Sunday, September 19, 2021

Critics’ Picks: 5 Events to Stream (or Physically Attend) this September

This September, anxieties seem to be running a little higher than usual. Not only are many events and activities that would happen at this time of year still being reimagined, but those that are moving forward are doing so with an abundance of caution, often minimizing the carefree escapism that we turn to art for. However, live events are slowly returning, and we’re delighted to focus on some unique experiences happening (both live and otherwise) over the next 30 days.

Downtown Hamilton Ghost Walk

A good ghost walk is like a great piece of theatre- it transports the audience to another date and time; tells an incredible story and leaves a longlasting impression well after it is complete. Starting at the Starbucks on King Street, guides lead their audience through downtown Hamilton landmarks such as Gore Park, the Royal Connaught, St. Paul’s Church, this ghost walks promises to provide proof that theatres are haunted and expose the city’s unique connection to Jack the Ripper. The only scheduled tour for September is currently on the 5th at 7pm.

49½ Annual Art Auction (Dundas Valley School of Art)

The Dundas Valley School of Art was forced to postpone their major annual fundraiser, which was to celebrate their 50th event; however, their efforts are continuing through a modified event that they’ve lovingly dubbed “49 ½.” Art lovers can bid for new works and support local artists and the DVSA through an online auction beginning September 21 until 9:00pm on September 26. While all artworks are available for viewing online, for those who need a live experience, a viewing time to see artworks in person and according to health regulations can be reserved in advance through the School.

Songs of War & Peace (The Linden Project)

To commemorate the end of World War Two, Hamilton’s artsong collective, The Linden Project is hosting a virtual concert at 8pm on September 19 that showcases music with themes of tragedy and sacrifice, hope and peace. Expect a mixed program featuring everything from classical to war-time popular hits. Known for diving deep into the stories and impact of the music, it will be interesting to see how The Linden Project and its artists transfer the storytelling aspect of their performance into a virtual format, hosted on YouTube.

Supercrawl Productions Garage Series

In partnership with the City of Hamilton, the local celebration of music and art will transform the top level of a downtown parking garage into a temporary outdoor performance venue. In a shift away from the traditional free fall festival, the garage series will be limited to 100-paid audience members. Although performers and ticket prices have not yet been announced, Supercrawl Production’s first series runs September 25 – 27, and the organizers have promised top-level talent. If there’s one thing that Supercrawl Productions does well, it is excellent music events, so expect them to deliver on this promise with further information coming on September 3.

Kenny vs. Spenny

Ask five different Canadians what genre Kenny vs. Spenny is, and you might get five different answers. An early pioneer of reality TV? Revenge fantasy come to life? Late-night Canadian classic? Performance art? Comedy? Whatever it is, Levity Comedy Club is bringing the duo to Hamilton on Saturday, September 26th for a set at 7pm (doors at 6:30pm) as they venture back in to live performances. With physical distancing in place, expect limited tickets to be available and an intimate experience that they promise will spiral into lifelong grievances, the airing of dirty laundry and more.

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