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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

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

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

Featured Post: James Gordon “Emergency Climate Musical” Fri Oct 4

August 18th, 2019
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Friday October 4, 2019, at 8 pm. $20. Singer, songwriter, storyteller James Gordon returns with his latest project Emergency Climate Musical. Here is his plot:
Before the last federal election, songwriter/activist James Gordon barnstormed his way across the country with his hugely successful one-man show Stephen Harper: the Musical.
It worked. You’re welcome.
Now he’s back with his Emergency Climate Musical: a ninety-minute theatrical investigation of what surely is THE issue in these uncertain times. Filled with compelling songs, videos, images, stories, rants, laughter, tears, audience participation, a creepy puppet and some concrete ways to face this crisis, James promises to entertain, inform, and leave you with homework.
Follow along as he outlines his premise that we need a total political, societal and economic make-over to face the incredible challenge ahead. This time he’s got the cred for the job: James moonlights as a Guelph City Councillor, where he’s introduced climate change motions, and he’s a member of the National Climate Leadership Caucus.
To reserve tickets (and seating) call 905-543-8512, or,  Book online BUY_tix_button

 

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter, Theatre

Fringe BYOV: Bungalow, six shows July 19 – 28

June 4th, 2019
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July 18 to 28, 2019: Artword Artbar BYOV hosts three plays in the Hamilton Fringe Festival. Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button required)
Advance Tickets: hamiltonfringe.ca/shows/bungalow/
Bungalow is a new play written and directed by Sky Gilbert, performed by Shaun McComb and Tim Walker. Bungalow is a play you might find happening in your front (or back) yard. Sky’s take on gentrification is to write plays in which members of Hamilton’s working class — the ‘hardcore Hamilton’ survivors — take centre stage, and often face off with Hamilton’s more wealthy, sometimes newly arrived, prosperous elites. Kiefer runs a coffee shop and Lloyd is, well — kind of a grifter who likes a drink once in awhile. They are next door neighbours. They meet on Kiefer’s porch. Kiefer would prefer that Lloyd would go away. But he doesn’t, and through their meetings we learn a lot about the two men, and about the class distinctions that sometimes separate us.
Running time: 60 minutes.
Showtimes: 19 Jul Fri: 9:00 pm. 20 Jul Sat: 5:00 pm, 21 Jul Sun: 3:00 pm
26 Jul Fri: 9:00 pm, 27 Jul Sat: 5:00 pm, 28 Jul Sun: 3:00 pm

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe BYOV: Charly’s Piano, nine shows July 18 – 27

June 3rd, 2019
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July 18 to 28, 2019: Artword Artbar BYOV hosts three plays in the Hamilton Fringe Festival. Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button required)
Advance Tickets: hamiltonfringe.ca/shows/charlys-piano/
Charly’s Piano, performed by Charly Chiarelli, written by Charly Chiarelli and Ronald Weihs, directed by Ronald Weihs, songs by Charly Chiarelli.
Charly’s Piano tells the true tale of Charly as a young hippie looking for work in Toronto in 1972. He gets a job in a psychiatric hospital, and organizes a fundraising concert by patients and doctors to buy a piano.
Running time: 60 minutes.
Showtimes:
18 Jul Thu: 9:00 pm,
19 Jul Fri: 7:00 pm,
20 Jul Sat: 9:00 pm,
21 Jul Sun: 7:00 pm,
23 Jul Tue: 9:00 pm,
24 Jul Wed: 7:00 pm,
25 Jul Thu: 9:00 pm,
26 Jul Fri: 7:00 pm,
27 Jul Sat: 9:00 pm

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe BYOV: Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil, nine shows July 18 – 27

June 2nd, 2019
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July 18 to 28, 2019: Artword Artbar BYOV hosts three plays in the Hamilton Fringe Festival. Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button required)
Advance Tickets: hamiltonfringe.ca/shows/tiny-bill-cody/
Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil, written and performed by musician and storyteller Tor Lukasik-Foss.
Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil uses story and song to recount the true story of meeting the devil on a Hamilton street in the 1980’s. It also a story about regret, hesitation, a mid life crisis, and the city’s best falafel.
Running time: 60 minutes.
Showtimes: 18 Jul Thu: 7:00 pm, 19 Jul Fri: 5:00 pm, 20 Jul Sat: 7:00 pm, 21 Jul Sun: 5:00 pm, 23 Jul Tue: 7:00 pm, 24 Jul Wed: 9:00 pm, 25 Jul Thu: 7:00 pm, 26 Jul Fri: 5:00 pm, 27 Jul Sat: 7:00 pm

 

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre