The Hamilton Civic League meets occasionally at Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne Street, at 7 pm:
Tuesday March 20, 2012 (after Green Drinks); Tuesday April 10; Tuesday May 8, Tuesday June 12
http://civicleague.ca/ “Our mission is to develop an all-inclusive, non-partisan civic league representing Hamilton community stakeholders to encourage and inspire our community to become informed about local issues, to raise community involvement in local democracy, and to promote accountability, accessibility and transparency in our municipal government.”
Saturday March 31 at 8 pm, $15 at door, $10 advance call 905-543-8512 to reserve. Another hot evening of dynamite bluegrass music with virtuoso mandolin player Randal Hill (mandolin and vocals). On guitar and vocals, the rock-steady Johnny Frame. On stand-up bass and vocals, John McNaughton. On banjo, one of the finest blue grass banjoists on the planet, Charlie Street.
Friday, March 30, 2012, from 8 pm on. The Highnote Ramblers bring you a blend of rockabilly, 50′s R & B, old country, and original songs. Featuring Mimi Shaw (vocals and rhythm guitar), Jeff Rosnick (lead guitar), Brian Hay (keyboard) and Jeff Griffiths (drums). Listen here to “Niagara” written by Mimi Shaw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBSAEA7crA0
Thursday March 29 at 8 pm, $15 ($10 advance 905-543-8512). The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, fabulous folk band from Victoria on tour lands at Artword Artbar. Ian Griffiths lead vocals, accordion; Kurt Loewen lead vocals, guitar; Patrick M’Gonigle vocals, violin, mandolin; Peter Mynett vocals, stand up bass; Paul Wolda vocals, percussion. “Gypsy Ska meets Bluegrass!” http://thetequilamockingbirdorchestra.com
AND opening for the TMO is the Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band — duo Brad Levia (arch-top, slide guitar, vocals) and Julia Narveson (gut-tub bass, bass, fiddle, banjolin, vocals). Brad and Julia, now in Waterloo, are both former members of Lake of Stew folk band. We tracked them down and are delighted to have them back on our stage. http://everlovinjugband.com/ Read more…
SOLD OUT Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 8 pm at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., $15 at door, $10 advance (905-385-1829). The Tribal Gallery presents North Indian Classical vocal music performed by Radhika Chary – vocals and tablas. Radhika has been singing North Indian Hindustani Classical music for 5 years now. Her repertoire will also include light classical music. She is accompanied by tabla player Kishore Kulkarni.
Event, Music, Tribal Gallery presents
Under the Influence of Dub from Luke Banville on Vimeo. Klyde Broox is an award winning dub poet and author. This short documentary highlights his migration from Jamaica to Canada. Directed/Edited: Luke Banville; Director of Photography: Jake Levinsky; Sound Design/Music: Conor Sullivan; Sheridan College Media Arts – 2012. [The performance portions of this documentary were filmed at Klyde's PoeMagic evenings at Artword Artbar.]
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Thursday March 22 at 8 pm, tip jar. “From Berlin to Brazil”, an evening of cabaret with music and songs performed by Paula Grove vocals, Jennifer Lockman piano, Orange McFarland standup bass.
Wednesday March 21 at 8 pm, cover tba. Latin Jazz by Grapevine featuring Christina Dee on vibraphone and Giulio “Drummer with Attitude!” . The vibraphone was popularized by jazz greats such as Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Red Norvo and Gary Burton. It is rarely played these days. Now another chance to hear Hamilton’s own vibraphonist Christina Dee. http://www.grapevinemusic.ca/
Tuesday March 20 at 5:30 pm, Green Drinks: ONTARIO ENVIROTHON – PRESENTATION BY HAMILTON WENTWORTH STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL. Monthly drop-in get together for anyone interested in the environment to kick back with a drink and socialize and learn. Mini presentation plus Q & A… get to know Ontario’s Envirothon and the people behind it. Talk is from 6:15pm -6:30. Evening goes until you say stop. Contact info: Laurel firstname.lastname@example.org www.greendrinks.org
Tuesday April 17 at 5:30 pm. Social networking evening for eco-minded folks and friends. Details coming.
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Saturday March 17, 2012, music starts at 9 pm sharp, $7 cover (late cover for the DJ set $2). DJFreeman hosts of an evening showcasing some Hamilton bands he selected. Band #1: The Mercy Beat, with their own mix of hip-hop and rock (Hip-Rock?): Rob Honey guitar/vocals, Grant Somerville drums, Jermaine Firago vocals, and Jon Levesque bass. The band is in the studio working with producer and sound engineer Jaime Prokop recording the bands FIRST full length album. Last set: DJFreeman spins his stuff.
Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music
Tuesday March 13 at 7 pm, at Artword Artbar, $20 door, $15 advance from Tribal Gallery 905-385-1829. A very special opportunity to hear an intimate concert by a renowned world artist Amchok Gompo, from Tibet, playing the Tibetan six-string long-necked lute called the dramyin or damnyen. He now lives in Toronto with his family, and played for the Dalai Lama here. He is heading off on a world tour, and Gwen Duncan of Tribal Gallery has arranged a last minute visit from him to Hamilton. Hear his music at http://www.last.fm/music/Amchok+Gompo
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Friday March 16, 2012 at 8 pm, admission by donation. “Love Conquers All“, a fundraiser for mission work in Mexico. Jazz and pop singer Bonnie Hamilton hosts a variety evening of live music including jazz pianist Aaron Zukewich, Maria Alekseeva, The Almost Sisters (acapella trio), Bonnie Hamilton (solo), The Extatics (Bonnie’s band).
Bonnie explains: “I am heading to Linares, Mexico on March 31st for a missions trip to work with the orphanages, help build buildings, and help the people in the slums, working with the churches there. So the money raised is going to that cause, such a great cause! I’ll also have a donation bin for people to bring toys, clothes, personal hygiene items to bring with me. I can’t wait to share the LOVE! I want to call this one LOVE CONQUERS ALL. The proceeds will go to the orphans!”
Event, Music, Music-Jazz
Thursday March 15 at 8 pm, pwyc. An A-Jam of alt music, hosted by Tanacetum Vulgare and her band.
Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 8 pm at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., $15 at door, $10 advance (905-385-1829). The Tribal Gallery presents Judith Cohen and Tamar Ilana in a concert of Sephardic songs, songs from rural Spain and Portugal, the Balkans, French Canada, medieval troubadours, Yiddish – maybe even some songs in English. Judith Cohen, singer and ethnomusicologist, returns to Artword [that was Artword Theatre in Toronto] after many years, with her daughter, Tamar Ilana of “Ventanas”. Judith and Tamar sing stories from the misdemeanours of medieval Iberian monarchs to advice to naive brides. Mother-daughter dialogue songs, close Balkan harmonies, little-known songs from mountain villages, and stories drawn from Judith’s and Tamar’s years of traveling around the homelands of their repertoire.
Event, Music, Tribal Gallery presents
Friday March 9, from 7 to 10 pm, James North Art Crawl, artists present. In the Gallery for the month of March, “Hybrids & Counterparts“, an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by three McMaster art students: Jessica Bigda, Morgan Kamocki Allaby, and Paige Woodhouse. The sculptures have in common an exploration, through the physicality of clay, of hybrid anatomies that are part human, part animal. Read more…
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Friday March 9, 2012 from 8 pm on…(James North Art Crawl). Jazz trio “Beg To Differ” playing blues / jazz / funk. Featuring Tim Ninehouse on piano, keyboards, vocals; Doug Sikma – guitar; Steve Foster – drums. “Beg To Differ” performs unique renditions of blues, jazz and funk songs, drawing from a large musical repertoire from early blues roots to jazzified contemporary songs. Photo from their concert last year.
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Thursday March 8, at 8 pm pwyc. Purim PARTY: all invited. It’s Purim, the Jewish festival where the villain Haman gets his comeuppance, foiled by Esther and her cousin Mordecai. Tradition states that drinking and making noise are in order.
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Wednesday March 7 at 8 pm, $5. Anthony Damiao is back, with another great evening of talented singer-songwriters in the area. The evening’s bill of fare includes:
Country-folk songwriter from Guelph Richard Laviolette: “His lyrics are brilliant scraps of paper. Letters written home. He sings about death, anti-colonial struggle and long distance relationships. His voice carries audience’s hearts somewhere else, so their feet can’t be moved and they are forced to stand where they are and just listen.” http://radio3.cbc.ca/artists/Richard-Laviolette
Sarah Mangle: “Sarah Mangle’s name is a sarah and a verb. It can be used in a sentence. Lately Sarah mangles pop, she’s also mangled folk music and experimental stuff with lots of strings and sounds. (Wet nose hero) Her most recent music combines the euphonium and organ and drums.” http://www.myspace.com/buysabear
Sarah Beatty is best known for her insightful lyrics and sweet and lilting melodies wrapped in salty roots guitar. www.myspace.com/sarahbeattylive
Anthony Damiao. http://www.myspace.com/anthonydamiao.
SOLD OUT! Saturday March 3 at 8 pm, at Artword Artbar, $15 door ($10 advance call 905-543-8512 to book). A rare, intimate evening of song with Jude Johnson on vocals, Carl Horton on piano and Mike Malone on trumpet and flugelhorn.
Here is Jude’s description: “This is classic jazz gleaned from the American songbook as well as a few original songs interspersed throughout the evening from Jude’s eight released recordings.
Jude Johnson is Hamilton’s music Ambassador and in the Gallery of Distinction. She is also the Director of the MAD creative art school.
Carl Horton is the Musical Director of the world renowned Follies and on the faculty of Mohawk college. He is one of the finest pianist anywhere.
Mike Malone is renowned for his amazing sound and sensitivity to his instrument. He recently retired from Mohawk College Music Dept. and has played with everyone who is anyone in the jazz world. A master musician.”