Welcome to The Pearl Company
The 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.
April 1: An Evening with Buddy Rich: Jazz Connection Big Band
April 14: Steel City Rovers
April 15: Tamar Ilana & Ventanas
April 21: Jonathan Byrd
April 22: Carlos Del Junco with Jimmy Bowskill
April 28: SPANJAZZ World Beat Jazz
May 4: Ron Palangio: CD Release
May 6: Kristen Bertin: Start With My Heart Album Release & Fundraiser for Rhielle Buchner’s medical fund
May 12: Liberty Silver with Eddie Bullen
May 13: Rae Billing & Crybaby
May 19: Big Johnny Blue with Jerry Johnson
May 20: Garnet Rogers with Peter Paul Van Camp
May 25 – 27: FLAMENCO! Workshops, films, show…
June 2: Kevin Dempsey Trio
June 3: Ladybird Sanctuary Fundraiser with Jamie Oakes
June 9: TBA
June 10: Jazz with Ron Baumber and Friends
June 16: Big Johnny Blue with Alfie Smith (Ginger St. James had to postpone)
June 17: Guitars Alive Quartet
June 22: Morgan Davis: An Evening with the Blues
On the Walls – and Floor: David McLaughlin exhibits his unique glassworks and his furniture art. Gallery Hours: By Appointment, by chance, or when open for events.
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There are always tickets at the door for shows that are not sold-out. The door remains cash-only.
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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!!!
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Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboy: Friday, April 21, Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. Tickets $20. Jonathan Byrd, duo Roots/Americana songwriter, is “one of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years,” says Rich Warren in the Chicago Tribune. Scott Alarik, Boston Globe, says, “This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine’s gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark’s lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett’s wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey’s knack for the revealing image.” Byrd grew up singing in the Southern Baptist church, where his father preached and his mother played piano. He started as a rock musician but it was at an old-time fiddle festival in the mountains of southwest Virginia that he began to assimilate the sounds of southern traditional music. Byrd writes new songs in the ancient style. The Pearl Company is delighted to welcome him back! Listen: Working Offshore https://youtu.be/3rLskCGrYJ0 http://www.jonathanbyrd.com
Carlos del Junco with Jimmy Bowskill: Saturday April 22, at 8pm Tickets: $25. Carlos del Junco is a harmonica virtuoso. Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, del Junco’s taken the 10-hole diatonic harmonica to another realm. He approaches the harmonica like a horn, setting him utterly apart from fellow mouth organists such as Neil Young or Bob Dylan….
Del Junco visits The Pearl every April and this time he brings Jimmy Bowskill. We get a dose of roots, country and pop infused blues from two masters of their craft who have recently released their new CD “BLUES ETC.” together. Bowskill, of course, began performing at a ridiculously young age. Creating a sound all his own, he first played on stage at the age of eleven (!) at Jeff Healey’s club in Toronto. The next year he recorded his first album, Old Soul. Bowskill’s second album, Soap Bars and Dog Ears, was nominated for a Juno Award when he was fourteen years of age. http://www.carlosdeljunco.com https://www.facebook.com/pg/JimmyBowskill Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9PP3Fv4aBs
Spanjazz: A World Beat Jazz Project: Friday, April 28. 8:00pm. $20. A collection of musical compositions inspired by world music rhythms performed in a jazz context by the 6-piece world-beat jazz ensemble, Spanjazz. Featuring Jordan Abraham – keyboard, Jeff Plumbley – trumpet, Aidan Sibley – trombone, James Gannett – bass, Tom Bigas – drums and Gary Santucci – guitar. All musicians in this newly-formed group are respected performers in their own fields; their different styles and approaches helps create the unique sound and experience that is Spanjazz. Gary has arranged 14 new charts from the catalogue of his original world beat group, Zarabanda (Tom and Jordan were original members).
Kristen Bertin: Start With My Heart Album Release: Saturday, May 6. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $20/ $30 for couples. Children are free. Singer Songwriter and Country Roots artist Kristen Bertin invites you to join her for an intimate evening of stories and songs that have led to her debut album recorded at the world famous Grant Avenue Studio. Cost of admisson will include a copy of the album; proceeds that evening will go toward Rhielle Buchner’s medical fund. https://www.facebook.com/Kristenbertin27/
LIBERTY SILVER & EDDIE BULLEN: Live at the Pearl Company: Friday, May 12. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $20. You’re invited to one of the best live club shows you’ll ever see! Multiple award-winning recording artist Liberty Silver will be joined by Eddie Bullen for an evening of classic soul, blues and jazz presented and hosted by Canadian music media icon, Michael Williams.
Winner of 3 Juno Awards and a Grammy Award for her musical collaborations, Liberty Silver possesses an astounding 6.5 octave vocal range. She has performed thousands of shows, sung at numerous Jazz Festivals, and performed for or with such prominent figures as Barack Obama, Celine Dion, Oscar Peterson, and Gladys Knight.
Pianist, composer, arranger, and producer for TV, radio, and film, Eddie Bullen has worked with Melba Moore, Deborah Cox and Dee Dee Bridgewater. As a composer and arranger, his work can be heard on Citytv, YTV, and Love and Hip Hop (TV series). Eddie has produced over 150 albums and is currently working on several new ventures.
Event producer and host for the evening, Michael Williams is a dynamic, talented producer and host of talk radio and music-related radio and television programs. Probably best known as one of the founding VeeJays of MuchMusic and the host of its popular Soul in the City series Michael currently presents live weekly music events throughout Southern Ontario, and produces emerging Canadian recording artists.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9JeBSgmCvY https://www.facebook.com/libertysilvermusic/ www.eddiebullen.com
David McLaughlin: Works From a Lifetime: David’s remaining furniture and glasswork (forty years of arts and crafts) continue to be on display. It is no longer the complete show. Everything that has sold is, of course, gone. All of David’s work is utterly his own and a joy to experience. His works in glass are forceful, eye-catching, and unique. The one-of-a-kind furniture pieces startle you with his quirky creativity. These stained glass panels and furniture pieces continue to be for sale. Free local delivery will be available. Payment can be made through Pay Pal. For more information contact David at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamar Ilana & Ventanas: Saturday, April 15. 7.30 doors, 8:00 start. Tickets $20 each. Ventanas formed in 2011 after the stunning vocalist and dancer, Tamar Ilana returned to Toronto following one of several sojourns to Spain to study flamenco song, cante and dance, baile and teamed up with violinist Mark Marczyk of the Lemon Bucket Orkestra. They began exchanging flamenco, Sephardic and Balkan tunes and in no time had put together a repertoire and formed a stellar trans-Mediterranean ensemble that included flamenco guitarist, Dennis Duffin, Middle Eastern percussionist, Jaash Singh, and Greek oud player Demetrios Petsalakis – an eclectic group of well known musicians on the Toronto music scene. While Ilana’s remarkable voice and intricate flamenco footwork is the heart of Ventanas, together they weave Sephardic love songs from North Africa and the old Ottoman lands, quirky Bulgarian dance tunes, captivating pieces in Greek and Turkish, original songs and deep flamenco. Ilana dances and alternates with her compelling vocals. Ventanas’ virtuoso musicians offer oud, violin, lyra, baglama, double bass, derbukka, cajo?n, and hand percussion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRTYdFy1Fl0 http://www.nerudaarts.ca/artists/ventanas-tamar-ilana
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Steel City Rovers: Join us to celebrate our 200th show! Friday, April 14, Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. Advance: $15.00 / At the door: $20.00. Hamilton’s Steel City Rovers have toured their Celtic to Celtibilly musical styling’s across Nebraska to Colorado, been regulars on Festival stages in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan and crossed back and forth across Ontario close to a dozen times. The group has worldwide play of their numerous releases on Celtic and Roots music programming, worked for the entertainment conglomerate, Live Nation and been nominated 3 times in various categories at the Hamilton Music Awards. “Creative, fresh, engaging, and energetic” are descriptors used over and over by those who have attended shows ,and follow the group. Join them as they celebrate their 200th show in their beloved hometown. It will be a show of some favorite past works and the launch of some brand new material! Website : www.steelcityrovers.com FB : https://www.facebook.com/SteelCityRovers Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFGJlhjwHas
The Buddy Rich Project: The Jazz Connection Big Band: Saturday, April 1. Doors at 8:00, Jazz at 8:30. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The renowned Jazz Connection Big Band is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the worlds greatest musicians with a special concert. In addition to performing many of his best loved pieces they will be presenting a retrospective about his life and music through rarely seen video clips, photos, recordings and narrative (including an audience Q&A). Given that Jazz Connection shows are full capacity events, this special show will undoubtedly be SRO. Reservations are very strongly advised! The JCBB is a well-established 17-piece jazz ensemble comprised of professional musicians, performing only the best modern big band charts. www.jazzconnection.ca Listen: http://epresskitz.com/index.php?u=2691
King Lear: TONIGHT’S SHOW SOLD OUT. March 23-25 @ 8pm. Tickets $20. The 9M Theatre Company presents its inaugural production: William Shakespeare’s King Lear. The production will showcase many of Hamilton’s talented Shakespearean actors, including actor/musician Jordan Abraham in the title role.
King Lear is a man who gives away his Kingdom and, in doing so, loses himself and his mind. He is alone, fragile, caught in a storm, helpless to stop the tragic events unfolding around him. But just when he has lost everything, it seems he may have found his humanity. A play with ambitions of power, sword fighting, classic speeches, dark humour, disastrous romances, and familial love, it’s sure to have something for everyone. Whether you are a Shakespearean scholar, or looking for an exciting night of theatre and storytelling, here is King Lear!
Cast: Jordan Abraham as King Lear, Krista McNaughton as Cordelia/The Fool, Julian Nicholson as The Earl of Gloucester, Leonard A. Cain as Edmund, the Bastard, Scott Buchanan as Edgar, Sean Emberley as The Earl of Kent, Rebekah Pullen as Goneril, director Liz Buchanan as Regan, Luis Arrojo as The Duke of Albany, Gregory Cruikshank as Oswald/The Duke of Burgandy/Knight, Will Gillespie as The King of France/Doctor/others. Stage Manager/Costume Designer: Robyn Lightwalker.
Fool for Love: March 2, 3, 4. 7.30 doors, 8:00 start. Tickets $25 each. The idiomatic voice of American playwright and actor Sam Shepard provides the electrical currents that ignite “Fool for Love,” Two former lovers meet in a run-down motel room in the Mojave Desert. Eddie tries to convince May to rekindle their romance and move to a farm in Wyoming. May has moved on with her life but Eddie is still living in past. The couple is caught in an emotional power struggle where the past haunts the present. Directed by Paul Groulx, The Artful Gauntlet Theatre Company. Featuring Jennifer Farrugia, Michael Sbrocchi, Rod Mctaggart, Dave Guthrie. You don’t want to miss Sam Shepard’s gritty classic about dangerous love. The play was a finalist for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Colour Film with Low Country Hill: Saturday, February 25. 7.30 doors, 8:00 start. $15 / $10 students/seniors/wage-challenged. Colour Film: Music for your mind’s eye. With songs that play like home movies rich in imagery, characters, and emotions, Colour Film is the new identity of Hamilton’s Matthew de Zoete. Debut EP Super 8 blends pop and folk to set six of these cinematic songs in an atmospheric soundscape conjured with producer Les Cooper (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies). Imagine Nick Drake cheering up a bit and meeting Beck. This will be an intimate performance with an ensemble of guitar, keyboards, percussion, and harmonies. Listen online at www.colourfilm.ca
“Low Country Hill is a provocative experimentation in sound and shape…but grounded with heart and soul.” – Kent Heberling Those Who Dig (Milwaukee, WI) Listen online at www.lowcountryhill.com
I LOVE Welcome Inn Benefit Concert! Thursday, February 23. 6.30 doors, 7:00pm start. $20 per person It’s their annual I ? Welcome Inn benefit concert. Enjoy great music, have some laughs and join in sharing the love with Welcome Inn Community Centre. This yearly event is a lot of fun and all proceeds go to fund the great works at Welcome Inn. Oh, and there will be pies for auction. PIES! Cash bar, music, food and lots of fun. Music by local Hamilton artists – The Skiffs – who will be doing some nostalgic acoustic covers of songs from the 90s. It’s going to be a great night out!.
Click on the link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-3-welcome-inn-concert-tickets-31726697406 to reserve your tickets for pick up at the event on the 23rd.