Call for Contributors

Hello Happening Hamiltonians!

We hope that the holiday season is shaping up to be exciting and fulfilling for each of you. It has been a busy fall for us here in our personal lives. As a result, we have unfortunately been posting less—we love writing about great events and people in the city and so this is frustrating. Both Krista and I are just ending fall semesters and have had all attention on readings, papers, exams, ramen, and sleep.

That being said, we would like to extend an invitation to our readers. We are seeking awesome new contributors as well as a new editor to keep Happening Hamilton a great source of information for finding out about events in the city (and help it grow). If you are interested in public relations, communications, writing, reviewing, meeting interesting people, attending cool events—or a combination of all these things—this is the position for you.

If you are interested in either being a freelance/regular contributor or the coveted editor position, please email us at happening.hamilton@gmail.com. Please indicate the position that you are interested in and include your CV or resume, a writing sample, as well as a bit about yourself and why you LOVE Hamilton! This is a great opportunity for communications professionals or writers to build their portfolio. If you just love Hamilton and love showing off all of the talent and creativity here, Happening Hamilton is the perfect outlet.

If you have any specific questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact Krista or I through our Gmail. You can also send us a message on Twitter or Facebook.

Much love,

Emily (Editor)

7 events happening in Hamilton this weekend (Sept 5, 6 & 7)

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1. Fix our World Festival
A Fusion of Art, Music, Culture, Community. Guest Speakers, Workshops, Live Entertainment, Dancing, Drumming, Fun for the whole family. Peace, Environment, Health, and Empowerment are our main focus.
Sept 5, 6 & 7
@ T.B. McQuesten Park 1199 Upper Wentworth St Hamilton
Details
Cost: Free

2. Young Architects of Hamilton Launch Party
A new young professionals group in Hamilton.
Details
Cost: $20

3. Locke Street Festival
Saturday, Sept 6
 Details
Cost: Free

4. Ultimate 90s Cruise
Saturday, Sept 6
9 to 11:30 pm @ Hamilton Waterfront
Details
Cost: $27.55

5. The International Sculpture Collection
Sept 5, 6 & 7
Details
Cost: RBG Admission

6. Drawing Blackwater
Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present, Drawing Blackwater, an immersive exhibition by Matthew Walker, that uses sound, natural materials and imagery, as well as repurposed man made objects to mediate a reflection on time, space and our place in the world.
Opening Reception Sept 6
2- 4 pm @ Hamilton Artists Inc.
Details

7. Mina’s Come Fly Away
Fly kites for mental health awareness
Details
Cost: Free

Hamilton Beer Fest Feature: Junction Craft Brewing

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It’s nearing the end of summer and we here at Happening Hamilton are excited to get out and enjoy some amazing celebrations and events—including Hamilton Beer Festival. In our final brewery feature for the festival, we talked with Junction Craft Brewing. Boasting a custom brewing system, tap room, and retail shop in The Junction (Toronto), Junction Craft Brewing creates their unique beers with ingredients and brewing techniques from all over the world. Their signature brew, Conductor’s Craft Ale, is a hybrid created by brewmaster Doug Pengelly and utilizes a specially-designed “hopback” mechanism. For us, it means a simple and enjoyable ale! I chatted with president Tom Paterson about Hamilton and where in the city we can enjoy his favourite brew.

Happening Hamilton: I sampled the Conductor’s Ale at the Because Beer festival last month when Junction was there– really enjoyed it! What do you think of Hamilton? Are you excited to return for another festival?
Junction Craft Brewing: Hamilton is a great place. We hope to get down here more often in the future. We do the international Rock Climbing event every year and this will be our third event in the area this year. People seem really receptive to try something new.

HH: What is your favourite Junction brew?
JCB: Station Master Stout is why we started this company. It’s a dry Irish Stout, low in alcohol, but with some nice roasted malt character and nugget hop bitterness. It gets served on a creamer plate which makes it cascade and creamy. It is most delicious.

HH: Where in Hamilton can we enjoy a pint of the Conductor’s Ale (or Junction’s other brews)?
JCB: The Casbah and its little sister next door. They have been great supporters of ours and as a musician myself, [I] really like the support they give to local and touring musicians and great craft beer to boot. The Winking Judge has also been great for putting on our cask conditioned ales, but we don’t get down to Hamilton on a regular basis.

 If you’re looking for Junction brews at the LCBO, they recently released their Brakeman’s Session Ale and also carry the Conductor’s Signature Ale. If you enjoy a brew tasted at the festival not found at the LCBO, the brewery’s tap room hours and offerings can be found here. While you’re visiting the site, it is pretty interesting to delve into the history of The Junction as a community and industrial centre of Toronto as well (if you’re a history junky like me!)

That’s it, everyone! Enjoy festival and these last few weeks of summer. Cheers!

 

Hamilton Beer Festivalbeerfest
Friday, August 22 – 2:00 – 8:00
Saturday, August 23 – 12:30 – 7:00
2 King St. W., Hamilton, Ontario
Jackson Square, second floor, outdoor courtyard

Tickets: $30 for Friday, $32.50 for Saturday, $45 for 2 day pass
Tickets include entrance to the festival,
commemorative sampling glass and 3 drink tokens

*Note: The Hamilton Beer Festival is only open to those legal drinking age in Ontario (19+).

Hamilton Beer Fest Feature: McAuslan Brewing

With the Hamilton Beer Festival fast approaching, we’ve decided to share with you a few of the breweries we are excited to visit at the festival.

McAuslan Brewing is the second feature in this McAuslan logoseries (see our article on Toronto/Hamilton brewery Collective Arts here), which we’ve chosen because of its connection to Hamilton and unique brews that include tasty summer fruit flavoured beers, an exceptional cream ale, and even beers for coffee lovers.

McAuslan Brewing is located in Quebec, but offers many of their beers in Hamilton hotspots: The Winking Judge, Café-Domestique, The Tavern on George, and McMaster University’s campus pub, The Phoenix.

“Hamilton has always been near and dear to our hearts,” said Barry Pletch, Regional Sales Manager for McAuslan Brewery. “The Winking Judge on Augusta is likely one of, if not our first, licensee accounts in Ontario.”

When founders Peter McAuslan and Ellen Bounsall decided to open the brewery over 25 years ago, the field was dominated by lagers, and they knew they had to do something different. Here are the 5 beers that are being offered to sample at the festival:

1. St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale: A refreshing fruit-flavoured beer with a citrus zing and apricot flavour.

2. St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout: Coffee lovers will claim they can taste espresso and cappuccino, but there is no coffee in this brew – it is roasted in a way that will trick you though! The oatmeal style has more body and a decadent texture.

3. St. Ambroise Cream Ale: Better try this one, because it’s only available on draught. Can be described as ‘an angel dancing on your tongue!’

4. St. Ambroise Raspberry Ale: The perfect summer beer, very refreshing! Only available in draught, so get it while you can!

5. Cheval Blanc: A Belgian Style Witbeir ale, a blend of citrus and coriander. Silver medal winner at the 2014 World Beer Cup in Denver!

McAuslan will be offering the above five choices for sampling, but they also brew eight other kinds of beers, including India Pale Ales, Maple Ale and Pumpkin Ale. View them all on their website.

“Andrew Taylor, [founder of the Hamilton Beer Festival] approached us with a different strategy towards beer festivals. Too many beer festivals are being done nowadays where the organizers figure they can make a quick buck off this new craft beer trend,” said Pletch. “[Andrew’s] long term strategy is truly partner-based… especially since he adds an element of community and charity aspects to the festival.”

Hamilton Beer Festivalbeerfest
Friday, August 22 – 2:00 – 8:00
Saturday, August 23 – 12:30 – 7:00
2 King St. W., Hamilton, Ontario
Jackson Square, second floor, outdoor courtyard
Tickets: $30 for Friday, $32.50 for Saturday, $45 for 2 day pass
Tickets include entrance to the festival,
commemorative sampling glass and 3 drink tokens

*Note: The Hamilton Beer Festival is only open to those legal drinking age in Ontario (19+).

7 Events Happening This Weekend (Aug.15, 16 & 17)

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1.YEP 4th Annual Boat Cruise
YEP = Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals
Friday, August 15
8:30 – 11:45 pm @ Bayfront Park
Details
Cost: $30

2. Midsummers Dream Festival
A multicoloured festival withmusic and entertainment
Saturday, August 16
12 – 9 pm @ Gage Park
Details
Cost: Free

3. Dundas Cactus Festival
Entertainment, activities, music!
Friday, August 15 – Sunday, August 17
Details
Cost: Free!

4. Hamilton Greek Festival
August 15 – 17
Details
Cost: Free entry

5. Ancaster Wedding Show
Sunday August 17
1 – 6 @ Ancaster Fairgrounds
Details
Cost: $15

6. Seven Sundays in Gage Park
Bidiniband (indie rock) and Twin Voices (indie electro-folk)
At 9pm, special premiere of Mistaken for Strangers, an award winning documentary about American indie-rock band The National
Sunday, August 17
6-10 pm @ Gage Park
Details
Cost: Free

7. Music at Fieldcote
FullSet, an energetic folk band
Sunday, August 17
7 – 8:30 @ 64 Sulphur Springs Road
Details
Cost: Free

 

Hamilton Beer Fest Feature: Collective Arts Brewing

With over 100 beers to try at the Hamilton Beer Festival, it can be difficult to choose which one is right for you! We’ve chosen to feature a few companies that will be at the festival to help you make a decision, starting with Collective Arts Brewing.

Here’s why we think you should get a sample from Collective Arts Brewing, a grassroots craft beer company that celebrates beer, music and art in a unique way.

1. Collective Arts helps emerging artists

When two creative minds — one a design professional and the other a beer industry veteran — come together, something amazing happens.

Collective Arts Brewing is the product of a partnership between Matt Johnston and Bob Russell. They feature artists from all over the world on their beer bottle labels, with a new artwork series released 4 times a year. Each series is curated by a panel of experts from the art and brewing communities.

July Talk, Said the Whale, The Zolas, PUP, Royal Wood and Indie 88 are just some of the big names that have been featured on the labels.

But Collective Arts has a mission to support emerging artists who may not be as well known. We’ve seen artists and musicians from Hamilton such as Thought Beneath Film, Hands & Teeth, and Steven Twigg featured on Collective Arts labels, as well as artists from the United States, Australia, the UK, and Spain!

Collective Arts not only brews great beers, but also supports creative minds in the community. Submit your artwork here!

2. Award Winning Beer

Rhyme & Reason: A beer with the same character as an American Indian Pale Ale (IPA) but with slightly less alcohol content and a less bitter taste.
– GOLD winner in the North American Style Pale Ale category at the 2014 Canadian Brewing Awards
– Rated 96 overall and 99 for style on ratebeer.com

Saint of Circumstance: A blonde ale that blends the bright flavours of Pacific Northwest hops with the zest of lemons and blood oranges. Can be described as ‘amazingly refreshing.’
– Not award winning… yet!

3. Collective Arts is Building a New Home in Hamilton

An old vacant brewery on Burlington Street in Hamilton will be brought back to life through a partnership between Collective Arts and Nickel Brook Brewing named ‘Arts & Science Brewing Ltd.’

Originally built in 1947, this building will once again become a place for great beer, but it will also act as a cultural hub for Hamilton artists. The brewery will occupy 40,000 square feet, and the other 10,000 will be dedicated to the retail store as well as a new art gallery and live music space.

“We recognize the current cultural renaissance happening in the city – much of it concentrated in the James Street North area,” said co-founder Matt Johnston. “We are confident Hamiltonians will embrace our commitment to excellence and creativity in our beer making and in our support of the arts.”

We will see you and Collective Arts Brewing at the Hamilton Beer Festival on August 23 and 24!

Hamilton Beer Festivalbeerfest
Friday, August 22 – 2:00 – 8:00
Saturday, August 23 – 12:30 – 7:00
2 King St. W., Hamilton, Ontario
Jackson Square, second floor, outdoor courtyard
Tickets: $30 for Friday, $32.50 for Saturday, $45 for 2 day pass
Tickets include entrance to the festival,
commemorative sampling glass and 3 drink tokens

*Note: The Hamilton Beer Festival is only open to those legal drinking age in Ontario (19+).