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!

APRIL:
April 4 to 6:  Jazz Weekend! Thur: MOJO, Fri: David Brideau Quartet CD Release, Sat: Hamilton Dixieland Allstars
April 11 to 13: An Artful Celebration! A Community Fundraising Evening of Theatre, Visual Arts and Live Music !
April 19: REGRESSTiVAL! Entertainment for
your INNER child…
April 26: Larry Smith’s HI-LARRY-US! Monthly Comedy     Night
April 27: Melanie Crawford’s The ‘EX-Files” Motivational Comedy Show!  

MAY:
May 2 to 5 /9 to11: Visiting Mr. Green: A play by Jeff Baron
May 5: Valdy
May 17: Big Johnny Blue: CD Release
May 18: Leanne Hoffman & Erin Costelo: CD Release
May 24: Larry Smith’s HI-LARRY-US! Monthly Comedy        Night
May 25: Jazz Connection Big Band!
May 30: Opening Night: My Father’s House: Based on    Sylvia Fraser’s Story.  Starring Lisa Langlois. To June 8

JUNE:
June 1 to June 8: My Father’s House: Based on Sylvia Fraser’s Story.    Starring Lisa Langlois. Adapted for the stage by Brian Morton
June 14: Kerr Street Big Band
June 15: Matthew de Zoete
June 22: Rene Christiansen’s
June 28: Larry Smith’s HI-LARRY-US! Monthly Comedy Night
June 29: Dean Hollin does Nat King Cole

The Pearl Company will continue to operate until end of JUNE ’19!     

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 was the HMA Theatre of the Year 2013 and 2014!!!

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REGRESSTiVAL! Entertainment for your INNER Child. Friday, April 19

REGRESSTiVAL! Entertainment for your INNER Child. Friday, April 19.  Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $15 / PWYC 19+..Puppetry! Claymation! Music! Whimsy! Prizes! Colouring! Child-LiKE whimsical, eccentric, eclectic, electric entertainment of all kinds…for the kid iN you… Live Music by Will Gillespie, Dave Gould & Chris Cracknell, Art and animations by Susan Robinson.
REGRESSTiVAL!!! In this day and age of Adult cartoons, graphic novels, special collectors edition action figures, adult onesie pyjamas, and chewable gummy arthritis medication we decided to “celebrate” this brave new world with a childhood-regression festival of our own.
Hosted by Johnathan P. Bowles from “Toilet Humour” with his potty-mouthed cousin Lou, this show features music by the world’s preeminent Loo-ist, Dave Gould, the always artful and engaging Chris Cracknell and Singer-Songwriter Will Gillespie as well as live puppetry, videos, claymation and introducing the Middle Finger Puppets. http://www.willgillespie.ca  http://www.davegould.ca

The HI-LARRY-US! Show!

The HI-LARRY-US! Show: Friday April 26.  Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. Last Friday of Every Month! Thirty years later! Join the irrepressible Larry Smith, the world’s only LIVE! CARTOONIST/COMEDIAN, and his guests for a COMEDY VARIETY SHOW! Featuring STAND-UP, LIVE CARTOONING, GAMES and PRIZES, MUSIC, SKETCHES, IMPROV, PUPPETS and MORE!  Featuring Hamilton’s long-standing humour meister Larry Smith, a natural born performer who started his show business career at the age of 4, on Romper Room no less. He’s been a headliner and part of a comedy duo, for more the 16 years. He’s made numerous radio and television appearances including Comedy at Club 54, Chaps Comedy, Cooking with Comics, and the Comedy Network. Larry has toured extensively across North America, sharing the stage with the like of Sam Kinison, Gilbert Gottfreid, Blue Rodeo, Northern Pikes, and more.  This is one funny man with one funny show pulled together specially for The Pearl!

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“The EX-Files” ALL NEW MOTIVATIONAL COMEDY SHOW!

“The EX-Files” ALL NEW MOTIVATIONAL COMEDY SHOW: Saturday April 27th Doors: 8:00pm. Show: 8:30. Tickets: $25. Featuring the Relentless Melanie Crawford and her ExHusband / Co-Parent Warren! They’re teaming up (and taking all that they’ve learned through their Co-Parenting experience) to hit the Comedy Stage to share their antics and hilarious daily struggles as they try to raise a family AFTER separation and BOTH as survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury! Beware. Melanie is a Motivational Comedy Specialist, Serial Entrepreneur, Big Picture Visionary, Transformational Educator, Master Paradigm Shifter, Relentlessly Awesome Mom of 4, Comedienne and Author … in no particular order.
“My ex husband and I successfully continue to share the family home in a unique and sophisticated co-parenting arrangement….”
“I’m bringing a wealth of “Personal Development” knowledge to the stage and delivering an alarmingly consistent message at a whole new level of transparency.” www.relentlessandcompany.com
Tickets available at: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-ex-files-motivational-comedy-show-tickets-56219967436?aff=efbeventtix

Visiting Mr. Green: A play by Jeff Baron: May 2 until 11

Visiting Mr. Green: A play by Jeff Baron: May 2 to 5 and 9 to 11. Evenings: Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Matinees: May 5 and 11: Doors: 1:30pm. Show: 2:00 pm. Tickets: $20.
Mr. Green, an elderly, retired dry cleaner, wanders into New York traffic and is almost run down by a car driven by Ross Gardiner, a 29-year-old corporate executive. The young man is given community service helping the recent widower once a week for six months. What starts as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together becomes a gripping and moving drama as they get to know each other. Howard Jerome is Mr. Green and Daniel Schneiderman is Ross Gardiner. Presented by Snapping Turtle Productions & The Pearl Company. Directed by Sandi Katz, Produced by Enid Aaron & Dan Penrose Translated into 22 languages, with over 200 productions in large and small venues, Mr. Green has won numerous best play and best actor awards throughout the world.
“Baron tells his tale with discerning freshness and originality. One of the best shows around” – Chicago Daily Herald

Valdy! Sunday, May 5

Valdy: Sunday, May 5. 7:30pm. $25: Valdy has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 36 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a singer, guitarist, storyteller, and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life. Thirteen albums, 2 major Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a 7 Juno nominations, and 4 Gold albums to his credit, has made Valdy a true folk icon. He has taken his music to a dozen different countries, from Denmark to Australia and been an often-invited performer at Texas’ prestigious Kerrville Festival. Today, he is based on Salt Spring Island, where he lives with his wife Kathleen, three dogs and a large cat.
Anyone who has seen Valdy perform knows his shows are energetic, engaging, and a ton of fun. We are delighted to have him back at The Pearl!
www.valdy.com   Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

Big Johnny Blue CD Release: Friday, May 17

Big Johnny Blue CD Release: Friday, May 17. 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 to recognize the power of music to improve the life of every man. He’s pulled together another super CD with his new band. This’ll be a party; come join it!

Leanne Hoffman with Kim Harris: Saturday, May 18

Leanne Hoffman with Kim Harris: Saturday, May 18. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged.  Those east coast female voices! Leanne Hoffman’s work is a tribute to the magic of songwriting. The Halifax based singer-songwriter can lift words off a page and hearts out of their chests. It is the pursuit of that magical pairing of lyrics and melody that lead her to create unique songs that are impossible to ignore. Her debut solo-album, “What Remains” produced by Erin Costelo feels equally indebted to contemporary pop acts like Metric as it does to songwriting greats like Randy Newman and Paul Simon. Hoffman’s lyrics and resonant voice are front and centre: she’s singing about subjects from romance to family and aging to gender equality, sharing her soul as she chases that magical musical synergy.
Kim Harris’ emotionally driven alternative pop is rich, deep and moving. Her sophomore LP, Heirloom, produced by Daniel Ledwell, will be released in January 2020 with its first release and title track coming this spring

The Jazz Connection Big Band: Saturday, May 25

The Jazz Connection Big Band: Saturday, May 25. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged. They’re back!!! Catch the powerful sound of this fabulous big band in our relaxed, atmospheric venue. The JCBB is a well-established 17-piece jazz ensemble comprised of professional and semi-professional musicians, performing only the best modern big band charts from the books of Goodwin, Martin, Menza, Rich, Basie, and many other great contemporary composers. Jazz Connection delivers high energy, uncompromising, straight ahead jazz, funk, and Latin, combining the highest level of musicianship and great charts in an entertaining show that engages both the jazz enthusiast and the casual listener. The excellent acoustics at The Pearl easily accommodate their very cool (& hot!) surround-sound. “This is one of the most exciting, entertaining and musically interesting jazz ensembles to come along in many years – the musicianship, the repertoire and the energy are all of the highest level!” Nick Deutsch – Mohawk College, Faculty of Music.  www.jazzconnection.ca  Listen: http://epresskitz.com/index.php?u=2691

My Father’s House: May 29 – June 2/ June 4 – 9.

My Father’s House: May 29 – June 2/ June 4 – 9.  Doors: 7:30pm. Evening Shows: 8:00pm. Sun. Matinees: 2:00pm. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged. This new production of Brian Morton’s stage adaptation of My Father’s House, stars Lisa Langlois, and features Claire Shingleton-Smith, Keegan Chambers, and Joshua Perry Fleming.The play is produced and directed, by Gary Santucci.
Somewhere before the age of seven, Sylvia Fraser created a “twin” who shared her body while living a life apart from hers, with separate memories and experiences. For forty years, the existence of that twin and of the secret life she led while growing up in her father’s house was unknown to the author. How Fraser broke through the amnesia to discover and embrace the tortured self she left behind is the story of this astonishing stage play.
The memoir My Father’s House (1987) startled both critics and the public with its honesty, clarity of style and emotional force.  The book not only helped “heal” its author, but ignited public debate on a hidden social problem. More than thirty years, after publication, the book is more relevant than ever, in this the era of #metoo, as a moving example of how one survives trauma.
Lisa Langlois has chosen, to return to her stage career in playing the role of Sylvia. She is also developing My Father’s House for the screen, along with its prequel, Pandora.
Warning:  MY FATHER’S HOUSE contains mature content, adult themes, and simulated sexual assault. Viewer discretion is advised.
For show information please visit  www.theatre-erebus.ca
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The Curtain Falls on The Pearl: But not ’til June 30/19!

The Curtain Falls on The Pearl: But not ’til June 30!?!

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 June 30.

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:

Celebrating the Arts! Thurs to Sun, April 11-14

Celebrating the Arts! April 11-14. Doors 6:30 pm. Curtain 8:00 pm sharp. Matinee April 14: Doors 12:30 pm. Curtain 2:00pm sharp. Tickets: $25 online or at the door. You are cordially invited to The Pearl Company for An Evening of Theatre, Visual Arts and Live Music in support of SAVIS of Halton and #FeedtheHammer . Start Spring right! Support this fundraising initiative complete with a silent auction, 50/50 draw, food drive, live theatre, visual arts displays and a full musical set by RnR. Special Musical guests include Robert Laszcz, Rod McTaggart, and Chris Reid, laying down those solid grooves while you browse works of art by professional local artists, bid in the silent auction, and take part in the 50/50 draw. At 8pm, round off the evening with 2 one-act plays: The Dilemma, a black comedy written and directed by Joel Pettigrew, starring Lucas James and Thomas Sarigiannidis, and Carol Churchill’s A Number, directed by David Nash and starring Chris Reid and Rod McTaggart. Latecomers will be seated at an appropriate break in the program.

ENCUENTRO FLAMENCO: Sunday, March 31

ENCUENTRO FLAMENCO: Sunday, March 31, Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 7:30. Tickets: $20. A quest for freedom within the constraints of tradition. The artists: Tamar Ilana: vocals/dance; Matt Sellick: flamenco guitar; Derek Gray: percussion.
The dancer calls, the musicians answer; the guitarist sings and the singer replies. Each is an individual artist, but together, it becomes a whole universe into which the audience is invited. In Encuentro, Tamar and Matt share their discovery of each other as artists, themselves as individuals, and what it means to be Canadian flamenco artists. In this encounter between the new and the old, the original and the traditional, the composed and the interpreted, Tamar and Matt rearrange traditional pieces, present original choreographies, and share new compositions.
Powerhouse vocalist and dancer Tamar Ilana has studied, lived and performed in Paris, Seville and Barcelona; she has been featured in flamenco festivals across North America. She is releasing her third album with her award-winning band, Ventanas, this May. Tamarilana.com Read the rest of this entry »

Jazz @ The Pearl: April 4, 5 & 6

Jazz @ The Pearl:  April 4, 5 & 6: Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/seniors/un(der)waged. A weekend of great jazz with talented practitioners of the art!

MOJO (Men of Jazz Octet): Thurs. Apr. 4, is a Hamilton based combo playing Cool, Hardbop and Beyond. They cover from hard bop to modern composers like Freddie Hubbard. MOJO’s a bit edgier, a bit more in your face than a traditional octet. Lindsay Paul formed them to bring together great players with a repertoire which challenges them. Come out and get your mojo on with an energy filled night of Jazz..

David Brideau Quartet CD Release: Fri. April 5, Brideau has covered a lot of styles in his musical journey; he thrives upon the motivation of finding something new. Come hear the latest foray through his new CD! David Brideau (jazz guitar), Jonas Pearson Paavola (bass), Vince Waters (drums), and Michael Morabito (saxophone).

The Hamilton Dixieland Allstars: Sat. April 6. The Hamilton Dixieland All-Stars have been entertaining audiences from Toronto to Niagara Falls for 15 years. Six highly talented and entertaining musicians perform a vast repertoire of music played in the Dixieland style.


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