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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!

Jenn Grant with Jim Bryson: June 17

Jenn Grant with Jim Bryson: Friday, June 17. Doors 8:30. Concert 9:00. $18/$22 at door. Jenn Grant, an East Coast Music AwardJennGrant.jpg winner for Best New Artist, rose to attention with her intuitive songcraft and with her jazzy, Feist-influenced folk/pop. She’s a fine arts graduate with a voice like brushstrokes on a canvas. Her latest album, Honeymoon Punch, is a frisky concoction of spirited, synth-sweetened songs balanced with muted, natural elements: it drives the dark clouds away. Jenn has performed across Canada, the US and Europe, with Hawksley Workman, Martin Tielli, Barenaked Ladies and others.
Jim Bryson: Ottawa’s Jim Bryson is known as the songwriter’s songwriter. For the past decade, he’s been releasing carefully crafted, quirky collections of folk-rock that have earned him a spot in the backing bands of JimBryson.jpgCanuck icons such as Sarah Harmer, the Tragically Hip and lately the nation’s favourite Winnipeggers, The Weakerthans, who are backing him on his latest album, Constellation. He is also a member of Kathleen Edward’s touring band.

Jubal’s Kin: June 15

Jubal’s Kin: Wednesday, June 15: Door 7:30/ Concert 8:00 $15 / $10 students/artists. Jubal’s Kin, is the Florida based duo, brother and sister Roger and Gailanne Amundsen. Roger, a three time Florida Old-Time Music JubalsKin.jpgChampionship winner, and Gailanne, the 2009 Florida & Tennessee Grand Champion Old Time Fiddler. Jubal’s Kin is an eclectic blend of old-timey bluegrass and indie folk – dubbed  “Appalachia-infused Cosmic Americana.” Their music draws from a wide palette of earthy roots inspirations; the distinctively spare sound is grounded in a love for what can only be called the pure and real, at once embracing both a strong roots tradition and a fresh take on making music. A seemingly new subgenre is created, their songs displaying a chemistry of raw emotion,  vulnerable and unassuming  with handcrafted spins that creak and stomp like a wooden dance floor…

David Hickey: Sounds of the Solar System: June 11

David Hickey: Sounds of the Solar System: Saturday, June 11. Doors 7:00 Start 7:30. $20. David performs with DaveHickeySml.jpg15 to 20 Quartz Singing Crystal Bowls. These bowls produce the purest sound there is. They are played in combination with Paiste Planet and Symphonic Gongs, Quartz Crystal Bowls, Santoor & Vibraphone. The intent of the performance is to create soothing meditative and healing music. Each performance is completely unique with musical inspiration that ranges from The Grateful Dead to John Lennon to Miles Davis to Chopin.

Melanie Doane – CD Release Showcase: June 10

Melanie Doane: CD Release Showcase: Friday, June 10. Doors 7:30pm/Concert 8:00. $24 advance / $30 door (Buy tickets online) Or reserve with The Pearl.“There’s no place like home” sings Juno Award winning singer-songwriter Melanie Doane on “Ruby Slippers”,MelanieDoane.jpg the opening track from her new album THE EMERALD CITY recalling the edgy style of her breakthrough Gold record ADAM’S RIB while showcasing Melanie’s multifaceted skills as a vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (she plays guitar, violin, piano, ukulele, mandolin, and bass). Doane will be joined by acclaimed guitarist Mike Borkosky for a must-see intimate acoustic performance at The Pearl, showcasing songs from “The Emerald City” as well as fan favourites from her extensive catalogue. For more information on Melanie, please visit (more…)

Jon Bryant with Jadea Kelly:June 9.

Jon Bryant with Jadea Kelly: Thursday, June 9. 8:00pm. $10 / $8 students/artists.  Jon has recently been nominated for best new artist, Jon_Bryant.jpgdigital artist and inspirational album of the year by Music Nova Scotia and received a covenant award nomination for folk/roots album of the year.  A singer/songwriter at heart, Jon’s music is beautiful in its melancholy, strength and character conveyed through wonderfully contrasting styles. His live performance hits spiritual highs and sweet, somber lows.  Jon is an artist advocate for World Vision and works closely with them on tour and abroad.  Jadea Kelly‘s first CD, Second Spring, won “Best Country” honors at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. She has since been JadeaKelly.jpgnominated as New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Although Jadea’s stage persona compares to such established vocalists as Neko Case and Kathleen Edwards; it is her distinctive and husky voice which engages and captivates her listeners.

Petunia Petunia with the Minimalist Jugband: June 8

Petunia Petunia with the Minimalist Jugband: Wednesday, June 8. 8:00pm. $15 / $10 student/artist. Two solo Petunia.jpgacts touring together. Petunia has been swingin’, swoonin’ and bringin’ ’em into bars, churches, theatres, folk festivals and street corners for over ten years. “He has a unique, surreal style all of his own … His live performances have been likened to an Avant-Country night club scene from a David Lynch movie! One to watch, Bonanza thinks!” “…hillbilly-flavoured-swing inflected-ragtime-goodtime-thunderously rolling-one-of-a-kind-you-don’t-want-to-miss-this-sort-of-a-show” – Peterborough Examiner
The Minimalist Jugband: is a West Coast underground phenomena and Petunia says he is fantastic. He’s played the Vancouver folk festival 3 times, and the two have toured together for the last 7 years. “Sadder than music, funnier than comedy.” “Washed Up Guy on a washtub bass.”

Gerardo Mansang: “44 Moons” Closing Party: June 5

Gerardo Mansang:  “44 Moons” Art Closing Party: Sunday, June 5, from 6:00 to 10:00pm. This Colombian artist 167334_175063019199652_100000878648613_345297_1110652_n.jpgunderstands colour, warmth, and symbolism. From very large to small canvases, all in brilliant acrylics. We will celebrate this marvelous show once again with a closing party.  Music and art; a perfect end to a perfect weekend.

Splish Splash: The Bobby Darin Story: June 4

Splish Splash: The Bobby Darin Story: Saturday, June 4. 8:00pm. $15 advance/$20 door. This exhilarating show isBobbyDarin.jpg a biographical look at Bobby Darin as a professional, presented in a concert type format in two acts. It showcases a full 12 piece orchestra with back-up singers and 30 full length songs,  from Splish Splash to Mack The Knife and Beyond the Sea all done live, like the good old days!
The show features Hamilton’s own Tony Sciara (You know him from Degrassi High!) and The 12/4 Swing Orchestra with Jim Heaslip.

Steve Brockley Band: June 3

Steve Brockley Band: Friday, June 3. 8:00pm. $15 at the door. $10 Artists & Students. Our fourth Steve BrockleyBrockley3.jpg concert! “Steve is a remarkable songwriter; one of those singers whose every word we strain to hear because those words are so entertaining and fitting  you don’t want to miss any.  But even if you don’t hear a single sentence, this three-piece band is so tight and original that the music alone will satisfy”.  Leon Power’s beats combined with Kevin Bertram’s double bass swagger make a low-down groove while Steve Brockley’s finger-picked electric guitar tactics and whiskey-blend vocals deliver some honest songs from the heart and guts.   “His album, crafted in the riff-filled, storytelling tradition of legends like Johnny Cash,Brockley2.jpg is beyond his years.”

Brott Summer Showcase: The Bremen String Quartet. June 2,

Brott Summer Festival Showcase: The Bremen String Quartet. Thursday, June 2, 7:30. $10 at the door.  Formed BremenStrings.jpgin 2008, the Bremen String Quartet is an ensemble of dynamic young musicians ready to make an impact by showcasing their love for chamber music.  They have quickly garnered a reputation for being “… musicians who play with remarkable nuance, intensity of expression, and probing intelligence” (Edwin Outwater). The Brott Music Festival has played a leading role in providing cultural excellence and diversity to the Hamilton area for 22 years. The annual summer festival presents orchestral concerts with the National Academy Orchestra, intimate recitals with great singers and stellar instrumental soloists, opera, dance, even visual art.


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.


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