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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.


“Sunamabeach” by Charly Chiarelli, Mar 25 to Apr 5

Sunamabeach_sm.jpgArtword Theatre’s third play in its 2008-2009 season at The Pearl — Sunamabeach, a new show by Charly Chiarelli. March 25 to April 5, 2009, Wed to Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 3 pm. Wed $10, Thur-Sun reg $20, std/sen $15. Tickets 905-548-0341. An irreverent look at Hamilton through the eyes of Charly Chiarelli, who grew up in the Sicilian North End. Charly comes back and finds that life is a “sunamabeach”.  (more…)

Zpring into Spring with Zarabanda, Mar 21

Zpring into Spring with Zarabanda, March 21 at 8:00 at The Pearl
$15 at the door. The fabulous Zarabanda performs new music! Come celebrate the equinox with Hamilton’s masters of the world beat. Gary Santucci, Jordan Abraham, Dimitrios Doumas, Michael Moon, Franz Nangle, Michael Moritti.

CANCELLED Concert: One Hundred Dollars, Mar 14

OneHundredDollarscover.jpgSORRY, Concert cancelled due to illness in the band.
Saturday March 14 at 9 pm: One Hundred Dollars ($100), a Toronto-based country band. (more…)

Concert: Lauren Best / David Sereda, Mar 13, 8 pm

Lauren_Best_300.jpgFriday March 13 at 8 pm: Lauren Best and The Renegade Company. Lauren shares the bill with her mentor, David Sereda, heard coast to coast on radio and TV as one of Canada’s finest singer/songwriters. $15 at the door. Student rate $10. Q & A session after the show. For info call 905-524-0606.  (more…)

TLC Play Group / March Break, Mar 16-20

Theatre of Liberation Community Project News:
Ongoing: TLC Project Play Group for Children: Sundays 2:00 – 4:30 / Weekdays After School: 3:30 – 5:30
March 16-20, 2009: TLC Project’s March Break ArtNess Week Activities: Full Day Program with pick up and drop-off coverage: The TLC Project in partnership with The Pearl Company is pleased to offer a week-long art-based, community focused, eco-friendly program that will stimulate the imagination, while providing fuel for artistic self-expression and collective eco-friendly creations. (more…)

Steven and Chris design… a Sky Gilbert play, Mar 7

DesignYourMind_640.jpgHammertheatre presents Sky Gilbert’s Steven and Chris Design your Mind, Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 8:30 pm at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven St. Starring Sky Gilbert and Keith Cole, directed by Ed Roy. A Pay-What-You-Can workshop. Tickets at the door on a first-come first-served basis. Tired of those irritating gay guys on TV telling you where to put your couch?


Big Band concerts, Mar 6, Apr 10, May 15, Jun 20

jazzconnection_atThePearl2c.jpgThe Jazz Connection Big Band is back at The Pearl for a four-concert series, Fridays at 9 pm, Mar 6, Apr 10, May 15, and Saturday June 20, at 9:30. The Jazz Connection Big Band, a 20-piece big band based in Hamilton Ontario, is made up of musicians dedicated to playing great, straight-ahead jazz in a big band setting. (Photo by Alex at the Dec concert at The Pearl)
The Pearl, 16 Steven Street. Call 905-524-0606 to reserve.

Art Bus, March 6 and 13, 2009

Art_Bus.gifMarch 6: The bus goes first to the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, next to the complex and gallery at Gallery on the Bay including Laura Hollick’s Soul Art Studio, and Tybor Nylasi’s, David Dawson’s, Laura Culver’s studios and more…. (more…)

Playwrighting workshop fundraiser, Mar 1, 2009

Conceive and develop a play with playwright Kevin Land at The Pearl Company.
Sunday March 1, 12-4 pm. The cost is $15 and limited to 20 participants. The proceeds are a fundraiser for The Pearl. Call 905-524-0606 to reserve.
Kevin’s workshop will move from a discussion of the nature of the theatrical experience to the creation of a play idea and development of it by the group.

RevWear fashion show, Feb 28, 2 & 8 pm

RevWear_poster.jpgOn Saturday February 28, 2009 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm, the Sixth Annual RevWear (a.k.a. Revolution Wear) fashion show takes over the runway in the name of community action. Two shows this year, at The Pearl, 16 Steven Street. Call 905-524-0606.


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