Art of Creating the Oral History [Building Cultural Legacies]

Come and learn the art of conducting oral history interviews.  Whether you are interested in recording your own family history or working on anoral history project, this workshop is for you.  These sessions will help you get organized, develop proper interview skills and etiquette, and provide helpful tips for executing a successful oral history interview.  Please contact Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives at 905-546-3408 to register.

Sessions are available on the following dates:

  • Tuesday August 14th 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • Thursday August 16th 5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Saturday August 18th 2:00pm-3:30pm

This workshop is presented in conjunction with Building Cultural Legacies, a project that will collect and share the history of Hamilton visual arts scene from 1950 - 2000. Building Cultural Legacies is made possible by the Hamilton Public Library, the Hamilton Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

For more information on Building Cultural Legacies, follow the LINK.

WHERE: Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch, Wentworth Room, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON
INFO: Call the Library at 905-546-3408to RSVP. You must call to reserve your spot for this event

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 17:00 to 18:30
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch, Wentworth Room, 55 York Blvd.

One Day Build Your Own Ring Workshop

In this one day workshop you will develop the skills to craft your own band ring. Silver is included and you have the option to texture or stamp your own designs. You will work directly with a goldsmith and there's no experience necessary! 

This course price is $95 per person. All ages are welcome- if under the age of 16 parental supervision is required.

The workshop is held in the Waterdown Goldsmith studio. There is plenty of free parking directly behind our building. 

Please call (905) 689-5222 or stop by the studio to sign up for the course. Our studio hold up to 6 students per class so space is limited.

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 13:00 to 15:00
Waterdown Goldsmith

AiDa presents Drama Tuesday for Hamilton Art Week

AiDa presents Drama Tuesday for Hamilton Arts Week!

IMAGINATION soars, kids sparkle and shine from within through Dramatic Arts fun!

For ages 6-12 and Youth Initiative Mentor | Leaders in Training for secondary students to earn community service credit while making a difference! Located in the heart of Westdale we inspire creative expression and self-discovery while focusing on colloboration, fair play, respect, acts of kindess, anti-bullying tools, literacy to lift the human spirit! 


Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 16:30 to 18:00
167 Cline Avenue North

Critique Night [Hamilton Artists Inc.]

Critique Night

Facilitated by Claire Bartleman

Join us on Wednesday, January 17th at Hamilton Artists Inc. for a critique night facilitated by artist Claire Bartleman. This is an opportunity to share your artwork, offer feedback, learn how to self-critique and meet other artists in your community in a relaxed and supportive environment. Critique night is not medium specific and open to artists of all levels. Please register in advance and send a high-resolution image of the work you would like to discuss to RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Claire Bartleman was raised in Montreal, Quebec where she graduated with distinction from Concordia University with a BFA in Art History (2007) and followed with BFA in Drawing and Painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (2015). Currently she is an MFA student at Western University where her practice focuses on textiles and soft sculpture.

Her work involves collecting unfinished textile-based crafts projects and recontextualizing them within the contemporary art world in order to engage with questions of failure, craft and Do-It-Yourself culture and the history of textile and feminist art. Positioning herself between the maker and the readymade, she looks to simultaneously acknowledge the skills of the craftswomen and that of the artist.

Presented in Partnership with the Hamilton Arts Council, Visual Arts Committee

WHEN: Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 PM
​WHERE: Hamilton Artists Inc., 155 James St North, Hamilton, ON L8R 2K9
DETAILS: Limit of 20 participants; RSVP required

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 19:00 to 21:00
Hamilton Artists Inc., 155 James St North, Hamilton, ON L8R 2K9

Salsa Lessons in Hamilton

Make 2018 the year you step (or dance!) out of your comfort zone... Your years as a wallflower are over! Come meet new people, learn a new skill & stay healthy this year :). New Classes Begin Wednesday January 17th

Beginner Salsa (Wed 7:30-8:30-6 wks)
Pre-Intermediate Salsa (Thurs 7:30-8:30-6 wks)
Intermediate Salsa (Thurs 8:30-9:30-6 wks)
Open Level Bachata (Thurs 6:30-7:30-4 wks)

No Partner or Experience Necessary! 
*Registration is required*
Early Bird Registration Ends January 10th  
Online at
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624 Upper James Street (beside the Urban Zoo)
905 537 6451

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 19:30 to Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 21:30
624 Upper James Street Hamilton ON L9C 2Z1

Acting for the Camera [Theatre Aquarius Artist GYM]

Acting for the Camera

 Cost: $10
To register:
Dates: January 16th, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 55 Wentworth St. South

Join co-founder's of Hamilton Film Centre's (HFC)

JUNO RINALDI , CBC's Workin' Moms, Degrassi, Arrow, The Killing, FRINGE, Supernatural and SHAUN SMYTH, FRINGE, Almost Human, Once Upon a time in Wonderland, The Killing, Arrow, Murdoch Mysteries in a rare opportunity to learn about,


Over the course of the evening we will cover:

• the difference between auditioning for film and TV
• how to take control of your audition
• how to make interesting choices
• breaking down the scene
• how to prepare your sides
• what casting directors look for
• what to look for in an agent
• next steps

*Participants will be required bring a memorized scene from a Film or TV episode.*

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 19:00 to 21:00
Theatre Aquarius, 190 King William St., Hamilton, ON

Preschool Puppet Playhouse [Studio Babette Puppet Theatre]

Join Studio Babette Puppet Theatre for a series of workshops for kids every Tuesday of each month for a fun filled time with puppet shows, puppet making workshops, music, rhymes & sing-a-longs, all with a unique Dundas connection. This series of workshops is being done in partnership with the Dundas Museum & Archives.

This event is running from 9 January 2018 until 12 June 2018. It is next occurring on 9 January 2018 10:00 am.

  • Upcoming Dates:
    • 9 January 2018 10:00 am
    • 13 February 2018 10:00 am
    • 13 March 2018 10:00 am
    • 10 April 2018 10:00 am
    • 8 May 2018 10:00 am
    • 12 June 2018 10:00 am

Space is limited so call Dundas Museum & Archives now to reserve your spot!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 10:00 to 12:00
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:00 to 12:00
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 10:00 to 12:00
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 10:00 to 12:00
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:00 to 12:00
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 10:00 to 12:00
Dundas Museum and Archives, 139 Park Street West, Dundas, Ontario

Artist Talks - Lorrie Gallant [Dundas Valley School of Art]

Artist Talks - Lorrie Gallant

Tuesday, January 30 – 10:30 a.m.  Free.  No registration required.
Snow date: February 13

Lorrie Gallant is a writer, illustrator, storyteller, visual artist and educator, born and raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is from the Cayuga Nation and the Turtle Clan. Lorrie is the author and illustrator of her own series of children’s books. She has led collaborative projects exhibited at Mackenzie House Museum, the PanAm Games, and Nuit Blanche Arts Festival in Toronto. She was the first woman/ Indigenous person/artist educator to receive the Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award in 2015.

For more information, click here.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:30 to 12:00
Dundas Valley School of Art, 21 Ogilvie St, Dundas, ON

Winterblooms [Dundas Valley School of Art]

Dundas Valley School of Art, Carnegie Gallery and Dundas Museum & Archives present


January 25 – 28, 2018

Beautiful floral displays and great art in the midst of winter.

Three prominent Dundas locations once again present a walking tour of exhibits featuring original artworks and precious artifacts, accompanied by floral arrangements that take their inspiration from their paired work of art.

Opening receptions at all three exhibit locations Thursday, January 25th  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Opening remarks at Carnegie Gallery, 6:30 p.m.

Exhibition times:
Friday, January 26th: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 27th: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 28th: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Free entry to exhibits at all three locations
Dundas Valley School of Art – 21 Ogilvie St, Dundas
Carnegie Gallery – 10 King St W, Dundas
Dundas Museum & Archives – 139 Park St W, Dundas

For more information, click here.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, January 28, 2018 (All day)
Dundas Valley School of Art, 21 Ogilvie St, Dundas

Starting a Creative Business - in Hamilton [Work In Culture]

This one-day workshop provides the basic tools of creating, developing and putting together a solid creative business idea while beginning the process of constructing the accompanying business plan. Through interactive, reflective, left-brain and right-brain activities the participants get to step into the business mind frame and leave with the structure of their business more clearly defined. “Starting a Creative Business” is an initiative of WorkInCulture to support creative professionals of diverse artistic disciplines who are thinking about building a creative enterprise.


  • Step into the business mind frame.
  • Build a bridge from creative professional to creative business.
  • Clarify your business idea and direction and create the base of your business plan.
  • Get to know your local business and creative sector supports and community.

Guest speakers: TBD

Snjezana Pruginic is a creative business professional and facilitator with over 10 years of experience in the creative sector as a dancer, producer, writer, community art facilitator and art manager. She is also the co-founder and facilitator of "Business of Arts", an art entrepreneurship workshop for visual artists.

WHERE: Theatre Aquarius, Dofasco Centre for the Arts, Ron and Donna Patterson Lobby, 190 King William St., Hamilton, ON
WHEN: Friday, January 26, 2018 from 9 AM to 5 PM EST

"Starting a Creative Business - in Hamilton" would not be possible without the following partners.

Presenting Partner: Hamilton Arts Council

Space Sponsor: Theatre Aquarius

Lunch Sponsor: City of Hamilton Hamilton Economic Development

Funder: Ontario Trillium Foundation

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 09:00 to 17:00
Theatre Aquarius, 190 King William St., Hamilton, ON