Mon, Tues, Fri 5:30 @ ( Urban Arts Initiative) 126 James N. -$ Free
Something very exciting has been going on in Hamilton for the past month. Something that everyone should know about and encourage – The Roots 2 Leaf Project.
This, free for youth ages 13-22, program offers break dancing, rhyme writing, and visual art training on a weekly basis. Through the three elements of hip hop, local community leader Sam Siva and her partner Adam Trapp have organized Roots2Leaf to reach out and support urban youth development in Hamilton.
I caught up with program founder, Sam, to find out more about Roots2Leaf.
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.
Sept 14th & 15th – James St N.
Psst. I’m not sure if you’ve heard about this event happening in town this weekend. They call it ‘Supercrawl’ and it’s kind of a big deal around here.
All joking aside, Supercrawl is this weekend and it promises to be a huge event. Go Transit is sending extra buses / trains on the weekend to accommodate out of town visitors, the list of performers is huge. I’ve heard the number ’75,000′ thrown around – as in expected visitors. This is going to be one seriously action packed weekend in the ol’ Hammer.
The list of performers has been available online and in print ads for a few weeks – you can see the full schedule on the Supercrawl website.
I’m here to tell you about the less publicized, and excellent, supercrawl events and parties going down this weekend. All events are free unless otherwise noted.
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!
Tuesday, July 31st. 9pm @ This Aint Hollywood – $5 before 10pm – $8 after.
Fresh off a tour, Toronto’s Babylon Warchild, and Lord Lhus (of the Empty Handed Warriors) will be rocking This Ain’t Hollywood this Tuesday with the godfather of local conscious hip-hop, Lee Reed.
If you haven’t seen Babylon Warchild – you need to make it out to this show. With beats constructed with samplers, and a cello (seriously), and two very fine MC’s, their live shows are not to be missed. Lord Lhus hails from South Carolina and is known for his many collaborations, both in North America, and across the pond in Europe.
Last, but certainly not least, Lee Reed is Hamilton’s fiercest, and finest MC. If you like your hip hop intelligent, and your beats bangin’ – Lee Reed is the man for you.
Come down to This Ain’t Hollywood for some terrific hip hop this Tuesday. Forget about hoes and bling and enjoy some hip hop that’s got something to say.