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!

SEPTEMBER:
September 13: The Passion of Flamenco! TRONIO FLAMENCO: Makeda Benitez with Dennis Duffin
September 26: Jeff Giles+ Corrina Keeling+ Shawna Caspi: An evening of great songwriting and great musicianship, delivered in-the-round by three old friends.
September 28: Private Event

OCTOBER:
October 4: C.R. Avery Returns!
October 18:Bob Wegner: An Evening of  Pink Floyd
October 19: Riot Nrrd aka Conrad Sichler
October 24: Kathy Lees Photo Gallery Opening
October 25: Dean Hollin
Postponed from October 26: Pamela Blackwood Sings; Gary Santucci Accompanies – now November 16

NOVEMBER:
November 8: Erin Costello
November 9: Jazz Connection Big Band (Steel City Jazz Festival)
November 15: Kennedy Road (With Sheila Carrabine of Dala) & Graven
November 16:Pamela Blackwood Sings; Gary Santucci Accompanies: Opera to Fado….
November 29: Spanjazz

The Pearl Company will continue to operate 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

C.R. Avery! Friday, October 4

C.R. Avery: Friday, October 4: 8:00pm, $20 door. CR Avery: Outlaw Hip-Hop Harmonica Player; Beatbox Poet; Punk Piano Player; String Quartet Raconteur; Rock & Roll Matador; Playwright. He is a unique, raw and  dynamic performer. He is admired by and has performed with Tom Waits, Ani DiFranco, Utah Phillips He has recorded 16 LPs and presented six hip hop operas; he is writing his fourth book and now paints. CR is a Canadian music sensation. His lyrics, vocal delivery, energy, and artistry have won him international acclaim. He is a one-man band, but one for this generation. His incredible live performances have been described as Bob Dylan in the body of Iggy Pop….  Every show is all or nothing and his fearless approach to all genres of music both on stage and in the studio proves the longevity of this talented, astonishing creator who has so much more to come. www.cravery.com

Bob Wegner: An Evening of Pink Floyd….Friday October 18

Bob Wegner: An Evening of Pink Floyd….Friday October 18. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00 pm. $20.  Bob Wegner is a seasoned performer and composer.  Career highlights include playing with Classic Albums Live, performing on Canadian Idol, and playing in several productions of the west end musical ‘We Will Rock You’ after auditioning for Queen’s Brian May.  He also performs as a solo artist, and this show will see him performing an entire night of Pink Floyd on guitars and lap steel.  This will be an evening of great music and storytelling and a unique chance to catch this master at his best! https://www.bobwegner.ca      Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIzdYXlN3ac

rriot nrrd with Leo Dragtoe! Saturday, October 19

riot nrrd with Leo Dragtoe! Saturday, October 19: NOTE TIME: Doors: 4:00pm. Show: 4:30. Tickets: $20 /or best offer…. riot nrrd is a Hamilton-based musician, (aka Conrad Sichler, a holistic medicine practitioner). He’s resurfacing after the barnburner of a launch for his new album LaughCry, SmartStupid!! for a long-awaited show with the indomitable Leo Dragtoe. Together at last!
Mr. nrrd will be accompanied by his long-time collaborator Dave Gould on drums, as well as a mysterious player to be named later. Come and enjoy the witty repartee, and songs designed to drag you through a series of at least four emotions!  For those who have never heard the nrrd, expect something meaningful, something beautiful, something rhythmic, and something edgy.
Leo Dragtoe is the perfect combination of lovable whimsy and knee-slapping punkishness. He is a walking, talking carnival of words, sounds, feelings and question marks. Sometimes he even plays guitar. Sometimes he sings. No matter what life throws his way, he tries to wear a smile. Leo is about to make some delightful noise with his pal riot nrrd. Thank you for lending your ears. Leo promises to give them back when the show is over. https://www.facebook.com/riotnrrdmusic

Dean Hollin Sings Nat King Cole! Friday, October 25.

Dean Hollin Sings Nat King Cole! Friday, October 25. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/seniors/un(der)waged. Dean Hollin presents another of his sparkling “Musical Biographies”. We love these biographies of beloved songwriters of the past!  And for this performance he celebrates the music of Nat King Cole. We’ll chat…we’ll sing…a casual, musical and informative evening to be had by all! Born and raised in Hamilton, Dean began his theatrical career during his high school years. Throughout his professional career, Dean has created productions, largely based around the music he loves including the Music of Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Burt Bacharach and now Nat, through his production company – My Eye Productions.  Dean’s concerts are extremely popular.  Reserve your tickets early! “Hollin’s warm, smoky voice and his exquisite charm and enthusiasm radiate affection for his material and his audience.” Gary Smith, Spectator.  http://www.deanhollin.com

Erin Costelo with Clive MacNutt! Friday, November 8

Erin Costelo with Clive MacNutt! Friday, November 8. 8:00pm. $20/$15 students/ seniors/ wage-challenged. Drawing comparisons to such icons as Nina Simone and Carole King, superb pianist/songwriter, Erin Costelo soars even as her songs dive deep. Erin is a throwback; a songwriter that brings to mind the ‘golden age’ of music. Although she wears many influences on her sleeve, Costelo is unquestionably herself, a singular artist of maturity and importance; a maverick, unfettered by trend, fashion or industry ‘pathway.’She has shared the stage with such notable artists as Mavis Staples, Dr. John, Boz Scaggs, and recently performed with Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band. She will perform as a duo with guitarist and long-time collaborator, Clive MacNutt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4S5lTn9aNc&feature=youtu.be  https://www.erincostelo.com “…Erin Costelo seems destined to establish herself alongside the top tier of today’s most expressive soulful singers.” – PASTE Magazine  Erin’s newest single “”All in Your Head, rolls cinematic blasts of brass and a killer, keyboard-propelled groove into a funk-soul freakout.” – Rolling Stone

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

The Curtain Falls on The Pearl: But not ’til ???? Really, it will be until we don’t have to pay the mortgage. We’ve just had a sale fall through; we’re here for a while yet….

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:

Jeff Giles+ Corrina Keeling+ Shawna Caspi: Thurs, Sept. 26.

Jeff Giles+ Corrina Keeling+ Shawna Caspi: Thursday, September 26. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged. An evening of great songwriting and great musicianship, delivered in-the-round by three old friends.
Corrina Keeling
is a sophisticated songwriter and a technically-accomplished rhythmic powerhouse; her music is medicine for complex times, inviting her audience to celebrate, grieve, heal, and imagine what’s possible. From David Suzuki’s ‘Blue Dot’ Tour, to festivals in Australia, the USA, and the UK, she has shared the stage with artists aligned with her message, including Feist, Tonye, The Barenaked Ladies, and Neil Young.
Shawna Caspi may perform solo, but there’s a whole band under her fingertips. Accompanying herself with a remarkably lyrical fingerpicking guitar style, she believes in the power of one person, one instrument, and songs filled with poetry. Currently touring the US and Canada in support of her 4th album, Forest Fire, her performances capture audiences with their grace and intimacy, seeking to be unafraid, to embolden quiet voices, and to tell the truth above all else.
Jeff Giles began his love affair at the age of 8 with the best of 60’s Soul and 50’s Rock & Roll. A Hamilton local, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter, Jeff is now one of the country’s most in-demand tribute music performers, sharing his love for the broad history of popular music across Canada, the USA, and Europe. He is happiest, however, in an intimate environment, singing his own songs: an eclectic mix of folk, soul, and roots music. Of his work, the Hamilton Spectator’s Gary Smith has said: “His writing is graceful and generous, filled with metaphors and memories. How much of it is true doesn’t matter. What matters is he makes us believe every word”.

TRONÍO FLAMENCO and Milena Tejada “la Tormenta” Return: Friday, September 13

The Passion of Flamenco! TRONÍO FLAMENCO and Milena Tejada “la Tormenta” Return: Friday, September 13. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. TRONÍO FLAMENCO and guitarist Dennis Duffin bring an exciting, dynamic Flamenco show straight from the small streets of Seville. This is the third in a series of tours in the past year for this quartet from Quebec to Toronto. Milena Tejada (nicknamed The Storm or la Tormenta…) is known for her emotional bursts of expression and dramatic flurries of technical prowess. Her recent studies in Sevilla and Madrid this summer will be the focus as TRONIO returns with powerful new dances, new music and plenty of FLAMENCO PASSION! Dennis Duffin, the Seville-based, Toronto-born guitarist, has toured the country many times over. He has hand-picked this team of incredibly talented young artists that are guaranteed to give you goosebumps and get your heart racing! Caracolillo is a remarkable singer native to Montreal with a strong passion for traditional cante. Hanser Santos Gomez from Havana, Cuba, is an incredibly talented percussionist now tearing up the Latin music scene in Montreal.
Tronío Flamenco delivers a powerful, authentic experience that will conjure a moment of duende for all.

Hamlet

Hamlet: August 1 – 3, 8 – 10. Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 7:30. 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; Justine Dennis – Bernarda and Sailor; directed by Gary Santucci.
http://www.classicaltheatre.ca/

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 

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).


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