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 3: Zula Presents: Tim Crofts/Norman Adams/Lukas Pearse
with Gerry Hemingway
April 4: Paul Reddick w his Band!
April 10 – 12: HamilTEN! A 10 Minute Play Festival….
April 13: An Evening with Adam Vaughn
April 16: Jordan Abraham & Touch of Klez!
April 17: Love Letters Cabaret Presents CABIN FEVER
April 18: Carlos del Junco & The Blues Mongrels
April 19: Corrina Keeling / Jeff Giles
April 24: Casa Mansang Presents
April 25: Michael Gabriel: “Strings Attached”
April 26: Laila Biali Radiance Project Album Release!
May 1: Ian Andrews
May 2: Big Johnny Blue CD Release
May 9: Full Bawdy Comedy Show
May 15: Jason Wilson w Adrean Farrugia
May 16: Rae Billing with the Unpayables!
May 20: Zula Presents: Rempis/Johnston/Ochs
May 21: A Taste of the Fringe
May 22: Love Letters Cabaret
May 23: Christopher Clause’s Fermata Showcase
May 28: Roxanne Potvin
May 29 – June 7: Hold Mommy’s Cigarette
May 31: Elizabeth Shepherd
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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!
Michael Gabriel: ‘Strings Attached’: Saturday, April 25. 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm) Michael Gabriel is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter with a riveting concert series emphasizing community building. In ’Strings Attached,’ his emotionally fluid storytelling compositions are surrounded with a driving string section, piano and enhanced by local choirs to create “…a breathtaking coming together of sound.” Marielle Julian – Velvet Rope Magazine. As with every concert – Michael plays with his core ensemble that consists of a 3-part string section, piano and percussion – while sharing the stage with talent from the community. For this production, What The Folk will be the opening act and sing with Michael. Harmonies will also be sung by W.H. Ballard Glee Club. Chamber Strings from the Bel Canto Strings Academy will join the ensemble to perform a song. Partial proceeds from every ticket will be donated to the Bel Canto Strings Academy. ‘Strings Attached’ showcases his strongest material with orchestral pop flavours – to create an event that has been in the making for his entire career. www.michaelgabrielmusic.com Listen/Experience http://www.youtu.be/qhr2xeJBVzs
Laila Biali & The Radiance Project Album Release Concert: Sunday April 26, at 8pm Tickets: $20. Award-winning Canadian pianist, vocalist and songwriter, Laila Biali, has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega, and Sting. Critically acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest jazz musicians, her new album – House of Many Rooms – sees the Brooklyn-based artist venturing into a more pop-oriented sound, full of catchy hooks, sweet melodies, and anthemic musical arrangements. For this special album release concert, Laila is backed by a stellar ensemble featuring Anna Atkinson (violin, vocals, musical saw), Graham Campbell (guitar, ukulele, vocals), Chris Tarry (electric bass) and Ben Wittman (drums). Special thanks to IMAGO and the generous supporters of The Radiance Project. www.theradianceproject.com Listen: http://bit.ly/LailaBialiRadianceProjectVideoEPK
Ian Andrews & The Smokin’ Scoundrels: Friday May 1, at 8pm Tickets: $20. Blistering Blues! Join us for an incredible concert experience, the music of Ian Andrews & The Smokin’ Scoundrels will be heard in fine form “in one of Hamilton’s greatest venues”. Featuring Rick Donaldson and Alan Duffy as the remedy rhythm section for the evening. We all know and love the groove this team can do. Also joining The Smokin’ Scoundrels for this evening is the mighty Mike Almas on second guitar and the blistering Bill Holinaty on tenor/baritone sax and bass clarinet. Get your tickets as soon as possible as seating for this concert will go fast. “We are very much looking forward to sharing this experience with Hamilton. Thank you for all of your support Hamilton.” Ian Andrews: https://www.facebook.com/IanAndrewsandTheSmokinScoundrels
Big Johnny Blue & Strange Cargo Celebrate the Blues! Saturday, May 2, 8:00pm, $15 / $10 students/seniors/wage-challenged…. Like the blues? You’ll love them John Crawford style. Big Johnny Blue is John M. Crawford, Hamilton guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Hamilton Blues Society. He has written hundreds of songs, and played with countless local musicians over the years. He is committed to supporting local music and musicians, especially by supporting efforts to tell the story of Hamilton’s blues history, and the power of music to improve the life of every man. These guys rock; Code Red Blues all ’round! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE8p_zRZeIs&index=1&list=PLB3320D903F7A1FCE https://www.facebook.com/bigjohnnyblueandstrangecargo/
Corrina Keeling with Jeff Giles: Sunday, April 19. 8:00pm. Tickets $20 at the door. Corrina Keeling creates conscious acoustic music rich with honesty, experience, and insight. Since independently releasing her album “Say Yes”, she’s had the opportunity to play for change-making audiences around the world. From David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour to the Uplift Festival in Byron Bay, Australia, she has shared the stage with artists like Feist, The Barenaked Ladies, David Suzuki, and Neil Young, sending a message of hope and action around the world. Her words and music carry the spirit of her passion for environmental justice and emerging social consciousness. Corrina is a sophisticated songwriter, a technically accomplished acoustic powerhouse, using her music as medicine to drive healing and change. Her sophisticated rhythms are rock-solid, rooted and driving, with harmonies from her sister Jessica Dawn that are almost mystically intuitive. http://www.corrinakeeling.ca/ Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lttUd65fZ8I
Jeff Giles: Actor/Singer-Songwriter and Hamilton native Jeff Giles returns home for this unique night of music. Whether you’ve heard his own music before, seen him play Buddy Holly at Theatre Aquarius or somewhere across Canada, or attended his successful solo theatre show “Letters to Hope” at Theatre Aquarius join Jeff in celebrating the love and power of live music and intimate songwriting. Jeff’s work is influenced by many styles, though it is the threads of blues and roots music, both old and new, that hold his songs together. www.jeffgiles.ca Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMxQ9xtS00M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3-iF69Yjzk
Carlos del Junco and The Blues Mongrels: Saturday April 18, at 8pm Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door. Carlos is one of those players whose music is so advanced that when it comes to awards, it’s either retire the category or rephrase the question to “Best Harmonica Player Not Named Carlos”. (Eight time Harmonica Player of The Year at the Maple Leaf Blues Awards!). Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, the band’s playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz. The emphasis is on blues, but they are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, jazz swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock. The Blues Mongrels are: bassist Henry Heillig (founded the nine piece Latin band Manteca), and guitarist Eric St. Laurent. Get ready to trash all you thought you knew about the harmonica. The Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity. “a model of focus and urgency..a true virtuoso”.. Brad Wheeler – The Globe and Mail http://www.carlosdeljunco.com Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpuBtxuE_xo
Presented by Love Letters Cabaret: CABIN FEVER: Friday, April 17. 8:00pm (Doors 7:30pm) Admission: $25 Advance/ $30 @ Door/ $45 Ringside seat. It’s cold out and we’re going batty! Enjoy a hysterical evening of nonsense, singing & burlesque! Get over your winter blehs with comedy, dance and music from “Toronto’s edgiest, most sexually charged dance theater company”. This innovative and interactive company is the creation of Artistic Director and Choreographer Pastel Supernova (dubbed by Flare magazine as One of Canada’s most influential women). She is a former international dancer for Nelly Furtado with appearances on the David Letterman Show and more. Pastel packs the stage with beauty and talent, using elements of vaudeville, contemporary dance, and burlesque to tell stories, explore primal instincts. Witness a cast whose collective credits include: the National Ballet, the Canadian Opera Company, Mirvish Productions and Second City Productions just to name a few. You’ve never seen them? Here’s a peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV3nObw-7wk www.loveletterscabaret.com Adult content.
Touch of Klez: Thursday, April 16, 8:00pm. Door 7:30. $15 at the door. Note the change: Jordan Abraham will be bringing the klezmer band, Touch of Klez instead of SpectreBox. “TOK” is a professional ensemble bringing its unique take on traditional klezmer music to appreciative audiences for over 13 years. Based in Eastern European Jewish tradition, the music is fused with elements of cantorial, gypsy, turkish, mediterranean, and traditional jazz music to create something that is at once unique and universal. The music is joyous and sad – capturing the bittersweet essence of life itself in its sonorous melodies. It is frantic and filled with longing – for a by-gone era, for a place we once knew, or for people whom we loved. Touch of Klez breaks down barriers with music that aims straight for your soul. The players: Charlotte Price – Violin; Rick Black – Soprano Sax; David Ludwin – Bass Clarinet; Jordan Abraham – Accordion; Ron Richter- Piano; Alan Livingston – Guitar; David Guild – Drums
Jazz, The Pearl, and Adam Vaughan: Monday, April 13 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm. Enjoy an evening of jazz, flamenco and classical guitar with Gary Santucci and conversation with Adam Vaughan, LPC’s housing and urban affairs critic, and Anne Tennier for Hamilton Centre at The Pearl Company, Hamilton’s performing arts gem. Tickets are $100 per person, including light refreshments, and are available by calling 905-523-6575 or online at http://events.liberal.ca/Event/jazz-the-pearl-and-adam-vaughan.aspx?Lang=en&mi=A
The HamilTEN Festival: April 10, 11, & 12. $15 / $10 income-challenged. HamilTEN is a festival of ten-minute plays by playwrights from Hamilton and surrounding areas. With more script submissions than Darren has ever had previously, HamilTEN 2015 promises to be our biggest festival yet! We will be presenting ten 10-minute plays at this year’s festival. A ten-minute play is a streak of theatrical lightning. It doesn’t last long but it should hit its mark! The festival is now in its fourth year (!) and they are back at The Pearl Company with something for everyone: a little drama, some comedy, with a little bit of madness to spice things up. All plays are featured at each performance. Darren Stewart-Jones, Artistic Director, is a theatre producer, director and a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He has produced and directed plays in Hamilton, Toronto, and London. He is the proud founder of The HamilTEN. Festival Tickets available at the door (cash only) online at www.ticketscene.ca or www.thepearlcompany.ca and by email at email@example.com Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Check out: http://hamiltenfestival.blogspot.ca https://www.facebook.com/pages/HamilTEN-Festival/
Friday, April 10 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 11 @ 8pm
Sunday, April 12 @ 2pm
Our line-up for 2015, in no particular order, is as follows:
The Bridge by Jessica Anderson
Conversations with a Capital “A” by Robin Sadavoy
Tyson by Kevin Somers
Appearances by Katherine Albers
Evinrude Fabio by Colette Kendall
Barbershop Trio by Blending Reality Productions
Pee & Qs by Josh Downing
The Hourglass by Francesa Brugnano
Saint Catherine of Ontario by Bryan Boodhoo
Matter of Negativity by Sean Hurley Read the rest of this entry »
Paul Reddick with his Band! Saturday, April 4: 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/seniors/arts workers. He’s back by popular demand (and ours)! Paul Reddick calls Toronto home, but his reputation is spreading internationally. The award-winning (phenomenal!) harmonica player, bandleader and songwriter described his most recent CD, Wishbone, as “a soundtrack for dancing and sex.” (!) The January ‘12 issue of Mojo, listed the CD in the #3 spot on its annual list of the Top 10 blues records of 2012. And if those accolades weren’t enough, here’s internationally renowned Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin, a long-time Reddick fan, “Wishbone is terrific!” When Reddick, nominated for no less than five Maple Blues Awards, was asked “What is the blues?” the answer: “The Blues will always provide a soundtrack, a language, an endless landscape. It offers an unlimited means to express, explore and experience everything and every question that matters most. It can be the heart singing its deepest song.” http://www.paulreddick.ca Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dcae11Tx0w
Tim Crofts/Norman Adams/Lukas Pearse with Gerry Hemingway: Friday, April 3. $15/12 students, seniors, artists, un(der)employed. Intrepid, nimble improvising Halifax trio of Tim Crofts (piano), Norman Adams (cello) and Lukas Pearse (bass) will be joined by American master-percussionist, composer, Anthony Braxton Quartet alumni Gerry Hemingway. This most virtuous unit will grace the Pearl Company stage as part of their coast to coast Canadian tour of select cities (Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Hamilton, Guelph, Toronto). The trio, considered “one of Atlantic Canada’s most creative free music ensembles”, has been presented numerous times on the suddenlyLISTEN Series, at the Festival des Musiques de Création Jonquière, The Halifax Jazz Festival and Re:Flux Festival. With the addition of Hemingway, fresh, spontaneous interaction is the heart and soul of this unit. The trio has released their first album, Sonomatopia, in 2008 and a second release, Literal Lateral, followed with Hemingway recently. Don’t miss this Hamilton first! www.zulapresents.org www.suddenlylisten.com/projects/crofts-adams-pearse www.gerryhemingway.com
Shari Vandermolen with SWINGLINE: Saturday, March 28. 8:00. $20/$18 students/seniors/income-challenged. SWINGLINE is an inspired group of musicians hailing from the greater Hamilton and Toronto area bringing you big band standards and some soulful R & B to round things off. The accomplished musicians of this band were originally brought together purely for the love of music with no ongoing commitment to “join the band”, it was simply an opportunity to play together and develop new musical connections with other musicians from the greater Hamilton/Toronto area. It was through these connections Shari Vandermolen’s rich vocals came to the group; she filled the final niche to complete the band and SwingLine was born. SwingLine will have you humming along and tapping your feet giving you that big-band sound you crave! http://swingline.webs.com/ Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXw_ytuzvFc
Leonard, Burns, & Dell: The Perfect Strangers. Friday, March 27. 8:00pm. Doors 7:30. Sue Leonard, Brennagh Burns, and Cindy Dell are Leonard, Burns, & Dell: The Perfect Strangers. They will be celebrating the release of their CD and performing songs from it with phenomenal (!) band members Andrew Aldridge, Sean O’Grady, Michael Hickey, and Michael J. Birthelmer. The Perfect Strangers, are no strangers to the music world. Solo artists all, in their own right, they have come together as good friends who love to make music, write songs, and sing harmonies. And they’re good at what they do.
Singer/songwriter Sue Leonard: Two world tours with kd Lang; recorded background vocals on “Constant Craving” and Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands On Me”; has an endless list of recording credits; released two independent CDs; has made numerous appearances on television, -The David Letterman Show, Jay Leno, and Saturday Night Live. Now, she has returned to her Hamilton roots and teamed up with Brennagh and Cindy to write, sing lead, and harmonize.
All her life and throughout North America, Cindy Dell has been writing songs and making music: Picked up the bass as a founding member of the band Tin Angel (signed to Atlantic Records with a self-titled album released worldwide); has four independent CDs; currently sings, co-writes, plays guitar and fiddle.
Brennagh Burns, Baby of the group: Found her passion for music at an early age pounding out tunes on the family piano and a battered old guitar; started writing her own songs when she was 14 years old; released a number of CDs of her compositions working with Nick Blagona and Rob Lamothe; shared the stage with artists like The Dharlings, Run for the Hills. Derek Miller, and The Donefors.
www.reverbnation.com/leonardburnsanddell Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jKwJofWfqE