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 http://www.artword.net/artbar/. To get in touch, phone 905-543-8523, c.905-912-9083 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
March 2: Celtic band The Outside Track
March 3: JAZZ double bill: Tom Altobelli Group + Scott Taplay Group
March 4: Noche de poesia y musica (night of poetry and music)
March 5: Double Bill: Will Gillespie and Mark Martyre
March 8: Hamilton Regional Songwriters Group
March 10: Jazz vocal jam w. Sue Ramsay Trio
March 11: Special double-bill: Edgardo Moreno & So Long Seven
March 12: Koopa Troop, jazz meets video games
March 17: TBA
March 18: Jazz with the Brenda Brown Quartet
March 19: Earth Hour: music, story, dance by candle-light, host Tom Dusome
March 20: World Storytelling Day, two events
March 23: Big Dance, Little Stage, host Learie Mc Nicolls
March 24: Big Dance, Little Stage, host Learie Mc Nicolls
March 31: Inside the Songs: Avery, Straker, Wells, triple-bill
Celtic band The Outside Track
Wednesday March 2, 2016 at 8 pm, $15.
Multi-award-winning Celtic band The Outside Track is touring Canada with a new CD, and Artword Artbar is their Hamilton stop! Hailing from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton, the five members are united by a love of traditional music. They blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. http://www.theoutsidetrack.com/ Band members:
* Mairi Rankin, from Cape Breton, one of the legendary Rankin Family, plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm.
* Teresa Horgan, from Co. Cork, sings and plays flute.
* Ailie Robertson, from Edinburgh, is one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians and clarsach (celtic harp) virtuoso.
* Fiona Black plays accordion, intertwining her native Scottish style with Irish, Swedish and Cape Breton repertoire.
* Cillian O’Dalaigh, from Limerick Ireland, plays guitar and sings.
JAZZ double bill: Tom Altobelli Group + Scott Taplay Group
Thursday March 3, 2016, at 8 pm, $10.
Jazz double bill of original compositions by two inventive groups: the Tom Altobelli Group, plus the Scott Taplay Group. The Tom Altobelli Group will play a set of original compositions by bassist Tom Altobelli, arranged for his quintet: Andrew King sax, Chris Bruder piano, Scott McIntosh guitar, Jordan Snider drumss. The Scott Taplay Group, Jonas Pearson Paavola bass, Victor Agrippa alto sax, Jon Pascoal drums, and Scott Taplay guitar, will play compositions by Scott and by band members.
Tom Altobelli is an upright and electric bassist, currently in Hamilton, ON. He is a graduate of both the Humber College Bachelor of Music, and Mohawk College Music programs. Tom’s projects include The Altobeelays, Mother Tareka and the Rebel Funktion, Monkley Cascade, The Koopa Troop, The Aubrey Wilson Quartet, and his own original jazz group (Tom Altobelli Group).
Noche de poesia y musica (night of poetry and music)
Friday March 4, 2016, at 8 pm, $15 or sliding scale.
This Noche bohemia (a night of poetry and music) is called Woman Scream, a night dedicated raising awareness about violence against women. There will be poetry and music. The poets include: Amaluna, Constanza Duran, Violeta San Juan, Maria Eugenia Lemus. Musicians include: Fito, Marcelo Puente, Edgardo Moreno, Lil Acevedo.
This event is part of an international event, Festival Internacional de Poesía y Arte: Grito de Mujer/Woman Scream/ Cri de Femme.
It also honours International Women’s Day (March 8, 2016).
Double Bill: Will Gillespie and Mark Martyre
Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 8 pm, only $5.
Singer-songwriter double-bill: Will Gillespie with Mark Martyre. Two unique voices share the stage at Artword: Hamilton’s own rockabilly-cabaret-crooner Will Gillespie and Toronto’s troubadour with a voice like “whisky and honey” Mark Martyre.
“From songwriter to crooner and cabaret man to power-pop genius, Will Gillespie is always evolving his artistry.” (Paul Loewenberg, Artistic Director, Northern Lights Festival Boreal)Mark Martyre
“There is a certain wryness about Martyre‘s voice which makes it perfect for telling stories about knowing the truth and bearing the weight of it so that someone else doesn’t have to before their time.” (Juliette Jagger, Rock and Roll Journalist / alancross.ca)
Hamilton Regional Writers Group, second Tuesdays
Second Tuesdays, 2016, 7-10 pm. (February 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14), at Artword Artbar.
The Hamilton Regional Writers Group is a Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) supported community in which songwriters can support each other in growing their craft and navigating the music business.
The SONG is the focus, so bring lyric sheets. Participants can play their song live or have a CD demo to play over the house system. You can choose to have your song critiqued by peers or not critiqued and just see what it feels like to bring your lil gem out in the public. Themes and format will be developed as we go and we’re expecting to have occasional guest speakers.
Jazz vocal jam w. Sue Ramsay Trio
Second Thursdays: Feb 11, Mar 10, April 14, May 12, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 /$5.
Jazz vocalist Sue Ramsay hosts a jazz vocal jam, backed by Bob Shields on guitar and Clark Johnston on stand-up bass, with Adam Fielding on drums. With some storytelling in the mix. Sue says: “I want to create an environment where singers can do their thing and promote whatever they’re working on. And I get to gig once a month to try out new material and jam a wee bit with my trio. I have often found being a singer is a lonely road. The path is not always clear but so much easier with a network of friends around.”
Special double-bill: Edgardo Moreno & So Long Seven
Friday, March 11, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 (reservations call 905-543-8512).
A special double-bill concert: Edgardo Moreno, electronic composer and video artist, and So Long Seven, a wonderful foursome playing a crazy blend of world, bluegrass & jazz. The whole evening for only $10. For Art Crawlers, we will pass a tip jar as well.
Koopa Troop, jazz meets video games
Saturday March 12, 2016, at 8 pm, $10.
Koopa Troop brings the nostalgic sounds of video games to life in a quirky 5-piece ensemble. Koopa Troop is: Chelsea McBride/Princess Daisy (sax/flute), Wilson McLeish/ Luigi (guitar), Chris Bruder/Toad (piano), Tom Altobelli/Mario (bass), and Tyler Goertzen/Link (drums)
Donning their Nintendo-themed costumes, five Toronto jazz musicians embrace their inner nerd and become a live, musical nostalgia machine. Koopa Troop aims to induce flashbacks as they cover all the classic video game soundtracks from Mario to Megaman. Bringing the best video game composers to the forefront, the Koopa Troop jazz, rock, funk, and swing-infused arrangements bring the epic pixelated melodies of the past into the real world.
Blues with Beg To Differ Trio
Thursday March 17, 2016, cover $5 to $10.
Blues night with the Beg To Differ Trio, and special guests. Featuring Tim Ninehouse on keyboard and vocals, Doug Sikma on guitar and Steve Foster on drums.
Jazz with the Brenda Brown Quartet
Friday March 18, 2016, at 7:30 pm, $10.
Jazz vocalist Brenda Brown returns to Artword Artbar with One Hundred Years of Love Songs, with her quartet: Olivia Brown (bass), Ian Brown (piano), Jon Pascoal (drums). http://brendabrownmusic.blogspot.ca/
Hamilton Music Award nominee Brenda Brown has been singing professionally since 2012. Her smooth, warm, and expressive voice has been sought after for audio books as well as always lighting up her musical repertoire. In 2013 Brenda teamed up with jazz musician Ross Wooldridge to record her debut self-titled EP, which garnered a nomination for Jazz Recording of the Year at the 2015 Hamilton Music Awards. She has performed at the Dundas Cactus Festival, Gasworks, the Pier 8 Waterfront Stage for Music In The City, the Downtown Hamilton BIA’s Localicious and in the Gore Park Promenade series.
Earth Hour: music, story, dance by candle-light, host Tom Dusome
Saturday March 19, 2016, at 8 pm.
A candle-lit unplugged evening of song, story and dance performance, in honour of Earth Hour. Host is singer-songwriter Tom Dusome. Special guest Charly Chiarelli playing blues harmonica by candle-light. AND dancer/choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls takes up the challenge of dancing with candles, with Ron Weihs on fiddle. Charly will be joined for the second half of the evening by his Hamilton band The Sunamabeaches: Venesio DeSalvo (guitar), Gary Santucci (guitarist), and Ron the Fiddler.
World Storytelling Day
Sunday March 20, 2016. Two events to celebrate World Storytelling Day:
*2:30 to 4:30 pm: Stories of Discovery is an opportunity for alumni of the McMaster Discovery Program to showcase their diverse talents in writing, performance and storytelling. Stories will range from the personal to the fictional to the passionate. For the past five years, the Discovery Program has provided a free, university-level class to adults who have experienced barriers in accessing higher education. Alumni of the Discovery Program form vibrant and active community of people, many of whom will be performing in this event. Admittance is pay-as-you-can, and all proceeds will support the Discovery Program. https://artsci.mcmaster.ca/mcmaster-discovery-program/
*5 to 7 pm: Strong Women Burning Brightly, a concert celebrating the wit, wisdom and wonder of Crones and Damsels, is a presentation of The Burlington Storytellers’ Guild in honour of World Storytelling Day, whose theme this year is Strong Women.
World Storytelling Day (March 20th) is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, celebrated every year on the equinox. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night. Participants tell each other about their events in order to share stories and inspiration, to learn from each other and create international contacts. http://www.freewebs.com/worldstorytellingday/
The Burlington Storytellers’ Guild was formed for the furtherance and enjoyment of Storytelling. Members are dedicated to the growth, development and expansion of oral tradition storytelling as an art form. http://burlingtonstorytellersguild.vpweb.ca/events
Big Dance, Little Stage, w. Learie Mc Nicolls
Wednesday March 23 and Thursday March 24, 2016, at 8 pm, $10.
Choreographer/dancer Learie Mc Nicolls curates and hosts edition #9 of Big Dance, Little Stage, an evening of contemporary dance works for a small stage. An exciting opportunity for dancers to showcase new work, explore improvisations, and build new collaborations . Line-up for March 23 and 24 (Easter edition) includes: Sharon Harvey, Megan English, Anderson Langille, Jackie Pullar, Pearl Lall (Thurs only), and Learie Mc Nicolls. (Photo Anderson Langille and Orange McFarland, BDLS, Dec 3, 2015.)
Next edition of BDLS will be Thursday April 21: line-up TBA.
Inside the Songs: Avery, Straker, Wells (triple-bill)
Thursday March 31, 2016, at 8:00 pm, $8 advance / $10 at door. Inside the Songs, singer-songwriters in the round. Three wonderful songwriters who have all played Artword Artbar’s piano in the past, are combining forces in a powerhouse triple-bill: Deanna Wells (from Ophelia Syndrome), Jeffery Straker, and Marie Avery.
http://opheliasyndrome.com/ http://jeffstraker.com https://marieavery.bandcamp.com/