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. The first floor houses a black box theatre-in-the-round. The second floor is a performance space for live music and theatre. Click the "The Facility" tab for more information.

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.

This Week at The Pearl:

With increasing performance activity at The Pearl Company, we are streamlining our ticket sales.   You are able to pre-purchase your ticket by clicking the “Buy Tickets” tab and buying on-line through TicketScene.

We continue to offer you the reasonably-priced, high-quality entertainment that you expect in The Pearl’s intimate, ambiance-laden, and acoustically unrivalled setting . (“Vibiest room anywhere.” Ruth Moody)  Anyone needing special attention or specific answers, or if you’d rather order from a person (!) please continue to pick up the phone or email:  There are always tickets at the door for shows that are not sold-out.  The door remains cash-only.

April 18 & 19: Shelley Marshall: Hold Mommy’s Cigarette!

Parking: Someone is always outside before an event at The Pearl helping with (free) parking and passes.

Winner: Theatre of the Year, Hamilton Music Awards! Click for  Story from CBC Hamilton

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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.


FYI: Coming Up at The Pearl!


April 4 to 6: HamilTEN Festival (8 – 10 Minute Plays!)
April 4: ARTBus Hamilton
April 10 to 13; 18 & 19: Hold Mommy’s Cigarette w Shelley Marshall
April 13: Cara Luft (Wailin’ Jennys) – Sunday evening show
April 25: TBA
April 26: Full Bawdy Comedy Show w Shelley Marshall

May Schedule – not quite complete yet….
May 2: Ambre McLean
May 3 & 4: DOORS OPEN WEEKEND: 11am – 4pm:
Ladybird Sanctuary: Spring Fair w Performers, Displays Etc. 
 Dave Gould: Exhibit – Musical Art 
May 3: Blues Society Extravaganza
May 9: Poor Angus
May 10: Musical Art Gala w Dave Gould & Friends
May 15: British Band “Lucid” on Tour


THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW: Saturday, April 26: 8:00pm. Admission: $25. ($20 for groups of 6 or more…).  FullBawdy_poster_ALL_DATES.jpgShelley Marshall world-renowned Comedienne and the  winner of Hamilton’s 2013 Best Local Theatre Production View Magazine for her One Woman Show “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette” brings another production of the edgy and irreverent THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW back to The Pearl Company. TFBCS is an always SOLD OUT vaudevillian variety show that celebrates the diversity of comedy through Music, Burlesque, Stand-up, Circus and more! Featuring original material from the funniest and raciest Stars this country (and beyond) has to offer. The show has featured some of the creamiest of the Canadian funny crop such as: Nikki Payne and Debra Digiovanni both Canadian Comedy Award and  Gemini Winners; Canadian Comedy Award Winner’s: Sandra Battaglini and Christele Bartalese; Fringe Festival Winners: Precious Chong, Rachelle Elie; Hamilton Music Award Winners: Ginger St James and Robin Benedict; Juno Award Winner Lori Yates and many more!  April 26th Line up: Shelley Marshall, Erin and Nara hosting, Musical Guest: Ginger St. James, Burlesque:  “The Lady Josephine from Montreal”; Stand Up: Lianne Mauladin (Appeared recently on The View!); Special Guest: Phil Luzi. Come with an open mind and you’ll leave with a Full Heart! Adult Content. Listen:

Shelley Marshall Presents: “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”: April 18 & 19

HELD OVER! Shelley Marshall Presents: The Award Winning Production “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”: April 18 & 19. All ShelleyMarshallApr18_19.jpgOne Woman’s story of an unfiltered life, written and performed by Shelley Marshall, directed by Linda Kash. It seems appropriate that world renowned Comedienne, Marshall would open her autobiographical One Woman Show in the city where the story and star were born. It took 10 years for Marshall to create this Play and it is the rewarding result of resilience, recovery, and reflection while exploring many genres of performance including elements of clown, stand up, improv, buffoon, and play. Shelley Marshall takes her audience many places; “I take them on an adventure, both emotionally and visually. There is no denying that my story is tragic, but it’s my story and time and writing without shame has been my comedic relief. ‘Hold Mommy’s Cigarette’ is not an exploitation of what has happened in my life, but rather, an acceptance of where it may lead. It is a dark comedy, a vulnerable piece about life, mental illness and survival.” Marshall reveals with a smile. She invites you to come to her show with an open mind and promises you’ll leave with a full heart. *Mature Content* Tickets available at or 524-0606. Facebook Event:

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Cara Luft: Sunday, April 13.

Cara Luft: Sunday, April 13. 8:00pm. $15 / $10 for students, seniors, & artists of all stripes. The gifted Cara Luft performs! Cara_LuftSM.jpgYou may know of her as one of The Wailin’ Jenny’s. Cara is a Juno award winning singer-songwriter-guitarist extraordinaire and a rare musician who is steeped in folk and traditional roots music almost from birth. She is willing to alter the fabric, push boundaries and fearlessly shape, and blend genres and styles. Folk heroine Luft has definitely earned her solid reputation as one of Canada`s finest live performers whose engaging, down-home style comes wrapped in a warm and delicious sense of humor. Cara is one of those people who belongs on stage, so you really don`t want to miss this show! Cara`s website: Cara on Facebook: Youtube:

Heritage and the Authentic City: March 23, 30 & April 4, 11:

Heritage and the Authentic City:  Conservation and Craftsmanship in Sustainable City Building: March 23, 30 & April 4, 11:  A Four-part Learning Series Presented by the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects with support from HBSAMacLib1.jpgthe Ontario Association of Architects: Course Focus: Conservation and reuse are core principles of sustainability. The environmental movement has become a mainstream endeavour and efforts toward more sustainable lifestyle practices are commonplace, all reflective of the emerging attitude towards urban pride. Re-imagined historic buildings and places within our urban landscape are an integral part to creating and celebrating a dynamic and authentic sense of place. Equally important is the quality of contemporary architectural contributions which can also define how the public realm is valued. Socially-focused planning and ecologically thoughtful design, materials and construction methods all provide vibrant, relevant settings for urban life. When exceptional, forward-thinking projects are diligently promoted and carefully executed, they stand testament to an exceptional, forward-thinking and ultimately authentic city. See course descriptions under “Read More”. 
Sunday March 23rd:  2-5pm Course #1: Sustainability, Conservation and the Emerging Cultural Shift
Sunday March 30th:    2-5pm Course #2: Traditional Craft and Sustainable Design
Friday April 4th :  2-5pm: Course #3: Historic Building Assessment and Reuse
Friday April 11th:   2-5pm. Course #4:  Built Heritage and Public Place-making
Cost for each course: $60.00/ HBSA member price, $40.00.  Payment at door – register by email:

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The HamilTEN Festival: April 4, 5 & 6

The HamilTEN Festival: April 4, 5 & 6.  $15 / $10 students/all artists.  HamilTEN is a festival of ten minute plays by playwrights HamilTEN2014Sm.jpgfrom Hamilton and surrounding areas. A ten minute play is a streak of theatrical lightning. It doesn’t last long but it should hit its mark! The festival is now in its third year (!) and they are back at The Pearl Company with something for everyone; a little drama, some comedy, with a little bit of madness to spice things up. All plays are featured at each performance. Tickets available at the door (cash only) online at or and by email at   See Gary Smith’s write-up in the Spec:–hamilten-play-festival-explores-10-minute-genre-in-second-season  Questions? Email:  Check out:
Show times:
Friday, April 4 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 5 @ 8pm
Sunday, April 6 @ 2pm

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Carlos del Junco and The Blues Mongrels: March 29

Carlos del Junco and The Blues Mongrels: Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8pm Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door. Carlos is one ofMongrels_poster_Hamilton_Pearl_Co__2014.jpg those players whose music is so advanced that when it comes to awards, it’s either retire the category or rephrase the question to “Best Harmonica Player Not Named Carlos”. (Eight time Harmonica Player of The Year at the Maple Leaf Blues Awards!). Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, the band’s playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz. The emphasis is on blues, but they are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, jazz swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock. The Blues Mongrels are: bassist Henry Heillig (founded the nine piece Latin band Manteca), and guitarist Eric St. Laurent. Get ready to trash all you thought you knew about the harmonica. The Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity.  “…a model of focus and urgency..a true virtuoso.. Brad Wheeler – The Globe and Mail


FIN DE FIESTA FLAMENCO: Friday, March 28. 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/seniors/arts workers. This esteemed flamenco collective brings Spanish inspiration to Canadian soil. They are four musicians and dancers, (guitarist and singer Dennis Duffin, singer and dancer FinDeFiestaMar13.jpgTamar Ilana, and dancers Lia Grainger and Alexandra Talbot) who divide their time between Canada and Seville, Spain. The name FIN DE FIESTA translates to “End of the Party”, a reference to the open jam session that occurs at the end of a traditional flamenco show in Spain when the true improvisational and spirited nature of flamenco shows itself.  It is this lively spirit – unpredictable and unrestrained – that inspires their work. FIN DE FIESTA FLAMENCO is currently touring their latest production, Mala Yerba Nunca Muere (“Wild Flowers Never Die”). The name is taken from an old Spanish idiom that describes the capacity to endure. At the core of this show is an exploration of flamenco’s capacity to invoke striking contrasts, from delicate beauty to a fierceness that borders on carnal. From refined to raw, Mala Yerba Nunca Muere incorporates the traditional and the contemporary to create an electrifying portrait of an art form that shatters traditional stereotypes of beauty. They will perform in Hamilton for one night only. “Simply Awesome!” – The Kitchener-Waterloo Record  Watch on YouTube:   Read Gary Smith’s article about Lia and Fin de Fiesta:

Lori Yates w Buckshot Bebee & Duane Rutter: March 22

Lori Yates w Buckshot Bebee & Duane Rutter: Saturday, March 22. Doors: 7:30 Show: 8:00. $20. “She’s pulling herself up by the LORIYATES_Sm.jpgbra straps, out of the honky-tonks and into the soft-seaters!” ONE NIGHT ONLY! Veteran singer/songwriter Yates brings her contagious spirit, her finely crafted songs, her glorious voice, and her charismatic stage presence to her first appearance at the Pearl Company. Having written with such legendary songwriters as Guy Clark, Colin Linden, and Don Schlitz (among others), award-winning Yates has completely won the hearts of Hamilton audiences since her move here in 2002. She is joined by stellar musicians: Duane Rutter – acoustic guitar, Steve Wood – pedal steel, Michael Hickey – stand up bass, Andrew Aldridge and Nick Burson on percussion. She is also the creator of the new & wildly popular Creative Genius Songwriting Workshops. Listen:   Read the rest of this entry »

Defining Moments in Development – with Dr. Susan Smith

Defining Moments in Development – Presentation and discussion with Dr. Susan Smith, Saturday, March 22. 10:30 am Susan_Smith_Talk_March_22_2014.jpguntil 12 noon. No Charge. Presented by The Pearl Company, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, and the OPIRG McMaster Guatemalan Solidarity Working Group. Dr. Susan Smith is the Founder and Director of Atzin in Mexico. While development work has taken her across the globe, Susan Smith is the founder and director of Atzin Community Development, a non-profit working collaboratively with the Indigenous community of Tlamacazapa, Guerrero, Mexico for the past 17 years.  Atzin is a Nahuatl word meaning ‘Sacred Waters’. Susan was chosen as the University of Calgary’s top alumnus in 2008; and CBC The National produced “Walking Together” in 2006 as special report on her work in Tlamacazapa. For more info:

The Jazz Connection Big Band: March 21

The Jazz Connection Big Band: Friday, March 21. Doors at 7:30, Jazz at 8:00. $15 /$10 students/all artists. With special guests Adrean Farrugia on keyboard and  Ian Macgillivary on trumpet. Catch the powerful sound of this fabulous big band in ourJCBB_All.JPG relaxed and atmospheric venue. The JCBB is a well-established 17-piece jazz ensemble comprised of professional and semi-professional musicians from the Hamilton/Toronto area, 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 and straight ahead jazz, funk, and Latin, combining the highest level of musicianship and great charts in an entertaining show that equally engages both the jazz enthusiast and the casual listener. The incredible acoustics at The Pearl easily accommodate their very cool (also 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 Listen:

Erin and Nara: First Show: March 15

Erin and Nara: First Show: Saturday, March 15. 8:00pm. $20 at the door. Shelley Marshall presents… A Vaudevillian show about Erin_NaraSm.jpgfirsts in their very first show!   Partners in love and laughter, Erin and Nara are pleased to announce their VERY OWN SHOW! This couple is best 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 at The Pearl Company. This Vaudeville inspired show of “Firsts” comprised of Comedy Skits, Song, and Dance will have you lol-ing and possibly even rofl-ing. With SPECIAL GUEST~ Drag Superstar~ Ms Xtacy Love!! Winner of Crews and Tango’s Next Drag Superstar Competition 2013, Ms Xtacy Love is taking the Toronto Drag scene to a new level with her plus size fashions and outrageous song choices.  A winner of many competitions even though fairly new to the scene.
ADULTS ONLY (Nara excluded) Limited Seating, Tickets $20, Reservations recommended.  Check them out!

Rant Maggie Rant: A Celtic Celebration for St Paddy’s Day! March 14

Rant Maggie Rant: A Celtic Celebration for St Paddy’s Day! Friday, March 14. 8:00 pm. $20 advance/$25 at the door. Rant RMR_StPaddysPoster_Sm.jpgMaggie Rant, one of Canada’s most exciting Celtic fusion ensembles, hits the road again. Since their formation in 2008, this Stratford-based band has been wowing audiences at festivals, concert halls and symphonic stages across Canada and the U.S. with their outstanding artistry and on-stage vibe. Rant Maggie Rant brings together four superbly talented musicians who like to colour outside the lines. During their concerts, they will deliver a beautiful traditional ballad, chase it up with an Appalachian-style groove and end with a killer jig or reel. Traditionalists love their time-honoured style, while new Celtic music listeners are drawn to the band’s fusion of World influences. “Rant Maggie Rant exudes a style and brand of Celtic entertainment that is both new and old. Their showmanship, and delivery combined with their diversity of traditional sound coupled with upbeat and unexpected blends, makes them a welcome addition to any musical line up….”  Maggie Durocher, Windsor Celtic Festival. More info: Listen:


Michael Williams Dance Party! March 8

Michael Williams Dance Party! Saturday March 8. 8:00pm. $15/$10 students/artists/seniors. Michael Williams (whom you may swing_dancersSM.jpgknow from his days as a VJ on Much Music) has been our go-to DJ, with his sidekick Paul Chin, for many an event at The Pearl.  If you’ve been here, you know that they get us moving! We are hoping to make this a regular thing, happening every few months, since there are lots of people out there who love to dance (who me?).  Michael and Paul are very open to musical requests and they are such fun to have around.  Let’s Party!

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