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

"Artword Artbar is a cosy little licensed listening room on Colbourne at James St. N., that always features interesting live music." Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator 03/29/12


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March 21st, 2019
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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:    @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:   @rebekahhawker

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

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.
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

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

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,

Event, Music, Music-Improvisors, Special event

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

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

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

March 4th, 2019
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Sunday April 7, 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.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

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