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!

AUGUST:
August 3 – 5 / 10 – 12:  Frankenstein
Matinee @ 2:00pm: Saturday, August 12 
August 16 – 19/ 23 – 26: Slaughterhouse Five
August 31: The Jillian McKenna Quartet

SEPTEMBER:
September 1: Fin de Fiesta Flamenco

September 9: Harpdog Brown & the Travelin’ Blues Show w Sugar Brown
September 15: Peace and Love: Remembering Gary Depodesta; with Christopher Clause & Friends 

September 16: Low Country Hill CD Release
September 22: Scotty & The Barefoot Boys CD Release 
September 23:  Kirk Starkey & Hannah Beck 
September 29: Matthew Byrne

CHOIR NATION: Every Monday at 6:30 – 8:00. Check Facebook Group for scheduling.

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

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

Slaughterhouse-Five: August 16 – 19 / 23 – 26

Slaughterhouse-Five: August 16 – 19 / 23 – 26.  Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00 $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged Based on Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel, Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a Slaughterhouse-Five-08_17man who becomes “unstuck in time” after he is abducted by aliens. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all the phases of his life. Concentrating on his shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden, this satirical and horrifying anti-war story carries a unique poignancy — and humour. Directed by: Liam Grunté. Cast: Robert K. Brown, Vincent Perri, Brian Gilmour, Ciaran Neely, Theresa Noon-Hunter, Valeri Kay, and Shawn Callan as Billy Pilgrim. Stage manager: Anthony Colonello.

The Jillian McKenna Quartet: ft. Mike Malone w. Adrean Farrugia & Ayman Boujlida : August 31

The Jillian McKenna Quartet: featuring Mike Malone with Adrean Farrugia (piano) & Ayman Boujlida JillianMcKenna(2)_08_17(drums): August 31. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $15 / $10 students/seniors/wage-challenged. After spending the past two years in New York City, Jill is back to lead her own project at home. Her band combines two of Hamilton’s finest musicians, Adrean Farrugia on the piano and Mike Malone on the trumpet, with award-winning, New York City-based drummer Ayman Boujlida. The evening will consist of two sets of both Jill’s original music, and some new takes on some old standards.
A great night of music with these truly talented musicians makes this an event you should not miss! “

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: “LIÁNDOLA”. Friday, September 1

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: “LIÁNDOLA”. Friday, September 1. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $22 in advance/ $25 at the door. Acclaimed flamenco FInDeFiestaPOSTERCropensemble Fin de Fiesta brings Spanish inspiration to Canadian soil with their Summer/Fall 2017 Canadian Tour. Comprised of award-winning artists from Canada and France, the electrifying music and dance ensemble will bring stages to life nationwide with their spirited new production, LIÁNDOLA. The show takes its name from a popular Andalucian figure of speech used to describe boisterously unrestrained behaviour, a playful fearlessness that cannot be contained. Simply put, Liándola means taking an ordinary experience and making it extraordinary. In Liándola, the searing vocals of Alejandro Mendia (Noces Gitanes, France) are accompanied by the intricate guitar arpeggios of music director Dennis Duffin (Ventanas, Canada) and the haunting flute melodies of Lara Wong (Canada). Dancer and artistic director Lia Grainger (Canada), brings the stage to life with fierce, sensual choreography and improvisation.
Tickets: online at www.ticketscene.ca  www.thepearlcompany.ca or 905.524.0606 For more info please visit: www.findefiestaflamenco.com

Harpdog Brown & The TRAVELIN’ BLUES SHOW with Sugar Brown: Saturday, September 9

Harpdog Brown & The TRAVELIN’ BLUES SHOW with Sugar Brown: Saturday, September 9. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $25 –online or at door. Maple Blues award-winning Harpdog Brown is happily touring his HarpdogFoodshare_09_17authentic Travelin’ Blues Show in support of his new ground-breaking album Travelin’ WithThe Blues. Canada’s premier ‘old school’ harp wizard has never sounded better.  He arrives with Sugar Brown whose dark, sweet, and inconsolable blues has brought him much attention and many awards. Sugar Brown’s blues originated while at the University of Chicago. By day, he studied; by night he learned to play the blues on Chicago’s famed West Side.  And now, he’s an Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto by day and he’s still playing those blues by night.
This concert supports Hamilton FoodShare. A percentage of the proceeds and 100 percent from the raffle/silent auction will go directly to FoodShare. Long & Mcquade have donated a 7 Harmonica Kit. What a night; bring food; bring a donation! There will be a cash bar. www.harpdogbrown.com  www.SugarBrownMusic.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9zvGO_NR_I&list=PLBxSRWqZlnm9Tim9f471UEyx88lq9L09s
Harpdog’s got a smokin’ band playing and he’s singing the real deal, old school blues just like you want to hear it.” Charlie Musselwhite.  “Harpdog’s effortless vocal delivery is a rare and natural gift.” Holger Petersen.

 

Peace and Love: Remembering Gary Depodesta, Christopher Clause & Friends: September 15:

Peace and Love:  Remembering Gary Depodesta, Christopher Clause & Friends: September 15: Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. An all ages show. Cost: Pay As You Can. peaceandlove_GaryDepodesta
When Gary DePodesta died suddenly at the end of July, the city lost one of its greatest live music supporters. In keeping with his love of live music and our city, we are going to host a special musical event celebrating Gary’s life. When he posed for a photo, Gary would often share a peace sign along with a great big smile. The event will feature many of Gary’s favourite musicians. It will be a pay-as-you-can affair, with the proceeds covering the rental of the venue as well as a donation to “Gracenotes” in Gary’s name. The money will help support local musicians who are completing recording projects. “I (Christopher) am currently organizing the musicians for this emotional send-off. If you are a performer and you would like to be a part of the evening, please private message me. Gary was one of my greatest supporters, and I miss him incredibly. I have confidence that I will see him again, which brings me a sense of peace. I look forward to seeing you all on September 15, as we celebrate the life of one audience member who changed everything for us.” https://www.facebook.com/events/264009207432915/?

Low Country Hill: Saturday, September 16

Low Country Hill: CD Release! Saturday, September 16. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. Low Country Hill is the moniker for Hamilton-based singer-Low Country Hill songwriter Paul Hogeterp.  Paul released his self-titled, critically-acclaimed debut in 2014. (Floorshime Zipper Boots). Touring has taken Paul down logging roads in northern Ontario and through traf?c jams on the Lionsgate Bridge in Vancouver – all for the joy of sharing the songs in intimate venues with music lovers. After nearly two years of performing, he burrowed in his basement studio for the last half of 2016 to write for his next record. The result of that effort is Guesthouse, a five-song EP recorded in May-July of this year. Dave King returns as producer and drummer while musical wizard Paul Linklater (Bidini Band, Colleen and Paul) plays bass and electric guitar for the project. Hogeterp is feeling blessed and lucky to have the (gentle giant) footprints of these creative and kindred spirits in his new work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM_4xHJlAxI  https://lowcountryhill.com   https://www.facebook.com/lowcountryhill

Choir Nation Hamilton: Mondays 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Choir Nation Hamilton: Changing Venues – we are no longer able to accommodate the choir – will keep you posted! Mondays 6:30 – 8 p.m. On Holiday for summer! $15 choirnation_2per session for adults. $10 seniors/students. Cash at door. “On the heels of the success of their weekly drop-in choir in Niagara-on-the-Lake, they are excited to launch a weekly choir in Hamilton that will be run by music director, Sophia Perlman. Choir Nation Hamilton is a great place to come together and have fun, improve your singing and learn from an exceptional teacher! Rehearsals and performances take place at The Pearl Company Arts Centre. Choir capacity: 40 singers. Interested? Join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1879651618957430/  Details provided every week including: dates, times, song choice, and so on.

PAST EVENTS:

Frankenstein: August 10 – 12, Matinee on 12th @ 2:00pm.

Frankenstein: August 3 – 5, 10 – 12. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. (Except 2pm matinee Aug 12.) $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged.  A 1884-Frankestein-poster-11x173chilling new telling of a timeless story. The world premiere of this award-winning adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein hits The Pearl stage in early August.  Written by David Elendune, directed by Gary Santucci, this adaptation has converted the character of Clerval to a female actor.  Shelley, in the original, did not create a strong female character. This wonderful twist provides character development beyond the usual approaches, allowing for male- female sexual tension, failed role models and so much more. http://www.classicaltheatre.ca/
Reactions from the audience:The Creature sent chills down my spine.” “Entire cast is fantastic!”  “Whenever I watch anything…I know it strikes a chord if I get chills. Tonight, that happened three times…!” “Unlike any version before it, Rod McTaggart’s performance as the creature will transfix you in your seats. Peter Anderson’s mixture of arrogance and horror perfectly balances his performance. …The set will transport the playgoer back in time; the steampunk props are perfect!”

 

HORSES: Featuring Allan Merovitz. July 20 – 23 / 27 – 30

HORSES: Featuring Allan Merovitz. July 20 – 23 / 27 – 30.  8:00pm. Matinees @ 2pm 23rd & 30th. $20/$15 students/seniors/wage-challenged.
Horses…. This stirring, Allan Merovitz _07_17educational, oft fiery and heartfelt show is made up of heartwarming original poems, songs, and music, mingled with some classic and easily recognizable melodies and mixed with a few surprisingly true stories. The storytelling, songs, and poems take you through Allan’s life spent with these majestic creatures.
“It all started in Montreal when I was 4 years old with Beau the milk horse, then riding on my Zayda’s (grandfather’s) farm outside Smith’s Falls, and memories of riding with my Dad on Mount Royal in Montreal at the stables near Lac aux Castors ( Beaver Lake). The story and songs include a tour with the Caravan Stage Company through our four seasons on the road from British Columbia to Alberta.”

Alyssa Giammaria: Farewell Concert: Sunday, July 23

Alyssa Giammaria: Farewell Concert: Sunday, July 23. Doors 6:30; Show 7:00pm. $20 / $15 students. Alyssa Giammaria will be moving to New York City for school in the fall, and is putting on one last show for her AlyssaGiammaria_07_17friends and family as a chance to gather with everyone before leaving her hometown. She will be joined by Adrean Farrugia (piano), Pat Collins (Bass), Adam Inrig (Drums), as well as Aoife-Louise Doyle and Leah Korkowski on back up vocals.
The above is Alyssa’s plain (and true) statement about her concert. One of her Mohawk music teacher, Sophia Perlman (jazz-singer, songwriter, etc) flipped at the humility of the above, polled Alyssa’s fellow student’s for comments, and added her own. Most have to be under “Read More” but check this out: “Alyssa Giammaria (‘the humble prodigy’) is a beautiful soul with outstanding talent.”  “I can’t wait to see what New York does for her, and what she does for New York.”  “a willingness to not only foster her already impressive understanding of her craft but to also continually seek out new challenges and opportunities…”  “I’ll miss her creative mind and her impeccable musicianship and integrity.” See more below… Read the rest of this entry »

David McLaughlin: Works From a Lifetime

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David McLaughlin: Works From a Lifetime: David’s remaining furniture and glasswork (forty years of arts and crafts) continue to be on display.  It is no longer the complete show. Everything that has sold is, of course, gone. All of David’s work is utterly his own and a joy to experience.  His works in glass are forceful, eye-catching, and unique. The one-of-a-kind furniture pieces startle you with his quirky creativity. These stained glass panels and furniture pieces continue to be for sale. Free local delivery will be available. Payment can be made through Pay Pal. For more information contact David at: dmclaughlin1@sympatico.ca

 

 

STAYCATION THEATRE: Fractured Fairytales: July 5–8, 12–15

STAYCATION THEATRE: Fractured Fairytales: July 5 – 8, 12 – 15. StaycationPoster_7_17Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $20 / $15 students/ seniors/ wage-challenged. Opening Night, July 5 is  PWYC.  A Fractured Fairy Tale can be a story that uses a fairy tale or story where changes or embellishments are made to the characters, setting, points of view, or plots, to reinterpret an older idea or concept or to introduce new ones. Come see what the Staycation Players are doing with this! Open Season!
Cast:  Alison Nicholson, Morgan Nicholson, Gerri McManamy, Jolanta & Milania Bace, Gislelle Magie, Sue Moore, Carlos Jimenez, Olivia Prunean, Valeri Kay, Kayla Michelle
Program: Humpty Trumpty, The Little Child (Moorish Folk Tale), The Mother Bull (Sudanese Folk Tale), The North Wind (Italian Folk Tale), Sleeping Cutie & Prince Alarming, After the Parade (The Emperor’s New Clothes)
Co-Artistic Directors: Gary Santucci, Tony DiCasa

The Shari Vandermolen Quartet: Friday, June 23

The Shari Vandermolen Quartet: Friday, June 23, Doors: 7:30. Start: 8:00 $20. Shari Vandermolen, an award-winning local performer and vocalist, has been entertaining audiences in the GTA and southwestern ShariVQuartet02_17Ontario for the last 15 years.  Prominent in the Hamilton arts community, Shari has performed in numerous musical theatre productions – recently wining acclaim for her portrayal of “Norma Desmond” in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard.
This passion is only equal to her love of jazz and the blues. Shari makes a song her own, giving it emotional depth and edge by imbuing the best of contemporary influence into classic songs; paying homage to such legendary vocalists as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Nina Simone and Sara Vaughan.
The Shari V Quartet features Mohawk College Jazz program alumni Steve McRae on piano, James Gannett on bass, and Michael Yates on drums.  (Shari Vandermolen’s debut CD is available through iTunes as well as other music streaming outlets and features these three talented musicians as members of her 6-piece band Quarter To Nine.)
“She 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….” The Hamilton Spectator “…hear Vandermolen make jelly of your emotions with her voice and her art… one example is Stormy Weather… I barely weathered that storm intact.” – View Magazine
Join Shari Vandermolen and her band for an evening of jazz and blues that will make you want to snuggle up to that special someone in oh-so-many ways. www.Q29.ca    http://swingline.webs.com/

 


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