ZULA PRESENTS: REMPIS/JOHNSTON/OCHS Trio: Wednesday, May 20, 8:30 pm. $15/12 Students/Seniors/Un(der)employed. Chicago saxophonist, free-jazz titan Dave Rempis is joined on tour by two Bay Area greats; composer, trumpeter Darren Johnston and ROVA Saxophone Quartet stalwart, saxophonist Larry Ochs. This free-improvising trio came together in the fall of 2011, when Rempis journeyed to the West Coast to discover his compatriots on the Bay Area improv-ing scene. Trumpeter Johnston, suggested this trio lineup for a performance at Oakland’s Uptown Nightclub. From the first few notes, that initial meeting flowed comfortably, yet in totally unexpected ways, with all three making logical structural decisions that gave their improvisations the feel of through-composed pieces. Eager to continue developing this language that the three later came to dub “invisible architecture,” Rempis made a follow-up trip for a studio recording session. Spectral, the first document of their work, shows an improvising trio playing out an audible game of chess. Not satisfied with simply existing in the moment, these three combine sensibilities to look many moves ahead, setting each other up time and again to capitalize on structural possibilities that give rare and meaningful form to an otherwise very spontaneous music. www.aerophonicrecords.com/rempisjohnstonochs-spectral http://zulapresents.org/
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Christopher Clause’s GRACENOTES Showcase: Saturday, May 23, 8 – 10 p.m. Admission is FREE, but donations will be accepted for the 2016 Debbie Clause Recording Fund at the door. The finalists of the first ever Debbie Clause Recording Fund (named in memory of local musician Christopher Clause’s beloved sister) is performing a showcase on Saturday. The winner of the event (the name will be picked at random that night by Debbie’s daughter, Hanna) will receive $4,000 to help fund their current musical project. The fund will be handed out every year to a deserving Hamilton musician or group looking for funding for their recorded works. Application forms will be available in August for the 2016 awards at www.gracenoteshamilton.com (website will be up and running in July 2015) This FREE showcase is an early show so that you can enjoy all that the HMA has to offer this weekend The initiative was created by FERMATA HAMILTON, now renamed as GRACENOTES as part of the ministry and benevolence of Graceworks Baptist Church.
The finalists for this year are (in alphabetical order): Jen Budd, Frank Koren, Josh Lamothe!
Roxanne Potvin & Band: Thursday, May 28. 8:00pm. $20/$15 Students/Seniors/Un(der)employed. There’s a new album in the works for Roxanne Potvin, the Montreal-based, bilingual, JUNO nominated singer-songwriter. After a two-year hiatus from the road to learn the ropes of sound engineering, she’s picked up her notebook and guitar once again, and is working away at what will be her fifth full-length album. A spin through her discography will take you on a journey from blues, R & B, and folk (on JUNO nominated, Colin Linden produced, The Way it Feels), to bare-bones soul and pop (of No Love for the Poisonous) and the lush keyboard-laden, atmospheric folk and gnarly garage rock sounds (of Play). These days, she sums up her style as roots-pop. Her new songs are intimate first person snapshots of life among friends and lovers (cyborgs in one instance!). With a JUNO nomination, seven Maple Blues awards nominations, international tours, major festival appearances, national television and radio appearances, Roxanne continues to carve her place in the Canadian roots music scene. She’s recorded with John Hiatt, Daniel Lanois, Colin Linden, Bruce Cockburn, done a duet with Colin James and has opened for John Hiatt, Blue Rodeo, the Neville Brothers among others. She plans to release her new album in early 2016. www.roxannepotvin.com air! “A voice like melted butter on mashed potatoes.” – Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65), “Her smart and sassy new album Play, finds the Montreal-based artist pushing new buttons and continuing her evolution from a stylish, bluesy guitar slinger to a more tuneful pop-orientated performer.” – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfnb-7yev9E
Elizabeth Shepherd: Sunday, May 31. Admission: $20.00. Elizabeth is the only jazz vocalist/pianist to ever have been long listed for the Polaris Prize – Canada’s most prestigious music prize. The three-time JUNO nominee has received widespread praise for her original compositions, and Elizabeth’s fifth album The Signal has almost universally been hailed as the best of her career. It has also showed up on a number of “Best of 2014? lists across North America. “One of the most creative, inventive, and delightful albums of the year.” The Voice. Elizabeth showcases her skills as an arranger and interpreter, breathing new life – and soul – into songs both familiar and forgotten. The Toronto-based soul-jazz innovator has previously released five widely acclaimed records and toured extensively in North America, Europe and Japan. She has sold out legendary clubs from Tokyo to Detroit, and played festivals like Montreal and North Sea Jazz Festivals. www.elizabethshepherd.com “Stunning…. original and exciting” -Seattle Post (US) “Extraordinary talent” -RBBKulturradio (GER) “A hugely original musical mind at work” -Toronto Star (CAN) Listen: http://elizabethshepherd.com/home/music-player/
Rae Billing & The Unpayables: Saturday, May 16. 8:00pm. $20 Advance / $25 Door. Rae Billing’s voice and lyrics create a touchstone that is unique on the Canadian landscape. Her voice has been described as “shiver-inducing,” “honest and pure, assured and desperate at the same time.” And her lyrics and music have been lauded as “full of wide open spaces and bittersweet emotions,” “handled with gutsy femininity.” Rae’s show will focus on her fourth alt-country album, the fluid, passionate, and critically acclaimed, Walls & Fences. The album was chosen by respected Penguin Eggs Magazine as the top pick for April 2014 and has just been nominated in the Hamilton Music Awards for best alt-country album.
Working with the multi-talented Unpayables, Matt Coleman on violin/fiddle, Andrew Aldridge on electric guitar, K. Michael Hickey on electric and upright bass, Nick Burson on drums, plus the talents of Ed Roth on accordian and organ, producer Michael J. Birthelmer on piano and guitars, and Wayne Krawchuk on backups.
“There is a depth to her songs few contemporaries have yet to hone.” Jason MacNeil, All Music Guide. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkI7OvCupvs www.raebilling.com
JASON WILSON: PERENNIALS with special guest ADREAN FARRUGIA: Friday, May 15. 8:00pm $20/$15 students/seniors/income-challenged. A night of reggae jazz and piano magic! Two-time Juno Award nominee, Canadian Reggae Music Award winner and acclaimed Canadian historian Dr. Jason Wilson has written a new suite of compositions specially designed for intimate environs. Perennials (2015) articulates Wilson’s self-styled reggae-impressionism: a sound where reggae is freely brushed – not strictly detailed – allowing space on the canvass for inspirations as divergent as Thelonious Monk and Scottish pibroch to come through. Wilson is joined by a couple of Jason Wilson Band mainstays as well as some other talented friends. The result is one of the best efforts yet from Canada’s reggae visionary. For this special concert, Perennials will be joined by one of Canada’s finest and most stylistically diverse piano masters, Adrean Farrugia, who will open the show with a solo set and then join Perennials for several songs. http://jasonwilsonmusic.com/ Preview the new Perennials video ‘Gertrude/Epistrophy’ here: https://vimeo.com/102270424
THE HAMILTON FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW! VEGAS! Saturday, May 9. The doors open at 7:15PM, and the event will get underway around 8:00PM. Admission: $20 advance $25 at door. SHE’S BACK! Shelley Marshall, HAMILTON’S OWN world-renowned Comedienne for her One Woman Show “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette” brings us her production of the edgy and irreverent FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW with hosts, Erin & Nara. The FBCS is an always-SOLD-OUT vaudevillian variety show that celebrates the diversity of comedy through Music, Burlesque, Stand-up, Circus and more! Featuring original material from the funniest and raciest Stars this country (and beyond) has to offer. The Hamilton Full Bawdy Comedy Show Vegas! line-up includes Shelley Marshall and Robin Benedict and Erin and Nara and Morgan Joy and Andrea Murray and Kitty Litteur. Come with an open mind and you’ll leave with a Full Heart! Adult Content.
Advance tickets will be available on Ticketscene until May 9, 5:59 PM unless the event sells out earlier. See more at: http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/12972/#sthash.enxsjAdR.dpuf www.shelleymarshall.com Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=omL9gW9h04g Email Shelley for advance reservations and seating at: email@example.com
Big Johnny Blue & Strange Cargo Celebrate the Blues! Saturday, May 2, 8:00pm, $15 / $10 students/seniors/wage-challenged…. Like the blues? You’ll love them John Crawford style. Big Johnny Blue is John M. Crawford, Hamilton guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Hamilton Blues Society. He has written hundreds of songs, and played with countless local musicians over the years. He is committed to supporting local music and musicians, especially by supporting efforts to tell the story of Hamilton’s blues history, and the power of music to improve the life of every man. These guys rock; Code Red Blues all ’round! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE8p_zRZeIs&index=1&list=PLB3320D903F7A1FCE https://www.facebook.com/bigjohnnyblueandstrangecargo/
Laila Biali & The Radiance Project Album Release Concert: Sunday April 26, at 8pm Tickets: $20. Award-winning Canadian pianist, vocalist and songwriter, Laila Biali, has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega, and Sting. Critically acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest jazz musicians, her new album – House of Many Rooms – sees the Brooklyn-based artist venturing into a more pop-oriented sound, full of catchy hooks, sweet melodies, and anthemic musical arrangements. For this special album release concert, Laila is backed by a stellar ensemble featuring Anna Atkinson (violin, vocals, musical saw), Graham Campbell (guitar, ukulele, vocals), Chris Tarry (electric bass) and Ben Wittman (drums). Special thanks to IMAGO and the generous supporters of The Radiance Project. www.theradianceproject.com Listen: http://bit.ly/LailaBialiRadianceProjectVideoEPK
Ian Andrews & The Smokin’ Scoundrels: Friday May 1, at 8pm Tickets: $20. Blistering Blues! Join us for an incredible concert experience, the music of Ian Andrews & The Smokin’ Scoundrels will be heard in fine form “in one of Hamilton’s greatest venues”. Featuring Rick Donaldson and Alan Duffy as the remedy rhythm section for the evening. We all know and love the groove this team can do. Also joining The Smokin’ Scoundrels for this evening is the mighty Mike Almas on second guitar and the blistering Bill Holinaty on tenor/baritone sax and bass clarinet. Get your tickets as soon as possible as seating for this concert will go fast. “We are very much looking forward to sharing this experience with Hamilton. Thank you for all of your support Hamilton.” Ian Andrews: https://www.facebook.com/IanAndrewsandTheSmokinScoundrels
Michael Gabriel: ‘Strings Attached’: Saturday, April 25. 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm) Michael Gabriel is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter with a riveting concert series emphasizing community building. In ’Strings Attached,’ his emotionally fluid storytelling compositions are surrounded with a driving string section, piano and enhanced by local choirs to create “…a breathtaking coming together of sound.” Marielle Julian – Velvet Rope Magazine. As with every concert – Michael plays with his core ensemble that consists of a 3-part string section, piano and percussion – while sharing the stage with talent from the community. For this production, What The Folk will be the opening act and sing with Michael. Harmonies will also be sung by W.H. Ballard Glee Club. Chamber Strings from the Bel Canto Strings Academy will join the ensemble to perform a song. Partial proceeds from every ticket will be donated to the Bel Canto Strings Academy. ‘Strings Attached’ showcases his strongest material with orchestral pop flavours – to create an event that has been in the making for his entire career. www.michaelgabrielmusic.com Listen/Experience http://www.youtu.be/qhr2xeJBVzs
Corrina Keeling with Jeff Giles: Sunday, April 19. 8:00pm. Tickets $20 at the door. Corrina Keeling creates conscious acoustic music rich with honesty, experience, and insight. Since independently releasing her album “Say Yes”, she’s had the opportunity to play for change-making audiences around the world. From David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour to the Uplift Festival in Byron Bay, Australia, she has shared the stage with artists like Feist, The Barenaked Ladies, David Suzuki, and Neil Young, sending a message of hope and action around the world. Her words and music carry the spirit of her passion for environmental justice and emerging social consciousness. Corrina is a sophisticated songwriter, a technically accomplished acoustic powerhouse, using her music as medicine to drive healing and change. Her sophisticated rhythms are rock-solid, rooted and driving, with harmonies from her sister Jessica Dawn that are almost mystically intuitive. http://www.corrinakeeling.ca/ Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lttUd65fZ8I
Jeff Giles: Actor/Singer-Songwriter and Hamilton native Jeff Giles returns home for this unique night of music. Whether you’ve heard his own music before, seen him play Buddy Holly at Theatre Aquarius or somewhere across Canada, or attended his successful solo theatre show “Letters to Hope” at Theatre Aquarius join Jeff in celebrating the love and power of live music and intimate songwriting. Jeff’s work is influenced by many styles, though it is the threads of blues and roots music, both old and new, that hold his songs together. www.jeffgiles.ca Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMxQ9xtS00M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3-iF69Yjzk
Carlos del Junco and The Blues Mongrels: Saturday April 18, at 8pm Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door. Carlos is one of those players whose music is so advanced that when it comes to awards, it’s either retire the category or rephrase the question to “Best Harmonica Player Not Named Carlos”. (Eight time Harmonica Player of The Year at the Maple Leaf Blues Awards!). Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, the band’s playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz. The emphasis is on blues, but they are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, jazz swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock. The Blues Mongrels are: bassist Henry Heillig (founded the nine piece Latin band Manteca), and guitarist Eric St. Laurent. Get ready to trash all you thought you knew about the harmonica. The Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity. “a model of focus and urgency..a true virtuoso”.. Brad Wheeler – The Globe and Mail http://www.carlosdeljunco.com Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpuBtxuE_xo
Presented by Love Letters Cabaret: CABIN FEVER: Friday, April 17. 8:00pm (Doors 7:30pm) Admission: $25 Advance/ $30 @ Door/ $45 Ringside seat. It’s cold out and we’re going batty! Enjoy a hysterical evening of nonsense, singing & burlesque! Get over your winter blehs with comedy, dance and music from “Toronto’s edgiest, most sexually charged dance theater company”. This innovative and interactive company is the creation of Artistic Director and Choreographer Pastel Supernova (dubbed by Flare magazine as One of Canada’s most influential women). She is a former international dancer for Nelly Furtado with appearances on the David Letterman Show and more. Pastel packs the stage with beauty and talent, using elements of vaudeville, contemporary dance, and burlesque to tell stories, explore primal instincts. Witness a cast whose collective credits include: the National Ballet, the Canadian Opera Company, Mirvish Productions and Second City Productions just to name a few. You’ve never seen them? Here’s a peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV3nObw-7wk www.loveletterscabaret.com Adult content.
Touch of Klez: Thursday, April 16, 8:00pm. Door 7:30. $15 at the door. Note the change: Jordan Abraham will be bringing the klezmer band, Touch of Klez instead of SpectreBox. “TOK” is a professional ensemble bringing its unique take on traditional klezmer music to appreciative audiences for over 13 years. Based in Eastern European Jewish tradition, the music is fused with elements of cantorial, gypsy, turkish, mediterranean, and traditional jazz music to create something that is at once unique and universal. The music is joyous and sad – capturing the bittersweet essence of life itself in its sonorous melodies. It is frantic and filled with longing – for a by-gone era, for a place we once knew, or for people whom we loved. Touch of Klez breaks down barriers with music that aims straight for your soul. The players: Charlotte Price – Violin; Rick Black – Soprano Sax; David Ludwin – Bass Clarinet; Jordan Abraham – Accordion; Ron Richter- Piano; Alan Livingston – Guitar; David Guild – Drums