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DeMure Productions Presents: Dirty Dancing: The Burlesque! June 15

DeMure Productions Presents: Dirty Dancing: The Burlesque! Saturday, June 15. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $25 advance, $30 at door unless sold out. (Note: Tickets sold by event organizer; see below.) An All Star Cast of some of Burlesque and Vaudeville’s finest, KittyDirtyDancing.jpgpaying homage to (arguably) one of the greatest movies of our time! ‘Dirty Dancing’.  Performances by: El Toro, Mizzy Thrasher, Red Herring, Bella Barecatt, The Mansfield Brothers, Tahitia Belle Fille, Lucky Minx, Lucky Fremont, Knox Harter, Faeya Tal, Liv Vicariously, London Bridges. Kitten: Whiskey Sour; Emcee: Madam Poynter. All music performed by: Ben Payne and The Cornered Babies
Sponsored by: Playground Conference 2013, DeMure School of Burlesque, Toronto School of Burlesque, Oshawa Laser Supply, Conspiracy Comics, Phoenix Design and Photography, Copy Dog, Homegrown Hamilton.
Win!! Win!! WIN!! Prizes, raffles, amazing entertainment! (Passes for two to Playground Conference 2013, A private Burlesque lesson from DeMure School of Burlesque, Tickets to upcoming burlesque shows, Comic swag, Delicious treats, Autographed memorabilia, And amazing giveaways by our fabulous sponsors! See
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40 Tiny Performances: Saturday, June 1

40 Tiny Performances at the Pearl Company: Saturday, June 1. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00. $15/$12 Students/Seniors/Artists. LisaP_N.jpgBringing together 40 of Hamilton’s finest performers from the world of theatre, dance, spoken word, comedy and music for a night of art, creativity and fun!  40 performers have 90 seconds to sing, dance, emote, rant, juggle, joke, or do whatever they please.  Curated by multidisciplinary artist Lisa Pijuan-Nomura.  “40 Tiny” is a night not to be missed. Where else would you find such an amazing cross-section of talent from across the Toronto/Hamilton corridor!  And who is this Lisa Pijuan-Nomura? She’s a multidisciplinary tornado who is using all her connections to pull together a night of creativity that can never be duplicated.  Talent displaying talent displaying talent. You must be a witness.  Web:  Blog;

Barbara & Gary’s New Years House Party! Monday, December 31

Barbara & Gary’s New Years House Party! Monday, December 31, 8:00 ‘til ?  $50 per person.  Chef Gary Santucci is expectedNewYear12REV.jpg to outdo himself  (again!) as various feasts appear regularly throughout the night.  Michael Williams (whom you may know from his days as a VJ on Much Music) does his thing with the Dance Party piece.  (Send in your musical requests in advance!) Live music interludes with surprise guests. We need you to RSVP via email or phone.  We are expecting a crowd so let us know as soon as you do!

In our warm, welcoming ‘lofty’ atmosphere!
A Dance Party with DJ/VJ Michael Williams
A Feasting Party with Chef Gary’s fabulous ‘Pan-Global’ food
And, a lot of Fine Conversation with a lot of Fine People Party!


Ginger St. James’ Christmas Food Bank Hoedown: Dec 22

Ginger St. James’ Christmas Food Bank Hoedown: Saturday, Dec 22nd: 8:00pm. Tickets $15 / $12 w/ Non- PerishableGingerStJ.Christmas.jpg
food item or cash donation to Food Share. Put Some Rockin’ in yer Stockin’! A fabulous night of great entertainment for a great cause! Featuring Musical Acts: Ginger St. James, Lori Yates, Mimi Shaw, Boogie Infection, The Hellbent Rockers, Katie Bulley. Comedy with: Shelley Marshall. Burlesque Vixen: Ms Chaos Divine. All proceeds to benefit the Hamilton Food Share.



The Quarterly: A Night of Live Performance: December 8

The Quarterly: A Night of Live Performance: Saturday, December 8. 8:00pm. Tickets: $18 Adults or $15The_Quarterly.jpg Students/Seniors/Artists. An impressive night of performance from some of the finest in Theatre, Dance, Comedy and Music! Curated and hosted by Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, The Quarterly is a celebration of artists taking chances with their art, and looking to share with others!
The December edition features the talent of
Meagan O’Shea- Dance Theatre
Gary Santucci – Music
Chris Gibbs – Comedy
Sarah Beatty – Singer Songwriter
Elysium Tribal Dance- Belly Dance
Hosted by Lisa Pijuan-Nomura: For inquiries please contact Lisa at


C.R. Avery & The Madison 22 Review: November 15

C.R. Avery & The Madison 22 Review: Live at The Pearl: The 5-person East Van wrecking crew! Thursday, November 15.CRAveryPoster.jpg Tickets for this Sensational Spectacle are: Adults: $20 (adv)/$25 (door) Students: $15 (adv)/$20 (door). Doors at 7:30pm. Show at 8:00pm.
The masterful outlaw Hip-Hop harmonica-playing, beat-box poetics of C.R. Avery meets with the tasteful art of Hot Burlesque, in a performance, the likes of which you will have never witnessed before! Toss into the mix some dirty 12-Bar Blues and you’ve got C.R. Avery & The Madison 22 Review…all the way from Canada’s West Coast! C.R. Avery is a unique, raw and dynamic performer. His genius lies in many genres – blues, hip-hop, spoken word and rock & roll. His incredible live performances have been described as Bob Dylan in the body of Iggy Pop….  Every show is all or nothing and his fearless approach to all genres of music both on stage and in the studio proves the longevity of this talented, astonishing creator who has so much more to come.


The Canadian Improv Showcase (CiS): October 13

The Canadian Improv Showcase (CiS): Saturday October 13. 8:00 pm. Tickets: $15 general, $10 for kids/seniors (group ratesImprovCTFsm.jpg available). I am just going to use View Magazine’s superb review of this group when they played our theatre festival this past summer: Tom Macken says it just too well!
“Improv is theatre before you have to learn lines. It’s the matrix to muck about in with your acting shoes and see how good you are. A genius at mucking about this way is Matt Lawrence who operates The Canadian Improv Showcase, and he’s brought five of the same ilk to Hamilton. Risky? Oh boy, you bet, but these remarkable performers are nothing if not high–wire walkers with no safety net….. They’re huge, all of six of them, in talent, invention, energy, timing, knife–sharp wit….and that’s only five of the qualities they generate.…. Effortless excellence in falling–about–just–plain–funny is Tony Babcock doing a take on a talk–show host or a deliriously hilarious famous mayor from not far down the road.  Sneaking up on you with unexpected witty resources is Nkasi Olgbonnah as a mousy Spanish bull–fighter, and all unsuspectingly, Carmen Gillespie transforms in a nanosecond to an honest–to–god Montreal Canadien hockey grunt. Matt Lawrence MCs the whole. He is perfect in his relaxed and sure–footed experience, a natural improv. Add a prop or two to any of them and the moment is simple gladness to see.” V (TM)


The Quarterly: A Night of Live Performance:September 22

The Quarterly: A Night of Live Performance: Saturday, September 22. 8:00pm. Tickets:$15. An amazing night ofTheQuarterly.jpg performance from some of the finest in Theatre, Dance, Comedy and Music! Curated and hosted by Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, The Quarterly is a celebration of artists taking chances with their art, and looking to share with others!

The September edition features the talent of:
Jeremy Freiburger – Theatre
Caroline Niklas Gordon – Dance
Mimi Shaw – Song
Colette Kendall – Comedy
Ann McDougall – Story
Join us for the second edition of The Quarterly at the Pearl Company!

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Charly Chiarelli and the Sunamabeaches: December 18

Charly Chiarelli and the Sunamabeaches: Sunday, December 18: 7:30pm. $15 door. $10 Charly_chiarelli.jpgartists/students.Charly comes to The Pearl with his close friends Venesio – aka Dennis – De Salvo (a manager at Hamilton’s Canadian Mental Health Association, on guitar) Ron Weihs (co-proprietor of Artword Artbar, on fiddle) and Gary Santucci (Pearl Company, on very classy guitar).  Charly has become internationally recognized as one of the world’s most accomplished storytellers – widely known for his two earlier one-person plays, Cu’Fu and Mangiacake, and now the new hit Sunamabeach, to complete the trilogy. Charly is also a songwriter and virtuoso harmonica player, so, it is no wonder that this collection of four notorious Hamiltonians went on to form a band called the Sunamabeaches! Charly takes on the role of lead singer, harmonica player and at times will tell a story or two… However, any one of the other musician’s may step up to the plate with a story. But make no mistake about it, the focus is on music. And the Sunamabeaches will regale you with unique interpretations of jazz, blues, rock and Sicilian folk tunes – including Charly’s original tunes from his plays (and beyond). Just in case you do not know this, Charly has been inducted into the McMaster University Alumni Hall of Fame, along with inductee notables like Martin Short, Dave Thomas and Eugene Levy!  There you have it, Hamilton’s own SUNAMABEACHES, a must see!

Art Bus: November 11

The Art Bus is Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate: JMarsalesArtBusLarge.jpg

Next Tours: December 2 and 9

November 11: Off first to Ottawa Street to take in the multitude of galleries, antique stores and excitement now making this street one of the “best streets in Canada”.  Then for something completely different, we will stop at the Sheraton to catch the vibrant and transcendent artwork of Hamilton-born Toller Cranston who’s presenting his art as the ‘Artcracker’ part of the upcoming Nutcracker.   Then we’ll head for the James North Art Crawl for more excitement and blocks and blocks of artists studios and galleries!

•    Starting at 6:30 from ‘The Pearl Company’, 16 Steven Street @ King William.
•    Please reserve a spot via email or phone, and purchase your trip ($15.00/$10 students/artists) when you arrive
•    We finish up at The Pearl for an après-tour wind-down which includes a tour of the building or whatever event is  happening on the theatre floor

An Evening with Sheila Gostick: September 9

An Evening with Sheila Gostick: Friday September 9, 8:00pm. $15 door. $10 artists/students. Sheila is the SheilaGostick.jpgultimate outsider artist; a legendary rebel comedian and song tosser. Direct from a G20 lockdown…. Banned in Toronto…. The word unique was made for this woman, the brilliant comic monologist that she is. Her delivery is a mix of fun and danger; `I’m not here to comfort, I’m here to afflict the comfortable’ she says.  “Traditional stand-up comics often relieve tension about social issues. Gostick’s mission is to crank it up, to be serious without being solemn, and to make people laugh a split second before they realize how subversive her stuff really is.” Robert Everett Green, Globe and Mail.  This woman is so subversive she does not have a website, email address or voicemail.  Sheila, can I come live with you?

City Slickers: April 14

Big City Life Presents: City Slickers / Social Lite Night: Thursday, April 14, 8:00pm. $20 (no tickets available at the door; see below).  City Slickers is kicking off spring right, gathering fashion gurus, artists, performers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, and more.  This is a fun way of net-working so leave your Twitter at home.  This is up close and personal.  Music: DJ Engrish and The Human Race. Artist: Bryce Huffman. Dance Performance: DMD Dancers. Designer: Josette Cacnio. Contact for tickets for this private/public event.

Feasting for the United Way: November 25

Social Planning and Research Council: Feasting for the United Way: Thursday, November 25, 7:00 – 10:00. Tickets: Regular $40, Student/Senior/Underemployed $30. Featuring ‘Mean Old Hammer’, 4 well-known and well-respected Hamilton Musicians – Linda Duemo, Carrie Ashworth, Gord Lewis, Jack Pedlar. “Punk and roots influences find the middle ground of rockabilly creating a unique new take on music in the Hammer.”  Food and Drink, Silent Auction, Fun and Entertainment, Door Prizes! For more information, 905 522-1148 X 308 or

EXCHANGE: Learning Together. November 9

EXCHANGE: Learning Together. Tuesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. No charge. The Meeting House, in partnership with the Mennonite Central Committee, will bring five extraordinary individuals from Africa to Ontario. Friends from Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa will experience our community (and Canada) through a series of tours and events. They’re coming to The Pearl!

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear their personal stories of challenge, perseverance and hope. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. For more information visit the Africa blog or email Natalie Ott at

Wednesday Night Showcase: September 15

Wednesday Night Showcase: Wednesday, September 15, 8:00pm, $10 at the door. A venue for talented singer songwriters in Hamilton and surrounding areas. The showcase is a once-a-month feature. Next week has a different twist with the Flamenquitas, flamenco dancers Emanuela Dussin and Mirella Agro, the songs of Ecuadorian singer-songwriter Miguel Ginez accompanied by Franz Nangle on drums and Gary Santucci on guitar. Gary will also play a set with Dimitrios Doumas, his musical partner of many years. Another great evening!

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