Welcome to The Pearl Company
The 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.
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.
April 26: Shelley Marshall Presents: The Full Bawdy Comedy Show!
Parking: Someone is always outside before an event at The Pearl helping with (free) parking and passes.
Winner: Theatre of the Year, Hamilton Music Awards! Click for Story from CBC Hamilton
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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.
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April 26: Full Bawdy Comedy Show w Shelley Marshall
May 2: Ambre McLean
May 3: Gary Santucci: Original Compositions for Solo Guitar
May 3 & 4: DOORS OPEN WEEKEND: 11am – 4pm:
Ladybird Sanctuary: Spring Fair w Performers, Displays Etc.
Dave Gould: Exhibit – Musical Art
May 9: Poor Angus
May 10: Musical “Audiotorium” w Dave Gould & Friends
May 15: British Band “Lucid” on Tour
May 16, 17, 18: Celebration of Latin American Art in Hamilton
May 16, 2pm: Opening! Casa Mansang
May 16, 8pm: Spanjazz
May 17: Gala with Dance and Speakers
May 18: Latin American Artisans / Evening Concert
May 16: ARTBus
May 22 to 24: Learie McNicolls: Resurrection
May 30 to June 1: Scene Change Presents: 60 Days of Summer
DOORS OPEN Hamilton! Saturday & Sunday, May 3 & 4. 11 to 4pm
3rd Annual Ladybird Spring Fair! The fine musicians and human beings who make up the Ladybird Sanctuary (Melissa McLelland, Lisa Winn, Janine Stoll) will fill the place with music, food, and fun. Come on out and enjoy. All to benefit Ladybird Animal Sanctuary and the rescued animals in their care! The fair was great fun last year and absolutely packed with people, happenings, food, crafts, and entertainment. Bring your family to the fair and help Ladybird rescue animals in your community! Donations are: “Pay What You Wish”. www.ladybirdanimalsanctuary.com
Dave Gould will be presenting his unique and uniquely fashioned musical instruments. Based on the fact that you can make music with just about anything, Dave lets his imagination and his musical skills run riot. Seeing – and hearing – will be believing
Tours will be provided showing off the three floors of the exciting and distinctive building that is The Pearl Company. Comprising the Concert Hall that is considered one of the acoustically-finest rooms on the planet; the unique tiered black box theatre-in-the-round that is getting so much attention these days; the art that is hung in the three galleries; the ambiance which is so often called ‘New York’ and valued as almost impossible to find any more! It’s here; in Hamilton. Come visit.
Gary Santucci: Original Compositions for Solo Guitar: Saturday, May 3. 8:00pm. $15 door/$10 students/arts workers. Fans are complaining that Gary doesn’t play enough any more; he’s too busy running The Pearl…. Here’s the response; an intimate evening of guitar music: Classical guitar, World Music, and original compositions from Gary Santucci. Trained in Spain (and Canada) and playing his unique brand of flamenco and world music for over 30 years, he has become a consummate musician whose repertoire spans numerous genres. Among his awards is Best Classical Musician 1982 [Hamilton Wentworth Council of the Arts], The City of Hamilton Arts Award for Music 2004, and together with Barbara Milne, The City of Hamilton Arts Award 2008 for Lifetime Achievement.
Ambre McLean, Live at The Pearl: Friday, May 2. 8:00pm. $15 general admission/ $10 for artists of all stripes, students, and seniors. Doors at 7:30pm. We are excited to have singer/songwriter Ambre McLean (Busted Flat Records) back again for another amazing show. This will be Ambre’s 4th show at The Pearl and with a voice and delivery like hers, she never misses, so don’t you miss out! “Ambre’s voice is an instrument itself: gorgeous, sometimes with a rich, bluesy feel, other times a sweet mellow sound, alternatively soft and ferocious, always carrying these tunes straight to your musical heart.” David Yazbeck, CKCU FM. Ambre has been gifted with the ability of appearing small on stage, but once she’s up there it doesn’t take long for her powerful voice and talent for her to appear larger than life. She fills the room with the songs that will make you remember lost loves, abandoned dreams, and new hopes. She has performed on the CBC Music Searchlight Competition, and made it to round three, which surprised no one except that she did not finish by winning! http://ambremclean.com
THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW: Saturday, April 26: 8:00pm. Admission: $25. ($20 for groups of 6 or more…). 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 another production of the edgy and irreverent THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW back to The Pearl Company. 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 and Debra Digiovanni both Canadian Comedy Award and Gemini Winners; Canadian Comedy Award Winner’s: Sandra Battaglini and Christele Bartalese; Fringe Festival Winners: Precious Chong, Rachelle Elie; Hamilton Music Award Winners: Ginger St James and Robin Benedict; Juno Award Winner Lori Yates and many more! April 26th Line up: Shelley Marshall, Erin and Nara hosting, Musical Guest: Ginger St. James, Burlesque: “The Lady Josephine from Montreal”; Stand Up: Lianne Mauladin (Appeared recently on The View!); Special Guest: Phil Luzi. Come with an open mind and you’ll leave with a Full Heart! Adult Content. www.shelleymarshall.com Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=omL9gW9h04g
HELD OVER! Shelley Marshall Presents: The Award Winning Production “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”: April 18 & 19. All One Woman’s story of an unfiltered life, written and performed by Shelley Marshall, directed by Linda Kash. It seems appropriate that world renowned Comedienne, Marshall would open her autobiographical One Woman Show in the city where the story and star were born. It took 10 years for Marshall to create this Play and it is the rewarding result of resilience, recovery, and reflection while exploring many genres of performance including elements of clown, stand up, improv, buffoon, and play. Shelley Marshall takes her audience many places; “I take them on an adventure, both emotionally and visually. There is no denying that my story is tragic, but it’s my story and time and writing without shame has been my comedic relief. ‘Hold Mommy’s Cigarette’ is not an exploitation of what has happened in my life, but rather, an acceptance of where it may lead. It is a dark comedy, a vulnerable piece about life, mental illness and survival.” Marshall reveals with a smile. She invites you to come to her show with an open mind and promises you’ll leave with a full heart. *Mature Content* http://www.holdmommyscigarette.com Tickets available at http://www.thepearlcompany.ca or 524-0606. Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1451939231706392/
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Cara Luft: Sunday, April 13. 8:00pm. $15 / $10 for students, seniors, & artists of all stripes. The gifted Cara Luft performs! You may know of her as one of The Wailin’ Jenny’s. Cara is a Juno award winning singer-songwriter-guitarist extraordinaire and a rare musician who is steeped in folk and traditional roots music almost from birth. She is willing to alter the fabric, push boundaries and fearlessly shape, and blend genres and styles. Folk heroine Luft has definitely earned her solid reputation as one of Canada`s finest live performers whose engaging, down-home style comes wrapped in a warm and delicious sense of humor. Cara is one of those people who belongs on stage, so you really don`t want to miss this show! Cara`s website: http://caraluft.com Cara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cara.luft.7?fref=ts Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/caraluft
Heritage and the Authentic City: Conservation and Craftsmanship in Sustainable City Building: March 23, 30 & April 4, 11: A Four-part Learning Series Presented by the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects with support from the Ontario Association of Architects: Course Focus: Conservation and reuse are core principles of sustainability. The environmental movement has become a mainstream endeavour and efforts toward more sustainable lifestyle practices are commonplace, all reflective of the emerging attitude towards urban pride. Re-imagined historic buildings and places within our urban landscape are an integral part to creating and celebrating a dynamic and authentic sense of place. Equally important is the quality of contemporary architectural contributions which can also define how the public realm is valued. Socially-focused planning and ecologically thoughtful design, materials and construction methods all provide vibrant, relevant settings for urban life. When exceptional, forward-thinking projects are diligently promoted and carefully executed, they stand testament to an exceptional, forward-thinking and ultimately authentic city. http://hbsarchitects.com See course descriptions under “Read More”.
Sunday March 23rd: 2-5pm Course #1: Sustainability, Conservation and the Emerging Cultural Shift
Sunday March 30th: 2-5pm Course #2: Traditional Craft and Sustainable Design
Friday April 4th : 2-5pm: Course #3: Historic Building Assessment and Reuse
Friday April 11th: 2-5pm. Course #4: Built Heritage and Public Place-making
Cost for each course: $60.00/ HBSA member price, $40.00. Payment at door – register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The HamilTEN Festival: April 4, 5 & 6. $15 / $10 students/all artists. HamilTEN is a festival of ten minute plays by playwrights from Hamilton and surrounding areas. 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 third 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. Tickets available at the door (cash only) online at www.ticketscene.ca or www.thepearlcompany.ca and by email at email@example.com See Gary Smith’s write-up in the Spec: http://www.thespec.com/whatson/article/915250–hamilten-play-festival-explores-10-minute-genre-in-second-season Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Check out: http://hamiltenfestival.blogspot.ca
Friday, April 4 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 5 @ 8pm
Sunday, April 6 @ 2pm
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Carlos del Junco and The Blues Mongrels: Saturday, March 29, 2014 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
FIN DE FIESTA FLAMENCO: Friday, March 28. 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/seniors/arts workers. This esteemed flamenco collective brings Spanish inspiration to Canadian soil. They are four musicians and dancers, (guitarist and singer Dennis Duffin, singer and dancer Tamar Ilana, and dancers Lia Grainger and Alexandra Talbot) who divide their time between Canada and Seville, Spain. The name FIN DE FIESTA translates to “End of the Party”, a reference to the open jam session that occurs at the end of a traditional flamenco show in Spain when the true improvisational and spirited nature of flamenco shows itself. It is this lively spirit – unpredictable and unrestrained – that inspires their work. FIN DE FIESTA FLAMENCO is currently touring their latest production, Mala Yerba Nunca Muere (“Wild Flowers Never Die”). The name is taken from an old Spanish idiom that describes the capacity to endure. At the core of this show is an exploration of flamenco’s capacity to invoke striking contrasts, from delicate beauty to a fierceness that borders on carnal. From refined to raw, Mala Yerba Nunca Muere incorporates the traditional and the contemporary to create an electrifying portrait of an art form that shatters traditional stereotypes of beauty. They will perform in Hamilton for one night only. “Simply Awesome!” – The Kitchener-Waterloo Record Watch on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1ciqkLK Read Gary Smith’s article about Lia and Fin de Fiesta: http://bit.ly/1636orM www.findefiestaflamenco.com
Lori Yates w Buckshot Bebee & Duane Rutter: Saturday, March 22. Doors: 7:30 Show: 8:00. $20. “She’s pulling herself up by the bra straps, out of the honky-tonks and into the soft-seaters!” ONE NIGHT ONLY! Veteran singer/songwriter Yates brings her contagious spirit, her finely crafted songs, her glorious voice, and her charismatic stage presence to her first appearance at the Pearl Company. Having written with such legendary songwriters as Guy Clark, Colin Linden, and Don Schlitz (among others), award-winning Yates has completely won the hearts of Hamilton audiences since her move here in 2002. She is joined by stellar musicians: Duane Rutter – acoustic guitar, Steve Wood – pedal steel, Michael Hickey – stand up bass, Andrew Aldridge and Nick Burson on percussion. She is also the creator of the new & wildly popular Creative Genius Songwriting Workshops. www.loriyates.com Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wtwbAgRqbk&feature=em-share_video_user Read the rest of this entry »
Defining Moments in Development – Presentation and discussion with Dr. Susan Smith, Saturday, March 22. 10:30 am until 12 noon. No Charge. Presented by The Pearl Company, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, and the OPIRG McMaster Guatemalan Solidarity Working Group. Dr. Susan Smith is the Founder and Director of Atzin in Mexico. While development work has taken her across the globe, Susan Smith is the founder and director of Atzin Community Development, a non-profit working collaboratively with the Indigenous community of Tlamacazapa, Guerrero, Mexico for the past 17 years. Atzin is a Nahuatl word meaning ‘Sacred Waters’. Susan was chosen as the University of Calgary’s top alumnus in 2008; and CBC The National produced “Walking Together” in 2006 as special report on her work in Tlamacazapa. For more info: email@example.com
The Jazz Connection Big Band: Friday, March 21. Doors at 7:30, Jazz at 8:00. $15 /$10 students/all artists. With special guests Adrean Farrugia on keyboard and Ian Macgillivary on trumpet. Catch the powerful sound of this fabulous big band in our relaxed and atmospheric venue. The JCBB is a well-established 17-piece jazz ensemble comprised of professional and semi-professional musicians from the Hamilton/Toronto area, performing only the best modern big band charts from the books of Goodwin, Martin, Menza, Rich, Basie, and many other great contemporary composers. Jazz Connection delivers 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. The incredible acoustics at The Pearl easily accommodate their very cool (also hot!) surround-sound. “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 –Mohawk College, Faculty of Music www.jazzconnection.ca Listen: http://epresskitz.com/index.php?u=2691