Artword Artbar is a licenced cafe-bar for live music concerts, theatre and performances. Usually open about 2 hours before scheduled events.
Your hosts Ronald Weihs, Judith Sandiford. For reservations & info: call 905-543-8512, 905-912-9083. EMAIL BUY tickets online for some shows! BUY_tix_button

News (Big News!): We’ve sold Artword Artbar.

October 3rd, 2019
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Artword Artbar Sept 4, 2019, Ronald Weihs and Judith Sandiford. Photo Cathy Coward Hamilton Spectator

Announced September 4, 2019: News (Big News!): We’ve sold Artword Artbar. Our lovely place on Colbourne Street. This fall will be our last! And it will be a blast! So don’t be downcast. Don’t look aghast. Just get here real fast.
We’ve been doing this for ten years, and it’s time to celebrate. This fall, we’re featuring some of the musicians that have been through the journey with us. We’ll be going like always until November 16, when The Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band will be serenading us out with some lovely harmonies and ultra-fancy picking. (Due to demand, we’ve added a second Hill Brothers show on November 17 at 3 pm.)
And then, starting December 5, 2019, 15 Colbourne Street will become the new home of SMPL Architectural Design Studio. Click here for a very cool artist’s conception of the SMPL vision for the building.

What happened?  Read more…


Calendar view, upcoming events

October 3rd, 2019
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Double-bill: Tom Shea and Will Gillespie, Thurs Oct 17

August 27th, 2019
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Thursday October 17, 2019. at 8 pm, $10. Two singer-songwriters who go ‘way back with us at Artword Artbar.

Tom Shea is a Hamiltonian, a writer, a singer, a musical jack-of-all-trades. In his first and final solo gig at Artword Artbar, he’s pleased to premiere Post-Apocalyptic Bard: Love Songs from After, a new collection of darkly lyrical songs and transcendent narrative poems that struggle to put the little pieces back together after the great collapse. Kevin Wolfe accompanies on cello and mandolin.

Will Gillespie, songwriter. guitarist, entertainer, has a diverse and eclectic catalogue of original songs. He is an evocative guitar player and a dynamic performer, combining elements of folk, rock & roll and cabaret. He wrote and directed the musical play Diamond in the Rough (Audience Choice award at the 2019 Hamilton Fringe Festival), and Swinging’ in St. John’s (Best of Venueat the 2017 Hamilton Fringe and is now being remounted at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Will also had several roles in Artword Theatre/Gallery on the Bay production of MacBush the Musical.

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter

The Amy Project, stories/songs of Amy Winehouse, Fri Oct 18

August 29th, 2019
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Friday October 18, 2019, at 8 pm, $15.
To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button


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

Latin Peña: music and poetry with Marcelo Puente, Sat Oct 19

August 30th, 2019
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Saturday October 19, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Join us for a Latin American Peña (coffee house), an evening of poetry and music, featuring Marcelo Puente and friends.
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.” [Wally Brooker’s Music Notes Newsletter]

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

Bluegrass: New Cumberland Band, Sun Oct 20, 2 pm

August 31st, 2019
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Sunday October 20, 2019. Afternoon show 2 to 5 pm, $15. A Sunday show! Yes, the only day we could the whole band together this fall at Artword. To reserve tickets (and seating) call 905-543-8512, or,  Book online BUY_tix_button


An Artword favourite: 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.

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

“Mohawk loves Artword” a showcase thank-you, Wed Oct 23

September 1st, 2019
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Wednesday October 23, 2019, at 7:30 pm, $5. “Mohawk loves Artword” is a night celebrating the history of performances at Artword Artbar by members of the Mohawk College music program. This showcase is a special thank-you from current and former students of Mohawk College for Artword’s support of young musicians in the city.
Organized by singer-songwriter Aisha Barrow (Soul and R&B artist LifeandtheTribe).
Line-up. Garrett Lajoie, Julianna Jones, Lauren Perreira, LTtheMonk, LIFEandtheTRIBE, and a Mohawk Jam.

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

Mark McNeil’s Hamilton for Beginners + Les Smith, Thurs Oct 24

September 2nd, 2019
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Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 8 pm. $15. Hamilton for Beginners: a show of stories, songs and photos featuring singer-songwriter-journalist Mark McNeil. Followed by a song-swap with Mark and harmonica wiz Les Smith.
Hamilton for Beginners: Fresh from the Hamilton Fringe, singer-songwriter and long-time Spectator journalist Mark McNeil performs a special expanded version of his one-man show about the quirky city we live in. If you’re new to the terrain — maybe fleeing TO’s ridiculous housing prices — or whether you’re a longtime Hamiltonian looking for a refresher, Hamilton for Beginners is a must see. In words, songs and photos, Mark takes you on a tour of the strange history and odd practices of the “the biggest small town on the planet.”
The show will be followed by a song-swap session with Mark and singer-songwriter and harmonica wiz Les Smith. Les has performed around the area for decades with bands such as Crowbar and Trickbag and runs the Hamilton Regional Songwriters Group, an offshoot of the Songwriters Association of Canada.

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter, Storytelling, Theatre

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, Fri Oct 25

September 3rd, 2019
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Friday October 25, 2019, at 8 pm $15. To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

Stuart Laughton brings us another edition of Radio Dial for our 10th Anniversary season. Always wonderful, always full of surprises.

Special guest for Oct 25 is music veteran Denis Keldie on accordion (photo right), who calls the evening “a fantastic musical adventure.”
And the usual Radio Dial gang: Rebecca Campbell on vocals/guitar, Martin Worthy on drums/vocals, and Steve Lucas on bass, and of course multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton on everything else.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz, Music-roots, Music-singer/songwriter

Sophia Perlman and Adrean Farrugia, Sat Oct 26

September 4th, 2019
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Saturday October 26, 2019, at 8 pm, $15/10. For our 10th Anniversary concert series, our all-time favourite dynamic duo of Sophia Perlman and Adrean Farrugia are essential.
They first played at Artword Artbar on July 21, 2011 (see photo left taken at that concert by John Douglas, a jazz fan). Here’s what we posted then from their publicity: “Sophia Perlman has made a name for herself as one of Canada’s most promising young vocalists, impressing audiences and seasoned musicians alike with her musical maturity and her impressive ability as an improviser. Multi-award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. Fusing many diverse musical influences he has forged a personal sound which generates a uniquely individual creative statement.”
And several concerts later, in fall 2014, Sophia and Adrean capped off our Steel City Jazz Festival week (photo right). And on… we are big fans.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz