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What happened in 2019

January 2nd, 2020
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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.


Music, Music-bluegrass, Music-Blues, Music-cabaret, Music-Classical, Music-country, Music-folk, Music-funk, Music-Improvisors, Music-Jazz, Music-Latin, Music-pop-etc., Music-rock, Music-roots, Music-singer/songwriter, Music-Soul/R&B, Music-World, News, Theatre

“Micah Barnes At The Sands” recreating the legendary Vegas showroom, Sat Nov 3

October 1st, 2018
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Saturday November 3, 2018, at 8 pm.
$15 ($10 seniors/students). Call 905-543-8512 or
Book online   BUY_tix_button
Micah Barnes At The Sands”: Former Nylons frontman Micah Barnes recreates a night in the legendary Las Vegas showroom! Pianist Patrick Hewan will be joining Micah. This concert evening will transport you back to the early 60s, when the hottest entertainers in the world made their home at the Sands Hotel! In this special solo performance, Micah will be paying tribute to the classic entertainer, with songs made famous by Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, Mel Torme, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra. Come feel the sizzling glamour of the classic Vegas era with one of Canada’s best loved vocalists!
“Barnes plans to go from small New York clubs to to glitzy strip showrooms in an effort to capture the sound of vintage Las Vegas. Considering how successful he was at injecting the spirit of a city into his current collection (New York Stories) the next should have you feeling like you’ve just caught aces at The Sands!” Canadian Musician.

Event, Music, Music-cabaret, Music-Jazz, Music-pop-etc.

Singer-songwriter Will Gillespie, Fri Oct 5

August 14th, 2018
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Friday October 5, 2018, at 8:00 pm, $10. Singer-songwriter Will Gillespie returns with a solo show. You will recognize him as author/star of Swingin’ in St. Johns, and for his role in MacBush the Musical, both at Artword Artbar.
Born and raised in South Porcupine, Northern Ontario, now finding a home in Hamilton, Will Gillespie has developed an elegant and eccentric sound all his own. He is a dynamic performer with a diverse catalogue of original songs, combining elements of Folk, Rock & Roll and Cabaret.
“From songwriter to crooner and cabaret man to power pop genius, Will Gillespie is always evolving his artistry.”

Event, Music, Music-cabaret, Music-country, Music-rock, Music-singer/songwriter

The Polka Dogs, a Toronto legend, BACK w. new CD, Thurs June 7

May 16th, 2018
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Thursday June 7, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. After an over 25-year hiatus, The Polka Dogs, Toronto’s beloved theatre based band returns with an Ontario tour and new CD June 2018. The revived, renascent, and reformed Toronto theatre-based band, THE POLKA DOGS, have returned after a 25-year hiatus. Starting as a theatre pit band in 1989, the band wowed the world in the 90s with an explosive, raucous, joyous sound of trombone, tuba, banjo, drums and that sultry, fantastic voice of theatre staple John Millard. The band returns with the same original sound, and features all five of its founding members including, Tom Walsh on trombone, Tiina Kiik on accordion, Colin Couch on tuba, John Millard on banjo and vocals, and Ambrose Pottie on drums.
Tour dates: June 2, 8pm at Burdock, Toronto; June 7, 8pm at Artword Artbar in Hamilton; June 8, 8pm at Silence in Guelph.

“The Polka Dogs are a boiling pan-cultural stew that bastes you, roasts you and serves you up well done. Please, Polka Dogs, can I have some more?” – Tom Allen, CBC

Event, Music-cabaret, Music-folk, Music-singer/songwriter, Music-World

A cabaret evening w. Millard and Perlman, Wed May 2

April 2nd, 2018
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Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 8 pm, $10/$5 students. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. An evening of musical fun and invention with John Millard and Sophia Perlman. Artword welcomes two delightful long-time friends who have recently teamed up for a cabaret-style show.
Veteran composer, creator of the Polka Dogs and seasoned performer, John Millard combines heart wrenching stories, exquisite songs, dark baritone voice and modernist banjo playing in a memorable and rarely heard set of new and old songs.
Sophia Perlman is mostly known for her creative take on other people’s songs. A little over a year ago she went to a residency at the Banff to see if she could find some. Not only did she find some songs, she ran into John Millard. She is excited to sing some of those songs, and to share the stage with him.

Event, Music, Music-cabaret, Music-singer/songwriter

Singer-songwriter James Gordon, solo show, Sat April 21

March 20th, 2018
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Saturday April 21, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Iconic Canadian songwriter James Gordon got his start in show business in the clubs, festivals and recording studios of Hamilton. He returns to his roots with songs about Canada’s roots in a solo concert at the Artword Artbar. Gordon’s last appearance at Artword Artbar was with the jazzy “Romancing The Song” trio, (he’s the trumpet player and singer in that band). Audiences will see a different side of his eclectic musical tastes on April 21st. A multi-instrumentalist, we’ll hear him on guitar, piano, banjo, harmonica and penny whistle at this intimate performance. His latest album Sunny Jim on Borealis Records made it to #2 on the national airplay charts in the roots/folk category, and he’ll be previewing some material from his NEXT album at this concert . Find out more at

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