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Tivoli Condos Bad for James St?

condos via hamilton spectator vs 

Above is a  little bit of a design comparison with recent developments in Mississauga.

So the Hamilton Spectator has a good article on the proposed Tivoli Condos. The Article touches on a lot of important pieces, from design, functionality,etc. the biggest part of the project I am strongly objecting to is this..

“He added the developers haven’t presented a business plan for the restoration of the theatre as requested by staff. “

Seriously? You buy a piece of property from Sam the Record Man for $2? (It was part of the family’s last basically donation from their dad. ) I would have preferred that Sam’s kids kept the land, (they probably would have had built the theater back up and pulled a mini Ed Mervish). This whole property was meant to reconstruct the Tivoli! You know increase theatre arts????

Oh not to mention no retail?? No mention of bicycle infrastructure? Like the staff report from city hall, the developers did not consult anyone locally. A shame.

I also think the design is not very inspiring for a “arts district”, even  Mississauga has been trying to get some more interesting designs into the mix.  Personally I am a huge advocate for density and higher buildings in downtown, I think the people should have asked the building next to them for some air rights? You know like maybe 10 -13 stories but same amount of units?

My finaly problem is the fact these are condos, when even Toronto is converting condos into rental units. Most people in Hamilton would love to live on James St. the developer could make long term money and not just a one time thing! Not to mention the need for Handicap accessible living for people who need it the most? Or even subsidized rent for veterans?

As a side note I really think city hall has to start to develop a detailed long term plan of what they want or don’t want to see in Hamilton, everything small to big. Because as the cliche goes, the devil is in the details!

art of the day

So this was found via FFound http://ffffound.com/image/4b36b16c00e96d42e04fd2ed9f9222040db3cc69

ray gun magazine

Its one of those magazine’s that made me fall in love with graphic design and magazines! here’s a link to a youtube video about david carson

ArtCrawl and Juno’s This Friday!

ARTCRAWL and the Juno’s!!!

Alot of great music shows Happening this weekend in Hamilton here are some of the artshows!
Mills Hardware -Tryo-Jamie Lawson (95 King St east, right near john st)
Jamie Lawson is an artist & designer based in Hamilton, Ontario. He habitually explores text, arcane symbols and vivid abstraction through his paintings. He is also a graphic artist and proprietor of Poly Studio.

THE NATHANIEL HUGHSON GALLERY-Gord Bond-Approximate People
We are proud to present Approximate People, new paintings by Hamilton artist Gord Bond. His first series since graduating from the Master of Fine Art program at York University, this exciting body of work focuses on the human form while playfully experimenting with the process of painting.
(27 John St N)
HAMILTON ARTISTS INC-Chun Hua Catherine Dong-Visual Poetics of Embodied Shame
Visual Poetics of Embodied Shame is a multimedia installation and participatory performance exhibition by Montreal based artist, Chun Hua Catherine Dong. Dong’s practice navigates the diaspora by challenging notions of gender and identity embedded in traditional Chinese culture. Employing East-Asian shame culture as a lens, Visual Poetics of Embodied Shame examines patriarchal values through a feminist dialogue employing the artist’s body. Dong’s cultivation of these issues expands discourse on how contemporary Chinese women are perceived and treated within Chinese and Western socio-political spheres. Through addressing and re-enacting the deeply personal, seminal life experiences in the works presented, Dong is able work through them, empowering herself and contributing to the growing empowerment of contemporary Chinese women.
HOMEGROWN-Obscured-oddities and curiosities
OBSCURED is an art event celebrating the talent of emerging and underground artists from in and around Hamilton. The exhibition will run from Wednesday February 11 – Wednesday March 11
HAMMER CITY RECORDS-Tara Busey-Selected Illustrations (228 StN At Rear off Robert Alley)
Tara Bursey is a Hamilton artist, curator and arts worker who has quietly done illustration work for punk bands and DIY projects for close to 15 years. While she’s best known for the work she’s done for School Jerks, she’s also done art for Absolut, Bad Skin, the Bayonettes, Saigon Distress Signal and more. Her art has been published in Happiness Comix (NYC), Naziosare (Mexico City) and Maximumrocknroll. Come catch a VERY rare glimpse of a whole slew of her original work both old and new this month at Hammer City Records!

B CONTEMPORARY-tba

THE FACTORY-Dan Browne-Imaginary Landscapes
Browne has been producing films and videos for over 10 years that examine our contemporary relationships to technological and natural environments through densely kinetic audio-visual patterned forms. His most recent video works traverse the fertile territories and intersections between cinema, video installation, music, photography, painting,etc

HAVN-Warming Up(26 Barton close to james north and barton)
Join us this month at HAVN for art crawl where Vannessa Barnier will be presenting photographs with musical accompaniment by Danielle Fricke.

CENTRE3–Chelsea Bellrose -Town and Country/Morgan Kamocki Allaby-The Social Male
Chelsea Bellrose is an artist from Sudbury, Ontario. Her work plays in the tension between the established processes of printmaking and the mischievous look of her imagery. Her recent work, which was created at Centre[3], focuses on the relationship between humans, animals and our shared environments. Chelsea’s lithographs and screen prints have been exhibited in Sudbury, Kingston, and Toronto. She currently lives in Montreal./ Morgan Kamocki Allaby is an artist currently based in Southern Ontario. His work explores masculinity as constructed through interaction and personal traits. The hybrid figures in this body of work, portrayed with line drawings and silhouettes, have distinguishing features that set them apart from each other. These differences, such as size or strength, generate a subtle conflict and suggest the weight of gendered visual cues. Morgan’s work has been exhibited in Banff, Toronto and Hamilton.
STUDIO 12-TBA

http://www.studio12art.com

126 James Street North, 2nd floor

YOU ME GALLERY -Robert Clark Yates (320 James N)
Paintings.

FLAGSHIP GALLERY-Mark Williamson, Peter Light, Gareth Inkster, Peter Tigchelaar
Christmas show (237 James N)

ART WORD ART BAR -Music and Art(15 Colbourne aka James and Colburne)
Jazz Music

DR DISC-20 WILSON ST 3-4PM

This Aint Hollywood/Club Absinthe/Homegrown/Baltimore House-All these events have music after parties. Usually This Aint Hollywood, Homegrown and Club Absinthe have art as well.

FOCUS GALLERY-tba
66 James Street North (before Wilson)

NEEDLEWORK- 174 James N-Textile Workshop
Temporarily above burnt tongue!

JULIA VEENSTRA STUDIO -195 James North

HOMEGROWN-tba KIng William

HISTORY AND HERITAGE-and also Hamilton store

MCCARTNEY & SON Resturant-282 James North

WORK-337 James North

HANDKNIT YARN STUDIO-Yarn Supplies 10 Cannon

BURNT TONGUE-10 Cannon St

O’S CLOTHES -8 Cannon St

CHAISES MUSICALS-Furniture, books, music, dvds (cannon and james)
152 James St North

WHITE ELEPHANT-Clothes and Jewlery 133 James N

THE CLAY STUDIO- 175 James St N.

MELAINE GILLIS STUDIO -126 James St N. (above the Factory 3rd Floor)

SYLVIA NICKERSON ILLUSTRATION-126 James St N. (above the Factory 3rd Floor)

SYLVIA NICKERSON ILLUSTRATION-126 James St N. (above the Factory 3rd Floor)

Artcrawl this Friday!

ARTCRAWL!!!!!!!!!!
Mills Hardware -Tryo-Jamie Lawson (95 King St east, right near john st)
Jamie Lawson is an artist & designer based in Hamilton, Ontario. He habitually explores text, arcane symbols and vivid abstraction through his paintings. He is also a graphic artist and proprietor of Poly Studio.

THE NATHANIEL HUGHSON GALLERY-Daniel Banko-A Movement in Eight Seconds
Portraits of music by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Opening on Thursday before artcrawl ,We are pleased to present photographer Daniel Banko’s first exhibition in ten years, A Movement in 8 Seconds. For the last year, he has been collaborating with the HPO to showcase 18 of their core musicians and their instruments.
(27 John St N)
HAMILTON ARTISTS INC-Ignition 3
Hamilton Artists Inc. presents the third annual Award for Distinction and accompanying exhibition, IGNITION 3, recognizing outstanding graduating students, Cassandra Ferguson, Jin Lu, Alana Petrella and Heather Vida-Moore from McMaster University’s Studio Art Program.
HOMEGROWN-Obscured-oddities and curiosities
OBSCURED is an art event celebrating the talent of emerging and underground artists from in and around Hamilton. The exhibition will run from Wednesday February 11 – Wednesday March 11
HAMMER CITY RECORDS-Gord Pullar-Illustrations and Drawings (228 StN At Rear off Robert Alley)
Subject matter includes but goes way beyond: Hamilton street scenes, local industry, outer space, comics about chaos, wrestling themed gig posters, local activism, imaginary creatures, and our favourite local legend Evelyn Dick.

B CONTEMPORARY-tba

THE FACTORY-Andrew O’Connor Through the Eyes of the Machine
Technology and surveillance are interweaved in Andrew O’Connor’s interactive video installation, Through the Eyes of the Machine. The piece invites participation. As viewers enter, their movement through and/or around the space is monitored and translated into recorded fragments that metamorphose and decay through the passage of time.

HAVN-Good Fortune Collection-Julianna Lachance (26 Barton close to james north and barton)
Julianna will be taking over the space, paintings and mixed media.

CENTRE3–Hana Rotchild Pinthus-When You Look Into the Light All You See Are Shadows
Hana is a mixed media artist and a therapist based in Hamilton, ON. Since her arrival to Canada from Israel, Hana has used her art to express longing for her family and country of origin. Hana would often photograph nature or take images from both countries and try to connect them. The contrasted black and white images caused by the strong Israel light invites a dialogue with the contrasted Canadian scenery

STUDIO 12-TBA

http://www.studio12art.com

126 James Street North, 2nd floor

YOU ME GALLERY -Works On Paper -George Wallace (320 James N)
Come and enjoy one of Canada and Hamilton’s best known artists and works he has done on paper including The Gagged Man. If your a McMaster Student this is a must see show!

FLAGSHIP GALLERY-Mercedes Schuster and Tara Joy
Christmas show (237 James N)

ART WORD ART BAR -Music and Art(15 Colbourne aka James and Colburne)
Jazz Music

DR DISC-20 WILSON ST 3-4PM

This Aint Hollywood/Club Absinthe/Homegrown/Baltimore House-All these events have music after parties. Usually This Aint Hollywood, Homegrown and Club Absinthe have art as well.

FOCUS GALLERY-tba
66 James Street North (before Wilson)

NEEDLEWORK- 174 James N-Textile Workshop
Temporarily above burnt tongue!

JULIA VEENSTRA STUDIO -195 James North

HOMEGROWN-tba KIng William

HISTORY AND HERITAGE-and also Hamilton store

MCCARTNEY & SON Resturant-282 James North

WORK-337 James North

HANDKNIT YARN STUDIO-Yarn Supplies 10 Cannon

BURNT TONGUE-10 Cannon St

O’S CLOTHES -8 Cannon St

CHAISES MUSICALS-Furniture, books, music, dvds (cannon and james)
152 James St North

WHITE ELEPHANT-Clothes and Jewlery 133 James N

THE CLAY STUDIO- 175 James St N.

MELAINE GILLIS STUDIO -126 James St N. (above the Factory 3rd Floor)

SYLVIA NICKERSON ILLUSTRATION-126 James St N. (above the Factory 3rd Floor)

SoBi Bike Share and a need for Artistic Infrastructure

Ok this is not really art related but I must say this winter chill has got me thinking about Hamilton’s upcoming bike share progam  not to mention this article in the NY Times . I’ve been seeing the stations being placed all around town but no good signage or painted areas or demarcations for the stand areas. Sadly there doesn’t seem to be a lot of consideration for how the areas look. They look bland, not even a map board so far in most stations. Now I would suggest some actual signage or something interesting like a little flag saying bike share. I think city planners have to start considering the aesthetics of our future infrastructure, who wants to ride a bike share program that looks and feels straight out of North Korea? (ie:your ad here) I really like the idea of a bike share program but so far it looks like the look and feel will be a bit boring. Hopefully we can get some interesting signage or bike shelters??

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Artcrawl This Friday!

ARTCRAWL!!!!!!!!!!
MCCARTNEY & SON-Philip Grant Show of Encaustics
Encaustic Paintings and a special performance by Martin Verral and guests!

THE NATHANIEL HUGHSON GALLERY-Black Book White Lies-Stephanie Vegh
The Nathaniel Hughson Gallery is proud to present Stephanie Vegh’s newest series of drawings: Black Book, White Lies. Vegh’s drawings re-examine the life and lore of Hamilton’s infamous Evelyn Dick.
(27 John St N)

HAMMER CITY RECORDS-Gord Pullar-Illustrations and Drawings (228 StN At Rear off Robert Alley)
Subject matter includes but goes way beyond: Hamilton street scenes, local industry, outer space, comics about chaos, wrestling themed gig posters, local activism, imaginary creatures, and our favourite local legend Evelyn Dick.

B CONTEMPORARY-Nightmares-Matt Jelly
NIGHTMARES is an exhibition of screen printed artwork by Matt Jelly, on display at b contemporary gallery at 226 James Street North, running from December 2nd-23rd, 2014, Opening reception on Friday December 12th, 2014 during Art Crawl.

THE FACTORY-Stephen Broomer -The Transformable Moment
Stephen Broomer is a filmmaker and film historian. He is presently completing his doctorate, on difficult aesthetics and the origins of the Canadian avant-garde film.

HAVN-Celebrate-Improved Scores (26 Barton close to james north and barton)
An evening of live improvised scores for modern classic anime films-Princess Monoke and Cowboy Bebop

HAMILTON ARTISTS INC-Closed till February 5th.

CENTRE3–Terrance R Pack-Hamilton’s Hidden Secrets and Jason Potter Chance Encounters
Terrance documents the back alley ways of downtown Hamilton to bring Hamilton’s Hidden Secrets to life for everyone to see. Jason captures spontaneous moments in the lives of ordinary people, and in some cases, animals.

STUDIO 12-TBA

http://www.studio12art.com

126 James Street North, 2nd floor

YOU ME GALLERY -YMG Invitational (320 James N)
Scott McDonald Kevin Coghill Caitlin Pannell-Evans Paul Ropel Keith Shearsby Hitoko Okada Kelly Drennan Will Rueter Joe Ollman Gordon Swanson Lee Judith Graham Andrew Butkevicius Larry Strung Stephanie Seagram Helena Rakic Hana Pinthus Jenny Montoya Mikolaj Ziolkowski Laura Bromwich Magdalena Lesniak Kim Lee Kho Nancy Benoy Keisha Neoma-Quinn Tara Bursey

FLAGSHIP GALLERY-Mercedes Schuster and Tara Joy
Christmas show (237 James N)

ART WORD ART BAR -Music and Art(15 Colbourne aka James and Colburne)
Jazz Music

DR DISC-20 WILSON ST 3-4PM

This Aint Hollywood/Club Absinthe/Homegrown/Baltimore House-All these events have music after parties. Usually This Aint Hollywood, Homegrown and Club Absinthe have art as well.

FOCUS GALLERY-tba
66 James Street North (before Wilson)

NEEDLEWORK- 174 James N-Textile Workshop
Temporarily above burnt tongue!

JULIA VEENSTRA STUDIO -195 James North

HOMEGROWN-tba KIng William

HISTORY AND HERITAGE-and also Hamilton store

MCCARTNEY & SON Resturant-282 James North

WORK-337 James North

HANDKNIT YARN STUDIO-Yarn Supplies 10 Cannon

BURNT TONGUE-10 Cannon St

O’S CLOTHES -8 Cannon St

CHAISES MUSICALS-Furniture, books, music, dvds (cannon and james)
152 James St North

WHITE ELEPHANT-Clothes and Jewlery 133 James N

THE CLAY STUDIO- 175 James St N.

MELAINE GILLIS STUDIO -126 James St N. (above the Factory 3rd Floor)

SYLVIA NICKERSON ILLUSTRATION-126 James St N. (above the Factory 3rd Floor)

Art of the Day

I love graphitti so needless to say I love 7th Letter Apparel they combine all the things i love about graphitti. Over the last couple years with their gallery they’ve been promoting some pretty sick artists!

check out a blast from their blog past http://theseventhletter.com/2014/10/rime-tilt-at-yia-art-fair/

7th letter art gallery

Image of the Day

So tumblr is one of those fun site you can get yourself  lost in for hours, check out Yimmy Yayo’s one for too much fun!

graphitti fun

Artcrawl Dec12/14!

ARTCRAWL!!!!!!!!!!
SPICE FACTORY-Give Art-Fashion Gala
L I V E M U S I C, D J S E T, SCREENING OF Fashion Gala Show (2nd floor.) 12am viewing
Artist and Designers on (Main level)
No cover (PWYC)

HAMILTON ARTISTS INC-Swarm-Annual Members Show

A salon style show of members works.

THE NATHANIEL HUGHSON GALLERY-Happy Holidays-Group Show
We are moving to the second floor of 27 John Street North to better showcase the work of our artists and host cultural events. Join us on Friday, November 28 as we launch our new space and celebrate the hard work of our artists. We will be showcasing the work of:
Shannon Amidon, Stephen Brookbank, Elesavet Lawson, Beverley Hawksley, Robert Dey, Sandra Henry, Clarence Porter, Ryan Price, Stephanie Vegh, Alicia Giansante, Fiona Kinsella, K2 Upcycling, Todd Lawson, Tina Newlove, Linda Henningson, Ianitza Vasseliva, Gord Bond, Erin Vincent, Nathan Flis, Ross Bonfanti Laurie Kilgour Walsh and Dan Banko.

(27 John St N)

HAMMER CITY RECORDS-WaxWorks Group Show (228 StN At Rear off Robert Alley)

Great Art here!

B CONTEMPORARY-Nightmares-Matt Jelly
NIGHTMARES is an exhibition of screen printed artwork by Matt Jelly, on display at b contemporary gallery at 226 James Street North, running from December 2nd-23rd, 2014, Opening reception on Friday December 12th, 2014 during Art Crawl.

THE FACTORY- Members Screening

Factory Media Screening Series Presents NINE-The 9th Annual Members Screening
NINE is an opportunity for Factory Members to exhibit their work,to have it judged, and to get to know the diverse Factory community. This event is happening during the monthly James North Art Crawl — all are welcome!
Programmer: Alexis Hancey

HAVN-Celebrate-Group Show (26 Barton close to james north and barton)

HAVN invites you to CELEBRATE this December with a group show featuring visual and sound pieces inspired by cross-cultural December and Winter festivities.
The evening features music acts by
Jeremy Skald – https://soundcloud.com/jsklad
The Visit – http://thevisit1.bandcamp.com/
Earth, Wind, and Choir – https://www.facebook.com/earthwindandchoir/

CENTRE3–Art is The NuSteel

An exhibition of hand printed youth artwork.

STUDIO 12-TBA

http://www.studio12art.com

126 James Street North, 2nd floor

YOU ME GALLERY -Mina Ao-Right to Exsist(320 James N)

Mixed media group show and perfect to bring the kids to! Also they are open despite the constuction! Some great work by Mina Ao

FLAGSHIP GALLERY-Mercedes Schuster and Tara Joy

Christmas show (237 James N)

ART WORD ART BAR -Music and Art(15 Colbourne aka James and Colburne)
Jazz Music

DR DISC-20 WILSON ST 3-4PM

This Aint Hollywood/Club Absinthe/Homegrown/Baltimore House-All these events have music after parties. Usually This Aint Hollywood, Homegrown and Club Absinthe have art as well.

FOCUS GALLERY-tba
66 James Street North (before Wilson)

NEEDLEWORK- 174 James N-Textile Workshop
Check out the spot and drop off your can goods during artcrawl for foodbanks!

JULIA VEENSTRA STUDIO -195 James North

HOMEGROWN-tba KIng William

HISTORY AND HERITAGE-and also Hamilton store

MCCARTNEY & SON Resturant-282 James North

WORK-337 James North

HANDKNIT YARN STUDIO-Yarn Supplies 10 Cannon

BURNT TONGUE-10 Cannon St

O’S CLOTHES -8 Cannon St

CHAISES MUSICALS-Furniture, books, music, dvds (cannon and james)
152 James St North

WHITE ELEPHANT-Clothes and Jewlery 133 James N

THE CLAY STUDIO- 175 James St N.

MELAINE GILLIS STUDIO -126 James St N. (above the Factory 3rd Floor)

SYLVIA NICKERSON ILLUSTRATION-126 James St N. (above the Factory 3rd Floor)

Steampunk Animal Art of the Day!

via Laughing squid post art by Igor Vernily

Igor Vernily