Ever since December turned the corner, I’ve been seeing a lot of interest in our gift-giving season, from the international scale of generosity on #GivingTuesday (and thank you to all of you who chose to donate to the Hamilton Arts Council this week!) to many of our local businesses enticing Hamiltonians to buy local this holiday season.
Of course, you could go one step further by buying local and buying local art at the same time. A lot of our members and friends in the Hamilton arts community have been shouting out some great gift-giving options – I’ve seen so many this week that it only makes sense to bring them all together for your shopping convenience.
GritLit took to Twitter today to announce some amazing writers coming to town for next year’s festival taking place April 16-19, 2015 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Starting next week, you can purchase advance weekend passes at Bryan Prince Bookseller for the bookworm in your life who would no doubt be thrilled to rub elbows with the likes of Ian Hamilton, Heather O’Neill, Russell Wangersky and Richard Wagamese.
Speaking of books, we’ve been rolling out the shortlists for the 21st Annual Hamilton Literary Awards these last couple weeks and there’s plenty of great local authors waiting to be enjoyed. Have a look at our recent blog posts on the Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry short lists – many of these titles will be available at one of our fantastic local booksellers like Bryan Prince, J.H. Gordon Books, Epic Books and A Different Drummer Books.
Hamilton has no shortage of talented ceramicists and you’ll find many of them plus a wealth of all things artist-made in the Small Works Christmas show at Dundas’ Carnegie Gallery, which will be open seven days a week starting this Monday December 8 to give you extra time for shopping.
For a different sort of art buying experience, Cobalt Connects has brought back Community Supported Art for its second year. The 2014 Collection features works by local artists Greg Voisin, Andrea Carvalho, Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, Jesse Senko and Chris Farias, with a small number of 2013 Collections also available for purchase. The 2014 Collection will be available for a full year, but buying in the next few days will also get you and four friends free admission to the CSA Pick-Up Party at the Players Guild on December 10.
The Hamilton Children's Choir has been busy travelling around the world this past year but you can also listen to this internationally acclaimed youth ensemble in your own home. Until December 12, the choir is offering all three of their CD recordings for the price of two, including a number of holiday-friendly tracks.
We’re partway through the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2014-2015 season, but you still have the chance to customize a 3-concert subscription for your favourite classical music fan starting from $61. Those purchasing subscriptions at A-, B- and C-level will also receive a single complementary ticket for themselves.
Or if someone on your list would rather make music than watch, Sheepdog Studios has a great holiday offering in the form of a gift package to record, mix and master your own acoustic single using standard singer/songwriter instrumentation.
All these offerings barely scratch the surface of all the arts you could be enjoying in Hamilton over the holidays - don't forget to keep an eye on our Events page or subscribe to our Hamilton Arts Events newsletter to find out about the shows and concerts coming up this season!