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.

Hanna Tervanotko_Steel City_Photo

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!



Choose Your Own Inheritance

Robin Zee

Come hear Robin Zee share about fear and courage, and choosing her own inheritance.

Robin is a storyteller, performer and mixed media artist who uses the arts for healing to touch the lives of others. Her journey includes childhood sexual abuse, human trafficking, addiction and more. Watch her first book, BorderLine Me, based on her truthful one-woman show.

Tickets selling fast! 

Robin Zee art

All they left me was an old…


Find out just what John Fink inherited Thursday May 2nd at the Staircase Theatre.

John is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at McMaster University. Born in 1973, he has lived in the United States, Singapore, and Canada, although he has called Hamilton home for over a decade. He enjoys bicycles, seeing cats on the street, your dog, and potatoes.