Jazz at the Corktown

By Jason Leach
Published January 23, 2008

(This blog entry has been updated)

Local jazz lovers are probably already in the know, but in case you missed the news, the Corktown Pub is now offering regular jazz shows with absolute world-class musicians.

The crowds have already come out in full force, as you can see on this photo gallery:

Jazz at the Corktown (Image Credit: Astrid Hepner)
Jazz at the Corktown (Image Credit: Jeff Schall,

The Corktown has long been Hamilton's favourite venue for live music and this is a great addition to the local music scene.

Be sure to check out the regular Wednesday night shows as well as the schedule of other wonderful acts coming through the Corktown during the next few months.

Update: Astrid Hepner contacted us to let us know that Jeff Schall took the photograph displayed above. RTH regrets the error. -Ed.

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.


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By musicsupporter2008 (anonymous) | Posted January 23, 2008 at 18:33:20

This is great news! Who the heck wants to drive into Toronto anymore? And pay gas, tickets, parking, food?!? But if you want to see live music at this calibre, you're often forced to visit this ugly cit down the road. The Corktown area is evolving in ways resembling the culture changes we're seeing being invested just outside the "true" bounderies of downtown ie. James North and Locke Street. Hamilton, as a small city, has too many clubs and restaurants with owners in these area's (who have great spaces mind you) but do not (for various reasons) take these risks to create an arts supportive scene, especially live music at this level of gusto. I am also impressed with the changes going on at Walt's Beanery in Jackson Square. They call it Waltz Live Music now. Great sound system and stage. Wow. I've been lucky to catch the last couple of weekends. Hilario Duran on Sat Jan 26. wicked Cuban Jazz pianist. You'd pay lot's to see him down the road in Toronto. A couple of weeks ago they hauled in a Hammond B3 for jazz player Tony Monaco. Mel Brown, a blues legend in his own right plays there now... great locals like Brian Griffith too... Now I have two great intimate places to hear top notch music performed up close by top notch players at dirt cheap prices. Finally, a turning point is happening. We just need to support these great venue's and these wonderful musicians. There will be more to come... people have to go somewhere -- since Hess Village destroyed its own live music scene long ago.

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By jason (registered) | Posted January 23, 2008 at 21:52:03

hey Musicsupporter. I heard about the change from Walts to Waltz. Hope they redo the King St signage too. How were the crowds and how was the vibe in Waltz for the shows you saw? I want to check it out. Any website or place to get a schedule?

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By musicsupporter2008 (anonymous) | Posted January 27, 2008 at 01:38:47

Yes, I asked about the name change. They're just finishing a new logo and look. I heard they're planning renovations over the next few months. Sounds positive. They've announced there will be a web site soon. I took in the Hilario Duran performance on Saturday evening. Extraordinary show! Wonderful. The mood was outstanding. And... what class... Waltz brought in a Steinway piano for him to play. Amazing night. Great crowd. Nice people. Very impressed. The crowd had a blast! Also, at Tonic lounge just next door upstairs at the Sheraton I also saw Brownman Nick Ali, one of the best jazz trumpet players on the circuit. Wow. What's happening here? Two huge shows, cheap, all in the same night. This was a great weekend.

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By Hamilton Jazz kitty (anonymous) | Posted April 29, 2008 at 06:19:02

I saw Brownman at the Tonic that night. Blew me away. He's an incredibly gifted trumpet player with true vision (and gorgeous to boot). Hamilton's turning into quite the jazz city.
- The Jazz Kitty

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By rworthy (registered) - website | Posted August 04, 2010 at 16:48:26

I love how communities from all over the world enjoy Jazz music!

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By Pale Jewel (anonymous) | Posted December 11, 2010 at 20:46:02

Incidentally, Waltz Live Music will shortly be going live with their new web site.

The url is

They will be posting events, pictures and important information. Look for the site to go live sometime in December 2010. Love the new Waltz!

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