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Bluegrass: New Cumberland Band, Sat May 4

March 22nd, 2019
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Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
An Artword favourite: 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.

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

Western Swing Band, w. Sonny Sinclair, Fri May 3

March 21st, 2019
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Friday May 3, 2019 at 8 pm, $10. The Western Swing Band with Sonny Sinclair guitar/ vocals; Peter Arthur bass / vocals; Doug Johnson pedal steel, Domenic Di Nino drums.

Inspired by the country swing style of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, George Strait, The Time Jumpers and Asleep at the Wheel, this band celebrates that great tradition. From country two-step, western swing and Texas waltzes, with sweet vocal harmonies, it’s a bit like travelling back in time to the original days of western swing.

Event, Music, Music-country

David Essig returns! Thurs May 2

March 20th, 2019
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Thursday May 2, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online

The wonderful David Essig returns to Artword on his “short and sweet spring tour – it’s a good chance to catch up with dear friends and audiences and to share some new tunes.” (Only 6 other stops in Ontario.)

DAVID ESSIG was introduced to Canadian audiences in 1971 as a “talented newcomer” at the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival. Now, nearly 50 years later, he continues to pursue an international career as one of Canada’s finest roots music performers. He has appeared at every major folk festival in Canada and at concerts throughout the world. David uses the traditions he grew up with – Bluegrass and Delta Blues – to create timeless original songs. He has released 25 albums and continues to tour across Canada and in Europe, where he has a strong following, especially in Italy. David is a compelling live performer with contemporary original songs that always pay tribute to their roots in traditional country music and Delta blues.  Many of his songs, like “Albert’s Cove” and “High Ground,” are considered classics of Canadian roots music. As a producer, David has done over 60 albums with other artists, including the first three albums by both Willie P Bennett and Fred Eaglesmith.

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

Special concert: The Sinners Choir, Sat Apr 27

March 19th, 2019
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Saturday April 27, 2019, at 8 pm, $15.00. Nearly sold out. For ticket info, email Trevor Powell <>
A special concert: Tracey and Trevor Powell present The Sinners Choir, a trio comprised of three generations of seasoned Toronto sidemen: bassist Terry Wilkins, drummer Adam Warner and guitarist Adam Beer-Colacino. The Sinners Choir takes each player out of their sideman role, showcasing themselves as composers and as singers with a resonant 3-part harmony.

Terry Wilkins is a veteran of the Canadian music scene and represents the 70-something demographic. He has been a member of bands ranging from Rough Trade to Lighthouse as well as David Wilcox and a string of visiting jazz and blues artists like Dr. John, John Hammond and Levon Helm among others.
Adam Warner has been in the trenches as a drummer supporting a who’s-who of Canadian musical aristocracy, Steven Page, Jill Barber, and White Cowbell Oklahoma, to name a few. As a singer/songwriter he has released 3 solo albums. Adam represents the 40-something demographic.
Adam Beer-Colacino, the youngest member of the band, represents the 20-something group. Adam has been honing his craft mostly in Toronto, working with such people as Devin Cuddy, Whitney Rose and members of Downchild Blues Band. His guitar playing is influenced by Pops Staples and Freddie King.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-rock

Alex Pangman and her Alleycats, Fri Apr 26

March 18th, 2019
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Friday April 26, 2019, at 8 pm, $15.
SOLD OUT. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512 for more info.
A return visit from the wonderful jazz vocalist, Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing: Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats: Alex Pangman (leader/vox), Peter Hill (piano), Chris Banks (bass), John Macleod (cornet/flugelhorn), Glenn Anderson drums.
Reservations recommended. Her last show at Artword sold out!
“It would be hard to find a box of musical bonbons more beguiling than this collection of post-Jazz Age treats… Her earnest vocals and sharp Alleycats band make each song sparkle.” Toronto Star review by John Terauds.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Keegan Larose hosts singer-songwriter evening, Thurs April 25, 7:30

March 17th, 2019
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Thursday April 25, 2019, at 7:30, $10. Keegan Larose hosts an artist showcase featuring Hamilton-based songwriters sharing their songs and the stories behind them.
Lineup for April 25:
7:30-8:00 Jesse Macrae
8:10-8:40 Keegan Larose
8:50-9:20 Jamie Shea
9:30-10:00 Dave Pomfret

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter

private event, Wed April 24

March 16th, 2019
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Private event on Wednesday April 24, not open to the public.

Event, News

Eli Wallace piano improvisations + Eugene Martynec live electronics + Judith Sandiford live video mix, Tues Apr 23

March 15th, 2019
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Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 7:30 pm, $10. Special Concert, a double bill of two outstanding solo improvisors: Eli Wallace, from New York on his Barriers solo piano release tour, and Eugene Martynec, from Toronto, performing live electronics. Judith Sandiford will perform live video-mix projections.
Known for creating solo piano improvisations informed by his melange of diverse influences that are directed by his strong compositional sensibilities, Eli Wallace will play an uninterrupted single improvised piece; as similarly displayed on his recent release, Barriers.
Eugene Martynec is a staple of the Toronto improvised music community and will perform a solo electronics set using live interactive music software. Eugene has a long history of collaboration with Artword Theatre (Ronald Weihs and Judith Sandiford) in their Toronto days. He has created electronic sound scores for several of their theatre projects. For four years he hosted Eugene’s Sunday Series, every Sunday evening at Artword Theatre on Portland Street, where the improvising community had a chance to explore and experiment.
It was Eugene who got Judith Sandiford started with her VJ software explorations. In the past they have collaborated on various live-video performances. This concert will be a reunion “duet”.

Event, Music, Music-Improvisors

Jazz w. Alex Tomowich Quartet, Sat April 20

March 14th, 2019
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Saturday April 20, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 /students $10. Jazz with the Alex Tomowich Quartet: Michael Morabito on saxophone(s), Victor Agrippa on EWI (electronic wind Instrument), William Fachin on drums, Alex Tomowich on piano. Alex writes: “We’re back with another evening of wacky and exciting originals, with arrangements of compositions ranging from Joe Satriani to Adrean Farrugia. And some new material!”

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

closed Good Friday Apr 19

March 13th, 2019
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Joe Crookston, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler… Thurs April 18

March 12th, 2019
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Thursday April 18, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
ANNOUNCING a special appearance by Joe Crookston, songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. He’ll surprise you and awaken the cynics. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.
HE BELIEVES IN STORIES: Come to a show. Mystical, and humorous roads, twisting through vivid cinematography. Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired.
THERE IS A LONG NOTE & JOE IS REACHING FOR IT: “The Long Note”, a phrase in Irish culture, is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite. Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in. It happens every time.

Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.

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

Surefire Sweat: jazz, funk, world rhythms, Sat April 13

March 8th, 2019
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Saturday April 13, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Surefire Sweat‘s debut appearance at Artword Artbar features the group’s inventive blend of jazz, funk and worldly rhythms. Players are: Dave Chan percussion, vocals; Larry Graves drums, vocals; Elena Kapeleris tenor sax, vocals; Paul MacDougall guitar, vocals; Liam Smith bass, vocals.
The music, composed by Juno-nominated drummer Larry Graves, is original, drawing on an amalgam of funk, jazz, brass-band, blues and Afrobeat. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage listeners through improvisational explorations and danceable arrangements. Some new music will be explored as well as repertoire from the band’s up-coming release (supported by The Canada Council for Arts and The Ontario Arts Council).

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-funk, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, back! Fri April 12

March 7th, 2019
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Friday April 12, 2019, at 8 pm $15.
Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Stuart Laughton brings us another edition of Radio Dial. Always wonderful, always full of surprises.

Stuart writes “Stuart Laughton’s RADIO DIAL is back with more great musicianship and fun (and 10 new tunes!) featuring Rebecca Campbell on vocals/guitar, Burke Carroll on pedal steel guitar, Martin Worthy on drums/vocals, and Steve Lucas on bass. Oh, and Stuart on everything else.” Note: Morgan Childs will sit in for Martin Worthy on drums.

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

The Vagabond Duet: Rachel Nolan harp & Geoff Ball cello, Thurs Apr 11 7:30

March 6th, 2019
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Thursday April 11, 2019.
TIME CHANGE, start now 7:30 pm !! $10.
The Vagabond Duet: Geoff Ball on cello, guitar and vocals, and Rachel Nolan on pedal harp, lever harp and vocals. The Vagabond Duet mixes and mashes musical genres with reckless abandon. Cello and harp and two voices come together to bring you folk & baroque, old and new, fierce and lilting, existentialism and hope. In addition to their original compositions, you will hear Simon & Garfunkel, Claude Debussy, The Tea Party, Fleetwood Mac and more, as you have never heard them before.
Featuring an opening set by Teal Booth, song artist and existentialist, serenading on guitar and vocals.

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-folk

(Dub)Poetically Speaking: host Klyde Broox, Wed Apr 10

March 5th, 2019
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 8 pm, pwyc. (Dub)Poetically Speaking: a spoken word evening hosted by our longtime friend Klyde Broox. The evening includes a line-up of poets, plus an open-mic to follow.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Poetry: Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry, celebration, Sun April 7 at 2 pm

March 4th, 2019
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Sunday April 7, 2019, from 2 to 5 pm. As a celebration of National Poetry Month, Artword Artbar hosts a poetry reading featuring Tamaracks contributors. In fall 2018, Tamaracks: Canadian poetry for the 21st century was published by Lummox Press, a California publisher. The volume was edited by James Deahl. This is the first comprehensive survey of Canadian poetry to appear in over three decades. It presents the work of 113 Canadian poets, many from the Toronto-Hamilton area.
Readers for April 7 are:
Becky D. Alexander, Cambridge; Sharon Berg, Sarnia; Robert A. Boates, Hamilton; Rebecca Clifford, Caledonia; Patrick Connors, Toronto; James Deahl, Sarnia; G. W. Down, Hamilton; Gertrude Olga Down, Hamilton; Jennifer Lynn Dunlop, Ancaster;
Ronda Wicks Eller, Mitchell; Kate Marshall Flaherty, Toronto; Jennifer L. Foster, Hamilton;
Ryan Gibbs, London; David Haskins, Grimsby; Debbie Okun Hill, Camlachie;
Eryn Hiscock, Toronto; Lawrence Hopperton, Stouffville; Laurence Hutchman, Oakville;
Keith Inman, Thorold; Eva Kolacz, Oakville; John B. Lee, Port Dover; Norma West Linder, Sarnia;
Mori McCrae, St. Catharines; Michael Mirolla, Oakville; Deborah A. Morrison, Hamilton;
Gianna Patriarca, Toronto; Stella Mazur Preda, Waterdown; Kathy Robertson, Kitchener;
Lynn Tait, Sarnia; Ed Woods, Dundas; Anna Yin, Mississauga

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Robin Benedict & Friends, Sat April 6

March 3rd, 2019
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Saturday April 6, 2019, at 8 pm, $20. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online

A high-powered show organized and hosted by high-powered musician Robin Benedict. Her co-performers for the evening — Pamela Gardner, Brennagh Burns, Joe Towers, and Aaron Di Carlo (Dub Donor) — will be collaborating and combining their talents to put on an unforgettable, intimate performance.

Robin Benedict has been playing music independently throughout Southern Ontario and the United States since her first EP, Ride of my Life, released in 2012. A video of Robin singing Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ went viral throughout Facebook in 2014, reaching 5 million people. A successful crowd funding campaign allowed her to record a second EP of 6 songs, Dance Away the Darkness. In 2017 she took to the road with fellow singer-songwriter Brennagh Burns, on a winter-escape tour throughout the US. She is a full-time musician based in Hamilton, playing solo to pay the bills. Recently she has developed a personal Janis Joplin Tribute Show stacked with some of Ontario’s most renowned players. Robin prides herself in her ability to share a positive attitude on life through her original songs, which speak of soul-searching and new beginnings. Music is the air Robin breathes. Her voice can both jolt like a firecracker and lull a baby to sleep. When she opens her mouth to sing, she means it every time.

Event, Music, Music-rock, Music-singer/songwriter