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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.


“Carmen…?” dance/theatre, Jan 8, 9, 15, 16, 2010

CarmenQuestion004c.jpgCarmen…?: Playing January 8 and 9, 15 and 16, 2010 at 8:00. Tickets $15. A tragic-comedy dance theatre presentation based on Bizet’s Carmen.  Sergiy Shvydkyy, an internationally renowned avant-garde dancer, mime-actor, choreographer, and leading figure in contemporary performance arts in the Ukraine brings his unique choreographic vision, to The Pearl Company. He does this with a fresh imagining of the famous story of love and betrayal, Carmen, unique in both its dance style and its interpretation of the tale. Emanuela Dussin, a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, brings the fire and beauty of flamenco to the stage. And then, of course, Gary Santucci has found himself willingly drawn into Shvydkyy‘s world where the musician not only performs the music but is a character within the production.  Not the same old Carmen! Time has changed her, you will love her more than ever? Reserve your seat! Call 905-524-0606. (more…)

Art Bus: Jan 8, 2010

Introducing the Lincoln Alexander Centre Art Bus! As of January, the new Lincoln Alexander Centre, a 350-seat theatre at The Hamilton Plaza Hotel will lend its name and some serious support to the bus not to mention cross-pollination between our two theatres. I am delighted to have the help and if the bus has to be something other than Barbara’s Bus, what better name to share than Lincoln Alexander’s!Art_Bus.gif
January 1: No bus on the first Friday of this month.
January 8: The plan is to take in the action on Ottawa Street (Earls Court Gallery, Under the Moon), the James North Art Crawl (many, many galleries and events!) and the Tiger Group Studio Gallery (five artists in one large studio/gallery)  (more…)

New Year’s House Party, Dec 31, 8 pm

New Years House Party at The Pearl: Zarabanda will not be playing this year – two members are unable to make it. But we are putting together a mix of recorded and live music, and Gary’s marvelous blend of Mediterranean and Canadian cuisine. We are making this a house party in our larger-than-life only-in-Hamilton loft. Places must be limited; reserve now! Starting at 8:00. $35.

Concert: Tom Shea Trio, Dec. 19

The Tom Shea Trio: Saturday, December 19, doors open 8:00, show at 8:30. $10 at the door. A smooth, sharp, complex, and heady blend of musical styles and influences; scotch whiskey for the ears. Their soulful, fragile, exploratory sound mixes jazz, blues, and singer-songwriter traditions to create musical tapestries where every note tells a story. Beautiful original songs nestle beside innovative treatments of jazz and pop standards; Marcy Hull’s warm, wise, and supple voice is supported and surrounded by Jennifer Lockman’s piano and Tom Shea’s acoustic and electric guitars.

Concert: The Good Lovelies, Dec 18

GL_poster_hamilton_650.jpgThe Good Lovelies: Friday, December 18, doors open 8:00, show at 8:30. $15 at the door. We are delighted to present this group again as they debut their Christmas CD! Sharp, sassy, funny and building a following across Canada, the Good Lovelies are not your run-of-the-mill “all girl” band. (more…)

Gallery: Artcracker homage to Alicia Alonso

In The Pearl Company Gallery from Dec 13 to Jan 10:
The ArtCracker Gallery: A multimedia presentation of world-renowned Prima Ballerina Alicia Alonso’s accomplishments which includes a collection of original art, photographs, and video projections. The show will be at Hamilton Place through the staging of the Nutcracker Ballet from December 11 to 13. It will arrive at The Pearl Company from December 13 through January 10.
In the meantime, our store will be set up and we’re showing part of The Pearl’s “stable” of artists….Gallery hours: 1 to 4, Wednesday through Sunday; 6 to 8 Thursday and Friday evenings. (Also by chance or appointment.)

Concert: Killin’ Time Band, Dec 12

killinchristmasparty2009web.jpgKillin’ Time Band: Saturday, December 12. Concert at 9:00. $10 at the door The Killin’ Time Band, produces a wildly entertaining sound blending pop rock, blues, country, funk and Reggae to create a full roots rock experience. Their catchy, danceable, heady mix of fun tunes is what music should be all about – a celebration of life. The Killin’ Time Band is proving they are a force to be reckoned with in the Canadian music scene.

Concert: Jazz Connection Big Band, Dec 11

Jazz Connection Big Band: Friday, December 11. Doors at 8:30, jazz at 9:00 $15 at the door: Made up of talented musicians from all over southwestern Ontario, The Jazz Connection Big Band is a 20-piece band dedicated to playing great, straight-ahead jazz. The JCBB are gaining a bigger audience every time they play here and have put together a spectacular new program! They will carry us once again into the cool space of surround sound big band music.

Concert: Andrea Garofalo, Dec 10

Andrea_Garofalo.jpgAndrea Garofalo: Thursday, December 10, Christmas with “Pop to Opera”, at The Pearl Company, 8:00 pm, $15 at the door. Call 905-524-0606 for tickets. Andrea Garofalo created Pop to Opera© to bring together the whole family beneath one roof with something exceptional for everyone to enjoy.  (more…)

“ArtCracker” special Art Bus, Mon Dec. 7

Art_Bus.gifMonday Dec 7: ArtCracker Bus! Starting at 4:00 pm The ArtCracker Bus leaves The Pearl Company on Monday, December 7 at 4:00pm (in association with The Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble and the ‘ArtCracker’ portion of the Nutcracker Ballet experience). The first stop will take in the Hamilton Club’s impressive art collection of remarkable pieces in an elegant setting. The next stop will be the Piano Nobile Lounge at Hamilton Place where we will get the first glimpse of the ArtCracker Gallery, “The Life of a Legend” a celebration of the life of “one of the greatest ballerinas the world has ever known”, Alicia Alonso. We are expecting her to be present. We will also be able to watch Nutcracker rehearsals in progress. The grand finale will take us backstage at the Tivoli to see for ourselves the transformation that is happening there – especially just for us! The cost for this unique evening will be $20 instead of the usual $15. Special price $20, fundraiser for Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble. To reserve call or email, Barbara Milne (905 524-0606),


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