Artword Artbar is a licenced cafe-bar (all ages) for live music, theatre, contemporary dance.
Your hosts Ronald Weihs, Judith Sandiford. For reservations & info: call 905-543-8512, 905-912-9083. EMAIL artword@artword.net. BUY tickets online for some shows! BUY_tix_button

"Artword Artbar is a cosy little licensed listening room on Colbourne at James St. N., that always features interesting live music." Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator 03/29/12

 

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

Water Bear: songwriters Tom Dusome & Alex T. Wed Oct 10

August 16th, 2018
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Wednesday October 10, 2018, 8 pm, $10/pwyc. Our friends Water Bear (songwriters Tom Dusome & Alex T.) are back. “We write songs about resistance, resilience, and home.”
https://waterbear.bandcamp.com

Plus a guest set by The Do-Gooders: Dan Murray guitar/vocals,
Stu Gritter guitar/vocals, and Geoff Ball guitar/vocals.

Event, News

Jazz w. the Alex Tomowich Quartet, Sat Oct 6

August 15th, 2018
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Saturday October 6, 2018, 8 pm,
$10/ $5 students. An evening with the Alex Tomowich Quartet: William Fachin on drums, Michael Morabito on saxophone(s), Victor Agrippa on EWI (electronic wind instrument), Alex Tomowich on piano. The quartet is an exhilarating group based out of the GTA whose music covers the spectrum of musical genre: from innovative originals to Joe Satriani to Bud Powell to AC/DC to Joey Calderazzo. The band consists of students of award-winning musicians such as Adrean Farrugia, Pat Collins, Kevin Dempsey, Kirk MacDonald, Robi Botos, and Kelly Jefferson.

Event, Music-Jazz

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

60s Folk Revival Sing-along, Sat Sept 29

August 14th, 2018
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SOLD OUT!!  Saturday September 29, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 for info.
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone (the Fall 2018 edition) returns to Artword Artbar. The 60s Folk Revival sing-along concert features Sue Peters (vocals),  Michelle Rumball (vocals), Dwight Peters (vocals, 6 & 12 string guitars) and Tony Laviola (double bass). Imagine an evening in a 1960s coffeehouse in Yorkville or Greenwich Village. The lyrics have meaning, the voices are true and the music inspires the audience to join in. Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone recreates the songs of hope and social justice, messages that still resonate today, from songwriters including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Ian & Sylvia, Peter Paul and Mary, and Phil Ochs. Song-sheets are provided. http://wherehaveallthefolksongsgone.blogspot.ca/

Event, Music-folk

Latin American electro-acoustic music: Nano Valverde, Edgardo Moreno and Juan D. Toledo, Fri Sept 28

August 14th, 2018
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Friday September 28, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. A Latin American Peña hosted by Constanza Duran and Marcelo Puente. The September edition features minimalist electro-acoustic improvisational soundscapes with an Andean vibe performed by Edgardo Moreno (of Firefly Project), Nano Valverde, (of Sikuris Andean band), and Juan D. Toledo (of Santerías),
(The group originally scheduled to perform on this date, Las Brujas del Barrio, has unfortunately had to cancel.)

Event, Music-Latin, Music-World

Jazz: Chris Bruder new compositions, Thur Sept 27

August 13th, 2018
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Thursday September 27, 2018, 8 pm, $10. Jazz pianist Chris Bruder, a regular at Artword Artbar, is showcasing his new compositions, with Brad Cheeseman on bass, Geoffrey Bruce on drums and Scott Neilson on sax.

Event, Music-Jazz

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

Jazz vocalist Maureen Kennedy, Fri Sept 21

August 11th, 2018
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Friday, September 21, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. Book online   BUY_tix_button

Noted jazz vocalist Maureen Kennedy is coming to Artword Artbar! Her fans have been asking for her! Here is Maureen’s description of her plan for us:
“For my first gig at Artbar I would like to introduce a Hamilton audience to my love of repertoire. Through the years I have stockpiled an extensive collection of tunes, many of them rare gems. It would be fun to showcase songs done by some of the wonderful composers and singers who’ve inspired me. The setting will be intimate. I have been working consistently with two fine Toronto musicians, guitarist Ben Bishop and bassist Jon Meyer.”  www.maureenkennedy.com/site/

Event, Music-Jazz

Jazz: Nick Maclean Quartet, Thurs Sept 20

August 10th, 2018
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Thursday September 20, 2018 at 8 pm. Jazz with the Nick Maclean Quartet: Nick Maclean piano, Brownman Ali trumpet, Jesse Dietschi bass, Tyler Goertzen drums.
$15 at door.
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-Jazz

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

Richard Garvey, Sarah Beatty, Jack Garton, Wed Sept 12

August 8th, 2018
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Wednesday September 12, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Launching our Fall 2018 season:
Richard Garvey, a regular visitor from Kitchener, hosts an evening of singer-songwriters. Guests are Jack Garton, from Galiano, BC, and Sarah Beatty, a long-time friend from Hamilton.

Sarah Beatty (Hamilton, ON) www.sarahbeatty.ca
Richard Garvey (Kitchener, ON) www.richardgarvey.ca
Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron (Galiano Island, BC) www.jackgarton.com

Event, Music-singer/songwriter

closed for August, back Sept 12

August 1st, 2018
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Closed from Monday July 30 until Tuesday September 11, 2018. Programming starts up on Wednesday September 12, 2018.

Event, News

Reviews “The Man in the Vault” an Artword Theatre production

July 26th, 2018
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Reviews! –“Rather than feel satisfied that the play’s wrapping up, you’ll want more.”
–“a play that had me on the edge of my seat, like an unproduced Twilight Zone episode scripted by a young John Le Carré.”
–“a very compelling script. The highlight of this show is the acting.” Click MORE for full reviews. Read more…

Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Reviews for shows in the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival

July 24th, 2018
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The Fringe reviewers have been busy! Great reviews for all three shows at Artword Artbar BYOV! Here are the links we know about:

https://www.raisethehammer.org/fringe

https://www.thespec.com/whatson-story/8757842-hamilton-fringe-shakespeare-russian-conspiracies-and-three-acrobatic-witches/

Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe BYOV Artword Artbar: The Man in the Vault

June 29th, 2018
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July 19 to 28, 2018. Part of the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival.
The Man in the Vault
(Artword Theatre).
Performed by Mariam Bekhet, Jordan Campbell, Jason Thompson
Written and directed by Ronald Weihs
Produced and designed by Judith Sandiford
A Russian spy defects with information about Lee Harvey Oswald and the Kennedy assassination. James Angleton, the CIA’s legendary head of counterintelligence, is convinced he is a disinformation agent sent by the KGB. The defector is kept in a concrete vault in a secret location while interrogators try to extract the truth from the man in the vault. Based on true events in the 1960s that resonate with today’s headlines.
Drama, All Ages, Running Time: 60 minutes
Tickets: $10 (Fringe Backer Button required)  hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/

Show Times: Thursday, July 19 @ 9pm, Friday, July 20 @ 4:30pm
Saturday, July 21 @ 7pm, Sunday, July 22 @ 8pm
Tuesday, July 24 @ 9pm, Wednesday, July 25 @ 7pm
Thursday, July 26 @ 9pm, Friday, July 27 @ 5pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 6pm  (Final show)

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe BYOV Artword Artbar: The Decision

June 29th, 2018
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July 19 to 28, 2018. Part of the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival.
The Decision (Gallery on the Bay).
Performed by Jordan Campbell and Jason Thompson.
Written by David Laing Dawson, directed by Ronald Weihs
Produced by Marlaise Dawson, design and lighting by Judith Sandiford
Amsterdam, May 16, 1940: Two young officers in the Royal Netherlands Army meet secretly. Their orders are to report to Gestapo Headquarters in the next morning.

Drama, Parental Guidance, Strong Language. Running Time: 60 minutes
Tickets: $12 for Adults, $5 for Children under 12. (Fringe Backer Button required)
hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/

Show Times: Thursday, July 19 @ 7pm, Friday, July 20 @ 7pm
Saturday, July 21 @ 9pm, Sunday, July 22 @ 6pm
Tuesday, July 24 @ 7pm, Wednesday, July 25 @ 5pm
Thursday, July 26 @ 7pm, Friday, July 27 @ 7pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 4pm  (Final show)

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe BYOV Artword Artbar: Romeo & Juliet: An Escapist Comedy

June 29th, 2018
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July 19 to 28, 2018. Part of the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival.
Romeo & Juliet: An Escapist Comedy (Make Art Theatre).
Performed by Tyler Brent, Natalia Bushnik, Kristian Reimer, Ryan M. Sero, Liz Kalles, Laura Welch.
Written by Ryan M. Sero, Directed by Tyler Brent.
Winner of the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2014 Hamilton Fringe! The sell-out fan favorite returns! Romeo is distraught: his girlfriend just dumped him, he can’t find meaning in the universe, he’s worried there is no God, plus he can’t even get a table at Steinman’s! Shakespeare meets Woody Allen in this comic re-imagining of the Bard’s classic tale.
Comedy, All Ages, Running Time: 60 minutes.
Tickets: $10 (Fringe Backer Button required)  hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/

Show Times: Thursday, July 19 @ 5pm, Friday, July 20 @ 9pm
Saturday, July 21 @ 5pm, Sunday, July 22 @ 4pm
Tuesday, July 24 @ 5pm, Wednesday, July 25 @ 9pm
Thursday, July 26 @ 5pm, Friday, July 27 @ 9pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 8pm (Final show)

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

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

closed July 12 for Fringe rehearsals

June 27th, 2018
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FRÄNDER, Swedish-Estonian folk group, Wed July 11

June 5th, 2018
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Wednesday July 11, 2018, at 8 pm. $15/$10. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online Swedish-Estonian group FRÄNDER blends traditional music from their respective countries and uses it as a springboard for creating a captivating experience. Natasja Dluzewska vocals, fiddle; Säde Tatar flute, vocals; Gabbi Dluzewski string instruments, vocals; Daniel Dluzewski bass, vocals. The four family members create harmonies and inventive arrangements produce a musical landscape focusing on stories filled with warmth, charm and love of adventure. [Note: Mirva Tarvainen, musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer from Finland, is on tour with the band, stepping in for Natasja.]
www.frander.se 

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Kongero, a capella quartet from Sweden, Sat July 7

June 5th, 2018
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Saturday July 7, 2018, at 8 pm $15/$10. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online Kongero is a Swedish vocal group of the four female folk music singers Lotta Andersson, Emma Björling, Anna Larsson and Anna Wikénius.

The highly acclaimed folk vocal group Kongero draws traditional Swedish music out of the past and into the present. A concert with Kongero will take the listener on a fabulous journey, an all-embracing Scandinavian folk music experience. Blue notes, amazing vocal polyphony, groovy, powerful, and intimate. The band was formed in 2005 and besides doing concerts they also conduct well-received workshops in traditional Swedish vocal music and vocal harmonies.
www.kongero.se/index.php/en/

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Swing jazz vocalist Alex Pangman & her Alleycats, Fri July 6

June 5th, 2018
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Friday July 6, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Jazz with Juno-nominee vocalist Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats (Trio): Peter Hill piano, Glenn Anderson drums, Jack Zorawski double bass. This vibrant young vocalist is proud to be known as Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing.   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

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