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 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
Comedy, Events, Improv Comedy


Join us for our 8th annual performance!

An Improvised Celebration of Love created by Jill Bourque.



Embark on a side-splitting improvised journey through meeting, dating, and mating as selected couples tell their
“how we first met” stories. Our most advanced improvisers will recreate and hiliariously magnify those pivotal story moments to create funny and touching scenes. Every year the feedback is the same: “you made us fall in love all over again”.

What began as a one-time Valentine’s show in San Francisco in 2001 has played in dozens of cities in the
U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia and Norway! Since its inception, the show has featured a wide range of couples, gay, straight, conservative, liberal, married 50 years, dating three weeks or anything in between…all sharing a kooky crazy thing we call Love!

Tickets $15ea/$25 couple



2011 Heroine Horror Calendar launch Oct 5th 8-11:30pm

When Jennifer Emily of ArtGreen and Fright Night Theatre approached me about using the Staircase for the 2011 Heroine Horror Calender I said ‘Hell yes!’ and the results are awesome.  Join us this first Tuesday of October for Fright Nights Halloween special screening of Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl….go team Frankenstein ( it’s hard to be green) along with the 2nd Annual Horripilations Art Show featuring the Launch of the 2011 Heroine Horror calendar.  The calendar is a collaboration of  Jennifer Emily and James Lane of ArtGreen Productions, digital effects by Derek Emmons, makeup by Punch Zombie FX and Artography.  Part of the proceeds of each calendar sale will be donated to the Staircase so we can keep incubating fabulous groups like Fright Night Theatre.

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First up in the Beautiful Brightroom:

Mike Evin, David Celia and Brent Titcomb in Concert 8pm

Like so many of his talented Canadian contemporaries, David Celia is a “best kept secret” at home. Fresh off his 12th tour of England, Holland and Belgium, with a jaunt to NYC, Chicago and Nashville, David brings his “roots rock with hints of folk wrapped in a pop package” home for a scant few months. He has shared stages with Elvis Costello, Fairport Convention and Shawn Colvin.

Mike Evin just finished his new album, “Do You Feel The World?” in Nashville, TN. Whether you’ve been a fan since his colorful power-pop work with The Brothers Creeggan and Barenaked Ladies or his more recent communal impromptu sing-a-longs, this album’s got it all. His music has been played on CBC and he has shared stages with Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Harmer and many other notable Canadian musicians.


“Mike Evin’s musical savvy and good-times attitude do indeed make him the best national treasure you’ve never heard.”
– Soundproof Magazine

“The songs somehow feel intimate, like a private conversation, but also make you want to sing-along and when it comes to being a charismatic piano man, in my opinion, that’s what it’s all about.”

“Good Watermelon’s combination of wit and wide-eyed innocence is beginning to establish Evin as a voice to be reckoned with within the Canadian scene.”


Like so many of his talented Canadian contemporaries, David Celia is a “best kept secret” at home. Fresh off his 12th tour of Europe, including Glastonbury Festival’s 40th anniversary, David brings his “roots rock with hints of folk wrapped in a pop package” home for a scant few months. He Just released his third album, “I Tried” (Experience/Universal) which is already getting regular rotation on CBC and BBC radio in England.

I like the sentiment in your lyrics” ~ Gordon Lightfoot


Brent’s early work helped forge the sound of legendary folk/rock group Three’s a Crowd. The group recorded a few singles and one album, Christopher’s Movie Matinee, produced by Cass Elliott of the Mamas and Papas and Steve Barry on ABC/Dunhill Records. Brent worked with Anne Murray in the studio and on the road, and gave her a successful hit when she recorded his composition, Sing High, Sing Low. His material was also performed and recorded by Glen Campbell, Andy Williams and the Osmonds. He’s furnished backup for the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Don Ross, Oliver Schroer, Daisy Debolt, Tom Wilson and his son Liam Titcomb.

These days, Brent is a member of the ‘artist collective’ Lee Harvey Osmond, the brainchild of longtime friend Tom Wilson. He plays harmonica, percussion and sings. They have been touring extensively in Canada as well as crossing the border now and then. Brent says it’s a dream come true. He always wanted to be in a rock band! He’s almost 70 and he’s rocking alright!


Yoann Freget has been singer since his childhood. At the age of fifteen he attended for the first time a concert of Gospel music, with the famous singer, musician and composer Emmanuel Djob (“Black an’ White Gospel singers”, “By the Gospel River”), directing the « Gospelize it! Mass Choir ». It was a deep spiritual and musical revelation for Yoann. Few months later, he passed the casting to get in this Gospel choir composed of 70 chorists – wich was one of the most famous one in Europe. He sang there for three years, quickly became solist and really started to feel and understand the essence of the African-american music, wich can, according to him, drop, by the Power of Love, all the artificial limitations (color, religion, country…).  Then, Yoann sang in various music bands, among them : “BRBB”, a Tribute to Otis Redding, with an orchestra of 6 musicians ; in the famous “Soul Travellers” band ; in the masculine Gospel quintet “Gospel Shakers” ; also in “Gospel Jam”, duet with the well known Gospel singer Sabine Kouli (“Maezah” and “Soul Spirit”) ; as chorist for the last album of Marianne Aya Omac (“Ginkobiloba”), “Be my witness”. On his musical way he had occasions to be encouraged or invited on the scene by renowned artists, as Stevie Wonder, Liz Mc Comb, Dove Attia (Jury of “La Nouvelle Star”- the french “New Idol”), or else Ahmed Mouici (“Pow Wow”, “Les Dix Commandements”). Since 2006, he started to lead his own Gospel choir “Le Choeur Enchante” and to give singing lessons. He also has been called to animate Gospel workshops in different countries, like Italy, England, and Germany, to share his vision and experience of Gospel music. In May 2010, Yoann came back from a travel of five months throughout India. By this travel, he learnt both indian singing and spirituality – wich are basically one – and this did considerably enriched and inspired him. At the age of twenty three, Yoann is actually preparing his first solo album, wich is a gathering of personal and co- compositions, with different text-writers and composers. Since September until half of December 2010, he will be touring Canada and USA. Tour dates will be written soon on myspace soon. Yoann is still looking for other collaborations for the creation and the future distribution of this first album.

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This Saturday! Mary Jane’s 4×20 Comedy Show

One Night Only of Hilarity! Sat Sept 25 9pm Tickets $15 905-529-3000

Mary Jane’s of Comedy – the brain child of Jillian Thomas(Queen of Pot) who wanted an amazing show, in a pot venue, that just happened to feature only female comics. In just one year the show was so popular comics and audience who didn’t smoke wanted in. So we’ve moved the show out of the smokey rooms and into the Staircase!

LIANNE MAULADIN – She’s an Aquarius who loves rock stars and old people. She’s a relative newcomer to the stand up scene and her take on life is definitely unique. She’s performed at the Comedy Bar, Second City, Yuk Yuk’s, Absolute Comedy, The Rivoli and several other comedy clubs in and around Toronto. She has also performed in Tampa, San Francisco, Monterey, Santa Cruz, the Comedy Store in West Hollywood and Comic Strip Live in NYC. Lianne has qualified for and competed in many significant comedy contests with great results for a newcomer!

DEBORAH ROBINSON – Deborah 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.

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 colonic’ Xtra Magazine. ‘a fearless performer..her candour is often shocking but it’s also hilarious’…The Georgia Straight… ‘brash, sassy and funny’ says Winnipeg’s Uptown Magazine. This Hamilton housewife,  has toured the last 5 years across Canada  with her one woman Canadian Comedy Award nominated shows, Tippi Seagram’s Happy Hour, Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram? and The Cockwhisperer-A Love Story.   Colette received a career highlight when she was cast alongside Cindy Williams and Joyce DeWitt, in The Vagina Monologues. She has appeared in several festival featured films including the 2009 Sundance Film Festival  and the  HBO/Julia Roberts produced Feature Film Kit Kittredge

DAWN WHITWELL – Recently rated one of North America’s Funniest Lesbians by Curve Magazine, Dawn took her “subversive, slacker-next-door wit” on the road, as a featured performer at the 2008 LA Comedy Festival. A regular on The Jon Dore Television Show, Dawn has also performed standup throughout the UK, including the Edinburgh Festival. She has also appeared at Gotham and Comic Strip Live in New York, and is co-producer of Girls School, voted Top Ten Comedy Show of 2006 by NOW Magazine. Dawn debuted her live show Dirty Rotten Egg to sold out audiences at 2008’s We’re Funny That Way Festival. It has recently been published by Insomniac Press. Most recently Dawn performed Proud Larrys with Mae Martin, as a featured act in Buddies In Bad Times Pride 2010 Program.

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” Eye Weekly.


Jake’s Gift….. One Night Only

Jake’s Gift is an award winning Canadian play about a WW2 veteran’s journey back to Juno Beach for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day.

While there, Jake meets Isabelle, a precocious 10-year-old from the local village, whose inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long ignored ghosts; most notably, the war time death of his eldest brother Chester, a once promising young musician. At its heart, Jake’s Gift is about the importance of remembrance and makes personal the story behind one soldier’s grave.

The production received four awards at The Victoria Fringe including, Best Drama, Best Solo Show, Best Female Performer and Best New Play.* Jake’s Gift was also named Best of Fest at The 2008 Edmonton Fringe and at the 2009 Winnipeg Fringe, where it sold out its entire run.

Since 2007, Jake’s Gift has played at festivals and theaters across the country, and the production continues to garner rave reviews and standing ovations. In 2010, Juno Productions surpassed its 300th performance of Jake’s Gift. The 2010/11 season will take them across the country as well as up north for the first time as they venture to Yukon and NWT.

Here’s what one reviewer said:

” It’s hard to say which is better—her script about a reluctant veteran’s return to Juno Beach or her twin performances as a 10-year-old girl and 80-year-old man, both of which, in 60 minutes, speak more to the heart about Canada’s role in WWII than would a six-hour NFB documentary. Without a doubt, Jake’s Gift is one of the most moving and unashamedly heartfelt pieces of solo theatre that has graced a stage in a long time; put it up there with the likes of The Shape of a Girl and I, Claudia—it’s simply that good.”- John Threlfall – Monday Magazine, Victoria

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