Staircase December 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/

December 2017


December 2, 3 2017 from 11:00 am to 05:30 pm 
Join us for the sixth Holiday edition of Handmade Hamilton. Featuring 32 of the finest makers of jewellry, textile art, ceramics, visual art, accesories, home decor and much more. It will be a great opportunity to find perfect and unique gifts for all those on your holiday list. Hosted in the historical Staircase Cafe Theatre, we invite you to spend some time shopping, having a bit to eat from the cafe, and taking time to meet up with excellant makers. The first 50 shoppers on both days will be gifted with a swag bag! Admission: $2


Sunday, Dec 3 at 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Lit Live is a monthly reading series in Hamilton, Ontario. 


December, 4, 11 2017 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 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

December,  5, 12 2017 from 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Elaine Mae Theatre - 25 Dundurn St. NorthOur Master Class 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.

FIGGY PUDDING with Jimmy Hogg
Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 08:00 pm to 09:00 pm
The award-winning British comedian, storyteller and Fringe favourite Jimmy Hogg (Curriculum Vitae, A Brief History of Petty Crime, Like A Virgin, Wisdom) returns with tales of Christmastime. BEST OF FRINGE: Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Ottawa, San Francisco, Minnesota, Boulder, Victoria.

December 6, 13, 20 from 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm
A 5 week comedy improv series workshop aimed at producing a showcase show. Emphasis on teamwork and show craft. All levels welcome. 7- 10pm $75.00 + hst info@staircaseimprov.com

Friday, December 15, 2017 from 09:00 pm to 11:00 pm
To be announced but The lineup is RED HOT. 

December 15, 16 2017 from 08:00 pm to 09:30 pm
This thought provoking performance is brilliantly written and directed by playwright and Mental Health and Addiction Specialist Colleen Taffe.  It inspires audiences to be challenged by the unforeseen world of mental illness and its damaging effects of stigma, quite tangible in the black community. 

Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Welcome to the Hamilton 7! We’re back after a highly successful run at this years Hamilton Fringe Festival! Come on out and hear some of your fave tellers and a few new ones! Join us for a gathering of finely crafted tales from professional local storytellers from diverse perspectives, experiences and realities. This edition of The Hamilton 7 will feature: Karen Ancheta Darla Biccum Sheldon Davis Tor Lukasik-Foss Marilo Nunez Lisa Pijuan-Nomura and a few more surprises! 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 08:00 pm to 09:30 pm 
An interdimensional being summons a group of “teens with attitude” to help him defend the world from evil. Unfortunately, he accidentally summoned the high school drama group. Unable to fight, he assigns them the task of performing a monthly BIG SHOW that bring him up to speed about the current state of the earth. Music, comedy, magic and short films. Think Power Rangers meets Kids Incorporated teabagged by Kids in the Hall. Starring a rotating cast including Viktoria Adam, Tyler Brent, Luke Brown, Stephanie Hope Lawlor, Kristian Reimer, Ryan Sero, Nick Wallace and Laura Welch


Wednesday, Dec 6, 13 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

December 4, 2017 from 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm
Under the leadership of Brian Dexter, Choir Nation Hamilton is a great place to come together and have fun, improve your singing and learn from an exceptional teacher! Rehearsals and performances take place Mondays 6:30 – 8 p.m. $15 per session for adults. $10 for seniors and students. Please have cash. 

STEEL SONGS- A Musical Theatre Open Mic Night
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 08:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Friday, December 1, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, December 31, 2017 (All day)
Staircase Cafe & Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North, Hamilton

December 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 http://www.artword.net/artbar/. To get in touch, phone 905-543-8523, c.905-912-9083 or email us at artword@artword.net .

December 2017

December 1: Mark McNeil: Tales from Hamilton
December 2: Bluegrass with New Cumberland
December 7 - 16: THEATRE: Charly Chiarelli’s new show Charly’s Piano



Mark McNeil with Tales from Hamilton
Friday December 1, 2017, 8 pm, tip jar. 
Celebrated singer-songwriter and longtime Spectator reporter Mark McNeil will give you the inside scoop about the city we love. After 35 years of chronicling Hamilton, Mark knows where the bodies are buried and how to write a great song about them. Come hear about Jacko the Killer Monkey, Evelyn Dick, Rocco Perri, Einstein’s Brain, and many other twisted tales from the “biggest small town on the planet.” Joining him will be harmonica virtuoso Les Smith and tuba wizard Jay Burr. Les, who is also an incredible songwriter and heads the Hamilton Regional Songwriters Group, will do an opening set.

Bluegrass with New Cumberland
Saturday December 2, 2017 at 8pm $15
The New Cumberland bluegrass band from London Ontario: Tom Burns vocals and guitar,  Blair Heddle vocals, mandolin and dobro, Paul Hurdle vocals and banjo, Tom Rutledgestring bass, and Darrin Schott fiddle. Featuring inventive solo work, driving rhythms and three part vocal harmonies, New Cumberland’s musical integrity and joy in playing together resonates in every performance.


Charly's Piano
December 7 to 16, 2017. Artword Theatre’s seasonal offering is Charly’s Piano, a new play by Charly Chiarelli, directed by Ronald Weihs, produced by Judith Sandiford. It runs Tues to Sat at 8 pm, Sun Dec 10 matinee at 3 pm (no show Monday). Tickets $20 (905-543-8512).

Charly’s Piano is the true story about how Charly went to work as a psychiatric assistant at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto. The year was 1972, Toronto was full of music and hippies, and the Clarke was exploring new techniques in mental health. Charly, harmonica and all, fit right in. Pretty soon, he’s organizing a fundraiser to buy a piano for the patients to play. At first, no one signs up, but when the “Cat Lady” says she’ll sing Me and Bobby McGee, the idea takes off. Patients, doctors, nurses perform in a sell-out concert. But the story isn’t over. Charly and a patient known as “The Duchess” travel by public transit to a mansion on the outskirts of Toronto and buy the piano. And at Christmas, the piano is in the lounge, where Charly leads patients and staff (and audience) in Christmas songs and carols.

Artword Artbar - 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton

Friday, December 1, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, December 31, 2017 (All day)
Artword Artbar,15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton

November Events at the Pearl 2017 [Pearl Company]

An arts and performance facility in the heart of the Landsdale neighbourhood
of downtown Hamilton. The first floor houses the Pearl Gallery. The second floor
is a newly configured performance space for live music and theatre.

16 Steven St. 905-524-0606

Here's what's going on at The Pearl

November 2017

We continue to offer you the reasonably-priced, high-quality entertainment that you expect in The Pearl’s intimate, ambiance-laden, and acoustically unrivalled setting . (“Vibiest room anywhere.” Ruth Moody)  Anyone needing special attention or specific answers, or if you’d rather order from a person (!) please continue to pick up the phone or email:  info@thepearlcompany.ca  There are always tickets at the door for shows that are not sold-out.  The door remains cash-only.

November 11: Lori Yates with Hey Stella
November 26: Broadway's Best!



COLOUR FILM: New Songs + JUSTIN SAWICKI: Saturday, November 4, Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. Music for your mind’s eye. With songs that play like home movies rich in imagery and characters, Colour Film is the stage name of Hamilton’s Matthew de Zoete

Lori Yates with Hey Stella: Saturday, November 11. Doors @ 7:30PM, Show Starts @ 8:30. Admission: $20. Alternative country “supergroup” Hey Stella formed in 1998, and quickly gained a reputation as one of the premiere “live” acts in the country. 

JACKIE GLEASON AND FRIENDS: November 16 – 19/ 23 – 26. Doors @ 7:30PM. Show Starts @ 8:00. (Both Matinees @ 2:00: SOLD OUT.) General Admission $25.  Jackie Gleason and Friends is a two-act stage bio about the life of “The Great One,” Jackie Gleason. Born into poverty in Brooklyn and with little formal education, Gleason clawed his way to the top of the show-business world to become one of the most successful and wealthiest comedians of his time.

BROADWAY’S BEST! Sunday, November 26th at 730pm Tickets: $25. Lincoln Live Productions is delighted to present “GET HAPPY” with JULIE ANDREWS, BARBRA STREISAND, GENE KELLY, and ANDY WILLIAMS! It’s a musical concert that ties the greatest hits from Broadway (1940s to 1960s) together in one magical experience!  The Golden Age of Musical Theatre brings us the favourite songs from such beloved productions as Oklahoma, Singing in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, the Sound of Music, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Hair and Funny Girl.


The Pearl Company
905 524-0606
16 Steven St. @ King William, Hamilton

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, November 30, 2017 (All day)
The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street, Hamilton, ON

Hamilton Arts Council Party On The Bus!

Holiday Party On The Bus Fundraiser

Saturday, November 18, 2017


It's the Hamilton Arts Council's first annual holiday fundraising party!

Featuring Dinner and live music on the bus and guided tour to see the Winter Festival of Lights at Niagara Falls, ON.

All are welcome for this exciting evening of song, food and festivities! There will be a stop to see the falls lit in all its festival glory, and we will stop for dessert before returning to Hamilton.

Food will be prepared by Master Chef Jonny Blonde and served on the bus. Specialty coffee will be served as sponsored by Red Church Cafe & Gallery.

The Menu

1) Roasted Beet Salad: Made with cucumber, toasted pepitas, walnuts, dried cranberries in a cherry vinaigrette with shaved dark chocolate (served with strawberries when in season)

2) Jonny’s Butter Chicken: Served with rice, topped with roasted cauliflower, toasted almonds and chopped cilantro / **Vegetarian Option: Coconut curry vegetables (vegan, GF) served on rice.

All Served with Jonny’s fire-grilled flatbread. Beverages include specialty coffee and sparkling water.

*locally-farmed, antibiotic free, ehtically-rasied meats, chicken and local seasonal produce. All home-made foods, including breads sauces!

Please send your menu option by November 17, 2017! Email info@hamiltonartscouncil.ca


This one-of-a-kind evening is sponsored by Attridge Transporation, The Seedworks Urban Offices and The Cotton Factory.

Music provided by:

Loralee McGuirl: Born in Hamilton, Loralee McGuirl is of Irish, Scottish and English roots. She grew up singing mostly Gospel music, with the introduction of the Beatles and James Brown from her sister Shari. Loralee holds a combined honours degree in music and art, and a vocal performance diploma. With a background in Opera, she has written over 100 hundred songs that cross over the bridge of blues, jazz and pop effortlessly.

Anthony Goodine: By age 14, Anthony opened his first recording studio, and since then has produced and recorded many radio and independent artist's including his own albums. He has travelled the world as a musician and has taught vocal, guitar, songwriting and composition in Toronto for more than fifteen years before moving to Hamilton. When not engaged in his production work, Anthony can be found teaching at Picks and Sticks Music.

WHEN: Departs at 5:00 pm, returning by 10:00 pm
TIX: $75.00
WHERE: The Seedworks Urban Offices, 126 Catharine St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1J4 (pick-up and drop off)

*Luxury coach bus with washroom facilities on-site*



Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 17:00 to 22:00
The Seedworks Urban Offices, 126 Catherine St. North

November Art Bus Studio Tours | Hamilton Arts Council

November Art Bus Studio Tours

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Art Bus Studio Tours

Presented by the Hamilton Arts Council in partnership with The Seedworks Urban Offices and The Cotton Factory, Sponsored by Attridge Transportation Inc. The Art Bus Studio Tour is a behind-the-scenes event providing participants with the opportunity to visit Hamilton’s emerging and established artists in their studios. Each month, the Art Bus Studio Tour takes participants to 4 different studios, allowing visitors to experience the artist at work, ask questions and engage in their artistic process.

Each tour features a ‘Special Guest Tour Guide’. We are excited to announce musician Treasa Levasseur will join us for the November Art Bus! Our stops will include Art Aggregate, Josh Tiessen Studio Gallery, and the studios in the Cotton Factory.

WHEN: November 18, 2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Arrive at Seedworks by 12:45 PM)
TIX: $20.00 (Children under 12 free!)
WHERE: The Seedworks Urban Offices, 126 Catherine Street North, Hamilton, ON, L8R 1J4 (Meet Up & Drop Off Location)



Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 13:00 to 16:00
The Seedworks Urban Offices, 126 Catherine St. North

Annie the Musical [Theatre Ancaster]

Theatre Ancaster is honoured to present:

Annie the Musical

The world's most beloved family musical, just in time for the holidays!

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations ... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

WHEN: Evenings: November 17, 18, 24 & 25, December 1 & 2 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: November 19, 25 and 26 at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE:Performances at the 700 soft-seat refurbished Theatre Auditorium at Ancaster High School, 374 Jerseyville Rd., Ancaster
TIX: Adults $32, Seniors $27, Students $17.  Tickets at TheatreAncaster.com or call 905-304-7469. 


Friday, November 17, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, December 2, 2017 (All day)
Ancaster High School, 374 Jerseyville Rd., Ancaster

Small is Beautiful [Ben Navaee Gallery]

The Ben Navaee Gallery on Ottawa St. features a collection of miniature works.

The idea of “Small is Beautiful” is expressed in any media, from miniature to 2 sq-ft or 288 sq-in or 12 inches each direction for 3-dimensional works.

Small is Beautiful “Economics As If People Mattered” A book by E. F. Schumacher, published in 70s responding to emerging globalization. 

WHERE: Ben Navaee Gallery, 47 Ottawa St. North, Hamilton, ON
WHEN: November 23, Opening Reception 6pm - 8pm, November 23 to December 30, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, December 30, 2017 (All day)
Ben Navaee Gallery, 47 Ottawa St. North, Hamilton, ON

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [Theatre Aquarius]

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat
Lyrics by Tim Rice  |  Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

November 20 - December 24, 2017

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favourite son! The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including Go Go Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.

WHEN:  Nov. 29 – Dec. 24, 2017
WHERE:  Theatre Aquarius, 190 King William Street Hamilton ON. L8R 1A8
TIX:  Call Box Office at 905.522.7529 or toll free at 1.800.465.7529. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE
INFO:  email to aquarius@theatreaquarius.org or boxoffice@theatreaquarius.org
WEB: https://theatreaquarius.org/onstage/joseph-and-the-amazing-technicolor-d...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, December 24, 2017 (All day)
Theatre Aquarius, 190 King William St, Hamilton, ON