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Science on Tap = Astronomy + Beer, Wed Feb 28

January 7th, 2018
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Wednesday February 28, 2018, at 8 pm, doors open at 7 pm, free. Open to all. Join scientists from McMaster University’s Physics and Astronomy Department for an entertaining night filled with scientific discussion, trivia, and beer. At Science on Tap, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with researchers in various scientific fields as they present some of science’s most intriguing phenomena. There will be plenty of time to ask questions while the scientists are on stage, or afterwards over cold pints. Come try this educational twist on a night out at the pub. Host: Joey Rucska.

 

Event, Special event

The Kirkendolls, jazzy blues and more, Sat Feb 24

January 7th, 2018
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Saturday Feb 24, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. A return visit by The Kirkendolls, a local band led by Mark Caruana on vocals and guitar, with Tom Shea on bass, Jamie Shea on guitar, and Mario Laquintana on drums. They play a mix of music from originals to jazzy re-arrangements to soulful blues. About half of their songs are originals by Mark Caruana, who was the guitar player for Big Rude Jake in Toronto through the 90s. Later he had his own jazz trio/quartet playing in the jazz clubs in Toronto to the early 2000s. He is now Hamilton-based.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Fri Feb 23

January 6th, 2018
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Friday February 23, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble returns 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-World

event TBA, Thurs Feb 22

January 6th, 2018
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Thursday February 22, 2018, at 8 pm. TBA.

Event, News, Special event

OPEN AUDITIONS for upcoming theatre projects. Wed Feb 21

January 5th, 2018
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Wednesday February 21, 2018. OPEN AUDITIONS for several upcoming theatre projects by Gallery on the Bay and Artword Theatre.
Times to be determined. Afternoon and early evening time slots possible.
Location: Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street.
To make an appointment, email: artword@artword.net.

Event, Special event

The North Enders, Charly Chiarelli, Ron Weihs, Venesio deSalvo, Sat Feb 17

January 5th, 2018
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Saturday February 17, 2018, 8 pm, $10. The North Enders features Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals, Ron Weihs on fiddle and guitar, and Venesio DeSalvo on guitar. They will perform a variety of music from jazz and blues to rock and originals. Charly and Ron may reprise some of their new songs from their recent theatre collaboration Charly’s Piano.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

The Ault Sisters, back for Valentine’s week! Fri Feb 16

January 4th, 2018
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Friday February 16, 2018, at 8 pm.  $15/$10 students. Reserve email artword@artword.net or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
More Valentine treats! Treat your sweetie to some sweet harmonies! Jazz with the incredible vocal trio The Ault Sisters. Experience the joy of sweet sibling harmony from Amanda, Alicia and Alanna Ault. The trio are currently making a name for themselves in vocal jazz, a genre in which their signature and sublimely seamless vocal harmonies really shine. With Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Jordan Snider on drums. http://aultsisters.com/

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz drummer David Lyttle Trio, Thurs Feb 15

January 3rd, 2018
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Thursday February 15, 2018, 8 pm, $15. Adventurous itinerant jazz drummer from Ireland David Lyttle is coming to Artword Artbar, with his trio, featuring Nick Morgan on saxophone. After road trips through the USA, and a stay in China, David will be in the GTA in February.  www.davidlyttle.com/
Described by Rolling Stone as “one of the best, robust listening experiences you’re likely to have all year”, Irish musician David Lyttle shifts seamlessly between the personas of jazz drummer, recording artist, composer and producer. His latest album Faces features collaborations with jazz icon Joe Lovano, hip hop visionary Talib Kweli and Irish music star Duke Special. It earned him nominations in the 2015 MOBO Awards and Urban Music Awards.
In May David returned from his U.S. residency, a 5000 mile road trip in his red Cadillac DeVille performing for cowboys, UFO tourists, bikers and the unsuspecting public in an attempt to understand what people really think of jazz. In September and October he spent six weeks as the British Council and PRSF’s Musician In Residence in East China.

Event, Music-Jazz

Soirée Frenchkiss: Amélie & Les Singes Bleus, Le R 1er, Moonfruits, Wed Feb 14

January 2nd, 2018
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Wednesday February 14, 2018, at 7:30 pm $10. Soirée Frenchkiss: A concert hosted by the Centre Français de Hamilton, with three francophone bands: Amélie & Les Singes Bleus (multi-genre band from Toronto), Moonfruits (folk duo from Québec) and Le R 1er, (a rapper from Benin via Québec). This event is part of the City of Hamilton’s Winterfest.
Amélie & Les Singes Bleus: Amélie Lefebvre, Rizaldo Padilla, Beth Washburn, Rachel Melas, Tim Shia. Do you enjoy French cabaret jazz-country-ska-mariachi-swing-torch-Motown-samba-rock and roll-trip hop?  www.alsb.ca/
Moonfruits (Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy) vocals, banjo and guitar) Moonfruits’ soaring harmonies captivate listeners and celebrate common ground. Partners on and off stage, they summon music from a place where ideals and imagination intertwine. Groupe sur scène, couple dans la vie, le duo Moonfruits crée un folk qui donne voix à ses valeurs et son imaginaire. Guidées par le banjo et la guitare, les harmonies envoûtantes de Moonfruits transportent le public dans un univers qui célèbre le pouvoir rassembleur du quotidien. www.moonfruits.ca/music
Le R 1er: Rapper Le R 1er (Christian Djohossou), a nomadic spirit with a raw talent, blends rhythm and poetry. The rapper and composer merges Western sounds with the percussive world of authentic African instruments. Through the poetry of his sensitive lyrics, he creates a universe that fascinates and seduces. His title The City of 333 Saints won the Radio-Canada Trille Or award for song. Esprit nomade au talent brut, Le R 1er, de son vrai nom Christian Djohossou, mêle véritablement rythme et poésie. Le rappeur et compositeur fusionne dans un univers percussif d’authentiques instruments africains à des sonorités plus occidentales.  Video link: 

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Jazz with the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, Sat Feb 10, 2018

December 26th, 2017
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Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. An Artword favourite returns! Jazz with the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, featuring Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Sean Bruce Parker on drums and bandleader Aubrey Wilson on vocals.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Willie P Bennett Tribute w. Barry James Payne, Rick Taylor, David Essig, and more, Fri Feb 9 at 6:30 and 9:30

December 23rd, 2017
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Friday February 9, 2018, two shows: 6:30 pm & 9:30 pm. $25 Adv, $30 Door
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A tribute concert to the late Willie P. Bennett, icon of Canadian folk-roots scene up to his untimely death in 2008. To celebrate Willie’s legacy, Willie’s guitar player and blues man extraordinaire, Rick Taylor, teamed up with Barry James Payne from String Bone and Rant Maggie Rant to create a show celebrating the legendary folk hero. As well as performing some Willie P Bennett songs themselves, they are bringing in Bennett’s first record producer, guitar virtuoso David Essig and Juno Award winning singer-songwriter Jenny Whiteley to top the list of artists, which also include Paul Langille and Michael J. Birthelmer. Plus Lynne Hanson from Ottawa will join just prior to heading on a European Tour with Lynn Miles in The LYNNeS.
Born in Toronto, Willie P. Bennett was part of the 1970s folk music scene in Canada, Read more…

Event, Music-folk, Music-roots, Special event

Jazz double bill: Magee/D’Alves Duo + Scott Taplay Group, Thurs Feb 8, 2018

December 22nd, 2017
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Thursday February 8, 2018, 8 pm $10. Jazz double bill: Magee/D’Alves Duo: Des Magee vocals, Alex D’Alves guitar
plus The Scott Taplay Group: Scott Taplay guitar, Victor Agrippa alto sax, Jonas Pearson Paavola bass.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Rapper LTtheMonk (Liam Tyndall) & Friends, Wed Feb 7, 2018

December 22nd, 2017
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Wednesday February 7, 2018, at 8 pm, $tba. Rapper LTtheMonk (Liam Tyndall) and some of his colleagues at Mohawk Music.  www.facebook.com/ltthemonk/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

Jazz double bill: Alex Fournier sextet + Dan Pitt trio, Sat Feb 3, 2018

December 21st, 2017
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Saturday Feb 3, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. An exciting jazz double bill to kick off our first weekend of concerts in 2018:
Bassist and composer Alex Fournier brings his sextet Triio: Bea Labikova alto sax; Aidan Sibley trombone; Tom Fleming guitar; Ashley Urquhart  piano; Andrew Miller drums; Alex Fournier bass/compositions. Triio has been bassist/composer Alex Fournier’s main vehicle since 2013. Growing from a quartet with a book of standards to an entirely original project, the group has grown from a more casual outfit to dedicated proponents of contemporary creative music. The group can turn on a dime between intricate, composed music and total improvisational freedom. http://alexfournierplaysbass.com/

And setting up the evening is the Dan Pitt Trio: Dan Pitt guitars/compositions; Alex Fournier bass; Andrew Miller drums. The trio features compositions and improvisations composed by Dan that focus on the blend between modern music and creative/free improvisation. Dan played a few years ago at Artword Artbar, when he was a student at Mohawk. We are looking forward to seeing him again.

Event, Music-Jazz

Jazz with the Ben Duff Trio, Friday Feb 2

December 20th, 2017
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Friday February 2, 2018, 8 pm, $10/ pwyc. Starting off Artword Artbar first weekend of concerts in 2018: Jazz with Ben Duff and his Trio: Ben Duff on upright bass, Felix Fox Pappas on piano, and Jacob Wutzke on the drums.

Event, Music-Jazz

closed Dec 17/2017 to Feb 1/2018

December 14th, 2017
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Closed Dec 17, 2017 to Feb 1, 2018. February events are now posted. For inquiries, email: artword @artword.net

Event, News

THEATRE: Charly Chiarelli’s new show Charly’s Piano, Dec 7 to 16

October 31st, 2017
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December 7 to 16, 2017. Charly’s Piano, Charly Chiarelli’s heartwarming Christmas show about how he organized a fundraiser to buy a piano for the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in 1972. An Artword Theatre Production, directed by Ronald Weihs. Charly’s Piano is the true story about how Charly went to work as a psychiatric assistant at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto. The year was 1972, Toronto was full of music and hippies, and the Clarke was exploring new techniques in mental health. Charly, harmonica and all, fit right in. Pretty soon, he’s organizing a fundraiser to buy a piano for the patients to play. At first, no one signs up, but when the “Cat Lady” says she’ll sing a song, the idea takes off. Patients, doctors, nurses perform in a sell-out concert. But the story isn’t over. Charly and a patient known as “The Duchess” travel by public transit to a mansion on the outskirts of Toronto and buy the piano. And at Christmas, the piano is in the lounge, where Charly leads patients and staff (and audience) in Christmas songs and carols.
Script by Charly Chiarelli and Ronald Weihs, new songs by Charly Chiarelli on harmonica with Ronald Weihs on guitar. Produced by Judith Sandiford.

Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online.
Show times and prices:

Thurs, Fri & Sat, December 7, 8 & 9, at 8 pm, $20; Sun December 10 matinee at 3 pm, $20
Tues to Sat, December 12 to 16, at 8 pm, $20.

The Two-Show Deal: If you came out to Cu’Fu? and loved it, you are eligible for the two-show package discount. By phone only: 905-543-8512.

Event, Theatre

Bluegrass with New Cumberland, Sat Dec 2

October 31st, 2017
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Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve call 905-543-8512. Back with some blazing hot bluegrass: The New Cumberland bluegrass band from London Ontario: Tom Burns vocals and guitar,  Blair Heddle vocals, mandolin and dobro, Paul Hurdle vocals and banjo, Tom Rutledge string bass, and Darrin Schott fiddle. Featuring inventive solo work, driving rhythms and three part vocal harmonies, New Cumberland’s musical integrity and joy in playing together resonates in every performance. http://newcumberlandband.com/

Event, Music-bluegrass

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