Welcome to The Pearl Company
The 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.
July 3 – 5: The Museum of Memory and Human Rights of Chile Presents…
July 4: Fin de Fiesta Flamenco Troupe
July 10: Ladybird Fundraiser: Susie Vinnick, The Ladybirds, Treasa Levasseur
July 11/12: Huge Pearl Yard / Art / Junque / Things / Stuff / Unique Stuff… Sale!
July 14: brenda lennie’s WAM BAM COMEDY JAM:
July 24: Sophia Perlman w Band
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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!!!
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 divulge 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
FIN DE FIESTA FLAMENCO: Saturday, July 4. 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/seniors/arts workers. This esteemed flamenco collective brings 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: http://bit.ly/1ciqkLK Read Gary Smith’s article about Lia and Fin de Fiesta: http://bit.ly/1636orM www.findefiestaflamenco.com Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23TlPjZN5vw
Ladybird Sanctuary Fundraising Concert! Featuring: Suzie Vinnick, Treasa Levasseur, Ladybird Sideshow! Friday, July 10, 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.) www.ladybirdanimalsanctuary.com Hear Suzie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olM5w90hThU
brenda lennie’s WAM BAM COMEDY JAM: Tuesday, July 14, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Tickets are $10. TEN WOMEN, OVER 7 WEEKS, DID 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 .
Shari Vandermolen with QUARTER TO NINE: Saturday, June 27: 8:00pm. $20 /$18 students/arts workers/seniors. A sexy, sassy, jazz-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.” http://www.q29.ca Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyDlzfMzUkI
Kevin Breit with Rebecca Jenkins: Friday, June 26: 8:00. $20. There is no doubt that two-time JUNO Award winner Kevin is one 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. http://www.kevinbreit.com/ Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH0-0cXHHs4 http://www.rebeccajenkins.ca/ Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pof5lKWfoeQ
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THE HAMILTON FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW! Saturday, June 20. Doors 7:15PM, event 8:00PM. Admission: $20 advance; $25 door. 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 email@example.com Featuring original material from the funniest and raciest Stars this country (and beyond) has to offer. www.shelleymarshall.com Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=omL9gW9h04g
Harpdog Brown with “The Toronto Connection”: Saturday, June 13. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $20 /$15 students/seniors/all artists 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). http://www.harpdogbrown.com/ Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WAjT4tdgio 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE8p_zRZeIs&index=1&list=PLB3320D903F7A1FCE https://www.facebook.com/bigjohnnyblueandstrangecargo/
The Jazz Connection Big Band w Carissa Kimbell: Friday, June 12. Doors at 7:30, Jazz at 8:00. $20 /$15 students/seniors/all artists. They’re back!!! Catch the powerful sound of this fabulous big band in our 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 (or 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 www.jazzconnection.ca Listen: http://epresskitz.com/index.php?u=2691 Carissa Kimbell, , draws from a wide array of influences in her selection of material and in her own writing. Carissa’s repertoire ranges from Amy Winehouse to Joni Mitchell and lots more.
Shelley Marshall Presents: The Award Winning Production “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”: May 29/30/31 June 5/6/7 One Woman’s story of an unfiltered life, written and performed by Shelley Marshall, directed by Linda Kash. Renowned Comedienne, Marshall returns with 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: “I take you 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.” *Mature Content* http://www.holdmommyscigarette.com Tickets available at http://www.ticketscene.ca/series/300/ Shelley’s message to supporters of The Pearl: Use the code bestlifeever to get $5 off or message me (Shelley) for FREE tickets to some performances paid for by Edgewood Health Network as part of the “Play it Forward” campaign to raise awareness for Mental Health and Addiction . This is my last showing in Hamilton and then I head off for a Canadian Tour. (Sunday Shows @ 2pm All Others @ 8pm)
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Elizabeth Shepherd & Quintet! Sunday, May 31. 8:00pm. Admission: $20.00. Elizabeth is the only jazz vocalist/pianist to ever have been long listed for the Polaris Prize – Canada’s most prestigious music prize. The three-time JUNO nominee has received widespread praise for her original compositions, and Elizabeth’s fifth album The Signal has almost universally been hailed as the best of her career. It has also showed up on a number of “Best of 2014? lists across North America. “One of the most creative, inventive, and delightful albums of the year.” The Voice. Elizabeth showcases her skills as an arranger and interpreter, breathing new life – and soul – into songs both familiar and forgotten. The Toronto-based soul-jazz innovator has previously released five widely acclaimed records and toured extensively in North America, Europe and Japan. She has sold out legendary clubs from Tokyo to Detroit, and played festivals like Montreal and North Sea Jazz Festivals. www.elizabethshepherd.com “Stunning…. original and exciting” -Seattle Post (US) “Extraordinary talent” -RBBKulturradio (GER) “A hugely original musical mind at work” -Toronto Star (CAN) Listen: http://elizabethshepherd.com/home/music-player/
Roxanne Potvin & Band: Thursday, May 28. 8:00pm. $20/$15 Students/Seniors/Un(der)employed. There’s a new album in the works for Roxanne Potvin, the Montreal-based, bilingual, JUNO nominated singer-songwriter. After a two-year hiatus from the road to learn the ropes of sound engineering, she’s picked up her notebook and guitar once again, and is working away at what will be her fifth full-length album. A spin through her discography will take you on a journey from blues, R & B, and folk (on JUNO nominated, Colin Linden produced, The Way it Feels), to bare-bones soul and pop (of No Love for the Poisonous) and the lush keyboard-laden, atmospheric folk and gnarly garage rock sounds (of Play). These days, she sums up her style as roots-pop. Her new songs are intimate first person snapshots of life among friends and lovers (cyborgs in one instance!). With a JUNO nomination, seven Maple Blues awards nominations, international tours, major festival appearances, national television and radio appearances, Roxanne continues to carve her place in the Canadian roots music scene. She’s recorded with John Hiatt, Daniel Lanois, Colin Linden, Bruce Cockburn, done a duet with Colin James and has opened for John Hiatt, Blue Rodeo, the Neville Brothers among others. She plans to release her new album in early 2016. www.roxannepotvin.com air! “A voice like melted butter on mashed potatoes.” – Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65), “Her smart and sassy new album Play, finds the Montreal-based artist pushing new buttons and continuing her evolution from a stylish, bluesy guitar slinger to a more tuneful pop-orientated performer.” – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfnb-7yev9E
Christopher Clause’s GRACENOTES Showcase: Saturday, May 23, 8 – 10 p.m. Admission is FREE, but donations will be accepted for the 2016 Debbie Clause Recording Fund at the door. The finalists of the first ever Debbie Clause Recording Fund (named in memory of local musician Christopher Clause’s beloved sister) is performing a showcase on Saturday. The winner of the event (the name will be picked at random that night by Debbie’s daughter, Hanna) will receive $4,000 to help fund their current musical project. The fund will be handed out every year to a deserving Hamilton musician or group looking for funding for their recorded works. Application forms will be available in August for the 2016 awards at www.gracenoteshamilton.com (website will be up and running in July 2015) This FREE showcase is an early show so that you can enjoy all that the HMA has to offer this weekend The initiative was created by FERMATA HAMILTON, now renamed as GRACENOTES as part of the ministry and benevolence of Graceworks Baptist Church.
The finalists for this year are (in alphabetical order): Jen Budd, Frank Koren, Josh Lamothe!