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Archive for February 2nd, 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!

Arts Hamilton 2011 Annual General Meeting: June 28

Arts Hamilton 2011 Annual General Meeting (AGM): Here at The Pearl Company; Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30 (doors open at 6:00 PM) The Membership and the general public are invited to attend. There will be a keynote panel presentation on the state of the arts in Hamilton and how we can work effectively together to enrich this city. The panel will feature Councillor Jason Farr (an Arts Hamilton Board member) and will be moderated by Arts Hamilton President, Jeff Feswick. There will be a raffle draw for a rare work of art by one of Canada’s most beloved artists and feature performances by local artists and celebrities Emma Rush, Annette Paiement, David Premi, Terra Lightfoot & Cam Malcolm!
Attendees are encouraged to “Bring A Friend” to participate in this exciting forum on the arts in Hamilton.
Be here for the exciting new mission statement and the resolution to formally change the name of Arts Hamilton to the Hamilton Arts Council. For more info or to RSVP please contact: Stephen Near, Program Director, Email:

Contested Landscapes: David Heidebrecht. June 25.

Contested Landscapes: Saturday, June 25. 6:00 to 9:00. No Charge.  Music at 8:30/9:00 with Matthew de Zoete and Earth Wind & Choir. PWYC. Josh St. Denis presents a sound installation during the Opening. On the one-year anniversary of the spectacle that was the G20 Summit in Toronto last June, Dave Heidebrecht examines and exposes the significant issues that were largely ignored by the pornographic, disaster news gaze of Canada’s ContestedLandscapes_June25PearlCompany.jpgmainstream media.  Contrasting urban landscapes of protest with the natural landscapes on which protests were focused; Heidebrecht’s portraits of contested landscapes give a voice to the people and issues that went unheard during Toronto’s G20 Summit.  Addressing realms of legitimacy, power, and democracy, Contested Landscapes examines the intersections between global and local issues within a Canadian context. (more…)

World Beat Fusion: June 24

World Beat Fusion: Friday June 24: 8:00 pm.  $15 at door.  A once-in-a-lifetime concert! Four remarkable musicians: Gary Santucci on guitar, Gary_fromZarabandasite.jpgRandal Hill on mandolin and fretless tenor banjo, Killian Bamberg on bass, with Bashir Abbas, Sudan’s premiere oud player.  Gary Santucci: Just in case you don’t know; Gary is “the real thing” as he was called the other day. A guitarist/composer who plays flamenco, classical, and world beat. Randal Hill: Voted “Blue Grass Entertainer of the Year” (at least a hundred times…) Randall is one of the leading mandolin players around.  He’s played with Ian Tyson among others… Killian Bamberg: Considered a “marvelous talent”, he can be found in any number of bands playing both upright and electric bass. Bashir Abbas is just plain incredible.  He is the Sudan’s top instrumental musician (He will play the oud, which is aRandal_Hill_.jpg pear-shaped, lute-related, stringed instrument commonly used in North African and Middle Eastern music.) and we are stunned to have him here.  What a night this will be!

“Summer in the Park”: June 19

Lansdale Neighbourhood Association presents their annual “Summer in the Park”:  Sunday, June 19 at LanSummerinPark.jpg1:00 – 5:00pm. In association with Solus: A Community Earth Vision Festival. ( Starting with a Giant Puppet Procession from the Pearl Company at 1pm and heading to Tweedsmuir Park at King William and Victoria.  An afternoon of free family fun, food, and entertainment! Check out the gorgeous poster.

Experimental/Ambient/Modern Classical: June 19 – Canceled!

Due to a vehicle break-down in Montreal, this show has been canceled…A line-up of Ambient / Indie / Psychedelic / Experimental/ Modern Classical performers from Seattle Electroluminescent.jpgvia Chicago and Hamilton: Sunday, June 19. 8:00pm. $10 at the door. $8 students/artists
LOCRIAN: Chicago, IL –
HOUSE OF LOW CULTURE: Seattle, WA – an Aaron Turner (of Isis) solo project
MAMIFFER: Seattle, WA –
Mamiffer is Faith Coloccia, a Seattle-based pianist, and Aaron Turner
from the band Isis, Jodis, Mamiffer.jpgLotus Eaters, as well as a collective of other song-weavers and visionaries.
The group has been called “an environmental salvo of noise and atmosphere that is elegant, striking, and evocative.”

HOTCHA with the Nonie Crete Band: June 18

HOTCHA with the Nonie Crete Band: Saturday, June 18: 8:00pm  $15 door / $10 students/artists. HOTCHA: High-energy HOTCHA.jpghillbilly swing duo blends old-time Western, bluegrass, early swing and country gospel delivered with the energy of a runaway train. Soaring vocals, lively accordion, gritty guitar, wailing harmonica and big-beat bodhran. Nonie Crete Band: From heady blues, Irish balladry, to Cajun and French Canadian folk,  this one-woman music festival also features Eugene Rea (vocals, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bouzouki, whistles) and Gary Kreller (accordion, piano). “… [her] delightful accomplished original pieces, ranging in style from melodic Anglo-American balladry to bluesy rock, gutbucket saloon songs and country folk, reveal Crete as a NonieCrete2.jpgpowerful and engaging storyteller with an extraordinarily sweet voice and a mean harmonica”. ~ Greg Quill, Toronto Star

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