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FLAMENCOS OF JEREZ: A Mini- Flamenco Festival: May 25, 26, & 27

FLAMENCOS OF JEREZ: A Mini- Flamenco Festival @The Pearl JerezCompany!  May 25, 26 & 27 Featuring Cantaor: Carpio Heredia Juanillorro, Guitarist: Juan Manuel Moneo Carrasco, with Flamenco Dance Artists Kim Macedo and Hédi ‘La Forge’
Mini-Festival Program:
Thursday May 25: Lecture & Film Screening: 7:00pm – $10:00 Admission (Including refreshments). Kim Macedo & Gary Santucci will present a lecture and discussion on the history of Flamenco, followed by the notable film Latcho Drom.
Friday May 26: Workshops for would be Flamenco singers & guitarists: 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Juanillorro will lead a workshop where participants will learn to sing a basic Flamenco song.  He will also introduce the Art of Palmas (specialized flamenco rhythmic hand clapping). Juan Manuel will lead a workshop for guitar, teaching a basic Flamenco toque (rhythm).
The workshops will be followed by a Recital of Guitar & Cante by our two guest artists beginning at 8:30pm
$20.00 per workshop, $30.00 for the workshop and the recital.  Recital admission: $20.00 if not attending the workshops.
Saturday May 27: TABLAO FLAMENCO: @ 8:00pm. $25.00
Juanillorro – Cante. Juan Manuel – Guitarra. Kim Macedo – Baile. Heidi “La Forge” – Baile.
Tickets & Info: 905 524 0606. info@thepearlcompany.ca
Presented by Kim Macedo & Gary Santucci www.thepearlcompany.ca

Tamar Ilana & Ventanas: Saturday, April 15

Tamar Ilana & Ventanas: Saturday, April 15. 7.30 doors, 8:00 start. Tickets $20 each. Ventanas formed in 2011 after the stunning vocalist and dancer, Tamar Ilana returned to Toronto following one of several sojourns to Spain to study flamenco song, cante and dance, baile and teamed up with violinist Mark Marczyk of the Lemon Bucket Orkestra. They began Ventanas2_04_17exchanging flamenco, Sephardic and Balkan tunes and in no time had put together a repertoire and formed a stellar trans-Mediterranean ensemble that included flamenco guitarist, Dennis Duffin, Middle Eastern percussionist, Jaash Singh, and Greek oud player Demetrios Petsalakis – an eclectic group of well known musicians on the Toronto music scene.  While Ilana’s remarkable voice and intricate flamenco footwork is the heart of Ventanas, together they weave Sephardic love songs from North Africa and the old Ottoman lands, quirky Bulgarian dance tunes, captivating pieces in Greek and Turkish, original songs and deep flamenco. Ilana dances and alternates with her compelling vocals.  Ventanas’ virtuoso musicians offer oud, violin, lyra, baglama, double bass, derbukka, cajo?n, and hand percussion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRTYdFy1Fl0   http://www.nerudaarts.ca/artists/ventanas-tamar-ilana

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Hammer Hoppers Presents: Craig Roberts and The Jumpin’ Jive Band: Wednesday, January 11

Hammer Hoppers Presents: Craig Roberts and The Jumpin’ Jive hammerhoppersjan_17Band: Wednesday, January 11. Doors: 7:00/Lesson: 7:30/Show: 8:00. $15 / $10 students or with a MacSwing membership card. We are going to shimmy and shake our way into the new year with The Jumpin’ Jive Band from right here in Hamilton. Craig Roberts and The Jumpin’ Jive Band perform the great hits from the 1930s and 1940s drawing from Hoagy Carmichael, Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, and Fats Waller. Join us on the dance floor and let’s get moving in 2017.
Never danced before? We will show you how! We have a Drop-In Beginner Lesson at 7:30PM. Dancing isn’t your thing (yet) but good jive is? We have lots of extra comfy seating at The Pearl Company. Come listen have a dance with us! The Theme: Frozen in Time (White & Blue). Hammer Hoppers offers dance instruction and socials for vintage swing dances, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Authentic Jazz, and Balboa.

Another Jazzy New Year @ The Pearl! December 31

PearlCo@Night2Another Jazzy New Year @ The Pearl! Saturday, December 31, 8:00 ‘til ?  $75 per person.  Fab entertainment, a great buffet, and a cash bar. The entertainment will be a brilliant collection of super-gifted jazz musicians. As always, 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, with major assistance from his son and chef Avery Santucci, will create a pan-global buffet with new dishes arriving throughout the night. There will be two musical sets from the collection of jazz artists assembled for the evening:

The 7-piece world-beat jazz ensemble, Spanjazz: Inspired by world music rhythms in a jazz context and featuring Alex Tomowich – keyboard, Simon Wheeldon – saxophone, Jeff Plumbley – trumpet, Aidan Sibley – trombone, James Gannett – bass, Steve Wilson – drums and Gary Santucci – guitar. All musicians are highly respected performers in their own fields; the juxtaposition of their different styles and approaches creates the unique sound and experience that is Spanjazz.
Dancing between sets and lots of food and interesting beverages will round out the evening.
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!

Hammer Hoppers: The Peter Shea Quartet: Wednesday, December 14

hammerhoppersdec16Hammer Hoppers Presents: The Peter Shea Quartet: Wednesday, December 14. Doors: 7:00/Lesson: 7:30/Show: 8:00. $15 / $10 students or with a MacSwing membership card. Join us on the dance floor with The Peter Shea Quartet at our holiday dance. Peter Shea hails from the Niagara region and was trained at UofT in Jazz Performance and Composition. Peter has performed on keyboard with comedy groups such as Toronto Second City and Montreal Just For Laughs as well as the hit musical Jersey Boys and has played all over the world and now he and his band will be playing for us in Hamilton so we can dance our socks off. Come hear for yourself why Peter’s music gets the dance floor hoppin’!
Never danced before? We will show you how! We have a Drop-In Beginner Lesson at 7:30PM. Dancing isn’t your thing (yet) but good jazz is? We have lots of extra comfy seating at The Pearl Company. Come be serenaded by Peter’s stylish musical offerings and have a dance with us! The Theme: Silver & Holly. Hammer Hoppers offers dance instruction and socials for vintage swing dances, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Authentic Jazz, and Balboa.
7:30-8:00PM: Drop-In Beginner Lesson
8:00-11:00PM: The Peter Shea Quartet
Listen to Peter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAY1JiG1ZwA

The Naked Ballerina: September 23 to Oct. 8

The Naked Ballerina: A three week series of dance, theatre, and music!
Two shows per night throughout. All shows start at 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/seniors/un(der)waged.

Naked Ballerina: Sarah Murphy-Dyson: Every night throughout this NakedBallerinaimpromptu run! “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   “…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.” Gary Smith, Hamilton Spectator. What more is there to say?  The two quotes above say it all. This fabulously compelling story is an audience favourite and was named one of the top shows of 2015.

Back from the Brink: Aaron Berger: Friday, October 7. 8:00pm. $15 / $10 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged. Sharing stories can change the way we see and experience ourselves, others and the world. “Back from the Brink” is a play that tells the true life story of award winning speaker, Berger’s, healing journey back from a failed suicide attempt at the brink of Niagara Falls. Making peace with the past, singer/songwriter and actor, Berger is following his dream of inspiring others to see their interconnectedness. Link to video of personal story and this project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYQY_8JyEic
Followed by Aaron Berger & The Blue Stars: “I think music is a way of life…. It colours and shapes the experiences of my life every day. I believe music has the power to open doors into the heart of the universe and that my songs are prayers for peace and understanding.”  The Blue Stars are: Aaron Berger, James Gizzie, Johnny Albers, Matthew James, Nathaniel Goold, T.J. Rogers… and you!  Aaron’s music is available to listen to and download here: www.aaronberger.bandcamp.com

Murphy-Dyson/Santucci: Pas de Deux: September 24, 30. October 1, GarySm8.  An exceptional blend of choreography and improvisation from two major talents in their fields. Gary Santucci plays his original compositions for solo guitar; Sarah Murphy-Dyson dances. Sarah is known for both her dancing and acting chops! Gary Santucci (Flamenco, Classical & Jazz Guitar Artist) has become a consummate musician whose repertoire spans numerous genres. Among his awards is Best Classical Musician 1982 [Hamilton Wentworth Council of the Arts],  The City of Hamilton Arts Award for Music 2004, and together with Barbara Milne, The City of Hamilton Arts Award 2008 for Lifetime Achievement.  Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzKBk4LxbRU

Hammer Hoppers Presents: The Jump 5 Dance Band w BIG RUDE JAKE: Wednesday, September 14

Hammer Hoppers Presents: The Jump 5 Dance Band w BIG HammerHoppersSep14RUDE JAKE: Wednesday, September 14. Doors: 7:00/Lesson: 7:30/Show: 8:00. $15 / $10 with a MacSwing membership card…  Jake Hiebert (aka Big Rude Jake) is a lyricist, songwriter, singer, musician, bandleader and history buff with a diverse array of musical influences. Currently based in Hamilton, Ontario, Jake started in the mid 1990’s by forming a band that combined traditional jazz, jump blues, rockabilly, and punk. Since then he has toured Europe and the United States sharing his characteristic music and lyrics. Join us on the dance floor as we welcome The Jump 5 Dance Band ft BIG RUDE JAKE to get our dance year started off right. The Theme: Black and White (Back in Black). Hammer Hoppers offers dance instruction and socials for vintage swing dances, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Authentic Jazz, and Balboa.
7:30-8:00PM: Drop-In Beginner Lesson
8:00-11:00PM: The Jump 5 Dance Band w BIG RUDE JAKE
Listen to Jake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa1PBha7scs

Festitalia & The Pearl Company Present: Festa Della Chitarra: Friday, September 9

Festitalia & The Pearl Company Present: Festa Della Chitarra. Friday, September 9.  Doors open 7:00 – Show @ 8:00 – 10:00 PM. Tickets Gary201425.00. Performance at LiUNA Station.  Music of the golden age of Italian classical guitar.  Neapolitan favourites and popular classics spiced  with the passion of Flamenco.
The Gary Santucci Trio & musical guests:
Emanuela Hall
– Flamenco Dance
Kaz Simaitis – Guitar
Jordan Abraham – Accordion
Tom Bigas – Percussion
Kirk Harber – Voice & Guitar
Tickets 25.00 Available for purchase at LiUNA Station, by calling.905 525 2410 or on- line at the Pearl Company www.thepearlcompany.ca   For more information call 905 524 0606.

FIN DE FIESTA FLAMENCO: AUDACIA: August 27

FIN DE FIESTA FLAMENCO: AUDACIA: Saturday, August 27. 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/seniors/un(der)waged. Direct from Seville, FinDeFiesta08_2016Spain: Fin de Fiesta Flamenco dance and music ensemble presents AUDACIA, a bold new production that explores the many sides of one of the world’s most passionate and intense art forms: flamenco. Though they come from different continents, Fin de Fiesta Flamenco’s core members make their home base in Seville Spain while calling the world home, and collaborating with artists from all over the planet. Flamenco’s gypsy roots in Andalusia are echoed in their vagabond life, “We’ve chosen to live a life of movement… following the dance and the music where it takes us,” says guitarist Dennis Duffin. Ancient rhythms meet avant-garde ideas and converge in an explosion of staccato guitar, haunting flute, stunning vocals and percussive footwork. To the south of Spain and back again, AUDACIA will leave you breathless, with the pulsing rhythms of flamenco beating in your heart. Fin de Fiesta Flamenco is Lia Grainger (artistic director, dance), Dennis Duffin (musical director, guitar), Lara Wong (flute), Alejandro Mendía (voice), Davide Sampaulo (percussion, for select performances) and Jessica Hana Deutsch (violin, for select performances). www.findefiestaflamenco.com  Fin de Fiesta Flamenco in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n12IrFQCoCM

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Hammer Hoppers Presents: The Adrean Farrugia Quartet: Wednesday, June 1

Hammer Hoppers Presents: The Adrean Farrugia Quartet: Wednesday, June 1. Doors: 7:00/Lesson: 7:30/Show: 8:00. $15 / $10 with a MacSwing membership card…  Hammer Hoppers is pleased to present The AdreanFarrugiaAdrean Farrugia Quartet to perform for us at our last live band dance until the fall. Adrean Farrugia is a graduate of the Mohawk College Applied Music program and the University of Toronto Jazz Performance program. He has travelled extensively throughout North America as well as Europe and Japan with a variety of bands, and has appeared on over 30 recordings. Adrean’s own Juno nominated project RICOCHET debuted at the Toronto International Jazz Festival. We are excited to welcome Adrean’s experience and expertise to our dance floor. Join us for an evening of great music and fun dancing with The Adrean Farrugia Quartet.
The Theme: Yellow (Walking On Sunshine). Hammer Hoppers offers dance instruction and socials for vintage swing dances, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Authentic Jazz, and Balboa.
7:30-8:00PM: Drop-In Beginner Lesson. 8:00-11:00PM: The Adrean Farrugia Quartet. www.adreanfarrugia.com  Listen to Adrean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KLw-2qz3W0

Murphy-Dyson/Santucci: Pas de Deux: Friday & Saturday, May 27/28

Murphy-Dyson/Santucci: Pas de Deux: Friday/ Saturday, May 27/28. 8pm. $20/$15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged. An exceptional blend of choreography and improvisation from two major talents in NakedBallerinatheir fields. The combination of duos (dance and guitar) will make this unique and exciting event a memorable one!  Gary Santucci plays his original compositions for solo guitar; Sarah Murphy-Dyson dances. We know Sarah for both her dancing and acting chops! Remember The Naked Ballerina? She danced and acted her way through “…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.” Gary Smith, Hamilton Spectator. Gary Santucci (Flamenco, Classical & Jazz Guitar Artist) has become a consummate musician whose repertoire spans numerous genres. Among his awards is Best Classical Musician 1982 [Hamilton Wentworth Council of the Arts],  The City of Hamilton Arts Award for Music 2004, and together with Barbara Milne, The City of Hamilton Arts Award 2008 for Lifetime Achievement.  Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzKBk4LxbRU

Hammer Hoppers Presents: Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats: Wednesday, April 13

Hammer Hoppers Presents: Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats: Wednesday, April 13. Doors: 7:00/Lesson: Alex Pangman(2)7:30/Show: 8:00. $15 / $10 with a MacSwing membership card…  Hammer Hoppers is pleased to present Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing, Alex Pangman, to perform at the next social. Vocalist and band leader Alex Pangman knows exactly how to get the dance floor jumping. Her music has been showcased three times at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, on a national tour, and was recently recognized with a Juno Award nomination for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year with her album ‘New’. Join us on the dance floor and be serenaded by Alex’s stylish musical offerings. The Theme: Florals (April Showers Bring May Flowers). Hammer Hoppers offers dance instruction and socials for vintage swing dances, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Authentic Jazz, and Balboa.
7:30-8:00PM: Drop-In Beginner Lesson
8:00-11:00PM: Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats
Listen to Alex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJcAQPyTkak

 

Hammer Hoppers Presents: Bertie & The Gents: Wednesday, February 24

Hammer Hoppers Presents: Bertie & The Gents: Wednesday, February 24. Doors: 7:00/Lesson: 7:30/Show: 8:00. $15 / $10 with a MacSwing membership card…  Hammer Hoppers is overjoyed to be presenting Bertie & The HHoppers_Feb16Gents at their next social dance. Pianist and band leader Roberta Hunt is sought after throughout Ontario to bring her charismatic and dynamic music for swing dancers. Her music embodies the spirit of New Orleans jazz having participated in the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans among other jazz festivals. Roberta’s infectious energy and exuberant personality will be sure to inspire you on the dance floor so don’t miss out. The Theme: Blue (Broken Hearted Blues)
Hammer Hoppers offers dance instruction and socials for vintage swing dances, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Authentic Jazz, and Balboa
7:30-8:00PM: Drop-In Beginner Lesson
8:00-11:00PM: Bertie & The Gents

Another Jazzy New Year @ The Pearl! December 31

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 PearlCo@Night2people, 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!

Flamenco Tablao / Cante Plazuela: Saturday, December 5

Flamenco Tablao / Cante Plazuela: Saturday, December 5. 8:00pm. $20. Kim Macedo (an Oakville / Jerez de la Frontera basedFlamencoTablao1 artist) brings a “LIBRE” Gyspy Flamenco style to The Pearl Company, the result of studying improvisational Flamenco with Andalusian gypsy artists and mentors.  Flamenco is the complex coming together of Moor, Gypsy and Jewish cultures of the Andalusian landscape. These cultures fused together lend each their own rich colour and emotion to the already rich folkloric art of Andalusia. At a time when repression was high in Spain , Flamenco thrived in private fiestas and in the caves of Sacromonte in Granada. This is the spirit that Cante Plazuela / Flamenco Tablao brings!
The players are : Manuel Moneo Carrasco a Jerez gypsy singer from the barrios of the Plazuela and San Miguel. Jose Vega Jurado a world class concert guitarist from Cadiz, based in Toronto. Carla Soto a viviacious and exhuberent Toronto based dancer with Venezuelan roots, and Kim Macedo an intense gypsy style dancer, inspired in the juergas (jam sessions) of Jerez – with their distinct love of Flamenco, invite you into their evening of heart wrenching song and percussive dance and guitar conversations. Take a look: https://youtu.be/JMeyl8dStjQ

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