The Young Artists of (a Gentrified) Hamilton
Apr06

The Young Artists of (a Gentrified) Hamilton

Rife with homegrown talent, Hamilton has undergone a transition from blue collar steel town to a revitalized entertainment hub with a thriving arts and culture scene. But one person’s revitalization is another’s gentrification, and Hamilton locals and newcomers find themselves at odds about what changes mean to the city and those who reside in it. Critics of gentrification argue that the hike in Hamilton’s real estate market has...

Human Lizard Jason Loo's Torontonian hero explores   various hardships of urban life
Mar31

Human Lizard Jason Loo's Torontonian hero explores various hardships of urban life

By: Hess Sahlollbey The cities that heroes defend have always been deeply connected to their mythology. Whether it was the characters of 300 hailing from Sparta or Joan d’Arc leading the French army to victory, their homes were weaved into the tapestry of the characters. Nowhere was this more prevalent than at this past Toronto ComiCon. With Toronto’s burgeoning indie comics scene, there was strong pride and celebration of...

Detour’s road to Battle of the Bands 2017 McMaster band competition winners recall their high school roots and alt-rock aspirations
Mar31

Detour’s road to Battle of the Bands 2017 McMaster band competition winners recall their high school roots and alt-rock aspirations

When Detour played their set at the Casbah for McMaster’s Battle of the Bands finals this year, they did not expect to win. Although they had supporters in the crowd, they realized that the venue had hit maximum capacity due to the amount of people their competitors drew to the audience. Despite their pessimism, Detour earned a surprise win. Comprised of Emman Alavata, Victor Zhang, Marco Goldblatt and Jaden Raso, the fresh-faced...

Great northern comics Kalman Andrasofszky of Chapterhouse Comics sets out to create the first Canadian comic book universe
Mar23

Great northern comics Kalman Andrasofszky of Chapterhouse Comics sets out to create the first Canadian comic book universe

By: Hess Sahlolbey As we celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial this year, the comic book community in Canada continues to bloom in unison. With that growth has come many waves of Canadian comic book creators contributing to our nation’s growing artistic tapestry. Nowhere was that more evident than the downtown core of Toronto for its annual ComiCon. Every March, Toronto ComiCon takes over the city center for a three-day affair full of...

Roy Wood$ Brampton native reflects on his rise to OVO Toronto hip hop royalty
Mar17

Roy Wood$ Brampton native reflects on his rise to OVO Toronto hip hop royalty

When Drake dropped “Marvin’s Room” — the lead single off the rapper’s sophomore album, Take Care — in 2011, a then 15-year-old Roy Woods had it on repeat for weeks on end. Years later, it would remain his most-played song on iTunes and become a major influence on his songwriting. Little did Woods know, he would go on to sign under Drake’s label, OVO Sound, collaborate with the “Marvin’s Room” crooner himself, and become a member of...

Nevermore The beloved Baltimore House will be closing at the end of March
Mar17

Nevermore The beloved Baltimore House will be closing at the end of March

The Baltimore House is a bar, nightclub and music venue located in Hamilton’s emerging entertainment district on King William Street. With well-rounded programming often seven nights a week, concert listings of all genres and a cafe and tea room loaded with vintage video game consoles, The Baltimore House has been a staple of entertainment in Hamilton. The past few months have come with whispers of the Baltimore House closing, but on...