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

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

Hamilton Music Festival

The Hamilton Music Festival's second annual event is April 17th to 28th of 2017!

After a highly successful first festival in 2016, we are adding Strings to the Festival. We are so excited to present this inclusive and dynamic festival where pianists, vocalists and string players of any age or level can meet and interact with fellow music lovers. This engaging event allows participants to explore and experience personal and musical growth, and provide opportunities to showcase the hard work and dedication performers put into developing musical and performance skills. Come and enjoy friendly competition and camaraderie during the second annual Hamilton Music Festival! Competition Classes include Musical Theatre, Classical Voice, Piano and Strings.

For more information on times and locations visit our website at: 


For Interviews Contact:

Tom Oliver – President

Diane Manojlovich – Festival Coordinator

Gregory Cross – Publicity Coordinator

Also for your Consideration:

The Hamilton Music Festival


A Scholarship Fundraising Concert

Featuring Students


Gregory Cross, Yvonne Zhang, Dr. Joan Heels, Linda Fletcher, Susan Gudgeon, Roland Fix, Teresa Cirillo, Irena Hernandez and Tom Oliver

Accompanied by Christabel Pinto

Saturday April 15 @ 7:30 pm

St. Pete's HARRRP 705 Main St. East, Hamilton On

Free Will Offering All proceeds support the Scholarship Fund of the Hamilton Music Festival Apr. 17 – 28

Monday, April 17, 2017 (All day) to Friday, April 28, 2017 (All day)

Mamma Mia [Theatre Aquarius]

Mamma Mia!

By Bjӧrn Ulvaeus and Catherine Johnson

Mamma Mia! features Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjӧrn Ulvaeus and some songs by Stig Anderson and Book by Catherine Johnson. The production is directed by Ron Ulrich with Musical Direction by Steve Thomas.

April 19 - May 14, 2017

The Ultimate Feel-Good Musical comes to Theatre Aquarius! On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! Mamma Mia! is an unforgettable experience to be shared by mothers, daughters and everyone who loves them.

To purchase tickets, follow the LINK

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 14:00
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 20:00
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 14:00
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 20:00
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 14:00
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 20:00
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 14:00
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 20:00
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 14:00
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 20:00
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 14:00
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 20:00
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 14:00
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 20:00
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 14:00
Theatre Aquarius 190 King William Street Hamilton ON. L8R 1A8

The Amish Project [Staircase Theatre]

The Amish Project

Starring Amy Keating
Directed by Matt White
Lighting Design by André du Toit
Stage Managed by Amber Archbell
Produced by Green Light Arts

Carole Stuckey is trying to figure out how to put her life back together after her husband Eddie opens fire on a schoolhouse full of Amish girls, killing five and paralyzing one, before taking his own life. She feels her ‘whole being is a rotting grave’ until a remarkable thing happens: the Amish community reaches out to her. They forgive her late husband. They bring her food and sit with her. Together they work to find the strength to carry on.

Playwright Jessica Dickey offers a focused meditation on the quality of mercy as it impacts an imagined cross-section of the Pennsylvania town. This work helps guide an audience to understand, even slightly, how the choice to forgive is possible. Actress Amy Keating returns in this tour de force performance where she plays multiple roles including the gunman, his widow, two of the young Amish victims and a pregnant Hispanic girl.

WHERE: The Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St North, Hamilton, ON
WHEN: April 20-22 @ 8pm, April 23 @ 4pm
TIX: Students/seniors 16.95 / General 22.60 / Online

Green Light Arts is a theatre company based in Waterloo Region. They specialize in theatrical productions, arts education programming and community building events. This show is a remount of their critically acclaimed 2014 production starring Amy Keating. The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the 2006 Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania Amish schoolhouse shooting and the journey of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.

“The Amish Project Agonizingly Good… Amy Keating is simply mesmerizing” — Valerie Hill, Waterloo Region Record, Oct 2/14

“All I know is that I left the theatre feeling like life is strange and confusing and ridiculously beautiful all at once… Amy Keating, blew my mind.” — Katie Parkes, Grand Social, Sept 25/14

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 20:00 to 22:00
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 20:00 to 22:00
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 20:00 to 22:00
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 16:00 to 18:00
Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St North, Hamilton, ON

Confidential Shakespeare Project [Staircase Theatre]

Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 PM - 10:00 pm EDT
The Staircase - 27 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton

On Saturday April 8, some of the bravest actors in Hamilton will take to the stage and perform one of William Shakespeare's works in its entirety, having met each other only one hour before and having had no group rehearsals. The audience shows up with no knowledge of the show they are about to see.

THE CHALLENGE: Create an ensemble on their feet in front of an audience.
THE ONLY RULE: Don't stop – no matter what!

Curious? Well of course we can’t tell you what the show is, but we CAN tell you that it will be a magical evening of theatre as you’ve never experienced it before.


PLEASE NOTE: Doors open at 7:00PM


Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 19:30 to 22:00
The Staircase - 27 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton

A Midsummer Night Dream [Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra]

A Midsummers Night Dream 

$10.00 - $67.00
April 8, 2017, at 7:30pm
First Ontario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place)

Watch the magic unfold as Felix Mendelssohn's music intertwines with its theatrical counterpart Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra will perform along side drama students from Glendale Secondary, as they weave the story together the HPO will also perform pieces of theatre-inspired works. These works include Beethoven's Overture from Creatures of Prometheus and Mozeetich's The Passion of Angels. Remember to arrive early for the free Inside the Music: Pre-concert talk at 6:30 

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 19:30
Hamilton Place - 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton

Closer Than Ever [Players Guild of Hamilton]


by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Music by David Shire
Directed by David Dayler

Apr. 28, 29, May 4, 5, 6*, 11, 12, 13*, 2017
*evening and matinee performances on these dates

Sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching, this song cycle is a nonstop exploration of everyday struggles in the modern world, particularly those surrounding love. Each song is a unique story told by a new character in the Maltby and Shire songbook. The audience is invited to laugh with delight or pause for self reflection.

Call the box office for tickets (905) 529-0284.


Friday, April 28, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 14:00
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 14:00
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 20:00
The Players' Guild of Hamilton, Inc. 80 Queen St. S. Hamilton, ON L8P 3R8

The Monster Project [Theatre Aquarius]






Home to emerging artists and playwrights, Theatre Aquarius is proud to present the TA2 Studio Series – a unique opportunity to experience the future of Canadian Theatre today! The TA2 series presents three exciting new works per season in the 125 seat Norman and Louise Haac Studio Theatre, each for a limited number of performances! Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to experience exciting new work, native to this region. Add the TA2 Studio Series to your subscription for just $30 when ordering any of our subscription packages! An unbeatable value!

The Monster Project

By Haruna Kondo, Claire Calnan, and Adam Lazarus

Thursday March 30 at 8:00 PM
Friday March 31 at 8:00 PM
Saturday April 1 at 2:00 PM
Saturday April 1 at 8:00 PM

Cleaning, combing, ironing, polishing, straightening, tidying…to keep the monsters at bay. Two women (who often feel bigger, louder, uglier, messier, sweatier than they ought to) work to communicate ideas of fear and monsters across cultures. But there is no English translation for Japaense Yokai. Join us for a work-in-progress presentation from two artists struggling with similar questions in different parts of the world.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 14:00
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 20:00
Studio Theatre, 190 King William St, Hamilton, ON