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