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:
Feb 20: A Tribute to Stan Rogers: Stanfest Fundraiser! SOLD OUT
Feb 21: Sean McCann of Great Big Sea  SOLD OUT
Feb 22: Bob Wegner & Robin Lee (@ 7:00)
Feb 27:  Christopher Clause: FOR GEORGE: Celebrating the music of George Harrison
Feb 28: Tech Conference

March:
March 7: Casa Mansang Fiesta!
March 12: Jon Brooks
March 13: TBA
March 14: Elise LeBlanc & Band
March 19: Alan Reid / Rob van Sante (Ex Battlefield Band)
March 20: TBA
March 21: Trevor Mckinven: They Came From Away (Theatre)
March 27: Leonard, Burns & Dell: Perfect Strangers
March 28: Shari Vandermolen & Swingline

April: 
April 3: Cem Zafir Presents…
April 4: Paul Reddick
April 9 – 12: HamilTEN! A 10 Minute Play Festival….
April 17: Love Letters Cabaret
April 18: Carlos del Junco
April 24: TBA
April 25: Michael Gabriel: “Strings Attached”
April 26: Laila Biali

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.

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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.  

The Pearl Company is the HMA Theatre of the Year 2013!

ALAN REID & ROB VAN SANTE: Thursday, March 19

ALAN REID & ROB VAN SANTE: Thursday, March 19. 8:00pm. Doors 7:30 a remarkable pairing of two seminal members of Scotland’s renowned Battlefield Band. Right here in Hamilton! What more can you ask?  With Alan’s faultless pedigree as musician andAlan-and-Rob2 songwriter and Rob’s unshakeable reputation as a sympathetic musical partner and excellent engineer, any music they produce will stimulate any listener’s sensitivities.
Alan Reid was nominated as composer of the year at the 2009 Scots Tradition Awards, and was a vital member of Battlefield Band from its inception in 1969. They won awards world-wide and throughout, Alan was at the heart of the band, his keyboards underpinning the bagpipes and the fiddle. In being the first to use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk band Alan’s contribution to the band’s story has ensured it’s stature in Scottish culture and its influence on today’s Celtic musicians.
Dutch born Rob van Sante is a guitarist of skill and subtlety. His mother was a child prodigy on piano so it is no surprise that music has played an important part in his life. Rob worked for Battlefield Band for 13 years as their sound engineer for both live and recorded work. He accompanied them on all their tours as their ‘fifth’ member until he left the band in 2010. Rob has worked with most stalwarts of the British Folk and Jazz scene. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2ib7hA7aHE  http://www.reidvansante.com

Elise LeBlanc & Band: Saturday, March 14

Elise LeBlanc & Band: Saturday, March 14. Doors 7:00 Show 7:30 pm. $15/$10 income-challenged…. On her first Ontario tour, singer-songwriter Elise EliseLeBlancLeBlanc will be joined by a full band and special guests for a night of original music from her debut album, Runaway Kites.  Set to her own blend of neo-folk and vintage pop, Elise’s bright vocals speak with authenticity and stubborn optimism.  Combining jazzy, old school rhythms with folk instrumentation (think Billie Holiday with a banjo), the songs in Runaway Kites weave a tapestry of sound that’s upbeat, soulful and woodsy.
In 2013, Elise (with a recording grant from FACTOR Canada) worked with Juno-winning producer Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara, Said the Whale).  The Canadian singer-songwriter is excited to be returning from the west coast for this special show in her hometown. Now based in Oregon, Elise has been making her mark in the Portland music scene. Oregon Music News raved of a recent performance: “Elise LeBlanc…captivated the room from her first song. Her pipes paired well with her ukulele, bright drums, and exuberant bass, but nothing sounded more appropriate than when Elise sat down on the house piano and belted out her songs. She resonates with the English soul scene, Lisa Hannigan and Adele. Look out for her new album…” Website: http://www.eliseleblanc.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/eliseleblancmusic

Jon Brooks: Thursday, March 12

Jon Brooks: Thursday, March 12: 8:00pm, $20 door/$15 artists/students. A songwriter with an honest, gritty delivery and straight-Jon_Brooksshooting songwriting (which honours the tradition of folk music) and who is dedicated to uniting folk tradition with today’s stories. His new album of Canadian murder ballads, THE SMILING AND BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE (Borealis) has just recently been released and is currently subject to lots of excellent reviews; he is bringing this strange and compelling show to his favourite Hamilton venue: The Pearl Company!   “…. The highest aim of song is to invoke empathy – to offer that rare sight of ourselves in others. In this sense, the folk singer is simply trying to politicize love, hence, my contention that today’s songwriter should be a lobbyist for compassion to be our principle representative in government office.” [Amen, says Barbara!]  Brooks’ songs are underscored throughout by his gently weather-beaten voice, the singularly beautiful sound of hand on guitar, and his uncanny ability to press his ear against the heartbeat and the soul of the times we live in. http://www.jonbrooks.ca

Celebrating Gerardo Mansang and “Casa Mansang”: March 7

Celebrating Gerardo Mansang and Gallery “Casa Mansang”: Saturday, March 7: Starting at 8:00pm to midnight. Cost: $10 at theGerardoArt door. The Pearl Company and  Gerardo invite you to a Fiesta, featuring Gerardo Mansang’s vibrant art. This Colombian artist (trained as an architect) understands colour, warmth, and symbolism! He paints from very large to small canvases, all in brilliant acrylics.  We are planning dancing, great food and perhaps some breakout guitar sessions! A splendid evening of cultural entertainment with a Rumba Loca (Mad Party!). You can win an original Gerardo Mansang art piece.  All proceeds from the evening will go to help Gerardo maintain his gallery and his dream of  a successful life in Hamilton as the brilliant and creative artist he is.

FOR GEORGE: Celebrating the music of George Harrison: February 27

GeorgeHarrisonCClause-2015FOR GEORGE: Celebrating the music of George Harrison:Friday, February 27: 8:00pm. Advance tickets: $20, $25 at the door. Christopher Clause and Chris Jamieson organized the first Beatles Tribute Show in 2002, as a way of remembering the life and music of George Harrison on the year anniversary of his passing. This warm and heart-felt collective tribute to George which featured friends and family was held in the grand hall of James Street Baptist Church, now no longer standing but the shows carry on in the new unofficial home of the Beatles’ tribute shows, The Pearl Company. The artists appearing at this year’s celebration are (as of January 29 – line up subject to change): The Barr Band, Jennifer Beehler, Austin Browne, Christopher Clause, Bec Jamieson, Chris Jamieson, Frank Koren, Fred Magie, Steve Parton, Dave Pomfret, Michael Scott, Spider Costello & Stone Blue, Peter Taplay and more!!! Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsoPxd9QKg8 (Sound not great but enthusiasm over the top!) *Funds raised from this show will go towards the Debbie Clause Recording Fund, which will help local musicians get their recorded works completed. Submissions for this Fund will be open until April 10th and forms can be found at www.fermatahamilton.org. Tickets available online through www.ticketscene.ca and Dr. Disc. Read the rest of this entry »

Bob Wegner: A One Man Show with Robin Lee & Special Guests: Feb 22

Bob Wegner photo2Bob Wegner: A One Man Show with Robin Lee & Special Guests: Sunday, February 22. 7:00 pm. $15 / $20 at the door.  Bob is a professional musician with many years experience as a performer, songwriter, and recording engineer. Career highlights include playing with Classic Albums Live, performing on Canadian Idol, and being personally selected by Brian May of Queen to play guitar in the ‘We Will Rock You’ musical in Toronto. He also performs as a solo artist, playing anything from Indian classical music to Bach to flamenco. His one-man show is an evening of great music, entertainment and storytelling.  Bob teaches many instruments, and is on the faculty at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts as well as teaching privately.  His playing can also be heard on jingles on TV and the internet. As a part of a trio called Euphonic, Bob creates music that almost defies categorization – a hybrid of various styles including latino, folk, ragtime, classical and jazz. Bob can play just about any instrument in just about any style.  Bob does not often display his versatility solo; this is a unique chance to catch this master at his best! http://www.bobwegner.ca/  Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un5r6Abuk9I

Séan McCann (Great Big Sea): Saturday, Feb. 21 SOLD OUT

Séan McCann: Saturday, February 21, 8:00pm. $20/$25 at the door. SOLD OUT A founder of internationally renowned band, Great Big Sea, Sean SeanMcCannhas spent the last 20 years sailing around the world enamouring audiences from Copenhagen to California. Known as much for his intense screaming sea shanties as his tender ballads, McCann decided it was time to leave the comfort of safer waters and set out on his own for a new shore. His new album, and third solo project, entitled Help Your Self was recorded and produced by fellow east coaster, Joel Plaskett in his New Scotland Yard Studio in Dartmouth. The album features the talents of Erin Costello, Clive MacNutt, and Emergency alumnus, Dave Marsh.
Says McCann, “I was making some major changes in my life and Joel enabled me to express these transitions musically. The songs became my therapist and Joel’s studio was my couch. This is the story of how I learned to “help my self”. “To get to the end, the light, you can’t ignore the dark.”
This is the sound of a singer learning a brand new song; of a man determined to face his demons and take control of his own life. This sincere recording takes us from denial and despair to the freedom that can only come from facing the Truth. http://www.seanmccannsings.com/  https://www.youtube.com/user/greatbigsean

REMEMBERING STAN ROGERS: A Fundraiser for “The Stan Rogers Festival”: February 20

SOLD OUT! Rise Again: REMEMBERING STAN ROGERS: A Fundraiser for “The Stan Rogers Festival in Canso NS: Friday, February stan-with-boats20, 2015.  $18 Adv / $20 Door. 8pm. A tribute to the music of Canadian folk legend, the late Stan Rogers.  Stan’s legacy includes Northwest Passage, and Barrett’s Privateers, a song that traveled around the world even before Stan recorded it. Stan’s music still appears at or near the top of Folk Music radio charts, every month.
Organizers of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. “Stanfest” were forced to cancel their annual festival in July 2014 as Hurricane Arthur blew into Atlantic Canada. The decision to call it off was financially devastating to both the Festival and Canso. All proceeds from these concerts (in Hamilton Feb. 20, Kitchener Feb. 21 and London Feb. 22) will go directly to the Stan Rogers Festival.
The performers will present Stan’s music in much the style that he performed it.  Using three lead vocalists plus harmonies, guitars, fiddle, bass, and more, the band will weave two dozen Stan songs with memories of those seminal days.  The Stan Rogers tribute band is: Paul Mills: Paul produced all but one of Stan Rogers’ albums, and his alter ego Curly Boy Stubbs was guitarist on all of them.  Brad Nelson: Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, and musical director of the show. Jack Cole: Singer/instrumentalist, and the show’s producer. Anne Lederman: Renowned multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, accordion, piano) and singer. Dan Patterson: Bass, keyboard, and backing vocals. www.grandriverfolk.org

Shelley Marshall’s Getting YOURSELF Out There! Feb 15 – CANCELLED

A Self Help Promotions a workshop in getting YOURSELF out there! CANCELLED due to insane business! To be booked again in April. Sunday Feb 15th 11 am – 3 pm Fee: $75. Hamilton’s Own SHELLEY_WORKSHOP_POSTER_FEB2015Award Winning Comedian / Actress and Producer Shelley Marshall presents her acclaimed  Self Help Promotions  workshop in an intimate setting that encourages Artists in all genres to get the word out.  It’s designed of anyone that falters in self-promotion and perhaps struggles with figuring out the “business” side of things.  This class incorporates everything from creating a bio, cv, contact, list, media release, media kit, posters, online presence, booking theatres, getting the press interested, ticket sales, venue, merchandise.  The class comes with a USB stick with all the info I share including a Media Contact list and a Media kit for reference.  Limited spots. This workshop is suited for producers, song writers, comedians, writers, performers, or people that are starting up a small business venture. Contact: shelley@shelleymarshall.com  http://www.shelleymarshall.com/

Shari Vandermolen with QUARTER TO NINE: Valentines Day!

Shari Vandermolen with QUARTER TO NINE: Saturday, February 14: 8:00pm. $20 /$18 students/arts workers/seniors. A sexy, ShariLatestsassy, jazz-soaked treat for the Valentine’s Day! Quarter to Nine is a jazzy musical act with the remarkable Shari Vandermolen on vocals.  The name comes from the song “About a Quarter to Nine” from the musical 42nd Street.  Incorporating the sweet soft jazz feel of days gone by, or the burlesque feel of risqué blues, Q2Nine influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Etta James, Billie Holiday and the “big-band sound”. They’ll be bringing you Jazz Standards, naughty blues and torch songs peppered with just the right amount of show tunes for good measure. “Shari’s training as an actor imbues her music with an emotional edge that takes us places we have never been with these songs. Quarter to Nine is an experience as much as a concert.” http://www.q29.ca   Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyDlzfMzUkI

Love Letters Cabaret: SMOKE: Friday, February 13

Love Letters Cabaret: SMOKE: Friday, February 13. 8:00pm (Doors 7:30pm) Admission: $25 Advance/ $30 @ Door.  Smoke is a LoveLettersSMOKEromantic and seductive show; perfect for a couple on Valentines weekend! SMOKE is a glimpse into the fantasies of a woman… Toronto’s edgiest, most sexually charged dance theatre company infiltrates the passionate minds of cigar factory workers in the 50s. Take a peek as each member takes a private moment from their mundane task to daydream about love affairs, secrets and desires.
This innovative and interactive company is the creation of Artistic Director and Choreographer Pastel Supernova (dubbed by Flare magazine as “One of Canada’s most influential women”). She is a former international dancer for Nelly Furtado with appearances on the David Letterman Show and more. Pastel packs the stage with beauty and talent, using elements of vaudeville, contemporary dance, and burlesque to tell stories, explore primal instincts. Witness a cast whose collective credits include: the National Ballet, the Canadian Opera Company, Mirvish Productions and Second City Productions just to name a few. You’ve never seen them? Here’s a peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV3nObw-7wk    www.loveletterscabaret.com

Big Johnny Blue & Strange Cargo w Special Guest Richard Thornton: February 7

Big Johnny Blue & Strange Cargo w Special Guest Richard Thornton of The Jack De Keyzer Band: Saturday, February 7, BigJohnnyBlue8:00pm, $15 / $10 students/seniors/wage-challenged….  Like the blues?  You’ll love them John Crawford style.  Big Johnny Blue is John M. Crawford, Hamilton guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Hamilton Blues Society. He has written hundreds of songs, and played with countless local musicians over the years. He is committed to supporting local music and musicians, especially by supporting efforts to tell the story of Hamilton’s blues history, and the power of music to improve the life of every man. These guys rock;  Code Red Blues! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE8p_zRZeIs&index=1&list=PLB3320D903F7A1FCE  https://www.facebook.com/bigjohnnyblueandstrangecargo/

Jesse Macrae & Company: Friday, February 6.

Jesse Macrae & Company: Friday, February 6. 8:00 pm. $15 / $10 students/seniors/wage-challenged… Greg Moverly opens. This JesseMacrae3will be Jesse’s first time showcasing at The Pearl. He is delighted to be joined by Andrew Aldridge, Michael Hickey and Nick Burson as a unit. This is sure to be an evening packed with inspiring originals, organic first time performances, with plenty of smiles along the way. Jesse’s taking this show as an opportunity to show his gratitude and appreciation for all the support and encouragement he’s been receiving from the Hamilton art community. A MUST SEE! https://www.facebook.com/jesse.macrae.96?fref=nf  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2OBS_Mq2rw

Pearl Company Winter Theatre Festival! Jan 9 – 31

 

Jesters Incognito: Shows: Jan 9, 17, 23. Times vary. Tickets: $15.00. Jesters Incognito is an exciting and life-affirming one-man show JESTERS PEARL (2)that tells two unique stories.  For over 20 years, Harrison fills sketchbooks in order to cope with his Bipolar condition.  In it he writes the story of Mr. Meister, a taxi driver who starts an undergournd group of artists and entertainers in a dystopian world where live entertainment is outlawed.
With a creative mash up of cartooning, music, and comedy, you are taken into the imagination of both Harrison and Mr. Meister, wherein they reveal the key to mental wellness, and the cure to the dreaded Doldrums.  Audiences are raving about this underground renaissance of otherworldly jesters; the value of their seemingly silly shenanigans runs deep and leaves most blinded by glee!  Celebrate human resilience and the power of art!
“The Jesters Incognito are kicking off the new year with three performances at Hamilton’s awesome Arts Centre, The PEARL COMPANY!  This space is uniquely jesterly ~ eclectic, indie, and full of surprises.  I’m looking forward to bringing the nincompoops to the Pearl, to continue my support of creativity and mental health. :)”

Best of Erin & Nara: Shows: Jan 10, 15,16, 22, 30, 31. Times vary. Tickets: $15.00. MF Arts Productions presents… Partner’s in love and laughter, Erin and Nara are Erin_and_Nara_poster_best_of.jpgpleased to announce their BEST OF THE SO FARS, Show! This couple is known for their original song “Sexy Cuz We’re Lesbians” and for being the over-the-top hysterical hosts of Shelley Marshall’s The Full Bawdy Comedy Show. This FuNNy SHoW will be comprised of some of their favourite Comedy Skits, Songs, and Dance and will have you lol-ing and possibly even rofl-ing in the aisles! Erin & Nara are both hilarious (without ever ‘reaching’) and totally adorable! Their comedy is never cruel; raunchy sometimes….but never cruel.

Democracy is Dead: Subtitled “What are we going to do about it?” Runs: Jan 15-17; 22-23; 29-31. Times vary. Tickets: $15.00. Democracy is Dead is a multi-disciplinary, multi-media theatrical work written and directed by Gary Santucci. It is a wake-up call to the generations of the 60?s and 70?s to join the young people of DemocracyisDead.jpgtoday to begin to repair the damage that we all have caused and allowed to be inflicted on our environment, our institutions and our societies. The work was inspired through and by the cathartic exercise of creating the Pearl Company Arts Centre in Hamilton’s sacrifice zone. CAST: Gary Santucci – Alpha; Jeremy Shand – Beta; JonGordon Odegaard – Gamma; Greek Chorus: Francis X. Rocchi – Jason; Val Kay – Helen; Robert Inness – Homer; Jolanta Bace – Aphrodite; David Minnick – Euclid; Steve Wilson – Orpheus.

A Wake For Lost Time: Starts at 1pm on the 24th/finishes 1pm on 25th… Tickets: $20.00 (Gives you the right to come and go…or stay all night!) The Elephants elephantscollective.jpgCollective is a Toronto-based collective born out of the Theatre Passe Muraille emerging artist collective program! “A Wake For Lost Time.” captures what it is to be human and the effects time has on us all. What starts out as a look at existence within time from that of an outside observer, quickly becomes the story of everyone’s experience in the moment they find within themselves, audience and performers alike. The emotion and struggle of the cast become absolutely heart­wrenching as time progresses. “I can’t imagine a script that captures the nature of this performance, nor can I picture an actor alive that could replicate what Elephants in the Room have accomplished with this powerful show.” Everything on stage is real in the truest sense of the word. An amazing achievement; half theatre, half experiment. While the individual scenes and pieces that made up a full performance cycle are moving, challenging, and entertaining, it is a thrill to watch the performers engage with this material over 24 hours, to see them fight their own exhaustion, to watch the pieces evolve and change, and discover new meaning and life with each repetition.

 


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