An unconventional look Hamilton's strange style gives the city its character
Jun07

An unconventional look Hamilton's strange style gives the city its character

After a few unexpected returns of the winter weather this season, Hamilton is finally starting to come out of hibernation. With increased foot traffic downtown and the Gore Park fountain no longer running dry, the city has been overcome with a sense of vitality. Yet there’s something different about Hamilton beyond new additions to City Hall and the flourishing gardens. I would say that much of what makes the city what it is, what...

Finding your footing On making a new city feel like home
Apr05

Finding your footing On making a new city feel like home

When I first moved to Hamilton in the fall of 2014, I’d visited the city once before, for a tour of McMaster. It was a bony, grey day in November, and most of what I remember is a confusing maze of campus parking and one-way streets. The trip culminated in an accidental voyage up the mountain, and although I didn’t know it at the time, it was my first bird’s eye view of the city I would come to love almost as much as the city where I...

City centre One of the wonders and  oddities of downtown  Hamilton architecture has a history of promise, neglect and potential resurgence
Apr05

City centre One of the wonders and oddities of downtown Hamilton architecture has a history of promise, neglect and potential resurgence

On 77 James Street North lies the entrance to a peculiar building. Vintage lettering reading “City Centre” greet those who pass by from the top of a glass canopy supported by teal blue columns. Brick walls pose an ominous presence to anyone looking at it from the outside and the obsessively symmetrical architecture follows a strict pastel colour palette on the inside. The building is known as the Hamilton City Centre, but I did not...

Student artists gather to make a presence in Hamilton Exhibition features a diverse collection of art at the Spice Factory
Mar22

Student artists gather to make a presence in Hamilton Exhibition features a diverse collection of art at the Spice Factory

Third and fourth-year students from McMaster’s School of the Arts program have spent months putting together every detail of the Coalesce Art Exhibition. From selecting pieces and designing promotional materials to envisioning the installation of the entire exhibit, students in the Community Exhibition course, under the guidance of professor Sally McKay, have been learning to put together an exhibit from start to finish....

Using the F******* word She’s the First McMaster hosts art showcase to discuss stigma around feminism
Mar08

Using the F******* word She’s the First McMaster hosts art showcase to discuss stigma around feminism

By: Suzany Manimaran On one side of the room, people gazed at the wall of vibrant artwork, taking in the intricate line art drawings and detailed paintings. On the other, performers were shaking off their nerves as they waited for the show to open, preparing to share their reflections on “the f word”. She’s the First McMaster titled their second annual The F******* Word arts showcase, referencing the stigma associated with “feminism”....

Can I kick it? Yes, you can
Feb14

Can I kick it? Yes, you can

Sahra Soudi sat patiently during our interview, wringing their hands every now and then as they processed the weight and excitement of the days to come. Golden earrings that took shape of a hand dangled from their ears as they talked. The earrings were a gift from a friend and were crafted specifically for Black women, carrying their strength and magic. Soudi wore them hoping to gain that strength, power and light. The third year...