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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“Spirit of the Narrows”: July 7 to 10 / 14 to 16

“Spirit of the Narrows”: One woman’s journey into the world of Aboriginal fiddling.: July 7 to 10 / 14 to 16. Seven performances only. AnneLederman(2)$20/$15 Seniors/Students/Un(der)waged. All shows @8, July 10 Matinee @2:00.  This fascinating voyage is created and written by internationally respected, award-winning fiddler, Anne Lederman, and performed by Anne and Capucine Onn, As a young musician, Anne became fascinated with the unusual sound of Métis and First Nations fiddling in her home province of Manitoba.
Her journey to learn more introduced her to fiddlers such as Carl Grexton, Emile Spence, Teddy Boy Houle, and a host of others. Entering a world very different from her own, the play is her journey – from present to past, from one culture to another, also from one state of mind to another. It is the story of a uniquely Canadian music, of the people who created it, and who, against all odds, continue to play it. It embodies Ojibwa, Cree, Scottish, French, English, American, and Eastern European traditions, all played on a small box with four strings.
Anne has performed a solo version of the show from Wells B.C. to Aberdeen, Scotland, in theatres, classrooms, folk clubs, and Church basements. In 2004, the Blyth Festival invited her to adapt it to a two-person theatrical experience, which did so well they brought it back for a second season on 2005. The Pearl Company is delighted to present the show again in Hamilton. http://www.annelederman.com/

LYY: Wednesday, July 6

LYYSwedishFolkLYY: Wednesday, July 6, 8:00pm. $20 / $15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged: Lyy is a Swedish band playing “Swedish folk music that will soothe your mind, captivate your heart, and rock your socks off!” With great voices, fiddle, nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle), guitar and percussion Lyy performs shows characterized by playful communication, heavy grooves, joy and humour. “A Lyy concert is the complete entertainment experience. They play beautiful traditional music, poke fun at themselves, and make friends in the process.” Tim O’Brien (USA)
Lyy’s repertoire consists of traditional music and self-penned material with a swinging flow, beautiful love songs, medieval ballads, and comical stories in a highly entertaining show; all arrangements performed with energy, precision and humour.
Lyy was formed in 2006 and their third album will be released in January 2016. Baltic Briefing chose the first album as “Best CD of the year” and Lyy has been nominated for the Swedish Folk music awards

The Pearl Company Summer Kick-Off Fundraiser Art Show and Music! Saturday, June 25

The Pearl Company Summer Kick-Off Fundraiser Art Show MatthewKingand Music! Saturday, June 25. 7:00 to 10-ish. Pay What You Wish at the Door. This is The new Pearl Company non-profit corporation kicking off the summer with an Open House Party and you are invited. Come and join us for food, drinks, music and art at this PWYC fundraiser and get-together. This is going to be all about fun. There will be lots of fun art as well as serious…. Ian Andrews & Matthew King are always a good musical time! You can drop in or stay for the evening. We are getting ready to celebrate our 10th season in the fall and this is the warm-up. 7 to 8: Art Show & Sale: Very reasonably priced.  Live music at about 8 from Matthew and Ian and you never know who else may show up. Come out and join in the fun!

BRAD ROBERTS Live in Concert: June 16

BRAD ROBERTS Live in Concert: Thursday, June 16. Doors: 7:30 Show: 8:00pm. $25. Back troubles and the pressures of touring took BradRoberts (1)Brad Roberts and the rest of the Crash Test Dummies off the road. But Roberts became restless. He missed touring more than he thought he would “There’s nothing like getting a crowd’s rapt attention. Turns out it’s habit-forming.”  Before it was about wanting to get back into the studio, now: “…it’s the live experience I cherish most.”
There is no mistaking Brad Roberts’ voice. When he opens his mouth his majestic baritone voice immediately conjures fond memories of the Crash Test Dummies hit “Superman”…. They are perhaps best remembered for the acerbic folk rock sound of their 90’s hits, but through it all, the band with Roberts at the helm has touched on funk and soul, folk, electronic music and even Christmas tunes. It is Roberts’ voice and offbeat lyrical sensibility that have been this beloved band’s calling cards since their founding twenty years ago. “I’m going to pull some old material out of the proverbial hat,” he says. “I’m looking forward to reinventing it.”  Welcome back Brad! www.crashtestdummies.com    https://www.facebook.com/brad.roberts.7545   Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPU0Bo-aTfQ

“Down The Rhodes“: The Fender Rhodes electric piano: Monday, June 13

“Down The Rhodes“ A musical and visual tribute to the DownTheRhodes (2)Fender Rhodes electric piano: Monday, June 13, at 8:00pm. Tickets: Pay What You Can (suggest $5):  Down The Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story is a historical, film tribute to the Fender Rhodes electric piano, brought to life through performances, insightful interviews, and stories from a remarkable cast of music notables. Interviews with: George Benson, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, John Novello, and more!  Don’t miss this insider’s view of how a war-era rehabilitation tool developed into one of the core elements in creating music today.  Film maker and musician/producer Gerald McCauley (West Coast All-Stars) is the creative impetus behind this remarkable story: http://fenderrhodesstory.com/

James Gordon: “Sunny Jim” CD Release: June 11:

James Gordon: “Sunny Jim” CD Release: Saturday, June 11: James-GordonSunnyJim8:00pm. $20 / $15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged. James Gordon has had a remarkably diverse 30-year career in the Canadian entertainment business. As a solo singer-songwriter and with the ground-breaking trio Tamarack, he has released over thirty-five albums, and has toured around the world. Gordon has written for symphony orchestras, musical theatre and dance works, film scores, and for more than ten years was heard on CBC radio as songwriter-in-residence for the Basic Black and Ontario Morning programs. “Sunny Jim” is the 7th album for James Gordon on Borealis Records. We think this new collection of songs brings him back full circle to his folky roots. There are a lot of echoes here of his acoustic trio days with Tamarack, and of the kind of music he was raised on. Recently elected as a city councillor in his hometown of Guelph Ontario, you can hear some of his progressive politics and activism seeping through as well.
Recorded sparsely in his new studio, there’s a lot of James on it: he plays piano, acoustic and electric guitar, trilele, banjo, accordion, harmonica, tin whistle, recorder and  trumpet. He was joined by his sons Evan and Geordie on bass, guitars, fiddle and percussion. http://www.jamesgordon.ca  Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIOH16wJWzg

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Back from the Brink: Aaron Berger: June 10

Back from the Brink: Aaron Berger: Friday, June 10. 8:00pm. AaronBerger $15 / $10 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged. Stories are powerful. They are the oldest form of human communication. Sharing stories can change the way we see and experience ourselves, others and the world. “Back from the Brink” is a new play that tells the unforgettable true life story of award winning speaker,on Berger’s healing journey back from 2 months in the psychiatric ward of Greater Niagara General Hospital and a failed suicide attempt at the brink of Niagara Falls. Making peace with the past, singer/songwriter and actor, Berger is following his dream of inspiring others to see their interconnectedness and remember that no matter what they go through they are not alone. Link to video introducing personal story and this project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYQY_8JyEic My music is available to listen to and download here: www.aaronberger.bandcamp.com Link to music video for ‘Seeing You in Colours': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R41Cz3mWO7U

Christina Martin & Dale Murray: Thursday, June 9

Christina Martin & Dale Murray: Thursday, June 9. 8:00pm. $20/$15 students/seniors/un(der)waged.  Nova ChristinamartinJune_16(2)Scotia Singer­ Songwriter Christina Martin’s musical journey has led from Austin, Texas, to Germany, from where she has cultivated a substantial following across mainland Europe. Along the way, she has earned multiple East Coast and Music Nova Scotia Awards, and had songs featured in television soundtracks. She performed at Rolling Stone Weekender Festival in Germany, and for the Queen at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Christina’s most recent release It’ll Be Alright won Pop Recording of the Year at the 2016 East Coast Music Awards. She is accompanied by her guitar player, acclaimed Nova Scotia producer and musician, Dale Murray. ‘It’ll Be Alright,’ is Christina’s most accomplished and accessible album to date. Martin made a conscious effort not to be bound by the expectations of others. Although she will never shed her alt­country and Americana influences, ‘It’ll Be Alright’ utilizes pop and rock sonic textures, allowing Martin to explore the many sides of her musical personality. “Always known as one of the area’s best lyricists, with an ability to get right inside the heart of her characters and listeners, Martin has translated that emotion in a bigger rock sound.” – Bob Mersereau, CBC. www.christinamartin.net  Official Music Video: https://youtu.be/SgFqXq5DYZw

The Gary Santucci Project: Spanjazz: Friday, June 3

The Gary Santucci Project: Spanjazz: Friday, June 3. 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/seniors/ un(der)waged.  A Gary2014collection of musical compositions inspired by world music rhythms performed in a jazz context. Featuring Jordan Abraham – keyboard, Simon Wheeldon – saxophone, David Baldry – 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.

Hammer Hoppers Presents: The Adrean Farrugia Quartet: Wednesday, June 1

Hammer Hoppers Presents: The Adrean Farrugia Quartet: Wednesday, June 1. Doors: 7:00/Lesson: 7:30/Show: 8:00. $15 / $10 with a MacSwing membership card…  Hammer Hoppers is pleased to present The AdreanFarrugiaAdrean Farrugia Quartet to perform for us at our last live band dance until the fall. Adrean Farrugia is a graduate of the Mohawk College Applied Music program and the University of Toronto Jazz Performance program. He has travelled extensively throughout North America as well as Europe and Japan with a variety of bands, and has appeared on over 30 recordings. Adrean’s own Juno nominated project RICOCHET debuted at the Toronto International Jazz Festival. We are excited to welcome Adrean’s experience and expertise to our dance floor. Join us for an evening of great music and fun dancing with The Adrean Farrugia Quartet.
The Theme: Yellow (Walking On Sunshine). 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: The Adrean Farrugia Quartet. www.adreanfarrugia.com  Listen to Adrean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KLw-2qz3W0

Murphy-Dyson/Santucci: Pas de Deux: Friday & Saturday, May 27/28

Murphy-Dyson/Santucci: Pas de Deux: Friday/ Saturday, May 27/28. 8pm. $20/$15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged. An exceptional blend of choreography and improvisation from two major talents in NakedBallerinatheir fields. The combination of duos (dance and guitar) will make this unique and exciting event a memorable one!  Gary Santucci plays his original compositions for solo guitar; Sarah Murphy-Dyson dances. We know Sarah for both her dancing and acting chops! Remember The Naked Ballerina? She danced and acted her way through “…a heartbreaking performance in this almost autobiographical story of a dancer coming to terms with the pain of being perfect. Murphy-Dyson’s script was compelling stuff and her stunning performance rocked The Pearl Company nightly.” Gary Smith, Hamilton Spectator. Gary Santucci (Flamenco, Classical & Jazz Guitar Artist) has become a consummate musician whose repertoire spans numerous genres. Among his awards is Best Classical Musician 1982 [Hamilton Wentworth Council of the Arts],  The City of Hamilton Arts Award for Music 2004, and together with Barbara Milne, The City of Hamilton Arts Award 2008 for Lifetime Achievement.  Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzKBk4LxbRU

Poor Angus: Saturday, May 21

Poor Angus: Saturday, May 21. 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged.  A Hamilton-based Celtic PoorAngus(2)ensemble mixing the music of past 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,vocals and rhythm guitar of Joel Guenther, , 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…..” www.poorangus.com   Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnKXQIOSIHA

Shari Vandermolen & SWINGLINE: Friday, May 20

Shari Vandermolen & SWINGLINE: Friday, May 20. 8:00. $20/$15 students/seniors/un(der)waged. ShariRecentSWINGLINE is an inspired and accomplished group of musicians hailing from the greater Hamilton and Toronto areas bringing you big-band jazz standards and a little soulful R & B to round things off.  They originally came together purely for the love of music; it was an opportunity to play together and develop new musical connections with other musicians. Now they are in demand and we are lucky to have them for the 20th.  Shari Vandermolen’s rich vocals filled the niche completing the band and we get to be the listeners and appreciators!  Shari Vandermolen’s recent CD release has kept her busy but she is thrilled to be back at one of her favourite venues with her favourite “little big-band”.  They will have you humming along and tapping your feet all night long giving you that big-band sound you crave!  http://swingline.webs.com/   Listen:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXw_ytuzvFc

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:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkI7OvCupvs     www.raebilling.com

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: http://www.davidwoodhead.com/confabulation.html  Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m62zRUT9u4M


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