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May 2019

APOLLO 11

Apollo 11 is a cinematic space event film fifty years in the making. Featuring never-before-seen large-format film footage of one of humanity's greatest accomplishments.   Runtime: 93 minutes  Rated: G

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THE TERMINATOR

Revisit this classic James Cameron-directed sci-fi thriller The Terminator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg sent from the future on a deadly mission; programmed to kill a young woman named Sarah Connor. Runtime: 108 minutes  Rated R

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THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

On the centenary of the end of First World War, Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) presents the World Premiere of an extraordinary new work showing the Great War as you have never seen it. This unique film brings into high definition the human face of the First World War as part of a special London Film Festival presentation alongside a live Q&A with director Peter Jackson hosted by Mark Kermode. Runtime: 133 minutes   Rating:…

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THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET

There are 8,000 miles of roads and paths in New York City and for the past six years, Matt Green has been walking them all. It's a five-borough journey that stretches from the barbershops of the Bronx to the forests of Staten Island, from the Statue of Liberty to Times Square, with Matt amassing a surprisingly detailed knowledge of New York's history and people along the way. Runtime: 95 minutes  NR

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KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE

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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JOHN GRISHAM’S THE RAINMAKER

Francis Ford Coppola directs and scripts an exciting, star-packed adaptation of John Grisham's novel about an idealistic young attorney who takes on the case of a lifetime. Runtime: 135 minutes    Rating:  PG-13 The Film's Producer, Fred Fuchs will be in attendance to introduce the film, followed by a Q&A after the screening.

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ASK DR. RUTH

Ask Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. Runtime: 100 minutes  Rated: R

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HOTEL MUMBAI

A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, HOTEL MUMBAI vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India Runtime:123 minutes   Rated R

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Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. Runtime: 120 minutes Rated: R

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SATURDAYZ WITH MISS T

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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WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Runtime: 98  minutes  Rated: G

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CABARET

The film chronicles Cambridge student Brian Roberts' friendship with the high-spirited Sally Bowles, a singer at the sleazy Kit Kat nightclub, where the anti-Semitic emcee sets a tone of debauchery. Runtime: 124 minutes   Rated: PG

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PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE

Combining rock & roll, horror, and the classic tale of Phantom of the Opera this musical makes fun of all three. The story centers on an aspiring rocker who sells his soul to find fame and ends up horribly disfigured and living in the bowels of a popular night club. Runtime: 91 minutes     Rated: PG

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RED JOAN

In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Judi Dench), lives in contented retirement. Then suddenly her tranquil existence is shattered as she's shockingly arrested by MI5. Joan has been hiding an incredible past; she is one of the most influential spies in living history. Runtime: 110 minutes Rated: R

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MEDFEST FILM FESTIVAL!

"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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THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM

A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. Runtime: 91 minutes  Rated: PG

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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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DOGMAN

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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IO SONO MIA

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival in Partnership with The Westdale and Cinema Insieme presents IO SONO MIA. The touching life story of a famous and brilliant Italian singer called Mia Martini which ends in total failure. Runtime: 100 minutes   Rated: NYR   Language: Italian with English subtitles

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RICORDI

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival in Partnership with The Westdale and Cinema Insieme presents RICORDI. A long love story, seen through the memories of one young couple: recollections altered by moods, their different perspectives, and time itself. The journey through the years of two individuals, united, divided, happy, unhappy, deeply in love, or in love with others, in a single stream of emotions and shades of feeling.   Runtime: 1 hour 46 min.  Rated: NYR   Italian with English subtitles

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METALLI SONANTI

SICILIA CANTA PRESENTS METALLI SONANTI Michela Musolino, American-born-and-raised, has been carrying on a love-affair with Sicilian music. Known for her fiery and passionate interpretations of both traditional and contemporary Sicilian folk and roots music, Musolino turns world fusion songs into timeless pieces and infuses her vocals with the emotions of life. Michela Musolino will perform, together with Fabio Turchetti, her new creative multi- media Project: “Metalli Sonanti” inspired by the ancestral sounds of Grecian, Roman, Arabian and Byzantine Sicily. Michela’s…

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AMANDA RHEAUME & SUSAN AGLUKARK

ArtsFest 2019 and The Westdale presents a Celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day.  Presenting Susan Aglukark and Amanda Rheaume. In Partnership with Indigenous Education and Student Services Mohawk College 8 pm: Amanda Rheaume delivers a unique & soulful blend of folk-country-pop twinged tracks to audiences around the world. She has opened for artists such as Emmylou Harris, K’Naan, Lucinda Williams, and Ani Difranco.  9:30 pm: Acclaimed Platinum selling Inuk singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark will be performing with her band closing the…

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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: The HPO Brass Ensemble

Over the past year, the HPO Brass Quintet, composed of core musicians of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, has performed for various festivals and school audiences throughout the Hamilton region.  Most recently they performed with local beatboxer Hachey the MouthPEACE in a show that the Hamilton Spectator referred to as “curiously sublime.” The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1884 as The Hamilton Orchestral Society and grew to become one of Canada’s major professional orchestras. Today, the HPO is a leader in Hamilton’s…

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CINE-PSYCH: Mental Health on Film

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. Pretty Good (2019)  Written…

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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: Sina Bathaie in Concert

Sina Bathaie, Composer, Santur player is known for his unique style and approach toward Persian contemporary music. His hypnotic performances have garnered him fans from across the globe. Born in Iran, Sina started learning Santur at the age 7 from his father, Master Javad Bathaie. He then followed his passion in music by practicing Persian classical repertoire (Radif) with the instrument Oud and explored the concept of rhythm by learning Tonbak (Persian Percussion). Sina entered the world music scenes soon after moving to…

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FAMILY FRIENDLY INDIE FILM SHORTS

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.

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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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AUTHOR TALK: ANN HUI, CHOP SUEY NATION

June 26 @ 7:00 pm
The Westdale, 1014 King St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 1L4 Canada

Ann Hui is the Author of Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada's Chinese Restaurants. In her role as The Globe and Mail’s national food reporter, she uses food as a lens to explore public policy, health, the environment, and agriculture. Join us for the Author Talk and Reading and stay for the movie! Tickets include the price of Film Screening, EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN at 8:15 PM This event is brought to you in partnership with…

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EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN

A richly layered look at the complex interactions between a widowed chef and his daughters, Ang Lee's generational comedy Eat Drink Man Woman offers filmgoers a tasty cinematic treat. Curated By Ann Hui, Chop Suey Nation. Join us for the talk earlier in the evening for the full experience! With English Subtitles

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STEVE STRONGMAN

Award-winning Canadian bluesman Steve Strongman is a versatile talent, and a restless one. By constantly pushing himself in new directions, he has kept himself vital. His talent is huge and impossible to miss, and it’s matched by his staggering musical ambition — as guitar-slinger, songwriter or vocalist. Strongman’s impressive resume includes stints opening for guitar legends such as Johnny Winter, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. The performer’s breakthrough 2012 release A Natural Fact was hailed as a standout, earning Maple…

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July 2019

REEL EATS – THE LUNCHBOX with CHEF Ken LeFEBOUR

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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October 2019

SICK NOT WEAK: A NIGHT WITH MICHAEL LANDSBERG

DEPRESSION AND HOPE: DEPRESSION, SPORTS & ME  A talk followed by Q&A, and a 60 Minute VIP Meet & Greet Michael Landsberg is one of Canada’s most vocal advocates for mental health awareness. Brash and witty, Landsberg has all the charisma of the veteran TV and radio host he is. A seasoned on-stage pro, he’s diverting, smart, and funny. But that’s not half of it. Not one to shy away from anything, Landsberg is also one of Canada’s most vocal advocates for mental…

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