Artword Artbar was a live music venue from 2009 to 2019. We keep the full website here as an archive.
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Sophia Perlman and Adrean Farrugia, Sat Oct 26

September 4th, 2019
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Saturday October 26, 2019, at 8 pm, $15/10. For our 10th Anniversary concert series, our all-time favourite dynamic duo of Sophia Perlman and Adrean Farrugia are essential. They will perform “our usual eclectic mix of songs we love, and some of Sophia’s originals” says Adrean.
They first played at Artword Artbar on July 21, 2011 (see photo left taken at that concert by John Douglas, a jazz fan). Here’s what we posted then from their publicity: “Sophia Perlman has made a name for herself as one of Canada’s most promising young vocalists, impressing audiences and seasoned musicians alike with her musical maturity and her impressive ability as an improviser. Multi-award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. Fusing many diverse musical influences he has forged a personal sound which generates a uniquely individual creative statement.”
And several concerts later, in fall 2014, Sophia and Adrean capped off our Steel City Jazz Festival week (photo right). And on… we are big fans.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, Fri Oct 25

September 3rd, 2019
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Friday October 25, 2019, at 8 pm $15. To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

Stuart Laughton brings us another edition of Radio Dial for our 10th Anniversary season. Always wonderful, always full of surprises.

Special guest for Oct 25 is music veteran Denis Keldie on accordion (photo right), who calls the evening “a fantastic musical adventure.”
And the usual Radio Dial gang: Rebecca Campbell on vocals/guitar, Martin Worthy on drums/vocals, and Steve Lucas on bass, and of course multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton on everything else.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz, Music-roots, Music-singer/songwriter

Mark McNeil’s Hamilton for Beginners + Les Smith, Thurs Oct 24

September 2nd, 2019
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Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 8 pm. $15.
To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

Hamilton for Beginners: a show of stories, songs and photos featuring singer-songwriter-journalist Mark McNeil. Followed by a song-swap with Mark and harmonica wiz Les Smith.
Hamilton for Beginners: Fresh from the Hamilton Fringe, singer-songwriter and long-time Spectator journalist Mark McNeil performs a special expanded version of his one-man show about the quirky city we live in. If you’re new to the terrain — maybe fleeing TO’s ridiculous housing prices — or whether you’re a longtime Hamiltonian looking for a refresher, Hamilton for Beginners is a must see. In words, songs and photos, Mark takes you on a tour of the strange history and odd practices of the “the biggest small town on the planet.”
The show will be followed by a song-swap session with Mark and singer-songwriter and harmonica wiz Les Smith. Les has performed around the area for decades with bands such as Crowbar and Trickbag and runs the Hamilton Regional Songwriters Group, an offshoot of the Songwriters Association of Canada.

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter, Storytelling, Theatre

“Mohawk loves Artword” a showcase thank-you, Wed Oct 23

September 1st, 2019
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Wednesday October 23, 2019, at 7:30 pm, $5. “Mohawk loves Artword” is a night celebrating the history of performances at Artword Artbar by members of the Mohawk College music program. This showcase is a special thank-you from current and former students of Mohawk College for Artword’s support of young musicians in the city.
Organized by singer-songwriter Aisha Barrow (Soul and R&B artist LifeandtheTribe).
Line-up. Garrett Lajoie, Julianna Jones, Lauren Perreira, LTtheMonk, LIFEandtheTRIBE, and a Mohawk Jam.

Event, Music, Music-pop-etc., Music-Soul/R&B

Bluegrass: New Cumberland Band, Sun Oct 20, 2 pm

August 31st, 2019
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Sunday October 20, 2019. Afternoon show 2 to 5 pm, $15. A Sunday show! Yes, the only day we could the whole band together this fall at Artword. To reserve tickets (and seating) call 905-543-8512, or,  Book online BUY_tix_button

 

An Artword favourite: The New Cumberland bluegrass band from London Ontario: Tom Burns vocals and guitar,  Blair Heddle vocals, mandolin and dobro, Paul Hurdle vocals and banjo, Tom Rutledge string bass, and Darrin Schott fiddle. Featuring inventive solo work, driving rhythms and three part vocal harmonies, New Cumberland’s musical integrity and joy in playing together resonates in every performance. http://newcumberlandband.com/

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

Latin Peña: music and poetry with Marcelo Puente, Sat Oct 19

August 30th, 2019
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Saturday October 19, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Join us for a Latin American Peña (coffee house), an evening of poetry and music, featuring Marcelo Puente and friends.
Marcelo Puente [is] one of the outstanding exponents of the “nueva cancion” tradition in this (or any) country. Marcelo Puente came to Toronto in the aftermath of the coup in Chile in 1973, bringing his songs and poetry. In the late seventies he co-founded the popular Chilean- Greek band Los Compañeros, a group of anti-fascist exiles who discovered a common musical language.” [Wally Brooker’s Music Notes Newsletter]

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