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!

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

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 To get in touch, phone 905-543-8523, c.905-912-9083 or email us at .

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:  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

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 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

ARTASIA #2017 I Have A Right... J'ai Un Droit... [Culture for Kids]


Since 1999, Culture for Kids in the Arts has reached over 50,000 children and youth with innovative, high quality arts education programs. Culture for Kids in the Arts (CKA) is dedicated to providing access to quality arts programming to children and youth in the greater Hamilton region.

I Have a Right…/J’ai Un Droit… CKA Artasia 2017 at the AGH

I Have A Right…/J’ai Un Droit… brings Hamilton’s Charter of Rights of Children and Youth to life through arts and cultural exchange. In collaboration with media artists Tyler Tekatch, Kyle Duffield, Joseph Browne, and Drew McEachern, CKA is shaping a large-scale interactive media arts mural to spark conversation around what it means to be Canadian and the rights we are afforded as Canadian citizens in this celebratory 150th year of confederation.

In partnership with the Pen Pal Project and indigenous educator Suzie Miller, the work features exchanges about Canadian children’s rights between participating children and 150 notable Canadians. Check out the full collection of children’s postcards and add your voice to the mix! Collected voice recordings can be added into the interactive installation.

Interactive media arts mural

Taking the form of a playful, surrealist collage, the interactive mural is composed of original drawings by the children who contributed to the charter. The mural invites participation, as viewers can trigger compelling interactive elements, including animations, soundscapes and music, that creatively interpret a child’s perception of the world. Abstract, immersive, playful and compelling, the mural will tour galleries and public spaces throughout the country in 2018 and beyond.


WHEN: November 24th, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of Hamilton Jean Ross & Fischer Gallery, 123 King St W, Hamilton, ON
RSVP: 905-528-402 or Register Here

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 11:00 to 12:00
123 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4S8

Free Concert with Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra [Gallery on the Bay]



THE GALLERY SERIES by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

In the first performance of our 2017/18 Gallery Series of free concerts, Gallery on the Bay hosts an HPO woodwind trio with Vivian Minden (flute), Nancy Nelson (oboe), and Melanie Eyers (basson) for a performance in their main gallery space. After the performance, stick around to meet the musicians and explore the current exhibit, new pastels by Catherine Gibbon.

The Gallery Series presents stimulating 60-minute concerts, giving you the opportunity to experience the beauty of chamber music in a unique and intimate setting. 

WHEN: November 22, 2017, at 7:30pm Doors at 6:30pm
WHERE:Gallery on the Bay, 231 Bay St North, Hamilton, On L8R 2R1
Admission by donation. Please RSVP as each gallery has limited capacity. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis

Contact:Marlaise Dawson
Phone:905 540 8532


Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (All day)
Gallery on the Bay, 231 Bay St N, Hamilton

The Nutcracker [Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts]


A Hamilton production!
Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
McIntyre Theatre, Mohawk College, Hamilton

Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts is excited to announce the upcoming performances of Tchaikovsky's THE NUTCRACKER - staged by Max Ratevosian and Melania Pawliw, produced in collaboration with Hamilton City Ballet and the Hamilton City Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Mate Szigeti. 

Over 100 performers & 30 musicians from Hamilton and surrounding areas share the stage in this magical winter ballet tradition! Come see our performances and help support Hamilton's very own NUTCRACKER ballet!

Please note that the live orchestra performs on Friday and Saturday evenings only.

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 19:30
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 14:00
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 19:30
McIntyre Theatre, Mohawk College - 135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton

Fall Fair [DVO]

Fall Fair

Sunday November 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm at St. Paul's United Church, 29 Park St. W., Dundas
Reception following concert.

  • Godfrey Ridout: Fall Fair
  • Joseph Kosma, arr. A. Reed: Autumn Leaves
  • Robert McBride: Pumpkin Eaters Little Fugue
  • Antonio Vivaldi: L’Autumno (from “The Four Seasons”) (Soloist: Suhashini Arulanandam, Violin)
  • Peter de Rose: Autumn Serenade
  • Ralph Burns and Woody Herman: Early Autumn
  • Scott Whittington: City of Waterfalls (World premiere)
  • Edward Elgar: Nimrod (from “Enigma Variations”)
  • Thomas Bidgood, arr. L. Thomas: Vimy Ridge March

DVO is comprised of talented amateur musicians from the Hamilton area. The ensemble presents three major public concerts each year and performs at Hamilton retirement homes. Audience members are welcome to meet the musicians at the post-concert reception. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

WHEN: Sunday, November 12, 207 at 3:00 pm
WHERE: St. Paul's United Church, 29 Park St. W., Dundas
TIX: Admission is free. DVO gratefully accepts donations, and tax receipts are provided for donations of $10 or more.


Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 15:00
St. Paul's United Church, 29 Park Street, Dundas