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OPENING Event: Kyp Harness, w. Tania Gill & Dale Morningstar, Thurs Feb 7, 2019

January 2nd, 2019
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Thursday February 7, 2019, at 8 pm. First event of 2019. Songwriter Kyp Harness, musician and writer, is celebrating the release of his second novel The Abandoned as well as his 14th album, self-titled Kyp Harness.Joining him is pianist Tania Gill and multi-intrumentalist Dale Morningstar of Dinner is Ruined.  https://kypharness.net/

“If you aren’t familiar with Kyp Harness, then you’ve been missing one of the most important bodies of work any Canadian singer-songwriter…. With each new release, media outlets have hailed him as a genius, and his songs have been covered by Ron Sexsmith, Daniel Lanois and Mary Margaret O’Hara, among others. Sexsmith has called Harness, ‘my favourite songwriter. It’s his lyrics that set him apart. They are every bit as powerful as the best Dylan, Cohen and Lennon combined.’”

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

The Sad Boys Literary Society, readings & music, Wed Nov 21

October 11th, 2018
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Wednesday November 21, 2018, at 8 pm. Admission by donation.
The Sad Boys Literary Society returns with a night of readings and musical performances from Meredith Park, Kira Moolman, Tim Selles, Tim Martin, Ben McCullough, Ben Robinson.
The evening is hosted by Ben Robinson.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

An Intimate Evening With Dwayne Morgan, Sat Nov 17

October 9th, 2018
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Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 8 pm,
$15 reg, $12 student/senior.
Call 905-543-8512 or
Book online   BUY_tix_button

Dwayne Morgan is a master storyteller. Known affectionately as the Godfather of Canadian Spoken Word, Morgan brings his 25th anniversary celebrations to Hamilton. Join us for An Intimate Evening With Dwayne Morgan. dwaynemorgan.ca/

Dwayne’s biographyDwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. In 1994, while still in high school, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists. A member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, Morgan has received both the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts. Morgan is the winner of 3 Canadian Urban Music Awards (2001, 2003, 2005). In 1998, Morgan introduced regular poetry slams to Toronto, and has watched them blossom across the GTA and beyond ever since. In 2005 he was recognized as Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Vancouver.  Read more…

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Sympoesis2: poet John Terpstra, musician Glenn Macdonald, Wed Nov 14

October 6th, 2018
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Wednesday November 14, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Sympoesis2In the first Sympoesis, held in May, writer and poet John Terpstra and singer/songwriter and cartographer Glenn Macdonald wove together an evening of readings and song into an interdisciplinary artistic event that included the piano of Bart Nameth and the videography of John Farr, all around a theme of water. For Sympoesis2, they will dive a little deeper into some of the same thematic waters, and invite other artists to contribute. Expect to be entertained.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

Supercrawl: Melodic Pixel Media hosts Mother Tareka + The Human Race, Sat Sept 15

August 9th, 2018
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Supercrawl Weekend, Saturday September 15, 2018, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, $10 / pwyc. Melodic Pixel Media presents a Supercrawl Saturday double-header at Artword Artbar:
* Mother Tareka: Sax blasting, direct acting, flute tooting, pedal pumping MC Mother Tareka is an adopted Hamilton son. One part activist, one part musician, all parts amazing. Tarek will be backed by Aleef Mehdi (guitar), Jonas Paavola (bass) and Matthew Pullicino (drums). http://www.mothertareka.com
https://www.facebook.com/TAREKFUNK85
* The Human Race: Melodic, honest, quirky and weird. The Human Race is the music of Adam F Carter. This set will be performed partially solo, and partially with Pamela Gardner contributing her fantastic vocal harmonies.  http://www.thehumanrace.ca
https://www.facebook.com/thehumanracesings

Event, James North events, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

Ben Bowen, Tom Shea, Mario Laquintana, music composed around poetry, Thurs June 28

June 4th, 2018
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Thursday June 28, 2018, at 8 pm, $10.  Cloctawr: Ben Bowen on electric guitar, poetry samples, and trumpet; Tom Shea on electric guitar; Mario Laquintana on drums. Music primarily composed around various pieces of local poetry (by Gary Barwin, John Terpstra, Sarah Farr, and Kathy Rupcic, among others), with lots of melodic content and improvising, It’s playful, poppy, hook-centric music.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-pop-etc.

The Sad Boys Literary Society, readings & music, Thurs June 14

May 29th, 2018
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Thursday June 14, 2018 at 8 pm. Admission by donation. The Sad Boys Literary Society will be celebrating their 1st birthday with a night of readings and musical performances at Artbar Artbar. This will also be your only chance to pick up theirr super-special limited-edition Sad Boys chapbook featuring our most earth-shattering poems from this past year. Performers may include:
Benjamin McCullough, Benjamin Robinson, Kira Moolman, Mark Standish, Tim Martin, Tim Selles.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

Book Launch, Summer Issue TOWER POETRY, Sat June 9 at 2 pm

May 19th, 2018
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Saturday, June 9, 2018, 2:00 to 4:30 pm, free. Book Launch of Summer Issue of TOWER POETRY. Due to the closing of Bryan Prince Bookseller, the launch is being held at Artword Artbar. The launch is a free event and open to the public; members are encouraged to bring guests. All are welcome.   http://towerpoetry.ca/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Latin American peña, an evening of poetry & music, Fri June 8

May 17th, 2018
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Friday June 8, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Latin American peña (evening of poetry and music),  with musicians guitarist-singer Marcelo Puente, singer Lil America, musician/laptops Edgardo Moreno, singer Nancy Reyes, musician Jose Lobos, and singer-songwriter Fito Molena. Poetry by Ama Luna and Constanza Durán.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music, Music-Latin, Music-World

Sympoesis: singer-songwriter Glenn Macdonald & poet John Terpstra, Wed May 16

April 15th, 2018
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Wednesday May 16, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Sympoesis is a collaboration between singer/songwriter and cartographer Glenn Macdonald, and poet and cabinetmaker/carpenter John Terpstra.
An evening of songs and poems and other writing, some new, some old. They first collaborated in the 1980’s, when John was invited onstage to read during multimedia performances by Glenn’s band, Martin Fields and the Academy. Since that time, Glenn has produced a number of tapes and CDs, including the ever-evolving song-cycle Iceland, while John has published books of poetry and non-fiction, including Falling into Place, a love song to Hamilton’s landscape. In Sympoesis, they’ll bring their music and words to bear on community and technology, built and natural geographies, and life in the ambiguous city.  www.johnterpstra.com
Glenn MacDonald on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/user-819876309

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

Wise Fools for World Storytelling Day, Tues Mar 20, 7 pm

February 24th, 2018
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Tuesday March 20, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm. Artword Artbar presents a World Storytelling Day concert featuring members of the Burlington Storytellers’ Guild. Special guest is Sue Ramsay, storyteller and jazz singer extraordinaire. The theme this year is Wise Fools. There are more of them than you think!
Guild members are dedicated to the growth, development and expansion of oral tradition storytelling as an art form. http://burlingtonstorytellersguild.vpweb.ca/events
World Storytelling Day (March 20th) is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, celebrated every year on the equinox. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night.  www.globalstorytellingday.org/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Grito de Mujer (Woman Scream), poetry & music, Fri Mar 16

February 22nd, 2018
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Friday, March 16, 2018, 8 to 11pm,  (viernes, 16 de marzo 2018,  20:00 a 23:00), at Artword Artbar, an evening of poetry and music, for the Grito de Mujer International Festival. Hamilton Coordinator is Ama Luna, with collaborators from Friends of the Poet Tree. The theme for 2018 is Faros de esperanza / Beacons of hope.
The Grito de Mujer or Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival is a non-profit series of events by volunteers worldwide, poets, artists, painters, actors and literary groups, celebrated throughout the month of March each year. The purpose is to honor women and their role in society though poetry and arts, while delivering a message of non-violence towards women, as well as a sense of community and cultural sharing.
Grito de Mujer se realiza de manera altruista con el apoyo de nuestros colaboradores voluntarios, amigos y seguidores del movimiento y cuenta con la participación de poetas, artistas, pintores, actores e instituciones, y grupos literarios que se suman a la causa. Nuestra iniciativa forma parte de la misión social del movimiento en favor de la mujer y el interés de propagar el mensaje de la no violencia.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music-Latin, Music-World, Special event

New Play “Static” by Kevin Land, reading,Thurs Feb 22 at 7 pm

January 6th, 2018
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Thursday February 22, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm, free (call 905-543-8512). Reading of a new script-in-progress by playwright, screenwriter and director Kevin Land. Readers are: Deanna  Stevens, Martha Christianson, Aimee Kesler Evans, Janet Kompare Fritz, Greg Flis, Carlos Jiminez, John Land, Dean Rooney, Julian Nicholson, Paul Rivers.
Attentive listeners with an interest in theatre are welcome to attend. Seating is limited, call 905-543-8512 to reserve.
Static” is a film script about a musician who has never been able to forgive himself for his responsibility in the death of his wife and six month old baby while driving home late after a gig over 25 years ago. Having rejected music, alcohol, and human connectedness in the intervening years, Mitch, now retired as a letter carrier, rents a recording studio to put down nine songs he wrote in the ten years after the accident. There he works with a trans woman who is an intern sound engineer and in the process, the two form a bond out of the redemptive, communal, and restorative nature of music.

 

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Special event, Theatre

Rapper LTtheMonk (Liam Tyndall) & Friends, Wed Feb 7, 2018

December 22nd, 2017
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Wednesday February 7, 2018, at 8 pm, $5 students. Rapper LTtheMonk (Liam Tyndall) and some of his colleagues at Mohawk Music.  www.facebook.com/ltthemonk/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

Latin Music and Poetry peña with Marcelo Puente, Thurs Nov 9

October 16th, 2017
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Thursday November 9, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Join us for a special evening: a Latin Peña Trova y Poesia,
with artists: Ama Luna, Edgardo Moreno, Fito Molina, Lil America, Marcelo Puente, Nancy Reyes, Constanza Durán and a guest youth poet.
https://www.facebook.com/events/163435450911998/?ti=cl.

From Wally Brooker’s Music Notes Newsletter: “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.” For more info: http://companero-group-international.com/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music-folk, Music-Latin

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

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

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

Grito de Mujer, a night of poetry and music, Sat Mar 11

February 3rd, 2017
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Saturday March 11, 2017, at 8 pm, free. Grito de Mujer (Woman Scream) is a night of music and poetry that is part of the Woman Scream International Poetry Festival celebrated in March of each year. The night is dedicated to raising awareness about violence against women and girls. There will be poetry and music. The poets include: Amaluna, Constanza Duran, Angie C., Edith Chávez, Klyde Broox, Kelsey Knight, Violeta San Juan, Tania Pineda.
Musicians include: Lil America, Nancy Reyes, Rowena Chow, Marcelo Puente, Fito Molina.
For more info about the international festival: http://www.gritodemujer.com/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music, Music-Latin, Special event

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