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ART CRAWL THIS FRIDAY!!!! AUG 12/2011

ART CRAWL AUG 12/11!!!

MULBERRY CAFE-2ND ANNUAL SKATEBOARD ART SHOW

Group show featuring artists creating works on skateboard decks in celebration of the skateboarding culture and to bring attention to beasley skatepark.

BEEHIVE COLLECTIVE-SUMMER CRAFT FAIR (118 JAMES ST N)

A fine craft fair exhibiting handmade jewelry, ceramics, textiles and more from Canadian designers.
Friday 6 pm – 11 pm, Saturday 10am – 5 pm
Art Installation by Amanda McCavour
Friday Night Set by DJ Donna Lovejoy

YOU ME GALLERY- WHIRLGIG SHOW

A super kid friendly show, don’t miss it.

HAMMER CITY RECORDS-SKULL STUDIO’S CORPUSSE

Original Monster, Robot, Alien Art-One Night Only!

THIS AIN’T HOLLYWOOD – ROBOtZ ART SHOW

Group show about robots also music by Corpusse, 2x the Mono, Wiggler & the Tiny Humans (19+ Event)

FOCUS GALLERY-FRUGAL STROKES GROUP SHOW
66 James Street North (before Wilson)

David Shevlino, Deborah Tilliby, Mark Strutt and Tara Juneau

HAMILTON HOTEL-PETER PONA- PORTRAITS

195 James St North, right above Mulberry Cafe

BUTTRUM AND SON-FARWELLS

A group show-The ancient idea of “memento mori” suggesting the fragility and futility of life is explored in an exhibition bringing together work by four artists who illustrate how ideas, experiences, and stereotypes are in flux. From intuitive drawings and flower-adorned signs to photographs of dead fauna, Farewells combines humour and nostalgia with a hint of mortality.

B CONTEMPORARY- ALIGN 226 James St N (Old Ricca Furniture Building)
Nicole Collins,Steve Newberry, Stephanie Seagram
SKYDRAGON- Violeta San Juan-New Works

SKYDRAGON-INGRID ART AND MUSIC

Also Other Songs Music Co. presents: Allosaurus, Bruekke, The Joe and Doug Hoyer
(Please note last two weeks in August Skydragon is closed for renovations)

JAMES NORTH STUDIO-ONE’S OWN ROOM-KELLY DRENNAN/ JEFF TESSIER- HAMILTON DE NUIT

Is comprised of multidisciplinary works such as sculpture, painting, and installation. Music from Michelle Titian on Art Crawl night beginning at 8pm. Jeff’s work is a set of photographs made during the night at various locations throughout the city.  It’s a deliberate riff off of Brassai’s 1933 Paris de nuit.  It’s also, speaking more locally, my attempt to articulate some of the beautiful stillness and starkness I see

328 James St North (Right beside You Me Gallery)

WAHC-WORK SIGHTS-GEORGE HUNTER

Known as “Canada’s most traveled photographer” for his numerous trips to exotic locales around the world and at home, George Hunter is perhaps most recognized as the photographer for the 1972 National Film Board exhibition People of Many Lands.

HISTORY AND HERITAGE-Come On-A My House (cont’d)

Growing Up Italian in Hamilton’s North End is an exhibition that began fortuitously. Andrea Malloni, granddaughter of Anita Malloni who had passed away in early 2010, came in with a book under her arm. It was a tribute that she and Len her dad and son of Anita, had put together for family members.

HAMILTON ARTISTS INC-Colin Lyons Automatic Ruins

Hamilton Artists Inc. presents Colin Lyons’ exhibition, Automatic Ruins. The exhibition totals some 36 pieces, using an array of installation and printmaking techniques. These photo etchings and sculptures are reminiscent of the abandoned industrial ruins of Lyons’ hometown of Petrolia and are inspired by the museum archives of the cities that the artist visits while exhibiting.

NEW HARBOURS MUSIC SERIES-TBA

YOU ME GALLERY -Collaborative Damage

Installation by Sile Dwarde Nosetab (Bob Ezergailis, Will Ferguson, Ellis Bateson)

BLUE ANGEL GALLERY- LINDA TOWART

Portraits of local musicians. Music at 8pm Roxanne Campbell 9pm Dirty Sleeves, Don Mckenzie, Rocky Hill
243 James St North 905-522-8735

ART WORD ART BAR -ART FROM MOZAMBIQUE

Music in the bar from 8 pm with jazz vocalist Ruthie Pytka-Jones and her quartet: Ruthie Pytka-Jones – vocals; Rob Chapman – guitar; Jon Stemmler – bass; Jeff Plumley – trumpet/flugelhorn.  Tip Jar ($5 suggested).
In the Gallery: Art from Mozambique in the Gallery, curated by Filimone Mabjaia.

THE PRINTSTUDIO – ACCIDENTAL LITERACY-GROUP SHOW

Briar Craig, Denise Hawrysio, Becky Ip, Pascaline Knight, Judy Major-Girardin & Lisa Turner
Accidental Literacy features works by six artists who hail from diverse geographic, cultural and printmaking backgrounds. Though their practices vary greatly in content and presentation, each of them incorporates elements of chance b to shape their imagery. The varied engagements with printmaking invite the viewer to gain a deeper understanding of the capabilities of the medium as an artistic practice.

MEMBERS SPACE SMALL IS GOOD MEMBERS SHOW/SALE!

RELISH, 6 Cannon St. E. • Relish on Etsy
A brand new shop takes over the space formerly held by Downtown Bike Hounds. Stylish art, design and fashion curated by Katherine Hollands is sure to make people turn the corner and discover this interesting new endeavour.

THE FACTORY-TBA

The Factory Works Screening Series takes place on the second Friday night of the month during the James North Art Crawl.

JAMES NORTH STUDIO-KELLY DREENAN- ONE’S OWN ROOM

Is comprised of multidisciplinary works such as sculpture, painting, and installation. Music from Michelle Titian on Art Crawl night beginning at 8pm.

CHAISES MUSICALS-Furniture, books, music, dvds
152 James St North

BOOKS & BEATS 170 James St. N TBA

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)

HOTEL HAMILTON STUDIOS – 195 James St N.

Between the Mulberry Cafe and the Brain

Dofasco Gives!

(image from the hamilton spectator)

Sorry I still can’t bare to say Arcelor Mittal Dofasco, I think Dofasco is so much easier. Anyways if you were like me wondering why Dofasco was at Artcrawl well, here is why…. they were being good corporate citizens if you will and giving back $1.6 million to the local charities/ngo’s. I do agree with them that companies need to have a greater responsibility toward their communities. (Also many thanks for supporting  about four organizations right on James St! )

Hey City Hall get on a good thing! Get some arty farty bike racks on this street made with Dofasco Steel! Not just boring ones like in Toronto!

I would also like to challenge companies like this to start getting local, support things like community gardens, individual artist grants,etc. Also speaking of local some people in our community are doing the right thing the recent “Don’t Let the Head Fall Off the Hammer!” is a perfect example, basically kickstarter done local. They raised only around $800 but the idea is to help someone continue in a small way some great work.

I think extends to my loose belief that local smaller/medium businesses/ DIY attitude is going to be more and more important in the coming years.

Grant recipients

Theatre Aquarius

McMaster Engineering

Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation

Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre Foundation

St. Joseph’s Health Care

Good Shepherd

Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre

St. Matthew’s House Hamilton

United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton

Pathways to Education

Robert Land Community Association

Welcome Inn Community Centre

Burlington Arts Centre Foundation

Barton Secondary Breakfast Program

Food for Life

Habitat for Humanity

Halton Food for Thought

Ronald McDonald House

Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club

Bruce Trail Conservancy

Art Gallery of Hamilton

Dundas Valley School of Art

Hamilton Philharmonic

Opera Hamilton

Cathy Weaver School

Greater Hamilton Foodshare

Mission Services of Hamilton

Dundas Youth Chaplaincy

Goodwill – The Amity Group

Wesley Urban Ministries

ChamberWorks

Dundas Arts Community Foundation

Hamilton Artists’ Inc.

Hamilton Children’s Choir

Hamilton Music Collective

Print Studio

Bay Area Restoration Council

Conservation Halton

Green Venture

Royal Botanical Gardens

Trout Unlimited

S.T.A.R. of Hamilton Community Skills

Big Brothers Big Sisters

CityKidz Ministry

Homestead Christian Care

Food Truck Fever!

So for the past week Hamilton has become big news, why?    …..well Food Trucks! It seems Hamilton has somehow beaten Toronto to the punch on this one.  A couple articles  in the Spectator and now one in the Toronto Star has made it offical, Food Trucks are gonna save Hamilton! No just kidding but the Spectator`s article is a little less hyper than the Toronto Star one but that`s ok cause we love it! I`m super excited to see them around town!

The first is Cupcake Diner, who site right now is fully bombarded and will be for a little bit…. you may want to check out their Twitter Page for now…..http://twitter.com/#!/CupcakeDiner or their Facebook

the next will be Gorilla Cheese, very excited about this, what`s not to love about Grill Cheese at 3am???? (Facebook and Twitter Pages for them) Also the Spectator has a article about these guys too!

Not to mention the AM900 CHML Radio Interview! (they interview both you have to scroll down a bit)

While a old trend in the U S of A, its a new one for Canada so lets act all ignorant and enjoy the new flavour of roadside dinning. (Also maybe for St.Catherines too)

(Also many thanks to the Sausy Lady aka Jennifer Bain for such a nice article about cool people in this cool city.)

cupcake diner

(Image from the Toronto Star)

Field Trip & Pop-Up Madness!

white elephant sign

 

So this Coming ArtCrawl is on May13/11 and its going to madness! Why you ask, cause there will be a pop-up store in Hamilton! (sadly I really love the concept and have read about these for a while being in nyc, london,etc)

Anyways…. those amazing ladies at White Elephant are not only apart of one they`re giving 25 free gift loot bags to the first 25 people!!!!!! (6pm is the start time and bring some cash cause its gonna be amazing!)

FIELD TRIP POP UP STORE FACEBOOK EVENT (CLICK HERE)

Preloved (Toronto and Montreal), Robber (Toronto), Fieldguided (Toronto), and Victoire (Ottawa), along with hometown heroes White Elephant and YarnOverMovement, are going to dazzle you with amazing clothes, accessories, deals! You have been hearing all about the wonder that is Hamilton’s art scene, now come experience it.

p.s:all you toronto folks there`s a express GO Bus from Toronto to Hamilton Takes about 1hr (non-rush hour) or express trains (5:02pm, 5:35pm, 6:35pm)

 

Weekend What’s Next Festival and Voting for the Arts!

Winter has been too good for me and sorry for the lack of updates, anywho this weekend is the What Next? Festival Line up as follows—-

Thursday February 3, 2011
8:00 pm
Pop-folk sensation Basia Bulat with the HPO
Hamilton Place Studio Theatre
Friday February 4, 2011
5pm
Panel Discussion: “Interdiscipline” & Eve Egoyan and David Rokeby’s Surface Tension for disklavier and video
AGH Pavilion

6:30pm
A Musical Gallery:
McMaster University’s Cybernetic Orchestra
Art Gallery of Hamilton

8pm
Rain Coming: Chamber music by Takemitsu, Golijov, Abigail Richardson and more
AGH Pavilion
Saturday February 5, 2011
Co-presentation with the New Harbours music series.

8:00 pm
Buzz and Hum: Chamber Music for brass
The Cathedral

10pm   Switched On:
Laptop Music with Jeremy Flower
and Experimental Music with O/H
The Cathedral

Sunday February 6, 2011
1pm
Panel Discussion: Dissonance
The Pearl Company
2pm
Kiss On Wood: Chamber Music for strings
The Pearl Company
3pm
The Attar Project for violin, tabla & dance
The Pearl Company

Hamilton Arts Awards!

nomination clinic
Get Informed!

Learn more about the City of Hamilton’s renewed Arts Awards Program.  After a two-year hiatus, the annual award program has expanded from 6 to 11 categorieswith an increase in award money to artists from $6,000 to $38,500!

Drop in to any of the following nomination clinics to learn more about the program, pick up a nomination form and have your questions answers.

Central Public Library
February 8, 2011 | 7:00-8:30 PM
55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON

Dundas Public Library
February 10, 2011 | 7:00-8:30 PM
18 Ogilvie Street, Dundas, ON

Valley Park Recreation Centre
February 13, 2011 | 2:00-3:30 PM
970 Paramount Drive, Stoney Creek, ON

Visit our Facebook page to learn more and to RSVP

Nominations are due on or before
Friday February 25, 2011 at 4:00 PM

CONTACT
Email: artsawards@hamilton.ca
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext.7612
FIND US on Facebook
VISIT our website www.hamilton.ca/artsawards

Mail or drop off applications to:
City of Hamilton Arts Awards
c/o Culture Division
77 James St N, Suite 305
Hamilton, ON
L8R 2K3

Location Note: 77 James St North is the Hamilton City Centre (the former Eaton’s Centre). Suite 305 is located on the third floor near the south escalators.

Yarn Bombing Christmas Reminders Mulberry and other Blogs!

Ok so the spec has  a nice article about some local Yarn Bombing and how its all about the good vibes, if your down for this sort of graphitti with a softer edge and no paint fumes you may want to goto The Brain on Wednesday nights…. or Skydragon on Monday nights…. speaking of skydragon they have a Garage Sale coming up you may want to check out! also a craft fair but nothings on their website….

Also if you want to give a nice gift go local the printstudio, the factory,  the brain, mulberry, mixed media, white elephant and many more local businesses have gift certificates!

The Printstudio has a lot of nice courses you may want to take!

Also discovered a nice twitter page/blog all about Hamilton! They have some cool pics like this one from Mulberry Cafe’s after dark!

Also a bit of a blast from the past when Atomica Tattoo still lived on James St North it had some amazing art shows! Take a look at a video from one of those, its The Etcha Sketch Master! (fyi the atomica link goes to Petor’s new website/where you can go to see him and get a tattoo!)

NEWS NEWS! ALSO MATT JELLY FOR WARD TWO!

Hey McMaster History Students have a lecture series going on and Hamilton cancels polling station there.  Also council tries to save itself from its own mistakes for arts?

Oh and one more thing, its election time and I want everyone out there in Hamilton to vote! Hamilton seems to have a very inefficent government based on taxing/ bylaw enforcing working businesses and letting abandoned buildings collect tax breaks. Everyone seems to be waiting for some big saviour, whether its walmart or redhill expressway to turn things around. I think Small business/ ordinary people can do a better job!

I know some people think voting is a joke but even if it is it’s a cruel one, ever wonder why Hamilton downtown is so bad? No votes!

That is why I just wanted to say this blog/site offically supports MATT JELLY FOR WARD TWO

Why?  The main reason is he’s done more for the city in the last year then I have seen from anyone else! He was organized garbage crawls/ Bylaw crawls in a effort to clean this city and get people into action on a concrete level. He’s discovered some nasty abandoned buildings that turned out held toxic chemicals. When did anyone else do this?

Also he’s new and I am not talking about him being young, Hamilton’s councillors seem to be in a semi-perminant state of suspended animation where all there opnions and ideas are all from a by gone era. Unacceptable!

Matt is one of the few with a actual background in the arts from being a musician/artist, I think he would add a fresh prespective to the lawyers/business people on council.

Hamilton deserves politicans who don’t just look at easy answers or think of quick solutions. Matt Jelly is passionate about civic issues and not just for artists or business people but for all people in this city.

I urge you to vote and vote for Matt!

Super Crawl This Saturday!!!!

Supercrawl is a free evening of art and music on James Street North in Hamilton!

Musical acts that will be playing this year include:
ELLIOTT BROOD, CADENCE WEAPON, …BRUCE PENINSULA, LOST IN THE TREES (newly signed to Anti-/Epitaph) , NEW LOOK, EIYN SOF
WAX MANNEQUIN, LEE REED, TERRA LIGHTFOOT, JOEL ELLIOTT AND THIN LINES
ANNIE SHAW and SARAH GOOD, MEAN OLD HAMMER (featuring GORD LEWIS of TEENAGE HEAD)
SNOWBLINK, OPERA HAMILTON
WARCHILD CANADA BUSKERS, HAMILTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
ALTOBEELAYS

Official after parties @ THE BRAIN, THIS AIN’T HOLLYWOOD & 118 JAMES ST NORTH featuring:
JUNIOR BOYS’ Jeremy Greenspan – DJ set
GINGER ST JAMES, WAX MANNEQUIN
C+C MUSIC FEST @ This Ain’t Hollywood
more to come

Dance Groups & Soloists including:
PRIME DANCE, PARAHUMANS
KASHEDANCE, INNER CITY BALLET
MATADANZE, RHYTHM DIVINE
HEIDI ANN CROCINI, TANIS MACARTHUR
CARISSA BOWERMAN, PEARL LALL

Art, Film and Installations including:
NFB SHORT FILMS, SOUTHERN SOULS
HAMILTON 24 FILMS, AGH & TIFF FILMS
ART INSTALLATIONS BY THE FACTORY & THE PRINT STUDIO
KELLY MARK
ADAM DAVID BROWN & more

SUPERCRAWL website: http://www.supercrawl.ca/

SUPERCRAWL Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hamilton-ON/Supercrawl/138295686592

SUPERCRAWL Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/supercrawl

SUPERCRAWL MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/super_crawl

Next day on James st North is Streets Open, so this means more events and the street is still closed off!

Also-

Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable item for the Emergency Food Pantry to Open Streets! We will be set up under the big tents in front of New Horizons Thrift Store at 520 James North.

AMAZING DAY TODAY AT WAHC!!!!!!

As you may or may not know, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre is celebrating it’s double anniversary this year culminating in a special event on the 11th of September to commemorate 15 years of operation for the WAHC and 150 years since the historic Hamilton Custom House first opened its doors.

In recognition of this milestone, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre is pleased to present a celebration of Workers pleasures and pa…stimes, or a “WAHC-Stravaganza,” inspired by Victorian fairs, carnivals, and other popular amusements. In the past, fairs and carnivals evoked ‘long anticipated pleasure’ and respite from the painstaking labour and long hours endured by the average worker. Looking to the many lives of the Custom House since it opened in 1860, and Hamilton’s rich industrial heritage, the event will draw on Victorian era amusements, family oriented activities, carnival games, community driven booths and live entertainment, from local country favourites, The Dinner Belles. Free refreshments, a traditional afternoon tea and family corn roast will also be among the many activities planned for the afternoon/evening celebrations.

TIME-LINE:
(available for download here: http://www.wahc-museum.ca/wahcstravaganza-mailer.pdf )

2:00pm:
Event Opens: Ribbon Cutting

Custom House tours begin
Period Photo-booth opens
Community Booths open

2:30pm:
Traditional afternoon tea with biscuits, sweets and lemonade

2:30-6:30pm:
Games and activities commence including tandem bikes (generously donated by Downtown Bikehounds), croquet, corn hole, bowl toss, hoops & sticks, stilts and graces.

Games with prizes include a traditional cake walk, balloon darts and bean bag toss.

Activities include, decorating your own ‘graces’ hoops and creating silhouettes

Tours will also continue on the hour at this time, including an artist talk by Andrew Hunter of Dodolab on the new site specific, collaborative installation in the main gallery entitled, “The New Workers Songbook.”

3:15pm:
Silhouette Workshop

3:30pm:
Bar Opens

4:00pm:
Full BBQ & corn roast start

4:30pm:
Graces Workshop

5:00pm
Artist Talk on the main gallery exhibition A New Workers Songbook by Andrew Hunter of Dodolab and special performance in the Mobile Workers Song Cart by Tor Lukasik Foss

7:00pm:
Ceremonial rose bush planting & Speeches in Garden

8:00pm:
Raffle drawn for gift packs from WAHC and Wellington Breweries

Dinner Belles play free show in Garden

9:00-10:00pm:
Event/Bar Closes

The event is FREE and open to the public. Invite your friends and family to join us on this special day!