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.

Coming Up at The Pearl!

The Pearl Company has closed for the summer and will re-open September 10 with 123 DANCE!

September Lineup:
September 9: Hammer Hoppers
September 10 – 12: 123 Dance!
September 18: Pearl Season Opener
September 19: Dala
September 24 – 26: Tuesdays With Morrie

October Lineup:
October 1 – 3: Tuesdays With Morrie @ 8:00pm
October 3: Tuesdays With Morrie @ 2:00pm
October 5: Séan McCann
October 8 – 10: Dr Faustus
October 14: Kate Reid
October  15 – 17: Dr Faustus
October 22 – 24: WORLD MUSIC WEEKEND
Thursday 22: Lenka Lichtenberg
Friday 23: Ariana Nasr sings Piaf!
Saturday 24: Rajkumar Rizvi & Gary Santucci: The River Flows – Vol. II

October 28: Hammer Hoppers
October 29 – November 1: Steel City Jazz Festival


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! And NOW for 2014!!!

123 DANCE! September 10, 11 & 12

123 DANCE! September 10, 11 & 12. 8:00pm. Doors 7:30 $15/$10Srs/Stdnts/Artists.  A Call for Dance Artists of all Disciplines 1-2-3 Danceand Audiences of all kinds! 123 Dance is a dance festival that offers a platform for choreographers, dancers, and dance companies of all disciplines to perform their work, new ideas, research, and movement explorations. 123 Dance comes from the need to encourage and foster the development of dance in our community, Gary Santucci, Artistic Director of The Pearl in collaboration with John Gerena (Dance Artist, Choreographer, and dancer), Artistic Director of the festival and of his own company – “Grado Cero”, are opening the doors of The Pearl Company for this innovative dance event.  The Festival invites its participants to explore dance and its limits, and to try out new ideas in public.
Ballerina Sarah Murphy-Dyson will be performing as one of our guest artists as will John Gerena.
We are pleased to announce that 123 Dance is introducing a fundraising component to the festival. We couldn’t have found a better fit than the charitable organization DANCING WITH PARKINSON’S.
Why 123? All proposals are: maximum of 3 minutes performance time; Up to 3 elements of props; Up to 3 participants on stage. All proposals must involve the body as a main element of the piece.

Season Preview Event: Friday, September 18

Season Preview Event: Friday, September 18: 8:00pm start. $20/$15. We have an exciting season of theatre and music in store for you in 2015- PearlCo@Night3
16! Here is your chance to experience the embarrassment of riches that is coming to The Pearl. You will be treated to readings by our theatre companies, songs from a diverse range of Hamilton’s super talented musicians, and dances that can be both watched and joined — there will be something to appeal to everyone, and it’ll be a blast!
A new offering that we have this September is a Season Ticket Package for our Fall 2015 Theatrical Season.  The Season Ticket Package will cost $65 for all three shows — that’s a 15% savings over buying tickets separately!  As an extra benefit, Season Ticket subscribers will receive a pair of 10% discount coupons, which can be used at selected musical performances in the 2015-16 season!
The three theatrical performances we will be presenting this fall are:
Tuesdays with Morrie with Peter Anderson & Steve O’Brien (Directed by Tyler Brent)
Dr. Faustus with Ryan Sero
Spirit of the Narrows with Anne Lederman
Season Ticket Packages will be available for purchase on TicketScene or at our box office from September 1, 2015 to October 2, 2015.
If you buy a Season Ticket Package before or on September 18th, for this jam-packed evening of theatre and music you’ll get in for a mere $10!

Dala: Saturday, September 19

Dala: Saturday, September 19. 8:00pm. Tickets: $30 / $25 Students/Seniors. Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk DalaMusic Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are poised to bring their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the world. Drawing upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala write songs that are both catchy and insightful. Amanda’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila’s velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark. The sheer joy with which they perform is infectious; they are equally entertaining between songs, telling funny and down to earth stories that make every show unique. Dala have opened for artists such as Tom Cochrane, Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, and joined Stuart McLean on the CBC’s Vinyl Café. They have performed at The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, California’s Strawberry Festival and Mariposa. In 2009, they were the only Canadian act invited to play at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival. Read the rest of this entry »

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE: September 24 – 26, Oct 1 – 3

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE: By Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom based on the book by Mitch Albom. September 24 – 26, Oct 1 – 3 @ 8:00. Oct 3 also @ 2:00 Tickets: $20/$15 students/seniors/artists. Classical Theatre Presents: A Dramedy About Life’s Greatest Lesson. Directed by Tyler Brent. Starring Steve O’Brien and Peter Anderson. “Take in as much joy as you can.” Tuesdays with Morrie is a play so touching, powerful and celebratory it may change your outlook on life. In this humorous and heartbreaking piece, career-obsessed journalist Mitch reunites with his past-teacher Morrie, who is battling Lou Gherig’s Disease (ALS). This reconnection soon becomes both a weekly pilgrimage and a life-affirming ritual that enables Morrie to teach his final and most important lesson – how to live. This hit story about friendship and the necessity of mentors is a rare gem that is both moving and entertaining.  “A touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor.”  - New York Daily News  “Unforgettable! No matter how well you tell the story, the play makes it more vivid, more shattering, more humorous.” - New York Magazine


Sophia/Adrean/Ross/Jeff ! Friday, July 24

Sophia/Adrean/Ross/Jeff at the Pearl Company! Friday, July 24 at 9:00pm. Doors at 8:30. Tickets $20 ($15 st/sr). Sophia SophiaJuly24_15Perlman (voice), Adrean Farrugia (piano), Ross MacIntyre (bass) and Jeff Halischuk (drums) have been playing music together and in various combinations for more years than are worth keeping track. Four musicians who know each other really well, playing songs they really love, just to see what happens. Join them! Tickets available at or by calling 905.524.0606 Jeff Halischuk: Listen!

brenda lennie’s WAM BAM COMEDY JAM: Tuesday, July 14

brenda lennie’s WAM BAM COMEDY JAM: Tuesday, July 14, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Tickets are $10. TEN WOMEN, OVER 7 WEEKS, DIDwam bam postcard A WORKSHOP AND THIS IS THE SHOW!! Some have been on stage, for some this is their first experience. These ladies are brave, sassy, will take on anything, they’re smart, they surprise, they’re hilarious! You may know them; come see this side of them!!  brenda lennie, their teacher will coach them thru the process, they will play games and do pure improv. Yes and, brenda lennie along with some guest comics will perform at the end of the show. A FUN FUN NIGHT FOR ADULTS…ONLY. Who’s the cast? Come see! Note: To get a ticket, you must reserve one on FB, from players, or call to reserve 905-524-0606 .

Ladybird Sanctuary Fundraising Concert! Featuring: Suzie Vinnick, Treasa Levasseur, Ladybird Sideshow! July 10,

Ladybird Sanctuary Fundraising Concert! Featuring: Suzie Vinnick, Treasa Levasseur, Ladybird Sideshow! Friday, July LadyirdConcertJuly201510, 8:00PM. $30. The Ladybirds have transformed their musical friendship and mutual love of animals into a non–profit organization to rescue homeless animals from high-kill shelters and find them forever homes in the community. Right now Melissa McClelland, Janine Stoll and Lisa Winn are focusing their talents on raising money. Joining them are: Suzie Vinnick; Bringing her powerful and award winning voice and presence. 10 Maple Blues Awards, 3X Juno Nominee, with a new album Live At Bluesville, a collection of roots, blues and gospel tunes. Treasa Levasseur; This self-proclaimed “classy broad” and transplant to Hamilton sings powerful blues-based old-school soul, hook-laden songs of lost-and-found love, pride, and affirmation. The Ladybird Sideshow; Musical magic! Melissa McClelland, (Timeless and exquisite singer-songwriter influenced by blues and Americana, married to Luke Doucet and making up the duo Whitehorse classic.)Janine Stoll (Graphic and web designer, singer and songwriter, Janine offers design services to musicians, artists, organizations and small businesses. With three full-length solo albums, and three albums with her band The DoneFors.) and Lisa Winn; (Describing herself as a folk, roots, acoustic singer/songwriter/backing vocalist/photographer/animal rescuer.) Hear Suzie:


FIN DE FIESTA FLAMENCO: Saturday, July 4. 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/seniors/arts workers. This esteemed flamenco collective FInDeFiestaPOSTERPearlbrings Spanish inspiration to Canadian soil. The musicians and dancers 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 is lead by artistic director and dancer Lia Grainger and accompanied by guitarist Dennis Duffin and wide range of talented guest artists from the United States and Canada. For this performance, in Hamilton for one night only: El Caracolillo, song; Fernando Gallego Torres, song.  “Simply Awesome!” – The Kitchener-Waterloo Record  Watch on YouTube:    Read Gary Smith’s article about Lia and Fin de Fiesta: Video:

The Museum of Memory and Human Rights of Chile in Hamilton! Fri July 3 – Sun July 5.

The Museum of Memory and Human Rights of Chile in Hamilton at The Pearl Company: Friday July 3 – (Opening 6:00pm-9:00 pm) to Sunday, July 5. No charge. Exact times below. The Museum of Memory and Human Rights of Chile has a mission: to ChileanPhotodivulge the systematic violations of human rights committed by the Chilean state during the period of 1973-1990; to avoid the repetition of events that compromise the dignity of persons; as well as to dignify the victims and their families. The Museum was inaugurated in 2010 by President Michelle Bachelet.
We are pleased to welcome the visit of this traveling exhibition to Hamilton.  Carmen Gloria Quintana will honour us with her presence. Carmen Gloria has a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology.  She is a human rights activist and the direct victim of  human rights violations during the dictatorship of Pinochet in Chile, surviving an attempt to burn her alive by the military in 1986.
The exhibition includes:
• The collection of 36 photographs “Fragments / Memory / Graphics 40 years after the coup”.
• The collection of 10 posters titled “Resistance Posters” which denounce human rights violations during the military dictatorship.
• The collection of 10 posters titled “Posters of the International Solidarity” made in exile during 1973 and 1990 in countries such as Canada, Sweden, Brazil, Japan, France and others.
Open: Friday July 3 – 12pm to 9pm (Official Opening 6:00pm-9:00 pm)
Saturday July 4 – 12pm to 8pm
Sunday July 5 – 10pm to 3pm
For further information please contact: Nancy Reyes- 905-745-6312

Shari Vandermolen with QUARTER TO NINE: Saturday, June 27

Shari Vandermolen with QUARTER TO NINE: Saturday, June 27: 8:00pm. $20 /$18 students/arts workers/seniors. A sexy, sassy, ShariRecentjazz-soaked treat for your ears! 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.”  Listen:

Kevin Breit with Rebecca Jenkins: Friday, June 26

Kevin Breit with Rebecca Jenkins: Friday, June 26: 8:00. $20.  There is no doubt that two-time JUNO Award winner Kevin is Kevin_Breit3one of the most innovative and enigmatic guitarists that Canada has ever produced. Known for his diversity, fluidity and creativity, Breit is at home performing Jazz, Blues, World and more. As one of the most in demand guitarists in North America, Breit has recorded and /or toured with Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, k.d. Lang, Hugh Laurie…. He is bringing Rebecca Jenkins who is best known as an actor. As a singer, her voice carries a warmth that feels both real and ethereal. She is one of those rare multi-talented people who makes everything she does look effortless! Kevin Breit’s latest album, Ernesto & Delilah is garnering rave reviews. This epic double-CD set with two distinctly different albums, but both are distinctly Breit. The first disc, Ernesto, is fully instrumental and is bold with classic Brazilian sounds and atmosphere, with styles ranging from classical to jazz. The second disc, Delilah, is a gorgeous album of duets with Rebecca Jenkins. The 11 original tracks on Delilah are the stuff dreams are made of – highlighting the ethereal vocals of Breit and Jenkins as well as Breit’s mastery of his instruments and exceptional storytelling. All it takes are a few seconds of listening to realize the extent of the genius and talents of Kevin Breit.  Listen: Listen:

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THE HAMILTON FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW! Saturday, June 20. Doors 7:15PM, event 8:00PM. Admission: $20 advance; $25 ShelleyBawdywooddoor.  ShelleyMarshall, HAMILTON’S OWN world-renowned Comedienne for her One Woman Show “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette” brings us her production of the edgy and irreverent FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW with hosts, Erin & Nara. The FBCS is an always-SOLD-OUT vaudevillian variety show that celebrates the diversity of comedy through Music, Burlesque, Stand-up, Circus and more! This Show Features: Erin McFadden and Nara Elizabeth Farrell, with musical Guest Missy Bauman, featuring Burlesque Performer St Stella,  comedienne Andrea Murray, and more surprises! Advance tickets on TicketScene are $20 – use the code bestlifeever – Email Shelley for advance reservations and seating at  Featuring original material from the funniest and raciest Stars this country (and beyond) has to offer. Watch:

Harpdog Brown with “The Toronto Connection”: Saturday, June 13

Harpdog Brown with “The Toronto Connection”: Saturday, June 13. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $20 /$15 students/seniors/all HarpdogBrownartists Big Johnny Blue and Strange Cargo Open. Harpdog Brown is a gifted singer and imaginative harmonica player of note that has been in Canada’s Blues scene since 1982. Born in Edmonton, Harpdog has been a familiar stage musician in Vancouver for over 20 years. His larger than life stature, energetic presence on stage and authentic blues sound make him a very popular act. Over the years Harpdog has issued 6 CD’s to critical acclaim. His Home is Where The Harp Is won the coveted Muddy Award for the best NW Blues Release of the year. It was also nominated for a Juno for the best Blues Release in Canada that year. The Toronto Connection is: Gary Kendall on bass, Mike Fitzpatrick on drums, (both from Downchild) and guitar wizard Teddy Leonard (with Fathead for many years). Listen: Big Johnny Blue & Strange Cargo Open. Big Johnny Blue is John M. Crawford, Hamilton guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Hamilton Blues Society. Johnny and Strange Cargo are 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.

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