Music. Theatre. Art. Dance. Whether you want to listen, look, learn, love or have a good laugh, you’re sure to find an engaging event this fall in Hamilton Halton Brant. This season’s lineup is truly top notch.
Music lovers can hit a high note in great venues in Hamilton, Brantford and Burlington, starting in September. The fall music season kicked off with the James Street Supercrawl in Hamilton on the the weekend after Labour Day. The annual festival always offers up a diverse and dynamic lineup of not only music, but also art, fashion, performance, talks, crafts, food and fun, and has captured the imagination of culture lovers far beyond the city. Those looking for another dynamic music line-up with multiple performers can also check out the Brantford International Jazz Festival (September 16th – 18th), featuring four stages and continuous free entertainment.
Classic Canadian talent is popping up all over the region, starting in September with Blue Rodeo (September 22nd and 23rd), followed by Royal Wood (October 1st), Burton Cummings (October 19th), Robi Botos (October 24th), Loreena McKennitt (November 8th), and Chantal Kreviazuk (November 13th). Homegrown talent Ron Sexsmith will open for John Prine on September 10th. These Canadian favourites are joined by some of the biggest names in the business including Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago (October 29th) and Carrie Underwood (November 6th).
There’s no better time to follow your passion for the visual arts with the numerous studio tours on offer this fall. Take in two tours on October 1st and 2nd - the Dundas Studio Tour and the Brant Studio Tour. The Art in Action studio tour takes place in Burlington the following month on November 5th and 6th. At the Art Gallery of Hamilton, don’t miss the much-anticipated exhibition of the works of one of Canada’s foremost realist artists, Ken Danby, starting October 22nd.
Film and theatregoers have lots to watch in October. The weeklong AGH World Film Fest 2016 kicks off October 14th at venues throughout Hamilton. The dance spectacular that is Forever Tango comes to the Burlington Performing Arts Centre on October 29th; and the run of Theatre Aquarius’ haunting sci-fi thriller The Nether starts October 26th.
Some of the biggest and best-loved stars of kids’ entertainment are taking to the stage, from veterans like Raffi (November 6th), to the tops of television, the Wiggles (October 13th). Favourite characters will come to life with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (November 30th - December 31st) and A Very Frozen Musical (September 18th), while woolly mammoths and squirrels will take to the ice with Ice Age on Ice Live: The Coolest Show on Earth (starting November 18th).
Kids and adults alike will thrill to the spectacle of the Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China: Shanghai Nights (November 22nd), but best leave the kids at home for Blind Date at Theatre Aquarius, running September 21st-October 8th.
This fall, go behind the scenes or go hands-on. Attend a lecture or experience an exhibit. Whatever you choose, you can immerse yourself in everything from creating your own work of art to experiencing life in times gone by, while broadening your cultural knowledge. Fans of the written word won’t want to miss an evening with Margaret Atwood (November 30th), or a chance to celebrate Jane Austen (November 26th). Budding artists can try their hand at medieval illumination watercolours (November 6th) or be inspired by artists in conversation with Robert Bateman (October 2nd). For both the curious and the lifelong learner, don’t miss They Were The First at Woodland Cultural Centre (through December 16th), or Doors Open Halton Hills (October 2nd).
The comics are coming to Hamilton, Brantford, Burlington, Milton and Oakville, led by one of the biggest names in showbiz, Jerry Seinfeld (October 22nd). Canada’s funny men are also well represented, with Shaun Majumder (October 8th), Gerry Dee (October 28th) and Brent Butt (October 29th) all taking the stage. You can laugh until it hurts with Danny Bhoy (October 12th) and with the talent of the Brantford Comedy Fest (September 24th).
Other shows that will put a smile on your face include Potted Potter, The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experience (October 1st and 2nd), and the Canadian classic, Wingfield’s Inferno (November 4th).