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.
Thursday June 14th, The Staircase Theatre @ 7pm – 9pm
The Women & Liminal Committee and Bryan Prince Booksellers presents the second annual GLBTQ Poetry Slam at the Staircase Theatre (Dundurn and King)
Be a contestant, register by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be one winner awarded with $100 Cash Prize. Both local poets and amateur poets will be reciting original works! Aside from being a poetry slam, this is also a social event. Come and mingle with some great people!
Free Event – Donations Welcome!
This event is wheelchair accessible.
Thursday, June 7th. 7PM @ Homegrown
Come kick-off Hamilton’s 2012 Pride celebration. Enjoy music, stories, and poetry at this event. Show up a little early and sign up to perform or come show support and share in the fun!
Lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer positive event!
This event is being held by The Well, Hamilton’s LGBTQ health and wellness centre.
Contact to volunteer, perform, or support : email@example.com
Thursday, May 16th 8pm @ Lyric Theatre (434 King St. East) – $5
The Burlington Slam Project has been working with youth, and the young-at-heart, to discover their voices, share their stories and reach out to their peers through slam poetry for the past four years.
This Thursday marks the finale of the current season of slam poetry in Burlington. The finals are in Hamilton, and the participants for the 2012 US and Canadian National competitions will chosen that night.
Come out to Lyric theatre this week to support this very popular art form and to encourage our local talent to kick ass on a national, and international level. More information can be found here.
Thursday, May 17th. 6:30pm @ Freeway Cafe (333 King Street East)
May 17th is the International day against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia; it is a Canadian-based global rallying event that offers a chance for people to get together and take a stand against hate.
Join LGBTQ communities and supporters at Freeway Cafe this Thursday for a special open mic coffee night. The evening will feature presentations, information booths, artwork, poetry and more. If you have something you’d like to contribute to the evening, please register: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s get together and take a stand against hate and discrimination. More info here.
April 6th & 7th. 8pm @ The Pearl Company – $25 or $20 on Sat if you mention us.
Spoken word is making big moves in Hamilton, and this weekend’s celebrations are not to be missed if you are a fan of the genre, and if you are not a fan this is a great opportunity to see some artists at their finest.
The Burlington Slam Project and Up From The Roots are getting together this weekend for two shows. Friday night will feature Shane Koyczan with his band, Short Story Long. The action continues on Saturday with award winning spoken word artist Dwayne Morgan and his one man show, ‘Grade 8′. Burlington Slam team members will be special guests throughout the event.
The two teams taking part in this event are raising funds to get to a national competition this fall, so please come out and support local talent so that they can represent us amongst Canada’s best in October. If you mention this Happening Hamilton article on Saturday night you will get a discounted entry. ($20 instead of $25).