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MOJO: Men of Jazz Octet, Sat Nov 11

October 17th, 2017
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Saturday Nov 11, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve call 905-543-8512. MOJO is the Men of Jazz Octet, a group of the area’s top jazz players.  The line up for the night: Don Templeton trombone, Jeff Plumbley trumpet, Lindsay Paul tenor sax, Darren Blundel alto sax, Dave Rubicini bari sax (group photo left), plus Marc Girard guitar, Joel Banks bass, and Ken Bower drums. This exciting group explores post-bop to modern compositions by jazz luminaries such as Freddie Hubbard, Bob Meyer, Kenny Dorham and Tom Kubis. Along the way the band will tip their hats to some of the stalwarts of the jazz octet like Dave Pell and Gerry Mulligan.

Event, Music-Jazz

Jennis: Dennis Gaumond & Jen Gillmor, folk-blues, Fri Nov 10

October 17th, 2017
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Friday November 10, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Back at Artword Artbar! Jennis, the delightful folk-blues duo.  Jennis brings together Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond’s original blues and folk with the diverse musical experiences of Toronto multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is augmented by the unusual sounds of the didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator.
www.jennis.ca     www.jengillmormusic.ca

Event, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Latin Music peña with Marcelo Puente, Thurs Nov 9

October 16th, 2017
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Thursday November 9, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Artword Artbar becomes a peña folklórica (a folk-music club) for an evening of Latin music, featuring Chilean musician and activist Marcelo Puente with guests. Join us for acoustic Latin music, Latin folk and South American New Song (Nueva Cancion). Other performers includes Nancy Reyes and Constanza Duran.
From Wally Brooker’s Music Notes Newsletter: “Marcelo Puente [is] one of the outstanding exponents of the “nueva cancion” tradition in this (or any) country. Marcelo Puente came to Toronto in the aftermath of the coup in Chile in 1973, bringing his songs and poetry. In the late seventies he co-founded the popular Chilean-Greek band Los Compañeros, a group of anti-fascist exiles who discovered a common musical language.” For more info: http://companero-group-international.com/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music-folk, Music-Latin

Water Bear (Tom Dusome and Alex T), and guests, Wed Nov 8

October 15th, 2017
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Wednesday November 8, 2017, tip jar. Our friend Tom Dusome is back with a new project — Water Bear is Tom Dusome and Alex T writing original songs that are honest, dealing with themes of autonomy, survival, and home. Some guests are on board for the evening: Babbage Industries and singer-songwriter Marie Avery.

Event, Music-folk, Music: singer-songwriter

String Bone (Barry James Payne), new album Love & Highways, Sun Nov 5 at 7 pm

October 10th, 2017
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Sunday November 5, 2017, at 7:00 pm, $15. Early show with Barry James Payne and his String Bone band. String Bone is Americana to the bone, Canadiana in the heart and soul. Southern Ontario songwriter Barry James Payne, the architect of String Bone, has a new collection of songs and stories, Love & Highways, his second full-length recording. On Love & Highways he drives through darkness, betrayal and remorse towards love, light, escape and freedom on the road ahead. Sit back, buckle up and ride along with String Bone down winding highways, around sharp turns, on great escapes and daring rescues, with searching songs in pursuit of home for an unbound heart. www.stringbone.ca
Barry James Payne also performs and records with Celtic powerhouse Rant Maggie Rant Read more…

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

Rae Billing and her band Crybaby, Sat Nov 4

October 9th, 2017
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Saturday November 4, 2017, 8 pm, $15. Alt-country songstress Rae Billing and her full band Crybaby: Rae Billing on vocals and acoustic guitar, Andrew Aldridge on guitar, Steve Koch on guitar, Greg Brisco on keys, James Henry on bass and Lucky Pete Lambert on drums. (Photo by Mike Cameron). http://www.raebilling.com/
PLUS an opening set by jazz-pop duo
Union and Kay (Sheena Kay and Chris Nyugen).

Event, Music-alt country

Cootes Paradise six-member roots band, Fri Nov. 3

October 7th, 2017
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Friday November 3, 2017, 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-Blues, Music-rock, Music: singer-songwriter

RADIO Dial Trio (Stuart Laughton, Rebecca Campbell, Martin Worthy), Thurs Nov. 2

October 6th, 2017
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Thursday November 2, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Stuart Laughton’s RADIO DIAL band performs for the first time as an acoustic trio. Stuart Laughton (vocals + many instruments), Rebecca Campbell (vocals) and Martin Worthy (guitar, drums, vocals) bring you an evening of beautiful vocal and instrumental harmonies.  www.radiodial.ca
The Trio will be joined by rising star Jeff McLeod on piano and B3 organ. (http://jeffmcleodmusic.com).
What is Radio Dial? Stuart scours the radio waves for interesting music, and brings a similarly eclectic presentation to the stage. It helps that he sings and plays a dozen instruments, and that he injects his contagious enthusiasm into a kaleidoscopic amalgam of 1920’s Broadway, country blues and 60’s pop instrumental hits, B.B. King guitar, Moe Koffman flute and Chet Baker’s jazz trumpet, country, Celtic, rockabilly and his own songs about Canada.

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

Steel City Jazz Festival: Alto & Tenor Madness with Colleen Allen and Darcy Hepner, Sun Oct 29 at 8 pm

September 30th, 2017
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The 5th Annual  Steel City Jazz Festival runs from October 24 to 29, 2017, at Artword Artbar and other venues.  https://steelcityjazzfest.com/
* Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 8pm, $15/$10 for students: Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Series: Alto & Tenor Madness with Colleen Allen and Darcy Hepner. This final Steel City Jazz Festival concert features Colleen Allen alto saxophone; Darcy Hepner tenor saxophone; Adrean Farrugia piano; Pat Collins bass; Ben Wittman drums.

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

Steel City Jazz Festival: Barry Livingston Group, Sat Oct 28

September 29th, 2017
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The 5th Annual  Steel City Jazz Festival October 24 to 29, 2017, at Artword Artbar and other venues.  https://steelcityjazzfest.com/
* Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 8pm, $15/$10 for students: Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Series: Barry Livingston Group with Colleen Allen. Band members: Suba Sankaran vocals, Colleen Allen reeds, Barry Livingston piano, compositions, Kobi Hass bass, Paul Fitterer drums.

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

Steel City Jazz Festival, Aubrey Dayle, On Topic Trio, Fri Oct 27

September 28th, 2017
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The 5th Annual  Steel City Jazz Festival October 24 to 29, 2017, at Artword Artbar and other venues.  https://steelcityjazzfest.com/
* Friday, October 27, 2017, at 8pm, $15/$10 for students: On Topic Trio: guitarist Kim Ratcliffe, drummer Aubrey Dayle, and bassist  Brad Cheeseman. Drum clinic with Aubrey Dayle at 5 pm, at Artword Artbar.
NOTE: Also on the same night same time (Oct 27, 8 pm), at Mills Hardware on King Street East , 8pm, $20/$15 for students. Kalabash, with Colleen Allen.

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

Steel City Jazz Festival Speaker Series, Oct 27 5pm, Oct 28 noon, 2pm, 4pm, Oct 29 2pm

September 28th, 2017
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The Steel City Jazz Festival launches a series of free talks designed to widen the conversation about how musicians make great jazz.

Friday, October 27, 5 pm, at Artword Artbar. A clinic by drummer Aubrey Dayle of On Topic Trio. He’ll be covering what it takes to be the backbone of the rhythm section.

Saturday, October 28, three afternoon talks at Artword Artbar.
*noon: Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Colleen Allen, with a talk on improvisation.
*2:00 pm: Adrean Farrugia (pianist and Mohawk faculty member) speaks on Music and Mindfulness. Farrugia: “Mindfulness can create a liberated space within which we can discover our own true potential as artists, and possibly even as human beings.”
4:00 pm: Dr. John Chong speaks about some medical problems common in performing artists. He describes the latest ways to treat or prevent repetitive strain injuries, motor control problems, anxiety, depression, neuropathic pain, nerve entrapments, and stress-related disorders.

Sunday, October 29, 2:00 pm, at Hamilton Central Library. A panel discussion on the history of jazz music in Hamilton, the current state of the scene and avenues for further development. The panel includes musicians and teachers Astrid Hepner and Mike Malone and jazz venue owner Ronald Weihs.

Event, Special event, Steel City Jazz Festival

Steel City Jazz Festival: Alex Pangman & her Alleycats, Thurs Oct 26

September 27th, 2017
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The 5th Annual  Steel City Jazz Festival October 24 to 29, 2017, at Artword Artbar and other venues.  https://steelcityjazzfest.com/
* Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 8pm, $15/$10 for students: Alex Pangman and her Alley Cats: Alex Pangman vocals; Peter Hill piano; Chris Banks double bass; John Macleod cornet.

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

Steel City Jazz Festival: Adrean Farrugia Trio, w. Drew Jurecka, Wed Oct 25

September 26th, 2017
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The 5th Annual  Steel City Jazz Festival October 24 to 29, 2017, at Artword Artbar and other venues.  https://steelcityjazzfest.com/
* Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 8pm, $15/$10 for students: Adrean Farrugia Trio  featuring violinist Drew Jurecka with Clark Johnston on bass.

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

Steel City Jazz Festival: Colleen Allen Quartet, Tues Oct 24

September 25th, 2017
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The 5th Annual  Steel City Jazz Festival October 24 to 29, 2017, at Artword Artbar and other venues.  https://steelcityjazzfest.com/
* Tuesday October 24, 2017, at 8pm, $15/$10 for students: Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Series: Colleen Allen Quartet: Colleen Allen saxes; Adrean Farrugia piano; Mike Downes bass; Ben Wittman drums. Also featuring Geneviève Marentette on vocals.

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

The Sandplains Pickers (Ian Bell, the Schotts, Shane Cook, Matt Rait), Sat Oct 21

September 22nd, 2017
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Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online.
The Sandplains Pickers are a new stringband from Southwestern Ontario, with musical styles ranging from old-time country and folk to western swing, and some blazing fiddle tunes. The band members are:
– Country and bluegrass favourites Darrin Schott on mandolin, fiddle, vocals, and Alison Schott on guitar, ukulele, vocals.
– Veteran singer and songwriter Ian Bell, on guitar, banjo, harmonica, concertina, bass, vocals.
– North American fiddle champ Shane Cook on fiddle and mandolin.
– Bass player Matt Rait on guitar and string bass.
They play mostly original songs by Ian, Darrin and Alison, and some songs by regional songwriters, that paint a picture of Southwestern Ontario from Backus Mill, tobacco kilns and farm kitchens to the Summer Garden dancehall, motorcycles and Port Dover fishermen. Expect some hot instrumentals that show off the virtuosic playing of Shane Cook, who is the only fiddler to have won both the Canadian and US fiddle championships, and of Darrin Schott, whose talents have led him to work with The Good Bros., Susan Aglukark, The Ennis Sister and Stompin’ Tom Connors.

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass, Music-folk

BLUES: The Mike Almas Blues Band, Fri Oct 20

September 18th, 2017
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Friday October 20, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Reserve 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, Steve Hilbert, bass/vocals.

Event, Music-Blues

Máire Ní Chathasaigh Irish harp +Chris Newman guitar, Thurs Oct 19

September 17th, 2017
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Thursday October 19, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online.
Irish harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh and virtuoso acoustic guitarist Chris Newman are visiting Artword Artbar after they make a headlining appearance at the Northern Lights Harp Festival in Cornwall, Ontario on their North American tour. The duo is a celebrated partnership of “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS) with “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY). Their music is a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, spiced with striking new compositions – and what The West Australian calls “Chris’s delightfully subversive wit.” http://www.maireandchris.com
Read more…

Event, Music, Music-World

Jazz guitarist Chris Platt album release, Wed Oct 18

September 16th, 2017
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Wednesday October 18, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. The Chris Platt Trio will be releasing their debut album, Sky Glow. Chris Platt guitar; Phill Albert bass; Mike Rajna drums. The album consists of entirely original compositions by Chris, drawing influence from Jazz, Blues, and Brazilian music. The album offers fluent melodies, understated rhythms, and a harmonic complexity, paying homage to composers Billy Strayhorn and Guinga, among many others. On the evening of the album release, Chris and his trio will play through the album in its entirety, along with some favourite jazz standards and folk tunes.

Event, Music-Jazz

Sad Boys Lit. Society, launch party for Mayami, Sun Oct 15, 6 pm

September 15th, 2017
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Sunday October 15, 2017, at 6 pm, $5/pwyc. The Sad Boys Lit. Society presents: a Launch Party for Mayami. Come join the SBLS as they celebrate the release of Ben Robinson‘s chapbook Mayami, (Bird, Buried Press) a collection of poems about the rising tides. All funds raised at the door will be donated to 541 Eatery and Exchange. The evening features performances (musical and poetic) from the likes of:
Ben Robinson: Mayami is a small collection of poems written by Ben Robinson, featuring hand-painted covers. Ben Robinson published poems about potato chips, growing up with a lazy eye, and 78rpm records, among others. The Walrus called his work, “barely legible”. He has only ever lived in Hamilton, ON.  Trailer for Mayami
Timid, The Brave (Other Songs Music Co.): http://www.timidthebrave.com/
Thomas St.Clairhttps://thomasstclair.bandcamp.com/
Gareth Inksterhttps://youtu.be/UYr8vG-2fzU
Kira MoolmanPoems in the Antigonish Review
Mark Standishsaythisiswater poems

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music: singer-songwriter

Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band, Sat Oct 14

September 13th, 2017
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Saturday October 14, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online.
The renowned Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band is coming back! The band: Randal Hill mandolin and vocals; Rocky Hill guitar and vocals; Tim McDonald banjo and vocals; Owen Mahoney bass and vocals. Here they are … working hard on the shores of Lake Erie!

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

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