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.

David Woodhead’s Confabulation: January 21

David Woodhead’s Confabulation: Saturday, January 21, 8:00. $20/$15. Bassist and multi-instrumentalist David Woodhead is one of the most accomplished of Canadian musicians and his genre-defying (mostly) Confabulationinstrumental 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), violinist / fiddler Anne Lindsay (Blue Rodeo, Toronto Maple Leafs) 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 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:

David McLaughlin/Gary Santucci: Prelude in Glass

David McLaughlin/Gary Santucci: Prelude in Glass. Saturday, January 14, 8:00pm. One of the most memorable stops on the Art Bus tours comes to The Pearl. After forty years of arts and crafts, a Multicraft DavidMcLaughlinGallery has been established for the marketing and disposal of the accumulated creative production of David McLaughlin of Hamilton Ontario. David first shows his works in glass. Forceful, eye-catching, and unique, these pieces are but a prelude to other one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. (His work is astonishing; completely unpredictable but just right.). David will space out the entry of his pieces into The Pearl over time, – in plays, behind concerts, and in the gallery.  You’ll know them when you see them.
Gary Santucci plays for this preview amid the glittering glasswork.
These stained glass panels will be listed for sale on the auction site Ebay. This auction will end early  February 2017. The second lot will be exhibited for the month of February. Free local delivery will be available. Payment will be made through Pay Pal. For more information contact David at

Big Johnny Blue, Strange Cargo & Special Guest Charly Chiarelli: Friday, January 13

Big Johnny Blue, Strange Cargo & Special Guest Charly Chiarelli: Friday, January 13. 8:00pm, $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged….  Like the blues?  You’ll love them Big Johnny Blue style.  Bigbigjohnny_charly_jan_17 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.
Charly Chiarelli is one of the world’s premiere storytellers, widely known for his trilogy of one-person plays. He may be an accomplished storyteller but he is also a songwriter and virtuoso harmonica player. Find out just how capable when he joins Johnny and Strange Cargo in the telling acoustics at The Pearl….

Hammer Hoppers Presents: Craig Roberts and The Jumpin’ Jive Band: Wednesday, January 11

Hammer Hoppers Presents: Craig Roberts and The Jumpin’ Jive hammerhoppersjan_17Band: Wednesday, January 11. Doors: 7:00/Lesson: 7:30/Show: 8:00. $15 / $10 students or with a MacSwing membership card. We are going to shimmy and shake our way into the new year with The Jumpin’ Jive Band from right here in Hamilton. Craig Roberts and The Jumpin’ Jive Band perform the great hits from the 1930s and 1940s drawing from Hoagy Carmichael, Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, and Fats Waller. Join us on the dance floor and let’s get moving in 2017.
Never danced before? We will show you how! We have a Drop-In Beginner Lesson at 7:30PM. Dancing isn’t your thing (yet) but good jive is? We have lots of extra comfy seating at The Pearl Company. Come listen have a dance with us! The Theme: Frozen in Time (White & Blue). Hammer Hoppers offers dance instruction and socials for vintage swing dances, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Authentic Jazz, and Balboa.

Another Jazzy New Year @ The Pearl! December 31

PearlCo@Night2Another Jazzy New Year @ The Pearl! Saturday, December 31, 8:00 ‘til ?  $75 per person.  Fab entertainment, a great buffet, and a cash bar. The entertainment will be a brilliant collection of super-gifted jazz musicians. As always, we promise fun people, great conversations, musical magic, and lots of dancing before, between, and after the jazz sets!
To welcome in the New Year: Chef Gary Santucci, with major assistance from his son and chef Avery Santucci, will create a pan-global buffet with new dishes arriving throughout the night. There will be two musical sets from the collection of jazz artists assembled for the evening:

The 7-piece world-beat jazz ensemble, Spanjazz: Inspired by world music rhythms in a jazz context and featuring Alex Tomowich – keyboard, Simon Wheeldon – saxophone, Jeff Plumbley – trumpet, Aidan Sibley – trombone, James Gannett – bass, Steve Wilson – drums and Gary Santucci – guitar. All musicians are highly respected performers in their own fields; the juxtaposition of their different styles and approaches creates the unique sound and experience that is Spanjazz.
Dancing between sets and lots of food and interesting beverages will round out the evening.
We need you to RSVP: Buy tickets online, via email, or phone.  We sold out last year so let us know as soon as you do!

The Koren Family Christmas! Monday, December 19

The Koren Family Christmas! Monday, December 19 at 7:00pm: $10 / With a Food or Cash Donation. The Koren Family with The Pearl Company korenchristmas_162will host an evening of music and much, much, more. I quote from Benjamin Washington …best deal of the year…the 2016 installment of the annual ‘Koren Family Christmas’…a full charity donation showcase in aid of HAMILTON FOOD SHARE…main stage at The Pearl Company… the musical line-up is awesome…room sound by Ron Chilton…lighting and effects Rob McArthur’s Niteline Productions…tech by Ed Sculthorpe’;s Birchway Sound and the show is being taped for television broadcast…ten bucks and a food donation…be there…best deal of the year!  The Musical lineup: Tomi Swick, Lisa Winn, Christopher Nguyen, Mississippi Bends, Doug Feaver and Ruth Sutherland, Danny Medakovic, The Vaudevillian, Elton Lammie Music and 2016 Blues Juno Award winner Harrison Kennedy perform!!! Watch:

Ray Z Rivers: Sunday, December 18. 2:00 pm

Ray Z Rivers: Sunday, December 18. 2:00 pm. $20 door/$15 students/ rayzrivers2seniors/ un(der)waged. Ray Rivers is a songwriter, playwright, author and columnist. Join us for an hour-long afternoon concert of selected Christmas music starting at 2 p.m. Net proceeds will be donated to Mission Services in Hamilton. Ray plays guitar, harmonica and bass. He will be joined on guitar and vocals by John Loeprich, who recently released his first CD and goes under the stage name Johnny Fritz. Jim Jones, who is the keyboard player for the Gordon Lightfoot Tribute band, will be accompanying them on piano.  Tickets are available on-line ( or at the door. .

“A RIDE IN THE SKY” Fri December 9, Sat December 10

“A RIDE IN THE SKY” Friday December 9, Saturday December 10. beetles_cclause_168:00pm both nights. $20 door/$15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged. “A Ride in the Sky”  is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the WINGS OVER AMERICA album and tour. Organized by Christopher Clause, proceeds from the two shows will benefit Gracenotes and the Debbie Clause Recording Fund. The two shows will feature the following artists (in alphabetical order): Andrew Aldridge, The Barr Band, Robin Benedict, Christa Bradbury, Bob Bryden, Jennifer Budd, Christopher Clause, Spider Costello, Sonny del Rio, Andy Griffiths, Bec Jamieson, Chris Jamieson, Frank Koren, Kim Koren, Fred Magie, Steve McRae, Lena Montecalvo, Jackie Scott, Michael Scott, Peter Taplay, Sharon Washington.

Hammer Hoppers: The Peter Shea Quartet: Wednesday, December 14

hammerhoppersdec16Hammer Hoppers Presents: The Peter Shea Quartet: Wednesday, December 14. Doors: 7:00/Lesson: 7:30/Show: 8:00. $15 / $10 students or with a MacSwing membership card. Join us on the dance floor with The Peter Shea Quartet at our holiday dance. Peter Shea hails from the Niagara region and was trained at UofT in Jazz Performance and Composition. Peter has performed on keyboard with comedy groups such as Toronto Second City and Montreal Just For Laughs as well as the hit musical Jersey Boys and has played all over the world and now he and his band will be playing for us in Hamilton so we can dance our socks off. Come hear for yourself why Peter’s music gets the dance floor hoppin’!
Never danced before? We will show you how! We have a Drop-In Beginner Lesson at 7:30PM. Dancing isn’t your thing (yet) but good jazz is? We have lots of extra comfy seating at The Pearl Company. Come be serenaded by Peter’s stylish musical offerings and have a dance with us! The Theme: Silver & Holly. 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 Peter Shea Quartet
Listen to Peter:

Stephen Jenkinson & Gregory Hoskins: Ramshackling Concerts for Turbulent Times: A night of Grief and Mystery. Saturday, December 3

Stephen Jenkinson & Gregory Hoskins: Ramshackling Concerts for Turbulent Times: A night of Grief and Mystery. Saturday, December 3: 7:00pm. $35 door. SOME SEATS STILL AVAILABLE.  On St. Patrick’s Day, 2015, Stephen Jenkinson’s new book Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul was published by North Atlantic Books out of Berkeley, California. Die Wise shares his stories and insights on grief and dying and the great love of life, and it recently won the 2015 Nautilus Award. Video link to Stephen speaking about DIE WISE:
Last year’s book tour brought Stephen’s work to audiences across essentially the world. By fall things gained a certain momentum, and Stephen invited a remarkable Canadian musician, Gregory Hoskins, to join him on the road. These concerts became storied nights of grief, mystery and orphan wisdom for a troubled time. Gregory’s music graced Stephen’s pleas for mercy and for grace under pressure with faithful cantos of muscular sorrow. People came, jammed doorways and stood on chairs and lingered long afterwards, unwilling it seemed to go back to a home unchanged by an unlikely evening of mortal mysteries.
Award-winning filmmaker/media activist Ian Mackenzie joined them on the road in N.Y.C., Boulder, Berkeley and Austin to record those unlikely days and nights. A new film, DIE WISE: The Lost Nation Road, chronicling that tour, is coming out in fall, 2016. In all, some eleven countries and eighty five cities.

GREGORY HOSKINS with TINA NEWLOVE: ILLUMINATE ME: A Concert and Live Painting Performance. Two nights: Thursday / Friday, December 1 & 2

GREGORY HOSKINS with TINA NEWLOVE:  ILLUMINATE ME: A Concert and Live Painting Performance. Two nights: Thursday / gregoryhoskins_newloveFriday, December 1 & 2: 8:00pm. $25 door.  A concert presentation of songs from acclaimed Canadian recording artist Gregory Hoskins set against a larger-than-life canvas being painted by Tina Newlove and projected over the singer. The evening begins with Hoskins under the stark light of the projected canvas and ends drowning in colour and form. The songs of Hoskins are cool and warm and sorrowful and hopeful all at the same time and the paintings of Newlove are organic and grounded, abstract just enough to make them otherworldly but recognizable.  The interactions between painter and singer are unrehearsed and the outcome is unplanned as he makes his way through solo renditions of the songs (with a dose of the “between song asides” he is known for) and Newlove’s projected “Hand of God” applies colour in all its’ drippy mess.  The audience gets a taste of the chaos that can lead to form.  And that is where the two meet.
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C.R. Avery: Saturday, November 26

C.R. Avery: Saturday, November 26: 8:00pm, $20 door/$15 students/ cr_avery_11_16seniors/ un(der)waged. CR Avery: Outlaw Hip-Hop Harmonica Player; Beatbox Poet; Punk Piano Player; String Quartet Raconteur; Rock & Roll Matador; Playwright. He is a unique, raw and dynamic performer. He has recorded 15 LPs and presented six hip hop operas; he is writing his fourth book and now paints. His new album All The Angels Didn’t Scare Me, is his 16th.  CR is a Canadian music sensation. His lyrics, vocal delivery, energy, and artistry have won him international acclaim. He is a one-man band, but one for this generation. His incredible live performances have been described as Bob Dylan in the body of Iggy Pop….  Every show is all or nothing and his fearless approach to all genres of music both on stage and in the studio proves the longevity of this talented, astonishing creator who has so much more to come.

MATT EPP & CHRISTINA MARTIN: Friday, November 25

MATT EPP & CHRISTINA MARTIN: Friday, November 25. Doors: 7:30 / 8pm start. $20 /$15 students/seniors/un(der)waged. Award Winning christinam_mattepp_16Nova Scotia Singer-Songwriter Christina Martin’s musical journey has led to extended stays in the United Kingdom and Germany, from where she has cultivated a substantial following across mainland Europe. Along the way, she has earned multiple ECMAs and Music Nova Scotia Awards. In this show the Roots/Rock/Pop songstress will perform original tunes from her award winning album It’ll Be Alright (2016 East Coast Music Award – Pop Recording of the Year), accompanied by her guitar player, acclaimed Nova Scotia producer and musician Dale Murray. “Anyone who has yet to experience her music is missing out.” Sarah Waspe, Grapevine Live UK Listen:
MATT EPP: After eight records of world-class song writing, constant national and international touring, a loving and dedicated fan base, and building himself into a well-oiled music machine, Matt Epp is exploring a new path. That path has been providing the inspiration for his most electrifying and heart-wrenching music to date. Ready In Time, Epp’s recent release, challenges the listener to see their world, their community, their loves with open eyes, and to do right by them. “…Matt Epp is simply one of the best of a generation of fine songwriters emerging … and carrying forward the torch of Canadian songwriting that goes back to Lightfoot, Mitchell, Young, Cohen and Cockburn. It’s what we’re really good at.” Gary Cristall – Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Listen:

Dr.Susan Smith of ATZIN Mexico Speaks: “THE LONG HAUL: The Building of Creativity and Resilience in a Troubled Mexican Village”: Wednesday, November 23

Dr.Susan Smith of Atzin Mexico Speaks: “THE LONG HAUL: The Building of Creativity and Resilience in a Troubled Mexican Village”: November 23: 7:00. No Fee. Atzin Desarrollo Comunitario, A.C. opirg_atzin_nov_16(Cuernavaca, México) is a humanitarian, non-profit organization based in Cuernavaca, Morelos, working closely with a sister organization, Atzin Canada, in Ottawa. Since 1997, Atzin has responded to the needs of the Tlamacazapa community in Guerrero by gradually establishing programs in four integrated sectors: Health and healing; Income generation for women; Community education and literacy; and Environment, water and sanitation.

ART Opening: “WE ARE YOUR FUTURE: Art & the Women of Tlamacazapa”: Saturday, Nov. 19

opirg_atzin_nov_16ART Opening: OPIRG McMaster with ATZIN Mexico: “WE ARE YOUR FUTURE: Art & the Women of Tlamacazapa”: Saturday, November 19. 7:00. No fee.The “We are your Future” art exhibition portrays the daily reality of women weavers of palm who live in acute poverty in Tlamacazapa, Mexico. These Indigenous weavers are caught in a complex web of social disintegration and environmental toxicity with water shortage. Today, they are re-creating a sense of worth and identity through a re-weaving of their perceptions of themselves and of their strengths. Seventy high quality palm weavings accompany thirty original paintings and prints, done by two artists, Alejandro Aranda from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico and Ray Dirks from Winnipeg. Manitoba. Each artist captured different dimensions of village life and illustrated the essence of development with dignity.

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