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Concession Street
Hamilton, ON


The Zoetic is more than a theatre, it's a creative way of life on Hamilton Mountain. Theatre, interactive movies, dance, live music, magic, and more. The Zoetic Theatre & Creative Arts Company, 526 Concession Street, Hamilton ON  L8V 1A6


The Zoetic - Blog: As it happens

Sharing the love at The Zoetic Theatre & Creative Arts Company.

Staff Photoshoot


It's been a while since we've taken a picture of our staff. Goodness knows, they love to get in the spotlight! So we thought we'd do them a favour and give them a little attention. All joking aside, they're great people and they deserve it. And there are several more on the team that aren't even in this picture! If you've been to our shows, most likely you've met these friendly faces. They're one of the main reasons people love The Zoetic!

Becki's Guide to the Basics Social Media Sharing for Technical Luddites


Yes, it's a bit of a long title. But Becki was excited to put together a guide to using social media, so we let it go.

We love it when people use social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share their stories and experiences before and after events at The Zoetic. Not everyone knows how, and some people just need a little encouragement. So as the least technically inclined person we know here, we asked Becki to make a video. We figured - if she could do it, anyone can. Her mind was opened to a whole new world... And then she was excited to share it with you!

Bring us into your story so we can share it with the world.

Celebrating 50 Years Since Sgt. Pepper


It was 50 years ago that The Beatles released their ground-breaking album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Their record label wasn't impressed with it, but it went on to be one of their most popular and iconic albums. We're celebrating with a live, one-man recreation of the music as performed by Hamilton's Beatles Guy, Christopher Clause. But don't expect to just sit back and let Christopher do all the work. He'll be getting you involved in this musical trip down memory lane, as he puts his own signature on some of the coolest tunes in The Beatles repertoire.

He stopped by recently (wearing an awesome red jacket!) to give us the lowdown on what to expect June 2nd at The Zoetic.

Coming to Hamilton!


This weekend's Comedy Night @ The Zoetic headliners, Daryn Jones & Dave Merheje, sent us this message from Hollywood!

Host Becki's Crazy Wizard of Oz Sing-Along Costume!


Host Becki is a bit crazy. She also loves making costumes. Put the two together and you have a very wacky ensemble that she was proud to wear at our recent Wizard of Oz Sing-Along. Check out her video to find out what she came up with and how she did it! She's a DIY master.

Memories of Vintage Midnight New Year's Eve


They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we thought it'd be fun to tell the story of New Year's Eve at The Zoetic with our favourite pictures from the night. Happy New Year, Hamilton! Click to enlarge.

"Comedic Arts" Level


 Comedians Debra DiGiovanni (2nd from left) and Ted Morris (far right) with a couple fans

Comedians Debra DiGiovanni (2nd from left) and Ted Morris (far right) with a couple fans

The consistently great thing about Comedy Night @ The Zoetic is that you literally start laughing when the comic arrives on stage and don't stop laughing until they depart. It's quite miraculous that someone can do that to us. Is it a trance or are we just so ready and in need of a laugh that it's like turning on a tap. Call it a human relief valve perhaps. We spend our days stressfully toiling over all the things that need taking care of and then sit us in a theatre setting and... schplurt! The valve gets released and we bubble over with happiness. But context is important too. You have to be in a place where you feel good and surrounded by like-minded people to feel comfortable enough to laugh out loud. You have to feel like you belong or, at the very least, open. I've been to small comedy shows out of town where you feel like if you don't laugh you're going to get picked on by the comedian. Which is especially troubling when the comedian isn't that funny. Nothing like feeling pressured to laugh at a comedy show. 

There was none of that with Debra! The laughs came often and bountifully... and naturally. And I theorize that this is when comics become artists. When you can fill a room and make the laughs unanimously effortless for your audience, you've reached comedic arts level. Debra DiGiovanni is there.

Thank you Debra DiGiovanni and Ted Morris, her hilarious opener. Boy, was he on fire. This veterinarian turned comic opened a whole new world of material with his day job antics. Debra was as self-deprecatingly funny as you can imagine (and I mean that in the best way possible). She's a gem and her stage manner just makes you love her even more.

We're still laughing. Thanks.

-Zoe Team

Great Community Events this Weekend: A nostalgic concert and a health talk for parents


We've got a couple of great community events happening inside The Zoetic this weekend. They are both open to the public, so we thought we'd share a little of the inside scoop with you today.

On Saturday night, a fundraiser for the King's Way Outreach Center features the legendary talents of The Ink Spots with Deedee Larocque, Miss Bonnie Hamilton, and Sonny Del Rio. A very cool lineup that's sure to bring back some old memories and create new ones! (Saturday, Oct 22 at 7pm)

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Then on Sunday afternoon, Dr. Justin Gallant, ND brings his latest health talk "How to Keep Your Kids Calm" to the theatre. He'll cover helpful topics such as nutrition for children, tips for your child to sleep better, stress, and tons of other great take-home tips. (Sunday Oct 23 at 2pm)

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 Have a great weekend!

Annie Songs Still Stuck in Head


Our Annie Sing-Along brought out some awesome costumed characters for our pre-show costume contest (pictured above). Meanwhile, Glitterbug painted a ton of faces with her beautiful signature style. Then the classic, original version of Annie began with lyrics onscreen. The packed house sang out for all the great tunes we know and love. Surprisingly popular was "We got Annie". It and a couple others resulted in some rousing applause. And today, I'm sure there're a lot of people with "Hard Knock Life" stuck in their heads. It reawakened the kid in all of us! 


Happy Earth Day!


Thanks to Crystal Journey's David Hickey for bringing his Earth Day Full Moon Concert tonight! Peace through music.

Staff Photoshoot - Oh boy!


We attempted to have a photoshoot with some of our Event Team on the stage in the theatre. We did in fact have the photoshoot but things didn't go as planned. Our staff is such a group of characters that the session just became a fun time on stage. Hey, kinda sounds like our events - this team certainly knows how to have a good time!

"Amazing Talent" at Open Mic


It really was a great night at Anything Goes Open Mic on April 25. From sing-songwriters to standup comics, it was a truly original show! Here are some pics:

Original April Arrives


This month at The Zoetic, we're celebrating original thinking. No sequels here. It all begins with the original Annie movie (1982), done up as a sing-along for the whole family. Complete with a costume contest and prop bags!

Then, we take a 360 and bring you an Epic Film Friday featuring a classic film, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Considered the original slasher film (1960), we're pairing Psycho with a Hamilton Film Festival Short Film Selection, The Killers.

To round out the month, "Anything Goes" Open Mic is back. Fresh, daring, truly original, our Open Mic's are pretty awesome.

Get all the details and tickets here.

Memories of Rocky Horror (video)


On October 25, 2014, hundreds of Rocky Horror fans descended on Concession Street for "Zoe's" virgin interactive Rocky Horror experience. Thanks Hamilton for an awesome night! Click below to play video.



Brent from Thought Beneath Film stopped by to tell us about their upcoming Benefit Concert to raise funds for MusiCounts - a charity that is helping to keep music alive in schools across Canada! The Zoetic is proud to be a part of it on October 24! Get your tickets today

PRESS RELEASE: Presenting HPO Movie Nights at The Zoetic


Release Date: August 29, 2014

HPO partners with historic local theatre The Zoetic
for symphony-themed Movie Nights


Hamilton, Ontario – The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to partner with The Zoetic Theatre to present HPO Movie Night at the Zoetic.  A brand new program, HPO Movie Night brings together two genres of entertainment for fun and nostalgic classic movie nights at The Zoetic.

This fall, three films themed around the HPO’s 2014-15 concerts will be presented on the big screen.  Each night also features a special pre-film feature that enhances the audience’s movie-going experience.


Immortal Beloved (1994)
Wednesday, September 10 at 7:30pm 

Immortal Beloved is a biographical account of Ludwig van Beethoven’s life and loves, The story follows Beethoven's secretary and first biographer Anton Schindler as he attempts to ascertain the true identity of the Unsterbliche Geliebte(Immortal Beloved) addressed in three letters found in the late composer's private papers. Schindler journeys throughout the Austrian Empire interviewing women who might be potential candidates as well as through Beethoven's own tumultuous life. Starring Gary Oldman and Isabella Rossellini.

Pre-film feature: Enjoy a mini-performance by two HPO musicians as they present a Beethoven Sonata and provide context about Beethoven’s music.

Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the HPO’s concert Opening Night: Laplante Plays Beethoven on September 26 at 7:30pm at Hamilton Place.


Ray (2004)
Wednesday, October 8 at 7:30pm
Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years of the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. Raised on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles Robinson went blind at the age of seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mother who insisted he make his own way in the world, Charles found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Jamie Foxx received an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles. Starring Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington.

Pre-film feature: HPO horn player Neil Spaulding is interviewed about what it was like to play with Ray Charles in a series of concerts in the 1990s.  

Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the HPO’s concert Ray Charles: A Tribute on October 18 at 7:30pm at Hamilton Place.


The Red Violin (1998)
Wednesday, November 19 at 7:30pm

The Red Violin centres on a violin created in 1681 by a Cremonese master violinmaker for the birth of his child. The film spans four centuries and five countries as it tells the story of a mysterious violin and its many owners.  Starring Colm Feore, Samuel L. Jackson and Don McKellar.

Pre-film feature: An HPO musician demonstrates the violin and talk about the intriguing history and usage of this important orchestral instrument

Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the HPO’s concert Brilliance: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto on November 29 at 7:30pm at Hamilton Place.


HPO at the Movies will take place at The Zoetic Theatre at 526 Concession St. (at Upper Wentworth). Formerly the Lyceum Theatre in 1930 and most recently the Movie Palace, The Zoetic Theatre reopened in November 2013 as a premiere venue for cinema and performing arts. The newly refurbished theatre features seating for 350 and a 24 ft screen as well as full stage lighting and a deco-style baby grand piano for live performances.

To purchase tickets to HPO Move Night at The Zoetic, visit or

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Media Contact: Diana Weir, Partnerships Manager | Tel: 905.526.1677 x230 | Email:

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1884 as The Hamilton Orchestral Society and grew to become one of Canada’s major professional orchestras. Today, the HPO is a leader in Hamilton’s robust arts community where it provides professional orchestral services and music education programs to address the needs of the community. The HPO continues to commission and premiere works and is one of the artistic jewels of the Hamilton area. The combined musical talents of its artists continue to enrich the community and enhance the quality of life for its residents.