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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!

Rant Maggie Rant: Frost and Fire; A Seasonal Celtic Celebration:December 9

Rant Maggie Rant: Frost and Fire; A Seasonal Celtic Celebration: Sunday, December 9. Concert at 7:00 pm. $20RMR_FrostFireHamiltonPoster2012_2_.jpeg advance/$25 at the door. They are here and letting us know that they made a mistake on the online tickets. These tickets say 7:30 start, but everything else says 7:00!!! Rant Maggie Rant, one of Canada’s most exciting Celtic fusion ensembles, hits the road again with their fourth annual Frost and Fire tour, delivering a sound as lovely as the hushed winter landscape and as rollicking as a team of horses running away with the sleigh. Since their formation in 2008, this Stratford-based band has been wowing audiences at festivals, concert halls and symphonic stages across Canada and the U.S. with their outstanding artistry and on-stage vibe. Rant Maggie Rant brings together four superbly talented musicians who like to colour outside the lines. During their concerts, they will deliver a beautiful traditional ballad, chase it up with an Appalachian-style groove and end with a killer jig or reel. Traditionalists love their time-honoured style, while new Celtic music listeners are drawn to the band’s fusion of World influences. “RMR is a great band. They packed the house and the audience left dancing. I can’t wait to have them back.” – Holmes Hooke, Hughs Room, Toronto, Ontario. “I can truly say that you were the surprise ‘WOW’ band this year – so much great feedback about your music.” – Sheila Graziano, Saline Celtic Festival, More info: Tickets: or call The Pearl: 905 524-0606  (more…)

The Quarterly: A Night of Live Performance: December 8

The Quarterly: A Night of Live Performance: Saturday, December 8. 8:00pm. Tickets: $18 Adults or $15The_Quarterly.jpg Students/Seniors/Artists. An impressive night of performance from some of the finest in Theatre, Dance, Comedy and Music! Curated and hosted by Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, The Quarterly is a celebration of artists taking chances with their art, and looking to share with others!
The December edition features the talent of
Meagan O’Shea- Dance Theatre
Gary Santucci – Music
Chris Gibbs – Comedy
Sarah Beatty – Singer Songwriter
Elysium Tribal Dance- Belly Dance
Hosted by Lisa Pijuan-Nomura: For inquiries please contact Lisa at


DRUMHAND: December 7

DRUMHAND: Friday, December 7: 8:00pm, $15 door/$10 artists/students. Propelled by a steamroller of drums and energizedDRUMHANDpromopic.jpg by jazz horns, DRUMHAND draws inspiration from the circuitous rhythms of hot climates and the melodic spirit of New Orleans parade bands.  Becoming increasingly known for their innovative orchestrations, unique inclusiveness, uplifting vibe, and artistic accessibility to audiences of all ages, DRUMHAND makes use of a diversity of instruments from around the world to enforce a high-energy, interactive performance. DRUMHAND, was not born out of any particular tradition but has been informed by the many that have been willing to share. Founded in 2008 by percussionists David Chan (Shoot the Cameraman) and Larry Graves (Mr. Something Something), DRUMHAND features the horn work of Marcus Ali (Cruzao/Jason Wilson) and Rebecca Hennessy (Hobson’s Choice/Broken Social Scene).

Meaghan Smith: December 5

MeaghanSmithSnowed.jpg Meaghan Smith: Wednesday, December 5. 8:00pm. $18.50. Juno Award winner, Meaghan Smith, her of the warm and winning voice and personality, is bringing her wonderful Christmas Show to The Pearl. Her album “IT SNOWED!” was inspired by her love of the holidays; it’s an eclectic collection of original and standard holiday favourites with her unique modern/vintage vibe. In her own words, “It’s the traditions, the food, the friends, the family, the lights and the music that I love. I want to be a part of the joy in people’s holidays.”  The album features Meaghan’s antique-sounding samples under her pop melody. There’s a simply haunting vocal rendition of the closing track “Silent Night” that ensures that “IT SNOWED” is sure to be a crowd pleaser for seasons to come.  Smith’s voice and personality reach out and will make you an instant fan!  She’s wonderfully accompanied on guitar by her husband Jason Mingo, and this time the rest of her band will be here too. Since we are co-presenting with Hamilton Place Studio Theatre , tickets are also available through or the Copps box office.


Laura Hubert Band:December 1

Laura Hubert Band: Saturday, December 1. 8:30pm. $10 at the door. With Opener Andria Simone.  As the co-founder and lead vocalist of the Leslie Spit Treeo, Laura Hubert turned to new (or old) avenues to continue to express her vocal gifts when they parted. She reconnected with pianist Peter Hill, and The Laura Hubert Band was born. Laura’s not a jazz diva, nor a straight blues artist, nor just a pop or country singer. She’s a bit of all these, but Laura thinks of herself as a singer of “old songs.” That term perfectly describes the eclectic repertoire of standards, blues, and western swing that she delivers with such passion and style. Laura is revelling in the opportunity to reinterpret classics by some of the singers she most admires, from the classic blues of Bessie Smith to the full-throated ballads of Dinah Washington. And those old songs have never sounded better. A Richard Flohil /Tom Dertinger co-presentation with The Pearl Co.

“Compilation” Art Opening: November 30

“Compilation” Art Opening: Friday, November 30. 7:00 to 10:00pm. No charge. Curated by Amanda McIntyre. FromGalleryNew.jpg watercolor, acrylic and sculptural paintings, The Pearl Company is hosting an exhibit of 10 talented artists. The exhibit “Compilation” will be on display from November 30th (opening night) until mid January. Artists include; Elizabeth Gosse, Robin Pulver-Andrews, Danuta and Kasia Niton, Amber Aasman, Amanda Immurs, Heidi Perron, Beverly Sneath, Callie Archer and Amanda McIntyre. Come check out these talented artists and maybe find something special for someone on your list.

Old Man Luedecke with Grey Kingdom: November 28

Old Man Luedecke with Grey Kingdom: Wednesday, November 28. 8:00pm. $15 at the door. Multiple Juno AwardOldManLuedeke.jpg winning Old Man Luedecke isn’t afraid to put his neck on the line. His latest album, Tender Is The Night, goes beyond his beloved solo, banjo-driven folk tunes. Driving a Nashville band from beginning to end with his recognizable voice, this is an artist honing his cunning lyrical flair – tenderly pushing the boundaries of his storytelling with his unique mix of folk, bluegrass and pop hooks. His narrative-driven folk songs are playful, coy, and soul warming, rich in metaphor, heart and instrumentation. “I am running like everyone else. Laughing just to keep from crying. I am always trying to find a way to express,” says Luedecke. “I am a prisoner for my appreciation for language; language that moves me is language that is unusual.” “One of the country’s most engaging young performers.” The National Post
Grey Kingdom
: Spencer Burton, who feels, writes, and sings under the moniker of Grey Kingdom was born in Hamilton, raised in Kelowna, and has a hankering for travel, eating pie, and hunting for edible mushrooms. Sometimes shrewd, often reflective, Grey Kingdom is unabridged and heartfelt; it’s a medium for storytelling – a guiding light to Burton’s innermost sincerities.


Kat Goldman: November 24

Kat Goldman: Saturday, November 24. 8:00pm. $10 at the door.  Gypsy Girl, (11 songs which explore the call to run from one’sKat_Goldman.JPG roots and the yearning to find what is “home”) Kat Goldman’s third CD is, according to the UK roots music magazine Maverick, “spellbinding.” Produced in both Boston and Toronto (cities she has been moving between for the last 15 years) Gypsy Girl is both tougher and gentler — and far more observant — than most “singer-songwriter” releases. She’s pursuing a degree in English literature at Harvard and Boston University,  that might have something to do with why she writes such literate songs!
Kat’s songs have been covered by Grammy-nominated Canadian band “The Duhks” and have been sought after by Sophie Milman, Dar Willliams among others. Her song “Annabel” was the inspiration for Giller prize nominee Kathleen Winter’s novel. After hearing the title track, “Gypsy Girl,” Ron Sexsmith emailed her personally to congratulate her. This is one serious songwriter. A Richard Flohil /Tom Dertinger co-presentation with The Pearl Co.


Kate Reid: November 23

Kate Reid: Friday, November 23. 8:00pm. $15 /$10 students/arts workers. Kate Reid has a stack of press clippings that invariablyKateReidPosterPic.JPG cite her originality, topical songwriting and laugh-aloud humour. She is one of Canada’s funniest, sharpest new talents – a whipsmart wordsmith with a stage presence cited for her originality, topical songwriting and laugh-aloud humour. Her socio-political musings about identity, love and queer life are matched with an irreverent, often self-deprecating sense of humour. Season these songs with one of Kate’s warm, disarming laughs and you’ll understand why listeners of all persuasions have taken such a shine to her. “One woman. One guitar. Lots of attitude”. “Edgy, fun and brilliant”


Jason Wilson & Dave Swarbrick: CANCELLED!!!! November 18

Jason Wilson & Dave Swarbrick  with Paul Woolner & Limehouse: CANCELLED – “Swarb” has had to return to England. Sunday, November 18, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm concert. $15 advance / $20 at the door.  Scottish-Canadian reggae artist and visionary, Jason Wilson & English fiddle legend, Dave Swarbrick are touring their new CD, Lion Rampant, a breathtaking mixture of folk and reggae surveying the history of those rebel musics that have traversed back and forth across the “Black Atlantic” for the past three centuries. The album includes both traditional and self-penned titles, as well as a few modern covers. Alongside a host of genre-stretching originals, we find a Morris set, some Scottish trad and so much more.  Having located the intersections of various rebel musics of the past three hundred years, Wilson & Swarbrick – with help from their friends and Wilson’s fantastic Canadian quintet – invite you to join their folky, jazzy, punky reggae party! Experience the fruits of this unique partnership live on their album release tour. Opening is veteran Toronto roots/folk/rock explorer Paul Woolner and his outstanding band Limehouse, who in March released a well-received EP Suitably Ragged. “To see them live – bringing together reggae, jazz and British folk into an utterly joyful sound all their own – is to witness cross-generational, cross-genre magic…” ~ The Live Music Report In order to read more about these three marvellous musicians:  (more…)

Bookbinding Workshop with BeetleBarrow Books – November 18,

A Bookbinding Workshop with BeetleBarrow Books – Western Hardcover. Sunday November 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – A Bookbinding Workshop with BeetleBarrow Books – Western Hardcover. Interested in a traveller’s best friend?  Join Chandra Rice and Lindsay Wood Slavin for the day to learn how to make a Western Hardcover Book. This type of bookbinding is the one we are most familiar with. This durable book is great for sketchbooks and journalling and makes a beautiful handmade gift (only 37 days ‘til Christmas!)
In this workshop, learn how to fold and sew together a series of signatures to create your text block.  Then create a cover and spine to house your text block.  The end result is a durable beautiful book that you’ve made from start to finish!
The all day workshop is $90 and includes use of tools, all materials, and even a home-made lunch. All skill levels are made to look good! Visit to see other classes available and to learn more. To register for this workshop, either use our Etsy Store – (if you wish to pay with paypal) or email (to pay by cash or cheque). Like BeetleBarrow on facebook to keep up with all the bookbinding news.


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