Sunday, Sept 23rd. 10am – 5pm James St. North & Sterling Ave.
Open Streets is back and better than ever having expanded to two separate streets for the fall edition.
Come out and discover how much fun it is to explore our streets car-free. Bring your roller-blades, bikes, strollers, etc.
The festivities will be on James St North, for the sixth time, and also on Sterling Ave near McMaster University. Shuttle buses will run regularly between the two locations, and everyone is encouraged to take the Waterfront Trail or the H.S.R. as well.
The McMaster edition of this festival extends to Dalewood and will include two entertainment stages with performances by: Of Gentlemen and Cowards, All About Maggie, Penske File, William Ross, McMaster Gospel Choir, McMaster School of Bhangra, Verve Dance Team, Glass Eyelashes, Dawn and Maria, and Steve Strongman Trio.
All of the information can be found here.
Sunday, September 9th. 2pm @ Pier 8 Skate Pad – $PWYC (and canned goods)
The Hammer City Roller Girls are celebrating another great year with an outdoor showdown this Sunday.
The HCRG will be broken up into Golden Oldies and Bronze Babies for this scrimmage match. This is a family, and pet, friendly event. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get ready for some outdoor roller fun.
This event is weather permitting, so if you plan to go make sure you check the HCRG facebook /twitter page if the weather seems risky.
We are continuing our skater profiles with the last group (see previous profiles here and here). Please keep reading to meet the final group of our awesome skaters.
Saturday, August 18th. 3pm @ Gage Park / 1030 @Absinthe – $Free
This Midsummer Night’s Dream festival has the potential to be the event of the summer. It has all the makings of an amazing all day summer party.
If the Facebook event page is anything to go by, this is one exciting party, with over 1000 confirmed guests and many many thousands pending. CBC Hamilton has also hyped this event.
I sat down with event organizer, Mark Gowland, to find out more about this intriguing event. Mark, as it turns out, is a genuine force of enthusiasm and positivity. Seriously. I walked away from our conversation feeling like I could accomplish anything!
We are almost half way through August, where has the summer gone? Make sure you take advantage of all of the beautiful weather and the lovely out door activities August has to offer; starting with Art Crawl this week.
As always, we have a list of Art Crawl highlights for your crawlin’ consideration:
7pm @ Dr. Disc
Hamilton Magazine presents the second ‘Raise the Roof’ show in honour of Dr.Disc celebrating 21 years in business. I played a game of 21 Questions with owner, Mark, in July.
Performances are as follows:
7pm – Hachey the Mouthpiece
8pm – Sarah London
9pm – Lee Reed
10pm – Canadian Winter
Please bring non-perishable food items to this event.
The celebrations will continue into the later hours at The Casbah with a cover free after party.
De Facto at Mulberry
Local artist Jason Lee Rhyno is the featured artist for the month of August at the DF gallery. The show opens this Friday.
Jason Lee Rhyno primarily works with the drawing medium and his work suggests a preoccupation with line and a juxtapose of negative space with the masses of colour.
1030pm @ This Ain’t Hollywood – $5
End your night of Art Crawlin’ at the natural end point for the event – James St. and Murray St.
This party will feature four artists doing live art, and four DJs spinning all night long.
The theme for this party is: Retro Rave, and if you come dressed up in rave gear you only pay $2.50 to get in.
Saturday, July 28th. 9pm @ This Ain’t Hollywood – $12
It has been a full year since the gals at I Heart Hamilton have been touring our city. Their idea of acting as a tourist at home has gotten a lot of support and their enthusiasm and energy has been matched by their supporters.
To celebrate their one year anniversary, the girls are putting together a great show at This Ain’t Hollywood featuring some of their favourite local musicians. All of the proceeds will go to The Boys and Girls clubs of Hamilton. The show features performances from Canadian Winter, New Hands, The Ascot Royals, The Dinner Belles, and guest DJ sets of John Smith of Young Rival.
I caught up with Kristin to talk about the one year anniversary and the show on Saturday.
Friday, June 29th to Monday, July 2nd – Gage Park
Canada’s longest running and largest free festival is back this weekend at Gage Park. The performers for the main stage were announced weeks ago and can be found here.
The real excitement, however, will be happening at the New Music stage (towards the back of the park – near the carnival rides). The line up for this year’s New Music expo is fantastic and the full list of performers – with the schedule can be found on the Facebook page.
A few of our highlights are: Manter, KA$HKAVAL, The Hamilton Hi-Cats, Supa83, Lee Reed, The Motestra, Earth Wind & Choir, Huren, Cessna, and glassEYELashes. That is just a small sample of the amazing line up for this weekend.