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*NEW* SOUP AND CINEMA SUNDAYS @ THE STAIRCASE

 

SOUP AND CINEMA SUNDAYS

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Starting Sunday Oct 13 The Staircase will launch SOUP AND CINEMA SUNDAYS presenting some of the best and newest documentaries being produced….and to boot we throw in a lovely cup of soup for 10 bucks! And it’s Vegan! (The soup that is)

The Staircase kicks off our Soup & Cinema film series by screening four films with our first theme ‘The Performing Arts’  Please note the start times of each film as they do change depending upon the 100’s of events we schedule.

 

SUNDAY OCT 13TH 3PM

‘The Life of Reilly’ – an adaptation of Charles Nelson Reilly’s acclaimed one-man show. The film takes us through this man’s strange, tragic, and hilarious life, from his birth in a humble neighborhood of the Bronx to his retirement in his posh Beverly Hills abode.

SUNDAY OCT 20TH 3PM & 7PM

‘SOUND CITY’Deep in the San Fernando Valley, amidst rows of dilapidated warehouses, was rock n’ roll’s best kept secret: Sound City. America’s greatest unsung recording studio housed a one-of-a-kind console, and as its legend grew, seminal bands and artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Metallica and Nirvana all came out to put magic to tape. Directed by Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and featuring interviews and performances from the iconic musicians who recorded some of rock’s greatest albums at the studio, Sound City doesn’t just tell the story of this real-life rock ‘n’ roll shrine, it celebrates the human element of music as Grohl gathers some of rock’s biggest artists to collaborate on a new album. Using Sound City’s legendary analog console, together these artists continue to create musical miracles in a digital world

SUNDAY OCT 27 3PM & 7PM

BEWARE OF MR. BAKER

 

Born in South East London the same week the Nazis began bombing, Ginger Baker’s first memory was running after a train that carried his father off to death in WWII. From his music to his life, at the expense of family and fortune, Ginger would never be left behind on the tracks again.

Though best known for his work with Eric Clapton in Cream and Blind Faith, the world’s greatest drummer did not hit his stride until years later in 1972 when he drove the first Range Rover ever produced from London to Nigeria in pursuit of the African rhythms and musical icon, Fela Kuti. There he found his Mecca of drumming, introducing the African beat and “world music” to the West, years before any other musicians in the field.

Unfortunately, Ginger’s African glory days were short-lived as he found himself looking down the barrel of a Nigerian officer’s machine gun. Signaling his departure from the continent and the loss of his fortune, Ginger returned to England where a pattern of divorces, self-destruction, and countless groundbreaking musical works continue on to Italy, California, Colorado, and current day South Africa where he lives inside a fortified compound with his 29-year-old internet bride and 39 polo ponies.

Chain smoking and ingesting copious amounts of morphine while sitting in his leather recliner, the 73-year-old reflects back on his life as we concurrently witness his current law suits, local disputes, and yet another chapter in his path of destruction. Unfortunately, Ginger’s ginger hair has faded, and we wonder if he is physically capable of saving himself by playing the instrument that has defined him. In his own words, “God is punishing me for my past wickedness by keeping me alive and in as much pain as he can. I wasn’t planning on living this long!” In true Ginger Baker fashion, 3 years into shooting the film, after squandering yet another fortune, Ginger Baker triumphantly returns to the stage. As he went on a 30 date sold out European tour, we were there to capture it.

The documentary includes stories from his ex-wives, children, and many of the greatest living musicians that worked with Ginger including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Mickey Hart, Carlos Santana, Max Weinberg, Chad Smith, Femi Kuti, Neal Peart, Simon Kirke, Marky Ramone and many more.

This documentary is one such story – a marriage of the film and music worlds through the life of one of the most unforgettable and controversial musicians. He was there the night Jimi Hendrix died, shared the drugs, the music, the names, the groups, while stripping away the other voices as the conductor, time keeper, the master drummer of our time. Beware of Mr. Baker catapults the viewer into his beat – with every smash of the bass drum there is a man behind it smashing his way through life.

SUNDAY NOV 3RD 1PM & 3PM

HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION –
“Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction is a compelling collage of a man who has been
ubiquitous in American films for over half a century and is still with us, still working,
still staring out at that horizon.”  Roger Ebert

 

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THE 8TH ANNUAL HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL RUNS NOV 4-10 @ THE STAIRCASE


HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL

We’ve been really busy updating the website with our 100 film line-up! 

Individual tickets and the full line-up are online now!

Each program will have a price next to the time so you’ll have an idea what you will be paying. 

Our prices haven’t changed in years.

For the first time, we are offering limited festival passes. 

An All Access pass for $75 (value $112) and a Pick7 pass at $40 (value $56)

There are only 20 each and they will remain on the site until sold out. 

 

We have a huge selection of local movies and a great handful of International selections. 

Kids, youth, student, comedy, drama, experimental, documentary, music videos,horror, panel discussion, gala, awards…

 

Held annually during the first full week in November at the historic Staircase Theatre,  

The Hamilton Film Festival is a juried selection of local and international indie films. 

The HFF is one of the most respected festivals in the GTHA .

We take a grassroots and friendly approach when dealing with the filmmakers.

HFF winners are often provided with encore screenings throughout the

year in various locations, furthering the exposure of your films.

We are operating two theatres in High Definition and as always,

we are inside the historic Staircase Theatre!

http://www.hamiltonfilmfestival.com/
http://www.twitter.com/HamiltonFilm

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The Staircase is Hiring!

indexThe Staircase is HIRING part
time/casual counter/kitchen
staff!  We are in need of
some lovely theatre minded
folks to staff our cafe/kitchen
during upcoming events. You will require a current
SMART SERVE CERTIFICATE, be available to work
SAT OCT 26 AND TUES DEC 31, be willing to obtain or
currently hold a SAFE FOOD HANDLERS CERTIFICATE,
enjoy mad rushes, talking theatre, music, movies,
preparing and serving simple fare. If this sounds
like you, please drop Colette a line at
info@staircase.org with your resume.
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HAMMER NIGHT LIVE OCT 10TH features ANTHONY MLEKUZ

On the last Thursday of every month our show brings 5 stand ups, 1 sketch troupe, 1 band, and original video content to Hamilton for only $5!
 

Hamilton’s art scene has so much to offer. There are a lot of passionate and amazing people in this city pulsing as Hamilton’s heartbeat and we want to bring them all to you.

Twice monthly  HNL brings you the best Hamilton has to offer.  On the second week of the month HNL will hilight stand up comedy featuring a new local headliner.  On the last week of the month HNL brings you a variety show featuring an original video, five comics, one sketch group and a band.

“Like” their facebook page and win free tickets and prizes. Contact either Paul Boychuk or Matthew Surina for advance tickets. $5 at the door.

OCTOBER 10TH HEADLINER- ANTHONY MLEKUZ
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HAMMER NIGHT LIVE! This Thursday Aug 29th…check out the new promo!

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Click here on the following link  for instant entertainment and a calvacade of information

about this months HNL!  HAMMER NIGHT LIVE PROMO

Here’s the line-up!

Comics:

1. Zak McDonald
2. Jesse Donato
3. Maggie Pettit
4. Craig F. Watkins
5. Mike Demissie
6. Eric Johnston

Sketch Troupe The Jimi Boys!

Musical Act: Daddy Lion and the Dandy Long legs!!

Hosted by: Paul Boychuk and Matthew Surina!

“Like” the HNL fb new page to win prizes, free tickets, and learn about new lineups sooner than everyone else.

Contact Paul Boychuk or Matthew Surina for tickets. $5 at the door!

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This Weekend..The Plaidiators and… Zak McDonald live

ZAK MCDONALD LIVE AT THE STAIRCASE SAT AUG 24 8PM

Hey friends!

On Saturday August 24th at 8pm I will be performing my first ever headlining set at The Staircase

on 27 Dundurn St N. I will be spreading peace and love and talking about all the hippy bullshit

I’ve been into lately.  I hope to see you guys out there!

The show begins at 8 o’clock and the doors are at 7! Show up early to get food and buy drinks to

support The Staircase!

Tickets will be 10$.

 

The show will also feature performances by

AUNT FRANCIS

MAYCE GALONI

ASHLEY MOFFATT

PATRICK COPPOLINO

I will also be sharing with everyone my future plans! I look forward to seeing you guys!

THE PLAIDIATORS RETURN FRI AUG 23 6PM

Come and celebrate the end of the summer with the Plaidiators! The show will be Friday the 23rd

from 6-8 pm at the Staircase theatre, and tickets are only $5 available at the door!

 

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Sketch Comedy The Rejuvenators presents SKETCHSICLE AUG 9 8PM

 

THE REJUVINATORS PRESENT SKETCHSICLE

AUG 9 8PM

Kick off your August with a hilariously refreshing comedy treat!

Brought to you by the students of 2013’s Summer Staircase Sketch and Improv intensive

(formally known as The Rejuvinators), this full-length revue features original sketches,

music, monologues and improv developed over the last two months.

From grounded humour observing the obscurity of everyday life to the ACTUAL obscure

(is x-ray vision REALLY possible?), Sketchsicle promises you a fun and kooky night of comedy

by the most talented and rejuvenating cast Hamilton has to offer!
Shove that down ya throat!

THE REJUVINATORS are:
Jennifer McMahon Molinaro
Jennifer Filipowicz
Aaron Cowan
Matt Sykes
Batt Mandura
Marianne Daly
Laurie Faas
Harrison Wheeler
and
Bill Dunphy!

Directed by: Jessica Perkins
Tickets are $10 each (cash only)
Reserve your tickets now!!!!! Email perkij20@gmail.
Tickets sold at the door. Please arrive early to ensure your seat. Cash only.

 

 

AUGUST 2 AND 3 8PM

Presenting a staged reading of Behind Closed Doors, a new musical written and directed by

Adam Bryan, a recent graduate of Sheridan College’s Performing Arts Preparation program.

Behind Closed Doors follows the story of a dancer named Baby and an abusive relationship

with her boyfriend Alex. Throughout the story, it shows the hardships that Baby faces as a result

of Alex’s verbal and sexual abuse, how her friends handle it, and ultimately how she begins to

recover and find peace. Each performance will be followed by a 20 minute Q&A with the cast

and the writer/director.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to SACHA, the Sexual Assault Centre for Hamilton and Area.

There will also be a donation jar for SACHA available at the production, as well as a donation jar for the

cast and crew.

CAST:
Jessica Escoto as BABY
Max Falletta-Ehler as ALEX
Adam Bryan as KYLE
Kayla Mazepa as MADDY
Jordan Brunet as MADAME

 

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Upcoming Events @ The Staircase

THURS JULY 25 8PM



Hammer Night Live is back for our monthly variety show. Here’s the line-up!

Comics:

1. Will Thomson
2. Clifford Myers
3. Alex Aucoin
4. James Kersley
5 Steve Patrick Adams

Sketch Troupe Ugly Stix!

Musical Act: Dan & Chris!

Hosted by: Paul Boychuk and Matthew Surina!

“Like” our new page to win prizes, free tickets, and learn about new lineups sooner than everyone else.

Contact Paul Boychuk or Matthew Surina for tickets. $5 at the door!

AUGUST 2ND AND 3RD 8PM

Pledge to support Behind Closed Doors!
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/behind-closed-doors–6/x/1380709

Presenting Behind Closed Doors, a new musical written and directed by Adam Bryan,

a recent graduate of Sheridan College’s Performing Arts Preparation program.

Behind Closed Doors follows the story of a dancer named Baby, her friendships, and an

abusive relationship with her boyfriend Alex. Throughout the story, it shows the hardships

she faces as a result of Alex’s abuse, and ultimately how she recovers and finds peace.

The box office opens at 7 PM, and the show begins at 8 PM. Each performance will be followed

by a 20 minute Q&A with the cast and the writer/director.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to SACHA, the Sexual Assault Centre for Hamilton and Area.

There will also be a donation jar for SACHA available at the production, as well as a donation jar

for the cast and crew.

CAST:
Jessica Escoto as BABY
Colin Laking as ALEX
Max Falletta-Ehler as KYLE
Kayla Mazepa as MADDIE
Jordan Brunet as MADAME

Narrated by Adam Bryan

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Great events this Weekend!

Join us for these fun events happening this weekend

Friday June 21 8pm

Horror in the Hammer presents ADAM CHAPLIN

Billed as one of the bloodiest films ever made, witness the insane action and brutal fights of ADAM CHAPLIN, which mixes satanic and metal imagery with Manga-inspired violence.

To avenge the death of his wife at the hands of a disfigured mafia boss, Adam summons a demon that grants him superhuman strength and dark powers. Adam’s rage unleashes a bloody war that will bring Adam and the demon on his side, against the police department with all its dark allies. The fight begins and it will be extreme!

Dir. Emanuele De Santi
Country: Italy

FRIGHT NIGHT THEATRE
Admission $10

Screening details at http://www.horrorinthehammer.com/

Sat June 22 8pm
The Smooth Criminals
Good things come in 3’s… that’s a thing, right?

Brace yourself Hamilton, because improvised comedy and music is coming back to the Staircase Theatre on Saturday, June 22nd at 8pm.

Modeled in the style of the hit TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and made up of a killer cast of professional improvisers, this show has been taking Hamilton audiences on wild rides of laughter and mayhem for over a year.

Tickets are getting snapped up fast, so make sure to reserve by emailing us at SmoothCriminalsImprov@Gmail.com or by visiting our site www.SmoothCriminalsImprov.com
Tickets: $15

Starring:

Nelu Handa
Chris Leveille
Jordan Markowski
Mark Bond

With Special Guests:

Carly Heffernan
Alan Kliffer
Mystery Guest 1

Stage Manager: Guy Bradford