Artword Artbar, 905-543-8512, 905-912-9083. Your hosts Ronald Weihs, Judith Sandiford.
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"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

 

Ronley Teper’s Lipliners, w. Dave Gould, Sat May 20

April 18th, 2017
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Saturday May 20, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. From Toronto, the surprising and delightful Ronley Teper’s Lipliners, plus a special guest opening set by Hamilton’s ever-inventive Dave Gould. Children at heart who love comedic, poetic, theatric, yet at times provocative storytelling, alongside truly magical music and visuals (by Saul Lederman), should prepare themselves for the surprising world of Ronley Teper’s Lipliners. Ronley Teper guitars, voice; Ben Bowen trumpet; Aly Livingston flute; Tim Posgate (of So Long Seven) banjo; Ben Hermann percussion.   http://www.ronleyteper.com

Event, Music, Music-folk, Storytelling, Theatre

Matapa World Music Series: fado singer Tony Gouveia Fri May 19

April 17th, 2017
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Friday May 19, 2017, at 8 pm. Tickets: Advanced $20 (call 905-543-8512); Seniors & Students $18; Matapa Members $18; Door $25.
Matapa World Music Series presents Tony Gouveia, an impressive voice of a new generation of fadistas (fado singers) in North America. Fado is the urban folk music of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. Tony Gouveia was born in Lisbon, and came to Canada at the age of 13. He never forgot his roots nor the fados that his father used to sing at family gatherings. His debut fado album, O Nosso Fado, a compilation of fado standards reveals his deep passion and authentic vocal expression. Critically acclaimed by the Portuguese-Canadian media, it won over many new fans to fado. Even if you don’t understand the lyrics, it is difficult not to be moved by Tony’s performance which embodies the essence of the Portuguese soul. His new album, Fado Ardente, recorded in Portugal, offers a blend of new original material along with some fado standards.
https://www.matapa.org/world-music-series

Event, Music-World, Special event

Artword Theatre: Charly’s Piano w. Charly Chiarelli, Wed & Thurs May 17 & 18

April 16th, 2017
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Wednesday May 17 and Thursday May 18, 2017, at 8 pm, pwyc/$10. Artword Theatre presents Charly’s Piano, a new work-in-progress. A young man looking for work in 1971, a psychiatric hospital, and a piano. Performed by Charly Chiarelli. Written by Charly Chiarelli and Ronald Weihs.

This is the fourth in a series of monthly theatre projects-in-progress, with Artistic Director Ronald Weihs. The February edition (#1) was Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy, a reading based on testimony from the interrogation in 1953 interspersed with some of his poems. The March edition (#2) was Mind Wars: a theatre exploration about the 1960s, when politics became a struggle over reality and perception, with readings from actual testimony and interviews of the Yippies, Black Activists, the CIA, the FBI. The April edition (#3) was The Man in the Vault by Ronald Weihs, a staged reading of a new script based on actual events. The play explores how a CIA counter-intelligence scandal in the 1960s telescopes into the present. What is the truth? How do you know if you have found it?
To find out more, call 905-543-8512 or email: rweihs@artword.net, artword@artword.net

Event, Theatre

Mother’s Day Special, Raine Hamilton & Piper Hayes, Sun May 14 at 2:30

April 15th, 2017
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Sunday May 14, 2017, at 2:30 pm, $10. To reserve in advance call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Singer-songwriter-violinist Raine Hamilton is on tour from Winnipeg. She teams up with Piper Hayes from Hamilton for a special Mother’s Day Sunday afternoon concert.
Raine‘s music is resonant, acoustic folk with an other-worldly edge and a lyric presence that cuts deep. Each song has a story, delivered between songs with humour and grace.  http://www.rainehamilton.com/
Piper Hayes is a critically acclaimed performer, singer- songwriter in the folk-pop mode, now based in Hamilton. In the past few years she has toured all over Canada and the USA, and has headlined three international tours. In 2016 she released her second EP Goodbye Mister Nice Guy, which was in the top 10 of CFMU 93.3 charts. http://pipersings.com/

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

A Love Electric w. Todd Clouser, jazz-rock-psych, Sat May 13

April 14th, 2017
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Saturday May 13, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 at door /$12 advance. Advance tickets, call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Blockbuster show at Artword! A Love Electric is a critically acclaimed rock trio born out of Mexico City’s jazz scene. Todd Clouser (guitar/vocals) of Minneapolis, USA, Hernan Hecht (drums), a longtime Mexico resident from Argentina, and Aaron Cruz (bass), a Mexico City native, form a band that over 4 years, 4 records, and nearly 500 concerts, has consistently accomplished the uncommon, making music on their own terms and touring the world.  http://www.toddclouser.com/

“A savage guitarist, a merciless drummer, an enormous bassist” says Mexico City rock festival giant Vive Latino. From cities throughout Mexico, the United States, and on tours through Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, Morocco, to Panama, and through Argentina to Patagonia, A Love Electric has won fans and praise from critics for its energetic and altruistic approach to creating and performing. “Blistering”, says the Prague Post of the A Love Electric experience, NPR says “fascinating”, Time Out Barcelona “illuminating”, and MX City’s major newspaper La Jornada “a hit, one of the most progressive and important groups of recent years.”
A Love Electric are tireless supporters of arts education, performing and teaching in at-risk communities across the Americas.

Event, Music-Jazz, Music-rock

MOJO Men of Jazz Octet , Fri May 12

April 13th, 2017
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Friday, May 12, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve call 905-543-8512. MOJO is the Men of Jazz Octet, a group of the area’s top jazz players.  The line up for the night: Jeff Plumbley trumpet, Lindsay Paul tenor sax, Darren Blundel alto sax, Don Templeton trombone, Dave Rubicini bari sax (group photo left), plus Marc Girard guitar, Ethan Tilbury bass, and Ken Bower drums. Come on in and get your Mojo on with some great jazz in a truly energetic performance.
Join this exciting group as they explore post-bop to modern compositions by jazz luminaries such as Freddie Hubbard, Bob Meyer, Kenny Dorham and Tom Kubis. Along the way the band will tip their hats to some of the stalwarts of the jazz octet like Dave Pell and Gerry Mulligan.

Event, Music-Jazz

Hamilton Poetry Centre Open Reading, Thurs May 11, 7-9 pm

April 12th, 2017
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Hamilton_Poetry_Centre_400x400Thursday May 11, 2017, 7 pm. Free. The Hamilton Poetry Centre presents its annual Open Reading. Everyone is welcome to attend and to read. Doors open 6:30, reading starts at 7:00. Please arrive by 6:45 to register
Established in 1983, the Hamilton Poetry Centre works to support and encourage the writing and appreciation of poetry, by conducting workshops and hosting Canada Council sponsored readings. http://hamiltonpoetrycentre.com/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Adrean Farrugia hosts Mohawk Music showcase series, Wed May10

April 11th, 2017
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Wednesday May 10, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. The final evening of the season in the showcase series from Mohawk College Music, featuring teachers and students coming together to make music. The series is organized by pianist Adrean Farrugia (photo left) and bassist Clark Johnston. Mohawk students for Wed May 10 are pianist Ian Brown, vocalist Leah Korkowski and drummer Nigel Stewart.

Event, Music-Jazz

JAZZ: vocalist Julie Michels & pianist Adrean Farrugia, Sat May 6

April 8th, 2017
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Saturday May 6, 2017, at 8 pm, $15/$10 students. To reserve in advance call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Pianist Adrean Farrugia has invited renowned Toronto-based jazz vocalist Julie Michels to heat up the stage at Artword Artbar. Julie Michels is a unique and important feature on the Toronto jazz scene. Pat Collins joins in on bass.  http://www.juliemichels.com/
Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. He plays occasionally at Artword Artbar and teaches music at Mohawk College, as well as juggling his busy touring schedule.  http://adreanfarrugia.com/

Julie Michels began her life humming in tune with the radio … and she hasn’t stopped since.  Her “glorious holler” (Mark Miller, Globe and Mail) has been a unique and important feature on the Toronto Jazz scene for more than two decades. She settled there after studying with legendary bassist Richard Davis at the University of Wisconsin, and spending time performing across Europe and North America. As a recording artist, Julie has worked with bassist George Koller (Singing Naked, 1995, and Bass and Voice, 2011), Read more…

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Matapa: Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Fri May 5

April 7th, 2017
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Friday May 5, 2017 at 8 pm. Tickets Advanced $20 (call Artword 905-543-8512); Seniors & Students $15; Matapa Members $15; Door $25.
Matapa World Music Series presents Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble combining 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; Brian Dhari tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Aaron Ferrera drums, percussion; Cory Sitek alto and soprano saxophone, flute.   https://www.matapa.org/world-music-series

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer and film maker, Waleed Abdulhamid was born in Sudan.  Read more…

Event, Music-World, Special event

The Acoustics, accordion-based music, Thurs May 4

April 6th, 2017
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Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. The Acoustics, a lively band from the Hamilton area, play their own original folk-rock, world-roots music. Alfonso Spoto on accordion, Bonnie Bell on violin, and Vince Spoto on guitar/vocals. For the past 14 years, they have been cultivating their own unique music for local fans and venues. During this period they have released three studio CDs, their debut CD A Thousand Yesterdays  (Dec. 2003), Forever and a Day (Dec. 2007), and Erie Long (Jan. 2013).

Event, Music, Music-World

Special Concert: Italian jazz pianist Vittorio Mezza, Wed May 3

April 5th, 2017
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Wednesday May 3, 2017, at 8 pm. $20/ $15 advance & students. To reserve in advance call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Italian pianist and composer Vittorio Mezza is performing with George Koller (bass) and Ben Riley (drums). The concert at Artword Artbar is part of a 3-venue event celebrating famous Napoli meodies. Mezza‘s recent recording Napoli Jazz Songs offers jazz versions of familiar songs from his native Italy. The album was recorded in Toronto with George Koller.   http://www.vittoriomezza.com/web/en/
* May 2  Jazz Bistro  -Toronto
* May 3  Artword Artbar – Hamilton
* May 4 Manhattans – Guelph

Performing in many international festivals, Mezza has opened for the Wayne Shorter Quartet and the Mike Stern Band. Receiving his diploma and bachelor in jazz from the St. Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome, he attended various course and master classes held by international musicians including Franco D’Andrea. Mezza has gone on to lead jazz piano courses at various conservatories.

Event, Music-Jazz

Corin Raymond + Treasa Levasseur & Brian Kobayakawa, Sat Apr 29

March 21st, 2017
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Corin_Raymond_3961251_cadSaturday April 29, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. Or book online https://www.corinraymond.com/shows
Singer/storyteller Corin Raymond will be joined by Hamilton-based keCorin_Raymond+HoboJunglehjfd-coveryboardist and songbird Treasa Levasseur, along with upright bassist Brian Kobayakawa, for an entertaining evening of new songs and old. Warning: Corin may very well still be celebrating the Juno nomination for his album Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams, as well as sharing some songs as yet unrecorded. “Corin Raymond is a storyteller who by the end of the night you’ll have known your whole life.” – The Globe and Mail.     http://www.corinraymond.com/

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

Jazz w. the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, Fri Apr 28

March 20th, 2017
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Friday April 28, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. Jazz with the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, featuring Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Sean Bruce Parker on drums and bandleader Aubrey Wilson on vocals.

Event, Music-Jazz

Tamara Buckland hosts Spoken Word Open Mic, Thurs April 27

March 18th, 2017
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Thursday April 27, 2017, 8 pm. An Open Mic for Spoken Word Artists, hosted by Tamara Buckland. To participate, please contact Tamara on her Facebook event for this: https://www.facebook.com/events/1266508186737186/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Singer-songwriters Gina Horswood & Karen Morand, Wed Apr 26

March 17th, 2017
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Singer-songwriters Karen Morand, from Windsor, and Gina Horswood, on tour from Australia, are coming to Artword Artbar on their Ontario tour. Gina and Karen are not just a couple of chicks playing guitars. Their Saints and Sinners tour finds them rambling down highways‚ unraveling stories and songs with powerhouse vocals and infectious beats. Their original songs echo dusty roads, dark bars and creaking church pews. A night of gritty gospel and earthy blues will be sure to leave ya with a satisfied soul.
www.karenmorand.com         www.ginahorswood.com

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk

Alex Whorms & Dana Swarbrick, EP release, Sun Apr 23, at 4 pm

March 16th, 2017
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Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 4 pm, $10 show/$15 includes EP. To reserve call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
A Sunday afternoon special concert by pianist and singer-songwriter Alex Whorms, plus a guest set by singer-songwriter Dana Swarbrick.
Alex will play piano and sing solo, and then joined by Michael Podlovics (violin), Ailish Corbett (viola),  Scott Robinson (bass), Michael Panza-Beltrandi (guitar), Zachary Cropper (drums).
Alex Whorms, who is an accomplished pianist, singer, and songwriter, is celebrating the release of her new indie-pop EP Our Lives, recorded recently at Grant Avenue Studio. Following a lifelong passion for classical piano and musical theatre, her original music combines strong piano parts with multi-instrumental accompaniment and relatable, honest lyrics. She has appeared in the CBC Piano Hero competition and Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival as well as several gigs in Toronto and the GTA.    http://www.alexwhorms.com/
Dana Swarbrick (photo right) fronts a folk-rock band Dana & The Monsters, and was the winner of the 2016 McMaster Battle of the Bands competition. She has performed extensively in Hamilton and beyond, including her recent anthem performance at the 2016 Vanier Cup. A past research assistant at the McMaster LIVELab, she is now completing graduate studies at the University of Toronto.

Event, Music

Songwriters-in-the-round, host Duane Rutter, Sat Apr 22

March 13th, 2017
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Saturday April 22, 2017, at 8 pm, $15.  Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. Duane Rutter (photo right), a guitarist and songwriter from Port Rowan, is hosting a songwriters-in-the-round evening at Artword Artbar:
* Jay Linden. Unabashedly acoustic, unabashedly folk rooted, he writes and sings memorable folk songs and plays dozens of instruments.   www.jaylinden.com
* Caroline Wiles  The Ancaster singer/songwriter has a “rich, awe-inspiring voice with incredible range”.  Her latest album is Lover’s Lane.   www.carolinewiles.com
* Michael J Birthelmer Hamilton-based, Michael has been writing and performing his music since 1976. Currently, most of Michael’s time is spent operating his recording studio.  www.michaelbirthelmer.com
* Noah Zacharin  Poet and songwriter, Noah has been praised as “a wonderful songwriter and performer, and stunning guitarist”.  www.noahsong.com
* Duane Rutter  Duane has been writing, recording and performing his unique mix of folk/Americana/outlaw/country and blues  music throughout North America  www.duanerutter.com

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

Singer-songwriter Allison Brown & The Assembly Line, Fri Apr 21

March 12th, 2017
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Friday, April 21, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Folk-roots singer-songwriter Allison Brown is back with a full band The Assembly Line: Jedd House upright bass, Dan Henshall on mandolin, Vera Colley on accordion and Allison Brown on guitar and vocals. Roots songstress Allison Brown brings crafted originals matched with classic roots repertoire, delivered with conviction and sweet and powerful singing.
www.allisonbrown.ca

Event, Music, Music-folk

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