Music

Wed Oct 13th 8pm Three Sirens of Song-Amy Campbell, Darrelle London and NLX

  • Three Tremendous performers, One Tremendous Night.   Join NLX, Amy Campbell and Darrell London @ The Staircase Theatre featured on our Cafe Stage.

NLX
BITCH GET FIT is the much anticipated, first full-length offering from NLX. But to call it a debut would be somewhat misleading. It’s taken two years of preparation, collaboration and one tiny lawsuit to make this masterpiece. Recorded in both NYC and Toronto, NLX joined forces again with acclaimed producer/composer Byron Kent Wong to create an extraordinarily distinct, vibrant and compelling album. In a time of one hit wonders and copycat artists, NLX stands alone.   Raised in the icy shadows of Canada’s steel city smoke stacks, NLX hails from the proud tradition of BS-free northern songwriting women. She continues to carry the electronically edged dark pop torch with BITCH GET FIT … 16 tracks of blow your mind and open your heart lyrical and musical smack. It is “fists in the air, tears on the floor, don’t look back but close the door” kind of music. From 3,000+ soft-seaters while opening for Matthew Good and David Usher, to Lower East Side rock clubs to intimate cafes in Greenwich Village, NLX invites you into her heart – and makes her way into yours – with delightful blunt humor lifted from the same divine source as her music. You laugh, you cry. Experience NLX – don’t be afraid, you might just find love.

AMY CAMPBELL

Amy Campbell brings together classical training and folk sensibilities to create music that reaches into human experience and comes back with stories written from the soul. Devoted equally to lyrical craft, innovative musicianship, and engaging performances, Amy’s dozen years of writing, composing, and touring have cemented her position in hearts and playlists across the world.Amy Campbell’s first solo album: Architecture: Live at the Opera House was released with a sold out show in Halifax in November 2003. Recorded live at the Opera House in Lunenburg, NS one September afternoon, Architecture surpassed all expectations when it was featured on several radio programs (including CBC’s The Roundup, and Definitely Not the Opera as Indie Artist of the week), was reviewed in several local and national publications (Exclaim!, Herizons) and charted on campus and internet radio stations across Canada and the US (including Netscape and AOL radio).  November 2008 saw the release of a full length album and book project entitled Oh Heart, Oh Highway. A successful release tour included appearances at the Halifax Pop Explosion, Toronto’s The Cameron House, The BobCat concert series (Ottawa) and the legendary Yellow Door Coffeehouse (Montreal). New fans were drawn in by the album’s cinematic narratives, and ambitious artistic vision; as evidenced in March 2009, when Oh Heart, Oh Highway reached #1 on CBC’s coveted and influential Galaxie Folk/Roots chart.

“Simply put, Campbell is well poised to one day inherit Joni Mitchell’s place as Canada’s quintessential female singer-songwriter.” –Cindy Filipenko, Herizons

DARRELLE LONDON
Classically trained in voice and piano, Darrelle London earned her chops playing as a teenager in cafes around her small hometown of Acton, Ontario, Canada. She has come a long way since those early days!
Darrelle’s story is one of following your heart over your head. With the smarts to get accepted to law school, she chose to instead take a chance on her music.
Since making that fateful choice, Darrelle has toured Canada, played in LA and New York, and opened for British star VV Brown at the Troubadour club in Hollywood. She has also performed at several festivals, including Lilith Fair, International Pop Overthrow, and North by Northeast.
In 2009, Darrelle’s song, Understand, was selected for inclusion on the 90210 TV soundtrack, which was sold across North America. The song appeared alongside music by internationally renowned artists such as Adele, All-American Rejects, N.E.R.D. and Jet
Darrelle’s music has been embraced by fans, music critics and media. She has made appearances on ET Canada, MuchMusic, eTalk and CBC. She also has an upcoming American television appearance on a PBS special about Lilith Fair.  Darrelle’s future looks bright. She recently received the “Best Pop” title at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. She is in the process of recording two new songs that she wrote with one of her “career idols,” Chantal Kreviazuk. Darrelle also looks forward to meeting many new fans during her upcoming U.S. and Canadian tour dates.

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The Staircase is on Summer Vacation July 11-Aug 9

Hope we didn’t forget to pack anything!  The Staircase will be taking a short hiatus from theatre and cafe bookings  from  July 11-Aug 9.  During this time we will be working on all the larger jobs that are difficult to get to when you are open 24/7.  Our resident services, Seiwa Kai Karate and The Yoga Path will be holding classes in the bright and multipurpose rooms so check out their respective websites for their summer schedules.  Fright Night theatre will still be held the 1st Tuesday of August and since the laughter never stops at the Staircase the Thursday night 9pm  Stand up Comedy Night will continue to push the comedy envelope in the Hammer…..and when we re-open….well we hope you are well rested because we are packed solid this upcoming Fall season!

Improv Comedy

Laughing in the face of Death

An improv comedy evening to raise funds for Darfur refugees. Tickets$20 proceeds to “Hike for Hunger” http://hikeforhunger.webs.com .

There is limited seating so buying tickets early is advised. On saleJune 22nd at the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in the Emergency Department
or  at the door.

Come join Shirley Cuscieri, Adam Dams, Patrick Hebden, Daniel Kollek and Brian Smith (AKA the “No Name” improv troupe) in laughing for a good cause!

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HAPPY TO BE HERE…HAMILTON PREMIERE Sat July 3rd 8PM

DIY filmmaker Sean MacPherson’s lo-fi, no-budget, labor of love and hate, HAPPY TO BE HERE is going on tour across Canada!

A sort-of heart warming feature film about passive aggression, having a nice day and forgetting the names of your family members, Happy to be Here is the story of Dorian Winters, who, after his father Butch suffers a massive stroke and donates his life savings to a seemingly illegitimate dolphin charity, embarks on a journey to discover the challenges of making peace with one’s family and finding the true meaning of happiness…

A feature film shot on a budget of 1500.00 in a 400 square ft apartment, Happy to be Here was shot in truly independent fashion. And what a ride so far. From oysters and grey goose at the CANNES 2009, to rejection and tap water, the film and filmmaker have been on a wild roller coaster for the last two years…

Finally fed up with the “independent” film system, the filmmaker is embarking on a self-funded film tour across Canada – screening in the Hammer Sat July 3rd!!!

Staircase theatre!!! Sat July 3 @8pm!!! Director in attendance!!!

Come out and support real independent film!

It’s Hammer time….

Events

THE STAIRCASE THEATRE OPEN MIC COMEDY NIGHT

Killer Johnnie's presents The Staircase Theatre Comedy Open Mic

Word is starting to catch on that Every Thursday night 9pm is the night to get your laugh on.  Beginners, Amateurs and Professionals take to the cafe stage  to push the comedy envelope in the Hammer with their original written materials. So bring a friend, grab a cheap beer and laugh, cringe or get up on stage yourself and celebrate the good, bad and ugly of the Hamilton Comedy Scene!!  Hosted by the lovely and talented Clifford Myers and the slightly hairer Colette Kendall.

To sign up

10  (7min) spots are available weekly first come, first signed up.  Out of town comics contact colettekendall@gmail.com to pre-book the first available slot.