Uber Second Fiddle No More


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!



Meet the lovely host for Close Encounters!


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.

Introducing Kevin…

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.comKevin

Introducing Gavin… A Close Encounter with Comedy

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.

Introducing Kyle…a Hamiltonian with blue blood

Watts, KBorn 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.

Introducing Martinus! He had a “Close Encounter” with a “Novemburger”…

Martinus Geleynse is a proud Hamiltonian with a long history of telling stories. From years on stages as an actor and musician to founding and running the Hamilton 24-Hour Film Festival, Martinus is at home sharing ideas and experiences with anyone that will listen… and even with many that don’t. He is the former owner and publisher of urbanicity Magazine, he hosted a show on Cable 14 for three years, and he’s the founder of Hamilton’s annual burger festival: Novemburger (coming up again soon!). Professionally, Martinus helps to tell the stories of small and medium businesses through his advertising agency, Make Media Ltd. In his spare time, Martinus operates urban bus tours to rustbelt cities like Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo. In fact, his next tour is later this month – ask him if he has any seats still available!

The proud father of two wonderful little children, Martinus now enjoys telling them stories too!