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The ECO-SCENE FILM & ART FESTIVAL April 28-May 1st

Founded in celebration of Earth Week 2008, the ECOScene Film & Arts Festival is a collaboration between the local arts and environmental communities that raises awareness of critical environmental issues through the arts. ECOScene is the only festival of its kind in Canada that is dedicated to supporting the local creative community with the net proceeds from each year. Accordingly, the ECO Artist Program was established through the festival’s charitable partner, Arts Hamilton, to assist local filmmakers and artists in creating environmentally-inspired works that will be featured at upcoming festivals.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

2011 Photography Awards Night
Thursday, April 28th 6:30 pm @ The Staircase
The top photography submissions will be exhibited at the Staircase Theatre. The jury will select the 2011 ECOScene Photographer of the Year (professional and amateur) and award prizes from the ECO Artist Program and community sponsors.  Little Big City (at left) is the 2010 winning image from photographer Reg Beaudry.

Waste Land
Thursday, April 28th 7:30 pm @ The Staircase

Treat a friend to an eco film at the Staircase Theatre: Purchase four tickets online to any film of your choice and receive a fifth ticket for free.
Special offer applies only to advance tickets purchased online. All tickets must be for same film.  For complete festival information and to purchase tickets, please visit festival website http://ecofestival.ca

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Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. 2011 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary


Water on the Table
Friday, April 29th 7:30 pm @ The Staircase

Treat a friend to an eco film at the Staircase Theatre: Purchase four tickets online to any film of your choice and receive a fifth ticket for free.
Special offer applies only to advance tickets purchased online. All tickets must be for same film.  For complete festival information and to purchase tickets, please visit festival website http://ecofestival.ca

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Canadian crusader Maude Barlow has had to defend the life-or-death truth against corporate interests for years… And even today, it is a war un-won. At stake in her crusade is humanity’s own right to the liquid that sustains all life – balanced against powerful interests that insist water is just another resource to be bought and sold. In some countries where the corporate argument has prevailed, the poor can be barred from collecting rainwater.  Water On The Table is a character-driven, social-issue documentary that explores Canada’s relationship to its freshwater, arguably its most precious natural resource. The film asks the question: is water a commercial good like running shoes or Coca-Cola? Or, is water a human right like air?

 

So Right, So Smart
Saturday, April 30th 1pm @ The Staircase

Treat a friend to an eco film at the Staircase Theatre: Purchase four tickets online to any film of your choice and receive a fifth ticket for free.
Special offer applies only to advance tickets purchased online. All tickets must be for same film.  For complete festival information and to purchase tickets, please visit festival website http://ecofestival.ca

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So Right So Smart is a feature documentary that shows the success of businesses that have begun to take positive steps toward a sustainable future. Those looking to find encouraging news in the midst of our current environmental crisis will be inspired by this story of leadership and hope.  “Recommended. An excellent feature-length documentary profiling the leaders of the movement integrating environmental sustainability in business practices.”  -Educational Media Reviews Online  “So Right So Smart… succeeds big time. The documentary showcases some of the country’s household business names that have turned the green corner and profited.” -Green Business Bureau

 

Climate Refugees
Saturday, April 30th 4pm @ The Staircase

Treat a friend to an eco film at the Staircase Theatre: Purchase four tickets online to any film of your choice and receive a fifth ticket for free.
Special offer applies only to advance tickets purchased online. All tickets must be for same film.  For complete festival information and to purchase tickets, please visit festival website http://ecofestival.ca

OFFICIAL WEBSITE | PURCHASE TICKETS

There is a new phenomenon in the global arena called “Climate Refugees”. A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, cyclones, fires, mass flooding and tornadoes. All this is causing mass global migration and border conflicts. For the first time, the Pentagon now considers climate change a national security risk and the term climate wars is being talked about in war-room like environments in Washington D.C.

 

H2Oil
Saturday, April 30th 7pm @ The Staircase

Treat a friend to an eco film at the Staircase Theatre: Purchase four tickets online to any film of your choice and receive a fifth ticket for free.
Special offer applies only to advance tickets purchased online. All tickets must be for same film.  For complete festival information and to purchase tickets, please visit festival website http://ecofestival.ca

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In the vast, pristine forests of Western Canada, the ‘war for water’ has already begun. Thanks to Alberta’s Athabasca oil sands, Canada is now the biggest oil supplier to the United States. A controversial billion-dollar industry is heavily invested in extracting crude from the tarry sands through a process so toxic it has become an international cause for concern. Four barrels of glacier-fed spring water are used to process each barrel of oil, then are dumped, laden with carcinogens, into leaky tailings ponds so huge they can be seen from space. Downstream, the people of Fort Chipewyan are already paying the price for what will be one of the largest industrial projects in history. When a local doctor raises the alarm about clusters of rare cancers, evidence mounts for industry and government cover-ups. In a time when wars are fought over oil and a crisis looms over access to clean fresh water, which resource is more precious? And what price are we willing to pay?

 

What’s on Your Plate?
Sunday, May 1st 1pm @ The Staircase

Treat a friend to an eco film at the Staircase Theatre: Purchase four tickets online to any film of your choice and receive a fifth ticket for free.
Special offer applies only to advance tickets purchased online. All tickets must be for same film.  For complete festival information and to purchase tickets, please visit festival website http://ecofestival.ca

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A witty and provocative documentary produced and directed by award-winning Catherine Gund about kids and food politics.Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. Sadie and Safiyah take a close look at food systems in New York City and its surrounding areas. With the camera as their companion, the girl guides talk to each other, food activists, farmers, new friends, storekeepers, their families, and the viewer, in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates.

 

Chemerical
Sunday, May 1st 4pm @ The Staircase

Treat a friend to an eco film at the Staircase Theatre: Purchase four tickets online to any film of your choice and receive a fifth ticket for free.
Special offer applies only to advance tickets purchased online. All tickets must be for same film.  For complete festival information and to purchase tickets, please visit festival website http://ecofestival.ca

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Canadian director Andrew Nisker is back with another environmental documentary. The award-winning filmmaker behind the eco-hit Garbage! The Revolution Starts At Home, now tackles household cleansers and chemical-based hygiene products in his new film Chemerical.  Using a similar formula to his previous environmental documentary Garbage, Nisker helps an ‘average’ Canadian family to get off the toxic teat and start living their lives free from harmful chemicals and other toxic substances. The Goode family of five, like many North American families, are using too many toxic chemicals in their home and require serious detoxification. Nisker asks the family to go chemical free for three months in a bid to raise awareness about the harmful and often carcinogenic chemicals that fill our homes and offices.

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HOMO & WHORE FRI APR 15 8PM

Last year Paul Hutcheson toured the Canadian Fringe Theatre Festival with a woman by the name of Cameryn Moore. He saw her show ‘Phone Whore’ and was blown away by its honesty & humour in weaving tales about the life of a phone sex operator. Please join us in the Hammer for an hour of fun and filth you will not soon forget!!
TIX BY PHONE   $15
905-529-3000
(LEAVE YOUR NAME, PHONE NUMBER AND QTY OF TICKETS)
TIX AT DOOR- A limited number will be available
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Losing His Virginity in Hamilton! Paul Hutcheson performs his smash hit one man show “THE FIRST TIME”

TICKETS $12

AVAILABLE BY RESERVATION

905-529-3000 (Please leave your name, number and qty of tickets desired… we will confirm by phone)

A LIMITED NUMBER OF TIX WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

 

THE FIRST TIME

Blending storytelling, stand-up comedy and performance, Paul Hutcheson brings his unique brand of humour to The Staircase. Porn mags, bathhouses, lip syncing to Tiffany: come laugh with/at Paul as he recounts his gay firsts. This hit show has won awards and garnered accolades at festivals in New York, San Francisco and Montreal.

“Hutcheson’s physical antics and comic dance moves will have you in stitches, while his compassion may move you to tears.” – Winnipeg Sun

 

 

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THE MARY JANES OF COMEDY FRI MARCH 25 8:30

The Mary Janes of Comedy returns to the Hammer with a packed line up of some of Comedy’s funniest Ladies.  The Mary Janes ( Jilllian Thomas,  Dawn Whitwell, Deborah Robinson and Lianne Mauladin) are hot off their appearance at the Boston Women in Comedy festival and have brought some  very funny guests with them!

Tickets $15  Cash Only To reserve contact 905-529-3000 ( leave your name, phone number, qty of tickets)  We will confirm by phone.

 

 

DAWN WHITWELL, one of North America’s Funniest Lesbians as rated by Curve Magazine,  Dawn took her “subversive, slacker-next-door wit” on the road and has been a feature performer at We’re Funny That Way (2008), The LA Comedy Festival (2008), Edinburgh Festival and both Gotham & Comic Strip Live in NY.  She is a regular on The Jon Dore TV Show, is Co-Producer of Girls School (NOW Magazines Top Show Pick of 06), Proud Larry’s w/ Mae Martine (2010) and her Dirty Rotten Egg Show was debut to sold out audiences.

DEBORAH ROBINSON grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia. Her love for the arts moved her to New York City to while she was there she performed improv at The Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and The Peoples Improv Theatre. She also frequented her stand-up at Caroline’s, Stand-Up New York and Gotham Comedy Club. Mostly recently she has become the newest member of Toronto’s highly popular sketch troupe The BOOM.

LIANNE MAULADIN – A relative newcomer to the stand up scene, Lianne, who studied Improv (Second City), and Stand Up with Dawn Whitwell, quickly established herself in comedy contests and has been featured on XM Satellite Radio’s Laugh Attack, CBC’s Laugh out Loud and Bite TV.  She has performed across Canada and the U.S. at such venues as The Comedy Store (Hollywood), The Comic Strip Live (NY), and with such comics as Shelley Marshall, Elvira Kurt and Jason Blanchard.Lianne’s unique take on life as an Aquarius who loves rock stars & old people has made her a favorite at The Comedy Bar, Second City, Yuk Yuks and The Rivoli.  She is excited to return to Hamilton as performer and Co-Producer of Mary Jane’s 4×20.

JILLIAN THOMAS – The Queen of Pot Comedy, Jillian hosts The Hot Box, the longest running pot comedy room in North America. Despite the weed, she’s charmed audiences across Canada, New York and England with her high energy, wit & sarcasm. Jillian has appeared on The Toronto Show, The Buzz, MTV Live & Much Music’s, Love Court. “Who needs dick jokes, this woman has balls” Dave Morris, Eye Weekly

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SHELLEY KIDWELL – On or off the stage, Shelley Kidwell is a comedic performer you just instantly love.  This buxom, blonde,Texan beauty has captivated audiences and critics alike, both here and abroad, with her witty observations, comedic timing and southern style. Appearing on MuchMusic, Party Mama’s and the popular SmoberUp webseries along with stand-up performances on countless stages are only a few of the accolades Shelley has notched into her rhinestone belt.  Whether she is bringing to life her over-the-top character Tammi Starr or leaving audiences in stitches in The Full Bawdy Comedy Show, Shelley Kidwell is someone you will want to see again and again.  Bold, brassy and brilliant…bless her heart!

BRENDA LENNIE – has appeared on Television’s Comedy at Club 54, She’s So Funny and on CBC Radio’s So, You Think You’re Funny and has performed with Stand Up for Mental Health and her own improvisational troupe, Skitz-in-frona-ya. She is also a graduate of Second City’s school of improv and has won awards for comedic acting. Smart and silly, shifting from low to high energy at any given moment, audiences relate to her truthful quirky personality. Brenda Lennie personifies the term, “acting out”.

COLETTE KENDALL – ‘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 colonicXtra Magazine.  Colette  has toured extensively nationally and internationally with  her one woman shows  Tippi Seagram’s Happy Hour, Who’s Afraid of  Tippi Seagram? and The Cockwhisperer-A Love Story.  Nominated for 2 Canadian Comedy Awards, Georgia Straights Critics Pick Award and a finalist in Corner Gas’ Comic Genius. Colette has been  honored to perform with Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley) and Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company)  in The Vagina Monologues (Stage West) and in the Julia Robert’s produced major motion picture Kit Kittredge An American Girl as Mrs. Stone.

MARTHA O’NEILL – is a graduate of the Second City’s Conservatory programme and is a former main stage cast member at the Bad Dog Theatre. She has performed all over Canada and as far away as Dublin and London. In 2007, Martha was a semi-finalist in Q-107’s “Funniest Person with a Day Job” competition.  Most recently, she was nominated for a 2009 Canadian Comedy Award for “Best Stand Up Newcomer” and competed in the 2010 “World Series of Comedy” in Las Vegas.

 

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THE IMPONDERABLES MARCH INTO THE HAMMER-Sat Mar 19th 9pm

THE IMPONDERABLES: March into the Hammer!

WHAT: The Imponderables Sketch Comedy

WHERE: The Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn N.

WHEN: March 19th @9pm

TIX: $15 Call the Staircase 905.529.3000 Leave your name, number and Qty of tickets desired.  We will confirm by phone.  Box office opens at 8pm and is CASH ONLY.

WEB: www.theimponderables.com | www.staircase.org

The Imponderables (Dave, Eric, Jon & Tony) spent a whirlwind summer, running amok in Hollywood, performing at Just For Laughs Montreal, making Variety Magazine’s prestigious Top Ten Comics To Watch list, then winning this year’s Canadian Comedy Award for BEST SKETCH TROUPE.  Amidst all that fun, they are stopping into their old stomping grounds (The Staircase Theatre; the location of their first sow ever!) to do a one night only sketch show, guaranteed to be the usual mix of mayhem, idiocy and definite ridiculousness!

 

 

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March Break Performing Arts Camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live in Life Performing Arts March Break Camp
Dance, sing and act your March Break blues away with Broadway performer Amanda De
Freitas. From 9am-2pm this 5-day camp is high energy for the on-the-go child. Ages 7-12
will experience a new genre each day including Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and more!
Credits include : 4 years in Disney’s the Lion King , Broadway, Toronto, and U.S. National
Tour of Hairspray, Stratford Festival’s West Side Story and Tempest. She has also appeared
on TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance.
Teaching credentials earned from world famous Canada’s National Ballet School.
Contact us to register: info@liveinlife.ca 289-799-1722

$40/day or $175 for the week

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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!

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Sharktopus- Half Shark, Half Octopus All Killer Tues Mar 1st 8pm $5

Half-Shark, Half-Octopus – All Killer!

An eight-tentacled nightmare hybrid of shark and octopus, “S-11” was created by genetic scientist Nathan Sands (Eric Roberts) as the U.S. Navy’s next super-weapon. But when its control implants are damaged during a training experiment off the Mexican coast, the beast escapes to Puerto Vallarta to sample the local fare — bikini babes, jet-skiers, and spring-breakers. With the ocean terror now out of control and seemingly invincible, a ragtag group – comprised of a hotshot mercenary, an investigative reporter, and Sand’s biomechanical engineer daughter – have come together to stop the unholy beast from turning a seaside tourist resort into the ultimate human buffet.

But it won’t be easy: it possesses problem-solving intelligence, attacks without mercy or warning – it even has the ability to walk on land. Not to mention a decided affinity to snack on bungee jumpers…

Heckling is encouraged and pelting the host with soft vegetation is permitted, but please no spitting. And remember fiends, it’s all about execution !!

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Sat Feb 26th…Something for Everyone..’The Gentlemen’s Club’ returns & ‘Nia For Kids Playshop’ makes it’s debut!

On Saturday February 26th, comedy improv troupe ‘The Gentlemen’s Club’ returns to the Staircase for another landmark evening of comedy, wit, and sophistication. Starring the Second City Conservatory trained Chris Wakelin, Jordan Markowski, Carolyn Williamson and Chris Leveille the Gentlemen’s Club will be featuring the special guest talents of some of Canada’s best and brightest improvisers including Jason DeRosee (Second City National Touring Company), Jenny Michaels (Second City Conservatory), Paloma Nunez (WDWMKR) and Kevin Whalen (Second City Education Company). So if you love fast-paced improv comedy don’t miss out on what promises to be an uproarious night of improvised shenanigans, mischief, and hilarity.