408 | BIFF, BING, BANG!
- Queen bed
- 182 sq ft (17 sq m)
- 3 piece bathroom with hairdryer
- Hypo-allergenic duvet and pillows, 300 thread count sheets
- Studio-size ironing board (full sized ironing board available by calling the Front Desk)
- Coffee and tea service in the 3rd floor lounge (7am-10am)
- Telephone with private voice mail and free local calls
- 32″- 43″ Smart TV
- All-natural Canadian bath products
- Safety deposit box
Find out more about our complimentary and extra room amenities HERE.
Designed by Christiane Klappert.
BIFF, BING, BANG!
Ode to Ross Hamilton and The Dumbells
The Canadian female impersonator and vaudeville star Ross Hamilton was born in 1889, the same year the Gladstone Hotel was built. Hamilton was a Canadian Army private who served as an ambulance driver in France during WW1. During his service he was invited by Captain Merton Wesley Plunkett to join the Canadia Army Third Division concert party – The Dumbells originally formed to help build the morale of the troops. As part of the Dumbells’ very first show in Gyoy Servins, France, in the summer of 1917, Hamilton performed a highly believable female impersonation act creating the striking character of “Marjorie”, which became an audience favourite. The Dumbells entertained Canadian soldiers – often at the front lines, with a collectively conceived program of songs of the day, satires on trench life and chorus lines featuring knobby-kneed privates in floppy hats and outlandish dresses.
Upon their return to Canada in 1919, Plunkett reformed the Dumbells as a vaudeville troupe and they performed as civilians completing 12 cross-Canada tours over the next 13 years including a 56 week run of shows at Toronto’s Grand Theatre. The success of their tours and the popularity of their music in Canada resulted in 27 recordings and the distribution of their original sheet music songs. They became an international sensation performing at the Coliseum Theatre in London, England and were the first all-Canadian troupe to star on Broadway in their hit show Biff, Bing, Bang! Ross Hamilton performed with the Dumbells’ until the group disbanded in 1932. He continued entertaining as a female imper- sonator off and on until he joined the Army Medical Corps in Toronto in 1940 dumfounding the clerk by giving his occupation as actress.
Christiane Klappert is a Germany born artist who studied philosophy, art and history in Berlin
and Hamburg. She moved to Toronto in 2004 and works as a freelance artist under the label “heftiger luxus” (fierce luxury). Klappert frequently draws on texts, images and series of every-
day objects to explore themes of gratification and uncontrollable cravings.
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