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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.

NeedleWork, Beaux Mondes and other news

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So James St North has a new things happening, first of all there is Needlework which was nicely written about in the Hamilton Spectator and on Beaux Mondes too!

They’re located on 174 James St North, right across the street from The Printstudio. In fact its kind of a fabric version of the studio in that you can rent sewing machines to do your own projects, take classes,etc. Not just sewing but all sorts of fabric related projects. (Anyone toiling away on their own etsy projects might consider this option).

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Now even though were late posting it, congrats to the Beaux Mondes ladies for getting a write up as well in the Hamilton Spectator! However after reading their post on The Cannon I find myself just craving coffee!

Other news, the CBC Hamilton is now going to be in the same building as The Agh’s furtniture store/space , also Blackbird Studio‘s has setup space in the old Artists Inc space. CopyDog has moved into Homegrown Cafe and in its place is going to be Books and  Beats.

Oh and on a side note, congrats to Flatspot and Bodega for their recent hostings of incredible artshows with local talent!

Manny Trinh Flatspot

Art by Manny Trinh.


News News News!

Ok first off some sad news, The Spec’s cartoonist Blaine passed away, some people wont consider a polital cartoonist a artist but I do. While I don’t agree with all the images he made he was good at what he did and occassionally made the points better than any article could. Hats off to artists combining their talent with a message like this man did.


Next up, CBC may not come to Hamilton, after years of longing Hamilton was holding hope about a digital service that was announced about a year ago but due to potential budget cuts may not happen. Another note about the spec article is a rumor of the headquarters being located on James St., if true it would have a huge benifit to the downtown core. Anyways hopefully the dream ain’t dead.

Finally in local awesome news is the fact that Hamilton’s music scene is killing it! For some reason the spectator’s site wont let me link to it but here’s the article





Art Crawl this Friday, Supercrawl is Saturday, fyi . Also just go friday night for mainly art Saturday mainly music. Its going to be huge, so come early lots of street vendors/resturants and stores/street artists too.


The Print Studio-Insoon Ha-Monology
Monology continues Insoon Ha’s exploration of gender, hybridity, violence and trauma. In the main gallery the artist has covered the floor with multiple large-scale photographs of her face.
Also a  series of prints by Nikolic Scholarship winner Kearon Roy Taylor.
All Souls Church- Pippo Agro 21 Barton St. W. • All Souls Church streetview
All Souls is happy to open the doors and welcome visitors to tour their building (1922) displaying sacred religious art, painted by local artist, Pippo Agro in the early 50′s.

Artword Artbar-Bruce Parsons- Plan B- 15 Colbourne St. •
September in Artword Gallery: Bruce Parsons and his PLAN B [PARADISE HOMES]. Bruce will be present Friday Sept 9 for James North Art Crawl from 7 to 10 pm and Sunday Sept 18 for Open Streets Festival for the afternoon (watch for a special street installation for this one). #1: An installation, WORKING PLAN B FOR PALESTINE / ISRAEL with large painted floor and wall maps and panoptic shield constructions. #2: in the large studio, LABYRINTH MAP PAINTINGS on canvas and bamboo constructions. The images are from satellite cameras. These city planner designs of gated communities are exclusive developments in Ontario and Palestine/ Israel, Vaughan and Ma’ale Adumim.

B Contemporary  226 James St. N. •
b contemporary is closed for the evening to set up a special exhibition for Supercrawl.
Blue Angel Gallery-Duck Tape Artist Poffty Poff
243 James St. N. 905.522.8735 •
Project Space-This Woman’s Work-Group show-126/128 James St North
Employing materials and methods affiliated with the genre of craft, such as beading, knitting and sewing, the participating artists explore themes related to gender, labour, performance and the body in their respective works.Artists: Simone Aziga, Erika DeFreitas, Insoon Ha, Colina Maxwell, Ingrid Mayrhofer, Shelley Niro & Hitoko Okada.
James Buttrum & Son Gallery-Mathew Schofield-144 James St North
Homegrown-Sneak Peak Opening-27 King William
Saturday Sept 10, a new vegan friendly space is opening up, support it, enjoy.
New Harbours and Maker’s Market
New Harbours has AKUMU (Deane Hughes) and psyched out shoegaze from PARALLEL LINES (Pascal Asselin, Ryan Ferguson and Eric Quach) (Friday)
(Saturday) W.A DAVISON and This Quiet Army-Eric Quach-Experimental Music fyi
Christ’s Church Cathedral, 252 James St. N. 905.527.1316 •
The stallholders of the Makers’ Market set up their handmade goods in the front courtyard. New Harbours Music Series happens indoors.

The Clay Studio, 175 James St. N.
Contemporary works in a clay/pottery medium.
Focus Gallery-Frugal Strokes Group Show- 66 James St. N. (at Rebecca)
Featuring works by Mark Strutt, David Shevlino, Deborah Tilby and Tara Juneau.
The Factory Media Arts Centre, 228 James St. N. 905.577.9191 •
The Factory Works Screening Series takes place on the second Friday night of the month during the James North Art Crawl. Visit The Factory in their new location at 228 James St. N. (near Rebecca). SOS – Soul of the Street: SOS is the acronym for the Soul of Street, in which independent local artists working as an intersecting ensemble will send out a call to the community to experience and explore this emerging renaissance. An inter-arts project that draws on the talents of seven established media, visual, installation and performance artists, SOS: Soul of the Street will incorporate film, soundscapes and live performances set in sculptured representations of expropriated Shacktown homes to be progressively installed then dismantled in The Factory’s gallery space.

Hamilton HIStory + HERitage, 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.

Hamilton Artists Inc., 161 James St. N. 905.529.3355 •
The Hamilton Artists Inc. is busy preparing their new space for an October Art Crawl grand opening. From the outside the building is almost ready and looks to be an exciting addition to the street.
Hammer City Records-Kate Munn Kruithof-Photography- 228 James St. N enter at Robert • Featuring Photos By Kate Munn Kruithof. Her haunting landscapes, and bright beautiful portraits will be on display and for sale.
James North Studio, 328 James St. N. •
Loose Canon Gallery, 150 James St. N. 905.515.4346 •
LooseCanonGallery constantly endeavours to promote and cultivate young emerging artists in an environment of freedom and exchange in Hamilton. Zoo – FEATURING NEW ARTWORK BY • JACQUI OAKLEY, STEVE NEWBERRY, KYLE REED, JAMIE LAWSON, DUSHAN MILIC, DAN BRANDON & JEN HSIEH. Gaze with awe-ful wonderment at a miscellany of exotic creatures!
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.

Mulberry Street Coffee House-Julia Veenstra- 193 James St. N. • Mulberry Street Facebook page
Beautiful works of nature  paintings.

The Print Studio, 173 James St. N. 905.524.5084 • INSOON HA – monology curated by Sally Frater. Monology continues Insoon Ha’s exploration of gender, hybridity, violence and trauma. In the main gallery the artist has covered the floor with multiple large-scale photographs of her face. Though visible through the Gallery’s storefront, anyone wishing to have a closer look (or to actually enter into the space) must walk upon the images and defile them. Ha will also display a series of serigraphs that feature images of human and animal forms and random objects that have been repurposed as instruments of torture. Performance at 9:00 pm.

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.

Studio 12, 126 James St. N. 3rd floor •

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: Bernie Hudecki and his pointillistic painting made with crayon and marker. Portraits, still life, figurative work.

Studios at Vasco da Gama, 175 James St. N. 3rd Flr.
Art by Victoria Pearce, Deborah Pearce & Jessica Roth. Also check out the BATTLE OF THE BRUSHES on the 2nd Floor!

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. • Hammering Away: Erasure and Action in Hamilton is a multidisciplinary art exhibition conceived by the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre in association with Hamilton Artists Inc. and the SHIFT Collective that brings together artists from a variety of perspectives, localities and backgrounds working toward a deeper understanding and re-imagining of the matrices and totalities active in the city of Hamilton and the creation of Hamilton-ness. Artists include: Bryce Kanbara, Robert Yates, Emily Andrus, Kat O’ Hagan (Kiki LeFont), Gordon Leverton, Annie E. Fraser, Gerten Basom, Christina DeMelo, Emily Johnson, Millie Roy & Michael Allgoewer.

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

You Me Gallery, 330 James St. N. 905.523.7754 • the first occasionally annual Whirligig Show is still going around! Held over for Art Crawl and Supercrawl.
Bill Good and Sarah Good: INDUSTRIAL BEAUTIES
Friday 7:00pm at His Glory Disco
Art Opening at His Glory Disco: INDUSTRIAL BEAUTIES by Bill Good and Sarah Good Live Music: 8:30pm: BUN (Sarah’s band) 9:15pm: TRIPLE PLAY (Bill’s band) admission is free/pwyc this event is licensed His Glory Disco 280 James St. N. holy jumpin’!
Transit Gallery-Robert Creighton-Two Billion Heart Beats
(Locke St-7-10pm
Most spaces open at 7pm and close at 10pm – but there are exceptions (please see individual websites for specific hours). The Art Crawl is a self-guided event and open to all.

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

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


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…..!/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)

James St in the News!

So yesterday I woke up to read the spectator and what do I find, well besides the poorly edited/written article about hyping Hamilton. (Unlike my volunteer efforts I don’t have editors or money or time like they do.)

Despite what the spectator says, artcrawl is still on James St North, they listed it at number 7 so thanks! Personally I think it rates at least number 5.  Why? well its gotten people from ancaster/burlington/the mountain/westdale to reconsider downtown!  The Bill Curran story in the same issue discusses how he and some partners purchased the building beside the old Tivoli, my guess is they did it because the people who bought the old Hamilton Hotel  became the amazing Mulberry Cafe/art studios. And none of this would have been possible without the amazing portuguese/italian community that refused to abandon the area!

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!)

More News/Politics but then some art related stuff!

Ok so not only has Matt Jelly (and hopefully future mayor) discovered toxic waste apparently he was not satisfied with doing politicans jobs, now he’s even a crime fighter!!!! Check out his video here....Unlike Hamilton city hall, the province has wisely agreed with Matt’s opinons and stopped him from running for premier by also saying that the stadium should be in the westend! The Future Fund seems to agree with Matt…..

Mean while in Burlington folks also againist the PanAm Carnage which plans to destroy a whole forest!!!! Strangley they don’t like all artifical grass replacing the natural environment? How strange? Wierd it seems all these artist types actually give a crap about their communities! Lindsay Holton to Matt Jelly! No wonder the arts are starved for funding you might actually get a decent society if they had decent resources!

Akimbo has a great post about David Mach, who btw has a piece at McMaster Art Gallery!

Awesome right but then again no POSTER MADE FROM BLOOD!!!!!!!

Also check out the original post that Printeresting pointed to here at Metastazes!

Click on the image to see its full Black Metal Evilness full force!

Also from another post this cool tattoo!