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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!


Ok so I just came back from a meeting, still in progress, all about the Skydragon Centre and I want to update people on the basics.

They need roughly $270000.00 so that’s about 13,500 people giving $20 each in about 25 days.

(The $270000 is the morgage and about $25000 line of credit)

They also owe aprox $133000.00 on a second mortgage held by a private individual and owe about $80000.00 on bonds.  These two areas don’t seem to be concerned with their money being returned.

The teacher’s credit union hold’s the mortgage and its aprox 8% also with the $133000. (I am unsure if this is normal or not)

How did they get there, essentially they hit on a perfect storm of their mistakes and the areas changes. Skydragon was late on paying provincial taxes (as well as other bills from time to time) this I believe affected their credit history so dispite their good payment history the credit union let them know they would not renew the mortgage.

Also during the meeting it was let out that  Reardon’s Resturants lease was not renewed and that the parking lot across the street has been sold (this is rumor I don’t know how true this is.). If it is true, the recent sale of the Downtown Art Centre  maybe part of a bigger picture.

Employees at the centre talked about the lack of transparency and others discussed selling the building and starting again. Some expressed anger about the situation and at times the conversation the issue of the Pan Am games influencing this issue. Others felt the gentrification on James St North had also played a hand.

What does the skydragon need? More time! It needs time to find either a alternative mortgage lender/ private individual or simply people donating money.

While I personally feel the skydragon did make many mistakes in terms of paying bills on time, etc. I also feel it is worth saving.

The skydragon has a a small handfull employees and for a non-profit I’m pretty impressed. They continually have events and contribute to the vibrant aspect of the downtown scene in music and in art. One of the few green cafe’s in the downtown area. Also if it goes I don’t think its coming back.

While I may not agree with their message or past practices to employees I think the net positive gain is huge. (If someone told me it was either skydragon or 500 jobs I would choose the jobs but I don’t think this is the case.)

What You Can Do?

Give $20 dollars to Skydragon if 13,500 people do it they can save it.

Email the Mayor, City Council and the Hamilton Spectator.

Please Click Here for the City Council and Mayor’s emails

The Spectator’s Letter to the Editor

Hamilton Mountain News

Also Radio stations like http://www.y108.ca/ and also a million other things I can’t remember right now….

(If I have gotten anything wrong I am sorry this is kind of a rush thing but with a lot of fact, please correct me if I am wrong)

Century Theatre Still Alive on Google’s Street View….


So this morning I saw what little was left of the century and tonight I may try and take a look again but something has to be said about google’s street view I can see a bit of history.  I know Century wasn’t much of a gem building but it also spoke volumes about Hamilton. A city that is letting itself die because no one steps up to the plate, the city, the developer and us the public. oh well don’t forget about by-law crawl…..

by law crawl

Shelley Niro Thursday July23/09 You Me Gallery

Shelley Niro talks about her work
painting, photography, films
and the past year which has seen the birth of her grandchild Raven.
the sale of major pieces to The National Gallery, Canadian Museum of
Contemporary Photography, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian,
and the production of a feature-length film. Phew!
Plus, she will present video work by co-exhibitor Hulleah Tsinhnahjinee from Woodland, California, whose controversial “Mascot” series is on view in the gallery.

Thursday, July 23, 7:30 pm @ you me gallery

330 James St. North
Hamilton ON  (905) 523-7754

About Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie (Diné/Seminole/Muscogee): born into the Bear and Raccoon Clans of the Seminole and Muscogee Nations, and born for the Tsinajinnie Clan of the Diné Nation.  Exhibited nationally and internationally, Tsinhnahjinnie claims photography and video as her primary languages.  Creating fluent images of Native thought, her emphasis is art for indigenous communities.

Tsinhnahjinnie received an Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, a Chancellor’s Fellowship at the University of California Irvine, the First Peoples Community Artist Award, and a Rockefeller artist in residence at the University of California Davis, Native American Studies Program.  She is currently the Director of the C.N. Gorman Museum at University of California Davis and Associate Professor in the Department of Native American Studies at University of California Davis.

Paul Elia Show in Toronto

Ok so Hamilton native Paul Elia has a show at Toronto’s new gallery Culturshoc

It should be a packed house, not only does Xtra Magazine have a link to it, there is free booze! And as were always trying to promote Hamilton Artists please show your support cause the show is all about Hamilton….

So here’s the details–

CULTURSHOC: art/music/books/clothes – VALERIE JOHNSTON and DANA SNOW are opening their new art gallery and culture shop THURSDAY JULY 23, 2009 at 1205 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario — featuring the premiere exhibition of HAMILTON STRIP by PAUL ELIA

— join us for the opening, 7pm-11pm – FREE BOOZE!!!

HAMILTON STRIP is a new illustrated series by Paul Elia depicting Hamilton cityscapes. Entire city blocks (or strips) are recreated in heavy tones of black, white and gray.

The largest print is 13ft. long, allowing the viewer to literally walk down the block. Focusing on downtown and central Hamilton neighbourhoods, these drawings are meant to highlight the surreal contrast between the industrial history of the city and the residential development around it.

Thursday, July 23, 2009
Time:  7:00pm – 11:00pm
Location:     culturshoc
Street:  1205 Queen Street West
City/Town:  Toronto, ON

Tues – Sun:11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Public Transit:Queen Streetcar: Queen & Dufferin
Dufferin Bus: Dufferin & Queen