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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

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Delicious Winter Sing-Alongs arrive!


Warm up from the inside out this Winter at one (or all) of our Sing-Along movies!

We’ve got some audience favourites including our season kick-off with Grease Sing-Along. Get ready for more than singing, we’re counting on your for dancing too.

Then in February, it’s Mamma Mia Sing-Along. Our tribute to the tropical will keep you warm and uninhibited.

At all of our Sing-Alongs we encourage costumes and themed attire!

Check our Show Schedule for more info.

Hamilton Film Fest returns in November!


Now in its 13th year, the Hamilton Film Festival runs from Nov 3-11, 2018 and is a celebration of great movies from Hamilton and well beyond. This year’s theme: DARKNESS.

Get ready for dramas, documentaries, shorts, features and more!

The Zoetic is proud to present several screenings as well as the Opening Night Gala on Nov 3, featuring a live performance by Nathan Fleet and members of the Hamilton Philharmonic!

Festival mastermind - filmmaker and musician, Nathan Fleet

Festival mastermind - filmmaker and musician, Nathan Fleet

Costume-Up for Halloween All Month!


Halloween is coming soon and we love costumes, so we're dressing up all month! Host Becki gives us a little taste of how she likes to transform herself for Zoetic events. What will you become?!

Audition to Open For POESY


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We're excited to create an opportunity for burgeoning performers. How would you like to be the Opening Act for POESY when she performs in Hamilton May 11, 2018? Fill out the form below and send us a link to your video audition by April 27 and POESY will help us choose her show opener for May 11th. 

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)

Learn more >>

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)

Learn more >>

 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.