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!

JANUARY:
January 18 – 20 / 25 – 27: Women’s Words: 2 One Act Plays

FEBRUARY: 
February 3: The Dominic Mancuso Group: Intimate and Up Close!
February 9: David Woodhead’s Confabulation – CD Release
February 11: Bob Wegner: Guitar Excursions….
February 22: Welcome Inn Fundraiser!
February 23: Gary Santucci & Spanjazz
February 24: For George: Christopher Clause & Friends
February 28: Opening Night: Sisyphus: A Play

MARCH:
February 28 to March 3; March 7 to 10; 14 to 17: Sisyphus: A Play

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

Women’s Words: 2 One Act Plays: January 18 – 20 / 25 – 27

Women's Words_01_18Women’s Words: 2 One Act Plays: January 18 – 20 / 25 – 27. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. $25 / $20.  The premiere of a new play by Allison Chisholm, A Certain Slant of Light, directed by Annalee Flint with Tyler Brent and Maxie Liberman. And, an award-winning play written and performed by Natalia Bushnik, Maybelle’s Guide to Maintaining Perfection. www.nataliabushnik.com

Dominic Mancuso Group: Intimate and Up Close! Saturday, February 3

Dominic Mancuso Group: Intimate and Up Close! Saturday, February 3. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. Tickets: $30. Dominic Mancuso is a Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award-winning singer-songwriter, and producer, born in Canada with a Sicilian soul. This passionate collaborator displays a DominicMancuso_ FEB 3_18wondrous spirit that transcends cultures and borders defining a world culture where people are the territory. The Dominic Mancuso Group: Where Passion, Music and Theatre Collide with Modern Maestros!  After 25 years committed to a vision influenced by his culturally diverse world, Dominic sees himself sitting at the table with the 21st century and the global village. His resume takes in several CDs, as well as several written scores for TV, films and theatre performances, numerous artistic collaborations and a great number of live shows in Canada and abroad. His latest CD (and Juno winner), Urban Gypsy, is a recording that clearly communicates the group’s wandering spirit, musical prowess and pluriculturalism, while nurturing the contemporary idea of a global culture.  “His group is a perfect example of the world-savvy musical product Canada is producing.”  ~Dr. Elena Lamberti, U of Bologna.  http://www.dominicmancuso.com/  Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhompMe2MNQ

David Woodhead’s Confabulation – CD Release: Friday, Feb 9

David Woodhead’s Confabulation – CD Release: Friday, Feb 9. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm.  $20 /$15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged.Confabulation_02_18
You can hear the ideas bouncing back and forth on The Confabulation’s new album Tunnels and Visions.  Ringleader David Woodhead’s compositions range from rambunctious romps to contemplative minimalism, with stops at vintage song and contemporary parlour music on the way.  His playful Confabulation project combines a handful of expert players with a musical mandate fusing the inviting community feeling of folk, the wide musical palette of jazz, and the entrancing rhythms of world music, with the occasional foray into classical music structure.Confabulation2_02_18
Tunnels and Visions is a high-spirited, cinematic deep-dive into ’70s-style jazz composition and improvisation. Naturally, it features Woodhead’s trademark melodic electric bass playing, with his expressive touch on the fretless, and a long list of notable instrumentalists. Band members include keyboardist Doug Wilde (Manteca), reeds player Colleen Allen (Molly Johnson, Holly Cole), guitarist Bob Cohen (Jesse Winchester) and drummer Rich Greenspoon (Betty and the Bobs, Stewed Tomatoes).
See more links at: http://www.davidwoodhead.com/confabulation.html
Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/20247/

FOR GEORGE 2018: Friday, February 24

FOR GEORGE 2018: Friday, February 24. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. Door Cover: Pay As You Can. $20 suggested. Hosted by Christopher Clause and featuring the best in Hamilton artists, FOR GEORGE 2018 is a musical celebration of the life and music of George Harrison, as well as the GeorgeHarrisonCClause-2016sharing of original music inspired by George.

All proceeds raised from the show will go towards GRACENOTES and Debbie Clause Recording Fund, which will help raise funds for local independent music projects in Hamilton.

Artists that will be performing (as of Friday January 12…) are as follows (lineup subject to change): The Barr Band, Bob Bryden, Jennifer Budd, Christopher Clause, Chrys and Momo, Miles From Nowhere (Miles Evans), Chris Jamieson, Jude Johnson, Dave Pomfret, Michael Scott, Paul Slodovnick, Peter Taplay.

PAST EVENTS:

The Koren Family Christmas! Monday, December 18

The Koren Family Christmas! Monday, December 18: At 7:00pm: $10 with a Food or Cash Donation. The Koren Family with The Pearl Arts Centre will host an evening of music and much, much, more. Here’s last year’s perfect quote from Benjamin Washington …”best deal of the year…the annual ‘Koren Family Christmas’…a full charity donation showcase in aid of HAMILTON FOOD SHARE…main stage at The Pearl… the musical line-up is always awesome… ten bucks and a food donation…be there!”  The Musical lineup for 2017: Tomi Swick, Union and Kay, Doug Feaver and Ruth Sutherland, Fred Magie, Christopher Clause, Matty Simpson, Justin Fischer, and The Koren Family!!!  Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_4F90lmGQY

Another Jazzy New Year @ The Pearl! Sunday, December 31

Another Jazzy New Year @ The Pearl! Sunday, December 31, 8:00 ‘til ?  $65 per person. We’ve found a drummer!  We are on for our usual fabulous entertainment, great buffet, and cash bar. The entertainment will be a brilliant collection of super-gifted jazz musicians. As always, we promise fun people, great conversations, musical magic, and lots of dancing before, between, and after the jazz sets!PearlCo@Night2

To welcome in the New Year: Chef Gary Santucci, with major assistance from his son and also chef, Avery Santucci, will create a pan-global buffet with new dishes arriving throughout the night. There will be two musical sets from the collection of jazz artists assembled for the evening.

The 6-piece world-beat jazz ensemble, Spanjazz: Inspired by world music rhythms in a jazz context and featuring Jordan Abraham – keyboard, Jeff Plumbley – trumpet, Aidan Sibley – trombone, James Gannett – bass, Vincent Waters – drums and Gary Santucci – guitar. All musicians are highly respected performers in their own fields; the juxtaposition of their different styles and approaches creates the unique sound and experience that is Spanjazz.

Dancing between sets, lots of food and the cash bar round out the evening.

We need you to RSVP: Buy tickets online, via email, or phone.  We usually sell out so let us know as soon as you do! Online Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/20079/   https://bruha.com/event/2640

BORDERLINE ME: Robin Zee! Saturday, December 9

BORDERLINE ME: Robin Zee’s One-Woman Show: Saturday, December 9. Doors: 7:00pm. RobinZ_Borderline_12_17Show: 800. Tickets: $20 advance; $25 at door. This important fundraising, learning, and artistic event is in support of charitable organizations that are anti-human trafficking. Robin Zee performs her one-woman show, BorderLine Me, outlining her personal journey of survival that includes her experience as a person who was trafficked. There will be a Q & A session afterwards and a silent auction with many wonderful items. 100% of the proceeds from this evening will go to non-profit anti-human trafficking charities.
Robin’s hope is that her efforts will assist in raising money for non-profit charities that support victims of human trafficking and in educating our community through experience and art. www.robinzee.com 

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JACKIE GLEASON AND FRIENDS: Fri, Dec. 1 @ 8:00pm Sat, Dec. 2 @ 2:00pm

JACKIE GLEASON AND FRIENDS: General Admission $25. “Jackie” has extended its run! Friday, Dec. 1 at 8:00 pm. Saturday, Dec 2 at 2:00 pm. Doors @ 7:30pm for shows starting @ 8:00.
Jackie Gleason and Friends
is a two-act stage bio about the life of “The Great One,” Jackie Gleason. Born into poverty in Brooklyn and with little formal education, Gleason clawed his way to the top of the show-business world to become JackieGLEASON_11_17(2)one of the most successful and wealthiest comedians of his time. Willard Boudreau plays Gleason with a magical touch that transports the complex entertainer’s life to the stage. Toots Shor, Gleason’s life-long best friend is played with comparable dexterity by Dan Penrose. Their outrageous relationship in the play lights up the theatre with laughter. Gleason’s close association with Audrey Meadows (Gail Edwards), Joyce Randolph (Elaine Hale), Art Carney (Dan Anderson), and June Taylor (Babe Schurter-Santi) is also presented with great sensitivity. Mike Durkacz (Gleason’s  manager) and Tom Mays (a CBS executive) help us to explore other important facets of Gleason’s life. Willard Boudreau directs Bob Knuckle’s script with remarkable imagination and sensitivity. This is a beautiful, serious drama about a complicated man that is presented with a lot of joy and laughter.
Tickets @ www.bruha.com

Lori Yates with Hey Stella: Saturday, November 11

Lori Yates with Hey Stella: Saturday, November 11. Doors @ 7:30PM, Show Starts @ 8:30. Admission: $20. Alternative country “supergroup” Hey Stella formed in 1998, and quickly gained a Lori Yates_Hey Stella_10_17reputation as one of the premiere “live” acts in the country. Thousands of patrons caught Hey Stella (David Baxter, Bazil Donovan, Michelle Josef, Lori Yates) in the cavernous back room of Ted’s Wrecking Yard and Ted’s Collision during their five year weekly residency. Their irreverent and charming approach to traditional country tunes and their originals included; humour, pathos, stellar musicianship. The night often ended with Lori standing on a table belting out Leonard Cohen’s “So Long Marianne” while everyone in the bar sang along with her, making them a crowd favourite.
The band took time off while babies were born, solo records made, careers were advanced. But when the call came for another weekly residency, this time at the venerable Cameron House, they jumped at the chance. So even in 2017, and from the opening note, it’s clear the Hey Stella mojo is still there, maybe even better, and indeed their sound has aged like a fine vintage wine or a smelly piece of cheese. With special guests: Melissa Marchese and Doug Smith.  Advance tickets available here:  https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/19537/

COLOUR FILM: New Songs + JUSTIN SAWICKI: Saturday, November 4

COLOUR FILM: New Songs + JUSTIN SAWICKI: Saturday, November 4, Doors: 7:30pm. Show: MatthewDeZ_ColourFilm01_178:00pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. Music for your mind’s eye. With songs that play like home movies rich in imagery and characters, Colour Film is the stage name of Hamilton’s Matthew de Zoete. This concert will be an intimate ensemble performance of new songs – the raw material for a future album. These songs continue the cinematic approach of Super 8, Colour Film’s 2016 release that blends pop and folk in an atmospheric soundscape conjured with producer Les Cooper (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies).  Imagine Nick Drake cheering up a bit and meeting Beck. Colour Film – www.colourfilm.ca
Justin Sawicki: Sawicki has been active in the Hamilton Music Scene since 2003. In that time he has shared the stage with such acts as Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), Selina Martin, Tomi Swick, Tom Wilson, and Max Kerman (Arkells).  His 2011 album Nothing for No One was nominated for Independant Album of the Year at the Hamilton Music Awards.  In 2015, he released a self-titled album described by Dusty Organ as being “rooted in storytelling and rustic Canadian musicianship, (the album) shifts from western-style blues riffs, to dense, foot-stomping folk melodies”.  In 2018 Sawicki is set to release a new collection of songs collaborating with long time friends and bandmates Dan Rodrgues and Andrew Barbisan for the project. www.justinsawickimusic.com
Cash Bar available.

HERE’S JOHNNY: October 11-14 / 18-21/ 25-28

HERE’S JOHNNY: October 11-14 / 18-21/ 25-28. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $25 / $20 students/seniors/wage-challenged. HERE’S JOHNNY is a gritty tale drawn from the streets of an Here'sJohnny_10_17inner city neighbourhood, where questions are answered by more questions and choices often end badly. Inspired by true events, we follow the exploits and interactions of the five principal characters: Johnny, the Security Systems salesman, “I still gotta a heartbeat”; Bob, the neighbourhood guy, I’m so sick and tired of all the crap”; Ginger, the lifer on the streets; “C’mon it’s the oldest profession”; the new arrival, Candy, “I don’t want to think about tomorrow”; and Billy the punk. “Is that all you got?”  The audience will also be immersed in the 24/7 chatter and mayhem of the streets. Running the gamut from dark to humorous, touching to tragic, from the absurd to very real, HERE’S JOHNNY provokes a response in the audience from outrage to discomfort, rattling our cages as only street life can do. The characters may not be all likeable however they are human and deeply flawed in human ways. Adult Subject Matter. Coarse language and simulated sex.  Tickets: https://bruha.com/event/2028 (Oct 12) Further ticket links under  “Buy Tickets” tab.
Written & Directed: Gary Santucci.  Cast : Johnny: Mischa Aravena.  Candy: Jennifer Farrugia. Bob: Rod McTaggart. Ginger: Robin Zee. Billy: Carlos Jimenez. Supporting  Cast: Peter Bowen. Erica Sherwood. Frank Rocchi. Gerri Mc Manamy.

BROWNMAN Ali explores Michael Jackson’s “THRILLER”: Monday, October 30

BrownmanElectrycTrioPoster_10_17BROWNMAN Ali explores Michael Jackson’s “THRILLER”: Monday, October 30. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $15 at the door, $10 advance. Brownman’s HALLOWEEN THRILLER: Michael Jackson through the Lens of Electric-jazz. Acclaimed jazz / hip-hop trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI is leading an all-star quartet through his popular annual Halloween Thriller concert. The much lauded BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO + 1 will perform the entire Michael Jackson “Thriller” recording, interpreted and re-worked in National Jazz Award winning improviser Brownman’s Miles Davis-esque fashion. In addition to performing Thriller top to bottom, other MJ classics will be featured during this unique Halloween jazz party. States Ali: “Michael birthed so many incredible tunes over the years, but his collaboration with Quincy Jones on Thriller has to be one of the most towering musical achievements in pop music ever. Using that brilliant material every year on Halloween, as jump-offs for what we do makes for a party that’s danceable, but still rooted in exploratory improvising and deep reaching solos. We approach it the way Miles might have.”
The BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO has won a National Jazz Award, a Toronto Independent Music Award, a SOCAN award for composition, and recently won an International Independent Music Award for “2015 Jazz-Funk album of the year” for “Gravitation”. Costumes encouraged – it’s Halloween after all.
Brownman Ali – electric trumpet / Nick Maclean – keyboards / Brad Cheeseman – electric bass / Geoff Bruce – drums.  Brownman Electryc Trio live: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFECA3E452FE2BC0D  www.ElectrycTrio.Brownman.com
“One of the next great voices in the new generation of jazz improvisers” — Randy Brecker, legendary 14x Grammy winning trumpet icon.
TICKETS: https://bruha.com/event/2151

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Corin Raymond / Kim Beggs: Sunday, October 15

Corin Raymond / Kim Beggs: Sunday, October 15. Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 7:30pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. Here are these two versatile, amazing folkies in the same place at theCorin&KimBeggs_10_17 same time!  You can’t miss this.
Sincere and vulnerable, clear eyed and tough, Yukon singer songwriter Kim Beggs sings sweet, dark tales of northern life. And she is set to release her fifth solo album, Said Little Sparrow. With accompaniment from Marcel Desilets, they deliver the heartfelt darkness of Kim’s songs in a beautiful back woods, beat driven performance. Said Little Sparrow is an intimate, dark and soulful album. It’s an exploration of family, childhood, friendship, sacrifice, risk, death, broken hearts, vulnerability, survival, freedom, vampire love, and more. “A voice as cool and as refreshing as the Yukon river, delivers songwriting of the highest order” 5 STARS Maverick Magazine (UK)
Corin Raymond is a legendary Canadian songwriter and storyteller whose songs are covered by a far flung community of established roots musicians and campfire enthusiasts. Acoustic Guitar calls Raymond’s latest, JUNO award-nominated album Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams, “a hypnotic, literate collection of dark tall tales…. Romantic, immediate, and narcotic,” while The Globe and Mail calls Corin Raymond “a storyteller who by the end of the night you’ll have known your whole life.” On October 15th, Raymond will be freshly back from Winnipeg where he’s currently making his next album, Dirty Mansions, slated for a late 2018 release, and he’ll be featuring some as-yet-unheard songs from that project, and sharing stories new and old. https://kimbeggs.com   https://corinraymond.com  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNIKcyOsR_E


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