Artword Artbar is a licenced cafe-bar for live music concerts, theatre and performances. Usually open about 2 hours before scheduled events.
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

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.
To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

 

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

closed, Fri Oct 11

August 26th, 2019
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Friday October 11, 2019, closed

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. To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

 

Rae Billing and her Alt-Country band CRYBABY: Rae Billing vocals and acoustic guitar, Andrew Aldridge lead guitar, Greg Brisco keys, Carrie Ashcroft bass and Josh Sticks Hicks drums. Special guest Michael Vallely.
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. A special concert. $15 door, $10 adv. 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

Featured Post: 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. Double-bill! Two of Artword’s far-out favourite jazz composers – pianist Aaron David Zukewich and guitarist Doug Murphy.
8 pm set 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. His band “It Is What It Is”: Alana Gunn bass, Oscar Galbraith drums, Mike Ricci saxophone and flute.
9: 30 pm set: 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. His band: Clark Johnson bass and Joel Haynes drums.

Event, Music, Music-Improvisors, Music-Jazz

J.P. Riemens book launch, Sun Sept 29 from 3 to 5 pm

August 15th, 2019
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Sunday September 29, 2019, from 3 to 5 pm, $10 (includes a free cd). Singer-songwriter J.P. Riemens reads from his new book Slightly Below the Surface, and sings some songs from his cds.
Slightly Below the Surface is the story about a life journey, spanning over 60 years under the watchful eye of the 250 year old spirit, Elizabeth Watts. The Boy is born on the hundredth anniversary of her death in 1856. She had been a teacher in the old schoolhouse where he grew up and currently resides. Beginning in rural Ontario in the 1960’s, the Boy discovers his calling to be a songwriter. In his early teens, he leaves his isolated rural home and hitchhikes across Canada with his guitar and encounters a variety of characters that shape his future.
Copies of the book will be for sale.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Alison Schott & Darrin Schott, Sat Sept 28

August 13th, 2019
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Saturday September 28, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve tickets (and seating),  Book online BUY_tix_button

or call 905-543-8512.
Darrin and Alison Schott are a picking, singing and song-writing duo from Norfolk County. Expect beautiful vocal harmonies, and virtuoso playing on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and dobro. Their original songs are rooted in the life and history of Norfolk County. Darrin has played often at Artword with the New Cumberland bluegrass band, and Alison has appeared with the Sandplains Pickers.
Artword is very pleased to bring Alison and Darrin Schott to our stage for our final fall season!! Please come. They are wonderful!

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass, Music-folk, Music-roots

The Emily Kemp Quintet, Fri Sept 27

August 12th, 2019
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Friday September 27, 2019, at 8 pm, Regular $15, students $10. To reserve tickets and seating, call 905-543-8512
or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Guess who is kicking off our 10th Anniversary Celebration concert series? Emily Kemp, jazz, funk and pop singer, set up her first concert at Artword Artbar on September 11, 2010 (we opened in Sept 2009). And she and the fellas have been playing together ever since. The original five  – The Emily Kemp Quintet – will be playing this celebration concert: Emily Kemp (vocals), Tom Altobelli (bass),Chris Bruder (keys), Scott McIntosh (guitar), Jordan Snider (drums), members of the band now known as The Beelays. They will be playing jazz, some originals and their own take on some pop covers.

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

Planet of the Loops: Andrew Aldridge and guests, Thurs Sept 26

August 11th, 2019
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Thursday September 26, 2109, at 8 pm, $10. The Planet of the Loops returns! Noted guitarist Andrew Aldridge and his legendary Planet of the Loops live at Artword Artbar. Special guests for Thurs Sept 26 are cellist Cheryl O and Steven Sauvé on keyboard / laptop, both members of quasiMODAL, a floating electro-accoustic improv trio.
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. VJ improviser Judith Sandiford joins in with real-time visual “looping”.

Event, Music, Music-Improvisors

Ewan Macintyre Trio, Scotland-Quebec, Wed Sept 25

August 10th, 2019
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Wednesday September 25, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve tickets and seating, call 905-543-8512 or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Scottish musician Ewan Macintyre is on tour with his band: Ewan Macintyre: vocals, guitar, mandolin; Karine Bouchard: violoncelle/ cello (from Montreal); Peter Menzies (pronounced mingus): fiddle (from Moray Scotland). They are touring this summer and autumn across the UK, Europe and Canada.
“Cowboy campfire meets Celtic grooves.” Ewan weaves his own blend of folk pop traditions, featuring beautiful string arrangements, ripping solos, soaring harmonies and heartfelt lyrical content.  http://www.ewan-macintyre.org/

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Paul Lisson, The Perfect Archive, book launch, Sun Sept 22 at 4 pm

August 8th, 2019
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Sunday September 22, 2019, at 4:00 pm. Book launch: The Perfect Archive by Paul Lisson, published by Guernica Editions.
The Perfect Archive is a story in verse about an archivist who moves beyond his role as protector and cataloguer of others’ work and begins to question the very nature of a “pure and accurate” archive. The role of a government Archivist is to organize and catalogue books, statutes, and memoranda. What happens when these documents are weaponized?

“Paul Lisson creates intricate Kafkaesque worlds in art galleries, on the stage, and on the page. A coal black seam of humour runs through all of his work but I mostly feel like I’ve walked through a dystopic door and I have this prickly feeling that somebody’s going to lock that door behind me.” Jeff Mahoney, columnist with The Hamilton Spectator

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Clic-Clac: Flamenco dance and song, Sat Sept 21

August 7th, 2019
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Saturday September 21, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve tickets and seating, call 905-543-8512
or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Flamenco ensemble, Clic-Clac: Angela Deiseach (dance), Shirley ‘la Pili’ Pincay (vocals), Amilia Cervantes (violin), and Juan D Toledo (guitar). Rooted in traditional flamenco music and dance, Clic-Clac also incorporates influences from other genres and styles. Their performance celebrates expression and storytelling through song and dance, drawing on their collective knowledge and experience of the multifaceted flamenco genre. Formed earlier this year and based in Toronto, Clic-Clac made their debut as part of the Tablao Flamenco Toronto showcase at Supermarket. The group has since been featured in the Dance Matters Into the Fire Series at Toronto’s Pia Bouman School.

Dance, Event, Music, Music-World

Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham, Fri Sept 20

August 6th, 2019
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Friday September 20, 2019, at 8 pm. $15. To reserve tickets and seating, call 905-543-8512
or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Americana-country songstress Tia McGraff, and singer-guitarist Tommy Parham return to Artword Artbar. This time they are bringing Duane Rutter to play electric guitar with them. Their friend singer/songwriter David Wells will play an opening set. The concert will be followed by a meet-and-greet.
“Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham continue proving they are one of the best creative duos working today with the release of Stubborn in My Blood (2018).” Tia and Tommy have earned a respect in the music industry and a global fan base. The duo have a gift for getting to the heart of the matter and writing relatable songs about life, love and this crazy world we live in.   www.tiamcgraff.com/

Tia McGraff is an award-winning Americana/Country singer-songwriter from Port Dover, ON. Tia’s talent has been described as “haunting and soul-gripping.” Tia’s 2015 release Crazy Beautiful, produced by Colorado native, husband and longtime collaborator Tommy Parham, immediately impressed radio programmers in the USA, Canada and Europe. Tommy, who moved to Nashville in 1998 with a staff songwriter deal in hand, soon became one of Music Row’s sought-after hit-writers, and is credited with cuts by major label artists and film placements.

Event, Music, Music-country, Music-roots

Cantrip (Scottish music trio), Thurs Sept 19

August 5th, 2019
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Thursday September 19, 2019, at 8 pm. $15 advance/$20 door.
To reserve tickets and seating, call 905-543-8512
or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Cantrip, a high energy Celtic trio, is releasing a new live album in celebration of their 20 year history. Come enjoy an evening of good humour, companionship and music from the Celtic isles and beyond. Jon Bews (fiddle, vocals), Eric McDonald (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Dan Houghton (pipes, flute, whistles, guitar, bouzouki, vocals). www.cantrip-music.com/index.html
“Cantrip” is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief. It aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements, likewise the compelling potency of their musicianship. Cantrip sprung from a local session in Edinburgh nearly twenty years ago. With their first album “Silver” (2001) in hand, Cantrip made its way across the water to the United States.  www.ericmcdonaldmusic.com

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Bill Lutes and the Art Crawlers, Supercrawl weekend, Sun Sept 15 at 3 pm

August 4th, 2019
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Sunday September 15, 2019, from 3 to 6 pm, tip jar. Supercrawl Weekend. The original Art Crawl band! 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, playing all your favourite tunes.

Event, James North events, Music, Music-folk, Music-pop-etc.

Cellist Rob Knaggs + Dave Gould, Supercrawl weekend, Sat Sept 14, at 6 pm

August 3rd, 2019
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Saturday September 14, 2019, at 6 pm. Supercrawl Weekend. Introducing Rob Knaggs. Avant-cellist Rob Knaggs, originally from Brisbane Australia, is known for his atmospheric walls of sound and live performances that transport audience to the northern reaches of his adopted home in the Canadian sub-arctic. In the last five years, he’s performed concerts for beluga whales and beneath the northern lights, collaborated with throat singers, played support to Montreal sound wizard Tim Hecker, represented Manitoba at travel conferences across North America, and captivated audiences at the renowned Woodford Folk Festival in Australia.  www.robknaggs.com

Joining Rob is Hamilton’s own musical adventurer Dave Gould. Dave is a visual and audio artist/musician who explores many art mediums. Gould has made instruments since 1998. He currently makes exotic instruments out of rare things like whalebones, antlers and toilets. He enjoys drumming and creating original music with a plethora of artists and bands internationally.  Dave provided improvised and composed soundscapes for Artword Theatre’s recent production of Whoever You Are.   www.davegould.ca

 

Event, James North events, Music, Music-Classical, Music-Improvisors

Beg To Differ Quartet, Supercrawl Weekend, Fri Sept 13, 9:15 pm

August 2nd, 2019
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Friday September 13, 2019, at 9:15 pm, tip jar. Supercrawl Weekend. An Artbar favourite, Beg To Differ Quartet, are back with a special late concert.
Tim Ninehouse on keyboards, vocals; Doug Sikma on guitar; Steve Foster on drums and new member Ryan Ethier on bass. Unique renditions of blues, jazz and funk songs, drawing from a large musical repertoire from early blues roots to jazzified contemporary songs. http://reverbnation.com/begtodiffertrio

Event, James North events, Music, Music-Blues, Music-funk, Music-Jazz, Music-rock