Come for a night of “Banter and Bluegrass” !
Local actor Sara Weber will be sharin’ stories of growing up in Alabama that you won’t want to miss!
Plus you get to hear the pickins’ of the best bluegrass band north of the Mason Dixon Line, the Golden Horseshoe Revival.
The event starts at 8 pm; tickets are $25 cash at the door.
All proceeds go to the Living Rock.
For ticket reservations, call 905-388-2581;



Garnet Rogers in Concert Dec 4 7:30pm

Garnet Rogers returns to the Staircase Cafe for his last concert for 2011.  Details to be released shortly.  Tickets are limited to cafe seating only so please reserve in advance 905-529-3000 or info@staircase.org.  (please leave name, telephone number and desired number of tickets, we will confirm) Advance tickets $20 @ door $25 Cash Only Garnet encourages everyone to bring a non-perishable food item or item of personal hygiene for donation to a local foodbank.


#Hack4HamOnt Dec 1-4


Do you want to Hack for Humanity?

Let’s be ambitious together, join us in bringing International Open Data Hackathon to Hamilton!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Microsoft’s Make Web Not War, we’re going to hold Hamilton’s first weekend hackathon during the first weekend of December complete with free food, entertainment, all-nighters (for those that like that sort of thing) , and fun.

We’re calling this event #Hack4HamOnt and it will coincide with December’s International Random Hacks of Kindness (we’ve applied to be a host site – we are not yet an RHoK site) and International Open Data Hackathon.


Black Box Fire Auditions

By: Tennessee Williams
Directed by: Lauren Repei

SYNOPSIS – When Tom Wingfield brings home a friend from work for a dinner one evening, his mother Amanda’s dreams of a suitor for her daughter Laura seem to be coming true.
Through Tom’s memories and narration we see the tragedy in each Wingfield as they retreat into their own preferred reality; be it a glass collection, a Sunday afternoon in Blue Mountain with seventeen gentleman callers, or poems scrawled on the lids of shoe boxes.
The Glass Menagerie was Tennessee Williams’ first great success and continues to be one of the most-performed and loved classics in theatre.

Amanda Wingfield (40+) – the mother. Vibrantly clings to her past of youth and gentleman callers.
Laura Wingfield (20’s) – the daughter. Fragile and timid.
Tom Wingfield (20’s) – the son. The narrator, and restless writer.
Jim O’Connor (20’s) – the gentleman caller. A nice, charismatic young man.

Monday December 5th- 7-10pm

Auditions are drop-in. Bring yourself and a theatre CV if you have one. Please be prepared to do a cold read.

Staircase Cafe Theatre
27 Dundurn St. N., Hamilton, ON

Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 7:30pm

Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:30pm

Friday, March 23, 2012 at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 7:30pm

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 2pm

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 7:30pm


Musical Improv Comedy Night in Hamilton


You may know it by a few different names (Steel City, The Hammer, H-Town, Toronto-light), but they all stand for one city: a city about to get it’s face melted with some seriously funny musical Improv comedy.

With a killer cast of performers made up of celebrated comedy legends and newer upstarts alike, AND with an incredible live band on hand, Musical Improv Comedy Night in Hamilton (who needs a fancy name when you… can just tell it like it is) is the biggest night of comedy to hit the Hamilton scene since the Pan Am Games stadium debacle (that was kind of comedic, right?). In other words, it’s something you won’t want to miss out on.

So if you like laughing, and if you like great live music, and if you like laughing while enjoying great live music, please grab your friends, your family (14+) and your significant others and make your way to this show on Friday Nov 26th @ 8pm

You will love it.

Starring (In alphabetical order):

Lauren Ash
Mark Bond (On the piano)
Ashley Botting
Kevin Frank (On the drums)
Chris Leveille
Jordan Markowski
Kevin Vidal

Stage Manager:

Andrew Haggith

Where: The Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn Street North)
When: Friday Nov 26th at 8pm
Tickets: $12

Drama, Theatre

EAST OF BERLIN Nov 11, 12, 18, 19


Do monsters breed monsters? That’s the question we’re forced to ask when Rudi discovers, in his teens, that his father served as an SS Doctor at Auschwitz. Set in 1970, Rudi the young adult stands outside of his father’s study revisiting the major events in his life. From the discovery of this secret, to his friendship with Hermann, and a relationship with the daughter of a Jewish survivor, Rudi tries to come to terms with a horrific past that he had no part of. With love, guilt, redemption and sins unimaginable, East of Berlin examines hidden victims of the Holocaust.

R&D Productions is proud to present their inaugral show with Canadian Hannah Moscovitch’s East of Berlin. Opening on remembrance day, this play appropriately examines one of the most significant events in human history: the Holocaust, from an often ignored perspective. In a respectable and insightful manner, East of Berlin makes us think about one’s history and how deep it needs to be buried in order to remain in the past.

Directed by Ryan Trepanier
Stage Managed by David Rundle


Gregory Cruikshank as Rudi
Robert Brown as Hermann
Crystal Jonasson as Sarah

Friday, November 11th @ 8:00pm
Saturday, November 12th @ 2:00pm
Saturday, November 12th @ 8:00pm
Friday, November 18th @ 8:00pm
Saturday, November 19th @ 2:00pm
Saturday, November 19th @ 8:00pm

All shows are at the Staircase Theatre located on 27 Dundurn Street North in Hamilton.

Tickets are $15 and can be reserved ahead of time by emailing: r.and.d.theatre@gmail.com.

Space is limited to 67 seats per performance, so advance reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seats.

As a disclaimer, this production will include the smoking of herbal cigarettes, firearms (no gunfire), strong language and suggestive sexual content. Discretion is advised



Events, Film, Uncategorized


The Staircase took it’s annual summer hiatus which meant of course that we were busier than ever!!!  Thank to the efforts of all our volunteers who gave their time and endless energy to help improve this beautiful space, it is much appreciated. The new fall season will see a spiffy newly painted theatre, remodelled cafe and thanks to our very good friend and talented craftsman, Hamish, the cafe has a beautiful new raised stage area…concerts, karaoke, speeches, powerpoints and standup will never look so good.  We did all this but still had time to go HOLLYWOOD!…the cafe received an early Christmas make-over with the filming of The Hallmark Channel’s Production, ANGEL DUTY.

For more info about the movie click here.



THE And if that wasn’t enough facetime for this old Diva we also made the cover of PUB MAGAZINE along with a very nice blurb about our little establishment.  So make sure to drop by and sample our exclusive local micro-brewery, Cameron’s, draught, before you take in one of the many shows we have lined up for this fall!


The Staircase is beautifying!

It’s that time of the year people…summer vacation, where we discreetly close the front doors and then have our cafe face lifted, sanded and puttied ready to unveil August 22nd…but that doesn’t mean it’s not business as usual for our resident services and party bookings it just means you have to enter through the rear door!  Be sure to check our online calendar for schedules.

Pick up a copy of the July edition of Pub Magazine that  features the Staircase cafe and theatre, a great place to have some culture with a Pint of your favorite Cameron’s Beer  www.pubmagazine.ca

Register now for these upcoming Summer programs:






Sat August 20th 11-5

This retreat style workshop provides a chance to bring actors of all levels together to truly embrace the contagious passion of performance with new & familiar faces of our community. This workshop isn’t as much about performance but more about the performer and the strengthen, conviction & consistent courage it takes to make truly remarkable characters & divulge their moments on stage. Through self reflection and exploratory exercises (acting/improv/asking questions and listening to ourselves), we will be uncovering solutions for the dis-connect that actors often struggle with when trying to understand their characters. *Please RSVP that you will be attending by Friday July 22/2011.

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to email me.





Monday August 14th – 20th  and

Monday August 21st – 27th

9am – 4pm  for all camps


So You Think You Love Dance Camp (Ages 6-12) – $175

The Musical Theatre Project Camp (Ages 7-13) – $200

Bring a lunch, and wear clothes you can move and groove in! Children enjoy classes with Broadway performer Amanda De Freitas  *Additional child care available upon request for early drop off or late pick ups*

Call 289-799-1722          OR          info@liveinlife.ca




Monday Evenings: Acting Two CREA10071

An intense look inside the performer’s internal approach to the character’s conception.Examining human behaviour/re-creating the substance that produces the truthful “moments”within the work. This class is designed for students seriously interested in pursuing a career & intend on performing their final work in Acting Three. Prerequisite: Acting for Beginners. 8 weeks.  Multi-Purpose room from 7-10pm. Fee:$170.28.


Tuesday Evenings: Acting for Beginners CREA10072

Join Actress/Director/Teacher/Second City Grad Christina Payne, along an artistic journey connecting on camera/stage through character creation, commercial auditions, finding legitimate agents & building your resume. Using monologue/scene analysis tools & improvisation exercises to stimulate & prepare you for a career in the arts. 8 weeks.  Variety room from 7-10pm. Fee:$170.28.

Contact Us

CE Creative & Applied Arts

Phone: 905-575-2025

Fax: 905-575-2126

Susan Bowinkelmann  Program Manager

Phone: 905-575-1212 ext. 3009

EMAIL:   susan.bowinkelmann@mohawkcollege.ca




“Hamilton’s hottest new Latin Dance School.

Dance is a great way to meet new people, spark a new or add spice to a relationship, stay in shape and most importantly have fun! Whether you’re an experienced dancer or just starting out, looking to compete or just want to learn for fun, Nuvitzo is the dance school for you. We offer a unique mixed L.A. and Cuban style Salsa class as well as Bachata and Merengue classes.

Group classes start at $10.00/hour and run Monday nights starting September 2011!

Early Registration Discount available now until July 30th!

Register online at nuvitzodance.com  All class details and registration is on our website.








This week! OUTspoken, poetry slam in celebration of HammerPride 2011. Alfie Smith CD release, Michelle Joly summer CD tour and Impulse Performance Arts Dance revival.

Bryan Prince Booksellers and  the Women & Liminal Committee of Hamilton present  OUTspoken,  a poetry slam in celebration of HammerPride 2011. Contestants are invited to write and recite an original poem containing the word silence or censor. Two cash prizes of $100 each will be awarded, one by our judges panel and one by audience members. The evening will also feature readings by our judges. Contestants are asked to register at wlchamilton@gmail.com  Free Event, Everyone Welcome. This slam is presented in association with HammerPride 2011


Alfie Smith CD Release Thurs June 16 8pm

Alfie’s 6th record Sometimes the Rain has just come out and were having a concert at the Staircase Theatre to debut the new songs. This is an amazing soft seat venue and will be done completely Acoustic no Mic’s no PA just live. Nicole Christian with be opening the show. There are only 67 seats so get your tix today $15 or free with the purchase of a CD$20.

Michelle Joly and Carrie Sandler in Concert June 17th 7pm $5 @ door

Michelle Joly and Carrie Sadler are Red Deer College Music Alumni of 2001. Michelle continued her education at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, AB and from there studied in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. It was there she really honed in on her songwriting, guitar and piano playing skills. She has been actively involved in Musicals and choirs across the country.Michelle is now teaching Voice, Guitar and Piano at 53rd Street Music in Red Deer, AB and has just released her first solo Album “You’re Not Alone”. It is a soulful, jazzy, folk album that has been her focus for the last 2 years. With her long time college friend Carrie, they will be touring North America from Coast to Coast starting June 1st.


Impulse Performance Arts Presents THE BEGINNING

Dance Performances at 1pm (SOLD OUT) and 6pm

TICKETS $12 advance $15 at door

All tickets sold in advance @ Impulse Performance Arts

108 Queenston Rd Hamilton 905-548-9298


This week, The Collapsed on the big screen & The Ugly Stiks 5th Anniversary Sketch Show

THE COLLAPSED (2011) screening on the large screen, main building, 27 Dundurn St N
In the wake of the end of the world, a family of four desperately tries to survive. Their goal: escaping the city and traveling to the rural community they once called home.  The constant threat of a violent death forcing them to stay as far away from civilization as possible, they take to the forest, soon to discover the danger posed by other survivors may be the least of their worries. Will they survive? A dark and unpredictable horror/thriller. Tickets available at door $5

The Ugly Stiks are back with Five x 5, their 5th year anniversary show! Come see Hamilton’s Premiere Sketch Comedy Troupe.

Tickets $10! Call 905-525-6448 for tix, or reserve them through FB!! Leave us a message, and we’ll set them aside for you!!
Doors open at 7:30pm, and the mayhem begins @ 8pm
*****A special treat will be had by all who attend!!!*****
*****You don’t come, you don’t get the treat*****BE THERE!!!!