GROW Investment Workshop [Ontario Trillium Foundation]

Ontario Trillium Foundation - GROW stream workshop

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is currently hosting in-person workshops and webinars for nonprofits interested in applying for grants under our popular Grow Investment Stream

Grow grants are designed for community projects that will:

  • Launch, replicate, or adapt an already proven, evidence-based program
  • Increase in scale to impact more people
  • Improve and increase the positive impact in the community

Plan to attend one of our workshops or on-line Webinars so that your organization will be ready to submit a good quality grant application ahead of the June 28, 2017, deadline for Grow grant applications. The full-day workshops, led by experienced OTF staff, will take community organizations through a Grow grant application step-by-step.

We hope you’ll join us at a local session or webinar. Please feel free to share these exciting opportunities with other organizations in your community.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 from 9 AM to 4 PM
INFO: Register here for the HAMILTON GROW Workshop

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 09:00 to 16:00

Staircase April Events [Staircase Theatre]



 There’s always something happening at Hamilton’s one
 and only Staircase.This multi-use theatre and performance
 venue has hosted theatre premiers, comedy and film festivals,
 and features regular improv and karaoke night along with
 much more.

Check out what’s happening!

APRIL 2017

Friday April 21, 2017 at 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Cafe - 27 Dundurn St. North 

All are welcome at a poetry reading on Friday April 21 by Madhur Anand at The Staircase Theatre. The reading is part of John Douglas Taylor conference, Resilience in a Multispecies World, organized through the department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster. The reading is open to the public, and will take place from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Anand has a PhD in theoretical ecology from Western University, and is currently a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. Light snacks will be provided, and attendees can purchase beverages (licensed).

For more information, visit

Thursday April 27, 2017 at 7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Cafe - 27 Dundurn St. North 

The Mixup 2: It’s Your Turn
The Mixup is a monthly performance event where artists and non-artists come together to show off and play. We are accepting submissions for our second show at the Staircase Cafe Theatre. Message The Mixup at for more information.

What would you do with 10 minutes onstage? It’s your turn.

cover at the door, $5.00 per person 

Friday April 28, 2017 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Cafe - 27 Dundurn St. North  

Wisterium Music is the passionate musical duo of Jennifer Molinaro (vocals/piano) and Celeste Konopka (violin). Their musical style blends jazz, folk and classical roots into rich acoustic soundscapes. Combining the harmonies of Debussy and Chopin with Celtic and Scandinavian melodies, Wisterium Music joyfully explores both well-known and original musical improvisations.

For more information: 

Saturday April 29, 2017 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Elaine Mae Theatre - 25 Dundurn St. North

This Saturday intensive will focus on creating comedy personas on the fly. The process uses movement, observation, vocalization and history to create honest and real comedic characters. Improv experience recommended by not essential.

Cost is $75. Contact to sign up. Wear comfortable clothing. Lunch break is from noon to 1pm. Lunch is NOT provided. Class size is limited to 12 people. This course is part of the Staircase Improv Core Curriculum. Ages 16 and up.

Pre-registration is required


Friday, April 21, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 19:00 to 21:00
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:00
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 09:00 to 16:00
Staircase Cafe & Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North, Hamilton

2017 Spring Market [The Cotton Factory]


Hamilton’s Creative Arts Centre in the heart of lower Hamilton
In the heart of lower Hamilton, this former industrial building from 1900 is a prime example of adaptive reuse.
It has been transformed from a cotton mill into a creative industries complex, with space for workshops, galleries,
office space for creative professionals, and studios for artists.   Filmmakers, photographers and special events
are also drawn to the building by its unique aesthetic and its historic charm.

270 Sherman Avenue North, Suite 201,
Hamilton ON, L8L 6N4
Phone +1 905 547-8256

Cotton Factory Spring Market

May 6 – May 7 from 10AM to 4PM

The Cotton Factory - 270 Sherman Ave N, Hamilton 

The tenants of Hamilton's Cotton Factory are at it again! Don't miss this incredible two day outdoor handmade market! Join us Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7th from 10am-4pm both days for amazing shopping, live music, food and lots more! The talented artists and business owners of the Cotton Factory offer stunning and one of a kind art, clothing, classes and handmade goods from every medium imaginable. Bring the kids, call a friend and come enjoy a great weekend in The Courtyard - located off the back parking lot next to The Loading Dock.


Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 10:00 to 16:00
270 Sherman Ave. N., Hamilton

Georgia O'Keefe [Carnegie Gallery]

The Carnegie Gallery presents the Carnegie Lecture Series:


Georgia O’Keefe was a trailblazing figure in American modernism. Join artist and DVSA instructor Regina Haggo as she leads a discussion on the work of O’Keefe which will coincide with the AGO’s major retrospective of the art and legacy of this profoundly influential artist.

On May 6th, join the Carnegie Gallery for their Georgia O’Keeffe at the AGO Bus Tour. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the beautiful innovative art of Georgia O’Keeffe. Making its only stop in North America at the AGO, Georgia O’Keeffe features more than 80 works of art capturing the essence of her deeply personal connection to the landscape, architecture and nature that inspired her iconic style. 

This talk and tour is part of the Carnegie Lecture Series of engaging, entertaining, and educational illustrated talks.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 from 7-8:00pm
TIX: Members $10, Non-members $12; available from the Carnegie Gallery.
WHERE: Carnegie Gallery, 10 King St. West, Dundas, (905) 627-4265

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:00
Carnegie Gallery, 10 King St. West, Dundas, ON

Stop Motion Animation Workshop [Factory Media Centre]




Introduction to Stop Motion Animation
Saturday, April 29, 2017
12pm - 4pm
Factory Media Centre
228 James St. North, Hamilton
For: Bedroom Filmmakers and Enthusiasts, ages 14+

This is a workshop for all who share an interest in stop-motion animation. We will explore various forms of stop-motion animation and screen some of the most innovative and influential stop-motion films made throughout the last century. Once we have a bit of history under our belts we will get into some instruction on how to animate using claymation, cut out, puppets, sand, and object animation techniques.

On top of the animation principles we will also touch on other things you’ll need to consider when creating a stop-motion world: lighting, props, lip sync, rigging, compositing, etc. For the last two hours we will rotate and take turns animating in the previously demonstrated forms of stop motion. We will also be playing animated films and hosting discussion during this time.

If you are attending, feel free to bring some objects to animate as well as a USB key to store your new work.



Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 12:00
Factory Media Centre, 228 James Street North, Hamilton, ON

May Day Weekend 2017 [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]

Serving to preserve, honour, and promote 
the culture & history of all working people.

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton  |  905.522.3003       
Public Hours:  Wed to Sat from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


May Day Weekend 2017

April 29 - April 30

Celebrate May Day Weekend, and the beginning of the growing season, with a series of family-friendly events brought to you by Workers Arts & Heritage Centre and the Hamilton and District Labour Council!

This year’s slate of May Day Weekend festivities will allow visitors to create works of art that reflect and honour agricultural workers in Canada and beyond. Drop in to contribute to a monumental work of public art by Dave Hind and the Aluminum Quilting Society, commissioned for by the city for the Hamilton Farmer’s Market, or sign up in advance for youth and adult printmaking workshops lead by local artists Matt McInnes and Ingrid Mayrhofer!

Sat, Apr 29 - Sun April 30 (10AM–4PM): Drop-In Public Art Studio with Dave Hind and the Aluminum Quilting Society

Sat, Apr 29 (1PM–4PM): Block Printing Workshop with Ingrid Mayrhofer

Sun, Apr 30 (10:30AM–1:30PM): Printmaking Workshop with Matt McInnes

Sun, Apr 30 (3PM–5PM): Celebration with Fito Molina and the Hamilton and District Labour Council

For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or

Saturday, April 29, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, April 30, 2017 (All day)
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

After Gold Mountain [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]

Serving to preserve, honour, and promote 
the culture & history of all working people.

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton  |  905.522.3003       
Public Hours:  Wed to Sat from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


After Gold Mountain: Selected Stories of Chinese Labourers in Canada

by Marlene Yuen
May 12 - August 19
Opening Reception: Friday, May 12th from 7-10 pm w/ artist in attendance

The first Chinese labourers arrived in Canada in 1788. In 1858, gold was discovered in the Fraser Canyon, British Columbia and many Chinese from southern China arrived in hopes of striking it rich, finding gold and starting a new life on “Gold Mountain,” their name for Canada.

From 1881-1885, Chinese rail workers endured appalling, dangerous work conditions and nearly 1000 men perished during the construction of the CPR. Life for Chinese workers after the railroad was characterized by hard work, and frequent discrimination. In After Gold Mountain, stories are told through a series of comic panels and screenprinted accordion books. These powerful, personal and informative stories recount working conditions on the railroad, and in fish canneries, laundromats, restaurants and fruit markets from British Columbia to Ontario. While early Chinese labourers in Canada were predominately male, this exhibit also shares how women and children played a role in the landscape of work and overcame the hardships of racism.

Marlene Yuen is a Vancouver-based artist who received her Bachelor’s in Studio Art in 1998 from the University of British Columbia. Marlene has exhibited at galleries, artist-run centres, and cultural events in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Japan. Although she is a multidisciplinary artist, her current focus is on handmade books and all things letterpress. She is a member of the Canadian Bookbinders Book Artist Guild, the Alcuin Society and Ladies of Letterpress.

For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or

Friday, May 12, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, August 12, 2017 (All day)
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

Microfunding Public Meeting


Come to a public discussion about microfunding for artists in Hamilton.

The Hamilton Arts Council is launching a project to assess the arts community’s priorities for short-term, small-scale funding support for artists and to develop a funding model to address those priorities. Based on community input on artists’ needs, we aim to develop a new funding model that can be funded, implemented, and sustained over time.

Light refreshments will be available.

WHEN: Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch (Hamilton Room), 55 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON
WHERE: Monday, May 01, 2017 from 7PM to 9PM

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 19:00 to 21:00
Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch, 55 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON

Kids Art Studios and Camps [AGH Kids]


Material Exploration

Saturdays: May 6, 13, 27, June 3, 10, 17
Ages: 7 to 9 | 9:30pm - 12:00pm 
Ages: 10+ | 1:00pm - 3:30pm 

Students will explore a variety of materials and themes, visiting the galleries for inspiration for a variety of projects including: drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, plaster and more. 

Early Bird Deadline: April 10
Early Bird Price: Members $90 | Non-Members $110

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 26
Price: Members $100 | Non-Members $120

PA Day Camps

Fridays: June 9 & June 23

Our camp programs provide fun and educational activities for children ages 4 and up. Presenting new and challenging art projects for children to explore. Camp sessions are 9am-4pm. Morning drop-off begins at 8:30am. Supervised lunch 12pm-1pm (Bring your own nut-free lunch, morning / afternoon snack + drink)

AGH Members $35 | Non-Members $40

Summer Camps

July 10 to August 25

Register for one week, or all 5 weeks! Our programs offer guided art making, creative exploration and opportunities for self expression. With a new theme each week, you can register for one, or for all 5 weeks!  Learn more here.

July 10 to 14: Art Express (ages 13+)
July 17 to 21: The Artist’s Studio
July 24 to 28: Creative Expressions
August 14 to 18: My Place in the World
August 21 to 25: Art Adventures

Early Registration (Before May 1):
AGH Members: $175 | Non-Members $200

After May 1: AGH Members: $195 | Non-Members $220

Tots and Tours

Art offers many opportunities for sensory exploration and creative play.
In this brand new program for toddlers, ages 18 to 36 months,
parents are invited to share creative experiences with their children.
A short gallery tour (strollers welcome!) followed by a story and
hands-on exploration will inspire and excite your little one.

Tuesdays: May 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Saturday, May 6, 2017 (All day) to Friday, August 25, 2017 (All day)
Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. West, Hamilton

Craft in the New Millennium [Carnegie Gallery]

The Carnegie Gallery presents the Carnegie Lecture Series:


Does craftsmanship matter in these times of mass consumerism and digital technology? How is the idea of craftsmanship affected by such movements as Sloppy Craft, Slow Craft and Craftivism? Denis Longchamps, Artistic Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Burlington, will address these issues in an illustrated talk that touches on the importance of crafts, and the relevance of the diversity of contemporary craft movements.

Following the lecture, Longchamps will do a walk and talk through the “Carnegie Craft 2017” juried biennial exhibition to discuss techniques and concepts using the items on display.

Craft in the New Millenium is part of the Carnegie Lecture Series of engaging, entertaining, and educational illustrated talks.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 7-8:30pm
TIX: Members $10, Non-members $12; available from the Carnegie Gallery.
WHERE: Carnegie Gallery, 10 King St. West, Dundas, (905) 627-4265



Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:30
Carnegie Gallery, 10 King St. West, Dundas, ON