Art Crawl

Future Shock: A Requiem of the Past [Centre 3]

Future Shock: A Requiem of the Past (Main Gallery), July 14 - August 24, 2017

Curated by: Kiera Boult


Future Shock: A Requiem of the Past is a group show consisting of Centre[3]’s artist members whose work explores notions of loss and erasure in the process of progress. This exhibition challenges the viewer to consider what is left behind when we move forward? The rise of urbanization erases communities and histories, American author and Futurist Alvin Toffler describes this process as, “[a] continual evolutionary process of evacuations, demolitions, removals, temporarily vacant lots, new installations and repeat. This process is identical in principle to the annual rotation of crops[...].”

Future Shock: A Requiem of the Past aims to excavate the past and honour what has been rendered obsolete. Centre[3] is proud to exhibit our members in the Main Gallery showcasing the exceptional caliber of work our members create.

Opening Reception: July 14, 2017: 7pm-10pm (Art Crawl)


Friday, July 14, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, August 24, 2017 (All day)
Centre 3, 173 James Street North, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K9,

July Events at Artword 2017 [Artword Artbar]

A friendly cafe-bar, live music and art venue in the heart of James North arts district. Great acoustic music, in the roots, folk, jazz, world beat and inventive mode. We have a baby grand piano, a sound system. Licensed under the AGCO for 60, cafe tables and bar stools, micro-brew on tap, espresso, light meals [all-ages venue]. Art installations on the lower level.

Usual hours: Wed to Sat from 6 pm. For a detailed look at our calendar and events go to To get in touch, phone 905-543-8523, c.905-912-9083 or email us at .

July 2017

July 5: Jeffery Straker + Andreas + Shelley Gordon, Jordan Fox
July 6: 60s Folk Revival Sing-along
July 7: Latin American Peña, w. Rosy Cervantes, music & poetry
July 8: Jazz w. the Scott Taplay Group
July 10: Back to the 1780s! The WÖR band from Belgium
July 12: Songs from musicals, w. vocalists Alyssa Giammaria and Leah Korkowski
July 14: Jazz w. The Carolyn Credico Quartet
July 15: Blue Moon Marquee, gypsy blues jazz
July 20 - 30: Hamilton Fringe BYOV feat. Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy (Artword Theatre) and The Lost Years (Renurg Productions)



Hamilton Fringe BYOV at Artword: Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy (Artword Theatre) and The Lost Years (Renurg Productions)
Thursday, June 20 to Saturday, June 29, 2017, at various times, $10.July 20 to 29, 2017.
Artword Theatre participates in the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival with a timely and sensitive piece of documentary theatre, Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy, written and directed by Ronald Weihs and produced by Judith Sandiford. Dancer-choreographer-actor Learie Mc Nicolls plays the role of Langston Hughes and character actor Howard Jerome performs as The Interrogator. In addition, the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival at Artword Artbar Bring-Your-Own-Venue features The Lost Years: a Renurg Production by Peter Gruner, directed by Al French, performed by Deb Dagenais and Peter Gruner.



Jeffery Straker + Andreas + Shelley Gordon, Jordan Fox
Wednesday July 5, 2017, at 8 pm, $8 adv/$10 at the door.
Singer-songwriter Jeffery Straker returns to Artword Artbar with his show Inside the Songs. His guests for the evening include AndreasBrian Andreas & Jennifer Lockman and the duo Shelley Gordon & Jordan Fox.

Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone
Thursday July 6, 2017, at 8 pm, $15.
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone 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 that transforms the Artword Artbar into one of the 1960s coffeehouses of Yorkville or Greenwich Village. Song-sheets are provided. 

Latin American Peña, w. Rosy Cervantes, music & poetry
Friday July 7, 2017, at 8 pm. $10.
A Latin American Peña, an evening of music and poetry. Featured performer is Rosy Cervantes, lead singer of the band La Sana Rabia. Born in Cuernavaca, Rosy has an extensive career in Mexico where she founded La Sana Rabia in 2002, performing in blues festivals, tv shows and major venues all over the country. Her CD Lo blanco y lo negro (The dark and the light) shows her talents as a blues singer and songwriter. 

Jazz w. the Scott Taplay Group
Saturday July 8, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.
Jazz with the Scott Taplay Group: guitarist Scott Taplay, Jonas Pearson Paavola electric bass and Victor Agrippa alto sax. This jazz trio performs a modern take on jazz standards and a few originals

Back to the 1780s! The WÖR band from Belgium
Monday July 10, 2017, at 7:30 pm, $15. SPECIAL SHOW!
Matapa World Festival Series presents the WÖR band from Belgium, on a festival tour in Ontario.  The musicians: Fabio Di Meo, baritone & soprano saxophone; Bert Ruymbeek accordion; Jeroen Goegebuer violin; Pieterjan Van Kerckhoven bagpipes, musette, soprano saxophone; Jonas Scheys guitar. Back to the 1780’s! If it sounded good back then, why not today?

Songs from musicals, w. vocalists Alyssa Giammaria and Leah Korkowski
Wednesday July 12, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 /$5.
Two vocalists, Alyssa Giammaria and Leah Korkowski, recent graduates from Mohawk Music, will be sharing with you their love of songs from musicals. Their band includes: Ian Brown on piano, Jesse Martel on guitar, Aoife-Louise Doyle on backup vocals, Adam Inrig on drums, and Devon Savas on bass

Jazz w. The Carolyn Credico Quartet
Friday July 14, 2017 at 8 pm, $15/$10.
Jazz with The Carolyn Credico Quartet: Carolyn Credico vocals, Bob Shields guitar, Clark Johnston bass, Adam Fielding drums. The Quartet will perform a variety of beautiful jazz standards, latin and pop tunes.

Blue Moon Marquee, gypsy blues jazz
Saturday July 15, 2017, at 8 pm, $15/$10.
Gypsy-blues jazz duo Blue Moon Marquee (A.W. Cardinal guitar, vocals and Jasmine Colette upright bass, percussion, vocals) are swinging by Artword Artbar! This authentic duo writes and performs original compositions influenced by early blues, folk roots, swing, and ragtime. This year they are playing at seven Jazz festivals across Canada (Vancouver, Victoria, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Kaslo). They have also been nominated for Indigenous Group of the year for the 2017 Western Canadian Music awards.

Artword Artbar - 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton

Saturday, July 1, 2017 (All day) to Monday, July 31, 2017 (All day)
Artword Artbar,15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton

The Business of Being [Factory Media Centre]




The Business of Being 

Art Crawl: June 9th, 2017.
228 James St. North, Hamilton ON

Factory Media Centre is pleased to present its June Art Crawl programming: The Business of Being. Comprised of a screening of films by Richard Fung and Ho Tam, whose thoughtful, self-reflective, whimsical, and beautiful pieces invite us to consider the various ways in which we navigate the world around us, both as artists and as immigrants.

Screening schedule:

7:15PM -
Richard Fung, Re:Orientations. 2016. Single-channel video, colour, 68 minutes.
A fascinating look into the lives and thoughts of seven queer pan-Asian Canadians as they look back on a 1984 documentary in which they featured. How have they changed? And how has the world around them evolved and changed?

8:45PM -
Ho Tam, Confessions of a Salesman. 2008. Single-channel video, colour and B&W, 55 minutes.
"In today’s world, an artist is often a salesman, moving between self-expression and mass appeal. As a queer Asian man living and working in North America, I would like to reflect of this subculture intersecting with the mainstream, and in so doing, addressing the past, present and possible future." - Ho Tam

About the artists:

Richard Fung's work comprises challenging videos on subjects ranging from the role of the Asian male in gay pornography to colonialism, immigration, racism, homophobia, AIDS, justice in Israel/Palestine, and his own family history. His single-channel and installation works, which include My Mother’s Place (1990), Sea in the Blood (2000), Jehad in Motion (2007), Dal Puri Diaspora (2012) and Re:Orientations (2016), have been widely screened and collected internationally, and have been broadcast in Canada, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.

Ho Tam was born in Hong Kong and educated in Toronto, Canada and has worked in advertising firms and community psychiatric facilities before turning to art. He works in a diverse mix of disciplines including painting, video, print and public art and has exhibited in various cities across North America. His first video, The Yellow Pages, was commissioned by the public arts group Public Access for an installation/projection at Union Station in Toronto, 1994/95. Tam currently lives in New York City and is working on a few new projects including a video on a famous Chinese movie star from the 40s.


Friday, May 12, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Factory Media Centre, 228 James Street North, Hamilton

Oh Canada [Gallery on the Bay]

Ccelebrating Canada's 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial) with 150 works of art reflecting all provinces and territories

'It is a land
It has become an idea
It is a nation
It has become a world'

Featuring paintings, prints, and sculpture by Gallery Artists and 4 guest artists. 

Scott Abbott, Wesley Bates, Andrea Blanar, Robert Creighton, David Laing Dawson, Michael Dobson, Patricia Gagic, Catherine Gibbon, Helene Goulet, Fuad Hamdi, Barry Hodgson, Trevor Hodgson, Jody Joseph, Jim Maunder, Iris McDermott, Patricia Moore, Duane Nickerson, Chelo Sebastian, Brianne Service, Toby Snajdman, Holly Sneath; and guest artists Callie Archer,  Angela DeMontigny, Fiona Ellis, and Joel Masewich.

WHEN: June 16 - July 16, 2017; Reception Friday, June 16, 7 - 10 pm with live Jazz by Nick Deutsch (piano) & Pat Collins (bass)
WHERE: MAIN & STUDIO GALLERIES, 231 Bay ST North, Hamilton, ON L8R 2R1

Friday, June 16, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, July 16, 2017 (All day)
Friday, June 16, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
231 Bay ST North, Hamilton, ON

Library of Known Planets [The Assembly Gallery]

On February 22, 2017, NASA announced the existence of the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system of Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star. Their positions are so closely aligned that they are likely tidally locked in place, with the same side forever facing the sun. Three of these planets fall within the habitable zone of supporting the liquid water needed to support life as we know it. Within days of this revelation, four Hamilton artists got together at a local bar to plan an exhibition.

Beginning from a new short story written by author and multimedia artist Gary Barwin, The Library of Known Planets imagines a mythology for a planet where time of day is rooted in place. Told from the perspective of a young girl coming of age in a city of endless noon, Barwin’s sci-fi fable reflects the imaginative drive to conceive and comprehend the others who may live in times and places beyond our own.

Drawing on the sun-rusted imagery of Gary Barwin’s short story and a broader cultural language of astronomical exploration, Laine Groeneweg, Steve Mazza and Stephanie Vegh have created new works that extend the imaginative reach of TRAPPIST-1 and its possible worlds in their respective media of printmaking, sculpture and drawing. A limited edition volume of The Library of Known Planets designed by Gary Barwin and printed by Laine Groeneweg will also be displayed for reading purpose

Featured Artists
Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, performer and multidisciplinary artist and the author of twenty-one books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His latest book is the poetry collection No TV for Woodpeckers (Wolsak and Wynn). His recent national bestselling novel Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada) was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Leacock Medal. A PhD in music composition, Barwin will be writer-in- residence at McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library in 2017-2018 and is on the CBC Poetry Prize jury for 2017. He has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities and is currently writer-in- residence for at-risk youth. Barwin lives in Hamilton, Ontario with vague and unsettling feelings about Toronto. 

Laine Groeneweg is printmaker currently living in Hamilton. He received his BFA from York University in 2004 and subsequently trained at Fondazione Il Bisonte Per Lo Studio Dell’Arte Grafica in Florence, Italy with a focus on intaglio printmaking. Often characterized by themes of dream and play, his whimsical imagery blurs the line between reality and fiction. Laine's prints have been shown both Nationally and Internationally and is held in the permanent collections of the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts (Ekaterinburg, Russia), Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), and in the archives at Fondazione Il Bisonte Per Lo Studio Dell’Arte Grafica (Florence,Italy). In 2012 Laine opened Smokestack in Hamilton, Ontario – a studio that focuses on limited edition printing and the production of print-based artist projects.

Stephanie Vegh is a visual artist and writer who obtained her Combined Honours BA in Art and Comparative Literature from McMaster University before completing her MFA at the Glasgow School of Art. She has since served as Artist-in-Residence at the Repton School in Derbyshire, England and written essays and reviews for various galleries and publications in the United Kingdom and Canada. Since returning to Hamilton in 2007, her drawings have been included in group and solo exhibitions in Glasgow, Leeds, Hamilton, Toronto, Kitchener and Winnipeg.

Steve Mazza is a Hamilton artist and maker who makes a lot of things that can usually be classified as sculpture. He uses a variety of traditional building processes, but for some time now has incorporated digital sculpting and 3D printing into his work as well.  He enjoys exploring the intersection of handmade and computer assisted art and trying to figure out what that means for the creative process. Steve also applies his skills in theatre as a props builder and is currently Head of Props for the Sheridan College Technical Theatre and Live Entertainment program.

WHERE: 4 Cannon St East, Hamilton ON
WHEN: June 9 - 27; Opening Reception: Saturday, June 9 from 7-10pm, Closing Reception: Tuesday, June 27 from 7-10pm

Friday, June 9, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (All day)
Friday, June 9, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
4 Cannon St East, Hamilton ON

June Events at Artword 2017 [Artword Artbar]

A friendly cafe-bar, live music and art venue in the heart of James North arts district. Great acoustic music, in the roots, folk, jazz, world beat and inventive mode. We have a baby grand piano, a sound system. Licensed under the AGCO for 60, cafe tables and bar stools, micro-brew on tap, espresso, light meals [all-ages venue]. Art installations on the lower level.

Usual hours: Wed to Sat from 6 pm. For a detailed look at our calendar and events go to To get in touch, phone 905-543-8523, c.905-912-9083 or email us at .

June 2017

June 1: Beats Workin' duo David Hurley & Charly Chiarelli
June 2: tiny bill cody sees the devil
June 3: Jazz: Ted's Warren Commission
June 7: One-Night-Only-Reunion Show
June 8: Bolivian charango player Willy Rios
June 9: Cootes Paradise Concert
June 10: José Contreras + Paul Linklater
June 15: Andrew Aldridge in Planet of the Loops
June 16: The Kirkendolls
June 17: Thom Coombes and Max Marshall
June 21-23: Artword Theatre: Dance Showcase, curated Learie Mc Nicolls, 
June 24: Romancing the Song w. Loretta Bailey, James Gordon, Michael Mulrooney
June 29: Guitarist Doug Murphy, psychedelic jazz fusion
June 30: Richard Garvey, w. Teal Booth & Charlie Banjo Bean



Artword Theatre: Dance Showcase
Wednesday to Friday, June 21 to 23, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.
Artword Theatre presents a Contemporary Dance Showcase, curated by dancer-choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls. The program will be repeated for three evenings, with special guests. Featured is a new work, Duets for a Partner, choreographed and danced by Learie Mc Nicolls with Tanis Macarthur. This work features a visual design by Judith Sandiford, with real-time projections (photo left)



Beats Workin’ duo David Hurley & Charly Chiarelli
Thursday June 1, 2017, 8 pm. $10.
Beats Workin’ is a duo from Kingston: David Hurley on seven-string guitar and vocals and Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals. They perform a variety of music from jazz, blues, rock and original. You can expect a little delicious storytelling as a side dish.

tiny bill cody sees the devil
Friday June 2, 2017, at 9 pm, $10.
The ever-unpredictably wonderful Tiny Bill Cody is back with a solo show:  “tiny bill cody sees the devil“, in which tiny bill cody recounts his incredible true story of seeing the devil, thinking about it too much, and then writing lots of songs. 

Jazz: Ted’s Warren Commission
Saturday June 3, 2017, at 8 pm. $15 / $10 students. To reserve call 905-543-8512
Ted’s Warren Commission plays fresh, original, modern jazz. Ted Warren’s compositions draw on the history of the music while pointing to the future of it. In short, Ted’s Warren Commission is the sonic equivalent of eating cookies! Ted’s Warren Commission is: Ted Warren drums, Kim Ratcliffe guitar, Mike Malone trumpet, Mike Downes bass.

One-Night-Only-Reunion Show: Jason Jones Unit, jazz-bluegrass
Wed June 7, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. The Jason Jones Unit returns to Artword Artbar for a One Night Only Reunion Show. Jason Jones guitar, Jill McKenna bass and Scott Taplay guitar, plus a guest fiddle player. Bringing bluegrass and jazz influences together, this quartet plays compositions of Tony Rice, Bill Monroe and Dave Grisman to name a few!

Bolivian charango player Willy Rios
Thursday June 8, 2017, at 8 pm, $15.
Willy Rios, master charango player from Bolivia, is visiting Artword Artbar. He will be performing with Hugo Larenas (flamenco and classical guitarist) and Daniel Emden (percussionist). The charango is the Andean traditional stringed instrument in the lute family.

Cootes Paradise
Friday June 9, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512
The powerhouse band of familiar faces returns to Artword Artbar: Cootes Paradise, a collective of six musicians who chose to play together, combining their many talents. Their music is roots-based: bluesy, funky, and filled with soul. Band members are: Amy Di Nino (drums), Wayne Krawchuk (guitar/vocals), Sue Leonard (vocals), Lily Sazz (keyboards/vocals), Ian Taylor (bass), Mark Volkov (flute, violin, sax).

José Contreras + Paul Linklater
Saturday June 10, 2017 at 8 pm, $10.
José Contreras of By Divine Right and Paul Linklater of the Pinecones bring their respective solo acts to Artword Artbar. These veteran performers thrive on thwarting the sonic convention of the strumming troubadour!

Andrew Aldridge – Planet of the Loops
Thursday June 15, 2017, at 8 pm, $tba.
Noted guitarist Andrew Aldridge is bringing back his legendary Planet of the Loops  live at Artword Artbar with special guests: Tim Tickner, Wally Jericho, Steve Wood. Andrew Aldridge. Join us for a night of live improvised recycling of sounds! Anything can happen, and frequently does!

The Kirkendolls
Friday June 16, 2017, at 8 pm, $10/ pwyc.
A return visit by The Kirkendolls, a new local band: Mark Caruana on vocals and guitar, Tom Shea on bass, Jamie Shea on guitar, and Mario Laquintana on drums. The music is a mix of music from originals to jazzy re-arrangements to soulful blues and beyond.

Thom Coombes and Max Marshall
Saturday June 17, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.
Two folk-based singer-songwriters on tour with new material for spring 2017 are making a stop at Artword Artbar. Thom Coombes from Newfoundland and Max Marshall from Harrow, Ontario, have embarked on an 18-date eastern and central Canadian tour. 

Thursday June 29, 2017, 8 pm, $10 reg / $5 students.
Back for more of “It Is What It Is” — fusion psychedelic jazz featuring the far-out fabulous Doug Murphy on guitar, with Alana Gunn bass, Oscar Galbraith drums, Mike Ricci sax and flute. All original compositions, mostly by Doug himself. 

Friday, June 30, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.
Richard Garvey, our favourite wandering minstrel is on the road again. He’s back at Artword, this time with two guests: singer-songwriters Teal Booth and Charlie Banjo Bean. A great start to your Canada Day weekend in town! 

Artword Artbar - 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton

Thursday, June 1, 2017 (All day) to Friday, June 30, 2017 (All day)
Artword Artbar,15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton

Neige Noir screening [Factory Media Centre]




'neige noir' screening by Carl Brown 

Art Crawl: May 12th, 2017. 7-10pm.
228 James St. North, Hamilton ON

Factory Media Centre is pleased to screen neige noir by established Ontario filmmaker Carl Brown as part of our Factory Media Gallery Series during the monthly James St. North Art Crawl. Carl Brown’s films and photographs have been exhibited internationally, including the Centre Pompidou, to the Louvre, the Musée de l’Orangerie, the Musée de Beaux Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kunst Gallery in Seoul, the Sao Paulo Biennale, and the Madrid Bienal de la Imagen en Novimento. Carl’s breathtaking colour and a meditative rhythm is founded on a material-oriented technique involving the chemical manipulation of film, such as hand-processing, toning and tinting, liquid emulsion, reticulation, stacking and dried crystal bleach formations, and optical printing.

neige noire
by Carl Brown & John Kamevaar
Canada / 1:04:00 / 2003 / sound / colour
Screening in 16mm dual-projection. Begins at 7pm.

Curated by Josephine Massarell.


Friday, May 12, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Factory Media Centre, 228 James Street North, Hamilton

May Events at Artword 2017 [Artword Artbar]

A friendly cafe-bar, live music and art venue in the heart of James North arts district. Great acoustic music, in the roots, folk, jazz, world beat and inventive mode. We have a baby grand piano, a sound system. Licensed under the AGCO for 60, cafe tables and bar stools, micro-brew on tap, espresso, light meals [all-ages venue]. Art installations on the lower level.

Usual hours: Wed to Sat from 6 pm. For a detailed look at our calendar and events go to To get in touch, phone 905-543-8523, c.905-912-9083 or email us at .

May 2017

May 3: Special Concert: Italian jazz pianist Vittorio Mezza
May 4: The Acoustics, accordion-based music
May 5: Matapa World Music Series: Waleed Abdulhamid
May 6: JAZZ: vocalist Julie Michels & pianist Adrean Farrugia
May 10: Adrean Farrugia hosts Mohawk Music showcase series
May 11: Hamilton Poetry Centre Open Reading
May 12: MOJO Men of Jazz Octet
May 13: A Love Electric with Todd Clouser, jazz-rock-psych 
May 14: Mother’s Day Special, Raine Hamilton & Piper Hayes
May 15:  Acoustic Moments: Reggae dinner and show
May 17 - 18: Artword Theatre: Charly’s Piano w. Charly Chiarelli
May 19: Matapa World Music Series: Tony Gouveia
May 20: Ronley Teper's Lipliners
May 24: Singer-Songwriters NLX, Tara Holloway, Sammi Morelli
May 25: Roots troubadour Nudie
May 26: The Mike Almas Blues Band
May 27: The On-Topic Trio
May 30: Mairi Rankin & Ailie Robertson



Hamilton Poetry Centre Open Reading
Thursday May 11, at 7 pm, Free
The Hamilton Poetry Centre presents its annual Open Reading. Everyone is welcome to attend and to read. Doors open 6:30, reading starts at 7:00. Please arrive by 6:45 to register. Established in 1983, the Hamilton Poetry Centre works to support and encourage the writing and appreciation of poetry, by conducting workshops and hosting Canada Council sponsored readings.

Artword Theatre: Charly’s Piano w. Charly Chiarelli
Wednesday May 17 and Thursday May 18, 2017, at 8 pm, pwyc/$10.
Artword Theatre presents Charly’s Piano, a new work-in-progress featuring Charly Chiarelli. This is the fourth in a series of monthly theatre projects-in-progress, with Artistic Director Ronald Weihs.



Special Concert: Italian Jazz pianist Vittorio Mezza 
Wednesday May 3, 2017, at 8 pm. $ TBA
Italian pianist and composer Vittorio Mezza is performing with George Koller (bass) and Ben Riley (drums). The concert at Artword Artbar is part of a 3-venue event celebrating famous Napoli melodies. Mezza‘s recent recording Napoli Jazz Songs offers jazz versions of familiar songs from his native Italy. 

The Acoustics, accordian-based music
Thursday May 4, 2017 at 8 pm, $10.
The Acoustics, a lively band from the Hamilton area, play their own original folk-rock, world-roots music. Alfonso Spoto on accordion, Bonnie Bell on violin, and Vince Spoto on guitar/vocals. For the past 14 years, they have been cultivating their own unique music for local fans and venues. During this period they have released three studio CDs, their debut CD A Thousand Yesterdays  (Dec. 2003),Forever and a Day (Dec. 2007), and Erie Long (Jan. 2013). 

Matapa World Music Series: Waleed Abdulhamid 
Friday May 5, 2017 at 8 pm. Tickets Advanced $20; Seniors & Students $15; Matapa Members $15; Door $25.
Matapa World Music Series presents Waleed Abdulhamid. Multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer and film maker, Waleed was born in Sudan. He demonstrates his versatility on guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, kirin, darabhuka, marimba, congas, djembe, dumbek and tama. In addition to his many concerts and festival appearances, he has played and recorded with David Clayton Thomas, the Motown Legend Band “The Drifters”, Doug Riley, Jackie Richardson, Julie Black, Deborah Cox and Zaki Ibrahim. He also leads his jazz group Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble.

JAZZ: vocalist Julie Michels & pianist Adrean Farrugia
Saturday May 6, 2017, at 8 pm, $ TBA
Pianist Adrean Farrugia has invited renowned Toronto-based jazz vocalist Julie Michels to heat up the stage at Artword Artbar. Julie Michels is a unique and important feature on the Toronto jazz scene. Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. He plays occasionally at Artword Artbar and teaches music at Mohawk College, as well as juggling his busy touring schedule

Adrean Farrugia hosts Mohawk Music showcase series
Wednesday May 10, 2017 at 8 pm, $10/$5 students.
The final evening of the season in the showcase series from Mohawk College Music, featuring teachers and students coming together to make music. The series is organized by pianist Adrean Farrugia and bassist Clark Johnston. Mohawk students for Wed May 10 are pianist Ian Brown, vocalist Leah Korkowski and drummer Nigel Stewart.

MOJO Men of Jazz Octet
Friday, May 12, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. 
To reserve call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512
MOJO is the Men of Jazz Octet, a group of the area’s top jazz players.  The line up for the night will include: Jeff Plumbley trumpet, Darren Blundel alto sax, Lindsay Paul tenor sax, Don Templeton trombone, Dave Rubicini bari sax, Marc Girard guitar, Ethan Tilbury bass, and Ken Bower drums. Come on in and get your Mojo on with some great jazz in a truly energetic performance. Join this exciting group as they explore post-bop to modern compositions by jazz luminaries such as Freddie Hubbard, Bob Meyer, Kenny Dorham and Tom Kubis. Along the way the band will tip their hats to some of the stalwarts of the jazz octet like Dave Pell and Gerry Mulligan.

A Love Electric With Todd Clouser, jazz-rock-psych
Saturday May 13, at 8 pm, $tba.
Blockbuster show at Artword! A Love Electric is a critically acclaimed rock trio born out of Mexico City’s jazz scene. Todd Clouser (guitar/vocals) of Minneapolis, USA, Hernan Hecht (drums), a longtime Mexico resident from Argentina, and Aaron Cruz (bass), a Mexico City native, form a band that over 4 years, 4 records, and nearly 500 concerts, has consistently accomplished the uncommon, making music on their own terms and touring the world.

Mother’s Day Special, Raine Hamilton & Piper Hayes
Sunday May 14, 2017. $ TBA
Singer-songwriter-violinist Raine Hamilton is on tour from Winnipeg. She teams up with Piper Hayes from Hamilton for a special Mother’s Day Sunday afternoon concert. Raine‘s music is resonant, acoustic folk with an other-worldly edge and a lyric presence that cuts deep. Additionally, Piper Hayes is a critically acclaimed performer, singer- songwriter in the folk-pop mode, now based in Hamilton. In the past few years she has toured all over Canada and the USA, and has headlined three international tours.

Matapa World Music SeriesTony Gouveia
Friday May 19, 2017, at 8 pm. Tickets Advanced $20; Seniors & Students $18; Matapa Members $18; Door $25.
Matapa World Music Series presents Tony Gouveia, an impressive voice of a new generation of fadistas (fado singers) in North America. Fado is the urban folk music of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. Tony Gouveia was born in Lisbon, and came to Canada at the age of 13. He never forgot his roots nor the fados that his father used to sing at family gatherings. His debut fado album, O Nosso Fado, a compilation of fado standards reveals his deep passion and authentic vocal expression.

Ronley Teper's Lipliners with Dave Gould
Saturday May 20, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.
From Toronto, the surprising and delightful Ronley Teper’s Lipliners, plus a special guest opening set by Hamilton’s ever-inventive Dave Gould. Children at heart who love comedic, poetic, theatric, yet at times provocative storytelling, alongside truly magical music and visuals, will enjoy themselves.

Singer-Songwriters NLX, Tara Holloway, Sammi Morelli
Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 8 pm, $10.
Three singer-songwriters team up for a great night of music. NLX from Hamilton, now NY-based. Tara Holloway now back in her hometown Ottawa. Sammi Morelli  from BC.

Roots troubadour Nudie from PEI
Thursday May 25, 2017, at 8 pm, $tba.
Roots troubadour Nudie returns to Artword, on tour in Ontario, from his current home base of Charlottetown, PEI. His authentic style of music and songwriting is captured on his 2014 album Remember This. It is the soundtrack of relationships and heartache, delivered with wit and charm, and coated in the sounds of 1960s West Coast country soul.

Mike Almas Blues Band
Friday May 26, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.
An evening of original blues with Mike Almas and his wonderful Mike Almas Blues Band with Joanne Augustyn, vocals/percussion, Cameron Colburn, drums, Michael Gieseking, bass/vocals. Mike is a well known and respected songwriter, guitarist, and performer in the Southern Ontario region.

The On-Topic Trio
Saturday May 27, at 8 pm, $10.
Jazz with the On Topic Trio, a collaborative effort from guitarist Kim Ratcliffe, drummer Aubrey Dayle from Toronto, and bassist  Brad Cheeseman from Hamilton. Each a leader of his own solo project, the trio was formed in early 2015, and are now putting aside other musical endeavors to perform in this trio setting.

Celtic duo Mairi Rankin & Ailie Robertson
Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 8 pm, $tba.
A special concert by Celtic duo Mairi Rankin and Ailie Robertson, on tour in Canada. They are part of the Celtic band Outside Track, who played at Artword Artbar last year. Now they are doing a little tour as a duo (after a full tour with the whole band).

Artword Artbar - 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (All day)
Artword Artbar,15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton

Escarpment as Muse [Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts]

Escarpment as Muse

Art Opening and Fundraiser Cabaret at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts! Join us in celebrating the work of 15 artists who are insprired by the escarpment. Saturday April 29, 2017

Opening 5:30, Fundraiser starts at 6:30. Buy your tickets online ($20) online at EventBrite or at the front desk at HCA.

Cabaret Night Featuring John Terpstra, Margaret Flood, Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, Tuesday Choir, Tiny Bill Cody and Mimi Shaw. Supporting the Bruce Trail Conservancy

Participating Artists: Amber Aasman, Donna Akrey, Gary Barwin, Lucy Gerritsen-Beardwood, Margaret Flood, Lisa Hannaford, Victoria Long-Wincza, Tor Lukasik-Foss, Matt McInnes, Cornelia Peckart, Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, Titi Postma, Christine Tarsitano, Anita Thomas, Matt Walker

Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts
126 James Street South, Hamilton
905 - 528 - 4020

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 17:30 to 22:00
HCA Gallery, 126 James St South, Hamilton, ON

Craft Mart [Hamilton Artists Inc]

Craft Mart 

Bi-annual curated pop-up craft and design market

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to announce the return of it’s annual Craft Mart*. Craft Mart* is an bi-annual curated pop-up craft and design market that hosts talented and avant-garde makers. Its aim is to bring together the talented work produced by crafters and designers from across the region and beyond. Since its inception in 2013, Craft Mart* has grown into a highly anticipated market showcasing some of the best makers from across disciplines. Craft Mart* features the very best in jewellery, paper/ prints, ceramics, toys, clothing, accessories, housewares and apothecaries from artisans from Hamilton and the surrounding regions. Located at Hamilton Artists Inc. at the corner of James and Cannon, Craft Mart* will be open to the public during an Art Crawl weekend.

Friday, June 9, 2017 from 6:00 - 11:00pm 
Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 12:00 - 6:00pm

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 18:00 to 23:00
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 12:00 to 18:00
Hamilton Artists Inc., 155 James Street North, Hamilton ON