The Hamilton Comic Con; “Shat Happens” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               The Hamilton Comic Com was held in downtown Oakville (or so it seemed trying to drive around our own Downtown). First, the native Canadians chose to hold a BBQ at the Main & James intersection; the cops were there detouring traffic. I was sympathetic to their cause, alas; my empathy ‘went up in smoke’.
As for the event; I loved it and had a ball.

"Catwoman" Julie Newmar & fan

“Catwoman” Julie Newmar & fan

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An EARNEST endeavour that was vitally important Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2

Oscar Wilde is one of my favourite playwrights and The Importance of Being Earnest is my all-time favourite play ever. So, naturally, when I saw that Hart House’s season would be opening with it, I was jumping up and down in my seat on the bus and getting several strange looks from the normal people around me.
Keeping with the late Victorian era of style, costume designer Ming Wong kept everything within the normal sense of fashion. However, that was the only part of the show that was kept in any sense of the word “normal”. *

the earnest cast-members of Hart House!

the earnest cast-members of Hart House!

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H.P.O.’s 2nd auditioning concert; + a charming quote 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

Willis & Gaisin, post-concert

Willis & Gaisin, post-concert


               Selecting a new artistic director for a symphony orchestra is akin to finding a mate rather than just a ‘one-night stand’. Surprisingly, the Great Hall was not filled to see & hear Alastair Willis conduct with pianist Andre Laplante as guest soloist. Hopefully, members of the designation committee were in attendance. One regular subscriber told me how much this person really enjoyed the ‘Deevorac’ piece! Yikes. Bet this same individual was the one who started the tacky between-movements applauding.*Alastair Willis & HPO                              Alastair Willis conducting the HPO’s rendering of Dvorak’s 7th

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A Hamilton weekend; – 2 ‘Biggies’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               We’ve been Hamiltonians for a half-decade. Alas, whenever we have guests we invariably show them eight or twelve waterfalls, and then back home. This year, we’ve decided to expand our appreciation of other things local. The Greenbelt Harvest was our inaugural. As suggested by a neighbor, yesterday we visited the vintage Steam & Technology Museum on Woodward Avenue. A commanding sense of déja vu as we approached, yet this would be our first visit!  Our guide Julia, explained the reason for such a recollection…we’re fans of CBCTV’s ‘Murdoch Mysteries’.Hamilton's Steam Museum, aka Downtown 'Toronto' 1900Lori Yates & Drugstore Cowboys, performing

Steam Museum, aka Downtown ‘T.O’ 1900                                Lori Yates & Drugstore Cowboys

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A serious political recommendation Reply

Editorial Opinion by Terry Gaisin
The ONTARIO ARTS REVIEW’s mandate is to promote and critique (positively if possible) things cultural. During our nine years of existence, it has been a rarity for us to venture away from this mandate…especially into the realm of politics.
However, there are certain circumstances where we feel it is meet to exercise our position as Canadians; members of our Province and interested parties within our extended community. We live in Hamilton, but as part of the GTHA, what happens within our protracted society becomes important – for us and our readers.

Terry & ANN; celebrating Canada Day in Bronte

Terry & ANN; celebrating Canada Day in Bronte

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“THE GENTLEMAN CLOTHIER”; ‘Lighthouse’ Shines Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
               Even a supposed maven can occasionally overlook a gem. ‘Methought’ Port Dover was strictly the locale for affordable yellow perch, except for the Friday 13th, biker extravaganzas. Nope, it’s also home to the LIGHTHOUSE THEATRE, a 3½ decade-old professional operation which attracts thespians of the highest echelon and audiences willing to drive distances each way to attend its more than just competent offerings. Norm Foster’s newest comedy, “THE GENTLEMAN CLOTHIER” premiers at the Lighthouse and epitomizes its superlative standards.   Photo courtesy of Adam Veri

Hodgson & Fabiilli annoying Brian Paul

Hodgson & Fabiilli annoying Brian Paul

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