November 9th 2019 10:00 AM - November 9th 2019 05:00 PM

Industry Day

27 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Industry Day


We have a great day lined up with panel discussions, special guests, 1 on 1 rooms for pitching and meeting with distributors and producers and a few film screenings in there as well. All happening within the many rooms at the Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. N, Hamilton, Ontario Canada


10am - Unifor Nabet 700-M 

Location: Cafe inside the Staircase theatre

Time: 10am - 10:45am

NABET 700-M UNIFOR represents over 3000 Film, Television and New Media Technicians in the province of Ontario.

Panelists: Peggy Kyriakidou, President, Frank Iacobucci, Secretary Treasurer, Jayson Mosek, Business Agent

Panel Topic:

General Information, Workforce Development and Production Financing Program

NABET 700-M UNIFOR will briefly touch upon how to join the Union and will cover the basic criteria required; what NABET 700-M UNIFOR has done to address the workforce development concerns both within the Union and collectively with industry partners; and what being true production partners means to us.


11am - Actra Toronto - Spotlight on Hamilton: Why the World Shoots Here

Location: Main Theatre at Staircase Theatre

Time: 11am - Noon + 

Moderator: Jani Lauzon (ACTRA Toronto Diversity Advocate)
Panelists: Rick Roberts (ACTRA Toronto member) Sharon Canovas (ACTRA Toronto member), Debbie Spence (Tourism & Culture Division City of Hamilton) and Quincy Morgan (DGC)

The world knows that Hamilton's strength lies in it’s people as well as its marvellous scenery and locations. From steel plants to castles, waterfalls to the mountain, Hamilton has it all. It also has amazing performers, crews and facilities that have made the film industry take notice. 
Come hear from the people that live and work here as they talk about the Hamilton they know and love.  
Sponsored by ACTRA Toronto

JANI LAUZON - Jani Lauzon is a multi-disciplinary artist of Metis ancestry. She is a six time Dora Mavor Moore nominated actress, a three time Juno nominated singer/songwriter, an award winning screen actress and a Gemini Award winning puppeteer. She won Best Actress from the American Indian Film Festival and the Dreamspeakers Film Festival for her portrayal of Doris in A Windigo Tale. Her short film Just One Word is currently touring the festival circuit. She has served her Union for over 15 years as the chair of the Diversity Committee and now as the Diversity Advocate.

SHARON CANOVAS - Hamiltons own lovable, tough, multi-talented lady. Sharon was born in Brazil to a Spaniard father and a Brazilian mother. She immigrated to Canada in 1991 and not knowing English did not stop her from pursuing her dreams.  Sharon has found success on shows such as The Handmaid's Tale, V Wars, The Boys, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, The Flash, Arrow, Pet Semetary, Anne With An E and etc... Sharon lived in Vancouver for nine years, her first tv show was Da Vinci's City Hall. After spending some time in Vancouver, she decided to move back to Ontario. Sharon has worked extremely hard to get where she is today and it has led her to be constantly working across Canada. With her passion for the arts, she is always training and developing her skills to become a better performer. She is now proud to call Hamilton home! 

DEBBIE SPENCE - Debbie has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Post-graduate Certificate in Public Relations, and an Economic Developers (EDAC) Certificate. In her role as Business Development Consultant for Creative Industries, Debbie has a lead role in the implementation of actions related the Creative Industries Sector (music, film, fashion etc.) in the Corporate Economic Development Action Plan, which includes the attraction and retention of creative industry sector businesses and talent as well as providing strategic leadership and support to the Hamilton Film Office and industry engagement efforts such as facilitation of the Hamilton Music Advisory Team (HMAT).


12:30 Break



Location: Main Theatre at Staircase Theatre

Time: 1pm - 1:45pm

Catherine Dyer (Stranger Things)

Jason MacDonald (Vampire Diaries)

CATHERINE DYER was born in New York and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and quickly found work in commercials, voice-overs, television, theatre and film. In 1991, she moved to Los Angeles and continued to work in all mediums and saw the successful run of her one-woman-show, "Sorry to Keep You Waiting". The 1994 Northridge earthquake jarred her on to another path - one behind the camera, where Catherine forged a new career as a Development Assistant for Lifetime Television's Original Movies Department. In 1997, Catherine moved back to New York City and took on the position of Programming Coordinator for A&E Television's Biography (1987), eventually becoming Manager of Documentary Programming and Supervising Producer, overseeing the production of more than 250 hours of television per year culminating in an Emmy nomination in 2003. Catherine's acting career began to heat up in 2008 with her portrayal of Lt. Col. Margaret Riley on 'Army Wives'. Since then Catherine has made almost 20 guest appearances on TV episodics, including Stranger Things, and added her talents to over a dozen feature films including the Oscar nominated 'The Blind Side'.

She's also cool with talking about Stranger Things ;) 

JASON MACDONALD was born in Canada and has lived in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta. Jason is a graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York and spent 15 years doing theatre in and around New York City. Jason is married to actress and television producer, Catherine Dyer. His credits include Vampire Diaries, All My Children, As The World Turns, Sex and the City and many, many more. 


2pm - Music and Film: Merging Mediums in the art of Storytelling

Location: Cafe inside the Staircase Theatre

Time: 2pm - 2:45

Brad Machry, True North Records

Christian Hansen, Composer

Molly Flood, filmmaker.


3pm - Music Documentaries

Location: Main Theatre in the Staircase Theatre

Band Geeks, Morgan Elliot, 44m, Canada
In less than four months 220 teenage performers will step on the world stage at the pinnacle event for marching bands: the Rose Parade. These teenage musicians are disciplined, motivated and talented. The stakes are high, and they only have one chance to get it right.

The Music of Madness, Tate Young, 52m, Canada
Composer Adrian Ellis is charged with scoring the strangest, most violent film of his career. He abandons his classical instruments to create music from items as ugly as the film itself: discarded metal boxes, power saws, jars, crowbars. He plays them with drumsticks, with violin bows, he pulls apart a piano and plays it with fishing wire. It’s a creative and poetic documentary that takes us through the demanding process of composing a film score. THE MUSIC OF MADNESS is an exploration of the challenges and power of experimentation, hand-crafted for any filmmaker, composer, cinephile or musician alike.

3pm - 5pm CABLE 14 TOUR

150 Dundurn St. S

Just down the road from The Staircase. 

Take a tour of our Community TV Station to find out how local programming is made in Hamilton, and find out how you can get involved.


1 on 1 and Pitching

Time: 10am - 5pm

Various Rooms in the Staircase Theatre and Elaine May Theatre. By appointment only. Details below. 

Our Break-Out rooms will be available all day and sign-up sheets will be available at the theatre when we open in the morning. Some pre-arranged meetings will already be happening, if you had applied to the Canadian Film Market. We have confirmed distributors and a streaming producer attending. 



SUBJECT TO CHANGE. More to be added. 


Feature length films, especially romantic comedies, action and family entertainment.

Factory Film Studio - Feature Length:
1. Period dramas & comedies
2. War-themed films
3. Historical perspective documentaries
4. Cutting-edge contemporary romantic comedies & thrillers
5. With just a sprinkling of horror, fantasy & World Cinema


Productions for VOD channel with a focus on content that is produced in the following regions.Hamilton/ Niagara
Kitchener/ Waterloo and surrounding regions
Oshawa and surrounding area
London and surrounding region
Kingston ad surrounding region
* the producer needs to be a resident of the region



Oakville Festival of Film and Art

Features, docs, short films (under 20 min) Looking for features on Human Trafficking, mental illness. Screening more documentaries every year.



Hamilton Film Festival

The 14th annual Hamilton Film Festival is Hamilton's largest and longest running film festivals with roots that go back 20 years! ​ We have screened over 1000 films, 700 of them Canadian Films! Filmmakers, travel to our event, from all over the world. We connect filmmakers and give them another voice. ​We celebrate the art of movie making from concept to completion. From the budding filmmaker to the pro, we are always working to move the film industry in Hamilton a little further each year! The event is a leader in the local film community, bringing industry development and quality networking opportunities throughout the year. The Canadian Film Market, Lights Camera Hamilton, Southern Ontario Film Festival Group and Kids Can Film are all initiatives of the Hamilton Film Festival.

Ticket Information

Please note that your tickets will be email to you and attached as a PDF upon successfully registering for this event. In the event that you have either not received your confirmation email, cannot find the confirmation email, or used an incorrect email address, please contact the organizer.

All ticket holders will receive an email notification reminder 24-48 hours prior to the event's start date (this does not imply particular sessions, just the event). Your tickets will also be attached to this email.

It's encouraged to save your tickets to your phone by downloading them or taking a screenshot, however you may also print your tickets before arriving to the event.