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Folk-roots: Allison Brown and String Bone, Fri June 29, 2018,

June 4th, 2018
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Friday June 29, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Two folk-roots musicians on the road return to Artword! String Bone (Barry James Payne) is a great songwriter and tells a great story in a song, folk/roots Americana style. A mix of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, hillbilly and even other contemporary and traditional elements harder to define.  www.stringbone.ca
Roots songstress Allison Brown, likes her religion a little bit gritty, takes her country music with a side of syrup and keeps her folk as dusty as the ol’ cabin floor. Allison’s crafted originals matched with classic roots repertoire reflect the striking conviction she brings to her sweet and powerful singing. Allison Brown  www.allisonbrown.ca

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-roots

Ben Bowen, Tom Shea, Mario Laquintana, music composed around poetry, Thurs June 28

June 4th, 2018
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Thursday June 28, 2018, at 8 pm, $10.  Cloctawr: Ben Bowen on electric guitar, poetry samples, and trumpet; Tom Shea on electric guitar; Mario Laquintana on drums. Music primarily composed around various pieces of local poetry (by Gary Barwin, John Terpstra, Sarah Farr, and Kathy Rupcic, among others), with lots of melodic content and improvising, It’s playful, poppy, hook-centric music.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-pop-etc.

Jazz vocalist Sienna Dahlen, pianist Amanda Tosoff, Sat June 23

June 3rd, 2018
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Saturday June 23, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Jazz vocalist Sienna Dahlen and pianist Amanda Tosoff, in an intimate evening of original French and English music in the styles of Cole Porter, Leonard Cohen and Lhasa de Sela.
Montreal-based Juno award-winning vocalist, Sienna Dahlen teams up with Toronto-based Juno-nominated pianist Amanda Tosoff to present an intimate evening of lesser-known standards and original French and English repertoire that stylistically-speaking, lies somewhere between the work of the late great Leonard Cohen and Lhasa de Sela.
According to All About Jazz writer, Pascal Denis Lussier, “Dahlen has an extremely alluring voice, one that could sell rainwater in a snowstorm.” And in the words of the Edmonton Journal’s Roger Levesque, Tosoff’s music “….incorporates dreamy beauty and spare realism and fresh song forms, quite beyond conventional standards fare.” In short, Amanda and Sienna are two of this country’s most talented jazz composers and musicians and this is a show that you won’t want to miss.
www.siennadahlen.com/
amandatosoff.com/

Event, Music-Jazz

So Long Seven (guitar, violin, tabla, banjo) + Adrean Farrugia, Fri June 22

June 3rd, 2018
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Friday June 22, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
So Long Seven, a delightful quartet — Neil Hendry (guitar, mandolin), William Lamoureux (violin), Ravi Naimpally (tabla) and Tim Posgate (banjo) — returns to Artword Artbar. So Long Seven brings their new CD/Vinyl Kala Kalo back to the town where they recorded it. Plus special guest Adrean Farrugia (another Artbar favourite) will play a set of solo piano.
So Long Seven performs richly textured acoustic music that brings their diverse influences into a distinctly Canadian voice. Influenced by bands such as Punch Brothers, Shakti, Oregon and many others the band is breaking new ground. Together they are creating a seamless tapestry of sound through their original music, blending composition and improvisation.  www.solongseven.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Allan Merovitz w. Lightstone/Katz/Koller Klezmer Trio, Thurs June 21

June 2nd, 2018
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Thursday June 21, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
A stellar concert of Klezmer music with our good friend singer Allan Merovitz and an all-star Klezmer Trio: Brian Katz (guitar, piano), Jonno Lightstone (clarinet, flute), George Koller (bass). Allan is widely known as a singer with Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band and some of the world’s top Yiddish and Klezmer ensembles including the Ot Azoj Klezmer Band of Amsterdam and the Montreal based Merovitz Project. Artword Theatre has directed and produced numerous remounts of his celebrated play If Cows Could Fly.
The Lightstone/Katz/Koller Klezmer Trio: Brian Katz (guitar, piano), famed jazz and Jewish music artist, Jonno Lightstone, acclaimed klezmer clarinettist / flutist and the great “all over the map” bassist, George Koller—all who have worked with Allan in various settings over many years—combine their talents to explore their fresh take on klezmer. Bringing together a multitude of musical styles and experience, the trio creates a variety of diverse moods by weaving the melodies of klezmer with the sounds and textures of jazz, Indian raga, Yiddish song, chamber music, and down home rock’n blues! Dancing shoes and a whacky hat required!  www.allanmerovitz.com,   www.briankatz.com,   www.klezconnection.com,   www.georgekoller.com

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Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

World Refugee Day Celebration, Wed June 20

June 1st, 2018
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Wednesday June 20, 2018, at 8 pm (by donation). An evening of Syrian and Latin American music, hosted by the Emergency Support Committee for Refugees. Special guest is Syrian oud player Moutaz. Also performing are singer Lil America from El Salvador via Cuba, and local band Babbage Industries. More details coming.
Event on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/129236804593724/

Event, Music, Music-World, Special event

Exchange for Change, for Under The Willow, Tues June 19, at 6 pm

June 1st, 2018
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Tuesday June 19, 2018, from 6 to 9 pm. All ages. Exchange for Change – a clothing swap fundraiser in support of Under The Willows, arts and garden program where children who experience adverse life circumstances may joyfully express themselves as creative individuals of value. www.underthewillows.org
What: Snazzy duds, rad tunes, yummy treats and chill zones for relaxing. All donated items are up for grabs for $2 each!
How: Bring your still-wearable but no longer-for-you clothes. to the swap itself. Or have them picked up for a fee of $5 with proceeds from pickup going to UTW, Email singfromthestart@gmail.com to arrange pickup.
Why: Because UTW is amazing. Because clothes left over will be donated to
Drama Dressup. Because your closet needs a refresh so why not do it
for a good cause. Because $2 is a ludicrously lovely price to pay for your
new favourite top/pants/dress/skirt/shoes/hat/mitts/tux. Because Artword is
a super fun place to hang out. Because YOLO and FOMO. Because you want to!

Event, Special event

Jazz with the Brad Cheeseman Group, Sat June 16

May 31st, 2018
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Saturday June 16, at 8 pm, $10.  Jazz with Brad Cheeseman electric bass, Robert Chapman guitar, Matt Lagan tenor sax, Marito Marques drums, Chris Pruden piano. Performing music from the JUNO-nominated album THE TIDE TURNS.
bradcheeseman.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Singer-songwriters Richard Keelan, and Raphael Keelan, Fri June 15

May 30th, 2018
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Friday June 15, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. The Keelan Family Show. Singer-songwriter Richard Keelan of the legendary folk-rock band in the 60s/70s The Perth County Conspiracy, teams up with daughter singer-songwriter Raphael Smith Keelan.
Background: Richard Keelan‘s music career began in the late ’50s with his first teenage rock band, the Swinging Shepherds. He was a Greenwich Village folkie in the mid-60s, performing on the same circuit of clubs that spawned Bob Dylan. He recorded and released singles in the psychedelic era with the Spikedrivers and its spin-off duo, Misty Wizard. He has delved into the worlds of both traditional and fusion-jazz having worked with both the Washingtons and Brian Griffith respectively. He’s best known for his work with the folk group the Perth County Conspiracy (Does Not Exist) based in Stratford, Ontario. Back in 1998, he put out his solo CD “Chameleon”. (richard-keelan.blogspot.com/)
and an article at www.criticsatlarge.ca/2014/12/a-pining-spirit-perth-county.html
Raphael Smith Keelan: “Born amidst the creative fruits of the Perth County Conspiracy, this singer songwriter was infused in ‘utero’ with many artistic influences. Raphael began her journey towards musicianship at the age of six with the piano….continuing over the past twenty years with songwriting and self-taught guitar playing. Her lyrics inspire the listener to reflect on the spiritual as her rich vocals soothe the soul….” www.facebook.com/Raphael-Keelan-432264416849634/

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-roots, Music-singer/songwriter

The Sad Boys Literary Society, readings & music, Thurs June 14

May 29th, 2018
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Thursday June 14, 2018 at 8 pm. Admission by donation. The Sad Boys Literary Society will be celebrating their 1st birthday with a night of readings and musical performances at Artbar Artbar. This will also be your only chance to pick up theirr super-special limited-edition Sad Boys chapbook featuring our most earth-shattering poems from this past year. Performers may include:
Benjamin McCullough, Benjamin Robinson, Kira Moolman, Mark Standish, Tim Martin, Tim Selles.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

Celebration of Life: Glenn Hardcastle, Sun June 10, 4 to 7 pm

May 28th, 2018
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Sunday June 10, from 4 to 7 pm. Our good friend Glenn Hardcastle died at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Saturday May 26, 2018 in his 79th year after a short illness. His partner Valerie Kay has asked us to host a celebration of Glenn’s life, with lots of music and memories and love. Some Artword favourites will perform a song or two: Charly Chiarelli, Tim Ninehouse, Paula Grove, Gordon Odegaard, and more.
Glenn was a frequent concert-goer and theatre enthusiast, at Artword Artbar and other arts hangouts. He was also an artist, musician and nature lover. Valerie has been a member of Artword Theatre Ensemble since 2008 in Hamilton, appearing in You Are What You Do, Rascals and Numskulls, James Street, and Scroogissimo. Glenn was Val’s devoted supporter at all of these. Glenn, we will miss your sparkling eyes and cheeky smile!

Event, Special event

Songwriters-in-the-Round, host Duane Rutter, Sat June 9

May 20th, 2018
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Saturday June 9, 2018, at 8 pm, $20 / pwyc. The next edition of Songwriters-in-the-Round, hosted by Duane Rutter. Guests for June 9 are: Cindy Dell, Dave Pomfret and Danny Medakovic. NOTE: Brennagh Burns sits in for Cindy Dell, who won’t be able to come.

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter

Book Launch, Summer Issue TOWER POETRY, Sat June 9 at 2 pm

May 19th, 2018
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Saturday, June 9, 2018, 2:00 to 4:30 pm, free. Book Launch of Summer Issue of TOWER POETRY. Due to the closing of Bryan Prince Bookseller, the launch is being held at Artword Artbar. The launch is a free event and open to the public; members are encouraged to bring guests. All are welcome.   http://towerpoetry.ca/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Latin American peña, an evening of poetry & music, Fri June 8

May 17th, 2018
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Friday June 8, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Latin American peña (evening of poetry and music),  with musicians guitarist-singer Marcelo Puente, singer Lil America, musician/laptops Edgardo Moreno, singer Nancy Reyes, musician Jose Lobos, and singer-songwriter Fito Molena. Poetry by Ama Luna and Constanza Durán.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music, Music-Latin, Music-World

The Polka Dogs, a Toronto legend, BACK w. new CD, Thurs June 7

May 16th, 2018
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Thursday June 7, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. After an over 25-year hiatus, The Polka Dogs, Toronto’s beloved theatre based band returns with an Ontario tour and new CD June 2018. The revived, renascent, and reformed Toronto theatre-based band, THE POLKA DOGS, have returned after a 25-year hiatus. Starting as a theatre pit band in 1989, the band wowed the world in the 90s with an explosive, raucous, joyous sound of trombone, tuba, banjo, drums and that sultry, fantastic voice of theatre staple John Millard. The band returns with the same original sound, and features all five of its founding members including, Tom Walsh on trombone, Tiina Kiik on accordion, Colin Couch on tuba, John Millard on banjo and vocals, and Ambrose Pottie on drums.
Tour dates: June 2, 8pm at Burdock, Toronto; June 7, 8pm at Artword Artbar in Hamilton; June 8, 8pm at Silence in Guelph.

“The Polka Dogs are a boiling pan-cultural stew that bastes you, roasts you and serves you up well done. Please, Polka Dogs, can I have some more?” – Tom Allen, CBC

Event, Music-cabaret, Music-folk, Music-singer/songwriter, Music-World

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, Sat June 2

May 8th, 2018
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Saturday June 2, 2018, at 8 pm, $15.
Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Stuart Laughton‘s wonderful show Radio Dial is back. Multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton and his merry band Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Martin Worthy (drums), Burke Carroll (pedal steel) and Steve Lucas (bass) share their astonishing versatility and sense of fun.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz, Music-singer/songwriter

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