Art Crawl

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

2016 Louder Than A Bomb Canada [Hamilton Youth Poetry SLAM]




This annual festival will take place May 6th to 14th - during Youth Mental Health Week, Youth Week Hamilton and National Youth Arts Week. This annual festival brings together writers, emcees, poets and poetry teams founded in schools and community centers for an annual competition each spring. As the largest youth poetry festival in the nation, this festival offers an opportunity to come together in a space that allows young people to speak and be heard.


WHEN: May 6 - 14, 2016
WHERE: Various (check the schedule)

Friday, May 6, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, May 14, 2016 (All day)
Various [Hamilton, ON]

Turbulent Forms [Factory Media Centre]

UK sound artist Dan Tapper shares some recent experiments for one night only at the Factory Media Center for April 2016 Art Crawl! Expect: macro cosmic sound art, code poetry & VLF recordings and diaries

Turbulent Forms is an exploration into the increasingly interdisciplinary work of sound artist Dan Tapper. From early works revealing the hidden world of Very Low Frequency (VLF) natural radio recorded with handmade devices. To generative art created in dialogue with machines, inspired by naturally occurring patterns. These works are presented alongside documentation for Dan’s latest work Heliosphere, an ongoing project investigating space through sound, data, text, image and imagination.

These three sections combine key elements of Dan’s work in sound and digital image alongside more recent areas such as data visualization, sonification and analogue image creation through photographic techniques such as long exposure light painting and hardware units such as oscilloscopes. The works presented act as snapshots in time capturing form found in the midst of chaos and noise. From images captured from generative systems, moments before there moment of collapse, to the sonic onslaught of the electromagnetic sounds of the London Underground, Turbulent Forms presents a sensory world of sound, image, chaos and beauty.

Dan Tapper is a sonic adventurer with a passion for making the unheard audible. He has worked extensively with recording Very Low Frequency natural radio. Dan’s work also touches on interactivity between sound and visual exploring simple rules to create complex and beautiful images.

WHERE: Factory Media Centre | 228 James Street North, Hamilton
WHEN: Art Crawl, April 08, 2016 from 7 - 11pm
905-577-9191 |

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 19:00 to 23:00
Factory Media Centre, 228 James Street North, Hamilton

Our Future Hamilton Summit 2016

Our Future Hamilton Summit 2016

In 2015, we asked Hamilton a simple question: What is your vision for the future of Hamilton?

Over 50,000 people from across our great city shared their ideas, hopes and dreams to create a new 25 year vision for our community. 

Read Hamilton's new community vision

Making Hamilton's community vision a reality depends on collaboration, information sharing and progress reporting. Please join us at the Our Future Hamilton Summit on April 22nd to discuss how we can work together to implement Hamilton's community vision.

Why should you attend?

  • Join other community institutions, partners and residents to discuss Hamilton's community vision.
  • Discover how your organization can align with others to make Hamilton's community vision a reality.
  • Provide input on how we work together, share information and measure and track our progress.
  • Share success stories about how local organizations and residents are working together to make our future Hamilton better.

WHEN: April 22, 2016; 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, with lunch following. Registration and breakfast begins at 8:00 am

WHERE: Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, ON, Canada


INFO: Bobbi Jo Beitz, City of Hamilton, (905) 546-2424 ext. 5913, or email:

WEB: Follow us on Twitter @cityofhamilton and use the event hashtag #futurehamont

Note: this event will have photo/videography during particular segments 

Presented by Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen's and The Carmen's Group


Friday, April 22, 2016 - 08:30 to 12:30
Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, ON, Canada

April Events at Artword [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 .

April 2016

April 1, 2016:  Worst Pop Band Ever and Sophia Perlman
April 2, 2016:  Cowboy Quartet: Tiny Bill Cody
April 7, 2016:  Jazz with the ON TOPIC Trio
April 8, 2016:  Jazz with the Aaron Z Trio
April 9, 2016:  Opera comediennes Millan & Faye: The Opera!
April 13, 2016:  Hamilton Regional Writers Group, meetings...
April 14, 2016:  Jazz vocal jam w. Sue Ramsay Trio, ...
April 15, 2016:  Singer-songwriters Jane Lewis & Joni NehRita
April 16, 2016:  Jude Johnson, w. Carl Horton & Mike Malone
April 21, 2016:  Big Dance, Little Stage, w. Learie Mc Nicolls
April 22, 2016:  Love & Spring: vocalist Colina Phillips w. Stacie McGregor piano
April 26 to May 8:  THEATRE: MacBush, the Musical, by David Dawson

Worst Pop Band Ever and Sophia Perlman
Friday April 1, 2016, at 8 pm, $10.
The Worst Pop Band Ever aka WPBE, featuring Adrean Farrugia (piano/keys) and Chris Gale (sax), along with Drew Birston (bass) and Tim Shia (drums). After a packed house during the Steel City Jazz Festival, the Worst Pop Band Ever returns to the Artword Artbar with their unique brand of rock-jazz.
This time they are joined by the amazing songstress Sophia Perlman and special guests, Well Plaid, Mohawk College 3rd year vocal majors.

Cowboy Quartet: Tiny Bill Cody
Saturday April 2, 2016, at 8:30 pm, $15.
Tiny Bill Cody, vocals and guitar, is back with his Cowboy Quartet: Tiny Bill Cody, Mimi Shaw, Orange McFarland, Jeff Griffiths. Tiny Bill explains: Here are four musicians who share a love for vintage country, rockabilly, and western crooning. They present here an array of original music and time worn chestnuts. Don’t be surprised by the yodeling, the preachifying, or the raucous harmonizing.

Jazz with the ON TOPIC Trio
Thursday April 7, 2016, at 8 pm, $10.
Jazz with the On Topic Trio, a collaborative effort from guitarist Kim Ratcliffe, drummer Aubrey Dayle from Toronto, and bassist  Brad Cheeseman from Hamilton. Returning to Artword Artbar after a packed show in January. Each a leader of his own solo project, the trio was formed in early 2015, and are now putting aside other musical endeavors to perform in this trio setting. In On Topic,  they have an opportunity to express themselves in an environment where it is good to relinquish some control, and work as a band. This trio, playing electric instrumental jazz influenced by artists ranging from Weather Report to Pat Metheny, will caress you, rock you, and everything in between.

Jazz with the Aaron Z Trio
Friday April 8, 2016, at 8 pm, $10.
Jazz with the Aaron Z Trio, with piano composer wizard Aaron Zukewich playing our baby grand, mostly his own compositions and other pieces. With bass and drums. Details coming.

Opera comediennes Millan & Faye: The Opera!
Saturday April 9, 2016 at 8 pm. $20.
In a special appearance at Artword Artbar, opera comedienne Kyra Millan and her music partner Tina Faye invite the audience into the world of opera through a brilliantly funny, whirlwind concert full of operatic favourites and well-known classical tunes, as well sketches and improv that celebrate the sublime and sublimely ridiculous elements that make up opera.
Soprano Kyra Millan is happiest creating quirky shows that allow her to blend education and performance, as her unique career has been a balance of both. An opera Comedienne, she is embarking this year on her first Ontario tour of her original show “Millan & Faye Present: The Opera”, with her music duo partner Tina Faye.
Christina Faye is an accomplished pianist now making her home in Toronto. Currently she is the music director at Christ Church Scarborough Village, and accompanist for the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir, as well as being an in demand collaborative and solo pianist.

Hamilton Regional Writers Group, meetings…
Monthly meetings, Wed April 13 2016 at 7-10 pm.
The Hamilton Regional Writers Group is a Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) supported community in which songwriters can support each other in growing their craft and navigating the music business.
The SONG is the focus, so bring lyric sheets. Participants can play their song live or have a CD demo to play over the house system. You can choose to have your song critiqued by peers or not critiqued and just see what it feels like to bring your lil gem out in the public. Themes and format will be developed as we go and we’re expecting to have occasional guest speakers. 

Jazz vocal jam w. Sue Ramsay Trio
Second Thursdays: April 14, 2016 at 8 pm, $10 /$5.
Jazz vocalist Sue Ramsay hosts a jazz vocal jam, backed by Bob Shields on guitar and Clark Johnston on stand-up bass, with Adam Fielding on drums. With some storytelling in the mix. Sue says: “I want to create an environment where singers can do their thing and promote whatever they’re working on.  And I get to gig once a month to try out new material and jam a wee bit with my trio. I have often found being a singer is a lonely road. The path is not always clear but so much easier with a network of friends around.” 

Singer-songwriters Jane Lewis & Joni NehRita
Friday April 15, 2016, at 8 pm, $10.
Join us for an evening of music with Guelph singer-songwriters Jane Lewis and Joni NehRita. An engaging mix of classic pop and jazz-tinged soul — originals and covers.
Joni NehRita is a soul/jazz singer songwriter with a knack for writing well-crafted infectious tunes. In performance CBC’s Raji Sohal describes her voice and stage presence as endearingly natural. Her third album “Bloom” was recently released by Chanter records and has garnered nationwide attention from The CBC.
Jane Lewis has a piano-based folk-pop-roots style of music that blends engaging melodies and well-crafted lyrics. The title track from her latest album, Stay With Me, was a finalist for the 2015 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, and her cover version of the Beatles' Come Together won a 2015 Independent Music Award for Best Cover Song.

Jude Johnson, w. Carl Horton & Mike Malone
Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 8 pm, $15.
Hamilton’s favourite songstress, the one-and-only Jude Johnson returns to Artword Artbar, with Carl Horton on piano and Mike Malone on trumpet. She’ll sing her jazz standard specialties, as well as some roots blues and a bit of gospel.

Big Dance, Little Stage, w. Learie Mc Nicolls
Thursday April 21, 2016, at 8 pm, $10.
Choreographer/dancer Learie Mc Nicolls curates and hosts edition #9 of Big Dance, Little Stage, an evening of contemporary dance works for a small stage. An exciting opportunity for dancers to showcase new work, explore improvisations, and build new collaborations, line-up TBA.

Love & Spring: vocalist Colina Phillips w. Stacie McGregor piano
Friday April 22, 2016, at 8 pm, $15.
Love & Spring, a jazz cabaret with vocalist Colina Phillips: “Love and Spring go heart in hand. That’s what my repertoire will reflect.” Joining Colina are Stacie McGregor (piano),  Mike Milligan (bass) and Ted Warren (drums).
Jazz pianist Stacie McGregor has her own band, the Stacie McGregor Quintet, and is also a member of Brandi Disterheft’s Juno-award winning band and Archie Alleyne’s hard-bop band Kollage.
Bassist Mike Milligan, nominated for Jazz Bassist of the Year at the 2008 National Jazz Awards, has toured all around the globe as a sideman including multiple tours of Europe with the Shuffle Demons. He presently also leads his Quartet and co-leads a guitar and double bass duo (SixplusFour) with guitarist James Brown.

THEATRE: MacBush, the Musical, by David Dawson
Tuesday April 26 to Sunday May 8, 2016, a two-week run at Artword Artbar.
MacBush, the Musical, by David L. Dawson and directed by Ronald Weihs, is a new musical play that is — yes, you guessed it — a mash-up of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the George ‘Dubya’ Bush administration during 2001/9/11 and the War on Iraq.


Artword Artbar - 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 20:00
Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 20:30
Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 20:00
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 20:00
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 20:00
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 19:00
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 20:00
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 20:00
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 20:00
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 20:00
Friday, April 22, 2016 - 20:00
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 20:00
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 20:00
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 20:00
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 20:00
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 20:00
Artword Artbar,15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton

Holding the Field [HCA Gallery]

Holding the Field

Sylvia Simpson works primarily in oils, watercolours, and acrylics. Her subjects are landscapes, cityscapes, florals and abstracts. Sylvia capture’s the energy of her subject through light and colour. In 2014 Sylvia switched her subjects to the fields of Haldimand County, Bruce County, and Manitoulin Island. For Sylvia, “fields are alive with energy and possibility. In our urban world,they are threatened. Development over agricultural fields is a regular sight as we drive through Ontario. They are obliterated to be paved over for housing developments and big box stores. My field paintings dare the viewer to see these fields as dynamic fields of energy, life, possibilities, and harbours for human existence as they are.”

HCA Gallery is open to the public Monday - Thursday 9 am - 9 pm and Saturday 9 am - 5 pm

WHEN: Saturday March 26 through Saturday April 23; opening reception on Sunday April 10: Opening Reception from 6 - 8 PM
WHERE: Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, 126 James Street South, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z4 
INFO: Tel: (905) 528-4020 Email: 

Saturday, March 26, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, April 23, 2016 (All day)
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 18:00 to 20:00
Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, 126 James Street South, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z4