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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


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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.    

The Vanguards of Music


After playing our Open Mic night last winter, Mike Maas came to us with an idea to bring together three great Hamilton bands for an original concert. We called it The Vanguards of Music and it featured Juno Award Winner Tomi Swick, Thought Beneath Film, and Mike Maas himself. July 12th was an awesome, epic night. Here's a great pic by Frances Maas, Mike's Aunt. We love this shot!

Tomi Swick with Mike Maas onstage at The Zoetic July 12, 2014.

Mike Maas stopped by...


I know we've said it before, but we love it when our performers stop by to chat about their upcoming shows. Mike Maas was excited to share some insider info about his concert with Tomi Swick and Thought Beneath Film happening Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 9pm. He talks about what to expect at the concert and what he loves about The Zoetic.

The Master of Prediction


Here's a great picture of Ryan Edwards revealing his Master Prediction at the climax of his show, Deja Vu. It was a packed house and Ryan was honoured with a standing ovation! A great night of Mentalism, Mystery, and Magic at The Zoetic.

Ryan Edwards Deja Vu - June 21, 2014

Tim Louis stopped by...


The great jazz singer-pianist stopped by the this week and shared a few stories with us. He's getting ready for JAZZ & HUES, an evening of music, dance, and artistry featuring the Tim Louis Jazz Trio - and sooo much more (check out our events page). He's such a pro and loves, loves, loves what he does. He's a singer, pianist, and songwriter and one of the greatest guys you'll meet. Get to know him a little better in this video. Don't miss the outtake at the end!

The Magic of March


March was a month full of wonder and illusion at The Zoetic. It all started with a screening of the first Harry Potter film. Harry's first year at Hogwarts was filled with magic and mystery. Before the show, The Zoetic Showcase featured the lovely Krysta Martins.

Then came a family screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Everyone fell in love with E.T. and many tears were shed when he and Elliot parted ways at the end of the film! Thanks to nine-year-old Annelise Forbes for singing Let It Go from Frozen in The Zoetic Showcase.

The headliner of the month was Master Magician Christyrious and Brandon David who brought out the crowds for two big magic shows. We saw many illusions such as four women appear out of an empty cage, another assistant get cut in three and put back together, and we even witnessed Christyrious turn at small piece of paper into a massive snow storm onstage! 

And the final event of the month was a screening of the nostalgic but peculiar The NeverEnding Story. You asked - we listened! Some rather imaginative creatures filled this movie with 1980s charm (and a little creepiness!). The amazing Julianna Diller opened the event as part of The Zoetic Showcase.

As we move forward into spring, a bounty of new events await at The Zoetic. Get ready for Epic Film Fridays and some exciting new live events - stay tuned...


Fabulous February


Singer-songwriter Mike Maas performing at Feb's Open Mic.

It was a big month at The Zoetic! Five Dollar February was the official first month in operation. It kicked off with a screening of the feature film Artless, directed by Jeremy Major and starring Christena Hampson. Filmed primarily in Hamilton and New York City, Artless can go down in the history books as the first film to screen at the new Zoetic Theatre.

Then came Annie. Yes, the 1982 classic was a big hit among families and kids in general - especially with face-painting and balloon animals in the lobby! Before the screening, kids took to the stage and sang for prizes, then vocalist Julianna Diller performed 'Part of Your World' from The Little Mermaid. Beautiful!

On Valentine's Day, a classic took to the screen - Casablanca. The audience enjoyed the black and white Oscar winner.

Singer-songwriter Kashew Butter chilling next to his guitar on the 1840s sofa in the lobby.

Then came a very special night at The Zoetic that Hamilton should be proud of. 15 local musicians, comedians, and poets took to our huge stage and presented their most honest and vibrant selves. Some were touching, others hysterical, some very politcal, and some just plain rockin'. Although it was not the most politically correct evening (we did say "anything goes", for goodness sake!) it was a pile of fun. Well done to all the performers. Hope to see you again at the next Open Mic. Thanks to Nicki and Mike for hosting.

And finally, February went out like a rabbit as Looney Tune cartoons took over the theatre on the final Sunday morning of the month. Yes, the likes of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Sylvester, graced our screen to round out a fantastic month. 

Sure, Five Dollar February is over, but the good times will keep on rolling in March!


Singer-songwriter-poet Sarah Farr performing at Feb's Open Mic in front of the setting moon.

New Year's Eve Makes History at The Zoetic


Boom Boom Becki (left) and her prison inmate friends

The old year went out with a bang at The Zoetic on Concession Street in Hamilton. "A Roaring New Year's" was the theatre's first event under its vibrant new ownership and also a tribute to the building's early century heritage. 

To celebrate, the black tie affair opened with such cocktails as the "Mary Pickford" and hors d'oeuvres in a stylishly lit setting (decorated by Kelly Bart and her team from Essential Luxury). Then the vaudeville stage show began. 1920s-style host Patrick Persimmons (played by Jeremy Major), took to the stage in a comedy bit along with the washed up Burlesque performer Boom Boom Becki (Becki England) and flailing stage manager Chan (Aaron Lam). The three played out the story of a theatre owner who can't book talent to save his life - literally. 

They managed to get their "show" back on track thanks to a group of tap-dancing prison inmates (Christena Hampson, Melinda Sealey, Samantha Diller, Danielle Rogerson, Amanda Aiello, Sharon Rogers) who performed Chicago's Cell Block Tango. Then when a cop (Billy Lawrence) dragged them off stage, Persimmons' show looked bleak. But thanks to the persistence of Boom Boom and Chan, the show "must go on". 

Cell Block Tango in action

The audience was treated to a variety of performances, including Hamilton vocal sensations Pauline Reid and Mark Leslie with a moving love ballad; Laura and Mikayla performed a "twisted" gymnastic-inspired acro dance; Julianna Diller dazzled the audience with her beautiful solo performance of All That Jazz. 

The hosts for the evening!

Then a surprise arrived... As the lounge party portion of the evening allowed patrons to delight in the taste sensations of Papa Leo's Restaurant and the musical talents of pianist Cole Holland, the great Magician Christyrious worked his close up magic with the crowd before taking to the stage with several grand illusions. His finale trick was not for the faint of heart as he sliced his assistant in three - pulled her apart, and then put her back together again. 

The midnight countdown was a champagne-filled kick-off to not only the new year but also a dance party on the theatre's huge new stage!

Giggle water and merriment in a classy setting made this evening one for the history books.  


(click the images below to enlarge) Photos courtesy of Essential Luxury.

Event Planner Kelly talks about A Roaring New Years


Thanks to Event Planner Kelly Bart for talking to us about the upcoming New Years Eve event! Watch the video below.

Event Planner Kelly Bart from An Essential Luxury talks about A Roaring New Years at The Zoetic on Concession Street in Hamilton December 31, 2013. Tickets available at 905.902.LOVE or

Papa Leo talks about A Roaring New Years


Thanks to Papa Leo for talking to us about the upcoming New Years Eve event! Watch the video below.

Papa Leo's will serve up his renowned flavours at A Roaring New Years at The Zoetic on Concession Street in Hamilton December 31, 2013. Tickets available at 905.902.LOVE or