Solidarity On Screen [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


Solidarity on Screen: True Cost

JUNE 30TH at 7:30pm
Screening at 8:30pm

WAHC's Youth Council is proud to present Solidarity on Screen, a series of outdoor screenings and workshops that look at labour, industry and activism through a global lens. These screenings are intended to raise awareness of the struggles of workers and communities at home and abroad. The series will draw in guest speakers and educators to lead short workshops for youth 16-25 in advance of each screening. 

Solidarity on Screen launches on June 30th with The True Cost (2015), a documentary that pulls back the curtain on the fast fashion industry and asks us to consider: who really pays the price for our clothing? View the film's trailer here.

Popcorn and refreshments for viewers! Free admission, all are welcome. Visit WAHC's website for the full Solidarity on Screen schedule and for more information about guests and community partners.

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 19:30
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

Outdoor Screening Series: Femme Totale [Hamilton Artists Inc]

Femme Totale

Presented in partnership with imagineNATIVE, this screening is part of a series presented throughout Hamilton over the month of June with the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Jun 17 at 9:30 pm

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present the shorts program, Femme Totale in partnership with imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. The female voice and perspective in Indigenous cinema remains a strong, vital, and influential force. From both sides of the Medicine Line – the Canadian-American border – outstanding new talents explore an array of topics that plunge into the core of humanity, addressing an expansive discourse around issues from resurgence, deep cultural ties and traditions, to sisterhood and loss.

Featuring short-format experimental films by Melissa Mollen Dupuis, Razelle Benally, Natasha Kanape Fontaine, Melissa Girvan, Katie Avery, Madison Thomas, Amy Malbeuf, Pearl Salas and Kayla Briët

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 21:30
Hamilton Artists Inc, 155 James Street North, Hamilton, ON

The Quilt of Belonging [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
Email info@cottonfactory.ca

The Quilt of Belonging Exhibit

July 11 - August 16 

The Quilt of Belonging will be exhibited at The Cotton Factory in Hamilton from July 10 until August 16, 2017.  The Quilt of Belonging is a textile art project, spanning 120 feet.  It is comprised of 263 blocks, each created to recognize Canada’s diversity.  It celebrates our common humanity and promotes compassion among people. This Canadian icon Exhibit will also include daily program. Programming is continuous and diverse, and was developed to include a breadth of activities from a variety of cultural groups within the region of Hamilton Halton and Brant. It includes the following elements: Weekly demonstrations, Weekend workshops, Thursday Night Talks, Friday Night Performances, Saturday Night Concerts, A Grand Opening Event (July 10th)


Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 09:00 to Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 17:00
270 Sherman Ave. N., Hamilton

Proof Positive [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


Proof Positive


A Community Arts Exhibition
Co-presented by Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts and WAHC 
In WAHC's Community Gallery

With assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, Centre[3] successfully organized and delivered the project, Proof Positive, in collaboration with the Regional Rehabilitation Centre (RRC) in the fall of 2016. Proof Positive connected Margaret Flood and Donna Akrey, two local established visual artists, with persons with acquired brain injuries undergoing rehabilitation at Hamilton’s RRC in a collective experience exploring art making and publishing. Come and see the outcome of this community arts project in WAHC’s Community Gallery, on view until July 8th.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the Proof Positive closing reception in July.

For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at tara@wahc-museum.ca or (905) 522-3003 ex 29 or Becky Katz, Community Arts Manager, Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts at (905) 524-5084 or communityarts@centre3.com

Friday, June 9, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, July 8, 2017 (All day)
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

VASE 2017 [Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts]

VASE exhibition

June 9 - September 2017

A pre-Artcrawl celebration for HCA Visual Arts Students’ family and friends to attend! All are welcome!

Congratulations to all students who participated in the 2016-17 school year in the Visual Arts Department.  We look forward to celebrating your year of learning with a final exhibition.  The exhibition continues over the summer for all visitors to enjoy!

WHERE: Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, 126 James Street South, Hamilton, ON
WHEN: Friday, June 9 – September 2017; Opening Reception – Friday, June 9, 6 – 8 pm
INFO: 905-528-4020  www.hcarts.ca

Friday, June 9, 2017 (All day) to Friday, September 1, 2017 (All day)
Friday, June 9, 2017 - 18:00 to 20:00
Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, 126 James Street South, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z4

After Gold Mountain Artist Walk-Through [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 Artist Walk-Through with Marlene Yuen

May 13, 2017 at 1:30pm



Join us for a special exhibition tour of After Gold Mountain with Marlene Yuen in English with interpretation in Mandarin.  The event is co-sponsored by the Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter

Meet printmaker and book artist Marlene Yuen and view her exhibition on its opening weekend. After Gold Mountain: Selected Stories of Chinese Labourers in Canada weaves together selected histories of Chinese workers in Canada, from the labourers who built the transcontinental railway, to cannery workers, labour activists and entrepreneurs from British Columbia to Ontario. This exhibition honours the work of Chinese labourers and their contributions to Canadian society.

For more information about this program, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at tara@wahc-museum.ca or (905) 522-3003 ex. 29

The artist wishes to acknowledge the support of the British Columbia Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts  and CUPE Local 15 for their support of this exhibition. WAHC acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as WAHC members, volunteers, operating funders and union supporters for their support of After Gold Mountain.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 13:30
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

Grapes and Tortillas [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


Deborah Koenker: Grapes and Tortillas

September 8 - December 16


Deborah Koenker’s project, Grapes and Tortillas, draws into focus 96 temporary agricultural workers from Mexico, contracted to work in the fruit orchards, greenhouses, farms and vineyards of BC’s Okanagan Valley. These individuals represent a fraction of the thousands of seasonal farm workers who come to Canada every year under Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP).

This exhibition, a tribute to farm workers’ hard work and sacrifices, highlights the cultural isolation they tolerate to realize their desires for a better life for themselves and their families while reflecting the profound impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on the Mexican economy, food production and the lives of Mexicans. Through the images and words of these workers, this exhibition underlines the significant contribution of seasonal agricultural workers to the Canadian economy, and conveys the real, true cost of our food, and who is paying the price for it.

Visit our website, Twitter and Facebook pages for updates on program offerings presented alongside Grapes and Tortillas over our fall season, including two PA Day camps, Farm to Table Printmaking with Ingrid Mayrhofer and Workers Calaveras with Maria Lemus, and a public screening of the documentary Dolores (Dir: Peter Bratt, 2017) on October 26th at 7 pm.

About the Artist:

Deborah Koenker is a Vancouver, BC Canada based interdisciplinary artist with interests in writing and curatorial projects, and former Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. For the past three decades she has exhibited prints, drawings, sculpture and mixed media installations in public galleries and artist-run centres in Canada, the USA, Mexico and Spain. She was a founding member and first Director of Malaspina Printmakers Workshop for professional artists.

Her installations explore social and feminist issues using a range of media including audio, text/narrative, performance, sculptural objects, kinesthetic involvement, photography, print, textile and collaboration.  Her work in drawing, print media and collage is a parallel practice to her installation work. Koenker received a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Fine Art, did post graduate studies at Central St. Martins (London, England), and earned an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University in Southern California. Her work is represented in 29 public collections in Canada and the United States.

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

Friday, September 8, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, December 16, 2017 (All day)
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

VASE [Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts]


Congratulations to all students who participated in the 2015-16 school year in the Visual Arts Department. We look forward to celebrating your year of learning with a final exhibition. The exhibition continues over the Summer for all visitors to enjoy.

A pre-ArtCrawl celebration for HCA Visual Arts students' family and friends to attend! All are welcome!

WHEN: Saturday June 4, 2016 through September 2016; OPENING RECEPTION on Friday, June 10, 6-8PM
WHERE: Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, 126 James Street South, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z4 
INFO: Tel: (905) 528-4020 Email: info@hcarts.ca 
WEB: www.hcarts.ca

Saturday, June 4, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, September 3, 2016 (All day)
Friday, June 10, 2016 - 18:00 to 20:00
Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, 126 James Street South, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z4

Frostbites [Hamilton Fringe]


FROST BITES is Hamilton’s first site-specific, winter theatre festival. The event features a diverse array of hot local artists (film makers, dancers, playwrights, choreographers, and more) presenting performance ‘bites’ throughout the building and grounds, promising to heat up The Cotton Factory during the coldest month of the year!

WHERE: At The Cotton Factory (270 Sherman Ave North)
WHENFebruary 11 at 7-10:30pm, February 12 at 7-10:30pm, February 13 at 7-10:30pm, February 14 at 1-4:30pm
TIX: http://hamiltonfringe.ca/frost-bites-tickets/

Frost Bites Show Listings

Seven artistic companies will perform multiple times each show for a total of more than 30 performances each evening! The shortest show is 3 minutes, the longest 21 minutes. Click on each show for description and more details:

(To the Pointe Dance Project)

(Mooncalf Theatre)

(Unveiled Productions)

(Proper Slang)

(Sector N Collective)

NOW (Here)
(Shepherds Pie Productions)

(One Small Drop)


Single Ticket: $20 
Grants entry into as many show as you can manage in a single day!

Frequent Frost Pass: $35 
Pick up a Frequent Frost Pass and you can return to the festival as often as you like!


How does it work?

7 artistic companies have created site-specific performances that will take place throughout the building and grounds of The Cotton Factory. Each company will perform multiple times over the 3.5 hour show window.

  • Each production has an assigned colour
  • There are colour-coded FLAGS that correspond to each show’s colour. These will be available in the Festival Lounge (3rd floor of the Cotton Factory)
  • There are as many flags as there are seats to the show. Seating is very limited for some shows!
  • Pick up a flag for the next show you want to see.
  • An usher will guide all flag-bearers to the show of their choice approximately 5 minutes before the show start time.
  • When the show begins, the flags will be available for the NEXT performance of that show
  • Individual schedules for each performance will be posted along with the corresponding flags
  • Confused? Ask one of our Frost Bites Volunteers for help! (They will be the ones dressed in white aprons)
The Festival Lounge

Join us on the third floor of the Cotton Factory in the warm and inviting Festival Lounge. We will be serving Steam Whistle at the bar and we’ll have snacks available for purchase on site. The Festival Lounge is a great place to mingle with fellow festival-goers between shows and share stories about your favourite experiences of the night!

FROSTBITES is planned in partnership with members of The ALERT Program:Artistic Leadership and Entrepreneurial Training Program 2015/16 ALERT team. ALERT is an education program run by the Hamilton Festival Theatre Company, providing an opportunity for young up-and-coming artists to come together to learn, collaborate, and grow. The 2015/16 team is a diverse group– playwrights, directors, designers, actors, producers – and they have worked hard to make this festival possible!

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 19:00 to 22:30
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 19:00 to 22:30
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 19:00 to 22:30
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 13:00 to 16:30
The Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave North, Hamilton, ON