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Jazz with the Carolyn Credico Quartet, Sat Mar 2

January 8th, 2019
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Saturday March 2, 2019, at 8 pm, $15/$10. Jazz with the Carolyn Credico Quartet:
Carolyn Credico vocals, Chris Bruder piano, Jordan Snider drums, Victor Vrankulj bass.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

The Amy Project, stories/songs of Amy Winehouse, Fri March 1

January 7th, 2019
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Friday March1, 2019, at 8 pm, $tba. The Amy Project returns to Artword Artbar! The show is a musical and storied journey outlining the short but tragic life of Amy Winehouse, the late British soul, blues and jazz singer. The performers are: Marni Shuster as the voice of Amy,  Anthony Caradonna guitar/vocals, Ian Taylor bass/vocals, Amy DiNino piano/synth/vocals and Dominic DiNino drums.
Amy Winehouse was nominated for 63 World Music Awards and won 25 times for her songs and recordings before her death in 2011 at the age of only 27. The Amy Project performance will cover most of the songs from her two main albums Frank and Back to Black, plus many more of her other recordings, and some unreleased covers and collaborations.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-pop-etc., Music-rock, Music-Soul/R&B

Kongero, a capella quartet from Sweden, Thurs Feb 28, 2019

January 7th, 2019
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Thursday February 28, 2019, at 8 pm. Kongero, the a capella Swedish vocal group returns to Artword Artbar. Singers Lotta Andersson, Emma Björling, Anna Larsson and Anna Wikénius, of the highly acclaimed folk vocal group Kongero, draw traditional Swedish music out of the past and into the present.

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Jazz: The Jill McKenna Project, Wed Feb 27, 2019

January 6th, 2019
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Wednesday February 27, 2019, at 8 pm. Jazz with The Jill McKenna Project: Jill McKenna bass, Adrean Farrugia piano, MacKenzie Read drums.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Sat Feb 23, 2019

January 6th, 2019
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Saturday February 23, 2019 at 8 pm, $15. The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble returns again for Black History Month! This ensemble combines the ancient rhythms of Africa with the jazz harmonies of modern times. Waleed Abdulhamid (Composer/Band Leader) explains:  “We play melody on top of traditional jazzy chord progressions with a twist of African ancient rhythms. There is a place for African instruments such as gombri, lakoumbe, marimba in the music.”
Band members are: Waleed Abdulhamid bass,vocals, percussion; Joseph Callender soprano and tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Aaron Ferrera drums, percussion; Cory Sitek alto and soprano saxophone, flute.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-roots, Music-World

Alternative funk & soul: Olivia Brown Quartet, Fri Feb 22, 2019

January 5th, 2019
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Friday February 22, 2019, at 8 pm. Alternative funk and soul with the Olivia Brown Quartet: “Billie Holiday, James Brown, and the Pixies collide in an evening of refreshingly original music.”
Olivia Brown bass and vocals, Jake Franiczek guitar, Justin McHugh drums, Ian Aisling piano.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-Soul/R&B

Psychedelic jazz, guitarist Doug Murphy, Thurs Feb 21, 2019

January 5th, 2019
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Thursday February 21,2019, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. Fusion psychedelic jazz with  guitarist Doug Murphy and his band “It Is What It Is”: Alana Gunn bass, Oscar Galbraith drums, Mike Ricci saxophone and flute. Guest set by Stef of KILLTHEOPPRESSOR.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz, Alex Tomowich Quartet, Sun Feb 17, 2019 at 7 pm

January 4th, 2019
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Sunday February 17, 2019 at 7 pm. Special early Sunday concert. Jazz w. the Alex Tomowich Quartet:  Ted Warren on drums, Pat Collins on bass, Michael Morabito on saxophones, and Alex Tomowich on piano. The quartet plays a range of music including innovative originals inspired by Joe Satriani, Bud Powell, and Joey Calderazzo, along with covers of music by Adrean Farrugia and more.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Acoustic Moments: The Riddim Riders Unplugged, Sat Feb 16, 2019

January 4th, 2019
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Saturday February 16, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 advance, $20 at the door. Mr. Jay hosts another fabulous Acoustic Moments show, featuring world-class reggae music by The Riddim Riders Unplugged.
Core members Franklin Joseph and Mike Rajczak are joined by vocalist Lauren Mikayla. The band breaks away from their usual reggae-rockers vibe with this configuration, presenting an acoustic-soul vibe featuring acoustic and classical guitars, djembe, conga and hand percussion, and a big focus on rich vocal harmonies.

Event, Music, Music-Soul/R&B, Music-World

Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley “Morning Sun” Black History Month, Fri Feb 15, 2019

January 3rd, 2019
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Friday February 15, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 advance, $20 door. The wonderful blues/gospel duo Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley are bringing us a very special show: “Morning Sun” – a celebration in song for Black History Month.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-roots, Special event

Valentine Special with Em and Joss, Thur Feb 14, 2019

January 3rd, 2019
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Thursday February 14, 2019, at 8 pm. $tba. Artword Artbar hosts a date-night Valentine’s Day special, a romantic evening of music with our wonderful friends Em and Joss (Emily Kemp and Jocelyn Russell). They will sing their favourite love songs. Piano, acoustic guitar, rhythm instruments and rich vocal harmonies. More details to come…

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-pop-etc.

Jazz w. the Winona Collective, Sat Feb 9, 2019

January 2nd, 2019
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Saturday February 9, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. The Winona Collective is a group of five jazz musician friends: Dan Pitt and Harry Bartlett on guitars, Jill McKenna and Caleb Klager on upright basses and Harry Vetro on drums. They are exploring the possibilities of this unusual instrumentation. New arrangements are possible, where each member can take on a different role in the ensemble. Their compositions will feature aspects of jazz improvisation, as well as new takes on standards.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

The SoulCypher: featuring Aisha Barrow & Viktoria Csik, Fri Feb 8, 2019

January 2nd, 2019
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Friday February 8, 2019, at 8 pm. The SoulCypher features up-and-coming Soul and R&B artists LifeandtheTribe (Aisha Barrow vocalist and band) and Viktoria Csik and band. The evening will showcase modern and classic R&B and Neo-soul.
Lifeandthetribe: Aisha Barrow vocals (listen to video below); Nathanael Pollard keys; Jason Osario guitar; Spencer Devolin bass; Jadon Haughton drums.
Viktoria Csik and band: Viktoria Csik vocals; Santiago Rozo keys; Cameron Watson bass; Lucas Hibbs drums.

Event, Music, Music-pop-etc.

OPENING Event: Kyp Harness, w. Tania Gill & Dale Morningstar, Thurs Feb 7, 2019

January 2nd, 2019
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Thursday February 7, 2019, at 8 pm. First event of 2019. Songwriter Kyp Harness, musician and writer, is celebrating the release of his second novel The Abandoned as well as his 14th album, self-titled Kyp Harness.Joining him is pianist Tania Gill and multi-intrumentalist Dale Morningstar of Dinner is Ruined.  https://kypharness.net/

“If you aren’t familiar with Kyp Harness, then you’ve been missing one of the most important bodies of work any Canadian singer-songwriter…. With each new release, media outlets have hailed him as a genius, and his songs have been covered by Ron Sexsmith, Daniel Lanois and Mary Margaret O’Hara, among others. Sexsmith has called Harness, ‘my favourite songwriter. It’s his lyrics that set him apart. They are every bit as powerful as the best Dylan, Cohen and Lennon combined.’”

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

Artword Artbar closed to Feb 6, 2019

December 10th, 2018
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From Dec 16, 2018 to Feb 6, 2019, Artword Artbar will be closed.
Programming resumes from Thurs February 7, 2019. Watch the website for programming updates for February and March 2019.

Event, News

THEATRE: Scroogissimo is coming back! Dec 1 to 15, 2018

October 20th, 2018
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NEWS: remaining 4 shows selling fast. Fri Dec 14 is SOLD OUT.
Friday Dec 1 to Saturday Dec 15, 2018.
Times: Wed to Sat at 8:00 pm.
Sun matinées Dec 2 & Dec 9 at 3:00 pm.
Tickets: Adults $25,  Child 14 & under $10.
To reserve call 905-543-8512. On-line ticketing no longer available.

Artword Theatre’s delightful Christmas comedy Scroogissimo returns for a fourth time to Artword Artbar. Hamilton’s North End meets Charles Dickens in a wacky script by Ryan Sero and Charly Chiarelli, directed by Ronald Weihs.
With the original cast!
Charly Chiarelli as Ebenezu Scroogie
Pamela Gardner as Christmas Past and ensemble
Paula Grove as Christmas Present and ensemble
Valeri Kay as Christmas Future, Mrs. Cratchit and ensemble
Jon-Gordon Odegaard as Bob Cratchit and ensemble
Jay Shand as Marley’s Ghost, nephew Fred and ensemble
Musical support by Alex Tomowich on piano.

A sell-out hit in 2013, 2014 and 2016, Scroogissimo features Charly Chiarelli as “Ebenezu Scroogie”, a Christmas-hating old Hamiltonian from Racalmuto, Sicily, who finds himself haunted by three ghosts of the Past, Present and Future.

Our favourite review, from the first production in 2013: “Artword Theatre is cramming a whack of seasonal fun into their tiny package of a space. Mixing local Sicilian–Canadian storyteller Charly Chiarelli and “Charly” Dickens makes a Christmas–cracker exploding with musical and comedic goodies that will make an addition to your festive season you will never forget….” Robin Pittis for View Magazine.
(The show is as much fun and even more, as we add new things in each remount.)

Event, Theatre

SPECIAL: Brownman Ali’s Jazz Xmas show, Tues Dec 11, 7:30 pm

October 19th, 2018
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 7:30 pm, $15/$10 students. Special show just added! Brownman Ali’s Jazz Xmas show is a unique reading of classic holiday tunes by the BROWNMAN AKOUSTIC QUARTET with Brownman Ali on trumpet, Nick Maclean on piano, Jesse Dietschi on bass and David Steinmetz on drums. All tunes have been specially arranged by Brownman. Imagine:
— “Frosty the Snowman” with a Cuban twist
— “We Three Kings” as a hip-hop track
— “Rudolph” as a hard-swinging tune
— “Jingle Bells in 7/8”
— “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire” as a Brazilian Samba
— “Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” like a 50’s Miles tunes
— “Do You Hear What I Hear” as down-tempo soul
— “Silent Night” as a ballad.

Event, Music-Jazz

Sikuris St. Lawrence, music from the Andes, Sat Nov 24

October 14th, 2018
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Saturday November 24, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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From Toronto, the Sikuris St. Lawrence band who play traditional South American music from the Andes: a special concert for their new cd Vidala.
Band members: Ernesto Cardenas (vocals and Andean wind instruments), Rodrigo Chavez (guitar, charango, percussion), Marco Frangini (vocals and sikus), Jose Sanhueza (vocals, guitar and small percussion), Nano Valverde (guitar, Andean wind instruments and bass), Miguel Vasquez (Andean wind instruments and percussion). The sikus is South American pan-flute (Aymara language); a sikuris is a person who plays the sikus.
The story: In 1983 a group of South American musicians living in Toronto gathered every Saturday at the legendary St Lawrence Market to play their music, exchange ideas and practice their instruments. Now, the SIkuris are gathering again to share their music and pay respect to the ancient music of the South American Andes. Instruments include the sikus, spanish guitar, charango, venezuelan cuatro guitar, kena, bombo, bass drum.

Event, Music, Music-World

New Orleans jazz with Red Hot Ramble, Fri Nov 23

October 13th, 2018
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Friday November 23, 2018, 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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New Orleans-style jazz with Red Hot Ramble: Roberta Hunt  lead vocals, piano; Jamie Stager vocals, trombone; Jacob Gorzhaltsan sax/clarinet;  Jacek “Jack” Zorawski vocals, acoustic bass; Glenn Anderson vocals, drums. Jacek and Glenn backed up Alex Pangman’s sold-out concert last July, and wanted to come back with their other band Red Hot Ramble. Here’s how they tell it:
“New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz music is also the home of great blues, rhythm & blues, second lines and ‘street beats’. Red Hot Ramble throws them all into the pot with and dishes them out in generous portions with a distinct taste of Canadiana thrown in! To borrow an old Louisiana saying, ‘Come as you are, leave different’, Red Hot Ramble, now in their 8th year together, has a well-earned reputation for their performances living up to that motto. The ‘Ramble’ is looking forward to performing for old and new friends at Hamilton’s Artword Artbar!” Website:  www.redhotramble.ca

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

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