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1014 King St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 1L4 Canada
(905) 522-7173

June 2019

Private Booking

We will be closed from June 17 through to June 20th, 2019 for a private booking.

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AMANDA RHEAUME & SUSAN AGLUKARK, IN CONCERT

June 21 @ 8:00 pm
The Westdale, 1014 King St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 1L4 Canada

ArtsFest 2019 and The Westdale presents a Celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day.  Presenting Susan Aglukark and Amanda Rheaume live, in concert.  In Partnership with Indigenous Education and Student Services Mohawk College, the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre and Hamilton Arts Week. 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…

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THE WIZARD OF OZ

FREE COMMUNITY SCREENING  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: HAMILTON PHILHARMONIC BRASS QUINTET

HPO’s Brass Quintet Bring the kids and friends to an afternoon of lively music with HPO’s Brass Quintet! This one-hour interactive presentation introduces listeners to brass instruments and the music they are performing. Guests are welcome to stay after the performance and meet the musicians.

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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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AMAI KUDA et LES BOIS

June 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Westdale, 1014 King St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 1L4 Canada

A tantalizing Afro-soul combo of folk, roots, desert blues, and African continental music. Hailed by CBC's Errol Nazareth, "earthy and rootsy and good for your ears."

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ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

Rocky Horror Picture Show brings its quirky characters in tight, but it's the narrative thrust that really drives audiences insane and keeps 'em doing the time warp again. A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Runtime: 100 min   Rated: R

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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”

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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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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SIX MINUTE MEMOIR: “The Best Of” Hosted by Anne Bokma

A special "Best Of" edition of the popular 6-Minute Memoir "speed storytelling for a cause" will take place at The Westdale Theatre as part of ArtsFest on Sunday, June 23 from 7-9 p.m. Thirteen Hamiltonians will share their true-life tales. They include Kate Cayley, Darlene Chrissley, Chris Farias, Kathy Garneau, Matthew Green, Jeff Griffiths, Shirley Haslam, Dawn Hussey, Colette Kendall, Jeff Mahoney, Jennifer Walton, Kelly Watts, and Lori Yates. Each presenter is given the challenge of telling a compelling tale within a strict six-minute time limit. It will be a memorable night of personal stories that will be both…

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THE BIG SLEEP (1947)

The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle, The Big Sleep casts Bogart as Raymond Chandler's cynical private eye Philip Marlowe. Summoned to the home of the fabulously wealthy General Sternwood (Charles Waldron), Marlowe is hired to deal with a blackmailer shaking down the General's sensuous, thumb-sucking daughter Carmen (Martha Vickers). This earns Marlowe the displeasure of Carmen's sloe-eyed, seemingly straight-laced older sister Vivian (Bacall), who is fiercely protective of her somewhat addled sibling. As he pursues the case at hand, Marlowe…

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THE LAST WALTZ

Martin Scorsese chronicles the most legendary night in rock history, as an unparalleled lineup of rock superstars -- including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and Van Morrison -- take the stage for "The Band's" 1976 farewell concert. Runtime: 117 min   Rated: PG     Genre:  Documentary

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GORDON LIGHTFOOT: If You Could Read My Mind

From the song he refuses to perform to his admiration for Drake, a songwriting legend reflects on his lyrics and longevity with candour and humour. At 80 years young (and currently recording another album), Gordon Lightfoot continues to entertain and enlighten. Personal archive materials and studio sessions paint an intimate picture of an artist in his element, candidly revisiting his idealistic years in Yorkville's coffeehouses, up through stadium tours and the hedonistic '70s. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Barbra Streisand…

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ECHO IN THE CANYON

Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA's Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon…

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AUTHOR TALK: ANN HUI, CHOP SUEY NATION

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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MAUDIE

MAUDIE, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett's efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie's deep and abiding love…

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STEVE STRONGMAN

June 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Westdale, 1014 King St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 1L4 Canada

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

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT-CEREAL CARTOON PARTY!

THE SATURDAY MORNING ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT-CEREAL CARTOON PARTY! Curated by Kier-La Janisse Remember Saturday mornings? Kids today may not realize the significance of the Saturday morning ritual, but once upon a time, we had to wait a whole week to get our cartoon fix, and when we got it, we tended to binge. In that gleefully gluttonous spirit, curator Kier-La Janisse presents a 3-hour trip down memory lane with a tribute to the eye-popping, brain-addling Saturday morning cartoons of yore, complete with…

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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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BIF NAKED: Songs & Stories, Live

July 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Westdale, 1014 King St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 1L4 Canada

Bif Naked has pushed the boundaries of acceptability since day one. Her screaming loud creative has never been muzzled as she has unleashed a continual and seemingly endless string of blazing live performances, recordings, videos, quotes, sound-bites, spoken word and visuals that have established Bif Naked as one of the most acclaimed and interesting performers to grace the rock stage. Bif Naked will be at The Westdale to perform her favorite songs and poetry, read select stories from her book…

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Private Event

We will be closed from July 12 through to July 18th, 2019 in preparation of the Hamilton Fringe Festival.  

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Hamilton Fringe Festival: A Two Piece

Cast: Carleen Zouboules, Christian Lavigne, Hannah Shikatani, Jenna Schievink, Kirsten Sullivan, Krista Newey, Mikaela Orford Choreographers: Georgi DiRocco, Jake Poloz Show Type: Dance   Audience: All Ages     Running Time: 55 minutes To Purchase Tickets visit: http://hamiltonfringe.ca/shows/a-two-piece/ A vacation from reality. A rush of new love that saturates your system. Is it a rediscovery of innocence or a way of hiding ourselves in plain sight? Choreographers Georgi DiRocco and Jake Poloz premiere a pair of dance works that speak…

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Hamilton Fringe Festival: Fuckboys The Musical

Show Type: Theatre   Audience: Mature   Running Time: 90 minutes Karaoke night, every Wednesday, with your best friends in the world. What could possibly mess that up? You guessed it: fuckboys. An epidemic truly sweeping the nation, fuckboys are “literal garbage and must be stopped!” In this hilarious one-act musical, four women will teach you the skills you need to take down the post dangerous predators in today’s modern dating scene. Fuckboys is a musical extravaganza you WON’T want…

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Hamilton Fringe Festival: The Promised Land

THEATRE COMPANY: Fashion Beast  PLAYWRIGHT: Paul Koster DIRECTOR: A.G. Mann MUSICIAN/COMPOSER: Michael Spiroff CAST: Kristina Agosti, Martina Castillo, Thomas Gough, Dave Healey, Veronika Hurnik, Laura Kyswaty, Eric Lehmann, Jsin Sasha, Michael Spiroff Show Type: Theatre   Audience: Parental Guidance      Running Time: 90 minutes TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED HERE: http://hamiltonfringe.ca/shows/promised-land/ The Promised Land is a comedic homage to 1940s film noir, filled with fast-talking fellas and femme fatales, an ingenue, or two, and a wisecracking former hobo; all inhabiting…

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Third Wheel Theatre (Toronto, ON)  DIRECTOR/DESIGNER: Shayna Robinson   PRODUCER: Jessica Bowmer CAST: Katherine Basile - She; Daniel Sutherland - He; Jordan M. Burns - Them Show Type: Theatre   Audience: Mature    Running Time: 50 minutes not_ALL.? filetype: Unknown inhabits the alluring battle of gender rights, with neither side being apologetic of their weapons and marks. We reveal the horror and beauty in both radical feminism and men’s activist political movements by bearing the story that lies within the…

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Hamilton Fringe Festival: We All Got Lost

Theatre: Pink Pantheon Projects (Hamilton/London) Cast: Jessica Pellicciotta, Kaitlin Race, Emily Meadows, Evelyn Barber, Miranda Cooper Playwright, Director: Camille Intson Show Type: Theatre Audience: Parental Guidance Running Time: 60 minutes Five schoolgirls form a sacrilegious storyteller’s circle in the thick Northern Ontario woods. But what happens when stories go off their hinges? Winner of the 2019 Hamilton Fringe New Play Contest, We All Got Lost is a coming-of-age play about girlhood and its myths and the stories we choose to…

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Hamilton Fringe Festival: You Want It What Way: A Boy Band Tale

Frosted Tip Productions (Toronto, ON) Cast: Adam Ashby, James Lintag, Brian Jansen, James Martin      Director: Brian Jansen Playwright: Leonard Chan      Choreographer: Adam Martino Show Type: Comedy      Audience: Parental Guidance       Running Time: 60 minutes “You Want It What Way? A Boy Band Tale” is a sketch comedy dance show all about boy bands. We dance and sing to all of the hits and perform hilarious sketches that poke fun at all the…

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Hamilton Fringe Festival: Infinite Sequels

WRITTEN/DIRECTED: David Stones  MUSIC PRODUCER: David Forrester CAST: David Stones as The Poet; Tom Gannon Hamilton as The Violin Show Type: Theatre     Audience: Mature      Running Time: 60 minutes Urged on by his pal, The Violin, a rich musical soundtrack and the hypnotic amber of a fine Macallan 18, The Poet revisits his life through his work. Lauded as “a brilliant and beautiful piece of theatre” (London Free Press), The Poet leads a riveted audience through a…

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September 2019

JEREMY FISHER IN CONCERT

"If I knew what I was doing, I'd be doing it every day", says Ottawa-based singer, songwriter, & producer Jeremy Fisher.  "Most of the time I'm chasing & running into walls, so when I get my hands on a song that feels right & provokes emotion in others it can feel like the first time & that's exciting." Join Jeremy Fisher live in concert at the Westdale!

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PAYADORO ENSEMBLE

"With influences from Argentina to Eastern Europe to the great Astor Piazzolla, Payodora plays the tango like it's meant to be: sultry, steamy, but with grace and precision. You will be entertained!"    -- Howard Drunkman, Editor, Words + Music Magazine  

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October 2019

LUNCH AT ALLENS

Lunch at Allen's is a musical powerhouse compromising four remarkable Canadian talents: Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan, and Ian Thomas. As individuals, they have written for or sung on over 25,000,000 CDs, penning hits for Josh Groban, Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, America, Santana, Cher and Rod Stewart, as well as Murray's Farmer's Song, Marc's Marina Del Rey, and Ian's Painted Ladies, just to name a few. These three artists have come together adding the incredible voice of Cindy Church (Quartette, Great Western…

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JACOB MOON

Guitarist, singer and writer of award-winning pop and folk songs, Jacob Moon is best known as a master of the art of "live looping", recording his performances in real time and adding layer upon layer to make one man with one guitar ring like an orchestra, and his innovative approach to beloved guitar songs and his original music have helped him build a following that includes the likes of Rush, Ron Sexsmith, and Gordon Lightfoot for the past two decades.

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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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THE COMIC STRIPPERS

A Male Stripper Parody and Improv Comedy Show The Comic Strippers are a fictitious male stripper troupe, played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians. These guys try to be sexy… it just comes out funny. Constantly grooving and gyrating, in between scenes they banter with the crowd and perform their sexylarious twist on improv sketches. They sing, they “dance;” these guys are oiled up and ready to make you laugh. Women often say the most attractive thing…

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LAZO

An Ancient Sound for a New World In 2010, the first world premiere of his musical show, "A Lyra for all the people" took place in Gis Theatre in Thessaloniki, Greece in front of 4500 people. 2017marked his first North American CD titled "LAZO". The album is produced by Pavlo, featuring original music.  

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November 2019

DEREK EDWARDS – “ So Here’s The Thing…”

is A new 90-minute stand-up comedy show, ...a richly textured and enthralling 'cut above,' delivered with pace and authority by the consummate Canadian Comedian. "So Here's the Thing ..."  - A  breath of fresh air, finely honed and relentlessly funny! Take a break from the world and settle in for a seamless glide over life's troubled waters. Like the canoeist seated deftly atop his life jacket, with whiskey and pot cookies sealed in airtight containers, Derek Edwards has left little to…

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GPINTO LIVE in CONCERT

FOUR STRINGS... EVERYTHING... Grenville Pinto isn't just a violinist. He's so much more. A complete musician. A showman. An entertainer. Fun. Class. An artist... With such a diverse and seasoned musical background, experience how G Pinto captivates audiences with his unique and energetic STAGE shows. Accompanied by his live band and with appearances by special guests, be prepared to be taken on a musical journey!

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April 2020

PAVLO: IN CONCERT

PAVLO returns in the spring of 2020. Tickets are now on sale for what will most definitely be a sold-out performance! For being all instrumental, Pavlo’s Mediterranean music speaks for itself. Over the span of his 20-year career, Pavlo, the internationally renowned, award-winning recording artist, performer, and songwriter, has released 11 albums of his own music, plus two collaborative projects, including 2015  Guitarradas with Remigio Pereira, and 2009 Trifecta with fellow guitar masters Rik Emmett and Oscar Lopez. Pavlo has…

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