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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“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

Danny Michel: Thursday, June 21

Danny Michel: Thursday, June 21. Doors: 7:15. Concert: 8:00pm. Tickets: $30 / $25 students/seniors/un(der)waged.  “With two Juno nominations and six solo albums to his credit, Danny DannyMichelMichel is one of the finest and most charming songwriters to grace the stage. His honest and straightforward lyrics, earnest live performances, and engaging stage banter, have earned him a devoted global fan base. As his fans will attest, he is a spontaneous & fearless performer.  If you’ve seen Danny live in concert, you’re probably already a fan. If you haven’t, you are missing out on “one of this country’s …..musical treasures” (Toronto Star). Like a chameleon, he slips into any genre with ease, playing off the energy of the crowd. Danny is an innovator, demonstrating that creative artists in the digital age can build a rich, successful and intimate relationship with their fans. He gained publicity in 2008 for making the tracks of his hit single “Feather, Fur & Fin” available for his fans to remix and then posting their submissions on his website.  www.dannymichel.com    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMkeNwU-0Ew&list=PL1DC4BB9370A1BE60

Samarkand & The Silk Road: Saturday, June 16

Samarkand & The Silk Road: Saturday, June 16, Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 /$15 students/seniors/un(der)waged. Gary Santucci presents a suite of 10 works that musically trace the travels of GaryOud_06_18Marco Polo from Constantinople to The Great Wall of China. Expect a rather fascinating history lesson along the way. Composed in 2007 by Santucci for Oud, Accordion, Bass and Drums. The work will have its world premiere on the 16th.
Oud- Gary Santucci
Accordion – Jordan Abraham
Bass- James Gannet
Drums- Vincent Waters

The Bear: May 31, June 1 – 3, June 7 – 9

The Bear: May 31, June 1 – 2 @ 8pm June 3 @ 2pm, June 7 – 9 @ 8pm. Tickets: $20  Chekhov’s story invites us into the world of a widow, whose grief for her dead husband keeps her entombed in her TheBear_06_18own house. Her servant begs her to rejoin the world of the living, but the mourning widow hasn’t the will. A dashing man raps on the door. It seems the widow’s deceased husband borrowed a tidy sum from this gentleman and he is now desperate to have the loan repaid. The widow has neither the cash nor the inclination. A war of wills ensues as Chekhov massages their battle into a comedic frenzy. Maybe, just maybe, while living amongst the debris of profound loss, might a second chance at love come knocking combatively at the door?

Taylor Sutherland directs. With Concetta Roche, Ira Henderson, Patti Zonta, Gary Santucci

 

Scenes & Songs from Gord Carruth’s Canadian Musicals: Fri. May 25, Sat. May 26 Matinee @ 1:30. Evening Show Cancelled!

Scenes & Songs from Gord Carruth’s Canadian Musicals: THE SATURDAY EVENING SHOW BEEN CANCELLED. PLEASE BOOK FOR OTHER SHOWS. Thurs, May 24 & Fri. 25 @ 7:30. Sat. May 26: Matinee @ 1:30 & Evening @ 7:30. Tickets: $25. Doors: 7:00 & 1:00pm.
Ex-Hamiltonian, Gord Carruth, a national ACTRA award-winning playwright/composer, Canada’s GordCarruth_05_18most prolific writer of historical musicals, returns home to present scenes and songs from his works.
Gord has written eight mainstage musicals, four musicals for children and close to two hundred songs.
Canadian artists, Andrew Galligan and Reba Sigler from Ottawa, will present excerpts from the following musicals:
JOEY, based on the life and times of Joey Smallwood; THE PRINCESS &THE PIRATE, A Newfoundland legend; “AND SO TO BED”, based on the diary of Samuel Pepys; GABRIEL; JUST WATCH  ME, based on the life and times of Pierre Trudeau; and his most recent  SIR JOHN A. MACDONALD, the musical, an official event as part of Ottawa’s 150th anniversary celebrations of Confederation.
All music is played by the musicians of Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton.

Azalea: Saturday, May 19.

Azalea: Saturday, May 19. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/seniors/ un(der)waged.  Randy Uberig Opens. Getting to know Azalea’s music is getting to know Benjamin and Mia Hackett, the Azalea_05_18husband and wife duo from Hamilton. The way their voices blend together in song conjures an imagined romance, much like their own. Thirteen years after discovering that they work better together than apart, their songwriting bond continues as strong as ever, and they are producing their best work to date.
Benjamin and Mia have released five albums and a holiday single together, each project holding a special place in their hearts. They are most excited about their most recent project, “Gypsy’s Moonlight Motel”, written and recorded with the usual homegrown heart and soul, at “Sweet Dreams Recording Studio” in their home. Of course, this wouldn’t be an Azalea album without love songs and rich two- part harmonies. “Gypsy-Americana” is a term coined to define the remaining songs that borrow from North American and Eastern European folk traditions.
Two haunting voices supported by guitar, piano, and their trademark “suitcase-kick-drum” create a breathtaking concert experience. A must see for fans of “The Civil Wars” and the film “Once”.
http://azaleamusic.net/

Alfie Zappacosta in Concert: Friday, May 18.

Alfie Zappacosta in Concert: Friday, May 18. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $40.  Zappacosta is undeniably one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers, with an American Music Award, two JUNOs, a string of chart topping million-sellers, and a recording and acting career that has spanned 40 years. He continues to evolve as an artist by “doing it his way”, an effort that has been rewarded with an impressive song catalogue and a discerning, loyal fan base.AlfieZappacosta2_05_18
In his teens, Zappacosta set his sights upon being a guitarist until his vocal prowess and song writing skills were uncovered. His legacy of hits brought him to the world’s attention. “Start Again”, “When I Fall in Love Again” and “Nothing Can Stand In Your Way” became staples on adult contemporary radio. Zappacosta became a Rock Star and in 1987, Walt Disney’s Danger Bay episode “Rock Star” catapulted Zappacosta to a new kind of fame.
Underneath it all, was a songwriter of the highest caliber. With a massive catalog of well over 200 songs, Zappacosta true art is in his words. All but seven songs on his thirteen recordings have been written or co-written by Alfie many of them delivered from his acoustic guitar.
His recordings since 1996 reflect his mastery at romance, his insight into relationships and his complex knowledge of music. Zappacosta has redefined the live concert experience with intimate and intense showcases. His performances deliver a blend of acoustic, jazz and pop music that grabs your heart with the words and your head with soaring melodies.
Zappacosta’s latest CD and DVD, Live From Blue Frog Studios captures a recording in front of an intimate audience with his great band, finding the heart and soul of his classics and new material showcasing him making some of the most dynamic music of his career. “No trends, no hype –This is pure music, pure art…pure Zappacosta.  http://zappacosta.ca Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/21101/   Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rHomdCRPiM

An Evening with Shari Ulrich: Friday, May 4

An Evening with Shari Ulrich: Friday, May 4. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $25 / $20 students/seniors/wage-challenged.  This is a rare appearance in these parts by Juno award winner, ShariUlrichSm_05_18Shari Ulrich. Originally a California girl, long settled on the west coast of Canada, Shari celebrates 45 years as a touring recording artist and multi-instrumentalist (violin, mandolin, piano, guitar, dulcimer, & harmonica). From Pied Pumkin through The Hometown Band, and as a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist, it all has lead to 23 albums – including her collaboration with solo artists Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes (UHF), Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor (BTU), and more recently The High Bar Gang, a 7 piece bluegrass band with Barney Bentall & Colin Nairne. Her work has garnered 2 Juno awards, several Juno nominations, an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and a 2014 CFMA for English Songwriter of the Year. Shari is thrilled be touring with her daughter – recording engineer Julia Graff, (on violin, mandolin, guitar, accordion & vocals) and fellow High Bar Gang member Kirby Barber (on bass, guitar & vocals).  www.shariulrich.com  Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/20889/
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj1ygeFacN4

An Evening with Séan McCann: Friday, April 6

An Evening with Séan McCann: Friday, April 6. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. $30 at the door. Séan McCann won over audiences from coast to coast and around the world as a founding SeanMCCann_04_18member of the award-winning Newfoundland band Great Big Sea. Today, McCann is charting his own course with a new sound. His live performance combines original songs and stories designed to inspire and change lives for the better. Same great voice, songs that sing to your heart, and an engaging performance perfectly suited to the quiet intimacy of The Pearl Company. http://www.seanmccannsings.com/  Listen:  https://www.youtube.com/user/greatbigsean  Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/20100/

 

Your Own Sons: April 19 – 21 / 26 – 28

Your Own Sons: Thursday, April 19 – 21 / 26, 27. Doors 7:30 PM. Show 8:00. Saturday April 28 Matinee @ 2:00 & Closing Night @ 8:00. TICKETS: $20. Pauline’s son travels overseas to fight for ISIS while Dan’s son YourOwnSons_04_18joins the Canadian Forces. Desperate to understand, both parents set out on a journey to confront the fate of their sons. But as their paths draw them closer to each other, will they be ready for the answers that await them? From the creators of Finding Mr. Right and Test, comes this searing and critically-acclaimed drama tackling the politics of faith and fear and the collision between love and loss. Written by Stephen Near. Directed by Aaron Joel Craig. Produced by Same Boat Theatre. Featuring: Adam Lemieux, Terri Brunsting, Stephen Near, Jennifer Walton, Amber Wood, and Ramzey Zourob.
Reviewer’s Pick in Venue – View Magazine. Encore Festival Pick – Best of 2017 Fringe. Top Hamilton Theatre Pick of 2017 – View Magazine
Your Own Sons was written with the support of the Ontario Arts Council’s Theatre Creators’ Reserve program and Theatre Aquarius and produced with the support of the City of Hamilton’s City Enrichment Fund. https://sameboattheatre.com/your-own-sons/  Tickets: http://www.ticketscene.ca/series/603/

Annie Patterson & Peter Blood: Rise Up Singing: Friday, April 13

Annie Patterson & Peter Blood: Rise Up Singing: Friday, April 13. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged.RiseAgainSongbook
The creators of Rise Up Singing and their 2015 sequel Rise Again are coming to Hamilton! This will be a singalong concert with Annie & Peter performing and leading songs from Rise Again. Annie & Peter will be joined by beloved Canadian singer songwriter James Gordon, whose song “Frobisher Bay” is included in Rise Again.
This tour is a celebration of the life & work of Pete Seeger, who worked closely with Annie & Peter on their books. A wide array of Pete Seeger CDs will be available as well as Seeger’s autobiography (which Peter edited). Copies of Annie & Peter’s songbooks will be available to borrow or buy at the concert.

  • This is a chance to meet the people who “wrote the book” and experience group singing with two of North America’s most widely loved songleaders.
    Annie is a widely respected folk and jazz performer and recording artist. Playlist on Youtube.
  • Praise for Annie’s performances
  • Rise Up Singinghas created a quiet revolution in group singing across North America with a million copies in print. Praise for RUS.
  • Rise Againcontains 1200 more songs (including many by Canadian singer songwriters) in the same format as RUSPraise for Rise Again.

https://www.riseupandsing.org/events/rise-up-singing-hamilton  Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/20784/

Rae Billing & CRYBABY: CD Release! Saturday, April 14: STILL HAPPENING!

Rae Billing with CRYBABY: CD Release! Saturday, April 14. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. REUNITED AFTER 20 YEARS… In 1996 Toronto alt-Crybaby_PearlCo_Poster_04_18country band Crybaby released their sole and seminal recording, Paintings. The band lasted just four years, but won much critical acclaim: one of the Top Three Country Albums of 1996 (withLyle Lovett and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings)!  ‘Nashville Scene’ writer, Michael McCall, characterized their music as “tangy country soul” and called Crybaby’s performance one of the “notable moments” of the ‘96 South By Southwest Music Festival.
Praise for lead singer and songwriter Rae Billing’s voice: “honest and pure, assured and desperate at the same time”, “shiver-inducing”; her lyrics and music: “full of wide open spaces and bittersweet emotions,” and mood: “late night, pan-Americana rootsy songs… handled with gutsy femininity.” After Crybaby, Rae recorded three albums under her own name all receiving excellent reviews: her 2001 “self titled” album, her 2008 recording, “Blue Black Night”, and 2013’s “Walls and Fences” with ‘The Unpayables’. Late in 2016, Crybaby came together to play two 20 year anniversary shows. The reunited band included Steve Koch (Ron Sexsmith) on guitar and Lucky Pete Lambert (Kensington Hillbillies) on drums and backups.  Three treasured Hamilton musicians, Andrew Aldridge (Sarah Slean) on guitar, Greg Brisco (Junkhouse) on keys and Scott Bell (Dinner Belles) on bass jumped in. The music sounded so good, they went back into the studio to do their version of the renowned Bobby Gentry single Ode to Billie Joe. and while the music was flowing, they couldn’t resist recording one of Rae’s songs… and that was the beginning of a new album. Crybaby (redux!) is stronger than ever.  www.crybabyband.ca  www.raebilling.com  Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBvPQZl-pGc

 

Carlos del Junco & The Blues Mongrels: Saturday, April 7 POSTPONED!

Carlos del Junco & The Blues Mongrels – “Hang On” CD Release! POSTPONED! To the fall. Carlos has a detached retina – he’s in B.C and is not allowed to fly home…. Saturday, April 7, Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $25. Carlos del Junco is a harmonica virtuoso who has won numerous national and international awards for his unique playing style.  Simultaneously CarlosdelJunco(2)_04_18sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (ergo, “The Blues Mongrels”). Caught between the blues and jazz world, Carlos and band deliver a seamless fusion of everything from swing to Latin, second line New Orleans grooves to swampy folk roots melodies, and even “world music”.
Their new CD Hang On is not officially available yet; however, it will be available for sale only thru Carlos during his western Canada March tour and he’ll for sure have it on hand April 7 at The Pearl Co!  Eventually he’ll put it onlline for streaming and digital download purchase. The new CD features Eric St. Laurent and Henry Heillig on guitar and bass respectively, some back- up vocals from Jimmy Bowskill, with Kevin Breit playing mandolin on mandolin and 12 sting resonator guitar on a couple songs. You can listen to some sound bytes of the new disc here: www.carlosdeljunco.com
“A model of focus and urgencya true virtuoso” Brad Wheeler – The Globe and Mail
http://www.carlosdeljunco.com   Tickets:  https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/20662/
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Bob Wegner: Introduces his new CD, “Changing of the Guard”, Sunday, Feb. 11

Bob Wegner: Introduces his new CD, “Changing of the Guard”.…Sunday, February 11. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00 pm. $20.  Bob Wegner is a seasoned performer, songwriter, and composer. Career BobWegnerCD_02_18highlights include playing with Classic Albums Live, performing on Canadian Idol, and playing in several productions of the west end musical ‘We Will Rock You’ after auditioning for Queen’s Brian May. He also performs as a solo artist, with an extensive repertoire ranging from Indian classical music to Bach to flamenco, as well as many of his own compositions covering a broad range of genres. Now he has a new CD!   This will be an evening of great music and storytelling and a unique chance to catch this master at his best! http://www.bobwegner.ca      Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9DNor7r9cI
https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/20396/


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