Artword Artbar is a licenced cafe-bar for live music concerts, theatre and performances. Usually open about 2 hours before scheduled events.
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

 

Valentine Special with Em and Joss, Thur Feb 14, 2019

January 3rd, 2019
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Thursday February 14, 2019, at 8 pm. $15. Artword Artbar hosts a date-night Valentine’s Day special, a romantic evening of music with our wonderful friends Em and Joss (Emily Kemp and Jocelyn Russell). They will sing their favourite love songs. Piano, acoustic guitar, rhythm instruments and rich vocal harmonies.

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

Jazz w. the Winona Collective, Sat Feb 9, 2019

January 2nd, 2019
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Saturday February 9, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. The Winona Collective is a group of five jazz musician friends: Dan Pitt and Harry Bartlett on guitars, and Jill McKenna and Caleb Klager on upright basses. They are exploring the possibilities of this unusual instrumentation. New arrangements are possible, where each member can take on a different role in the ensemble. Their compositions will feature aspects of jazz improvisation, as well as new takes on standards.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

The SoulCypher: featuring Aisha Barrow & Viktoria Csik, Fri Feb 8, 2019

January 2nd, 2019
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Friday February 8, 2019, at 8:30 pm, $10. The SoulCypher features up-and-coming Soul and R&B artists LifeandtheTribe (Aisha Barrow vocalist and band) and Viktoria Csik and band. The evening will showcase modern and classic R&B and Neo-soul.
Lifeandthetribe: Aisha Barrow vocals (listen to video below); Nathanael Pollard keys; Jason Osario guitar; Spencer Devolin bass; Jadon Haughton drums.
Viktoria Csik and band: Viktoria Csik vocals; Santiago Rozo keys; Cameron Watson bass; Lucas Hibbs drums.
+ guest set by Juliana Jones.

Click here to read the wonderful article by Ric Taylor of View Magazine (Feb 7-13, 2019 Issue), interviewing Aisha BarrowAISHA BARROW ViewMag article

Event, Music, Music-pop-etc.

OPENING Event: Kyp Harness, w. Tania Gill & Dale Morningstar, Thurs Feb 7, 2019

January 2nd, 2019
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Thursday February 7, 2019, at 8 pm, $10 / pwyc. First event of 2019. Songwriter Kyp Harness, musician and writer, is celebrating the release of his second novel The Abandoned as well as his 14th album, self-titled Kyp Harness. Joining him is pianist Tania Gill and multi-instrumentalist Dale Morningstar of Dinner is Ruined.
Also participating in the evening is Chris Bailey, a poet/fisherman from Prince Edward Island, who splits his time between Hamilton and PEI. He will be reading from his book What Your Hands Have Done.
https://kypharness.net/

“If you aren’t familiar with Kyp Harness, then you’ve been missing one of the most important bodies of work any Canadian singer-songwriter…. With each new release, media outlets have hailed him as a genius, and his songs have been covered by Ron Sexsmith, Daniel Lanois and Mary Margaret O’Hara, among others. Sexsmith has called Harness, ‘my favourite songwriter. It’s his lyrics that set him apart. They are every bit as powerful as the best Dylan, Cohen and Lennon combined.’”

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

December 2018, January 2019, in London, England

December 18th, 2018
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Artword Artbar closed to Feb 6, 2019

December 10th, 2018
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From Dec 16, 2018 to Feb 6, 2019, Artword Artbar will be closed.
Programming resumes from Thurs February 7, 2019. Watch the website for programming updates for February and March 2019.

Event, News

Scroogissimo! is delightful and charming (review by Gary Smith)

December 10th, 2018
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GARY SMITH: Scroogissimo! is delightful and charming

WhatsOn December 11, 2019, 12:02 PM by Gary Smith, Special to The Hamilton Spectator

www.thespec.com/whatson-story/9075444-gary-smith-scroogissimo-is-delightful-and-charming/

It’s the best Scrooge I’ve seen all year.

With apologies to Charles Dickens, this Hamilton version of the transformation of a crusty old skinflint to a giving and caring benefactor of humanity, will make you believe in something more than ersatz holiday entertainment.

We’re in Hamilton, where Bob Cratchit (Jon-Gordon Odegaard) and his family live at 487 Barton St. Cratchit scratches out a living in the office chambers of Ebenezer Scrooge a wily old Sicilian played of course by the irrepressible Charly Chiarelli.

As in Dickens, you’ll go with those three spirits of Christmas, Past, Present and Future (Pamela Gardner, Paula Grove and Valeri Kay) as they force the grumpy old miser to confront the waste of his life. Read more…

Theatre

THEATRE: Scroogissimo is coming back! Dec 1 to 15, 2018

October 20th, 2018
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NEWS: remaining 4 shows selling fast. Fri Dec 14 is SOLD OUT.
Friday Dec 1 to Saturday Dec 15, 2018.
Times: Wed to Sat at 8:00 pm.
Sun matinées Dec 2 & Dec 9 at 3:00 pm.
Tickets: Adults $25,  Child 14 & under $10.
To reserve call 905-543-8512. On-line ticketing no longer available.

Artword Theatre’s delightful Christmas comedy Scroogissimo returns for a fourth time to Artword Artbar. Hamilton’s North End meets Charles Dickens in a wacky script by Ryan Sero and Charly Chiarelli, directed by Ronald Weihs.
With the original cast!
Charly Chiarelli as Ebenezu Scroogie
Pamela Gardner as Christmas Past and ensemble
Paula Grove as Christmas Present and ensemble
Valeri Kay as Christmas Future, Mrs. Cratchit and ensemble
Jon-Gordon Odegaard as Bob Cratchit and ensemble
Jay Shand as Marley’s Ghost, nephew Fred and ensemble
Musical support by Alex Tomowich on piano.

A sell-out hit in 2013, 2014 and 2016, Scroogissimo features Charly Chiarelli as “Ebenezu Scroogie”, a Christmas-hating old Hamiltonian from Racalmuto, Sicily, who finds himself haunted by three ghosts of the Past, Present and Future.

Our favourite review, from the first production in 2013: “Artword Theatre is cramming a whack of seasonal fun into their tiny package of a space. Mixing local Sicilian–Canadian storyteller Charly Chiarelli and “Charly” Dickens makes a Christmas–cracker exploding with musical and comedic goodies that will make an addition to your festive season you will never forget….” Robin Pittis for View Magazine.
(The show is as much fun and even more, as we add new things in each remount.)

Event, Theatre

SPECIAL: Brownman Ali’s Jazz Xmas show, Tues Dec 11, 7:30 pm

October 19th, 2018
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 7:30 pm, $15/$10 students. Special show just added! Brownman Ali’s Jazz Xmas show is a unique reading of classic holiday tunes by the BROWNMAN AKOUSTIC QUARTET with Brownman Ali on trumpet, Nick Maclean on piano, Jesse Dietschi on bass and David Steinmetz on drums. All tunes have been specially arranged by Brownman. Imagine:
— “Frosty the Snowman” with a Cuban twist
— “We Three Kings” as a hip-hop track
— “Rudolph” as a hard-swinging tune
— “Jingle Bells in 7/8”
— “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire” as a Brazilian Samba
— “Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” like a 50’s Miles tunes
— “Do You Hear What I Hear” as down-tempo soul
— “Silent Night” as a ballad.

Event, Music-Jazz

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; Jamie Stager vocals, trombone; Jacob Gorzhaltsan sax/clarinet;  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, My Flying Machine, Thurs Nov. 22

October 12th, 2018
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Thursday November 22, 2018, at 8 pm, $10/Pay What You Can.
Melodic Pixel Media presents The Human Race: Adam Carter, featuring Pamela Gardner on aerial silks, with visuals by Judith Sandiford.
Special guest set by My Flying Machine (Brandon General)

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

An Intimate Evening With Dwayne Morgan, Sat Nov 17

October 9th, 2018
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Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 8 pm,
$15 reg, $12 student/senior.
Call 905-543-8512 or
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Dwayne Morgan is a master storyteller. Known affectionately as the Godfather of Canadian Spoken Word, Morgan brings his 25th anniversary celebrations to Hamilton. Join us for An Intimate Evening With Dwayne Morgan. dwaynemorgan.ca/

Dwayne’s biographyDwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. In 1994, while still in high school, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists. A member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, Morgan has received both the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts. Morgan is the winner of 3 Canadian Urban Music Awards (2001, 2003, 2005). In 1998, Morgan introduced regular poetry slams to Toronto, and has watched them blossom across the GTA and beyond ever since. In 2005 he was recognized as Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Vancouver.  Read more…

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

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 $20 door. Call 905-543-8512. Advance tickets closed.

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

CANCELLED: Linda McRae, Laura Pitkanen, Osypa, Thurs Nov 15

October 7th, 2018
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SHOW CANCELLED Thursday November 15, 2018 at 8 pm, Call 905-543-8512. UPDATE  Musician Linda McRae, has bowed out of the show on doctor’s orders. The other musicians (Laura Pitkanen and Osypa (Alexandra Babiak), who were to play with her, have decided to cancelled their part of it.
Artword Artbar cannot put together a replacement show on such short notice.

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), Burke Carroll (pedal steel), 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! 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.

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

October 1st, 2018
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WORKSHOP CANCELLED Sat Nov 3, 2018, from 1 to 5 pm. Master Class for Singers with Former Nylon Micah Barnes.
Yes, the concert is on as planned, at 8 pm.

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

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