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Archive for March 16th, 2014

Shelley Marshall Presents: “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”: April 18 & 19

HELD OVER! Shelley Marshall Presents: The Award Winning Production “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”: April 18 & 19. All ShelleyMarshallApr18_19.jpgOne Woman’s story of an unfiltered life, written and performed by Shelley Marshall, directed by Linda Kash. It seems appropriate that world renowned Comedienne, Marshall would open her autobiographical One Woman Show in the city where the story and star were born. It took 10 years for Marshall to create this Play and it is the rewarding result of resilience, recovery, and reflection while exploring many genres of performance including elements of clown, stand up, improv, buffoon, and play. Shelley Marshall takes her audience many places; “I take them on an adventure, both emotionally and visually. There is no denying that my story is tragic, but it’s my story and time and writing without shame has been my comedic relief. ‘Hold Mommy’s Cigarette’ is not an exploitation of what has happened in my life, but rather, an acceptance of where it may lead. It is a dark comedy, a vulnerable piece about life, mental illness and survival.” Marshall reveals with a smile. She invites you to come to her show with an open mind and promises you’ll leave with a full heart. *Mature Content* Tickets available at or 524-0606. Facebook Event:


Fringe: Death & the Maiden / RiderGirl: July 18-28


Death and the Maiden: Written by Laurence Olivier Prize Winning playwright Ariel Dorfman. This is the fourth production that Death_Maiden.jpgNortesur has developed for the stage; chosen because it speaks passionately about current international events, it asks tough questions about forgiveness and the role of victims and perpetrators in transitory societies, and it is a local opportunity to see a truly amazing piece of theatre written by one of Latin America’s best contemporary playwrights.  It is raw, provocative, and driven by a cast of characters that are all-too-human. Performed, and designed by emerging professional artists from across the golden horseshoe and the GTA, it is an entertaining, insightful, and extraordinarily powerful piece that delivers an evening of truly engaging theatre.  Thurs.July 18@ 8:00pm, Fri.19@8:00pm, Sat.20@7:00pm, Tues.23@8:00pm, Wed.24@7:00pm, Thurs.25@8:00pm,  Fri.26@7:00pm, Sat.27@8:00pm


RiderGirl: Written and performed by Ottawa based actor and Saskatchewan native Colleen Sutton. Professional sports and
ridergirl_poster_hamilton_2013_final_3_small_1.jpgindependent theatre meet head on in Tiger Town! This is the story of a young woman whose prairie roots and home team inspire her to get off the sidelines and get in the game of her life.  With the end zone in sight, she fights for every down, but fumbles when she tries to go it alone.  Her team is about to make it – can she do the same?  Come in your colours, GAME TIME is here!  Two?time Rideau award nominee Colleen Sutton will energize your inner fan!  “ **** ½ “The only reason I’ve withheld that last half?star is because I cannot in good conscience give 5 stars to a Rider fan. Other than that, the show was superb.” CBC Manitoba.   Note: Fri. 19 – 2 for 1.  Friday, July 19, 6:30; Saturday,  20, 9:00; Sunday,  21, 2:00; Tuesday,  6:30; Wednesday, 24, 9:00; Thursday,  25, 6:30; Friday,  26, 9:00; Saturday, 27, 2:00

Times, dates, and tickets are  on the Fringe website – 

Art Bus: Friday, July 5

The Art Bus is Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate Brokerage:

Last Art Bus for the Summer! Check out Hamilton’s unique and constantly evolving art scene! Call Barbara JMarsalesArtBusLarge.jpg(905.524.0606) or email ( to reserve your seat. Next dates: Sept 6 & 20. Cost: $15/$10 students/artists. Group rates available.  Start: 6:30 from The Pearl.

  • July 5: (L’Arche Gallery, Workers Arts & Heritage, Nathaniel Hughson, Book Club Gallery, Manta Gallery) This will be another varied and interesting trip with specially-opened galleries, and tours of places you have never been before!

URBAN JAZZ Festival at The Pearl: May 17 to 20!

URBAN JAZZ at The Pearl:

Another exciting new festival at The Pearl Company. Challenge your jazz sensibility; experience the urban jazz soundscape born of the inner city. Hard as concrete, edgy as broken glass.

When: May 17 to 20
Gary Santucci’s Spanjazz, May 17UrbanJazzPoster.jpg
Ernesto Cervini Quartet, May 18
Kaleidoscope Brown: Brownman & GRUVASYLUM, May 19
Errunriv- Matinee: May 20
Myriad, Evening:May 20
Time: All starting at 8 p.m. except the Sunday Matinee at 2:30
Tickets: All tickets: $15 / $10 (seniors/students/artists)

Myriad: Sunday Evening, May 20

Myriad: Sunday Evening, May 20. 8:00pm. $15 /$10 students/all artists. Myriad is a contemporary piano trio from ErnestoMyriad.jpgToronto featuring three young musicians/composers who are in demand as sideman and bandleaders in Toronto and across Canada; Chris Donnelly on piano, Dan Fortin on bass and Ernesto Cervini on drums.  The band is a collective in the true sense of the word. Each band member offers his own original compositions to the band repertoire as well as offering his unique voice to the group. Influences include the Keith Jarrett trio, the Brad Mehldau Trio, and Thelonious Monk. Click on Myriad.

ERRUNRIV: Matinee, May 20

ERRUNRIV: Sunday, May 20. 2:30pm. $15 /$10 students/all artists:  – errunriv (which is pronounced riverrun; a ERRUNRIV.jpgstatement about jazz you think?) is an Electro-acoustic-chamber-jazz quartet, although Minimalist-avant-garde-pop also works. A quiet purposefulness pervades this quartet’s thoughtful compositions and playing. Featuring leader/composer Tom Richards’ keyboards, Peter Lutek’s clarinet, Jim Sexton on bowed and plucked bass, and percussionist Jake Oelrichs, their sound unfolds with restrained directness. From Klezmer to tango, this quartet’s unabashed musicality is intriguing and highly listenable; errunriv is definitely worth checking out.

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