The Pearl Company will cease operations

It’s with heavy hearts we announce that one of Hamilton’s artistic gems will be taking their final bow. The Pearl Company, an arts and performance facility in the heart of the Landsdale neighbourhood, will cease operations come May.

The Pearl Company began as a three-story factory building before owners Gary Santucci and Barbara Milne transformed the space into a two-floor arts hub. Over the last 12 years, the Pearl Company has been home to some of Hamilton’s leading performance, event, rehearsal and exhibition spaces.

The decision to let the curtain fall on the Pearl Company was not easy. According to Milne, life at the Pearl has been complicated since day one – being a small business owner, especially in the creative arts industry, can be a relentlessly uphill battle.

With business being unpredictable and having three children to care for, Santucci and Milne have decided to provide their family with the upmost stability and leave the stage.


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Since the beginning, the Pearl Company has been dedicated to presenting work that draws on all of the arts, including music, visual art, dance, film, spoken word and theatre.

The programming at the Pearl Company has always been for all audiences; each presentation has been multi-cultural, socially aware, politically engaged and connected to Hamilton’s diverse communities.


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The curtain will close one last time on May 31. While this is the Pearl’s final season, Milne and Santucci want their remaining time at the Pearl to be exciting, creative and memorable. Let’s make sure this season is emblematic of everything the Pearl has been.

Have you ever been to the Pearl? Should the space remain an arts hub? Let us know in the comments.

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