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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The Occasional Angels: Saturday, September 29

The Occasional Angels: Saturday, September 29. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. Occasional Angels_09_18Ottawa’s The Occasional Angels are returning to promote their third studio album ‘Angels In Exile’ plus new material destined for their fourth studio album ‘In The Hands of An Angel’. Last year’s sold-out show provided the Hamilton music scene with a first glance of an emerging Indie band featuring lead vocalist Cris Ruggiero and the song-writing of guitarist and founder David Hart. The band’s music is an eclectic mix of R&B, Soul, Jazz, Blues and Rock — Tickets: On sale ($20) in advance by contacting David Hart at: occasionalangelsrecords@yahoo.com

Jennifer Noble w Gus Apostolos: Saturday, September 22

Jennifer Noble w Gus Apostolos: Saturday, September 22. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. Jennifer Noble is known for powerful vocals, original songs, smart lyrics, and soulful, memorable melodies. She is a singer’s singer, with a wide vocal range and a deep understanding of the human JenniferNobleGusA_09_18condition in all its nuances.  Carole King meets Adele….
Songs Jennifer has co-written have garnered international songwriting contest nods and awards. As a recording artist, she has co-produced and released original music including “For As Long As We Both Shall Live” and “Joy”.  She wrote with and fronted the Foxrun Band and Three Stand Out,. She was a vocalist with Crazy Leggs, Feast of Friends, sang backup vocals with Liberty Silver, Coconut Groove and many others.  She is also currently working with several up-and-coming artists on brand new material for their projects.
Gus Apostolos backs Jennifer up on guitar.  He is also having a birthday that night. Jennifer tells us there will be cake…..
Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/22042/

Promise Made Promise Broken: A Basic Income Awareness Event · Friday, Sept. 28

Promise Made Promise Broken: A Basic Income Awareness Event · Hosted by This Mad PromisesBroken_09_18Desire: Friday, September 28, Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 7:30. Hamilton had been the subject of a pilot project study on Universal Basic Income that had recently started and was expected to last three years. It was canceled almost as soon as it started by the newly-elected Government of Ontario leaving the many recipients who have signed lease agreements, started new businesses, and returned to school, etc. all out in the lurch.

The newest member Jessie Golem has become something of a poster child for the backlash in the media, having been featured in Huffington Post, CBC, and even the Toronto Sun!

Because we are all concerned about this, we have decided to host an evening with music, speakers, info, etc.
More details coming soon, True Believers! Expect This Mad Desire (Mackenzie Kristjon) and Willow River (Dave Pomfret and Brennagh Burns). Plus plus.

https://www.facebook.com/events/303002967133676/

“HOLD MOMMY’S CIGARETTE”: Thursday, Sept. 13 – Friday,14. Adding Saturday 15!

“HOLD MOMMY’S CIGARETTE”: Thursday, September 13 – Friday, 14.  Adding Saturday 15!  Doors: 7:30pm. Show: HoldMommy's_09_188:00. Tickets: $30 – Advance Only. Hold Mommy’s Cigarette is an autobiographical one woman show that shares Shelley’s intimate journey through mental illness, the suicide of her father, her own suicide attempt and the e?ects that have lingered throughout her life.  Shelley takes her audience on a journey of joy and laughter with some moments of shock and awe. It’s in the truth of the characters that Shelley brings to life; where tragedy and comedy become one. It’s Shelley’s openness to explore taboo subjects that still raises eyebrows, the reason why she has been described as “sexy, satrical and sharply intelligent”. This is a story of the letting go of ages and ?nding truth beneath the layers of lives lost and loves found. Shelley invites you to enjoy her performance with an open mind and perhaps you’ll leave with a fuller heart. *Mature Content*  http://www.holdmommyscigarette.com     https://www.facebook.com/events/1438601786284130/   Email Shelley for Tickets: shelleymarshall@shelleymarshall.com

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: “SALVAJE”. Saturday, September 8

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: “SALVAJE”. Saturday, September 8. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $22 in advance/ $25 at the door.  Direct from Spain – Fin de Fiesta Flamenco dance and music ensemble FindeFiestaSALVAJE_09_18presents SALVAJE, an untamed new production that explores the wild, unrestrained side of one of the world’s most passionate and intense art forms: flamenco. Featuring live guitar, song, flute, percussion and two dancers, SALVAJE, means “wild,” and pays homage to flamenco’s rough-and-tumble origins.
The searing vocals of Alejandro Mendia (France) are accompanied by the intricate guitar arpeggios of Dennis Duffin (Canada) and the haunting flute melodies of Lara Wong (Vancouver/Madrid). Dancer Lia Grainger (2017 Certamen New York International Flamenco Competition finalist) brings the stage to life with fierce and sensual choreographies and improvisations and Hanser Gomez (Cuba) holds down the rhythm on cajon. Deborah “La Caramelita” (France) will also join the ensemble as a special guest dancer for this tour only.

“An absolutely breathtaking performance.” — The Whole Note    WWW.FINDEFIESTAFLAMENCO.COM   Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/21337/

Second Sunday Sing-Alongs! @ 2:00pm. September 9, October 14, and so on.

Second Sunday Sing-Alongs! Every 2nd Sunday @ 2:00pm. August 12, Sept. 9, and so on.  PWYC (pay what you feel you can.). Starting in May The Pearl Company is opening its doors to a Community Sing-Second-Sunday-Sing_05_18Along. Every second Sunday of every month at 2 o’clock we invite the Hamilton community to come and raise your voices. We will be singing Great Old Tunes from the 60s, 70s and onward. Inspired by the “Rise Up” songbook, another legacy of Pete Seeger. Let’s join our voices and remember the way we used to sing and dream and set our voices free.  So bring something to strum or hum or shake.  SING YOU SOON!
Hosted by Howard Jerome – who really was singing folk songs in Greenwich Village in the sixties – and who tells great stories!

Summer Sundays /Art Sale /Indoor/Outdoor Yard Sale

Summer Sundays /Art Sale /Indoor/Outdoor Yard Sale:
Every Summer Sunday! PearlinPink12:00 to 4:00 pm. It’s an Art Sale/ Junque & Stuff Yard Sale/ Meet-and-Greet! Lots of out-of-the-ordinary articles (also some very ordinary) for sale in our “Corner Store” on King St.  Also, there are many treasures in the warehouse that is The Pearl.  This started out as a Membership Drive but we have sold a lot of (reasonably priced) art on these Sundays so why not keep them going? Come enjoy the day! And become a member if that works for you….

Introduction to Meisner Technique: August 25th and 26th

Introduction to Meisner Technique: Robert Bellissimo: August 25th and 26th, 11AM – 5PM. Cost: $140. This weekend Introduction course focuses on how to identify, listen and respond MeisnerTechniqueemotionally from a subjected point of view off of your acting partner’s behavior, using a version of Sanford Meisner’s first exercise, “Repetition”.

Full Details are at the link below, as well as a testimonial video. To register, email bellissimo_robert@yahoo.ca

https://rbellissimo.wordpress.com/2017/…/18/meisner-courses/

Testimonial video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjtn2YfK7zo

Marvelous Membership Meet & Eat: August 18

Marvelous Membership Meet & Eat: August 18. Starting at 7:00pm. Members: Free. Non-Members $100! Come let us say thank you or come join this exclusive band! Come enjoy an evening of PearlCoDoorfood, drink, music, & fellow humans with similar interests!  Isn’t that true. The people who hang out at The Pearl are discerning, intelligent and interested in the arts. Right? We are far from the only venue offering to appease those tastes but if you know us, you know our offerings rarely miss!
Entertainment will of course involve Gary and some surprise guests. One for-sure guest will be Howard Jerome. I’ve written about Howard (who has been deeply soaked in almost all facets of the arts) a number of times. Here’s what I have been saying: He is currently the voices of several cartoon characters; he’s the instigator of the Canadian High School Improv Championships; he’s a former folksinger in Greenwich Village; a (former) pro wrestler, a Toronto mayoral candidate, and a general all-round character with way too many other vocations to fit here. He will do a story-telling session that I guarantee you’ll love. More to come!

The Fringe @ The Pearl! July 19 – 29

The Fringe @ The Pearl!
Final Broadcast: FP Theatre (Hamilton, ON): Tickets: $10 for adults (Fringe Backer Button Required)
Five survivors – a couple, two exes, and a stranger – caught high up in a slowly burning building following an earthquake decide to livestream the experience while awaiting rescue. …at least the Wi-Fi’s free.
Playwright/Director: Robert K. Brown; Stage Manager: Vanessa Rundle-Fotheringham; Sound Design/Original Score: Zach Parsons; Cast: Robert K. Brown – John; Theresa Noon-Hunter – Tracey; Hayden Ling –  Akio; Mykola Paskaruk – Ishmael; Claudia Spadafora – Alys.  Audience: Parental Guidance.  Running Time: 50 minutes. WARNING: Mature Content. PLY533-Fringe-Poster-sml
Thursday, July 19 @ 7pm
Friday, July 20 @ 9pm
Saturday, July 21 @ 7pm
Sunday, July 22 @ 4:30pm
Tuesday, July 24 @ 9pm
Wednesday, July 25 @ 7pm
Thursday, July 26 @ 9pm
Friday, July 27 @ 7pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 9pm
Sunday, July 29 @ 2pm

The ABCs of Love with Adult Baby Cupid: NOT Still Your Friend (Toronto, ON). Tickets: Tickets: $10 (Fringe Backer Button Required).
Adult Baby Cupid comes to earth to answer your questions about love and relationships in 2018, with advice that has lasted through the ages. What could possibly go wrong? Award winning cabaret performer and theatre creator, Adam Bailey, takes on love, relationships and life as Adult Baby Cupid. A character created for Toronto’s Lunacy Cabaret, Adult Baby Cupid has been an audience favorite. Now sharing the stage with the operatic voice and co-hosting skills of Kristin Mueller-Heaslip, Cupid will be enjoying his first full length theatrical outing. There will be singing, jokes, and audience participation as the God of Love and his singing side kick try to rediscover what makes them relevant in a rapidly changing world. Created and Performed by the Cast: Adam Bailey as Adult Baby Cupid and Kristen Mueller-Heaslip as Herself .
Show Type: Comedy. Audience: Mature. Running Time: 80 minutes. WARNINGS: Mature Content, Strong Language, Nudity
Thursday, July 19 @ 9pm
Friday, July 20 @ 6:30pm
Saturday, July 21 @ 9pm
Sunday, July 22 @ 2pm
Tuesday, July 24 @ 6:30pm
Wednesday, July 25 @ 9pm
Thursday, July 26 @ 6:30pm
Friday, July 27 @ 9pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 6:30pm
Sunday, July 29 @ 4:30pm

Mercury Man: The Last Performance of Orson Welles: Saturday, July 7.

Mercury Man: The Last Performance of Orson Welles: Dramatic Hat Productions. Saturday, July 7. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students /seniors/ un(der)waged. A new play by Joel Pettigrew (Waking). Mercury Man takes place days before Welles’ death. The play is set to debut at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival on July 18-29. The cast and crew are doing a one-night showcase at The Pearl – just to give us a taste (and mMercuryMan_Rod_07_18ake sure they’ve ironed out the wrinkles….)
Hollywood, 1985. While recording his last ever film role – the voice of a cartoon robot planet – Orson Welles meets his “Biggest Fan,” and recounts tales of his early success in film, theatre and radio, the aftermath of making the greatest movie of all time, and all that must be sacrificed in order to do what you were made for.
“Interesting concept, good pacing, great dialogue” – Toronto Fringe New Play Jury

Euphonic: Friday, July 6

Euphonic: Friday, July 6. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 EuphonicClr_07_18students/seniors/un(der)waged. “Euphonic are Geoff Ball, Bob Wegner, and Vince Waters.  With cello, guitar, and drums they have created an eclectic sound of their own – a fusion of classical, Latin, folk, prog rock, ragtime, and jazz. They’ve been writing and playing music together for over a decade, and have finally managed to come together to compile an album’s worth of their original compositions. They are excited to finally be doing their album release show at the Pearl Company, where they will perform their album and more.”  Gary Santucci pulls out some chops and opens for them.

Membership Drive /Fundraiser /Art Sale /Yard Sale /Barbeque: Sun, June 24

Membership Drive /Fundraiser /Art Sale /Indoor/Outdoor Yard Sale /Barbeque: Sunday, PearlinPinkJune 24. !2:00 to 4:00 pm. Free Event. Especially in honour of all our new members and members-to-be (or just inquiring while checking out Gary’s barbeque skills). Membership cards will be available.
Visit our Membership Page: See tab above.
Suggested: The Passive Annual Membership: $100.00
or: The Active Annual Membership: $200.00

“El virus de los infelices” / “The Unhappiness Virus”. Saturday, June 30

“El virus de los infelices” / “The Unhappiness Virus”. Saturday, June 30. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $10. The play is in Spanish. The theatre group of The Hispanic Fraternity Association presents the play “El virus de los infelices”, a comedy in which a group of women are gathered to celebrate a birthday of one of them.  A mysterious virus has invaded the celebration when everything seems to go very badly. No one knows how to stop the threat that seems about to escalate to something more serious.
Set in the present time, “El virus de los infelices” is a dramatic comedy adapted and directed by Ricardo Gonzalez. The ending will not leave anyone indifferent.

DALA! Saturday, June 23

Dala: Saturday, June 23. 8:00pm. Tickets: $30 / $25 Students/Seniors. Juno nominees and winners ofDala the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are poised to bring their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the world. Drawing upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala write songs that are both catchy and insightful. Amanda’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila’s velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark. The sheer joy with which they perform is infectious; they are equally entertaining between songs, telling funny and down to earth stories that make every show unique. Dala have opened for artists such as Tom Cochrane, Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, and joined Stuart McLean on the CBC’s Vinyl Café. They have performed at The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, California’s Strawberry Festival and Mariposa. In 2009, they were the only Canadian act invited to play at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival. www.dalagirls.com
“Dala seem bound for a loftier place where substance stands equal to style.” – The Irish Times


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