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The Staircase Minor Variance Application (HM-A-13:75)

Variance application was successful! Thanks to all the wonderfuliferous support from our neighbours and beyond.

Dear Staircase Supporters,

We need your help to convince the Committee of Adjustments that The Staircase is worthy of being forgiven a few parking spaces so that we can continue to operate as usual.
The Issue
We need to increase the occupancy in The Staircase building, and there is not enough on site parking (according to the city).
Updates
You can see the result of the petition below. Mr. Baldry has received more than 70 letters of support and no complaints as of last Thursday. The support has been wonderfully overwhelming! Thanks to one and all. We meet the committee of adjustment at 2:35pm on June 6th 2013 in room 192/193 at 70 Main street (city hall). You are welcome to come by and see city hall in process. However only come by if you are free or have the time. Decorum would be expected regardless of the outcome.  Each case is only scheduled for 5 minutes. Our case has been fully made, with thanks to you all.
How To Help.
Please send an email/letter. Pertinent information is at variance.staircase.org. This is a time sensitive topic as the Committee of Adjustments will hear our case on June 6th. Please spread the word and send everyone you know to variance.staircase.org
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Thank you
Colette Kendall, Executive Director
Hugh MacLeod and Kathy Garneau, Owners

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GREAT THEATRE IN APRIL!

April 26 and 27 8pm

SLUT (R)EVOLUTION

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From the award-winning creator of Phone Whore and for | play, slut (r)evolution merges memory and manifesto to explore incendiary events from Cameryn Moore’s very sexual life. How did it feel? What the hell was she thinking? And how will it affect tonight’s hook-up?Friday-Saturday, April 26-27 * doors at 7pm, show at 8
Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn Ave, Hamilton, ON
Tickets: $12/adv, $15/door
Advance tickets at http://staircase.org/The second in Cameryn’s trilogy of autobiographical sex-themed shows, slut (r)evolution goes beyond Phone Whore to talk about the real-life impact of following one’s sexual bliss. Fantasy and fetish of course have a place in slut (r)evolution, but the show is firmly rooted in the physical sensations and emotional complications of going after and getting the sex you want.Please note: slut (r)evolution contains strong language and a lot of sexual content, and is for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.April13th 8pm

THE EMERGENCY MONOLOGUES

gWi4KG98LhH8OxKawyxJE3c-IWdGmur4KnkJAPmUUNUMorgan Jones Phillips returns to regale us with more tales from The Emergency Monologues.  Part stand-up and part storytelling, The Emergency Monologues is about being a paramedic in Toronto.  The show became a surprise hit when it first came out. During the 2008 SummerWorks Theatre Festival, it won the NOW Audience Choice Award and was sold-out for most of the run. Since then it has been performed at various bars, street corners and people’s homes with equal success. It was also a great success at the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival.

Tickets $15 each Call 905-529-3000 or info@staircase.org for reservations

 

April 19 and 20th 8pm

THE 6 MINUTE MEMOIR

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The 6-Minute Memoir:
13 Hamilton writers on the moment that changed everything

Sometimes your whole life can change in a single moment. Thirteen Hamilton writers will share their personal stories about moments of epiphany.

Participating writers include Miranda Hill, author of Sleeping Funny; comedian and playwright Colette Kendall; Hamilton Spectator columnist Jeff Mahoney; Eva Kay, winner of the Hamilton Public Library’s Power of the Pen contest, Chris Farias, creative director of Kitestring, Amanda Leduc, author of The Miracles of Ordinary Men, among others. They will read from their written works and share some of the illuminating experiences in their lives — all in under six minutes each.

The show is being produced as a fundraiser for the Hamilton YWCA’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, which provides funding to support transitional housing for marginalized women in the city. The event is sponsored by Epiphany Coaching of Hamilton.

Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by contacting The Staircase Theatre at (905) 529-3000 or emailing info@staircase.org. A cash bar will be available during the event. Local singer/songwriter Dan Medakovic will perform a set of music after the show for those who want to stick around.

A SECOND SAT APRIL 20 8PM SHOW HAS BEEN ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND..TICKETS ARE LIMITED SO ORDER NOW.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljSuwj28ZT0&feature=youtu.be

 

 

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LOTSA LAUGHS THIS WEEK MAR 18-25

THESE TWO FEATURED EVENTS ARE ALWAYS FUNNY AND SOLD OUT, SO MAKE SURE TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW!

FRIDAY MARCH 22ND 8PM

THE JIMIBOYS PRESENT AUNT FRANCIS PRESENTING AUNT FRANCIS & THE JIMIBOYS…

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This town has become over run with sketch troupes. Watch as these two self proclaimed “most bestest” sketch troupes work together to decide who are the “most bestest” troupe.  Will it be The JimiBoys? Will it be Aunt Francis? All these questions and more will not be answered. So come check out:
Featuring:
Clifford Myers and Paul Boychuk.

www.jimiboys.com
www.auntfrancis.com

All this for only $10
$12 for students

SATURDAY MARCH 23 RD 8PM

THE SMOOTH CRIMINALS

SmoothCriminals_poster2_BLUEBack in January, The Smooth Criminals packed the house at the Staircase Theatre and took the audience on an uproarious and completely improvised comedy adventure.

On Saturday, March 23rd, we’re coming back to do it again. With a cast of Second City trained improvisers and alumni, this show will feature music, laughter and improvised shenanigans in the style of Whose Line is It Anyway.

If you’ve been to one of our many shows at the Staircase before you’ll know what you’re in for. If you haven’t, do yourself a favour and join us: we guarantee you will not regret it.

The show was a sellout last time, so you may want to reserve your tickets in advance by emailing

SmoothCriminalsImprov@Gmail.com.
Starring:
Nelu Handa
Jordan Markowski
Kevin Vidal
Chris Leveille

Special Guests:

Lisa Merchant
Kevin Matviw
Carly Heffernan
Alan Kliffer

Musical Director: Mark Bond

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MUSIC, MOVIES AND MOUTHS A MOVING THIS WEEK @ THE STAIRCASE

The week of March 11-16 gets kicked into high gear with these highlighted events!…remember we schedule anywhere from 100 -150 events monthly, so check out our calendar to see what’s happening nightly.

MUSIC

FRI MAR 15

dpp_5582_500x383Concert by Amélie et les singes bleus + speakeasy theme night on 15 March 2013

Francophone band Amélie et Les Singes Bleus makes the kind of music that has made a bride and groom leave their own wedding reception to come next door and dance!  They have established themselves as a true crowd-pleaser in the Toronto Music scene. Their music, tinted with festive energy and unique arrangements, captivates and takes us back to a 1920’s speakeasy.

We encourage the audience to dress the part in the 1920s and join us and the band to step back in time to our vintage inspired speakeasy ambiance! The best costume wins a prize. Of course a password is required and will be revealed upon purchase of the tickets…

Website: http://www.lessingesbleus.com/

15 March at 7pm at the Staircase Café
27 rue Dundurn nord, Hamilton, Ontario.

Tickets: 20$ for non-members and 15$ for members.

Doors open at 6:30pm – Concert at 7pm

To purchase your tickets or for more information please contact Dominique at 905-547-5702 or by email dominique@centrefrancais.ca

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TRENT SEVERN
w/ Lindy Vopnfjord
$20 cover | 9pm doors

Meet Trent Severn. Not the waterway system in Southern Ontario, but Trent Severn – the Canadiana band whose songs are fueled by the folklore of Ontario; whose lyrics pay tribute to Canadian legends.

Trent Severn is a trio from Stratford, Ontario comprised of indie songster Emm Gryner, the multi-talented Dayna Manning and violin whiz/songbird Laura C. Bates. When listening to their self-titled 10-track debut album, the first infuence that comes to mind is Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. There is no lead singer in Trent Severn. There are no doubled tracks. There is a guitar or banjo (Manning), a bass and stomp box (Gryner), a fiddle, and a shaker here and there. You can hear the watermarks of greats like Spirit of The West, Simon and Garfunkel, Tom Petty, Joni Mitchell, Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. The sound of this band is CANADIANA based in Folk, Roots and Old Country.

 

WED MAR 13TH 8PM…..SPEAK.  STORYTELLING AT THE STAIRCASE

Come and join us for GirlCanCreate’s newest offering to Hamilton! Inspired by her love for Hamilton along with her work as a professional storyteller, Lisa Pijuan-Nomura has created a happening for people to come hear tall tales, share stories and have their voices heard.  Suggested donation: $7 to $10Featured Teller: Lisa Pijuan-Nomura

Theme: Taxi Stories

For more information please contact lisa@girlcancreate.com
www.staircase.org
www.girlcancreate.com

 

MOVIES

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Horror in the Hammer presents COLOUR CORRECT MY COCK

Hamilton, are you ready for two hours of 35mm trailer insanity? Then all you grindhouse lovers and fans of the sleazy celluloid of yesterday better get ready for Canada’s greatest trailer compilation: COLOUR CORRECT MY COCK!

ADMISSION $10 18+ ONLY ID REQUIRED AT DOOR

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EGG ZEPPELIN RETURNS TO THE STAIRCASE TO FILM THEIR TV PILOT DEMO!

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Egg Zeppelin returns to The Staircase Theatre on Saturday, March 9, 2013 for more MUSIC, BACON and COMEDY! In cooperation with the Broadcast Television program at MOHAWK COLLEGE, this installment of the show is also being FILMED as a live television pilot demo!

EGG ZEPPELIN with host
DEREK FORGIE (MTV Live) and
KAYLA LORETTE (That’s So Weird, Ron James Show, Death Comes to Town)
and special musical guest DREW SMITH (Dr. EW)

Saturday, MARCH 9 @ 8pm
Staircase Theatre – 27 Dundurn Avenue, HAMILTON
Tix: $10 available at the venue

SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST DREW SMITH
Dr. Ew is the new musical persona of Drew Smith, regular guest of Toronto pop bands The Elwins and former frontman of The Bicycles. The “dark pop” of Dr Ew’s debut record ‘Gadzooks’ has an ambitious, orchestral aura about it… comparisons to Brian Wilson and Elliot Smith have been made. His endearing, gentle cheeriness will win you over.  http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Doctor-Ew

KAYLA LORETTE has been nominated for several Canadian Comedy Awards, the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund and a Gemini for her performance in YTV’s That’s So Weird.  Her  work in television includes The Ron James Show, the Kids in the Hall series Death Comes to Town, and That’s So Weird, which recently won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Television Ensemble.

Egg Zeppelin is a 2-person, long-form improvisational comedy show. From audience suggestions, the Canadian-Comedy Award nominated comedy duo of Kris Siddiqi (Second City) and Marcel St. Pierre (Bad Dog Theatre Company) create a spontaneous hour in the lives of Dude and Man, the owner-operators of a dilapidated greasy spoon in a non-specific, small town halfway between ‘here’ and ‘there’. Every installment features a special musical guest and BACON cooked live on stage! IT’S A COMPLETELY MADE UP SITCOM/TALK/VARIETY SHOW, EVERY TIME!

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THE END AND THE BEGINNING

 

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Charlie and Kate are about to embark on the biggest adventure of their married life.  After six years together, with a baby on the way, change seems certain.  So far, life has gone completely according to plan – Kate’s plan, that is.  But what happens if Charlie changes the plan?  What will he do when the most obvious decision…could be the wrong one?

 

 

 

Clip Clop Production presents:

“The End and the Beginning”
A new play by Sara Weber

Directed by Aaron Craig
Cast: Stephen Near, Lauren Repei, Tyler Brent, and Sara Weber

Wed. Feb. 27 – preview – tickets – 15$
Thurs-Sat. Feb. 28- March 2 – tickets 20$

All shows start at 8 pm

 

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SNOW ALERT…WORLD PREMIERE OF BLOODSUCKA JONES MOVED TO FEB 15

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With the threat of Snow Shark attacks during the Snowpocalypse, the world premiere of Bloodsucka Jones has been moved to FEBRUARY 15, 2013. As much as we’d love to have the screening tonight, we know many of you who want to see the movie won’t be able to make it. But no worries, Bloodsucka Jones will have its WORLD PREMIERE next week. See you all there!

KAROAKE WILL ALSO RETURN ON THE 15TH SO HANG AROUND AFTER FOR MORE GREAT TIMES!

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SPEAK! TELL YOUR STORY MONTHLY

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Come and join us for GirlCanCreate’s newest offering to Hamilton! Inspired by her love for Hamilton along with her work as a professional storyteller, Lisa Pijuan-Nomura has created a happening for people to come hear tall tales, share stories and have their voices heard.

Together with The Staircase Theatre, we invite you to Speak! Storytelling at the Staircase.

The monthly event will feature a professional teller that will tell a longer tale at the beginning of the evening.

Hosted by Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, she will share hilarious tales of being a professional storyteller, her daily observations and life stories.

The second half of the event will feature a Story Jam where up to 7 audience members can sign up to tell there own stories.

The Story Jam has a few rules to follow. Each story can be no longer than 5 minutes. The stories must be true. And they can not be read they must be told.

So come out and celebrate the stories of our lives!

Please spread the word far and wide and share with friends and family who might be interested!

Suggested donation: $7 to $10

DATES

JANUARY 16
Featured Teller: Conrad Sichler

Theme: The Outsider

February 13
March 13
April 10
May 15
June 12
 September 18
October 16
November 13
December 11

For more information please contact lisa@girlcancreate.com

www.staircase.org
www.girlcancreate.com

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THE SMOOTH CRIMINALS FRI JAN 11TH 8PM

SMOOTHIn 2012, The Smooth Criminals brought the house down at Hamilton’s own Staircase Theatre three times with their high-energy, explosive improvised comedy.

For 2013, we’re getting started early and we’re bringing Lisa Merchant, James Gangl and Erin Conway with us!

If you’ve never had the chance to see them in action… your new years resolution should be to find yourself at the Staircase on Friday, January 11th for a night of laughter that will melt your face.

There will be singing. There will be music. There will be comedy shenanigans that you won’t believe are completely made up on the spot… but they will be right before your eyes.

The best part? The show is entirely built off of audience suggestions so you’ll be shaping the show as you enjoy it. Woah!
See you there!

Starring:
Chris Leveille
Nelu Handa
Jordan Markowski
(Cast member Kevin Vidal will be played by a ghost in this performance)

Tickets $15 available at door