Wed June 30 at 8 pm, “Focus on the Fringe” host TBA . Local Fringe participants – bring in a scene or a song or whatever you like, to try “on its feet” in a kind of a theatrical “open mic” if you will. Tempt us to come and see your show in the Fringe from July15 to 25. http://www.hamiltonfringe.ca/
Saturday June 26 at 8 pm $10. The Nonie Crete Band in concert – eclectic folk that comprises elements of blues, celtic and jazz. Nonie Crete (vocals, guitar, Eugene Rea (vocals, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bouzouki, whistles), Gary Kreller (accordion, keyboards).
Nonie Crete is a musical and storytelling force to be reckoned with. From heady blues, Irish balladry, to Cajun and French Canadian hues, Nonie seamlessly traverses genre with an execution only matched by her uncanny ability to explore equally diverse lyrical themes. Whether upbeat, sorrowful, poignant or whimsical, Nonie’s songs reach into the landscape of the heart – family, community, memory, discovery, love and loss – woven together by her stunningly beautiful voice. As a singer-songwriter, she has released 7 albums to date and has 2 in the works with multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, Eugene Rea. www.nonie.ca www.myspace.com/noniecrete
JUNE 24 CANCELLED by Dave Kuruc. INSTEAD we have Ron & Ken’s Kitchen Party all evening from 7:30. Bring your ax.
Two more “Meet Your City” get-togethers hosted by Dave Kuruc (summer break in July and August, watch for a new season in September)
Thursday May 27 from 7 to 9 pm, Special guest Matt Jelly (“Bylaw Crawl”, “Garbage Crawl”).
Thursday June 24 CANCELLED
Saturday June 19 $5 at door, at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St. Tiny Bill Cody presents The Precious Eighties — Cover Songs, Originals, Spoken Word.
Eclectic Songwriter Tiny Bill Cody re-vamps songs which have haunted him since his youth, tells the odd tale of his private and public failings, and test drives a few new original tunes. www.tinybillcody.com www.myspace.com/tinybillcody www.torlukasikfoss.com Read more…
Friday June 18, 2010 at 8 pm $10: The Tribal Gallery presents Michael Pickett with his solo show UNPLUGGED/ NO BORDERS. Michael’s show at Artword last December was outstanding and we are delighted to have him back. Compelling, brilliant, unique! An eclectic, captivating storyteller a la Delta Blues, Country, Americana, delivered with muscular guitar riffs, virtuoso award winning harmonica, and a voice dripping with sly insights. Reserve 905-543-8512.
http://michaelpickett.com/index.html Read more…
Thursday June 17 at 8 pm, $5, concert by The Gunter Ott Blues Band: Jim Chambers on keyboards, Brent Gelhar on bass, Andrew Tin on harmonica, GÃ¼nter Ott on guitar and vocals. The GÃ¼nter Ott Band is based in Hamilton and plays vintage Blues, Rockabilly and Roots music primarily from the 1940s, €˜50s and €˜60s.
From June 10-13, the Hamilton Site-Specific Dance Festival 2010, in Hamilton’s downtown core, including the AGH, Gore Park, James Street N, and Liuna Station — park spaces, galleries, sidewalks, loading docks, gardens, store windows, film projections and more (some activity around Artword Artbar from June 11 to 13). Sponsored by Dance Ontario and produced by Public Utility Performance (Patrick Brennan) and McMaster Centre for Dance Performance (Dave Wilson). Read more…
Arts Hamilton Artshare:
Wed June 16 at 7:30 pm Literary Special, hosted by poet James Deahl, and the Arts Hamilton Literary Committee. Fiction & Poetry by:
Jean Rae Baxter, Conrad DiDiodato, George Down, Ellen S. Jaffe, Eileen Lampard, Shane Neilson, Chris Pannell, Stella Mazur Preda, Violeta San Juan, Wilma Seville, Marianne Vespry, Stan White
Friday June 11, James North Art Crawl: 7-10 pn in Artword Gallery: Main Gallery Linda Joyce Ott, Small Gallery, installation by Karijn deJong
8-10 pm in the Bar: Sandi Stirling plays her “songs without words” and some classical pieces on our piano.
10 pm onwards performance by Yitka and The Elements, with Yitka Karlik (vocals and guitar), Raymondo Ray Poirier (bass), Sandi Stirling (keyboards). http://www.myspace.com/yitkakarlik
Thursday June 10 at 9 pm. $10 cover. Jay Aymar — back again by popular demand at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton. Jay was here in February and again in March — he’s becoming one of our regulars. Jay Aymar is a fine singer-songwriter who mixes elements of country and folk with introspective, humorous and straight-forward lyrics. Jay’s latest album ‘Halfway Home’ is his best work yet and features the standout track “My Cherry Coloured Rose” which has recently been covered by the legendary Ian Tyson. http://www.myspace.com/jayaymar Read more…
On June 6th, from 10 am to 3 pm, James Street North, from Cannon to Burlington, will be closed to automobiles, and open to a festival of people walking, cycling, rollerblading, watching demonstrations, trying a new activity, listening to music and bands, or shopping in the various shops and restaurants along the street. Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne (just off James North) is proud to participate in this event. We’ll be open…
Musician Lloyd Delpratt will be playing his keyboards out in front. “The Floating Tree” sidewalk painting by Sal Crow and The Bomb Squad should still be there (if we can keep it protected from rain for two more weeks).
PS: And at 2:00 pm we also have a FREE classical chamber concert in association with The Brott Music Festival (one of a series of four in early June).
Saturday June 5 at 4 pm and 9:30 pm. Big Rude Jake is back, and you have two chances to catch this sell-out musician. Tickets $10. Reserve 905-543-8512.
Big Rude Jake has a new album and a whole new look on life. Big Rude Jake’s new release, Quicksand, explores contemporary twists on popular music forms from decades ago. Listeners will note a dramatic shift away from the ‘neo-swing’ style that has characterized previous Big Rude Jake recordings in favour of a more general roots-oriented singer/song-writer approach. The overall sound of Quicksand is relaxed and contemplative. http://www.bigrudejake.ca/ Below is video from the concert by Hamilton Blues Lovers site.
Friday June 4 at 8 pm. The Plain Steel, a wonderful “folk n’ roll” band, “blending an eclectic mix of influences from Folk and Blues to Jazz and Classical”. Ross Lizotte - guitars, vocals; Caroline Olsen – viola, vocals; Shawn MacDonald – drums, percussion; and guest Mike Pratt on upright bass. WORDMAN Z opens. (Caroline, Shawn, Ross pictured right at April 23 Busker Crawl on James St. North, photo Reg Beaudry). http://www.myspace.com/theplainsteelband
In Artword Gallery, June 3 to 27, two exhibitions:
Main Gallery: Linda Joyce Ott “Auto Parts: Photo Art Portfolio and Exhibition” Celebrating a pedestrian€™s vision of the abstract beauty of vintage cars.
Small Gallery: “Nautical Nursery Rhymes”, an installation by Karijn de Jong (photo right)
Opening reception with the artists Friday June 11 from 7 to 10 pm Read more…