Artword Artbar is a licenced cafe-bar (all ages) for live music, theatre, contemporary dance.
Your hosts Ronald Weihs, Judith Sandiford. For reservations & info: call 905-543-8512, 905-912-9083. EMAIL artword@artword.net. 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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February 15th, 2018
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February 15th, 2018
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Bar closed while we hold OPEN AUDITIONS, Wed Feb 21

January 5th, 2018
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Wednesday February 21, 2018. Artword Artbar will be closed to the public today. We are holding OPEN AUDITIONS for several upcoming theatre projects by Gallery on the Bay and Artword Theatre. Gallery on the Bay is seeking to fill two roles for men in 20s-30s age range. Artword Theatre doing Get Acquainted auditions for a variety of possible projects, for men and women, any age. To make an appointment for an audition, email: artword@artword.net.

Event, Special event, Theatre

New Play “Static” by Kevin Land, reading,Thurs Feb 22 at 7 pm

January 6th, 2018
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Thursday February 22, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm, free (call 905-543-8512). Reading of a new script-in-progress by playwright, screenwriter and director Kevin Land. Readers are: Deanna  Stevens, Martha Christianson, Aimee Kesler Evans, Janet Kompare Fritz, Greg Flis, Carlos Jiminez, John Land, Dean Rooney, Julian Nicholson, Paul Rivers.
Attentive listeners with an interest in theatre are welcome to attend. Seating is limited, call 905-543-8512 to reserve.
Static” is a film script about a musician who has never been able to forgive himself for his responsibility in the death of his wife and six month old baby while driving home late after a gig over 25 years ago. Having rejected music, alcohol, and human connectedness in the intervening years, Mitch, now retired as a letter carrier, rents a recording studio to put down nine songs he wrote in the ten years after the accident. There he works with a trans woman who is an intern sound engineer and in the process, the two form a bond out of the redemptive, communal, and restorative nature of music.

 

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Special event, Theatre

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Fri Feb 23

January 6th, 2018
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Friday February 23, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. BUY_tix_buttonBook online
The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble returns for Black History Month! This ensemble combines the ancient rhythms of Africa with the jazz harmonies of modern times.
Waleed Abdulhamid (Composer/Band Leader) explains:  “We play melody on top of traditional jazzy chord progressions with a twist of African ancient rhythms. There is a place for African instruments such as gombri, lakoumbe, marimba in the music.”
Band members are: Waleed Abdulhamid bass,vocals, percussion; Joseph Callender soprano and tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Aaron Ferrera drums, percussion; Cory Sitek alto and soprano saxophone, flute.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

The Kirkendolls, jazzy blues and more, Sat Feb 24

January 7th, 2018
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Saturday Feb 24, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. A return visit by The Kirkendolls, a local band led by Mark Caruana on vocals and guitar, with Tom Shea on bass, Jamie Shea on guitar, and Mario Laquintana on drums. They play a mix of music from originals to jazzy re-arrangements to soulful blues. About half of their songs are originals by Mark Caruana, who was the guitar player for Big Rude Jake in Toronto through the 90s. Later he had his own jazz trio/quartet playing in the jazz clubs in Toronto to the early 2000s. He is now Hamilton-based.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Science on Tap = Astronomy + Beer, Wed Feb 28

January 7th, 2018
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Wednesday February 28, 2018, at 8 pm, doors open at 7 pm, free. Open to all. Join scientists from McMaster University’s Physics and Astronomy Department for an entertaining night filled with scientific discussion, trivia, and beer. At Science on Tap, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with researchers in various scientific fields as they present some of science’s most intriguing phenomena. There will be plenty of time to ask questions while the scientists are on stage, or afterwards over cold pints. Come try this educational twist on a night out at the pub. Host: Joey Rucska.

Event, Special event

Jazz star from Estonia: bassist Toivo Unt Quintet, Thurs March 1

January 25th, 2018
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Thursday March 1, 2018, 8:00 pm, $tba. A special concert at Artword Artbar, part of several events in the Estonian communities in Toronto and Hamilton, featuring the renowned bass player Toivo Unt. The occasion is the celebration of the 100th anniversary (Feb 23) of Estonian Independence, marked by many events world-wide.
The concert at Artword Artbar features Toivo Unt on bass, with a band organized by trumpeter Mike Malone, with Kevin Dempsey drums, John Sherwood piano, Jeff King tenor sax.
For info on the gala dinner in Hamilton on Feb 23: https://www.ev100.ee/en/hamilton-estonian-society-anniversary-ball

Event, Music-Jazz

Edgar Breau, CD Release Concert, Fri Mar 2, 2018

January 26th, 2018
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Friday March 2, 2018, 8 pm, $10.  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Singer-songwriter Edgar Breau celebrates his new CD on Flying Inn Recordings with a release concert at Artword Artbar. Band members include two Simply Saucer veterans: Mike Trebilcock on guitar, Kevin Christoff on bass. Also featured is jazz singer Colina Phillips with original vocal harmonies and percussion.
From his Facebook write-up: “Edgar Breau may be best known as the founder of Hamilton, Ontario’s cult ‘70s psych/proto-punk band Simply Saucer, but he has forged a parallel path as a solo musician. … Breau’s self-titled tour-de-force was painstakingly completed over three years by producers Adam Bentley and Jordan Mitchell (The Dirty Nil, Single Mothers, Greys). … [The album] includes contributions from Blue Rodeo drummer Glenn Milchem, Hawks guitarist Mike Eastman, plus Simply Saucer members Kevin Christoff, Colina Phillips, Ed Roth, and Mike Trebilcock (The Killjoys). Finally, Gaven Dianda (The Flashing Lights) added the ethno-musicological flourishes of Afghan rabab, sitar, and other medieval instruments on “A Penny Fare To Babylon.” Read more…

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

Jazz-pop with WPBE: Worst Pop Band Ever, Sat Mar 3

January 29th, 2018
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Saturday March 3, 2018, at 8 pm. $10. The Worst Pop Band Ever aka WPBE: Adrean Farrugia (piano/keys) and Chris Gale (sax), along with Drew Birston (bass) and Tim Shia (drums).
“Of course Jazz isn’t dead. The core idea of using pop music as source material for creative exploration is still very much alive…It is easier to appreciate (and follow) where these artists take the music when you already understand where they started… Snarky Puppy, Mehliana, The Worst Pop Band Ever…” Kevin Hurley, Huffington Post

www.worstpopbandever.com        www.facebook.com/worstpopbandever

Event, Music-pop-etc.

Zula Presents: Celebrating the music of Ken Aldcroft, Sun Mar 4, 7:30 pm

February 3rd, 2018
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Sunday March 4, 2018, at 7:30 pm. $15/$10. Artword Artbar is hosting a special concert:  Zula Presents a celebration of the music of Ken Aldcroft performed by Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late + Mars People. This concert is part of an 8-venue tour.
** Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late: saxophone and guitar duo music by Ken Aldcroft performed by Jason Robinson & Eric Hofbauer (USA)
** Mars People: music by & for Ken Aldcroft, performed by Emily Denison, Daniel Kruger & Joe Sorbara (Montréal/ Toronto)
March 2 to 11 2018 will see a vanload of adventurous musicians from both sides of the 49th parallel travel from Montréal through Southern Ontario in celebration of the late guitarist Ken Aldcroft, a long time leading figure in Canada’s creative music community. Read more…

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Special event

Dance: Fairy Tale, new work by Learie Mc Nicolls, Wed&Thur Mar 7&8

February 4th, 2018
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Wednesday & Thursday March 7 & 8, 2018, at 8 pm, $10-15 pwyc. Artword Theatre presents Fairy Tale: sketches for a new dance-poetry work, written, choreographed and performed by Learie Mc Nicolls, with participation by dancer Tanis Macarthur. A sequence of live improvisations to some music and some silence, with words of poetry and dream imagery that explore how fairy tales run a strong parallel in our everyday lives. Guest performer is electronic-based musician Enveloper (Ryan Curran), who provides the real-time soundscape. Enveloper will also perform a solo 30-minute set following the main dance presentation.

Dance, Event

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