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Sikuris St. Lawrence, music from the Andes, Sat Nov 24

October 14th, 2018
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Saturday November 24, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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From Toronto, the Sikuris St. Lawrence band who play traditional South American music from the Andes: a special concert for their new cd Vidala.
Band members: Ernesto Cardenas (vocals and Andean wind instruments), Rodrigo Chavez (guitar, charango, percussion), Marco Frangini (vocals and sikus), Jose Sanhueza (vocals, guitar and small percussion), Nano Valverde (guitar, Andean wind instruments and bass), Miguel Vasquez (Andean wind instruments and percussion). The sikus is South American pan-flute (Aymara language); a sikuris is a person who plays the sikus.
The story: In 1983 a group of South American musicians living in Toronto gathered every Saturday at the legendary St Lawrence Market to play their music, exchange ideas and practice their instruments. Now, the SIkuris are gathering again to share their music and pay respect to the ancient music of the South American Andes. Instruments include the sikus, spanish guitar, charango, venezuelan cuatro guitar, kena, bombo, bass drum.

Event, Music, Music-World

New Orleans jazz with Red Hot Ramble, Fri Nov 23

October 13th, 2018
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Friday November 23, 2018, 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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New Orleans-style jazz with Red Hot Ramble: Roberta Hunt  lead vocals, piano; Alison Young vocals, saxophones; Jamie Stager vocals, trombone; Jacek “Jack” Zorawski vocals, acoustic bass; Glenn Anderson vocals, drums. Jacek and Glenn backed up Alex Pangman’s sold-out concert last July, and wanted to come back with their other band Red Hot Ramble. Here’s how they tell it:
“New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz music is also the home of great blues, rhythm & blues, second lines and ‘street beats’. Red Hot Ramble throws them all into the pot with and dishes them out in generous portions with a distinct taste of Canadiana thrown in! To borrow an old Louisiana saying, ‘Come as you are, leave different’, Red Hot Ramble, now in their 8th year together, has a well-earned reputation for their performances living up to that motto. The ‘Ramble’ is looking forward to performing for old and new friends at Hamilton’s Artword Artbar!” Website:  www.redhotramble.ca

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Adam Carter, Pamela Gardner … Thurs Nov. 22

October 12th, 2018
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Thursday November 22, 2018, at 8 pm, $tba. Melodic Pixel Media presents The Human Race (Adam Carter) and The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner and band). Details coming.

Event, Music, Music-pop-etc., Music-rock, Music-singer/songwriter

The Sad Boys Literary Society, readings & music, Wed Nov 21

October 11th, 2018
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Wednesday November 21, 2018, at 8 pm. Admission by donation.
The Sad Boys Literary Society returns with a night of readings and musical performances from Meredith Park, Kira Moolman, Tim Selles, Tim Martin, Ben McCullough, Ben Robinson.
The evening is hosted by Ben Robinson.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

An Intimate Evening With Dwayne Morgan, Sat Nov 17

October 9th, 2018
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Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 8 pm, $15 reg, $12 student/senior. Dwayne Morgan is a master storyteller. Known affectionately as the Godfather of Canadian Spoken Word, Morgan brings his 25th anniversary celebrations to Hamilton. Join us for An Intimate Evening With Dwayne Morgan. dwaynemorgan.ca/

Dwayne’s biographyDwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. In 1994, while still in high school, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists. A member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, Morgan has received both the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts. Morgan is the winner of 3 Canadian Urban Music Awards (2001, 2003, 2005). In 1998, Morgan introduced regular poetry slams to Toronto, and has watched them blossom across the GTA and beyond ever since. In 2005 he was recognized as Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Vancouver.  Read more…

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Acoustic Moments: the R&B and Soul Edition, Fri Nov 16

October 8th, 2018
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Friday November 16, 2018, at 8 pm.
Tickets $15 adv, $20 door. Call 905-543-8512 or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Acoustic Moments: the R&B and Soul Edition hosted by Mr. Jay Maca. presents three powerhouse R&B / Soul performers:
Shanika Maria: Shanika Maria is a singer-songwriter from Hamilton, currently living in Toronto. She explores themes of empowerment, societal expectation, identity and relationships through her music. She has been performing around Southern Ontario since 2014. In 2017, she released her debut EP Childish Games. Shanika is set to release her full length album Subtle Uncertainties in January 2019. The album takes on a full sound with styles that range from pop electronic, beach rock, dark country and folk. http://www.shanikamaria.com/
Jamila B.:
Jamila B. is a Canadian r&b/pop singer who was born to a Nigerian father and a British-Caribbean mother in Hamilton, Ontario. Always a lover of music, Jamila B. began singing and writing at the age of eleven. In a short time, she found herself performing locally and had the opportunity to open for headliners such as The Clipse, Choclair, Derrick Morgan, The Ink Spots, Tanya Stephens, Bobby Valentino, Black Sheep, and Redman. Jamila B. likes to focus on music that has a positive message and sings about matters of the heart. She has a small but mighty team of producers creating her sound for her debut album, Love & Confidence, an EP that chronicles the ups and downs in life and the sweetness of love. soundcloud.com/jamilaonline
Bonnie Hamilton
.: Bonnie Hamilton is a singer, songwriter and keyboard player, the genres of soul, funk, jazz, ska, reggae. “I am on a journey to discovering true love, peace, identity, and my purpose. Time to make music.”
https://www.facebook.com/bonniehamilton78/

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter, Music-Soul/R&B

Linda McRae w. guests Laura Pitkanen & Lisa Myer, +Osypa, Thurs Nov 15

October 7th, 2018
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Thursday November 15, 2018 at 8 pm, $10 / $12. Songs and stories with folk/roots old-time musician Linda McRae, who plays guitar, clawhammer banjo and accordion.
Plus a guest sets by:
* Laura Pitkanen and Lisa Myers, the songwriters, guitarists and vocalists in the band Long Branch are now also playing as a duo.
* Osypa (Alexandra Babiak)  “OSYPA’s debut EP Luna is a testament to the beauty of restraint- a thoughtful glimpse into Alexandra Babiak’s memories and desires” Canadian Music Week, 2018.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9t7Tb8x-EY

Event, Music, Music-country, Music-folk, Music-roots

Sympoesis2: poet John Terpstra, musician Glenn Macdonald, Wed Nov 14

October 6th, 2018
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Wednesday November 14, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Sympoesis2In the first Sympoesis, held in May, writer and poet John Terpstra and singer/songwriter and cartographer Glenn Macdonald wove together an evening of readings and song into an interdisciplinary artistic event that included the piano of Bart Nameth and the videography of John Farr, all around a theme of water. For Sympoesis2, they will dive a little deeper into some of the same thematic waters, and invite other artists to contribute. Expect to be entertained.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

New Cumberland bluegrass band, Sat Nov 10

October 4th, 2018
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Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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Back with some blazing hot bluegrass: The New Cumberland bluegrass band from London Ontario: Tom Burns vocals and guitar,  Blair Heddle vocals, mandolin and dobro, Paul Hurdle vocals and banjo, Tom Rutledge string bass, and Darrin Schott fiddle. Featuring inventive solo work, driving rhythms and three part vocal harmonies, New Cumberland’s musical integrity and joy in playing together resonates in every performance. http://newcumberlandband.com/

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, new edition, Fri Nov 9

October 3rd, 2018
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Friday, November 9, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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Stuart Laughton‘s Radio Dial fall 2018 edition! Radio Dial is currently celebrating 5 years together and their 75th show. The November 9 lineup will feature Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Jeff McLeod (keys), Steve Lucas (bass) and Martin Worthy (drums), led by multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Stuart Laughton. And there will be new material! http://www.radiodial.ca/

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz, Music-roots

Jurij Fedynskyj, bandura player, w. Juliana Lachance, Thurs Nov 8

October 2nd, 2018
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Thursday November 8, 2018 at 8 pm, $10. Call 905-543-8512 or
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Musician Jurij Fedynskyj presents The Lost Instruments of a Forgotten Ukraine, the original torban, kobza, and bandura, on his North America tour. This show at Artword Artbar is organized by Juliana Lachance, one of his bandura students, and a Hamilton musician.
For the past fifteen years, Jurij Fedynskyj has worked to resurrect these original and unique, Ukrainian instruments, by researching their construction from a handful of surviving instruments in Ukrainian museums, and mastering the techniques required to make and play new instruments. He is one of several makers who create exclusive and professional examples of these instruments presently, and the only player who regularly performs traditional repertoire on all three. He teaches making and playing in a small Ukrainian village in the Poltava region.  http://www.kobzarskiytabir.bravesites.com/

Event, Music, Music-World

“Micah Barnes At The Sands” recreating the legendary Vegas showroom, Sat Nov 3

October 1st, 2018
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Saturday November 3, 2018, at 8 pm. $15 ($10 seniors/students). Call 905-543-8512 or
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Micah Barnes At The Sands”: Former Nylons frontman Micah Barnes recreates a night in the legendary Las Vegas showroom! This concert evening will transport you back to the early 60s, when the hottest entertainers in the world made their home at the Sands Hotel! In this special solo performance, Micah will be paying tribute to the classic entertainer, with songs made famous by Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, Mel Torme, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra. Come feel the sizzling glamour of the classic Vegas era with one of Canada’s best loved vocalists!
“Barnes plans to go from small New York clubs to to glitzy strip showrooms in an effort to capture the sound of vintage Las Vegas. Considering how successful he was at injecting the spirit of a city into his current collection (New York Stories) the next should have you feeling like you’ve just caught aces at The Sands!” Canadian Musician.

Event, Music, Music-cabaret, Music-Jazz, Music-pop-etc.

Master Class for Singers with Micah Barnes, Sat Nov 3, 1 to 5 pm

October 1st, 2018
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Saturday November 3, 2018, from 1 to 5 pm, at Artword Artbar. Master Class for Singers with Former Nylon Micah BarnesFormer Nylon Micah Barnes will be coaching a Master Class for singers at all levels of experience. This is the popular workshop Micah developed in Los Angels and New York and has taken across Canada helping singers In all styles of music take the leap into their most powerful onstage selves! We will be covering: * Proper Warm Up       * Vocal Technique        * Physical Tension      
*Overcoming Stage Fright     * Communicating the Song     * Relationship w Audience       *Material selection
Bring a couple of songs to perform for class, and receive one-on-one coaching!
Cost: $95 PLUS HST =$107.35    Payable by cheque or e transfer
Message micah@singersplayground.com to register!
Micah’s Coaching BIO etc http://www.singersplayground.com

Event, Music, Special event

Folk-blues duo Jennis, Fri Nov 2

September 30th, 2018
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Friday November 2, 2018, at 8 pm. FREE! No cover! Call 905-543-8512 to reserve seating. Back with a video shoot show: Jennis. Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond’s original blues and folk with the diverse musical experiences of Toronto multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is augmented by the unusual sounds of the didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator.  www.jennis.ca
“Jennis electrified our audience with their music and their personalities. To say that Jen and Dennis are excellent musicians would be an understatement. Their versatility and energy is absolutely amazing.” ~George Auer of Auerhouse Concerts

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk, Music-roots

Jazz compositions: Aaron David Zukewich, Thurs Nov 1

September 30th, 2018
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Thursday November 1, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Jazz pianist and composer Aaron David Zukewich returns to Artword Artbar, with some new compositions. Band includes Marito Marques on drums.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

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