Artword Artbar is a licenced cafe-bar (all ages) for live music, theatre, contemporary dance.
Your hosts Ronald Weihs, Judith Sandiford. For reservations & info: call 905-543-8512, 905-912-9083. 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

 

Fiddle trio Fru Skagerrak, on tour from Scandinavia, Thur Apr 19

March 18th, 2018
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Thursday April 19, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
A special treat at Artword Artbar. Fru Skagerrak (Lady Skagerrak) fiddle trio: Maja Kjær Jacobsen from Denmark (Maja&David), Elise Wessel Hildrum from Norway and Anna Lindblad from Sweden (Lyy, The Duhks). The music of Fru Skagerrak takes you on a journey through Scandinavia; from lowlands to mountains, from slow airs to lively polkas, in major and in minor, and everything in between.  www.fruskagerrak.com

“Fru Skagerrak is a new pan-Scandinavian folk music trio, excellent young musicians and composers with their hearts in the right place and full speed ahead. Listening to Fru Skagerrak simply makes you happy!” – Morten Alfred Høirup, Guitarist and Radio Host
“Their combined sound is one of effortless beauty, grooving dance energy, and elegant arrangements. Not to be missed!” – Natalie Haas, Cellist
“Smokin’ fiddle playing” – Flensborg Avis, (Germany)

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

R&B/Soul music: Rufus John, w. Bonnie Hamilton, Wed Apr 18

March 17th, 2018
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Wednesday April 18, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Soulful & Intimate is a concert by R&B/Soul singer Rufus John, with band: Attila Toth bass, a drummer and a keyboard player. He will share some songs and stories behind his new album, Gone But Not Forgotten, slated to be released June 2018. Rufus will also sing some of his favourite covers. www.facebook.com/rufusjohnmusic
His special guest for the evening is soul and jazz singer Bonnie Hamilton has cancelled due to illness. www.facebook.com/bonniehamilton78/
Rufus John is a Canadian-Caribbean Artist who is bringing a refreshing sound to the Canadian R&B/Soul music scene. In early 2014 Rufus released his first full length album entitled Growing Pains. Read more…

Event, Music-Soul/R&B

Theatre: Swingin’ In St. John’s, the Musical, April 3 to 15

March 2nd, 2018
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Tuesday April 3 to Sunday April 15, 2018, Tues-Sat 8 pm, Sunday matinées at 2:30 pm. Tickets Tues & Wed $15, Thur-Sun $25. Reservations call 905-543-8512 or
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The Fringe 2017 hit musical Swingin’ In St. John’s returns for a two-week run at Artword Arbar. What if they made an Elvis movie — set in Newfoundland? It’s back and bigger than ever! More singin’! More dancin’! More swingin’! Two brand-new songs, plus the 16 original songs and two Newfoundland classics. Come get Screeched In with us!
Artword Theatre presents A Chasing Shadows Production:
Swingin’ In St. John’s.
Starring Will Gillespie, Rebecca Gilbert Millar, Leonard Cain,
introducing Mariam Bekhet, with Brian Morton as ‘Old Salty’,
and Susan Robinson as ‘The Lobster’.
Written, composed, designed & choreographed by Will Gillespie.
Paintings, props and puppets by Susan Robinson.
Video and lighting technician Judith Sandiford.

In the late 1950’s and early-to-mid 1960’s Elvis Presley starred in some 30 movies. Many of these were campy, light-hearted romps, musical romantic comedies based on what was called the “Presley Formula”: exotic locales, beautiful co-stars and fun songs that blended Rock & Roll with styles inspired by the locations and themes of each movie. What if one of these films was set in Newfoundland? “Swingin’ in St. John’s” is a new stage musical that answers that question. Read more…

Event, Theatre

closed Easter weekend Mar 28 to April 1

March 1st, 2018
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Hamilton Fringe AGM, Tues Mar 27 at 7 pm

February 27th, 2018
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Tuesday March 27, 2018, 7 to 10 pm. The Annual General Meeting of the Hamilton Fringe Festival.

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, News, Special event

ZULA Presents jazz improvisers Zero Point, Sat Mar 24

February 27th, 2018
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Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 8 pm, tickets $15 regular, $10 students /seniors.
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ZULA Presents jazz improvisers Zero Point, from New York. The quartet features Daniel Carter saxophones, trumpet, clarinet, flute, piano, with Marius Duboule guitars; Michael Bates double bass; Deric Dickens drums.  http://zeropoint-music.com/
“An amalgam of free musical talents” – Chris Searle, Morning Star (UK)
“A refined brand of freedom” – Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG (US)
“Beyond the ordinary” – John Sharpe, NYCJR (US)

Zero Point‘s music is entirely improvised, sometimes giving the impression of a known melody or a sound mass, similar to what the spectral music can evoke. Just like Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler and Eric Dolphy the musicians of this band can also be deeply anchored in the tradition of blues and bebop, which resurfaces in a pictorial and contrapuntal way.

Event, Music-Jazz

JAZZ: Tom Altobelli Group, Fri Mar 23

February 26th, 2018
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Friday March 23, 2018, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. An evening of jazz with The Tom Altobelli Group will feature Tom’s original compositions, as well as original works by members of the band.  Band members are: Aaron Bowers sax, Scott McIntosh guitar, Chris Bruder piano, Jordan Snider drums, and Tom Altobelli bass and compositions.  https://soundcloud.com/tomaltobellibass/sets/tom-altobelli-group
Tom Altobelli is an upright and electric bassist in Hamilton. He is a graduate of both the Humber College Bachelor of Music, and Mohawk College Music programs, where he studied jazz, and majored in Bass performance. Tom is involved in a number of projects, including The Altobeelays, Mother Tareka and the Rebel Funktion, Monkley Cascade, The Koopa Troop, The Aubrey Wilson Quartet, and his own original jazz group (Tom Altobelli Group).

Event, Music-Jazz

Jazz tribute to composer Adrean Farrugia by his students! Thur Mar 22

February 26th, 2018
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Thursday March 22, 2018, at 8 pm $10 / $5 students. In an evening of homage and celebration, the students of Hamilton jazz pianist/composer Adrean Farrugia will pay tribute to Adrean in a performance of his original compositions; everything from his Juno-nominated album Ricochet to brand new material!
The players: Michael Morabito on alto saxophone, Devon Savas on bass, William Fachin on drums, Mac Rogers on trumpet, Leah Korkowski on vocals, Alex Tomowich on piano.

Event, Music-Jazz

Wise Fools for World Storytelling Day, Tues Mar 20, 7 pm

February 24th, 2018
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Tuesday March 20, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm. Artword Artbar presents a World Storytelling Day concert featuring members of the Burlington Storytellers’ Guild. Special guest is Sue Ramsay, storyteller and jazz singer extraordinaire. The theme this year is Wise Fools. There are more of them than you think!
Guild members are dedicated to the growth, development and expansion of oral tradition storytelling as an art form. http://burlingtonstorytellersguild.vpweb.ca/events
World Storytelling Day (March 20th) is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, celebrated every year on the equinox. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night.  www.globalstorytellingday.org/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles, songs & stories, Sat Mar 17

February 23rd, 2018
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Saturday, March 17, at 8 pm, $15. A return visit from McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles are an Ancaster-based trio who perform original folk rock music and great story songs, many based on Ancaster’s history. These seasoned musicians are award winning songwriters/artists who sing fabulous three part harmonies. Mike McCurlie and Bob Doidge have been making music together since their early teens. Then along came Caroline Wiles, a songwriter from Montreal. They all start playing together, harmonizing, creating a groove with guitar, mandolin and bass. They like the blend. And by now, they have a lot of songs about their hometown, and all around: the Dundas Valley, the Bruce Trail, The Hammer…
www.mccurliedoidgeandwiles.com
   or   www.carolinewiles.com.

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

Grito de Mujer (Woman Scream), poetry & music, Fri Mar 16

February 22nd, 2018
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Friday, March 16, 2018, 8 to 11pm,  (viernes, 16 de marzo 2018,  20:00 a 23:00), at Artword Artbar, an evening of poetry and music, for the Grito de Mujer International Festival. Hamilton Coordinator is Ama Luna, with collaborators from Friends of the Poet Tree. The theme for 2018 is Faros de esperanza / Beacons of hope.
The Grito de Mujer or Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival is a non-profit series of events by volunteers worldwide, poets, artists, painters, actors and literary groups, celebrated throughout the month of March each year. The purpose is to honor women and their role in society though poetry and arts, while delivering a message of non-violence towards women, as well as a sense of community and cultural sharing.
Grito de Mujer se realiza de manera altruista con el apoyo de nuestros colaboradores voluntarios, amigos y seguidores del movimiento y cuenta con la participación de poetas, artistas, pintores, actores e instituciones, y grupos literarios que se suman a la causa. Nuestra iniciativa forma parte de la misión social del movimiento en favor de la mujer y el interés de propagar el mensaje de la no violencia.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music-Latin, Music-World, Special event

Hidden Valley Ante Chamber Orchestra, Thurs Mar 15

February 21st, 2018
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Thursday March 15, 2018, at 8 pm, $10 reg, $5 students. The Hidden Valley Ante Chamber Orchestra features Ian Brown, Leah Korkowski, Jonathan Malström, Sophia Perlman and Nigel Stewart. They began meeting under cover of darkness (and highway overpass) in the summer of 2017, confusing late-night commuters with their symphonic stylings and late-night strip-club goers with their lack of navigation skills. As winter trudged on, they sought an indoor playground to continue their exploration of the songs and hidden talents that rarely see the light of day. Artword Artbar seemed like the perfect place.

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

closed Wed Mar 14 and Wed Mar 21 for private events

February 20th, 2018
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Wayne Krawchuk, Sat Mar 10 (8 pm SOLD OUT) + Sun Mar 11 (7:30 SOLD OUT)

February 6th, 2018
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Saturday March 10, 2018, at 8:00 pm, $15. SOLD OUT.
Sun March 11 at 7:30 pm. SOLD OUT
For info, call 905-543-8512.
Folk-roots singer-songwriter Wayne Krawchuk launches his new CD Love Hopped a Train with a special concert at Artword Artbar. He will be accompanied by Michael J. Birthelmer on guitar, Mike Hickey on bass, Randal Hill on mandolin/banjo, and Ron Cole on keyboards/accordion. There will be an opening set by The Harmones (Carol Greene, Christine Roarke, Audrey Hensen) with their ukuleles and 3 part harmonies.

Event, Music-Blues, Music-folk, Music-roots

Art Crawl with Bill Lutes and the Art Crawlers, Fri Mar 9

February 5th, 2018
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Friday March 9, 2018, from 8 pm to 11 pm. Tip Jar for the band. An old-fashioned art-crawl, just like the good ol’ days, with Bill Lutes and The Art Crawlers: Bill Lutes guitar, vocals; Lilia Lutes very cool vocals; Kenny Clark guitar, vocals; Hank Paton guitar, vocals; Robert Louis guitar, vocals; Bob Rudy bass, vocals; Phil Dales drums. Drop in and warm up, with all your favourite tunes.

Event, James North events, Music

Dance: Fairy Tale, new work by Learie Mc Nicolls, Wed&Thur Mar 7&8

February 4th, 2018
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Wednesday & Thursday March 7 & 8, 2018, at 8 pm, $10-15 pwyc. Artword Theatre presents Fairy Tale: sketches for a new dance-poetry work, written, choreographed and performed by Learie Mc Nicolls, with participation by dancer Tanis Macarthur. A sequence of live improvisations to some music and some silence, with words of poetry and dream imagery that explore how fairy tales run a strong parallel in our everyday lives. Guest performer is electronic-based musician Enveloper (Ryan Curran), who provides the real-time soundscape. Enveloper will also perform a solo 30-minute set following the main dance presentation.

Dance, Event

Zula Presents: Celebrating the music of Ken Aldcroft, Sun Mar 4, 7:30 pm

February 3rd, 2018
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Sunday March 4, 2018, at 7:30 pm. $15/$10. Artword Artbar is hosting a special concert:  Zula Presents a celebration of the music of Ken Aldcroft performed by Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late + Mars People. This concert is part of an 8-venue tour.
** Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late: saxophone and guitar duo music by Ken Aldcroft performed by Jason Robinson & Eric Hofbauer (USA)
** Mars People: music by & for Ken Aldcroft, performed by Emily Denison, Daniel Kruger & Joe Sorbara (Montréal/ Toronto)
March 2 to 11 2018 will see a vanload of adventurous musicians from both sides of the 49th parallel travel from Montréal through Southern Ontario in celebration of the late guitarist Ken Aldcroft, a long time leading figure in Canada’s creative music community. Read more…

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Special event

Jazz-pop with WPBE: Worst Pop Band Ever, Sat Mar 3

January 29th, 2018
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Saturday March 3, 2018, at 8 pm. $10. The Worst Pop Band Ever aka WPBE: Adrean Farrugia (piano/keys) and Chris Gale (sax), along with Drew Birston (bass) and Tim Shia (drums).
“Of course Jazz isn’t dead. The core idea of using pop music as source material for creative exploration is still very much alive…It is easier to appreciate (and follow) where these artists take the music when you already understand where they started… Snarky Puppy, Mehliana, The Worst Pop Band Ever…” Kevin Hurley, Huffington Post

www.worstpopbandever.com        www.facebook.com/worstpopbandever

Event, Music-pop-etc.

Edgar Breau, CD Release Concert, Fri Mar 2, 2018

January 26th, 2018
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Friday March 2, 2018, 8 pm, $10.  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Singer-songwriter Edgar Breau celebrates his new CD on Flying Inn Recordings with a release concert at Artword Artbar. Band members include two Simply Saucer veterans: Mike Trebilcock on guitar, Kevin Christoff on bass. Also featured is jazz singer Colina Phillips with original vocal harmonies and percussion.
From his Facebook write-up: “Edgar Breau may be best known as the founder of Hamilton, Ontario’s cult ‘70s psych/proto-punk band Simply Saucer, but he has forged a parallel path as a solo musician. … Breau’s self-titled tour-de-force was painstakingly completed over three years by producers Adam Bentley and Jordan Mitchell (The Dirty Nil, Single Mothers, Greys). … [The album] includes contributions from Blue Rodeo drummer Glenn Milchem, Hawks guitarist Mike Eastman, plus Simply Saucer members Kevin Christoff, Colina Phillips, Ed Roth, and Mike Trebilcock (The Killjoys). Finally, Gaven Dianda (The Flashing Lights) added the ethno-musicological flourishes of Afghan rabab, sitar, and other medieval instruments on “A Penny Fare To Babylon.” Read more…

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-rock, Music: singer-songwriter

Jazz star from Estonia: bassist Toivo Unt Quintet, Thurs Mar 1

January 25th, 2018
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Thursday March 1, 2018, 8:00 pm, $10 (call 905-543-8512 to reserve). A special concert at Artword Artbar featuring the renowned Estonian bass player Toivo Unt. The band: Mike Malone trumpet,  Kevin Dempsey drums, John Sherwood piano, Jeff King tenor sax.
At Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton. This concert is part of events in the Estonian communities in Toronto and Hamilton in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence (Feb 23, 1918-2018).

Event, Music-Jazz

Science on Tap = Astronomy + Beer, Wed Feb 28

January 7th, 2018
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Wednesday February 28, 2018, at 8 pm, doors open at 7 pm, free. Open to all. Join scientists from McMaster University’s Physics and Astronomy Department for an entertaining night filled with scientific discussion, trivia, and beer. At Science on Tap, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with researchers in various scientific fields as they present some of science’s most intriguing phenomena. There will be plenty of time to ask questions while the scientists are on stage, or afterwards over cold pints. Come try this educational twist on a night out at the pub. Host: Joey Rucska.

Event, Special event

The Kirkendolls, jazzy blues and more, Sat Feb 24

January 7th, 2018
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Saturday Feb 24, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. A return visit by The Kirkendolls, a local band led by Mark Caruana on vocals and guitar, with Tom Shea on bass, Jamie Shea on guitar, and Mario Laquintana on drums. They play a mix of music from originals to jazzy re-arrangements to soulful blues. About half of their songs are originals by Mark Caruana, who was the guitar player for Big Rude Jake in Toronto through the 90s. Later he had his own jazz trio/quartet playing in the jazz clubs in Toronto to the early 2000s. He is now Hamilton-based.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Fri Feb 23

January 6th, 2018
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Friday February 23, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. BUY_tix_buttonBook online
The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble returns for Black History Month! This ensemble combines the ancient rhythms of Africa with the jazz harmonies of modern times.
Waleed Abdulhamid (Composer/Band Leader) explains:  “We play melody on top of traditional jazzy chord progressions with a twist of African ancient rhythms. There is a place for African instruments such as gombri, lakoumbe, marimba in the music.”
Band members are: Waleed Abdulhamid bass,vocals, percussion; Joseph Callender soprano and tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Aaron Ferrera drums, percussion; Cory Sitek alto and soprano saxophone, flute.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

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