The Hamilton Sculptors’ Guild (HSG) Fall/Winter Exhibition: Opening Sunday Nov 17th, 3pm to 8pm. Join us for an exhibition of works in stone, wood, metal, clay and more from some of the finest sculptors in Hamilton & area. Participants: Lia Van Pelt Ridell, John Tice, Sandor Monos, Vida Cegys, Naomi Frohlich, Carolyn Lehmann, Monika Minnis, Malcolm Cumming, Bruna Sbranchella, Joseph Sawicki, Stone Carver, & Jennifer Wilson-Bridgman. Exhibition runs thru Jan 12th, 2013
Welcome to The Pearl Company
The Pearl Company is an arts facility at 16 Steven Street, Hamilton. The first floor houses the Pearl Gallery. The second floor is a newly configured performance space for live music and theatre. Click the "The Facility" tab for more information.
PARKING NEWS: Free parking available at the Mediserve Pharmacy parking lot on King between Ashley and Steven Streets after 6:30 (with a flyer from The Pearl on the dashboard)
Here's what's going on at The Pearl.
RED: November 7 to 16: 8:00 pm. Tickets: $20 General Admission. Written by John Logan. Directed by Mel Aravena. Featuring Rod McTaggart as Mark Rothko and Mischa Aravena as Ken. Master Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.
Thurs Nov 7 @ 8:00pm Fri Nov 8 @ 8:00pm Sat Nov 9 @ 8:00pm
Thurs Nov 14 @ 8:00pm Fri Nov 15 @ 8:00pm Sat Nov 16 @ 8:00pm
RED is Approximately 90 Minutes Long. “RED” is presented by special arrangement with the Dramatist Play Service. http://www.nortesurproductions.com/ SEE GARY SMITH’S ARTICLE IN THE SPEC: http://bit.ly/16AwTaB
Dean Hollin: BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR: November 1 & 2: Doors: 7:30, Show: 8:00pm. $20 adm. Written by John MacLachlan Gray in collaboration with the actor Eric Peterson, Billy Bishop Goes to War recreates the role of WWI fighter pilot, William Avery Bishop. Dean Hollin returns playing Billy (and 17 other characters) in one of Canada’s most famous and widely-produced musicals. Following Billy’s humble beginnings in Owen Sound to fame and glory as this country’s top-scoring pilot of the First World War, this tour-de-force performance, presented in the simplicity of its original form, is not to be missed! “Hamilton-born actor-singer Dean Hollin…grew up playing plenty of leads in community theatre. He was terrific in everything he tackled …. Boyish, cute and personable, Hollin had the right stuff. He still does.” Gary Smith; The Spec. Musical accompaniment: Michael Mulrooney.
Postponed: Stardust -The Ultimate Tribute to David Bowie: Thursday, October 31: 8:00pm. $15 /$10 students/arts workers/seniors. David Bowie is undisputedly an artistic genius, a musical and fashion chameleon, and one of the most electrifying theatrical performers in rock history. Always years ahead in trends, Bowie’s songs continue to fascinate fans of all ages world-wide, and his live shows are no less than legendary. Stardust is the ultimate tribute to the rock icon. The band brings together four gifted and accomplished musicians from Hamilton. William Becker: Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica: A frontman and guitarist for the successful alt-rock band Instant Gothic, lead guitarist for Cadillac Bill, and Hamilton Music Awards 2004 nominated Guitarist of the Year. Chris Wilson: Lead guitar, backing vocals, sonics, (filling the Platform-shoed role of Mick Ronson): This unbridled and gifted guitarist was the brains and frontman for the award winning “Perennials”. He’s also a recognized music producer with his own studio. Pete Grove: Bass guitar: He’s called the ‘secret weapon’ of Stardust as the fluid, precise bassist, bringing years of experience touring with the Earthlings as well as playing with Instant Gothic with Becker), and either Steve Sinnicks or Bill Majoros: Drums and percussion: Steve And Bill are both multi-talented musicians. They’ve been performing shows for years releasing many highly acclaimed albums and have drummed with numerous touring bands. Costumes encouraged – especially a la Bowie – but not essential.
“Beatles 63+73″: Saturday October 26. 8 p.m. $10 cover. Clearly well versed in all things “Fab”, Christopher Clause has been hosting Beatles’ tribute shows in Hamilton for over 11 years now and has won three Hamilton Music Awards for his commitment. Once again he invites local talent to perform not only the 50th anniversary of the “With the Beatles” album but also the 40th anniversary of the solo recordings of 1973. “1973 was an important year for the Beatles, when each member released some of the best albums of their solo careers. When you hear the music back to back, the 10-year growth of the musicians is striking, hence the name 63+73.” The show is divided into two sections. First half: “With the Beatles” in its entirety, featuring a number of guest artists as well as Christopher’s band THE KINGS OF MARIGOLD (Chris Jamieson, Michael Scott, Andrew Aldridge and Peter Taplay). Second half: selections from the four solo albums, “Mind Games”, “Band on the Run”, “Living in the Material World”, and “Ringo”. The moneys raised for the show will go to FERMATA, a benevolent fund for local musicians and artists in need. The Pearl Company is excited and delighted to host this show which until this year, has been held at James Street Baptist Church (Tears here for the loss of that grand building.) Some of the guest artists for the show (at the time of writing; subject to change): Christopher Clause, Spider Costello, Fred D Smith, Gentleman Spectacles, Joshua Blair Lamothe, Nathan Fleet, Deborah McIvor, Susan Edwards.
THE FUGITIVES: Friday, October 25: 8:00pm. $15 /$10 students/arts workers/seniors: This award-winning super-band’s current frontmen and songwriters, Brendan McLeod, and Adrian Glynn, when not touring as musicians, are active in other artistic pursuits. McLeod is an award winning novelist and former Canadian SLAM poetry champion, while Glynn is a working actor receiving rave reviews for his roles. Their band is similarly eclectic, boasting prominent former members like Mark Berube and CR Avery, and a current rotating cast of supporters that includes violin-looping prodigy Hannah Epperson, multi-instrumentalist Steve Charles, and renowned actor Benjamin Elliot, alongside a host of multi-instrumentalists whose styles range from bluegrass to jazz. As McLeod puts it, “We’re like Broken Social Scene. But acoustic, and way less famous.” “The Fugitives are capable of achieving dizzying, Arcade Fire-ish crescendos, replete with parallel melodies, complex harmonies and brimming torrents of emotion.” UPTOWN MAGAZINE “This show is simply brilliant.” CBC http://www.fugitives.ca Very, very cool Fugitive’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uW4fI5-MRs
White Ash Falls opens: As one of Vancouver’s most sought-after sidemen, there’s no questioning Andy Bishop’s craftsmanship and musical smarts. He was a touring member of the rock band Yukon Blonde, the bassist for popsmith James Younger, and a singer-guitarist in the atmospheric folk group Twin River. It’s this balance of precision and spontaneity that shaped the sound of his sophomore album when penning his own country-tinged material as White Ash Falls, ‘Over the Night’. https://www.facebook.com/whiteashfalls/info
Matt Mays Solo Tour with Special Guest Adam Baldwin: Sunday, October 20: 8:00. Admission: $27.50 adv. $30 @ door. Coyote is Matt’s fifth album since his self-titled debut. He’s won numerous ECMAs and been nominated for four JUNO Awards. He’s toured Canada, the USA, and the UK. Whether it’s a California stoned and hazy rock and roll song like ‘Indio’, or an alone at the microphone heart-string strummer like ‘Chase The Light’, you’ll feel it. In every song you can hear a freedom in his voice, “I wanted to make songs that followed my outlook on life as honestly as possible and record them as honestly as possible. That’s it.” “Matt will bring this sound to your town and he will play it loud. He will sing these songs with soul because every verse means the world to him. After all, he chased them down, in a journey around the world, to sing them for you.” www.mattmays.com This event is being presented by FRONT ROOM ENTERTAINMENT. Buy Tickets: http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/9063/ Listen to Matt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXx2Xx2FGBA
Here’s an interview with Matt on Q: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxK0Q2SHf5A
THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW: Saturday, October 19: 8:00. Admission: $20.00 adv. $25 @ door. Shelley Marshall, world renowned Comedienne and the winner of Hamilton’s 2013 Best Local Theatre Production View Magazine for her One Woman Show “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette brings her production of the edgy and irreverent, THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW, 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 show has featured some of the creamiest of the Canadian funny crop such as; Nikki Payne and Debra Digiovanni both Canadian Comedy Award and Gemini Winners, Canadian Comedy Award Winner’s, Sandra Battaglini and Christele Bartalese, Fringe Festival Winners Evelyn Reese, Precious Chong, Rachelle Elie, Hamilton Music Award Winners Ginger St James and Robin Benedict, Juno Award Winner Lori Yates and many more! Come with an open mind and you’ll leave with a Full Heart. Adult Content. www.shelleymarshall.com Check this out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=omL9gW9h04g
Astrid Young & Friends: Friday, October 18: 8:00pm. $15 /$10 students/arts workers/seniors. Another of those talented Youngs! Astrid is a singer-songwriter with a half-brother and fellow musician by the name of Neil. She has explored a multitude of instruments in a range of styles, from classical to heavy rock, with a healthy dose of blues and country in between. Astrid cites her primary influences as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and Black Sabbath: an eclectic mix of styles indeed, whose parallels have never been so evident as in Astrid’s unique expression. Astrid’s solo acoustic shows have been compared to “Alice In Chains Unplugged” and have rallied fans all over the world, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Hollywood to Paradiso in Amsterdam. Some notable co-writes include Bernie Taupin & Martin Page, Lisa DalBello, Nancy Wilson (Heart), the late West Arkeen (Guns & Roses) and Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond). Other artists with whom Astrid has had the pleasure of working with both live and in the studio include Neil Young, Ann & Nancy Wilson, Graham Bonnet, Johnny Cash, Nicolette Larson, Gerry Goffin…. www.astridyoung.net Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXF49XYEGsg
Shari Vandermolen with SWINGLINE: Saturday, October 12: 8:00pm. $15 /$10 students/arts workers/seniors. What began as a rehearsal band in Millgrove, a project organized by Darren Blundell and Urmas Soomet, has now become a powerhouse of sound that is ready to be let out! The musicians of this band were originally brought together purely for the love of music with no ongoing commitment to “join the band”; it was simply an opportunity to play together and develop new musical connections. And then Shari Vandermolen’s rich vocals filled the niche that completed the band and SwingLine was born – an inspired band playing big band standards with some soulful R&B to round things off. This 10-piece “little big band” has got all the big-band-sound you’re looking for and they’ll be bringing you many of your favourite standards suitable for dancing or for sitting back and listening. https://swingline.webs.com
Kim Wempe: Friday, October 11: 8:00pm. $15 /$10 students/arts workers/seniors. A powerful performer with smoky vocals and an undeniable stage presence, Kim Wempe has been tearing up highways and stomping her way across every stage in the country for the past three years. On the heels of her 2010 East Coast Music Award win and a 2011 ECMA nomination, her new album ‘Coalition’ is a big, bold, unapologetic leap into a whole new sound and has brought her a lot of attention from her peers. “Kim Wempe has one of those strong, raspy voices that’s only made better by whisky and more emotive by a sad song. She embodies the storytelling nature of the country genre, that slow burning hurt we know to be true of the blues, and these soulful gospel melodies that recall something almost spiritual.” -Alan Cross-Rock and Roll Journalist. “Kim Wempe sings directly from the soul, and the result is incredibly powerful. She instantly draws you in with her voice, and holds you there with the strength of her performance and her songs.” – Jill Barber http://kimwempe.com Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=- XFpv3CJ1qE
Norbert Kögging with his band, KØGGING: Wednesday, October 9: 8:00pm. $15 /$10 students/arts workers/seniors. Dutch vocalist, Norbert Kögging, embarks on a tour from Toronto to Vancouver and one of the stops is Hamilton! KØGGING recorded their debut album, Daydreaming, at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2011. The music, described as singer-songwriter jazz, is intimate, distinct, and sincere. Norbert is a convincing story-teller who shares his experiences honestly and from the heart. The tour marks Norbert’s fourth visit to Canada, a nation that holds a dear place in his heart. “This is where it all started,” Norbert recalls when KØGGING recorded Daydreaming, at the Centre in 2011. The album, which harnesses the inspiration that Norbert found there, is about fresh ideas, open space and the opportunities to come. http://norbertkogging.nl Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaS7_ov2pRg
C.R. AVERY with THE WEBER BROTHERS! Saturday, October 5: 8:00. Admission: $20.00 adv. $25 @ door /$15.00 adv. students/artists/seniors $20 @ door. CR Avery: Outlaw Hip-Hop Harmonica Player, Beatbox Poet, Punk Piano Player, String Quartet Raconteur, Rock & Roll Matador, Playwright. C.R. Avery is a unique, raw, and dynamic performer. His genius lies in many genres – blues, hip-hop, spoken word and rock & roll. He is a one-man band, but one for this generation; with the rare ability to sing poetic verse while beatboxing simultaneously while pounding the piano and adding harmonica like a plot twist. To put the incredible live performance of CR with the equally astonishing WEBER BROTHERS, WOW. There are bands for which rock and roll is a lifestyle, and then there are bands for which it is life. Ten years ago the legendary Ronnie Hawkins, duly impressed by the pair’s immense raw talent, invited them to audition for his storied backing band, The Hawks. They survived the intense musical apprenticeship of his fabled “Rock ‘n’ Roll Bootcamp,” and six self-released albums later, the Webers have spread their wings, shared the stage with icons like Garth Hudson, Levon Helm, Leon Russell, Derek Trucks and Kris Kristofferson, and toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Fusing the stomping country rock learned at Hawkins’ knee with the brothers’ own love of pop music in all its splendor, from gorgeous “Pet Sounds”/ “White Album” vocal harmonies to blacktop-burning 50’s rockabilly, full-throated Crazy Horse anthems to classic corner group doo-wop. Tightly focused in execution yet epic in scope. http://www.cravery.com/ http://www.weberbrothers.com/ Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3npGmpsL4v8
Shari Vandermolen with QUARTER TO NINE: Friday, October 4: 8:00pm. $15 /$10 students/arts workers/seniors. Quarter to Nine is a jazzy musical act with the remarkable Shari Vandermolen on vocals. The name comes from the song “About a Quarter to Nine” from the musical 42nd Street. Incorporating the sweet soft jazz feel of days gone by, or the burlesque feel of risqué blues, their influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Etta James, Billie Holiday and the “big-band sound”. They’ll be bringing you Jazz Standards, naughty blues and torch songs peppered with just the right amount of show tunes for good measure. “Shari’s training as an actor imbues her music with an emotional edge that takes us places we have never been with these songs. Quarter to Nine is an experience as much as a concert.” http://www.q29.ca Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyDlzfMzUkI
EMERGENCY MONOLOGUES: Friday, September 27: 8:00pm. Admission: $18.00/$15.00 students/artists/seniors. A memorable evening of shock, horror, and hilarious true-to-life (and death) comedy. Morgan Phillips is an EMS paramedic/ambulance driver who has turned his true stories into a hilarious one-man performance that is part stand-up comedy and part (utterly) surreal storytelling. Phillips has won the NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award in Toronto and is back at The Pearl Company by popular demand. “Phillips [has an] easy and unaffected knack for telling funny as hell stories about crime scenes and head-on collisions.” Sean Davidson (EYE WEEKLY) “Side-splittingly hilarious view into the world of Paramedicine” Jason Ng (FNG) “Morgan Jones Phillips is a consummate story-teller – filling in the small details of each scenario as skillfully as a master-weaver entwines a rich tapestry.” Luc Iogna (Director) “Brutally honest, macabre and often hilarious…” (NOW Magazine) www.emergencymonologues.com Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0BrG-Z_0zo