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Archive for February, 2015

Shari Vandermolen & David Brideau: Saturday May 5

Shari Vandermolen & David Brideau: Saturday May 5.  Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. Shari Vandermolen is a renowned vocalist and award-winning performer in Hamilton and the ShariV& DavidBrideau_05_18Greater 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.  On May 5th Shari brings her powerful and impressive vocal stylings back to the Pearl Company for a more 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… one example is Stormy Weather… I barely weathered that storm intact.”  – View Magazine
David Brideau is a Canadian jazz guitarist, composer, and teacher who has been an active musician for over 15 years. A Hamilton native, and honours graduate from the Mohawk Jazz program, David has played all around the GTA with his own group, 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. He is a recipient of the Dave McMurdo Music Bursary, the Antony Roberts Music Bursary, and the Richard Newell Memorial Scholarship.

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 double bill – Theatre +, May 23

Artword Theatre presents “Theatre +”, a theatrical double-bill based on two fascinating texts. Saturday May 23 at 8:00 pm $10 at the door.
at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street.
#1: “One Night, the Rain”, a theatrical adaptation created and performed by actress Aktina Stathaki and pianist Jerome Simeon based on a short story “Maria dos Prazeres”  by G.G. Marquez. Maria, a 70-year-old prostitute, is haunted by a dream that she is going to die soon, until one night…  Chorus: Paula Grove, Valeri Kay, Tanis MacArthur.
#2: “Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy”. Is poetry subversive? In 1953 U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy thought so. Directed by Ronald Weihs, this reading is based on testimony from the US Committee hearing and the poems of renowned Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Performed by the Artword Theatre Ensemble. A remount of Artword’s  Black History month presentation.

Concert: The Undesirables / Dala, May 22

Friday, May 22. The Undesirables / Dala: Doors open 7:30; show starts at 8:00. $18 in advance. $20 at the door. Two duos from Toronto.
Dala, an acoustic duo — Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther.
The Undesirables, roots music / blues / folk, are Corin Raymond and Sean Cotton.  (more…)

In the Gallery, Emerging Layers opening May 16

In The Pearl Company Gallery. Opening Saturday, May 16, 7 to 10pm.
Emerging Layers, a show put together by well-known local art teacher and ball-of-energy-about-town, Gaiyle Connolly. Gaiyle and fellow teacher Julie Donec, are showing their work and the work of two of their highly talented students, Sonia Paolini and Anna Robichaud in a show featuring the layers that emerge as skills are passed on from instructor to apprentice.

Bhadra Collective, Dennis Gaumond, May 9

BhadraCollective.jpgPart of Opus Mundi Festival, the Pearl Company’s annual Multi-Disciplinary Artistic Convergence, with events through May, with performers from many cultures in both the gallery and the theatre.  
May 9: The Bhadra Collective
Afternoon Workshop: 2 to 4 pm, $20 pay at the door.
Evening Performance: 8:30 pm $15 pay at the door

Abruzzo Earthquake Fund Telethon, May 7

Abruzzo_poster_m.jpgTHURSDAY, MAY 7: Watch CHCH TV & Cable 14 and Listen to CHML 900 & CKOC throughout the day beginning at 5:30am and ending at 10:00pm. Join in the effort to help the victims of the Abruzzo earthquake. Call Toll Free 1-877-525-6165
Cheques or cash accepted in person at the
McMaster Downtown Centre, 50 Main Street East.       
Click here for a pdf of the Abruzzo-telethon-poster

Guatemalan/Nicaraguan evening, May 8

Part of Opus Mundi Festival, the Pearl Company’s annual Multi-Disciplinary Artistic Convergence, with events through May, with performers from many cultures in both the gallery and the theatre.  May 8: A screening of two films about life in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Sponsored by the Guatemalan Working Group of OPIRG McMaster, Companer@s North South, and The Pearl Company.
OFF THE RADAR: A documentary by Terry Asma
RECYCLED LIFE: A documentary by Leslie Iwerks
7:30 pm at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street @ King William. Free and all welcome. Music by classical/flamenco guitarist Gary Santucci. For more information: or 905-525-9140 ext. 27289  Recycled-life-and-Off-the-radar pdf poster   (more…)

Concert: A Touch of Klez, May 6

Part of Opus Mundi Festival, the Pearl Company’s annual Multi-Disciplinary Artistic Convergence, with events through May, with performers from many cultures in both the gallery and the theatre.  Wed May 6, 2009 A Touch of  Klez, the lively sound of Eastern European and Klezmer music, at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street. $10 at the door

Art Bus, May 1 & May 8

Art_Bus.gifMay 1:  Starting again with Artic Experience / McNaught Galleries, on to The Gallery on the Bay with it’s many studios and interesting nooks and crannies, then to The Anastasia Gallery, the Sunrise Gallery and finally to Gallery 435  (more…)

Columbian Cultural Fiesta, May 2

Part of Opus Mundi Festival, the Pearl Company’s annual Multi-Disciplinary Artistic Convergence, with events through May, with performers from many cultures in both the gallery and the theatre.  May 2:  Columbian Cultural Fiesta: Live music, food, art, poetry. Doors Open at 8:00 $10:00

Concert: Regal Dixielanders, May 1

The Regal Dixielanders — a 6 piece band playing “Swinging Happy Music”.
Friday, May 1, 2009: doors open: 8:30, Performance begins: 9:00. $10 at the door
at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street. Call 905-524-0606 for more information

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