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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The Jillian McKenna Quartet: ft. Mike Malone w. Adrean Farrugia & Ayman Boujlida : August 31

The Jillian McKenna Quartet: featuring Mike Malone with Adrean Farrugia (piano) & Ayman Boujlida JillianMcKenna(2)_08_17(drums): August 31. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $15 / $10 students/seniors/wage-challenged. After spending the past two years in New York City, Jill is back to lead her own project at home. Her band combines two of Hamilton’s finest musicians, Adrean Farrugia on the piano and Mike Malone on the trumpet, with award-winning, New York City-based drummer Ayman Boujlida. The evening will consist of two sets of both Jill’s original music, and some new takes on some old standards.
A great night of music with these truly talented musicians makes this an event you should not miss! “

Slaughterhouse-Five: August 16 – 19 / 23 – 26

Slaughterhouse-Five: August 16 – 19 / 23 – 26.  Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00 $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged Based on Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel, Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a Slaughterhouse-Five-08_17man who becomes “unstuck in time” after he is abducted by aliens. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all the phases of his life. Concentrating on his shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden, this satirical and horrifying anti-war story carries a unique poignancy — and humour. Directed by: Liam Grunté. Cast: Robert K. Brown, Vincent Perri, Brian Gilmour, Ciaran Neely, Theresa Noon-Hunter, Valeri Kay, and Shawn Callan as Billy Pilgrim. Stage manager: Anthony Colonello.

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: “LIÁNDOLA”. Friday, September 1

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: “LIÁNDOLA”. Friday, September 1. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $22 in advance/ $25 at the door. Acclaimed flamenco FInDeFiestaPOSTERCropensemble Fin de Fiesta brings Spanish inspiration to Canadian soil with their Summer/Fall 2017 Canadian Tour. Comprised of award-winning artists from Canada and France, the electrifying music and dance ensemble will bring stages to life nationwide with their spirited new production, LIÁNDOLA. The show takes its name from a popular Andalucian figure of speech used to describe boisterously unrestrained behaviour, a playful fearlessness that cannot be contained. Simply put, Liándola means taking an ordinary experience and making it extraordinary. In Liándola, the searing vocals of Alejandro Mendia (Noces Gitanes, France) are accompanied by the intricate guitar arpeggios of music director Dennis Duffin (Ventanas, Canada) and the haunting flute melodies of Lara Wong (Canada). Dancer and artistic director Lia Grainger (Canada), brings the stage to life with fierce, sensual choreography and improvisation.
Tickets: online at www.ticketscene.ca  www.thepearlcompany.ca or 905.524.0606 For more info please visit: www.findefiestaflamenco.com

Frankenstein: August 10 – 12, Matinee on 12th @ 2:00pm.

Frankenstein: August 3 – 5, 10 – 12. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. (Except 2pm matinee Aug 12.) $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged.  A 1884-Frankestein-poster-11x173chilling new telling of a timeless story. The world premiere of this award-winning adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein hits The Pearl stage in early August.  Written by David Elendune, directed by Gary Santucci, this adaptation has converted the character of Clerval to a female actor.  Shelley, in the original, did not create a strong female character. This wonderful twist provides character development beyond the usual approaches, allowing for male- female sexual tension, failed role models and so much more. http://www.classicaltheatre.ca/
Reactions from the audience:The Creature sent chills down my spine.” “Entire cast is fantastic!”  “Whenever I watch anything…I know it strikes a chord if I get chills. Tonight, that happened three times…!” “Unlike any version before it, Rod McTaggart’s performance as the creature will transfix you in your seats. Peter Anderson’s mixture of arrogance and horror perfectly balances his performance. …The set will transport the playgoer back in time; the steampunk props are perfect!”

 

HORSES: Featuring Allan Merovitz. July 20 – 23 / 27 – 30

HORSES: Featuring Allan Merovitz. July 20 – 23 / 27 – 30.  8:00pm. Matinees @ 2pm 23rd & 30th. $20/$15 students/seniors/wage-challenged.
Horses…. This stirring, Allan Merovitz _07_17educational, oft fiery and heartfelt show is made up of heartwarming original poems, songs, and music, mingled with some classic and easily recognizable melodies and mixed with a few surprisingly true stories. The storytelling, songs, and poems take you through Allan’s life spent with these majestic creatures.
“It all started in Montreal when I was 4 years old with Beau the milk horse, then riding on my Zayda’s (grandfather’s) farm outside Smith’s Falls, and memories of riding with my Dad on Mount Royal in Montreal at the stables near Lac aux Castors ( Beaver Lake). The story and songs include a tour with the Caravan Stage Company through our four seasons on the road from British Columbia to Alberta.”

Alyssa Giammaria: Farewell Concert: Sunday, July 23

Alyssa Giammaria: Farewell Concert: Sunday, July 23. Doors 6:30; Show 7:00pm. $20 / $15 students. Alyssa Giammaria will be moving to New York City for school in the fall, and is putting on one last show for her AlyssaGiammaria_07_17friends and family as a chance to gather with everyone before leaving her hometown. She will be joined by Adrean Farrugia (piano), Pat Collins (Bass), Adam Inrig (Drums), as well as Aoife-Louise Doyle and Leah Korkowski on back up vocals.
The above is Alyssa’s plain (and true) statement about her concert. One of her Mohawk music teacher, Sophia Perlman (jazz-singer, songwriter, etc) flipped at the humility of the above, polled Alyssa’s fellow student’s for comments, and added her own. Most have to be under “Read More” but check this out: “Alyssa Giammaria (‘the humble prodigy’) is a beautiful soul with outstanding talent.”  “I can’t wait to see what New York does for her, and what she does for New York.”  “a willingness to not only foster her already impressive understanding of her craft but to also continually seek out new challenges and opportunities…”  “I’ll miss her creative mind and her impeccable musicianship and integrity.” See more below… Read the rest of this entry »

David McLaughlin: Works From a Lifetime

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David McLaughlin: Works From a Lifetime: David’s remaining furniture and glasswork (forty years of arts and crafts) continue to be on display.  It is no longer the complete show. Everything that has sold is, of course, gone. All of David’s work is utterly his own and a joy to experience.  His works in glass are forceful, eye-catching, and unique. The one-of-a-kind furniture pieces startle you with his quirky creativity. These stained glass panels and furniture pieces continue to be for sale. Free local delivery will be available. Payment can be made through Pay Pal. For more information contact David at: dmclaughlin1@sympatico.ca

 

 

STAYCATION THEATRE: Fractured Fairytales: July 5–8, 12–15

STAYCATION THEATRE: Fractured Fairytales: July 5 – 8, 12 – 15. StaycationPoster_7_17Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $20 / $15 students/ seniors/ wage-challenged. Opening Night, July 5 is  PWYC.  A Fractured Fairy Tale can be a story that uses a fairy tale or story where changes or embellishments are made to the characters, setting, points of view, or plots, to reinterpret an older idea or concept or to introduce new ones. Come see what the Staycation Players are doing with this! Open Season!
Cast:  Alison Nicholson, Morgan Nicholson, Gerri McManamy, Jolanta & Milania Bace, Gislelle Magie, Sue Moore, Carlos Jimenez, Olivia Prunean, Valeri Kay, Kayla Michelle
Program: Humpty Trumpty, The Little Child (Moorish Folk Tale), The Mother Bull (Sudanese Folk Tale), The North Wind (Italian Folk Tale), Sleeping Cutie & Prince Alarming, After the Parade (The Emperor’s New Clothes)
Co-Artistic Directors: Gary Santucci, Tony DiCasa

The Shari Vandermolen Quartet: Friday, June 23

The Shari Vandermolen Quartet: Friday, June 23, Doors: 7:30. Start: 8:00 $20. Shari Vandermolen, an award-winning local performer and vocalist, has been entertaining audiences in the GTA and southwestern ShariVQuartet02_17Ontario for the last 15 years.  Prominent in the Hamilton arts community, Shari has performed in numerous musical theatre productions – recently wining acclaim for her portrayal of “Norma Desmond” in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard.
This passion is only equal to her love of jazz and the blues. Shari makes a song her own, giving it emotional depth and edge by imbuing the best of contemporary influence into classic songs; paying homage to such legendary vocalists as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Nina Simone and Sara Vaughan.
The Shari V Quartet features Mohawk College Jazz program alumni Steve McRae on piano, James Gannett on bass, and Michael Yates on drums.  (Shari Vandermolen’s debut CD is available through iTunes as well as other music streaming outlets and features these three talented musicians as members of her 6-piece band Quarter To Nine.)
“She takes a song and gives it emotional depth and edge.  She not only sings it magnificently she acts the heart and soul out of it….” The Hamilton Spectator “…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
Join Shari Vandermolen and her band for an evening of jazz and blues that will make you want to snuggle up to that special someone in oh-so-many ways. www.Q29.ca    http://swingline.webs.com/

 

Morgan Davis: An Evening with the Blues: Thursday, June 22

Morgan Davis: An Evening with the Blues: Thursday, June 22: Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged.  For a man MorganDavis_06_17who’s dedicated his life to the blues, Morgan Davis seems like a pretty happy guy. But then he’s won a couple of Junos (Best Blues Albums) and four Maple Blues Awards for Painkiller.  Born in Detroit, Davis caught the blues bug in the time-honored way – covers by rock bands led him, via album credits, to the music’s originators. He writes original songs that easily withstand comparison to the classics he’s re-interpreting.His insistence on mostly solo performances highlights his singular attention to detail and he never disappoints. http://www.morgandavis.com

Guitars Alive Quartet: Saturday, June 17

Guitars Alive Quartet: Saturday, June 17. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $20. The “Guitars Alive Quartet” is a unique ensemble; 3 well-known GuitarsAliveSqSm_06_17recording artists, and virtuoso performers all playing completely different types of guitars in a wonderful variety of musical styles including original! Philip Candelaria plays Latin-classical guitar (As a soloist, he has performed and taught throughout the world and produced 10 recordings praised as: “dazzling”, “distinguished”, and “masterful”.) Gary DiSalle provides electric guitar. (He’s one of Northern Ontario’s premier guitarists. His versatility on the instrument includes blues, jazz, R&B, pop, folk and country. He also writes, records, and performs.) Paul Dunn is on acoustic guitar and dobro. (He’s the roots man, playing finger-style as well as bottleneck; delta blues to Chicago shuffle to ragtime guitar strut, or his own well crafted songs, all done with class.) The 3 are joined by bassist Tom Linklater (Equally at home on electric and acoustic stand-up bass; working in every musical genre from country, to blues, to rock, to gypsy jazz). http://www.guitarsalivequartet.com/  Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYcDm02OSWQ

Big Johnny Blue & Special Guest Alfie Smith: Friday, June 16

Big Johnny Blue & Special Guest Alfie Smith: Friday, June 16. BigJohnnyPearl8:00pm, $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged…. Big Johnny’s a Hamilton guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Hamilton Blues Society. He is committed to supporting local music and musicians, especially by supporting efforts to tell Hamilton’s blues history, and the power of music to improve the life of every man. Special Guest: Outstanding local blues blaster Alfie Smith joins Johnny and Strange Cargo in the impressive acoustics at The Pearl.  https://www.facebook.com/john.m.crawford

ALEXR In Concert: Friday, June 9

ALEXR In Concert: Friday, June 9. Door 7:30PM. Show 8:00PM Sharp. Tickets $20 Hurry! Only 130 Available!
Catch the Hammer’s new, exciting music talent.  Come, see and hear what all the buzz is about! ALEXR have been purposely flying under the radar of AlexRPhotoCanada’s music scene honing their magic. Now, it’s time to share their breakout, original tunes crafted by Alex DeRoo, poet/ singer/ songwriter from Hamilton. Producer/Presenter Glen Marshall says, “It’s exciting to be around a group so passionate on taking their natural talents to the next level. They’re young, creative, and put their full focus on music that entertains. Alex, the group leader has a wealth of original material with beautiful lyrics. The stories are powerful and poignant.”
“Chance-to-Win Dinner with ALEXR” at their rehearsal space. www.alexrmusic.com

 

Ladybird Sanctuary Summer Songs Fundraising Concert w Jamie Oakes: Saturday, June 3

Summer Songs FundraisinLadyBird_06_17g Concert: Saturday, June 3. Doors: 7pm | 8pm Show: $25 General Admission. All proceeds go to Ladybird Animal Sanctuary animals. Join us for a fantastic night of music featuring a very rare performance by Hamilton’s own Jamie Oakes (The music of Jamie Oakes is soul music for the mind. Spawned from the blues, raised on folk and honed by rock, country and R & B, he is a ‘musician’s musician’…). The openers are Ladybird co-founders, Lisa Winn and Janine Stoll (They are playing with Andrew Aldridge and come with impressive musical pedigrees themselves!) Don’t miss this night! Cash Bar. www.ladybirdanimalsanctuary.com/

FLAMENCOS OF JEREZ: A Mini- Flamenco Festival: May 25, 26, & 27

FLAMENCOS OF JEREZ: A Mini- Flamenco Festival @The Pearl JerezCompany!  May 25, 26 & 27 Featuring Cantaor: Carpio Heredia Juanillorro, Guitarist: Juan Manuel Moneo Carrasco, with Flamenco Dance Artists Kim Macedo and Hédi ‘La Forge’
Mini-Festival Program:
Thursday May 25: Lecture & Film Screening: 7:00pm – $10:00 Admission (Including refreshments). Kim Macedo & Gary Santucci will present a lecture and discussion on the history of Flamenco, followed by the notable film Latcho Drom.
Friday May 26: Workshops for would be Flamenco singers & guitarists: 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Juanillorro will lead a workshop where participants will learn to sing a basic Flamenco song.  He will also introduce the Art of Palmas (specialized flamenco rhythmic hand clapping). Juan Manuel will lead a workshop for guitar, teaching a basic Flamenco toque (rhythm).
The workshops will be followed by a Recital of Guitar & Cante by our two guest artists beginning at 8:30pm
$20.00 per workshop, $30.00 for the workshop and the recital.  Recital admission: $20.00 if not attending the workshops.
Saturday May 27: TABLAO FLAMENCO: @ 8:00pm. $25.00
Juanillorro – Cante. Juan Manuel – Guitarra. Kim Macedo – Baile. Heidi “La Forge” – Baile.
Tickets & Info: 905 524 0606. info@thepearlcompany.ca
Presented by Kim Macedo & Gary Santucci www.thepearlcompany.ca


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