Artword Artbar was a cabaret-style venue at 15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton, close to James Street North, run by Ron Weihs and Judith Sandiford. It had live music, theatre and dance performances four nights a week (or more). We offered simple but delicious food prepared to order, good beer, wine and spirits. There was an art gallery downstairs and art on the walls.
In 2019, after 10 wonderful years, we received an offer from an architectural design company to buy the building. We sold it. On Saturday, November 16, 2019, The Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band played our last concert.
Three months later? The pandemic arrived.
Here’s 2019 at Artword Artbar in review. Thanks to all the wonderful performers and audiences. The performers represented in this video are not, by any means, all! There were nights when I was just too busy to take photos.
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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.)
Starting December 5, 2019, 15 Colbourne Street will become the new home of SMPL Architectural Design Studio. …What happened? Continue reading →
Artword Artbar at 15 Colbourne is closed from Nov 18 to Dec 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.)
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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.
Both shows are SOLD OUT. Sorry, there are NO last-minute tickets at the door.
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. Continue reading →
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.