The Pearl Company

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Archive for the ‘Concerts’


Andrea Garofalo with Gary Santucci: Saturday, November 3

Andrea Garofalo with Gary Santucci: Saturday, November 3. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/seniors/un(der)waged. One of Hamilton’s favourite tenors returns! Andrea Garofalo is an award-winning Italian Operatic Tenor, whose power and passion routinely bring the house down. As First Place Winner of the prestigious Canadian CHIN Classical Music Awards, Andrea enlisted in The Sistine Chapel Choir at The Vatican in Rome, where he earned the title of “The Golden Voice.” From there, he sang with Andrea Bocelli(!). He performed with the Hamilton Opera Company to great acclaim, in roles ranging from lyric to dramatic. Andrea sings his Pop to Opera© worldwide; he has made numerous recordings in Italian, Spanish, French, English, Latin and Hebrew. The brilliance and beauty of his tone has established him as one of this planet’s finest tenors. Known for his larger-than-life showmanship, he has a gift that awakens one’s emotions, crosses cultural boundaries, and happily, expands the popularity of opera.  Listen:  https://youtu.be/6mO8o8QzpcE
Guitarist/composer Gary Santucci accompanies Andrea. Trained in Spain (and Canada) and playing his unique brand of flamenco and world music for over 35 years, he is a consummate musician whose repertoire spans numerous genres.  Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzKBk4LxbRU

Les Stroud: Musician! Thursday, October 25

Les Stroud: Musician! Thursday, October 25. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $30 / $25 students/seniors/un(der)waged.  A Canadian survival expert, filmmaker and musician best known as the creator, writer, producer, director, cameraman and host of the television series Survivorman, Les LesStroud2_10_18Stroud has made a powerful name in the world of documentary film making, indeed starting an entirely new genre of TV, yet he comes by his music honestly. Since the age of 14 Stroud has been writing songs and studying musically. By 23 his music was being shopped to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and he was a published songwriter. Taking a break from music to concentrate on outdoor adventure Stroud eventually returned to his first love. He wrote and recorded all through the inception and eventual success of filming the Survivorman TV series, which included releasing 4 CDs as well as performing hundreds of concerts.
He has been nicknamed the “Hendrix of harmonica” for good reason. It is said Les plays the ‘harp’ like he’s playing a guitar; watching him live is awe-inspiring. Fusing modern technology with a powerful set of lungs, Stroud plays with a confidence and style that no other player captures today. Website: http://www.lesstroud.ca/music/
Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QW0w7APTk8
Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/22064/

Another Membership Meet & Eat: Saturday, October 20

Another Membership Meet & Eat: Saturday, October 20: Starting at 7:00pm. Members are Free. Non-Members $30 – or you can pro-rate the fee and join our Last Season Membership Advisory Group ! Come let us say thank you or come join this exclusive band! Enjoy an evening of food, drink, music, & fellow humans with similar interests. J  As you know, the people who hang out at The Pearl are discerning, intelligent and interested in the arts…. We are far from the only venue offering to appease these tastes but if you know us, you know our offerings rarely miss!

Entertainment will be Gary and Charly Chiarelli and will consist of their usual back and forth (expect some Chicken Roost stories with Max Mintz’ recent passing….) with some music and who-knows-what kind of schtick thrown in. You just have to be here.

Big Johnny Blue & Special Guest Tim Gibbons: Saturday, October 13

Big Johnny Blue & Special Guest Tim Gibbons: Saturday, October 13. 8:00pm, $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged…. Like the blues? You’ll love them Big Johnny Blue style. Big Johnny’s a Hamilton guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Hamilton Blues Society. He is committed to supporting local music and musicians, especially by supporting efforts to tell Hamilton’s blues history, and the power of music to improve the life of every man.
Special Guest: Gritty blues-based rocker Tim Gibbons joins Johnny and Wayne Janus in the telling acoustics at The Pearl….

The Occasional Angels: Saturday, September 29

The Occasional Angels: Saturday, September 29. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. Occasional Angels_09_18Ottawa’s The Occasional Angels are returning to promote their third studio album ‘Angels In Exile’ plus new material destined for their fourth studio album ‘In The Hands of An Angel’. Last year’s sold-out show provided the Hamilton music scene with a first glance of an emerging Indie band featuring lead vocalist Cris Ruggiero and the song-writing of guitarist and founder David Hart. The band’s music is an eclectic mix of R&B, Soul, Jazz, Blues and Rock — Tickets: On sale ($20) in advance by contacting David Hart at: occasionalangelsrecords@yahoo.com

Jennifer Noble w Gus Apostolos: Saturday, September 22

Jennifer Noble w Gus Apostolos: Saturday, September 22. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. Jennifer Noble is known for powerful vocals, original songs, smart lyrics, and soulful, memorable melodies. She is a singer’s singer, with a wide vocal range and a deep understanding of the human JenniferNobleGusA_09_18condition in all its nuances.  Carole King meets Adele….
Songs Jennifer has co-written have garnered international songwriting contest nods and awards. As a recording artist, she has co-produced and released original music including “For As Long As We Both Shall Live” and “Joy”.  She wrote with and fronted the Foxrun Band and Three Stand Out,. She was a vocalist with Crazy Leggs, Feast of Friends, sang backup vocals with Liberty Silver, Coconut Groove and many others.  She is also currently working with several up-and-coming artists on brand new material for their projects.
Gus Apostolos backs Jennifer up on guitar.  He is also having a birthday that night. Jennifer tells us there will be cake…..
Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/22042/

Promise Made Promise Broken: A Basic Income Awareness Event · Friday, Sept. 28

Promise Made Promise Broken: A Basic Income Awareness Event · Hosted by This Mad PromisesBroken_09_18Desire: Friday, September 28, Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 7:30. Hamilton had been the subject of a pilot project study on Universal Basic Income that had recently started and was expected to last three years. It was canceled almost as soon as it started by the newly-elected Government of Ontario leaving the many recipients who have signed lease agreements, started new businesses, and returned to school, etc. all out in the lurch.

The newest member Jessie Golem has become something of a poster child for the backlash in the media, having been featured in Huffington Post, CBC, and even the Toronto Sun!

Because we are all concerned about this, we have decided to host an evening with music, speakers, info, etc.
More details coming soon, True Believers! Expect This Mad Desire (Mackenzie Kristjon) and Willow River (Dave Pomfret and Brennagh Burns). Plus plus.

https://www.facebook.com/events/303002967133676/

Euphonic: Friday, July 6

Euphonic: Friday, July 6. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 EuphonicClr_07_18students/seniors/un(der)waged. “Euphonic are Geoff Ball, Bob Wegner, and Vince Waters.  With cello, guitar, and drums they have created an eclectic sound of their own – a fusion of classical, Latin, folk, prog rock, ragtime, and jazz. They’ve been writing and playing music together for over a decade, and have finally managed to come together to compile an album’s worth of their original compositions. They are excited to finally be doing their album release show at the Pearl Company, where they will perform their album and more.”  Gary Santucci pulls out some chops and opens for them.

DALA! Saturday, June 23

Dala: Saturday, June 23. 8:00pm. Tickets: $30 / $25 Students/Seniors. Juno nominees and winners ofDala the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are poised to bring their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the world. Drawing upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala write songs that are both catchy and insightful. Amanda’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila’s velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark. The sheer joy with which they perform is infectious; they are equally entertaining between songs, telling funny and down to earth stories that make every show unique. Dala have opened for artists such as Tom Cochrane, Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, and joined Stuart McLean on the CBC’s Vinyl Café. They have performed at The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, California’s Strawberry Festival and Mariposa. In 2009, they were the only Canadian act invited to play at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival. www.dalagirls.com
“Dala seem bound for a loftier place where substance stands equal to style.” – The Irish Times

Danny Michel: Thursday, June 21

Danny Michel: Thursday, June 21. Doors: 7:15. Concert: 8:00pm. Tickets: $30 / $25 students/seniors/un(der)waged.  “With two Juno nominations and six solo albums to his credit, Danny DannyMichelMichel is one of the finest and most charming songwriters to grace the stage. His honest and straightforward lyrics, earnest live performances, and engaging stage banter, have earned him a devoted global fan base. As his fans will attest, he is a spontaneous & fearless performer.  If you’ve seen Danny live in concert, you’re probably already a fan. If you haven’t, you are missing out on “one of this country’s …..musical treasures” (Toronto Star). Like a chameleon, he slips into any genre with ease, playing off the energy of the crowd. Danny is an innovator, demonstrating that creative artists in the digital age can build a rich, successful and intimate relationship with their fans. He gained publicity in 2008 for making the tracks of his hit single “Feather, Fur & Fin” available for his fans to remix and then posting their submissions on his website.  www.dannymichel.com    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMkeNwU-0Ew&list=PL1DC4BB9370A1BE60

Samarkand & The Silk Road: Saturday, June 16

Samarkand & The Silk Road: Saturday, June 16, Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 /$15 students/seniors/un(der)waged. Gary Santucci presents a suite of 10 works that musically trace the travels of GaryOud_06_18Marco Polo from Constantinople to The Great Wall of China. Expect a rather fascinating history lesson along the way. Composed in 2007 by Santucci for Oud, Accordion, Bass and Drums. The work will have its world premiere on the 16th.
Oud- Gary Santucci
Accordion – Jordan Abraham
Bass- James Gannet
Drums- Vincent Waters

Scenes & Songs from Gord Carruth’s Canadian Musicals: Fri. May 25, Sat. May 26 Matinee @ 1:30. Evening Show Cancelled!

Scenes & Songs from Gord Carruth’s Canadian Musicals: THE SATURDAY EVENING SHOW BEEN CANCELLED. PLEASE BOOK FOR OTHER SHOWS. Thurs, May 24 & Fri. 25 @ 7:30. Sat. May 26: Matinee @ 1:30 & Evening @ 7:30. Tickets: $25. Doors: 7:00 & 1:00pm.
Ex-Hamiltonian, Gord Carruth, a national ACTRA award-winning playwright/composer, Canada’s GordCarruth_05_18most prolific writer of historical musicals, returns home to present scenes and songs from his works.
Gord has written eight mainstage musicals, four musicals for children and close to two hundred songs.
Canadian artists, Andrew Galligan and Reba Sigler from Ottawa, will present excerpts from the following musicals:
JOEY, based on the life and times of Joey Smallwood; THE PRINCESS &THE PIRATE, A Newfoundland legend; “AND SO TO BED”, based on the diary of Samuel Pepys; GABRIEL; JUST WATCH  ME, based on the life and times of Pierre Trudeau; and his most recent  SIR JOHN A. MACDONALD, the musical, an official event as part of Ottawa’s 150th anniversary celebrations of Confederation.
All music is played by the musicians of Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton.

Azalea: Saturday, May 19.

Azalea: Saturday, May 19. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/seniors/ un(der)waged.  Randy Uberig Opens. Getting to know Azalea’s music is getting to know Benjamin and Mia Hackett, the Azalea_05_18husband and wife duo from Hamilton. The way their voices blend together in song conjures an imagined romance, much like their own. Thirteen years after discovering that they work better together than apart, their songwriting bond continues as strong as ever, and they are producing their best work to date.
Benjamin and Mia have released five albums and a holiday single together, each project holding a special place in their hearts. They are most excited about their most recent project, “Gypsy’s Moonlight Motel”, written and recorded with the usual homegrown heart and soul, at “Sweet Dreams Recording Studio” in their home. Of course, this wouldn’t be an Azalea album without love songs and rich two- part harmonies. “Gypsy-Americana” is a term coined to define the remaining songs that borrow from North American and Eastern European folk traditions.
Two haunting voices supported by guitar, piano, and their trademark “suitcase-kick-drum” create a breathtaking concert experience. A must see for fans of “The Civil Wars” and the film “Once”.
http://azaleamusic.net/

Alfie Zappacosta in Concert: Friday, May 18.

Alfie Zappacosta in Concert: Friday, May 18. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $40.  Zappacosta is undeniably one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers, with an American Music Award, two JUNOs, a string of chart topping million-sellers, and a recording and acting career that has spanned 40 years. He continues to evolve as an artist by “doing it his way”, an effort that has been rewarded with an impressive song catalogue and a discerning, loyal fan base.AlfieZappacosta2_05_18
In his teens, Zappacosta set his sights upon being a guitarist until his vocal prowess and song writing skills were uncovered. His legacy of hits brought him to the world’s attention. “Start Again”, “When I Fall in Love Again” and “Nothing Can Stand In Your Way” became staples on adult contemporary radio. Zappacosta became a Rock Star and in 1987, Walt Disney’s Danger Bay episode “Rock Star” catapulted Zappacosta to a new kind of fame.
Underneath it all, was a songwriter of the highest caliber. With a massive catalog of well over 200 songs, Zappacosta true art is in his words. All but seven songs on his thirteen recordings have been written or co-written by Alfie many of them delivered from his acoustic guitar.
His recordings since 1996 reflect his mastery at romance, his insight into relationships and his complex knowledge of music. Zappacosta has redefined the live concert experience with intimate and intense showcases. His performances deliver a blend of acoustic, jazz and pop music that grabs your heart with the words and your head with soaring melodies.
Zappacosta’s latest CD and DVD, Live From Blue Frog Studios captures a recording in front of an intimate audience with his great band, finding the heart and soul of his classics and new material showcasing him making some of the most dynamic music of his career. “No trends, no hype –This is pure music, pure art…pure Zappacosta.  http://zappacosta.ca Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/21101/   Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rHomdCRPiM

An Evening with Shari Ulrich: Friday, May 4

An Evening with Shari Ulrich: Friday, May 4. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $25 / $20 students/seniors/wage-challenged.  This is a rare appearance in these parts by Juno award winner, ShariUlrichSm_05_18Shari Ulrich. Originally a California girl, long settled on the west coast of Canada, Shari celebrates 45 years as a touring recording artist and multi-instrumentalist (violin, mandolin, piano, guitar, dulcimer, & harmonica). From Pied Pumkin through The Hometown Band, and as a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist, it all has lead to 23 albums – including her collaboration with solo artists Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes (UHF), Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor (BTU), and more recently The High Bar Gang, a 7 piece bluegrass band with Barney Bentall & Colin Nairne. Her work has garnered 2 Juno awards, several Juno nominations, an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and a 2014 CFMA for English Songwriter of the Year. Shari is thrilled be touring with her daughter – recording engineer Julia Graff, (on violin, mandolin, guitar, accordion & vocals) and fellow High Bar Gang member Kirby Barber (on bass, guitar & vocals).  www.shariulrich.com  Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/20889/
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj1ygeFacN4


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