Solidarity School [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]

Solidarity School

March 23 - May 6, 2016

A Youth and Work Seminar Series for Youth ages 18-29 at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre.

Young workers and emerging artists! Ever wonder how to empower yourself as a worker and in the world, while showing solidarity with your peers, elders, and with workers overseas? In this unique and timely seminar series, you’ll get the chance to sound off about precarious work, meet trailblazing arts workers, and fill your activist toolbox through inspiring interactive sessions and workshops that explore intersections of work, art and activism. Join us for one, more, or all four events! And don’t forget to come to our closing party with special musical guests on May 6th.

Solidarity School is Free School! These events don’t cost a thing. Pizza and refreshments will be provided during each session, too.


Wednesday, March 23rd, 7-9 pm   Youth Rights at Work Info Session with Anthony Marco  (Click to Register)

Join Anthony Marco, labour activist and President of the Hamilton and District Labour Council, to discuss youth issues at work, including the Employment Standards Act, the role of unions today, and the campaign to raise the minimum wage. Come away from the info session with knowledge and power!

Wednesday, April 6th, 6:30-8:30 pm   Oral History Workshop with Blair Newby of theMulticultural History Society of Ontario  (Click to Register)

Oral History is the collection and study of historical information using sound recordings of interviews with people having personal knowledge of past events. How can oral history be used to document and preserve activist and social histories? Join Blair Newby of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario to learn how to conduct oral history interviews for your own projects.

Wednesday, April 20th, 7-9 pm   Art + Work Discussion and Workshop with Karl Beveridge and Ingrid Mayrhofer  (Click to Register)

Is art work? How can artists empower and protect themselves as workers? Established labour artist Karl Beveridge will talk about artist’s unions, copyright as well how artists have moved out of the studio and into the public realm, working with trade unions and in the community. Local artist Ingrid Mayrhofer will lead a hands-on printmaking activity that draws from the group’s discussion.

Friday, May 6th, 6:30-8:30 pm Art as a Tool for Community Empowerment + Global Solidarity with Fiya Bruxa  (Click to Register)

Giving a brief history of art, its role in social constructs and community building, Fiya Bruxa will discuss the link between art and our value systems. How do our value systems affect community building through the arts? How does art become a tool for social change and community empowerment? With references to graffiti, muralism, hip hop, and storytelling, these questions will be explored and discussed in the group.

And join us for a Closing Celebration and Performance with Mother Tareka and the Rebel Funktion and Guests from 9-10:30 pm!


Pre-registration is required for each session! Reserve your spot on Eventbrite. You can also email Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at for more information, or to save a spot.

Workers Arts & Heritage Centre wishes to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation for making Solidarity School possible.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 19:00 to 21:00
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 19:00 to 21:00
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 19:00 to 21:00
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 18:30 to 20:30
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

Fear No Dance [HCA Dance Theatre]


To celebrate National Dance Week,  HCA Dance Theatre welcomes you to Fear No Dance! An afternoon of dance workshops designed to get you dancing, no matter what your level of experience, Fear No Dance invites you to lose your fear  and get out on the dance floor. Try something new alone or with friends in a fun and welcoming environment. Whether an absolute beginner or someone who loves dance, but wants to try something new, there is a workshop for you.  

We've joined together with some of Hamilton'sfinest  including: Academy of All Things Awesome, Defining Movement Dance, Girl Can Create, Hammer Hoppers and SalsaSoul Productions  to bring you the best of dance in Hamilton. Guest artists join in the mix to bring great new dance forms to the city.

Try your hand at Salsa, Hip Hop, Modern Dance,  African Dance, Lindy Hop, Ballet, Jazz and Tap.  Join us for one workshop or stay the whole afternoon.

Hammer Hoppers: Lindy Hop

Workshop: 12:00-1:00pm

TEACHER: Margot Smith;

African Dance with Lua Shayenne

In Collaboration with Girl Can Create

Workshop: 12:00-1:00 pm

TEACHER: Lua Shayenne;

Academy of All Things Awesome: Rhythm Nation

Workshop: 1:00-2:00pm

TEACHER: Gillian Bartolucci;

Salsa Soul:  Rueda de Casino Salsa

Workshop: 1:00-2:00 pm

TEACHER: SalsaSoul’s Rueda de Casino;

Limon Modern with Jordana Deveau

Workshop: 2:00pm-3:00pm

TEACHER: Jordana Deveau;

HipHop with Defining Movement Dance

Workshop: 2:00-3:00

TEACHER: Defining Movement Dance

Ballet Workshop

Workshop: 3:00-4:00pm

TEACHER: Denise van Es

Intro to Tap

Workshop: 3:00-4:00pm

TEACHER: Alyssa Nedich

Location: Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts: 126 James Street South, Hamilton

Date: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Time: 12 pm to 4 pm

Cost: FREE!

For a list of workshops:

Contact: to register. Drop-ins also welcome.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 12:00 to 16:00
Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, 126 James St South, Hamilton.

BPAC April 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

April 2016


Superheroes - Unplugged (Burlington Student Theatre)
Apr 05 7:30 PM
Bad guys beware, bullies better hide – the SUPERHEROES have returned! The young cast of Superheroes that fill the stage will make this a sure hit as they explore some of the everyday issues faced by your favourite crime fighters and prove that there’s a hero in each of us!

Holly Cole
Apr 06 8:00 PM
Iconic Canadian songstress Holly Cole presents her music with style, humour and grace. Her fusion of jazz and pop is applauded for being intensely original, sophisticated, and witty.

Just for Laughs
Apr 07 8:00 PM
Just For Laughs is returning to Burlington to once again put some of its funniest alumni on our stage for an evening of side-splitting humour!

An Evening of Swing with the Toronto All-Star Big Band - REFUGEE FAMILY BENEFIT
Apr 08 7:00 PM
Step back to an era when 'Swing' reigned supreme in Burlington. Come and experience an evening of great swing music with one of the most exciting bands around.

Sultans of String
Apr 08 7:30 PM
Juno Award nominees and Canadian Folk Music Award winners Sultans of String thrill audiences with their global tapestry of Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French gypsy-jazz.

The Burlington Teen Tour Band
Apr 10 2:00 PM
Apr 10 7:00 PM
Enjoy the sights and sounds of The Burlington Teen Tour Band.

Creative Acts
Apr 12 7:00 PM
Centre Stage Theatre Productions and Centre Stage Theatre School join forces in a showcase of musical theatre, drama, comedy, and pop music. Incorporating excerpts from The Addams Family, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Fame, The Odyssey, a modern Romeo and Juliet, and more, CREATIVE ACTS is a family event featuring theatre for all ages.

Live and Local Series: MOD Opera (Charlene Santoni, Jason Hales and Sabatino Vacca)
Apr 12 7:30 PM
This captivating and modern operatic ensemble will entertain you with their comedic flare, and move you with their mesmerizing emotional prowess. Performance highlights will include: O Sole Mio, O Mio Babbino Caro, selections from West Side Story, Spamalot and many more...

Men of the Deeps
Apr 13 8:00 PM
A choir of working and retired coal miners from the island of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the Men of the Deeps finally return to The Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s Main Stage!

Apr 19 8:00 PM
Today with 14 recordings on Sony Classical, Midori is recognized not only as an extraordinary performer, but also as a devoted and gifted educator. She was namedDistinguished Professor of Music at the University of Southern California in 2012. Midori performs on a 1734 Guarnerius del Gesù violin.

Ruthie Foster & Harrison Kennedy
Apr 20 8:00 PM
Ruthie Foster can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride; from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, to a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band. Opening for Ruthie is Hamilton native, Harrison Kennedy, a vocal chameleon, at ease performing funk, soul, R&B, folk, gospel and blues.

Matapa World Music Series: Marrabenta - Sounds of Mozambique
Apr 27 7:30 PM
Marrabenta, deeply rooted in Southern African roots, explores themes inspired by the experiences of live, everyday life, social criticism and important events in history that took place in Mozambique.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (All day)
440 Locust Street, Burlington, ON

Cirque de la Symphonie [Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra]

Cirque de la Symphonie

March 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hamilton Place

Cirque de la Symphonie returns to meld orchestra and cirque into one resounding spectacle, perfect for the whole family. Acrobats, aerialists, contortionists and strongmen grace the stage and move to the beautiful sounds of well-known classical masterpieces performed by your HPO. Join us for Cirque de la Symphonie as your HPO brings the orchestra and circus together in one resounding spectacle, perfect for the whole family. Acrobats, aerialists, contortionists and strongmen grace the stage and move to the beautiful sounds of well-known classical masterpieces including Tchaikovsky’s Valse fromSleeping Beauty, excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and many more.

Inside the Music: Pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm.

For more information visit:



Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 19:30 to 21:30
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 18:30 to 19:00
Hamilton Place, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, ON

Old Buildings, New Ideas March Break Camp [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]

Old Buildings, New Ideas! March Break Camp

March 14 @ 9:00 am - March 18 @ 4:00 pm

This March Break come learn about the previous uses of the Custom House, the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre’s home, which was built before Canada was even a country! Find out what types of workers inhabited this amazing space, and contribute your own ideas and imagination to bring this building’s colorful history of work, play and art to life!

Monday, March 14 : Art, Museums and Community with Cornelia Peckart

What type of work is done at a museum? How do museums engage members of their community? What is workers art, and what is workers heritage? Kids will learn what it takes to make an exhibition, and will make collaborative banners about things that are important to them. They will also learn some of the many past uses of Custom House, WAHC’s impressive home.

Tuesday, March 15th: Make, Taste, Create! with Cornelia Peckart and Donna Akrey

Custom House served as a pasta, vinegar and donut factory over different periods in history that employed people Hamilton’s North End neighbourhood. Join us for a day of local history and food-inspired creation!

Wednesday, March 16th: Building an Ambitious City with Donna Akrey

What does it take to make a building a productive space? Kids will share their ideas about cities, buildings and architecture, and explore hand production that mirrors the work that so many people in our city do every day. Through collaborative art-making inspired by assembly lines, kids will create an installation using simple casting processes.

Thursday, March 17th: Historic Roleplaying at the Custom House with Jody Boston

The Workers Arts & Heritage Centre makes its home in an amazing stone building built before Canada was even a country. Kids will consider the history of our building towards making dramatic skits that mix up and mash up the history of immigration, work and workers within the Custom House’s walls.

Friday, March 18th: World Art and Music with Hitoko Okada and Kojo Chintoh

Custom House used to be a place where newcomers to Hamilton would learn the English language and new skills that would help them settle. What can we learn from newcomers to our city today? This camp day will include musical performances and an African drumming workshop, worker’s stories from around the world, and lantern-making with Japanese paper.


This March Break camp is presented in partnership with our friends at the North Hamilton Community Health Centre, who will include physical literacy activities to our week’s camp schedule. At the end of camp, parents, family and friends are invited to come for a post-camp celebration at the museum, with pizza and a performance!

For children ages 8-12; pre-registration is required. Admission for each day of camp is $20, and $100 for the entire week. Sign up for as many or as few days as you like! Subsidized spots are available—no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. A wholesome lunch and nut-free snacks throughout the day is included as part of each camp day. Registration ends March 9th at noon.

For more information or to register, download and fill out a registration form (doc and pdf formats) or contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or

Old Buildings, New Ideas! at WAHC is made possible through the generous support of the Hamilton Community Foundation.

*Please note that physical literacy activities offered on Tuesday-Thursday camp sessions are part of a study to Develop, Implement and Evaluate Physical Literacy by Jenna McHugh, Student Researcher, Dept. of Health and Aging at McMaster University. Please fill out and sign this consent form and submit it along with your registration forms if enrolling your child in Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday camp days.

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 09:00 to 16:00
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 09:00 to 16:00
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 09:00 to 16:00
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 09:00 to 16:00
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 09:00 to 16:00
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

BPAC March Events [Burlington Performance 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

March 2016


David Francey
Mar 02 7:30 PM
From carpenter to songwriter – since leaving construction and recording Torn Screen Door in 1999, Scottish-born Canadian David Francey is recognized as one of today’s finest folk singer-songwriters.

Live and Local Series: Jaret Koop and Frank Koren
Mar 04 7:30 PM
The Live and Local Music Series was created in 2013 by music lover David Whale and musician Tim Park in order to promote musicians from the Burlington/Hamilton area. Now in its third Season, this music series has expanded to six shows and features local talent in The Centre’s intimate Community Studio Theatre.

Matt Andersen & the Bona Fide
Mar 04 8:00 PM
Powerhouse performer Matt Andersen brings his giant soul-filled voice back to Burlington for yet another night of blues!

Old Man and the River (Theatre Direct)
Mar 05 11:00 AM     Mar 05 2:00 PM
A grumpy old man lives in his little house in the woods by the river. He likes to sweep and tidy his house, walk to the river and take in a little fishing. Every day is the same and he likes the predictable rituals of his life, until one day….a magical creature leaps into his world and everything changes!

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra: Die Fledermaus
Mar 05 8:00 PM
Join the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for an evening of elegant Viennese waltzes, disguises, deception, and hilarity, as they perform overture and aria highlights from Johann Strauss II's famous operetta Die Fledermaus.

Symphony on the Bay - Talents, Toys and Treats - A Children's Concert (Performed at the Wellington Square United Church)
Mar 06 3:00 PM
Performed at the Wellington Square United Church - 2121 Caroline Street, Burlington ON. Featuring: Young artist competition Winners - William Tell Overture, Rossini & Toy Symphony, Mozart. Children/Students: $10 / Adults/Seniors: $20. Please note that this concert is not part of our subscription series and is NOT performed at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Hong Kong Ballet
Mar 08 8:00 PM
The Hong Kong Ballet is one Asia’s premier classical ballet companies and is becoming internationally recognized as a world-class institution.

De Danann
Mar 10 7:30 PM
De Danann brings the best in traditional Irish music to Burlington! The group formed in 1975 in Galway and became one of the most influential bands in traditional Irish music.

Alexander Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not Going To Move (Theatreworks USA)
Mar 12 2:30 PM
Alexander has just found out that his family is moving to a new town and that he must leave all his friends and schoolmates behind. How can he bear to leave the place he loves and the life he has there? Based on the highly successful Alexander series of books by Judith Viorst.

David Myles
Mar 12 7:30 PM
David Myles has truly forged his own path by embracing modern and vintage pop, folk and soul music. In 2013, Myles co-hosted the East Coast Music Awards show; an honour preceded by multiple wins, including Songwriter of the Year in 2012.

Hamilton Finest World Music: The Vaudevillian, Neeraj Prem, Riddim Riders
Mar 26 7:30 PM
Come and discover the global sounds and rhythms that percolate in the Hamilton music scene in this showcase concert of Hamilton world music artists. You'll enjoy the irresistible reggae beats of Riddim Riders - both electric and acoustic versions - the mesmerizing mastery of sitar virtuoso Neeraj Prem and the infectious vintage Americana of The Vaudevillian. Matapa Music and Arts Organization is presenting these three local world music acts as the first in our Professional Development Programme and as part of our World Music Series concerts.


Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, March 26, 2016 (All day)
440 Locust Street, Burlington, ON

transFORM contemporary dance class

Every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts  126 James Street South, Hamilton, ON

In Collaboration with HCA Dance Theatre 
DROP-IN (pay-what-you-can suggested donation $10.00)

Dynamic Vulnerability and Physicality

This class will flow through various structured improvs and choreographed exercises to find avenues to access our vulnerability and ferocity (emotionally, physically and relationally).  

Beginning with tuning our awareness to the sensations, feelings, emotions and desires that are intrinsically present and allowing them to blossom into physical expression.

We will challenge our physicality through dynamically shifting floor work and explosive speed paired with serene continuous slow movements. How slowly can you move? How much time can you take?

We will challenge our performance and awareness of one another through collective conscious improv and movement sequences. Can we all move, pause, breath speak together in similar fashions in an improv setting?

This class will be exciting, dangerous and exhilarating. The tools will inform interpreters and choreographers.

Please contact us at 


Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:30 to Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 21:13
126 James Street South

Family Arts Day [Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts]


Monday, February 15, 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm
Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts
126 James St S, Hamilton, ON
FREE! Call ahead to reserve a spot or just drop in and join in the fun call 905-528-4020


Get Active and Creative at HCA!  On Monday, February 15th we welcome you to Family Arts Day at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. Parents and children can choose from a variety of arts activities including, visual arts, dance classes, acting classes, group music programs and private music intro sessions.

All activities are FREE! 

A schedule of  Family Arts Day actitivties is available on our website.

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 10:00 to 16:00
126 James Street South, Hamilton, ON

BPAC February [Burlington Performance 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

February 2016


Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation
Thu Feb 4 at 8:00 PM
Commissioned by Artistic Director André Lewis, this production explores the world of Annie, a young, urban First Nations woman adrift in a contemporary life of youthful excess. The production is based on a story by award winning Canadian author, Joseph Boyden. Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is one of the world’s premier dance companies, founded in 1939.

Comedy Fest Canada
Fri Feb 5 at 8:00 PM
Comedy Fest Canada presents Angelo Tsarouchas and Frank Spadone

Classic Albums Live: The Wall
Sat Feb 6 at 8:00 PM
Join us as Pink Floyd’s The Wall is recreated live on stage, note for note, and cut for cut by top Canadian musicians! Released in 1979, The Wall was one of the best selling albums of 1980 and had sold 11.5 million albums by 1999.

Grace Academy: An Evening of Song and Dance
Sun Feb 7 at 7:30 PM
An evening of song and dance presented by Pure Grace, the performing company of Grace Academy, and by the students of Spurrell Singing Studio.

Taste of Burlington Winter Launch 2016
Tue Feb 9 at 5:30 PM
Join us for a chance to meet the 14 of the restaurateurs of the Winter Taste of Burlington at their interactive food stations and sample their delectable cuisine.

Live and Local Series: Stuart Laughton
Fri Feb 12 at 7:30 PM
Stuart Laughton sings and plays a dozen instruments, and injects his contagious enthusiasm into a kaleidoscopic musical combination of country and blues, jazz and Celtic, rockabilly and much more!

Camping Royale (Corpus Dance)
Sat Feb 13 at 11:00 AM
Sat Feb 13 at 2:00 PM
A twisted fairytale that’s full of fun, mischief and mayhem. Two queens from a faraway time go on an absurd camping trip, isolated from their court. Without their servants, they will actually have to use their creativity to survive in the wild.

Romance: Symphony on the Bay
Sun Feb 14 at 3:00 PM
Bring your Valentine or come with a group of friends or family to experience romance at it's finest.

Bruce Cockburn
Feb 18 8:00 PM
Canadian folk/rock guitarist and singer songwriter Bruce Cockburn returns to Burlington for a multi-instrument solo concert! Cockburn’s musical career spans over four decades, includes hits such as If I Had a Rocket Launcher, Lovers in a Dangerous Time and Wondering Where the Lions Are, and is revered by fans and musicians alike.

Peggy Baker Dance Projects: armour & coalesce
Feb 19 7:30 PM
Peggy Baker Dance Projects began as a vehicle for solo dance expression; the company’s work now encompasses solo and ensemble dance repertoire, performed to both live and electro-acoustic music. The company presents, armour & coalesce. armour entangles two older dancers in a primal act of connection. coalesce is a complex and unpredictable inquiry into the nature of communication.

Steven Wright
Feb 19 8:00 PM
“I was born. When I was 23 I started telling jokes. Then I started going on television and doing films. That’s still what I’m doing. The end.” With a biography that’s reflective of his distinctly lethargic voice, slow delivery, and one-liners, Steven Wright is a prototype comedian, actor, and writer.

Laila Biali
Feb 20 7:30 PM
Award-winning Canadian jazz pianist, vocalist and songwriter Laila Biali takes the best of pop, rock and soul, informs it with her knowledge of jazz and weaves it into her musical arrangements.

Gryphon Trio
Feb 21 11:45 AM
In addition to being Canada’s busiest chamber music group, the Gryphon Trio continues to prove they are one of the world’s leading piano trios. The Trio is committed toredefining chamber music for the 21st century.

Cat in the Hat (Childsplay)
Feb 21 2:30 PM
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly a rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same?

Late Company (Why Not Theatre and surface/underground theatre)
Feb 24 7:30 PM     Feb 25 7:30 PM     Feb 26 7:30 PM     Feb 27 2:00 PM     Feb 27 7:30 PM     Feb 28 2:00 PM
One year after a tragedy, two couples sit down to dinner. Far from finding the closure they seek, the dinner strips bare their good intentions to reveal layers of parental, sexual, and political hypocrisy.

YAMATO the Drummers of Japan: Bakuon - Legend of the Heartbeat
Feb 25 8:00 PM
Experience the next generation of Taiko drummers! The Yamato drummers reveal a contemporary take on a musical instrument whose rich reverberations have filled people with inspiration since the dawn of history.


Thursday, February 4, 2016 (All day) to Monday, February 29, 2016 (All day)
440 Locust Street, Burlington, ON