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

"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

 

Alyssa Giammaria and Devon Savas, reunion concert, Sat Aug 10

July 3rd, 2019
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August Special Concert #2. We will be open for only these special events:

Saturday August 10, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. Alyssa Giammaria vocals and Devon Savas bass. Alyssa and Devon began collaborating as students at Mohawk. Then each pursued further musical studies in other cities. This concert is a hometown reunion. They will be revisiting favourite past selections and venturing in new directions in a one-off genre-boundless performance, with one set as a duo and the second set with a band of special guests: Levi Kertesz (drums), Ian Brown (piano/keys), Michael Morabito (alto sax), and Aoife-Louise Doyle + Stephanie Sloss (background vocals).

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Anthems of the Void, w. guest Jill McKenna Trio, Wed Aug 7

July 2nd, 2019
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August Special Concert #1. We will be open for only these special events:

Wednesday August 7, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Anthems of the Void: Caylie Staples vocals, Bradford Reed pencilina and modular synthesizer, and Geoff Gersh guitar, from New York, on an August tour in Canada. Guest set by Jill McKenna Project: Adrean Farrugia piano, Mackenzie Read drums, Jill McKenna bass.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Singer-songwriter Bonnie Hamilton, special show, Wed Jul 31

June 29th, 2019
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Wednesday July 31, 2019, at 8 pm, $25. Reservations a must! Call 905-543-8512 or Book onlineBUY_tix_button

Bonnie & The Midnight Daydream Presents: “When Stars Collide”. A special concert by singer-songwriter Bonnie Hamilton: “Bonnie’s Birthday & Album Release”.
Bonnie Hamilton & the Midnight Daydream will be playing Bonnie’s new album content. Band members: Sabian Crosswell drums, Eric Trimmer bass, Sean Royle guitar/vocals, Keon Crosswell lead guitar, and Bonnie Hamilton lead vocals and piano.

Plus guest performances: singer-songwriter Brennagh Burns, and writer Laura Furster, reading from her new book.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz, Music-Soul/R&B

Fringe BYOV: Bungalow, six shows July 19 – 28

June 4th, 2019
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July 18 to 28, 2019: Artword Artbar BYOV hosts three plays in the Hamilton Fringe Festival. Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button required)
Advance Tickets: hamiltonfringe.ca/shows/bungalow/
Bungalow is a new play written and directed by Sky Gilbert, performed by Shaun McComb and Tim Walker. Bungalow is a play you might find happening in your front (or back) yard. Sky’s take on gentrification is to write plays in which members of Hamilton’s working class — the ‘hardcore Hamilton’ survivors — take centre stage, and often face off with Hamilton’s more wealthy, sometimes newly arrived, prosperous elites. Kiefer runs a coffee shop and Lloyd is, well — kind of a grifter who likes a drink once in awhile. They are next door neighbours. They meet on Kiefer’s porch. Kiefer would prefer that Lloyd would go away. But he doesn’t, and through their meetings we learn a lot about the two men, and about the class distinctions that sometimes separate us.
Running time: 60 minutes.
Showtimes: 19 Jul Fri: 9:00 pm. 20 Jul Sat: 5:00 pm, 21 Jul Sun: 3:00 pm
26 Jul Fri: 9:00 pm, 27 Jul Sat: 5:00 pm, 28 Jul Sun: 3:00 pm

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe BYOV: Charly’s Piano, nine shows July 18 – 27

June 3rd, 2019
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July 18 to 28, 2019: Artword Artbar BYOV hosts three plays in the Hamilton Fringe Festival. Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button required)
Advance Tickets: hamiltonfringe.ca/shows/charlys-piano/
Charly’s Piano, performed by Charly Chiarelli, written by Charly Chiarelli and Ronald Weihs, directed by Ronald Weihs, songs by Charly Chiarelli.
Charly’s Piano tells the true tale of Charly as a young hippie looking for work in Toronto in 1972. He gets a job in a psychiatric hospital, and organizes a fundraising concert by patients and doctors to buy a piano.
Running time: 60 minutes.
Showtimes:
18 Jul Thu: 9:00 pm,
19 Jul Fri: 7:00 pm,
20 Jul Sat: 9:00 pm,
21 Jul Sun: 7:00 pm,
23 Jul Tue: 9:00 pm,
24 Jul Wed: 7:00 pm,
25 Jul Thu: 9:00 pm,
26 Jul Fri: 7:00 pm,
27 Jul Sat: 9:00 pm

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe BYOV: Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil, nine shows July 18 – 27

June 2nd, 2019
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July 18 to 28, 2019: Artword Artbar BYOV hosts three plays in the Hamilton Fringe Festival. Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button required)
Advance Tickets: hamiltonfringe.ca/shows/tiny-bill-cody/
Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil, written and performed by musician and storyteller Tor Lukasik-Foss.
Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil uses story and song to recount the true story of meeting the devil on a Hamilton street in the 1980’s. It also a story about regret, hesitation, a mid life crisis, and the city’s best falafel.
Running time: 60 minutes.
Showtimes: 18 Jul Thu: 7:00 pm, 19 Jul Fri: 5:00 pm, 20 Jul Sat: 7:00 pm, 21 Jul Sun: 5:00 pm, 23 Jul Tue: 7:00 pm, 24 Jul Wed: 9:00 pm, 25 Jul Thu: 7:00 pm, 26 Jul Fri: 5:00 pm, 27 Jul Sat: 7:00 pm

 

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Jazz w. the MOJO Octet, Saturday July 13, 2019.

May 27th, 2019
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Saturday July 13, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve, call 905-543-8512 or Book onlineBUY_tix_button

The MOJO Octet brings together great players from the Hamilton and surrounding area, and a great repertoire to challenge them. Featuring five horn players: John Bialy trumpet; Don Templeton trombone; Darren Blundel alto sax; Lindsay Paul tenor sax; Dave Runbicini baritone sax; AND Brandon Walker piano; Tom Altobelli bass; Ken Bower drums. This dynamic octet takes an uncompromising approach to their own brand of jazz. Join the Men Of Jazz Octet for a great evening of hard bop and beyond from composers such as Don Sickler, Dave Holland and Bill Cunliffe.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz w. Lorne Lofsky guitar & Adrean Farrugia piano, Fri July 12

May 25th, 2019
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Friday July 12, 2019, at 8 pm, $20 regular / $10 students. Call 905-543-8512 or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Modern instrumental improvised music with The Lorne Lofsky / Adrean Farrugia Quartet: featuring Lorne Lofsky guitar; Adrean Farrugia piano; Kieran Overs acoustic bass; Chris Wallace drums.
Lorne Lofsky is an internationally recognized jazz guitarist. Born and raised in Toronto, he has been playing professionally for the last 42 years. He has played/toured or recorded with a who’s who of the jazz world, including Oscar Peterson, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Chet Baker, Joey DeFrancesco, Pepper Adams, Ray Brown, Neils Henning Orsted  Pederson, Rosemary Clooney, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Holland, and many other respected members of the international jazz community.
Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. Since the late 1990s Adrean has been in high demand as a freelance performer and educator. Keeping a busy touring schedule, mainly as a sideman, Adrean has toured extensively across Canada and the United States as well as in venues across Europe, Australia, the UK, Israel and in Japan. Adrean has performed/recorded with some of music’s greatest and most diverse artists including: Sheila Jordan, Ernie Watts, Brad Goode, Pat Labarbera, Adam Nussbaum, Curtis Fuller, Cyrille Aimee,  Lorne Lofsky, Molly Johnson, Jane Bunnett, Joel Frahm, Dafnis Prieto, Kinan Azmeh, Kenny Wheeler, Don Thompson.

Event, Music, Music-Improvisors, Music-Jazz

The Vagabond Duet, Thur July 11, EARLY 7:00 pm show

May 23rd, 2019
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Thursday July 11, 2019, 7:00 pm.  *ALL PROCEEDS TO SACHA; Sexual Assault Centre for Hamilton and Area. Pay What You Can!*
The Vagabond Duet brings you cello, harp and two voices. Things are hard and there is beauty in music and that matters.
Music will include original arrangements of 60s & 70s folk, contemporary alternative, and oh, some early 18th century and/or late 19th century genius most likely. And original songs, music for rage, hope and love. Geoff Ball: cello, guitar, voice; Rachel Nolan: pedal harp, lever harp, voice.
Special guests to be announced!

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

Carissa Kimbell’s Going Away/EP Fundraising Show, Wed July 10

May 22nd, 2019
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Wednesday July 10, 2019, at 8 pm. Carissa Kimbell‘s Going Away/EP Fundraising Show. Tickets are $25 (includes digital download). Ticket link Eventbrite.

Singer-songwriter Carissa Kimbell is performing original songs from her new album Like Water, with Andrew Aldridge on lead guitar.

Like Water is Carissa Kimbell’s debut EP and features a collection of six songs reflecting the journey of deep self-discovery. The songs explore our relationship to water, a psychological symbol of that which is subconscious or hidden. Like Water offers honest and heartfelt songs about one woman’s experience and choice to swim in the waters of Self in search of freedom and control.

Event, Music, Music-pop-etc.

Latin-american folk music/ Canto popular latinoamericano, Sat July 6

May 20th, 2019
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Saturday July 6, 2019 at 8 pm, $15. Another of our Peña evenings, this time performed by Los Quatro: Marcelo Puente, Pepe Sanhueza, Nano Valverde, Miguel Vásquez. An evening of Latin-american folk music / Canto popular latinoamericano.

Event, Music, Music-Latin, Music-World

Jazz with the Nick Maclean Quartet, w. Brownman Ali, Fri July 5

May 19th, 2019
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Friday July 5, 2019 at 8 pm,
$15 at door, $10 advance online: Book online   BUY_tix_button

Jazz with the Nick Maclean Quartet: Nick Maclean piano, Brownman Ali trumpet, Jesse Dietschi bass, Tyler Goertzen drums.
The award-winning Nick Maclean Quartet makes Artword Artbar the second stop of their September tour. Led by 26-year-old fast-rising piano star Nick Maclean, this contemplative and often thrilling quartet explores modern jazz in the vein of 60’s Blue Note era Herbie Hancock. The quartet features Brownman Ali, internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet iconoclast: “Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpet player” (NYC Village Voice).
Nick Maclean – piano (www.NicholasMaclean.com)     Brownman Ali – trumpet (www.Brownman.com)
Jesse Dietschi – bass (www.JesseDietschi.com)     Tyler Goertzen – drums

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

CANCELLED: Water Bear: songwriters Tom Dusome & Alex T., Thurs July 4

May 18th, 2019
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CANCELLED Thursday July 4, 2019, 8 pm. Alt-Rock act Water Bear (songwriters Tom Dusome & Alex T.)

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter

Singer-songwriter night, host George Douglas, Thur June 27

May 17th, 2019
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Thursday June 27, 2019, at 8 pm. $10/pwyc. George Douglas hosts a singer-songwriter night at Artword Artbar, with Marcus Starr, Gavin O’Sullivan and Jesse Macrae. They will be serving up some tasty handcrafted songs for your entertainment and enjoyment. Start your Canada Day weekend on Thursday night!

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter

Vocalist Julianna Jones w. an evening of pop & RnB, Wed June 26

May 16th, 2019
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Wednesday June 26, 2019, at 8 pm, $10.  Twenty-one year old independent singer/songwriter and recording artist, Julianna Jones hosts an evening of her own original Pop and RnB songs. Plus a special guest, folk singer/songwriter Cassidy Taylor (photo right).
Musicians include: Spencer Devolin bass, James DeGeer guitar, Santiago Rozo keys, Cameron Watson bass, Adam Inrig drums.

Event, Music, Music-pop-etc.

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Sat June 22

May 15th, 2019
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Saturday June 22, 2019 at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or Book online   BUY_tix_button

The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble is back for their summer show at Artword. 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; tba keyboard, piano, accordion; Ilios Steryannis, drum kit.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

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