October 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

October 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.

October 7: MOJO (Men OF Jazz Octet)
October 11: HERE’S JOHNNY Gala Opening 
October 11-14 / 19-21 / 26-28: HERE’S JOHNNY
October 15: Corin Raymond / Kim Beggs
October 30: BROWNMAN Ali explores Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”



HERE’S JOHNNY: October 11-14 / 18-21/ 25-28. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $25 / $20 students/seniors/wage-challenged.
HERE’S JOHNNY is a gritty tale drawn from the streets of an inner city neighbourhood, where questions are answered by more questions and choices often end badly. Inspired by true events, we follow the exploits and interactions of the five principal characters: Johnny, the Security Systems salesman, “I still gotta a heartbeat”; Bob, the neighbourhood guy, I’m so sick and tired of all the crap”; Ginger, the lifer on the streets; “C’mon it’s the oldest profession”; the new arrival, Candy, “I don’t want to think about tomorrow”; and Billy the punk. “Is that all you got?”  The audience will also be immersed in the 24/7 chatter and mayhem of the streets. Running the gamut from dark to humorous, touching to tragic, from the absurd to very real, HERE’S JOHNNY provokes a response in the audience from outrage to discomfort, rattling our cages as only street life can do. The characters may not be all likeable however they are human and deeply flawed in their individual ways.


MOJO (Men OF Jazz Octet): Saturday October 7.  Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged.
MOJO (men of Jazz Octet) is a Hamilton based combo playing Cool, Hardbop and beyond. MOJO covers hard bop to modern composers like Freddie Mojo october 7_17Hubbard, Don Sickler (superblue), and Bill Fulton; a bit edgier, a bit more in your face than a traditional octet. 

Corin Raymond / Kim Beggs: Sunday, October 15. Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 7:30pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged.
Here are these two versatile, amazing folkies in the same place at the same time!  You can’t miss this. Sincere and vulnerable, clear eyed and tough, Yukon singer songwriter Kim Beggs sings sweet, dark tales of northern life.

BROWNMAN Ali explores Michael Jackson’s “THRILLER”: Monday, October 30. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $15 at the door, $10 advance.
Brownman’s HALLOWEEN THRILLER: Michael Jackson through the Lens of Electric-jazz. Acclaimed jazz / hip-hop trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI is leading an all-star quartet through his popular annual Halloween Thriller concert. The much lauded BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO + 1 will perform the entire Michael Jackson “Thriller” recording, interpreted and re-worked in National Jazz Award winning improviser Brownman’s Miles Davis-esque fashion.

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

Friday, October 6, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (All day)
The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street, Hamilton, ON

October 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, call 905-543-8512 / 905-912-9083 or email us at .

October 2017

October 11: Jazz duo Beats Workin': David Hurley + Charly Chiarelli, Wed Oct 11 (8:00 pm)
October 12: 60s Folk Revival Sing-along, Thurs Oct 12 (8:00 pm)
October 14: Latin American Peña w. Rosy Cervantes, Fri Oct 13 (8:00 pm)
October 15: Sad Boys Lit. Society, launch party for Mayami, Sun Oct 15, 6 pm (6:00 pm)
October 18: Jazz guitarist Chris Platt album release, Wed Oct 18 (8:00 pm)
October 19: Máire Ní Chathasaigh Irish harp +Chris Newman guitar, Thurs Oct 19 (8:00 pm)
October 20: BLUES: The Mike Almas Blues Band, Fri Oct 20 (8:00 pm)
October 21: The Sandplains Pickers (Ian Bell, the Schotts, Shane Cook, Matt Rait), Sat Oct 21 (8:00 pm)
October 24-29: 2017 Steel City Jazz Festival, Oct 24 to 29 (8:00 pm)



Thursday 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.


Sunday October 15, 2017, at 6 pm, $5/pwyc. The Sad Boys Lit. Society presents: a Launch Party for Mayami. Come join the SBLS as they celebrate the release of Ben Robinson‘s chapbook Mayami, (Bird, Buried Press) a collection of poems about the rising tides. All funds raised at the door will be donated to 541 Eatery and Exchange.


Wednesday October 11, 2017, 8 pm. $10.
Beats Workin’, a duo from Kingston, returns to Artword. 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.

Thursday October 12, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or Book online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone (the Fall 2017 edition) 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).

Friday October 13, 2017, at 8 pm. $10.
A Latin American Peña, an evening of music and poetry. Returning as the 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.

Saturday October 14, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve tickets, call 905-543-8512.
The renowned Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band is coming back! The band: Randal Hillmandolin and vocals; Rocky Hill guitar and vocals; Tim McDonald banjo and vocals; Owen Mahoney bass and vocals.

Wednesday October 18, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.
The Chris Platt Trio will be releasing their debut album, Sky GlowChris Platt guitar; Phill Albert bass; Mike Rajna drums. The album consists of entirely original compositions by Chris, drawing influence from Jazz, Blues, and Brazilian music.

Thursday October 19, 2017, at 8 pm, $15.
Irish harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh and virtuoso acoustic guitarist Chris Newmanare visiting Artword Artbar after they make a headlining appearance at the Northern Lights Harp Festival in Cornwall, Ontario on their North American tour. 

Friday Oct 20, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. To reserve call 905-543-8512,
An evening of original blues with Mike Almas and his wonderful Mike Almas Blues Band. Mike is a well known and respected songwriter, guitarist, and performer in the Southern Ontario region.

Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. The Sandplains Pickers are a new stringband from Southwestern Ontario, with musical styles ranging from old-time country and folk to western swing, and some blazing fiddle tunes. 

The 5th Annual  Steel City Jazz Festivalruns from October 24 to 29, 2017, at Artword Artbar and other venues.

Artword Artbar - 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton

Friday, October 6, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (All day)
Artword,15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton

Fall Fair Concert [Dundas Valley Orchestra]

Fall Fair Concert

Sunday, November 12, 2017 3-5PM 
St. Paul's United Church, 29 Park St. W., Dundas

Reception following concert in basement of church.

  • Godfrey Ridout: Fall Fair
  • Joseph Kosma, arr. A. Reed: Autumn Leaves
  • Robert McBride: Pumpkin Eaters Little Fugue
  • Antonio Vivaldi: L’Autumno (from “The Four Seasons”) (Soloist: Suhashini Arulanandam, Violin)
  • Peter de Rose: Autumn Serenade
  • Ralph Burns and Woody Herman: Early Autumn
  • Scott Whittington: City of Waterfalls (World premiere)
  • Edward Elgar: Nimrod (from “Enigma Variations”)
  • Thomas Bidgood, arr. L. Thomas: Vimy Ridge March

Admission is free. DVO gratefully accepts donations, and tax receipts are provided for donations of $10 or more.

DVO is comprised of talented amateur musicians from the Hamilton area. The ensemble presents two major public concerts each year and performs at Hamilton retirement homes. Audience members are welcome to meet the musicians at the post-concert reception.

For more information visit:

Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 15:00 to 17:00
St. Paul's United Church, 29 Park St. W., Dundas, ON

Indian Concert Series [Tradition]


On the 30th of  2017, St Andrews united church invites you to yet another Indian Concert Series  (Tradition). Brain Child of (Sitartist)  Neeraj Prem, this is the concert series intended to promote world music at its best. This year the featured musician is the 12 year old Hamilton's own Sajan Prem. Sajan prem started learning Tabla from his father at the age of 4, and now 12 has gone under training many Guru's. This concert is aimed at showing Sajan's growth as Hamilton's Tabla player and a musician, as he will be performing with another young Sitar player from New York (Rishab Sharma). Sajan will also perform a duet with his teacher (Uday Ramdas) who is visiting from India.

The concert will feature: Rishab Sharma on Sitar from New York, Sajan Prem on Tabla, Uday Ramdas on Tabla, Hamilton fusion band ( Sympathetic Strings ).

The event is free of charge but we do encourage and appreciate free will donations. This would help us cover some cost for the show. Please call and register your seat as the seats are limited. There will be light snacks and tea and coffee served.

WHEN: September 30th, 2017 at 6:30 pm
WHERE: St Andrews United Church, 479 upper paradise road, Hamilton, ON
TIX: FREE! To register and for more information please call: 90538374114168953624

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:30
St Andrews United Church, 479 Upper Paradise Road, Hamilton, ON

Literary Recital with Measha Brueggergosman [Gallery on the Bay]


'Something Is Always on Fire: My Life So Far'

with Measha Brueggergosman

Opera sensation Measha Brueggergosman has moved audiences around the world with her unique gifts. Among her many triumphs, she has won Juno Awards, been nominated for Grammy, sung to a teleast of over 3 billion viewers at the opening of the 2010 Olympic Games and performed solos in great concert halls.

Punctuated by a performance from Associate Concertmaster Lance Ouellette and pianist Justyna Szajna, Brueggergosman reads from her searingly honest and insightful memoir Something Is Always on Fire and shares not only her experiences with music, but also her ongoing struggle to balance her ambition for a life fully lived with the traditions and responsibilities she has committed herself to.

WHEN: October 1, 2017, at 2pm
WHERE: Gallery on the Bay (231 Bay St N, Hamilton)
TIX: $20.00

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 14:00 to 16:00
Gallery on the Bay, 231 Bay St N, Hamilton, ON

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)


Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 07:30
First Ontario Concert Hall, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, ON