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May 2019

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FREE Community Screening presented hosted by Sandy Shaw, MPP for Hamilton-West-Ancaster A young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner's daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada, and a registered nurse in Missouri build a movement of insurgent candidates to challenge powerful incumbents in Congress. One of their races will become the most shocking political upsets in recent American history.

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Song-singin', and ukulele strummin' afternoons with Miss T are fully interactive concerts that are fun for kids of all ages and their families. Every Saturday beginning May 11th, 2019  $10 per child, Drop-ins Welcome!

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"MedFest" is an international film festival held annually in universities and institutions all over the world.  Founded by the Psychiatrist, Dr. Kamran Ahmed, with the backing of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), MedFest was intended to use the power of film to bring important health issues to the forefront of the conversation. Since 2015, Dr. Nadeem Akhtar (Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, McMaster University) and the Psychiatry Interest Group have brought MedFest to Hamilton; the only Canadian event. This year, MedFest explores…

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June 2019

Creative Soul with Special Guest, Dan Hill

June 13 @ 7:30 pm
The Westdale, 1014 King St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 1L4 Canada

Intimate conversations & unplugged performances with some of Canada’s greatest songwriters. Host Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Thomas talks with Canadian music legends on the creative process, inspiration and keeping one’s creativity alive. Event Start 7:30 PM  Tickets: $40 Per Show (HST + Service Fees Extra) available online or at the box office. The final show of the series. Reserved seating. Please note: The Series will be filmed for future use. Sponsored by:

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The Italian Contemporary Film Festival in Partnership with The Westdale and Cinema Insieme presents DOGMAN. In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. When…

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ArtsFest: The Wizard of Oz

Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My! The Wizard of Oz is a must-see film for young and old. The Wizard of Oz stars legendary Judy Garland as Dorothy, an innocent farm girl whisked out of her mundane earthbound existence into a land of pure imagination. It's all emerald forests, yellow brick roads, and creepy castles, all with the help of some unusual but earnest song-happy friends. Rating: G Runtime: 101 minutes

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ArtsFest: Ballroom Dance That Breaks Gender Roles

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…

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ArtsFest: Trillium Foundation Presentation & Announcement

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

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ArtsFest: Reel Eats – “Chocolate from bean to bar, uncovering the magic of chocolate”

The year was 2003 and the idea of creating a small, funky chocolate factory was born in the minds of David Castellan and Cynthia Leung. The concept: finding new ways to create and enjoy chocolate. On making their first batches of chocolate, it was immediately apparent they had stumbled upon something magical and their future would be tied to it. In cacao beans, nature has made the perfect “Soma”, a mystical substance mentioned in the Rig Veda and later by…

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ArtsFest: Comedy Hour

Manolis Zontanos is a Canadian standup comedian from Hamilton, Ontario and has appeared on The Comedy Network, Just For Laughs, MTV Canada & more. He has toured the world working with the likes of Russell Peters, Ari Shaffir and Rick Shapiro to name a few. His unique brand of humour allows audiences into the mind of a simple, yet at the same time very complex man that leaves people feeling as though they made a new best friend. He is not…

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ArtsFest: Six Minute Memoir, “The Best Of” Hosted by Anne Bokma

The Six Minute Memoir is a delightful themed storytelling event Hosted by Anne Bokma with performances by local community members where storytellers spin their stories in 6 minutes or less. Anne traces her writing career back to age 11 when her parents presented her with a portable Olivetti manual typewriter for her birthday. She’s been pounding at a keyboard ever since. A full-time freelance writer, Anne has been a journalist for more than 25 years and has written for most…

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July 2019


REEL EATS is an evening of film, food, and fun with Host & Food Writer Mary Luz Mejia. MOVIE: THE LUNCHBOX     GUEST CHEF: KEN LeFEBOUR    Q & A  FOLLOWING FILM Middle-class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at…

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