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. The first floor houses a black box theatre-in-the-round. The second floor is a performance space for live music and theatre. Click the "The Facility" tab for more information.

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.

Charity Art Auction/Comedy Show: Saturday, July 19

Charity Art Auction/Comedy Show: Saturday, July 19.  Auction and FUN for KIDS: 1pm – 5pm. Kid’s Kingdom proudly presents: Charity Art Auction with 100 kids painting and 100 pieces of art auctioned off for $10!  This is a Free Event with prizes and games for kids.  CharityArtAuction.jpg 

Standup Comedy Show: 7pm – 11pm. $20 admission. Featuring: Larry Smith, Neil Griffin, Matthew Surina, Voodoo Ray, Kevin Spencer, Maysin’s Dad.
All proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton and to the McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation


Robin Benedict’s “By the Seat of Her Pants Fun Raiser”: Friday, July 18:

Robin Benedict’s “By the Seat of Her Pants Fun Raiser” at The Pearl: Friday, July 18: PWYC (Pay What You Can). Doors at 7:00 PearlCoNight.jpgpm (Hang out, check the auction items…) Show at 8:00. In conjunction with Rebels Rock! Robin, bless her generous heart (although she’s just making sure she can still sing here!) is pulling together a show that will blow our wee minds.  We have Erin and Nara hosting; Cindy Dell and Sue Leonard performing as Perfect Strangers; Robin will sing, of course. Music happening both here and at Rebels.  Added to the final lineup are! Lori Yates and Duane Rutter, Social Animals; aka Chris and Christa Bradbury, Annette Green on piano. There will be a silent auction, 50-50 Draw. Who RobinB.jpgknows what all might happen! Wow, all you marvelous women. You really know how to get things done – by the seat of your pants!

FRINGE BUS! Friday, July 18

Board the FRINGE BUS: Friday, July 18th, 6:30pm. $25 or 2 for $40 (Includes a Fringe Backer Button!).  Never ‘Fringed’ before? Or curious about what this year’s festival has to offer? Supported by and modelled after our popular Pearl Company ARTBus, the Fringe Bus offers a totally unique and immersive tour of the festival hosted by The Hamilton Spectator’s JEFF MAHONEY! Board the Bus at The Baltimore House (the Fringe Club) and celebrate the city’s most lively theatrical fare with a tour of the Hamilton Fringe! Whether you come with friends or make them as you ride, we’ll tour the city to point out all the Fringe hot spots; take in guest performances on route; and drop into see one of the “SHORT Shows in SMALL Spaces.” And we will do all this with Fringe guides, Fringe cameos, and all the Fringe info you need to get you furiously “Fringing”! TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: or call 289-698-2234. Sponsored by: Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.

Linda Chenoweth: Campaign Launch Ward 4 Public School Trustee: Thursday, July 17

Linda Chenoweth Candidate for Ward 4 Public School Trustee: Campaign Launch! Thursday, July 17. Drop by The Pearl LChenowith.jpgCompany between 7 and 10 and support Linda’s efforts to represent the children, families and community of Ward 4.  Entertainment, draws, drinks and munchies.
Linda is a 25 year resident of Hamilton’s East End with a Physical Education degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. As a Primary/Junior Physical Education Specialist teacher employed by the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board for 25 years, she was passionate about teaching children body awareness, movement skills, and healthy active living. She taught at Rosedale School for 19 years and left because of her disillusionment with the state of education in Ontario. She has decided to act upon her concerns about our education system and seek election as the Ward 4 Public School Trustee.

SPIRIT OF THE RED PINE: Opening Reception: Friday, July 11

SPIRIT OF THE RED PINE: Opening Art Reception: Friday, July 11, 7–9. A fundraising exhibition of works by pARTners for WolfLake_Spirit_Poster.jpegWolf Lake. Nineteen artists unite their voices in preserving the beauty of Wolf Lake in the Temagami area, NE of Sudbury. It is at the heart of the world’s largest contiguous ancient red pine forest.  This traveling art show and online auction brings awareness to an incredible ecosystem, while art sales contribute to the protection against mining exploration and excavation. The theme of human-environment interaction is woven into the show. The pARTners for Wolf Lake show features works from painters, photographers and poets who have created art inspired by their outdoor experiences and time spent on Wolf Lake.  Among them are two Hamiltonians: painter of shimmering landscapes, E. Robert Ross, and talented photographer Heather Buttrum. “They are bringing the beauty of Wolf Lake to a wider audience” says Bob Olajos, spokesperson for the Wolf Lake Coalition. July 11th – August 23rd, 2014. 100% of profits go to the Wolf Lake Coalition. Gallery Open by appointment, by chance, before events and, we hope, Wednesdays 7 to 9. Full Artist List Below:  Read the rest of this entry »

Erin and Nara: Breast Friends! With Robin Benedict: Saturday, July 5

Erin and Nara: Breast Friends! SPECIAL GUEST~ Robin Benedict: Saturday, July 5. 8:00pm. Advance $15/ $20 at the door. Erin_NaraJuly5.jpgMF Arts Productions presents Erin and Nara with their NEW SHOW “Breast Friends”! Partners in love and laughter, Erin and Nara are best known for their original song “Sexy Cuz We’re Lesbians” and for being the over-the-top hysterical hosts of Shelley Marshall’s The Full Bawdy Comedy Show at The Pearl. Robin Benedict: Placing in the top contenders of Canadian Idol, and being scouted by NBC’s The Voice, She’s the REAL THANG! No auto-tune here folks. ADULTS ONLY (Nara excluded) Limited Seating, Reservations recommended.

Shari Vandermolen with QUARTER TO NINE: Saturday, June 28

Shari Vandermolen with QUARTER TO NINE: Saturday, June 28: 8:00pm. $20 /$18 students/arts workers/seniors. A sexy, Shari1.jpgsassy, jazz-soaked treat! 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, Q2Nine 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.”   Listen:

Pearl Company “RENT” Party: Friday, June 27:

Pearl Company “RENT” Party: Friday, June 27: PWYC (Pay What You Can). 8:00 pm. Help us survive the summer! Great music,PearlCoNight.jpg great food, great vibe! Despite obstacles, in 8 years we have presented over 1000 artistic events. We now need to go public with our very ‘tight’ situation; we are launching a fundraising/refinancing campaign that will continue to build upon our past successes to keep our dream alive and thriving for years to come. This fun and fabulous “Rent Party” will help us make through our most difficult time, those summer months. This will culminate – or continue – with another glorious gathering in September. Now playing at this point!  Lisa Winn and Andrew Aldridge. Mimi Shaw with Orange McFarland and Tor Lukasik-Foss, Chris & Christa (All Local Musical PearlPartyB_G.jpgLegends!).  The inimitable Charly Chiarelli is guaranteed to do something entertaining…. Not sure of what sort yet.  There will be even MORE entertainment and though Gary is cooking, he might even play a tune or two…. The possibilities are endless.

PINA: Saturday, June 21

The film PINA will be shown: Saturday, June 21.  8pm. This a PWYC event. Pina is a 2011 German 3D documentary film about one of the most significant choreographers of the last 40 years, the contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch. The enormously well-PinaBausch.jpgrespected Wim Wenders directed the film which premiered ‘Out of Competition’ at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. During the preparation of the documentary, Pina Bausch died unexpectedly. Wenders cancelled the film production, but the other dancers of Tanztheater Wuppertal convinced him to make the film anyway. It showcases these dancers, who talk about Pina and perform some of her best-known pieces, inside the Tanztheater Wuppertal and in various outdoor locations around the city of Wuppertal. “Strikingly picturesque.” Discussion to follow. Refreshments available. See Trailer:


THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW: Friday, June 20: 9:00pm. Admission: $20 advance/$25 door. Shelley Marshall, HAMILTON’S OWN world-renowned Comedienne and winner of Hamilton’s 2013 Best Local Theatre Production View Magazine for her Full_BawdyJune20Sm.jpgOne Woman Show “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette” brings her production of the edgy and irreverent THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW back to The Pearl Company. TFBCS 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 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: Precious Chong, Rachelle Elie; Hamilton Music Award Winners: Ginger St James and Robin Benedict; Juno Award Winner Lori Yates and many more!  June 20 Line-up: Shelley Marshall Hosts: Phil Luzi Winner Canadian Comedy Award. Morgan Joy Toronto International Clown Festival 2014. Musical Guest: Mimi Shaw, Burlesque Performer: Fionna Flauntit, Stand Up: Amanda Day, Character Performer: Rachelle Elie.  Come with an open mind and you’ll leave with a Full Heart! Adult Content. Listen: (905) 524-0606 CALL FOR RESERVATIONS or visit

ARTBus Hamilton! Friday, June 6 & 20

The Art Bus is Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate Brokerage:

The ARTBus Hamilton! Friday, June 6: We will continue to check out Hamilton’s unique and constantly evolving art scene.

Join Barbara Milne  as the journey of the ARTBus Hamilton continues. Our usual fine evening is planned again for June 6; we will begin by checking out a segment of the exciting art scene on James North – at least 3 galleries – James North Gallery, you me gallery, and not sure yet… Next to the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas and then the very cool studios and gallery in the Oddfellows Hall also in Dundas.  Join us!  Call Barbara, at (905.524.0606) or email to reserve your seat.


Please note new departure time: 7:00pm!

We leave from The Pearl Company at 16 Steven Street in Hamilton promptly at 7:00pm. Please arrive earlier and visit the gallery spaces on the second floor to confirm your ticket. There is plenty of free parking – just look for the guy in the neon vest. On our return around 9:30/10:00pm you are often welcome to join the musical event in progress and/or visit the galleries in The Pearl District.

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Dave Gould’s AUDIOTORIUM Sound/Art Show! CLOSING PARTY/SOCIAL: An Open Invite to Improvise with Sound…. JuneDaveGould__sAUDIOTORIUM2.jpg 14th 8:00pm (Pay What You Can) Dave Gould has created an exhibition at the Pearl Company Gallery featuring his entire collection of musical inventions. Are they musical instruments or sound sculptures? This will be a fun open jam/social that will include refreshments and food and where everyone will have a chance to explore the instruments and experience their sounds in a hands-on, collaborative live setting. The Pearl Company stage is an acoustically amazing opportunity to experience these sound inventions. The show will (of course) include Dave’s infamous toileteering on an antique toilet rigged with pickups, smoke, and lights. And, the audience is welcome to improvise their way around this array of cool sounding oddities.
More information and videos are available at:  Please email or call Dave for more information: 905-537-0463
“Voodoo- influenced, maritime country with hints of electro-acoustic experimentation.” .BROKEN PENCIL MAGAZINE – Toronto. Listen:

Jazz Connection Big Band w Sophia Perlman: Friday, June 13

Jazz Connection Big Band w Sophia Perlman: Friday, June 13. Doors at 7:30, Jazz at 8:00. Cover of $15 / $25 for couples. $10 forJCBB___Sophia_1_.jpg artists/students/seniors. The JCBB is a well-established 17-piece jazz ensemble delivering high energy, uncompromising and straight ahead jazz, funk, and Latin combining the highest level of musicianship and great charts in an entertaining show that equally engages both the jazz enthusiast and the casual listener. Sophia Perlman has become a fixture of the Ontario jazz and blues scene. Her musicality, old-soul voice, and skill as an improviser have made her a first-call featured singer with some of the top ensembles and musicians in the country. In addition to performing and touring with her own quartet, she performs regularly with numerous artists and ensembles, including Adrean Farrugia, The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, and The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra. “Perlman’s approach is all at once soulful, gut-wrenching, funky and provocative” WholeNote Magazine re JCBB “This is one of the most exciting, entertaining and musically interesting jazz ensembles to come along in many years – the musicianship, the repertoire and the energy are all of the highest level!!” Nick Deutsch – Co-ordinator, Mohawk College, Faculty of Music  Listen:  Listen to Sophia:

Social Animals: Saturday, June 7

Social Animals: Saturday, June 7: Doors at 8pm, $10 cover. Band starts at 9pm. All ages welcome. Join Social Animals for the debut of socialanimals.jpgtheir new album, Innominate. CDs will be available at the show. The band evolved from the song-writing of Chris and Christa Bradbury, a couple from opposite sides of the globe, who met by chance, fell in love and were drawn into sharing their passion for music.  The band is a collective of talent with the duo supported by the heavy groove of David Guild. The electro-acoustic instrumentation is perfectly balanced by the powerful and dynamic rasp of Christa’s bluesy vocals. The band’s stage presence elicits the use of superlatives.  For example: “larger than life”, “gave me goose bumps”, and “mind-blowing!”
Overseeing the development of the sound and the recording of their début album is the Spectrebox production team made up of David Guild, and Producer Jordan Abraham Social Animals are; Chris (Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Vocals) and Christa Bradbury (Lead Vocals, Keyboards), David Guild (Drums), Geoff Hlibka (Guitar, Vocals), and Jarrod Ross (Bass). Visit the Social Animals web site:  Brothers and sisters, you are about to be Socialized!

riot nrrd: Friday, June 6

riot nrrd: Friday, June 6: Doors: 7:30; Show: 8:30; Opening act: Dave Gould. $15 door, $10 students/ retired/ fixed income. (With riot_nrrd.jpgCD: $25 admission, $20 for students/ retired/ fixed income) riot nrrd: at 9:30. riot nrrd is a Hamilton-based musician, (aka Conrad Sichler, a holistic medicine practitioner) belting out his own folk-pop-punk on his own, or Can-rock with a band. This is music for people who think too much. Among his influences are Billy Bragg, The Weakerthans, The Replacements, The recording band is Bob Doidge (bass and more!), Danny Lockwood (Drums), Frank Koren (electric guitars), Amy King (back-up vocals, piano), Vince Rinaldo (keys), and Neil Nikafor (bass on some songs). And oh, Conrad Sichler (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, percussion, back-up vocals, song-writing, masterminding). The album was recorded in Hamilton at Grant Avenue Studios with Bob Doidge producing. What’s particularly endearing about riot nrrd is that the music is not over-produced, dolled-up drivel. It’s raw, unadulterated feeling expressed through fun folk-rock.


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