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...

Starting the week off right Electric Lunch will have you loving Mondays
Feb12

Starting the week off right Electric Lunch will have you loving Mondays

What do students, office workers and pretty much everyone who has to work for a living have in common? An extensive list of complaints about the first day of the week, occasionally accompanied by a discordant tune of exasperated sighs. Peter Lazar and his coworkers felt the same way during their lunch time breaks at Tusq Events headquarters, a Hamilton-based event design and management company.  Their solution to overcoming the Monday...

Sound art is making waves An inside look at HAVN's Sonic Art Series
Feb01

Sound art is making waves An inside look at HAVN's Sonic Art Series

February 1st – 14th Ramsha Shakeel: Sculpting Time Shakeel is a Toronto-based experimental musician and multimedia artist. The OCAD University student has performed solo and collaborative shows in her home-town, as well as Karachi, Pakistan and at the Torstraßen Festival, a music and arts festival in Berlin, Germany. Sculpting Time is an exploration of the concept of time beyond our naturally linear perception of it. Unlike...

A place to keep in mind Making Hamilton home with the help of James Street North’s famous bar
Jan26

A place to keep in mind Making Hamilton home with the help of James Street North’s famous bar

The summer after my first year at McMaster, I didn’t get to spend much time in Hamilton. I caught glimpses here and there — a walk downtown one evening or a dinner in Dundas — but I was still pretty new to the city, and I was grateful to have made some upper-year friends who could pass on their favourite spots to me. While their recommendations and dinner invites ultimately shaped much of the last four years for me, their collective...

An un-frog-ettable exhibit Royal Botanical Gardens hosts a chorus of colourful critters
Jan26

An un-frog-ettable exhibit Royal Botanical Gardens hosts a chorus of colourful critters

It was looking like we were about to lose out on another ribbiting story opportunity. Our staff’s resident wildlife photographer was heartbroken, and we couldn’t find any of the chocolate-covered crickets that were promised at the door. The Royal Botanical Garden members and press opening evening for their Frogs! winter exhibition was bustling with antsy children and photographers. There were no frogs yet. They were set to arrive that...

Some madder root and a little bit of magic Emerging Hamilton artist explores myths and culture through textile installations
Jan18

Some madder root and a little bit of magic Emerging Hamilton artist explores myths and culture through textile installations

Maria Simmons sat comfortably on bundles of polyester, surrounded by drying fabrics, corn brooms and flowers in her Cotton Factory studio. Unlike the florist she happily shares studio space with, Simmons prefers her flowers in a boiling concoction of natural dye. Her admiration for natural colours and a bundling technique used to dye fabrics peaked in her third year as a fine arts student at McMaster University. She had previously...