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

News (Big News!): We’ve sold Artword Artbar.

October 3rd, 2019
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Artword Artbar Sept 4, 2019, Ronald Weihs and Judith Sandiford. Photo Cathy Coward Hamilton Spectator

Announced September 4, 2019: News (Big News!): We’ve sold Artword Artbar. Our lovely place on Colbourne Street. This fall will be our last! And it will be a blast! So don’t be downcast. Don’t look aghast. Just get here real fast.
We’ve been doing this for ten years, and it’s time to celebrate. This fall, we’re featuring some of the musicians that have been through the journey with us. We’ll be going like always until November 16, when The Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band will be serenading us out with some lovely harmonies and ultra-fancy picking. (Due to demand, we’ve added a second Hill Brothers show on November 17 at 3 pm.)
And then, starting December 5, 2019, 15 Colbourne Street will become the new home of SMPL Architectural Design Studio. Click here for a very cool artist’s conception of the SMPL vision for the building. https://www.instagram.com/p/B2CqxzPAp8K/

What happened?  Read more…

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Calendar view, upcoming events

October 3rd, 2019
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CLOSED Nov 18 – Dec 4, CLOSED permanently from Dec 4 onwards

October 1st, 2019
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Artword Artbar at 15 Colbourne is closed from November 18 to December 4, 2019, while we clear out the restaurant equipment and our theatre gear. The new owners of the building take possession on December 5, 2019.

Is there Artword life after December 5?
YES! The Artword Theatre folks, Ron and Judith, continue to live in Hamilton and will create theatre projects and workshops in various venues (to be determined.)

Stay in touch! To receive Ron’s email Newsletter and find out what the Artword Theatre folks will be up to next, send an email to Ronald Weihs <rweihs@artword.net>

We will also revive the Artword Theatre blog with news and new projects:  artword.net/artwordtheatre/

Event, News, Theatre

Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band, Sat Nov 16 @8pm, Sun Nov 17 @3pm

September 30th, 2019
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Our final two shows at 15 Colbourne Street:
*Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 8 pm, and
*Sunday November 17, 2019, at 3 pm.
$15.00. Reservations are a must! Call 905-543-8512 to ask about ticket availability. Both shows nearly sold out.

The Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band:
Randal Hill mandolin, vocals; Rocky Hill guitar, vocals; with Tim McDonald banjo, vocals and Greg Street, bass.
Randal first performed on the 15 Colbourne stage on March 28, 2010, and has been back at least 13 times. We first met Randal and Rocky in the Blue Angel Gallery, just around the corner on James Street, during an Art Crawl when we had first moved to Hamilton in 2007. Here is the bio that Randal sent up to post back in 2010. Read more…

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

Two Artword special “Farewell to 15 Colbourne” shows, Thurs Nov 14, Fri Nov 15

September 28th, 2019
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Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 8 pm. The Musicians Special… featuring musicians who have appeared on the 15 Colbourne stage over the past 10 years.

Friday, November 15, 2019, at 8 pm. The Artword Theatre Show, excerpts selected by director-playwright Ronald Weihs from over 11 years of making theatre in Hamilton, featuring members of the Artword Theatre Ensemble. Performers confirmed so far: Charly Chiarelli, Shavini Fernando, Will Gillespie, Paula Grove, Val Kay, Ryan Sero, Jay Shand (Mr. Jay), Tim Ninehouse on piano.
NOTE: Artword Theatre will continue to create theatre in Hamilton! Watch for our 2020 projects in various locations. Make sure you are on Ron’s Newsletter email list.

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass, Special event, Theatre

Joe Crookston is back, Wed Nov 13

September 15th, 2019
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Wednesday November 13, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve, call 905-543-8512, or email artword @artword.net, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

A return visit by Joe Crookston, songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next. Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired. http://www.joecrookston.com/
Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in.
Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.

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

Steel City Jazz Festival, events at Artword, Nov 6 to 10

September 12th, 2019
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November 6 to 10, 2019. Artword Artbar at 15 Colbourne St. is pleased to host five events for 2019 Steel City Jazz Festivalsteelcityjazzfest.com
Regular $20, Students $10. BUY Tickets: www.bruha.com/event/5048#buytickets
Phone reservations for the Nov 6, Nov 7 and Nov 9 concerts only: call Artword 905-543-8512.

*Wednesday, November 6, at 8 pm: opening the Festival is the Paul Benton Trio: renowned jazz pianist Paul Benton, with Thomas Altobelli on bass and Sean Parker on drums. Paul Benton has a deep history with jazz in Hamilton. He was an organizer of the Bay Area Jazz Society (in the 1990’s). Their jazz festival ran for a number of years, mostly at Dundurn Park, and was the highlight of the jazz community at that time.

*Thursday, November 7, at 8 pm: the Nick Maclean Quartet, featuring Brownman Ali on trumpet and Nick Maclean on keyboard, with Ben Duff bass, and Jacob Wutzke drums. The Quartet embarks on a month-long national tour across Canada,from their hometown of Toronto to the Pacific coast and everywhere in between. Led by 26-year old fast-rising piano star Nick Maclean (Global Music Award winner), this contemplative and thrilling quartet explores modern jazz in the vein of 60’s Blue Note era Herbie Hancock.

*Friday, November 8, at 8 pm: The Jason Logue Sextet: Jason Logue trumpet; Kelly Jefferson saxophone; William Carn trombone; Nancy Walker piano; Mark Godfrey bass; Ernesto Cervini drums.

*Saturday, November 9, at 8 pm, the Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, led by Waleed Abdulhamid, 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.”  Waleed Abdulhamid bass,vocals, percussion; Joseph Callender soprano and tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Aaron Ferrera drums, percussion; Cory Sitek alto and soprano saxophone, flute.

*Sunday November 10, at 7:30 pm: The Evelyn Charlotte Joe quintet, led by Evelyn Joe on bass, with a group of their favourite players and mentors to provide a night of jazz standards in a contemporary style. Evelyn Charlotte Joe upright bass; Bob Shields guitar; Adam Fielding drums; Ashley Urquhart piano; Mike Malone trumpet.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival