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Séan McCann (Great Big Sea): Saturday, February 21

Séan McCann: Saturday, February 21, 8:00pm. $20/$25 at the door. A founder of internationally renowned band, Great Big Sea, Sean has spent the last 20 years sailing around the world enamouring audiences from Copenhagen to California. Known as much for his intense screaming sea shanties as his tender ballads, McCann decided it was time to leave the comfort of safer waters and set out on his own for a new shore. His new album, and third solo project, entitled Help Your Self was recorded and produced by fellow east coaster, Joel Plaskett in his New Scotland Yard Studio in Dartmouth. The album features the talents of Erin Costello, Clive MacNutt, and Emergency alumnus, Dave Marsh.
Says McCann, “I was making some major changes in my life and Joel enabled me to express these transitions musically. The songs became my therapist and Joel’s studio was my couch. This is the story of how I learned to “help my self”. “To get to the end, the light, you can’t ignore the dark.”
This is the sound of a singer learning a brand new song; of a man determined to face his demons and take control of his own life. This sincere recording takes us from denial and despair to the freedom that can only come from facing the Truth. http://www.seanmccannsings.com/  https://www.youtube.com/user/greatbigsean

Shari Vandermolen with QUARTER TO NINE: Valentines Day!

Shari Vandermolen with QUARTER TO NINE: Saturday, February 14: 8:00pm. $20 /$18 students/arts workers/seniors. A sexy, sassy, jazz-soaked treat for the Valentine’s Day! Quarter to Nine is a jazzy musical act with the remarkable Shari Vandermolen on vocals.  The name comes from the song “About a Quarter to Nine” from the musical 42nd Street.  Incorporating the sweet soft jazz feel of days gone by, or the burlesque feel of risqué blues, Q2Nine influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Etta James, Billie Holiday and the “big-band sound”. They’ll be bringing you Jazz Standards, naughty blues and torch songs peppered with just the right amount of show tunes for good measure. “Shari’s training as an actor imbues her music with an emotional edge that takes us places we have never been with these songs. Quarter to Nine is an experience as much as a concert.” http://www.q29.ca   Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyDlzfMzUkI

REMEMBERING STAN ROGERS: A Fundraiser for “The Stan Rogers Festival”: February 20

Rise Again: REMEMBERING STAN ROGERS: A Fundraiser for “The Stan Rogers Festival in Canso NS: Friday, February 20, 2015.  $18 Adv / $20 Door. 8pm. A tribute to the music of Canadian folk legend, the late Stan Rogers.  Stan’s legacy includes Northwest Passage, and Barrett’s Privateers, a song that traveled around the world even before Stan recorded it. Stan’s music still appears at or near the top of Folk Music radio charts, every month.
Organizers of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. “Stanfest” were forced to cancel their annual festival in July 2014 as Hurricane Arthur blew into Atlantic Canada. The decision to call it off was financially devastating to both the Festival and Canso. All proceeds from these concerts (in Hamilton Feb. 20, Kitchener Feb. 21 and London Feb. 22) will go directly to the Stan Rogers Festival.
The performers will present Stan’s music in much the style that he performed it.  Using three lead vocalists plus harmonies, guitars, fiddle, bass, and more, the band will weave two dozen Stan songs with memories of those seminal days.  The Stan Rogers tribute band is: Paul Mills: Paul produced all but one of Stan Rogers’ albums, and his alter ego Curly Boy Stubbs was guitarist on all of them.  Brad Nelson: Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, and musical director of the show. Jack Cole: Singer/instrumentalist, and the show’s producer. Anne Lederman: Renowned multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, accordion, piano) and singer. Dan Patterson: Bass, keyboard, and backing vocals. www.grandriverfolk.org

Big Johnny Blue & Strange Cargo w Special Guest Richard Thornton: February 7

Big Johnny Blue & Strange Cargo w Special Guest Richard Thornton of The Jack De Keyzer Band: Saturday, February 7, 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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE8p_zRZeIs&index=1&list=PLB3320D903F7A1FCE  https://www.facebook.com/bigjohnnyblueandstrangecargo/

Jesse Macrae & Company: Friday, February 6.

Jesse Macrae & Company: Friday, February 6. 8:00 pm. $15 / $10 students/seniors/wage-challenged… Greg Moverly opens. This will be Jesse’s first time showcasing at The Pearl. He is delighted to be joined by Andrew Aldridge, Michael Hickey and Nick Burson as a unit. This is sure to be an evening packed with inspiring originals, organic first time performances, with plenty of smiles along the way. Jesse’s taking this show as an opportunity to show his gratitude and appreciation for all the support and encouragement he’s been receiving from the Hamilton art community. A MUST SEE! https://www.facebook.com/jesse.macrae.96?fref=nf  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2OBS_Mq2rw

An Evening with Ryan Van Sickle: Saturday, January 3

An Evening with Ryan Van Sickle: Saturday, January 3; 8:00pm. $20 at the door: Born and raised in Dundas, and having travelled the USA, Ryan Van Sickle rocks The Pearl with his RyanVanSickleAtThePearl.jpg4th annual “Let’s Welcome the New Year!” show! The man is an excellent singer/songwriter whose yearly visit we enjoy enormously.  Writing songs of character and integrity that resound with the timeless and universal, Ryan Van Sickle uniquely translates the themes of love, war, life and death and the epic and mundane struggles within. Following in the steps of the masters from his native Canada, Ryan draws on the influences of Neil Young, Daniel Lanois, and Leonard Cohen alongside American greats Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, and Lucinda Williams. With the release of his latest album Ghosts Of The Brokenhearted, Ryan emerges as a powerful songwriter; asserting his prowess in building a lyrical highway with a strong voice to carry listeners on the journey. http://ryanvansicklemusic.com/  Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmBiU67-2q8

Jazz-Dance Into The New Year @ The Pearl! December 31

Come Fill Your Soul with Jazz & Dance Your Heart Into The New Year @ The Pearl!

Wednesday, 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 people, great conversations, musical magic, and lots of dancing before, between, and after the jazz sets!PearlCoDoor.jpg

To welcome in the New Year:

  • Chef Gary Santucci will outdo himself (as always) with a pan-global buffet; new dishes will arrive throughout the night.
  • There will be two sets from the incredible collection of jazz artists assembled for the evening and
  • 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!

Featuring: The Spanjazz ensemble! Check out the all-star line-up! The Spanjazz Quintet includes Jay Burr – trombone, James Gannet – bass, Bruce Tournay – keyboards, Sal Roselli – reeds, 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.

The Koren Family Christmas! December 20

The Koren Family Christmas! Saturday, December 20 at 7:00pm: $10 / $5 Students/Seniors/ Everyone with a Food Donation. The Koren Family with The KorenKristmas2014__3_.jpgPearl Company will be hosting an evening of music and much, much, more that evening. All proceeds will be forwarded to Hamilton Food Banks (non-perishable donations will be received at the door). Kim, Frank, Marrakech and Jordan Koren will be your musical hosts!!  The musical line-up to date is amazing: Duane Rutter, Hachey the MouthPEACE, Fred Magie, Good Anya, new comers Katie Harbour and Jocelyn Fairman, Liam McGlashon, Quails in the Nest and Josh Lamothe. And, just added, Harrison Kennedy! A few more may be announced in the next couple of weeks….  Don’t miss out on your chance to be charmed and delighted by this beautiful family event while helping those in need! https://www.facebook.com/events/1505450543062890/?ref=br_tf 

THE HOLIDAY CONCERT: An Evening of Christmas, Jazz, & Brazilian Music: December 17

THE HOLIDAY CONCERT: A Festive Evening of Christmas, Jazz, & Brazilian Music: Wednesday, December 17. doors at 7:00.  Concert 7:30 – 9:30pm. $15/$10 students/seniors/under-waged.  This group; Bob Shields, Mike Malone, Clark Johnston, Carolyn Credico, & Anthony Michelli has played together in various formats for many years. The band consists of some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians and jazz educators and one rising star. All the musicians have roots locally and have been good friends for most of their careers. They all have a passion for good music and wanted to do something special locally for this holiday season. They have chosen Christmas music (of course) as the focus for this concert. However, as all these musicians share a love for both jazz and Brazilian music, they are infusing the concert with these influences. This will be a beautiful evening of festive music!
Carolyn Credico
 is a ‘not to be missed’ rising talent. Her voice is soulful as well as technically masterful. Bob Shields: Jazz, contemporary, and Brazilian guitar styles with decades of performing and recording experience nationally and internationally with some of Canada’s finest musicians. Mike Malone: Since the nineteen seventies Mike has been one of the country’s leading trumpet and Flugel horn players and arrangers. Anthony Michelli: Anthony is one of our country’s finest jazz drummers. with countless recordings under his belt. Clark Johnston: Clark is one of the most ‘in demand bassists’ around. Performing currently with the finest musicians in Canada such as Don Thompson, Reg Schwager and Terry Clark.  Longer Performer Bios:

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Robin Benedict & Sam Klass Live at The Pearl! December 13.

Robin Benedict & Sam Klass Live at The Pearl! Saturday, December 13. $15 / $10 students/seniors/under-waged.  RobinatCHCH.jpgWhere else can you hear Hamilton’s own Robin in such an acoustically perfect and intimate situation? First there was the Video that went viral with 4½ million views. Then there was CH Morning Live!! But, we were just along for the ride, while the world was discovering what we already knew; Robin Benedict is a STAR! And the pairing with Sam Klass, couldn’t be a better fit! Her expansive repertoire of everything from rock, reggae and funk, country, folk and blues and her unique, powerful voice has drawn international attention, and regular trips to Nashville to record. She is known for her relaxed and humorous stage presence and ability to move a crowd of any size and demographic to their feet. Sam Klass spent 2 years developing his own looping techniques before taking them across Canada. He has added digital beats and instruments to his act, and has stood up from a formerly seated performance to become  a full on singing, dancing puppet of existential forces! Come on out and see this talented pair of singer/songwriters/musicians in concert. Here’s the viral video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVjCZ0IoKUE  and here’s Robin singing “What’s Up”: http://youtu.be/kFCCe0hleRA  http://www.robinbenedict.ca/

Ron Hynes in Concert: Friday, December 12

Ron Hynes: Friday, December 12. Doors 7:30 / Concert 8:00pm. $20 advance / $25 at the door. Living legend, musical icon, throat cancer survivor… just a few of his ron_hynes06.jpgtags…. Hynes’ songs are woven into the fabric of Atlantic Canada, he’s won countless awards, and some of the biggest names in music have covered his work (Emmylou Harris, Murray McLauchlan, Valdy, John McDermott).  For Ron Hynes, it’s all about the songs-and the soul-baring stories… and he has a few left to tell. With a songwriting career that spans more than 30 years, Ron is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner and a past Juno, CCMA and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee. Frequently referred to as the “man of a thousand songs”, his song “Sonny’s Dream” has become a folk classic, performed and recorded by artists all over the world.  He’s an actor, a songwriter/composer.  The feature film about Ron’s life “The Man of a Thousand Songs” debuted at TIFFestival to sold-out audiences and critical praise.  “He touches people… it’s a rare gift for songwriters to be able to distill a song until only its essence remains. He’s a treasure.” Fan.   For more, visit: www.hynesite.org  Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV6QlEL46Bs

YOU CAN DO THAT! 50th Anniversary of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT & BEATLES FOR SALE: December 5 & 6

YOU CAN DO THAT! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT and BEATLES FOR SALE: December 5 & December 6 at 8:00pm. BeatlesDec14.jpg$20/night/ $30 for 2 nights. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of two albums released by the Beatles, “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Beatles For Sale”. To mark this anniversary, two fundraising shows are being held at The Pearl. Hosted by Christopher Clause, the shows will feature the best local talent performing in the heart of the city. The monies raised from the show will go to FERMATA HAMILTON, specifically the Debbie Clause Recording Fund, which will assist local musicians in making new, recorded music for the world to experience. There will be merchandise from the musicians on sale (which will make excellent Christmas gifts) as well as fine pop art designed by Kryder (Kristie Costello) who designed the image used on the poster for the shows.
The lineup (as of October 30) is as follows and is subject to change at any moment! Andrew Aldridge, The Barr Band, Jennifer Beehler, Robin Benedict, Bob Bryden, Jen Budd, Katie Bulley, Shawn Brush, Parag Chakravarti, Jeff Chase, Christopher Clause, Matthew de Zoete, Robyn Dell’Unto, Nathan Fleet, Andy Griffiths, Bec Jamieson, Chris Jamieson, AaLia Kesari, Frank Koren, Kim Koren, Marra Theresa Koren, Josh Lamothe, Tor Lukasik-Foss, Fred Magie, Melissa Marchese, Lena Montecalvo, Steve Parton, Michael Scott, Slow Burn Jury, Peter Taplay. Here’s a taste!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAnHQ5AIeAI  https://www.facebook.com/events/1471811463084668/?source=1

An Evening with Garnet Rogers: November 29

An Evening with Garnet Rogers:  Saturday, November 29, 8:00pm $20 General Admission/$15 students/arts workers/seniors: “A brilliant songwriter. One of the major garnet_rogers.jpgtalents of our time.” — The Boston Globe  “The greatest interpreter and vocalist performing in the contemporary folk scene.” — Sing Out.  We already know this, and we know that he was born in Hamilton to parents of Nova Scotian descent.  We also know that Garnet spent hours harmonizing with his brother, the late folk legend Stan Rogers and was on the road as a full-time working musician with Stan, until he died tragically in a plane crash. Since then, Garnet has established himself as a formidable solo artist. Again, the Boston Globe; “Garnet’s vocal and instrumental talents are complimented by an undeniably powerful physical presence — close to six and a half feet tall — with the lungs to match.” With his “smooth, dark baritone” (Washington Post) his incredible range and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, his music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of small every-day victories; his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit move his audiences from tears to laughter and back again. Though Garnet has enjoyed much popularity over the years, he remains resolutely independent, turning down offers from major labels to ensure that he continues doing music his own way.    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garnet-Rogers/24500364751   Listen:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHyTxGwAdnk

Paul Reddick: Bluesman Extraordinaire! Fri, November 28

Paul Reddick: Friday, November 28: 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/seniors/arts workers. He’s back by popular demand (and ours)! Paul Reddick calls Toronto home, but Paul_6_16x9_620x350.jpghis reputation is spreading internationally. The award-winning (phenomenal!) harmonica player, bandleader and songwriter described his most recent CD, Wishbone, as “a soundtrack for dancing and sex.” (!) The January ‘12 issue of Mojo, listed the CD in the #3 spot on its annual list of the Top 10 blues records of 2012. And if those accolades weren’t enough, here’s internationally renowned Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin, a long-time Reddick fan, “Wishbone is terrific!”  When Reddick, nominated for no less than five Maple Blues Awards, was asked “What is the blues?” the answer: “The Blues will always provide a soundtrack, a language, an endless landscape. It offers an unlimited means to express, explore and experience everything and every question that matters most.  It can be the heart singing its deepest song.” http://www.paulreddick.ca  Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dcae11Tx0w  

Lennie Gallant: Live at The Pearl! Sun., November 23

Lennie Gallant: Live at The Pearl! Sunday, November 23, 8:00pm $20 General Admission. CD Release Show! Recognized by his peers as one of Canada’s best performing songwriters, lenniegallant_promo2009_SM.jpgLennie Gallant has previously released nine albums in both French and English which have earned him a host of awards and nominations from the Junos, ECMAs and Prix Eloizes. A recipient of the Order Of Canada, he had his music taken into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour by astronaut Julie Payette. He has toured many parts of the world and over 30 artists have recorded his songs.
Gallant has just released his tenth album Live Acoustic at The Carleton, which  contains 16 live tracks, a combination of brand new songs and familiar favourites. New songs include “Has Anybody Seen My Skates”, which premiered on Hockey Day in Canada, “God’s Reply”, “Amelia”, inspired by Amelia Earhart (co-written with Liam Titcomb) and “Abegweit”, which was written for his hit show Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant, that he starred in at the Mack Theatre in Charlottetown, PEI, were he performed 57 sold out shows this past summer! The album was recorded over two nights in the intimate atmosphere of the award winning songwriter music club – The Carleton in Halifax.  Website – www.lenniegallant.com  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qONe8HuvFl4&index=1&list=PLCIpsbK97eNaL88TuUqjsChrs0-tzCG_G


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