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Rewriting history Deanna Bowen’s A Harlem Nocturne turns the invisible into the visible
Jan23

Rewriting history Deanna Bowen’s A Harlem Nocturne turns the invisible into the visible

Photos by Matty Flader / Photo Reporter It’s no secret that Canada has a long history of systemic racism and injustice. However, much of that history has been buried deep, locked away in old filing cabinets in disused archives. Deanna Bowen’s exhibit, A Harlem Nocturne, seeks to break open those cabinets and reveal that history to the world. Deanna Bowen is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Toronto. Her work...

Thanks for the meme-ories The Hammer Memer is creating a sense of community online, one meme at a time
Jan23

Thanks for the meme-ories The Hammer Memer is creating a sense of community online, one meme at a time

What is a meme? The Cambridge English Dictionary defines a meme as an “idea, image, video etc. that is spread very quickly on the internet.” But is that all? Memes are increasingly becoming a mode of communication and community building, particularly among younger generations. The Hammer Memer, a Hamilton-based meme account with over 6,000 followers, describes it as a “virtual handshake”— a fitting description given handshakes are...

One-of-a-kind theatre in the steel city The Frost Bites festival showcases experimentational, site-specific performance
Jan16

One-of-a-kind theatre in the steel city The Frost Bites festival showcases experimentational, site-specific performance

Photo C/O Kaz Ehara/Verity Creative Inc. Four days, seven shows and one location. For the past five years, the Frost Bites theatre festival has created a space for non-traditional theatre in Hamilton. Frost Bites focuses on site-specific theatre, which means that the shows are created for a particular venue. Therefore, shows can only be performed in one space and at one time.  This year the festival is taking place in and drawing...

Food for thought Hamilton Food Share and the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train raise funds for food
Nov28

Food for thought Hamilton Food Share and the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train raise funds for food

Photo C/O Canadian Pacific Railway For the past 20 years, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has traveled across Canada and the United States, spreading holiday cheer and making donations to food banks at each of its stops. This year, it will be making its annual Hamilton stop on the evening of Nov. 28, in Gage Park.  The Holiday Train is always decked in festive lights and decorations. At each of its stops one of the train cars opens...

The glass is greener Learning about the art of glass blowing
Nov14

The glass is greener Learning about the art of glass blowing

Photos C/O Courtney Downman Courtney Downman is a glass artist operating out of the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. Her work will be showcased at The Cotton Factory as part of the upcoming Work In Progress art exhibit. The exhibit will feature unfinished pieces from 13 artists. Downman says that much of her inspiration comes from the process of creation, which works well for an exhibit of partially finished work.  “A lot of the...