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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July 2020

Hamilton Originals: McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles: Songs of Wentworth County

Hamilton Originals: Live Music from The Westdale! McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles:  Songs of Wentworth County Hosted by Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities Stream on YouTube & Facebook July 2 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Since the lockdown of our city several months ago, local musicians have been eager to get back on the stage… and here at The Westdale, we’ve come up with a way to make that happen! This…

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Hamilton Originals: Tom Wilson:  Songwriter, Author, Artist

Hamilton Originals: Live from The Westdale! Tom Wilson:  Songwriter, Author, Artist A conversation with Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities Stream on YouTube & Facebook July 9 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Since the lockdown of our city several months ago, local musicians have been eager to get back on the stage… and here at The Westdale, we’ve come up with a way to make that happen! This summer, we have…

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Hamilton Originals: Judy Marsales: The Evolution of The Sing-Along

Hamilton Originals: Live Music from The Westdale! Judy Marsales:  The Evolution of The Sing-Along Hosted by Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities Stream on YouTube & Facebook July 16 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Since the lockdown of our city several months ago, local musicians have been jonesing to get back on the stage… and here at The Westdale, we’ve come up with a way to make that happen! This summer,…

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ONLINE EVENT! Hamilton Originals: James Anthony: Paying Your Dues Playing the Blues

Hamilton Originals: Live Music from The Westdale! James Anthony:  Paying Your Dues Playing the Blues Hosted by Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities Stream on YouTube & Facebook July 23 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Since the lockdown of our city several months ago, local musicians have been jonesing to get back on the stage… and here at The Westdale, we’ve come up with a way to make that happen! This…

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ONLINE EVENT! Hamilton Originals: Wendell Ferguson

Hamilton Originals: Live from The Westdale! Wendell Ferguson: If Chet Atkins and George Carlin had a baby… Hosted by Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities With support from MJM Media and Clearcable Stream on YouTube, Facebook or here on our site July 30 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Stream on our Site Suggested donation: $15 Donate Here WENDELL FERGUSON I've met some incredible guitarists and hilarious comedians in my day, but…

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August 2020

Online Event. Hamilton Originals: Laura Cole

Hamilton Originals: Live from The Westdale! Laura Cole: Piece of Paradise Hosted by Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities With support from MJM Media and Clearcable Stream on YouTube, Facebook or here on our site August 10 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Stream on our Site Suggested donation: $15 Donate Here Ancaster, Ontario’s own Laura Cole is the original adorable badass with her soulful, gritty, sultry vocal. Similar to her influences such as Etta James,…

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Online Event. Hamilton Originals: Wayne Krawchuk

Hamilton Originals: Live from The Westdale! Wayne Krawchuk: Love Hopped a Train Hosted by Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities With support from MJM Media and Clearcable Stream on YouTube, Facebook or here on our site August 17 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Stream on our Site Suggested donation: $15 Donate Here Wayne Krawchuk, is a soulful roots-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Hamilton who has been writing, recording, and performing music for more than…

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Online Event. Hamilton Originals: Steve Strongman

Hamilton Originals: Live from The Westdale! Steve Strongman: Ready to Talk the Blues Hosted by Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities With support from MJM Media and Clearcable Stream on YouTube, Facebook or here on our site August 24 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Stream on our Site Suggested donation: $15 Donate Here Award-winning Canadian bluesman Steve strongman is a versatile talent, and a restless one. By constantly pushing himself in new directions, he has…

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The Last Picture Show

It's 1951 in the small town of Anarene, located in the dust bowl of Texas. Sam the Lion, owner of the local café, pool hall and movie theater, and the unofficial father figure to many of the young men of the town, is one of the few people who seems content with his life in Anarene. Life in Anarene for the younger generation in particular seems to hold little interest and not much of a future. The sensitive Sonny Crawford…

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September 2020

Online Event. Hamilton Originals: Boris Brott

Hamilton Originals: Live from The Westdale! Boris Brott: The Man Behind the Baton Hosted by Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities With support from MJM Media and Clearcable Stream on YouTube, Facebook or here on our site September 14 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Stream on our Site Suggested donation: $15 Donate Here Although he’s conducted many orchestras around the world, he’s best known for bringing unprecedented awareness the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in the late…

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Online Event. Hamilton Originals: Ian Thomas

Hamilton Originals: Live from The Westdale! Ian Thomas: Songwriter, Author, Storyteller Hosted by Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage With support from MJM Media and Clearcable Stream on YouTube, Facebook or here on our site September 21 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Stream on our Site Suggested donation: $15 Donate Here Growing up in Dundas, Ian has been a writer most of his life. His songs are…

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Online Event. Hamilton Originals: Rik Emmett

Hamilton Originals: Live from The Westdale! Rik Emmett: Before and Beyond Triumph Hosted by Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage With support from MJM Media and Clearcable Stream on YouTube, Facebook or here on our site September 28 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Stream on our Site Suggested donation: $15 Donate Here Maybe he’s not a true Hamiltonian, but he does live in Oakville… close enough! You…

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October 2020

Online Event. Hamilton Originals: Karen Thornton

Hamilton Originals: Live from The Westdale! Karen Thorton: Queen of Jazz Piano with Paul Intson on bass Hosted by Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage Sponsored by NeoDental Ancaster Sponsored by Abell Pest Control With support from MJM Media and Clearcable Stream on YouTube, Facebook or here on our site October 5 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Stream on our Site Suggested donation: $15 Donate Here Karen…

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Online Event. Hamilton Originals Dan Edmonds

Hamilton Originals: Live from The Westdale! Dan Edmonds from Westdale's original band, Harlan Pepper! Hosted by Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage Sponsored by NeoDental Ancaster Sponsored by Abell Pest Control With support from MJM Media and Clearcable Stream on YouTube, Facebook or here on our site October 19 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Stream on our Site Suggested donation: $15 Donate Here Dan Edmonds doesn’t like…

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Online Event. Hamilton Originals Chris Chambers

Hamilton Originals: Live from The Westdale! Chris Chambers Hamilton's Awesome Rocker! Hosted by Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage Sponsored by NeoDental Ancaster Sponsored by Abell Pest Control With support from MJM Media and Clearcable Stream on YouTube, Facebook or here on our site October 26 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Stream on our Site Suggested donation: $15 Donate Here CHRIS CHAMBERS is a guitar player, singer,…

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November 2020

Online Event. Hamilton Originals Ronnie Hawkins & Gary Lucas

Hamilton Originals: Live from The Westdale! Ronnie Hawkins & Gary Lucas Talk with The Hawk (and his best friend) Hosted by Mike McCurlie  Sponsored by Next Steps Planning with IPC Securities Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage Sponsored by NeoDental Ancaster Sponsored by Abell Pest Control With support from MJM Media and Clearcable Stream on YouTube, Facebook or here on our site November 2 at 8 pm EST: YouTube Live Link Facebook Live Link Stream on our Site Suggested donation: $15 Donate…

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December 2020

Hamilton Originals: Coffee Table Talk with Ronnie Hawkins, Gary Lucas, Wanda Hawkins, & Mike McCurlie

As you know, Ronnie Hawkins couldn’t make our Hamilton Originals show as scheduled November 2; however, he did call the next day and insisted we go visit him again in Peterborough for an audio interview! He hasn’t done for one a while and made it clear he won’t be doing any more in the future. So off we drove to the Hawkins family home on the banks of the Trent Canal near Peterborough on a sunny Friday morning. Folks, from…

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October 2021

Hamilton Originals with Daniel Lanois

IN-PERSON TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT! Stream on YouTube Stream on Facebook 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…

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November 2021

Hamilton Originals with Jamie Oakes

Hamilton's own Jamie Oakes! Stream on YouTube Stream on Facebook 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…

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December 2021

Hamilton Originals with Terra Lightfoot

Hamilton's own Terra Lightfoot! Stream on YouTube Stream on Facebook 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…

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Hamilton Originals Cranky Celtic Christmas

Hamilton Originals is getting in the spirit - the Cranky Celtic Christmas spirit! Why “Cranky” you ask? Because one of our guests is the witty, wacky, and whimsical Wendell Ferguson, master songwriter of all Christmas parodies, and gregarious guitar guru. Why “Celtic” you wonder? Because our other guest is Scantily Plaid, featuring the racy, raucous, and red-headed Ruth Sutherland on the Celtic harp, and her musical partner, the daring, dynamic, and dangerously diverse Doug Feaver on the Celtic guitar. Why “Christmas" you’re thinking? Hey, it’s happening on December…

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February 2022

Hamilton Originals Tim Tickner

Stream on YouTube Stream on Facebook 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…

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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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