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SINGALONG with Sam and Jane, Thurs May 30

April 30th, 2013
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SamTurton_JaneLewis_650.jpgThursday May 30, 2013, 7:30-9:30 pm, pwyc ($5-$10 suggested) SINGALONG with Sam Turton and Jane Lewis, singer-songwriters from Guelph. Come out and SING!  They’ve got songbooks full of classic favourites — YOU request the songs, and we all sing them together. Led by Jane Lewis and Sam Turton.    http://www.all-together-now.ca  Tell your friends because — the more, the merrier. Read more…

Event, Music

Andy and Ariana, folk-fusion duo from Nova Scotia, Wed May 29

April 29th, 2013
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Andy_andAriana.jpgAndy_and_Ariana.jpgWednesday May 29, 2013 at 8 pm, $5. Back again from Nova Scotia, duo Andy and Ariana, playing an original, acoustic fusion of roots, folk, jazz and world music. They’ve got a new CD! While Ariana weaves words and melodies interspersing fiddle and saxophone riffs, Andy vocalizes percussion, plays guitar, and operates parts of a drum kit with his heels. The result is a lively one, guaranteed to entertain.  http://www.AndyandAriana.com Read more…

Event, Music

Tom Dusome and the Utah Tar Sands Roadshow, Wed May 29 at 6:30

April 28th, 2013
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Wednesday May 29 from 6:30-8 pm. The Utah Tar Sands Roadshow, a presentation of Hamilton Freeskool!
And from 8 to 8:30 pm, Tom Dusome, singer-songwriter, activist and free skolar, will perform a warm-up set for Andy and Ariana, here on tour from Nova Scotia (see next post)
The Utah Tar Sands Roadshow is a listening project and educational presentation about the impact of tar sands extraction on people, water, and the land. Tar sands development is one of the most destructive industries on earth –- and a Canadian company is bringing it to Utah unless we rise up to stop it before it starts. http://www.beforeitstarts.org/utah-tar-sands-roadshow/utahtarsandsroadshow/
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Event, Music, Special event

Concert: What the Folk, Sunday May 26 at 7:30 pm

April 26th, 2013
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What_the_Folk_1116_c700.jpgSunday May 26 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.

Event, Music

Tribal Gallery presents Mike Almas Blues Band, Sat May 25

April 25th, 2013
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MIKE_ALMAS_c650.jpgSaturday May 25, 2013 at 8 pm $10 advance /$15 door. The Tribal Gallery presents the Mike Almas Blues Band in concert. A seasoned and talented guitarist, singer songwriter, Mike Almas has been recording and performing throughout North America for over 25 years. Blending a unique mix of blues, funk and soul, outstanding musicianship and powerful vocals, the Mike Almas Band delivers the blues.  Call Tribal Gallery at 905-385-1829 for advance tickets. Last time Mike played Artword Artbar, the show sold out, so get those tickets! Click here to download Mike Almas poster pdf legal paper.

Event, Music, Tribal Gallery presents

Singer-songwriter fiddler/guitarist Shari Ulrich and her Trio, Fri May 24

April 23rd, 2013
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Shari_Ulrich_Trio.jpgFriday May 24 at 8 pm, $15 advance, $20 door (reserve 905-543-8512). Artword Artbar is delighted to announce a special concert by the Juno award winning West Coast singer-songwriter Shari Ulrich with daughter Julia Graff and Ted Littlemore. Shari, an amazing multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, piano, dulcimer and vocals), is most known for her incomparable voice. She is touring with her trio which consists of her daughter Julia Graff (currently engineering and producing Shari’s new album) on violin, mandolin, guitar, piano, accordion and vocals, and her McGill classmate Ted Littlemore on piano, accordion and vocals. Though Julia has been performing with Shari for over a decade, the trio has been touring primarily in the summers while Julia and Ted are out of school. The trio is a wonderful blend of two generations and has been delighting audiences wherever they go. Click here to download the Shari Ulrich poster pdf.
www.shariulrich.com     http://profiles.sonicbids.com/artists/ShariUlrich
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYu-BEafFj0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr3pSVWZEe4     Read more…

Event, Music

Marie Avery, The Benefit of the Free Man, & Peace and Love Heidi, Thurs May 23

April 16th, 2013
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Marie_Avery_650.jpgThursday May 23 at 8 pm, $7. Singer-songwriter Marie Avery hosts an evening of music with guests The Benefit of The Free Man and Peace and Love Heidi.
Marie Avery
has been described as ‘a voice that cuts through the night like a dangerous yet delicate switchblade’. Having just released her debut EP a few months ago in Hamilton, Marie continues to build a fan base on home turf. www.marieaverymusic.com
Peace and Love Heidi, a songstress from Brantford, Benefit_of_the_Free_Man_c650.jpgwill open up the night with her naturalistic ballads and love songs. Her soaring voice will leave you entranced.
The Benefit of The Free Man, Anna Jarvis (cello); Greg O’Toole (guitar, vox); Lee Piazza (vox); Mike Legere (percussion), hail from Toronto and have been infiltrating the Hamilton scene with their unique take on chamber folk.  Read more…

Event, Music

Jazz with Justin Golan and his band, Wed May 22

April 15th, 2013
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Wednesday May 22 at 8 pm, pwyc/$5. Jazz with pianist Justin Golan and his band. Details coming.

Event, Music-Jazz

Sean Dowhaniuk and the Improvising Jazz Orchestra, Fri May 17

April 12th, 2013
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SeanDowhaniukJazzOrch1_cre.jpgFriday May 17 at 8 pm, $5/pwyc. Another night of new music, unpredictable, exciting, unexpected. Jazz guitarist Sean Dowhaniuk is assembling an adventurous group of jazz musicians to explore contemporary jazz-based compositions and some free improvisation. (Photo left, by H. Roscoe. is from Improvising Jazz Orchestra on March 1 at Artword Artbar.) Players include: Sean Dowhaniuk guitar; Kevin Fraser bass; Riley Kelley alto saxophone; Andrew Marcaccio soprano saxophone/clarinet; Corey McBride tenor saxophone; Chris Platt guitar; Joey Ridos drums; Justin Rodin-Lehmann electronics; Josh Smiley piano; Ethan Tilbury bass.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Gunter Ott Blues Band, Thurs May 16

April 11th, 2013
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GunterOttBAND_poster_c650.jpgThursday May 16 at 8 pm, $5. The Gunter Ott Blues Band, part of our celebration of The Blues this month, featuring Gunter Ott on guitar and vocals, with bassist Ian Linton and harmonica ace Eric Rooker, and special guest Jim Chambers on keyboards. Based in Hamilton, the Gunter Ott Band plays a laid back mix of blues and roots rock ‘n’ roll that blends the muddy waters of the Mississippi delta country with the hardscrabble grit of our former steeltown turned artistic hub to create an evocative sound that extends the beauty, poetry and joy of the blues to a new generation. Read more…

Event, Music

Jazz: Fred Butler and his Big Band, Wed May 15

April 9th, 2013
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Wednesday May 15, 8 pm, pwyc. Fred Butler and his Big Band (yes, on our small stage!), playing two sets of big band tunes from Duke Ellington classics to more modern big band charts written by local musicians. The band includes (though not all at once): alto sax: Abigail Neale, Corey McBride; tenor sax: Fred Butler, Patrick Panus; bari sax: Victoria Cox; trumpet: Mark Thomson, Marlon Brew, Esther Matthew; trombone: Margaret Nishimura, George Mackintosh; vocals: Grace San Andres; piano: Josh Smiley; guitar: Thom Mason; bass: Dave Holla; drums: Mat Gervais; percussion: Jess Gold.

Event, Music-Jazz

Matthew de Zoete and Ophelia Syndrome, Sat May 11

April 7th, 2013
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MatthewDeZoete_may112013_artbarimage650.jpgSaturday May 11 at 8 pm, $10. Folk and Beyond Double Bill:  Matthew de Zoete and his Band, plus Ophelia Syndrome.
Matthew de Zoete and his Bandwww.matthewdezoete.com Imagine Nick Drake cheering up a bit and living long enough to work with Beck. Matthew combines pop, rock, and folk music to write songs built on strong melodies and honest lyrics. His latest album Colour Film features 11 such songs with the focus and imagery of a short film surrounded by a gorgeous soundscape courtesy of producer Les Cooper (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies). With the title track inspired by old family Super 8s, Matthew blows the dust off sincerity and sings about everything from grandparents and divorce to washing dishes. Two previous albums and extensive touring throughout North America and Europe have garnered critical acclaim, far-flung fans, and a reputation for smart songwriting and wry humour.
Ophelia Syndromewww.opheliasyndrome.com
Ophelia Syndrome is an experimental five piece that 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. Read more…

Event, Music

Gallery: The Blues in Black and White, photos by Robert Allison, May 2013

April 6th, 2013
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reed-l_en.jpgcotton-l.jpgIn the Gallery, month of May 2013, The Blues in Black and White, an exhibition of archival photographs by Robert Allison from the glory days of Albert’s Hall, the premier venue in the late 80s for blues musicians passing through Toronto.
Robert wrote in 1989: “I began photographing each act that came to the bar. On Monday I’d shoot, and by Friday I’d have prints to be signed. butterfield-l_en.jpgIt gave me a goal, it gave me a purpose for shooting, but most of all it gave me satisfaction – something that I was interested in and something that I could feel. The management gave me a private gallery, and the bar gave me a captive audience. Thematically I was capturing history in the making. That’s what this collection is. It’s a history of a bar that I’ve worked in for five years, and it’s a history of the musicians that have played there.” (photo top left James Cotton, left lower Paul Butterfield, right Jimmy Reed) Read more…

Artword Gallery, Event, Special event

ART CRAWL Fri May 10: blues in the bar – Beg to Differ

April 6th, 2013
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Tim Ninehouse_cc.jpgFriday May 10, James North Art Crawl. Music in the bar from 8 pm, tip jar: An Artword favourite, the lively high-energy Beg To Differ Trio playing blues / jazz / funk — Tim Ninehouse on keyboards, vocals; Doug Sikma on guitar; Steve Foster on drums. Unique renditions of blues, jazz and funk songs, drawing from a large musical repertoire from early blues roots to jazzified contemporary songs.
In the gallery,  “The Blues in Black and White“, an exhibit of ‘live in performance” photos of blues musicians, from the glory days of Albert’s Hall in Toronto, taken by bartender and photographer Robert Allison.

Artword Gallery, Event, James North events, Music

Richard Garvey, The Blackwood Two, Sarah Beatty, Thurs May 9

April 4th, 2013
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Richard_Garvey_en.jpgThursday May 9, 2013, at 8 pm, cover $10/pwyc. “A lovely lively folk concert” with The Blackwood Two and Richard Garvey on tour. Singer-songwriter Richard Garvey, from Kitchener is back with his delightful and thought-provoking roots and folk-based songs  www.richardgarvey.ca
The Blackwood Two from Waterloo, BlackwoodTwo_650c.jpgDan Belgue and Megan McCaffrey, are one of the countries most fun folk acts — SarahBeatty_c650.jpgwith sunny fiddles and banjos, the duo blends elements of straight up old time music with their original, foot stompin’ feel good compositions to create an irresistible and infectious new sound they dub “old time street folk!” www.theblackwoodtwo.com.
Joining in on their Artword Artbar stop is Hamilton-based singer-songwriter Sarah Beatty with her dynamic vocals, expressive lyrics, and engaging melodies. http://sarahbeatty.ca

Event, Music

Panel discussion: “In soli?” – part 2, Wed May 8 at 7 pm

April 2nd, 2013
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Wednesday May 8, doors open at 6:30, panel and discussion from 7-9 pm. Free. Light snacks provided, cash bar. In soli? -Part 2: A panel, discussion, and social event about the tensions of being “in solidarity”. The Political Action Committee of CUPE 3906 warmly invites you to a panel and discussion to explore various tensions we face when claiming to be ‘in solidarity’ with others. As a key catch-phrase for activists within and beyond organized labour, ‘in solidarity’ is often taken as a self-evident and non-contentious statement. However, many also recognized the need to challenge these presumptions about being ‘in solidarity’ and to critically interrogate this phrase and what it means practically for the work we can (and cannot) do.
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Event, Special event

“Jack Layton: Art in Action” book launch, Tues May 7 at 7:30

April 1st, 2013
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ArtAction_cover220x330.jpgTuesday May 7 at 7:30 pm. Book launch of “Jack Layton: Art in Action”, edited by Penn Kemp (300 pages) Quattro Press. The book has over 100 contributors, each telling surprising stories and anecdotes about Jack and the arts. The launch includes readings by poet Penn Kemp, writer Patricia Bradbury, and others. Special guest: songstress extraordinaire Nancy White.
Reviews: “Read this beautiful book about Jack’s passion for the arts. He loved to make music, dance and he was happiest when he led massive sing-alongs. I hope Jack’s story will inspire you to live your life based on love, hope and optimism.” Olivia Chow, NDP MP Trinity Spadina, Toronto
“If you want a better Canada; if you want to know what Canada can be, then you need to allow yourself to be inspired by Jack Layton. And this superb, engaging book is the place to start.” Tim Flannery (The Weather Makers, chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council)

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Special event

Artword Theatre’s “Tobacco Troubadour” at the Lyric, May 1 to 5

March 21st, 2013
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TobaccoTroubadour_poster7_2013_300_660.jpgNEW DATES: May 1 to 5, 2013, six shows: Wed to Sunday at 7:30, plus a matinee Sunday at 2 pm. Artword Theatre’s four-play season at The Lyric 2012-2013 continues with a revival of our hit show Tobacco Troubadour, a musical play about growing up in tobacco country. Based on the songs of J.P. Riemens, with script and direction by Ronald Weihs. Starring J.P. Riemens & the Barflies, and the Artword Theatre Ensemble: Pamela Gardner, Paula Grove, Gordon Odegaard and Ryan Sero. For more information, call Artword at 905-543-8512.
VENUE: Lyric Theatre, 434 King Street West at Locke. Book tickets: http://www.lyrichamilton.com/ 905-527-6135. Prices: $19 weekdays & Sunday (seniors/students $16); $25 Friday & Saturday (seniors/students $16).
Click here to download the Tobacco Troubadour poster (full-size for legal paper) .

Event, Music, Theatre

PoeMagic hosted by Klyde Broox, Fri April 26, Fri May 31

March 19th, 2013
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2013: Friday April 26 (fourth Friday), Friday May 31 (last Friday!), at 8:00 pm.
PoeMagic“, a monthly evening of spoken word, hosted by dub poet Klyde Broox. All genres of spoken word poets welcome. Contact Klyde at  kbroox@porchlight.ca.  “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…

Event, Literary, Spoken Word