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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March 2022

Hamilton Originals Jacob Moon

Stream on YouTube March 7 at 8:00 pm Stream on Facebook March 7 at 8:00 pm 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. …

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April 2022

Hamilton Originals with Ginger St. James

Hamilton Originals invites musicians with a solid connection to Hamilton to talk with host Mike McCurlie and play some tunes. Born to entertain, Ginger St. James’ song-writing and voice are as powerful as they are poignant. Powerful in a way where it’s hard to believe such a voice comes from a petite five-foot frame. Poignant in a way that the music and the message rings true through the test of time. Her repertoire blends country, rockabilly and blues with a…

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May 2022

Hamilton Originals with Logan Staats

Hamilton Originals invites musicians with a solid connection to Hamilton to talk with host Mike McCurlie and play some tunes. LOGAN STAATS In 2018, veracious Mohawk singer-songwriter Logan Staats was chosen from 10,000 hopeful contestants vying for a spot on musical competition show 'The Launch'. Before an audience of 1.4 million viewers, Staats won, officiating the breakthrough that would lead him to Nashville and Los Angeles, and to his single “The Lucky Ones” reaching number one in Canada and winning…

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June 2022

Hamilton Originals with Rita Chiarelli

Hamilton Originals invites musicians with a solid connection to Hamilton to talk with host Mike McCurlie and play some tunes. Rita Chiarelli is Canada's most highly acclaimed female roots and blues artist.  With a JUNO award and 4 subsequent JUNO nominations, she is known across Canada as the "Goddess of the Blues". Chiarelli is a gifted songwriter and an entertaining performer, but it is her soaring 3 octave voice that sets her apart from her peers, inspires awe and often…

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July 2022

Hamilton Originals with Tomi Swick

Hamilton Originals invites musicians with a solid connection to Hamilton to talk with host Tomi Swick and play some tunes. Singer-songwriter Tomi Swick is a Hamilton native who was recognized for his debut album "Stalled out in the Doorway" in 2007 by winning the juno for best new artist and a nomination for pop record of the year as well as 2 Canadian radio music awards, the Socan A/C songwriting award and multiple Hamilton music awards. A Warner/Chappell Publishing recording…

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August 2022

CANCELLED: Hamilton Originals with Dave Rave

Out of respect for the passing of Teenage Head guitarist Gord Lewis, we have decided with Dave Rave’s team to postpone tonight’s Hamilton Originals.  We offer our condolences to Gord’s family and the Teenage Head family.  We encourage everyone to listen to Teenage Head tonight and celebrate their music.  Hamilton Originals invites musicians with a solid connection to Hamilton to talk with host Dave Rave and play some tunes. Songwriter Dave Rave, lead singer for noted Canadian punk band Teenage…

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November 2022

Hamilton Originals with Junestone

Join Olivia and Borys from Junestone! Junestone became a band in August 2018 after which lead of the group, Olivia would attend the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity as a musician in residence (Late Fall 2018). The band was created after Olivia wrote three songs earlier that spring and was inspired to put together a group. Junestone sold out their first ticketed event at Artword Artbar in February 2019. They have recorded 11 songs with music videos since their…

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