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The Westdale is excited to be a part of this year’s ArtsFest!  We are hosting a number of events throughout the festival and a special evening in celebration of  National Indigenous Peoples Day!

AMANDA RHEAUME & SUSAN AGLUKARK, IN CONCERT
June 21, 2019  

8 PM:  Amanda Rheaume delivers a unique & soulful blend of folk-country-pop. She has opened for artists such as Emmylou Harris, K’Naan, Lucinda Williams, & Ani Difranco. 

9:30 PM: Acclaimed Platinum selling Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark will be performing with her band.

In Partnership with Indigenous Education & Student Services Mohawk College, theHamilton Regional Indian Centre, The Westdale & Hamilton Arts Week.

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HAMILTON PHILHARMONIC BRASS ENSEMBLE
Saturday, June 22 – 1:00pm

Bring the kids and friends to an afternoon of lively music with HPO’s Brass Quintet! This one-hour interactive presentation introduces listeners to brass instruments and the music they are performing. Guests are welcome to stay after the performance and meet the musicians.


CINE-PSYCH: MENTAL HEALTH ON FILM
Saturday, June 22 – 3:00 pm

The Cine-Psych film making team, created by Dr. Nadeem Akhtar (Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, McMaster University) was formed in 2017. The mission of the project was to train junior Psychiatrists to create engaging, cinematic short films that would reflect what we know of mental health problems, stimulate debate, discussion, and better understanding to reduce stigma.

CinePsych will be presenting their latest short films (as below) followed by a Question and Answer session with members of the team.


BALLROOM DANCE THAT BREAKS GENDER ROLES
Saturday, June 22 – 4:00 pm

Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox met as colleagues during their shared tenure with Fred Astaire’s Canada and remained friends after Copp retired from teaching. They would dance at social occasions where they developed their “playing fair” method of sharing the lead, which caught the eye of a local dramaturge, Lisa O’Connell. Thus began the theatrical collaboration which led to the creation of a full-length Ballroom Dance/Theatre production, “First Dance,” about the development of the first dance for a same-sex wedding. Through building the show they formalized their “Liquid Lead” concept and continue to tour the piece at regional professional theaters, festivals and even as part of an international dance festival in Tirana, Albania. Join us for a TED Talk-style presentation.


AMAI KUDA et LES BOIS
Saturday, June 22 – 8:00 pm

A tantalizing Afro-soul combo of folk, roots, desert blues, and African continental music. Hailed by CBC’s Errol Nazareth, “earthy and rootsy and good for your ears.”

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TRILLIUM FOUNDATION ANNOUNCEMENT 
Saturday, June 22 – 7:30 pm

All are welcome to attend this special presentation on behalf of The Westdale.  

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ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Saturday, June 22 – 11:00 PM

You don’t want the night to end?! Stay for the cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show bringing its quirky characters in tight & drives audiences insane! Come let’s do the time warp again.

Bring your gloves, newspapers, etc., but (no confetti please)

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FAMILY FRIENDLY INDIE SHORTS
Sunday, June 23 – 10:30 am

From 10:30 – 12:30 PM drop by The Westdale for a selection of family-friendly short independent films curated by the Hamilton Film Festival.

The Hamilton Film Festival is Hamilton’s largest and longest running film festival with roots that go back 20 years.


REEL EATS – “CHOCOLATE FROM BEAN TO BAR, UNCOVERING THE MAGIC OF CHOCOLATE” with Host Mary Luz Mejia
Sunday, June 23 – 1:00 pm

In cacao beans, nature has made the perfect “Soma”, a mystical substance mentioned in the Rig Veda and later by Aldous Huxley in the novel Brave New World. Try delicious chocolate samples and pair this tasting with a glass of Prosecco from our concessions stand!


ARTS FEST COMEDY HOUR
Sunday, June 23 – 4:00 pm

Three stand-up comedians: Manolis ZantanosAnjelica Scannura, andPatrick Coppolino will grace theWestdale’s stage and deliver an evening full of laughter!  
(Note: Adult Content)


SIX MINUTE MEMOIR: “THE BEST OF” HOSTED BY ANNE BOKMA
Sunday, June 23 – 9:00 pm

Thirteen Hamiltonians will share their true-life tales. Each presenter is given the challenge of telling a compelling tale within a strict six-minute time limit. It will be a memorable night of personal stories that will be both entertaining and enlightening,” says organizer Anne Bokma, a local writer. “I can promise you’ll laugh and you’ll likely cry.”

Thirteen Hamiltonians will share their true-life tales.

Kate Cayley, Darlene Chrissley, Chris Farias, Kathy Garneau, Matthew Green, Jeff Griffiths, Shirley Haslam, Dawn Hussey, Colette Kendall, Jeff Mahoney, Jennifer Walton, Kelly Watts, and Lori Yates.


The Westdale screens art & independent films, & provides an intimate cultural space for public performances & exhibitions, showcasing Canadian & world content. The Westdale is a fully licensed & fully accessible theatre with described video & closed captioning technology. The Westdale is a community-based cinematic, cultural & economic hub for Westdale Village, the City of Hamilton & the surrounding region.

Thank you to our donors, members & volunteers for your support. We welcome you to get involved! Become a member, volunteer, or sponsor an event or series.

The Westdale is a not-for-profit, charitable organization.