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THE UGLY STIKS presents LOTTO STIKS-49 Sat May 19 8pm

A great night of comedy at The Staircase Theatre!

The Ugly Stiks are back with an ALL NEW SHOW
And some amazing guests with us
Hosted by Jordan Toth with performances by;
The Mug Shots – Hamilton’s newest improv/sketch troupe
The Cheese -Winner of the HamilTEN play fest audience choice award
Featuring – Ryan M. Sero & Steve Siemens
and The Ugly Stiks with (did I mention this?) ALL NEW MATERIAL!!

Reserve your tickets for Lotto Stiks-49 now cause they are going fast!
email – theuglystiks@gmail.com
or call – 905 525 6448

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CASH GRAB presents MY BIRTHDAY SHOW! FRIDAY MAY 18 8PM

Yeah Hi, it’s my birthday and my sketch troupe CASH GRAB is putting on a show at the staircase theatre!

Stand ups JEFF CLARK, BRANDON “TOO BLACK” ASH-MOHAMMED, and DAVID MILES

Sketch Comedy From CASH GRAB and PARKER AND SEVILLE

Hosted by PEGGY PLUMMER

It’s going to be an amazing show! Probably going out after too! Cool! Toronto friends, lemme know if you need rides ok cool.

$10 at the door, $7 in advanced. Fb msg me or someone else in the troupe to get your name on the advanced list. cool!

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THE ECOSCENE FILM FESTIVAL APRIL 24-28

The 5th annual ECOScene Film & Arts Festival is a collaboration between the local arts and
environmental communities that raisesawareness of critical environmental issues
through the arts. This year, we’re screening six of the top Canadian and international
environmental documentaries, with a special closing night double feature. Aboriginal
art exhibit and live Aboriginal music on Saturday evening following the last screening.
This is a not-to-be-missed event!

Tuesday, April 24th – If a Tree Falls
2012 Academy Award Nominee for Best
Documentary

Wednesday, April 25th – White Water Black Gold
Canadian documentary exploring effects on
Canada’s water supply from Alberta Tar
Sands

Thursday, April 26th – The Big Fix
Explores environmental impact of BP Oil Spill in
the Gulf Coast, as well as political and
corporate negligence and corruption that led to
and worsened disaster

Friday, April 27th – Jane’s Journey
Life story of Dr. Jane Goodall, world renowned
primatologist

Saturday, April 28th – Special Closing Night
Double Feature:
Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life and
Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture.

Aboriginal Art Exhibit and Live Music from Aboriginal musicians The Ohniakara Singers,
Carl David Onofrio and The Perpetual Peace Project following the screening of
Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture.

All film screenings will be held at The Staircase
Theatre, 27 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton.
Doors open at 6:30pm.
Films begin at 7:00pm.

Tickets are $10 per night, including Saturday night double feature. Film pass: $45.
Limited seating. Advance ticket purchase highly recommended. Please visit ECOScene website
for film information and tickets: www.ecofestival.ca/films

PWYC donation to Aboriginal musicians.

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Call for Submissions Gala for the 7th annual Hamilton Film Festival

 

Hamilton – It’s that time of year again. Call for submissions begins Thursday April 19th for the 7th annual Hamilton Film Festival. Submission fees are $10 for feature length and $5 for short films. The submission fee is waived if you attend the Call for Entries gala and drop off your film between 6pm – 9pm at The Staircase. We will also be showing free encore presentations of some of the best films from previous festivals. Appetizers will be served as you enjoy movie music performed by Cole Holland on the Wurlitzer organ. He was a highlight of last year’s festival!.

The festival accepts and juries films of all lengths and genres. Selected films will be programmed into the festival that runs November 6th to 11th at the Staircase Theatre at 27 Dundurn St. N.

The Hamilton Film Festival is one of the most respected film festivals in the GTHA and has earned it’s reputation by presenting films in an intimate theatrical environment, promoting audience interaction through Q&A and panel discussion, supporting the filmmaking community year round with encore screenings, and it’s grass roots approach in working with the filmmakers and the local community.

For more information go to www.hamiltonfilmfestival.com

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Phone Whore by Cameryn Moore Two Nights only! April 13-14

PHONEWHORE

Phone Whore
(a one-act play with frequent interruptions)

Truth and taboo collide in this intimate visit with a phone sex operator. Listen closely: she may change your views on sex forever.

TWO NIGHTS ONLY!
Friday and Saturday, April 13-14
Doors at 7, show starts at 8
… ARTIST TALK-BACK AFTER EACH SHOW!

Tickets: $17/adv, $20/door
Adv. tickets available at 905-529-3000 or info@staircase.org

* Pick of the Fringe (Drama), 2011 Victoria Fringe Festival
* Best Female Solo performance, 2010 San Francisco Fringe Festival
* Judges’ Honourable Mention, 2010 Ottawa Fringe Festival

Selling out shows across Canada, this critically acclaimed one-woman play sparks powerful audience response at every stop. FOR MATURE AUDIENCES

“… Phone Whore is the kind of wondrous theatre work which forces you to face not just your own limits, but also what the limits are for text, performance and – let me say it – theatre itself.” (Charlebois Post)

“… by far the most intimate and insightful theatre experience you’re likely to have.” (roverarts.com)

“I haven’t been shaken by a piece of theatre like this for quite a while.” (audience member, Ottawa Fringe 2010)

“… a one-woman monologue, a running confessional, a series of anecdotes that add up to a powerful whole.” (Fast Forward Weekly, Calgary)

Written and performed by Cameryn Moore — Directed by Elizabeth DuPré

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Black Box Fire presents THE GLASS MENAGERIE Mar 16-31

By: Tennessee Williams
Directed by Directed by: Lauren Repei

WWhen Tom Wingfield brings home a friend from work for a dinner one evening, his mother Amanda’s dreams of a suitor for her daughter Laura seem to be coming true. Through Tom’s memories and narration we see the tragedy in each Wingfield as they retreat into their own preferred reality; be it a glass collection, a Sunday afternoon in Blue Mountain with seventeen gentleman callers, or poems scrawled on the lids of shoe boxes. The Glass Menagerie was Tennessee Williams’ first great success and continues to be one of the most-performed and loved classics in theatre.

Cast

  • Amanda Wingfield – Gail Edwards
  • Laura Wingfield – Andrea Adcock
  • Tom Wingfield – Ryan Moran
  • Jim O’Connor – Michael Anania

 

* Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7:30pm
* Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 7:30pm
* Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:30pm
* Friday, March 23, 2012 at 7:30pm
* Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 7:30pm
* Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:30pm
* Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 2pm
* Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 7:30pm

Tickets

$15 General Admission at the door. To reserve in advance email contact@blackboxfire.com

 

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ICELAND-FUTURE OF HOPE DOCUMENTARY

Documentary Screening at Staircase

Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8pm

TICKETS $8 @ DOOR

Over the past 20 years we have seen a growing realization that the current model for society and culture is unsustainable. We have been living beyond our means… Future of Hope is a documentary film following individuals that strive to change the world of consumerism, a system of credit and debt that the Icelandic economy was built upon for the past 10 years or more. Focusing on sustainable developments in organic farming, business, innovation, renewable energy and the environment – filled with positivity and emotion as we are taken on a story of struggle, determination and most importantly… hope. From the midnight sun, to dark winters lit only by the snow, from geysers to volcanoes, this movie truly explores the magnificent country of Iceland. Future of Hope takes you on a journey from the history to the present and even into the future of a new and sustainable Iceland.

http://www.futureofhope.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/events/164810066969373/

 

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Not to be missed Improv! EGG ZEPPELIN The Improvised Bacon, Music and Comedy Show

Mix killer Improv with an Outstanding Musical Performance, Sketch and Stand-up and you have one hell of a good cabaret show to usher in the month of March!  TICKETS $15 905-529-3000

“Like a well-balanced breakfast, Egg Zeppelin is equal parts improv, slacker humour and fan-boy obsessive, set at a greasy spoon where the only licks on order are Jimmy Page’s.” – Globe and Mail

Egg Zeppelin is a 2-person, long-form improvisational comedy show. From audience suggestions, the comedy duo of Kris Siddiqi and Marcel St. Pierre create a spontaneous hour in the lives of Dude and Man, the owner-operators of a dilapidated greasy spoon in a non-specific, small Canadian town just a few hours on the Trans-Canada Highway, halfway between ‘here’ and ‘there’.

They cook. They talk rock, politics, history, philosophy, or whatever their local early-morning talk-jock suggests. They play guitar, sing songs and dish out all-day breakfast and advice to whoever drops in – usually someone stuck at a literal or figurative crossroad on the way to a gig.

Add to that a musical segment that features ANDREW PENNER FROM THE SUNPARLOUR PLAYERS, SKETCH WITH HAMILTON’S OWN, THE UGLY STIKS AND HOSTED BY THE LOVELY AND ALWAYS FUNNY LIANNE MAULADIN and you have a kick-ass cabaret

In addition to a healthy serving of laughs and lyrics – at least one full all-day breakfast is actually ordered, cooked and served as part of each and every show. No substitutions are allowed.

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE SHOW

Created by and starring Marcel St. Pierre and Kris Siddiqi and directed by 3-time Canadian Comedy-Award winner Lisa Merchant, Egg Zeppelin premiered in February 2010 as a live show at Toronto’s Bad Dog Theatre Company, and featured top comics and special musical guests — like The Frantics’ Peter Wildman, rising stars like indie music ingenue Allie Hughes, folk musician Jory Nash and Halifax’s own hip-hop favourite, Wordburglar.

The show was also shortlisted (from over 140 competing submissions) and performed at Toronto’s Comedy Bar in August 2010 as a finalist in Insight Entertainment’s ‘Pilot Week’ showcase – a week-long festival of 30-minute pilot proposals performed live on stage.

 MUSICAL GUEST ANDREW PENNER ADDED FROM THE SUNPARLOUR PLAYERS

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunparlour-Players/6369384182

Announcement, Comedy, Drama, Film, Science Fiction, Theatre

Staircase Super Sunday (26-Feb)

This weekend we are taking the Oscars head on! Free admission to improv comedy show for anyone who pays full freight ($4) for Science Fiction Sunday.

A Scanner Darkly 2pm

Sci Fi Sunday will play A Scanner Darkly! Starring everyone from Robert Downey Jr. to Alex Jones. Bathe yourself in the engineered paranoia drug addled super surveillance. Kinda like Bill C-30 on steroids or substance D if you wish. We conveniently arranged for the Oscars to start later this year. Catch Sci Fi Sunday at 2pm this Sun-26-Feb. $4/2

 

 

 

improv comedy show 8pm

improv comedy show. a show with improvised comedy. comedy that is made up based on audience suggestions. even the show format is chosen by the audience. the show is about 70 minutes long. admission is “pay what you think its worth.” check out Hamilton’s newest stage The Elaine Mae Theatre.

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THE COCKWHISPERER-A LOVE STORY…Last Two Shows Limited Tickets Only!

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.

 

www.thecockwhisperer.blogspot.com

LAST  2  SHOWS …LIMITED TICKETS ONLY!


THURSDAY FEB 23 8PM
SATURDAY FEB 25 8PM

TICKETS $15

905-529-3000

 

 

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

THE EDMONTON SUN  5/5

‘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.’

EDMONTON JOURNAL 4/5

‘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.

THE VUE EDMONTON 4/5

“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.

Review Vancouver

‘…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’

The Georgia Straight Review

 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.

4 Stars/5 Winnipeg Sun

 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.

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 The Cockwhisperer – A Love Story (Highly Recommended)

Colette Kendall tells the story of her discovery of her sexuality, from awkward teenagehood to her present status as an adult. Through an abusive husband to his loving but sexually repressed best friend. This show is an anthem to sexual positivity told with humor and a sense of fun.

FOJOYISANNOYED.COM

Over the last 11 days, Wilzie and I have seen 15 shows in total – and I am happy to report that most have been good.  A couple were “meh” and 2 were outstanding. I won’t go through every play we saw, but I will mention the 2 outstanding shows we were fortunate enough to see:  The Cockwhisperer – A Love Story. This was just one woman, Colette Kendall, talking.  Talking about her relationship to the Cock…  This was also a really funny show – until it wasn’t, and then you felt like you got punched in the gut. But it was phenomenal from start to finish.