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  • 24th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards: Non-Fiction Finalists

    November 13, 2017 by Stephen Near

    This is the second in a four part blog series showcasing the finalists of this year's 24th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards. Find out which authors will take home the prizes by attending the gala celebration on November 27, 2017 at Theatre Aquarius.

    The finalists for this year's Non-fiction category are all examples of true and compelling tales matching that of any work of fiction. From People and the Bay by Nancy Bouchier and Ken Cruikshank, to Nobody Here Will Harm You by Shawn Selway, and Evenings and Weekends by Andrew Baulcomb, these stories recount real-life with the elegance of poetry and confront readers with hidden chapters of the world around them.

    In People and the Bay: A Social and Environmental History of Hamilton Harbour, Nancy Bouchier and Ken Cruikshank explore the complicated relationship between Hamilton Harbour and the people who came to live on its shores. From the time of European settlement through to Hamilton’s rise as an industrial city, people ahem struggled with nature, and with one another, to champion their vision of “the Bay” as a place to live, work, and play. Both Bouchier and Cruikshank bring to life the many personalities and power struggles attributed to the region drawing on a rich collection of archival materials. Along the way, they challenge readers to consider how moral and political choices being made about the natural world today will shape the cities of tomorrow.

    In Nobody Here Will Harm You: Mass Medical Evacuation from the Eastern Arctic 1950-1965, Shawn Selway casts an unflinching eye on the evacuation of 1,274 Inuit and Cree sufferers of tuberculosis from the Eastern Arctic to Mountain Sanatorium in Hamilton, Ontario, from 1950 to 1965. Selway considers the political culture, and the systemic racism within that culture, in which the decisions were made, as well as the technological and economic changes that made these relocations possible. Selway carefully documents the impact of the evacuations on the Inuit community and has included an assortment of archival images within this important book about at a difficult time in our country's history.. 

    In Evenings and Weekends: Five Years in Hamilton Music 2006-2011, Andrew Baulcomb explores  the roots of Hamilton’s legendary music scene. From blues singer Long John Baldry to the punk rock of Teenage Head, musicians, and music have made their home here. From innovative DJs to venue owners to radio hosts to the Arkells, Baulcomb interviews them all and weaves the story of an explosion of music in Hamilton with that of a generation adrift. This is a coming-of-age story that puts a human face on the people who made music happen, and on those who listened to it.

    This year's Award for Non-Fiction is sponsored by:

    Next: the finalists for Fiction

  • 24th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards: Poetry Finalists

    November 6, 2017 by Stephen Near

    This is the first in a four part blog series showcasing the finalists of this year's 24th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards. Find out which authors will take home the prizes by attending the gala celebration on Nov. 27, 2017 at Theatre Aquarius.

    Hamilton is a city that abounds in poets, and this year's finalists speak to the diversity of the poetry being written in our city. From the life of legendary painter, to our complicated relationship with grief, to a nightmarish journey through a strange Metropolis, these books move from the conversational to the surreal and blur the boundaries between genres.

    It has been almost a century since the painter Tom Thomson was murdered at the age of 39. The mystery of his death has captivated people almost as much as his passionate work. As both a friend and an inspiration to the members of The Group of Seven, founded shortly after his death, Thomson holds an important place in Canadian art.  Earth Day at Leith Churchyard: Poems in Search of Tom Thomson is a collection of poems inspired by the paintings and the character of Tom Thomson, and by the landscape he loved. Bernadette Rule, a former professor of English at Mohawk College, is the host of Art Waves, a weekly arts-interview program on Mohawk College radio. She has published six collections of poetry.

    Love is complicated, and in Love, Despite the Ache Chris Pannell has captured the sharp pain and deep affection of a son for his parents as they age and slip away from him. Along with love and loss, this is a book about our own aging. Our own, inevitable, death. Pannell writes of seeing close friends die unexpectedly, watching elderly couples as they travel together. He considers wheelchairs, walkers, lost memories and rests for a few moments in the contemplation of great art. Pannell details it all unsparingly, but with a great humanity. Chris Pannell's previous collection, A Nervous City, won the Hamilton Arts Council's Kerry Schooley Award. Another book, Drive, received the Acorn-Plantos Award for People's Poetry and the Arts Hamilton Award for Best Poetry Book of the Year. His other books include Under Old Stars, Everything Comes from Above and Sorry I Spent Your Poem.

    In Darrell Epp's latest collection After Hours, our hero awaits Dorothee's return, while frankensteins invade Canada. Poltergeists patrol the hollowed—out manufacturing sector. The future's a let—down; contingency plans are hastily constructed. Every moment's an apocalypse as divine grace pummels Metropolis like a blizzard of fists. In this, Epp’s second collection of poems, he explores diversity of themes with stark images rooted within a gritty postmodern setting. Darrell Epp has been published in literary magazines internationally and his poetry has appeared in dozens of magazines around the world including Maisonneuve, Poetry Ireland, Sub-Terrain, and The Saranac Review. His previous poetry collection was entitled Imaginary Maps (2009).

    This year's Award for Poetry is sponsored by:

    Next: the finalists for Non-Fiction

  • The Hamilton Arts Council is Hiring!

    October 23, 2017 by Stephen Near

    PUBLIC PROGRAMS OFFICER

    The Public Programs Officer reports to the Executive Director and will serve as the lead project coordinator on public programs and events including Hamilton Arts Week, LivingArts Workshops, Art Bus Studio Tours and other public events presented by the Hamilton Arts Council.

    The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, outgoing arts professional who contributes strong event planning experience as well as a commitment to outreach and inclusion and a firm grounding in Hamilton’s diverse arts and cultural community.

    Experience in marketing, graphic design (Adobe InDesign and Photoshop). Grant and copy writing experience is also desirable. The successful candidate will work on site in the Hamilton Arts Council office and at Hamilton-area arts venues when working with community stakeholders.

    The Public Program Officer will work both independently and in collaboration with Hamilton Arts Council staff, Board of Directors and volunteers. 

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Lead the coordination of annual Hamilton Arts Week in collaboration with community stakeholders.
    • Planning and execution of Arts Week events including evaluation and grant reporting. 
    • Coordinate LivingArts Workshops and other professional development activities presented by the Hamilton Arts Council.
    • Planning and Day of Coordination of the Art Bus Studio Tours. 
    • Collaborate with the Visual Arts Committee and deliver ongoing programs. 
    • Sit on Visual Arts Committee as HAC staff representative. 
    • Prospective grant research and application writing (in conjunction with other staff).
    • Must be available to flex hours to accommodate evening and weekend events.  
    • Outgoing and friendly disposition.
    • A valid Drivers License.
    • Experience working with arts organizations or other not-for-profit organizations. 
    • A strong interest in outreach activities.
    • Minimum of 2 years administrative experience.
    • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication.
    • Ability to meet deadlines.
    • Ability to multitask.
    • Attention to detail and accuracy.
    • Experience with Google Drive, Adobe In-Design and Microsoft.

    EMPLOYMENT DETAILS:
    Hours: 3.5 days per week = 24 hours weekly 
    Salary: $25,000 per annum.
    This is a one-year contract position with the possibility of renewal 

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 3, 2017 by 4PM. 

    Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter and 3 references via email to: The Hiring Committee at executive@hamiltonartscouncil.ca

    For information about the Hamilton Arts Council visit: www.hamiltonartscouncil.ca or download the PDF.

  • Interview with Emma Rush

    July 6, 2017 by Bud Roach

    This week, Hamilton Arts Council Board member and Hammer Baroque Artistic Director Bud Roach presents the next installment of his new blog video series. This in-depth conversation features Emma Rush from Guitar Hamilton which hosts the 7th Hamilton International Guitar Festival & Competition from July 7-9, 2017.

  • Job Opportunity: Hamilton Arts Council Executive Director

    July 5, 2017 by Annette Paiement

    The Hamilton Arts Council is seeking an experienced and visionary arts administrator to lead the organization as Executive Director. The successful candidate will possess strong arts administration knowledge and report to the Hamilton Arts Council Board. A proven leader, the ED is responsible for the overall performance, impact and growth of the organization. Displaying strong financial, fundraising, administrative and project management experience, the ED will lead government relations, activities, develop and nurture strategic partnerships, and bring the strategic plan to life through incorporating the goals and objectives of the organization. Deadline for application submissions is Monday, July 31 at 4:30 pm.

    The Hamilton Arts Council has a vision to strengthen the role of the arts and culture in the City of Hamilton by making the arts accessible and relevant to the entire community. Our mission is to communicate, advocate and mediate for the arts and the role of the arts in the community of Hamilton. Founded in 1969 and incorporated in 1973, the Hamilton Arts Council is the second largest and one of the oldest community arts councils in Ontario and is an affiliate member of Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO).

    The Executive Director will possess strong arts administration knowledge and report to the Hamilton Arts Council Board. A proven leader, the ED is responsible for the overall performance, impact and growth of the organization. Displaying strong financial, fundraising, administrative and project management experience, the ED will be responsible for a $300,000 budget.

    As a strategic thinker, the ED will lead government relations, activities, develop and nurture strategic partnerships, and bring the strategic plan to life through incorporating the goals and objectives of the organization. Demonstrating a strong knowledge of the arts, the ED will demonstrate the highest professional ethical standards, inclusion and thoughtfulness while leading a team of staff and volunteers.

    Holding a degree in a relevant field and arts management experience, the successful candidate will have a passion for the Hamilton Arts community and the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

    To Apply:

    Attention: Hiring Committee
    Please send cover letter and resume in PDF.
    Closing Date: Monday, July 31 at 4:30 pm.
    Please email your application to: executive@hamiltonartscouncil.ca with the subject line “Attention Hiring Committee: Executive Director Application”

    Please be aware the selection process may involve any of interviews, test, and presentations or any combination thereof.

    The Hamilton Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. Accommodations are available for all applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Interim Executive Director. We appreciate your interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.

    Executive Director – Job Description PDF

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