Sunday April 29, 5:15 pm to about 6:30 or so, tip jar.. “Em with Them” Emily Kemp on vocals, with Chris Bruder on piano/keys, Jordan Snider on drums, Scott McIntosh on guitar, Tom Altobelli on stand-up bass. The student recitals are at 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm with a $3 admission to each. Each recital is followed by a hour-long band show. The final band show at 5:15 pm is open to all.
Saturday April 28 at 8 pm, $5. A double solo concert by two fine singer-songwriters: Edgar Breau and Christopher Roberts.
Edgar Breau brings us his new folky-pop-roots CD Patches of Blue. Here is a review from Hamilton Blues Lover: “One thing you won’t find a lot of on Edgar Breau’s latest CD, patches of blue is repetition. The local singer/songwriter covers a whole lot of ground in just 12 songs. While mainly known as a member of the proto-punk/psych band, Simply Saucer, his solo endeavors are more on the rootsier side. Edgar explores all aspects of the genre: folk, country, blues, celtic, and much more. Every single song has a unique spirit. Highlights include the trippy title track, the funky One Kind of Love, the wonderfully folky Dreams of Jack Kerouac, and the island sounds of Maria the Sea and the Sun.” More about Edgar: http://auteurresearch.tumblr.com/edgarbreau http://www.babysue.com/2012-March-LMNOP-Reviews.html#anchor471983
Christopher Roberts (of Modern Field Recordings) is the other half of the double bill, bringing us his original solo take on the world. http://music.cbc.ca/#/bands/modern-field-recordings
Fourth Friday of month at 8 pm, pwyc. “PoeMagic“, an evening of spoken word, hosted by dub poet Klyde Broox.
Friday April 27, 2012, featured guest is the great Jamaican comedian Blakka Ellis (left)
All genres of spoken word poets welcome. Contact Klyde at email@example.com. “Steeped in oral traditions, Broox’s gesture-enabled, dance and song-oriented, performances are consistently pitched to engage, entertain, and invite audiences to experience poetry as social communion. … ” Read more…
Saturday April 21, 2012 at 8 pm, $15. The Tribal Gallery presents an evening of Turkish, Balkan and Greek music with Brenna MacCrimmon, Jayne Brown, Sophia Grigoriadis and Louise Wrazen. Jayne Brown and Sophia Grigoriadis are members of Maza Meze, Toronto’s spirited world music ensemble. Louise Wrazen teaches ethnomusicology at York University and Brenna MacCrimmon is Turkey’s most famous non-Turkish folk singer. Will sell out – reservations advised call The Tribal Gallery 905-385-1829.
http://http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/brennamaccrimmon Read more…
Friday April 20 at 8 pm, $10. Ophelia Syndrome, an experimental five piece band from Hamilton, launches their new album ‘all things forgotten‘, plus an opening set by songstress Kori Pop. Ophelia Syndrome — Trina Nadeau (cello), Deanna Wells (vocals, keyboards), Adrian McFarlane (drums), Josh Kohler (bass, backing vocals), Andrew Barbisan (guitar, lap steel, backing vocals) — layers cello, lap steel, vintage keyboards, and male and female vocal harmonies over a foundation of guitar, bass and drums. The result is Ophelia Syndrome’s own unique brand of rock, folk, and jazz. Building on the success of their 2009 ‘Shades of Grey’ EP, Ophelia Syndrome successfully fan-funded their debut full length album ‘all things forgotten’.
Thursday April 19, 2012 at 8 pm, $15 (students $10). Reservations call 905-543-8512. BACK !! Sophia Perlman jazz vocalist is back for the concert she missed, with jazz pianist Adrean Farrugia. Vocalist 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. Read more…
Wednesday April 18 at 8:30 pm, tip jar. Jazz with The Sean Dowhaniuk Group: Sean Dowhaniuk guitar, Ethan Tilbury bass, Sean Bruce Parker drums, Ryan Cassidy saxes, Sean Solakistrumpet. Playing the music of Wayne Shorter, Ornette Coleman, Tommy Flanagan and originals by Sean Dowhaniuk, Ryan Cassidy and Ethan Tilbury.
Sunday April 15 at 7:30 pm, cover $5. The wonderful “What The Folk?” are back, a multi-talented group of seven singers/instrumentalists. They play a range of folk-based and classical music, ranging from instrumental celtic pieces to a capella songs with full-blown four-or-more-part harmonies. They play traditional tunes, songs of war, and covers of more recent artists like Stan Rogers and Great Big Sea. Who are “What The Folk?”: Geoff Ball guitar, cello, vocals; Graeme Ball vocals, violin; Len Ball vocals, violin; Terry Ball vocals, violin, guitar, viola; Caroline Olsen vocals, violin, viola; Carolyn Reid vocals, flute.
Also part of the evening is stand-up bass player Orange McFarland.
PLUS an opening set by singer-songwriter Adam Carter.
Saturday April 14 at 8 pm, cover tip jar. Singer-songwriter Mark McNeil performs an evening of roots-based music with percussionist Jeff Griffiths featuring songs from Mark’s newly released CD, Shiny Things and Other Distractions, co-written with Kris Rochard. www.shinythingspage.wordpress.com and http://markmcneilandkrisrochard.bandcamp.com
The evening also features virtuoso Ottawa fingerstyle guitarist Steve Parisien who will perform a collection of instrumental originals and standards. If you enjoy the playing of Chet Atkins, Joe Pass or Lenny Breau, you’ll love Steve. http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Steve-parisien and http://www.reverbnation.com/steveparisien
Shiny Things and Other Distractions, has been described as “a journey through something bluesy, mixed with adult contemporary and tied together with an alternative country rock twang” Read more…
Friday April 13 (James North Art Crawl), from 7 pm-9:15: “Behind the Kiln” multi-media dance, music, video collaborations in real-time. Dancers include: Olga Barrios, Liz Bates, Laura Reid, Victoria Slager, Grace Loney, Tanis MacArthur. Musicians include: Brier Pomfret, Ronald Weihs. Video vee-jaying by Judith Sandiford.
9:30 – midnight (tip jar): Jazz with Emily Kemp vocals, Scott MacIntosh guitar, Jordan Snider drums, Tom Altobelli bass, and Chris Bruder piano.
Friday April 13, 2012 (James North Art Crawl). Leah Boyd exhibits sculpture, drawings, prints and collage. The exhibit is a collection of Leah’s work from her last two years as a student until now. Leah meticulously pieces together fragments of sculpture, drawing, printmaking, textile and found objects in order to replicate her own personal feelings of tension and anxiety. Leah is a recent graduate of McMaster Fine Arts and Art History program. The exhibit is up for the month of April. Artist present 7-10 pm during James North Art Crawl
Thursday April 12, 2012 from 8 pm, $7. 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.
Wednesday April 11, 2012 at 8 pm, $10. A singer-songwriter showcase hosted by Anthony Damiao. Featured is 6-piece folk band Little City: Thom Macfarlane percussion, Dave Clarke bass, Trevor Kai keys and accordion, Jordan Axani and Shaun Axani guitars, Frances Miller vocals. http://www.littlecityband.com/
“Little City stole the show during Canadian Music Week.” -The Sound of Pop CMW Review. “Little City: sounding as exuberant as their inspirations were original.” – NOW Magazine. “The Torontonian six-piece are fresh, dedicated and smooth.” -Round Letters EP review. “One of the best upcoming folk/pop groups in our country.”-Forget the Box EP Review.
Also on the bill two singer-songwriters doing solo sets: Shawn Clarke www.shawnclarkemusic.com and Sarah Mangle.
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.”