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Critics’ Picks: 4 Events to Attend (or Stream) This January

This month, it’s hard to know what events might happen and what might not. Quickly evolving government regulations, paired with the accelerated pace of the latest COVID-19 variant means that a performance scheduled one day may be only accessible virtually the next- or cancelled altogether. 

Our top picks for January offer options- activities that can be enjoyed in-person (and with the potential for physical distancing), if ticketed events are possible; but also provide virtual options. For more details on what’s happening in and around Hamilton this month, stay up to date with our full event calendar


It hasn’t been long since Broadway reopened and has gradually been shut down again. Over the past few weeks, performance after performance announced their permanent closures. In response, the producer’s of Lynn Nottage’s latest work, Clyde’s, is offering simulcasts of the final performances from January 4-16. In Clyde’s, Nottage tells the story of a truck stop sandwich shop which offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a shot at reclaiming their lives. Hamilton audiences will know the work of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nottage from Theatre Aquarius’ January 2020 presentation of Sweat. Captured by five to seven cameras, the simulcast will be edited live as the performance happens in real time allowing theatre fans who aren’t able to attend in person the opportunity to attend a live Broadway performance. Note that the show is geoblocked, so you may require an alternate IP address to purchase a ticket and watch.

Beyond Van Gogh

Conceived by French-Canadian Director Mathieu St-Arnaud, the immersive experience promises “300 of Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic artworks,” brought to life with music and “the artist’s own dreams, thoughts and words.” Beyond Van Gogh presents images in a projected, three-dimensional ambience that fills entire rooms, allowing attendees to step into some of the artists’ best-known works, including Starry Night, Sunflowers, Cafe Terrace at Night and more. Given the size and expected popularity of the exhibit, it’s no surprise that it’s hosted at the Hamilton Convention Centre. While the show opens January 20, no firm end date has been announced- in similar cities, demand has determined a close date, so expect the show to stick around for awhile. And although the production itself isn’t local, a portion of ticket sales will go to the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Alex Whorms ft. “Science Snapshot” with Dana Swarbrick (McMaster LIVELab)

The McMaster Campus is home to the LIVELab and Institute for Music and the Mind, which bring together science and the arts in unique and innovative ways with the goal of enhancing the scientific study of music and the mind on the national and world stage. On January 22 at 7:30pm, the Lab welcomes local musician Alex Whorms for an evening performance, accessible both in-person or online. Those wanting to enjoy the music are free to do so; those interested in a deeper engagement (either through the stream or in-person) have the option to participate in a LIVELab experiment investigating motion and emotion. Post-concert, the Lab hosts a scientific chat with Dana Swarbrick, a musician and Doctoral Research Fellow from the University of Oslo. 

Postcards from Buenos Aires (HPO)

Despite the evolving regulations, the Hamilton Philharmonic has committed to a full season of concerts, and is finding a way to continue performances. Their January offering provides a musical escape from the cold of winter in a tropical-themed concert that will take concert attendees to sunnier weather. The HPO’s longtime Concertmaster Stephen Sitarski is the featured musician in this concert, in an Argentinian reinterpretation of The Four Seasons. The concert also features HPO Composer Fellow Arie Verheul van de Ven’s work Lithification, which finds inspiration in the geological history of the Niagara Escarpment. For those interested in attending in-person, the HPO offers tickets to watch the January 29 concert at FirstOntario Concert Hall. For those not ready or able to venture out, the concert will also be available online.

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