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.

Rae Billing & The Unpayables / Mississippi Bends: May 14

Rae Billing & The Unpayables / Mississippi Bends: Saturday, May 14. 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged. Rae RaeBilling_shortNEW2016_smBilling’s voice and lyrics create a touchstone that is rare on the Canadian landscape. Her voice has been described as “honest and pure, assured and desperate at the same time.” And her lyrics and music 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 opening will be the talented duo Mary Simon and Andrew Aldridge in MISSISSIPPI BENDS, alt-country at its finest!
Working with the multi-talented Unpayables, Matt Coleman on violin/fiddle, Andrew Aldridge on electric guitar, K. Michael Hickey on electric and upright bass, Clifford Costa on drums, plus the talents of album producer Michael J. Birthelmer on piano and guitars
“There is a depth to her songs few contemporaries have yet to hone.” Jason MacNeil, All Music Guide.  Listen:

David Woodhead’s Confabulation: May 13

David Woodhead’s Confabulation: Friday, May 13, 8:00. $20 /$15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged. Bassist and multi-Confabulationinstrumentalist David Woodhead is one of the most accomplished of Canadian musicians and his genre-defying, (mostly) instrumental supergroup, Confabulation, is a thrill-ride for players and audiences alike. David has played on more than 200 albums. He was the bassist for folk legend Stan Rogers. He’s played with Loreena McKennitt, Valdy, Sneezy Waters, Brent Titcomb, Scott Merritt, jazz ensemble Manteca. He regularly tours with James Keelaghan. Confabulation’s musical eclecticism features: harp-like fingerstyle ukulele picking, klezmer-like horns, a few intriguing time signatures and some unexpected chord changes. The line-up: keyboardist Doug Wilde (Leonard Cohen, Jane Siberry, Manteca), drummer Rich Greenspoon (Njacko Backo, Stewed Tomatoes, Betty and the Bobs), reeds player Colleen Allen (Anne Murray, Rita MacNeil, Gino Vannelli, Ani DiFranco, Molly Johnson) and guitarist Bob Cohen (Jesse Winchester,Tim Hardin).
The quintet combines Woodhead’s sophisticated-yet-accessible compositions with the odd dramatic interpretation of Rudyard Kipling and a nod to Peter Gabriel.  Their shows merge outstanding musicianship with spontaneity, whimsy, and the musical chops to take them in whatever direction they’re moved to go. The Confabulation:  Listen:

Steve Dawson/Robin Benedict Opens! Wednesday, May 11

Steve Dawson: Wednesday, May 11. 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/ SteveDawsonseniors/ un(der)waged. As one of Canada’s most sought after producers, session musicians and guitarists, this Vancouver-born slide guitarist has become an indelible fixture on the North American musical landscape. He has acquired an endless stream of awards producing and/or playing on more than 80 albums since 2000 – 7 of which have won Juno Awards. Whether he’s turning heads on the concert circuit with his incendiary playing, or pulling the best possible performances out of the many artists that he works with, Dawson is always striving to take things to the next level.
Steve’s multi-faceted career has brought him to countless international festivals, and he has worked with an extensive cast of leading artists including: John Hammond, Sonny Landreth, Van Dyke Parks, Colin James, Bruce Cockburn, Geoff Muldaur, and more.
He has also recorded and released six albums of his own, exploring blues, jazz, roots, folk and even experimental music, over the years.  His latest CD, ‘Solid States and Loose Ends’, with stellar slide guitar work reminiscent of 70’s Ry Cooder albums, and with the intimacy, spontaneity, and warmth one might hear on records produced by Joe Henry or T-Bone Burnett, is a killer set of new tunes that play to all of Dawson’s many strengths.
Steve currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. He also runs his acclaimed independent label Black Hen Music, and the always in demand, Henhouse Studios. Listen here:
And we all know Robin Benedict.  She’ll get the crowd warmed up; there will be no doubt about that!

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Gary Santucci’s CD RE-Release! Saturday April 30

Gary Santucci’s CD RE-Release! Saturday April 30. 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/ seniors/ wage-challenged. In response to increasing GarySolo CDdemand, Gary Santucci (Flamenco, Classical & Jazz Guitar Artist) will re-release his first CD Recording, Santucci Solo, a selection of solo guitar works composed between the years 1974 and 1995. Santucci Solo was first released in 1999 and the works have remained timeless in the classical tradition. Gary will perform the entire CD as a kick-off to his return to the studio to begin recording many of his projects for guitar and other instruments as well as further works for solo guitar. As part of the evening there will be a post performance reception; also Gary’s impressive instrument collection will be on display!
Santucci’s fourth CD is currently in rehearsal; It will feature 3 major works. Suite for Gu Zheng (Chinese harp) and Guitar, Melodious Thelonious Suite for Drum Kit and Guitar and the title track of the CD The Unknown World for solo guitar.

Duane Andrews and the Conception Bay String Quartet: Friday, April 22

Duane Andrews and the Conception Bay String Quartet: Friday, April 22, 8 PM, $25 at the door/ $20 in advance at DuaneAndrews(2) Free admission for ages 12 and under. Join Duane and members of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening of jazz, classical and folk music from his latest album ‘Conception Bay’! Duane Andrews – Guitar, Stephen Sitarski – Violin, Cecilia Chang – Violin, Elspeth Thomson – Viola, Kirk Starkey – Cello. Guitar virtuoso Duane Andrews’ new album, ‘Conception Bay’, is an ambitious undertaking, pairing Andrews’ jazz-influenced guitar with a string quartet and pulling from a spectrum of jazz, classical arrangements, and traditional Newfoundland folk music. For more insight into Conception Bay visit:
“The music might be best described as Folk music played by a top Jazz guitarist and the result is refreshing and stunning. Highly recommended.” Folkworld Magazine, Germany

Roxanne Potvin & Erin Costelo! Saturday, April 23

Roxanne Potvin & Erin Costelo! Saturday, April 23. 8:00pm. $20RoxannePotvinApril_16 /$15 students/ seniors/ wage-challenged. Roxanne Potvin’s latest album, For Dreaming, sees the Montreal-based singer/songwriter and guitarist return with a highly personal and deeply affecting collection of songs after a five-year break from recording. The hiatus Included two years of formal training in sound engineering and work as a studio assistant. When Potvin decided to record a new album, she produced most of it herself, building upon the quiet intensity displayed on her album Play. For Dreaming now opens a new chapter for Potvin as a singer/ songwriter with pop smarts, undeniable soul, and a ceaseless drive in uncharted directions.
Erin Costelo’s a Halifax, Nova Scotia native. Her latest album Down ErinCosteloLow-resBelow,The Status Quo is a reflection of her (and our) complicated world, expressed through a voice unlike any other in Canada; she has an exquisite vocal talent, also piano playing and songwriting. With her vintage soul music influences on her previous album, We Can Get Over, Erin’s musical evolution has taken its next natural step on Down Below, The Status Quo, by channeling those themes into 10 new deeply personal tracks that display her exceptional gifts as a producer, songwriter and arranger.
Roxanne – Listen:
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Carlos del Junco and The Blues Mongrels: Saturday April 16

Carlos del Junco and The Blues Mongrels: Saturday April 16, at 8pm Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door. Carlos is one of those players whose music is so advanced that he’s not allowed to compete any more (Eight time CarlosdelJunco0316Harmonica Player of The Year at the Maple Leaf Blues Awards!). Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his backing 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  Listen:

Little Miss Higgins: Friday, April 15

Little Miss Higgins & Jordie Lane: Friday, April 15, 8:00pm $20 /$15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. From the Great Northern Plains of Western Canada, The award-winning Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way, LittleMissguitar in hand, lips blazoned red, onto any stage. As if she just drove in off the back-road of another time with gravel dust and a sunset trailing behind her, this pocket-sized powerhouse plays music brewed up in old-time country blues sprinkled with a little jazz and maybe a hint of folk. Whether it’s songs about passion or songs about panties, she writes about real things in a rooted and poetic way. Guitar and voice are her main instruments and her theatre background brings a “refreshing sound and story to the stage.” As a songwriter, she has been influenced by a range of artists from Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Big Bill Broonzy to Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton and Bob Dylan.   Listen!

Hammer Hoppers Presents: Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats: Wednesday, April 13

Hammer Hoppers Presents: Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats: Wednesday, April 13. Doors: 7:00/Lesson: Alex Pangman(2)7:30/Show: 8:00. $15 / $10 with a MacSwing membership card…  Hammer Hoppers is pleased to present Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing, Alex Pangman, to perform at the next social. Vocalist and band leader Alex Pangman knows exactly how to get the dance floor jumping. Her music has been showcased three times at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, on a national tour, and was recently recognized with a Juno Award nomination for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year with her album ‘New’. Join us on the dance floor and be serenaded by Alex’s stylish musical offerings. The Theme: Florals (April Showers Bring May Flowers). Hammer Hoppers offers dance instruction and socials for vintage swing dances, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Authentic Jazz, and Balboa.
7:30-8:00PM: Drop-In Beginner Lesson
8:00-11:00PM: Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats
Listen to Alex:


Big Johnny Blue w Special Guest Voodoo Walter: Saturday, April 9

Big Johnny Blue w Special Guest Voodoo Walter: Saturday, April 9. 8:00pm, $20 / $15 BigJohnnyBluestudents/seniors/wage-challenged….  Like the blues?  You’ll love them Big Johnny Blue style.  Big Johnny’s a 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.

An Evening of Kurt Weill: Interpreted by 2nd Year Mohawk Music! April 8

An Evening of Kurt Weill: Interpreted by 2nd Year Mohawk Music! Friday, April 8. Doors: 7:30 / Show: MohawkJazzSophia8:00.The wonderful voices of second year music students from Mohawk College are pleased to present an evening of Kurt Weill. Their performance will showcase the influence Weill had on music created after his time. The evening is sure to be a fun night of fusing past and present sounds! We all know who Sophia Perlman is and what a talent she brings.  This is Sophia’s class; I’ve heard them and they are a talented enthusiastic group itching to show you what they can do.  Don’t disappoint them!

“THIS FOOL’S LIFE” Robin Benedict & Friends: April 1

“THIS FOOL’S LIFE”…Robin Benedict & Friends: Friday, April 1. 8:00. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00 p.m. RobinBenedictAprilFool$20.00. Told through Comedy, Music and Good Friends! This fool, Robin’s signature style is of raw and fearless vocals, with a distinctly vulnerable cadence, self-deprecating humour, and passion. She packs a powerful punch live. A few high notes: the Video that went viral with 4½ million views; her expansive repertoire of everything from rock, reggae and funk, country, folk and blues; her unique, powerful voice which has drawn international attention, and regular trips to Nashville; and finally there’s her relaxed and humorous stage presence and ability to move a crowd of any size and demographic to their feet. With Robin will be Musical Guests: Walter Cernile / Jamie Cameron; Special Guests: our favourite comedy duo, Erin and Nara with Sarah Farr & Misha Fotos.  Here’s the viral video:  Robin singing “What’s Up”:

Gary Santucci’s Spanjazz: Friday, March 25

The Gary Santucci Project: Spanjazz: Friday, March 25. 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/seniors/wage-GaryBPACchallenged.  A collection of musical compositions inspired by world music rhythms performed in a jazz context. Featuring Jordan Abraham – keyboard, Jeff Plumbley – trumpet, Aidan Sibley – trombone, James Gannett – bass, Steve Wilson – drums and Gary Santucci – guitar. All musicians in this newly-formed quintet are highly respected performers in their own fields; the juxtaposition of their different styles and approaches will create the unique sound and experience that is Spanjazz.

LEARNING WITH LEXI: FIND YOUR ZING! Wednesday, March 16. Three Shows!

LEARNING WITH LEXI PRESENTS: LOVE YOUR VERVE AND FIND YOUR ZING: A March Break LexiPromotionalPosterChildren’s Show! Wednesday, March 16: 10:00am / 2:00pm / 7:00pm. $10 Admission. Love your life and find your ‘get up and go’ is the attitude Lexi brings to her performances. Learning with Lexi (Alexis Rakovac) is a children’s show that promotes the importance of self love, positive thinking, imagination and creativity in your child’s life. She takes the children on a journey. They are encouraged to like themselves, believe in themselves and look to the bright side of life. Through the world of imaginary integrated play and music, we venture into unique situations where children are able to identify their strengths, cope with their challenges, recognize their potential and see that it is okay to step outside their comfort zone and just go for it!!!!
“Children are encouraged to courageously develop life skills for independence and making choices for themselves with confidence. I want so very much to empower all of our children to dare to dream and BELIEVE….” Lexi
“Not only is Lexi an engaging and entertaining personality, she is as genuine as they come.  Our children adore her….”
“She has a special gift for connecting with children and she shares that gift passionately.” FB: learningwithlexi

Sherman Downey: Saturday, March 12

Sherman Downey: Saturday, March 12. Doors: 7:30. Showtime: 8:00 PM. $20/$15. With infectious melodies, shermandowney2toe-tapping rhythms, and a story to tell, multiple award-winning Sherman Downey presents his craft with a charm and poignancy that leaves a lasting impression. After releasing his 2009 debut “Honey For Bees”, Sherman took his energetic performances to stages ranging from the Vancouver Olympics to Australia’s Woodford Folk Festival, earning international radio play. His highly anticipated  second release “The Sun In Your Eyes” was awarded MusicNL’s ‘Pop/Rock Recording of the Year’ and earned him Newfoundland and Labrador’s ‘SOCAN Songwriter of the Year’ distinction. The album’s first single ‘Thick as Thieves’ won CBC’s inaugural Searchlight Prize and ‘Canada’s Best New Artist’ accolade, while increasing his profile as a touring act and garnering an even broader fan base.
As work begins on his third album, Sherman Downey continues to craft songs that are both whimsical and poignant; performing them with unabashed honesty and has carved out a spot as one of Canada’s must-see acts.   Listen:

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