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!

FEBRUARY:
JUST ADDED! February 14: Shelley Marshall: Love is for Psychopaths…. CANCELLED!
February 15: Shelley Marshall: Out of Her Mind! SOLD OUT…. & CANCELLED….
February 16: For George: Christopher Clause & Gang Celebrate George Harrison!

February 22: Larry Smith’s HI-LARRY-US! Comedy Night (Now Monthly!)
Was February 23: Shari Vandermolen & Swingline! Now March 2…!

MARCH:
March 2: Shari Vandermolen & Swingline! At Last….
March 9: Pearl Membership Thank you Event:
Special for Members but Everyone’s Invited!

March 16: A Musical Celebration of The Pearl Company! Musicians Who’ve Played The Pearl….
March 17: Dennis Duffin: An Evening of FLAMENCO PASSION! Milena Tejada
March 23: Together Again! Erin & Nara! Leonard, Burns & Dell! Robin Benedict!
March 29: Larry Smith’s HI-LARRY-US! Comedy Night (Now Monthly!)
March 31: Tamar Ilana: ENCUENTRO FLAMENCO


The Pearl Company will continue to operate until end of May ’19!

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 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 was the HMA Theatre of the Year 2013 and 2014!!!

info@thepearlcompany.ca  ////  905 524-0606

Shelley Marshall: Love is for Psychopaths! CANCELLED DUE TO FLIGHT CANCELLATION! February 14

CANCELLED! Shelley Marshall: Love is for Psychopaths! Thursday, February 14. Doors: 8:00pm. Show: 9:00. Tickets: $20.  Valentine’s Night with a difference… Shelley’s Feb 15 show sold out in record time. So, why not pull a Valentine’s show out of her ample repertoire and give us Another Night of Song, Stand-up, and Surprises! This one won’t be a live taping of her NEW comedy “SET” but it will still have Ginger St James. Comedian Mike Payne, and Melissa Marchese. And more!  As Shelley says, “This is when I get to do that thing I love to do… make people laugh; until they cry!” “So why not do it again?”  Tickets: shelley@shelleymarshall.com   All proceeds to “Our Farmacy”.

Shelley Marshall: Out of Her Mind! Fri, February 15. SOLD OUT!& Cancelled!

Shelley Marshall: Out of Her Mind!  Another flight delay! Shelley can’t get out of Halifax! Is sold out….Friday, February 15. Doors: 8:00pm. Show: 9:00. Tickets: $25.  A Night of Song, Stand-up, and Surprises.
Shelley is doing a live taping of her NEW comedy “SET”.  The evening opens with the sultry salutations of Ginger St James and her band. Continuing on, comedian Melanie Crawford, local singer extraordinaire Melissa Marchese, actor and activist Robin Zee, and comedian Amy Sloan.  Shelley says, “This is when I get to do that thing I love to do… make people laugh; until they cry!”  Tickets: shelley@shelleymarshall.com   All proceeds to “Our Farmacy”.

FOR GEORGE 2019: Saturday, February 16

FOR GEORGE 2019: Saturday, February 16. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. Tickets:  $20 /$15 students and seniors. At the Door (if available): $25.. Hosted by Christopher Clause and featuring the best in Hamilton artists, FOR GEORGE 2019 is a musical celebration of the life and music of George Harrison, as well as the sharing of original music inspired by George. This tribute is always done magnificently by the cast of local musicians.
Artists that will be performing are as follows (lineup subject to change without notice): The Barr Band, Bob Bryden, Jennifer Beehler , Christopher Clause, Chrys and Momo, Spider Costello, Sonny del Rio, Andy Griffiths, Chris Jamieson, Dave Pomfret and Brennagh Burns, Jackie Scott
All proceeds raised from the show will go towards the Debbie Clause Recording Fund to support new original recordings created by local artists.

 

The (Monthly!) HI-LARRY-US! Show: Friday February 22

The HI-LARRY-US! Show: Friday February 22.  Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. Last Friday of Every Month! Join the irrepressible Larry Smith, the world’s only LIVE! CARTOONIST/COMEDIAN, and his guests for a COMEDY VARIETY SHOW! Featuring STAND-UP, LIVE CARTOONING, GAMES and PRIZES, MUSIC, SKETCHES, IMPROV, PUPPETS and MORE!  Featuring Hamilton’s long-standing humour meister Larry Smith, a natural born performer who started his show business career at the age of 4, on Romper Room no less. He’s a headliner and part of a comedy duo, for more the 16 years. He’s made numerous radio and television appearances including Comedy at Club 54, Chaps Comedy, Cooking with Comics, and the Comedy Network. Larry has toured extensively across North America, sharing the stage with the like of Sam Kinison, Gilbert Gottfreid, Blue Rodeo, Northern Pikes, and more.  This is one funny man with one funny show pulled together specially for The Pearl!
(Last month’s poster is too good to not use – Larry draws these with pencils not computers!)

Shari Vandermolen & SWINGLINE: Saturday, March 2!

Shari Vandermolen & SWINGLINE: Saturday, March 2! At Last! No Snowstorm guarantee…! Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. Tickets: $20. SwingLine is a 10-piece jazz combo of inspired and accomplished musicians who pack a powerhouse big-band sound with a little soulful R & B to round things off.  Their featured vocalist, Shari Vandermolen, is an award-winning actor/singer who has been performing in and around the city for over 15 years. You can look forward to a swinging evening exploring songs from the Great American Songbook and other favourites. Let’s hope it doesn’t snow this time!
“[Shari Vandermolen] takes a song and gives it emotional depth and edge.  She not only sings it magnificently she acts the heart and soul out of it…  When she tackles such hurting songs and raw pain surges from her throat, that pain finds you in the dark and makes you shiver with pleasure.”   – The Hamilton Spectator
Don’t miss out on this one.Here’s that big-band sound you been craving! http://swingline.webs.com/  Listen:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXw_ytuzvFc  Join us January 18!  https://www.ticketscene.ca

A Musical Celebration of The Pearl Company! Saturday, March 16

A Musical Celebration of The Pearl Company! Saturday, March 16. Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 7:30. Tickets: Pay What You Can. This marvelous show brings together a number of musicians who have played The Pearl over the years. Just look at this lineup! Featuring Singer/songwriters: Scotty Bakalar, George Douglas , Kevin Woolfe, Tom Shea, Danny Medakovic, Jennifer Noble, And vocalist: Renee Christiansen.  This is serious musicianship on display!

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An Evening of FLAMENCO PASSION! Friday, March 22

An Evening of FLAMENCO PASSION! Tronio Flamenco: Friday, March 22, Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. Milena Tejada is a young, incredibly talented dancer tearing up the flamenco scene in Bolivia, Seville (Spain) and now Montreal where she is currently studying and living.  She has recently been nick-named la Tormentita (the little storm) for her powerful and relentless footwork and superb technique.
Dennis Duffin, guitarist, originally from Toronto and now based in Seville Spain, tours regularly with Fin de Fiesta Flamenco, is an original member of Toronto world music group Ventanas, and is known throughout flamenco circles in Canada and abroad. Dennis is presenting this current formation of super talented artists based out of Montreal. Rounding out the roster is Fin de Fiesta companion, Hanser Santos Gomez on Percussion and the infamous Caracolillo de Montreal singing.
—Tronío Flamenco— Dance: Milena Tejada (Bolivia/France), Guitar: Dennis Duffin (Toronto/Sevilla), Voice: Caracolillo (Montreal), Percussion: Hanser Santos Gomez (Cuba)
Ticketscene: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events

Together Again! Erin & Nara! Leonard, Burns & Dell! Robin Benedict! Saturday, March 23

Together Again! Erin & Nara! Leonard, Burns & Dell! Robin Benedict! Saturday, March 23. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $25 at the door. With Amy Di Nino.  It’s been 2 ½ years since these women performed together!  Come join them for a Farewell to The Pearl Company Variety Show! Featuring the harmonious vocal wonders: Leonard, Burns & Dell! (Strong solo artists all, they’re good friends who love to make music, write songs, and sing harmonies.) The musical comedy stylings of Erin & Nara! (Unbelievably creative, over-the-top hilarious, and just generally not-to-be-missed!)  WithSpecial’ Guest the soulful powerhouse Robin Benedict! (Raw and fearless vocals with a distinctly vulnerable cadence. She packs a potent punch live!) A truly special concert from these truly special women.  What a night; you don’t want to miss this one!

ENCUENTRO FLAMENCO: Sunday, March 31

ENCUENTRO FLAMENCO: Sunday, March 31, Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 7:30. Tickets: $20. A quest for freedom within the constraints of tradition. The artists: Tamar Ilana: vocals/dance; Matt Sellick: flamenco guitar; Derek Gray: percussion.
The dancer calls, the musicians answer; the guitarist sings and the singer replies. Each is an individual artist, but together, it becomes a whole universe into which the audience is invited. In Encuentro, Tamar and Matt share their discovery of each other as artists, themselves as individuals, and what it means to be Canadian flamenco artists. In this encounter between the new and the old, the original and the traditional, the composed and the interpreted, Tamar and Matt rearrange traditional pieces, present original choreographies, and share new compositions.
Powerhouse vocalist and dancer Tamar Ilana has studied, lived and performed in Paris, Seville and Barcelona; she has been featured in flamenco festivals across North America. She is releasing her third album with her award-winning band, Ventanas, this May. Tamarilana.com Read the rest of this entry »

The Curtain Falls on The Pearl: But not ’til May 31/19!

The Curtain Falls on The Pearl: But not ’til May 31/19!

It is with very mixed emotions that I inform everyone that Gary and I have decided to end the run of The Pearl Company.

We have worked hard to keep The Pearl moving forward, but we are now caring for three (amazing) children and our new family requires greater stability than this crazy business can grant us. It’s time to retire and tend to “nos jardins”. Gary, of course, will continue teaching and performing and who can know what else.

We have a zillion fabulous memories: from Valdy and Jesse Winchester to local CD Releases and those cool community events such as the Koren Family Christmas Foodraiser and Christopher Clause’s Beetles’ nights!  Those won’t go away.

We’ve had wonderful audiences and supporters galore but it is time. A huge thank you to our dedicated volunteers who have made it possible for 2 people to look like more!  We are expecting to finish our run May 31.

Here’s a call out to local musicians to pull together some of those fabulous communal concerts.  If you’ve never played the acoustics at The Pearl, now is the time! I’ve already lined up a few guaranteed-to-be-memorable concerts.

If you are a Member, we want you to help us deliver what you’d like to see! If you would still like to become a member, we will of course pro-rate the amount to fit the time and you’d join our Last Season Membership Advisory Group!

I want our remaining time here to be exciting, creative and memorable. I want it to be emblematic of everything the Pearl has been.

We will keep you up to date on any new developments. It’s an uncertain time, but we are planning to do everything we can to send the Pearl out in style.

Thanks for the memories,

Barbara

PAST EVENTS:

Gary Santucci’s SPANJAZZ! Saturday, January 26

Gary Santucci’s SPANJAZZ! A World Beat Jazz Project: Saturday, January 26. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. Tickets: $20 /$15 students/seniors/ un(der)waged.  A collection of musical compositions inspired by world music rhythms, performed in a jazz context by the 6-piece world-beat jazz ensemble, SPANJAZZ! 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!  https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/

The HI-LARRY-US! Show: Friday January 25

The HI-LARRY-US! Show: Friday January 25.  Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. Join the irrepressible Larry Smith, the world’s only Live!Cartoonist/Comedian, and his guests for a COMEDY VARIETY SHOW! Featuring STAND-UP, LIVE CARTOONING, GAMES and PRIZES, MUSIC, SKETCHES, IMPROV, PUPPETS and MORE!  Featuring Hamilton’s long-standing humour meister Larry Smith who is one of those natural born performers. He started his show business career at the age of 4 on Romper Room no less. He has been working as headliner, and part of a comedy duo, for more than 16 years.  In that time he has made numerous radio and television appearances including Comedy at Club 54, Chaps Comedy, Cooking with Comics, CH TV, City TV, and the Comedy Network. Larry has also toured extensively across North America, and shared the stage with Sam Kinison, Gilbert Gottfreid, Blue Rodeo, Northern Pikes, and more.  This is one funny man with one funny show pulled together specially for The Pearl!

 

LTtheMonk: Friday, January 18

LTtheMonk: Friday, January 18. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $10. LTtheMonk is a hip-hop artist originally from London, England, currently residing and performing in around the Toronto and Hamilton areas. LT describes himself as London made, East-Coast trained to pay homage to his home city, as well as the New York MCs who were his inspiration to start rapping at a young age. You can stream his latest singles on Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL and all digital music platforms now.
LTtheMonk fell in love with hip-hop when he was 8 years old. His love for the culture and genre grew and at age 16, he began to take the verses he had spent years finessing, turning them into songs. He released his first EP at age 17, ‘The Crescendo’, followed by the mixtapes ‘The Whole Nine’ and ‘Jungle Fever’, and at age 20, he released his 1st commercial album ‘Monk in London’, an ode to his home city and now his latest album ‘The Dark Side Of The Monk’. https://ltthemonk.com
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=93&v=X4-SsXVd3ds

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