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Sikuris St. Lawrence, music from the Andes, Sat Nov 24

October 14th, 2018
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Saturday November 24, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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From Toronto, the Sikuris St. Lawrence band who play traditional South American music from the Andes: a special concert for their new cd Vidala.
Band members: Ernesto Cardenas (vocals and Andean wind instruments), Rodrigo Chavez (guitar, charango, percussion), Marco Frangini (vocals and sikus), Jose Sanhueza (vocals, guitar and small percussion), Nano Valverde (guitar, Andean wind instruments and bass), Miguel Vasquez (Andean wind instruments and percussion). The sikus is South American pan-flute (Aymara language); a sikuris is a person who plays the sikus.
The story: In 1983 a group of South American musicians living in Toronto gathered every Saturday at the legendary St Lawrence Market to play their music, exchange ideas and practice their instruments. Now, the SIkuris are gathering again to share their music and pay respect to the ancient music of the South American Andes. Instruments include the sikus, spanish guitar, charango, venezuelan cuatro guitar, kena, bombo, bass drum.

Event, Music, Music-World

New Orleans jazz with Red Hot Ramble, Fri Nov 23

October 13th, 2018
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Friday November 23, 2018, 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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New Orleans-style jazz with Red Hot Ramble: Roberta Hunt  lead vocals, piano; Alison Young vocals, saxophones; Jamie Stager vocals, trombone; Jacek “Jack” Zorawski vocals, acoustic bass; Glenn Anderson vocals, drums. Jacek and Glenn backed up Alex Pangman’s sold-out concert last July, and wanted to come back with their other band Red Hot Ramble. Here’s how they tell it:
“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. The ‘Ramble’ is looking forward to performing for old and new friends at Hamilton’s Artword Artbar!” Website:  www.redhotramble.ca

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Adam Carter, Pamela Gardner … Thurs Nov. 22

October 12th, 2018
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Thursday November 22, 2018, at 8 pm, $tba. Melodic Pixel Media presents The Human Race (Adam Carter) and The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner and band). Details coming.

Event, Music, Music-pop-etc., Music-rock, Music-singer/songwriter

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

Acoustic Moments: the R&B and Soul Edition, Fri Nov 16

October 8th, 2018
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Friday November 16, 2018, at 8 pm.
Tickets $15 adv, $20 door. Call 905-543-8512 or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Acoustic Moments: the R&B and Soul Edition hosted by Mr. Jay Maca. presents three powerhouse R&B / Soul performers:
Shanika Maria: Shanika Maria is a singer-songwriter from Hamilton, currently living in Toronto. She explores themes of empowerment, societal expectation, identity and relationships through her music. She has been performing around Southern Ontario since 2014. In 2017, she released her debut EP Childish Games. Shanika is set to release her full length album Subtle Uncertainties in January 2019. The album takes on a full sound with styles that range from pop electronic, beach rock, dark country and folk. http://www.shanikamaria.com/
Jamila B.:
Jamila B. is a Canadian r&b/pop singer who was born to a Nigerian father and a British-Caribbean mother in Hamilton, Ontario. Always a lover of music, Jamila B. began singing and writing at the age of eleven. In a short time, she found herself performing locally and had the opportunity to open for headliners such as The Clipse, Choclair, Derrick Morgan, The Ink Spots, Tanya Stephens, Bobby Valentino, Black Sheep, and Redman. Jamila B. likes to focus on music that has a positive message and sings about matters of the heart. She has a small but mighty team of producers creating her sound for her debut album, Love & Confidence, an EP that chronicles the ups and downs in life and the sweetness of love. soundcloud.com/jamilaonline
Bonnie Hamilton
.: Bonnie Hamilton is a singer, songwriter and keyboard player, the genres of soul, funk, jazz, ska, reggae. “I am on a journey to discovering true love, peace, identity, and my purpose. Time to make music.”
https://www.facebook.com/bonniehamilton78/

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter, Music-Soul/R&B

Linda McRae w. guests Laura Pitkanen & Lisa Myer, +Osypa, Thurs Nov 15

October 7th, 2018
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Thursday November 15, 2018 at 8 pm, $10 / $12. Songs and stories with folk/roots old-time musician Linda McRae, who plays guitar, clawhammer banjo and accordion.
Plus a guest sets by:
* Laura Pitkanen and Lisa Myers, the songwriters, guitarists and vocalists in the band Long Branch are now also playing as a duo.
* Osypa (Alexandra Babiak)  “OSYPA’s debut EP Luna is a testament to the beauty of restraint- a thoughtful glimpse into Alexandra Babiak’s memories and desires” Canadian Music Week, 2018.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9t7Tb8x-EY

Event, Music, Music-country, Music-folk, Music-roots

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

New Cumberland bluegrass band, Sat Nov 10

October 4th, 2018
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Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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Back with some blazing hot bluegrass: The New Cumberland bluegrass band from London Ontario: Tom Burns vocals and guitar,  Blair Heddle vocals, mandolin and dobro, Paul Hurdle vocals and banjo, Tom Rutledge string bass, and Darrin Schott fiddle. Featuring inventive solo work, driving rhythms and three part vocal harmonies, New Cumberland’s musical integrity and joy in playing together resonates in every performance. http://newcumberlandband.com/

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, new edition, Fri Nov 9

October 3rd, 2018
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Friday, November 9, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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Stuart Laughton‘s Radio Dial fall 2018 edition! Radio Dial is currently celebrating 5 years together and their 75th show. The November 9 lineup will feature Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Jeff McLeod (keys), Steve Lucas (bass) and Martin Worthy (drums), led by multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Stuart Laughton. And there will be new material! http://www.radiodial.ca/

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz, Music-roots

Jurij Fedynskyj, bandura player, w. Juliana Lachance, Thurs Nov 8

October 2nd, 2018
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Thursday November 8, 2018 at 8 pm, $10. Call 905-543-8512 or
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Musician Jurij Fedynskyj presents The Lost Instruments of a Forgotten Ukraine, the original torban, kobza, and bandura, on his North America tour. This show at Artword Artbar is organized by Juliana Lachance, one of his bandura students, and a Hamilton musician.
For the past fifteen years, Jurij Fedynskyj has worked to resurrect these original and unique, Ukrainian instruments, by researching their construction from a handful of surviving instruments in Ukrainian museums, and mastering the techniques required to make and play new instruments. He is one of several makers who create exclusive and professional examples of these instruments presently, and the only player who regularly performs traditional repertoire on all three. He teaches making and playing in a small Ukrainian village in the Poltava region.  http://www.kobzarskiytabir.bravesites.com/

Event, Music, Music-World

“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
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Micah Barnes At The Sands”: Former Nylons frontman Micah Barnes recreates a night in the legendary Las Vegas showroom! 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.

Master Class for Singers with Micah Barnes, Sat Nov 3, 1 to 5 pm

October 1st, 2018
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Saturday November 3, 2018, from 1 to 5 pm, at Artword Artbar. Master Class for Singers with Former Nylon Micah BarnesFormer Nylon Micah Barnes will be coaching a Master Class for singers at all levels of experience. This is the popular workshop Micah developed in Los Angels and New York and has taken across Canada helping singers In all styles of music take the leap into their most powerful onstage selves! We will be covering: * Proper Warm Up       * Vocal Technique        * Physical Tension      
*Overcoming Stage Fright     * Communicating the Song     * Relationship w Audience       *Material selection
Bring a couple of songs to perform for class, and receive one-on-one coaching!
Cost: $95 PLUS HST =$107.35    Payable by cheque or e transfer
Message micah@singersplayground.com to register!
Micah’s Coaching BIO etc http://www.singersplayground.com

Event, Music, Special event

Folk-blues duo Jennis, Fri Nov 2

September 30th, 2018
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Friday November 2, 2018, at 8 pm. FREE! No cover! Call 905-543-8512 to reserve seating. Back with a video shoot show: Jennis. Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond’s original blues and folk with the diverse musical experiences of Toronto multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is augmented by the unusual sounds of the didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator.  www.jennis.ca
“Jennis electrified our audience with their music and their personalities. To say that Jen and Dennis are excellent musicians would be an understatement. Their versatility and energy is absolutely amazing.” ~George Auer of Auerhouse Concerts

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk, Music-roots

Jazz compositions: Aaron David Zukewich, Thurs Nov 1

September 30th, 2018
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Thursday November 1, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Jazz pianist and composer Aaron David Zukewich returns to Artword Artbar, with some new compositions. Band includes Marito Marques on drums.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Halloween Thriller Concert: Brownman Ali Electryc Trio + 1, Mon Oct 29

September 26th, 2018
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Monday October 29, 2018, 7:30 pm, $15.00, $10 students. Book online   BUY_tix_button
Special event at Artword Artbar!
Acclaimed jazz / hip-hop trumpet player Brownman Ali will lead an all-star quartet through his popular annual Halloween Thriller concert.
Brownman Ali – electric trumpet (Jay-z, Guru, Missy Elliot)
Nick Maclean – synthesizer (Snaggle, Robert Ball, Ori Dagan)
Sean Dennis – 6-string electric bass (Brownman Electryc Trio)
Jacob Aylward – drums (KC Roberts & The Live Revolution)
The much lauded Brownman Electryc Trio + 1 will perform the entire Michael Jackson Thriller recording, interpreted and re-worked in the Miles Davis-esque fashion this multiple National Jazz Award winning improviser has become known for.  In addition to the quartet performing Thriller top to bottom, other MJ classics will be featured through the night for this unique Halloween jazz party series.  Costumes and Thriller video dance moves encouraged.  http://www.thriller.brownman.com/

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-pop-etc., Special event

Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band, Sat Oct 20

September 18th, 2018
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Saturday October 20, 2018, at 8:00 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. Book online   BUY_tix_button
A return visit from the renowned Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band. The band: Randal Hill mandolin and vocals; Rocky Hill guitar and vocals; Tim McDonald banjo and vocals; Owen Mahoney bass and vocals.

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

Collette Savard and The Savants, Fri Oct 19, 2018

September 17th, 2018
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Friday October 19, 2018 at 8 pm, $15.
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A return visit from the delightful singer-songwriter Collette Savard and her band The Savants: Rebecca Campbell back vocals and rhythm, Megan Worthy keys and back vocals, Tim Posgate electric guitar,  Martin Worthy drums, John Switzer bass. And Collette Savard brings the songs, the one-liners, and more instruments than she has sense.
With her palette of acoustic folk instruments, Collette whittles out of her imagination beautiful song gems. She brings them to you wrapped in the exciting package of her band of seasoned masters. www.collettesavard.com/

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Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter

Jonas Pearson Paavola, Scott Taplay, Dave Hollingshead, Justin Mchugh, Thurs Oct 18

September 16th, 2018
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Thursday October 18, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Jazz musicians Jonas Pearson Paavola (bass), Scott Taplay (guitar), Dave Hollingshead (piano) and Justin McHugh (drums) have a new project they would like to showcase at Artword Artbar. They are calling this the Collective of Bad Decisions. “Each composition has a different concept in it … Essentially we’re borrowing existing concepts from avant garde classical music and adding as much improvisation as possible and any other crazy ideas we can imagine.” Artword has known these musicians for a long time, so we are up for whatever adventures you fellas are up to.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Rae Billing and her band Crybaby, Sat Oct 13

September 11th, 2018
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Saturday October 13, 2018, 8 pm, $15. Book online   BUY_tix_button
Alt-country songstress Rae Billing returns to Artword Artbar with her full band Crybaby: Rae Billing on vocals and acoustic guitar, Andrew Aldridge on guitar, Greg Brisco on keys, Scott Bell on bass and Lucky Pete Lambert on drums. Opening set by singer-songwriter Dave Pomfret. Rae will be showcasing songs from the new CD “Still”
“New album called ‘Still’ contains tales of aching hearts and lost landscapes and a spine-chilling version of Bobby Gentry’s classic “Ode to Billy Joe.” June 2018, Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator
(Photo by Mike Cameron). http://www.raebilling.com/

Event, Music, Music-country, Music-pop-etc.

James Gordon, iconic singer-songwriter, returns! Fri Oct 12

September 10th, 2018
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Friday October 12, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Book online   BUY_tix_button
Back at Artword Artbar for a solo concert.
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. 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 www.jamesgordon.ca

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

Singer-songwriter double bill: Jennifer Foster & Paul Linklater, Thurs Oct 11

August 17th, 2018
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Thursday October 11, 2018, at 8 pm, $10.  Jennifer Foster + Paul Linklater: singer-songwriter double bill.
Jennifer Foster is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter and musician who has released three solo albums and collaborated with some of the country’s finest acts. Her last cd earned a JUNO nomination for Canadian producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda. Jennifers sophisticated songwriting draws on pop, prog and folk influences, and shell be showcasing brand new material on acoustic guitar, accompanied by Doug Friesen on standup bass.http://jenniferfoster.net/
Paul Linklater returns to Artword Artbar, this time with Paul, Doug and Matias, Paul Linklater guitar, Doug Friesen bass, Matias Recharche drums. Paul Doug and Matias is a trio featuring Canadian guitarist Paul Linklater (Pinecones, Bidiniband) and his longtime buddy/collaborator bassist Doug Friesen (John K Samson).  Matias Recharche is the featured percussionist and he brings major dynamics — weird worlds! “Linklater thrives on thwarting the sonic convention of the strumming troubadour.”  www.paullinklater.com

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter

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. https://www.willgillespie.ca/
“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

Tragedy Ann (Liv Cazzola & Braden Phelan) + Sophia Perlman, Thur Oct 4

August 14th, 2018
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Thursday October 4, 2018 at 8 pm. $15 at door, OR $10 advance Book online   BUY_tix_button

Guelph-based folk duo Tragedy Ann (Liv Cazzola vocals, accordion, ukulele, singing saw and Braden Phelan vocals, guitars) have a debut full-length album Matches, out in September. Artword Artbar is a stop on their Canadian tour (ON, QC, BC, NS, NB) in support of the new album.

Their special guest for the evening is our good friend and stunning jazz vocalist Sophia Perlman, with some new songs and old.

https://www.tragedyannmusic.com/home

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

Acoustic Moments, reggae show, Riddim Riders, Sat Sept 22

August 12th, 2018
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Saturday September 22, 2018, at 8 pm, $20 door. Advance tickets $15   Book online   BUY_tix_button

Mr. Jay hosts another fabulous Acoustic Moments show, featuring world-class reggae music by The Riddim Riders Unplugged. Core members Franklin Joseph and Mike Rajczak are joined by vocalist Lauren Mikayla and lead guitar Keon Crosswell.

Event, Music, Music-World

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

Supercrawl Weekend, Bill Lutes and the Art Crawlers, Fri Sept 14

August 9th, 2018
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Supercrawl Weekend, Friday September 14, 2018, 7 to 10 pm. Bill Lutes and the Art Crawlers. Tip Jar for the band. An old-fashioned art-crawl, just like the good ol’ days, with Bill Lutes and The Art Crawlers: Bill Lutes guitar, vocals; Lilia Lutes very cool vocals; Kenny Clark guitar, vocals; Hank Paton guitar, vocals; Robert Louis guitar, vocals; Bob Rudy bass, vocals; Phil Dales drums, playing all your favourite tunes.

Event, James North events, Music, Music-pop-etc.

Supercrawl Weekend, LTtheMonk & Friends, Thurs Sept 13

August 9th, 2018
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Supercrawl Weekend, Thursday September 13, 2018, 8 pm, tip jar. LTtheMonk & Friends. Rapper LTthe Monk returns with his band: Liam Tyndall vocals, Santiago Rozo piano, Cam Watson bass, Lucas Hibbs drums + guest opening band.

 

 

Event, James North events, Music, Music-rock, Music-Soul/R&B

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Sat July 14

June 28th, 2018
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Saturday July 14, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble returns! 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 for July 14 are: Waleed Abdulhamid bass,vocals, percussion; Joseph Leo Callender soprano and tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Ilios Steryannis, drum kit, and Gustavo “Repique” Rosa, percussion and hand drums.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Jazz: Adrean Farrugia/Kelly Jefferson/Dan Fortin/Ernesto Cervini: Explorations, Fri July 13

June 27th, 2018
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SOLD OUT! Friday July 13, 2018, at 8 pm, $15/$10. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online Adrean Farrugia / Kelly Jefferson / Dan Fortin / Ernesto Cervini: Explorations. Juno award winning pianist Adrean Farrugia joins internationally acclaimed friends, saxophonist Kelly Jefferson, bassist Dan Fortin and drummer/percussionist Ernesto Cervini for an exploration of song. The result will be an eclectic mix of beauty, groove, surprise and that joyous place that music can bring us to. Read more…

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

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