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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.


The Ali Bros:Featuring Brownman and Marcus Ali:April 29

The Ali Bros featuring Brownman and Marcus Ali: Friday, April 29: 8:00pm. $15 at the door. Embodying the essence of jazz improvisational ideology erupting against a backdrop of powerful urban grooves.  Funk, hip-hop, drum’n’bass, R’n’B allali_bros.jpg colliding with modern jazz textures.

Their uncanny musical relationship enhanced by blood, Brownman and Marcus Ali together form an incredibly synergistic, almost telepathic bond making them two of the most called upon horn men around. They have appeared side by side in countless horn sections in the Canadian professional music scene …. (more…)

Prom at The Pearl: April 30

Prom at The Pearl: A Fundraiser for Colin Macdonald Community School: Saturday, April 30 at 8:00pm. cmac_large.jpgPricing: $30 single / $50 couple / $80 for four.  Music by Voodoo Chicken with DJ Andrea Redhill.  Come out, support this unique, friendly, child-centred school, and enjoy a fun evening with lots of entertainment, dancing, and great conversation. 50/50 draw; silent auction; finger foods and appetizers; prom photo booth.  It would be great if you can still wear your prom dress but if you can’t, (for whatever reason) do dress for a fab evening out!

Great offer from Six Shooter Records!


Christine Fellows + Shotgun Jimmie: Wednesday, April 27
Justin Rutledge + New Country Rehab: Thursday, May 12
Jenn Grant + Jim Bryson: Friday, June 17

Series price: Individual Shows: $18 advance/ $25 at door OR 3 shows for $50 + a free CD from participating artist of your choice. Tickets are available at  Or you can call The Pearl, we have tickets.

Christine Fellows / Shotgun Jimmie: Wednesday, April 27 8:00. See pricing above. Christine Fellows’ skewedChristineFellows.jpg perspective on the possibilities of the three-minute pop song has charmed critics and audiences alike since the release of her debut CD “2 little birds” (2000). Backed by an ever-changing array of instruments – cello, viola, piano, guitar and drums – her songs are alternately tender and terrifying. Described by some as avant-folk, by others as chamber-pop, her music is distinctive.
Shotgun Jimmie: Jimmie Kilpatrick is a previous member and founder of the defunct but legendary Canadian band Shotgun & Jaybird. Shotgun Jimmie is a one-man band that includes both the talent of a vocalist and a songwriter. He successfully launched his first solo album last year.

Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers: April 20

Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers: Wednesday, April 20, 8:00 pm $15 / $10 students/artists:  Indie / Jazz / FlyingFoxHunterGaths.jpgPop: Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers are a sextet of classically trained musicians that have crafted their own musical niche of operatic indie jazz. Complex song writing and “Winnipeg’s strongest horn section” (The Manitoban) give Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers a stylistic diversity that appeals to indie popsters, big-band lovers and folksters alike. Their diverse repertoire ranges from sing-along pop songs to adventurous theatrical compositions. “This outfit effortlessly blends jazz, pop, rock and folk to create a bombastic sound that has no shortage of swagger.” (Uptown)

“[Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers] takes hundreds of years of musical history from diverse genres and presents it in a way that packs dance floors and makes any musician in the audience run back to their teacher in tears.” (The Uniter)

Steve Dawson with Oh Susanna: April 17

Steve Dawson with Oh Susanna: Sunday, April 17, 8:00 pm. $18 advance/$20 at door: If you are a Canadian musician/music lover,  Steve Dawson is a huge name.  He is an accomplished guitarist and SteveDawson.jpgmulti-instrumentalist, specializing in slide and fingerstyle guitar, pedal steel, lap steel, banjo and other stringed instruments.  He is also in-demand as a live performer, session musician, and producer. Over the last decade, Steve has risen to prominence in the Canadian music scene with his work on dozens of acclaimed recordings and tours that have taken him around the world and across North America countless times  “lays it down with charisma and personality…” Vancouver Province “…a bottomless pit of classy licks…” Georgia Straight.
Oh Susanna has garnered critical acclaim and loyal audiences around the world. She grew up a Canadian with an OhSusanna.jpgAmerican passport.  Along the way she found inspiration in the music of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, as well as peers Sarah Harmer, Neko Case, Ron Sexsmith,and Fred Eaglesmith. Her current CD, Short Stories, a dramatic and compelling collection of songs, reunites Suzie with long time band-mates as well as the explosive talents of Luke Doucet and Justin Rutledge.

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