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Artword Theatre: Dance Showcase, curated Learie Mc Nicolls, June 21-23

May 21st, 2017
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Wednesday to Friday, June 21 to 23, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Artword Theatre presents a Contemporary Dance Showcase, curated by dancer-choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls. The program will be repeated for three evenings, with special guests. Featured is a new work, Duets for a Partner, choreographed and danced by Learie Mc Nicolls with Tanis Macarthur, exploring the lifts and falls in dance that can only be done with a partner. Learie will also perform a remount of his work Night Journey, first presented in February. This work features a visual design by Judith Sandiford, with real-time projections (photo left).

Dance, Event, Theatre

Singer-songwriters Thom Coombes and Max Marshall, Sat June 17

May 19th, 2017
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Saturday June 17, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Two folk-based singer-songwriters on tour with new material for spring 2017 are making a stop at Artword Artbar. Thom Coombes from Newfoundland and Max Marshall from Harrow, Ontario, have embarked on an 18-date eastern and central Canadian tour. This concert offers a unique juxtaposition of folk songwriting and road worn personality, as well as a wide display of fingerstyle guitar styles and techniques. “Max Marshall’s clever picking, and playful melodies lifted hearts and got toes tapping.
www.maxmarshall.org          https://thom.bandcamp.com/

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

Jazzy blues & more, The Kirkendolls, Fri June 16

May 18th, 2017
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Friday June 16, 2017, at 8 pm, $10/ pwyc. A return visit by The Kirkendolls, a new local band: Mark Caruana on vocals and guitar, Tom Shea on bass, Jamie Shea on guitar, and Mario Laquintana on drums. The music is a mix of music from originals to jazzy re-arrangements to soulful blues and beyond. About half of their songs are originals by Mark Caruana, who was the guitar player for Big Rude Jake in Toronto throughout most of the 90s. Later he had his own jazz trio/quartet playing in the jazz clubs in Toronto to the early 2000s. Since then he has played mostly solo for private events. He moved to Hamilton a few years ago and has put this new band together.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Andrew Aldridge – Planet of the Loops, Thur June 15

May 17th, 2017
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Thursday June 15, 2017, at 8 pm, $tba. Noted guitarist Andrew Aldridge is bringing back his legendary Planet of the Loops for a test outing at Artword Artbar. He explains: “In 1998 (in Toronto) I started a Collective event called Planet of the Loops. It’s an improvisational/ experimental night consisting of 3-4 players. It ran in Toronto until 2005. Then I moved to Hamilton and occasionally had some Planet events in various locations. I was touring a lot too and couldn’t do a regular monthly event. I am hoping to start doing more regular Looping nights – in Hamilton and other cities – and would really like to have an association with Artword Artbar for this event (and hopefully future ones).” https://www.andrewaldridgemusic.com/     For Andrew’s bio, read on… Read more…

Event, Music

CONCERT: Cootes Paradise, Fri June 9

May 16th, 2017
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Friday June 9, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
The powerhouse band of familiar faces returns to Artword Artbar:
Cootes Paradise, a collective of six musicians who chose to play together, combining their many talents. Their music is roots-based: bluesy, funky, and filled with soul. Band members are: Amy Di Nino (drums), Wayne Krawchuk (guitar/vocals), Sue Leonard (vocals), Lily Sazz (keyboards/vocals), Ian Taylor (bass), Mark Volkov (flute, violin, sax).
http://www.cootesparadiseband.ca/

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk, Music: singer-songwriter

José Contreras + Paul Linklater, Sat Jun 10

May 16th, 2017
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Saturday June 10, 2017 at 8 pm, $10. José Contreras of By Divine Right and Paul Linklater of the Pinecones bring their respective solo acts to Artword Artbar. These veteran performers thrive on thwarting the sonic convention of the strumming troubadour!
www.paullinklater.com
http://www.bydivineright.ca/

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

Bolivian charango player Willy Rios, Thurs June 8

May 15th, 2017
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Thursday June 8, 2017, at 8 pm, $tba. Special event! Willy Rios, master charango player from Bolivia, is visiting Artword Artbar. He will be performing with Hugo Larenas (flamenco and classical guitarist) and Daniel Emden (percussionist). The charango is the Andean traditional stringed instrument in the lute family.  www.willyrios.com
A musician for 35 years, Willy Rios began his musical career at the Masis cultural centre in Sucre, Bolivia, with the charango as his main instrument. In 1988, he travelled with the group Los Masis in South America, Europe and finally Canada, which became his adopted country. While in Montreal in 1993 he joined various musical projects and later performed internationally, in Japan, Australia and other countries. In 2008, he was invited to join the TV project The Symphony of the New World  (Ici ARTV). The same year, Cirque du soleil invited him to participate in recording the CD Totem. His last album, Para Ti, earned Willy the World Solo Artist of the Year Award at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Willy has recorded over 15 CDs with artists in Canada and Japan.

Event, Music, Music-World

One-Night-Only-Reunion Show: Jason Jones Unit, jazz-bluegrass, Wed June 7

May 14th, 2017
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Wed June 7, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. The Jason Jones Unit returns to Artword Artbar for a One Night Only Reunion Show. Jason Jones guitar, Jill McKenna bass and Scott Taplay guitar, plus a guest fiddle player. Bringing bluegrass and jazz influences together, this quartet plays compositions of Tony Rice, Bill Monroe and Dave Grisman to name a few! Fiddle tunes, jazz standards and classic bluegrass tunes will also be featured.

Event, Music-bluegrass, Music-Jazz

Jazz: Ted’s Warren Commission, Sat June 3

May 8th, 2017
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Saturday June 3, 2017, at 8 pm. $15 / $10 students. Ted’s Warren Commission plays fresh, original, modern jazz. Ted Warren’s compositions draw on the history of the music while pointing to the future of it. In short, Ted’s Warren Commission is the sonic equivalent of eating cookies! Ted’s Warren Commission is: Ted Warren drums, Kim Ratcliffe guitar, Mike Malone trumpet, Mike Downes bass.

Event, Music-Jazz

tiny bill cody sees the devil, Fri June 2, 9 pm

May 5th, 2017
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Friday June 2, 2017, at 9 pm, $10. The ever-unpredictably wonderful Tiny Bill Cody is back with a solo show:  “tiny bill cody sees the devil“, in which tiny bill cody recounts his incredible true story of seeing the devil, thinking about it too much, and then writing lots of songs. It’s the three ‘s’s: storytelling, songwriting, satan.

Event, Music: singer-songwriter, Storytelling

Beats Workin’ duo David Hurley & Charly Chiarelli, Thurs June 1

May 4th, 2017
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Thursday June 1, 2017, 8 pm. $10. Beats Workin’ is a duo from Kingston: David Hurley on seven-string guitar and vocals and Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals. They perform a variety of music from jazz, blues, rock and original. You can expect a little delicious storytelling as a side dish.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

Jazz w. Leah Korkowski and Jesse Martel, Wed May 31

May 3rd, 2017
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Wednesday May 31, 2017, at 8 pm, $10/ $5 students. Jazz duo from Hamilton: vocalist Leah Korkowski and guitarist Jesse Martel,  play an eclectic mix of indie, folk, pop, and jazz music. They will play some original pieces as well as arrangements of music by artists such as Bjork, Sufjan Stevens, Paramore and Peter Gabriel. Korkowski and Martel strive to push the boundaries of what just two musicians can do on stage, incorporating many different effects, sounds, and instruments.

 

Event, Music-Jazz

Celtic duo Mairi Rankin & Ailie Robertson, Tues May 30, 7:30

May 2nd, 2017
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Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm, $15 door/ $10 adv (call 905-543-8512). A special concert by Celtic duo Mairi Rankin and Ailie Robertson, on tour in Canada. They are part of the Celtic band Outside Track, who played at Artword Artbar last year. Now they are doing a little tour as a duo (after a full tour with the whole band).
Mairi Rankin, from Cape Breton, one of the legendary Rankin Family, plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm.
Ailie Robertson, from Edinburgh, is one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians and clarsach (celtic harp) virtuoso.

Event, Music, Music-World

JAZZ: The On-Topic Trio (Dayle, Ratcliffe, Cheeseman), Sat May 27

April 30th, 2017
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ON-TOPIC-2_c_680Saturday May 27, 2017, at 8 pm, $15/$10. Jazz with the On Topic Trio, a collaborative effort from guitarist Kim Ratcliffe, drummer Aubrey Dayle from Toronto, and bassist  Brad Cheeseman from Hamilton. Each a leader of his own solo project, the trio was formed in early 2015, and are now putting aside other musical endeavors to perform in this trio setting. In On Topic,  they have an opportunity to express themselves in an environment where it is good to relinquish some control, and work as a band. This trio, playing electric instrumental jazz influenced by artists ranging from Weather Report to Pat Metheny, will caress you, rock you, and everything in between.  https://www.presskit.to/ontopic#/media

Event, Music-Jazz

BLUES: The Mike Almas Blues Band, Fri May 26

April 29th, 2017
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Friday May 26, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. To reserve call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
An evening of original blues with Mike Almas and his wonderful Mike Almas Blues Band. Mike is a well known and respected songwriter, guitarist, and performer in the Southern Ontario region. His ability on guitar is a force to be reckoned with. His stage presence, rapport with an audience, and sonic energy makes for a memorable night. Mike Almas Band website
Band members: Mike Almas, guitar/vocals, Joanne Augustyn, vocals/percussion, Cameron Colburn, drums, Michael Gieseking, bass/vocals.

Event, Music-Blues

Roots troubadour Nudie from PEI, Thurs May 25

April 25th, 2017
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Thursday May 25, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Roots troubadour Nudie returns to Artword, on tour in Ontario, from Charlottetown, PEI. Special guest is Chris Altmann on pedal steel guitar. Nudie’s authentic style of music and songwriting is captured on his 2014 album Remember This. It is the soundtrack of relationships and heartache, delivered with wit and charm, and coated in the sounds of 1960s West Coast country soul. Nudie’s latest offering, Everything’s Different In The Night (2016), is a collection of songs about relationships, and stories from the road, including “Mr. Why’d You Come To Texas”, about not knowing how to two-step, and “Train You Took My Baby”, inspired by a trip across Canada.  http://nudiemusic.com/

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

Singer-Songwriters NLX, Tara Holloway, Sammi Morelli, Wed May 24

April 24th, 2017
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Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 8 pm, $10. To reserve in advance call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Three singer-songwriters team up for a great night of music. NLX from Hamilton, now NY-based. Tara Holloway now back in her hometown Ottawa. Sammi Morelli  from BC.
NLX (http://www.nlxmusic.com) Raised in the icy shadows of Canada’s steel city smoke stacks, NLX hails from the proud tradition of BS-free northern songwriting women. Though her roots may be in Canada, the branches reach out towards New York City; where she wrote and recorded most of her latest offering, Luxury of Failure. Production began in an old church in Hudson, NY with nothing but a focus on microphones, drums, strings and a piano. The result was a record that took root in something really raw and tactile.
Tara Holloway (http://taraholloway.com) Tara Holloway, the power-house folk-noir and pop songwriter with the raspy voice, has a regular job driving trucks for a catering company, after two decades of cross-country touring, dive motels, and couch surfing. Two years ago, she released the plaintive and pained stunner Little Ghosts on Vancouver’s Light Organ Records. She has since parted in favour of going it on her own. Expect her new EP, out this summer, to explore the push-pull between staying put and an inherent, all-consuming wanderlust.
Sammi Morelli (http://www. sammimorellimusic.com) Sammi Morelli is an award-winning Canadian pop singer/songwriter who seamlessly blends multiple genres with her fierce voice, fresh lyrics & sticky hooks. “Sammi Morelli is a voice Canada will one day boast about,” her collaborator and mentor Laurell Barker exclaims, “Her buttery tone, diva agility and tasteful, sensual lyrical interpretations make something of a phenomenon when she opens her mouth to sing.”  Winner of Best Female Vocalist at 2015’s Niagara Music Awards, she’s often likened to powerhouse artists like Alicia Keys, Adele & Pink!

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

Ronley Teper’s Lipliners, w. Dave Gould, Sat May 20

April 18th, 2017
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Saturday May 20, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. From Toronto, the surprising and delightful Ronley Teper’s Lipliners, plus a special guest opening set by Hamilton’s ever-inventive Dave Gould. Children at heart who love comedic, poetic, theatric, yet at times provocative storytelling, alongside truly magical music and visuals (by Saul Lederman), should prepare themselves for the surprising world of Ronley Teper’s Lipliners. Ronley Teper guitars, voice; Ben Bowen trumpet; Aly Livingston flute; Tim Posgate (of So Long Seven) banjo; Ben Hermann percussion.   http://www.ronleyteper.com

Event, Music, Music-folk, Storytelling, Theatre

Matapa World Music Series: fado singer Tony Gouveia Fri May 19

April 17th, 2017
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Friday May 19, 2017, at 8 pm. Tickets: Advanced $20 (call 905-543-8512); Seniors & Students $18; Matapa Members $18; Door $25.
Matapa World Music Series presents Tony Gouveia, an impressive voice of a new generation of fadistas (fado singers) in North America. Fado is the urban folk music of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. Tony Gouveia was born in Lisbon, and came to Canada at the age of 13. He never forgot his roots nor the fados that his father used to sing at family gatherings. His debut fado album, O Nosso Fado, a compilation of fado standards reveals his deep passion and authentic vocal expression. Critically acclaimed by the Portuguese-Canadian media, it won over many new fans to fado. Even if you don’t understand the lyrics, it is difficult not to be moved by Tony’s performance which embodies the essence of the Portuguese soul. His new album, Fado Ardente, recorded in Portugal, offers a blend of new original material along with some fado standards.
https://www.matapa.org/world-music-series

Event, Music-World, Special event

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