The Pearl Company

Theatre, Gallery and Arts Centre 16 Steven Street Hamilton ON 905-524-0606

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BeetleBarrow Bookbinding Workshops:May 5/June 12

BeetleBarrow Bookbinding Workshops: May 5 – June 12
Saturday May 5 – Japanese Stab Hardcover Workshop, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday May 8 – Single and Two-Sewn-As One Workshop, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday May 12 – Japanese Stab Hardcover Workshop, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday May 15 – Japanese Stab Softcover Workshop, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday June 9 – Western Hardcover, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday June 12 – Japanese Stab Softcover, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday May 5 – Japanese Stab Hardcover –  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join artists Chandra Rice and Lindsay E. Wood Slavin for the day to learn how to bind books! The Japanese Stab Hardcover binding comes from Japan, and makes an elegant alternative to traditional western forms.  This type is particularly useful for binding together pages that already have something on them.  Poets can bind their writing for loved ones.  Moms can bind together their child’s artwork.  Or blank paper can be inspiration.
In this workshop, bind your own hardcover book using ancient Japanese techniques and modern tricks of the trade. Choose papers, threads, and book cloth to create your cover.  Choose paper for your text block and any ornamentation.  Then bring it all together using a hemp or noble or tortoise shell stitch!  Walk away with a beautiful book with a touch of the east.
The all day workshop costs $70 and includes use of tools, all materials, and even a home made lunch. All skill levels are made too look good! Visit to learn more. Email to register for the workshop.

Tuesday May 8 – Single and Two-Sewn-As One – 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Join Chandra and Lindsay for the evening to learn how to bind books! Are you a scrapbooker, or card maker, or paper artist looking to expand your craft?  Have you always loved paper and are looking for a way to make beautiful objects from paper?  This playful workshop explores a variety of simple fun bindings.  Single, accordion, two-sewn-as-one, and other simple bindings will be taught in this workshop.  Go home with a variety of books and a whole lot of ideas.
The evening workshop costs $40 and includes use of tools, all materials, and even tea and biscuits. All skill levels are made too look good! Visit to learn more. Email to register for the workshop.


BEETLEBARROW Books Workshop: January 14

BEETLEBARROW Books Presents: A Japanese Bookbinding Workshop: Saturday, January 14: 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. $60. Want to meet fellow bookbinders? Looking for a great way to spend a Saturday? Join local artists Chandra Rice and Lindsay Slavin and learn how to bind your own books using ancient Japanese techniques and modern tricks of the trade.  Go home with a beautiful hardcover book you’ve made from start to finish. You’ll be making a large, hardcover, Japanese Stab book.  For $60, Lindsay and Chandra will provide all the materials and tools.  They will even feed you a delicious home-made lunch.  All skill levels are welcome and make to look good. Sign up with a friend, or come and make new friends! Workshops will be happening monthly: January 14, February 18, March 17, and May 12.
Chandra Rice is a maker; most herself when making something with her hands.  She’s been a teacher, a researcher and a Jill-of-many-trades.  Lindsay Slavin’s studio is ready to make books, photographs, paintings, quilts, drawings which all play very nicely together.  To register or for information email


Art & Peace Education Exchange Event: January 30

apex.PNGArt and Peace Education Exchange Event: Sunday, January 30th. 2pm-6pm. $10 per person at the door. (Reserve your tickets by email or call 905-544-0050).

Art and Peace Education Exchange (APEX) is a new not-for-profit Canadian organization dedicated to taking the message of peace education to the war traumatized children of the Tribal Areas and the Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. APEX Canada works towards building bridges between Afghanistan and Pakistan through Children’s Art and Peace Education exchange!

We request you and your loved ones to become part of this successful story by attending the LIVE MUSIC, ART EXIBIT, ART SALE and FOOD EVENT. You will enjoy music of the talented musicians and singers including Neeraj Prem, Lil Acevedo, Leo Johnson, Chinese Band, Jehangir Khan and many more. You will have the opportunity to meet with authors and the Afghans and Pakistanis who have experienced violence and have transformed their lives successfully. (more…)

EXCHANGE: Learning Together. November 9

EXCHANGE: Learning Together. Tuesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. No charge. The Meeting House, in partnership with the Mennonite Central Committee, will bring five extraordinary individuals from Africa to Ontario. Friends from Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa will experience our community (and Canada) through a series of tours and events. They’re coming to The Pearl!

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear their personal stories of challenge, perseverance and hope. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. For more information visit the Africa blog or email Natalie Ott at

Discover your Clown: May 15

Discover your Clown: with Workshop Leader, Helen Donnelly: Sat. May 15, 10:30 – 6:00. Ever been curious about clown training? What does a clown workshop involve? Find out more about this amazing personalized art form.fooproductionslogojpg.jpg This intro workshop explores the approach of theatrical clowning and makes use of the world’s smallest mask – the clown nose. Warning: highly addictive!  Helen is an actor, instructor and theatrical, therapeutic and circus clown. She performed with Cirque to Soleil before founding her own theatrical clown company, Foo Productions. She has been teaching clown and movement workshops in the US and Canada for over 8 years at high schools, colleges and art institutions.

Workshop fee $95. Reservations required.
*Wear comfortable, flexible clothing and running shoes or equivalent.
*Bring water, and a notebook if you wish
To reserve your spot, contact: The Pearl Company 905-524-0606


“SOUL KITCHEN CANADA” SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP: Sunday May 9: 4pm-7pm, $10 at the door,  vinx2.jpgVinx himself will host the songwriting workshop. Vinx has been a Percussionist/ Vocalist with Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder. You might know him for his hit song Hakuna Matata from Walt Disney’s The Lion King. For more information on Vinx …
And on the Soul Kitchen Song Writers Workshops   …
A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to sharpen up your song writing Skills with a Master, World-Renowned Songwriter in a “Soul Kitchen Song Writing Workshop with…Vinx”!!!

Shadow Puppet Theatre, July 25

puppets_moon_03.jpgThe Shadow Puppet Theatre, from Kitchener, present an evening for both children and adults with a workshop focusing on examples and demonstrations of traditional and shadow puppetry. You are invited to participate in the workshop, check out the puppets and the puppet theatre and even make a shadow puppet. Saturday July 25, 7:30. $10 at the door.

Bhadra Collective, Dennis Gaumond, May 9

BhadraCollective.jpgPart of Opus Mundi Festival, the Pearl Company’s annual Multi-Disciplinary Artistic Convergence, with events through May, with performers from many cultures in both the gallery and the theatre.  
May 9: The Bhadra Collective
Afternoon Workshop: 2 to 4 pm, $20 pay at the door.
Evening Performance: 8:30 pm $15 pay at the door

Guitar Day, April 27

April 27:  Guitar Day:
Daytime workshops & Hamilton Guitar Association ‘Open Stage’ in the evening (more…)

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…)

Playwrighting workshop fundraiser, Mar 1, 2009

Conceive and develop a play with playwright Kevin Land at The Pearl Company.
Sunday March 1, 12-4 pm. The cost is $15 and limited to 20 participants. The proceeds are a fundraiser for The Pearl. Call 905-524-0606 to reserve.
Kevin’s workshop will move from a discussion of the nature of the theatrical experience to the creation of a play idea and development of it by the group.

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…)

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