The Pearl Company

Theatre, Gallery and Arts Centre 16 Steven Street Hamilton ON 905-524-0606

Welcome to The Pearl Company

The Pearl second floorThe Pearl Company is an arts facility at 16 Steven Street, Hamilton housing a perfect black box theatre-in-the-round and an acoustically fabulous concert hall. 

PARKING NEWS: Much free parking available. Look for the guy in the neon vest to help you figure it out!

Here's what's going on at The Pearl.
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FRINGE Benefit: Izad Etemadi’s LOVE WITH LEILA: Thursday, May 21

Special benefit performance of Izad Etemadi’s LOVE WITH LEILA:  Thursday, May 21, 7:30pm. TICKETS: $20 Available LoveWithLeilaonline in advance from Fringe: (See below.) Join us for an evening of outstanding entertainment, laughter, and an uproariously good time, all in support of the HAMILTON FRINGE FESTIVAL!  Fans of the Fringe? You will not want to miss this special intimate performance with Izad Etemedi, a Fringe darling whose shows played to sold-out audiences at the 2013 and 2014 festivals. The evening will also feature light refreshments, raffle prizes, and a chance to mingle with Hamilton Fringe’s staff and board as we share details on the 2015 festival and events. We are very pleased to bring you a Fringe Favourite, Unveiled Production’s LOVE WITH LEILA! BEST OF HAMILTON 2014 and Hamilton Fringe Festival Critics Choice 2013 and 2014 by View Magazine. You can also check out Leila on YouTube with her brand new web series!
Uproariously funny, infectiously upbeat and irresistibly compelling”  – Raise The Hammer
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ZULA PRESENTS: REMPIS/JOHNSTON/OCHS Trio: Wed, May 20

ZULA PRESENTS: REMPIS/JOHNSTON/OCHS Trio: Wednesday, May 20, 8:30 pm. $15/12 Students/Seniors/Un(der)employed. rempisjohnstonochs-photoChicago saxophonist, free-jazz titan Dave Rempis is joined on tour by two Bay Area greats; composer, trumpeter Darren Johnston and ROVA Saxophone Quartet stalwart, saxophonist Larry Ochs. This free-improvising trio came together in the fall of 2011, when Rempis journeyed to the West Coast to discover his compatriots on the Bay Area improv-ing scene. Trumpeter Johnston, suggested this trio lineup for a performance at Oakland’s Uptown Nightclub. From the first few notes, that initial meeting flowed comfortably, yet in totally unexpected ways, with all three making logical structural decisions that gave their improvisations the feel of through-composed pieces. Eager to continue developing this language that the three later came to dub “invisible architecture,” Rempis made a follow-up trip for a studio recording session. Spectral, the first document of their work, shows an improvising trio playing out an audible game of chess. Not satisfied with simply existing in the moment, these three combine sensibilities to look many moves ahead, setting each other up time and again to capitalize on structural possibilities that give rare and meaningful form to an otherwise very spontaneous music. www.aerophonicrecords.com/rempisjohnstonochs-spectral    http://zulapresents.org/

Rae Billing & The Unpayables: Saturday, May 16

Rae Billing & The Unpayables: Saturday, May 16. 8:00pm. $20 Advance / $25 Door. Rae Billing’s voice and lyrics create a RaeBilling2touchstone that is unique on the Canadian landscape. Her voice has been described as “shiver-inducing,” “honest and pure, assured and desperate at the same time.” And her lyrics and music have been lauded as “full of wide open spaces and bittersweet emotions,” “handled with gutsy femininity.”  Rae’s show will focus on her fourth alt-country album, the fluid, passionate, and critically acclaimed, Walls & Fences. The album was chosen by respected Penguin Eggs Magazine as the top pick for April 2014 and has just been nominated in the Hamilton Music Awards for best alt-country album.
Working with the multi-talented Unpayables, Matt Coleman on violin/fiddle, Andrew Aldridge on electric guitar, K. Michael Hickey on electric and upright bass, Nick Burson on drums, plus the talents of Ed Roth on accordian and organ, producer Michael J. Birthelmer on piano and guitars, and Wayne Krawchuk on backups.
“There is a depth to her songs few contemporaries have yet to hone.” Jason MacNeil, All Music Guide.  Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkI7OvCupvs    www.raebilling.com

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JASON WILSON: PERENNIALS with special guest ADREAN FARRUGIA: May 15

JASON WILSON: PERENNIALS with special guest ADREAN FARRUGIA: Friday, May 15. 8:00pm $20/$15 JasonWilsonstudents/seniors/income-challenged. A night of reggae jazz and piano magic!  Two-time Juno Award nominee, Canadian Reggae Music Award winner and acclaimed Canadian historian Dr. Jason Wilson has written a new suite of compositions specially designed for intimate environs. Perennials (2015) articulates Wilson’s self-styled reggae-impressionism: a sound where reggae is freely brushed – not strictly detailed – allowing space on the canvass for inspirations as divergent as Thelonious Monk and Scottish pibroch to come through. Wilson is joined by a couple of Jason Wilson Band mainstays as well as some other talented friends. The result is one of the best efforts yet from Canada’s reggae visionary. For this special concert, Perennials will be joined by one of Canada’s finest and most stylistically diverse piano masters, Adrean Farrugia, who will open the show with a solo set and then join Perennials for several songs. http://jasonwilsonmusic.com/  Preview the new Perennials video ‘Gertrude/Epistrophy’ here: https://vimeo.com/102270424

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THE HAMILTON FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW! VEGAS! May 9 SOLD OUT!

THE HAMILTON FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW! VEGAS! Saturday, May 9. The doors open at 7:15PM, and the event will get FullBawdyNightinVegasunderway around 8:00PM. Admission: $20 advance $25 at door. SHE’S BACK! Shelley Marshall, HAMILTON’S OWN world-renowned Comedienne for her One Woman Show “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette” brings us her production of the edgy and irreverent FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW with hosts, Erin & Nara. The FBCS is an always-SOLD-OUT vaudevillian variety show that celebrates the diversity of comedy through Music, Burlesque, Stand-up, Circus and more! Featuring original material from the funniest and raciest Stars this country (and beyond) has to offer. The Hamilton Full Bawdy Comedy Show Vegas! line-up includes Shelley Marshall and Robin Benedict and Erin and Nara and Morgan Joy and Andrea Murray and Kitty Litteur. Come with an open mind and you’ll leave with a Full Heart! Adult Content.
Advance tickets will be available on Ticketscene until May 9, 5:59 PM unless the event sells out earlier. See more at: http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/12972/#sthash.enxsjAdR.dpuf  www.shelleymarshall.com   Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=omL9gW9h04g   Email Shelley for advance reservations and seating at: shelley@shelleymarshall.com

Big Johnny Blue & Strange Cargo Celebrate the Blues! May 2

Big Johnny Blue & Strange Cargo Celebrate the Blues! Saturday, May 2, 8:00pm, $15 / $10 students/seniors/wage-challenged…. Big Johny&StrangeCargo Like the blues?  You’ll love them John Crawford style.  Big Johnny Blue is John M. Crawford, Hamilton guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Hamilton Blues Society. He has written hundreds of songs, and played with countless local musicians over the years. He is committed to supporting local music and musicians, especially by supporting efforts to tell the story of Hamilton’s blues history, and the power of music to improve the life of every man. These guys rock;  Code Red Blues all ’round! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE8p_zRZeIs&index=1&list=PLB3320D903F7A1FCE   https://www.facebook.com/bigjohnnyblueandstrangecargo/

Laila Biali & The Radiance Project Album Release Concert: Sunday April 26

Laila Biali & The Radiance Project Album Release Concert: Sunday April 26, at 8pm Tickets: $20. Award-winning Canadian LailaBiali-Photo2Smpianist, vocalist and songwriter, Laila Biali, has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega, and Sting. Critically acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest jazz musicians, her new album – House of Many Rooms – sees the Brooklyn-based artist venturing into a more pop-oriented sound, full of catchy hooks, sweet melodies, and anthemic musical arrangements. For this special album release concert, Laila is backed by a stellar ensemble featuring Anna Atkinson (violin, vocals, musical saw), Graham Campbell (guitar, ukulele, vocals), Chris Tarry (electric bass) and Ben Wittman (drums). Special thanks to IMAGO and the generous supporters of The Radiance Project. www.theradianceproject.com  Listen: http://bit.ly/LailaBialiRadianceProjectVideoEPK

Ian Andrews & The Smokin’ Scoundrels: Friday May 1

Ian Andrews & The Smokin’ Scoundrels: Friday May 1, at 8pm Tickets: $20. Blistering Blues! Join us for an incredible concert AndrewIanLgrexperience, the music of Ian Andrews & The Smokin’ Scoundrels will be heard in fine form “in one of Hamilton’s greatest venues”. Featuring Rick Donaldson and Alan Duffy as the remedy rhythm section for the evening. We all know and love the groove this team can do. Also joining The Smokin’ Scoundrels for this evening is the mighty Mike Almas on second guitar and the blistering Bill Holinaty on tenor/baritone sax and bass clarinet. Get your tickets as soon as possible as seating for this concert will go fast.   “We are very much looking forward to sharing this experience with Hamilton. Thank you for all of your support Hamilton.” Ian  Andrews:  https://www.facebook.com/IanAndrewsandTheSmokinScoundrels
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z-awXYJjok&feature=youtu.be

Michael Gabriel: ‘Strings Attached': Saturday, April 25

Michael Gabriel: ‘Strings Attached’:  Saturday, April 25. 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm) Michael Gabriel is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter with a riveting concert series emphasizing community building. In ’Strings Attached,’ his emotionally fluid storytelling Michael Gabriel 'Strings Attached' Logocompositions are surrounded with a driving string section, piano and enhanced by local choirs to create “…a breathtaking coming together of sound.”  Marielle Julian – Velvet Rope Magazine. As with every concert – Michael plays with his core ensemble that consists of a 3-part string section, piano and percussion – while sharing the stage with talent from the community.  For this production, What The Folk will be the opening act and sing with Michael.  Harmonies will also be sung by W.H. Ballard Glee Club.  Chamber Strings from the Bel Canto Strings Academy will join the ensemble to perform a song.  Partial proceeds from every ticket will be donated to the Bel Canto Strings Academy. ‘Strings Attached’ showcases his strongest material with orchestral pop flavours – to create an event that has been in the making for his entire career. www.michaelgabrielmusic.com Listen/Experience http://www.youtu.be/qhr2xeJBVzs

 

Corrina Keeling with Jeff Giles: Sunday, April 19

Corrina Keeling with Jeff Giles: Sunday, April 19. 8:00pm. Tickets $20 at the door.  Corrina Keeling creates conscious acoustic CorrinaKeelingmusic rich with honesty, experience, and insight. Since independently releasing her album “Say Yes”, she’s had the opportunity to play for change-making audiences around the world. From David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour to the Uplift Festival in Byron Bay, Australia, she has shared the stage with artists like Feist, The Barenaked Ladies, David Suzuki, and Neil Young, sending a message of hope and action around the world. Her words and music carry the spirit of her passion for environmental justice and emerging social consciousness. Corrina is a sophisticated songwriter, a technically accomplished acoustic powerhouse, using her music as medicine to drive healing and change.  Her sophisticated rhythms are rock-solid, rooted and driving, with harmonies from her sister Jessica Dawn that are almost mystically intuitive. http://www.corrinakeeling.ca/ Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lttUd65fZ8I
Jeff Giles: Actor/Singer-Songwriter and Hamilton native Jeff Giles returns home for this unique night of music. Whether you’ve heard JeffGilesCrophis own music before, seen him play Buddy Holly at Theatre Aquarius or somewhere across Canada, or attended his successful solo theatre show “Letters to Hope” at Theatre Aquarius join Jeff in celebrating the love and power of live music and intimate songwriting. Jeff’s work is influenced by many styles, though it is the threads of blues and roots music, both old and new, that hold his songs together.  www.jeffgiles.ca   Listen:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMxQ9xtS00M    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3-iF69Yjzk

Carlos del Junco and The Blues Mongrels: Saturday April 18

Carlos del Junco and The Blues Mongrels: Saturday April 18, at 8pm Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door. Carlos is one of those CarlosdelJuncoMongrels-poster2015players whose music is so advanced that when it comes to awards, it’s either retire the category or rephrase the question to “Best Harmonica Player Not Named Carlos”. (Eight time Harmonica Player of The Year at the Maple Leaf Blues Awards!). Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, the band’s playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz. The emphasis is on blues, but they are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, jazz swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock. The Blues Mongrels are: bassist Henry Heillig (founded the nine piece Latin band Manteca), and guitarist Eric St. Laurent. Get ready to trash all you thought you knew about the harmonica. The Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity.  “a model of focus and urgency..a true virtuoso”.. Brad Wheeler – The Globe and Mail  http://www.carlosdeljunco.com Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpuBtxuE_xo

Love Letters Cabaret: CABIN FEVER: Friday, April 17

Presented by Love Letters Cabaret: CABIN FEVER: Friday, April 17. 8:00pm (Doors 7:30pm) Admission: $25 Advance/ $30 @ LoveLettersCABINFEVERDoor/ $45 Ringside seat.  It’s cold out and we’re going batty! Enjoy a hysterical evening of nonsense, singing & burlesque! Get over your winter blehs with comedy, dance and music from “Toronto’s edgiest, most sexually charged dance theater company”. This innovative and interactive company is the creation of Artistic Director and Choreographer Pastel Supernova (dubbed by Flare magazine as One of Canada’s most influential women). She is a former international dancer for Nelly Furtado with appearances on the David Letterman Show and more. Pastel packs the stage with beauty and talent, using elements of vaudeville, contemporary dance, and burlesque to tell stories, explore primal instincts. Witness a cast whose collective credits include: the National Ballet, the Canadian Opera Company, Mirvish Productions and Second City Productions just to name a few. You’ve never seen them? Here’s a peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV3nObw-7wk     www.loveletterscabaret.com   Adult content.

Touch of Klez: Thursday, April 16

Touch of Klez: Thursday, April 16, 8:00pm. Door 7:30. $15 at the door. Note the change: Jordan Abraham will be bringing the klezmerTouchOfKlez band, Touch of Klez instead of SpectreBox. “TOK” is a professional ensemble bringing its unique take on traditional klezmer music to appreciative audiences for over 13 years. Based in Eastern European Jewish tradition, the music is fused with elements of cantorial, gypsy, turkish, mediterranean, and traditional jazz music to create something that is at once unique and universal. The music is joyous and sad – capturing the bittersweet essence of life itself in its sonorous melodies.  It is frantic and filled with longing – for a by-gone era, for a place we once knew, or for people whom we loved.  Touch of Klez breaks down barriers with music that aims straight for your soul. The players: Charlotte Price – Violin; Rick Black – Soprano Sax; David Ludwin – Bass Clarinet; Jordan Abraham – Accordion; Ron Richter- Piano; Alan Livingston – Guitar; David Guild – Drums

Jazz, The Pearl, and Adam Vaughan: Monday, April 13

Jazz, The Pearl, and Adam Vaughan: Monday, April 13 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm. Enjoy an evening of jazz, flamenco and classical guitar AdamVaughanwith Gary Santucci and conversation with Adam Vaughan, LPC’s housing and urban affairs critic, and Anne Tennier for Hamilton Centre at The Pearl Company, Hamilton’s performing arts gem. Tickets are $100 per person, including light refreshments, and are available by calling 905-523-6575 or online at http://events.liberal.ca/Event/jazz-the-pearl-and-adam-vaughan.aspx?Lang=en&mi=A

The HamilTEN Festival: April 10, 11, & 12.

The HamilTEN Festival: April 10, 11, & 12.  $15 / $10 income-challenged.  HamilTEN is a festival of ten-minute plays by playwrights HamilTEN2015from Hamilton and surrounding areas. With more script submissions than Darren has ever had previously, HamilTEN 2015 promises to be our biggest festival yet! We will be presenting ten 10-minute plays at this year’s festival. A ten-minute play is a streak of theatrical lightning. It doesn’t last long but it should hit its mark! The festival is now in its fourth year (!) and they are back at The Pearl Company with something for everyone: a little drama, some comedy, with a little bit of madness to spice things up. All plays are featured at each performance. Darren Stewart-Jones, Artistic Director, is a theatre producer, director and a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He has produced and directed plays in Hamilton, Toronto, and London. He is the proud founder of The HamilTEN. Festival Tickets available at the door (cash only) online at www.ticketscene.ca or www.thepearlcompany.ca and by email at hamiltenfestival@gmail.com  Questions? Email: hamiltenfestival@gmail.com   Check out: http://hamiltenfestival.blogspot.ca https://www.facebook.com/pages/HamilTEN-Festival/
Show times:
Friday, April 10 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 11 @ 8pm
Sunday, April 12 @ 2pm

Our line-up for 2015, in no particular order, is as follows:
The Bridge by Jessica Anderson
Conversations with a Capital “A” by Robin Sadavoy
Tyson by Kevin Somers
Appearances by Katherine Albers
Evinrude Fabio by Colette Kendall
Barbershop Trio by Blending Reality Productions
Pee & Qs by Josh Downing
The Hourglass by Francesa Brugnano
Saint Catherine of Ontario by Bryan Boodhoo
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