Artword Artbar is a licenced cafe-bar (all ages) for music, theatre, dance. 905-543-8512, 905-912-9083. Your hosts Ronald Weihs, Judith Sandiford. Email artword@artword.net. BUY tickets online for some shows! BUY_tix_button

"Artword Artbar is a cosy little licensed listening room on Colbourne at James St. N., that always features interesting live music." Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator 03/29/12

 

Chamber music concert by Brott Festival musicians, Sun July 30

July 22nd, 2017
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Sunday July 30, 2017, at 7:30 pm. $5. On the evening of Sunday, July 30, classical music will take the stage! Come join the Musicians of the Brott Festival National Academy Orchestra for a concert of intimate chamber music. Ten musicians will present music featuring flute, oboe, bass trombone and string quartet. The concert will finish with Schubert’s mesmerising cello quintet, featuring two violins, viola, cello and double bass.
Players: Dana Boyd, oboe; Guillaume Cóté, cello; Carolyn Farnand, viola; Gregory Lewis, violin; Olivier Lizette, bass trombone; Joel MacDonald, cello; Blake Martin, double bass; Christian Paquette, flute; Lev Nesterov, violin; Jessica Timmermans, violin.
Program: Mozart flute quartet and oboe quartet; McCarty piece for Bass Trombone and String Quartet; Schubert Cello Quintet. Read more…

Event, Music-Classical

‘Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy’ should be touring the country: review by Doreen Nicoll

July 20th, 2017
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Review by Doreen Nicoll on rabble.ca

‘Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy’ should be touring the country

Doreen Nicoll, July 30, 2017

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/change-gonna-come/2017/07/langston-hughes-vs-joe-mccarthy-should-be-touring-country

There’s no doubt about it, history is cyclical. Those well versed in history see the proverbial writing on the wall. Unfortunately, those who choose to remain ignorant, or perhaps worse, those who believe they are untouchable, can set the world on a path that is well worn, all too familiar, and often dangerous.

July 29th, the curtain went down for the final time on the Hamilton Fringe production Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy: Is Poetry Subversive? Set at the height of McCarthyism when, as director Ronald Weihs writes in his director’s statement, “There was a massive effort underway in the United State to communicate a crude vision of ‘The American Way,’ and to brand ideas ‘Un-American.’ People were taught to be frightened of their own thoughts, to repress them or keep them hidden.”

During the 1920’s and 30’s, Harlem became a beacon of hope for freedom of expression to African American scholars and artists. This newfound voice was demanding civil liberties and political rights. Hughes was an integral part of the Harlem Renaissance which gave birth to jazz poetry. It was this poetry that would make Hughes a person of interest.

On March 24, 1953 James Mercer Langston Hughes, African American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist was called before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. And so the play begins.

Republican Senator Everett Dirksen and attorney Roy Cohn originally interrogated Hughes, but Weihs successfully embodies the men in one domineering character. The interrogator, clearly Hughes’s intellectual inferior, tries unsuccessfully to get Hughes to admit his poems contain subversive political messages. Read more…

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“A fine play, well staged, with a powerful message” review by Brian Morton, Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy

July 19th, 2017
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REVIEW: ‘LANGSTON HUGHES VS. JOE MCCARTHY’
at the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Festival

https://artsallydotcom.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/review-langston-hughes-vs-joe-mccarthy-at-the-2017-hamilton-fringe-festival/

Ron Weihs’ play, ‘Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy,’ now gets a full production as part of the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Festival. This two man play digs deeply into a very dark period of American History that remains shameful to us today, although with the polarization and division in the United States in the era of Donald Trump, its relevancy is clear.

The script itself is based upon actual testimony given when Harlem poet Langston Hughes was called to testify before Congress during the Communist ‘witch hunts’ of the early 1950s. Read more…

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“A real gem” Review by Lyla Miklos: Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy

July 19th, 2017
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“…a truly enchanting hour showcasing some of Hughes’ moving, political, and still frighteningly relevant poetry.”

2017 HAMILTON FRINGE FESTIVAL MINI REVIEW FROM CENTRE STAGE WITH LYLA MIKLOS ON 101.5 FM THE HAWK

This Fringe show was a real gem and a pleasant surprise. Writer/Director Ronald Weihs takes us back to 1953 when Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes was summoned by infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy to speak to the Senate Committee on Investigations. Combining projected pictures from the era, jazz music, movement and two amazing actors Weihs transports his audience into both a frightening and inspiring time and place. A time and place that reminds us of the fragility of our democracies as we still so easily allow ideological demagogues to take away our collective powers.

What makes this production really sing is when Learie Mc Nicolls brings to life the words of Langston Hughes. More than once the audience would burst into spontaneous applause at the end of one his powerful recitations. Not only did his voice bounce off the walls, but his feet and body were bouncing and moving all over the stage. Mc Nicolls was utterly captivating to experience and witness in this fully realized performance. The counter point to his poignant energy was the brittle intensity that Howard Jerome brought to his role as the nefarious McCarthy. Read more…

Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, News, Theatre

“Acting powerhouse” Review by Lori Littleton, Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy

July 19th, 2017
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“top-notch actors and a unique, artful structure”

Jul 24, 2017, by Lori Littleton,  Hamilton Spectator

Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy
Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St. — July 25-27 at 9 p.m., and July 28-29 at 8:30 p.m.

Writer/ director Ronald Weihs has assembled an acting powerhouse for this 60-minute drama. Dora Award-winner Learie McNicolls is Langston Hughes, renowned poet of the Harlem Renaissance, and Howard Jerome is Joe McCarthy, a U.S. Senator known for his pursuit of anyone affiliated with Communism in the 1950s. The play is based on actual transcripts of Hughes’ testimony before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in March 1953. But this isn’t a courtroom drama and there’s no thundering climax. Instead, the play features McCarthy asking Hughes questions about his poetry. Seated, Hughes answers but then rises to narrate a poem. A skilled dancer, McNicolls artfully adds to his delivery of these poems, which punctuate issues such as workers’ rights, racism, inequality and religion. Weihs also tackles more philosophical topics such as whether a writer’s views be separated from his work. Read more…

Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, News, Theatre

Fringe 2017: Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy, an Artword Theatre producton, July 20 to 29

June 19th, 2017
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July 20 to 29, 2017. Artword Theatre participates in the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival with a timely and sensitive piece of documentary theatre, Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy, written and directed by Ronald Weihs and produced by Judith Sandiford. Dancer-choreographer-actor Learie Mc Nicolls plays the role of Langston Hughes and character actor Howard Jerome performs as The Interrogator.
Is poetry subversive? U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy thought so. On March 24, 1953, Langston Hughes, renowned poet of the Harlem Renaissance, was summoned before the Senate Committee on Investigations. Did his poems contain communist ideas? In reply, Langston Hughes tells about his personal encounters with racism in America. The script is based on the actual transcript of his testimony, interwoven with the controversial poems, and incorporating dance, music and powerful images of the era.
Running time: 60 minutes.
Tickets: $10 + one-time Fringe button:  BUY Tickets Fringe website
Showtimes: Thu July 20: 6:30pm, Fri July 21: 9:00pm, Sat July 22: 9:00pm, Sun July 23: 8:30pm, Tue July 25: 9:00pm, Wed July 26: 9:00pm, Thu July 27: 9:00pm, Fri July 28: 8:30pm, Sat July 29: 8:30pm
[The poems by Langston Hughes are used by permission granted by Harold Ober Associates Incorporated, as agents for the Estate of Langston Hughes.]

Click here for full PRESS RELEASE pdf

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe 2017: Chéri, a play by Sky Gilbert, based on Colette novels. July 22-23, 28-29

June 18th, 2017
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July 22-23, 28-29, 2017. The 2017 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival at Artword Artbar Bring-Your-Own-Venue: Chéri, a play by Sky Gilbert and Dustin Peters, based on novels of French author Colette (photo). Directed by Sky Gilbert, with Peggy Mahon as Léa, an elderly ex-courtesan who is performing a musical based on her life story. The lady becomes distracted by her pianist (Dustin Peters), who reminds her of her lover from many years ago — Chéri. The play deals with issues of aging and the true nature of love.
Running Time: 50 minutes
Tickets: $10 + one-time Fringe button:  BUY Tickets Fringe website
Showtimes: Sat July 22: 3:00pm, Sat July 22: 7:00pm, Sun July 23: 3:30pm, Fri July 28: 4:30pm, Sat July 29: 2:30pm, Sat July 29: 6:30pm

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe 2017: The Lost Years by Peter Gruner, July 20 to 29

June 17th, 2017
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July 20 to 29, 2017. The 2017 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival at Artword Artbar Bring-Your-Own-Venue: The Lost Years: a Renurg Production by Peter Gruner, directed by Al French, performed by Deb Dagenais and Peter Gruner.
Travel through The Lost Years… Having kids is crazy! You start out young and suddenly “wake up” old. Ben and Carly start off happy and naïve, but where will they be after their journey through parenthood? The Lost Years is the time spent raising children. For parents, parents-to-be, children or anyone in a long term relationship. A comedy from the creators of Minced, Laund-o-Mat at the End of the World, and Mommy’s Mask.
Running Time: 50 minutes
Tickets: $10 + one-time Fringe button:  BUY Tickets Fringe website
Showtimes: Thu July 20: 8:30pm, Fri July 21: 7:00pm, Sat July 22: 5:00pm, Sun July 23: 6:00pm, Tues July 25: 7:00pm, Wed July 26: 7:00pm, Thu July 27: 7:00pm, Fri July 28: 6:30pm, Sat July 29: 4:30pm.

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

BYOV 3 shows at Artword Artbar: Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival, July 20 to 30

June 16th, 2017
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July 20 to 30, 2017. Artword Artbar is a Bring-Your-Own-Venue for three theatre projects in the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival. Full schedule of the Festival BUY Tickets on Fringe Festival website
The productions at Artword Artbar are:
#1: The Lost Years: a Renurg Production by Peter Gruner, directed by Al French, performed by Deb Dagenais and Peter Gruner.
#2: Cheri: by Sky Gilbert and Dustin Peters, directed by Sky Gilbert, performed by Peggy Mahon and Dustin Peters.
#3: Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy. An Artword Theatre production, written and directed by Ronald Weihs, performed by Learie Mc Nicolls and Howard Jerome.

Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Blue Moon Marquee, gypsy blues jazz, Sat July 15

June 9th, 2017
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Saturday July 15, 2017, at 8 pm, $15/$10. Gypsy-blues jazz duo Blue Moon Marquee (A.W. Cardinal guitar, vocals and Jasmine Colette upright bass, percussion, vocals) are swinging by Artword Artbar! This authentic duo writes and performs original compositions influenced by early blues, folk roots, swing, and ragtime. This year they are playing at seven Jazz festivals across Canada (Vancouver, Victoria, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Kaslo). They have also been nominated for Indigenous Group of the year for the 2017 Western Canadian Music awards. Stemming from the Badlands of the Rocky Mountain prairies, Blue Moon Marquee is a self-styled gypsy blues band. A.W. Cardinal, a Metis of Cree heritage, howls with a distinctive thick and smoky vocal while playing a jazz tinged blues guitar. Jasmine Colette, aka Badlands Jazz, is the rhythm section who not only commands the upright bass but also keeps the swing with both feet while singing harmonies. Blue Moon Marquee‘s passionate performances and smouldering onstage chemistry are their trademark.  www.bluemoonmarquee.com      https://bluemoonmarquee.bandcamp.com/

 “The spirits of Memphis Minnie, Louis Armstrong, Read more…

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

Jazz w. The Carolyn Credico Quartet, Fri July 14

June 9th, 2017
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Friday July 14, 2017 at 8 pm, $10. Jazz with The Carolyn Credico Quartet: Carolyn Credico vocals, Bob Shields guitar, Clark Johnston bass, Adam Fielding drums. The Quartet will perform a variety of beautiful jazz standards, latin and pop tunes.
www.carolyncredico.com
Music video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn9aIlhcTPQ

Event, Music-Jazz

Songs from musicals, w. vocalists Alyssa Giammaria and Leah Korkowski, Wed July 12

June 8th, 2017
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Wednesday July 12, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 /$5. Two vocalists, Alyssa Giammaria and Leah Korkowski, recent graduates from Mohawk Music, will be sharing with you their love of songs from musicals. Their band includes: Ian Brown on piano, Jesse Martel on guitar, Aoife-Louise Doyle on backup vocals, Adam Inrig on drums, and Devon Savas on bass

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Back to the 1780s! The WÖR band from Belgium, Mon July 10 at 7:30

June 8th, 2017
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Monday July 10, 2017, at 7:30 pm, $15. SPECIAL SHOW! Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online

Matapa World Festival Series presents the WÖR band from Belgium, on a festival tour in Ontario.  The musicians: Fabio Di Meo, baritone & soprano saxophone; Bert Ruymbeek accordion; Jeroen Goegebuer violin; Pieterjan Van Kerckhoven bagpipes, musette, soprano saxophone; Jonas Scheys guitar. Back to the 1780’s! If it sounded good back then, why not today?
“Wör’s album is brilliant. It’s very exciting to hear a young band reinterpreting old manuscripts in a refreshing and new way” Sam Sweeney – BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician Of The Year 2015
With their finely textured arrangements WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century tunes from the Flanders region of Belgium. Their music shines an inventive spotlight, with a modern twist, on tunes from the manuscripts of De Gruijtters (Antwerp, 1746), Van Belle (Van Belle, 1743), De Prins (Leuven, 1781) and many more.    
“They’re all astonishing musicians, coaxing fantastic sounds out of their chosen instruments. But more than this, they craft intricate and fresh arrangements for each piece.” Stephen D. Winnick – Huffington Post

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-World, Special event

Jazz w. the Scott Taplay Group, Sat July 8

June 7th, 2017
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Saturday July 8, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Jazz with the Scott Taplay Group: guitarist Scott Taplay, Jonas Pearson Paavola electric bass and Victor Agrippa alto sax. This jazz trio performs a modern take on jazz standards and a few originals

Event, Music-Jazz

Latin American Peña, w. Rosy Cervantes, music & poetry, Fri July 7

June 7th, 2017
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Friday July 7, 2017, at 8 pm. $10. A Latin American Peña, an evening of music and poetry. Featured performer is Rosy Cervantes, lead singer of the band La Sana Rabia. Born in Cuernavaca, Rosy has an extensive career in Mexico where she founded La Sana Rabia in 2002, performing in blues festivals, tv shows and major venues all over the country. Her CD Lo blanco y lo negro (The dark and the light) shows her talents as a blues singer and songwriter. Accompanying Rosy is Richard Fouchaux, guitar, and Edgar Alejandro López Aguilar, violin

Event, Music-World

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