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Archive for February, 2015

Shari Vandermolen & David Brideau: Saturday May 5

Shari Vandermolen & David Brideau: Saturday May 5.  Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. Shari Vandermolen is a renowned vocalist and award-winning performer in Hamilton and the ShariV& DavidBrideau_05_18Greater Toronto Area who has been entertaining audiences for 15 years with her Quartet, Trio or 5-piece band Quarter to Nine.  She is also the lead vocalist for the 10-piece jazz combo SwingLine.  On May 5th Shari brings her powerful and impressive vocal stylings back to the Pearl Company for a more intimate evening of song with jazz guitarist David Brideau, James Gannett on bass and Vince Waters on drums.  “…hear Vandermolen make jelly of your emotions with her voice and her art… one example is Stormy Weather… I barely weathered that storm intact.”  – View Magazine
David Brideau is a Canadian jazz guitarist, composer, and teacher who has been an active musician for over 15 years. A Hamilton native, and honours graduate from the Mohawk Jazz program, David has played all around the GTA with his own group, the David Brideau Trio and Quartet, as well as being prominently featured in groups with Michael Morobito, Amber-Leigh Palka, and Lauren Perreira among others. He studied under jazz greats Bob Shields, Pat Collins, Kim Ratcliffe, and Mark Ucci and is currently continuing his studies at McMaster University. David often composes his own standards, and released the sold-out EP “Addicted To You” in 2016. He is a recipient of the Dave McMurdo Music Bursary, the Antony Roberts Music Bursary, and the Richard Newell Memorial Scholarship.

Shelley Marshall Presents: “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”: April 18 & 19

HELD OVER! Shelley Marshall Presents: The Award Winning Production “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”: April 18 & 19. All ShelleyMarshallApr18_19.jpgOne Woman’s story of an unfiltered life, written and performed by Shelley Marshall, directed by Linda Kash. It seems appropriate that world renowned Comedienne, Marshall would open her autobiographical One Woman Show in the city where the story and star were born. It took 10 years for Marshall to create this Play and it is the rewarding result of resilience, recovery, and reflection while exploring many genres of performance including elements of clown, stand up, improv, buffoon, and play. Shelley Marshall takes her audience many places; “I take them on an adventure, both emotionally and visually. There is no denying that my story is tragic, but it’s my story and time and writing without shame has been my comedic relief. ‘Hold Mommy’s Cigarette’ is not an exploitation of what has happened in my life, but rather, an acceptance of where it may lead. It is a dark comedy, a vulnerable piece about life, mental illness and survival.” Marshall reveals with a smile. She invites you to come to her show with an open mind and promises you’ll leave with a full heart. *Mature Content* Tickets available at or 524-0606. Facebook Event:


Fringe: Death & the Maiden / RiderGirl: July 18-28


Death and the Maiden: Written by Laurence Olivier Prize Winning playwright Ariel Dorfman. This is the fourth production that Death_Maiden.jpgNortesur has developed for the stage; chosen because it speaks passionately about current international events, it asks tough questions about forgiveness and the role of victims and perpetrators in transitory societies, and it is a local opportunity to see a truly amazing piece of theatre written by one of Latin America’s best contemporary playwrights.  It is raw, provocative, and driven by a cast of characters that are all-too-human. Performed, and designed by emerging professional artists from across the golden horseshoe and the GTA, it is an entertaining, insightful, and extraordinarily powerful piece that delivers an evening of truly engaging theatre.  Thurs.July 18@ 8:00pm, Fri.19@8:00pm, Sat.20@7:00pm, Tues.23@8:00pm, Wed.24@7:00pm, Thurs.25@8:00pm,  Fri.26@7:00pm, Sat.27@8:00pm


RiderGirl: Written and performed by Ottawa based actor and Saskatchewan native Colleen Sutton. Professional sports and
ridergirl_poster_hamilton_2013_final_3_small_1.jpgindependent theatre meet head on in Tiger Town! This is the story of a young woman whose prairie roots and home team inspire her to get off the sidelines and get in the game of her life.  With the end zone in sight, she fights for every down, but fumbles when she tries to go it alone.  Her team is about to make it – can she do the same?  Come in your colours, GAME TIME is here!  Two?time Rideau award nominee Colleen Sutton will energize your inner fan!  “ **** ½ “The only reason I’ve withheld that last half?star is because I cannot in good conscience give 5 stars to a Rider fan. Other than that, the show was superb.” CBC Manitoba.   Note: Fri. 19 – 2 for 1.  Friday, July 19, 6:30; Saturday,  20, 9:00; Sunday,  21, 2:00; Tuesday,  6:30; Wednesday, 24, 9:00; Thursday,  25, 6:30; Friday,  26, 9:00; Saturday, 27, 2:00

Times, dates, and tickets are  on the Fringe website – 

Art Bus: Friday, July 5

The Art Bus is Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate Brokerage:

Last Art Bus for the Summer! Check out Hamilton’s unique and constantly evolving art scene! Call Barbara JMarsalesArtBusLarge.jpg(905.524.0606) or email ( to reserve your seat. Next dates: Sept 6 & 20. Cost: $15/$10 students/artists. Group rates available.  Start: 6:30 from The Pearl.

  • July 5: (L’Arche Gallery, Workers Arts & Heritage, Nathaniel Hughson, Book Club Gallery, Manta Gallery) This will be another varied and interesting trip with specially-opened galleries, and tours of places you have never been before!

Dean Hollin: For the Love O’ Nat: May 28

FOR THE LOVE O’ NAT – CHRONICLING THE LIFE, TIMES & MUSIC OF NAT KING COLE: Dean Hollin presents another DeanHollin_2_.JPGof his popular “Musical Biographies”.  Saturday, May 28th,  8 pm.  $18 advance / $22 door.  An evening of memories and melodies, all tied together by one man — that tremendous crooner of the twentieth century, Nat King Cole. The songs: “A Blossom Fell”, “Route 66, “Mona Lisa”, “Straighten Up and Fly Right”, “Paper Moon”, “When I Fall In Love” and, the timeless “Stardust”! In direct keeping with the instrumentation of the original Nat King Cole Trio piano, rhythm guitar, and upright bass — Dean will be accompanied by a live jazz trio.


da da Dance Weekend, Nov 7 & 8 at 8 pm

dadadance_weekend_Nov7_8_eflyer500.jpgda da Dance Weekend: with da da dance and guests: Two nights of innovative and exciting dance works by Hamilton dance artists, presented by Artword Theatre and da da dance
Friday Nov 7 and Saturday Nov 8, 2008 at 8:00 pm
$15 / $10 students/seniors. Call 905-524-0606
Artword @ The Pearl, 16 Steven Street (at King William) (more…)

Art Bus, Nov 7 and 14

Art_Bus.gifNovember 7: Starting with Anastasia Gallery, then to Dundas to The Carnegie Gallery (because of a very special show which I have helped put together and therefore don’t want you to miss!) and to The Dorland Haight Gallery, off once again to The Sunrise Gallery and back to Gallery 435. Sound good? (more…)

Gallery: Ars Mundi, Nov 9

Sunday November 9: 7:00 to 10:00: Ars Mundi Opening. Arts of the World! A show of some of Hamilton’s artists from other lands. From Afghanistan to Venezuela, Japan to Iran. Algeria to Sudan. A preview of some of the artists who will be showing as part of our Opus Mundi Festival, last week in April, first in May. Gallery hours: 1 to 4, Wed-Sun; 6 to 8 pm Thurs and Fri. (Also by chance or appointment.)

RE-ZONEapalooza! fundraiser for The Pearl Nov. 1

Rezone_alapooza_website.jpgRE-ZONEapalooza! On Saturday November 1, 2008, at 8:00 pm, The Pearl Company will host its first ever fundraising party.
We are inviting you – the people who are truly at the heart of what we’re doing – to come out and show your support for everything that The Pearl Company is (and stands to be) for the City of Hamilton. 
We will give you a fabulous party with music, art for sale, dancing, great munchies and tons of fun! Admission will be Pay What You Wish with a basic fee of $20 (although if you are one of Hamilton’s starving artists, we will take less…). Bring your friends and perhaps a little extra cash… (more…)

The Lowest Lanes, Halloween Bash, October 31

Lowest_Lanes.jpgThe Lowest Lanes in concert at Artword @ The Pearl, 16 Steven Street. Halloween Bash: October 31. 9 pm. Tickets are $10. Proceeds to the Chest-Nuts find a cure for breast cancer campaign.
The show they nearly gave — with a ghostly twist
The Lowest Lanes have dried out their band gear from a Festival of Friends deluge that cancelled their mainstage performance in August, and are ready to hit the stage again . This time indoors. With special guests Ron MacDonald on standup bass and Steve Sinnicks on drums, the Lanes perform the show they nearly gave with a Halloween theme. Join Kris Rochard, Meredith MacLeod and Mark McNeil… (more…)

Gary Smith raves about “You Are What You Do”

Gary Smith in the Hamilton Spectator, Wednesday, October 22:

Valeri Kay, Paula Grove

There’s a smart little show at The Pearl these days. It’s filled with sometimes joyous, sometimes sad reflections about how people absorb the identity of their work

It’s beautifully written and directed by Ronald Weihs with an ensemble cast that quiver with earnest emotion.

Set against an evocative steel and wood landscape designed by Judith Sandiford, with projections that comment on the action onstage, it is a visually arresting experience.

It’s well worth your time. You Are What You Do continues Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2 p.m. Artword at The Pearl, 16 Steven St.

Gordon Odegaard, Allan MerovitzPaula Grove, Tanis MacArthur, Nea ReidTanis MacArthur, Paula Grove, Nea Reid, Valeri Kay, Ronald Weihs, Allan MerovitzTanis Macarthur

Carlos and his Five Reasons, puppet show Oct 28-30

Carlosemail.jpgOct 28 to 30 at 7:00 pm: Carlos and his Five Reasons, a delightful puppet show about witches for young audiences, at Artword @ The Pearl, 16 Steven St for 3 evenings, $5 Call 905-524-0606)

carloslogo.jpgCarlos and his Five Reasons is a puppet play based on a traditional Spanish story, translated by Barbara Raimondi and Kerry Corrigan. The show runs about 40 minutes and is suitable for audiences age 4 to 10 years (and adults enjoy it as well). The show is performed by Studio Babette puppeteers Marie Franek and Helena Adamczyk. The puppets are designed and built by Marie Franek. (more…)

AGH special deal for “You Are…” patrons

AGH Blood, Sweat and Tears Lewis Hines photoThe Art Gallery of Hamilton has generously offered a wonderful treat exclusively to our theatre patrons.
Keep your theatre ticket stub to our musical play “You Are What You Do” about working people and receive a half-price discount on admission to the exhibition “Blood, Sweat and Tears: Labour in Art” (on at the Art Gallery of Hamilton to Jan 4, 2009).
Regular admission $12 and $10 (students seniors), now $6 and $5 with your ticket stub. (more…)

Artword Theatre’s musical “You Are What You Do”

Artword_YouAreWhatYouDo_ThePearl_800.jpgArtword Theatre’s first production in its new home, Artword @ The Pearl, runs October 16 to 26, 2008, Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm.
You Are What You Do an original musical play celebrating the lives of working people, written and directed by Ronald Weihs. A theatrical collage of stories gathered from men and women about how work has shaped their lives. The result is a high-spirited ensemble production, with a cast of six, that uses songs, mime and inventive staging to celebrate the energy and imagination of real people. (more…)

A Touch of Klez in Concert, Sat Oct 11

Saturday October 11: 8:30 pm A Touch of Klez in Concert. Hamilton’s own high-energy Klezmer band playing the infectious sounds of Eastern Europe Jewish music, with a touch of gypsy. $15 at the door. The Pearl Company 16 Steven Street Hamilton. Call 905-524-0606

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