Announcement, Film, Fine Art, Science Fiction

Sci-Fi Sundays presents THEM on 25th September

The last Sunday of every month is Sci Fi Sunday at The Staircase. This month our intrepid band of volunteers will be presenting the seminal big bug movie Them!. In this black and white epic “atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.”  Them is a smart movie which exhibited a very appropriate fear of technology gone mad. For more info about the movie check here. Sci Fi Sunday starts at 2pm and usually plays a few ancient catchy trailers from the era of the movie playing. $4 for you and $2 for everybody else.

Comedy, Drama, Theatre

The Cockwhisperer — A Love Story

SEPT 16 & 17th 8pm

Tickets $15  905-529-3000

From the Creator of the Canadian Comedy Award Nominated Tippi Seagram’s Happy Hour and Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram? comes something different…‘The Cock Whisperer’. The Story of one woman’s quest to find the love and the penis of her dreams. A phallic journey both humorous and dark.

Some nice things the Critics have said about ‘The Cockwhisperer-A Love Story’


‘The masterful storyteller brings a laugh a line from the get go,until she masters a dramatic mood change.  Her storytelling is self-deprecating,honest,painful and hilarious all over the course of the hour.’


‘hilarious and haunting.’


 The saucily titled The Cockwhisperer-A Love story from Colette Kendall who bares all her insecurities and experiences in her search for love and other things. It always amazes me how an artist can get up on stage and bare his or her soul and Colette does that in spades. Very Funny,Very Moving.


“You guys laughed too much,” complained Colette Kendall,after the applause had died down. The audience’s boisterous hoots and snorts made Kendall’s show run into overtime,forcing her to rush through the poignant moral of the otherwise saucily timed cock-tale. Though it starts as a series of dick-in-mouth witticisms,it promptly develops into a women’s quest to navigate relationships via the penis. She quickly learned as a young girl that “sexual knowledge and virtue was going to be a slippery slope.” It’s a slope that eventually leads to an unexpectedly dark place that shakes the audience to silence. Both funny and striking,among the dick jokes,The Cockwhisperer is truly a story about what it means to love.


‘…edgy,flat-out funny monologue. This Hamilton housewife and mother to three has a unique comic-theatrical delivery that pushes the limits of taste without being offensive – although,she won’t spare your blushes’


 Colette Kendall isn’t a drag queen anymore—at least not on this Fringe tour. In previous years,Kendall has appeared as her bewigged,martini-swilling alter ego,Tippi Seagram. This time around,the Ontario mom’s performance is more naked,metaphorically speaking. In The Cockwhisperer’s mix of standup and stories,she still speaks audaciously about sex…but she also talks about the darkness of being sexually dominated. Tippi’s great,but Colette without the wig is more compelling—and funnier—because she cuts deeper.


Men beware,this play might offend your tender Victorian senses! The powerful coming-of-age story of Colette Kendall is an austere expose of growing up as a young,protestant,naive-but-burgeoning woman in the late 1970s and an emerging love of,well,you know. This one-woman show is honest,revealing and will have you laughing from the moment the lights dim to the moment you leave. But don’t be fooled;it’s not all fun and games. Serious moments are interwoven to create a well-rounded and empowered performance.  One warning to anyone who likes to sit in the front row:Kendall will interact with you,which is hilarious if you’re in the mood. From the creator of the Canadian Comedy Award-nominated Tippi Seagram’s Happy Hour and Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram?,Kendall delivers a show that will make you laugh from the bottom of your belly with her unforgettable stories.

The Calgary Herald Review

Canadian Voices
Fringe Review:The C–kwhisperer–A Love Story
Four stars/5 starssmart,funny,one-woman show,which explores Kendall’s search for love and penises. Kendall  is a solid writer and strong performer. With the C–kwhisperer–A Love Story,she has found a wonderful connecting thread with which to tell the story of the main men in her life.
Announcement, Comedy, Drama, Theatre


BREATHE: Written and Directed by Aaron Jan


August 25th-27th 8pm Nightly


A story about wingmen, liars and failed dreamers. “Breathe” is the story of what happens when we’re knocked down a few pegs and the journey of getting back on our feet. Set in the worst city ever, “Breathe” asks the questions: “Who are we and why are we moving so freaking fast? What happens when we just look up at the night sky and breathe?” Hilarious, dramatic and sometimes poignant, come see this exciting, youth produced coming of age story! Tickets $12 or at door


Comedy, Music, Theatre

9/11/11 A Musical Comedy



9/11/11 a musical comedy


The Mayor of Toronto has plans to Ford-ify the city to make it terrorist-proof. This means the Sal Feldman Talent Agency has to move by September 11, 2011, as it’s the proposed site of the Mayor’s new security headquarters. How will a musical commemorating the events of 9/11 save the agency from extinction? Don’t miss The Specials this fall. Directed by Toronto’s own, Melissa D’Agostino (Lupe:Undone, A Very Lupe X-Mas, Lupe’s Next Top Lupe). This show will make you lose your head!
Tickets $20 905-529-3000

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

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




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





“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  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  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!!!!!/event.php?eid=212448785442650



COUNTERPOINT-an epic knock-down, drag-out, frenetic fisticuffs of fun Improv Battle


Saturday, June 4th, 8pm
$10 / $5 Students and Seniors
One Show Only

Two teams, one winner, lots of laughs!  Watch as
two teams compete for Improv comedy victory.
Scenes are based on your suggestions, and points
are awarded by audience vote.

C’mon out and enjoy an hour of home grown Hamilton
comedy at The Staircase!