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March 2019

Film & Talk: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Hear behind the scenes stories of how the film was made with the film’s Producer Fred Fuchs. In Frances Ford Coppola’s eerie and operatic romantic horror film Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, the centuries-old vampire Count Dracula comes to Victorian England to seduce his barrister’s fiancee Mina Murray and create havoc. Runtime: 130 minutes Rating: AA

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Film & Talk: California Typewriter

Film Screening followed by Talk, Great Writers, Great Machines with Martin Howard, Gary Barwin, Tom Wilson, featuring a special performance with Gary Barwin. CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others. It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging…

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April 2019

Creative Soul Series: with Special Guest Sylvia Tyson

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. Doors Open 6:30 PM     Event Start 7:30 PM Series Dates: April 25  - Special Guest: Sylvia Tyson; May 16  -  Special Guest: Murray McLauchlan; June 13 - Special Guest: Dan Hill Cost  $40 Per Show (+HST & Surcharge ), Ticket for Series: $100* (+ HST & Surcharge) *available for purchase at…

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May 2019

Creative Soul: Murray McLauchlan

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    Next Event:  June 13 with Special Guest Dan Hill Tickets: $40 Per Show (+ HST + Surcharge) available online or box office.  Reserved seating. The Series will be filmed for future use.

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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. The Film's Producer, Fred Fuchs will be in attendance to introduce the film, followed by a Q&A after the screening. Runtime: 135 minutes    Rating:  PG-13

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June 2019

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

In cacao beans, nature has made the perfect “Soma”, a mystical substance mentioned in the Rig Veda and later by Aldous Huxley in the novel Brave New World. Resident education and tasting expert, Sam from SOMA CHOCOLATES joins host Mary Luz Mejia for an afternoon uncovering the magic of chocolate. There will be chocolate samples to try and we invite you to pair the tasting with a glass of Prosecco from our concessions stand!

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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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September 2019

DEAR YELLOW SUN: World Suicide Prevention Day

A Play Written and performed by Hollie Gladysz and Holly Raymond. Please join us as we examine the complex topic of suicide through an original play followed by a discussion by an expert panel. Starting at 7:00 PM Doors Open at 6:00 PM   Free Admission

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October 2019


This fall, The Westdale has partnered with Hot Docs to bring you a series of daytime lectures. Come engage in a variety of topics with dynamic speakers and subject matter experts. It might have been the strangest decade of the twentieth century, but it is also one of the most misunderstood. It’s easy to look back at the 1970s and simply be stunned by the hair and the platform shoes, by the mood rings and ‘da Fonz’. But underneath all…

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Conversation with Henry Giroux and Julian Casablancas

For more information and RSVP HERE Showtime: 7:00pm

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January 2020

Hamilton Wentworth PFLAG Presents: Ivan Coyote

Donations at the event will benefit Hamilton Wentworth PFLAG Please arrive no later than 6:45 if you receive a ticket. If we sell out, at 6:50pm we will make all unused tickets available for open seating. If you have a ticket and are unable to attend, please cancel so we can make the ticket available to someone else. Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, they are the author of twelve books, the creator…

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February 2020

See the film ‘NUMB’ – Meet the maker Harris Goldberg with the Hamilton Film Festival

Be In The Room See the film - Meet the makers with the Hamilton Film Festival Stay after the film for a conversation with the filmmaker Harris Goldberg Hudson Milbank is a successful Hollywood screenwriter who suddenly and strangely finds himself without any emotional feelings. He tries doctor after doctor and shrink after shrink, but nothing works. The Golf Channel, lesbian exercise classes and a dizzying variety of pills get him through the day, but don't quite solve his problem.…

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