Young Sophia and Hamilton & Scourge Memorial [Studio Babette Puppet Theatre]

Join Studio Babette as they participate as part of a full day of events to celebrate two hundred years of peace and remember the fifty-three American sailors who lost their lives during the sinking of the United States Navy schooners Hamilton and Scourge, in August of 1813. Taking place on the grounds of Dundurn National Historic Site the event will feature the debut of On the Water, a film made during the recent commemoration ceremony on September 4, on the flight deck of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon over the site of the sunken ships.

Throughout the day there will be music, indoor and outdoor children's activities such as military drills and dress up. Dundurn Castle and the Hamilton Military Museum will also be offering free admission beginning at 12:00 p.m. You can also enjoy a performance of Young Sophia: the Dundurn Castle Diary, inspired by the diary of Sophia Macnab, written age 13, 1846 in Dundurn Castle. This performance will take place in the Hay Loft.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept 21, 2013 at 11 AM to 4 PM (Performance at 3 PM)
WHERE: The Hay Loft, Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Blvd., Hamilton, ON

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 11:00 to 16:00
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Blvd., Hamilton, ON

Carlos and His 5 Reasons [Studio Babette Puppet Theatre]

Adapted from a light-hearted Spanish folk-tale, Carlos and His 5 Reasons uses the table-top style of puppetry to explore a young boy's attempt to conquer his fears, and his moods. The self-reliance that Carlos discovers in his encounters with several very strange witches makes this delightful family entertainment. ages 2 - 12, enjoyed by all ages.

WHEN: Sunday, Sept 15, 2013
WHERE: Part of the 5th Annual Telling Tales Festival; Sunday, Sept 15, 2013 at 11 AM

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 11:00
Westfield Heritage Village, Rockton, ON

Love, Loss and What I Wore [Players Guild of Hamilton]

By Nora Efron and Delia Ephron and based on the book by Ilene Beckerman
Directed by Gary Smith and Willard Boudreau

This is a play of monologues and ensemble pieces about clothes, relationships and memory in which the wardrobe becomes a time capsule of a woman's life. Funny, powerful and familiar, it will appeal to women, and to any man whose life has been influenced by a woman.

WHEN: Sept. 27, 28, Oct. 3, 4, 5* 10, 11 12* and October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 8 pm; Matinees October 5, 12 at 2 pm
WHERE: The Players' Guild of Hamilton, 80 Queen St. South, Hamilton, ON
TIX: Friday or Saturday: $25; Thursday: $20. Call 905.529.0284 or go to

Friday, September 27, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, October 12, 2013 (All day)

Ghosts of 1812 [Dundas Little Theatre]

Written by David Tysdale and Directed by Brian Morton.

While on a cemetery ghost tour, a young man is haunted by real phantoms from the past, giving him an unexpected insight into the War of 1812. Celebrating the bi-centennial of this historic event in our region has led to the commission of an original play for Dundas Little Theatre – a world premiere event! Revel in local history told with an uncanny story, rich folklore and song. Commissioned by the Dundas Little Theatre in collaboration with the  City of Hamilton War of 1812 Commemoration Fund, David Tysdale's new play explores the War of 1812 through the window of memory and asks questions about the true nature of the conflict.

WHEN: October 25, 26, 31 at 8 pm; November 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 at 8 pm; Matinee November 3 at 2 pm
WHERE: Garstin Centre for the Arts, 37 Market Street South, Dundas, ON
TIX: Regular Seating (in advance or at the door) $18; Call Box Office: 905-627-5266 or go to

Friday, October 25, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, November 9, 2013 (All day)
Garstin Centre for the Arts, 37 Market Street South, Dundas, ON

Old Love [Theatre Burlington]

Old Love is a rollicking comedy about romance and getting older by Canadian playwright Norm Foster. The play follows Bud, a hardworking salesman who encounters his boss's wife, Molly, at a company party and he's hopelessly smitten. Molly? Not so much. And she's not for trifling, with her droll, dry wit. The audience are in for a romp that takes us through three decades in the lives of our two romantics, all in the matter of a couple of fall-about laughing hours. Forget the boy-meets-girl stuff. Bud and Molly are old enough to know better and they do - almost.

WHEN: September 20-21, 26-28 October 3-5 2013
WHERE: Drama Centre, Central Park, 2311 New Street, Burlington, ON
TIX: Adult Single $22.00, Senior Single $20.00, Student Single $11.00 or go to

Friday, September 20, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, October 5, 2013 (All day)
Drama Centre, Central Park, 2311 New Street, Burlington, ON

Side by Side by Sondheim [Theatre Ancaster]

Side by Side by Sondheim is a rare musical gem that will dazzle and delight audiences in the intimate Old Firehall Arts Centre for two weekends beginning in September. The show is a celebration of Stephen Sondheim, the most acclaimed composer on Broadway, and his early work in landmark shows that revolutionized musical theatre. It features songs from Send in the Clowns, Broadway Baby, Losing My Mind, I'm Still Here, West Side Story and Gypsy. Performances at . Reserved cabaret style seating with beer, wine and non-alcoholic refreshments available. Free parking. Box Office opens September 3, 2012 for phone orders only. The box office at The Old Firehall will be open on show nights from 6:00 p.m.

WHEN: Evenings, September 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8:00 PM; Matinee September 22 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: The Old Firehall Arts Centre, 334 Wilson Street East, Ancaster
TIX: Adults $25. Seniors $20. Students $10; call 905-304-TUNE (8863) on or after September 3 to reserve your table.

Friday, September 20, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, September 28, 2013 (All day)

Pearl Company Canadian Theatre Festival

Finish the summer of 2013 with some fantastic Canadian theatre. The Pearl Company is thrilled to host their third Canadian Theatre Festival Aug 15-24. With ticket prices at $15 and a choice of times for the evening performances our Festival fits everyone’s budget and schedule.

Social commentary, political satire, comedy, and spoken word will abound this year at Theatre Festival. The play lineup includes Stephen Harper as a dummy (Stephen Harper: The Musical) and a comedy about a straight man who inadvertently finds himself as best man in an illegal gay marriage ceremony (Boris Chemanski: Defender of Freedom).

There are special one-night only events including a “Comedy Cavalcade” with Larry Smith, a delightful one-woman show with Alyssa LeClair, spoken word artists Regie Calico (New York), David Bateman, and Haiku Deathmaster Cathy Petch, and the VOC Silent Film Harmonic performing music to the silent movie classics “The Fall of the House of Usher, & “Un Chien Andalou”.

We are offering an All Event Pass for $90 which will allow the purchaser to come to any event more than once. It will also buy you a free drink and dessert each time. Please ask about the shows featured as part of this pass.

WHEN: August 15-24
TIX: $15 per show; buy  tickets at this LINK or at the door
INFO: Check out the LINK to see information about the individual plays

Thursday, August 15, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, August 24, 2013 (All day)
The Pearl Company, 16 Steven St. @ King William, Hamilton, ON

Player's Guild of Hamilton Open House

The Players’ Guild of Hamilton invites both members and the public to come and see what we are all about. Take a tour of our grand historic home, enjoy some snacks and refreshments while you meet and greet with Guild regulars, see a slide show of last year’s plays and excerpts from our upcoming production. Get your tickets for this season or take out a membership and become a part of the wonderful world of community theatre. See you there!

WHEN: Sunday, Sept 8, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM
WHERE: 80 Queen Street, Hamilton, ON
CONTACT: 905-529-0284 or

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 13:00 to 16:00
80 Queen Street South

Ambitious City Stories [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]

Serving to preserve, honour, and promote 
the culture & history of all working people.

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton  |  905.522.3003       
Public Hours:  Wed to Sat from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Ambitious City Stories

Featuring Sweat
Saturday, July 15th  & Sunday, July 16th



A weekend of industry and the arts (on two wheels!) co-presented by WAHC and The Bicycle Opera Project.

Join us for a full weekend of events, including Hamilton Labour History Bike Tours, a Handmade Marketplace, and two presentations of Sweat, an a cappella opera for nine singers by Juliet Palmer and Anna Chatterton about the global garment industry. Scored for chorus and four soloists performing in English as well as Cantonese, Ukrainian, Spanish, and Hungarian, Sweat seeks to bring the audience into the heart of a contemporary sweatshop and offer a window into the lives of the workers who clothe us.

Saturday, July 15th
2:00 pm  |  Hamilton Labour History Bike Tours (registration link)
6-8 pm  |  Handmade Marketplace at WAHC
8 pm  |  SWEAT (link to tickets)

Sunday, July 16th
10:30 am  |  Hamilton Labour History Bike Tours (registration link)
12-2 pm  |  Handmade Marketplace at WAHC
2 pm  |  SWEAT (link to tickets)

About our Presenting Partner:

The Bicycle Opera Project is the only opera company that tours by bicycle. Designed to close the gap between audiences and singers by performing in intimate spaces, the Bicycle Opera Project performs new Canadian works that focus on current issues, in English.

Bike Tours are Free/PWYC and depart from the Custom House; pre-registration is required. Tickets for Sweat are PWYC, $20-25 suggested. Pre-purchase of tickets is advised; a limited number of tickets will be available at the door in advance of showtime on both days. For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at or (905) 522-3003 ex. 29

WAHC wishes to acknowledge its public and union donors, members, the Canada 150 - Hamilton 2017 Fund of the City of Hamilton, Ryder Wright Blair & Holmes LLP, and WAHC’s Trivia Night teams for their support of this dynamic program.

Sweat Image Credit: Dahlia Katz

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 14:00 to 22:00
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 10:30 to 16:00
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

Frostbites [Hamilton Fringe]


FROST BITES is Hamilton’s first site-specific, winter theatre festival. The event features a diverse array of hot local artists (film makers, dancers, playwrights, choreographers, and more) presenting performance ‘bites’ throughout the building and grounds, promising to heat up The Cotton Factory during the coldest month of the year!

WHERE: At The Cotton Factory (270 Sherman Ave North)
WHENFebruary 11 at 7-10:30pm, February 12 at 7-10:30pm, February 13 at 7-10:30pm, February 14 at 1-4:30pm

Frost Bites Show Listings

Seven artistic companies will perform multiple times each show for a total of more than 30 performances each evening! The shortest show is 3 minutes, the longest 21 minutes. Click on each show for description and more details:

(To the Pointe Dance Project)

(Mooncalf Theatre)

(Unveiled Productions)

(Proper Slang)

(Sector N Collective)

NOW (Here)
(Shepherds Pie Productions)

(One Small Drop)


Single Ticket: $20 
Grants entry into as many show as you can manage in a single day!

Frequent Frost Pass: $35 
Pick up a Frequent Frost Pass and you can return to the festival as often as you like!


How does it work?

7 artistic companies have created site-specific performances that will take place throughout the building and grounds of The Cotton Factory. Each company will perform multiple times over the 3.5 hour show window.

  • Each production has an assigned colour
  • There are colour-coded FLAGS that correspond to each show’s colour. These will be available in the Festival Lounge (3rd floor of the Cotton Factory)
  • There are as many flags as there are seats to the show. Seating is very limited for some shows!
  • Pick up a flag for the next show you want to see.
  • An usher will guide all flag-bearers to the show of their choice approximately 5 minutes before the show start time.
  • When the show begins, the flags will be available for the NEXT performance of that show
  • Individual schedules for each performance will be posted along with the corresponding flags
  • Confused? Ask one of our Frost Bites Volunteers for help! (They will be the ones dressed in white aprons)
The Festival Lounge

Join us on the third floor of the Cotton Factory in the warm and inviting Festival Lounge. We will be serving Steam Whistle at the bar and we’ll have snacks available for purchase on site. The Festival Lounge is a great place to mingle with fellow festival-goers between shows and share stories about your favourite experiences of the night!

FROSTBITES is planned in partnership with members of The ALERT Program:Artistic Leadership and Entrepreneurial Training Program 2015/16 ALERT team. ALERT is an education program run by the Hamilton Festival Theatre Company, providing an opportunity for young up-and-coming artists to come together to learn, collaborate, and grow. The 2015/16 team is a diverse group– playwrights, directors, designers, actors, producers – and they have worked hard to make this festival possible!

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 19:00 to 22:30
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 19:00 to 22:30
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 19:00 to 22:30
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 13:00 to 16:30
The Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave North, Hamilton, ON