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.

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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.


Thanks for Coming Out, Despite the Misery

Our team at Steel City Stories laughed (and cried) when we heard about David’s journey to Canada and his love/hate relationship with his home country. Come hear the story in his own words Thursday September 26th at the Staircase Theatre. Doors open at 7:00 so you can settle in and meet the storytellers.


My name’s David. I’m Venezuelan and a (relatively) recent Hamiltonian. I love art, music, reading (when I have time), and I spend my idle time doodling or daydreaming scenarios where I win arguments.


This Storyteller Wears Sunglasses at Night

Hanna Tervanotko is Biblical scholar passionate uncovering ancient, forgotten narratives. She can order a meal in eight languages and her special talent is falling asleep in bright sunlight, thanks to growing up in Finland – a land of midnight sun. She’s lived in Hamilton with her family since 2017.

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Come out Thursday September 26th at the Staircase Theatre and hear Hannah’s story about her attachment to Canada, and some forgotten graves with a personal connection. Get your tickets here!


He Became Less Than a One Percenter…

Not that kind. Not the uber rich, but the super-educated. Come and hear the touching story of what Bryor left behind to embrace the world of academia. Readers of Tara Westover’s bestseller “Educated” will find a kindred spirit in Bryor’s fascinating journey from Bancroft to Hamilton.


Bryor Snefjella just finished his time as a PhD student in the cognitive science of language at McMaster University. He studied the expression of emotionally loaded and sensory language in “big data” records of online communication. Before moving to the “big city” of Hamilton, he was homeschooled on a small organic farm in Bancroft Ontario.

Steel City Stories presents “Left Behind”, an evening of storytelling Thursday September 26th 2019 at the Staircase Theatre. Get your tickets here!

There Once Was A Host Named Inge…

Inge in Blue

There once was a host named Inge, who came from Toronto a few years ago

She tells stories about ex-cons and horses in Mexico

Her eyes are bright blue

When she’s looking at you

She’s an artist at heart, but also a business pro.


(Poem written by Lena, who is clearly NOT a poet.)


Since moving from Toronto to Hamilton in September 2016, Inge has been teaching startup companies how to tell the story of their business, as Pitch Coach. It’s a new application of storytelling, an art form Inge loves and practices through writing (a novel is in the works!), weekly improv classes and a series of illustrated limericks. (Who doesn’t love a limerick?)

IMG_0543Here’s Inge sharing a story about the redemptive power of trust, in families and with strangers.

What Does Charlton Heston Have To Do With It?


One doesn’t always get to choose what they inherit.

Steel City alumni and dyed-in-the-wool Hamiltonian Amy Sloan returns with a story where Moses, a.k.a Charlton Heston, plays a central role, alongside her grandmother, of course. In her spare time, she is a fiancée, a mom of three and works in health care. if you know Amy from the comedy circuit, be prepared to laugh and cry in the space of ten minutes.

Tickets are selling fast!

Under This Hat He’s Inherited a Brain

image1A brain in a malfunctioning body of a human person, ready to deliver a series of words strung together for your ears to absorb. Jackson is an odd yet normal-ish creature who spends a considerable amount of time thinking of ways to spend future moments doing unusual yet practical things. And he loves birds.

Come hear what Jackson’s inherited. It’s not an armoire or a scandalous secret. His story is as unique of each of our storytellers. There are 13 days left to get your tickets!