Whether it’s live on stage, on the wall at an art gallery or in a gathering of like-minded event participants, Hamilton Halton Brant has all of the arts, entertainment and culture you can fit into one season. Satisfy your senses this spring with these feasts for the eyes and ears!
1. Live on Stage
Canadian talent is springing up all over Hamilton Halton Brant’s stages this season. Get tickets now for appearances by past Barenaked Ladies’ frontman Steven Page, rebellious fiddler Ashley McIsaac, award-winning comedian Ron James, and 2018’s “Best New Artist” Grammy Award Winning Canadian singer/songwriter Alessia Cara.
Tragically Hip fans won’t want to miss the Alberta Ballet’s performance of All of Us, featuring music from Canada’s most beloved rock band and inspired by current events and films such as Mad Max and Blade Runner. The post-apocalyptic drama features a dynamic soundtrack highlighting 20 iconic songs from The Hip’s legendary 30-year anthology, and the ballet unfolds in a futuristic landscape featuring a riveting dystopian narrative.
On a less serious note, you can bring the family to two musicals based on favourite movies. Freaky Friday is the stage version of the hit Disney film and a hilarious, contemporary story of a mother and daughter who really see what it is to be a family and experience each other’s lives first-hand, if only for a day. Shrek the Musical features everyone’s favourite green ogre who proves that it is truly what’s inside that counts.
Steven Page – The Studio, Hamilton, May 3, 2019 and DT Concert Series, Paris, May 15, 2019
Ashley McIsaac – Brantford’s Sanderson Centre, April 17, 2019
Ron James – Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, May 2, 2019 and Burlington Performing Arts Centre, May 10, 2019
Alessia Cara – First Ontario Concert Hall, May 12, 2019
Alberta Ballet’s All of Us – FirstOntario Concert Hall, May 25, 2019
Freaky Friday – Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton, April 24 – May 19, 2019
Shrek the Musical – Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, April 10-14, 2019
2. Cultural Celebrations
Two fabulous festivals are on deck as early summer begins.
The Liquid Art Festival is definitely a celebration of beer, but live art and live music also get top billing at the highly anticipated annual gathering at Collective Arts Brewery. Music fans can catch a different headlining band and DJ at each session throughout the weekend, while artsy types will want to check out the galleries, screen printing and live mural artists who will paint over 2,000 square feet of the brewery’s wall while the crowd watches.
Watch and listen at Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival, Canada’s largest music event celebrating 40 years this season. New and emerging artists, past favourites and some of today’s most popular performers can be heard throughout the city’s downtown over nine days.
3. A Feast for the Eyes
Our galleries have an impressive line up of exhibitions and installations on the arts agenda for spring.
The great outdoors acts as the gallery for Canadian artist Ernest Daetwyler’s surreal and poetic Artist Garden installation, The Boat Project. By transforming pieces of driftwood into a boat form, embedded with a steel cut text message, the artist has created an environment for both active engagement and reflection that will be on view only until June 1st.
In a more traditional gallery environment, you’ll find the wonders of a very different medium – paper. Origami – the Japanese art of paper folding – is the subject of the Above the Fold exhibition, which presents the work of nine renowned artists from four different countries who have elevated what was once considered children’s craft into a sophisticated global art form.
Another increasingly highly regarded art form, cartooning and indie comics, is the subject of the upcoming This is Serious exhibition, a survey of contemporary Canadian artists working in this expansive genre.
The Boat Project/everythingwillbefine – McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, until June 1, 2019
Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami – Art Gallery of Hamilton, until May 26, 2019
This is Serious: Canadian Indie Comics – Art Gallery of Hamilton, June 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020
4. That’s Entertainment
Chimpanzees, circus acts, skating and stunts are all on the entertainment agenda this spring. Family favourites include Monster Jam, where perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks get pushed to the limit, and the Harlem Globetrotters, with their incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequalled fan interaction.
Fans of all ages will marvel at the artistry of Cirque de Soleil’s Corteo and the Stars on Ice tour. The next Winter Olympics may be more than three years away, but the greatness of last February’s Canadian figure skating excellence will be on display with a cast of several Olympic medalists, including Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, Elvis Stojko, and Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje.
Equally compelling is the inspiration and wisdom of Jane Goodall. The celebrated primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace delivers her legendary lecture, sharing her extraordinary experience researching the chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about our closest cousins in the animal kingdom, the escalating threats to their habitat and beyond, and why Dr. Goodall still has hope that we can make the world a better place.
Monster Jam 2019 – FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, April 13 & 14, 2019
Harlem Globetrotters – FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, April 5, 2019
Cirque de Soleil Corteo – FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, May 22-26, 2019
Stars on Ice – FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, May 4, 2019
Jane Goodall – FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton, April 11, 2019