A Few Good Men [Theatre Aquarius]


by Aaron Sorkin

Sep 20 – Oct 7, 2017

The electrifying play that became the legendary Oscar-nominated film! Military lawyers uncover a conspiracy at the highest level while defending their clients accused of murder in this tense, riveting courtroom drama by Aaron Sorkin, Academy Award-Winner (The Social Network) and creator of The West Wing and The Newsroom.

WHEN:  Sep 20 – Oct 7, 2017
WHERE:  Irving Zucker Auditorium, Dofasco Centre for the Arts, 190 King William St, Hamilton, ON
TIX:  Call Box Office at 905.522.7529 or toll free at 1.800.465.7529. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE
INFO:  email to or

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, October 7, 2017 (All day)
Dofasco Centre for the Arts, 190 King William St, Hamilton, ON

September 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 .

September 2017

September 9: Supercrawl Sat. events: Jazz Jam / Adam Carter, The Human Race, Brandon General, This Mad Desire
September 12: Jazz reunion: Chris Banks, Adrean Farrugia, Chris Lamont, Chris Gale
September 13: Richard Garvey and Friends
September 14: Beats Workin' with Charly Chiarelli & guests
September 15: McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles, songs & stories
September 16: Greg Oh, John Millard and Patricia O’Callaghan
September 17: The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner) + Michel deQuevedo
September 20 - 21: Big Dance, Little Stage, w. Learie Mc Nicolls
September 22: JAZZ: Brad Cheeseman CD Release
September 23, 2017: Duane Rutter hosts Songwriters-in-the-Round
September 28, 29, 30, 2017: Charly Chiarelli's hit show Cu'Fu? returns



Wednesday and Thursday, September 20 and 21, 2017, at 8 pm $10.
Big Dance Little Stage, our ongoing contemporary dance showcase series hosted by choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls, returns. The BDLS showcase provides an opportunity for dancers to showcase new work, explore improvisations, and build new collaborations. Line-up for Sept TBA. Live visuals by Judith Sandiford.

Thursday September 28 to Saturday October 7, 2017.
Charly Chiarelli‘s classic hit show Cu’Fu? (So Who Did It?), Stories of a Sicilian Family, returns to Hamilton, for a two-week run at Artword Artbar. An Artword Theatre production written and performed by Charly Chiarelli, directed and dramaturged by Ronald Weihs. Cu’Fu?, the show that made him famous, is Charly’s hilarious and touching tribute to his crazy Sicilian family in the North End of Hamilton. His father’s bewilderment at the automatic record changer, his mother’s uncanny ability to read faces, and the unexpected reaction of both when they discover Charly is smoking “Mario Lanza”, create a portrait that is both affectionate and achingly funny.


Thursday September 14, 2017, 8 pm. $10.
Beats Workin’ features Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals. His duo partner from Kingston, David Hurley, can’t make it, so Charly has recruited his Hamilton pals Venesio DeSalvo on guitar and Ron Weihs on fiddle.  They will perform a variety of music from jazz, blues, rock and original. You can expect a little delicious storytelling as a side dish.

Saturday September 9, 2017, events for Supercrawl weekend:
* 4 to 6:30 pm: Music Jam (jazz, blues R&B and other genres) organized by Stephanie Sloss, with a house band: Devon Savas on bass, Travis Meyers on drums, Kyle Simmons on guitar.
* 7 to 10 pm, pwyc /suggested $5-$10: Melodic Pixel Media hosts a Supercrawl Saturday Songwriter Showcase: with The Human Race, Brandon General, This Mad Desire.

Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 8 pm, $15 reg/ $10 students.
Special show! The Great Reunion Concert: Chris Banks bass, Adrean Farrugia piano, Chris Gale saxophone, Chris Lamont drums.

Wednesday Sept 13, 2017, $10.
Our wandering minstrel Richard Garvey is back in town, with some friends (tba).

Thursday September 14, 2017, 8 pm. $10.
Beats Workin’ features Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals. His duo partner from Kingston, David Hurley, can’t make it, so Charly has recruited his Hamilton pals Venesio DeSalvo on guitar and Ron Weihs on fiddle.  They will perform a variety of music from jazz, blues, rock and original. You can expect a little delicious storytelling as a side dish.

Friday September 15, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.
McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles are an Ancaster-based trio who perform original folk rock music and great story songs, many based on Ancaster’s history. These seasoned musicians are award winning songwriters/artists who sing fabulous three part harmonies. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 8 pm, $tba.
Greg Oh, John Millard and Patricia O’Callaghan met during their 6 year artistic residency at  Soulpepper Theatre. This repertoire is a fascinating evening of stories and songs ranging from Millard’s gothic Canadian solo repertoire to O’Callaghan’s elegant and playful cabaret selections, to Greg Oh’s remarkable solo work, including remarkable stories about the world of modern orchestral piano playing.

Sunday Sept 17, 2017, 7 pm, $10/pwyc.
Special concert. Melodic Pixel Media presents The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner) and Michel deQuevedo. Pamela Gardner performs her songs backed by an all-star band of Hamilton musicians: Chris Bruder (The Altobeelays) keys; Jon The Bassist (Bring Me The Author/the human race) bass/vocals; Cameron Draper saxophone; Adam F Carter (the human race) drums/vocals; Hanna Bech glockenspiel/vocals.

Friday September 22, 2017 at 8 pm, $10.
Hamilton bassist/composer Brad Cheeseman presents music from his new album The Tide Turns. With: Robert Chapman (guitar), Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax), Sam Kogen (piano/keys), Marito Marques (drums), and special guest Adrean Farrugia (piano). 

Saturday September 23, 2017 at 8 pm, $tba.
Duane Rutter is back hosting another wonderful Songwriters-in-the-Round evening. The participants this time are: Rae Billing, Michael J. Birthelmer, Jay Linden, Gillian Nicola and Duane Rutter.

Artword Artbar - 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton

Saturday, September 9, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, September 30, 2017 (All day)
Artword Artbar,15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee [Theatre Ancaster]

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

An eclectic group of six-graders (performed by adults) arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition as a larger metaphor for ‘life’.

WHERE: Performances at the Old Firehall Arts Centre, 334 Wilson St. East, Ancaster
WHEN: Evenings: September 8, 9,15 & 16 at 8:00 pm; Matinees: September 10 & 17 at 2:00 pm
TIX: Adult: $27 | Senior: $24 | Student: $12; Order tickets by phone at 905-304-SHOW (7469)

Friday, September 8, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, September 17, 2017 (All day)
Old Firehall Arts Centre, 334 Wilson St. East, Ancaster, ON

The Gin Game [Theatre Burlington]

The Gin Game

By Donald L. Coburn

Directed by David Mallis
Produced by Michelle Spanik

A dramatic comedy to start the season.

Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, two elderly residents at a nursing home for senior citizens, strike up an acquaintance. With no visitors coming to see them the pair talk about their lives, their families and matters of the heart. They start to enjoy each other’s company. Weller offers to teach Fonsia how to play gin rummy, and they begin playing a series of games that Fonsia always wins. Weller’s inability to win a single hand becomes increasingly frustrating to him, while Fonsia becomes increasingly confident.

While playing their games of gin, they engage in lengthy conversations about their families and their lives in the outside world. Gradually, each conversation becomes a battle, much like the ongoing gin game.

WHERE: 2311 New Street, Burlington Ontario, Canada L7P 3N9
WHEN: September 15-16, 22-23, 28-29-30, 2017; Curtain 8:00 PM
Adult: $25, Student: $15, Senior: $22, Kid Shows: $10 general admission

Friday, September 15, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, September 30, 2017 (All day)
2311 New Street, Burlington, ON

Happy Times Nursery Rhymes at ArtFEST [Studio Babette Puppet Theatre]

Studio Babette at Waterdown ArtFest - August 19, 2017


Returning to ArtsFEST for a second year, Studio Babette Puppet Theatre will again entertain your little ones. Their intriguing miniature set for Little Red Riding Hood is a delight. Get ready to sing along with Happy Times Nursery Rhymes.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 11:00 to 13:00
Main and Dundas St, Waterdown, ON

The Paradise Project [Hamilton Aerial Group]

Presented by Hamilton Aerial Group

The Paradise Project is an outdoor theatrical spectacle taking place September 23rd 2017, 6:00 pm at Cootes Paradise, Princess Point Hamilton Ontario.  This a free event and is family friendly.  A 60 minute history of the area is told through story, puppetry, theatre, aerial acts, music, stilt walking creatures and song.  It is an event to raise awareness and celebrate the ongoing restoration, revitalization and conservation of this sensitive and important ecosystem.  Our vision includes giant puppets, elaborately costumed actors, dancers and musicians.    All artists will be paid for their work on this free public event and your contribution will help ensure this happens.

WHEN: Sat, Sept 25, 2017 at 6PM
WHERE: Meadow of Princess Point, Hamilton, ON

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 18:00 to 19:00
Cootes Paradise, Princess Point, Hamilton, ON

Waterdown ArtsFEST [Historic Waterdown Arts and Events]

Waterdown ArtsFEST

Aug 19 & 20, 2017

ArtsFEST 2017 is a celebration of the arts in all its forms, in historic Waterdown, Ontario. Nestled between Burlington and Hamilton on top of the Niagara Escarpment, Waterdown is one of the fastest growing communities in Ontario, and in its historic downtown core are some of the oldest buildings in the province, with great restaurants, cafes, and shops – the perfect place to hold an upscale family friendly festival featuring jazz, classical, folk & world music, fine art exhibits, dozens of artisan vendors, and all kinds of arts activities. There is something for everyone who appreciates arts & culture. ArtsFEST Waterdown – The Festival…refined!



Saturday, August 19, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, August 20, 2017 (All day)
Downtown Waterdown on Griffin, Franklin, and Main Street

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!

August 2017


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


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 Merchant of Venice [Shakespeare at the Rock]

Shakespeare at the Rock proudly presents: The Merchant of Venice

Money: Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes it. And it will cost him dearly.  Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant Of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and (in)justice. And for the second consecutive year, celebrated director Trevor Copp (Artistic Director, Tottering Biped Theatre) and the Shakespeare at the Rock ensemble create a strikingly physical, playfully contemporary, abridged re-imagining of one of William Shakespeare’s classics.

This production will once again feature a group of outstanding, talented actors from our region, creating an evening of intelligent, physically daring, and wholly accessible Shakespeare. We are very fortunate to be able to present this follow up to our inaugural Shakespeare at the Rock in 2016 and look forward to developing this wonderful event for years to come. 

August 14 - September 1, 2017
Monday - Friday, 7:00PM (No Saturday shows.)

Monday, August 14, 2017 (All day) to Friday, September 1, 2017 (All day)
RBG Rock Garden, 1185 York Boulevard in Hamilton ON

Summer Acting Camps [Creative Theatre Company]

Summer Acting Camps: July 24-28, 2017


The Creative Theatre Acting Camps occur during the Summer Holidays, and take place at the Harry Howell Arena – 27 Hwy 5 West, Flamborough, ON. Our very popular fun-filled, five day acting camp is suitable for students ages 7 – 12. The camp runs July 24th- 28th. Please register early as the camp fills up very quickly! Each day we create and perform scenes, play theatre games, practice developing a good, strong speaking voice, investigate creative movement and, of course, learn many aspects of the fundamentals of acting.

The camp is an excellent way to introduce students to the craft of acting!


Monday, July 24, 2017 (All day) to Friday, July 28, 2017 (All day)
Harry Howell Arena, 27 Hwy 5 West, Flamborough, ON