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Leonard, Burns & Dell, + Hogan, Sun Oct 6 at 7 pm

August 20th, 2019
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Sunday October 6, 2019, at 7 pm. A special concert.
Alison Hogan is a veteran west coast singer/songwriter who started out in Vancouver clubs and coffeehouses in the 1970s. As part of the gypsy-jazz quartet The Kitsilano Kat Kickers (aka Mystery Pacific), she played the first years of the Vancouver Folk Festival before going on to record her original material. Alison’s 2018 album Songs From the Third Act showcases the varied genres of Alison’s writing. Described by one reviewer as “a stunning, sad, funny, sexy and lovely collection of songs”. Her live performances showcase her love of classic country, blues and roots music, delivered with a wry sense of humour and some intricate acoustic guitar work.
Leonard, Burns & Dell (Sue Leonard, Brennagh Burns, and Cindy Dell) are a powerhouse harmony trio based out of Hamilton singing sultry blues and roots.

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

Colleen Allen and Darcy Hepner, Sat Oct 5

August 19th, 2019
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Saturday October 5, 2019, at 8 pm, $tba. An evening of Jazz Flute with Colleen Allen and Darcy Hepner. Details coming.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Emily Kemp and the Beelays, Fri Sept 27

August 12th, 2019
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Friday September 27, 2019, at 8 pm, $15/10. Guess who is kicking  off our 10th Anniversary Celebration concert series? Emily Kemp, jazz, funk and pop singer, set up her first concert at Artword Artbar on September 11, 2010 (we opened in Sept 2009). And she and the fellas have been playing together ever since. The band name has morphed into The Beelays, fronted by Em and Joss:  Emily Kemp (vocals), Jocelyn Russell (vocals/keys), Tom Altobelli (bass),Chris Bruder (keys), Scott McIntosh (guitar), Jordan Snider (drums).

Event, Music, Music-funk, Music-Jazz, Music-pop-etc., Music-rock

Beg To Differ Quartet, Supercrawl Weekend, Fri Sept 13, 9:15 pm

August 2nd, 2019
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Friday September 13, 2019, at 9:15 pm, tip jar. Supercrawl Weekend. An Artbar favourite, Beg To Differ Quartet, are back with a special late concert.
Tim Ninehouse on keyboards, vocals; Doug Sikma on guitar; Steve Foster on drums and new member Ryan Ethier on bass. Unique renditions of blues, jazz and funk songs, drawing from a large musical repertoire from early blues roots to jazzified contemporary songs. http://reverbnation.com/begtodiffertrio

Event, James North events, Music, Music-Blues, Music-funk, Music-Jazz, Music-rock

Alyssa Giammaria and Devon Savas, reunion concert, Sat Aug 10

July 3rd, 2019
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August Special Concert #2. We will be open for only these special events:

Saturday August 10, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. Alyssa Giammaria vocals and Devon Savas bass. Alyssa and Devon began collaborating as students at Mohawk. Then each pursued further musical studies in other cities. This concert is a hometown reunion. They will be revisiting favourite past selections and venturing in new directions in a one-off genre-boundless performance, with one set as a duo and the second set with a band of special guests: Levi Kertesz (drums), Ian Brown (piano/keys), Michael Morabito (alto sax), and Aoife-Louise Doyle + Stephanie Sloss (background vocals).

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Anthems of the Void, w. guest Jill McKenna Trio, Wed Aug 7

July 2nd, 2019
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August Special Concert #1. We will be open for only these special events:

Wednesday August 7, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Anthems of the Void: Caylie Staples vocals, Bradford Reed pencilina and modular synthesizer, and Geoff Gersh guitar, from New York, on an August tour in Canada. Guest set by Jill McKenna Project: Adrean Farrugia piano, Mackenzie Read drums, Jill McKenna bass.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Singer-songwriter Bonnie Hamilton, special show, Wed Jul 31

June 29th, 2019
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Wednesday July 31, 2019, at 8 pm, $25. Reservations a must! Call 905-543-8512 or Book onlineBUY_tix_button

Bonnie & The Midnight Daydream Presents: “When Stars Collide”. A special concert by singer-songwriter Bonnie Hamilton: “Bonnie’s Birthday & Album Release”.
Bonnie Hamilton & the Midnight Daydream will be playing Bonnie’s new album content. Band members: Sabian Crosswell drums, Eric Trimmer bass, Sean Royle guitar/vocals, Keon Crosswell lead guitar, and Bonnie Hamilton lead vocals and piano.

Plus guest performances: singer-songwriter Brennagh Burns, and writer Laura Furster, reading from her new book.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz, Music-Soul/R&B

Jazz w. the MOJO Octet, Saturday July 13, 2019.

May 27th, 2019
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Saturday July 13, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve, call 905-543-8512 or Book onlineBUY_tix_button

The MOJO Octet brings together great players from the Hamilton and surrounding area, and a great repertoire to challenge them. Featuring five horn players: John Bialy trumpet; Don Templeton trombone; Darren Blundel alto sax; Lindsay Paul tenor sax; Dave Runbicini baritone sax; AND Brandon Walker piano; Tom Altobelli bass; Ken Bower drums. This dynamic octet takes an uncompromising approach to their own brand of jazz. Join the Men Of Jazz Octet for a great evening of hard bop and beyond from composers such as Don Sickler, Dave Holland and Bill Cunliffe.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz w. Lorne Lofsky guitar & Adrean Farrugia piano, Fri July 12

May 25th, 2019
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Friday July 12, 2019, at 8 pm, $20 regular / $10 students. Call 905-543-8512 or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Modern instrumental improvised music with The Lorne Lofsky / Adrean Farrugia Quartet: featuring Lorne Lofsky guitar; Adrean Farrugia piano; Kieran Overs acoustic bass; Chris Wallace drums.
Lorne Lofsky is an internationally recognized jazz guitarist. Born and raised in Toronto, he has been playing professionally for the last 42 years. He has played/toured or recorded with a who’s who of the jazz world, including Oscar Peterson, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Chet Baker, Joey DeFrancesco, Pepper Adams, Ray Brown, Neils Henning Orsted  Pederson, Rosemary Clooney, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Holland, and many other respected members of the international jazz community.
Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. Since the late 1990s Adrean has been in high demand as a freelance performer and educator. Keeping a busy touring schedule, mainly as a sideman, Adrean has toured extensively across Canada and the United States as well as in venues across Europe, Australia, the UK, Israel and in Japan. Adrean has performed/recorded with some of music’s greatest and most diverse artists including: Sheila Jordan, Ernie Watts, Brad Goode, Pat Labarbera, Adam Nussbaum, Curtis Fuller, Cyrille Aimee,  Lorne Lofsky, Molly Johnson, Jane Bunnett, Joel Frahm, Dafnis Prieto, Kinan Azmeh, Kenny Wheeler, Don Thompson.

Event, Music, Music-Improvisors, Music-Jazz

Jazz with the Nick Maclean Quartet, w. Brownman Ali, Fri July 5

May 19th, 2019
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Friday July 5, 2019 at 8 pm,
$15 at door, $10 advance online: Book online   BUY_tix_button

Jazz with the Nick Maclean Quartet: Nick Maclean piano, Brownman Ali trumpet, Jesse Dietschi bass, Tyler Goertzen drums.
The award-winning Nick Maclean Quartet makes Artword Artbar the second stop of their September tour. Led by 26-year-old fast-rising piano star Nick Maclean, this contemplative and often thrilling quartet explores modern jazz in the vein of 60’s Blue Note era Herbie Hancock. The quartet features Brownman Ali, internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet iconoclast: “Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpet player” (NYC Village Voice).
Nick Maclean – piano (www.NicholasMaclean.com)     Brownman Ali – trumpet (www.Brownman.com)
Jesse Dietschi – bass (www.JesseDietschi.com)     Tyler Goertzen – drums

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Sat June 22

May 15th, 2019
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Saturday June 22, 2019 at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or Book online   BUY_tix_button

The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble is back for their summer show at Artword. This ensemble 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.”
Band members are: Waleed Abdulhamid bass, vocals, percussion; Joseph Callender soprano and tenor saxophone; tba keyboard, piano, accordion; Ilios Steryannis, drum kit.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

New Orleans jazz with Red Hot Ramble, Sat June 8

May 7th, 2019
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Saturday June 8, 2019, 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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A return visit! New Orleans-style jazz with Red Hot Ramble: Roberta Hunt  lead vocals, piano; Jamie Stager vocals, trombone; Jacek “Jack” Zorawski vocals, acoustic bass; Glenn Anderson vocals, drums, and Jacob Gorzhaltsan vocals/reeds.
“New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz music is also the home of great blues, rhythm & blues, second lines and ‘street beats’. Red Hot Ramble throws them all into the pot with and dishes them out in generous portions with a distinct taste of Canadiana thrown in! To borrow an old Louisiana saying, ‘Come as you are, leave different’, Red Hot Ramble, now in their 8th year together, has a well-earned reputation for their performances living up to that motto.” Website:  www.redhotramble.ca

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

Special #2: Jazzkia+with Saskia Laroo, Wed May 29, 7:30pm

April 27th, 2019
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Wednesday May 29, at 7:30, $15. Special Concert #2. Call 905-543-8512 or
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Jazzkia+, Saskia Laroo‘s innovative world music jazz project, comes to Hamilton, ON for a special performance! Saskia Laroo trumpet and vocals, Warren Byrd keyboards and lead vocals, Alvin Carter, Jr., drums and vocals, Jocelyn Pleasant, percussion and vocals, David Chevan bass and vocals.
Saskia Laroo’s Jazzkia+ goes Afro-Semitic featuring David Chevan and Warren Byrd (Kind of Cool meets Klezmer Soul). An evening of bebop, Latin, klezmer, funk, gospel and soul!

Jazzkia+ is Amsterdam-born trumpeter Saskia Laroo‘s Jazz Quartet plus guests. She got her nickname of “Lady Miles Davis” when the American press compared her improvisation style to this giant, one of her Jazz trumpet heroes. She met her pianist/vocalist, and husband Warren Byrd from Hartford, Connecticut in 2001 and was introduced by him to Jewish bassist David Chevan from New Haven, Connecticut.  Chevan and Byrd are the co-founders of the Afro-Semitic Experience. Saskia is honored to be part of this eclectic group and is proud to return the favor by inviting the bandmembers into her Jazzkia+.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Trumpeter Brownman Ali and his Electryc Trio, Sat May 25

April 17th, 2019
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Saturday May 25, 2019, at 8:00 pm, $20 door, $15 advance, $10 students. Call 905-543-8512 or
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The amazing jazz trumpeter Brownman Ali returns to Artword Artbar with his Electryc Trio on their May tour.

The trio, Brownman Ali on electric trumpet, Sean Dennis on 6-string electric bass, and Jacob Aylward on drums, explore the later compositions of Miles Davis.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz w. the Nick Arseneau Sextet, Friday May 10

April 2nd, 2019
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Friday May 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm, $10. Jazz with the Nick Arseneau Sextet: Nick Arseneau compositions and upright & electric bass, Marie Goudy trumpet, John Nicholson tenor sax, Patrick O’Reilly guitar and effects, Josh Smiley piano, and Harry Vetro drums.
The Nick Arseneau Sextet takes a unified, organic approach to modern jazz. Playing Nick’s original compositions, the group strives to create one voice, rather than playing as a group of divided individuals. When this is accomplished, the improvisational elements of listening and interacting come through strong and clear. Nick’s compositions range from straight-ahead jazz to free jazz, often incorporating elements of punk rock, math rock, and hip hop. Based in Toronto, the group gigs regularly at local clubs. The Sextet is scheduled to release their first full-length recording in Fall 2019.  https://nickarseneau.bandcamp.com
http://nickarseneau.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Alex Pangman and her Alleycats, Fri Apr 26

March 18th, 2019
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Friday April 26, 2019, at 8 pm, $15.
SOLD OUT. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512 for more info.
A return visit from the wonderful jazz vocalist, Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing: Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats: Alex Pangman (leader/vox), Peter Hill (piano), Chris Banks (bass), John Macleod (cornet/flugelhorn), Glenn Anderson drums.
Reservations recommended. Her last show at Artword sold out!
www.alexpangman.com/
“It would be hard to find a box of musical bonbons more beguiling than this collection of post-Jazz Age treats… Her earnest vocals and sharp Alleycats band make each song sparkle.” Toronto Star review by John Terauds.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz w. Alex Tomowich Quartet, Sat April 20

March 14th, 2019
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Saturday April 20, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 /students $10. Jazz with the Alex Tomowich Quartet: Michael Morabito on saxophone(s), Victor Agrippa on EWI (electronic wind Instrument), William Fachin on drums, Alex Tomowich on piano. Alex writes: “We’re back with another evening of wacky and exciting originals, with arrangements of compositions ranging from Joe Satriani to Adrean Farrugia. And some new material!”

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Surefire Sweat: jazz, funk, world rhythms, Sat April 13

March 8th, 2019
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Saturday April 13, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Surefire Sweat‘s debut appearance at Artword Artbar features the group’s inventive blend of jazz, funk and worldly rhythms. Players are: Dave Chan percussion, vocals; Larry Graves drums, vocals; Elena Kapeleris tenor sax, vocals; Paul MacDougall guitar, vocals; Liam Smith bass, vocals.
The music, composed by Juno-nominated drummer Larry Graves, is original, drawing on an amalgam of funk, jazz, brass-band, blues and Afrobeat. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage listeners through improvisational explorations and danceable arrangements. Some new music will be explored as well as repertoire from the band’s up-coming release (supported by The Canada Council for Arts and The Ontario Arts Council).  surefiresweat.com

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-funk, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, back! Fri April 12

March 7th, 2019
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Friday April 12, 2019, at 8 pm $15.
Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Stuart Laughton brings us another edition of Radio Dial. Always wonderful, always full of surprises.

Stuart writes “Stuart Laughton’s RADIO DIAL is back with more great musicianship and fun (and 10 new tunes!) featuring Rebecca Campbell on vocals/guitar, Burke Carroll on pedal steel guitar, Martin Worthy on drums/vocals, and Steve Lucas on bass. Oh, and Stuart on everything else.” Note: Morgan Childs will sit in for Martin Worthy on drums.

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

Koopa Troop, jazzed up vintage video-game music, Fri Apr 5

March 2nd, 2019
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Friday April 5, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. The Koopa Troop band play classic video-game music: Wilson McLeish / Luigi (guitar),Tom Altobelli /Mario (bass), Tyler Goertzen /Link (drums), Chris Bruder /Toad (piano). [Fifth member Chelsea McBride is not available for this concert.]
Koopa Troop brings the nostalgic sounds of video games to life in a quirky ensemble. Donning their Nintendo-themed costumes, these Toronto jazz musicians embrace their inner nerd and become a live, musical nostalgia machine. Koopa Troop aims to induce flashbacks as they cover all the classic video game soundtracks from Mario to Megaman. Bringing the best video game composers to the forefront, Koopa Troop’s jazz, rock, funk, and swing-infused arrangements bring the epic pixelated melodies of the past into the real world. 

Event, Music, Music-funk, Music-Jazz

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