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!

APRIL 2017

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

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 for more information.

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

cover at the door, $5.00 per person 

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: 

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 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


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

With Glowing Hearts [Hamilton Children's Choir]

With Glowing Hearts Annual Spring Concert

Come hear the voices of Hamilton Children’s Choir sing a wide range of repertoire! Our annual spring concert features choirs Komenci, Esplori, Esprimas, Ilumini, and Lads & Gents.

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 4PM
WHERE: Christ’s Church Cathedral, 252 James St. North, Hamilton, ON

For details visit:

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 16:00
Christ’s Church Cathedral, 252 James St. North, Hamilton, ON

John Johnson [Hamilton All Star Jazz Bands]


         John Johnson

Date: Friday, April 21st, 2017
Show Time: 8:00pm | Doors Open: 7:30pm
Location: OLD FIREHALL - located at 334 Wilson Street East in Ancaster

Ticket Price: $26.00 | Purchase tickets online or in person at Cavallo Nero Restaurant

TERRY PROMANE (trombonist, tuba-player, arranger) is a Toronto low brass specialist, active in jazz and commercial music. He has worked with innumerable international jazz names including Kenny Wheeler, Bill Holman, Maria Schneider, Vince Mendoza, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mel Torme.

For more information visit this link. 

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 19:30
Old Firehall 334 Wilson Street East

Orchestral Odyssey [Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra]


The Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra invites you to its big Season Finale! Come and hear the combined might of the Hamilton Philharmonic and Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Symphony Orchestras!

WHEN: May 6th, 2017 at 2PM
WHERE: Salvation Army Meadowlands, 187 Stone Church Rd, Ancaster, ON
TX: Adult: $35 ($30 Eventbrite or pre-sale); Senior/Student: $30 ($25 Eventbrite or pre-sale); 12 and under: free with Adult
Pre-sale ends April 29th, please contact the HPYO office for details

Eventbrite link 


Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 14:00
Salvation Army Meadowlands, 187 Stone Church Rd, Ancaster, ON

Stravinsky & Lara St. John [Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra]

Stravinsky & Lara St. John 

May 6, 2017 at 7:30pm
First Ontario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place)

The worlds of film and fantasy collide as internationally renowned Lara St. John performs Korngold’s Hollywood-inspired Violin Concerto. The rich sounds of Stravinsky’s ballet music come alive in Petrouchka, weaving the tale of the playful Russian puppet, while Strauss’s Don Juan offers the lush colours of the orchestra in this season closing concert. Arrive early and join us for the FREE Inside the Music: Pre-concert talk at 6:30pm.

Gemma New conductor
Lara St. John violin

Strauss: Don Juan (Musicians’ Choice!)
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Buhr: Akasha (Sky)
Stravinsky: Petrouchka

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 18:30 to 19:00
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30
Hamilton Place - 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton

BPAC May 2017 Events [Burlington Performing Arts Centre]



Providing the people of Burlington
with a broad range of excellent performance
opportunities that will both inspire and delight.

440 Locust Street, Burlington ON, L7S 1T7

PHONE: 905-681-2551

Event Listing for

May 2017


Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl
Written and Performed by: Rebecca Perry
Director: Matt Bernard
May 04-06, 7:30PM and May 06, 2:00PM
Anthropology graduate Joanie Little is stuck working as a barista. Rather than let this get her down, she decides to make the most of her “underemployment”. So, much like Jane Goodall did with chimpanzees, this upbeat Miss studies her only available subjects: the customers of her coffee shop “jungle”... hilarity ensues!

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal: Minus One
May 4, 8:00 PM
Performing at gripping speed, thirty-five dancers jump, spin, and then melt into movements that are slower, hypnotic, though still inspired, before coming full circle to explosive expressiveness.

Lunch at Allen's - A Concert for Jake
May 8, 8:00 PM
Jake Thomas was severely injured in a catastrophic accident, leaving him a paraplegic. Jake is Ian’s son, a father of four and a filmmaker. Due to his expertise in the integration of film and music, Jake was the obvious choice to direct and edit the debut Lunch At Allen’s Live DVD for EMI Music Canada. There is no question that a love for one another runs deep in the Lunch At Allen’s group. Within days of the accident, Murray, Marc and Cindy were talking about what they could do to help Jake and family with the financial challenges that lay ahead … and so began the idea for these concerts. 

That's The Way It Is-Live 
May 11, 8:00 PM
Elvis - Vegas - LiveInspired by the hit motion picture "That's The Way It Is"Steve Michaels takes you back to 1970, recreating highlights from this compelling and fascinating movie concert that documented the King's triumphant return to the stage. 

An Evening with The Ink Spots
May 12, 8:00PM
By 1954, Charlie Fuqua and Deek Watson had each formed their group called The Ink Spots and Bill Kenny was working solo as "Mr. Ink Spot." Kenny's hit recordings in the U.S. include "It Is No Secret" with the Song Spinners and " That's Just My Way of Forgetting You ". 

Harbourtown Sound Canada 150
May 13, 7:30 

Canada is 150 years old - Harbourtown Sound 15 and it will be our pleasure to present our interpretation in song of some of the music written and arranged by Canadians over the years. Our guest this year will be a chorus from Germany who will be singing a cappella in both English and German.

Symphony on the Bay: An Evening at the Proms 
May 14, 3:00PM 
Maestro Claudio Vena, Music Director and Conductor
Soloists Robert Pilon (Tenor) and June Crowley (Soprano)
“A Favourite British Tradition” 

Once on this Island-Burlington Student Theatre
May 26, 7:30 PM 

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND – Stephen Flaherty & Lynn AhrensSee the popular Student Theatre Senior Company perform! A musical phenomenon!Four Gods rule a small island in the Antilles….We hear the story of a peasant girl Ti Moune, whose tragic love for grand homme Daniel, proves that the power of love can conquer death and bring people together, breaking barriers of social status and discrimination. 


Thursday, May 4, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (All day)
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 20:00
440 Locust Street, Burlington, ON

May Events at Artword 2017 [Artword Artbar]

A friendly cafe-bar, live music and art venue in the heart of James North arts district. Great acoustic music, in the roots, folk, jazz, world beat and inventive mode. We have a baby grand piano, a sound system. Licensed under the AGCO for 60, cafe tables and bar stools, micro-brew on tap, espresso, light meals [all-ages venue]. Art installations on the lower level.

Usual hours: Wed to Sat from 6 pm. For a detailed look at our calendar and events go to To get in touch, phone 905-543-8523, c.905-912-9083 or email us at .

May 2017

May 3: Special Concert: Italian jazz pianist Vittorio Mezza
May 4: The Acoustics, accordion-based music
May 5: Matapa World Music Series: Waleed Abdulhamid
May 6: JAZZ: vocalist Julie Michels & pianist Adrean Farrugia
May 10: Adrean Farrugia hosts Mohawk Music showcase series
May 11: Hamilton Poetry Centre Open Reading
May 12: MOJO Men of Jazz Octet
May 13: A Love Electric with Todd Clouser, jazz-rock-psych 
May 14: Mother’s Day Special, Raine Hamilton & Piper Hayes
May 15:  Acoustic Moments: Reggae dinner and show
May 19: Matapa World Music Series: Tony Gouveia



Hamilton Poetry Centre Open Reading
Thursday May 11, at 7 pm, Free
The Hamilton Poetry Centre presents its annual Open Reading. Everyone is welcome to attend and to read. Doors open 6:30, reading starts at 7:00. Please arrive by 6:45 to register. Established in 1983, the Hamilton Poetry Centre works to support and encourage the writing and appreciation of poetry, by conducting workshops and hosting Canada Council sponsored readings.



Special Concert: Italian Jazz pianist Vittorio Mezza 
Wednesday May 3, 2017, at 8 pm. $ TBA
Italian pianist and composer Vittorio Mezza is performing with George Koller (bass) and Ben Riley (drums). The concert at Artword Artbar is part of a 3-venue event celebrating famous Napoli melodies. Mezza‘s recent recording Napoli Jazz Songs offers jazz versions of familiar songs from his native Italy. 

The Acoustics, accordian-based music
Thursday May 4, 2017 at 8 pm, $10.
The Acoustics, a lively band from the Hamilton area, play their own original folk-rock, world-roots music. Alfonso Spoto on accordion, Bonnie Bell on violin, and Vince Spoto on guitar/vocals. For the past 14 years, they have been cultivating their own unique music for local fans and venues. During this period they have released three studio CDs, their debut CD A Thousand Yesterdays  (Dec. 2003),Forever and a Day (Dec. 2007), and Erie Long (Jan. 2013). 

Matapa World Music Series: Waleed Abdulhamid 
Friday May 5, 2017 at 8 pm. Tickets Advanced $20; Seniors & Students $15; Matapa Members $15; Door $25.
Matapa World Music Series presents Waleed Abdulhamid. Multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer and film maker, Waleed was born in Sudan. He demonstrates his versatility on guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, kirin, darabhuka, marimba, congas, djembe, dumbek and tama. In addition to his many concerts and festival appearances, he has played and recorded with David Clayton Thomas, the Motown Legend Band “The Drifters”, Doug Riley, Jackie Richardson, Julie Black, Deborah Cox and Zaki Ibrahim. He also leads his jazz group Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble.

JAZZ: vocalist Julie Michels & pianist Adrean Farrugia
Saturday May 6, 2017, at 8 pm, $ TBA
Pianist Adrean Farrugia has invited renowned Toronto-based jazz vocalist Julie Michels to heat up the stage at Artword Artbar. Julie Michels is a unique and important feature on the Toronto jazz scene. Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. He plays occasionally at Artword Artbar and teaches music at Mohawk College, as well as juggling his busy touring schedule

Adrean Farrugia hosts Mohawk Music showcase series
Wednesday May 10, 2017 at 8 pm, $10/$5 students.
The final evening of the season in the showcase series from Mohawk College Music, featuring teachers and students coming together to make music. The series is organized by pianist Adrean Farrugia and bassist Clark Johnston. Mohawk students for Wed May 10 are pianist Ian Brown, vocalist Leah Korkowski and drummer Nigel Stewart.

MOJO Men of Jazz Octet
Friday, May 12, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. 
To reserve call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512
MOJO is the Men of Jazz Octet, a group of the area’s top jazz players.  The line up for the night will include: Jeff Plumbley trumpet, Darren Blundel alto sax, Lindsay Paul tenor sax, Don Templeton trombone, Dave Rubicini bari sax, Marc Girard guitar, Ethan Tilbury bass, and Ken Bower drums. Come on in and get your Mojo on with some great jazz in a truly energetic performance. Join this exciting group as they explore post-bop to modern compositions by jazz luminaries such as Freddie Hubbard, Bob Meyer, Kenny Dorham and Tom Kubis. Along the way the band will tip their hats to some of the stalwarts of the jazz octet like Dave Pell and Gerry Mulligan.

A Love Electric With Todd Clouser, jazz-rock-psych
Saturday May 13, at 8 pm, $tba.
Blockbuster show at Artword! A Love Electric is a critically acclaimed rock trio born out of Mexico City’s jazz scene. Todd Clouser (guitar/vocals) of Minneapolis, USA, Hernan Hecht (drums), a longtime Mexico resident from Argentina, and Aaron Cruz (bass), a Mexico City native, form a band that over 4 years, 4 records, and nearly 500 concerts, has consistently accomplished the uncommon, making music on their own terms and touring the world.

Mother’s Day Special, Raine Hamilton & Piper Hayes
Sunday May 14, 2017. $ TBA
Singer-songwriter-violinist Raine Hamilton is on tour from Winnipeg. She teams up with Piper Hayes from Hamilton for a special Mother’s Day Sunday afternoon concert. Raine‘s music is resonant, acoustic folk with an other-worldly edge and a lyric presence that cuts deep. Additionally, Piper Hayes is a critically acclaimed performer, singer- songwriter in the folk-pop mode, now based in Hamilton. In the past few years she has toured all over Canada and the USA, and has headlined three international tours.

Matapa World Music SeriesTony Gouveia
Friday May 19, 2017, at 8 pm. Tickets Advanced $20; Seniors & Students $18; Matapa Members $18; Door $25.
Matapa World Music Series presents Tony Gouveia, an impressive voice of a new generation of fadistas (fado singers) in North America. Fado is the urban folk music of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. Tony Gouveia was born in Lisbon, and came to Canada at the age of 13. He never forgot his roots nor the fados that his father used to sing at family gatherings. His debut fado album, O Nosso Fado, a compilation of fado standards reveals his deep passion and authentic vocal expression.

Artword Artbar - 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 20:00
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 20:00
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 19:00
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 20:00
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 14:30
Friday, May 19, 2017 - 20:00
Artword Artbar,15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton

Salon Recital [Hammer Baroque]

Two of Montreal`s finest baroque musicians come to Hammer Baroque, presenting an intimate recital of English and Italian music for flute and cello, accompanied by baroque guitar and organ.

Hamilton native Amanda Keesmaat (cello), along with her colleague Grégoire Jeay (flutes),are currently playing in Toronto with Opera Atelier. So while they're "in the neighbourhood", Hammer Baroque welcomes them for a lovely programme with Artistic Director Bud Roach. This also marks the debut of a brand new Italian portative organ, made by Kitchener`s Joel VanderZee!

Vivaldi, Purcell, Castello, and others, all performed in the auditorium of Melrose United Church. Enjoy a beverage, some sweets, and beautiful music on Easter Monday afternoon.

Suggested donation:  $15​​
Melrose United Church​
86 Homewood Avenue
Hamilton, ON

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 16:00
86 Homewood Avenue Hamilton, ON

Sister Act [Hamilton Theatre Inc]


PHONE: 905.522.1715



SISTER ACT tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to rejoice!

SISTER ACT is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International

Written by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner
Additional Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Music by Alan Menken

Director - Dustin Jodway
Assistant Director - Bethany Charters
Producers - Richelle Tavernier & Lucia Crespo
Musical Director - James Medeiros

Kameel Copeland, Beth Rogers Cassey, Doug Caldwell, Brydie Huffman, Emily Bolyea-Kyere, Catherine Silverglen, Owen Welch, Kevin da Silva, Caleb Timmermans, Devin France, Mason Micevski, Ed Canning, Inese Hill, Elenie Ketsetzis, Kristi Boulton, Christopher Bull, Breann Jodway, Concetta Roche, Rose Usenica

WHERE: Studio Theatre, 140 MacNab St. N., Hamilton
WHEN: May 12, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 2017 @ 8PM; May 13, 21, 2017 @ 2PM
TIX: Call box office at 905-522-3032

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 14:00
Friday, May 19, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 20:00
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 14:00
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 14:00
Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 20:00
Hamilton Theatre Inc, 140 MacNab Street North, Hamilton, ON

Gala Guitar Night [Guitar Hamilton]

Gala Guitar Night

A fundraiser for Guitar Hamilton featuring the 30-piece Hamilton Guitar Orchestra performing Timothy Phelan’s Fantasía para una dama, with soloist Emma Rush.This concert will feature special guests Scottish virtuoso Matthew McAllister,Timothy Phelan, Shawn Pickup, Austin Wahl, Azuline Duo, Jesse Luciani, the Mohawk College Guitar Ensemble, and more! 



Widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented Guitarists in Europe Matthew has been delighting audiences worldwide with his insightful performances and effortless presentation in a concert career spanning well over a decade. 

Born in Falkirk and raised in the East Neuk of Fife, Matthew studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, 2003, Matthew has enjoyed continued success and is a regular performer and educator at Classical Guitar Festivals and Concert Series worldwide. Matthew has performed at major venues across the world such as The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Purcell Room & St Martin in the Fields, London, Teatro Britanico, with Allan Neave. Since graduating with BMus (Hons) in Lima, The Sage, Gateshead, Cenart, Mexico City, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Eugene O’Neil Theater, San Jose and Dom Armije, Sarajevo to name a few. Matthew has toured extensively throughout North & South America, Canada, Europe and Asia both as a soloist and chamber musician, and has also produced an extensive discography with Natural Studio Records.




The 30-piece Hamilton Guitar Orchestra (made up of students, professionals, and community guitarists) will perform Canadian composer Timothy Phelan's Fantasía para una dama with soloist Emma Rush.  The piece was premiered at the Nyköping Guitar Seminar in Sweden in 2016 and is dedicated to Emma Rush. The orchestra will be directed by Timothy Phelan.


Date & Time:  Saturday, April 29, 2017 7pm
Location:  Melrose United Church - 86 Homewood Ave. at Locke
Ticket Prices:  $25 Regular / $15 Student/Senior

More information at or call (905) 807 4792.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 19:00
Melrose United Church - 86 Homewood Ave. at Locke