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Coming Up at The Pearl!

January:
January 9 thru 31: Pearl Company Winter Theatre Festival:

SCHEDULE: The Pearl Company Winter Theatre Festival

Jan 22: 7:30: Democracy is Dead
9:00: Best of Erin & Nara
Jan 23: 7:30: Jesters Incognito
9:00: Democracy is Dead
Jan 24: A Wake for Lost Time: A 24 Hour Play!
Starts at 1pm on the 24th/finishes 1pm on 25th….

Jan 29: 8:00: Democracy is Dead
Jan 30: 7:30: Democracy is Dead 
9:00: Best of Erin & Nara 
Jan 31: 7:30: Best of Erin & Nara
9:00: Democracy is Dead

February:

Feb. 6 : Jesse Macrae & Company
Feb 7: Big Johnny Blue w Strange Cargo; Special Guest Richard Thornton of The Jack De Keyzer Band
Feb 13: Love Letters Cabaret: SMOKE
Feb 14: Shari Vandermolen w Quarter to Nine
Feb 20: A Tribute to Stan Rogers: Stanfest Fundraiser!
Feb 21: Sean McCann of Great Big Sea
Feb 22: Bob Wegner & Friends
Feb 27:  Christopher Clause: FOR GEORGE: Celebrating the music of George Harrison
Feb 28: Tech Conference

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YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Arts 2009
City of Hamilton Lifetime Achievement in the Arts 2009 with Gary Santucci.  

The Pearl Company is the HMA Theatre of the Year 2013!

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

Love Letters Cabaret: SMOKE: Friday, February 13

Love Letters Cabaret: SMOKE: Friday, February 13. 8:00pm (Doors 7:30pm) Admission: $25 Advance/ $30 @ Door.  Smoke is a romantic and seductive show; perfect for a couple on Valentines weekend! SMOKE is a glimpse into the fantasies of a woman… Toronto’s edgiest, most sexually charged dance theatre company infiltrates the passionate minds of cigar factory workers in the 50s. Take a peek as each member takes a private moment from their mundane task to daydream about love affairs, secrets and desires.
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

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

Pearl Company Winter Theatre Festival! Jan 9 – 31

 

Jesters Incognito: Shows: Jan 9, 17, 23. Times vary. Tickets: $15.00. Jesters Incognito is an exciting and life-affirming one-man show JESTERS PEARL (2)that tells two unique stories.  For over 20 years, Harrison fills sketchbooks in order to cope with his Bipolar condition.  In it he writes the story of Mr. Meister, a taxi driver who starts an undergournd group of artists and entertainers in a dystopian world where live entertainment is outlawed.
With a creative mash up of cartooning, music, and comedy, you are taken into the imagination of both Harrison and Mr. Meister, wherein they reveal the key to mental wellness, and the cure to the dreaded Doldrums.  Audiences are raving about this underground renaissance of otherworldly jesters; the value of their seemingly silly shenanigans runs deep and leaves most blinded by glee!  Celebrate human resilience and the power of art!
“The Jesters Incognito are kicking off the new year with three performances at Hamilton’s awesome Arts Centre, The PEARL COMPANY!  This space is uniquely jesterly ~ eclectic, indie, and full of surprises.  I’m looking forward to bringing the nincompoops to the Pearl, to continue my support of creativity and mental health. :)”

Best of Erin & Nara: Shows: Jan 10, 15,16, 22, 30, 31. Times vary. Tickets: $15.00. MF Arts Productions presents… Partner’s in love and laughter, Erin and Nara are Erin_and_Nara_poster_best_of.jpgpleased to announce their BEST OF THE SO FARS, Show! This couple is known for their original song “Sexy Cuz We’re Lesbians” and for being the over-the-top hysterical hosts of Shelley Marshall’s The Full Bawdy Comedy Show. This FuNNy SHoW will be comprised of some of their favourite Comedy Skits, Songs, and Dance and will have you lol-ing and possibly even rofl-ing in the aisles! Erin & Nara are both hilarious (without ever ‘reaching’) and totally adorable! Their comedy is never cruel; raunchy sometimes….but never cruel.

Democracy is Dead: Subtitled “What are we going to do about it?” Runs: Jan 15-17; 22-23; 29-31. Times vary. Tickets: $15.00. Democracy is Dead is a multi-disciplinary, multi-media theatrical work written and directed by Gary Santucci. It is a wake-up call to the generations of the 60?s and 70?s to join the young people of DemocracyisDead.jpgtoday to begin to repair the damage that we all have caused and allowed to be inflicted on our environment, our institutions and our societies. The work was inspired through and by the cathartic exercise of creating the Pearl Company Arts Centre in Hamilton’s sacrifice zone. CAST: Gary Santucci – Alpha; Jeremy Shand – Beta; JonGordon Odegaard – Gamma; Greek Chorus: Francis X. Rocchi – Jason; Val Kay – Helen; Robert Inness – Homer; Jolanta Bace – Aphrodite; David Minnick – Euclid; Steve Wilson – Orpheus.

A Wake For Lost Time: Starts at 1pm on the 24th/finishes 1pm on 25th… Tickets: $20.00 (Gives you the right to come and go…or stay all night!) The Elephants elephantscollective.jpgCollective is a Toronto-based collective born out of the Theatre Passe Muraille emerging artist collective program! “A Wake For Lost Time.” captures what it is to be human and the effects time has on us all. What starts out as a look at existence within time from that of an outside observer, quickly becomes the story of everyone’s experience in the moment they find within themselves, audience and performers alike. The emotion and struggle of the cast become absolutely heart­wrenching as time progresses. “I can’t imagine a script that captures the nature of this performance, nor can I picture an actor alive that could replicate what Elephants in the Room have accomplished with this powerful show.” Everything on stage is real in the truest sense of the word. An amazing achievement; half theatre, half experiment. While the individual scenes and pieces that made up a full performance cycle are moving, challenging, and entertaining, it is a thrill to watch the performers engage with this material over 24 hours, to see them fight their own exhaustion, to watch the pieces evolve and change, and discover new meaning and life with each repetition.

 

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.

Santa’s Big Sleep: Sunday, December 21

Santa’s Big Sleep:  Sunday, December 21. Matinee, 1 pm. Tickets – $10 Adults, $8 children, $32 Family. This is the 12th Anniversary of SBS presented by Northern SantaBigSleep.jpgLights Theatre. Start your Christmas season with this magical story about children’s love for Santa and the true spirit of Christmas!
There is a worldwide mail strike and no letters are coming to the North Pole. Santa falls into a deep sleep and we discover that it is the children’s love contained in the letters that keeps Santa alive. Can the Elves solve the problem and wake Santa before Christmas Eve, or will the Spirit of Christmas be lost forever? They will need your help!  Written by Lee William Fairbanks. Directed by Luis Arrojo. Starring Alyssa Nedich, Liz Buchanan, Sean Emberley, Tyler Brent, Ella Burns, Rachel Sheridan, Kamryn Wood and Savannah Bourque. nltc@bell.net  or www.thepearlcompany.ca

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Santas-Big-Sleep/214424055300155?ref=br_tf

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 

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda: December 18 @ 7pm &19 @ 8pm BOTH SHOWS SOLD OUT!

AWAKE: The Life of  Yogananda: Thursday, December 18 @ 7:00pm (doors: 6:30) Friday, December 19 @ 8:00pm (doors 7:30). $15/$10 students/seniors/wage-challenged.  Paramahansa Yogananda is the AWAKE_POSTER_SM.jpgAuthor of the famous book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ Selected as “One of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century”. ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ is regarded worldwide as a classic of religious literature and it continues to appear on best-seller lists after more than sixty consecutive years in print! The world premiere of AWAKE opened in New York City on October 10. Here’s what is being said about the film…
“The inspirational journey of AWAKE is bound to awaken your own path; don’t miss the opportunity to see this epic and timeless film on the big screen.” —-L.A. Yoga Magazine
“Yogananda was truly one of the great spiritual masters. He shone a light that continues to bless millions of us living on the earth today.” —-Marianne Williamson
“The film tapped into Yogananda’s humanity in a way that was profoundly moving and inspiring to me.” —-Ram Dass
“A beautifully crafted film and a powerful story about a spiritual genius.” —-Russell Simmons
www.awaketheyoganandamovie.com See the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oORHVf3cu8M

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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THE NAUGHTY NUTCRACKER! Sunday, December 14

THE NAUGHTY NUTCRACKER! Presented by Love Letters Cabaret: Sunday, December 14. 8:00pm – 9:30pm (Doors 7:30pm) Admission: $20 Advance/ $25 @ NaughtyNutcracker.jpgDoor.  Ever wonder what happened to all the toys too naughty to make it into Santa’s bag? Immerse yourself in Pastel Supernova’s fantasy world, as she invites you into Santa’s naughty toyshop. Witness how unruly toys behave when left to play unattended. Enjoy Burlesque from Toronto’s most edgy, exciting and sexually charged theater dance 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 decadence & 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: http://youtu.be/1MvSqS1uscY  www.loveletterscabaret.com


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