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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. The first floor houses a black box theatre-in-the-round. The second floor is a performance space for live music and theatre. Click the "The Facility" tab for more information.

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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This Week at The Pearl:

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:  info@thepearlcompany.ca  There are always tickets at the door for shows that are not sold-out.  The door remains cash-only.

THIS WEEK:
October 31: NIGHTMARE ON STEVEN STREET! With Erin & Nara – and More
November 1: Cult Horror Flick, CURTAINS! Star Lynne Griffin Attending….

The Pearl Company is the HMA Theatre of the Year 2013!

Parking: Someone is always outside before an event at The Pearl helping with (free) parking and passes.

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.

SEE EVENT DETAILS BELOW  or CLICK ON EVENT or DATE at side :

FYI: Coming Up at The Pearl!

October:
October 31: Erin & Nara’s Nightmare on Steven Street!

November:
November 1: Curtains: 1983 Canadian cult horror film with Lynne Griffin in attendance
November 7 to 22: You Were My Friend, a new dramedy from Nortesur Artistic Productions.
November 9: What the Folk! 
November 23: Lennie Gallant 
November 28: Paul Reddick Bluesman
November 29: Garnet Rogers

December:
December 5 & 6: Beatles: YOU CAN DO THAT! Christopher Clause and many others!
December 12: Ron Hynes
December 13: TBA
December 19: TBA
December 20: The Koren Family Christmas!
December 31: New Years Eve @ The Pearl

You Were My Friend: Nov 7 through Nov 22

You Were My Friend: November 7 through November 22. General Admission: $20. Nortesur Productions and the Pearl Company Arts Centre presents, a new drama YWMF_PosterSm.jpgby Hamilton-based playwright Adam Riggio, opening November 7. You Were My Friend depicts the financial, personal, and moral strains we experience simply trying to live a dignified life in our harsh world. When 18 year old Vicki (Samantha Nemeth) finds herself unexpectedly homeless and broke, she moves in with a total stranger, the independent and sarcastic Madison (Hannah Ziss). Together, these new best friends become a fortress against the assaults of high costs of living, the drudgery of crap jobs in a sluggish economy, and the hardships of city life. But no fortress can hold out forever, and sometimes the world is too much to bear.
Nortesur Productions is a Burlington-based company dedicated to creating drama that speaks to our time. Nortesur’s previous productions at the Pearl Company include Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden (2013 Hamilton Fringe), and John Logan’s Red (November 2013). Audience Advisory, Because This Is For Adults: Strong Language, Sexual References, Strobe Lighting, and Smoking. https://www.facebook.com/adamriggiowrites 
SHOWTIMES: At 8:00pm: Fri. Nov. 7/ Sat. Nov. 8/ Thurs. Nov. 13/ Fri. Nov. 14/ Sat. Nov. 15/ Thurs. Nov. 20/ Fri. Nov. 21/ Sat. Nov. 22: All at 8pm:
Sun. Nov. 9 at 2pm

What The Folk: Sunday, November 9

What The Folk: Sunday, November 9. Doors at 7:00/ Concert at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15, $10 for the financially challenged. Hamilton’s popular group, comprised of whatthe_folk.jpgclassically trained musicians, What The Folk, performs and celebrates music from the heart of Ontario to the East Coast of Canada, and across the British Isles. They are well known for wowing audiences with rousing harmonies, thrilling a capella songs, foot-stomping instrumental tunes, and various blends thereof. Join us the evening of November 9th to share in songs of glory, songs of tragedy, and songs of hope for a world without war. Gord Simmons will be presenting a brief opening set of music and story, followed by two sets of music from What The Folk: one in remembrance, and then a more typical collection of What The Folk favourites: Their multi-voice harmonies give new life to traditional (and not so traditional!) tunes and pay tribute to Canadian and celtic heritage. Their instruments are: “Guitars, violins, cellos, anything we like that helps us tell our stories; from schooner ships to coal miners and war stories, we mix the sounds of yesteryear with the now.” http://www.whatthefolk.ca/  

“Curtains”: Saturday, November 1

Curtains: Saturday, November 1: 8:00pm. Tickets: $15.00/ Students/Artists/Seniors $10.00. “Curtains” is a 1983 Canadian cult horror film directed by Richard Ciupka, and starring John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Lesleh Donaldson, Linda Thorson and Lynne Griffin.  And! Lynne Griffin will be in attendance! The plot tells the story of a group of actresses CurtainsNew.jpgtargeted by a masked killer at a prestigious director’s remote mansion where they are auditioning for a role in a movie. “Curtains” didn’t create much of a stir in 1983, yet has built a passionate cult following in the years since. There are several reasons why, “Curtains” has a stellar, entirely adult cast and a layered narrative that embraces its eccentricities. The central goal is not to merely slice through the ensemble—though this does happen—but to explore the seedier cutthroat politics of moviemaking and the desperation that often comes when reality does not match up to one’s aspirations. Beyond that, the film features a truly disconcerting killer cloaked in an old hag’s mask, and a round-up of outstanding horror set pieces. The climactic chase through a backstage prop shed, the darkness of the space lit by a large “applause” sign in the background, cooks up crafty tension and a quirky visual spark. The closer one peers into the weird and macabre pleasures of “Curtains,” the more its technical mastery and subtextual implications reveal themselves. Here’s a trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOp7HbnUKic  Check out the recently and beautifully painted new poster by Juan José Saldarriaga!

Nightmare on Steven Street! HaLLoWeeN PaRtY and ShoW: October 31

Nightmare on Steven Street! HaLLoWeeN PaRtY and ShoW: Friday, October 31…Show starts at 8. Doors at 7. Limited Seating; Tickets $25/ $20 advance. MF Arts E_NNightmare14.jpgProductions presents… Partner’s in love and laughter, Erin and Nara are pleased to announce their HALLOWEEN SHOW! This SCaRy… ok… FuNNy SHoW is comprised of Comedy skits, Song and Dance will have you lol-ing and possibly even rofl-ing. Maybe even a blood curdling scream!! With CREEPY GUESTS~ Robin Benedict, Brennagh Burns, and Stevie Pea. Severed Finger Foods, Refleshments! This couple is best known for their original song “Sexy Cuz We’re Lesbians” and for hosting Shelley Marshall’s The Full Bawdy Comedy Show. Open Mic and Karaoke after the show. COSTUME PRIZES AND HAUNTED HOUSE!! ORDER TICKETS ONLINE (coming soon) Reservations recommended. ADULTS ONLY (Nara excluded).  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH-In4G53bo  https://www.facebook.com/erinandnara 

Cora and Eric Brittan: Light, Water, and Fantasy: Opening: Sunday, October 26

Light, Water, and Fantasy: Cora and Eric Brittan:  Opening: Sunday, October 26. 2:00 – 5:00pm. No charge. Cora and Eric spend their time between two worlds. BrittanCora.jpgFrom their homes here on Lake Ontario and in Mexico on the Pacific, they conjure their magical and compelling works celebrating nature, life, light, and fantasy. Cora and Eric are natural teachers lovingly passing on their passion for their art. They have enjoyed numerous solo, group, and two person exhibitions, with works in many private and corporate collections. We are honoured and delighted to be showing them on our walls.  They are local art royalty! www.brittanart.comBrittanEric.jpg

The 2014 Steel City Jazz Festival! September 23 – 26 (At The Pearl)

The 2014 Steel City Jazz Festival! September 23, 2014: The Steel City Jazz Festival is a Hamilton-based music festival celebrating the city’s talented and diverse jazz SteelCity2014.jpgcommunity. Now in its second year, the Festival kicks off on October 15 and runs until October 26 at two of Hamilton’s premiere jazz venues, Artword Artbar (15 Colbourne Street, James North area) and The Pearl.
Performances at Artword Artbar: Oct 15: The Hamilton Dixieland All-Stars. Oct 16: Chris Platt and Bob Shields; the Jason Jones Unit. Oct 17: The Aaron Zukewich Trio; The Sean Dowhaniuk Group. Oct 18: A Night of Latin Jazz. Oct 19: Adrean Farrugia and Sophia Perlman.

Performances: @The Pearl Company: 
Thursday October 23, at 8 pm, $20.  The Brad Cheeseman Group: Brad Cheeseman’s first release as leader, Mixed Messages, offers all the twists, turns and subtleties of the best modern jazz music, so it’s no surprise that it was awarded the 2013 Hamilton Music Award for Instrumental Recording of the Year.  Plus The Blank Quintet: a group of young Toronto musicians creating their own adventurous take on modern jazz. Max Forster trumpet & flugelhorn, Nick Marshal trombone, Sean Clary guitar, Nick Arseneau bass, Alejandro Luna drums.

Friday October 24, at 8 pm, $20. The Jazz Connection Big Band: 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.

Saturday October 25, at 8 pm, $20. Spanjazz: An evening of original jazz compositions inspired by world beat rhythms and composed by Gary Santucci: with Chris Bruder on keyboards;  Steve Wilson drums;  Brandon Walker multi-reeds;  Ian McGillivary trumpet;  Jillian McKenna bass; Gary Santucci guitar.

Sunday October 26, at 7:30 pm, $20. The Steel City Jazz Festival Closing Concert at The Pearl Company. Quarter to Nine: a musical act with Shari Vandermolen on vocals with a 5-piece band. Influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Etta James, Billie Holiday and “big-band sound” bringing you Jazz Standards, risqué blues and torch songs peppered with just the right amount of showtunes for good measure. plus the Messore-Palka Quintet: featuring Thomas Messore vocals, Amber-Leigh Palka vocals, Scott Taplay guitar, Matthew Pullicino drums, Hope Bozzo bass.

Full concert listings,  can be found at www.steelcityjazzfestival.com/schedule. Tickets to all performances can be purchased at the door, and reservations can be placed by emailing steelcityjazzfestival@gmail.com or by contacting the host venues: Artword Artbar, 905-543-8512, http://www.artword.net/artbar or The Pearl Company.
The Steel City Jazz Festival is a grassroots festival made possible through donations from community members and our sponsor NLP Canada Training.
For more information  please contact: Chris Ferguson, Festival Director 905-616-5960  chris.ferguson5@gmail.com

TAINTED: A reading of this powerful play about the blood crisis. Tuesday, October 21

TAINTED: A cross-Ontario reading of this powerful play about the blood crisis. October 21: 7:30. NO CHARGE. A family fights to stay intact when theTAINTED_ONTARIO_TOUR.jpg unimaginable happens. Set against the backdrop of the tainted blood crisis, Tainted is a story about, love, loss, justice, and the enduring power of forgiveness.
Tainted is an original work and premiered in Toronto in 2013, sparking a debate on the current issues facing our public blood system today. Inspired by the true stories of families who endured the worst public health disaster in our history, Tainted is a harrowing, unforgettable story.
This one night event is a special presentation of the play as a rehearsed reading. A short panel discussion and Q&A will follow. Come and share this night with us!
Written by: Kat Lanteigne, Directed by: Vikki Anderson, SM: AJ Laflamme
Cast: Beryl Bain, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Dillan Chiblow, Neil Foster, Alex Furber, Kat Lanteigne, & Maria Vacratsis
http://gromkat.com/tainted/  

Democracy is Dead: Preview: October 14. Runs: October 15 – 18

Democracy is Dead: Subtitled “What are we going to do about it?” Preview: Oct 14. Runs: Oct 15 – 18. 8:00 pm. Tickets: $15.00/ DemocracyisDead.jpgStudents/Artists/Seniors $10.00 or Pay What You Can. Democracy is Dead is a new multi-disciplinary, multi- media theatrical work written and directed by Gary Santucci. It is a wake-up call to the generations of the 60′s and 70′s to join the young people of today to begin to repair the damage that we all have caused and allowed to be inflicted on our environment, our institutions and our societies. The work was inspired through and by the cathartic exercise of creating the Pearl Company Arts Centre in Hamilton’s sacrifice zone. We have made this show affordable for all because we want to see you and hear from you! Info & tickets 905 524 0606

CAST: Gary Santucci – Alpha; Rod Mctaggart – Beta; JonGordon Odegaard – Gamma; Greek Chorus: Francis X. Rocchi – Jason; Val Kay – Helen; Robert Inness – Homer; Jolanta Bace – Aphrodite; David Minnick – Euclid; Steve Wilson – Orpheus.

Tickets available online at: http://www.ticketscene.ca/ (At The door subject to availability) Or from the Ticket Tab at www.thepearlcompany.ca

Parents Night: By George F. Walker: September 25 – October 12

Parents Night: A New Play by George F. Walker: September 25 – October 12. $25 at the door. Discounts for teachers/students/groups. Directed by Wes Berger. Parents Night is a one-act, three-character comedy/dramedy set in a Grade Three classroom. The action takes place in ParentsNight.jpgreal-time, starring Sarah Murphy-Dyson as concerned and unhinged teacher Nicole, sitting down for a serious discussion with the parents of two of her most troublesome students. John (Matthew Olver) a wealthy and neurotic businessman whose wife has recently walked out on him and Rosie (Dana Puddicombe) a brassy and strong-willed working class woman with a drug-addicted husband, each star as delightfully defensive parents, loyally and valiantly advocating for their children against Nicole, one another and society itself. John’s son and Rosie’s daughter may be having their problems in Nicole’s class – mostly with each other – but when these parents go to school for a Parent/Teacher interview, their own problems soon bubble over and take over the classroom.
A funny, touching and truthful play for anyone who’s ever been a teacher. Or had a teacher. Or had a parent. Or wanted another kind of parent. https://parents-night.squarespace.com   https://www.facebook.com/events/614927911955658/
Read Review from Gary Smith at The Spec:  http://bit.ly/1qVi7AN
October 9-11: 8PM:
October 12 MATINEE: 2PM

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MATTHEW GREEN Meet and Greet! Sat. Sept. 27/ 2-4pm

MESSAGE FROM MATTHEW GREEN: I would like to personally invite you to join us for a Saturday afternoon at the Pearl Theatre Company matthewgreen2.jpgon Sept. 27th from 2-4pm. As our municipal election draws near we are grateful for your ongoing support. It’s time to reach out into the community and invite all your family, friends, and neighbours to come out and chat about the future of our community. This will be a “Pass the Hat” donation fundraiser and personal meet and greet. We need each and every one of you. Thank you, Matthew  Questions and Confirming Attendance, Contact: Alex Ramirez · info@matthewgreen.ca · 289-275-5482 http://www.matthewgreen.ca

Campaign Launch and Fundraiser for Larry Pattison Tues, Sept 30

We are hosting the Campaign Launch and Fundraiser for Larry Pattison Tues, Sept 30 from 7-9. From his committee: You LarryPattisonatPearl.jpgare cordially invited to attend Larry’s Campaign Launch for his Candidacy for Ward 3 Trustee for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. He is ready to bring your issues to the school board table and to the province! We hope to see you and we ask for your continued support to take Larry from Candidate to Trustee on October 27th. A donation of $10 is suggested at the door and this will help us cover the cost of munchies, launch costs and further support Larry’s bid for Trustee. We will also have a donation box available and 50/50 tickets. Come out and mingle with neighbours, connect with Larry and explore the beautiful Pearl company. Opportunities to assist as a part of Larry’s campaign team will also be available.  Questions or offers? info@stjacquesphotography.com  Larry’s email: Larry@pattison2014.com

 

Fearing & White: Sunday, September 21

Fearing & White: Sunday, September 21, 8:00. $25 / $20 Students/ Seniors/ Artists at the door. These two “music-lifers” Stephen Fearing and Andy White have traded lyrics, melodies, harmonies, and arrangement ideas for years and have slowly crafted a body of songs that is Fearing_White.jpguniquely different from either of their solo work. ‘Fearing & White’ is the happy result of a long friendship that has survived both the tyranny of distance and the travails of the road. White now calls Melbourne, Australia, home, while Fearing lives in Halifax. These two individually talented and acclaimed singer / songwriters (over twenty albums between them) have a new album. Tea and Confidences is an incredibly strong statement about where each man is in their lives and the power of collaboration with music rich in big tones and the pure excitement of creation.
Fearing is well known within the international folk and roots music community as one of its most accomplished songsmiths, storytellers and guitarists. A double Juno award winner, he has experienced commercial and critical success, both in his solo career and with roots/rock supergroup Blackie and The Rodeo Kings. Northern Ireland born and raised Andy White has earned a global following for blending folk and pop stylings with a poet’s sensibility. Working with the great names of Irish music – Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison – and writing with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Neil and Tim Finn, Andy has won Ireland’s top songwriting awards. . www.fearingandwhite.com   Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU2-Mq90dZE

THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW: Saturday, September 20

THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW: Saturday, September 20: 8:30pm. Admission: $20 advance/$25 door.  SHE’S BACK! Shelley ShelleyMSep14.jpgMarshall, HAMILTON’S OWN world-renowned Comedienne and winner of Hamilton’s 2013 Best Local Theatre Production View Magazine for her One Woman Show “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette” brings us her production of the edgy and irreverent THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW with hosts, Erin & Nara. TFBCS is 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, Debra Digiovanni both Canadian Comedy Award and Gemini Winners; Canadian Comedy Award Winners: Sandra Battaglini, Christele Bartalese; Fringe Festival Winners: Precious Chong, Rachelle Elie; Hamilton Music Award Winners: Ginger St James, Robin Benedict; Juno Award Winner Lori Yates and many more!  Sept 20 Line-up: Shelley Marshall: Musical Guests: THE PERFECT STRANGERS: Brennagh Burns, Cindy Dell, Sue Leonard. Stand Up: Erin Keaney, Stand Up Man of The Hour: Todd Graham . Drag Queen: Artemis Simetra.  Come with an open mind and you’ll leave with a Full Heart! Adult Content. www.shelleymarshall.com  Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=omL9gW9h04g  (905) 524-0606 CALL FOR RESERVATIONS or visit http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/


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