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James Gordon, new cd “The Heritage Hall Sessions”, Fri May 31

April 29th, 2019
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Friday May 31, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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The wonderful singer-songwriter James Gordon returns to Artword to promote his new album The Heritage Hall Sessions, which has just been released to a really enthusiastic response. With a fresh-baked batch of new songs, some Hamilton favourites, and an electric car full of instruments, James will use his usual combination of historical, hysterical, politically charged and poignant material to engage with one of his favourite venues!

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

Hamilton Poetry Centre Open Reading, Thurs May 30, 7-9 pm

April 28th, 2019
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Hamilton_Poetry_Centre_400x400Thursday May 30, 2019, 7 pm. Free. The Hamilton Poetry Centre presents its annual Open Reading. Everyone is welcome to attend and to read. Doors open 6:30, reading starts at 7:00. Please arrive by 6:45 to register
Established in 1983, the Hamilton Poetry Centre works to support and encourage the writing and appreciation of poetry, by conducting workshops and hosting Canada Council sponsored readings.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Special #2: Jazzkia+with Saskia Laroo, Wed May 29, 7:30pm

April 27th, 2019
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Wednesday May 29, at 7:30, $15. Special Concert #2. Call 905-543-8512 or
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Jazzkia+, Saskia Laroo‘s innovative world music jazz project, comes to Hamilton, ON for a special performance! Saskia Laroo trumpet and vocals, Warren Byrd keyboards and lead vocals, Alvin Carter, Jr., drums and vocals, Jocelyn Pleasant, percussion and vocals, David Chevan bass and vocals.
Saskia Laroo’s Jazzkia+ goes Afro-Semitic featuring David Chevan and Warren Byrd (Kind of Cool meets Klezmer Soul). An evening of bebop, Latin, klezmer, funk, gospel and soul!

Jazzkia+ is Amsterdam-born trumpeter Saskia Laroo‘s Jazz Quartet plus guests. She got her nickname of “Lady Miles Davis” when the American press compared her improvisation style to this giant, one of her Jazz trumpet heroes. She met her pianist/vocalist, and husband Warren Byrd from Hartford, Connecticut in 2001 and was introduced by him to Jewish bassist David Chevan from New Haven, Connecticut.  Chevan and Byrd are the co-founders of the Afro-Semitic Experience. Saskia is honored to be part of this eclectic group and is proud to return the favor by inviting the bandmembers into her Jazzkia+.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Special #1: Two-Shekel Swing, klezmer/swing band, Tues May 28, 7:30pm

April 26th, 2019
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Tuesday May 28, 2019, at 7:30 pm. $15. Special concert #1.
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Two-Shekel Swing, coming to the GTA for Jewish Music Week in Toronto, and then on to Hamilton! The musicians are Yoni Battat violin/vocals, Travis Pullman guitar, David Chevan bass, Jesse Chevan drums. Two-Shekel Swing blurs the lines between Klezmer, the folk music of Eastern European Jews, and Gypsy Jazz, the Parisian swing music of the 1930s.

The Boston-based ensemble is led by fiddler and vocalist, Yoni Avi Battat, who has performed this music for wide-ranging audiences in Lisbon, Tel-Aviv, New York and more. His fresh arrangements draw on his academic studies in Yiddish language along with his love for improvisation and experimentation. Yoni is joined by bassist David Chevan of the Afro-Semitic Experience, guitarist Travis Pullman of the Somerville Symphony Orkestar, and drummer Jesse Chevan who plays brass band, afrobeat, jazz, hip hop, and klezmer music in New York City.

Their unique blend of Yiddish Swing and old-world nostalgia will have you clapping, stomping and singing along to these historic melodies, reimagined with nuance, spirit and flair. The group performs in Jewish and secular venues, from synagogues to jazz clubs, and is working towards the release of their debut album.

Event, Music, Music-roots, Music-World

THEATRE: Whoever You Are, a science-fiction play, May 14 to 26

April 25th, 2019
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May 14 to 26, 2019. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online

Artword Theatre presents Whoever You Are, a play written and directed by Ronald Weihs, based on a 1952 science fiction short story by Judith Merril.

The human race has built a web around the Solar System that traps alien life forms. A SolSys scout ship returns with aliens aboard and is caught in the web. When a young recruit boards the ship and investigates, it becomes evident that the aliens have what may be an irresistible weapon: they love everybody.

Do we dare let them in? On Phobos (one of the moons of Mars), three people must decide what action to take: two men, a military commander and a psychologist, and one woman, the public information officer.

Performed by Jordan Campbell, Paula Grove and Jay Shand as the team at Phobos Base, and Pamela Gardner as Private Fromm, the new space recruit.
Live soundscape by Dave Gould (and voice of Sergeant Bolster).
Video effects by Ronald Weihs and Judith Sandiford.

Show times: Preview $10 Tues May 14 at 8 pm.
Wed to Sat $20: May 15 to 18 at 8 pm.
Tues to Fri $20: May 21 to 24 at 8 pm.
Matinees $15: Sat May 18, Sat May 25 and Sun May 26 at 3:30 pm

Written in 1952, Whoever You Are was Judith Merril’s answer to the “Fortress America” paranoia at the beginning of the cold war, and her protest against the emotional and sexual repression that fueled it. Although the lines today are less sharply drawn, fear of the alien is as prevalent today as it was then.
Like most of Judith Merril’s work, Whoever You Are has fun with the science fiction setting, but uses it to make some serious points. Merril had a major influence on science fiction as one of the main voices for more human themes and complex issues. In her own fiction, and in a series of key anthologies, she championed the position that Science Fiction was about exploring alternative realities.

The play by Ronald Weihs was first developed in 1997, when Ron asked her permission to adapt one of her short stories for the stage. Judith Merril died on September 12, 1997, when the project to put Whoever You Are on the stage was well underway. Just before she went to the hospital, she read a draft of the script. Her most significant comment was that the play must convey the sense of inward-looking paranoia, fear and sexual repressiveness that underlies nationalism and xenophobia.

It seems even more urgent to revisit these themes now, in 2019, 22 years after our first presentation of the play (in our first Artword Theatre on Portland Street), and 67 years after Judith Merril wrote the original story.

Event, Theatre

Trumpeter Brownman Ali and his Electryc Trio, Sat May 25

April 17th, 2019
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Saturday May 25, 2019, at 8:00 pm, $20 door, $15 advance, $10 students. Call 905-543-8512 or
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The amazing jazz trumpeter Brownman Ali returns to Artword Artbar with his Electryc Trio on their May tour.

The trio, Brownman Ali on electric trumpet, Sean Dennis on 6-string electric bass, and Jacob Aylward on drums, explore the later compositions of Miles Davis.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Pint of Science, Mon May 20, Tues May 21, Wed May 22, 5 to 7 pm

April 16th, 2019
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Monday May 20, Tuesday May 21, Wed May 22, 2019, from 5 to 7 pm. Pint of Science: Hamilton comes to Artword Artbar. Pint of Science is an international festival over 3 days in May. The idea is to bring some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. You don’t need any prior knowledge. It’s a chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science (and have a pint with them).

Monday May 20, 5:30 pm: A Trip to Quantumland: What if I tell you that the world in the smallest imaginable scales has nothing to do with what we know?
* Bosons versus Fermions: with Duncan O’Dell (Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, McMaster University)
* A Universe in Every Material, with James Lambert ( PhD Candidate)
7:00 pm: Linger afterwards for “Currently Brewing”, mingle and ask questions

Tuesday May 21, 5:30 pm: How to make good blood? Get your answer while drinking a beer.
* Blood, ketchup, and other complex fluids: with Adam Fortais (PhD Candidate)
* Under the Radar: Bionic Blood Cells to Fight Diseases: with Sebastian Himbert (PhD Candidate)

(Followed at 8:00 on Tues May 21 and Wed May 22 by Artword’s science-fiction play Whoever You Are.)

Wednesday May 22, 5:30 pm: Seeing is believing. In a galaxy far far away, a black hole and a big space rock walks into a bar.
* The World is Your Telescope: Our first ever image of a supermassive black hole: with Toby Brown (Postdoc)
* Is a big rock in space coming to destroy us all? The threatening, the nonthreatening, and the straight up make-believe: with Ben K. D. Pearce (Ph.D. Candidate Physics & Astronomy – Astrobiology McMaster University)

Event, Special event

60s Folk Revival Sing-along, Sat May 11, TWO shows — 3:30 & 8 pm

April 3rd, 2019
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Saturday May 11, 2019, at 3:30 and 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone (Spring 2019 edition) returns with a two-show Saturday. We had to turn people away last time, so Sue, Michelle, Dwight and Tony have added a second show.
The 60s Folk Revival sing-along concert features Sue Peters (vocals),  Michelle Rumball (vocals), Dwight Peters (vocals, 6 & 12 string guitars) and Tony Laviola (double bass). Imagine an evening in a 1960s coffeehouse in Yorkville or Greenwich Village. The lyrics have meaning, the voices are true and the music inspires the audience to join in. Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone recreates the songs of hope and social justice, messages that still resonate today, from songwriters including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Ian & Sylvia, Peter Paul and Mary, and Phil Ochs. Song-sheets are provided.

Event, Music, Music-folk

Jazz w. the Nick Arseneau Sextet, Friday May 10

April 2nd, 2019
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Friday May 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm, $10. Jazz with the Nick Arseneau Sextet: Nick Arseneau compositions and upright & electric bass, Marie Goudy trumpet, John Nicholson tenor sax, Patrick O’Reilly guitar and effects, Josh Smiley piano, and Harry Vetro drums.
The Nick Arseneau Sextet takes a unified, organic approach to modern jazz. Playing Nick’s original compositions, the group strives to create one voice, rather than playing as a group of divided individuals. When this is accomplished, the improvisational elements of listening and interacting come through strong and clear. Nick’s compositions range from straight-ahead jazz to free jazz, often incorporating elements of punk rock, math rock, and hip hop. Based in Toronto, the group gigs regularly at local clubs. The Sextet is scheduled to release their first full-length recording in Fall 2019.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Cats Cove Media presents Joe Bass, The Do-Gooders, Tim Collins, Thurs May 9

April 1st, 2019
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Thursday May 9, 2019, at 8 pm, door $15 cash only, $12 advanced online. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Cats Cove Media presents an artist showcase featuring Joe Bass, The Do-Gooders and Tim Collins.
Tim Collins
:  singer-songwriter in the folk and folk-rock genre.
The Do-Gooders:  a hard-acoustic trio made up of Hamilton cellist Geoff Ball, and Burlington guitarists Stu Gritter and Dan Murray. Possessing a penchant for storytelling, they tend to snag bits and pieces from different genres in order to find what best suits their whimsically grim (Grimsical?) tales.
Joe Bass is a guitar, mandolin and bass banjo trio: Sandy James, Eric Marcotte, and Garrett Stratford. Modern folk tales, rootsy genre-bending anthems, and just a dash of small-town nostalgia, Joe Bass offers an adventurous spin on alternative-folk music.

Joe Bass
The Do-Gooders
Tim Collins

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-rock, 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

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