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Critics’ Picks: 5 (Really, 6) Events to Attend This March

March couldn’t have come soon enough. In addition to warmer weather, March 1 marked the start of a number of pandemic restrictions being removed. As a result, live event spaces are able to reopen in ways that haven’t been possible in months- if not years. 

Our top picks for March take advantage of the in-person experience that has been sorely missed and the ability to share a live experience with an audience. For more details on what’s happening in and around Hamilton this month, stay up to date with our full event calendar

Hamilton Fashion Week

After months and months of only being able to have social events to maintain connections between fashion professionals, and following a pandemic postponement, Hamilton Fashion Week is back for 2022. Many of this year’s events will take place online starting with a photographer showcase on February 28, a model showcase on March 1 and designer showcases from March 2-4. However, the main event, the Gala Fashion Show will be in-person beginning at 7pm on March 5 at the Music Hall (24 Main Street West). The runway shows promise to highlight a number of local designers, including James Street North’s sariKNOTsari and Eleanor Geraldine; The Cotton Factory’s The Thrifty Designer; Neoteny Apparel. Tickets start at $25.

Bryce’s Brewery Birthday Bash

Given all of the restrictions, it may have been awhile since you celebrated someone’s birthday. Clifford Brewing (398 Nash Road) is looking to help change that. On Friday, March 4, they’ll be hosting Bryce Clifford & Brother Superior with special guests Mary Simon, Derek Palango and openers of The Trainwreck Two for a concert. The atmosphere at the brewery is similar to hanging out in your friend’s cool garage- including pinball and some beer, promising a night to remember as the brewery starts to produce more and more live concerts. Clifford Brewing is even bringing in Falafel Papi to serve up gluten-free favourites throughout the night. With a $5/Pay-what-you-can cover charge and starting at 7pm, it’s the grown-up birthday party you’ve been missing for the past two years.

Theatre Aquarius

Hamilton’s regional theatre was required to stop mid-season when pandemic restrictions prevented programming to move ahead as scheduled. However, the Theatre didn’t remain idle, working behind-the-scenes so that when they reopened, two shows were ready to welcome audiences back. Made in Italy runs until March 12 on the mainstage. The one-man show is a lighthearted and comedic exploration for identity and belonging from the perspective of a second-generation Italian-Canadian growing up in 1970s Jasper, Alberta. A second play, Pat & Skee by Hamilton artist Sky Gilbert runs in the Studio Theatre, also runs until March 12. Telling the story of his parents divorce, the dramedy invites the audience to sit in pub-style seating and be fully immersed in the performance. 

Prospects: An Evening of Dance & Discussion

We love seeing what Aeris Korper Dance Theatre will surprise the artistic community with next. From pop-up performances to transforming the Gage Park Greenhouse, their offerings are repeatedly innovative. The company also provides mentorship and growth opportunities to dancers looking to develop work. Both of these elements come together in PROSPECTS; its regular choreographic workshop that provides audience members with the opportunity to provide real-time feedback to a regularly changing roster of dancers who are in the midst of their creation process. The latest edition, on March 11 from 7:30 – 10:30pm is available on a pay-what-you-can basis and features local artists Eshe and Josh Taylor, as well as New York/Toronto based Belinda McGuire and Calgary’s Jasmine Almaguer Sheldrick. While the event is available both in-person and online, the experience is infinitely richer in person at the Burlington Student Theatre (2131 Prospect Street) to share the live experience with the creators and other audience members. 

Luca Fogale

There’s a few ways to spend St. Patrick’s Day, and this year, Luca Fogale’s tour stop in Hamilton will be one of them. Performing at Mill’s Hardware (95 King Street East) on March 17, Fogale has been an in-demand performer since breaking into the music scene in 2016. Based in western Canada, Fogale has opened for Serena Ryder, Haydn and has over 30 million streams between Spotify and Apple Music. His voice and songwriting style has been compared to Ed Sheeran; so it might only be a matter of time before he’s playing a stadium gig. Presented by Sonic Unyon, tickets for the 19+ show start at $19.07.

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