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Morning Love

Hey everyone still coming thanks so much, Im pretty lazy for updating on a daily basis but today i got up early to give a bit of post/love back at you!

check out boooom first for this post  (image below)

boom art


Also some positive news about town is that Mustard Seed Co-op Grocery opened up I mean found a location! (psst they’re also hiring!)



Note to self get a membership!


Art Crawl Today!

Sorry for the late post we are working on getting a new look and feel for the site

DR DISC-Raise the Roof Artcrawl music show, enjoy some local bands and add some music to your crawl!
NEEDLEWORK- 174 James N-Textile Workshop
Check out the spot and drop off your can goods during artcrawl for foodbanks!
MANTA CONTEMPORARY-is temporarily closed.
NATHSNIEL HUGHSON-(corner of John and King William)-Tina Newlove Under the Sun Show
YOU ME GALLERY -Karen Thiessen -Unity
Karen Thiessen textiles, collage and patterns in a brilliant collage style.
URBAN ARTS INIATIVE-Hamilton Hometown Love Video Premier (126 James North)
The Urban Arts Initiative is pleased to announce the showcase of the Push the Point, a youth media arts project. Push the Point was a six week, collaborative media workshop organized by the Urban Arts Initiative with funding from the Ontario Arts Council.
HOMEGROWN-Art Crawl afterparty
THIS AIN’T HOLLYWOOD-Art Crawl Afterparty
Kyle Reed works in 2D. He illustrates stories and worlds with traditional and digital collage. Drawing from his imagination, Kyle built landscapes and architectural sculptures. The environments created hint at a narrative for the viewer to expand.
FOCUS GALLERY-Fundy Shore and Focuso
Fred Franzen and Hollander Maui, expressionist landscapes and avant-garde photography
66 James Street North (before Wilson)
MCCARTNEY & SON Resturant-Kyle Stewart
Humorous and exciting pieces by up and coming art star Kyle Stewart
282 James North
B CONTEMPORARY-Rick Pottruff Oasis of the Seas
Rick Pottruff has had over 35 solo shows, both nationally and internationally. His work is represented in numerous public collections, including the McMaster Museum of Art, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, the Mackenzie Art Gallery, and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. He has had an extensive teaching career.
226 James St N (Old Ricca Furniture Building)
THE FACTORY – Alternate Reality Walk
Bring a smart phone and earphones. goto their site for all instructions
HAVN-Boxes Still-26 Barton E
An accumulation of oddities…… group show
HAMMER CITY RECORDS -Tight Head-228 James North Basement at rear
Morbid hysteria, disconnected reality. A path betwixt this world and the nether. Drain from the piss alley, transcend into hyper-reality.
WAHC-Steel Town Views
Eight studio participants created collagraphs, a printmaking method that works with textures and layers of surfaces glued together. The exhibition at WAHC’s Community Gallery (second floor) also includes the plates from which the prints were pulled. Gallery visitors are invited to use the plates to create rubbings and add their own visual comments on the topic of the “Feel of Steeltown,” for the visitor’s wall. A workshop with children from the ICAA art education program adds another newcomer perspective to the exhibition.

HISTORY AND HERITAGE-Luna Martinez-Virtual History
Oscar Luna Martinez is originally from Mexico City. He grew up in Montreal and now lives in Hamilton. He is a trained graphic artist with a keen interest in architectural illustration. Oscar is another example of the content for HIStory + HERitage’s exhibitions walking through the front door. Oscar showed me his illustrations of the Lister Block and that led to a discussion of a broader exhibition which includes Oscar’s fully rendered 3D illustrations of the Lister Block, the Pigott building, and an amazing re-creation of Hamilton’s old city hall that was located on James Street North that was demolished in 1962.

HAMILTON ARTISTS INC-Mexico ii-Beaverly Healey & Christopher Healey
Two generations of Canadian artists, mother and son, present two different visions of the same place. As tourists from outside of the culture, this is not really Mexico but rather alternate versions of Mexico framed within particular contemporary and modernist biases. Hence Mexico ii.
Christ Church Cathedral
252 James Street North
243 James St North 905-522-8735
BOOK CLUB GALLERY-Open Book Show (21 Rebecca)
Book Club Gallery launches at James North Art Crawl on Friday, June 14 at 7PM with the Open Book Show. Sculptures, paintings, photography and site-specific installations by Donna Akrey, Sarah Beattie, Andrea Carvalho, Margaret Flood, Svava Thordis Juliusson and friends.
ART WORD ART BAR -The Blues in Black and White (James and Colburne)
The Blues in Black and White, an exhibition of archival photographs by Robert Allison from the glory days of Albert’s Hall, the premier venue in the late 80s for blues musicians passing through Toronto.

CENTRE3–Arts Education Exhibit
Highlighting some of the student works made at the centre.

RELISH, 6 Cannon St. E. • Relish on Etsy
O”S Clothes beside Relish-Men’s Clothes
(right beside Relish)
Chaises Musicals-Furniture, books, music, dvds
152 James St North
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)
Between the Mulberry Cafe and the Brain

Joey Coleman

Hey everyone just a quick reminder Joey Coleman, aka the citizen journalist, is having a fundraiser. While the site is not political, Joey’s work is sadly needed as even our local news sources tend to neglect local news.

So make up your own mind, here’s the links  

Also a great article by Raise the Hammer about Joey Coleman


Hamilton Citizen of the Year goes to…

This past Monday the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce hosted the Hamilton Community Awards Dinner at Michelangelo’s. This dinner is hosted in order to recognize certain influential members of our community for their contributions to the city of Hamilton. The two main awards are the ‘Citizen of the Year Award’ (in its 75th year) and the ‘Youth Volunteer of the Year Award’ (in its 15th year). Special to this years award dinner the Chamber awarded the Honourable Lincoln Alexander the ‘Honourary Distinguished Hamilton Citizen of the Year Award’. The Hamilton Spectator covered the story in today’s paper. A few quotes from that article follow.

It is a testament to the success of Hamilton’s art community that the city’s distinguished citizen of the year award went to Supercrawl director Tim Potocic.

“I love it to death, and I’ll continue to do everything I can to bring arts and culture to Hamilton,” Potocic said of his hometown.

As co-owner of Sonic Unyon Records on Wilson Street near James, Potocic has long invested his time and energy in the core, working closely with the Hamilton Downtown BIA as well as the Hamilton Arts Council and a number of other downtown arts groups. –

The Hamilton Citizen of the Year Award is those individuals who have performed the act for which they are being nominated in a voluntary capacity in the Hamilton Community, over and above those required of them in the performance of their regular professional duties or in the course of their professional activity, have brought outstanding/remarkable attention to the Hamilton community on a provincial, national or international basis. Tim Potocic’s fellow nominees were Vitek Wincza of the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts and Werner Plessl of the Hamilton Waterfront Trust.

[Potocic] thanked his “co-winners” — nominees Vitek Wincza, artistic director for the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, and Werner Plessl, executive director of the Hamilton Waterfront Trust — as he accepted his RBC-sponsored award at a banquet at Michelangelo’s Monday night.

“It was a very close contest which speaks to the quality of all three nominees,” said Chamber of Commerce president and CEO David Adames.

Potocic agreed.

“We’re on the verge of something great.”

Supercrawl has grown in four years to draw more than 75,000 people to the downtown festival — and headliners such as Broken Social Scene and K’naan — to put Hamilton’s art scene on a national stage. –

Cheers to another year of successes at the James Street North Art Crawl and the annual Supercrawl!

For more information visit the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce website or The Hamilton Spectator website.

No Casino!

If you think having a casino within 45mins of two other casinos your insane, anyways on the mixed media blog Dave’s has a good statement about it.

Reprint below:

We’re well into January 2013 and many of us are back into a regular routine after a busy December holiday season. We are thankful and appreciative to all our customers who chose to shop locally in search of something unique and creative. Not only was our store busy, but many of our neighbours on James North saw an increase in pedestrian traffic as more and more people rediscover our historic stretch of storefronts.

While Christmas was a top priority for many – the other big topic of conversation in the shop was whether or not we all should be worried that a Casino would locate in the downtown core. I was encouraged by the fact that everyone who we talked to felt the same way we did. That a casino in the downtown core will only harm the many positive developments that are taking place on James Street North and in downtown Hamilton.

I still can’t believe we’re entering our 8th year in business. To think, when we opened in 2005 most of our friends and family thought we were nuts to locate on James Street North. We heard it all. That the “downtown was dead”, “no one shops downtown anymore” and “you’ll be lucky to last one year”. We’re proud to say that along with our hardworking friends and neighbours, we helped to change what was once an unloved and forgotten neighbourhood into a lively and exciting destination. What continues to happen on James North goes against decades of the same-old downtown large-scale renewal thinking. One has to just look at Jackson Square, Copps Coliseum and the Hamilton Convention Centre to see that that the guarantees of a renewed core through mega projects will never achieve the vitality or economics as promised. The idea of James North wasn’t brainstormed around a boardroom table or made possible by millions of dollars in civic grants and loans. The reason James North happened is that Hamiltonians wanted it to happen. Whether it is the thousands of people who frequent the monthly Art Crawl, the regular shoppers in search of a good coffee and unique finds or the Saturday night crowds enjoying live music at This Ain’t Hollywood and The Brain. The James North that is being written about in national media is what makes Hamilton special and different. Clearly we are being seen as something other the “armpit of Canada” and that is something we can all be proud of.

For the first time in a long time, there is a buzz about the city that is loud and positive. A downtown casino does nothing to enhance that. It creates a blackhole of economic stagnation and creates short-term gains for the operators and long-term pains for the community that hosts it.

This will hurt Hamilton. As life-long Hamiltonians and passionate supporters of this city, we ask you to say NO to a Downtown Hamilton casino!

Via Mixed Media Blog

Art Crawl Tomorrow June 8th (Rain or Shine)

Also please bring a non perishable good! Cannon & James North, help your community!

Also —-Creative Exchange Networking Event- WHEN: Friday, June 8th, 2012 @ 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Former Bank of Montreal Building,Jackson Square Rooftop (above the LCBO)

2 King Street West, Hamilton, ON
Join us on the second Friday in June (just before the Art Crawl downtown gets into full swing). The Creative Exchange Networking Event will be held in concert with the Hamilton 24 ( The HAMILTON24 was founded in the Spring of 2008 as Hamilton’s own 24-Hour Film Festival. The idea was simple: to hold a fun, community-enhancing event in which filmmakers would produce short films within a 24-hour period and then screen them publicly. This festival is now into it’s 5th year and is still going strong!

Hamilton Artists Inc-The Wardens-Heather Goodchild
The Wardens is a nondenominational organization started in the late nineteenth century by Anna Ward Brouse. Her early history is vague but it is believed that she was born in Berlin, Ontario (now Kitchener) in 1855. Anna travelled to Pennsylvania as a youth and at the age of twenty-three she was struck by visions depicting a society of outcasts in sixteenth century Germany. Moved by the beauty, strength and wisdom of these long dead people, Anna revealed their practices and beliefs to a growing society of her own.
Also Create for Creation’s Sake – Valerie Cousens, Lisa Hind, and Louise Williams
On going to May4/12 is Two Tales of a City-Broken Lab Residency
The fabric banner installed along the side of HAI’s new building will feature a rotating series of call-and-response dualities over a six week period, while the oversized bunting will span 135 feet hung across the roofline and act as a timeline of collapsed and thriving industries, experiences, struggles, and victories of the city.

Hammer City Records DAVID IRVINE: Batteries Not Included
The art on exhibit will showcase the wide variety of style and themes that David Irvine employs. Paintings on reclaimed vinyl records, works on paper and canvas
228 James St N Basement@rear off Robert St./345 James North
The Factory Media Arts Centre-Outthere
Queer Shorts Across Canada, the best of LGBT short films from Canadian Artists.
228 James St. N. 905.577.9191 •

Sylvia Nickerson’s Open Studio-Abedo-Jamie Lawson
Recent works by world renowned artist Jamie Lawson, a rare glimpse into his cubist inspired works.
126 James North-3rd Floor Art

Studio 12-The Aspiring Lens: A Waterdown District High School Exhibit
Students at Waterdown District High School explored a variety of photographic genres this semester and their work has culminated in an outstanding exhibition which was generously supported by the photographers at Studio 12 with the offer of their fantastic gallery space during the June 8th Art Crawl. Approximately 12 students will attend the exhibit, representing the work of 23 students, spanning surrealism, abstract, landscape, and beyond. 126 James St North 2nd Floor

B Contemporary-New Notebooks-Gary Michael Dault
Gary Michael Dault is a writer, painter and art critic.  He has published seven books of poetry, the most recent being The Hebdomeros Suite with The Bronzino Poems (Exile Editions, 2011).  Dault has exhibited widely as a visual artist; his latest exhibition, Envelope & Contents, was at Peak Gallery in Toronto during December 2011.

You Me Gallery-Paul Cvetch-Woolay Boolay
Wooden sculptures with organic forms, Paul Cvetch is a long time Hamilton artist most famous for his worker memorial piece at city hall in hamilton.

James North Studio-Sherelle Wilsack-Feast
Personal pieces in a beautifully folklorish tone and contemporary feel. a description of one of her works-“She loves vivid hues, a flat, simplified linear style and a frontal pose that make her human figures look like ancient icons, though without the sacred messages.  In Mennonite Girl, a big oil on canvas, the sitter poses against a bright acid-green background”

Artword ArtBar-Leah Boyd
Jazz with  The Robert Chapman Trio (with Robert Chapman – guitar, Mark Ballyk – drums, Jon Stemmler – bass), plus special guests Ruthie Pytka-Jones – voice, and Matt Woroshyl – sax.
15 Colbourne St. •

The Printstudio- Engaging and Educating Hamilton’s Youth Through the Arts”
A culminating exhibition of The Print Studio’s Arts Education programs that bring artists into the schools and schools into the studio to create traditional and contemporary print media.

Manifest @ Havn (26 Barton East)
Grand-opening of the Hamilton Avdio/Visual Node
CONNOR BENNETT & KEARON ROY TAYLOR/visions and artefacts
sprawling soundscapes/ESCHATON/on the flat
Studios at Hamilton Hotel- TBA

Hansen & Lubbers-Art by Sanjay
Sanjay Patel is a refreshing artist who perfectly balances himself between classic, fine art fundamentals and modern couture design
144 James N

Blue Angel Gallery-Contemporary Art and Music

243 James St. N. 905.522.8735 •

The Clay Studio, 175 James St. N.
Contemporary works in a clay/pottery medium.

Focus Gallery-The Heart Lags cont’d
Emily Andrus,  Amanda Dudnik, Annie Fraser, Leslie Furness and Em Johnson

Hamilton HIStory + HERitage-Board of Education Building

Featuring video and photos of this hidden gem of architecture.

165 James St. N. 905.526.1405 •

Personal Reflections on being in love with your city.

Melanie Gillis Photography, 126 James St. N. 3rd Flr. 905.297.1196 •
Mixed Media, 154 James St. N. 905.529.2323 •
Showcasing a mix of locally inspired art including posters, prints and clothing with a Hamilton bent. New works by Scott Hume, Chelsea Watt, David Collier, Bryce Huffman, Matt McIness, Dave O’Connor, Becky Katz and others.

Homegrown Cafe- Live Art-artists and musicians
This event features live painting during music performances. The theme of improvisation inspired the idea to create a situation where musicians make music while graphic artists interpret the atmosphere.

The Sonic Unyon Building, 22 Wilson St.
Featuring the studios of Jenna Rose • Blackbird Studios • Silver Studio • Lori LeMare, Hidden Pony Vintage and Environment Hamilton.

Studios at Vasco da Gama, 175 James St. N. 3rd Flr.
Needlework, 174 James St. N. 905.385.1829
Worker’s Arts & Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St. •
Transit Gallery
230 Locke St South

ARTCRAWL FEB 10th 2012!!!!!

ART CRAWL FEB 10/2012!!!

Gurl PWR-McMaster New Space Gallery (Feb10 2-8pm/Feb11 2-5pm)

Joanna Chan,Emily Hochheimer,Isabel Knez
Katherine Koren,Gloria Pizio
Opening Day: Friday February 10 | 2pm- 8pm
Saturday February 11 | 2pm- 5pm

Driving Directions:
Enter the McMaster Campus via Sterling Street Entrance. Follow signs for Parking lot E. Parking Lot E is located directly infront of Togo Salmon Hall.

Focus Gallery-Heart Lags-McMaster 4th Year Group Exhibition

Annie Fraser, Amanda Dudnik, Leslie Furness, Emily Andrus & Em Johnson
(66 James St North)

Loose Cannon-PI-Angela Giglia, Javier Caicedo, Cheyenne Federiconi

Some of Hamilton’s hotest new artists, check out the future of art.

Needle Work-Grand Opening -174 James North

Fabric and creative space,

Studio 12- Caputred Motion 126 James St North 2nd Floor

Hamilton Artists Inc-Have I been Here Before-Lenka Novak

(Interactive video Exhibition, performance by Karjin DeJong)
Lenka Novak’s interactive video installation invites the viewer/participant to contemplate the nature of his/her own being through the act of self-reflection within the space. The play of shadows, light, reflected, and refracted image and the repetition of the infinite leads to a contemplative state of mind and projection of one’s own self within the personal as well as larger concept of time and space.

You Me Gallery-Ontario Society of Artists Group Show

An exhibition of works by members the Ontario Society of Artists as part of the “partners” project. Lynn Bishop, Carmel Brennan, Corinne Duchesne, Judith Finch, Cathy Groulx, Diana Harding-Tucker, Janet Hendershot, Robert Montgomery, Audra Noble, Janet Read & Ernestine Tahedi.
330 James St. N. 905.523.7754

Hammer City Records-Bone Machine-Brendan Schieman

Self Taught polymath from Sarnia, using the medium of pen, ink and watercolour. His work is infuluenced by numerous “album art” artists.

228 James St N Basement@rear off Robert St.

Third Floor Art Show (175 1/2 James North)

We’re back! The Third Floor’s first show of the year features artists Matt Zangrando, Rafael Ferreira, Heather Cozens, and Scott Rodgerson! There’ll be plenty of new work, some giveaways, and music, so come down to James North for the Art Crawl and check it out

Absthine-Battle of the Brushes

Battle of The Brushes is celebrating its 1 year anniversary at Club Absinthe This Friday February 10th. As Club Absinthe is new to the neighborhood, we’re super stoked to be a part of the James North Art Crawl activities. Battle of the brushes pits 6 artists against each other in one room with a limited amount of time to paint a canvas. This is done in front of live spectators who vote for their favourites. Afterwards, you have the option to buy your favorite work ONSITE.

Drinks are served, and Dj’s will be playing some great inspirational music to paint and shake yer brushes too;)

B Contemporary-Half Way Point-Stephanie Seagram-

Abstraction:landscape, construction, excavation, group show Michael Allgoewer, Nicole Collins, Michael Davidson
Peter Johnston, Laura Marotta, Paul Ropel-Morski, Stephanie Seagram

James North Studio-Red-New Works by the collective
328 James St. N.
Loose Canon Gallery-TBA

Artword ArtBar-Music Performance

The Grey Room-195 James inside Hamilton Hotel

The Printstudio-An Echo Without A Medium-Benjamin Tiven

The project examines the ideological flexibility of May’s formal vocabulary, and parses the relationship between his architectural logic and political dislocation

Members Space-Amanda McKinney

A cross between the physical and philosophical. A hybrid of materials. My work leans towards environmental awareness, humanity and existence. Using recycled paper to create a new form of material. With the addition of a photograph I am combining one of the oldest art forms, papermaking, with one of the newest forms of art, digital photography

Sonic Unyion Building-
Temporary Projects space: HISTORY THAT HAPPENED OR WAS DREAMED – Tangental realities in photography and video. Works by Ariel Bader-Shamai, Kearon Roy Taylor, Amy McIntosh, Aaron Joo. Sonic contributions by Hysteria Siberania, Connor Bennett, Chris Ferguson, Aaron Hutchinson, Joshua Wiener.

Studios at Hamilton Hotel- TBA

Mulberry Cafe-Bernie Hudecki

His pointillistic painting made with crayon and marker. Portraits, still life, figurative work.
193 James St North

Christ’s Church Cathedral- NEW HARBOURS

New Harbours presents Dinner Belles, The Weather Station, Bruekke
Starts 8pm $10 cover
252 James North

Artword Artbar-Ellen Irving & Martin Peckham

15 Colbourne St. •

B Contemporary-Shake n Make Collective
SHAKE-n-MAKE: More Than A Feeling, December 6 – 23, 2011 at b contemporary,
Shake-n-Make is a queer art collective based in Hamilton, Ontario whose work directly references the 1970s while elevating craft and subject matter beyond kitsch to speak to our current moment in history. 1970s crafts were all about making something…

226 James St. N. •

Blue Angel Gallery-Contemporary Art and Music

243 James St. N. 905.522.8735 •

The Clay Studio, 175 James St. N.
Contemporary works in a clay/pottery medium.

The Factory Media Arts Centre-Spoken

SPOKEN Screening & Live Performance. If words could …engage the world around us. using Spoken Word as the instrument through which we explore and better understand culture, society, and ultimately ourselves…would you speak?

228 James St. N. 905.577.9191 •

Hamilton HIStory + HERitage-Sleek 2 modern contemporary Hamilton architecture
165 James St. N. 905.526.1405 •
Recent exhibitions include photos of The Board of Education and Lister Block at Hamilton’s first and only storefront museum.

Melanie Gillis Photography, 126 James St. N. 3rd Flr. 905.297.1196 •

Mixed Media, 154 James St. N. 905.529.2323 •

RELISH, 6 Cannon St. E. • Relish on Etsy
Relish now occupies the space formerly known as Downtown Bike Hounds (now located at 14 John St. N.). Stylish art, design and fashion curated by Katherine Hollands is sure to make people turn the corner and discover this interesting new endeavour.
Skydragon Centre, 27 King William St. •

The Sonic Unyon Building, 22 Wilson St.
Featuring the studios of Jenna Rose • Blackbird Studios • Silver Studio • Lori LeMare, Hidden Pony Vintage and Environment Hamilton.

The Studios at Hotel Hamilton, 195 James St. N. •
Lots of great studios to explore including Julia Veenstra’s beautiful space. In Room 208 this month:

Sylvia Nickerson Illustration, 126 James St. N. 3rd Flr. 905.730.3288 •
Tribal Gallery, 174 James St. N. 905.385.1829
Nomadic, tribal and ethnic jewellery, textiles and artifacts. Featuring photographs by John Mokrycke.

Worker’s Arts & Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St. • The Boilermakers and Ironworkers Union brings together the work of artists Camille Turner and Rick Hill, curated by Jennifer LaFontaine. Growing up in the family of boilermakers and ironworkers respectively, both Camille and Rick have carved out their own life paths from these working families to becoming working artists. Both draw on their family experiences and infuse these identities into their artistic practices.

White Elephant Handmade & Vintage, 133 James St. N. 905-667-0325 •

Transit Gallery-230 Locke St South

Pane Del Sole

So hopefully this will be with a little effort be a semi-regular series of posts about awesome local businesses!

Pane Del Sole Sign

Pane Del Sole 175 John St North, Hamilton Ontario 905-529-0949

(between James and Catherine St, north of Cannon. Click above link for google map)

Hours-6am-6pm  Sundays 6am till 5pm,(last time i checked and usually open most holidays.) And Plenty of Parking/ Right across the street is a bus stop.

Food is a mix of Lunch/Pastries and basic Italian/European groceries. (They have their own pasta sause as well) Lunch is a mix of subs, sandwiches, schnitzel, potatoes,etc. They also have pastries, buns, breads. I especially recommend their canoles! They also have espresso/lattes,etc.

Other than that if your from the Hamilton/Burlington area I call it a upscale Dennigers, really good food at good prices!


pane del sole deserts

Pane Del Sole Mosaic Image




SuperCrawl Information!

Ok so first off its SEPTEMBER 10/2011!

Time-1pm till 12pm but there a couple after parties!
(Also don’t forget Country Music Fan stuff too!)
CCMA FanFest

Jackson Square rooftop
Saturday, September 10, 2011
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Also they have a FREE shuttle between the Lock St Street Festival and Super Crawl on James St North!


Visual artists include:













Also Spectator article about it all

AGH Comes to James St North!

First off congrats to AGH executive-director Louise Dompierre and the AGH in general for attaching itself to something outside it self and join the ever increasingly successful James St/Artcrawl scene. As the spec and others have stated recently…

“The gallery announced Thursday it is opening additional digs on James in the spring to house a second AGH store, and another exhibit, events or community room.

“It’s probably the biggest retail store to open in decades on James Street North,” said Tim Potocic, co-owner of 118 James St. N., the renovated building where the AGH will take up 5,000 square feet on the street level.”

(Also congrats to Tim Potocic for resisting the urge to fill his space with just another Money Mart  its sadly rare when people with means resists the urge to go make money at any price.) My only concern for the AGH’s move is the potential to crush the local business/art institutions. Its interesting that the specatator’s main message of their article wasn’t about artists or institutions or even businesses it was about people living downtown? While I’m all for this I’m not for James turning into another Locke St. If the AGH was smarter it would have done a blue banana/ agh store in their making it a pusher of local talent, think the recent Honey Bee collective sale on a more perminant basis. Or even something like a visiting artist apartment space in the area. Just imagine if the AGH sponsored one or two international artists to live in Hamilton for a year to work?–art-sophistication-comes-to-james-street-north