Archiving Unrest exhibition

On May 1, 1919, Winnipeg’s building and metal workers went on strike for higher wages. Two weeks later, the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council declared their support, with the “Hello Girls” telephone operators walking off the job. By 11 a.m., 30,000 union and non-union workers had followed. When many police sympathized with the strikers, they were fired and replaced with 1,800 “Specials” armed with baseball bats, and paid for by the business community. On June 21, “Bloody Saturday,” in a clash that killed two and injured over 30, the strike was crushed.

Exhibition Dates: May 10 to August 24, 2019
Open: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Opening Reception: May 10, 2019, 7-10 p.m.

Through video, installation and text-based works, Michael DiRisio’s exhibition Archiving Unrest will reflect on collective action while questioning the nature of collectivity itself. Timed to commemorate the centenary of the Winnipeg General Strike, this project will also reflect on the massive strike wave that spread across Canada that year; a movement that was driven by participants striving for significant and substantial social change.

For more info on Michael DiRisio: http://michaeldirisio.ca/

Reading Groups

A large, modular structure in the exhibition will house and display books about groups and gatherings where artists, academics and community groups will come together to read, meet and discuss. The Reading Groups dates are May 11 and 18 at 2 pm; June 8 and 15 at 2 pm; July 13 at 2 pm and 17 at 7 pm; Aug 10 at 2 pm and 14 at 7 pm.

Artists’ Dialogue: A dialogue between artist Michael DiRisio and Dylan Miner, centred around the question of the role arts institutions play in critical mass uprisings and civil unrest, such as the Winnipeg General Strike will take place on June 14 at 7 pm.

All events take place at the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart Street, Hamilton.

Friday, May 10, 2019 (All day) to Saturday, August 24, 2019 (All day)
Workers Art and Heritage Centre, Hamilton

Constructed Identities: Persimmon Blackbridge

Persimmon Blackbridge has worked as a sculptor, writer, curator, performer, fiction editor, cleaning lady and server. In this fully accessible exhibition, she uses hand-crafted wood figures, metal and found objects to confront and complicate notions of disability.

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award, the Ferro-Grumley Fiction Prize, the VanCity Book Prize, the VIVA award for visual arts and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Distinguished Alumni Award, Blackbridge’s art has been shown across Canada and the U.S., as well as in Australia, Europe, and Hong Kong. She lives on Hornby Island in British Columbia.

Constructed Identities was the opening exhibition of Tangled Art Gallery in 2015 and has been touring multiple Ontario cities since, most recently at the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa. Tangled is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for artists with disabilities and boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it.

The exhibit will include a number of artist and curatorial talks and discussions of related disability issues. Details to follow.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (All day) to Saturday, March 30, 2019 (All day)
L.R. Wilson Hall, McMaster University main campus

Art of Time Ensemble: I Send You This Cadmium Red

The script in this performance piece is based on letters about colour between writer/painter John Berger and his painter/filmmaker friend John Christie. But their words come alive through added layers of music, composed by Gavin Bryars and performed by Andrew Burashko’s Art of Time Ensemble, against a backdrop of two screens featuring animated brushstrokes from director Bruce Alcock.

The piece started out at a radio work for the BBC. This multidisciplinary, multi-sensory feast was directed by Daniel Brooks, and produced by Andrew Burashko of Art of Time Ensemble.

“A film, a painting, an essay, a concert – and yes, a play – all at once…Extraordinary.” – Macleans

Cast: Julian Richings as John Berger, and Alon Nashman as John Christie

Registration to come. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified when registration becomes available.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 20:00 to 21:30
Concert Hall, L.R. Wilson Hall, McMaster University main campus

move by Peggy Baker Dance Projects

Renowned dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker employs sixteen performers, working in pairs, to explore the dualities of caregiving and dance practice: “touching and being touched, watching and being witnessed, movement through the body and that same body’s movement through space.”

With an electro-acoustic score by musician and composer, Debashis Sinha, move is a “dance installation” that performed by local community members who spend three weekends working with Baker.

move lasts  70 minutes, in a cycle of four repetitions, with the partners alternating roles, it allows for observers to stay for part or all of the complete cycle. Time slots to be announced.

Registration to come. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified when registration becomes available.

Presented in partnership with Office of Clinical & Organizational Ethics at Hamilton Health Sciences.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 14:00 to 16:00
Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West

who we are in the dark: Peggy Baker Dance Projects

Peggy Baker, one of the most influential contemporary dancers in the world, fuses dance, indie rock and visual art in this exploration of darkness and light. Seven dancers from the Peggy Baker Dance Projects are accompanied by live music from Arcade Fire members Jeremy Gara and Sarah Neufeld.

who we are in the dark fuses daring contemporary dance with supercharged live music and sophisticated design elements from artists working with pigment, projection, and light.

The series of contrasting tableaux are further enriched and expanded by video projections, lighting effects, and paintings from visual artist John Heward.

$15/ticket. All proceeds support Socrates Student Leadership initaitives.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE or call 905-525-9140 ext. 26848

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 20:00 to 22:00
FirstOntario Concert Hall, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton

One Day Workshop- Gemstone Chain Bracelet

In this one day workshop you will develop the skills to create a gemstone chain bracelet. Gemstones and Silver materials are included and you have the option to create your own designs. You will work directly with a goldsmith and there's no experience necessary! 

This course price is $95 per person. 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. Please see our Facebook page or website for more details. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 10:00 to 12:00
Waterdown Goldsmith 9 Mill st. S. Waterdown, ON

Wax Carving Workshop

Learn the technique of carving wax into different shapes and design whole pieces of jewellery in wax. The waxes then go through a casting production to create your unique jewellery piece. Students can make multiple projects during the course and all metals are available for purchase. This course is suitable for beginner or advanced students.

Prerequisite: NONE

This course price is $235 per person. 

This course will run for five (5) weeks starting Jan 9th from 9:00 to 11:30am. The courses are 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.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 09:00 to 11:30
Waterdown Goldsmith- 9 Mill st. S, Waterdown, ON

One Day Workshop-Forged Riveted Bangle Bracelet

In this one-day workshop you will develop the skills to create an forged riveted bangle bracelet. Materials are included and you have the option to create your own designs. You will work directly with a goldsmith and there's no experience necessary! 

This course price is $95 per person. 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, April 13, 2019 - 10:00 to 12:00
9 mill st s., Waterdown, ON

DEMOS KRATOS, A McMaster School of the Arts Production by Marilo Nunez

Demos Kratos, a new play by Marilo Nuñez devised in collaboration with students at McMaster University.

What does it take to shift from democracy to dictatorship? Control of public spaces, gradual shifts in the law, a missing person, a military parade? It may seem a distant possibility here in Canada, but history tells us that shifts of power can come quickly and unannounced. Liberal democracies are showing signs of age, creaking at the hinges. Across the world intolerance and bigotry are finding new voices and the threat of dictatorship looms.

Inspired by Sophocles’ Antigone, this original production by Hamilton Arts Award recipient Marilo Nuñez imagines a dark future that could be just around the corner. The play follows Libertad Cortez, who confronts oppressive forces challenging notions of freedom as she searches for her missing ancient grandmother.

Nuñez has been working with students as a playwright-in-residence since May, funded by The Socrates Project. In Theatre and Film Studies’ spring research and development class, Nuñez ran devising workshops with students and incorporated their story ideas, images, and design concepts into the writing of her play.


Black Box Theatre in L.R. Wilson Hall
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West,
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 4L8

Show times and dates:

  • Thursday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m (Preview)
  • Friday, November 2 at 8:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m
  • Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m
  • Wednesday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m
  • Thursday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m
  • Friday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m
  • Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (Matinée)
  • Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m (Closing)

Visit website demoskratos.live

For tickets, call School of the Arts at 905-525-9140 ext: 27671 or purchase at McMaster’s Compass Information Centre. Tickets also available at the door.

Students – $10
Regular / Adults – $20
Seniors – Pay What You Wish

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 20:00 to Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 21:30
Black Box Theatre, L.R. Wilson Hall Building, McMaster University (1280 Main Street West, Hamilton ON)

Artist Talk and Open House feat. Peeter Laurits [Hamilton Arts Council / Cotton Factory]



Peeter Laurits joins the Hamilton Arts Council from Tallinn, Estonia for the month of November as part of the European Artist Residency. Join us for an intimate evening of discussion about his work and experience exhibiting around the world. Laurits studied history, philosophy, literature and arts in Tartu, Tallinn and Leningrad Universities and New York International Center of Photography. He has been exhibiting his works internationally since 1990. His work has appeared at the Roy Boyd Gallery / Chicago, The Living Art Museum / Reykjavik, Museu d'Agua / Lisbon, The Ragged School Gallery / London, Giedre Bartelt Gallery / Berlin, Pavlov Media Lab / Groningen, FotoLoft / Moscow and many others. His works appear in many private and public collections around the world. He has also created many monumental works for public space.

WHEN: November 01, 2018; Start 7 PM to 9 PM
WHERE: The Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave North, Hamilton ON. 
TX: FREE admission; Please RSVP Ned Currie at ned@hamiltonartscouncil.ca

Sponsored by The Cotton Factory in partnership with the Hamilton Arts Council and the Estonian Artist Union

For information about Peeter's Work visit Here

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 19:00 to 21:00
The Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave North, Hamilton, ON, L8L 6N4