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Ghost Hunters spooked at Haunted Toronto Theater

Posted by Martha Jette on September 8, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Part 1

Imagine stepping into a huge theatre like Hamilton Place in Hamilton, Ontario at night – in the dark – alone. Then imagine being in an even larger venue under the same circumstances. It would be eerie to say the least!

Recently, members of the Canadian Haunting and Paranormal Society (CHAPS) undertook just such a challenge to investigate reports of paranormal activity inside Toronto’s Great Hall and Theatre Centre. The team, led by director, David Gibb, covered the huge site with a variety of camera, recorders, EMFs (electro-magnetic meters), and other equipment to determine if there was any basis to claims of unusual activity after hours in the popular downtown site.

During their investigation, Gibb noted that the EMF and thermal readings showed some spikes and even spiked on command.

The team also experienced a variety of physical sensations, including being grabbed and having their hair pulled. Gibb said investigator Shannon Gibb had her hair pulled and veteran investigator, Rob Divenanzo, saw many unexplainable shadows that really freaked him out.

“He is a Lear jet pilot so he is pretty tough of nerve, so I take him pretty seriously when he feels something is up,” David said. “It seemed the physical activity in this place was so obvious. Seasoned veterans of the ‘hunt’ were shaken at times.”

A couple of members investigated the room where musicians once slept or at least tried to, since they were often frightened by a little boy spirit there. One of the EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomenon – disincarnate spirit voices on tape) said, “Mom.” Was the little boy looking for his mother? One can only wonder.

As team entered the theatre a loud humming was captured on tape but David said no one heard it.

“There was no knowledge of the humming at the time. We tried our best to recreate the humming as well with those who were present once we heard it. Also, comparing those recreated hums with sound waves and they didn't match either.”

Inside the expansive site, they heard something very heavy and loud being dragged across the floor.

“The smash that occurred, though not translated well on video, was something else to experience first hand,” said David. “Like a ships anchor being dropped and dragged along the trackway above us.”

The entire investigation was enough to rattle the most experienced ghost hunters, he added.

“Most of the people there are experienced. We have been thru a number of shaky situations in the past, (but) this was one of the few times that we had to take a moment to collect ourselves.”

One of the team members noted that the activity seemed to be more than just residual energy and an EVP captured showed the response to this as: “It’s more.” Then as they were leaving the theatre, the humming was again captured on tape.

A highlight of the investigation was reviewing the five EVPs that were captured. You will find the EVPs HERE along with a video taken that night. The video begins with David advising the team on the layout of the site and how they should proceed.

Due to the paranormal activity experienced and the evidence gathered, CHAPS deemed the site officially haunted but wanted to explore it further. This past weekend, they returned for an overnight investigation to gather more information. You can see some intriguing photos taken from that night here:!/album.php?aid=198345&id=164941066368HERE.

More photos from this Investigation

Part 2: Witch lights in Forest at Six Nations Reserve

The CHAPS team has also investigated claims of paranormal activity at the Six Nations Reserve in Oshweken, Ontario. They were recently invited out to the site to investigate claims of strange lights and odd footprints that were found.

The reserve includes many acres of woodland, marshes and horse paddocks, as well as private homes. The area chosen for the investigation included a small residence in the immediate area. According to the team’s report, they experienced “the phenomena of witch lights…” like those experienced by folks in a Pennsylvania forest.

These eerie flickering lights are seen around the world and have been reported for centuries. Some folks believe they are the work of fairies, witches or even Roman soldiers carrying torches. Whatever they really are, they certainly captured the imagination of the CHAPS team as they stood in the darkness.

“Add this to increased EMF (electro-magnetic field) readings in the forest, that was a point of interest. Such readings can often be explained away due to other sources of electrical energy, such as wiring in a home.

Six Nations

As well, David said: “Many times when noise or sound was requested, we were met by very large breaking branches, again an experience you had to be there for,” that rattled their usually calm nerves.

A number of photos taken that night showed orbs and video footage captured “some excellent light anomalies that were not common to insect flight.”

However, most convincing for Dave were the “abnormal fears” experienced by team members.

“Bill Flegg an experienced outdoorsman was spooked enough to depart his location quickly,” he noted. “Sandy, our camera person, forced herself out of a location due to abnormal noises uncomfortably close to her. There was not one member that was not littered with contact.”

It became obvious to CHAPS members that something strange was happening in the woods of the Six Nations Reserve and they plan to return to the site again.

“Unfortunately with the space too large to cover, we have been invited to re-attend in the spring with a our crew for a few days of investigation.”

CHAPS operates out of its offices in the Ottawa Valley and Oshawa and are the Ontario representative for TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) best know for their show, Ghosthunters. Team members includes director, David Gibb, team leader and web designer, Shanna Jacklin from Barrhaven, technical manager and investigator, Dan Sehn from Pembroke, investigator, Cathy Sehn, investigator and psychic, Kim Foster, information technologist, Jeff Livesey and production engineer, Sandy Fitzgerald.

As a team, they hope to bring the passion back to paranormal science by capturing proof of life beyond the grave. However, they don’t enter into investigations with closed eyes and minds.

“We use a proud mix of science, with a full compliment of equipment and a strong emphasis on the spiritual. We do not go in with the mindset to prove inactivity or activity. We simply go in to enjoy the investigation and learn as much as we possibly can about the unknown.”

David said the team is looking forward to its upcoming investigations and “a plethora of residential work” at the infamous Waverly Hills Sanitorium in Kentucky.

Pictures from Six Nations Reserve Investigation 

CHAPS on Facebook

Video for Six Nations Reserve Investigation

CHAPS Home Site

Stories Reprinted From by Martha Jette

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