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The Vagabond Duet: Rachel Nolan harp & Geoff Ball cello, Thurs Apr 11 7:30

March 6th, 2019
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Thursday April 11, 2019.
TIME CHANGE, start now 7:30 pm !! $10.
The Vagabond Duet: Geoff Ball on cello, guitar and vocals, and Rachel Nolan on pedal harp, lever harp and vocals. The Vagabond Duet mixes and mashes musical genres with reckless abandon. Cello and harp and two voices come together to bring you folk & baroque, old and new, fierce and lilting, existentialism and hope. In addition to their original compositions, you will hear Simon & Garfunkel, Claude Debussy, The Tea Party, Fleetwood Mac and more, as you have never heard them before.
Featuring an opening set by Teal Booth, song artist and existentialist, serenading on guitar and vocals.

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-folk

(Dub)Poetically Speaking: host Klyde Broox, Wed Apr 10

March 5th, 2019
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 8 pm, pwyc. (Dub)Poetically Speaking: a spoken word evening hosted by our longtime friend Klyde Broox. The evening includes a line-up of poets, plus an open-mic to follow.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Poetry: Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry, celebration, Sun April 7 at 2 pm

March 4th, 2019
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Sunday April 7, 2019, from 2 to 5 pm. As a celebration of National Poetry Month, Artword Artbar hosts a poetry reading featuring Tamaracks contributors. In fall 2018, Tamaracks: Canadian poetry for the 21st century was published by Lummox Press, a California publisher. The volume was edited by James Deahl. This is the first comprehensive survey of Canadian poetry to appear in over three decades. It presents the work of 113 Canadian poets, many from the Toronto-Hamilton area.
Readers for April 7 are:
Becky D. Alexander, Cambridge; Sharon Berg, Sarnia; Robert A. Boates, Hamilton; Rebecca Clifford, Caledonia; Patrick Connors, Toronto; James Deahl, Sarnia; G. W. Down, Hamilton; Gertrude Olga Down, Hamilton; Jennifer Lynn Dunlop, Ancaster;
Ronda Wicks Eller, Mitchell; Kate Marshall Flaherty, Toronto; Jennifer L. Foster, Hamilton;
Ryan Gibbs, London; David Haskins, Grimsby; Debbie Okun Hill, Camlachie;
Eryn Hiscock, Toronto; Lawrence Hopperton, Stouffville; Laurence Hutchman, Oakville;
Keith Inman, Thorold; Eva Kolacz, Oakville; John B. Lee, Port Dover; Norma West Linder, Sarnia;
Mori McCrae, St. Catharines; Michael Mirolla, Oakville; Deborah A. Morrison, Hamilton;
Gianna Patriarca, Toronto; Stella Mazur Preda, Waterdown; Kathy Robertson, Kitchener;
Lynn Tait, Sarnia; Ed Woods, Dundas; Anna Yin, Mississauga

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Robin Benedict & Friends, Sat April 6

March 3rd, 2019
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Saturday April 6, 2019, at 8 pm, $20. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online

A high-powered show organized and hosted by high-powered musician Robin Benedict. Her co-performers for the evening — Pamela Gardner, Brennagh Burns, Joe Towers, and Aaron Di Carlo (Dub Donor) — will be collaborating and combining their talents to put on an unforgettable, intimate performance.

Robin Benedict has been playing music independently throughout Southern Ontario and the United States since her first EP, Ride of my Life, released in 2012. A video of Robin singing Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ went viral throughout Facebook in 2014, reaching 5 million people. A successful crowd funding campaign allowed her to record a second EP of 6 songs, Dance Away the Darkness. In 2017 she took to the road with fellow singer-songwriter Brennagh Burns, on a winter-escape tour throughout the US. She is a full-time musician based in Hamilton, playing solo to pay the bills. Recently she has developed a personal Janis Joplin Tribute Show stacked with some of Ontario’s most renowned players. Robin prides herself in her ability to share a positive attitude on life through her original songs, which speak of soul-searching and new beginnings. Music is the air Robin breathes. Her voice can both jolt like a firecracker and lull a baby to sleep. When she opens her mouth to sing, she means it every time.

Event, Music, Music-rock, Music-singer/songwriter

Koopa Troop, jazzed up vintage video-game music, Fri Apr 5

March 2nd, 2019
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Friday April 5, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. The Koopa Troop band play classic video-game music: Wilson McLeish / Luigi (guitar),Tom Altobelli /Mario (bass), Tyler Goertzen /Link (drums), Chris Bruder /Toad (piano). [Fifth member Chelsea McBride is not available for this concert.]
Koopa Troop brings the nostalgic sounds of video games to life in a quirky ensemble. Donning their Nintendo-themed costumes, these Toronto jazz musicians embrace their inner nerd and become a live, musical nostalgia machine. Koopa Troop aims to induce flashbacks as they cover all the classic video game soundtracks from Mario to Megaman. Bringing the best video game composers to the forefront, Koopa Troop’s jazz, rock, funk, and swing-infused arrangements bring the epic pixelated melodies of the past into the real world. 

Event, Music, Music-funk, Music-Jazz

Andrew Aldridge – Planet of the Loops, Thur April 4

March 1st, 2019
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Thursday April 4, 2019 at 8 pm, cover $10. The Planet of the Loops returns! Noted guitarist Andrew Aldridge is bringing back his legendary Planet of the Loops  live at Artword Artbar with special guests Big TRBL and Dave Gould.
Join us for a night of live improvised recycling of sounds! Anything can happen, and frequently does! Andrew explains: “In 1998 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.”
In 2017 Andrew brought his Planet of the Loops to Artword Artbar, where VJ improvisor Judith Sandiford joined the musicians for some real-time visual “looping”. She’s looking forward to another trip to the Planet.
Photos left from 2017: Andrew Aldridge. with Wally Jericho, Tim Tickner,
 https://www.andrewaldridgemusic.com/

Event, Music, Music-Improvisors, Special event

The Mingus Appreciation Society, 7 musicians play Mingus, Sat Mar 30

February 15th, 2019
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Charles Mingus at the Monterey Jazz Festival, September 20, 1964 (© Ray Avery/CTSIMAGES)

Saturday March 30, 2019, at 8 pm, $15.
Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
The seven-piece Mingus Appreciation Society brings together unique musicians and pays tribute to the quirky music of Charles Mingus.
Featuring members of the Blunt Object collective from Toronto, Hamilton, and Kitchener/ Waterloo: Francis Smith saxophone; Robin Habermehl saxophone
Jesse Malone trumpet; Robin Jessome trombone; Andriy Tykhonov piano; Tom AltobellI bass; Jordan Snider drums.Weaving complex arrangements with group improvisation, the personality and sense of humour in Mingus’ timeless compositions reflect a man who was an eclectic and uncompromising musical force, and hugely influential on jazz musicians that followed him.

Image right is one of Artword’s favourite Mingus albums: Charles Mingus, Oh Yeah, 1961 Atlantic. album art by Loring Eutemey

From Wikipedia: Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was an American jazz double bassist, pianist, composer and bandleader. A major proponent of collective improvisation, he is considered to be one of the greatest jazz musicians and composers in history, with a career spanning three decades and collaborations with other jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dannie Richmond, and Herbie Hancock.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz: Aubrey Wilson Quartet, Fri Mar 29

February 14th, 2019
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Friday, March 29, 2019, 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.
https://www.aubreywilsonmusic.com/
Aubrey has been actively involved in the performing arts since the age of 6. In 2012 Aubrey completed a diploma in vocal jazz performance from Mohawk College. The Aubrey Wilson Quartet  (Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Sean Bruce Parker on drums and bandleader Aubrey Wilson on vocals) has been actively gigging in both the Hamilton and Toronto areas since 2012. “Together the band has a dynamic, high-energy sound over a range of jazz standards. They represent the next wave of jazz players in the city, bringing their own energy, experience, and musical sensibilities wherever they play.” – SteelCityJazzFestival

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Emma Elena Grace, Shealagh Rose, Rebekah Hawker, Thurs Mar 28

February 13th, 2019
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Thursday March 28 2019, at 8 pm, $10. Join Emma Elena Grace, Shealagh Rose, and Rebekah Hawker, three rising singer-songwriters, for an intimate evening of stories and songs.
Emma Elena Grace is an alt-country singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario. She walks the line between the genre’s old and new. She grew up with the traditional country music her father used to play her. Yet, labeling Emma Elena Grace is a hard thing to do. She possesses a voice and constantly growing style that stands on its own. Emma Elena Grace graduated from Fanshawe’s Music Industry Arts Program in 2015, and released her debut album, This Side of the Room in August, 2015. Emma also won Best Singer/Songwriter at the 2016 Toronto Independent Music Awards. She is currently working on her second studio album, set to release in 2019. Socials: @Emma Elena Grace
Shealagh Rose: Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Shealagh Rose is a folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who blends storytelling lyrics with sweeping melodic lines and open tunings. Shealagh moved to Toronto where she received her Bachelor of Music (2016) from Humber College as a vocal major. She began performing under the name Shealagh Rose and released her debut EP Island in July 2016. Shealagh Rose brings a new feel to a classic genre, with lush with soulful vocals and beautiful string sections. Socials: www.shealaghrose.com    @shealaghrose
Rebekah Hawker: For the past five years, Rebekah Hawker has been singing for Toronto audiences in crowded rooms. Her accolades in songwriting and vocals include Summerfolk Youth Discoveries, Seneca’s Got Talent competitions and Barrie Folk Society’s Youth Songwriters Showcase. Rebekah transforms the grievances of her peers, her audience, and herself, into something that satisfies our thirst for honest representations of life beyond artifice. In February 2019, Rebekah will journey to Vancouver with the Via Rail Artist-on-Board Program, to make her first solo EP in the folk genre: Careful Women. Socials:  www.rebekahhawker.com   @rebekahhawker

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-singer/songwriter

Devin Patten, jazz bassist, new compositions, Sat March 23

February 9th, 2019
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Saturday March 23, 2019, at 8 pm, $15/$10.
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Devin Patten is a Toronto-based jazz bassist and composer. On this occasion at Artword Artbar, he will be leading a six-piece ensemble highlighting his original music. The ensemble: Brad Eaton trumpet, Kyle Tarder-Stoll tenor saxophone; Nebyu Yohannes trombone; Claire Lee piano; Devin Patten upright bass; Eric West drums. Devin’s compositions draw influence from the music of Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Bill Evans and Claude Debussy.

Devin was a regular performer at Artword during his student days at Mohawk College. He always had an ambitious musical project on the go. We are delighted to have him back!

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Swing Into Spring w. jazz pianist Paul Benton, Fri Mar 22

February 8th, 2019
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Friday March 22, 2019, at 8 pm, $15.
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Artword Artbar is pleased to announce the return to Hamilton of noted jazz pianist and vocalist Paul Benton. He celebrates his homecoming with a Swing Into Spring concert, a pianistic cocktail mixing original compositions and classic tunes, with vocals in four languages.
Accompanying him on bass is his daughter Jen Benton (half of the Benton Jazz Duo). She is the bassist for Stiletto Flats, for the David Bowie tribute band “I Will Be King”, as well as songstress Meredith, pop/duet band Bathurst Station, and electro/pop/rock band Last Hologram. She also performs rock, jazz, pop, country, and funk gigs throughout the GTA with various musicians. http://www.jenbenton.com/

Paul Benton has been a professional musician for over 45 years, playing jazz, Latin and classical styles, and bringing fresh interpretations to the American Songbook. Based in Hamilton, he has performed in Europe and throughout North America. From 1988-1995, he and Roxanne Horbett-Benton, artist and designer, ran the Bay Area Jazz Society, producing festivals and a jazz magazine, The Riff. He has played Ontario Place, Roy Thompson Hall, Hamilton Place, Redeemer College, Hess Street Jazz Festival and Festival of Friends. For the last few years, he has been living in Victoria BC.
Review: “Benton was in raging form at the piano, striding and strutting around with two-fisted blizzards of note-filled solos in contrast with lyric vocals.” Hugh Fraser (Music Critic for Hamilton Spectator)

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Tragedy Ann and Moonfruits, two folk duos, Thurs March 21

February 6th, 2019
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Thursday March 21, 2019 at 8 pm, $15 at door/$10 advance.
To reserve, call 905-543-8512 or   Book online   BUY_tix_button
Acclaimed folk acts Tragedy Ann (Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan) and Moonfruits (Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy) bring us an intimate bilingual evening of laughs, reverie and vocal harmonies.
** The award-winning music of Guelph folk duo Tragedy Ann, Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan, craft something simultaneously familiar and fresh. Cazzola’s multi-instrumental menagerie and Phelan’s dynamic guitar flavours provide a lush backdrop to their powerful narratives, reminding you that you do indeed love the accordion—you just never heard it played this sweetly. tragedyannmusic.com
** Fronted by partners Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy, Ottawa-based Moonfruits are makers of art-folk bilingue. In a forest of banjo, guitar, kalimba and glockenspiel, their voices burrow and soar. Four-time 2019 Trille Or nominees, Moonfruits have toured Canada coast to coast. Their début full-length Ste-Quequepart (2017) \saint-kehk-pahr or Saint Somewhere\ is an elaborate small town fiction that explores the faces of gentrification, isolation and community. moonfruits.ca

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-pop-etc., Music-rock, Music-singer/songwriter

THEATRE: Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy, March 9 to 17, 2019

February 5th, 2019
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March 9 to 17, 2019. All tickets $15.00. Call 905-543-8512
Artword Theatre is bringing back its timely and sensitive piece of documentary theatre, Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy, written and directed by Ronald Weihs and produced by Judith Sandiford. Dancer-choreographer-actor Learie Mc Nicolls plays the role of Langston Hughes and character actor Howard Jerome plays The Interrogator.

Is poetry subversive? U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy thought so. On March 24, 1953, Langston Hughes, renowned poet of the Harlem Renaissance, was summoned before the Senate Committee on Investigations. Did his poems contain communist ideas? In reply, Langston Hughes tells about his personal encounters with racism in America. The script is based on the actual transcript of his testimony, interwoven with the controversial poems, and incorporating dance, music and powerful images of the era.
Only 8 performances! Running time: 60 minutes. Show dates and times:
Saturday March 9 at 7:30 pm, OPENING Special, includes admission to the Beg To Differ concert, following at 9 pm.
Sunday March 10 mat at 3:00 pm, Tuesday March 12 at 7:30 pm, Wednesday March 13 at 7:30 pm, Thursday March 14 at 7:30 pm, Friday March 15 at 7:30 pm, Saturday March 16 mat at 3:00 pm only, Sunday March 17 mat at 3:00 pm, final show.


Read Gary Smith’s review March 13, 2019 in the Hamilton Spectator:

Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy is a moving and probing drama

“Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy,” playwright Ron Weihs’s probing drama, packs a lot of power into an hour. This short play, interspersed with elegant stage moves, as well as haunting poetry by the iconic Hughes, is a fusion of art forms that sits neatly on the Artword Artbar stage.

The room is small. So is the stage. But the ideas are large.

Read more…

Event, Theatre

Latin American Peña, music and poetry, Sat March 16

February 4th, 2019
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Saturday March 16, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 at the door.
(advance closed).
Another of our regular Latin American Peñas, with music and poetry from South and Central America.

Performers include: musicians Marcelo Puente, Lil America, and Fito Molena, and poets Ama Luna, Jessica Carrasco and Constanza Durán.

Event, Music, Music-World

Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil, Friday March 15 at 9 pm

February 3rd, 2019
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Friday March 15, 2019, at 9:00 pm, $10. Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil. (This is a late show after the 7:30 performance of Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy.) Call 905-543-8512.
Tor Lukasik-Foss (aka Tiny Bill Cody) has been delivering off-kilter original songs in this city for two decades, and has recently cut his teeth as a storyteller with the Hamilton Seven. Join him as he presents Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil, an interconnected song and story cycle on hesitation, regret, social anxiety, and Satan!

Event, Music, Storytelling

The Purple, White and Green: the story of the Scottish Suffragettes, Thur Mar 14, 9 pm

February 1st, 2019
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Thursday March 14, 2019, at 9:00 pm, $10 or by donation. (This is a late show after the 7:30 performance of Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy.) Call 905-543-8512.
COMBO TICKET $20 with Langston Hughes vs... at 7:30, call or Book online   BUY_tix_button

The Purple, White and Green: the story of the Scottish Suffragettes. Written to mark the 1918-2018 centenary of (some) women’s right to vote in the UK, this powerful piece of storytelling is both timely and compelling. Storytellers Nicola Wright and Lea Taylor (from Edinburgh, Scotland) present with verve and vigour this mix of historical facts and prose, where deeds and words come together.

Nicola Wright and Lea Taylor performing The Purple, White and Green: the story of the Scottish Suffragettes.

Photo left: performers Lea Taylor and Nicola Wright marching down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, 2018.

Their performance has enthralled audiences and even played at the Scottish Parliament before MSP’s and children.
They will also be performing this show at the Toronto Storytelling Festival on or near International Women’s Day.

Event, Storytelling, Theatre

Beg to Differ Quartet, Sat March 9, at 9 pm

January 16th, 2019
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Saturday March 9, 2019, at 9:00 pm, $10. An Artbar favourite, Beg To Differ Quartet, are back with a special late concert. Tim Ninehouse on keyboards, vocals; Doug Sikma on guitar; Steve Foster on drums and new member Ryan Ethier on bass. Unique renditions of blues, jazz and funk songs, drawing from a large musical repertoire from early blues roots to jazzified contemporary songs. http://reverbnation.com/begtodiffertrio

This show follows the performance of Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

Beelays: Jazz Quartet, + Nosey Neighbour, double-bill, Fri March 8

January 15th, 2019
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Friday March 8, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. A double bill of jazz and funk.
Beelays: Jazz Quartet, with Jordan Snider on drums, Tom Altobelli on bass, Chris Bruder on piano and Scott McIntosh on guitar, is a stripped down instrumental edition of Hamilton’s hard-hitting funk rock band The Beelays. The quartet formed ten years ago while studying music at Mohawk College. The quartet features compositions written by all members of the group that fuse elements of improvisation with the energy of live music to make a unique performance every time.

Nosey Neighbour, with Juno-nominated guitarist & bandleader Paul MacDougall, George Ouellette on bass and Costa Chatzis on drums, is a group based in Brantford, born from a shared love of jazz, fusion and funk. Nosey Neighbour‘s style fuses catchy heads and adept improvisation much like John Scofield, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Miles Davis.

Event, Music, Music-funk, Music-Jazz

Guitar Magic: James Bryan and Emma Rush, Thurs Mar 7, at 7:30

January 13th, 2019
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Thursday March 7, 2019, at 7:30 pm, $20. Two of Canada’s finest guitarists, James Bryan (McCollum) and Emma Rush come together for a night of pure guitar magic. Jazz meets pop meets folk meets classical. Originals meet classics. Tickets:  www.eventbrite.com/e/guitar-magic-tickets-55478289056

James Bryan is a member of the Philosopher Kings and duo Prozzak.
Hamiltonians know Emma Rush as the force behind Guitar Hamilton.
A must for all fans of the guitar.

www.facebook.com/jamesbryanmusic/

http://emma-rush.com/

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-folk, Music-pop-etc.

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