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Zombie Walk Comes to End at Staircase

It’s time! It’s time! Dust off the old funeral tux and shake out the burial shroud. It’s time to get gorgeous and gory for the 5th Annual Hamilton Zombie Walk and Charity Food Drive (presented by Horror in the Hammer). October 29th @ Gore Park (starting at 2pm).  Join the Hamilton Horde for another year of Halloween horror and help us take a bite out of hunger by bringing a donation of nonperishable food items to Gore Park. All donations will go to support local food bank. Don’t forget to donate some food before you take to the town in search of brains!  WALK ROUTE: Zombies will depart Gore Park around 2pm, shambling North on James St N, down York, and then to Dundurn Castle. FRIGHT NIGHT THEATER: After the walk, come back to The Staircase (27 Dundurn Street North L8R 3C9) for Fright Night Theater and your chance to win zombie prizes.  Admission: $5 zombies, $10 humans. Discounted rate for children. Includes admission to movie. Prize tickets sold separately at The Staircase.

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Announcement, Birthday, Comedy, Drama, Events, Film, Music

Devil’s Ball Costume Party and Fundraiser Oct 29th

4th Annual Fundraiser Costume Party in Support of the Staircase Theatre. Well, guys and ghouls, its that spooky time of the year again where we gather at the theater for fiendish fundraising fun. Last year our event helped fund new speakers for our facility and this year we are aiming to provide new lights for the mainstage theatre. Tickets are $13 or 2/$20 cash only. Call 905-529-3000 for a reservation  Your admission gets you: Live Music, Sexy Dancing, Comedy, A prize laden Costume Contest, 50/50 Draw, Door Prizes, spooky Delicious Snacks and a Cash Bar. Also catch a uper sneak peak of a BRAND NEW feature length horror film (by a very talented Hamilton-based film company) screening through out the night in our theatre space! Our previous years Devil’s Ball Fundraisers were amazingly spooky party-times, and this year will be bigger and better. All proceeds go directly to The Staircase Theatre to support our much beloved venue and its programmes. Check it out on the Facebooks.

 

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THE STAIRCASE GOES HOLLYWOOD

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!


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Devlin’s Retro Cool TV Night Fri Mar 4th 8pm then stick around for Karaoke with Kim!!!

“Devlin’s Retro Cool TV Night”

Tired of sitting home alone and watching television all by yourself well join Devlin Bishop for a FREE evening of classic sitcoms! Escape the complex trappings of modern life and relive the magic of those situation comedies that resolved every problem in less than 22 minutes! The best part besides being FREE is to see them for the first time on the big screen! No Remakes ! No Reboots ! The actual vintage masterpieces without the annoying commerical breaks! This March, break out of the winter blahs with a vacation themed night featuring The Flintstones, The Brady Bunch, The Golden Girls and Three’s Company!
Relive your youth or discover the classics for one night only!
And don’t forget to stay for Karaoke with Kim in the cafe that night as well!

Comedy, Events, Music, Stand Up Comedy, Uncategorized

NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH @ THE STAIRCASE…TICKETS GOING FAST!

Hello Staircase Supporters and NYE Fence sitters!

Tickets are now available and rapidly selling out for Our New Year’s Eve Bash, Dec 31st 9pm-1am.  Music and Dancing with DJ Dupree…Comedy, Burlesque, Finger Foods, Midnight Champagne Toast and More!!!…..for a measly $25!!

Order your tickets now as we are 75% sold out and at this rate it may not be possible to get at door sales 905-529-3000 or info@staircase.org

PERFORMANCES BY:

DJ DUPREE (LAURA)

DJ Dupree is a born and raised music freak.  She began DJing in part, to justify her dizzying collection of music, but mostly to create one of a kind soundtracks to events and parties.  The majority of her sets are improvised, using a wide variety of music across many genres and time periods.  Every occasion has a unique experience!   DJ Dupree was also the co-founder of Steeltown Sirens Burlesque, performing as Jezebel Dupree throughout the ensemble’s dynasty of cheek and sass.

PAUL HUTCHESON  (ONE MAN EXTRAORDINAIRE)

Charming. Effervescent. Gracious. Punctual. Superlatives like these have been applied to many people, and Paul Hutcheson is no exception. His ribald take on modern living, tempered by a boyish glee makes for a performance you’ll want to take home with you and stuff under your pillow. Paul’s been performing solo for seven years with his shows “The First Time”, “On Second Thought. “Third Times A Charm” “comparable to Jim Carey, only not obnoxious.”CBC Winnipeg ***** Uptown Magazine “If David Sedaris wrote a fringe play, this would be it.” Monday MagazineAWARDS:
Best Male Solo Show, SanFrancisco Fringe Festival
Fringe Fabulous Faggy Award: Orlando Fringe Festival

SHARON NOWLAN (BURLESQUE)

Sharon Nowlan has appeared on stage with the Regina Lyric Light Opera and the Souris Valley Theatre. She toured the Canadian Fringe Theatre circuit in 2006 and 2007 in the smash hit Caberlesque! 2007 with The Medicine Show as both a performer and co-creator, 2008 her first solo show, The Follies, 2009 Burlesque Unzipped and 2010 The Canuck Cabaret *****“The verdict is in:  Burlesque Unzipped is hot AND educational!”-The Hour, Montreal  ****  Star Phoenix

COLETTE KENDALL (EMCEE)

‘A one-woman, tour de forced-entry, Colette Kendall is not a woman to be trifled with. Her tongue is sharper than a vodka high colonic’ Xtra Magazine  This multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominated performer has toured the last 5 years across Canada  with her one woman shows, Tippi Seagram’s Happy Hour, Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram? and The Cockwhisperer-A Love Story.   Colette received a career highlight when she performed alongside Cindy Williams and Joyce DeWitt, in The Vagina Monologues for a sold out run at Stage West. She has appeared in several festival featured films including the 2009 Sundance Film Festival  as well as the  HBO/Julia Roberts produced Feature Film, Kit Kittredge starring Abigail Breslin,

BEN  WILSON (STAND UP)

Brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, intelligent, sharp, smart and quick witted are just a few words Ben has looked up in his Thesaurus. This accomplished stand up comedian has also received formal training with The Second City and The Staircase Theatre for improvisation. He can dance too. Although his Dyslexia makes it difficult to dance the YMCA. Ben’s humour has been heard throughout North America and soon to be the rest of the World, Earth, Globe… Planet.

CLIFFORD MYERS (STAND UP)

“Frenetic and uncontrolled, Clifford Myers dissects the audience one laugh at a time with a wide variety of topics ranging from  what he had for breakfast to what he had for lunch. Don’t worry, you’ll love him. Now give us your money.”

SHANNON BELL (STAND UP)

Sex, pornography, spousal abuse and gay issues are a few of the taboo subjects Shannon comments on in her act.  An edgy act, it is clear that Shannon’s subject matter and content is for a mature audiences.

BILL DAVERN (STAND UP)

Bill Davern is one of the most talented and hilarious comic voice/impressionists on the North American comedy circuit today.  His off-beat humour and bang on celebrity impressions of Johnny Carson, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Neil Diamond among many others will have you howling with laughter.

ANNIE SHAW (SINGER SONGWRITER)

Comedy, Events, Film, Music

Rocky Horror Picture Show 8pm…David Celia & Chums 9pm Wed Oct 27

8pm ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW..FREE!

Join Brad, Janet, Frankenfurter and the Staircase for a free screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show 8pm.  No Toast, water, rice etc but Lingerie is completely ok with us!

9pm DAVID CELIA AND CHUMS

$8 at door Catch rippin’ drummer Cleave Anderson, formerly of Blue Rodeo, Joan Besen from Prairie Oyster and Young Tim Jackson accompanying David Celia with lush vocal harmonies and improvised jams. Dancers welcome.

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FRIDAY OCT 1st TWO FLOORS OF AWESOME CONCERTS

First up in the Beautiful Brightroom:

Mike Evin, David Celia and Brent Titcomb in Concert 8pm


Like so many of his talented Canadian contemporaries, David Celia is a “best kept secret” at home. Fresh off his 12th tour of England, Holland and Belgium, with a jaunt to NYC, Chicago and Nashville, David brings his “roots rock with hints of folk wrapped in a pop package” home for a scant few months. He has shared stages with Elvis Costello, Fairport Convention and Shawn Colvin.

Mike Evin just finished his new album, “Do You Feel The World?” in Nashville, TN. Whether you’ve been a fan since his colorful power-pop work with The Brothers Creeggan and Barenaked Ladies or his more recent communal impromptu sing-a-longs, this album’s got it all. His music has been played on CBC and he has shared stages with Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Harmer and many other notable Canadian musicians.

MIKE EVIN

“Mike Evin’s musical savvy and good-times attitude do indeed make him the best national treasure you’ve never heard.”
– Soundproof Magazine

“The songs somehow feel intimate, like a private conversation, but also make you want to sing-along and when it comes to being a charismatic piano man, in my opinion, that’s what it’s all about.”
-HEROHILL.COM

“Good Watermelon’s combination of wit and wide-eyed innocence is beginning to establish Evin as a voice to be reckoned with within the Canadian scene.”
-THE RECORD

DAVID CELIA

Like so many of his talented Canadian contemporaries, David Celia is a “best kept secret” at home. Fresh off his 12th tour of Europe, including Glastonbury Festival’s 40th anniversary, David brings his “roots rock with hints of folk wrapped in a pop package” home for a scant few months. He Just released his third album, “I Tried” (Experience/Universal) which is already getting regular rotation on CBC and BBC radio in England.

I like the sentiment in your lyrics” ~ Gordon Lightfoot

BRENT TITCOMB

Brent’s early work helped forge the sound of legendary folk/rock group Three’s a Crowd. The group recorded a few singles and one album, Christopher’s Movie Matinee, produced by Cass Elliott of the Mamas and Papas and Steve Barry on ABC/Dunhill Records. Brent worked with Anne Murray in the studio and on the road, and gave her a successful hit when she recorded his composition, Sing High, Sing Low. His material was also performed and recorded by Glen Campbell, Andy Williams and the Osmonds. He’s furnished backup for the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Don Ross, Oliver Schroer, Daisy Debolt, Tom Wilson and his son Liam Titcomb.

These days, Brent is a member of the ‘artist collective’ Lee Harvey Osmond, the brainchild of longtime friend Tom Wilson. He plays harmonica, percussion and sings. They have been touring extensively in Canada as well as crossing the border now and then. Brent says it’s a dream come true. He always wanted to be in a rock band! He’s almost 70 and he’s rocking alright!

IN THE CAFE…GOSPEL SINGER YOANNE FREGET 9pm


Yoann Freget has been singer since his childhood. At the age of fifteen he attended for the first time a concert of Gospel music, with the famous singer, musician and composer Emmanuel Djob (“Black an’ White Gospel singers”, “By the Gospel River”), directing the « Gospelize it! Mass Choir ». It was a deep spiritual and musical revelation for Yoann. Few months later, he passed the casting to get in this Gospel choir composed of 70 chorists – wich was one of the most famous one in Europe. He sang there for three years, quickly became solist and really started to feel and understand the essence of the African-american music, wich can, according to him, drop, by the Power of Love, all the artificial limitations (color, religion, country…).  Then, Yoann sang in various music bands, among them : “BRBB”, a Tribute to Otis Redding, with an orchestra of 6 musicians ; in the famous “Soul Travellers” band ; in the masculine Gospel quintet “Gospel Shakers” ; also in “Gospel Jam”, duet with the well known Gospel singer Sabine Kouli (“Maezah” and “Soul Spirit”) ; as chorist for the last album of Marianne Aya Omac (“Ginkobiloba”), “Be my witness”. On his musical way he had occasions to be encouraged or invited on the scene by renowned artists, as Stevie Wonder, Liz Mc Comb, Dove Attia (Jury of “La Nouvelle Star”- the french “New Idol”), or else Ahmed Mouici (“Pow Wow”, “Les Dix Commandements”). Since 2006, he started to lead his own Gospel choir “Le Choeur Enchante” and to give singing lessons. He also has been called to animate Gospel workshops in different countries, like Italy, England, and Germany, to share his vision and experience of Gospel music. In May 2010, Yoann came back from a travel of five months throughout India. By this travel, he learnt both indian singing and spirituality – wich are basically one – and this did considerably enriched and inspired him. At the age of twenty three, Yoann is actually preparing his first solo album, wich is a gathering of personal and co- compositions, with different text-writers and composers. Since September until half of December 2010, he will be touring Canada and USA. Tour dates will be written soon on myspace soon. Yoann is still looking for other collaborations for the creation and the future distribution of this first album.

Read more: http://www.myspace.com/yoannfreget#ixzz10f7Xfq7K

Events

Jake’s Gift….. One Night Only

Jake’s Gift is an award winning Canadian play about a WW2 veteran’s journey back to Juno Beach for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day.

While there, Jake meets Isabelle, a precocious 10-year-old from the local village, whose inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long ignored ghosts; most notably, the war time death of his eldest brother Chester, a once promising young musician. At its heart, Jake’s Gift is about the importance of remembrance and makes personal the story behind one soldier’s grave.

The production received four awards at The Victoria Fringe including, Best Drama, Best Solo Show, Best Female Performer and Best New Play.* Jake’s Gift was also named Best of Fest at The 2008 Edmonton Fringe and at the 2009 Winnipeg Fringe, where it sold out its entire run.

Since 2007, Jake’s Gift has played at festivals and theaters across the country, and the production continues to garner rave reviews and standing ovations. In 2010, Juno Productions surpassed its 300th performance of Jake’s Gift. The 2010/11 season will take them across the country as well as up north for the first time as they venture to Yukon and NWT.

Here’s what one reviewer said:

” It’s hard to say which is better—her script about a reluctant veteran’s return to Juno Beach or her twin performances as a 10-year-old girl and 80-year-old man, both of which, in 60 minutes, speak more to the heart about Canada’s role in WWII than would a six-hour NFB documentary. Without a doubt, Jake’s Gift is one of the most moving and unashamedly heartfelt pieces of solo theatre that has graced a stage in a long time; put it up there with the likes of The Shape of a Girl and I, Claudia—it’s simply that good.”- John Threlfall – Monday Magazine, Victoria

For more information www.juliamackey.com