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

 

Sad Boys Lit. Society, launch party for Mayami, Sun Oct 15, 6 pm

September 15th, 2017
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Sunday October 15, 2017, at 6 pm, $5/pwyc. The Sad Boys Lit. Society presents: a Launch Party for Mayami. Come join the SBLS as they celebrate the release of Ben Robinson‘s chapbook Mayami, (Bird, Buried Press) a collection of poems about the rising tides. All funds raised at the door will be donated to 541 Eatery and Exchange. The evening features performances (musical and poetic) from the likes of:
Ben Robinson: Mayami is a small collection of poems written by Ben Robinson, featuring hand-painted covers. Ben Robinson published poems about potato chips, growing up with a lazy eye, and 78rpm records, among others. The Walrus called his work, “barely legible”. He has only ever lived in Hamilton, ON.  Trailer for Mayami
Timid, The Brave (Other Songs Music Co.): http://www.timidthebrave.com/
Thomas St.Clairhttps://thomasstclair.bandcamp.com/
Gareth Inksterhttps://youtu.be/UYr8vG-2fzU
Kira MoolmanPoems in the Antigonish Review
Mark Standishsaythisiswater poems

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music: singer-songwriter

Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band, Sat Oct 14

September 13th, 2017
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Saturday October 14, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online.
The renowned Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band is coming back! The band: Randal Hill mandolin and vocals; Rocky Hill guitar and vocals; Tim McDonald banjo and vocals; Owen Mahoney bass and vocals. Here they are … working hard on the shores of Lake Erie!

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

Latin American Peña w. Rosy Cervantes, Fri Oct 13

September 12th, 2017
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Friday October 13, 2017, at 8 pm. $10. A Latin American Peña, an evening of music and poetry. Returning as the 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-Latin, Music-World

60s Folk Revival Sing-along, Thurs Oct 12

September 11th, 2017
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Thursday October 12, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone (the Fall 2017 edition) returns to Artword Artbar. The 60s Folk Revival sing-along concert features Sue Peters (vocals),  Michelle Rumball (vocals), Dwight Peters (vocals, 6 & 12 string guitars) and Tony Laviola (double bass). Imagine an evening that transforms the Artword Artbar into one of the 1960s coffeehouses of Yorkville or Greenwich Village. The lyrics have meaning, the voices are true and passionate in solo and in harmony, and the music inspires the audience to join in. Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone recreates the songs of hope and social justice, messages that still resonate today. The show covers the songs of the great singers and poets including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Ian & Sylvia, Peter Paul and Mary, and Phil Ochs. Song-sheets are provided. http://wherehaveallthefolksongsgone.blogspot.ca/

Event, Music-folk

Jazz duo Beats Workin’: David Hurley + Charly Chiarelli, Wed Oct 11

September 10th, 2017
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Wednesday October 11, 2017, 8 pm. $10. Beats Workin’, a duo from Kingston, returns to Artword. David Hurley on seven-string guitar and vocals and Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals. They perform a variety of music from jazz, blues, rock and original. You can expect a little delicious storytelling as a side dish.

Event, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

Chicken-Like Birds, country blues, ragtime, swing, Sun Oct 1, 7:30

August 19th, 2017
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Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 7:30 pm, $10. Special show from BC! Country blues, ragtime and swing, by duo Jasmin Frederickson and Ari Lantela, a duo recommended to us by our friends near Salmon Arm, BC.
“Chicken-Like Birds is the combination of Ari Lantela who is known for his refined sloppy blues guitar picking and Jasmin Frederickson who plays a mean double bass.”
https://www.chickenlikebirds.com
https://chickenlikebirds.bandcamp.com/album/moving-on

Event, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Charly Chiarelli’s hit show Cu’Fu? returns: Sept 28 to Oct 7

August 18th, 2017
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Thursday September 28 to Saturday October 7, 2017. Charly Chiarelli‘s classic hit show Cu’Fu? (So Who Did It?), Stories of a Sicilian Family, returns to Hamilton, for a two-week run at Artword Artbar. An Artword Theatre production written and performed by Charly Chiarelli, directed and dramaturged by Ronald Weihs.
Cu’Fu?, the show that made him famous, is Charly’s hilarious and touching tribute to his crazy Sicilian family in the North End of Hamilton. His father’s bewilderment at the automatic record changer, his mother’s uncanny ability to read faces, and the unexpected reaction of both when they discover Charly is smoking “Mario Lanza”, create a portrait that is both affectionate and achingly funny.
Show times and prices:
Opening Festitalia Special, Thurs Sept 28, at 8 pm, $20
Fri & Sat Sept 29 & 30, at 8 pm, $20. Sun Oct 1 matinee at 3 pm, $20
Tues to Sat, Oct 3 to 7, at 8 pm, $20. Final show is Sat Oct 7.

Event, Theatre

Duane Rutter hosts Songwriters-in-the-Round, Sat Sept 23

August 10th, 2017
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Saturday September 23, 2017 at 8 pm, $20. Duane Rutter is back hosting another wonderful Songwriters-in-the-Round evening. The participants this time are: Rae Billing, Michael J. Birthelmer, Jay Linden, Gillian Nicola and Duane Rutter.

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

JAZZ: Brad Cheeseman CD Release, Fri Sept 22

August 9th, 2017
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Friday September 22, 2017 at 8 pm, $10. Hamilton bassist/composer Brad Cheeseman presents music from his new album The Tide Turns. With: Robert Chapman (guitar), Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax), Sam Kogen (piano/keys), Marito Marques (drums), and special guest Adrean Farrugia (piano). The Tide Turns is Brad Cheeseman’s second full-length album, recorded after winning the Montreal Jazz Festival’s coveted Grand Prix de Jazz. The album features nine contemporary jazz tracks—eight of which are new original compositions from Cheeseman—performed by frequent collaborators Robert Chapman, Sam Kogen and Marito Marques, as well as JUNO-winning saxophonist Kelly Jefferson.
Get the album: http:// bradcheeseman.bandcamp.com/

Event, Music-Jazz

Big Dance, Little Stage, w. Learie Mc Nicolls, Wed-Thur, Sep 20-21

August 8th, 2017
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Wednesday and Thursday, September 20 and 21, 2017, at 8 pm $10. Learie_BDLS_0196_cBig Dance Little Stage, our ongoing contemporary dance showcase series hosted by choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls, returns. This series provides an opportunity for dancers to showcase new work, explore improvisations, and build new collaborations. Line-up for Sept 20 & 21 so far includes dancer Tanis Sydney Macarthur performing a new work choreographed by Learie Mc Nicolls, and Jackie Pullar (of Wild Orchid Belly Dance) performing a collaborative duet of belly-dance and modern dance with Learie McNicolls. The evening also includes four spoken-word poems with dance, and an improvisation by Learie Mc Nicolls. Live visuals by Judith Sandiford.

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The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner) + Michel deQuevedo, Sun Sept 17, 7 pm

August 7th, 2017
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Sunday Sept 17, 2017, 7 pm, $10/pwyc. Special concert. Melodic Pixel Media presents The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner) and Michel deQuevedo. Pamela Gardner has been described as a velvet voiced songbird with eyes that can make babies laugh and grown men cry. She performs her songs backed by an all-star band of Hamilton musicians: Chris Bruder (The Altobeelays) keys; Jon The Bassist (Bring Me The Author/the human race) bass/vocals; Cameron Draper saxophone; Adam F Carter (the human race) drums/vocals; Hanna Bech glockenspiel/vocals.

Michel DeQuevedo is best known as percussionist and multi-instrumentalist for a multitude of diverse acts. For this show, he’ll be taking center stage and presenting his original music backed by acclaimed Toronto musicians. His groovy latin-infused pop songs are delivered in both Spanish and English.

Event, Music

Greg Oh, John Millard and Patricia O’Callaghan, Sat Sept 16

August 6th, 2017
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Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 8 pm, $15, $10 for students. Greg Oh, John Millard and Patricia O’Callaghan met during their 6 year artistic residency at  Soulpepper Theatre. They have since then collaborated on a variety of music performances. This repertoire is a fascinating evening of stories and songs ranging from Millard’s gothic Canadian solo repertoire to O’Callaghan’s elegant and playful cabaret selections, to Greg Oh’s remarkable solo work, including remarkable stories about the world of modern orchestral piano playing.
1st set: John Millard on banjo and vocals. Greg Oh piano. New and recent songs by John Millard plus a selection of songs from the musical Ratbag by Martha Ross and John Millard. Joined by Patricia O’Callaghan
2nd set: Greg Oh performs short works by Phillip Glass and John Cage. Patricia O’Callaghan performs works by Randy Newman, Charles Ives, Leonard Cohen, Jaques Brel, Fernando Obradors, Astor Piazzolla and Divine Comedy.

Event, Music, Music-cabaret, Music-Classical, Music-Jazz, Music: singer-songwriter

McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles, songs & stories, Fri Sept 15

August 5th, 2017
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Friday September 15, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. 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

The North Enders: Charly Chiarelli, Venesio DeSalvo, Ron Weihs, Thurs Sept 14

August 4th, 2017
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Thursday September 14, 2017, 8 pm. $10. The North Enders features Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals. Charly has recruited his Hamilton pals Venesio DeSalvo on guitar and Ron Weihs on fiddle.  They will perform a variety of music from jazz, blues, rock and original. You can expect a little delicious storytelling as a side dish.

Event, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

Singer-songwriters Richard Garvey, Teal Booth, John Muller, Wed Sept 13

August 3rd, 2017
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Wednesday Sept 13, 2017, $10. Our wandering minstrel Richard Garvey is back in town. His guests are friends Teal Booth with songs about Hamilton and life, and John Muller, singer-songwriter specializing in folk, bluegrass and flamenco, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
http://www.richardgarvey.ca/    http://www.johnmuller.ca/

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

Jazz reunion: Chris Banks, Adrean Farrugia, Chris Lamont, Chris Gale, Tues Sept 12

August 2nd, 2017
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Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 8 pm, $15 reg/ $10 students. Special show! The Great Reunion Concert: Chris Banks bass, Adrean Farrugia piano, Chris Gale saxophone, Chris Lamont drums.
Adrean explains: “I ran into an old friend (bassist Chris Banks) whom I went to Mohawk College with in the early ’90’s and we thought it would be fun to do a ‘reunion show’ since the drummer we used to play with a lot while in school (Chris Lamont) is moving to Dundas in August. We would also include our sax player friend Chris Gale to complete the quartet (who was also at Mohawk during the same period).”

Event, Music-Jazz

Supercrawl Sat. events, Adam Carter, The Human Race, Brandon General, This Mad Desire, Sat Sept 9, 7 pm

August 1st, 2017
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Saturday September 9, 2017, events at Artword Artbar for Supercrawl weekend:
* 7 to 10 pm, pwyc /suggested $5-$10: Melodic Pixel Media hosts a Supercrawl Saturday Songwriter Showcase: with The Human Race, Brandon General, This Mad Desire.
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the human race: A special set as a one-man-band with live-loopers and as a duo with Pamela Gardner. The Human Race is the music of Adam F Carter; melodic, heartfelt, ironic and weird. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD5drKjfXYNHoxiDw0Ct_ZQ
* My Flying Machine: Brandon P. General‘s solo project. Sad songs from the basement. Resulting in a sound that is somewhere between Ryan Adams and M. Ward. https://myflyingmachine.bandcamp.com/
* This Mad Desire:   The brainchild of Mackenzie Kristjon, This Mad Desire recently released a delightful single and music video for ‘Operators Are Standing By’. Quirky and weird, highly entertaining. https://thismaddesire.bandcamp.com/

Event, Music, Special event

Supercrawl Sat. events: Jazz Jam, Sat Sept 9, 4 to 6:30 pm

August 1st, 2017
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Saturday September 9, 2017, events at Artword Artbar for Supercrawl weekend:
* 4 to 6:30 pm: Music Jam (jazz, blues R&B and other genres) organized by Stephanie Sloss, with a house band: Devon Savas on bass, Travis Meyers on drums, Kyle Simmons on guitar.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

CLOSED from August 6 to September 7, 2017

July 29th, 2017
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CLOSED from August 6 to September 7, 2017. Back for Supercrawl weekend.

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Mû Mbana, musician from Guinea-Bissau, Thurs Aug 3

July 24th, 2017
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Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 advance/ $20 door. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Matapa World Music Series presents Mû Mbana, a multifaceted artist, singer, poet and composer, playing the simbi and other instruments.
BREAKING NEWS from Matapa!! Waleed Abdulhamid, multi-instrumentalist from Sudan, is joining Mû Mbana at this concert, along with guest appearances by Celtic harpist Ruth Sutherland, singer-songwriter Dan Medakovic.
Mû Mbana is appearing at Mariposa Festival and Mill Race Festival this summer in Ontario. Born on the island of Bolama, Guinea-Bissau, Mû Mbana grew up influenced by the music of his immediate surroundings, especially the voices and music of the Brame (Mancanha) and Bidjugu peoples. He has published ten albums and has played on many stages in Europe, Africa and America. Currently, he travels between Bissáu and Barcelona, alternating his solo work with projects collaborating with musicians such as Selva de Mar, La Locomotora Negra, the great Manu Dibango, Simão Felix, Rosa Zaragoza, Lula Pena, Jurandir Santana and Fabiana Cozza.

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Event, Music-World

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, special festival launch, Tues Aug 1

July 23rd, 2017
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 8 pm, $20. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Stuart Laughton‘s wonderful show Radio Dial is launching its summer festival season with a special warm-up show at Artword Artbar. Multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton and his merry band Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Martin Worthy (drums), Burke Carroll (pedal steel) and Steve Lucas (bass) share their astonishing versatility and sense of fun. Then they troop off to The Dora Keogh Irish Pub (Toronto, Aug. 8), The Kincardine Summer Music Festival (Aug. 10), Music at Fieldcote (Ancaster, Aug. 13) and The Forest Festival in Haliburton Forest (Aug. 18): http://www.radiodial.ca/gigs/
“RADIO DIAL’s excellent musicians indulge Stuart’s multiple musical personality disorder.” http://www.radiodial.ca

Event, Music

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