This winter, count on live music, exciting shows and arresting exhibits to entice you out of hibernation. In Hamilton Halton Brant, we’ve got plenty of ideas for listening live to blues and rock legends, showing true patriot love with Canadian artist performances, enjoying an art installation or exhibit, or taking in March Break entertainment.
Two Legendary Performers
Music legends promise to heat up the cold Canadian nights this season. Foreigner, the band behind “I Want To Know What Love Is”, “Cold As Ice”, “Juke Box Hero”, and so many of rock’s most enduring anthems, comes to Hamilton’s FirstOntario Concert Hall on March 8.
Robert Cray appears in Oakville on March 16. Cray has bridged the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums.
Ten Truly Canadian Performances
Homegrown talent is on display everywhere this winter. The DT Concert Series is a monthly all-ages event showcasing some of Canada’s most talented young musicians, hosted at the intimate and historic Dominion Telegraph Building in downtown Paris, Ontario. Appearing soon are Matt Mays (February 7/8), Port Cities (February 14), and Digging Roots (March 14).
The lineup doesn’t stop there. You’ll find Carl Dixon in Brantford February 21; Gowan in Milton February 21 and Burlington February 27; Matthew Good in Brantford March 7 and Milton March 8; Jesse Cook in Burlington March 17, Brantford March 19 and Oakville March 20; and Holly Cole in Burlington February 28 and Oakville March 29.
Vancouver pop-rock band Marianas Trench appears at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Concert Hall on March 12.
A truly hometown story is set to be told at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton. Steel City Gangster, on stage from March 13-30, is a world premiere, all-new play about the Hamilton of yesteryear, from renowned Canadian playwright and two-time Governor General’s Award-winner George F. Walker. It tells the thrilling, astonishing story of Rocco Perri, the larger-than life organized crime boss and “King of the Bootleggers”, and the woman behind the throne, Bessie Starkman.
Six Exhilarating Exhibits and Installations
To continue the Canadian theme, head to the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH) for the Norval Morrisseau exhibition through March 17. The Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) artist was remarkably influential with a career that spanned over four decades. He is best known for his inventive images of Anishnaabe stories and his unique pictographic style of painting.
Also at AGH is Speaking for Herself, an exploration of the gallery’s holdings that brings together its collection of significant work by women artists. Historical, modern and contemporary paintings, photography, sculpture and installations will feature the achievements of both recognized and lesser-known women, on display from March 10-17.
For more arresting work by women, see Valérie Blass – The Mime, The Model and The Dupe at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens and Centennial Square, 27 January – 17 March. This artist’s sculptures span a striking range of techniques and approaches—from moulding and casting to carving and modelling—and catalogue her reflections on our current moment in material culture and art history.
For more unique winter exhibitions, visit the McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton for Angela Grossmann’s Troublemakers, Michael Allgoewer’s 1514 and Jamie Angelopoulos’ Oblique Choreography, all on now through March 16.
Five March Break Must-sees
There’s March Break magic happening in Brantford with Illusionist Lucas Wilson. Featured in the pages of the Guinness Book of World Records, he’ll amaze his audience at the Sanderson Centre on March 11.
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is in Burlington on March 21 and Oakville on March 24. This immersive and amazing visual experience connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology in a show that features actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination.
Gandini Juggling: Sigma also appears in Oakville on March 11 and Burlington on March 15. This new show explores juggling, geometry and classical Indian dance with a seductive percussion score and a backdrop of multimedia projections.
Young and old fans of the wizarding world will want to take in Potted Potter, the hit Harry Potter parody at Hamilton’s The Studio on March 9 and 10. Playing to sold-out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes.
For the younger set, Hamilton is also home to Disney on Ice for ten performances at the FirstOntario Centre, March 13-17. Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience with characters including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and an ensemble of Disney Princesses.