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Shelley Marshall Presents: “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”: April 18 & 19

HELD OVER! Shelley Marshall Presents: The Award Winning Production “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”: April 18 & 19. All ShelleyMarshallApr18_19.jpgOne Woman’s story of an unfiltered life, written and performed by Shelley Marshall, directed by Linda Kash. It seems appropriate that world renowned Comedienne, Marshall would open her autobiographical One Woman Show in the city where the story and star were born. It took 10 years for Marshall to create this Play and it is the rewarding result of resilience, recovery, and reflection while exploring many genres of performance including elements of clown, stand up, improv, buffoon, and play. Shelley Marshall takes her audience many places; “I take them on an adventure, both emotionally and visually. There is no denying that my story is tragic, but it’s my story and time and writing without shame has been my comedic relief. ‘Hold Mommy’s Cigarette’ is not an exploitation of what has happened in my life, but rather, an acceptance of where it may lead. It is a dark comedy, a vulnerable piece about life, mental illness and survival.” Marshall reveals with a smile. She invites you to come to her show with an open mind and promises you’ll leave with a full heart. *Mature Content* Tickets available at or 524-0606. Facebook Event:


Fringe: Death & the Maiden / RiderGirl: July 18-28


Death and the Maiden: Written by Laurence Olivier Prize Winning playwright Ariel Dorfman. This is the fourth production that Death_Maiden.jpgNortesur has developed for the stage; chosen because it speaks passionately about current international events, it asks tough questions about forgiveness and the role of victims and perpetrators in transitory societies, and it is a local opportunity to see a truly amazing piece of theatre written by one of Latin America’s best contemporary playwrights.  It is raw, provocative, and driven by a cast of characters that are all-too-human. Performed, and designed by emerging professional artists from across the golden horseshoe and the GTA, it is an entertaining, insightful, and extraordinarily powerful piece that delivers an evening of truly engaging theatre.  Thurs.July 18@ 8:00pm, Fri.19@8:00pm, Sat.20@7:00pm, Tues.23@8:00pm, Wed.24@7:00pm, Thurs.25@8:00pm,  Fri.26@7:00pm, Sat.27@8:00pm


RiderGirl: Written and performed by Ottawa based actor and Saskatchewan native Colleen Sutton. Professional sports and
ridergirl_poster_hamilton_2013_final_3_small_1.jpgindependent theatre meet head on in Tiger Town! This is the story of a young woman whose prairie roots and home team inspire her to get off the sidelines and get in the game of her life.  With the end zone in sight, she fights for every down, but fumbles when she tries to go it alone.  Her team is about to make it – can she do the same?  Come in your colours, GAME TIME is here!  Two?time Rideau award nominee Colleen Sutton will energize your inner fan!  “ **** ½ “The only reason I’ve withheld that last half?star is because I cannot in good conscience give 5 stars to a Rider fan. Other than that, the show was superb.” CBC Manitoba.   Note: Fri. 19 – 2 for 1.  Friday, July 19, 6:30; Saturday,  20, 9:00; Sunday,  21, 2:00; Tuesday,  6:30; Wednesday, 24, 9:00; Thursday,  25, 6:30; Friday,  26, 9:00; Saturday, 27, 2:00

Times, dates, and tickets are  on the Fringe website – 

Art Bus: Friday, July 5

The Art Bus is Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate Brokerage:

Last Art Bus for the Summer! Check out Hamilton’s unique and constantly evolving art scene! Call Barbara JMarsalesArtBusLarge.jpg(905.524.0606) or email ( to reserve your seat. Next dates: Sept 6 & 20. Cost: $15/$10 students/artists. Group rates available.  Start: 6:30 from The Pearl.

  • July 5: (L’Arche Gallery, Workers Arts & Heritage, Nathaniel Hughson, Book Club Gallery, Manta Gallery) This will be another varied and interesting trip with specially-opened galleries, and tours of places you have never been before!

Dean Hollin: For the Love O’ Nat: May 28

FOR THE LOVE O’ NAT – CHRONICLING THE LIFE, TIMES & MUSIC OF NAT KING COLE: Dean Hollin presents another DeanHollin_2_.JPGof his popular “Musical Biographies”.  Saturday, May 28th,  8 pm.  $18 advance / $22 door.  An evening of memories and melodies, all tied together by one man — that tremendous crooner of the twentieth century, Nat King Cole. The songs: “A Blossom Fell”, “Route 66, “Mona Lisa”, “Straighten Up and Fly Right”, “Paper Moon”, “When I Fall In Love” and, the timeless “Stardust”! In direct keeping with the instrumentation of the original Nat King Cole Trio piano, rhythm guitar, and upright bass — Dean will be accompanied by a live jazz trio.


“Artword @ The Pearl” season launch, Sept 13

Artword_Pearl_flyer_Sept08.jpgArtword Theatre and The Pearl Company have joined forces and are ready to go. Come to the Season Launch of our new “Artword @ The Pearl” at 16 Steven Street, Hamilton.
Saturday Sept 13 at 8:00
$12 advance, $15 at door! Call The Pearl Company 905-524-0606 to reserve

Artword_poster_Sept13_400.jpgGuest stars include: Charly Chiarelli (Cu’Fu), JP Riemens and Sue Sweetman, Allan Merovitz (If Cows Could Fly), dada dance contemporary dance ensemble, Gary Santucci & Dimitrios Doumas (Zarabanda), Sudanese actor Yahia Elawad, and special guest Tahia Zaroug.

The new Artword Ensemble will perform a sampler from our upcoming musical play You Are What You Do, written and directed by Ronald Weihs, with Heidi Ann Crocini, Simon De Abreu, Paula Grove, Valeri Kay, Tanis Macarthur, Allan Merovitz, Gordon Odegaard, Nea Reid.


Art Bus: Sept. 5 and 12, 2008

Art_Bus.gifSeptember 5: September 5 is taking shape; we will be going to Arts Hamilton, Anastasia Gallery, EcoHouse and Sunrise Gallery. It is their turn even though they have a special show in October – so yes, we will do both September and October – and this just in. We shall see….

September 12: I am not totally sure about which part of the Imperial Cotton Centre for the Arts, we will be visiting; whether it will be 270 Sherman or whether it will be the new Paper Box Studios on Cumberland – either would be fascinating.  Then we will go on to the ever changeable James North Art Crawl and the recently renovated Tiger Group Studio Gallery on Barton.  (more…)

Artword @ The Pearl 2008-2009 season at a glance

Highlights from the 2008-2009 season of Artword @ The Pearl
the new performance space at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street, Hamilton

Cabaret and Concert Nights, programed by Artword and The Pearl Company:
Fridays – The Pearl Coffee House at 8:30 pm (a feature and guest artists, ranging from acoustic musicians to dancers, poets, spoken word artists),
Saturdays – Concert Night and Special Events at 8:30 pm (new and established musicians, ranging from folk, world, and country to jazz and classical)
Sunday once a month – Film Night, Host’s Choice, at 7 pm, films chosen and introduced by each night’s host. beginning November 2.

Artword Theatre productions of original theatre:

Highlights include:
You Are What You Do, Artword’s musical play about real people and their jobs, written and directed by Ronald Weihs, October 16 to 26, 2008 
Rascals and Numskulls: The Robert Land Project, a family show based on the thrilling adventures of Robert Land, Hamilton’s first settler (and Landsdale neighbourhood’s namesake), a secret agent for the British during the American Revolution, and close ally of the famous Mohawk leader Joseph Brant. Music direction by Gary Santucci, for early December 2008
Sunamabeach, a new play by Charly Chiarelli about Hamilton, for March 2009. (Artword Theatre developed Charly’s two previous hits Cu’Fu? and Mangiacake, directed by Ronald Weihs.)
Tobacco Troubadour, a new work with songs by Hamilton songwriter and musician J.P. Riemens and script by Ronald Weihs, about growing up as a musician in tobacco country, for April 2009. (more…)

Walking with Wolf, book launch, Sept 6, 2008

Walkingwiththewolf.jpgBook Launch Saturday September 6, at 8:00 pm
The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street @ King William
Free. Buy a book!

Hamilton-native Kay Chornook will be holding the Canadian launch of her book Walking with Wolf: Reflections on a life spent protecting the Costa Rican wilderness.   (more…)

Art Bus: Aug 1 and 8, 2008

Art_Bus.gifAugust 1: Another great tour planned! We will start with the Summer Show at Arts Hamilton, continue on to the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre on Stuart Street. From there we go to Locke Street where we will visit the transit gallery and Textures. Next we head out to Dundas where we will visit the Carnegie Gallery, the brand new Dorland Haight Gallery and the Dundas Valley School of Art where Monica Shedden’s unique dolls are being displayed.

August 8: Another second Friday tour taking in the complex at 270 Sherman where we will find the artists of the Imperial Cotton Centre for the Arts and other studios, galleries and artists under this enormous umbrella. Then we will head again to the wonderfully unpredictable James North Art Crawl and later the Studio Gallery on Barton where we will find Bill Powell and the Tiger Group. (more…)

Zarabanda & Santucci: July 26, new date July 27, Aug 10

Zarabanda News: For those fans of Gary Santucci and the amazing world beat music of Zarabanda, here’s the latest! These gigs have no cover charge.

Gary will be playing solo this Saturday July 26 at Sabawoon Art Market 1 to 3.  Sabawoon is located down at the foot of James North on Discovery Drive by the bay.  Also free and very much worth checking out.

Sunday, July 20, 1 to 4pm rained out and rescheduled to Sunday July 27
Baranga’s on the Beach: 380 Van Wagner’s Beach Road, Confederation Park

August 10, 2:00 to 3pm
Festival of Friends Main Stage, Gage Park 

Art Bus: July 11, Aug 1, Aug 8

Art_Bus.gifThere are seats still for this Friday’s trip. 
July 11: Second Fridays will always have the same shape but the art will never be the same! Again, we will visit 270 Sherman and the Imperial Cotton Centre for the Arts, then on to the ever-changing James North Art Crawl, and to finish up the evening, we will be bussed to Bill Powell’s newly renovated Studio Gallery where he and the rest of the Tiger Group will be receiving guests. (more…)

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