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Hamilton Originals ™️ Live from The Westdale

The Westdale knows about being an original.  The iconic theatre debuted in 1935 as Hamilton’s first cinema equipped to show ‘talkies’ – motion pictures with sound.  Fast forward 85 years and The Westdale is buzzing with excitement to announce that Hamilton Originals, its response to the pandemic that premiered in July 2020, is heading back to the stage to do some talking with sound.  Hamilton Originals invites musicians with a solid connection to Hamilton to talk with host Mike McCurlie and play some tunes.  The show was popular online in 2020, garnering over 50,000 views, and now will add a live studio audience to the streaming format. 

Local musician Mike McCurlie is eager to talk and play with some of the finest musicians connected to Hamilton. “I’m so happy to be back with a whole new season.” 

Your Host Mike McCurlie

Most folks would say Mike is not your everyday guy and here at The Westdale, we’d agree. It’s not ‘every guy’ that’s been in dozens of bands, has writing and voice credits on thousands of radio and TV commercials and is the genius behind jingles so famous our whole country can hum them effortlessly. And to lock down his “not your everyday guy” title, Mike has co-founded one of Hamilton’s most successful media companies, he’s lived in two treehouses, sailed the Atlantic, played Liverpool’s Cavern Club, and has earned “Best Dad in The World” mugs from his two amazing daughters (who now run his old company, MJM Media).

Mike joined The Westdale Board of Directors a couple of months before the lockdown. Having played and recorded with most of Hamilton’s great musicians over his 50-year career, he proposed the idea of a live-streaming show that would combine interviewing and performing with these stellar local artists. Hamilton Originals™ has featured 16 different Hamilton composers and musicians.

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