dec 9 Art Crawl at 7:30 and 8:30 pm, tip jar! Sunday December 4 and Sunday December 11,  open at 2 pm, performances at 3 and 5 pm, $7. All ages. A Christmas treat for the whole family — toys and puppets!!
**Studio Babette brings you a Christmas treat: Pulcinella, il Cameriere (Pulcinella, the Waiter) is a StudioBabette_Pierrot.jpgfun-filled puppet play using hand puppets inspired by the Commedia dell’Arte style of puppetry. Join Pulcinella as he attempts to impress Pantalone, in order to get closer to Pantalone’s flirtatious daughter Angelina, while the Dog threatens to ruin everything. http://www.studiobabette.ca/
** Hamilton Toy Museum’s exhibit in the gallery will have hands-on activities (such as lego-building) before and after the puppet shows.
The exhibits:
StudioBabette_countrygirl.jpg– Marionettes and puppets from the collection of Marie Franek and Studio Babette (examples right)
– A display of published illustration pieces from comics, toys and children’s books from the Hamilton Toy Museum, coordinated by Chris and Shannon Weston. http://www.thtm.ca/
The exhibits run from December 1 to 17, Tuesday to Sat from 6 pm, and Sunday Dec 4 and 11 from 2 pm. The artists/coordinators will be present during the James North Art Crawl from 7 to 10 pm.

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Exhibit: Hamilton Toy Museum, Dec 1 to 17

November 6th, 2011
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Hamilton_Toy_Museum_THTM.jpgDecember Exhibits and performances for the whole family.  A display of published illustration pieces from comics, toys and children’s books from the Hamilton Toy Museum, coordinated by Chris and Shannon Weston. http://www.thtm.ca/
The exhibits run from December 1 to 17, Tuesday to Sat from 6 pm, and Sunday Dec 4 and 11 from 2 pm. The artists/coordinators will be present during the James North Art Crawl Friday Dec 9 from 7 to 10 pm. and during the Studio Babette puppet performances on Sunday afternoons. Read more…

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Gallery September: Bruce Parsons, PLAN B [PARADISE HOMES]

July 22nd, 2011
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parsons189_mapPlanB_650.jpgparsons179_adc.jpgSeptember in Artword Gallery: Bruce Parsons and his PLAN B [PARADISE HOMES]. Bruce will be present Friday Sept 9 for James North Art Crawl from 7 to 10 pm and Sunday Sept 18 for Open Streets Festival for the afternoon (watch for a special street installation for this one).
#1: An installation, WORKING PLAN B FOR PALESTINE / ISRAEL with large painted floor and wall maps and panoptic shield constructions.
#2: in the large studio, LABYRINTH MAP PAINTINGS on canvas and bamboo constructions. The images are from satellite cameras. These city planner designs of gated communities are exclusive developments in Ontario and Palestine/ Israel , Vaughan and Ma’ale Adumim.
View Bruce’s work with longer explanations is on his new web site www.bruceparsons.ca
and at the Center for Contemporary Canadian Art www.ccca.ca

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ART CRAWL Fri Aug 12, music with Ruthie Pytka-Jones

July 10th, 2011
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RuthiePytkaJones_0324_c650_2.jpgRuthie Pytka-Jones The Quartet - 650.jpgFriday August 12, James North Art Crawl all evening long!!
Music in the bar from 8 pm with jazz vocalist Ruthie Pytka-Jones and her quartet: Ruthie Pytka-Jones – vocals; Rob Chapman – guitar; Jon Stemmler – bass; Jeff Plumley – trumpet/flugelhorn.  Tip Jar ($5 suggested).
In the Gallery: Art from Mozambique in the Gallery, curated by Filimone Mabjaia.

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“Steel is the New Art” Steel Images, Shane Turcott, Art Crawl June 10

May 6th, 2011
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ShaneTurcott_steel_image022011.jpgArtword Gallery for the month of June: “Steel is the New Art”, images by metallurgist Shane Turcott, investigating steel failures with an electron ShaneTurcott_steel_image_logo.jpgmicroscope,  from his series “Steel Image of the Month”. His title for the exhibition — “Steel is the New Art” —  is used with permission from The Print Studio, playing on their campaign “Art is the New Steel” .
Friday June 10 from 7 to 11 pm, during the James North Art Crawl,  Shane Turcott will be present. Read more…

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Art Crawl: Ellen Irving gallery, music Amy Wark & Domenic Dinino, Fri April 8

March 4th, 2011
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ExplodingFurniture_EllenIrving_2515_enc650.jpgFriday April 8. It’s Art Crawl evening on James Street North, from 7 pm to whenever.
Gallery: Ellen Irving,  “Exploding Furniture” — wry and witty new paintings, drawings and an installation (pic left “This is the amy_wark_domenic_dinino.jpgchair starting back on anti-depressants”).
Music: Jazz duo Amy Wark and Domenic Dinino play percussion and piano, from 8 pm. Tip-jar cover. Late set 10:30 or so by Mark McNeil, singer-songwriter with his guitar.

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Art Crawl art exhibits: Janice Peshke & Judith Sandiford, Fri Mar 11

February 3rd, 2011
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Friday March 11, James North Art Crawl, art exhibits at Artword Gallery.  lith2_1_en.jpgJanice Peshke, handmade jewelry exhibition by the well-known Hamilton jewelry maker and instructor, in the installation gallery.
Judith Sandiford, a few selections from her large-scale paintings and drawings based on physics and cosmology, from her decade as a visual artist before she became a theatre designer, in the large gallery.  Exhibit up for the month of March.

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Art Crawl: vintage clothes, photos & music, Fri Feb 11

December 17th, 2010
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Friday February 11 from 7 pm to midnight,  James North Art Crawl at Artword Artbar. Andrea_Liss_dress2_650en.jpg
Andrea_Liss_dress1_650.jpgGallery: Andrea Liss *The Art of the Dress* is a vintage clothing installation of Canadian, American and European fashions, on exhibit (and for sale) at Artword Gallery, in February. Curated by vintage clothing collector Andrea Liss, the installation is inspired by the smoky romance of the femme fatale. Both high fashion and department store party dresses from the 1950s to 1980s will be styled exclusively to give you inspiration for Valentine’s Day. Hours with curator present: Fri Feb 11 (James North Art Crawl) from 7 to 10 pm, Sat Feb 12 from 2 to 6 pm.
Mark_Korczysnki_1_800.jpgMark Korczysnki
creates everyday objects and ornamental items out of forged metal. He is an artist blacksmith trained in the traditional method working out of his Sherman Street North studio, “metalmorphosis”. His exhibit features 10 art pieces — photographs with hand forged frames and hand cut mats.

Music in the bar: Wade Whittaker, solo classical guitar. And later, Tim Ninehouse, jazz piano.

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2011 opening event: James North Art Crawl, Fri Jan 14

November 28th, 2010
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Hamilton_Market_30s_800.jpgArtword Artbar opens its 2011 season on Friday Jan 14, from 7 pm onwards, with the James North Art Crawl
Gallery: Part Two of the Ferreira exhibit:  Roger Ferreira, paintings of Hamilton, and Kareem Ferreira, paintings and sculpture of steel-drum players. Kareem Ferreira is a 4th year student at McMaster in the Fine Art Department. He was born and grew up in Canada but his explorations and subject matter have usually come from the Caribbean, while his father Roger, who grew up in Trinidad, has been exploring Hamilton.  Website icanandiwill.ca
Bar: lots of music, including a set by Peter Tigchelaar, previewing his concert Sat Jan 15, as well as a set by singer-songwriter Marie Avery.

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James North Art Crawl, Fri Dec 10

October 25th, 2010
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RogerFerreira_SabawoonMarket.jpgFriday December 10, from 7 pm onwards, the James North Art Crawl
Gallery: Roger Ferreira, paintings of Hamilton, and Kareem Ferreira, paintings and sculpture of steel-drum players. Kareem Ferreira is a 4th year student at McMaster in the Ruthie_Pytka_Jones_c.jpgFine Art Department. He was born and grew up in Canada but his explorations and subject matter have usually come from the Caribbean, while his father Roger, who grew up in Trinidad, has been exploring Hamilton.  Website icanandiwill.ca
Bar: music by Ruthie Pytka-Jones, jazz vocalist, and some musical friends.

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Art Crawl, gallery Ellen Irving, music Trio Arjento, Fri Nov 12

September 26th, 2010
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Ellen_Irving_3074_Bare_Bear.jpgJames North Art Crawl, Friday Nov 12 from 7 pm to whenever.
In the Gallery, 7-10 pm: a new painting series by Ellen Irving about words with same sound and different meanings.
TrioArjento_JBusatophoto.jpgIn the Bar: 7:30 to 9:00 music TBA
9:30 and 10:30: two sets of jazz standards and originals by Trio Arjento: Marcy Hull vocals, Jennifer Lockman piano and Tom Shea guitar

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Art Crawl Fri Oct 8: music by M. Mucci, Mark McNeil, Dan Medakovic

August 11th, 2010
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M_Mucci_v22.jpgJames North Art Crawl, Friday October 8, all evening
Gallery: paintings and drawings by Andrew Glinski.
Bar: 7:30 to 9:15, mark & funky shirts050_adj_600.jpgDan_Medakovic.jpgMichael Mucci, compositions on steel-string guitar, with percussion by Jonathan Cass.
Dan Medakovic_MarkMcN_MarkVolkov.jpg9:30 onwards: Mark McNeil and Dan Medakovic, two sets mid-crawl & post-crawl. Two singer-songwriter-guitarists trade songs. PLUS special guest Mark Volkov on violin, flute & saxophone.

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Gallery: Andrew Glinski, paintings Oct 2-31

August 9th, 2010
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Glinski_3wrappedfirs.jpgSaturday October 2, exhibition opening from 4 to 7 pm, Andrew Glinski “Covered”, acrylic paintings and drawings (at Artword Gallery Oct 2-31). Andrew Glinski’s paintings and drawings explore the unsettling world of nature industrialized. Andrew uses AndrewGlinski_showcard_ver01.jpgthe forlorn bagged and shrouded little tokens of landscaping around industrial “parks” as a contemplation on our world today. Andrew Glinski is a Toronto based artist. Although best known for his large colourful abstract paintings he has for the past several years been working with landscape themes. http://www.glinski.com/  Read more…

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Art Crawl: Meiko Ando and Odradek improvising trio, Fri Sept 10

July 26th, 2010
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MeikoAndo_SpiritoftheLake_15x20cm_600.jpgFriday Sep 10, 9:30 to10:30 during Art Crawl Odradek trio of improvising multi-instrumentalists.
Post-crawl performance, 11:00 pm: Meiko Ando and Odradek trio, in an improvised collaboration, celebrating the launch of the print set “Odradek” (on exhibit in the gallery) along with CD by the Odradek trio.
Meiko Ando is a printmaker and also an independent solo dancer in Butoh style based in Toronto (and a longtime collaborator with Artword Theatre).
odradek.jpgOdradek is an improvising trio of multi-instrumentalists: James Bailey: (radios, theremin, amplified objects, turntable, magnetic tape, electronics); Michelangelo Iaffaldano: (clarinet, guitar, accordion, homemade instruments); Andy Yue: (analog synthesizer, piano, percussion, electronics, electro-acoustic keyboards)  http://www.myspace.com/odradektoronto
Odradek cultivates collaborations with a variety of artists in different media and traditions, from noise to Georgian folk music, from Butoh dance to jazz. They like to combine traditional instruments, electronics, found objects and invented and homemade sound sources.
For more on Meiko Ando, … Read more…

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