Literary

Staircase August 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/

 
August 2017

THEATRE

HAMILTON FRINGE BYOV
For 3 years running The Staircase is pleased to be the largest Bring Your Own Venue-venue of The Hamilton Fringe Festival. We have 9 stellar theatrical productions on site this year making The Staircase a kick butt satellite hub and helping the Hamilton Fringe extend it’s footprint into new communities in the greater Hamilton area. Get ready to grab your 2017 program, order your tickets and make a day of it here at The Staircase!  See as many shows as you can under one roof, relax before, after, in between in our cafe and grab a beverage or snack….then head back in to be amazed by our productions, comedy, drama, dance, clown….and if that isn’t enough we will have events daily following the theatrical productions!

Feat. shows include: 

The ADHD Project

 Tales from the Hamilton 7

 Two Sisters

 The Elephant Girls

 Open the Lace Curtains

 Stupified

All KIDding Aside

 Over 50 and Other Nightmares

 Swipe Right for Love

 

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

Staircase July 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/

 
JULY 2017

THEATRE

HAMILTON FRINGE BYOV
For 3 years running The Staircase is pleased to be the largest Bring Your Own Venue-venue of The Hamilton Fringe Festival. We have 9 stellar theatrical productions on site this year making The Staircase a kick butt satellite hub and helping the Hamilton Fringe extend it’s footprint into new communities in the greater Hamilton area. Get ready to grab your 2017 program, order your tickets and make a day of it here at The Staircase!  See as many shows as you can under one roof, relax before, after, in between in our cafe and grab a beverage or snack….then head back in to be amazed by our productions, comedy, drama, dance, clown….and if that isn’t enough we will have events daily following the theatrical productions!

Feat. shows include: 

The ADHD Project

 Tales from the Hamilton 7

 Two Sisters

 The Elephant Girls

 Open the Lace Curtains

 Stupified

All KIDding Aside

 Over 50 and Other Nightmares

 Swipe Right for Love

 

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

The Things We See [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: Things We See

Exhibition by Amanda Immurs

Frank Stella famously said, "what you see is what you see"

Amanda Immurs does just that; she paints what you see. Immurs' oil paintings are grounded in representation, depicting conceived spaces and moments in time. For Immurs the canvas operates as a ground to express a narrative of simple pleasures that allow for an experience that can be both shared and questioned by the observer. 

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

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017 (All day) to Friday, June 30, 2017 (All day)
Hamilton Public Library, Turner Park Branch, 352 Rymal Road East, Hamilton , ON

Painting the Corner [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 June Exhibition: Painting the Corner

Painting the Corner

I have been drawn to the geometry and symbolism of corners in my latest series of works. Ideal objects, figures and scenes often struggle for a setting. The corner is an ideal setting because it allows the viewer to examine the image without referring to an actual context. So the corner helps in isolating the image. The corner consists of three planes that are distinguished by colour and value. Within the purity of this conceptual and abstract space the humanity of the image is revealed. The humanity of the image consists of the following elements: the painter’s relation to his ideals; the painter’s relation to his desire, and the painter’s relation to his subjects.
 
Timothy deVries is an artist living in Hamilton, ON. He holds an MA from the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at Western University and a BA in Philosophy from McMaster University. He has taken art classes at the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, BC and has worked as an art history teacher at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto. He is a founding member of the Thou Art Party collective in Hamilton and was a contributing member to the Taunton Road Art Project (TRAP) in Toronto. His work has been shown at Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton Audio Visual Node (HAVN), McMaster Innovation Centre and Hamilton Artists Inc. Although his 'colouring' technique references the work of the colour field painters and medieval or pre-Renaissance figurative painting, it also owes much to children’s book illustration and the kitsch of paint-by-numbers. Timothy paints representational images that are full of symbolic content. An object or a figure might be a concept, avatar, emblem, or icon. His aim as an artist is to create engaging, colourful, and thought-provoking works which create strong impressions, opinions, and affect.

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

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017 (All day) to Friday, June 30, 2017 (All day)
Hamilton Public Library, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON

Tesatawiyat - Come In [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: Tesatawiyat - Come In | Bryce Kanbara / Mina Ao

Tesatawiyat - Come In

​Tesatawiyat is a photo project by Bryce Kanbara and photographer Mina Ao and members of the Indigenous community: Wilamina McGrimmond & Richard Claus, Shane Pennells, Jerica Ryan, Janet Town, Yvonne Maracle, Debb Elmes, Howard Moses, Anastasia Blackey, Rod Nettagog, Tom Reape, Jill Shimizu Wilson, Paula Lalonde, Melinda Shank-Miles, Pebbles Williams, Jenny Kay Dupuis, Shylo Elmayan, Eugene Kahgee, Sharon Lewis, Courtney Parisien and their families and friends.  Most of the 19 photographs were taken within the Hamilton area. The exhibition is meant to be a step towards getting to know one another a little better.
 
​Mina Ao was born and grew up in Macau, China. Ao completed university in Toronto and developed her photography skills when she worked with photographers in New York. After that she moved to Hamilton and started exhibiting and experimenting with different media. Her photo based works revolve around subject matter in nature, culture, and personal encounters. Her works have been exhibited in Canada, Macau, and the US.

Bryce Kanbara lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Visual artist, curator/proprietor you me gallery; Founding member and first administrator, Hamilton Artists Inc.; curatorial positions at Burlington Art Centre, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant; Executive director of the Toronto Chapter, National Association of Japanese Canadians; Chair of the NAJC Endowment Fund; National Executive Member, NAJC; Visual Arts, Crafts & Design Officer, Ontario Arts Council; Co-chair of the Board of Directors, Workers Arts & Heritage Centre; Governing Council member, Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion. Currently curator/chair of the Arts Committee@ the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto.

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

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017 (All day) to Friday, June 30, 2017 (All day)
Hamilton Public Library, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON

Library of Known Planets [The Assembly Gallery]

On February 22, 2017, NASA announced the existence of the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system of Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star. Their positions are so closely aligned that they are likely tidally locked in place, with the same side forever facing the sun. Three of these planets fall within the habitable zone of supporting the liquid water needed to support life as we know it. Within days of this revelation, four Hamilton artists got together at a local bar to plan an exhibition.

Beginning from a new short story written by author and multimedia artist Gary Barwin, The Library of Known Planets imagines a mythology for a planet where time of day is rooted in place. Told from the perspective of a young girl coming of age in a city of endless noon, Barwin’s sci-fi fable reflects the imaginative drive to conceive and comprehend the others who may live in times and places beyond our own.

Drawing on the sun-rusted imagery of Gary Barwin’s short story and a broader cultural language of astronomical exploration, Laine Groeneweg, Steve Mazza and Stephanie Vegh have created new works that extend the imaginative reach of TRAPPIST-1 and its possible worlds in their respective media of printmaking, sculpture and drawing. A limited edition volume of The Library of Known Planets designed by Gary Barwin and printed by Laine Groeneweg will also be displayed for reading purpose

Featured Artists
Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, performer and multidisciplinary artist and the author of twenty-one books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His latest book is the poetry collection No TV for Woodpeckers (Wolsak and Wynn). His recent national bestselling novel Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada) was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Leacock Medal. A PhD in music composition, Barwin will be writer-in- residence at McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library in 2017-2018 and is on the CBC Poetry Prize jury for 2017. He has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities and is currently writer-in- residence for at-risk youth. Barwin lives in Hamilton, Ontario with vague and unsettling feelings about Toronto. 

Laine Groeneweg is printmaker currently living in Hamilton. He received his BFA from York University in 2004 and subsequently trained at Fondazione Il Bisonte Per Lo Studio Dell’Arte Grafica in Florence, Italy with a focus on intaglio printmaking. Often characterized by themes of dream and play, his whimsical imagery blurs the line between reality and fiction. Laine's prints have been shown both Nationally and Internationally and is held in the permanent collections of the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts (Ekaterinburg, Russia), Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), and in the archives at Fondazione Il Bisonte Per Lo Studio Dell’Arte Grafica (Florence,Italy). In 2012 Laine opened Smokestack in Hamilton, Ontario – a studio that focuses on limited edition printing and the production of print-based artist projects.

Stephanie Vegh is a visual artist and writer who obtained her Combined Honours BA in Art and Comparative Literature from McMaster University before completing her MFA at the Glasgow School of Art. She has since served as Artist-in-Residence at the Repton School in Derbyshire, England and written essays and reviews for various galleries and publications in the United Kingdom and Canada. Since returning to Hamilton in 2007, her drawings have been included in group and solo exhibitions in Glasgow, Leeds, Hamilton, Toronto, Kitchener and Winnipeg.

Steve Mazza is a Hamilton artist and maker who makes a lot of things that can usually be classified as sculpture. He uses a variety of traditional building processes, but for some time now has incorporated digital sculpting and 3D printing into his work as well.  He enjoys exploring the intersection of handmade and computer assisted art and trying to figure out what that means for the creative process. Steve also applies his skills in theatre as a props builder and is currently Head of Props for the Sheridan College Technical Theatre and Live Entertainment program.

WHERE: 4 Cannon St East, Hamilton ON
WHEN: June 9 - 27; Opening Reception: Saturday, June 9 from 7-10pm, Closing Reception: Tuesday, June 27 from 7-10pm
INFO: http://www.assemblygallery.ca/current.html

Friday, June 9, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (All day)
Friday, June 9, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
4 Cannon St East, Hamilton ON

Bryce Weylie [HPL Gallery Stoney Creek]

 

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 Stoney Creek April Exhibition: Bryce Weylie

WHERE: Hamilton Public Library, Stoney Creek Branch, 777 Highway 8, Stoney Creek, ON

 

Saturday, April 1, 2017 (All day) to Friday, June 30, 2017 (All day)
Hamilton Public Library, Stoney Creek Branch, 777 Highway 8, Stoney Creek, ON

Staircase June 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/

 
JUNE 2017

LITERARY

LIT LIVE June
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.

THE MINI 6 MINUTE MEMOIR
Thursday Jun 1 @ 7:30
This month’s theme ‘She persists’. The next 6-Minute Memoir storytelling night on Thursday, June 1st at 7:30 at The Staircase Theatre on Dundurn St. in Hamilton. FREE event. Voluntary donation to  SACHA Hamilton.

 

THEATRE

SUNDAY IMPROV MIXER
Sunday, June 4/11/18/25 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, June 5/12/19/26 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, June 6/13/20/27 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, June 01
Hosted by Kristian Reimer with accompanist Shane O’Regan.

THE MAGICAL LAND OF OZ @ main theatre
Saturday, Jun 10 @ 1:30 and 7:00
The Hamilton Homeschool Players present: The Magical Land of Oz by Tim Kelly Performances: Saturday, June 10 at 1:30pm and 7pm Tickets:  $8 each Come join us on our journey down the yellow brick road

The MIXUP IV
Thur, June 29 @ 7PM - 9:30PM
The Mixup is a monthly performance event for artists and non-artists to come together and share their work! Each performer gets a ten-minute slot onstage to do whatever they like! Past acts include singers, comedians, sketch comedy groups, an illusionist, dance, spoken word, and improvised storytelling. Food and drinks available throughout the show!
 

MUSIC

OPEN MIC FOR MUSICIANS
Wednesday, June 7/14/21/28 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

ANOTHER EVENING WITH WISTERIUM @ CAFE
Friday Jun 3, 8:30 – 10:30
Jennifer Molinaro and Celeste Konopka are thrilled to perform the 2nd show of their new duo, Wisterium! The concert will feature an evening of lush interpretations of well known songs and improvised soundscapes blending folk

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

Lit Live June 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 finishes their 2016-17 season with six diverse writers reading fromtheir books of short stories, poetry, novels,and possibly from new work.

  • Carole Giangrande reads from Here Comes the Dreamer
  • Kevin Spenst reads from Jabbering with Bing Bong
  • Steve Mayoff reads from Our Lady of Steerage
  • Guy Ewing reads from Earth Becoming Sky
  • Showey Yasdanian reads from Loopholes
  • Sharon Berg reads from the Great Hoop Dance

WHEN: Sunday, June 4th 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, June 4, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30
Staircase Cafe and Theatre, 27 Dundurn St N, Hamilton

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

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