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.
February 4, 5, 6: Naked Ballerina
February 7: The Word is Love: A Celebration of the Beatles’ Rubber Soul
February 12: Private Event
February 14: Shari Vandermolen with SWINGLINE!!!
February 19: TBA
February 20: Gary Santucci & Spanjazz
February 21: Lisa Millar’s Promotional Workshop 101
February 24: Hammer Hoppers
February 26: Christopher Clause: George Harrison Celebration!
February 27: Big Johnny Blue with Richard Thornton – Change of dates!
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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 Naked Ballerina: Feb 4, 5, 6. 8:00pm. $20 door/$15 artists/students/un(der)waged. Come on a journey with Gwyn, a top professional ballet dancer. She will take you backstage and into the darkest corners of the ballet world, where sex, bulimia, beauty, shame, bliss, fear, pain, and secrets, pave the path to “perfection”. Based on the true life story of Sarah Murphy-Dyson.
Top Ten Performances of 2014 – Gary Smith Hamilton Spectator: “Sarah Murphy-Dyson gave a heartbreaking performance in this almost autobiographical story of a dancer coming to terms with the pain of being perfect. Murphy-Dyson’s script was compelling stuff and her stunning performance rocked The Pearl Company nightly.” http://m.thespec.com/whatson-story/5234136-the-delights-and-duds-of-2014/
“Discover the darkness behind the curtain, as the former Royal Winnipeg Ballet first soloist & Gemini Award winner brings you backstage into her world of blood, sweat and secrets. Illusions of perfection onstage and off are shattered as she seeks the courage to expose her truth to herself and the world.” Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine.
THE WORD IS LOVE” – A Celebration of the Beatles’ “Rubber Soul”: Sunday, February 7. 6:30 Doors; 7:00 Show. Admission: $15 / Admission with CD: $20. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. Those two shows that Christopher Clause planned to celebrate the music of the Beatles circa 1965? But circumstances got in the way? “Funny how the most beautiful things come from a change in plans. The idea: instead of doing two shows, let’s do an album to celebrate a key Beatles album? Our friends at Grant Avenue Studio graciously donated studio time with Amy King behind the console. We recorded the album in two days plus one afternoon session, mixed it in my home studio and are getting the record together for manufacture. Our friends at the Pearl Company are hosting this early show to celebrate the release of the record on Sunday February 7 (the 52nd anniversary of the Fabs landing in New York for the first time) and all proceeds raised will go towards Gracenotes and the Debbie Clause Recording Fund (which helps fund local music recording projects in the city).“
Our special guests for the evening will include: Melissa Marchese, Steve Parton, Tommy Gunn, Matthew de Zoete, The Barr Band, The Redhill Valleys, Lena Montecalvo, Fred Magie, Sharon Washington, Andy Griffiths, Alfonso Spoto (the Acoustics), Gary Santucci, Kim and Frank Koren, Chris Jamieson, Michael Scott, Peter Taplay, Jen Budd, Bec Jamieson, and Christopher Clause.
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VALENTINE SPECIAL! Shari Vandermolen & SWINGLINE: Sunday, February 14. 8:00. $20/$15 students/seniors/income-challenged. Just in time for a romantic Valentine’s evening! SWINGLINE is an inspired and accomplished group of musicians hailing from the greater Hamilton and Toronto areas bringing you big-band jazz standards and a little soulful R & B to round things off. They originally came together purely for the love of music; it was simply an opportunity to play together and develop new musical connections with other musicians. Now they are in demand and we are lucky to have them for the 14th. Shari Vandermolen’s rich vocals filled the niche completing the band and we get to be the listeners and appreciators! Shari Vandermolen’s recent CD release has kept her busy but she is thrilled to be back at one of her favourite venues with her favourite “little big-band”. They will have you humming along and tapping your feet all night long giving you that big-band sound you crave! http://swingline.webs.com/ Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXw_ytuzvFc
PUBLICITY PLANNING SECRETS 101 WITH LISA MILLAR: Sunday, February 21. 10am- 3:30 pm. Have you ever wondered how to get that Standing Room Only show or successfully launch a product or CD? For the low introductory price of $60, Lisa’s hands-on workshop will take you through the steps to understand The Product, The Pitch and The Launch. By the end of the day you will have had a chance to fully plan an event from start to finish. Seating is limited to 30 people so reserve your seat now by paying via email at the address below. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Photo by Benjamin Washington https://www.facebook.com/TheRealLisaMillar?fref=photo
Erin and Nara: Let’s Make Believe it’s SUMMER Show! Friday, January 29. 8:00pm. Advance $15/ $20 at the door. Partners in love and laughter, Erin and Nara are pleased to announce that as far as they are concerned, it is SUMMER! And they are about to prove it! They have enlisted confirmation from XTACY LOVE; STEVIE PEA; and ERIN AND NARA (uh, of course). They are also presenting ROOKIE TIME, giving a newbie comedian/performer a chance to show off their stuff at this show. (Send them a message or video of who you are, what makes you tick, what/who makes you laugh). Erin and Nara are best known for their original song “Sexy Cuz We’re Lesbians” and for being the over-the-top hilarious hosts of Shelley Marshall’s Full Bawdy Comedy Show. They are unbelievably creative, hysterically funny, and just generally not-to-be-missed! Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_jiv6N2SCE https://www.facebook.com/erinandnara www.erinandnara.com
Gregory Hoskins & Kevin Breit: Saturday, January 30: 8:00. $20 door/$15 artists/students/un(der)waged. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Gregory Hoskins performs ‘songs of muscular sorrow’ drawn from his 25 year career. Not only that, he does it with two-time JUNO Award winner Kevin Breit. 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…. http://www.kevinbreit.com/ Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH0-0cXHHs4
Gregory Hoskins’ career has spanned 22 years, eight albums. Remember Gregory Hoskins and The Stickpeople on the legendary True North label? Hoskins, (“….. depth, complexity, and sincerity …inspired and 100% original!”) has appeared with Sarah McLachlan, The Indigo Girls, Bruce Cockburn, and folk-legend Odetta among many others. He also works with First Nations artists and arts organizations, as well as with media artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle in her ongoing creation project with women in prison. www.gregoryhoskins.com https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=dmmUmr0EBKY
PUBLICITY PLANNING SECRETS 101 WITH LISA MILLAR: Saturday, January 30. 10am- 3:30 pm. Have you ever wondered how to get that Standing Room Only show or successfully launch a product or CD? For the low introductory price of $60, Lisa’s hands-on workshop will take you through the steps to understand The Product, The Pitch and The Launch. By the end of the day you will have had a chance to fully plan an event from start to finish. A networking lunch is included. Seating is limited to 30 people so reserve your seat now by paying via email at the address below. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact: email@example.com Photo by Benjamin Washington https://www.facebook.com/TheRealLisaMillar?fref=photo
David Woodhead’s Confabulation: January 22, 8:00. $20/$15. Bassist and multi-instrumentalist David Woodhead is one of the most accomplished of Canadian musicians and his genre-defying (mostly) instrumental supergroup, Confabulation, is a thrill-ride for players and audiences alike. David has played on more than 200 albums. He was the bassist for folk legend Stan Rogers. He’s played with Loreena McKennitt, Valdy, Sneezy Waters, Brent Titcomb, Scott Merritt, jazz ensemble Manteca. He regularly tours with James Keelaghan. Confabulation’s musical eclecticism features: harp-like fingerstyle ukulele picking, klezmer-like horns, a few intriguing time signatures and some unexpected chord changes. The line-up: keyboardist Doug Wilde (Leonard Cohen, Jane Siberry, Manteca), drummer Rich Greenspoon (Njacko Backo, Stewed Tomatoes, Betty and the Bobs), reeds player Colleen Allen (Anne Murray, Rita MacNeil, Gino Vannelli, Ani DiFranco, Molly Johnson) and guitarist Bob Cohen (Jesse Winchester,Tim Hardin).
The quintet combines Woodhead’s sophisticated-yet-accessible compositions with the odd dramatic interpretation of Rudyard Kipling and nod to Peter Gabriel. Their shows merge outstanding musicianship with spontaneity, whimsy, and the musical chops to take them in whatever direction they’re moved to go. . http://www.davidwoodhead.com/ The Confabulation: http://www.davidwoodhead.com/confabulation.html Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m62zRUT9u4M
Shari Vandermolen with SWINGLINE: Saturday, January 16. 8:00. $20/$15 students/seniors/income-challenged. SWINGLINE is an inspired and accomplished group of musicians hailing from the greater Hamilton and Toronto areas bringing you big-band jazz standards and a little soulful R & B to round things off. They originally came together purely for the love of music with no ongoing commitment to “join the band”; it was simply an opportunity to play together and develop new musical connections with other musicians. It was through these connections that Shari Vandermolen’s rich vocals came to the group – she filled the final niche completing the band and SwingLine was born. Shari Vandermolen’s recent CD release has kept her busy but she is thrilled to be back at one of her favourite venues with her favourite “little big-band” SwingLine. They will have you humming along and tapping your feet all night long giving you that big-band sound you crave! http://swingline.webs.com/ Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXw_ytuzvFc
Another Jazzy New Year @ The Pearl! Thursday, December 31, 8:00 ‘til ? $60 per person. Fab entertainment and a great buffet. The entertainment will be a brilliant collection of super-gifted jazz musicians. We promise fun people, great conversations, musical magic, and lots of dancing before, between, and after the jazz sets!
To welcome in the New Year:
Chef Gary Santucci will outdo himself (as always) with a pan-global buffet; new dishes arrive throughout the night.
There will be two sets from the collection of jazz artists assembled for the evening:
Featuring: The Spanjazz ensemble! Check out the all-star line-up! The Spanjazz Quintet this year includes Aidan Sibley – trombone, James Gannet – bass, Jordan Abraham – keyboards, Jeff Plumbley – trumpet, Gary Santucci on guitar, and Steve Wilson on drums. Wow is the word. Dancing between sets and lots of food and interesting beverages will round out the evening.
Dancing between sets. (Musical requests?)
We need you to RSVP: Buy tickets online, via email, or phone. We sold out last year so let us know as soon as you do!
In our warm, welcoming ‘lofty’ atmosphere!
The Koren Family Christmas! Monday, December 21 at 7:00pm: $10 / With a Food or Cash Donation. Broadcast Live to Air on Cable 14. The Koren Family with The Pearl Company will be hosting an evening of music and much, much, more that evening. All proceeds (food and cash) will be forwarded to Hamilton Food Share (non-perishable donations will be received at the door). Kim, Frank, Marrakech and Jordan Koren will be your musical hosts!! The musical line-up to date is impressive: Duane Rutter, Hachey the MouthPEACE, Christopher Clause, Leonard Burns and Dell, Erin and Nara, Sharon Washington, Robin Benedict, Melissa Marchese, Matt King, Andreas, and Katie Harbour. And, returning, Harrison Kennedy! A few more may be announced in the next couple of weeks…. Be charmed and delighted by this beautiful family event while helping those in need.
Buy Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/14480 Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1505450543062890/?ref=br_tf
Shawn O’Halloran: Sunday December 20: 8:00pm. $10 not set yet…. Shawn O’Halloran, a soulful, funky and bluesy singer/songwriter with many CDs to his credit will visit The Pearl. His latest CD Songbird, in his words, “The music in this album were pieces I started writing in the early 1980’s as my first rock band “Gonzo Lust Combo” was breaking up. These pieces I have recently finished through the prism of touring over thirty years with the best Rock n’ Roll (Crowbar), Blues (King Biscuit Boy) and R & B bands (The Legendary Platters & Ink Spots) in the country, and mark a return to the original styles in which they were written. The Hammer meets New Orleans described Shawn O’Halloran’s last CD, Jumping the gun on Mardi Gras, featured great “Cajun-infused, jazzy tunes with a lotta fun, a lotta soul, and a lotta funk!” http://www.shawnohalloran.com/ Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4i5HtOADiY
The Full Bawdy Comedy Show: A Very Mental Christmas! Saturday, Dec 19 @ 9:00. Tickets $20 advance @ www.shelleymarshall.com Friday Dec 18 @ 8:00 is already SOLD OUT and Saturday is on its way! The Full Bawdy Comedy Show is a collaboration of Performance Celebrations, It’s Music, Comedy, Burlesque, Stand up, Sketches and more. The Full Bawdy Comedy show is always a sell out success as it features performers from all aspects and diversities that instil the celebration of humour and love. This show includes performances by Melissa Marchese Erin and Nara Todd Graham Miss Kitty Litteur Morgan Joy and Shelley Marshall !
Tickets available at: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/14443/ Or from Shelley’s Website.