If you don’t already know the The Pearl Company theatre and concert venue located right outside the downtown core in Hamilton Ontario, then you’ve been missing out on one of Hamilton’s landmark gems.
Throughout the month of October, the Pearl Company is running a theatre show titled HERE’S JOHNNY. There really isn’t anything quite like it playing this fall, and with the Pearl’s upcoming series approaching we’re here to give you 5 reasons why The Pearl Company is everything Hamilton:
1 | HERE’S JOHNNY takes you to the streets of old Hamilton
Though not explicitly about Hamilton, HERE’S JOHNNY is inspired by true events in an industrial working class setting. The story follows the exploits and interactions of the five principal characters: Johnny, the Security Systems salesman, “I still gotta a heartbeat”; Bob, the neighbourhood guy, I’m so sick and tired of all the crap”; Ginger, the lifer on the streets; “C’mon it’s the oldest profession”; the new arrival, Candy, “I don’t want to think about tomorrow”; and Billy the punk. “Is that all you got?”
The show immerses you in back and forth banter, chatter and mayhem that includes people yelling from rooftops behind the audience seating all the while the story unfolds on the stage in front. It provokes a response in the audience from outrage to discomfort, rattling our cages as only street life can do.
Oh, and there is quite a bit of profanity and even a sex scene… like Hamilton, this is not a PG13 show people.
2 | The speakeasy style venue
The downtown location, the renovated three story brick factory building, the original wood flooring, the furniture and artsy theatre space – everything about the Pearl Company screams vintage and rich with culture.
While Hamilton experiences a wave of modernization to the downtown core, buildings like the Pearl Company are a reminder of this city’s great heritage.
With phrases being thrown around by large Canadian news outlets that “Hamilton is becoming the next Brooklyn”, it’s at least somewhat suiting to say that the speakeasy environment the Pearl Company has cultivated suits the perceptions folks have around this city.
Photo Cred: LLLLaura Street
3 | The eclectic collection of arts
On any given month, this speakeasy style theatre & concert venue hosts a variety of world class jazz, blues and folk shows. While Hamiltonians yearn for more and more exposure to cultural events, the eclectic range of musicians and theatre performances the Pearl Company hosts is evidence that it has built something truly special for Hamilton.
The Pearl Company is not only a theatre company, it’s an experience company. If you are looking for a hot date night in the cool of the late autumn’s fall, check out David Hart & The Occasional Angels on November 3rd.
Photo Cred: LLLLaura Street
4 | The passion of the owners for their city
The independently owned venue is run by Barbara Milne and Gary Santucci. The Hamilton duo received the City of Hamilton Arts Award in 2008 for Lifetime Achievement, Barbara was awarded the Woman of Distinction in the Arts award that same year. Gary himself is an acclaimed classic and flamenco guitarist who was trained in Spain and helped lead the Pearl Company to a Hamilton Music Awards Theatre of the Year in 2013.
They’re personally invested in the Landsdale neighborhood and cultivating artist-friendly spaces, as they own several adjacent properties that surrounds surrounds the Pearl Company building. Their long time goal in creating the Pearl District is itself every bit ambitious, entrepreneurial, and Hamilton.
Photo Cred: The Hamilton Spectator (John Rennison)
5 | The opening Gala!
Breaking outside the norm of theatre and performing arts, the Pearl Company has partnered with Collective Arts on the opening gala night on Oct 11. This is a 1920’s themed dinner and show – tell me that doesn’t have date night all over it.
Guests are welcome to show up at Collective Arts Brewing for a 5:30pm social hour with dinner being served at 6:00pm. From there, attendees will mosey their way the few blocks over to The Pearl Company for an 8:00pm showtime.
Alcohol and beverages will be served at both venues – and like Hamilton – dinner + show tickets are fairly affordable! Yes we get it, not everyone feels the same way about Hamilton real estate these days.
Photo Cred: Collective Arts Brewery (Facebook Page)
Opening Gala Night (Dinner + Show) – Oct 11
Shows runs Wednesday – Saturday between October 11 – 28.
More information on the show here.
Tickets can be found on bruha.com.
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