Literary

Spring Book Launch [Wolsak And Wynn]

Join Wolsak & Wynn and Buckrider Books as they launch new poetry, fiction, and non-fiction publications at Hamilton’s premiere arts incubation venue, the Staircase Cafe and Theatre. This evening is FREE!

Featured Titles:

NO TV FOR WOODPECKERS - A new collection of poems from Gary Barwin:

DEAR GHOST - A new collection of poems from Catherine Owen:

THE HEAVY BEAR - A new novel by Tim Bowling
http://wolsakandwynn.ca/books/169-the-heavy-bear

YARDWORK: THE BIOGRAPHY OF AN URBAN PLACE - new non-fiction by Daniel Coleman
http://wolsakandwynn.ca/books/170-yardwork-the-biography-of-an-urban-place

WHEN: Friday, May 19 from 7 PM - 10 PM
WHERE: Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St N, Hamilton, ON

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St N, Hamilton, ON

Pedal-Driven [HPL Gallery Turner Park]

 

With 22 branches all across the Hamilton region, along with a Bookmobile, the Hamilton Public Library, through its energetic board and staff, offers many convenient locations and hours, providing our citizens the "Freedom to Discover". hpl.ca

 
Gallery Turner Park May Exhibition: Pedal-Driven

Exhibition by Andrea Kita

​This collection of photographs is inspired by active transportation. Shadows and silhouettes capture bicycles in both urban and natural settings. As someone who has cycled for work, recreation and travel I am mindful of how cycling enhances my experience. Living in Hamilton, I  contribute to the local art community to  create dialogue of our shared experience across communities, cultures and countries. I work primarily in black and white, using both traditional hand-printed dark room and digital printing techniques.

In my life's journeys, both at home and afar, I am drawn to capture the intersection of vibrancy and potential in the real world environments that I explore.  My lens is an optimistic one and I am drawn to capture dynamic informal settings for public life that are essential for the health of both our communities and ourselves.

WHERE: Hamilton Public Library, 352 Rymal Road East, Hamilton , ON

 

Monday, May 1, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (All day)
Hamilton Public Library, Turner Park Branch, 352 Rymal Road East, Hamilton , ON

Made In Dundas Community Family Festival [Dundas Museum & Archives]

 

Made In Dundas Community Family Festival

 

Join the Dundas Museum & Archives for a fun-filled day of special attractions as part of the Made In Dundas Community Family Festival. Admission is FREE and there will be a whole host of arts and culture activities taking place as part of the event.

WHEN: Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 11AM to 3PM
WHERE: 139 Park St. West, Dundas, ON
INFO: 905-627-7412 or dundasmuseum.ca
WEB: http://dundasmuseum.ca/events/event/made-in-dundas-community-festival/

 

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 11:00 to 15:00
Dundas Museum and Archives, 139 Park St. West, Dundas, ON

Strands of Time [HPL Gallery4]

 

With 22 branches all across the Hamilton region, along with a Bookmobile, the Hamilton Public Library, through its energetic board and staff, offers many convenient locations and hours, providing our citizens the "Freedom to Discover". hpl.ca

 
Gallery4 April Exhibition: Strands of Time

Exhibition by Linda Joyce Ott

By focusing on abstractions and highlighting fragments of a greater whole, the body of my work depicts different ways of seeing. This entices viewers to look at ordinary and everyday things in a more perceptive way. The resulting pieces sanctify the ordinary by expanding it into a new dimension - the realm of the extraordinary. Through the photos in my Strands of Time series, I want to share my appreciation of, and my sense of joy for the often overlooked, natural bits and bobs commonly found on beaches. And I want viewers to see and enjoy these beautiful organic forms, too.

Linda Joyce Ott is a writer and artist working in photography, painting, collage and assemblage. Her art has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Hamilton, Toronto and Alberta, including the Female Eye Film Festival, Artists Inc, Centre 3 for print and media arts, McMaster Innovation Park, the Toronto Outdoors Art Exhibition, Hugh’s Room and Visual Arts Ontario. 

WHERE: Hamilton Public Library Gallery4, 1st floor Lobby, (Jackson Square Entrance), Central Branch, 55 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON

 

Monday, May 1, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (All day)
Hamilton Public Library, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON

Insectum [HPL Gallery4 Annex]

 

With 22 branches all across the Hamilton region, along with a Bookmobile, the Hamilton Public Library, through its energetic board and staff, offers many convenient locations and hours, providing our citizens the "Freedom to Discover". hpl.ca

 
Gallery4 Annex April Exhibition: Insectum

Exhibition by Kiara Weis

I am drawn to the medium of copper etching because I love the process—sanding the plate, applying the ground, drawing the design, etching the plate, proofing it, refining if further if necessary, and finally printing it. Working through a disciplined process that necessitates a lot of studio time and forces me to spend so long with each plate has become very important to my practice. I have a love of insects; I appreciate their aesthetic qualities. Thus I draw my imagery from the insect world. I am also influenced by analytical or mathematical drawings and I like my work to give the impression of some pseudo-scientific collection. I have found that the combination of abstracted insects and geometric shapes, expressed through the medium of print, allows me to achieve this.

​Kiara Weis was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1992. She is a print artist who works mainly in the medium of copper etching. She draws inspiration from insects, mathematics and scientific collections. Kiara graduated from McMaster University’s Honours Studio Art program in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She was part of many school-organized exhibitions during her time at university, the most recent being the class of 2015’s graduating show titled Polyvocal, held at the McMaster Museum of Art. This is her first solo show

WHERE: Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch, 4th floor by Circuit 4.0, 55 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON

 

Monday, May 1, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (All day)
Hamilton Public Library, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON

Staircase May Events [Staircase Theatre]

 

 

 There’s always something happening at Hamilton’s one
 and only Staircase.This multi-use theatre and performance
 venue has hosted theatre premiers, comedy and film festivals,
 and features regular improv and karaoke night along with
 much more.

Check out what’s happening! http://staircase.org/

 
MAY 2017

LITERARY

LIT LIVE May
Sunday, May 7 at 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Lit Live is a monthly reading series in Hamilton, Ontario. For more info follow our separate LINK.

 

THEATRE

SUNDAY IMPROV MIXER
Sunday, May 7/14/21/28 at 7 - 9 pm
Elaine Mae Theatre - 25 Dundurn St. North
Novice to veterans coming together every Sunday to play with other improvisers from around the city and beyond. This is a chance to meet, play,laugh,watch and learn from other improvisers and get more stage chops! Audience members are welcome to watch Hamilton’s improvisers mix it up together

IMPROV FUN-DAMENTALS
Monday, May 8/15/22/29 at 7 - 8:30 pm
Elaine Mae Theatre - 25 Dundurn St. North
Learn improv comedy in a fun and supportive environment. Experienced improv comedy teachers from Staircase Improv will guide participants through the basics of improv comedy. A Beginners drop-in workshop open to improvisers of all experiences, and ages. Participants less than 16 years of age require parental accompaniment. Dress in comfortable clothing as movement is guaranteed.  Limited to 16 participants per class. Cost is $10. Cash only

ADVANCED IMPROV
Tuesday, May 9/16/23/30 at 7 - 9
Elaine Mae Theatre - 25 Dundurn St. North
Advanced Improv is where Hamilton’s top improvisers come to test their mettle and get notes from their experienced peers. The public is welcome to watch, but participation is by invitation only. Admission is $10. Cash only. Workshop starts promptly at 7pm.

STEEL SONGS: A MUSICAL THEATRE OPEN MIC NIGHT
Thursday, May 11
Hosted by Kristian Reimer with accompanist Shane O’Regan.

BROWNIE POINTS PLAY READING
Wednesday, May 24 at 8PM
The Staircase Theatre and The Playwrights Guild of Canada are pleased to present a FREE Reading of Nicolle Natress’ Original work BROWNIE POINTS (Boldly going where no Brownie has gone before) as part of the PlayConnect program.

MindPLAY Mental Health Theatre Festival
Friday May 26 - Sunday May 28
MindPLAY, Hamilton’s Premiere Mental Health Theatre Festival runs May 26th, 27th, and 28th at the Staircase Theatre Bright Room and Main Space.
Group 1 shows will be on Friday at 7 PM (Bright Room) and Saturday at 1 PM (Bright Room) feat. You, Me, and Us Theatre presents "YellowZoned”, RFA presents "The Kid”, The Thompson Production Group presents "Stonewalled”, and Notapom Productions presents "The Dark Days”. Group 2 shows will be on Saturday at 7 PM (Bright Room) and Sunday at 1 PM (Main Theatre) feat. Squirrel Suit Productions presents "The ADHD Project”, Borderline Productions presents "BorderLine Me”, Transcendant King presents "Weal of Dysphoria”, Pink Wig Theatre Company presents "The Pink Elephant”, and Kintsukuroi Productions presents "Slip, Knit, Purl”.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students. Tickets on sale now at https://www.ticketscene.ca/series/474/

STORY TELLING THROUGH IMPROV COMEDY
Saturday May 27 from 9AM to 4PM
Elaine Mae Theatre - 25 Dundurn St. North
With instructor Hugh MacLeod, this Saturday intensive class will focus on using improv comedy tools to tell spontaneous stories in real time.  Explore unique and fun ways to let the story flow, dance around writer’s block and laugh your way to compelling narratives. No improv experience required. Cost is $75. Contact info@staircase.org to sign up. Wear comfortable clothing. Lunch break is from noon to 1pm. Lunch is NOT provided. Class size is limited to 12 people. This course is part of the Staircase Improv Core Curriculum.  Ages 16 and up.

THE HAMILTON 7: A NIGHT OF STORIES
Sunday May 28 from 7:30 – 9PM
Welcome to the Hamilton 7! Come join us for a gathering of fine crafted tales from professional local storytellers from diverse perspectives, experiences and realities. The Hamilton 7 are: Karen Ancheta, Darla Biccum, Sheldon Davis, Tor Lukasik-Foss, Hitoko Okada, Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, Josh Taylor, and Corin Raymond. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. Get tickets by emailing girlcancreate@gmail.com. Limited seating. Please reserve in advance.

 

MUSIC

OPEN MIC FOR MUSICIANS
Wednesday, May 3/10/17/24/31 at 7 - 9:30
An awesome Weekly open-mic that happens every Wednesday night and is hosted by the very talented and dedicated Keith Toms. An amazing group of local musicians that have for the past year, managed to grow a supportive environment for all music styles regardless of age. Original works are loved dearly!  So come experiment, grow your chops, sit and listen…we have some of the best audience members in Hamilton! Beverage and food available

THE ANDRE BISSON BAND
Friday, May 12 at 7:30 – 9:30
An evening of music featuring a unique set of acoustic instruments such as cello, violin, double bass, guitar, percussion and much more. A collection of original music with heavy influences in soul, blues & roots, & gospel. TICKETS – $15 Advance $20 Door

Monday, May 1, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (All day)
Staircase Cafe & Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North, Hamilton

Louder Than a Bomb Festival [Hamilton Youth Poets]

 

Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) is bringing spoken word to the streets of Hamilton with its 3rd annual youth poetry and hip hop festival, Louder Than a Bomb Canada (LTABC). From May 8 -20,  the community is invited to join HYP in celebrating youth voices through workshops, special guest performances, and the region’s largest slam poetry competition.

Teams from universities, community centres, and secondary schools compete throughout the week, with each round judged by artists, educators, and audience members. Over 10 area schools are participating, including Ancaster High, Saltfleet Secondary, Westmount, Cathedral High School, Bishop Ryan, Cardinal Newman, Sir John A MacDonald, and Delta Secondary. The festival takes place during Youth Mental Health Week, Youth Week Hamilton, and National Youth Arts Week. 

The top four teams compete in an Olympic-style poetry slam at Theatre Aquarius on May 20, 2017. The night features musical performances and guest judges.

LTABC 2017 Schedule: http://www.hamiltonyouthpoets.org/schedule/

 

 

About Hamilton Youth Poets

Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) was created in 2012 to give the Hamilton community's youth the opportunity to develop their creative skills and have their voices heard. HYP has grown steadily and evolved into an arts organization that engages Hamilton youth in the act of telling and celebrating  their own, authentic stories through spoken word, verse, multimedia, poetry slam, and new age journalism. This year-round work is then celebrated every spring in an awe inspiring culmination of its annual festival, Louder Than A Bomb Canada. 

 

 

Monday, May 8, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, May 20, 2017 (All day)
Various

Jennifer Tan Poetry Reading with Musical Performance From Laura Keating

Jennifer Tan Poetry Reading 
Friday April 28, 2017 
Fourth floor, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library


Short Works prize winner, poet Jennifer Tan runs the Hamiltonian literary salon that gets together once a month called LitChat. On Friday, April 28, 2017 She will be at the Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch reading her own poems followed by a musical performance from folk-rock singer-songwriter Laura Keating. 

This event will also be followed by more poetry readings later on in the afternoon 
For more information follow this LINK
 

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 12:00
4th Floor 55 York Boulevard

Lit Live May 2017 [Lit Live Reading Series]


Founded by Hamilton writer Kerry Schooley 1994, Lit Live is a literary reading series in Hamilton, Ontario
featuring a diverse and exciting range of writers from across Canada and from Hamilton
at 7:30pm on the first Sunday of each month, from September to June.
For the 2016-17 season, our location is The Staircase Theatre.

 

 

LitLive continues their new season with five diverse writers reading from
their books of short stories, poetry, novels,and possibly from new work. In addition, this season features guest emerging writers.

  • Adrienne Gruber reads from Buoyancy Control
  • Eva Tihanyi reads from The Largeness of Rescue
  • Patricia Keeney reads from Orpheus in Our World
  • Pam Mordecai reads from Red Jacket
  • Armand Garnet Ruffo reads from The Thunderbird Poems
  • Kyle Chhatwal reads as the evening's Emerging Writer

WHEN: Sunday, May 7 at 7:30 pm
WHERE: Staircase Theatre & Cafe, 27 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton
ADMISSION: FREE
INFO: Follow on Twitter at @LitLiveReadings or on Facebook.
WEB: http://litlive.blogspot.ca/

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30
The Staircase Cafe and Theatre, 27 Dundurn St N, Hamilton

Staircase April Events [Staircase Theatre]

 

 

 There’s always something happening at Hamilton’s one
 and only Staircase.This multi-use theatre and performance
 venue has hosted theatre premiers, comedy and film festivals,
 and features regular improv and karaoke night along with
 much more.

Check out what’s happening! http://staircase.org/

 
APRIL 2017


POETRY READING WITH MADHUR ANAND
Friday April 21, 2017 at 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Cafe - 27 Dundurn St. North 

All are welcome at a poetry reading on Friday April 21 by Madhur Anand at The Staircase Theatre. The reading is part of John Douglas Taylor conference, Resilience in a Multispecies World, organized through the department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster. The reading is open to the public, and will take place from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Anand has a PhD in theoretical ecology from Western University, and is currently a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. Light snacks will be provided, and attendees can purchase beverages (licensed).

For more information, visit resiliencejdt2017.wordpress.com

THE MIX UP 2: IT’S YOUR TURN!​
Thursday April 27, 2017 at 7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Cafe - 27 Dundurn St. North 

The Mixup 2: It’s Your Turn
The Mixup is a monthly performance event where artists and non-artists come together to show off and play. We are accepting submissions for our second show at the Staircase Cafe Theatre. Message The Mixup at themixup.hamont@gmail.com for more information.

What would you do with 10 minutes onstage? It’s your turn.

cover at the door, $5.00 per person 

WISTERIUM IN CONCERT
Friday April 28, 2017 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Cafe - 27 Dundurn St. North  

Wisterium Music is the passionate musical duo of Jennifer Molinaro (vocals/piano) and Celeste Konopka (violin). Their musical style blends jazz, folk and classical roots into rich acoustic soundscapes. Combining the harmonies of Debussy and Chopin with Celtic and Scandinavian melodies, Wisterium Music joyfully explores both well-known and original musical improvisations.

For more information: http://staircase.org/?ai1ec_event=wisteria-in-concert&instance_id=11915 

CHARACTERS IN IMPROV COMEDY
Saturday April 29, 2017 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Elaine Mae Theatre - 25 Dundurn St. North

This Saturday intensive will focus on creating comedy personas on the fly. The process uses movement, observation, vocalization and history to create honest and real comedic characters. Improv experience recommended by not essential.

Cost is $75. Contact info@staircase.org to sign up. Wear comfortable clothing. Lunch break is from noon to 1pm. Lunch is NOT provided. Class size is limited to 12 people. This course is part of the Staircase Improv Core Curriculum. Ages 16 and up.

Pre-registration is required http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2904896

905-529-3000

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 19:00 to 21:00
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:00
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 09:00 to 16:00
Staircase Cafe & Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North, Hamilton

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