The Pearl Company

Theatre, Gallery and Arts Centre 16 Steven Street Hamilton ON 905-524-0606

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Coming Up at The Pearl!

February 1: Pena Latinoamericano: Popular & traditional latin american music & poetry
February 7: Arrogant Worms
February 8: Private Event
February 29: Big Johnny Blue’s 15th Birthday! Leap Year Blues!

March 7: Shari Vandermolen with the David Brideau Trio
March 4: Christopher Clause’s Beatles’ Open Mike
March 21: Art Opening: Jessica Carrasco
March 28: Bypass Off Band

The Pearl Company will continue to operate until our buyer has all his permits and plans in place. The Pearl continues for another 2 years!   

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Big Johnny Blue: Leap Year Blues & Johnny’s 15th Birthday! Saturday, February 29

Big Johnny Blue: Leap Year Blues & Johnny’s 15th Birthday! Saturday, February 29. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. When Big Johnny (aka John Crawford) was born it was a leap year. This makes him a large unwieldy 15 year old.  And gives us a great excuse for a party!
Big Johnny’s a Hamilton guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Hamilton Blues Society. No matter the venue, Big Johnny captures his audience with the engaging sounds of what he has coined “Hammer Blues”. Guitar: Jon Newton, Bassist: Dano, Drummer: Scott Gardner, Harmonica: Rod McTaggart.
Come; revive your soul with great music and say Happy Birthday in the process!

Christopher Clause’s “ALL TOGETHER NOW”: beginning March 4

Christopher Clause’s “ALL TOGETHER NOW”: First Wednesday of every month; begins March 4. 7:30 until 10:00 p.m. Admission: $10. A Beatles’ Open Mic! If you love the Beatles, this open mic is for you. An ALL BEATLES’ Open Mic, hosted by the city’s most celebrated interpreters of the Fabs’ music and beloved open mic hosts, Christopher Clause himself. “All Together Now” is an all-ages affair where you can perform on your own, with your friends, with Christopher or simply be a part of the audience. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door with a first-come, first served song selection process. The open mic is not limited to just the group’s works, but their solo material as well (and the odd covers that the lads did on record and/or live). Bring your instruments (acoustic instruments preferred) and we will provide microphones, instruments cables, picks, capos, music stands, a baby grand piano and access to an iPad (for lyrics or chord charts).
At the end of the night, Christopher will invite all of the guests for the evening onto the stage to perform two classic Beatles’s songs together in a jam-like setting. Perfect.

Shari Vandermolen & the David Brideau Trio: Saturday March 7

Shari Vandermolen & the David Brideau Trio: Saturday March 7.  Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. The remarkable Shari Vandermolen is a celebrated vocalist and award-winning performer in Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area who has been entertaining audiences for 15 years with her Quartet, Trio or 5-piece band Quarter to Nine.  She is also the lead vocalist for the 10-piece jazz combo SwingLine.  March 7 Shari brings her powerful and impressive vocal stylings back to the Pearl Company for an intimate evening of song with jazz guitarist David Brideau, James Gannett on bass and Vince Waters on drums.  “…hear Vandermolen make jelly of your emotions with her voice and her art…”  – View Magazine
David Brideau is a jazz guitarist, composer, and teacher. A Hamilton native, and honours graduate from the Mohawk Jazz program, David has played all around the GTA with his own groups, the David Brideau Trio and Quartet, as well as being prominently featured in groups with Michael Morobito, Amber-Leigh Palka, and Lauren Perreira among others. He studied under jazz greats Bob Shields, Pat Collins, Kim Ratcliffe, and Mark Ucci and is currently continuing his studies at McMaster University. David often composes his own standards, and released the sold-out EP “Addicted To You” in 2016. Tickets:

Art Opening: Jessica Pamela CARRASCO: Saturday, March 21

Art Opening: Jessica Pamela CARRASCO: Saturday, March 21. Door: 7pm to 10pm. CARRASCO, is an artist, born in Santiago de Chile in 1972, and arriving in Canada in 2005 with her husband and her 11-year-old girl. She has published two bilingual books for children: The Child That I Am / La Niña que soy (Familius, 2015) and Colorful Children/Niños de Colores (Tap Peques, 2011). She also illustrated the trilingual book for children Emma’s Symphony written by Camila Reimers (Mapalé, 2018) and published s book of poetry in Spanish named “Tatuajes de una Historia” (Mapalé, 2018). She writes a monthly column for the newspaper Presencia Latina and also participates as a permanent guest once a month in the radio show a Un Café con Luz. 

Bypass Off Band: Saturday, Mar. 28

Bypass Off Band: Saturday, Mar. 28. 8:00 p.m. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00 – 11:00. Tickets: $15. The ultimate classic progressive rock cover act. If you are a music lover looking for the ultimate progressive rock experience, look no further! Bypass Off pays tribute to the greatest progressive rock groups in history. Bringing the style, sound, and spirit of groups like Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd, Rush, Frank Zappa, U.K, Peter Gabriel, etc. to life is their goal. Their musicianship is exceptional, evident in the effortless recreation of some of the most difficult and interesting music in rock history. These are some of the best rock musicians anywhere. Together, they have decades of deep professional experience in everything from rock, jazz, classical, and various world musics. The Band: Sim Bansal: Lead Vocal and Guitar; Olivia Brown: Bass and Vocal; Dave O’Neill: Drums and Vocal; Bob Shields: Guitars; Dave Thierry: Keyboards


Peña Latinoamericana: Saturday, February 1

Peña Latinoamericana: Saturday, February 1. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8 pm – 10:30. Donation: $20 at the door. Hosted by Presencia Latina. Come and enjoy a night of traditional music from Latin America, poetry and warmth to beat the winter blues. There will also be empanadas and drinks at the Latin American Peña Latinoamericana. Musicians Miguel Vasquez, Jose San Hueza, Marcello Puente, Nano Valverde, singer Lil America and poet Constanza Duran.
Vengan a disfrutar de una bella noche de musica y poesia en el Pearl company en Hamilton.  Habrá empanadas y algo de tomar.   Va ser una noche increíble y para pasar calentitos y con cultura los fríos del invierno!

The Arrogant Worms: Friday, February 7

The Arrogant Worms: Friday, February 7. Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 7:30. Tickets: $30/$25 students. The Arrogant Worms began in 1991 as a comedy troupe performing songs and sketches on Queen’s University campus radio. The songs were written to make fun of a big dumb world. Luckily, the world is still dumb and The Arrogant Worms (Mike McCormick, Chris Patterson and Trevor Strong) still have plenty to sing about. The shows are fast, furious and family friendly. The wit is quick, the satire is biting and the musicianship is second to none. Their appeal has earned them fans from kids to parents to grandparents to Princess Leia. On earth or in space, everyone digs these Worms.
The Arrogant Worms continue to provide tuneful and silly escapism for everyone who needs it. And if you think you don’t need it, well you’re wrong. You do. The Arrogant Worms know what’s best for you and what’s best for you is The Arrogant Worms.
Chris Patterson – sings and plays the bass. He has a children’s album called “Small Potatoes”.   Trevor Strong – sings and plays instruments when he remembers to bring them. He wrote a book called Get Stupid.  Mike McCormick – sings and plays the guitar. He has two degrees but he can’t find them anywhere. Tix managed by the AWs only at:

New Years at The Pearl: World-beat Jazz & Pearl-beat Dancing on December 31!

New Years at The Pearl: World-beat Jazz & Pearl-beat Dancing! Tuesday, December 31, 8:00 ‘til ?  $75 per person/ $65 Members/Seniors/Un(der)waged. Pricing available for groups. Ticket includes Champagne at Midnight.
There will be a DJ, one hugely satisfying jazz set, and as always a great buffet.

  • We promise fun, great conversations, musical magic, and lots of dancing
  • Chef Gary Santucci and sous-chef Rod MacTaggart outdo themselves every year; a pan-global buffet arrives throughout the night.
  • Cash bar

We need you to RSVP via email, or phone or to buy your tickets online.  We are expecting a crowd so let us know as soon as you do!

Carlos del Junco & The Blues Mongrels: Saturday, January 25

Carlos del Junco & The Blues Mongrels: Saturday, January 25, Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $25 door; $20 advance. Carlos del Junco is a harmonica virtuoso who has won numerous national and international awards for his unique playing style.  Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (ergo, “The Blues Mongrels”). Caught between the blues and jazz world, Carlos and band deliver a seamless fusion of everything from swing to Latin, second line New Orleans grooves to swampy folk roots melodies, and even “world music”.
Carlos’ new CD Hang On features Eric St. Laurent and Henry Heillig on guitar and bass respectively, some back-up vocals from Jimmy Bowskill, with Kevin Breit playing on mandolin and 12 sting resonator guitar on a couple of songs. You can listen to some sound bytes of the new disc here:
“A model of focus and urgency…a true virtuoso…” Brad Wheeler – The Globe and Mail

David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross: December 5 to 7: One Weekend Only!; 12 to 14

David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross: December: 5, 6, 7. Matinee @ 2:00 pm on 7.  All other shows: Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $25. One weekend only.  We’re losing one of the stars,  Mischa Aravena to Disney. How can we argue with that?
Glengarry Glen Ross, winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, showcases playwright David Mamet at his very best. This scalding dramatic comedy revolves around small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. This iconic piece was also turned into a celebrated film, starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, and Alec Baldwin.
Presented by Nortesur Productions. Cast: Mischa Aravena, Mark Ellis, Rod McTaggart, Chris Reid, Kayla Gambrill, Walter Reid, Joel Pettigrew, John Patrick. Directed by David Nash.

A GRACEWORKS CHRISTMAS: Friday, December 20.

A GRACEWORKS CHRISTMAS: Friday, December 20. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: Suggested donation for Hamilton Food Share: $20. Hosted by Christopher Clause and Graceworks Baptist Church, this is “Not your Grandmother’s church!!” It will be a seasonal evening of music, singing, giving, and celebrating the birth of Jesus. There will be some traditional Christmas songs, and some not-so traditional ones, at a time to be optimistic, inspired and desirous of giving to those in need this Christmas. If you hanker for a Christmas themed evening but are afraid to walk into a church building, this evening is for you. A family friendly event!
Special Musical Guests: Andrew Aldridge, Bob Bryden, Lisa Winn
We have invited Hamilton Food Share to join us and all proceeds raised that night will go towards this fine organization.  Do you still need to find that special gift for someone?  We will also have Lena’s Watercolours joining us selling some great gifts for Christmas, as well as some recordings of our special guest artists on CD

Big Johnny Blue: Concert for Charlene: Saturday, November 30

Big Johnny Blue: Concert for Charlene: Saturday, November 30.  Tickets: Suggested $20 or Pay What You Can. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. When Big Johnny (aka John Crawford) lost his wife of 39 years, the charming and highly sociable Charlene, he and his band wanted to do a concert focused on honouring her. If you’ve been to a Big Johnny concert you will have seen Charlene’s warm and welcoming smile. She rarely missed a concert and her unwavering support of John and his band members was a valued addition to every show.
Big Johnny’s
a Hamilton guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and founding member of The Hamilton Blues Society. No matter the venue, Big Johnny captures his audience with the winning sounds of what he has coined “Hammer Blues”. Guitar: Jon Newton, Bassist: Dano, Blues Harmonica: Rod McTaggart, Drummer: Scott Gardner.
Come; revive your soul with great music! And say a special goodbye to Charlene. We will all miss her amiable and loving presence.

Gary Santucci’s SPANJAZZ! A World Beat Jazz Project: Friday, November 29

Gary Santucci’s SPANJAZZ! A World Beat Jazz Project: Friday, November 29. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. Tickets: $20 /$15 students/seniors/ un(der)waged.  A collection of musical compositions inspired by world music rhythms, performed in a jazz context by the 6-piece world-beat jazz ensemble, SPANJAZZ! Featuring: Jordan Abraham – keyboard, Simon Wheeldon – saxophone, Aidan Sibley – trombone, James Gannett – bass, Rob Santos – 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!

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