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Special concert: The Sinners Choir, Sat Apr 27

March 16th, 2019
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Saturday April 27, 2019, at 8 pm, $15.00. 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 15th, 2019
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Friday April 26, 2019, at 8 pm, $15.
Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
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!

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Event TBA, Thurs April 25

March 13th, 2019
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Thursday April 25, 2019, event TBA.

Event, Music

private event, Wed April 24

March 12th, 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 11th, 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 10th, 2019
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Saturday April 20, 2019, at 8 pm. Jazz with the Alex Tomowich Quartet. Details coming.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

closed Easter week, Apr 17 to Apr 19

March 9th, 2019
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Surefire Sweat: jazz, funk, world rhythms, Sat April 13

March 8th, 2019
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Saturday April 13, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. 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).
surefiresweat.com

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. 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.”

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

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

March 6th, 2019
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Thursday April 11, 2019, at 8 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, 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.

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

Koopa Troop, jazzed up vintage video-game music, Fri Apr 5

March 2nd, 2019
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Friday April 5, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. The Koopa Troop band play classic video-game music: Wilson McLeish / Luigi (guitar),Tom Altobelli /Mario (bass), Tyler Goertzen /Link (drums), Chris Bruder /Toad (piano). [Fifth member Chelsea McBride is not available for this concert.]
Koopa Troop brings the nostalgic sounds of video games to life in a quirky ensemble. Donning their Nintendo-themed costumes, these Toronto jazz musicians embrace their inner nerd and become a live, musical nostalgia machine. Koopa Troop aims to induce flashbacks as they cover all the classic video game soundtracks from Mario to Megaman. Bringing the best video game composers to the forefront, Koopa Troop’s jazz, rock, funk, and swing-infused arrangements bring the epic pixelated melodies of the past into the real world. 

Event, Music, Music-funk, Music-Jazz

Andrew Aldridge – Planet of the Loops, Thur April 4

March 1st, 2019
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Thursday April 4, 2019 at 8 pm, cover $10. The Planet of the Loops returns! Noted guitarist Andrew Aldridge is bringing back his legendary Planet of the Loops  live at Artword Artbar with special guests Big TRBL and Dave Gould.
Join us for a night of live improvised recycling of sounds! Anything can happen, and frequently does! Andrew explains: “In 1998 I started a Collective event called Planet of the Loops. It’s an improvisational/ experimental night consisting of 3-4 players. It ran in Toronto until 2005. Then I moved to Hamilton and occasionally had some Planet events in various locations. I was touring a lot too and couldn’t do a regular monthly event.”
In 2017 Andrew brought his Planet of the Loops to Artword Artbar, where VJ improvisor Judith Sandiford joined the musicians for some real-time visual “looping”. She’s looking forward to another trip to the Planet.
Photos left from 2017: Andrew Aldridge. with Wally Jericho, Tim Tickner,
 https://www.andrewaldridgemusic.com/

Event, Music, Music-Improvisors, Special event

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