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Acoustic Moments, w. The Riddim Riders Unplugged, Thurs Oct 31

September 6th, 2019
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Thursday October 31, at 8 pm. Admission $15 if you wear red, gold and/or green. General admission will be $25.
Mr. Jay hosts another fabulous Acoustic Moments show, featuring world-class reggae music by The Riddim Riders Unplugged.
Band members Franklin Joseph (guitar), Mike Rajczak (lead vocals, drums), Lauren Mikayla (background vocals) and Carl De Souza (bass). The Riders break away from their usual reggae-rockers vibe with this configuration, presenting an acoustic-soul vibe featuring acoustic and classical guitars, djembe, conga and hand percussion and a big focus on rich vocal harmonies. This event will be hosted by Mr. Jay from the Artword Theatre Ensemble (James Street, Scroogissimo) and host of the I.R.S. radio show (International Reggae & Soca) on CFMU 93.3 FM.
Artword Artbar has been the venue for this event for the past four years. Come and take in some sweet reggae vibes one more time before they close their doors for good in December 2019.

Event, Music, Music-Soul/R&B, Music-World

Brownman’s HALLOWEEN THRILLER, Wed Oct 30 at 7:30

September 5th, 2019
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Wednesday October 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm, $20 door, $15 advance. Brownman’s HALLOWEEN THRILLER. Acclaimed jazz / hip-hop trumpet player Brownman Ali leads an all-star quartet through his popular annual HALLOWEEN THRILLER concert!  The much lauded BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO + 1 will perform the entire Michael Jackson Thriller recording, interpreted and re-worked in the Miles Davis-esque fashion this multiple National Jazz Award winning improviser has become known for.  In addition to the quartet performing Thriller from top to bottom, other MJ classics will be featured through the night for this unique Halloween jazz party series.  Costumes and Thriller video dance moves encouraged!  Those who saw the show last year know it’s a spectacular not-to-be-missed event! * NICK MACLEAN will be the group’s “+1” this year

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

Sophia Perlman and Adrean Farrugia, Sat Oct 26

September 4th, 2019
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Saturday October 26, 2019, at 8 pm, $15/10. For our 10th Anniversary concert series, our all-time favourite dynamic duo of Sophia Perlman and Adrean Farrugia are essential.
They first played at Artword Artbar on July 21, 2011 (see photo left taken at that concert by John Douglas, a jazz fan). Here’s what we posted then from their publicity: “Sophia Perlman has made a name for herself as one of Canada’s most promising young vocalists, impressing audiences and seasoned musicians alike with her musical maturity and her impressive ability as an improviser. Multi-award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. Fusing many diverse musical influences he has forged a personal sound which generates a uniquely individual creative statement.”
And several concerts later, in fall 2014, Sophia and Adrean capped off our Steel City Jazz Festival week (photo right). And on… we are big fans.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, Fri Oct 25

September 3rd, 2019
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Friday October 25, 2019, at 8 pm $15.
Call 905-543-8512
Stuart Laughton brings us another edition of Radio Dial for our 10th Anniversary season. 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

Mark McNeil’s Hamilton for Beginners + Les Smith, Thurs Oct 24

September 2nd, 2019
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Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 8 pm. $15. Hamilton for Beginners: a show of stories, songs and photos featuring singer-songwriter-journalist Mark McNeil. Followed by a song-swap with Mark and harmonica wiz Les Smith.
Hamilton for Beginners: Fresh from the Hamilton Fringe, singer-songwriter and long-time Spectator journalist Mark McNeil performs a special expanded version of his one-man show about the quirky city we live in. If you’re new to the terrain — maybe fleeing TO’s ridiculous housing prices — or whether you’re a longtime Hamiltonian looking for a refresher, Hamilton for Beginners is a must see. In words, songs and photos, Mark takes you on a tour of the strange history and odd practices of the “the biggest small town on the planet.”
The show will be followed by a song-swap session with Mark and singer-songwriter and harmonica wiz Les Smith. Les has performed around the area for decades with bands such as Crowbar and Trickbag and runs the Hamilton Regional Songwriters Group, an offshoot of the Songwriters Association of Canada.

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter, Storytelling, Theatre

“Mohawk loves Artword”: an evening of musical fun, Wed Oct 23

September 1st, 2019
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Wednesday October 23, 2019, at 7:30 pm. “Mohawk loves Artword” is a showcase/tribute from a wonderful mix of Mohawk Music Program students, for one last show at Artword Artbar. Organized by singer-songwriter Aisha Barrow (Soul and R&B artist LifeandtheTribe). Details and line-up coming.

Event, Music, Music-pop-etc., Music-Soul/R&B

Bluegrass: New Cumberland Band, Sun Oct 20, 2 pm

August 31st, 2019
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Sunday October 20, 2019. Afternoon show 2 to 5 pm, $15. A Sunday show! Yes, the only day we could the whole band together this fall at Artword.
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. http://newcumberlandband.com/

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

Latin Peña: music and poetry with Marcelo Puente, Sat Oct 19

August 30th, 2019
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Saturday October 19, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Join us for a Latin American Peña (coffee house), an evening of poetry and music, featuring Marcelo Puente and friends.
Marcelo Puente [is] one of the outstanding exponents of the “nueva cancion” tradition in this (or any) country. Marcelo Puente came to Toronto in the aftermath of the coup in Chile in 1973, bringing his songs and poetry. In the late seventies he co-founded the popular Chilean-Greek band Los Compañeros, a group of anti-fascist exiles who discovered a common musical language.” [Wally Brooker’s Music Notes Newsletter]

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

The Amy Project, stories/songs of Amy Winehouse, Fri Oct 18

August 29th, 2019
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Friday October 18, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. The Amy Project returns to Artword Artbar! The show is a musical and storied journey outlining the short but tragic life of Amy Winehouse, the late British soul, blues and jazz singer. The performers are: Marni Shuster as the voice of Amy,  Anthony Caradonna guitar/vocals, Ian Taylor bass/vocals, Amy DiNino piano/synth/vocals and Dominic DiNino drums.
Amy Winehouse was nominated for 63 World Music Awards and won 25 times for her songs and recordings before her death in 2011 at the age of only 27. The Amy Project performance will cover most of the songs from her two main albums Frank and Back to Black, plus many more of her other recordings, and some unreleased covers and collaborations.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-pop-etc., Music-rock, Music-Soul/R&B

Double-bill: Tom Shea and Will Gillespie, Thurs Oct 17

August 27th, 2019
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Thursday October 17, 2019. at 8 pm, $10. Two singer-songwriters who go ‘way back with us at Artword Artbar.

Tom Shea is a Hamiltonian, a writer, a singer, a musical jack-of-all-trades. In his first and final solo gig at Artword Artbar, he’s pleased to premiere Post-Apocalyptic Bard: Love Songs from After, a new collection of darkly lyrical songs and transcendent narrative poems that struggle to put the little pieces back together after the great collapse. Kevin Wolfe accompanies on cello and mandolin.

Will Gillespie, songwriter. guitarist, entertainer, has a diverse and eclectic catalogue of original songs. He is an evocative guitar player and a dynamic performer, combining elements of folk, rock & roll and cabaret. He wrote and directed the musical play Diamond in the Rough (Audience Choice award at the 2019 Hamilton Fringe Festival), and Swinging’ in St. John’s (Best of Venueat the 2017 Hamilton Fringe and is now being remounted at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Will also had several roles in Artword Theatre/Gallery on the Bay production of MacBush the Musical.

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter

Jazz with the Elena Kapeleris Quintet, Sat Oct 12

August 27th, 2019
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Saturday October 12, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 regular, $10 students. The Elena Kapeleris Quintet, a Toronto-based quintet, led by Elena Kapeleris, is joining forces with two of Hamilton’s top jazz musicians: Mike Malone and Adrean Farrugia! The line-up for October 12: Elena Kapeleris on saxophone and vocals, Mike Malone on trumpet, Adrean Farrugia on piano, Lauren Falls on bass and Mark Micklethwaite on drums.
Elena Kapeleris is a Toronto based saxophonist and vocalist, who leads her own jazz quintet. She is also a member of Rita Chiarelli and Sweet Loretta, Kellylee Evans band, Surefire Sweat led by Larry Graves, and Jay Danley’s Ethiojazz Project, and others. Her eclectic taste has led her from jazz to R&B to world music and more. She has shared the stage with  Pat LaBarbera, Hilario Duran, BrandiDisterheft, Jully Black, and Tanya Tagaq.
Mike Malone, trumpet player and composer/arranger, has been part of the Canadian Jazz music scene since the early 1970s. He has recorded with Nimmons ‘N’ 9 plus 6. The Ted Moses Quintet, Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, Ranee Lee, Ted’s Warren Commission, The Alex Dean Quintet and John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra. He was a member of the music faculty at Mohawk College in Hamilton for 25 years and currently directs the Jazz Band at McMaster.
Adrean Farrugia fell in love with the piano at age 12. He began extensive classical studies and at the age of 18 was bitten by the Jazz bug and has never looked back. Read more…

Event, Music-Jazz

tba, Fri Oct 11

August 26th, 2019
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Friday October 11, 2019, $tba.

Event, Music

Alt-Country w. Rae Billing & her band Crybaby, Thurs Oct 10

August 25th, 2019
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Thursday October 10, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Rae Billing and her Alt-Country band CRYBABY: Rae Billing vocals and acoustic guitar, Andrew Aldridge lead guitar, Greg Brisco keys, Scott Bell bass and Lucky Pete Lambert drums. CRYBABY is an alt-country band originally formed in Toronto in the mid-1990’s and reformed in Hamilton in late 2016 with a blend of Toronto and Hamilton players. Their music has been described as tangy country soul” and “late night, pan-Americana rootsy songs… handled with gutsy femininity.”

Event, Music, Music-country, Music-rock

Leonard, Burns & Dell, + Hogan, Sun Oct 6 at 8 pm

August 20th, 2019
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Sunday October 6, 2019, 8-10 pm. $15. A special concert. To reserve tickets (and seating) call 905-543-8512, or,  Book online BUY_tix_button

Alison Hogan is a veteran west coast singer/songwriter who started out in Vancouver clubs and coffeehouses in the 1970s. As part of the gypsy-jazz quartet The Kitsilano Kat Kickers (aka Mystery Pacific), she played the first years of the Vancouver Folk Festival before going on to record her original material. Alison’s 2018 album Songs From the Third Act showcases the varied genres of Alison’s writing. Described by one reviewer as “a stunning, sad, funny, sexy and lovely collection of songs”. Her live performances showcase her love of classic country, blues and roots music, delivered with a wry sense of humour and some intricate acoustic guitar work.
Leonard, Burns & Dell (Sue Leonard, Brennagh Burns, and Cindy Dell) are a powerhouse harmony trio based out of Hamilton singing sultry blues and roots.

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

Fresh Flute! Colleen Allen and Darcy Hepner, Sat Oct 5

August 19th, 2019
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Saturday October 5, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 regular, $10 students. To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

Fresh Flute! An evening of Jazz Flute with Colleen Allen and Darcy Hepner. From Be-bop to Funk,
a celebration of the flute in jazz.
With: Nancy Walker piano, Paul Intson bass, Joel Haynes drums.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

James Gordon “Emergency Climate Musical” Fri Oct 4

August 18th, 2019
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Friday October 4, 2019, at 8 pm. $20. Singer, songwriter, storyteller James Gordon returns with his latest project Emergency Climate Musical. Here is his plot:
Before the last federal election, songwriter/activist James Gordon barnstormed his way across the country with his hugely successful one-man show Stephen Harper: the Musical.
It worked. You’re welcome.
Now he’s back with his Emergency Climate Musical: a ninety-minute theatrical investigation of what surely is THE issue in these uncertain times. Filled with compelling songs, videos, images, stories, rants, laughter, tears, audience participation, a creepy puppet and some concrete ways to face this crisis, James promises to entertain, inform, and leave you with homework.
Follow along as he outlines his premise that we need a total political, societal and economic make-over to face the incredible challenge ahead. This time he’s got the cred for the job: James moonlights as a Guelph City Councillor, where he’s introduced climate change motions, and he’s a member of the National Climate Leadership Caucus.
To reserve tickets (and seating) call 905-543-8512, or,  Book online BUY_tix_button

 

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter, Theatre

Dynamic double-bill: Doug Murphy + Aaron Zukewich, Thurs Oct 3

August 17th, 2019
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Thursday October 3, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Two of Artword’s far-out favourite jazz composer – pianist Aaron David Zukewich and guitarist Doug Murphy – in the same room for the first time.
Jazz pianist and composer Aaron David Zukewich delivers an adventurous blend of intricate rhythms, modern harmonies, and singable melodies that embrace the diverse landscapes of contemporary jazz, world and popular music. His first concert at Artword was in 2011.
Guitarist Doug Murphy plays his own compositions in the fusion psychedelic jazz mode, with extended guitar “trips” laid on top of a steady bass line. His first concert at Artword was in 2012.

Event, Music, Music-Improvisors, Music-Jazz