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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

Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band, Sat Nov 16 @8pm, Sun Nov 17 @3pm

September 30th, 2019
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Our final two shows at 15 Colbourne Street:
Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 8 pm, and
Sunday November 17, at 3 pm.
$15.00. Reservations are a must! Call 905-543-8512, or email artword @artword.net, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

 

The Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band:
Randal Hill mandolin, vocals; Rocky Hill guitar, vocals; with Tim McDonald banjo, vocals and Greg Street, bass.
Randal first performed on the 15 Colbourne stage on March 28, 2010, and has been back at least 13 times. We first met Randal and Rocky in the Blue Angel Gallery, just around the corner on James Street, during an Art Crawl when we had first moved to Hamilton in 2007. Here is the bio that Randal sent up to post back in 2010. Read more…

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass

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

Joe Crookston is back, Wed Nov 13

September 15th, 2019
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Wednesday November 13, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512. A return visit by Joe Crookston, songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next. Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired. http://www.joecrookston.com/
Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in.
Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.

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

Steel City Jazz Festival, events at Artword, Nov 6 to 10

September 12th, 2019
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November 6 to 10, 2019. Artword Artbar at 15 Colbourne St. is pleased to host five events for 2019 Steel City Jazz Festivalsteelcityjazzfest.com
Regular $20, Students $10. BUY Tickets: www.bruha.com/event/5048#buytickets

*Wednesday, November 6, at 8 pm: opening the Festival is the Paul Benton Trio: renowned jazz pianist Paul Benton, with Thomas Altobelli on bass and Sean Parker on drums. Paul Benton has a deep history with jazz in Hamilton. He was an organizer of the Bay Area Jazz Society (in the 1990’s). Their jazz festival ran for a number of years, mostly at Dundurn Park, and was the highlight of the jazz community at that time.

*Thursday, November 7, at 8 pm: the Nick Maclean Quartet, featuring Brownman Ali on trumpet and Nick Maclean on keyboard, with Ben Duff bass, and Jacob Wutzke drums. The Quartet embarks on a month-long national tour across Canada,from their hometown of Toronto to the Pacific coast and everywhere in between. Led by 26-year old fast-rising piano star Nick Maclean (Global Music Award winner), this contemplative and thrilling quartet explores modern jazz in the vein of 60’s Blue Note era Herbie Hancock.

*Friday, November 8, at 8 pm: The Jason Logue Sextet: Jason Logue trumpet; Kelly Jefferson saxophone; William Carn trombone; Nancy Walker piano; Mark Godfrey bass; Ernesto Cervini drums.

*Saturday, November 9, at 8 pm, the Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, led by Waleed Abdulhamid, 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.”  Waleed Abdulhamid bass,vocals, percussion; Joseph Callender soprano and tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Aaron Ferrera drums, percussion; Cory Sitek alto and soprano saxophone, flute.

*Sunday November 10, at 7:30 pm: The Evelyn Charlotte Joe sextet, led by Evelyn Joe on bass, with a group of their favourite players and mentors to provide a night of jazz standards in a contemporary style. Evelyn Charlotte Joe upright bass; Bob Shields guitar; Adam Fielding drums; Ashley Urquhart piano; Mike Malone trumpet; Emily Steinwall saxophone.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

Skye Consort & Emma Björling, Sat Nov 2, 3 pm & 8 pm

September 11th, 2019
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Saturday November 2, 2019, TWO SHOWS: 3 pm & 8 pm. $20 reg, $10 students. To reserve tickets (and seating),  Book online BUY_tix_button

or call 905-543-8512, or email artword@artword.net

Skye Consort & Emma Björling perform trans-Atlantic arrangements of traditional Nordic/Celtic/Québecois music as well as original compositions. Voices, fiddle, nyckelharpa, cello, bouzouki, banjo, and percussion. whirling polskas, groovy reels, passionate love songs, breathtaking hymns, and more. www.skyeconsort.org/
Amanda Keesmaat (cello & vocals) is a member of La Nef, a vibrant presence in the Montréal early music community, and has recorded and performed with many prominent singers and renowned ensembles.
Emma Björling (lead voice, shruti box, perc.) is an award-winning Swedish singer, composer, arranger, active in the renowned Scandinavian bands Kongero and Lyy. Both bands have toured the world, and are busy in the European Folk/Trad scene. Emma teaches and conducts workshops all over the world.
Seán Dagher (cittern/bouzouki, banjo & vocals) is the artistic director of La Nef and an active performer, arranger, and composer of music from various folk and classical music traditions. He participated in the Adisq-winning CD, La Traverse Miraculeuse with La Nef and Les Charbonniers de l’enfer.
Alex Kehler (fiddle, nyckelharpa & vocals) is a member of La Nef, Soulwood, a Kehler Williams duo, Les Siffleurs de nuits, and also busy playing with Suzie LeBlanc, Jeremiah McLane, Timmothy Cummings.

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley, cd release, Fri Nov 1

September 10th, 2019
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Friday November 1, 2019, at 8 pm. Tickets $20.
To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

 

Two of our favourite performers, vocalist Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley (guitar, trumpet) are returning to Artword Artbar with a new blues CD with G-ThreeJazz Label. The CD is called Gold Cadillac and the theme of the album: unique & funny blues tunes.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

Acoustic Moments, w. The Riddim Riders Unplugged, Thurs Oct 31

September 6th, 2019
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Thursday October 31, at 8 pm. Admission $15 if you wear red, gold and/or green. General admission will be $25.
Mr. Jay hosts another fabulous Acoustic Moments show, featuring world-class reggae music by The Riddim Riders Unplugged.
Band members Franklin Joseph (guitar), Mike Rajczak (lead vocals, drums), Lauren Mikayla (background vocals) and Carl De Souza (bass). The Riders break away from their usual reggae-rockers vibe with this configuration, presenting an acoustic-soul vibe featuring acoustic and classical guitars, djembe, conga and hand percussion and a big focus on rich vocal harmonies. This event will be hosted by Mr. Jay from the Artword Theatre Ensemble (James Street, Scroogissimo) and host of the I.R.S. radio show (International Reggae & Soca) on CFMU 93.3 FM.
Artword Artbar has been the venue for this event for the past four years. Come and take in some sweet reggae vibes one more time before they close their doors for good in December 2019.

Event, Music, Music-Soul/R&B, Music-World

Brownman’s HALLOWEEN THRILLER, Wed Oct 30 at 7:30

September 5th, 2019
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Wednesday October 30, 2019, early show 7:30-10:30 pm. Brownman’s HALLOWEEN THRILLER. Acclaimed jazz / hip-hop trumpet player Brownman Ali leads an all-star quartet through his popular annual HALLOWEEN THRILLER concert! Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door, $10 students. Advance tickets call 905-543-8512, or,  Book online BUY_tix_button

With Nick Maclean keyboards & ghoulishness; Max Wilson electric bass & creepiness; Agneya Chikte drums & ghastliness. The BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO + 1 will perform the entire Michael Jackson Thriller recording, interpreted and re-worked in the Miles Davis-esque fashion. In addition to performing Thriller from top to bottom, other MJ classics will be featured through the night.
For this unique Halloween jazz party, costumes and Thriller video dance moves are encouraged!  It’s a spectacular not-to-be-missed event!
www.Thriller.Brownman.com

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

Sophia Perlman and Adrean Farrugia, Sat Oct 26

September 4th, 2019
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Saturday October 26, 2019, at 8 pm, $15/10. For our 10th Anniversary concert series, our all-time favourite dynamic duo of Sophia Perlman and Adrean Farrugia are essential. They will perform “our usual eclectic mix of songs we love, and some of Sophia’s originals” says Adrean.
They first played at Artword Artbar on July 21, 2011 (see photo left taken at that concert by John Douglas, a jazz fan). Here’s what we posted then from their publicity: “Sophia Perlman has made a name for herself as one of Canada’s most promising young vocalists, impressing audiences and seasoned musicians alike with her musical maturity and her impressive ability as an improviser. Multi-award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. Fusing many diverse musical influences he has forged a personal sound which generates a uniquely individual creative statement.”
And several concerts later, in fall 2014, Sophia and Adrean capped off our Steel City Jazz Festival week (photo right). And on… we are big fans.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, Fri Oct 25

September 3rd, 2019
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Friday October 25, 2019, at 8 pm $15. To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

Stuart Laughton brings us another edition of Radio Dial for our 10th Anniversary season. Always wonderful, always full of surprises.

Special guest for Oct 25 is music veteran Denis Keldie on accordion (photo right), who calls the evening “a fantastic musical adventure.”
And the usual Radio Dial gang: Rebecca Campbell on vocals/guitar, Martin Worthy on drums/vocals, and Steve Lucas on bass, and of course multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton on everything else.

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

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

“Mohawk loves Artword” a showcase thank-you, Wed Oct 23

September 1st, 2019
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Wednesday October 23, 2019, at 7:30 pm, $5. “Mohawk loves Artword” is a night celebrating the history of performances at Artword Artbar by members of the Mohawk College music program. This showcase is a special thank-you from current and former students of Mohawk College for Artword’s support of young musicians in the city.
Organized by singer-songwriter Aisha Barrow (Soul and R&B artist LifeandtheTribe).
Line-up. Garrett Lajoie, Julianna Jones, Lauren Perreira, LTtheMonk, LIFEandtheTRIBE, and a Mohawk Jam.

Event, Music, Music-pop-etc., Music-Soul/R&B

Bluegrass: New Cumberland Band, Sun Oct 20, 2 pm

August 31st, 2019
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Sunday October 20, 2019. Afternoon show 2 to 5 pm, $15. A Sunday show! Yes, the only day we could the whole band together this fall at Artword. To reserve tickets (and seating) call 905-543-8512, or,  Book online BUY_tix_button

 

An Artword favourite: 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

Latin Peña: music and poetry with Marcelo Puente, Sat Oct 19

August 30th, 2019
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Saturday October 19, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Join us for a Latin American Peña (coffee house), an evening of poetry and music, featuring Marcelo Puente and friends.
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.” [Wally Brooker’s Music Notes Newsletter]

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

The Amy Project, stories/songs of Amy Winehouse, Fri Oct 18

August 29th, 2019
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Friday October 18, 2019, at 8 pm, $15.
To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

 

The Amy Project returns to Artword Artbar! The show is a musical and storied journey outlining the short but tragic life of Amy Winehouse, the late British soul, blues and jazz singer. The performers are: Marni Shuster as the voice of Amy,  Anthony Caradonna guitar/vocals, Ian Taylor bass/vocals, Amy DiNino piano/synth/vocals and Dominic DiNino drums.
Amy Winehouse was nominated for 63 World Music Awards and won 25 times for her songs and recordings before her death in 2011 at the age of only 27. The Amy Project performance will cover most of the songs from her two main albums Frank and Back to Black, plus many more of her other recordings, and some unreleased covers and collaborations.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-pop-etc., Music-rock, Music-Soul/R&B

Double-bill: Tom Shea and Will Gillespie, Thurs Oct 17

August 27th, 2019
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Thursday October 17, 2019. at 8 pm, $10. Two singer-songwriters who go ‘way back with us at Artword Artbar.

Tom Shea is a Hamiltonian, a writer, a singer, a musical jack-of-all-trades. In his first and final solo gig at Artword Artbar, he’s pleased to premiere Post-Apocalyptic Bard: Love Songs from After, a new collection of darkly lyrical songs and transcendent narrative poems that struggle to put the little pieces back together after the great collapse. Kevin Wolfe accompanies on cello and mandolin.

Will Gillespie, songwriter. guitarist, entertainer, has a diverse and eclectic catalogue of original songs. He is an evocative guitar player and a dynamic performer, combining elements of folk, rock & roll and cabaret. He wrote and directed the musical play Diamond in the Rough (Audience Choice award at the 2019 Hamilton Fringe Festival), and Swinging’ in St. John’s (Best of Venueat the 2017 Hamilton Fringe and is now being remounted at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Will also had several roles in Artword Theatre/Gallery on the Bay production of MacBush the Musical.

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter

Jazz with the Elena Kapeleris Quintet, Sat Oct 12

August 27th, 2019
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Saturday October 12, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 regular, $10 students.
To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

 

The Elena Kapeleris Quintet, a Toronto-based quintet, led by Elena Kapeleris, is joining forces with two of Hamilton’s top jazz musicians: Mike Malone and Adrean Farrugia! The line-up for October 12: Elena Kapeleris on saxophone and vocals, Mike Malone on trumpet, Adrean Farrugia on piano, Lauren Falls on bass and Mark Micklethwaite on drums.
Elena Kapeleris is a Toronto based saxophonist and vocalist, who leads her own jazz quintet. She is also a member of Rita Chiarelli and Sweet Loretta, Kellylee Evans band, Surefire Sweat led by Larry Graves, and Jay Danley’s Ethiojazz Project, and others. Her eclectic taste has led her from jazz to R&B to world music and more. She has shared the stage with  Pat LaBarbera, Hilario Duran, BrandiDisterheft, Jully Black, and Tanya Tagaq.
Mike Malone, trumpet player and composer/arranger, has been part of the Canadian Jazz music scene since the early 1970s. He has recorded with Nimmons ‘N’ 9 plus 6. The Ted Moses Quintet, Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, Ranee Lee, Ted’s Warren Commission, The Alex Dean Quintet and John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra. He was a member of the music faculty at Mohawk College in Hamilton for 25 years and currently directs the Jazz Band at McMaster.
Adrean Farrugia fell in love with the piano at age 12. He began extensive classical studies and at the age of 18 was bitten by the Jazz bug and has never looked back. Read more…

Event, Music-Jazz

closed, Fri Oct 11

August 26th, 2019
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Friday October 11, 2019, closed

Event, Music