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!

SEPTEMBER:
September 1: Fin de Fiesta Flamenco w Lia Grainger
September 9:
 POR LA VIDA…SIEMPRE!!!  Art Opening: 11:00am to 4:00pm.
September 9: Harpdog Brown & the Travelin’ Blues Show w Sugar Brown
September 15: NEW DATE! October 6 – Peace and Love: Remembering Gary Depodesta;
September 16: Low Country Hill CD Release
September 22: Scotty & The Barefoot Boys CD Release 
September 23:  Kirk Starkey & Hannah Bech
September 29: Matthew Byrne

OCTOBER:
October 6: Peace and Love: Remembering Gary Depodesta;
       with Christopher Clause & Friends
October 7: MOJO (Men OF Jazz Octet) 

October 11-14 / 19-21 / 26-28: Here’s Johnny!
October 15: Corin Raymond / Kim Beggs

NOVEMBER:
November 3: David Hart & The Occasional Angels
November 4: Colour Film: Matthew de Zoete 

November 11: Lori Yates
November 16 – 19; 23 – 26: Robert Knuckle’s GLEASON

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

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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.

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

Low Country Hill: Saturday, September 16

Low Country Hill: CD Release! Saturday, September 16. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. Low Country Hill is the moniker for Hamilton-based singer-Low Country Hill songwriter Paul Hogeterp.  Paul released his self-titled, critically-acclaimed debut in 2014. (Floorshime Zipper Boots). Touring has taken Paul down logging roads in northern Ontario and through traf?c jams on the Lionsgate Bridge in Vancouver – all for the joy of sharing the songs in intimate venues with music lovers. After nearly two years of performing, he burrowed in his basement studio for the last half of 2016 to write for his next record. The result of that effort is Guesthouse, a five-song EP recorded in May-July of this year. Dave King returns as producer and drummer while musical wizard Paul Linklater (Bidini Band, Colleen and Paul) plays bass and electric guitar for the project. Hogeterp is feeling blessed and lucky to have the (gentle giant) footprints of these creative and kindred spirits in his new work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM_4xHJlAxI  https://lowcountryhill.com   https://www.facebook.com/lowcountryhill

Scotty and the Barefoot Boys: Friday, September 22

Scotty and the Barefoot Boys: Friday, September 22, Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20.  Scotty and the Barefoot Boys is a four piece band born at the Hamilton Regional Songwriter’s Group. Scott Scotty and the Barefoot boys_09_17Kernaghan is a psychologist, athlete and songwriter who does vocals too!  Taylor Jeffrey is a coffee master at Williams’ and a guitar player extraordinaire. Spencer Thomas is an exciting bass player, who will be replaced by a very accomplished bass player at the live event since Spencer is off for adventures in Europe. Jordan Jespersen is a drummer far beyond his years in his ability and he’s the engine that drives the bus known as Scotty and the Barefoot Boys.  This band is proud of its local roots.  Thus, the title of track of their debut CD is “Rock The Hammer”. Listen (Not from the CD): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnzqR_hKH8U

Kirk Starkey & Hanna Bech: Saturday, September 23

Kirk Starkey & Hanna Bech: Saturday, September 23. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 Hanna_Kirk_Poster_09_17/students/seniors/wage-challenged PWYC (pay what you can). Kirk Starkey is “One of Canada’s most inventive Cellists today.” CBC Radio 2. Kirk has pursued a unique career as cellist, composer and sound artist. Kirk’s solo recordings Little Gidding (2011), Songs of Sudbury (2016) showcase his original style of integrating extended cello techniques and digital processing into a compelling and accessible medium. In the role of Producer, Kirk Starkey specializes in the capture and production of acoustic music. Recent clients include in the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Duo Gelato, and Valerie Tryon! Kirk performs on a newly restored Vogtland cello (c.1775) on generous loan from Hildegard Battista.
Hamilton native Hanna Bech is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, choral composer, conductor, and teacher(!)  Bech’s sound combines piano and playful vocals to create classically influenced folk-pop with swagger. She’s performed with the HPO’s Indie Series and been recognized as 2017’s emerging music artist by the Hamilton Arts Council. She uses her love of play to transform her feelings into music and fantasy-filled stories. Hanna is also cultivating Queens of Quirk, a celebration of (un)conventional coolness through music, silks, comedy, and crimps.  Hanna dreams of helping everyone find and embrace their unique voice. www.hannabechmusic.com  www.kirkstarkey.com

Matthew Byrne: CD Release Tour: Friday, September 29

Matthew Byrne: CD Release Tour: Friday, September 29. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 / Matthew byrne_09_17$15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew’s repertoire is heavily influenced by that unique musical lineage – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and he supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room. His repertoire transcends time and place and his live performance reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements. Touring as both a solo artist as well as singer with The Dardanelles, he has graced festival stages worldwide. His second album, Hearts & Heroes, received CFMA Traditional Recording of the Year, establishing Byrne as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices. He released his highly-anticipated third album Horizon Lines in August. This new collection of traditional material explores a unique repertoire of songs from both sides of the Atlantic and continues Byrne’s journey through his own unique musical lineage. For more information, visit www.matthewbyrne.net
“His reverence and respect for his material, along with his unabashed exploration of new songs and his staggeringly beautiful voice, makes for the rarest and most vital type of folk performer.” – TOM POWER, CBC MUSIC

Peace and Love: Remembering Gary Depodesta, Christopher Clause & Friends: Friday October 6 – NEW DATE!

Peace and Love: Remembering Gary Depodesta, Christopher Clause & Friends: NEW DATE: Friday October 6; Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. An all ages show. Cost: Pay As You Can. peaceandlove_GaryDepodesta
When Gary DePodesta died suddenly at the end of July, the city lost one of its greatest live music supporters. In keeping with his love of live music and our city, we are going to host a special musical event celebrating Gary’s life. When he posed for a photo, Gary would often share a peace sign along with a great big smile. The event will feature many of Gary’s favourite musicians. It will be a pay-as-you-can affair, with the proceeds covering the rental of the venue as well as a donation to “Gracenotes” in Gary’s name. The money will help support local musicians who are completing recording projects. “I (Christopher) am currently organizing the musicians for this emotional send-off. If you are a performer and you would like to be a part of the evening, please private message me. Gary was one of my greatest supporters, and I miss him incredibly. I have confidence that I will see him again, which brings me a sense of peace. I look forward to seeing you all on September 15, as we celebrate the life of one audience member who changed everything for us.” https://www.facebook.com/events/264009207432915/?

Choir Nation Hamilton: Mondays 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Choir Nation Hamilton: Changing Venues – we are no longer able to accommodate the choir – will keep you posted! Mondays 6:30 – 8 p.m. On Holiday for summer! $15 choirnation_2per session for adults. $10 seniors/students. Cash at door. “On the heels of the success of their weekly drop-in choir in Niagara-on-the-Lake, they are excited to launch a weekly choir in Hamilton that will be run by music director, Sophia Perlman. Choir Nation Hamilton is a great place to come together and have fun, improve your singing and learn from an exceptional teacher! Rehearsals and performances take place at The Pearl Company Arts Centre. Choir capacity: 40 singers. Interested? Join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1879651618957430/  Details provided every week including: dates, times, song choice, and so on.

PAST EVENTS:

Harpdog Brown & The TRAVELIN’ BLUES SHOW with Sugar Brown: Saturday, September 9

Harpdog Brown & The TRAVELIN’ BLUES SHOW with Sugar Brown: Saturday, September 9. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $25 –online or at door. Maple Blues award-winning Harpdog Brown is happily touring his HarpdogFoodshare_09_17authentic Travelin’ Blues Show in support of his new ground-breaking album Travelin’ WithThe Blues. Canada’s premier ‘old school’ harp wizard has never sounded better.  He arrives with Sugar Brown whose dark, sweet, and inconsolable blues has brought him much attention and many awards. Sugar Brown’s blues originated while at the University of Chicago. By day, he studied; by night he learned to play the blues on Chicago’s famed West Side.  And now, he’s an Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto by day and he’s still playing those blues by night.
This concert supports Hamilton FoodShare. A percentage of the proceeds and 100 percent from the raffle/silent auction will go directly to FoodShare. Long & Mcquade have donated a 7 Harmonica Kit. What a night; bring food; bring a donation! There will be a cash bar. www.harpdogbrown.com  www.SugarBrownMusic.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9zvGO_NR_I&list=PLBxSRWqZlnm9Tim9f471UEyx88lq9L09s
Harpdog’s got a smokin’ band playing and he’s singing the real deal, old school blues just like you want to hear it.” Charlie Musselwhite.  “Harpdog’s effortless vocal delivery is a rare and natural gift.” Holger Petersen.

 

POR LA VIDA…SIEMPRE!!! Opening: September 9 (11am-4pm)

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POR LA VIDA…SIEMPRE!!! Opening: September 9 (11am-4pm)Two weeks only: 4 to 15 September. Opening: September 9 – 11:00am to 4:00pm. FOR LIFE ALWAYS!!! is the once aborted and now restored exhibition of the series of Antifascist Posters that were conceived in Santiago, Chile through the State Technical University. Exhibitions of the 18 posters were to take place in 500 simultaneous locations on September 11, 1973 the day the military coup led by Augusto Pinochet took place. Presidente Salvador Allende was scheduled to inaugurate the central exhibit at the university. The university´s main building was attacked, the organizers imprisoned and the exhibition destroyed. From those 500 sets of 18 posters, only one set of the original prints survived, and it has now been restored to the original set in remembrance of POR LA LA VIDA…SIEMPRE!!!, the exhibition intended to open over 44 years ago.
Violeta Parra‘s unpublished art work, titled CONTRA LA GUERRA (1963) accompanies this show as part of the commemoration of the centenary of Latin America’s greatest singer-songwriter and peace activist who took her life 50 years ago. Due to the historical importance of the messages and their current validity, this vital show is a must see.
Opening: A Tribute to Violeta Parra: Music. Art. Dance. Film: Appearances by: Marcelo Puente, Lil Medrano, Alec Dempster and Teresa Irene Barrera; the group Raices Latinoamericanas AFH, and the film: Cantar con Sentido, a biography of Violeta Parra.

The Jillian McKenna Quartet: ft. Mike Malone w. Adrean Farrugia & Ayman Boujlida : August 31

The Jillian McKenna Quartet: featuring Mike Malone with Adrean Farrugia (piano) & Ayman Boujlida JillianMcKenna(2)_08_17(drums): August 31. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $15 / $10 students/seniors/wage-challenged. After spending the past two years in New York City, Jill is back to lead her own project at home. Her band combines two of Hamilton’s finest musicians, Adrean Farrugia on the piano and Mike Malone on the trumpet, with award-winning, New York City-based drummer Ayman Boujlida. The evening will consist of two sets of both Jill’s original music, and some new takes on some old standards.
A great night of music with these truly talented musicians makes this an event you should not miss! “

Slaughterhouse-Five: August 16 – 19 / 23 – 26

Slaughterhouse-Five: August 16 – 19 / 23 – 26.  Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00 $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged Based on Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel, Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a Slaughterhouse-Five-08_17man who becomes “unstuck in time” after he is abducted by aliens. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all the phases of his life. Concentrating on his shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden, this satirical and horrifying anti-war story carries a unique poignancy — and humour. Directed by: Liam Grunté. Cast: Robert K. Brown, Vincent Perri, Brian Gilmour, Ciaran Neely, Theresa Noon-Hunter, Valeri Kay, and Shawn Callan as Billy Pilgrim. Stage manager: Anthony Colonello.

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: “LIÁNDOLA”. Friday, September 1

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: “LIÁNDOLA”. Friday, September 1. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $22 in advance/ $25 at the door. Acclaimed flamenco FInDeFiestaPOSTERCropensemble Fin de Fiesta brings Spanish inspiration to Canadian soil with their Summer/Fall 2017 Canadian Tour. Comprised of award-winning artists from Canada and France, the electrifying music and dance ensemble will bring stages to life nationwide with their spirited new production, LIÁNDOLA. The show takes its name from a popular Andalucian figure of speech used to describe boisterously unrestrained behaviour, a playful fearlessness that cannot be contained. Simply put, Liándola means taking an ordinary experience and making it extraordinary. In Liándola, the searing vocals of Alejandro Mendia (Noces Gitanes, France) are accompanied by the intricate guitar arpeggios of music director Dennis Duffin (Ventanas, Canada) and the haunting flute melodies of Lara Wong (Canada). Dancer and artistic director Lia Grainger (Canada), brings the stage to life with fierce, sensual choreography and improvisation.
Tickets: online at www.ticketscene.ca  www.thepearlcompany.ca or 905.524.0606 For more info please visit: www.findefiestaflamenco.com

Frankenstein: August 10 – 12, Matinee on 12th @ 2:00pm.

Frankenstein: August 3 – 5, 10 – 12. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. (Except 2pm matinee Aug 12.) $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged.  A 1884-Frankestein-poster-11x173chilling new telling of a timeless story. The world premiere of this award-winning adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein hits The Pearl stage in early August.  Written by David Elendune, directed by Gary Santucci, this adaptation has converted the character of Clerval to a female actor.  Shelley, in the original, did not create a strong female character. This wonderful twist provides character development beyond the usual approaches, allowing for male- female sexual tension, failed role models and so much more. http://www.classicaltheatre.ca/
Reactions from the audience:The Creature sent chills down my spine.” “Entire cast is fantastic!”  “Whenever I watch anything…I know it strikes a chord if I get chills. Tonight, that happened three times…!” “Unlike any version before it, Rod McTaggart’s performance as the creature will transfix you in your seats. Peter Anderson’s mixture of arrogance and horror perfectly balances his performance. …The set will transport the playgoer back in time; the steampunk props are perfect!”

 

HORSES: Featuring Allan Merovitz. July 20 – 23 / 27 – 30

HORSES: Featuring Allan Merovitz. July 20 – 23 / 27 – 30.  8:00pm. Matinees @ 2pm 23rd & 30th. $20/$15 students/seniors/wage-challenged.
Horses…. This stirring, Allan Merovitz _07_17educational, oft fiery and heartfelt show is made up of heartwarming original poems, songs, and music, mingled with some classic and easily recognizable melodies and mixed with a few surprisingly true stories. The storytelling, songs, and poems take you through Allan’s life spent with these majestic creatures.
“It all started in Montreal when I was 4 years old with Beau the milk horse, then riding on my Zayda’s (grandfather’s) farm outside Smith’s Falls, and memories of riding with my Dad on Mount Royal in Montreal at the stables near Lac aux Castors ( Beaver Lake). The story and songs include a tour with the Caravan Stage Company through our four seasons on the road from British Columbia to Alberta.”


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