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THE STAIRCASE IS HIRING!

THE STAIRCASE IS HIRING!

We are now accepting resumes for casual full service culture hosts!

If you are an experienced server/barista or have food prep experience we would like to hear from you.  Send an introductory note, resume and general availability to Colette at info@staircase.org by FEB 1st.

Ideally you will have the following:

  • Smart Serve Certified with Bar experience (you know how to sling beer)
  • Safe Food Handlers Certificate (or willing to obtain on our dime.)
  • Experience with food prep.
  • At table Service and Barista Experience a plus
  • A desire to work with a variety of cultural events, artsy types and just really great people.
  • A hands on approach to life- you don’t panic when you are slammed with 125 drink and food orders in 15 minutes and you know how to keep yourself busy during the quiet times when the show is in progress
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HAMILTON COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL Oct 1-3

Festival line-up to be announced Sept 1st.

poster 1The Hamilton Comedy Film Festival is an annual juried showcase for international comedy films that have been produced for any delivery mode – broadcast, theatrical release or the web. If it delivers the Ha Ha it’s in!

Funny comedy film-making is tough and often gets relegated to a single segment of most film festivals…at HCFF we think Comedy films need to start man-spreading…and lady-spreading too.

poster 2 HCFF will combine film screenings with live comedy performances from invited Stand up, Solo, Sketch and Improv groups over our 3 day festival to create the funniest Comedy Film Festival happening in Hamilton on Oct 1-3, 2015 on Dundurn St north. We’ll brag more after our first year!

 

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SUMMER HOURS

For the month of August the café will open centric around

events in our theatrical space. Join us:

 

Aug 1st Horror in the Hammer Film Screening

Aug 5, 26 Open Mic for Musicians

Aug 9th Sky Gilbert presents Have a drink with Tom and Tee!

Aug 27th  HammerNight Live

Aug 29th  Gib & Tam in Concert

 

We will return to our normal hours Sept 9th

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The Collegiate Players presents David Mamet’s Oleanna

OLEANNA

The Collegiate Players are making their debut at the Staircase Theatre and hoping to incite audiences with their production of Oleanna.
What begins as an innocent appointment between a professor and student gradually spirals into the damaging depths of miscommunication as they grapple over gender politics, political correctness and power.
Directed by Michael Smith and introducing Lyndsey Wasilik and Mark Christopherson.

The Collegiate Player’s debut with David Mamet’s “Oleanna”

Hamilton (December30,2014)

The Collegiate Players make their first appearance with their production
of Oleanna January15-­-17

David Mamet’s controversial two-­-actor play is famous for provoking audiences as they watch an
appointment between a professor and student spiral into the damaging depths of miscommunication in a grapple over gender politics, political correctness and power. Michael Smith who directs Hamilton’s Mark Christopherson(John) and
Lyndsey Wasilik(Carol), has been a instructor with the Acting Program
at Mohawk College for six years.“I wanted to be, in some way, more involved in Hamilton’s growing
acting community.  I’v met great number of students who want to add to their acting resumes.  I wanted another challenge, so I brought the two ideas together.”  Smith has always enjoyed David Mamet’s work, particularly Oleanna. “  This piece has power to incite audiences.  My hope is it will leave them with a sense of, “what just happened here?” Performances are January15,16,17 at 8pm with a 2pm performance on
January17

Tickets are $15, $11students/seniors and available at the Staircase Café Theatre boxoffice day of performance if not sold out online,
27 DundurnSt. N,

or in advance

at

www.brownpapertickets.ca

 

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HammerTheatre presents a new work by Sky Gilbert, COMMERCIALS FOR HAMILTON

Two guys. One Office. Objective: Sell Hamilton!

 

Hammertheatre presents a comedy in one act written and directed by Sky Gilbert. “Commercials For Hamilton” stars newcomers Abraham Asto and Spencer Robson. Set and costumes by Kelly Wolf. Lighting design and stage management by Stephen Newman. This intimate comedy premieres at The Staircase Cafe Theatre, 27 Dundurn Street North. Tickets are $15.00 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 905-529-3000. “Commercials For Hamilton” previews on Thursday November 20th at 8pm, opening night is Friday November 21st at 8pm with regular performances Thursday – Saturday at 8pm and two Sunday matinees at 3pm.

 

In Hamilton, house prices are going up along with a new GO Station. Condos are everywhere, and thousands of Toronto hipsters and young people cannot wait to get down and party at Hamilton’s Art Crawl. In other words, Hamilton is on the verge of a boom, and there is no doubt that there is money to be made. But what does it mean when people want to make money out of your city?

 

“Commercials For Hamilton” is Sky Gilbert’s third play with Hamilton in the title (We cannot forget Hamilton Bus Stop and Naked Hamilton which both preceded “Commercials For Hamilton”) and the sixth play he has written with a Hamilton setting. Like these earlier plays, “Commercials For Hamilton” looks at issues of class, gentrification, and sexuality.

 

What does it mean to sell Hamilton? “Commercials For Hamilton” asks just that question. Set in a makeshift office near Jackson Square, this one act comedy tells the story of two advertising men who have been given an urgent assignment: sell Hamilton. Abraham Asto plays Sanders Dillingham – a slick Toronto ad executive on his way up. A tall chai latte loving lad from Toronto’s Ossington Avenue who is not too happy when his boss tells him that he must work with a young intern (a recent grad of Hamilton’s Mohawk College) named Roy Stilts (played by Spencer Robson). Roy is Hamilton born and raised (his father used to have a store on Barton Street). He has a shaved head and boundless enthusiasm and he just loves everything about the city. Sanders is not fond of Hamilton. Or is he? What are the mysterious phone calls that Sanders Dillingham keeps making? And what really happened at the Devil’s Punchbowl?

 

Find the answer to these and other important questions (like: is Hamilton really The City of Waterfalls?) in “Commercials For Hamilton.” A 40-minute, two guy comedy. Secrets are withheld, secrets are told and the truth wins out. Because Hamilton is a place where the people are REAL.

 

hammertheatre presents

“Commercials For Hamilton”

a new play in one act written and directed by Sky Gilbert

starring: Abraham Asto and Spencer Robson

set and costumes by Kelly Wolf — lighting design and stage management by Stephen Newman

The Staircase Cafe Theatre 27 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton. Ontario

www.staircase.org

tickets: $15.00 box office: 905-529-3000

Preview: Thursday November 20th at 8pm.  Opening Night: Friday November 21st at 8pm

Closing Performance: Sunday November 30th at 3pm

Regular Performances:  Thursday – Saturday at 8pm and two Sunday matinees at 3pm

www.hammertheatre.org

hammertheatre wishes to thank The University of Toronto’s Drama Centre, The Ontario Arts Council and The Ontario Trillium Foundation for their ongoing support.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3jRUik3Mw8&feature=youtu.be

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Sunday Funnies

sundayfunnies“Sunday Funnies” is an improvised comedy show where audience members choose media headlines to serve as inspiration for the comedic stylings of the Staircase Improv players.

Join in the hilarity! Turn your headlines into punchlines!

Sundays at 7:30pm
Elaine Mae Theatre (next door to The Staircase Theatre)
25 Dundurn St North
Only $5! (Cash only)

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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.