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.

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.


60 DAYS OF SUMMER: May 30, 31, June 1

60 DAYS OF SUMMER: Fri, May 30. Sat, May 31. Sun, June 1. Tickets: $10 students. $15 adults. $5 for all tickets on May 30. This Eco Theatre project has emerged from a partnership between Scene Change and Ecotheatre.jpgEnvironment Hamilton.  60 Days of Summer is a story is written by local students and teachers which follows the misadventures of a group of students who attempt to live a full summer with no eco-footprint. Earth is personified through song and movement. Packed with interpersonal tensions, dream sequences and plot twists, the outcome is not what the students expect.
“60 days of Summer takes us on a theatrical adventure where young people challenge themselves to leave “no impact”on the earth – not just for “Earth hour”- but for an entire summer. The variety of backgrounds and world experiences in this diverse cast allows them to explore some tough questions about the price of climate change and who pays. Infused with music, dance, and eco-inventions – the play has something for everyone in this fun, at times wacky, but ultimately inspiring production. Leaving “no-impact” on the earth – leaves a lasting impact on the audience!” ~ Catherine Silverglen (OCT)
Times: Fri, May 30 @ 12:30pm.
Sat, May 31 @7pm.
Sun, June 1 @ 2:30pm.

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Learie McNicolls: RESURRECTION – May 22, 23 & 24

Learie McNicolls: RESURRECTION – May 22 (PWYC Preview), 23 & 24. 8:00PM. $20 Admission. Classical Dancer Learie McNicolls Learie_McNicolls___May_2014.jpgperforms his magnum opus about Redemption and the Resurrection of one’s Soul.  The evidence is in the body.  The body never forgets.  God bless. “For 40 years I walked in anger, slept in anger, spoke in anger, danced in anger and no one noticed….not even me. We speak of the roots of a Culture….a Tradition….Source of a river. This then is my Source.  Where Anger hibernated for decades and caused untold grief and suffering.  So I beat myself up. This Dancer became internalized like a crazed Demon and pummeled me like a Boxer, who I recognized as The Trickster in us all. The voices in my head deserve a response.  I answer back.  They are silent.”  Written, Directed, Choreographed and Performed by: Learie McNicolls
Co-Director: Gary Santucci
Original Score: Learie McNicolls
Image: MaxxProducers: Myth Productions
Sponsor: The Pearl Company Arts Centre

Celebration of Latin American Art in Hamilton: May 16, 17

Celebration of Latin American Art in Hamilton May 16, 17:  May 16, 8pm: Spanjazz….See Below….    

Saturday, May 17: 12:00 – 5:00pm: Opening! Casa Mansang: Casa Mansang features the art of artists and artisans from South CasaMansang_1.jpgand Central America; also guest exhibitions of local established artists. The gallery is packed with gloriously colourful and upbeat art, jewellery, ‘artwear’, and curiosities, perfect for gifts and for just plain decorating!  If you want to be cheered by a vibrant and eye-catching display, check out the Face Book site:  or come on by!     

Saturday, May 17: 8:00pmMusic Gala with  Singer, Idalid Parra. Dancing to follow…. $15.00/$10.00 students/artists. Idalid Parra is a Colombian singer with a deep understanding of the roots of Ranchera music. She started singing at the age of 6, IdalidParra.jpgperforming in social events, weddings, birthdays, shows, and competitions. This talented, friendly, and fun singer also loves to dance, and is an equally capable artist drawing faces and places. She is active in the AFH Fraternity Hispanic Association in Canada.  
This is an event with Latin American artists….  Dancing can break out at any time but especially after Idalid sings! Or maybe during…..

The Pearl Music Collective Presents: Spanjazz! May 16

The Pearl Music Collective Presents: Spanjazz! Friday, May 16. 8:00pm. $15.00/$10.00 students/artists. An evening of Original Spanjazz1.JPGJazz Compositions: Inspired by world beat rhythms and composed by Gary Santucci: with Jordan Abraham – Keyboards;  Steve Wilson – Drums;  Brandon Walker – multi-reeds;  Ian McGillivary – Trumpet;  Jillian McKenna – Bass;  Gary Santucci – Guitar.  The Pearl Music Collective encourages the creation, performance, and presentation of new instrumental music drawn from the influences of Jazz, Classical and World Beat Music. Post performance reception.

LUCID Live at the Pearl Company! May 15

LUCID Live at the Pearl Company! Thursday, May 15. 8:00pm. $20 general admission/ $15 students, artists of all stripes, and Lucid.jpgseniors.  Been to England lately? If you have then you may have come across this fine group.  Lucid is a unique-sounding 6 piece folk/rock/pop band from the Isle of Wight, England, consisting of 2 females and 4 males, playing piano, guitars, violin, bass and drums. They have 5 amazing vocalists, producing breathtaking harmonies. Over the last 7 years they have built up a lengthy repertoire of original material, occasionally throwing in well-arranged select covers! They pride themselves on a high quality performance with a tight/well-honed live sound. Through tireless performing they have gained a large fan base in the UK and some parts of Europe and are keen to try and broaden their horizons further and believe what they have to offer will appeal! This will be their first tour to Canada.  How exciting that we have them here!  Listen:


Dave Gould’s AUDIOTORIUM Sound/Art Show! OPENING CONCERT: MAY 10, 8:pm. $15 / $10 Students/ Seniors/ Artists. DaveGould__sAUDIOTORIUM2.jpgDave Gould is creating an exhibition at the Pearl Company Gallery featuring his entire collection of musical inventions. Are they musical instruments or sound sculptures?  (Maybe a bit of both)  The Opening Concert will feature special guests including Orange McFarland, Gary Santucci and Chris Cracknell (Uncle Ghastly).  The Pearl Company stage is an acoustically amazing opportunity to experience these sound inventions.  The show will include Dave’s infamous toileteering where he performs a blistering solo on an antique toilet rigged with pickups, smoke, and lights. Chris Cracknell will play his Hubjo. (a hubcap, two strings and a stick)  Gary Santucci will create soundscapes with his multi pickup and stringed Hobittar.  These eclectic and versatile musicians will improvise their way around this array of cool sounding oddities.
Closing Party/Social: June 14th 8:pm (Pay What You Can)(Open invite to improvise with sound) This will be a fun open jam/social that will include refreshments and food where everyone will have a chance to explore the instruments and experience their sounds in a hands-on, collaborative live setting.
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. “…….a high degree of musicianship. These aren’t “joke” songs but witty, sometimes strange, interesting, catchy numbers. The guitar and vocal work are superb. There’s even a bit of an edgy, alternative vibe at play here.” HAMILTON BLUES LOVERS.

Dave Gould’s AUDIOTORIUM Sound/Art Show! GALLERY SHOW: May 10

Dave Gould’s AUDIOTORIUM Sound/Art Show! GALLERY SHOW: May 10 through June 2014. Are they musical instruments or Dave_the_happy_drummer.jpgsound sculptures?  (Maybe both.)  Dave Gould’s exhibition at the Pearl Company Gallery features his entire collection of musical inventions. In the Gallery: The electro/acoustic collection includes: Electric Caribou Antler Harp (giant antlers stringed and bowed); Stringed Bovine Tibia, Musical Toilet (with built in smoke and light show); Mobile Percussive Machine (a 50 gallon olive barrel on wheels filled to the brim with found sounds); Bowl-A-Tone (a mixing bowl, fence post and 4 strings); Texas Twister (an example of the earliest home-made electronic sound generation); and more of  Dave’s home-made musical/sound inventions.  Dave’s sound sculptures are constructed from a plethora of unconventional objects that challenge the way we hear and perceive the world around us. The Pearl’s own, Gary Santucci, will have his electric Hobittar (created for Village Theatre’s “The Hobbit”) on display as well. Come hear what each one sounds like through the interactive display.  Each sound sculpture will have a set of headphones playing a recording of it.  One set of headphones will feature all of the sound/art creations put together in a composition demonstrating Dave’s “AUDIOTORIUM” Orchestra..
Please email or call Dave for more information and interviews: 905-537-0463
Gallery Viewing Hours: By Appointment, by Chance, & when open to the public (before concerts etc.)

Poor Angus: Friday, May 9

Poor Angus: Friday, May 9. 8:00pm. $20 door. $15 artists/students/seniors.  A Hamilton-based Celtic ensemble mixing the music of PoorAngusSm.jpgpast and present with dynamic arrangements of traditional and original Scottish, Irish and East Coast pieces. They’ve shared the stage with the likes of Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards, and The Proclaimers, Featuring Ross Griffiths’ masterful highland and uilleann piping and tin whistles, the virtuoso fiddling of Andrew Bryan, the warm voice and fingerstyle guitar of folk music veteran Scott Cameron Smith, the bodhran, guitar and mandolin of Brian LeBlanc, with bass and keyboard player DJ Moons.  Poor Angus is noted especially for their foot stomping vocal harmony. Their first album in 2007, won the Hamilton Music Award for Folk/Traditional Album of the Year; Their second album, “Prime Cuts”, also won the 2009 HMA for Folk/Traditional album of the Year! Greg Quill of the Toronto Star notes: ”Deftly executed instrumental ballads, jigs and reels…..”  Listen:

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