The Hamilton Festival Theatre Company announced today that tickets are now available for Frost Bites 2018, Hamilton’s only site-specific winter performance festival. Frost Bites will run from February 15th to 18th, 2018.
Local artists have created short performance “bites” inspired by the former Westinghouse head office building located at Sanford and Barton. The festival will take place at a number of unique pop-up locations in the Barton Village community. Audiences will gather at 541 Eatery & Exchange before leaving on a series of walking tours to experience the festival.
Hamilton’s historic Westinghouse building will be the inspiration for Frost Bites 2018.
“We are ecstatic that the The Westinghouse Headquarters is the inspiration behind Frost Bites 2018,” said Meir Dick, one of the building’s developers. “We are excited to support a festival that shares our values for community engagement and brings forward an uplifting vision for the future. The lights have been off for a while, but we’re turning them back on.”
The newly branded Westinghouse Headquarters, located at 286 Sandford Ave N, was the former head office for Westinghouse Canada. At one point, Westinghouse employed over 20,000 people, making it the second largest employer in Hamilton next to the steel industries. The building was constructed in 1917 and has been vacant for the last thirty years, changing ownership several times before it was purchased by the current developers who plan to preserve the original facade and other original components of the building while remodelling the interior for commercial rentals and other uses.
Frost Bites 2018 is working in partnership with 541 Eatery & Exchange, a volunteer-run cafe, restaurant, and community hub that has been serving the Barton neighbourhood for the past two years. 541 Eatery & Exchange will serve as the main gathering space for the festival, offering audiences an opportunity to warm up with hot beverages and delicious snacks before departing on short walks to the performance spaces.
A line-up of six emerging and established performance artists working in dance, video, and theatre will be presenting short pieces of unconventional performance inspired by the history, geography, and physical structures in the Westinghouse district. The festival offers a unique opportunity to discover this area through an exciting artistic lens at the third annual site-specific event this February.
Participating artists include City of Hamilton Arts Award recipient Radha Menon Red Betty Theatre, 2017 Hamilton Emerging Theatre Arts Award recipient Rex Emerson Jackson’s Just Look Normal, Burlington’s Form Contemporary Dance Theatre, Hamilton Fringe veterans Open Heart, McMaster theatre graduates Blending Reality Productions, and Toronto dance group Ilumina Flamenco.
Source: Hamilton Fringe