Get an Umbrella and Come on Down!

We know. It’s cold outside and you feel like it’s midnight when it’s only five o’clock. You’ve been eating crackers for dinner for weeks. It’s time to get out your umbrella and brave the November chill, because inside at the Staircase Theatre, it’s warm and cozy and we’ve got stories to make you laugh and cry. Join us for the last show of 2019 tomorrow night – Thursday November 21st! Doors open at 7:00pm, Stories begin at 7:30pm.

Limited tickets still available online! Get yours today!Squeaky Wheel Storytellers

Me, my Dad & Negroni

Sometimes all it takes is a change of clothes, or a change of scenery and we become someone else entirely. Sometimes, it’s just too much Negroni. (Or, just enough?)

Come on out Thursday night and hear Amanda Montague share the story of a trip of a lifetime, and how one gets the oil in Italy.

Tickets here!

Amanda Montague


Graves of Bones That Do Not Make a Sound

Pablo Neruda famously once wrote of “graves full of bones that do not make a sound”, but his own bones may be telling a story, and a scientist is listening. Come on out Thursday night to hear researcher Debi Poiner from the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University share her passion for uncovering the past – solving mysteries through bones and archives to rewrite the histories we think we know.

Tickets available now!

Debi Poinar


She is equally as passionate about creating memories with her family through travel and being in nature.   She grew up on the west coast of California, has lived in Germany and France, and in 2003 moved to Hamilton with her family.

Serenity Now… or Not

Myron Groover is, in escalating order of insufferability, a librarian, archivist,  and epicurean. He has lived in four countries on two continents and once crossed the Bosphorous just so he could say he’d visited Asia.

We know it’s cold out there – it’s November. But, we think you should bundle up anyways and come hear Myron tell you about that time he just needed to get away for some peace and quiet. (Spoiler alert- hilarity ensues.)

Show starts at 7:30, but come early for the best seats in the house. Tickets available here!

Myron Groover

Fun at the LIVE MUSIC CONCERT– A Cautionary Tale

This is Tim.

Come on out to the Staircase Theatre Thursday November 21st and hear six stories of survival and triumph… or something like that. Squeaky Wheel and the human spirit? Or at the very least, that time I thought I wanted that thing.

Tickets on sale for $10 until noon on the 21st. Get yours here!

20191021_224603Tim grew up in Ancaster. He has lived in downtown Hamilton with his wife for 13 years. They have two daughters. Tim likes animals, movies, California reds and diners where the servers are a little grouchy.

He’s Got to Move Some Wheels and Make Room for Love

Sometimes the squeaky wheel has pride of place in your living room… until your fiancée puts her foot down. Come hear Steve’s tale of needs met (and unmet), heavy metal, motorcycles and where the rubber hits the road.

Tickets on sale now for only 10$! Last show of 2019! Six great stories. Stay tuned…


Steve Rolfe is a life-long Hamiltonian with a love for family, his big dog Nigel and pretty much anything with wheels and motors. He lives in a little cottage in the east end with too many motorcycles, which he is working very hard to move out before he gets married in February! Steve has a passion for community, food and live music.

Summer’s Officially Over… Let the Stories Begin!

You’ve traded your bikini and martini for a pumpkin spiced latte and a sweater vest, and everybody said: amen!

It’s story season! At Steel City Stories we’ve been rustling up personal stories from around the city and this week the first of our fall shows will be happening Thursday night at the Staircase Theatre.

Left behind promo

There are still tickets available online for only $10.00, so grab a friend, find that chic fall scarf (to match those shorts you just can’t put away yet!) and come hear stories of so many things that have been left behind.


Porn Films, Grandmothers and Moving On

David is best known for his stand up comedy but he is also an established spoken word artist. He has performed at the world famous Laugh Factory in L.A. and The Atldot Comedy Lounge in Toronto & the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. He recently relocated from Vancouver to Hamilton where he is making his mark in the local comedy circuit.

The story he will share has little to do with his professional life, and a lot to do with a personal promise he made that probably saved his life.



This Looks Like a Fun Class Trip

glacier jumpMark Rowe teaches Japanese Religions and culture at McMaster University. He loves hearing and sharing stories of those whose voices are rarely heard. He is currently working on a book project with 5 Japanese female Buddhist priests about their lives. He can juggle and ride a unicycle, but not at the same time.


Tickets available here! See you Thursday September 26th at 7:00pm at the Staircase Theatre!

Calvin, Hobbes & Mom

Find out what Gabe has to say about all of that Thursday September 26th at the Staircase Theatre. For tickets, click here.


Gabe Camozzi is an educator living and working in Hamilton. Originally from Montréal, Québec, he comes from a family where stories told of daring sea voyages and surviving against the odds were frequent pairings with family dinners. He is excited to share a story of being left behind at a critical moment in his young life – and the loving relationship that ultimately brought him back.