Voice of the Flute [5 at the First]

5 at the First Chamber Music Series presents their 8th season opening concert

The Voice of the Flute

Feat. Leslie Newman, flute, with Roman Borys, cello & Jeanie Chung, piano

Our 8th season opens with stellar Canadian musicians and a program curated to enchant, amaze and delight. Principal Flute of the Hamilton Philharmonic, our featured performer Leslie Newman has been described as powerful and sensitive as she gives life to the music. While still a teen, Leslie made her debut with the Toronto Symphony and has since performed with orchestras across Canada and abroad. Her recital appearances have brought her from Chicago to Taipei to Columbia, and her recordings have won critical praise from the Gramophone. We are thrilled that she has created this virtuosic and varied program, and is joined by two of Canada's most lauded chamber musicians.


  • Joseph Schwantner Black Anemones
  • Francis Poulenc Vocalise-Étude
  • *Barbara Monk Feldman The Loons of Black Sturgeon Lake (for solo flute)* CANADIAN WORK
  • Sergei Prokofiev Sonata in D major, Op. 94
  • Heitor Villa Lobos Assobio a Jato
  • Carl Maria von Weber Trio in g-minor, Op. 63

WHERE: First Unitarian Church,170 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton ON
WHEN: Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 at 3pm
TIX:; At the door: $20 Adult, $15 Senior, $5 Student/unwaged, FREE Under 12

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 15:00
First Unitarian Church, 170 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton, ON

Florian Hoefner [Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts]

Florian Hoefner

Saturday, Sept 23 at 7 PM - 10 PM

Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts
HCA Recital Hall, 126 James St S, Hamilton, ON
Tickets: Regular $20, Senior $15, Student $15 or call 905-528-4020

Florian will present the music from his new solo album "Coldwater Stories" (Origin Records).
More info: We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
HCA Recital Hall, 126 James St S, Hamilton, ON

Russian Celebrations [Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra]

Russian Celebrations

September 23 at 7:30pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place)

Music Director Gemma New kicks off the 17-18 Season with electrifying Russian classics. Canadian violinist and Los Angeles Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour makes his Hamilton solo debut in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s virtuosic yet graceful Violin Concerto, while colourful and energetic works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin round out the program. The suite from Stravinsky’s breakthrough ballet The Firebird ends this concert with a bang, as your HPO brings this dazzling and colourful score to life.

Gemma New - conductor
Martin Chalifour - violin

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Borodin: Prince Igor Polovtsian Dances
Stravinsky: Firebird (1919 Suite)


Friday, September 23, 2016 - 07:30
First Ontario Concert Hall, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, ON

Musicata Canadiana

In celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, we present a facsinating program of music by living Canadian composers premiered by Musicata. We are joined by a string quartetin presentign engaging new works by Roger Bergs, Bonnie Pernfound, and Alice Dearden. Celebrate with us - and see what Canada is up to today!

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 15:30
St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Charlton Ave. West, Hamilton

Workshop / Studio Grand Opening [Art Aggregate]

Join Art Aggregate for their Grand Opening celebration! There will be beverages provided by Collective Arts and Steam Whistle Brewery and great food by State & Main, Mr. Corn and Wally Parr Sausages!

The newest, most exciting makers space has opened in Hamilton! Their ribbon-cutting will take place at 6pm with dignitaries in attendance. Look forward to art created by a variety of live artists and a beautifully curated gallery showing.

As well as enjoying music from the Y108 Street Team all day, additional entertainment will be provided by the Goggin-Carroll Irish Dancers and performances from The Maysides and "JJ" from JJ and The Pillars throughout the evening!

WHEN: Saturday, September 23rd as we celebrate our GRAND OPENING from 3pm until midnight!
WHERE: 398 Nash Rd. North, Unit 12, Hamilton, ON

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 15:00 to 23:59
12-398 Nash Road North, Hamilton, ON

Something Else - Sept 2017 [Zula Music & Arts Collective]

Zula Music & Arts Collective Hamilton presents

Peggy Lee Octet: Tell Tale



Josh Zubot’s MendHam

JOSH ZUBOT  violin  •  JASON SHARP  baritone saxophone

WHERE: Staircase Theatre27 Dundurn St. Hamilton
WHEN: Sunday, September 17 (3 pm, afternoon concert)


Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 15:00
Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St., Hamilton, ON

September Events at the Pearl 2017 [Pearl Company]

An arts and performance facility in the heart of the Landsdale neighbourhood
of downtown Hamilton. The first floor houses the Pearl Gallery. The second floor
is a newly configured performance space for live music and theatre.

16 Steven St. 905-524-0606

Here's what's going on at The Pearl

September 2017

We continue to offer you the reasonably-priced, high-quality entertainment that you expect in The Pearl’s intimate, ambiance-laden, and acoustically unrivalled setting . (“Vibiest room anywhere.” Ruth Moody)  Anyone needing special attention or specific answers, or if you’d rather order from a person (!) please continue to pick up the phone or email:  There are always tickets at the door for shows that are not sold-out.  The door remains cash-only.

September 1: Fin de Fiesta Flamenco w Lia Grainger
September 9: POR LA VIDA…SIEMPRE!!!  Art Opening: 11:00am to 4:00pm.
September 9: Harpdog Brown & the Travelin’ Blues Show w Sugar Brown
September 16: Low Country Hill CD Release
September 22: Scotty & The Barefoot Boys CD Release 
September 23:  Kirk Starkey & Hannah Bech 
September 29: Matthew Byrne



Harpdog Brown & The TRAVELIN’ BLUES SHOW with Sugar Brown
Saturday, September 9. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $25
Maple Blues award-winning Harpdog Brown is happily touring his authentic Travelin’ Blues Show in support of his new ground-breaking album Travelin’ WithThe Blues. Canada’s premier ‘old school’ harp wizard has never sounded better. He arrives with Sugar Brown whose dark, sweet, and inconsolable blues has brought him much attention and many awards. Sugar Brown’s blues originated while at the University of Chicago.   

Peace and Love:  Remembering Gary Depodesta, Christopher Clause & Friends
September 15: Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. An all ages show. Cost: Pay As You Can.
When Gary DePodesta died suddenly at the end of July, the city lost one of its greatest live music supporters. In keeping with his love of live music and our city, we are going to host a special musical event celebrating Gary’s life. The event will feature many of Gary’s favourite musicians. It will be a pay-as-you-can affair, with the proceeds covering the rental of the venue as well as a donation to “Gracenotes” in Gary’s name.

Low Country Hill: CD Release!
Saturday, September 16. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged.
Low Country Hill is the moniker for Hamilton-based singer-Low Country Hill songwriter Paul Hogeterp.  Paul released his self-titled, critically-acclaimed debut in 2014. (Floorshime Zipper Boots). Touring has taken Paul down logging roads in northern Ontario and through traffic jams on the Lionsgate Bridge in Vancouver – all for the joy of sharing the songs in intimate venues with music lovers. After nearly two years of performing, he burrowed in his basement studio for the last half of 2016 to write for his next record.

Scotty and the Barefoot Boys
Friday, September 22, Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20.  Scotty and the Barefoot Boys is a four piece band born at the Hamilton Regional Songwriter’s Group. Scott Kernaghan is a psychologist, athlete and songwriter who does vocals too!  Taylor Jeffrey is a coffee master at Williams’ and a guitar player extraordinaire. Spencer Thomas is an exciting bass player, who will be replaced by a very accomplished bass player at the live event since Spencer is off for adventures in Europe. Jordan Jespersen is a drummer far beyond his years in his ability and he’s the engine that drives the bus known as Scotty and the Barefoot Boys.

Kirk Starkey & Hanna Bech
Saturday, September 23. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 /students/seniors/wage-challenged PWYC (pay what you can).
Kirk Starkey is “One of Canada’s most inventive Cellists today.” CBC Radio 2. Kirk has pursued a unique career as cellist, composer and sound artist. Kirk’s solo recordings Little Gidding (2011), Songs of Sudbury (2016) showcase his original style of integrating extended cello techniques and digital processing into a compelling and accessible medium. Hamilton native Hanna Bech is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, choral composer, conductor, and teacher(!)  Bech’s sound combines piano and playful vocals to create classically influenced folk-pop with swagger.

Matthew Byrne: CD Release Tour
Friday, September 29. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged.
Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew’s repertoire is heavily influenced by that unique musical lineage – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and he supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room. His repertoire transcends time and place and his live performance reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements.


Opening: September 9 (11am-4pm) - Two weeks only: 4 to 15 September.
FOR LIFE ALWAYS!!! is the once aborted and now restored exhibition of the series of Antifascist Posters that were conceived in Santiago, Chile through the State Technical University. Exhibitions of the 18 posters were to take place in 500 simultaneous locations on September 11, 1973 the day the military coup led by Augusto Pinochet took place. Violeta Parra‘s unpublished art work, titled CONTRA LA GUERRA (1963) accompanies this show as part of the commemoration of the centenary of Latin America’s greatest singer-songwriter and peace activist who took her life 50 years ago. Due to the historical importance of the messages and their current validity, this vital show is a must see.

The Pearl Company
905 524-0606
16 Steven St. @ King William, Hamilton

Friday, September 8, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, September 30, 2017 (All day)
The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street, Hamilton, ON

September 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 .

September 2017

September 9: Supercrawl Sat. events: Jazz Jam / Adam Carter, The Human Race, Brandon General, This Mad Desire
September 12: Jazz reunion: Chris Banks, Adrean Farrugia, Chris Lamont, Chris Gale
September 13: Richard Garvey and Friends
September 14: Beats Workin' with Charly Chiarelli & guests
September 15: McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles, songs & stories
September 16: Greg Oh, John Millard and Patricia O’Callaghan
September 17: The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner) + Michel deQuevedo
September 20 - 21: Big Dance, Little Stage, w. Learie Mc Nicolls
September 22: JAZZ: Brad Cheeseman CD Release
September 23, 2017: Duane Rutter hosts Songwriters-in-the-Round
September 28, 29, 30, 2017: Charly Chiarelli's hit show Cu'Fu? returns



Wednesday and Thursday, September 20 and 21, 2017, at 8 pm $10.
Big Dance Little Stage, our ongoing contemporary dance showcase series hosted by choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls, returns. The BDLS showcase provides an opportunity for dancers to showcase new work, explore improvisations, and build new collaborations. Line-up for Sept TBA. Live visuals by Judith Sandiford.

Thursday September 28 to Saturday October 7, 2017.
Charly Chiarelli‘s classic hit show Cu’Fu? (So Who Did It?), Stories of a Sicilian Family, returns to Hamilton, for a two-week run at Artword Artbar. An Artword Theatre production written and performed by Charly Chiarelli, directed and dramaturged by Ronald Weihs. Cu’Fu?, the show that made him famous, is Charly’s hilarious and touching tribute to his crazy Sicilian family in the North End of Hamilton. His father’s bewilderment at the automatic record changer, his mother’s uncanny ability to read faces, and the unexpected reaction of both when they discover Charly is smoking “Mario Lanza”, create a portrait that is both affectionate and achingly funny.


Thursday September 14, 2017, 8 pm. $10.
Beats Workin’ features Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals. His duo partner from Kingston, David Hurley, can’t make it, so Charly has recruited his Hamilton pals Venesio DeSalvo on guitar and Ron Weihs on fiddle.  They will perform a variety of music from jazz, blues, rock and original. You can expect a little delicious storytelling as a side dish.

Saturday September 9, 2017, events for Supercrawl weekend:
* 4 to 6:30 pm: Music Jam (jazz, blues R&B and other genres) organized by Stephanie Sloss, with a house band: Devon Savas on bass, Travis Meyers on drums, Kyle Simmons on guitar.
* 7 to 10 pm, pwyc /suggested $5-$10: Melodic Pixel Media hosts a Supercrawl Saturday Songwriter Showcase: with The Human Race, Brandon General, This Mad Desire.

Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 8 pm, $15 reg/ $10 students.
Special show! The Great Reunion Concert: Chris Banks bass, Adrean Farrugia piano, Chris Gale saxophone, Chris Lamont drums.

Wednesday Sept 13, 2017, $10.
Our wandering minstrel Richard Garvey is back in town, with some friends (tba).

Thursday September 14, 2017, 8 pm. $10.
Beats Workin’ features Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals. His duo partner from Kingston, David Hurley, can’t make it, so Charly has recruited his Hamilton pals Venesio DeSalvo on guitar and Ron Weihs on fiddle.  They will perform a variety of music from jazz, blues, rock and original. You can expect a little delicious storytelling as a side dish.

Friday September 15, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.
McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles are an Ancaster-based trio who perform original folk rock music and great story songs, many based on Ancaster’s history. These seasoned musicians are award winning songwriters/artists who sing fabulous three part harmonies. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 8 pm, $tba.
Greg Oh, John Millard and Patricia O’Callaghan met during their 6 year artistic residency at  Soulpepper Theatre. This repertoire is a fascinating evening of stories and songs ranging from Millard’s gothic Canadian solo repertoire to O’Callaghan’s elegant and playful cabaret selections, to Greg Oh’s remarkable solo work, including remarkable stories about the world of modern orchestral piano playing.

Sunday Sept 17, 2017, 7 pm, $10/pwyc.
Special concert. Melodic Pixel Media presents The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner) and Michel deQuevedo. Pamela Gardner performs her songs backed by an all-star band of Hamilton musicians: Chris Bruder (The Altobeelays) keys; Jon The Bassist (Bring Me The Author/the human race) bass/vocals; Cameron Draper saxophone; Adam F Carter (the human race) drums/vocals; Hanna Bech glockenspiel/vocals.

Friday September 22, 2017 at 8 pm, $10.
Hamilton bassist/composer Brad Cheeseman presents music from his new album The Tide Turns. With: Robert Chapman (guitar), Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax), Sam Kogen (piano/keys), Marito Marques (drums), and special guest Adrean Farrugia (piano). 

Saturday September 23, 2017 at 8 pm, $tba.
Duane Rutter is back hosting another wonderful Songwriters-in-the-Round evening. The participants this time are: Rae Billing, Michael J. Birthelmer, Jay Linden, Gillian Nicola and Duane Rutter.

Artword Artbar - 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton

Saturday, September 9, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, September 30, 2017 (All day)
Artword Artbar,15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton