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Brewing up change in the Hammer MERIT Brewing Company demands accountability from local and industrial powers
Oct12

Brewing up change in the Hammer MERIT Brewing Company demands accountability from local and industrial powers

Photos by Matty Flader / Photo Reporter Recently, Hamilton has seen an influx of craft breweries establishing themselves around the city. With craft beer on the rise, MERIT Brewing Company is one of the industry leaders, brewing locally in their space on 107 James St. North.  Co-founder of MERIT and McMaster alumnus, Tej Sandhu, wanted to create a communal, welcoming space by combining a tap room, brewery, kitchen and bottle shop. ...

Falling in love with apples Enjoy the season with this easy apple crisp recipe!
Oct10

Falling in love with apples Enjoy the season with this easy apple crisp recipe!

Photos by Andrew Mrozowski / Arts & Culture Editor Hamilton’s apple season kicked off this past weekend with Apple Fest Weekend, as part of Food Literacy Month. Orchards are officially open, and there’s no better time to go out and pick some apples. I have a habit of picking way more apples than any one human can possibly eat. To make use of all them, I pull out a classic apple crisp recipe to bake and share with friends....

Do-it-yourself art crawl Vibrant art brings Hamilton's walls to life
Oct03

Do-it-yourself art crawl Vibrant art brings Hamilton's walls to life

Hamilton is increasingly becoming known as a haven for artists. This is demonstrated in the street art that has taken over the walls of the downtown core. Several of these pieces were created during Concrete Canvas, a visual arts festival that took place this past July. Each piece was painted legally and with permission from the city. Take this map along with you and go take in some of the art Hamilton has to offer! Click a point on...

Looking back to previous sensations Hamilton artist reflects on questions of memory through installation at Factory Media Centre
Oct03

Looking back to previous sensations Hamilton artist reflects on questions of memory through installation at Factory Media Centre

By Nisha Gill, Contributor Tucked away between bakeries and boutiques in Hamilton’s downtown core, Factory Media Centre (228 James St. North) is somewhat  isolated from the hustle and bustle. Housed within the artist-run centre, Hamilton-native Natalie Hunter merges photography, video projection and sculpture to create a space to reflect on questions  questions of memory, home, time and light. A collection of photo-based works created...

Moving the daily grind Relay Coffee Roasters finds a new home on King William Street
Oct03

Moving the daily grind Relay Coffee Roasters finds a new home on King William Street

Photos by Matty Flader / Photo Reporter King William Street is known throughout Hamilton for housing some of the finest restaurants the city has to offer. While the two blocks are great for a night out on the town, there is a lack of grab and go items. Husband and wife duo, Jason and Rachel Hofing, found what it would take to fill this gap. This led to the development of their own coffee/cafe brand.  Before creating one of Hamilton’s...

Spooky swap The Pale Blue Dot partners with Grain & Grit for an eco-conscious clothing swap
Oct03

Spooky swap The Pale Blue Dot partners with Grain & Grit for an eco-conscious clothing swap

Photos by Matty Flader / Photo Reporter Last August, The Pale Blue Dot (240 James St. North) ran their first clothing swap. It turned into a huge success, with a lineup out their door. On Oct. 7, they will be running another one, this time at Grain & Grit brewery (11 Ewen Road). The Pale Blue Dot is a sustainable, eco-conscious store named after the 1990 photograph of the Earth taken from space. Mary Luciani, the owner of The...