McMaster University Poets at Art Crawl [AGH Annex]




McMaster University Poets at Art Crawl

Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) are opening the ring to McMaster university writers, poets, authors, performers, with enough steel to brave the grandest spoken word poetry stage at McMaster.

We are crowning the dopest poet at McMaster University at Friday’s Art Crawl. Poets will be scored by live judges from 0-12. The poets with the highest scores at the end of 2 rounds will be crowned University Slam champions and will represent mcmaster at Louder than a bomb Canada. It's going to be lit.

Top Poets will represent the university at Louder Than A Bomb Canada Poetry Festival (running May 5 - 20 at the AGH Annex.) It’s going to be a night of spit fire, and dope bars. Slam poetry is when the literary becomes competitive, as personal narratives weave with a skill set you can score.

Admission is FREE

WHEN: Friday, March 10, 7:00 pm doors
WHERE: AGH Annex 118 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2K7, Canada


Friday, March 10, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
AGH Annex, 118 James Street North, Hamilton ON

Getting to Know Different Literary Publishers [LitChat]

LitChat is the literary salon for those interested in getting together once a month.
There is a different host and theme each month.  LitChat is supported by
the Hamilton Public Library and Hamilton Arts Council.

Venue for LitChat is the Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library.

Tuesday March 14, 7:30 PM - 9PM Hamilton Room, 1st floor, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library 
Our guest, NOELLE ALLEN, is the publisher of Wolsak and Wynn, the past chair of the Literary Press Group and a current member of the Hamilton Arts Council’s Literary Advisory Committee.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:00
Hamilton Public Library, 55 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON

Poet Laura Clarke [Redeemer University College]

Reading and Q & A with Poet Laura Clarke

Prsented by Poetry Readings at Redeemer

Redeemer will host a reading and Q&A w/ Toronto-based poet and writer Laura Clarke on March 9th from 4:30 to 5:45. Clarke is a graduate of the MA program in the field of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. Her work has been published in the Antigonish review, Grain, Prims International, Qwerty, and Freefall.

WHEN: March 9th from 4:30 to 5:45.
WHERE: Redeemer University College, 777 Garner Road East, Ancaster, ON
TIX: Contact box office at 905-648-2131 x4211. Online tickets will be available closer to the performance dates

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 16:30 to 17:45
Redeemer University College, 777 Garner Road East, Ancaster, ON

Dundas Historical Book Club [Dundas Museum & Archives]

If you love history and love reading … or just enjoy a good read … consider joining the Dundas Historical Book Club.

They meet the first Thursday of every month at the Dundas Museum and Archives from 6:30-8:00. Books are selected by the members themselves, and range from biographies, historical literature to historical fiction and classics. Plus, the club is FREE!!! Normally, we select all books from the Hamilton Public Library’s Book Club Kits so there is no cost for purchasing books. New members always welcome, simply contact the museum for more information.

Upcoming Meetings:

April 6: A Factory Voice by Jeanette Lynes

For more info, go to the LINK


Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:00
Dundas Museum and Archives, 139 Park St. West, Dundas, ON

March 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 .

March 2017

Mar 1:  Alex Tomowich & Jesse Martel, jazz duo.
Mar 2:  Samuel Bonnet Trio, w. guest Brad Cheeseman, jazz
Mar 3:  Cowboy Quartet: Vintage sounds with Tiny Bill Cody
Mar 4:  Cootes Paradise, Concert
Mar 8:  Adrean Farrugia hosts Mohawk Music showcase series
Mar 9:  Tamara Buckland hosts Spoken Word Open Mic
Mar 10:  Two Bands! Rock and Blues!
Mar 11:  Noche de poesia y musica (night of poetry and music)
Mar 15-16: Artword Theatre presents Mind Wars.
Mar 17: Adrean Farrugia Trio, feat, Drew Jurecka, jazz
Mar 18: Sufjan Stevens Tribute Night, host Brad Cheeseman
Mar 19: World Storytelling Day stories
Mar 22: Future is Female play reading
Mar 23: Hisaka w. George Keller, jazz vocalist from Japan
Mar 24: M.E Law and guests, singer-songwriter
Mar 25: Jennis folk-blues
Mar 29: Guitarist Doug Murphy
Mar 30: 60s Folk Revival Sing-a-long
Mar 31: Chris Wallace’s Many Names Jazz Trio



Tamara Buckland hosts Spoken Word Open Mic
Thursday March 9, 2017, 8 pm.
An Open Mic for Spoken Word Artists, hosted by Tamara Buckland. View the event on Facebook and message Tamara to sign up. 

Noche de poesia y musica (night of poetry and music)
Saturday March 11, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 or sliding scale. 
We welcome back this year another Noche Bohemia (a night of poetry and music) called Grito de Mujer (Woman Scream), in honour of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2017). The night is dedicated to raising awareness about violence against women and girls. There will be poetry and music. The poets include: Amaluna, Constanza Duran, and others TBA. Musicians TBA… 

Artword Theatre projects showcase - Mind Wars
Wednesday March 15 and Thursday March 16, 2017, at 8 pm. pwyc/$10.
Artword Theatre presents Mind Wars: a theatre exploration about the 1960s, when politics became a struggle over reality and perception. Actual testimony and interviews bring back the Yippies vs the CIA, Black Activists vs the FBI, brainwashing, mind control and propaganda of the era. Conceived and assembled by director Ronald Weihs. This is the second in a series of theatre projects in the works, with Artistic Director Ronald Weihs. To find out more, and how to participate, or just attend, call 905-543-8512 or email:,

World Storytelling Day stories
Sunday March 19, 2017, from 2 to 4 pm.
Come listen to stories! Members of The Burlington Storytellers’ Guild tell tales with the theme of Transformation, in honour of World Storytelling Day. Guild members are dedicated to the growth, development and expansion of oral tradition storytelling as an art form. 

Future Is Female play reading
Wednesday March 22, 2017, at 7:30.
Hamilton’s Make Art Theatre presents an evening of three play-readings as part of The Future is Female Festival. Featured readers are Cadance Allen, Liz Buchanan, Sean Emberley, Carlos Jimenez, Kenneth Johnson, Tina Kocic, Amy Noelle Milligan, and Amber Wood. The plays featured are: How to Date a Politically-Correct Feminist (Or, the Compassion Experiment) by Emma Harr, Press  by Alice Stanley Jr., and Low & Away by Demetra Kareman 


Alex Tomowich & Jesse Martel, jazz duo
Wednesday March 1, 2017, at 8 pm, $5. 
Alex Tomowich (piano) and Jesse Martel (guitar) play a mixture of freely improvised jazz, as well as specially arranged jazz standards, and some jazz-based original compositions in multiple genres. Alex Tomowich is a jazz pianist studying music in the Applied Music program at Mohawk College and Jesse Martel is a jazz guitarist who graduated from the Applied Music program at Mohawk College.

Samuel Bonnet Trio, w. guest Brad Cheeseman, jazz 
Thursday March 2, 2017. at 8 pm, $15. 
The Samuel Bonnet Trio, on tour from Montreal: Samuel Bonnet on guitar, Elli Miller-Maboungou on percussion and Julien Fillion on saxophone, with special guest Brad Cheeseman on bass. In 2015, the Samuel Bonnet Quartet received the “Coup de Coeur Prize” at the Montreal Vision Diversité competition and in July 2016 was selected to be part of the TD Jazz Competition, at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Cowboy Quartet: Vintage Sounds, w. Tiny Bill Cody
Friday March 3, 2017, at 8:30 pm, $15. 
Tiny Bill Cody, vocals and guitar, and his Cowboy Quartet: Vintage Sounds show, with Mimi Shaw vocals/guitar, Orange McFarland bass, Jeff Griffiths drums. They will play your favourite country weepers, cowboy ballads, and early rock crooners. Not to be missed. 

Cootes Paradise Concert 
Saturday March 4, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 or book online
A new powerhouse band of familiar faces: 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).

Adrean Farrugia hosts Mohawk Music showcase series
Wednesday March 8, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students.
A new showcase series from Mohawk College Music, featuring teachers and students coming together to make music, organized by pianist Adrean Farrugia and bassist Clark Johnston. Mohawk students for Wed March 8 are Devon Savas bass, Cooper Hannahson drums, and Alex Tomowich piano.

Two Bands! Rock and blues!
Friday March 10, 2017, 8 pm, Art Crawl tip jar.
A lively busy Friday night at Artword Artbar. Joey DePaiva, bass, and Shelby Crego, guitar, are bringing two bands from Mohawk Music, playing mostly rock and blues. One long set each. Band 1: Aoife Doyle vocals, Leah Korkowski vocals, Shirley Simpson vocals, Graysen Lee guitar, Shelby Crego guitar, Jamie Bekyarovich guitar, Joey DePaiva bass, Nik Hurst keyboards & piano, Cooper Hannahson drums. Band 2: Lauren Perreira vocals, Shelby Crego guitar, Olivia Brown bass, Miles Branaugh keys, Cooper Hannahson drums. 

Adrean Farrugia hosts Mohawk Music showcase series, jazz. 
Friday March 17, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 / $10 students. 
Jazz with the Adrean Farrugia Trio featuring violinist Drew Jurecka.  Adrean Farrugia piano, Drew Jurecka violin/vocals, Clark Johnston bass. Drew Jurecka, violinist, has spent ten years playing jazz in Toronto, and has become an in-demand sideman and session player. Adrean Farrugia has been featured on more than 30 albums to date garnering multiple Juno awards and nominations and has performed internationally. Clark Johnston started his professional career as a bassist in 1994 and has since worked with the likes of Diana Panton, Peter Appleyard, Gene DiNovi, Reg Schwager, Don Thompson, John Sherwood, the Mike Malone Jazz Orchestra, as well as the Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra–just to name a few. 

Sufjan Stevens Tribute Night, host Brad Cheeseman.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.
Come on and feel the Illinoise! Spend an evening hearing the music of Sufjan Stevens, delightfully reimagined and rearranged for an all-instrumental band of great local musicians

Hisaka, w. George Koller, jazz vocalist from Japan
Thursday March 23, 2017, at 8 pm, $15.
Currently based in Tokyo, Hisaka visits Canada on occasion for performances to keep active in the world-wide music scene. Hisaka first came to Toronto in 2011 to pursue her music dream and became actively involved in the Toronto music scene, including the appearance of Jazz FM91.1 One Stop Vocal Jazz Safari

M.E. Law, and guests, singer-songwriter. 
Friday March 24, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 (or $15 includes CD). 
Singer-songwriter M.E. Law returns to Artword Artbar. She brings tales of her life to the table: songs behind the stories and stories behind the songs, spiked with a gentle, ribald sense of humour, and at times aching honesty. All are delivered in a unique voice and style all her own. Opening set by local singer-songwriters Sarah Farr and Christine Leakey.

Jennis: Dennis Gaumond & Jen Gillmor
Saturday March 25, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.
Back at Artword Artbar! The wonderful  folk-blues duo Jennis brings together award-winning Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond‘s decades of experience writing and performing original blues and folk and the diverse musical experiences of veteran Toronto indie-scene multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is also augmented by unusual sounds, such as didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator. It makes for a very entertaining performance, filled with energy, passion and humour.

Guitarist Doug Murphy
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 8 pm, $10 reg / $5 students.
A return appearance 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. Also some free-form improvisations.

60s Folk Revival Sing-a-long
Thursday March 30, 2017, at 8 pm, $15.
This 60s Folk Revival sing-a-long 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. The lyrics have meaning, the voices are true and passionate in solo and in harmony, and the music inspires the audience to join in. The show covers the songs of the great singers and poets including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Ian & Sylvia, Peter Paul and Mary, and Phil Ochs. Song-sheets are provided.

Chris Wallace’s Many Names Jazz Trio
Friday March 31, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 / $10 students.
A return visit from Chris Wallace‘s Many Names Trio feat Adrean Farrugia on piano, Artie Roth on bass, and Chris Wallace on drums. This top shelf trio will be playing classic jazz standards and modern compositions by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Esbjorn Svensson, Miles Davis, Mulgrew Miller and others.

Artword Artbar - 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 20:30
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 20:00
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 20:00
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 20:00
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 14:00
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 20:00
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 20:00
Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton, ON

AGH Reads [Art Gallery of Hamilton]


The AGH READS Book Club, in partnership with the Hamilton Public Library, brings the spirited conversation that takes place through shared interests and ideas to the Gallery. There are now three options for our AGH READS members to participate in.


In this group we will explore art-themed books, both fiction and non-fiction that
may use AGH exhibitions as an entry point. Selections will challenge participants
to consider art from many different perspectives. Meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the AGH, 123 King Street West.

Upcoming Meetings
February 23: The Forgetting Room by Nick Bantock
March 30: Van Gogh’s Ear: The True Story by Bernadette Murphy
April 27: The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild


This group features a variety of art-related books, covering a span of art historical
periods and artists, and supported by the HPL’s Book Club Kits program. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch, 55 York Blvd.

Upcoming meetings:
February 11: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
March 18: The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor
April 8: Old Masters by James King


The AGH READS Book Club is bringing a new chapter to the Annex featuring Canadian literature with a special focus on regional authors and settings. Come out and enjoy an evening of discussion in the heart of the arts district at the AGH Annex. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the AGH Annex, 118 James Street North.

Upcoming Meetings
February 8: The Spawning Grounds by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
March 8: On the Shores of Darkness There is Light by Cordelia Strube
April 19: Canada Reads Winner


Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 18:00
Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 14:00
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 19:00
118 James Street North, Hamilton ON

Winter's Tales [Grit Lit Readers & Writers Festival]

Winter's Tales - part of Hamilton Winterfest 2017

Hamilton's Readers & Writers Festival presents an evening of winter tales. All Hamilton readers and writers are welcome at The Staircase Theatre for a fun-filled evening that includes the Winter's Tale flash fiction contest, games, activities, readings, raffles, door prizes plus a sneak peek at the 2017 gritLIT Festival.

Featuring a reading by special guest author Heather O’Neill discussing her new book The Lonely Hearts Hotel.

Cash bar and snacks available. Tickets: $10

Phone: 905-529-3000
Twitter: @gritlitfestival


Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Staircase Cafe & Theatre, 27 Dundurn Street N, Hamilton, ON

Lit Live March 2017

Founded by Hamilton writer Kerry Schooley 1994, Lit Live is a literary reading series in Hamilton, Ontario
featuring a diverse and exciting range of writers from across Canada and from Hamilton
at 7:30pm on the first Sunday of each month, from September to June.
For the 2016-17 season, our location is The Staircase Theatre.


LitLive marks it's new season with five diverse writers reading from
their books of short stories, poetry, novels,and possibly from new work. 
It's really quite remarkable that we've have the opportunity to hear
such writers each month - and for free! - in Hamilton, Ontario.

  • Katerina Fretwell reads from Dancing on a Pin.
  • Anna Chatterton reads from Within the Glass.
  • Madder Anand reads from A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes
  • Cordelia Strube reads from On the Shores of Darkness There Is Light

This evening’s LitLive will also feature readings from two Emerging Writers:
Klara du Pleases and Michelle Brown.

WHEN: Sunday, March 5th at 7:30 pm
WHERE: Staircase Theatre & Cafe, 27 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton
INFO: Follow on Twitter at @LitLiveReadings or on Facebook.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30
The Staircase Cafe and Theatre, 27 Dundurn St N, Hamilton

Lit Live February 2017

Founded by Hamilton writer Kerry Schooley 1994, Lit Live is a literary reading series in Hamilton, Ontario
featuring a diverse and exciting range of writers from across Canada and from Hamilton
at 7:30pm on the first Sunday of each month, from September to June.
For the 2016-17 season, our location is The Staircase Theatre.

Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 19:30
The Staircase Theatre - 27 Dundurn St N, Hamilton

Christine Pountney, Imagination is Truth [LitChat]

LitChat is the literary salon for those interested in getting together once a month.
There is a different host and theme each month.  LitChat is supported by
the Hamilton Public Library and Hamilton Arts Council.

Venue for LitChat is the Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library.

IMAGINATION IS TRUTH: autobiographical fiction and when it is more true to invent than report
Tuesday February 14, 7:30 pm LINC Classroom, 4th floor, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library
CHRISTINE POUNTNEY is a mother, writer, teacher and editor whose work has been published to great acclaim in Canada and the UK. Pountney studied English Literature at McGill University and University College Dublin and holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She published her first novel, Last Chance Texaco, with Faber and Faber and was long listed for the Orange Prize in 2000.

She has since published two more novels – The Best Way You Know How and Sweet Jesus – which both Irvine Walsh and Barbara Gowdy chose as one of their Best Books of 2012. Pountney has written for The Erotic Review, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail , Elle, Flair, Nuvo, The New Quarterly, Brick and Hazlitt Magazine.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:00
Hamilton Public Library, 55 York Blvd, Hamilton