Art Crawl

Home is Where We Are [Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts]

Home is Where We Are

by Katherine Murphy

Sat, Mar 25 - Sat, Apr 22, 2017
​Opening Reception: Fri, Apr 14, 2017 from 6-8 PM



Katherine Murphy’s practice explores personal and public places and the relationships between. For this show, Murphy reflects upon her pursuit for perpetual; repose and has included paintings from her series In Search of Quiet Place and Tents.

Katherine Murphy is a multidisciplinary artist with roots in painting. Her works often veer toward recorded memories and places. She has exhibited locally and internationally.

This exhibition opening will coincide with the HCA Concert Series featuring Janina Fialkowska taking place Sunday, March 26th at 4PM and the LaFayette Quartet on Sunday, April 9th at 2 PM.

Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts
126 James Street South, Hamilton
905 - 528 - 4020

Saturday, March 25, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 22, 2017 (All day)
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 18:00 to 20:00
HCA Gallery, 126 James St South, Hamilton, ON

McMaster University Poets at Art Crawl [AGH Annex]




McMaster University Poets at Art Crawl

Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) are opening the ring to McMaster university writers, poets, authors, performers, with enough steel to brave the grandest spoken word poetry stage at McMaster.

We are crowning the dopest poet at McMaster University at Friday’s Art Crawl. Poets will be scored by live judges from 0-12. The poets with the highest scores at the end of 2 rounds will be crowned University Slam champions and will represent mcmaster at Louder than a bomb Canada. It's going to be lit.

Top Poets will represent the university at Louder Than A Bomb Canada Poetry Festival (running May 5 - 20 at the AGH Annex.) It’s going to be a night of spit fire, and dope bars. Slam poetry is when the literary becomes competitive, as personal narratives weave with a skill set you can score.

Admission is FREE

WHEN: Friday, March 10, 7:00 pm doors
WHERE: AGH Annex 118 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2K7, Canada


Friday, March 10, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
AGH Annex, 118 James Street North, Hamilton ON

March Events at Artword 2017 [Artword Artbar]

A friendly cafe-bar, live music and art venue in the heart of James North arts district. Great acoustic music, in the roots, folk, jazz, world beat and inventive mode. We have a baby grand piano, a sound system. Licensed under the AGCO for 60, cafe tables and bar stools, micro-brew on tap, espresso, light meals [all-ages venue]. Art installations on the lower level.

Usual hours: Wed to Sat from 6 pm. For a detailed look at our calendar and events go to To get in touch, phone 905-543-8523, c.905-912-9083 or email us at .

March 2017

Mar 1:  Alex Tomowich & Jesse Martel, jazz duo.
Mar 2:  Samuel Bonnet Trio, w. guest Brad Cheeseman, jazz
Mar 3:  Cowboy Quartet: Vintage sounds with Tiny Bill Cody
Mar 4:  Cootes Paradise, Concert
Mar 8:  Adrean Farrugia hosts Mohawk Music showcase series
Mar 9:  Tamara Buckland hosts Spoken Word Open Mic
Mar 10:  Two Bands! Rock and Blues!
Mar 11:  Noche de poesia y musica (night of poetry and music)
Mar 15-16: Artword Theatre presents Mind Wars.
Mar 17: Adrean Farrugia Trio, feat, Drew Jurecka, jazz
Mar 18: Sufjan Stevens Tribute Night, host Brad Cheeseman
Mar 19: World Storytelling Day stories
Mar 22: Future is Female play reading
Mar 23: Hisaka w. George Keller, jazz vocalist from Japan
Mar 24: M.E Law and guests, singer-songwriter
Mar 25: Jennis folk-blues
Mar 29: Guitarist Doug Murphy
Mar 30: 60s Folk Revival Sing-a-long
Mar 31: Chris Wallace’s Many Names Jazz Trio



Tamara Buckland hosts Spoken Word Open Mic
Thursday March 9, 2017, 8 pm.
An Open Mic for Spoken Word Artists, hosted by Tamara Buckland. View the event on Facebook and message Tamara to sign up. 

Noche de poesia y musica (night of poetry and music)
Saturday March 11, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 or sliding scale. 
We welcome back this year another Noche Bohemia (a night of poetry and music) called Grito de Mujer (Woman Scream), in honour of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2017). The night is dedicated to raising awareness about violence against women and girls. There will be poetry and music. The poets include: Amaluna, Constanza Duran, and others TBA. Musicians TBA… 

Artword Theatre projects showcase - Mind Wars
Wednesday March 15 and Thursday March 16, 2017, at 8 pm. pwyc/$10.
Artword Theatre presents Mind Wars: a theatre exploration about the 1960s, when politics became a struggle over reality and perception. Actual testimony and interviews bring back the Yippies vs the CIA, Black Activists vs the FBI, brainwashing, mind control and propaganda of the era. Conceived and assembled by director Ronald Weihs. This is the second in a series of theatre projects in the works, with Artistic Director Ronald Weihs. To find out more, and how to participate, or just attend, call 905-543-8512 or email:,

World Storytelling Day stories
Sunday March 19, 2017, from 2 to 4 pm.
Come listen to stories! Members of The Burlington Storytellers’ Guild tell tales with the theme of Transformation, in honour of World Storytelling Day. Guild members are dedicated to the growth, development and expansion of oral tradition storytelling as an art form. 

Future Is Female play reading
Wednesday March 22, 2017, at 7:30.
Hamilton’s Make Art Theatre presents an evening of three play-readings as part of The Future is Female Festival. Featured readers are Cadance Allen, Liz Buchanan, Sean Emberley, Carlos Jimenez, Kenneth Johnson, Tina Kocic, Amy Noelle Milligan, and Amber Wood. The plays featured are: How to Date a Politically-Correct Feminist (Or, the Compassion Experiment) by Emma Harr, Press  by Alice Stanley Jr., and Low & Away by Demetra Kareman 


Alex Tomowich & Jesse Martel, jazz duo
Wednesday March 1, 2017, at 8 pm, $5. 
Alex Tomowich (piano) and Jesse Martel (guitar) play a mixture of freely improvised jazz, as well as specially arranged jazz standards, and some jazz-based original compositions in multiple genres. Alex Tomowich is a jazz pianist studying music in the Applied Music program at Mohawk College and Jesse Martel is a jazz guitarist who graduated from the Applied Music program at Mohawk College.

Samuel Bonnet Trio, w. guest Brad Cheeseman, jazz 
Thursday March 2, 2017. at 8 pm, $15. 
The Samuel Bonnet Trio, on tour from Montreal: Samuel Bonnet on guitar, Elli Miller-Maboungou on percussion and Julien Fillion on saxophone, with special guest Brad Cheeseman on bass. In 2015, the Samuel Bonnet Quartet received the “Coup de Coeur Prize” at the Montreal Vision Diversité competition and in July 2016 was selected to be part of the TD Jazz Competition, at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Cowboy Quartet: Vintage Sounds, w. Tiny Bill Cody
Friday March 3, 2017, at 8:30 pm, $15. 
Tiny Bill Cody, vocals and guitar, and his Cowboy Quartet: Vintage Sounds show, with Mimi Shaw vocals/guitar, Orange McFarland bass, Jeff Griffiths drums. They will play your favourite country weepers, cowboy ballads, and early rock crooners. Not to be missed. 

Cootes Paradise Concert 
Saturday March 4, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Reserve 905-543-8512 or book online
A new powerhouse band of familiar faces: Cootes Paradise, a collective of six musicians who chose to play together, combining their many talents. Their music is roots-based: bluesy, funky, and filled with soul. Band members are: Amy Di Nino (drums), Wayne Krawchuk (guitar/vocals), Sue Leonard (vocals), Lily Sazz (keyboards/vocals), Ian Taylor (bass), Mark Volkov (flute, violin, sax).

Adrean Farrugia hosts Mohawk Music showcase series
Wednesday March 8, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students.
A new showcase series from Mohawk College Music, featuring teachers and students coming together to make music, organized by pianist Adrean Farrugia and bassist Clark Johnston. Mohawk students for Wed March 8 are Devon Savas bass, Cooper Hannahson drums, and Alex Tomowich piano.

Two Bands! Rock and blues!
Friday March 10, 2017, 8 pm, Art Crawl tip jar.
A lively busy Friday night at Artword Artbar. Joey DePaiva, bass, and Shelby Crego, guitar, are bringing two bands from Mohawk Music, playing mostly rock and blues. One long set each. Band 1: Aoife Doyle vocals, Leah Korkowski vocals, Shirley Simpson vocals, Graysen Lee guitar, Shelby Crego guitar, Jamie Bekyarovich guitar, Joey DePaiva bass, Nik Hurst keyboards & piano, Cooper Hannahson drums. Band 2: Lauren Perreira vocals, Shelby Crego guitar, Olivia Brown bass, Miles Branaugh keys, Cooper Hannahson drums. 

Adrean Farrugia hosts Mohawk Music showcase series, jazz. 
Friday March 17, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 / $10 students. 
Jazz with the Adrean Farrugia Trio featuring violinist Drew Jurecka.  Adrean Farrugia piano, Drew Jurecka violin/vocals, Clark Johnston bass. Drew Jurecka, violinist, has spent ten years playing jazz in Toronto, and has become an in-demand sideman and session player. Adrean Farrugia has been featured on more than 30 albums to date garnering multiple Juno awards and nominations and has performed internationally. Clark Johnston started his professional career as a bassist in 1994 and has since worked with the likes of Diana Panton, Peter Appleyard, Gene DiNovi, Reg Schwager, Don Thompson, John Sherwood, the Mike Malone Jazz Orchestra, as well as the Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra–just to name a few. 

Sufjan Stevens Tribute Night, host Brad Cheeseman.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.
Come on and feel the Illinoise! Spend an evening hearing the music of Sufjan Stevens, delightfully reimagined and rearranged for an all-instrumental band of great local musicians

Hisaka, w. George Koller, jazz vocalist from Japan
Thursday March 23, 2017, at 8 pm, $15.
Currently based in Tokyo, Hisaka visits Canada on occasion for performances to keep active in the world-wide music scene. Hisaka first came to Toronto in 2011 to pursue her music dream and became actively involved in the Toronto music scene, including the appearance of Jazz FM91.1 One Stop Vocal Jazz Safari

M.E. Law, and guests, singer-songwriter. 
Friday March 24, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 (or $15 includes CD). 
Singer-songwriter M.E. Law returns to Artword Artbar. She brings tales of her life to the table: songs behind the stories and stories behind the songs, spiked with a gentle, ribald sense of humour, and at times aching honesty. All are delivered in a unique voice and style all her own. Opening set by local singer-songwriters Sarah Farr and Christine Leakey.

Jennis: Dennis Gaumond & Jen Gillmor
Saturday March 25, 2017, at 8 pm, $10.
Back at Artword Artbar! The wonderful  folk-blues duo Jennis brings together award-winning Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond‘s decades of experience writing and performing original blues and folk and the diverse musical experiences of veteran Toronto indie-scene multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is also augmented by unusual sounds, such as didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator. It makes for a very entertaining performance, filled with energy, passion and humour.

Guitarist Doug Murphy
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 8 pm, $10 reg / $5 students.
A return appearance of “It Is What It Is” — fusion psychedelic jazz featuring the far-out fabulous Doug Murphy on guitar, with Alana Gunn bass, Oscar Galbraith drums, Mike Ricci sax and flute. All original compositions, mostly by Doug himself. Also some free-form improvisations.

60s Folk Revival Sing-a-long
Thursday March 30, 2017, at 8 pm, $15.
This 60s Folk Revival sing-a-long concert features Sue Peters (vocals),  Michelle Rumball (vocals), Dwight Peters (vocals, 6 & 12 string guitars) and Tony Laviola (double bass). Imagine an evening that transforms the Artword Artbar into one of the 1960s coffeehouses of Yorkville or Greenwich Village. The lyrics have meaning, the voices are true and passionate in solo and in harmony, and the music inspires the audience to join in. The show covers the songs of the great singers and poets including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Ian & Sylvia, Peter Paul and Mary, and Phil Ochs. Song-sheets are provided.

Chris Wallace’s Many Names Jazz Trio
Friday March 31, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 / $10 students.
A return visit from Chris Wallace‘s Many Names Trio feat Adrean Farrugia on piano, Artie Roth on bass, and Chris Wallace on drums. This top shelf trio will be playing classic jazz standards and modern compositions by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Esbjorn Svensson, Miles Davis, Mulgrew Miller and others.

Artword Artbar - 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 20:30
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 20:00
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 20:00
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 20:00
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 14:00
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 20:00
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 20:00
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 20:00
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 20:00
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 20:00
Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton, ON

2017 Hamilton Winterfest

Winterfest is a celebration of the city of Hamilton and the beauty of the winter season. Hamiltonians are encouraged to get out, connect with others and explore the richness of their communities for 17 fun-filled days from February 4 to 20, 2017. This annual program is celebrating its 39th year with participating partners including neighbourhood associations, galleries, museums, theatres, and recreation centres.

Winter-inspired art, heritage and recreation programming in communities across the coity will move Hamilton residenst to get out, connect with others and explore for 17 days. Among the Hamilton Arts Council affiliated members participating in Winterfest are:

Discover for yourself that Hamilton is a city that doesn't hibernate in the wintertime! For more information and a complete schedule visit

Saturday, February 4, 2017 (All day) to Monday, February 20, 2017 (All day)

REVEL: December Artcrawl [Form Contemporary Dance Theatre]

Come and check out what Form Contemporary Dance Theatre is up to! We'll be performing excerpts of our lastest work REVEL for one evening only! Come revel in a dance party for a night of genuine fun. Be the first to see a sneak peak of the Form CDT piece that will be performed as part of Variations of Silence, January 14th at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre (facebook event on Form CDT fan page). 

Friday December 9th 2016 is Artcrawl on James St. N.   Come to the back studio on the ground floor at 126 James St. N in the Art Forms studio. The performance is at 8pm and is pay-what-you-can. Here is a link to the facebook event

And if that doesn't entice you, well then maybe red balloons will instead!

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 20:00 to 21:00
126 James Street North, Hamilton, ON

ArtsFEST 2016 [Historic Waterdown Arts & Events]

ArtsFEST 2016

Welcome to ArtsFEST 2016 – a celebration of the arts in all its forms, in historic Waterdown, Ontario. Nestled between Burlington and Hamilton on top of the Niagara Escarpment, Waterdown is one of the fastest growing communities in Ontario, and in its historic downtown core are some of the oldest buildings in the province, with great restaurants, cafes, and shops – the perfect place to hold an upscale family friendly festival featuring jazz, classical, folk & world music, fine art exhibits, dozens of artisan vendors, and all kinds of arts activities. There is something for everyone who appreciates arts & culture. ArtsFEST Waterdown – The Festival…refined! is produced by Historic Waterdown Arts & Events – a registered non-profit organization, operating for the purpose of community building and the economic development of downtown historic Waterdown, by establishing it as a destination for arts, music and culture. Waterdown – GTA’s gateway to the Niagara Escarpment – is a growing community, new housing construction projects are springing up surrounding a historic downtown core. ArtsFest will be a focal point for residents of the community, engaging them with visitors from GTA and beyond, as they discover the cultural diversity of Canadian visual and musical artists, and the area’s local businesses.

For full info on the music and activities at the Festival, go to


WHEN: Saturday August 20 - Sunday August 21, 2016
WHERE: Various locations in downtown Waterdown
INFO: For further info email

Saturday, August 20, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, August 21, 2016 (All day)
Downtown Waterdown (various)

Black, White and Read All Over: Steel Shots [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]

Black, White and Read All Over: Steel Shots

June 29 @ 10:00 am - July 30 @ 4:00 pm

Catch glimpses of local and labour history through the lens of Steel Shots,
the periodical produced by United Steelworkers Local 1005,
which was at one time Canada’s largest basic steel union local.

These newspapers display the politics, lives and leisure of Stelco workers
over the second half of 20th century. Come read stories in original printed copies
that give insights into the values, concerns and activities that were part of worker’s lives,
from labour actions, parades and celebrations to reflections on work
in particular mills and shops, and at home in the greater Hamilton community.

For more information visit:

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, July 30, 2016 (All day)
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

Lives/Labour/Lost [Factory Media Centre]

Join the Factory Media Centre for Art Crawl on Friday, July 8, for an evening of free film screenings. The three films being shown are themed around factory work and the people who are affected by working conditions, plant closures, and job loss.

July 8 at 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM




Philip Hoffman, 2014, 15 mins

This multi-framed work weaves several inter-connected threads of loss: of land and agriculture, of property and business, through political, social, economic and environmental slaughter. The materials in this archive are gleaned from public and personal sources such as the National Archive of Canada, in the story of a nineteenth century aboriginal woman and land rights activist Nahnebahwequay (1824-65) and more recently organic farmer Michael Schmidt, from excerpts of the Farmer’s Advocate and Family Herald publications 1958-1968, also a trip into the artist’s familial past, and the rise and fall of his family’s slaughterhouse and pork processing plant, Hoffman Meats (1951-81), in Kitchener, Ontario.


Lesley Loksi Chan, 2009, 10:43 mins

The arrival of a new worker to a jeans factory causes changes to the rhythms of the workplace. This mysterious narrative integrates personal and collective history with fiction. The visuals were created with both found images and original photography reproduced on acetate sheets which were subsequently sewn together and projected onto a wall and video-taped. This mixed-media work is a reflection on the repetitive labour and materiality of textile work and the im/possibilities for resistance to challenging working conditions.


John Bartley, Chantal Silveria, Monika Benkovich, 2016, 5:14 mins

Local steelworkers and retirees march together to fight for their pensions and other benefits owed to them by U.S. Steel Canada. A collection at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre shows the importance of this work and the history of labour in Hamilton. This short documentary was created by students in Factory Media Centre’s ‘Take 1, 2, 3 Workshop Series’ facilitated by Cher Obediah.


FACTORY MEDIA CENTRE is located at 228 James St. N.

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 19:00 to 23:00
228 James Street North, Hamilton, ON

Historic Downtown Waterdown Art Walk [Historic Waterdown Arts & Events]

Historic Downtown Waterdown Art Walk

The first annual Historic Downtown Waterdown Art Walk is being held in downtown Waterdown courtesy of Historic Waterdown Arts & Events located at the Griffin House Arts Culture & Innovation Business Centre. A variety of arts and culture organizations will be taking part in this special event that coincides with the 2nd annual Hamilton Arts Week.

Among the organizations participating in the art walk are:

  • True North Gallery                             23 Griffin St
  • Creative Works Art Studio                23 Main St South
  • Creative Insight Pottery                     23 Main St South
  • Jitterbug Cafe & Gallery                     35 Main St N
  • Copper Kettle Cafe & Gallery          312 Dundas St E
  • Waterdown Goldsmith & Studio        9 Mill St
  • Artifacts Wood Art Studio                 9 Mays Crescent                
  • Bear Paw Pottery  Studio                  57 Elgin Street – Backyard Studio
  • Requiem Tattoo &  Gallery              64 Hamilton St North, Unit 13

WHEN: Saturday June 11, 2PM – 5pm
WHERE: Various locations in downtown Waterdown
INFO: For further info contact Geoff Kulawick at

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 14:00 to 17:00
Downtown Waterdown (various)

Harvest Sweep Gather [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]


OPENING FRIDAY, MAY 13th at 7:00 - 9:00 pm
in WAHC's Main Gallery
Runs May 13 to Aug 20, 2016

Harvest, Sweep, Gather is a two-person exhibition of work by Gail Bourgeois (Gatineau, PQ) and Riaz Mehmood (Thunder Bay, ON).

We live in a culture of surveillance. New technologies present us with a barrage of imagery to consume and distract, all the while facilitating our capacity to both watch and be watched. This exhibition presents perspectives on past and present modes of surveillance and conflict. Shadows of cold war paranoia and union-busting initiatives, workplace surveillance, incendiary weapons, Islamophobia and controversial government initiatives such as Bill C-51 can be found in works by two contemporary artists that together, evoke historic and contemporary collective insecurities.

Gatineau-based artist Gail Bourgeois’ Cold War Pieces investigate the climate of fear associated with the cold war period though an evocative lexicon of archival and popular images presented as evidence. This body of work is the result of Bourgeois’ residency at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum in 2014. Pakistani-Canadian artist Riaz Mehmood combines the form of the mechanized drone with the folk form of Pakistani truck art to comment on their impact as a form of invasive technology on both privacy and human rights both in South Asia and around the globe.

Harvest, Sweep, Gather attempts to give form to acts of watching, seeking and collecting of bodies and data, and points to the consequences of these acts on civilians and workers. This exhibition will be accompanied by an essay by Siobhan Angus. Please join us for the public opening reception of Harvest, Sweep, Gather on Friday, May 13th from 7-9 pm. A range of auxiliary programs will support this exhibition and be announced over the course of the Spring season.

Gail Bourgeois is a founding member of Powerhouse Gallery (La Centrale, Montréal) and has founded or formed part of a dozen artists’ collectives. In 2013, she was invited artist in residence at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum (catalogue essay by Marcia Lea, 2014). Currently, she is engaged with the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art at the Ottawa Art Gallery in the development of new works toward a solo exhibition opening in the summer 2016. Previous solo exhibitions include: Incidental things, Research-in-Art Project Room (catalogue essay by Petra Halkes, 2011) and Particle Factor, IPO Gallery (publication essay by Natasha Mazurka, 2008) both in Ottawa, Ontario. In December 2016, she will present new works for a two-person exhibition at the Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario. Gail Bourgeois holds an MFA from Concordia University (Montréal, Québec) and has been shown professionally since 1985. She maintains a studio based drawing practice where themes and methods of working express the tension between academic knowledge and more experimental forms of knowledge based on her interest in collective practices and community engagement.

Riaz Mehmood is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Pakistan. After obtaining a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Peshawar, Riaz went on to complete the Integrated Media program at Ontario College of Art and Design (2005) and an MFA from the University of Windsor (2012). His artistic oeuvre encompasses a range of practices including performance, video, photography and new media. These works have explored a number of issues related to identity, history and media. Riaz has also been involved with a number of artist-run centres and served on the boards of SAVAC and articule. His works have been shown internationally, including the US, Canada, Egypt, Pakistan and Indonesia.

For more information visit:

Friday, May 13, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, August 20, 2016 (All day)
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 19:00 to 21:00
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton