Making the most of winter in Hamilton

We’ve compiled a list of great winter activities and events going on in Hamilton in January and February.

1. Frozen waterfalls

There are several waterfalls that are relatively easy to access and have a unique look in the cold weather. Tiffany and Sherman falls, located in west Hamilton, can be seen by going down a short path.

City of Waterfalls, a group dedicated to sharing information about Hamilton’s waterfalls, even illuminates the frozen falls with colourful lights. Keep tabs on their Facebook page for upcoming dates.

2. Hamilton Winterfest

Hamilton Winterfest 2015 kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 7 and runs until Feb. 16. The kickoff runs from 12 to 8 p.m. and features live music, a film festival, art installations, crafts, and outdoor skating, located at Hamilton’s waterfront. For the rest of the week, Hamilton will be alive with art installations, workshops, fashion shows and charity events. View all of the events here!

 3. Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse

Hamilton’s tropical greenhouse has over 6,000 square feet of space. It’s a great place to visit if you miss the flowering plants in your garden. Free parking!

4.  Waterfront Festival of Lights

Pier 8 is lit up with holiday lights during the annual Waterfront Festival of Lights. On a more mild night, take a stroll at the waterfront and admire the beautiful light display until Feb. 17

 5. Mills Hardware Three’s Comedy

Every third Thursday of the month (Feb. 19), Mills Hardware hosts Three’s Comedy, a night of comedy sketches, improv, and stand-up. The event is $5 and doors are at 8 pm.

 6.  Hamilton Soupfest

Hamilton Soupfest is Feb. 24! 25 restaurants will compete for awards at thischarity event at the Hamilton Convention Centre. Advanced tickets are $12 / adult and $10 / child.


TALK: An Evening with Paul Cézanne


McMaster’s Friends of Art History is hosting a free lecture that celebrates the work of 19th century French artist, Paul Cézanne. The lecture will discuss the breadth of Cézanne’s influence, his techniques, and his contributions to Impressionism. The lecture will be given by Dr. Alison McQueen. View Dr. McQueen’s bio here.

An Evening with Paul Cézanne is happening tonight, Monday, January 19th at 7:30pm. It will take place in Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL) (on the McMaster University campus), Room 1105. 

The Art Gallery of Hamilton is also currently presenting a rather complementary exhibition of Cézanne’s still lifes: The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne. This exhibition is on view until February 8th.

For more information about current exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, visit here.

View a map of the McMaster campus here.


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 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)


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
Cost: Free

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

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

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

5. The International Sculpture Collection
Sept 5, 6 & 7
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.

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

Hamilton Beer Fest Feature: Junction Craft Brewing


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+).