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!

JULY: Flamenco Time!
July 6: The Passion of Flamenco! ADALANTE: Makeda Benitez with Dennis Duffin & Tamar Ilana
July 13: Spanjazz
July 26: Fin de Fiesta Flamenco presents: SEMPITERNO with Lia Grainger

AUGUST:
August 1 – 10: Hamlet

The Pearl Company will continue to operate until end of August ’19!  Or until we don’t need to pay the mortgage….   

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.

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

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco presents: SEMPITERNO: Friday, July 26

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco presents: SEMPITERNO: Friday, July 26. Doors: 6:30pm. CHANGE OF TIME! From 8:00pm to 7:00pm. Tickets: $22 advance; $25 at the door. International flamenco music and dance ensemble Fin de Fiesta Flamenco presents their new production, “Sempiterno”. Though its members hail from Canada, France and Cuba, Fin de Fiesta Flamenco comes together in Spain every year and creates inspired new work to tour in North America and Europe. Immersed in the flamenco way of life, they create the vibrant and impassioned music and dance that has been dazzling audiences for the past seven years. “Sempiterno” tells the story of the magnetic pull of the flamenco art form, a pull that has drawn Fin de Fiesta’s members away from the countries where they were born, to Spain, the cradle of flamenco.
The searing vocals of Alejandro Mendia (Noces Gitanes, France) are accompanied by the intricate guitar arpeggios of Dennis Duffin (Ventanas, Seville) and the haunting flute melodies of Lara Wong (Madrid). Dancer Lia Grainger (2017 Certamen New York International Flamenco Competition finalist, (Madrid) brings the stage to life with fierce and sensual choreographies and improvisations and Hanser Gomez (Cuba) holds down the rhythm on cajon. Stunning dancer Deborah “La Caramelita” (Noces Gitanes, France) joins the ensemble for her second year on tour.
To the south of Spain and back again, Fin de Fiesta will leave you breathless, with the pulsing rhythms of flamenco beating in your heart.
“A rowdy and intense troupe that radiates flamenco passion.” – The Vancouver Sun WWW.FINDEFIESTAFLAMENCO.COM
Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqI0LwyahbY 

Hamlet

Hamlet: August 1 – 3, 8 – 10. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, was written between 1599 and 1602. Set in Denmark, the play depicts Prince Hamlet and his revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who has murdered his father in order to seize his throne and marry his mother. Hamlet is Shakespeare’s longest play, his most popular work during his lifetime, and still his most performed.   
This version is based on the Laurence Olivier adaptation and runs 2 1/2 hours with intermission (not 4 1/2 hrs!)
Cast: Peter Anderson – Hamlet; Victoria Elysse – Ophelia and Player Queen; Valerie Harrison – Queen Gertrude; Andrew Rodwell – King Claudius; Ray Rivers – Horatio; Matt Dafoe – Laertes; Aha Blume – Osiric and Second Player; Bob De Haan – Marcellus, Priest and Captain; Nick Ruddick – Ghost, First Player, and Grave Digger; John Hewson – Polonius; directed by Gary Santucci
http://www.classicaltheatre.ca/

The Curtain Falls on The Pearl: But not ’til ?

The Curtain Falls on The Pearl: But not ’til ???? But really, it will be until we don’t have to pay the mortgage. We’ve now got Hamlet playing at the beginning of August….

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 Beatles’ 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 June 30.

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!

Gary Santucci’s SPANJAZZ! A World Beat Jazz Project: Saturday, July 13. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. 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, Rob Santos – 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!

The Passion of Flamenco! ADALANTE: Sat, July 6.

The Passion of Flamenco! ADALANTE: Makeda Benitez with Dennis Duffin & Tamar Ilana: Saturday, July 6. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. “Adelante” or “Onwards” is a passionate night of Flamenco straight from Seville, Spain — full of emotional bursts of expression to dramatic flurries of technical prowess. Toronto’s talented young dancer Makeda Benítez returns from studying and performing in Seville, Spain, to present a traditional Flamenco show “Adelante” in Toronto. She is accompanied by Flamenco guitarist Dennis Duffin (also based in Seville) and singer/dancer Tamar Ilana (of Ventanas fame). www.tamarilana.com
The show will transport you to the tablaos in the small streets of Seville. Featuring solos of guitar, singing and dance.
Makeda Benitez with “Persamenco” in Toronto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afLvPt6Idqo
https://www.facebook.com/mak.ben.77

FRIDAY VARIETY SHOW! Larry Smith’s Hi-Larry-Us! Comedy, with Renee Christiansen, Gus Apostolos, & El Santucci: Friday, June 21

FRIDAY VARIETY SHOW! Larry Smith’s Hi-Larry-Us! Comedy, with Renee Christiansen, Gus Apostolos, & El Santucci: Friday, June 21: Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20/ $15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged. The perpetrators of this Comedy Variety Show decided to give this night a touch of diversity…. Join the irrepressible Cartoonist/ Stand-Up Comedian Larry Smith and musicians Renee Christiansen (powerful, sultry, bluesy voice), Costas Gus Apostolos (finger-style guitar from rock to flamenco) and Gary Santucci (flamenco, classical & jazz guitar).

The Kerr St Big Band: Friday, June 14

The Kerr St Big Band: Friday, June 14. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. “The Kerr St Big Band is excited to be bringing our swinging style for our first engagement at the Pearl Company! Playing the music of the big band era and beyond, we are an 18-piece band under the direction of trumpeter Ray Chantler. The evening will feature Basie classics, along with some contemporary Gordon Goodwin arrangements. We are pleased to showcase the passionate and polished Claire Rodger on vocals, singing such favourites as “A Foggy Day” and “Sweet Georgia Brown”. Join us for an evening of toe-tapping fun!”
“Rodger has an interesting and unpredictable voice steering boldly between brassy bravado and the trite and lite…a sunny and appealing sound” Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star.

Colour Film: New Songs. With HarpAcash: Sat. June 15

Colour Film: New Songs. Special guest HarpAcash. Saturday, June 15. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged.
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.  Mixing a storyteller’s eye for detail with melodic pop hooks, he takes snapshots of everyday life to illuminate the threads beneath the surface. Imagine Nick Drake cheering up a bit and meeting Beck. For this concert, Colour Film will play new and unreleased songs with a small ensemble.  www.colourfilm.ca
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_judrBFsfiE
HarpAcash
is a duo from Barrie who blend R&B-infused pop songs with jazz and soul elements, incredible vocal range, and unique scat-like rhythms.  www.harpacash.com

My Father’s House: May 29 – June 2/ June 4 – 9.

My Father’s House: May 29 – June 2/ June 4 – 9.  Doors: 7:30pm. Evening Shows: 8:00pm. Sun. Matinees: 2:00pm. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged. This new production of Brian Morton’s stage adaptation of My Father’s House, stars Lisa Langlois, and features Claire Shingleton-Smith, Keegan Chambers, and Joshua Perry Fleming.The play is produced and directed, by Gary Santucci.
Somewhere before the age of seven, Sylvia Fraser created a “twin” who shared her body while living a life apart from hers, with separate memories and experiences. For forty years, the existence of that twin and of the secret life she led while growing up in her father’s house was unknown to the author. How Fraser broke through the amnesia to discover and embrace the tortured self she left behind is the story of this astonishing stage play.
The memoir My Father’s House (1987) startled both critics and the public with its honesty, clarity of style and emotional force.  The book not only helped “heal” its author, but ignited public debate on a hidden social problem. More than thirty years, after publication, the book is more relevant than ever, in this the era of #metoo, as a moving example of how one survives trauma.
Lisa Langlois has chosen, to return to her stage career in playing the role of Sylvia. She is also developing My Father’s House for the screen, along with its prequel, Pandora.
Warning:  MY FATHER’S HOUSE contains mature content, adult themes, and simulated sexual assault. Viewer discretion is advised.
For show information please visit  www.theatre-erebus.ca
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The Jazz Connection Big Band: Saturday, May 25

The Jazz Connection Big Band: Saturday, May 25. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. They’re back!!! Catch the powerful sound of this fabulous big band in our relaxed, atmospheric venue. The JCBB is a well-established 17-piece jazz ensemble comprised of professional and semi-professional musicians, 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, straight ahead jazz, funk, and Latin, combining the highest level of musicianship and great charts in an entertaining show that engages both the jazz enthusiast and the casual listener. The excellent acoustics at The Pearl easily accommodate their very cool (& 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

The HI-LARRY-US! Show! Friday May 24

The HI-LARRY-US! Show: Friday May 24.  Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20/$15 students/seniors/un(der)waged. 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 been 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, 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!   https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/

Visiting Mr. Green: A play by Jeff Baron: May 2 until 11

Visiting Mr. Green: A play by Jeff Baron: May 2 to 5 and 9 to 11. Evenings: Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Matinees: May 5 and 11: Doors: 1:30pm. Show: 2:00 pm. Tickets: $20.
Mr. Green, an elderly, retired dry cleaner, wanders into New York traffic and is almost run down by a car driven by Ross Gardiner, a 29-year-old corporate executive. The young man is given community service helping the recent widower once a week for six months. What starts as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together becomes a gripping and moving drama as they get to know each other. Howard Jerome is Mr. Green and Daniel Schneiderman is Ross Gardiner. Presented by Snapping Turtle Productions & The Pearl Company. Directed by Sandi Katz, Produced by Enid Aaron & Dan Penrose Translated into 22 languages, with over 200 productions in large and small venues, Mr. Green has won numerous best play and best actor awards throughout the world.
“Baron tells his tale with discerning freshness and originality. One of the best shows around” – Chicago Daily Herald

Big Johnny Blue: Not a CD Release! Friday, May 17

Big Johnny Blue: Friday, May 17. 8:00pm, $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged…. The show will not be a CD Release because of technical details… Johnny will explain.
Like the blues? You’ll love them Big Johnny Blue style!  Big Johnny’s a Hamilton guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Hamilton Blues Society. No matter the venue, Big Johnny captivates his audience with the winning sounds of what he has coined “Hammer Blues”. His brand new CD showcases the evolution of Big Johnny Blue’s original music. Guitar: Robert Tyler, Bassist: Brad Hill, Blues Harmonica: Charly Chiarelli, Drummer: Steve Ruddick, Back up vocals: Luanne Carrier. Come, revive your soul with great new music! With special guest opening act, Thom Adkins.


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