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Corin Raymond / Kim Beggs: Sunday, October 15

Corin Raymond / Kim Beggs: Sunday, October 15. Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 7:30pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. Here are these two versatile, amazing folkies in the same place at theCorin&KimBeggs_10_17 same time!  You can’t miss this.
Sincere and vulnerable, clear eyed and tough, Yukon singer songwriter Kim Beggs sings sweet, dark tales of northern life. And she is set to release her fifth solo album, Said Little Sparrow. With accompaniment from Marcel Desilets, they deliver the heartfelt darkness of Kim’s songs in a beautiful back woods, beat driven performance. Said Little Sparrow is an intimate, dark and soulful album. It’s an exploration of family, childhood, friendship, sacrifice, risk, death, broken hearts, vulnerability, survival, freedom, vampire love, and more. “A voice as cool and as refreshing as the Yukon river, delivers songwriting of the highest order” 5 STARS Maverick Magazine (UK)
Corin Raymond is a legendary Canadian songwriter and storyteller whose songs are covered by a far flung community of established roots musicians and campfire enthusiasts. Acoustic Guitar calls Raymond’s latest, JUNO award-nominated album Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams, “a hypnotic, literate collection of dark tall tales…. Romantic, immediate, and narcotic,” while The Globe and Mail calls Corin Raymond “a storyteller who by the end of the night you’ll have known your whole life.” On October 15th, Raymond will be freshly back from Winnipeg where he’s currently making his next album, Dirty Mansions, slated for a late 2018 release, and he’ll be featuring some as-yet-unheard songs from that project, and sharing stories new and old. https://kimbeggs.com   https://corinraymond.com  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNIKcyOsR_E

BROWNMAN Ali explores Michael Jackson’s “THRILLER”: Monday, October 30

BrownmanElectrycTrioPoster_10_17BROWNMAN Ali explores Michael Jackson’s “THRILLER”: Monday, October 30. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $15 at the door, $10 advance. Brownman’s HALLOWEEN THRILLER: Michael Jackson through the Lens of Electric-jazz. Acclaimed jazz / hip-hop trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI is leading an all-star quartet through his popular annual Halloween Thriller concert. The much lauded BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO + 1 will perform the entire Michael Jackson “Thriller” recording, interpreted and re-worked in National Jazz Award winning improviser Brownman’s Miles Davis-esque fashion. In addition to performing Thriller top to bottom, other MJ classics will be featured during this unique Halloween jazz party. States Ali: “Michael birthed so many incredible tunes over the years, but his collaboration with Quincy Jones on Thriller has to be one of the most towering musical achievements in pop music ever. Using that brilliant material every year on Halloween, as jump-offs for what we do makes for a party that’s danceable, but still rooted in exploratory improvising and deep reaching solos. We approach it the way Miles might have.”
The BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO has won a National Jazz Award, a Toronto Independent Music Award, a SOCAN award for composition, and recently won an International Independent Music Award for “2015 Jazz-Funk album of the year” for “Gravitation”. Costumes encouraged – it’s Halloween after all.
Brownman Ali – electric trumpet / Nick Maclean – keyboards / Brad Cheeseman – electric bass / Geoff Bruce – drums.  Brownman Electryc Trio live: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFECA3E452FE2BC0D  www.ElectrycTrio.Brownman.com
“One of the next great voices in the new generation of jazz improvisers” — Randy Brecker, legendary 14x Grammy winning trumpet icon.
TICKETS: https://bruha.com/event/2151

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COLOUR FILM: New Songs + JUSTIN SAWICKI: Saturday, November 4

COLOUR FILM: New Songs + JUSTIN SAWICKI: Saturday, November 4, Doors: 7:30pm. Show: MatthewDeZ_ColourFilm01_178:00pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. Music for your mind’s eye. With songs that play like home movies rich in imagery and characters, Colour Film is the stage name of Hamilton’s Matthew de Zoete. This concert will be an intimate ensemble performance of new songs – the raw material for a future album. These songs continue the cinematic approach of Super 8, Colour Film’s 2016 release that blends pop and folk in an atmospheric soundscape conjured with producer Les Cooper (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies).  Imagine Nick Drake cheering up a bit and meeting Beck. Colour Film – www.colourfilm.ca
Justin Sawicki: Sawicki has been active in the Hamilton Music Scene since 2003. In that time he has shared the stage with such acts as Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), Selina Martin, Tomi Swick, Tom Wilson, and Max Kerman (Arkells).  His 2011 album Nothing for No One was nominated for Independant Album of the Year at the Hamilton Music Awards.  In 2015, he released a self-titled album described by Dusty Organ as being “rooted in storytelling and rustic Canadian musicianship, (the album) shifts from western-style blues riffs, to dense, foot-stomping folk melodies”.  In 2018 Sawicki is set to release a new collection of songs collaborating with long time friends and bandmates Dan Rodrgues and Andrew Barbisan for the project. www.justinsawickimusic.com
Cash Bar available.

Lori Yates with Hey Stella: Saturday, November 11

Lori Yates with Hey Stella: Saturday, November 11. Doors @ 7:30PM, Show Starts @ 8:30. Admission: $20. Alternative country “supergroup” Hey Stella formed in 1998, and quickly gained a Lori Yates_Hey Stella_10_17reputation as one of the premiere “live” acts in the country. Thousands of patrons caught Hey Stella (David Baxter, Bazil Donovan, Michelle Josef, Lori Yates) in the cavernous back room of Ted’s Wrecking Yard and Ted’s Collison during their five year weekly residency. Their irreverent and charming approach to traditional country tunes and their originals included; humor, pathos, stellar musicianship. The night often ended with Lori standing on a table belting out Leonard Cohen’s “So Long Marianne” while everyone in the bar sang along with her, making them a crowd favorite.
The band took time off while babies were born, solo records made, careers were advanced. But when the call came for another weekly residency, this time at the venerable Cameron House, they jumped at the chance. So even in 2017, and from the opening note, it’s clear the Hey Stella mojo is still there, maybe even better, and indeed their sound has aged like a fine vintage wine or a smelly piece of cheese. With special guests…tba….
Advance tickets available here, https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/19537/

MOJO (Men OF Jazz Octet): Saturday October 7

MOJO (Men OF Jazz Octet): Saturday October 7.  Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. MOJO (men of Jazz Octet) is a Hamilton based combo playing Cool, Hardbop and beyond. MOJO covers hard bop to modern composers like Freddie Mojo october 7_17Hubbard, Don Sickler (superblue), and Bill Fulton; a bit edgier, a bit more in your face than a traditional octet. Mojo was formed by Lindsay Paul in January of 2015 as a band that would bring together great players with the repertoire to challenge them. Most of the members have extensive experience in top Big Bands in the area. They were looking for an opportunity to play material at that same level in a different configuration. The band is also injecting fresh ideas in our performances by bringing in some of the great new and upcoming players in the area.
There are a few octets in the GTA and Golden Horseshoe area that mainly focus on the Cool jazz sound of great bands like Dave Pell, Dave Brubeck and Shorty Rogers. MOJO tips their hat to these great artists but leans more to the east coast sound of bands like; Superblue, Don Sickler, Freddie Hubbard, and The New Jazz composers octet.
Come out and get your mojo on with the band at an energy filled night of Jazz.

Matthew Byrne: CD Release Tour: Friday, September 29

Matthew Byrne: CD Release Tour: Friday, September 29. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 / Matthew byrne_09_17$15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew’s repertoire is heavily influenced by that unique musical lineage – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and he supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room. His repertoire transcends time and place and his live performance reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements. Touring as both a solo artist as well as singer with The Dardanelles, he has graced festival stages worldwide. His second album, Hearts & Heroes, received CFMA Traditional Recording of the Year, establishing Byrne as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices. He released his highly-anticipated third album Horizon Lines in August. This new collection of traditional material explores a unique repertoire of songs from both sides of the Atlantic and continues Byrne’s journey through his own unique musical lineage. For more information, visit www.matthewbyrne.net
“His reverence and respect for his material, along with his unabashed exploration of new songs and his staggeringly beautiful voice, makes for the rarest and most vital type of folk performer.” – TOM POWER, CBC MUSIC

Kirk Starkey & Hanna Bech: Saturday, September 23

Kirk Starkey & Hanna Bech: Saturday, September 23. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 Hanna_Kirk_Poster_09_17/students/seniors/wage-challenged PWYC (pay what you can). Kirk Starkey is “One of Canada’s most inventive Cellists today.” CBC Radio 2. Kirk has pursued a unique career as cellist, composer and sound artist. Kirk’s solo recordings Little Gidding (2011), Songs of Sudbury (2016) showcase his original style of integrating extended cello techniques and digital processing into a compelling and accessible medium. In the role of Producer, Kirk Starkey specializes in the capture and production of acoustic music. Recent clients include in the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Duo Gelato, and Valerie Tryon! Kirk performs on a newly restored Vogtland cello (c.1775) on generous loan from Hildegard Battista.
Hamilton native Hanna Bech is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, choral composer, conductor, and teacher(!)  Bech’s sound combines piano and playful vocals to create classically influenced folk-pop with swagger. She’s performed with the HPO’s Indie Series and been recognized as 2017’s emerging music artist by the Hamilton Arts Council. She uses her love of play to transform her feelings into music and fantasy-filled stories. Hanna is also cultivating Queens of Quirk, a celebration of (un)conventional coolness through music, silks, comedy, and crimps.  Hanna dreams of helping everyone find and embrace their unique voice. www.hannabechmusic.com  www.kirkstarkey.com  Ticketshttps://www.bruha.com/event/1961

Scotty and the Barefoot Boys: Friday, September 22

Scotty and the Barefoot Boys: Friday, September 22, Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20.  Scotty and the Barefoot Boys is a four piece band born at the Hamilton Regional Songwriter’s Group. Scott Scotty and the Barefoot boys_09_17Kernaghan is a psychologist, athlete and songwriter who does vocals too!  Taylor Jeffrey is a coffee master at Williams’ and a guitar player extraordinaire. Spencer Thomas is an exciting bass player, who will be replaced by a very accomplished bass player at the live event since Spencer is off for adventures in Europe. Jordan Jespersen is a drummer far beyond his years in his ability and he’s the engine that drives the bus known as Scotty and the Barefoot Boys.  This band is proud of its local roots.  Thus, the title of track of their debut CD is “Rock The Hammer”. Listen (Not from the CD): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnzqR_hKH8U

Low Country Hill: Saturday, September 16

Low Country Hill: CD Release! Saturday, September 16. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. Low Country Hill is the moniker for Hamilton-based singer-Low Country Hill songwriter Paul Hogeterp.  Paul released his self-titled, critically-acclaimed debut in 2014. (Floorshime Zipper Boots). Touring has taken Paul down logging roads in northern Ontario and through traf?c jams on the Lionsgate Bridge in Vancouver – all for the joy of sharing the songs in intimate venues with music lovers. After nearly two years of performing, he burrowed in his basement studio for the last half of 2016 to write for his next record. The result of that effort is Guesthouse, a five-song EP recorded in May-July of this year. Dave King returns as producer and drummer while musical wizard Paul Linklater (Bidini Band, Colleen and Paul) plays bass and electric guitar for the project. Hogeterp is feeling blessed and lucky to have the (gentle giant) footprints of these creative and kindred spirits in his new work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM_4xHJlAxI  https://lowcountryhill.com   https://www.facebook.com/lowcountryhill

Harpdog Brown & The TRAVELIN’ BLUES SHOW with Sugar Brown: Saturday, September 9

Harpdog Brown & The TRAVELIN’ BLUES SHOW with Sugar Brown: Saturday, September 9. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $25 –online or at door. Maple Blues award-winning Harpdog Brown is happily touring his HarpdogFoodshare_09_17authentic Travelin’ Blues Show in support of his new ground-breaking album Travelin’ WithThe Blues. Canada’s premier ‘old school’ harp wizard has never sounded better.  He arrives with Sugar Brown whose dark, sweet, and inconsolable blues has brought him much attention and many awards. Sugar Brown’s blues originated while at the University of Chicago. By day, he studied; by night he learned to play the blues on Chicago’s famed West Side.  And now, he’s an Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto by day and he’s still playing those blues by night.
This concert supports Hamilton FoodShare. A percentage of the proceeds and 100 percent from the raffle/silent auction will go directly to FoodShare. Long & Mcquade have donated a 7 Harmonica Kit. What a night; bring food; bring a donation! There will be a cash bar. www.harpdogbrown.com  www.SugarBrownMusic.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9zvGO_NR_I&list=PLBxSRWqZlnm9Tim9f471UEyx88lq9L09s
Harpdog’s got a smokin’ band playing and he’s singing the real deal, old school blues just like you want to hear it.” Charlie Musselwhite.  “Harpdog’s effortless vocal delivery is a rare and natural gift.” Holger Petersen.

 

POR LA VIDA…SIEMPRE!!! Opening: September 9 (11am-4pm)

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POR LA VIDA…SIEMPRE!!! Opening: September 9 (11am-4pm)Two weeks only: 4 to 15 September. Opening: September 9 – 11:00am to 4:00pm. FOR LIFE ALWAYS!!! is the once aborted and now restored exhibition of the series of Antifascist Posters that were conceived in Santiago, Chile through the State Technical University. Exhibitions of the 18 posters were to take place in 500 simultaneous locations on September 11, 1973 the day the military coup led by Augusto Pinochet took place. Presidente Salvador Allende was scheduled to inaugurate the central exhibit at the university. The university´s main building was attacked, the organizers imprisoned and the exhibition destroyed. From those 500 sets of 18 posters, only one set of the original prints survived, and it has now been restored to the original set in remembrance of POR LA LA VIDA…SIEMPRE!!!, the exhibition intended to open over 44 years ago.
Violeta Parra‘s unpublished art work, titled CONTRA LA GUERRA (1963) accompanies this show as part of the commemoration of the centenary of Latin America’s greatest singer-songwriter and peace activist who took her life 50 years ago. Due to the historical importance of the messages and their current validity, this vital show is a must see.
Opening: A Tribute to Violeta Parra: Music. Art. Dance. Film: Appearances by: Marcelo Puente, Lil Medrano, Alec Dempster and Teresa Irene Barrera; the group Raices Latinoamericanas AFH, and the film: Cantar con Sentido, a biography of Violeta Parra.

The Jillian McKenna Quartet: ft. Mike Malone w. Adrean Farrugia & Ayman Boujlida : August 31

The Jillian McKenna Quartet: featuring Mike Malone with Adrean Farrugia (piano) & Ayman Boujlida JillianMcKenna(2)_08_17(drums): August 31. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $15 / $10 students/seniors/wage-challenged. After spending the past two years in New York City, Jill is back to lead her own project at home. Her band combines two of Hamilton’s finest musicians, Adrean Farrugia on the piano and Mike Malone on the trumpet, with award-winning, New York City-based drummer Ayman Boujlida. The evening will consist of two sets of both Jill’s original music, and some new takes on some old standards.
A great night of music with these truly talented musicians makes this an event you should not miss! “

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: “LIÁNDOLA”. Friday, September 1

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: “LIÁNDOLA”. Friday, September 1. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $22 in advance/ $25 at the door. Acclaimed flamenco FInDeFiestaPOSTERCropensemble Fin de Fiesta brings Spanish inspiration to Canadian soil with their Summer/Fall 2017 Canadian Tour. Comprised of award-winning artists from Canada and France, the electrifying music and dance ensemble will bring stages to life nationwide with their spirited new production, LIÁNDOLA. The show takes its name from a popular Andalucian figure of speech used to describe boisterously unrestrained behaviour, a playful fearlessness that cannot be contained. Simply put, Liándola means taking an ordinary experience and making it extraordinary. In Liándola, the searing vocals of Alejandro Mendia (Noces Gitanes, France) are accompanied by the intricate guitar arpeggios of music director Dennis Duffin (Ventanas, Canada) and the haunting flute melodies of Lara Wong (Canada). Dancer and artistic director Lia Grainger (Canada), brings the stage to life with fierce, sensual choreography and improvisation.
Tickets: online at www.ticketscene.ca  www.thepearlcompany.ca or 905.524.0606 For more info please visit: www.findefiestaflamenco.com

Alyssa Giammaria: Farewell Concert: Sunday, July 23

Alyssa Giammaria: Farewell Concert: Sunday, July 23. Doors 6:30; Show 7:00pm. $20 / $15 students. Alyssa Giammaria will be moving to New York City for school in the fall, and is putting on one last show for her AlyssaGiammaria_07_17friends and family as a chance to gather with everyone before leaving her hometown. She will be joined by Adrean Farrugia (piano), Pat Collins (Bass), Adam Inrig (Drums), as well as Aoife-Louise Doyle and Leah Korkowski on back up vocals.
The above is Alyssa’s plain (and true) statement about her concert. One of her Mohawk music teacher, Sophia Perlman (jazz-singer, songwriter, etc) flipped at the humility of the above, polled Alyssa’s fellow student’s for comments, and added her own. Most have to be under “Read More” but check this out: “Alyssa Giammaria (‘the humble prodigy’) is a beautiful soul with outstanding talent.”  “I can’t wait to see what New York does for her, and what she does for New York.”  “a willingness to not only foster her already impressive understanding of her craft but to also continually seek out new challenges and opportunities…”  “I’ll miss her creative mind and her impeccable musicianship and integrity.” See more below… (more…)

The Shari Vandermolen Quartet: Friday, June 23

The Shari Vandermolen Quartet: Friday, June 23, Doors: 7:30. Start: 8:00 $20. Shari Vandermolen, an award-winning local performer and vocalist, has been entertaining audiences in the GTA and southwestern ShariVQuartet02_17Ontario for the last 15 years.  Prominent in the Hamilton arts community, Shari has performed in numerous musical theatre productions – recently wining acclaim for her portrayal of “Norma Desmond” in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard.
This passion is only equal to her love of jazz and the blues. Shari makes a song her own, giving it emotional depth and edge by imbuing the best of contemporary influence into classic songs; paying homage to such legendary vocalists as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Nina Simone and Sara Vaughan.
The Shari V Quartet features Mohawk College Jazz program alumni Steve McRae on piano, James Gannett on bass, and Michael Yates on drums.  (Shari Vandermolen’s debut CD is available through iTunes as well as other music streaming outlets and features these three talented musicians as members of her 6-piece band Quarter To Nine.)
“She takes a song and gives it emotional depth and edge.  She not only sings it magnificently she acts the heart and soul out of it….” The Hamilton Spectator “…hear Vandermolen make jelly of your emotions with her voice and her art… one example is Stormy Weather… I barely weathered that storm intact.” – View Magazine
Join Shari Vandermolen and her band for an evening of jazz and blues that will make you want to snuggle up to that special someone in oh-so-many ways. www.Q29.ca    http://swingline.webs.com/

 


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