Elysha Ardelean is a librarian by trade who more recently can be found practicing the domestic arts of baking and sewing, knitting and gardening while she spends a year off work learning how to be a mom. She believes in sharing soup and warm cups of coffee, picnicking when possible, and free internet for everyone.
Erin is a born and raised Hamiltonian. She likes to watch films, cross-stitch, and walk down the beach. Her most recent studies led her to a speaking opportunity in London, England this past summer where she enjoyed the best afternoon tea. She is also interested in areas of housing, poverty, and food insecurity in Hamilton.
Myke Hutchings is no stranger to the stage– a musician and composer living in East Hamilton, he’s told stories for Steel City Stories before. ( Turned Up! ) He lives his life walking the fine line between Pagan and Christian and has some thoughts about why he can’t go home again you won’t want to miss!
Come on out Thursday November 23rd at the Staircase Theatre to hear Myke and five other Hamilton storytellers share their lives on stage. Get tickets!
Our host, Sam, got involved with Steel City Stories last year through the Women’s Day storytelling workshop. In her day job, Sam works for Tastebuds, Hamilton’s Student Nutrition Collaborative, a non-profit that helps Hamilton schools provide students with universal access to good, wholesome food. Sam also works as a visual artist and runs creative arts workshops in visual journaling and collage.
Kevin Makins is the founding pastor of Eucharist Church in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. His curiosity and spirit of adventure leads him to write, podcast, make videos, tour one-man shows, and act as a catalyst for local projects; ranging from art installations to bike lanes. With humour and depth, Kevin bridges the gap between the secular and sacred; the profound and profane. He lives, works, plays, and prays in downtown Hamilton with his wife, baby, and housemates. www.kevinmakins.com
Gavin Stephens has filmed multiple one-man specials for CTV and the Comedy Network, and recently performed with Reggie Watts at #JFL42. He’s toured as a sought out headliner, all over North America, the U.K and South Africa. Gavin was also named Best Stand-Up Comedian in NOW Magazine’s Readers Choice Poll, 2010.
For five seasons he was a lead actor and writer on the Gemini-nominated sketch show Comedy Inc. on CTV. A multi-media sensation, Gavin has appeared at international festivals like Montreal’s Just For Laughs and Austin’s SXSW alongside indie comedy legends Margaret Cho, Janeane Garofalo and Marc Maron. He’s also has appeared on CBC’s The Debaters as well as being a finalist in the SiriusXM Top comic competition.
Born and raised in Hamilton, and a 3rd generation Hamiltonian, Kyle grew up on tall-tales about this amazing city. With two degrees from McMaster University, he plies his trade with the city’s largest employer, Hamilton Health Sciences. Needless to say, Kyle bleeds “Hamilton blue”. Other passions include cycling, photography, and spending time with his wife Meg and his dog George.