Welcome to The Pearl Company
The Pearl Company is an arts facility at 16 Steven Street, Hamilton. The first floor houses the Pearl Gallery. The second floor is a newly configured performance space for live music and theatre. Click the "The Facility" tab for more information.
PARKING NEWS: Free parking available at the Mediserve Pharmacy parking lot on King between Ashley and Steven Streets after 6:30 (with a flyer from The Pearl on the dashboard)
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Winner: Theatre of the Year, Hamilton Music Awards! Click for Story from CBC Hamilton
With increasing performance activity at The Pearl Company, we are streamlining our ticket sales. You are able to pre-purchase your ticket by clicking the “Buy Tickets” tab and buying on-line through TicketScene.
We continue to offer you the reasonably-priced, high-quality entertainment that you expect in The Pearl’s intimate, ambiance-laden, and acoustically unrivalled setting . (“Vibiest room anywhere.” Ruth Moody) Anyone needing special attention or specific answers, or if you’d rather order from a person (!) please continue to pick up the phone or email: firstname.lastname@example.org There are always tickets at the door for shows that are not sold-out. The door remains cash-only.
December 13: Christmas Connections: Jazz Connection Big Band w Sophia Perlman
December 14: Ron Hynes
December 15: Santa’s Big Sleep @ 1:00pm
Parking: Someone is always outside before an event at The Pearl helping with (free) parking and passes.
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In the Main Gallery & Theatre Gallery: The Hamilton Sculptors’ Guild (HSG) Fall/Winter Exhibition
Brought to you by Barbara Milne:
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.
SEE EVENT DETAILS BELOW or CLICK ON EVENT or DATE at side :
December 6: ARTBus
December 6: Grand Opening Celebration of Art in The Pearl District!
December 7: FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW: Shelley Marshall
December 13: Christmas Connections: Jazz Connection Big Band w Sophia Perlman
December 14: Ron Hynes!
December 15: Santa’s Big Sleep; Matinee @ 1:00
December 20: Dawn & Marra’s Christmas Show
December 21: Danny Michel Trio
December 27: Improv Group; Cash Grab
December 31: New Years: Jazz at The Pearl!
January 4: Paul Reddick: *Bluesman Extraordinaire*
January 11: Ryan Van Sickle
January 16 thru 25: Pearl Winter Theatre Festival
January 30 – Feb 1: La Ronde, Directed by Brian Morton
Danny Michel Trio: Saturday, December 21. Doors: 7:15. Concert: 8:00pm. $25 Admission. “With two Juno nominations and six solo albums to his credit, Danny Michel is one of the finest and most charming songwriters to grace the stage. His honest and straightforward lyrics, earnest live performances, and engaging stage banter, have earned him a devoted global fan base. As his fans will attest, he is a spontaneous & fearless performer. If you’ve seen Danny live in concert, you’re probably already a fan. If you haven’t, you are missing out on “one of this country’s …..musical treasures” (Toronto Star). Like a chameleon, he slips into any genre with ease, playing off the energy of the crowd. Danny is an innovator, demonstrating that creative artists in the digital age can build a rich, successful and intimate relationship with their fans. He gained publicity in 2008 for making the tracks of his hit single “Feather, Fur & Fin” available for his fans to remix and then posting their submissions on his website. For his birthday this past year, Danny “showed the love” to his grateful fans by offering his entire catalogue of music free for download for the day. www.dannymichel.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMkeNwU-0Ew&list=PL1DC4BB9370A1BE60
Dawn and Marra´s Second Annual Christmas Show: Friday, December 20. 7:00pm. $10 or $8 with a canned good. The night will consist of many top local acts, collaborations between artists and lots of Christmas cheer! There will be caroling, homemade snacks, Kim Koren, Kori Pop, Hachey the MouthPEACE, and so much more. Proceeds will go to the Hamilton food bank. A night to put you in the mood for the holidays! Come celebrate with us! Dawn and Marra keep adding to the evening so expect some surprises! www.dawnandmarra.com
Santa’s Big Sleep: Sunday, December 15, 1 pm. Reserved Tickets: $10 Adults, $6 children, $26 Family Pass for 4 (Max 2 adults) At the Door: Pay What You Can. Start your Christmas season with this magical story about children’s love for Santa and the true spirit of Christmas that has entertained Hamilton for 10 years. There is a worldwide mail strike and no letters are coming to the North Pole. Santa falls into a deep sleep and we discover that it is the children’s love contained in the letters that keeps Santa alive. Can the Elves solve the problem and wake Santa before Christmas Eve, or will the Spirit of Christmas be lost forever? They will definitely need help. Will the children of Hamilton have enough love to wake up Santa and save Christmas? Come to the show and find out! This 11th Anniversary Production is presented by Northern Lights Theatre & The Pearl Company. Written by Lee Fairbanks. Directed by Patti Cannon. Starring Tyler Brent, Luis Arrojo, Liz Buchanan & Krista McNaughton. For tickets: 289.778.1508 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Hynes: Saturday, December 14. Doors 7:30 / Concert 8:00pm. $20 advance / $25 at the door. Living legend, musical icon, recent throat cancer survivor… just a few of his tags…. Hynes’ songs are woven into the fabric of Atlantic Canada, he’s won countless awards and his work has been covered by some of the biggest names in music. For Ron Hynes, it’s all about the songs-and the soul-baring stories… and he has a few left to tell. With a songwriting career that spans more than 30 years, Ron is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner and a past Juno, CCMA and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee. Frequently referred to as the “man of a thousand songs”, Ron Hynes’ songs have been covered by dozens of artists worldwide, including Emmylou Harris, Murray McLauchlan, Valdy, John McDermott, and Prairie Oyster. His song “Sonny’s Dream” has become a folk classic, performed and recorded by artists all over the world. He’s an actor, a songwriter/composer. The feature film about Ron’s life “The Man of a Thousand Songs” debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival to sold-out audiences and critical praise. “He touches people… it’s a rare gift for songwriters to be able to distill a song until only its essence remains. He’s a treasure.” Fan. For more, visit: www.hynesite.org Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV6QlEL46Bs
Christmas Connections: Jazz Connection Big Band w Sophia Perlman: Friday, December 13. Doors at 7:30, Jazz at 8:00. Cover of $15 / $25 for couples. $10 for artists/students/seniors. Performing a mix of standards, Christmas charts, and selected pieces from Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. All guests are asked to bring a non perishable food item, a monetary donation to FoodShare, or a new unwrapped toy. The JCBB is a well-established 17-piece jazz ensemble delivering high energy, uncompromising and straight ahead jazz, funk, and Latin combining the highest level of musicianship and great charts in an entertaining show that equally engages both the jazz enthusiast and the casual listener. Sophia Perlman has become a fixture of the Ontario jazz and blues scene. Her musicality, old-soul voice, and skill as an improviser have made her a first-call featured singer with some of the top ensembles and musicians in the country. In addition to performing and touring with her own quartet, she performs regularly with numerous artists and ensembles, including Adrean Farrugia, The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, and The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra. “Perlman’s approach is all at once soulful, gut-wrenching, funky and provocative” WholeNote Magazine “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 – Co-ordinator, Mohawk College, Faculty of Music www.jazzconnection.ca Listen: http://epresskitz.com/index.php?u=2691 Listen to Sophia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjzKseuIpa4
THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW: Saturday, December 7: 8:00. $25 General Admission. Shelley Marshall world renowned Comedienne and the winner of Hamilton’s 2013 Best Local Theatre Production View Magazine for her One Woman Show “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette brings her production of the edgy and irreverent, THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW. It’s an always SOLD OUT vaudevillian variety show that celebrates the diversity of comedy through Music, Burlesque, Stand-up, Circus and more! Featuring original material from the funniest-and raciest-Stars this country (and beyond) has to offer The show has featured some of the creamiest of the Canadian funny crop such as; Nikki Payne and Debra Digiovanni both Canadian Comedy Award and Gemini Winners, Canadian Comedy Award Winner’s, Sandra Battaglini and Christele Bartalese, Fringe Festival Winners Evelyn Reese, Precious Chong, Rachelle Elie, Hamilton Music Award Winners Ginger St James and Robin Benedict , Juno Award Winner Lori Yates and many more! December 7th Line up: Shelley Marshall, Ginger St James, St Stella, Erin Keaney, Chelsea Manders, The Vagetarians. Come with an open mind and you’ll leave with a Full Heart. Adult Content. www.shelleymarshall.com Check this out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embeddedv=omL9gW9h04 g FaceBook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1425984960963077/1426702160891357
December 6: Grand Opening of Art in “The Pearl District”! 7:00 pm. to ? No Charge. Gerardo Mansang, has set up Casa Mansang featuring art and artisans from South and Central America in one of our storefronts at Steven and King. Art on the walls includes Gerardo, Dora Restepo and Zunayme Romero. Great gift ideas and just in time for Christmas!
St. Jacques Photography: will be open. Joanna St. Jacques is a welcome addition to the arts scene creating itself here in “The Pearl District”.
Members of the Hamilton Sculpture Guild will be here with their winter show in the main gallery in The Pearl showing us their work and how they put it together….
Our regular Pearl Company artists will be hanging in our other gallery spaces too. Snacks, beverages, fun!
More information to come….
The Art Bus is Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate Brokerage:
The ARTBus Refueled! December 6 will continue to check out Hamilton’s unique and constantly evolving art scene. Call me, Barbara, at (905.524.0606) or email HamiltonArtBus@gmail.com to reserve your seat.
Cost: $15/$10 students/artists/seniors. Group rates available. Start: 6:30 from The Pearl. Next dates: January 17, Feb. 7 & 21
After 6 years of delivering arts enthusiasts to the door of local emerging galleries and studios, the ARTBus has become one of the icons of the Hamilton visual arts scene. It now begins anew ‘re-fuelled’! The renamed ‘ARTBus Hamilton’ will continue to visit established galleries but will seek new spaces and studios each month. Riders will enjoy a more interactive experience including demonstrations, artist/curator talks and exposure to special media nights (such as photography, pottery, graffiti, fine craft and glass). We’ll have guest ‘on-board’ curators, join studio tours, find pop-up and unconventional spaces, and tailor evenings by request for groups. The Bus will travel now on the first and third Fridays and leave our patrons free to do the James North Art Crawl on the second Friday. The ARTBus Hamilton will continue to act as a ‘vehicle’ for the promotion of art; working to create a public appreciation of the contribution of fine art to our lives. The ARTBus Hamilton gets you and your friends to where it is all happening!
Friday, December 1 BUS STOPS
A night of firsts….. We’ll begin our evening with a viewing of the Hamilton Sculptors Guild Fall/Winter Exhibition currently on at The Pearl Company. We will first travel to the McMaster Innovation Park and view over 200 pieces of newly hung work by local artists within the ‘Art in the Workplace’ program. The art in this building is changed every three months so we will be first on the scene to see the new work. We will then visit ‘Artiques’ one of Hamilton’s newest galleries at 380 King Street. This gallery/antique store has just opened this month to rave reviews. We will then travel back to the Pearl District to celebrate the grand opening of Joanna St. Jacques new photography studio/gallery and painter Gerardo Mansang’s new studio.
Three new art venues and two new exhibits at our favourite stops! Join us email@example.com.
Modern Times; Almost a Musical: November 28 to 30: 8:00 pm. Tickets: $20 General Admission. Lost souls, smart phones, unattended
packages. Saints, sinners, and an angel on call. Original music performed by Charly Chiarelli and Venesio De Salvo. Drama provided by Ray Rivers, Mike Queripel, John Darling, and Kaime Woody Sherman. Written and directed by David Laing Dawson. Produced by Gallery on the Bay. A play that asks the question, “Is it possible to love Rob Ford and Mike Duffy at the same time, and, if not, well, who wants that last piece of pumpkin pie?”
Little Miss Higgins & the Winnipeg Five: Saturday, November 23, 8:00pm $15 /$10 students/arts workers/seniors From the Great Northern Plains of Western Canada, The award-winning Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way, guitar in hand, lips blazoned red, onto any stage. As if she just drove in off the back-road of another time with gravel dust and a sunset trailing behind her, this pocket-sized powerhouse plays music brewed up in old-time country blues sprinkled with a little jazz and maybe a hint of folk. Whether it’s songs about passion or songs about panties, she writes about real things in a rooted and poetic way. Guitar and voice are her main instruments and her theatre background brings a “refreshing sound and story to the stage.” As a songwriter, she has been influenced by a range of artists from Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Big Bill Broonzy to Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton and Bob Dylan. For her newest release, Bison Ranch Recording Sessions, Little Miss Higgins teamed up with a very talented quintet of musicians from Manitoba. We know them as the f-Holes (they’ve played here 3 or 4 times); she calls them the Winnipeg Five. As they play music in a similar vein as Higgins, it was a fitting alliance both onstage and in the studio…well, not quite a typical recording studio – the six of them decided to record in a barn, a barn on a bison ranch in rural Manitoba…. www.littlemisshiggins.com Listen! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcPas_B_CwA
Paula Grove: Intro to Acting: Facing the Jitters! Saturday November 23rd from 10am – 2pm. Fee: $45. Contact: 289-684-3218. A half day class of introductory theatre training that will also give you basic tools and tips to overcome performance anxiety. Whether in business, at school, or on stage there are simple ways to harness the fear of being in front of an audience and turn this fear into your friend. This class is for anyone who wants to:
- Increase confidence;
- Bring more freedom to performances;
- Overcome stage fright;
- Be a better public speaker.
Paula is a professional actor who earned her Masters Degree in Acting. She shares her research into performance anxiety in a safe, heart-centered way that includes plenty of laughter. https://www.facebook.com/events/541163612627435/
An Evening with Garnet Rogers: Friday, November 22, 8:00pm $20 General Admission/$15 students/arts workers/seniors: “A brilliant songwriter. One of the major talents of our time.” — The Boston Globe “The greatest interpreter and vocalist performing in the contemporary folk scene.” — Sing Out. We already know this, and we know that he was born in Hamilton to parents of Nova Scotian descent. We also know that Garnet spent hours listening to Grand Ol’ Opry broadcasts and harmonizing with his brother, the late folk legend Stan Rogers. At 18, Garnet was on the road as a full-time working musician with brother Stan, until Stan died tragically in a plane crash. Since then, Garnet has established himself as a formidable solo artist. Hailed by the Boston Globe as a “…charismatic performer and singer…,” they continue by saying that “Garnet’s vocal and instrumental talents are complimented by an undeniably powerful physical presence — close to six and a half feet tall — with the lungs to match.” With his “smooth, dark baritone” (Washington Post) his incredible range and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, his music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. An optimist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small every-day victories. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit move his audiences from tears to laughter and back again. Though Garnet has enjoyed much popularity over the years, he remains resolutely independent, turning down offers from major labels to ensure that he continues doing music his own way. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garnet-Rogers/24500364751 Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHyTxGwAdnk
Don Brownrigg: CD Release Tour: Thursday, November 21, 8:00pm $15 /$10 students/arts workers/seniors. It Takes All Kinds (to make this world, I find) is both the new CD and Don`s philosophy. In a country known for multi talented singer/songwriters, the Halifax-based Brownrigg has written 10 honest and vivid tunes resulting in an absolutely unique album. Brownrigg, who is known for his charm on stage, captivates his audiences with his rich voice, with his storytelling and his soulful serenades. He has performed with the likes of Serena Ryder, Shawn Colvin, and Great Lake Swimmers. “There’s love, there’s loss, there’s hope, there’s regret,”says Brownrigg. “There’s seriousness and there’s silliness. I like it that way. It keeps you thinking about the good and the bad in everything. It takes all kinds.”
The Halifax Musicphile says: ”It Takes All Kinds (to make this world, I find) is the best Canadian album released in 2013. ….. It hits all the right notes. The album will make you think; it will make you reflect; it will make you dance; it will make you sing; and it may even make you cry. And as for Brownrigg, this album should make him a household name.” http://donbrownrigg.ca Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg5P3_ai2IY
Wonderful Hamilton singer/songwriter, Matthew de Zoete will open for Don’s concert with his classic songwriting aesthetic of strong melodies and honest lyrics. Have a listen online at: www.mathewdezoete.com