The Pearl Company

Theatre, Gallery and Arts Centre 16 Steven Street Hamilton ON 905-524-0606

Welcome to The Pearl Company

The Pearl second floorThe Pearl Company is an arts facility at 16 Steven Street, Hamilton housing a perfect black box theatre-in-the-round and an acoustically fabulous concert hall. 

PARKING NEWS: Much free parking available. Look for the guy in the neon vest to help you figure it out!

Here's what's going on at The Pearl.
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Coming Up at The Pearl!

OCTOBER:
October 1 –7: Theatre: A Different Kind of Job
October 8: Wars 3 Candidates in Conversation

October 13: Big Johnny Blue w Tim Gibbons
October 20: Pearl Company Membership Event with Charly Chiarelli
October 25: Les Stroud (Mr. Survivorman!)
October 26: Shelley Marshall’s Full Bawdy Comedy Show!

NOVEMBER:
November 10: Liberty Silver
November 16: Christopher Clause: Tribute to Tom Petty
November 17: TBA
November 22 – December 1: Brian Morton’s Hit Fringe Show: Under the Apple Tree

DECEMBER:
December 1: Under the Apple Tree: Closing Performance
December 8: Shelley Marshall’s Full Bawdy Comedy Show

On the Walls: Pearl Company Artists: 
 Gallery Hours: By Appointment, by chance, and when open for events.

SEE EVENT DETAILS BELOW  or CLICK ON EVENT or DATE at side :

You are able to pre-purchase your ticket by clicking the “Buy Tickets” tab at the top of the page and buying on-line through TicketScene or Bruha.

There are always tickets at the door for shows that are not sold-out. The door remains cash-only.

Sign up for the weekly Newsletter by emailing Barbara Milne at: info@thepearlcompany.ca
Tourism Hamilton’s Arts Ambassador of the Year 2011
YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Arts 2009
City of Hamilton Lifetime Achievement in the Arts 2009 with Gary Santucci.  

The Pearl Company is the HMA Theatre of the Year 2013 and 2014!!!

info@thepearlcompany.ca  ////  905 524-0606

Another Membership Meet & Eat: Saturday, October 20

Another Membership Meet & Eat: Saturday, October 20: Starting at 7:00pm. Members are Free. Non-Members $30 – or you can pro-rate the fee and join our Last Season Membership Advisory Group ! Come let us say thank you or come join this exclusive band! Enjoy an evening of food, drink, music, & fellow humans with similar interests. J  As you know, the people who hang out at The Pearl are discerning, intelligent and interested in the arts…. We are far from the only venue offering to appease these tastes but if you know us, you know our offerings rarely miss!

Entertainment will be Gary and Charly Chiarelli and will consist of their usual back and forth (expect some Chicken Roost stories with Max Mintz’ recent passing….) with some music and who-knows-what kind of schtick thrown in. You just have to be here.

Les Stroud: Musician! Thursday, October 25

Les Stroud: Musician! Thursday, October 25. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $30 / $25 students/seniors/un(der)waged. A Canadian survival expert, filmmaker and musician best known as the creator, writer, producer, director, cameraman and host of the television series Survivorman, Les LesStroud2_10_18Stroud has made a powerful name in the world of documentary film making, indeed starting an entirely new genre of TV, yet he comes by his music honestly. Since the age of 14 Stroud has been writing songs and studying musically. By 23 his music was being shopped to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and he was a published songwriter. Taking a break from music to concentrate on outdoor adventure Stroud eventually returned to his first love when he found an old guitar in a house in Yellowknife (while he was dog sitting 30 Inuit sled dogs; go figure!). He began writing music again. He wrote and recorded all through the inception and eventual success of filming the Survivorman TV series, which included writing the theme music for any documentary work he produced and releasing 4 CDs as well as performing hundreds of concerts.
He has been nicknamed the “Hendrix of harmonica” for good reason. It is said Les plays the ‘harp’ like he’s playing a guitar and to watch him live is awe-inspiring. Fusing modern technology with a powerful set of lungs, Stroud plays with a confidence and style that no other player captures today. Website: http://www.lesstroud.ca/music/
Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QW0w7APTk8
Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/22064/

The Full Bawdy Comedy Show: “Women of Hysteria”…. Friday, October 26. (Maybe Sat. 27 too…)

The Full Bawdy Comedy Show: “Women of Hysteria” … a night you’ll never forget! Friday, October 26. (Working to get Shelley to take the 27th too!) Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/seniors/un(der)waged. Shelley Marshall’s Full Bawdy Comedy Show is a collaboration of Performance Celebrations, It is Music, Comedy, Burlesque, Stand up, Sketches and more. The Full Bawdy Comedy show is always a sell out success as it features performers from all aspects and assortments who instil a celebration of humour and love. Stay tuned for list of performers! For tickets:   www.shelleymarshall.com  or  https://www.facebook.com/events/1941869409447855/

The Curtain Falls on The Pearl

The Curtain Falls on The Pearl

It is with very mixed emotions that I inform everyone that Gary and I have decided to end the run of The Pearl Company.

We have worked hard to keep The Pearl moving forward, but we are now caring for three (amazing) children and our new family requires greater stability than this crazy business can grant us. It’s time to retire and tend to “nos jardins”. Gary, of course, will continue teaching and performing and who can know what else.

We have a zillion fabulous memories: from Valdy and Jesse Winchester to local CD Releases and those cool community events such as the Koren Family Christmas Foodraiser and Christopher Clause’s Beetles’ nights!  Those won’t go away.

We’ve had wonderful audiences and supporters galore but it is time. A huge thank you to our dedicated volunteers who have made it possible for 2 people to look like more!  We are expecting to finish our run May 31.

Here’s a call out to local musicians to pull together some of those fabulous communal concerts.  If you’ve never played the acoustics at The Pearl, now is the time! I’ve already lined up a few guaranteed-to-be-memorable concerts.

If you are a Member, we want you to help us deliver what you’d like to see! If you would still like to become a member, we will of course pro-rate the amount to fit the time and you’d join our Last Season Membership Advisory Group!

I want our remaining time here to be exciting, creative and memorable. I want it to be emblematic of everything the Pearl has been.

We will keep you up to date on any new developments. It’s an uncertain time, but we are planning to do everything we can to send the Pearl out in style.

Thanks for the memories,

Barbara

PAST EVENTS:

Big Johnny Blue & Special Guest Tim Gibbons: Saturday, October 13

Big Johnny Blue & Special Guest Tim Gibbons: Saturday, October 13. 8:00pm, $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged…. Like the blues? You’ll love them Big Johnny Blue style. Big Johnny’s a Hamilton guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Hamilton Blues Society. He is committed to supporting local music and musicians, especially by supporting efforts to tell Hamilton’s blues history, and the power of music to improve the life of every man.
Special Guest: Gritty blues-based rocker Tim Gibbons joins Johnny and Wayne Janus in the telling acoustics at The Pearl….

Ward 3 Candidate Conversation: Monday October 8

Ward 3 Candidate Conversation: Monday October 8: 7:00 – 9:00pm. No fee. Interested In what the 13 candidates for Ward 3 have to say? Be here.  Event is listed in Eventbrite

A Different Kind of Job: October 1 – 7

A Different Kind of Job: October 1 – 7. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00 except Oct 7 @ 2:00. Tickets: $20. (Oct. 1: PWYC)  After two students end up in an interlude that goes horribly wrong, a young teacherDKOJ Postcard_10_18 at a Conservative Catholic school feels that it’s necessary to provide sex education to a teenage girl. The play is a darkly comic look at the fallout of this one moment and the ensuing results on the students, the teachers and the community. A Different Kind of Job explores how we evaluate pushing boundaries or just plain crossing the line. Cast: Ryan Sero, Victoria Adam, Jade Douris, Mary Long, Drew O’Hara FB page – www.facebook.com/BadTimingProd/  Tickets: ttp://www.ticketscene.ca/series/645/
October 1 @ 8:00pm – PWYC Preview Performance
October 2 @ 8:00 pm – OPENING NIGHT!
October 3 to 6; @ 8:00 pm – Evening Performances
October 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – Matinee Performance

The Occasional Angels: Saturday, September 29

The Occasional Angels: Saturday, September 29. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. Occasional Angels_09_18Ottawa’s The Occasional Angels are returning to promote their third studio album ‘Angels In Exile’ plus new material destined for their fourth studio album ‘In The Hands of An Angel’. Last year’s sold-out show provided the Hamilton music scene with a first glance of an emerging Indie band featuring lead vocalist Cris Ruggiero and the song-writing of guitarist and founder David Hart. The band’s music is an eclectic mix of R&B, Soul, Jazz, Blues and Rock — Tickets: On sale ($20) in advance by contacting David Hart at: occasionalangelsrecords@yahoo.com

Jennifer Noble w Gus Apostolos: Saturday, September 22

Jennifer Noble w Gus Apostolos: Saturday, September 22. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. Jennifer Noble is known for powerful vocals, original songs, smart lyrics, and soulful, memorable melodies. She is a singer’s singer, with a wide vocal range and a deep understanding of the human JenniferNobleGusA_09_18condition in all its nuances.  Carole King meets Adele….
Songs Jennifer has co-written have garnered international songwriting contest nods and awards. As a recording artist, she has co-produced and released original music including “For As Long As We Both Shall Live” and “Joy”.  She wrote with and fronted the Foxrun Band and Three Stand Out,. She was a vocalist with Crazy Leggs, Feast of Friends, sang backup vocals with Liberty Silver, Coconut Groove and many others.  She is also currently working with several up-and-coming artists on brand new material for their projects.
Gus Apostolos backs Jennifer up on guitar.  He is also having a birthday that night. Jennifer tells us there will be cake…..
Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/22042/

Promise Made Promise Broken: A Basic Income Awareness Event · Friday, Sept. 28

Promise Made Promise Broken: A Basic Income Awareness Event · Hosted by This Mad PromisesBroken_09_18Desire: Friday, September 28, Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 7:30. Hamilton had been the subject of a pilot project study on Universal Basic Income that had recently started and was expected to last three years. It was canceled almost as soon as it started by the newly-elected Government of Ontario leaving the many recipients who have signed lease agreements, started new businesses, and returned to school, etc. all out in the lurch.

The newest member Jessie Golem has become something of a poster child for the backlash in the media, having been featured in Huffington Post, CBC, and even the Toronto Sun!

Because we are all concerned about this, we have decided to host an evening with music, speakers, info, etc.
More details coming soon, True Believers! Expect This Mad Desire (Mackenzie Kristjon) and Willow River (Dave Pomfret and Brennagh Burns). Plus plus.

https://www.facebook.com/events/303002967133676/

“HOLD MOMMY’S CIGARETTE”: Thursday, Sept. 13 – Friday,14. Adding Saturday 15!

“HOLD MOMMY’S CIGARETTE”: Thursday, September 13 – Friday, 14.  Adding Saturday 15!  Doors: 7:30pm. Show: HoldMommy's_09_188:00. Tickets: $30 – Advance Only. Hold Mommy’s Cigarette is an autobiographical one woman show that shares Shelley’s intimate journey through mental illness, the suicide of her father, her own suicide attempt and the e?ects that have lingered throughout her life.  Shelley takes her audience on a journey of joy and laughter with some moments of shock and awe. It’s in the truth of the characters that Shelley brings to life; where tragedy and comedy become one. It’s Shelley’s openness to explore taboo subjects that still raises eyebrows, the reason why she has been described as “sexy, satrical and sharply intelligent”. This is a story of the letting go of ages and ?nding truth beneath the layers of lives lost and loves found. Shelley invites you to enjoy her performance with an open mind and perhaps you’ll leave with a fuller heart. *Mature Content*  http://www.holdmommyscigarette.com     https://www.facebook.com/events/1438601786284130/   Email Shelley for Tickets: shelleymarshall@shelleymarshall.com

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: “SALVAJE”. Saturday, September 8

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: “SALVAJE”. Saturday, September 8. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $22 in advance/ $25 at the door.  Direct from Spain – Fin de Fiesta Flamenco dance and music ensemble FindeFiestaSALVAJE_09_18presents SALVAJE, an untamed new production that explores the wild, unrestrained side of one of the world’s most passionate and intense art forms: flamenco. Featuring live guitar, song, flute, percussion and two dancers, SALVAJE, means “wild,” and pays homage to flamenco’s rough-and-tumble origins.
The searing vocals of Alejandro Mendia (France) are accompanied by the intricate guitar arpeggios of Dennis Duffin (Canada) and the haunting flute melodies of Lara Wong (Vancouver/Madrid). Dancer Lia Grainger (2017 Certamen New York International Flamenco Competition finalist) brings the stage to life with fierce and sensual choreographies and improvisations and Hanser Gomez (Cuba) holds down the rhythm on cajon. Deborah “La Caramelita” (France) will also join the ensemble as a special guest dancer for this tour only.

“An absolutely breathtaking performance.” — The Whole Note    WWW.FINDEFIESTAFLAMENCO.COM   Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/21337/

Second Sunday Sing-Alongs! @ 2:00pm. September 9, October 14, and so on.

Second Sunday Sing-Alongs! Every 2nd Sunday @ 2:00pm. August 12, Sept. 9, and so on.  PWYC (pay what you feel you can.). Starting in May The Pearl Company is opening its doors to a Community Sing-Second-Sunday-Sing_05_18Along. Every second Sunday of every month at 2 o’clock we invite the Hamilton community to come and raise your voices. We will be singing Great Old Tunes from the 60s, 70s and onward. Inspired by the “Rise Up” songbook, another legacy of Pete Seeger. Let’s join our voices and remember the way we used to sing and dream and set our voices free.  So bring something to strum or hum or shake.  SING YOU SOON!
Hosted by Howard Jerome – who really was singing folk songs in Greenwich Village in the sixties – and who tells great stories!


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