Literary

Night of Cultural Creativity [True North Gallery]

True North Gallery – The Music Gallery of Fine Art presents

Night of Cultural Creativity

One Night Only Book Signing, Art Show & Concert

with visual artist and musician
Joe Crookston 
& music journalist and best-selling author
David McPherson

Join one of Canada’s leading music writers and one of New York’s finest songwriters and painters as they team up for a one night only event that brings together book reading, stories, songs, and an art exhibition (with a Niagara wine tasting).

Free and open to the public, Canadian author, David McPherson will read from and sign copies of his new book, The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern: A Complete History, which pays homage to the legendary Toronto music venue on its 70th anniversary. 

What exactly makes The Horseshoe Tavern so legendary, and how has it managed to survive when so many Toronto music venues have closed? Live music and the Horseshoe Tavern are woven into the fabric of Toronto’s history. It’s more than a venue. It’s a pilgrimage place where people gather and commune over a shared passion. The Horseshoe is a beacon for music lovers, a part of Toronto’s rich musical landscape. McPherson will read excerpts from the new book, answer questions, and sign copies.

McPherson is president and chief creative officer of McPherson Communications — a writing and public relations consulting business. Over the years his writing on music has appeared in Paste, American Songwriter, Canadian Musician, Exclaim!, and Chartattack.com. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

"David McPherson has captured the soul and the sweat, the joy and the chaos of the hands-down greatest music parlor in Canada. This book takes you through a journey that began before rock ’n’ roll and keeps the ghosts humming with you long past closing time. From Stonewall Jackson to the Last Pogo the spirit that is the Horseshoe lives in these pages.”         ~ Colin Linden

 

From Ithaca NY, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and painter, Joe Crookston is bringing his slide guitar, fiddle, hilarious stories, universal songs with gorgeous melodies and original paintings for a night that will leave you feeling more awake and alive with a renewed sense of what’s possible.

Crookston will share songs, stories, and talk about his artistic/creative process and his work as a “social archeologist,” collecting stories and turning them into relevant art that helps us understand our culture and our humanity.

 

WHERE: True North Gallery, Griffin House, 23 Griffin Street, Waterdown, ON

WHEN: Friday, January 19, 2018 at  8:00PM

INFO: contact 905.690.9397 x 228 or go to www.artsfest.ca

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 20:00 to 22:00
True North Gallery, Griffin House, 23 Griffin Street, Waterdown, ON

Hamilton Learning Series [Artsbuild Ontario]

 

You're Invited! ArtsBuild Ontario’s Space Rentals Workshop Series is coming to Hamilton!
 
We know many creative organizations and small businesses rely on rental revenues to support their operations. That's why ArtsBuild Ontario is proud to present the Learning Series - a collection of learning opportunities for arts facilities around ArtsBuild's core programs, including SpaceFinderArtsBuild Ontario is thrilled to partner with Hamilton Arts Council to bring our Space Rentals Workshop Series to the community of Hamilton.

This day of learning will cover two important topics around space rentals - Space Rentals for Beginners (9 AM - 12 PM) and Best Practices for Managing Risk in Space Rentals (1 PM - 4 PM). Join us for one session or both!

Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST
Cost: FREE!

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/space-rentals-workshop-series-hamilton-tickets-41017518502

 

1) Space Rentals for Beginners
Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Time | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location | Hamilton Artists Inc. (155 James Street North, Hamilton ON L8R 2K9)

Space rentals are a significant revenue source that contributes to the sustainability of many creative organizations and small businesses. Using examples from the sector, this half-day workshop will cover how to define, target and engage with current and new renter audiences. This workshop is for any arts professional looking for ways to expand their current renter audience or just starting a space rental program. This workshop also serves as a useful tool for any arts professional looking to diversify their skill set around space rentals and revenue development.

2) Best Practices for Managing Risk in Space Rentals
Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Time | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location |  Hamilton Artists Inc. (155 James Street North, Hamilton ON L8R 2K9)

What does it mean to manage risk in your rental space? What is your organization’s attitude towards potential hazards? In this half-day workshop, we will cover what creative venues and small businesses need to know about operational, financial and legal risk when it comes to renting out space. This workshop is open to all creative venues and small businesses currently offering space rentals. This workshop also serves as a useful tool for smaller/newer rental spaces expecting to grow as well as arts professionals looking to better understand risk in space rentals.

For more information or to register please contact Eilidh at eilidh@artsbuildontario.ca

 

ArtsBuild Ontario has partnered with Hamilton Arts Council to bring these workshops to the community. Hamilton Arts Council exists 

to strengthen the role of the arts and culture in the City of Hamilton by making the arts accessible and relevant to the entire community. We would like to thank Hamilton Artists Inc. for generously donating their space for this event.

The Learning Series is presented by ArtsBuild Ontario as a collection of learning opportunities for arts facilities around our core programs: SpaceFinder Canada, Arts Facilities Mentoring Network, Energy Conservation and Asset Planner for the Arts. The Learning Series is generously support in part by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council.

The Learning Series is funded in part by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The leading grantmaking foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 09:00 to 16:00
Hamilton Artists Inc, 155 James Street North, Hamilton, ON

I Am An Artist Awareness Campaign Launch

I AM AN ARTIST

Artistry is a vision within the creative soul. It is a literary, visual, digital, and an audible spark that propels one to create and be creative. Artists share this creativity through many mediums and enhance the lives of others with this energy. “I am an Artist” is a representation of creators and their craft – a window into the many disciplines that produce “art” and “artists”. Through digital technology, we can begin to unravel the purpose, the energy, and the soul of each artist within various sectors of art and design. Although a single compilation, the singular beauty of each artist is displayed through their passion.

Join the Hamilton Arts Council as we invite all of the Hamilton community to attend a celebration to launch our new #IAMANARTIST media campaign!

The Hamilton Arts Council has installed 30 banners along the King William Street Art Walk in order to celebrate the diversity of Hamilton's Artistic Community and to showcase the many disciplines which fall under the moniker "Artist".  The project has been sponsored with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, Incite Foundation for the Arts, Orbital, Impressive Printing, the Hamilton Community Foundation, and the City of Hamilton. Hamilton Arts Council staff will be on-hand to share news of the other projects we are workingnon.

The "I Am An Artist" awareness campaign includes a micro-site at www.iamanartisthamilton.com which will also launch December 8, 2017. As well, Hamilton-area artists can use the hashtag #IAMANARTIST to promote their work and practice. We hope you will join us in this vibrant social media awareness campaign to showcase the creative diversity of our community.

Follow the link to see more on the I Am An Artist campaign.

WHEN: December 8th starting at 7PM

WHERE: Visitor Centre, Tourism Hamilton, 28 James St. North (main level of the Lister Block)

TIX: Admission is FREE; light refreshments will be served

INFO: Annette Paiement, Executive Director, Hamilton Arts Council, (905) 481-3218 or executive@hamiltonartscouncil.ca

 

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:30
Visitor Centre, Tourism Hamilton, 28 James St. North, Hamilton, ON

Staircase December 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/

 
December 2017

MARKETPLACE

HANDMADE HAMILTON 2017
December 2, 3 2017 from 11:00 am to 05:30 pm 
Join us for the sixth Holiday edition of Handmade Hamilton. Featuring 32 of the finest makers of jewellry, textile art, ceramics, visual art, accesories, home decor and much more. It will be a great opportunity to find perfect and unique gifts for all those on your holiday list. Hosted in the historical Staircase Cafe Theatre, we invite you to spend some time shopping, having a bit to eat from the cafe, and taking time to meet up with excellant makers. The first 50 shoppers on both days will be gifted with a swag bag! Admission: $2

LITERARY

LIT LIVE 
Sunday, Dec 3 at 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Lit Live is a monthly reading series in Hamilton, Ontario. 

THEATRE

IMPROV FUN-DAMENTALS
December, 4, 11 2017 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 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

IMPROV MASTERCLASS
December,  5, 12 2017 from 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Elaine Mae Theatre - 25 Dundurn St. NorthOur Master Class 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.

FIGGY PUDDING with Jimmy Hogg
Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 08:00 pm to 09:00 pm
The award-winning British comedian, storyteller and Fringe favourite Jimmy Hogg (Curriculum Vitae, A Brief History of Petty Crime, Like A Virgin, Wisdom) returns with tales of Christmastime. BEST OF FRINGE: Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Ottawa, San Francisco, Minnesota, Boulder, Victoria.

SHOW READY SERIES- WILDCARD WEDNESDAYS
December 6, 13, 20 from 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm
A 5 week comedy improv series workshop aimed at producing a showcase show. Emphasis on teamwork and show craft. All levels welcome. 7- 10pm $75.00 + hst info@staircaseimprov.com

HAMMER NIGHT LIVE
Friday, December 15, 2017 from 09:00 pm to 11:00 pm
To be announced but The lineup is RED HOT. 

SANTA SURVIVOUR 2017
December 15, 16 2017 from 08:00 pm to 09:30 pm
This thought provoking performance is brilliantly written and directed by playwright and Mental Health and Addiction Specialist Colleen Taffe.  It inspires audiences to be challenged by the unforeseen world of mental illness and its damaging effects of stigma, quite tangible in the black community. 

THE HAMILTON 7
Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Welcome to the Hamilton 7! We’re back after a highly successful run at this years Hamilton Fringe Festival! Come on out and hear some of your fave tellers and a few new ones! Join us for a gathering of finely crafted tales from professional local storytellers from diverse perspectives, experiences and realities. This edition of The Hamilton 7 will feature: Karen Ancheta Darla Biccum Sheldon Davis Tor Lukasik-Foss Marilo Nunez Lisa Pijuan-Nomura and a few more surprises! 

THE BIG SHOW
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 08:00 pm to 09:30 pm 
An interdimensional being summons a group of “teens with attitude” to help him defend the world from evil. Unfortunately, he accidentally summoned the high school drama group. Unable to fight, he assigns them the task of performing a monthly BIG SHOW that bring him up to speed about the current state of the earth. Music, comedy, magic and short films. Think Power Rangers meets Kids Incorporated teabagged by Kids in the Hall. Starring a rotating cast including Viktoria Adam, Tyler Brent, Luke Brown, Stephanie Hope Lawlor, Kristian Reimer, Ryan Sero, Nick Wallace and Laura Welch

MUSIC

OPEN MIC FOR MUSICIANS
Wednesday, Dec 6, 13 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

CHOIR NATION HAMILTON
December 4, 2017 from 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm
Under the leadership of Brian Dexter, Choir Nation Hamilton is a great place to come together and have fun, improve your singing and learn from an exceptional teacher! Rehearsals and performances take place Mondays 6:30 – 8 p.m. $15 per session for adults. $10 for seniors and students. Please have cash. 

STEEL SONGS- A Musical Theatre Open Mic Night
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 08:00 pm to 10:00 pm
 

Friday, December 1, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, December 31, 2017 (All day)
Staircase Cafe & Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North, Hamilton

Arts Dundas Weekend 2017

Thursday November 2nd – Sunday November 5th

Arts Dundas Weekend (ADW) celebrates all forms of arts culture in the local community. Join us for a fun packed weekend of free events!

Thursday November 2nd

Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts (HAPA)
Nutcracker costume exhibit at the Carnegie Gallery

Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
1-3pm
Ensemble performance at the Carnegie Gallery  

Dundas Little Theatre
8pm
Lady Windermere’s Fan
Ticket information is available here.

Friday November 3rd

Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts (HAPA)
Nutcracker costume exhibit at the Carnegie Gallery

Patsy Peacock-Evans
Ralph Caterini
ADW 2016 award winner Laura Brandreth

Carnegie Gallery exhibiton opening 7-9:30pm

Dundas Valley School of Art
Faculty Exhibition 6-8pm

Hamilton Potters’ Guild Fall Sale
3-10pm
Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre
10 Market Street South (corner of King and Market Streets)

Dundas Little Theatre
8pm
Lady Windermere’s Fan
Ticket information is available here.

Saturday November 4th

Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts (HAPA)
Nutcracker costume exhibit at the Carnegie Gallery

Character Design Workshops
with Jonathan Royce

Children’s workshop 10:30-12:30pm
Teen workshop 1:30-3:30pm
FREE
Carnegie Gallery
Pre-registration required.
More information is available here.

Dundas Museum and Archives
Photography & Editing Artist Talk
2-3pm

Dundas Valley School of Art
Little Black Frame Mystery Art Night
7pm

Hamilton Potters’ Guild Fall Sale
10am-8pm
Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre
10 Market Street South (corner of King and Market Streets)

Dundas Little Theatre
8pm
Lady Windermere’s Fan
Ticket information is available here.

Sunday November 5th

Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts (HAPA)
Nutcracker costume exhibit at the Carnegie Gallery

Art Walk Guided Tour*
12:45pm outside the Carnegie Gallery

Tower Poetry Society Readings
2-3:45pm
Carnegie Gallery lower level

Hamilton Potters’ Guild Fall Sale
11am-4pm
Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre
10 Market Street South (corner of King and Market Streets)

Dundas Little Theatre
2pm
Lady Windermere’s Fan
Ticket information is available here.

Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts (HAPA)
Nutcracker open Rehearsal
11am-5pm

St. James Anglican Church
Photography Exhibition opening reception
1-3pm

*Art Walk 2017

The Tower Poetry Society in conjunction with The Dundas BIA Shops and Carnegie Gallery present Art Walk 2017.

Take a stroll down both sides of King Street between Cross and Sydenham for a unique opportunity to read poetry and see the works of art by Carnegie Artists that inspired the poets.

The works will be displayed in windows throughout various stores and businesses in the BIA. You may view the works of art and poetry beginning Thursday October 26th.

All events are free, except for performances by the Dundas Little Theatre.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, November 5, 2017 (All day)
Various locations, Dundas

Lit Live November 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 2017-18 season, our location is The Staircase Theatre.

 

LitLive starts their 2017-18 season with five writers reading from their books of short stories, poetry, novels,and possibly from new work.

  • Clea Roberts reads from Auguries
  • Michelle Winters reads from I Am A Truck
  • Shannon Bramer reads form Precious Energy
  • Sally Cooper reads from Smells Like Heaven
  • JC Villager reads from Is Canada Even Real?

plus Emerging Writers Elisga Stam and Cara Evans

WHEN: Sunday, November 5th 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, November 5, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30
Staircase Cafe and Theatre, 27 Dundurn St N, Hamilton

Science Slam Workshop [Hamilton Youth Poets]

 

Science Slam Workshop ft. Johnny Trinh

Calling all poets! Calling all scientists! Create nebulous clouds of poetry together at this unique workshop! Science and poetry give us the unique ability to understand the world around us. There is a way to take abstract concepts and turn them into art to make them more accessible. Johnny Trinh will be teaching you the art of weaving science with poetry at our final workshop before the Science Slam!

The Science Slam will take place on November 26th at The Spice Factory. Develop your skills to compete and be crowned Science Slam Champion 2017.

What to bring: writing topics, a notebook, pen/pencil
Where: Thode Makerspace (basement of Thode Library)
When: Monday, October 30 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cost: $2 or pay what you can

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:30
Thode Makerspace, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON

Welcome Back Slam [Hamilton Youth Poets]

 

Welcome Back Slam with Johnny Trinh

Let's welcome back our favourite Steel City poets from the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. They'll be heading back from the National stage after a week of hard-hitting competition, repping the city like true Hamiltonians! Let's fill the house and give them the warm welcome home they deserve. This night will be a night to celebrate, share your voice and enjoy the poems that graced the CFSW stage. We are exceptionally pleased to announce that the theatrical fantastical poet, Johnny Trinh will be our feature. It's going to be lit!

Slam time: Sunday October 29th 6:30pm (doors @ 6)
Slam spot: The Spice Factory
Slam rules: Sign up @ 6pm, team pieces welcome, no props, no costumes, no racist, sexist, homophobic or anti-group language is allowed, original work only, memorization is optional.
Open mic at 6:30, slam starts shortly after

Our feature poet for this month is Johnny Trinh

WHEN: October 29, Sunday at 6 PM - 9 PM
WHERE: The Spice Factory, 121 Hughson Street North, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 1G7

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 18:00 to 21:00
The Spice Factory, 121 Hughson Street North, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 1G7

Staircase November 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/

 
November 2017

LITERARY

LIT LIVE Nov
Sunday, Nov 5 at 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Lit Live is a monthly reading series in Hamilton, Ontario. 

POETRY IN THE CAFE
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 07pm to 08:30pm
Celebrating Canadian Poets Published in Lummox 6  James Deahl Jennifer L. Foster Ellen S. Jaffe (first runner-up in the 2017. Lummox Poetry Contest) Donna Langevin John B. Lee (poet laureate of Brantford) Norma West Linder Deborah A. Morrison Lynn Tait Kate Marshall Flaherty and Debbie Okun Hill may also read.

THE MINI 6 MINUTE MEMOIR
Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 07:30pm to 09pm
The Mini six Minute Memoir is a delightful themed storytelling night Hosted by Anne Bokma with performances by local community members. Details to be announced.

THEATRE

IMPROV FUN-DAMENTALS
Monday, November 6, 13 2017 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 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

IMPROV MASTERCLASS
Tuesday, November 7, 14 2017 from 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Elaine Mae Theatre - 25 Dundurn St. NorthOur Master Class 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.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PETTY CRIME starring Jimmy Hogg
Friday, November 3, 2017 from 08:00 pm to 09:30 pm
After a decade of touring Canada and the U.S. and fresh from a 23-show stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Englishman, Jimmy Hogg unleashes his multiple-award winning solo show A Brief History of Petty Crime in Hamilton. 

PIECE OF MIND: THE STAGE PLAY by Colleen Taffe
Saturday, November 4-5, 2017 from 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm
This thought provoking performance is brilliantly written and directed by playwright and Mental Health and Addiction Specialist Colleen Taffe.  It inspires audiences to be challenged by the unforeseen world of mental illness and its damaging effects of stigma, quite tangible in the black community. 

SHOW READY SERIES- WILDCARD WEDNESDAYS
Wednesdays until November 9th from 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm
A 5 week comedy improv series workshop aimed at producing a showcase show. Emphasis on teamwork and show craft. All levels welcome. 7- 10pm $75.00 + hst info@staircaseimprov.com

VENUS IN FUR
SHOWTIMES Thursday, November 2 Friday, November 3 Saturday, November 4 ​All shows at 8:00 PM
VENUS IN FUR A play by David Ives Thomas, playwright and director, is holding auditions for his adaptation of the controversial 1870s novel, Venus in Furs. After an unsuccessful day of casting he is confronted with Vanda, the unlikely actress who perfectly embodies his leading lady. Reality begins to blur as this audition spirals out of control and into a seductive power play… ​

JULIUS CAESAR presented by Make Art Theatre
Nov 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30
Julius Caesar is a fast-paced political drama about the conspiracy to kill the first Roman Emperor. When Caesar returns to Rome, not everybody is celebrating. His closest friend, Brutus, is troubled by Caesar's absolute power. Fearing tyranny, Brutus joins several other senators in a plot to assassinate his best friend. 
Directed by: Ryan M. Sero
Cast: Vicktoria Adam, Tyler Brent, Liz Buchanan, Scott Buchanan, Sean Emberley, Dina Hanson, Adam Lemieux Colin Palangio, Ryan M. Sero, Laura Welch

KINGFISHER DAYS by Firefly Collective
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 08:00 pm to 09:30 pm
One summer, in an old stone fireplace beside her family cottage, a little girl discovers a letter from a delightfully self-absorbed Inca fairy princess. This begins a poignant friendship between the child, the princess and an elderly neighbor, to whom the fairy dictates her letters.  From the acclaimed memoir by the same author. ​​Directed by Denise Oucharek and starring  Myrna McBrien and Vince Carlin. 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3076247

MUSIC

OPEN MIC FOR MUSICIANS
Wednesday, Nov 1,8, 15 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

CHOIR NATION HAMILTON
Monday, November 6, 13 2017 from 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm
Under the leadership of Brian Dexter, Choir Nation Hamilton is a great place to come together and have fun, improve your singing and learn from an exceptional teacher! Rehearsals and performances take place Mondays 6:30 – 8 p.m. $15 per session for adults. $10 for seniors and students. Please have cash. 

JAMLAND POST SCREENING CONCERT
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00 pm to Friday, November 10, 2017 at 12:30 am
Jamland is more than a concert in the woods. It’s a state of mind. This documentary explores a grassroots music festival and includes poignant human interest stories. It’s a film about music, life, and love, and the way music can take us out of our day to day problems and make us feel better. Jamland is being screened at the Staircase Theatre as part of the Hamilton Film Festival on Thursday, November 9 at 9:00 pm. It is being shown with Et Tu, Dude?, another Ontario music documentary.

FILM

JAMLAND POST SCREENING CONCERT
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00 pm to Friday, November 10, 2017 at 12:30 am
Jamland is more than a concert in the woods. It’s a state of mind. This documentary explores a grassroots music festival and includes poignant human interest stories. It’s a film about music, life, and love, and the way music can take us out of our day to day problems and make us feel better. Jamland is being screened at the Staircase Theatre as part of the Hamilton Film Festival on Thursday, November 9 at 9:00 pm. It is being shown with Et Tu, Dude?, another Ontario music documentary.

THE 12th HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL
November 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Hamilton’s premiere independent film festival returns to the Staircase and multiple venues. For more information check our separate listing.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, November 30, 2017 (All day)
Staircase Cafe & Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North, Hamilton

Staircase October 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/

 
October 2017

LITERARY

LIT LIVE Oct
Sunday, Oct 1 at 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Lit Live is a monthly reading series in Hamilton, Ontario.
 

GRITLIT LITERARY FESTIVAL- HAMILTON A CELEBRATION IN STORIES
Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 10:00 am to 04:30 pm
Celebrating Canada 150, gritLIT is proud to present readings, interviews and a writing workshop celebrating local authors, themes and indigenous culture. Authors include: Shannon Bramer, Daniel Coleman, Sally Cooper, Cherie Dimaline, Krista Foss, Lee Maracle, John Terpstra, Zoe Whittall.

DAVID CHARIANDY IN CONVERSATION
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 07:00 pm
This event is presented by Penguin Random House Canada, Bryan Prince Bookseller, Centre for Community Engaged Narrative Arts (CCENA) at McMaster and the Staircase Theatre. Please join us for an evening of conversation as BC author, David Chariandy sits down to talk about his much anticipated new novel. Conducting the on-stage interview will be award-winning Hamilton author, Lawrence Hill. 

THEATRE

IMPROV FUN-DAMENTALS
Monday, Oct 23/30 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

IMPROV MASTERCLASS
Tue, Oct 17/31 at 7 - 9 pm
Elaine Mae Theatre - 25 Dundurn St. North
Our Master Class 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.

CHARACTERS AND CONVERSATIONS- A lone woman play by Christina Whitfield
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 08:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Christina Whitfield has created a one woman evening showcasing her passion for film and television and telling stories. $5 from every ticket sold will go directly to Habitat for Humanity. Doors open 8pm for food and drink

SHOW READY SERIES- WILDCARD WEDNESDAYS
Wednesday, October 18/25, 2017 from 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm
A 5 week comedy improv series workshop aimed at producing a showcase show. Emphasis on teamwork and show craft. All levels welcome. 7- 10pm $75.00 + hst info@staircaseimprov.com

 

STRANGE AND UNUSUAL- Magic and Illusion with Nicholas Wallace
Runs Oct 18-21 from 08:00 pm to 10:00 pm
We all share a common delusion. We believe our world view is based on truth and logic – but whether you admit it or not, we all believe in something strange and unusual. ​ In this 90 min show, Nick uses story telling and illusions to explore the world of conspiracy theories, superstitions, psychics and all things STRANGE AND UNUSUAL.

THE BIG SHOW
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 08:00 pm to 09:30 pm
An interdimensional being summons a group of “teens with attitude” to help him defend the world from evil. Unfortunately, he accidentally summoned the high school drama group. Unable to fight, he assigns them the task of performing a monthly BIG SHOW that bring him up to speed about the current state of the earth. Music, comedy, magic and short films. Starring a rotating cast including Viktoria Adam, Tyler Brent, Luke Brown, Stephanie Hope Lawlor, Kristian Reimer, Ryan Sero, Nick Wallace and Laura Welch.

VENUS IN FUR
SHOWTIMES Thursday, October 26-Preview Friday, October 27-Opening night Saturday, October 28 ​Thursday, November 2 Friday, November 3 Saturday, November 4 ​All shows at 8:00 PM
VENUS IN FUR A play by David Ives Thomas, playwright and director, is holding auditions for his adaptation of the controversial 1870s novel, Venus in Furs. After an unsuccessful day of casting he is confronted with Vanda, the unlikely actress who perfectly embodies his leading lady. Reality begins to blur as this audition spirals out of control and into a seductive power play… ​

THE HAMILTON 7- A Night of Stories
Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Welcome to the Hamilton 7! We’re back after a highly successful run at this years Hamilton Fringe Festival! Come on out and hear some of your fave tellers and a few new ones! Join us for a gathering of finely crafted tales from professional local storytellers from diverse perspectives, experiences and realities. This edition of The Hamilton 7 will feature: Karen Ancheta Darla Biccum Sheldon Davis Tor Lukasik-Foss Marilo Nunez Lisa Pijuan-Nomura and a few more surprises! 

 

MUSIC

OPEN MIC FOR MUSICIANS
Wednesday, Oct 18/25 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

CHOIR NATION HAMILTON
Monday, October 23, 2017 from 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm
Under the leadership of Brian Dexter, Choir Nation Hamilton is a great place to come together and have fun, improve your singing and learn from an exceptional teacher! Rehearsals and performances take place Mondays 6:30 – 8 p.m. $15 per session for adults. $10 for seniors and students. Please have cash. 

FALL INTO WISTERIUM MUSIC
Friday, October 27, 2017 from 07:30 pm to 09:00 pm
“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.

COMMUNITY

TRIBE MAYAFIRE presents SPOOKY SOUK bellydancing fundraiser for WelNepal
Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 07:00 pm to 09:15 pm
Tribe Mayafire’s annual Bellydance fundraiser in support of WelNepal.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (All day)
Staircase Cafe & Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North, Hamilton

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