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Woman of Distinction: Barbara Milne

Ten women were honoured May 5, 2009, for their contributions to Hamilton’s community, at the annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, in the Hamilton Convention Centre. Barbara Milne, co-founder of The Pearl Company with partner Gary Santucci, received the Arts, Culture and Creative Energy award.

Here is the Statement of Nomination by Toby Yull, quoted in full: (more…)

Abruzzo Earthquake Fund Telethon, May 7

Abruzzo_poster_m.jpgTHURSDAY, MAY 7: Watch CHCH TV & Cable 14 and Listen to CHML 900 & CKOC throughout the day beginning at 5:30am and ending at 10:00pm. Join in the effort to help the victims of the Abruzzo earthquake. Call Toll Free 1-877-525-6165
Cheques or cash accepted in person at the
McMaster Downtown Centre, 50 Main Street East.       
Click here for a pdf of the Abruzzo-telethon-poster

TLC Play Group / March Break, Mar 16-20

Theatre of Liberation Community Project News:
Ongoing: TLC Project Play Group for Children: Sundays 2:00 – 4:30 / Weekdays After School: 3:30 – 5:30
March 16-20, 2009: TLC Project’s March Break ArtNess Week Activities: Full Day Program with pick up and drop-off coverage: The TLC Project in partnership with The Pearl Company is pleased to offer a week-long art-based, community focused, eco-friendly program that will stimulate the imagination, while providing fuel for artistic self-expression and collective eco-friendly creations. (more…)

New Years with Zarabanda: Dec 31

December 31 at 8:00 pm: Our 2nd Annual New Years with Zarabanda Bash.

Zarabanda_2008.jpgZarabanda: Gary Santucci on classical/flamenco guitar, Dimitrios Doumas on bouzouki, Michael Moon on South American folk harp, Jordan Abraham on accordion, Michael Morritti on double bass, and Franz Nangle on drum kit.

The $30 admission covers a special menu from chef Gary and a darn good party with lots of dancing and excellent music! To reserve, call Barbara 905-524-0606.

Seasonal Celebration: TLC & The Pearl, Dec 19

NEWS: some “seasonal” weather — Hamilton’s first big winter storm — meant we had to cancel this event.
A Seasonal Celebration to Remember! The TLC Project & The Pearl Company are pleased to present the He He, HO HO, Holiday Party. Friday December 19th @ 8:00pm, (more…)

Barbara & Gary win Lifetime Arts Award!

BarbaraandGary_ArtsAwards.jpgThe 2008 City of Hamilton Arts Awards were presented on Monday, November 24th. The recipients are: Max Ratevossian – Dance; John Laing – Music; Stephen Newman – Theatre; Tor Lukasik-Foss – Visual Arts;
Barbara Milne & Gary Santucci – Lifetime Achievement
Story in The Spec with photo     (more…)

CBC Radio GO! Live from The Pearl, Nov 22

Sat Nov 22 at 10 am: CBC Radio GO! with host Brent Bambury (on air 10 am)
Live from The Pearl: “If Hamilton Were A Country Song”
16 Steven Street at King William, second floor
To find out how to book to be in the studio audience, visit the show’s website, upcoming shows:

AGH special deal for “You Are…” patrons

AGH Blood, Sweat and Tears Lewis Hines photoThe Art Gallery of Hamilton has generously offered a wonderful treat exclusively to our theatre patrons.
Keep your theatre ticket stub to our musical play “You Are What You Do” about working people and receive a half-price discount on admission to the exhibition “Blood, Sweat and Tears: Labour in Art” (on at the Art Gallery of Hamilton to Jan 4, 2009).
Regular admission $12 and $10 (students seniors), now $6 and $5 with your ticket stub. (more…)

Earth Beat Festival, September 20

“Earth Beat in The Park”

Saturday September 20, 1 to 5 p.m. in J.C. Beemer Park bounded by Victoria, Wilson and King William. The Landsdale Area Neighbourhood Association (LANA) and The Pearl Company are presenting a Neighbourhood Fall Festival celebrating an International Theme; Music, Dance, Art Market and more!

 “Earth Beat After-Party”

at Artword @ The Pearl 8:00 p.m. Admission $5,
featuring music and art from around the world – with the focus on the marvelous musicians, dancers and artists who have come from all corners of this crazy universe to land in the City of Hamilton! All welcome!  

“Artword @ The Pearl” season launch, Sept 13

Artword_Pearl_flyer_Sept08.jpgArtword Theatre and The Pearl Company have joined forces and are ready to go. Come to the Season Launch of our new “Artword @ The Pearl” at 16 Steven Street, Hamilton.
Saturday Sept 13 at 8:00
$12 advance, $15 at door! Call The Pearl Company 905-524-0606 to reserve

Artword_poster_Sept13_400.jpgGuest stars include: Charly Chiarelli (Cu’Fu), JP Riemens and Sue Sweetman, Allan Merovitz (If Cows Could Fly), dada dance contemporary dance ensemble, Gary Santucci & Dimitrios Doumas (Zarabanda), Sudanese actor Yahia Elawad, and special guest Tahia Zaroug.

The new Artword Ensemble will perform a sampler from our upcoming musical play You Are What You Do, written and directed by Ronald Weihs, with Heidi Ann Crocini, Simon De Abreu, Paula Grove, Valeri Kay, Tanis Macarthur, Allan Merovitz, Gordon Odegaard, Nea Reid.


Artword @ The Pearl 2008-2009 season at a glance

Highlights from the 2008-2009 season of Artword @ The Pearl
the new performance space at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street, Hamilton

Cabaret and Concert Nights, programed by Artword and The Pearl Company:
Fridays – The Pearl Coffee House at 8:30 pm (a feature and guest artists, ranging from acoustic musicians to dancers, poets, spoken word artists),
Saturdays – Concert Night and Special Events at 8:30 pm (new and established musicians, ranging from folk, world, and country to jazz and classical)
Sunday once a month – Film Night, Host’s Choice, at 7 pm, films chosen and introduced by each night’s host. beginning November 2.

Artword Theatre productions of original theatre:

Highlights include:
You Are What You Do, Artword’s musical play about real people and their jobs, written and directed by Ronald Weihs, October 16 to 26, 2008 
Rascals and Numskulls: The Robert Land Project, a family show based on the thrilling adventures of Robert Land, Hamilton’s first settler (and Landsdale neighbourhood’s namesake), a secret agent for the British during the American Revolution, and close ally of the famous Mohawk leader Joseph Brant. Music direction by Gary Santucci, for early December 2008
Sunamabeach, a new play by Charly Chiarelli about Hamilton, for March 2009. (Artword Theatre developed Charly’s two previous hits Cu’Fu? and Mangiacake, directed by Ronald Weihs.)
Tobacco Troubadour, a new work with songs by Hamilton songwriter and musician J.P. Riemens and script by Ronald Weihs, about growing up as a musician in tobacco country, for April 2009. (more…)

LANA Summer Events, June 28, July 6

Clean_Park___SIP_2008.jpgThe Pearl’s own neighbourhood association LANA has two summer events in our local park, JC Beemer, at the corner of Victoria and King William

** Beautification, Park Cleanup and Yard Sale, Sat June 28 9 am to 1 pm (help us plant, cleanup and the yard sale is a fundraising for LANA)

** SUMMER IN THE PARK: Sunday July 6 from 1 to 5 pm
Hotdogs, face painting, outdoor art show, Salvation Army band, and more…
Plus the Pearl’s soundstage for music, performers, entertainers.
Bring a chair or blanket and spend a friendly fun afternoon with us.   (more…)

TLC Summer Programming begins June 30

 NEWS! The first day of camp will be a Parent and Youth Open House on Monday June 30, 9:00 – 3:00 at The Pearl. Come and meet Simon De Abreu (TLC Project Coordinator) and the TLC artists who are teaching and facilitating this exceptional summer program for children and youth.

The Theatre of Liberation Community Project provides a unique learning experience for young people in Hamilton from the ages of 7 to 17 through two 2 week summer sessions in July and August at the Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street.
First session: June 30 to July 11, Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

TLC Sessions use participatory theatre games and exercises to aid young people to connect with the creative energy within them. (more…)

Artword Auditions continue June-July

Artword Theatre will continue their Get Acquainted Auditions for actors in Hamilton for a few weeks. Call 905-543-8512 for an appointment. Artword Theatre focuses on original work using ensemble theatre techniques that mix music, text, and movement. We are interested in people who have additional performance skills, such as singing, dancing, playing instruments, etc. We welcome performers from diverse backgrounds.
Auditions will take place in June at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street at King William, Hamilton.
By appointment only. Call 905-543-8512.
Ronald Weihs, Artistic Director; Judith Sandiford, Managing Director (more…)

Pearl Company News, Opus Mundi wrap-up

Pearl Company News!

The first Opus Mundi Festival, our Multi-Disciplinary Artistic Convergence at The Pearl Company (April 25 to May 4, 2008), has been a wonderful (not to mention exhausting) experience. Thanks to everyone who did get out to a show or two – or five – and for those that did not – you missed some magic! The music, dada dance, the puppet show, the Sudanese folk tale, Catherine Silverglen’s one-woman show, it was all magical.! We expect, however, to make this an annual event so next year…. (more…)

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