We Are Not The Others A collaboration by a McMaster associate professor and an actor, singer and writer for the Fringe festival
Aug04

We Are Not The Others A collaboration by a McMaster associate professor and an actor, singer and writer for the Fringe festival

By: Vanessa Polojac Established from a study conducted within the Hamilton community, McMaster associate professor of Social Work Mirna E. Carranza collaborated alongside Toronto based, Persian-Canadian actor, singer and writer Izad Etemadi to create a story that explores the re-occurring struggles, sacrifices and issues that many newcomers to Canada face, particularly women. In partnership with the Immigrant Working Centre, Emergency...

First Class and Hamilton theatre for Mac graduates From July 20 to July 30, a group of graduates will take the next step towards a career in theatre
Jul20

First Class and Hamilton theatre for Mac graduates From July 20 to July 30, a group of graduates will take the next step towards a career in theatre

On the outskirts of campus, McMaster graduates prepare a story of an apocalyptic diner to be performed at the fourteenth annual Hamilton Fringe Festival. For many of those involved, First Class preludes the next big step in pursuing a career in the local theatre industry in Hamilton and beyond. First Class was first shown as part of the McMaster Theatre Programs’ graduating classes’ Honours Series Performances, and was selected via...

Building magic in Westdale A full community effort will help revitalize the Westdale Theatre
Jul06

Building magic in Westdale A full community effort will help revitalize the Westdale Theatre

In December of 2016, Westdale’s iconic movie theatre was put on the market. Opening in 1935, the 495 seat, 6630-square-foot, single-screen avenue was a staple of the Hamilton community. At the time, Ward 1 councillor and longtime theatregoer Aidan Johnson had been working for over a year to designate the theatre as property of Cultural Heritage to help protect it under the Ontario Heritage Act. “The cinema is an integral part of the...

Barton Village Festival The third year of events continue to establish the street’s identity
Jul06

Barton Village Festival The third year of events continue to establish the street’s identity

On June 24, Barton Street East was closed off for an afternoon for festivities to bring awareness to the area and celebrate the potential of its local scene. It was complete with live artists, sports tournaments, plenty of green space provided by rolling out grass, 4600 square feet of it, for the first year at its Green Street Challenge and a couple breweries were on hand too. In a city where McMaster and Mohawk continue to have a...

The zine scene of Hamilton Five people, five perspectives on finding a voice in an inclusive community
Jun01

The zine scene of Hamilton Five people, five perspectives on finding a voice in an inclusive community

By: Adrianna Michell The city of Hamilton is often associated with art, growth and income disparity, and all of these are reflected in the self-publishing scene. Specifically, zines offer local artists, writers and creatives not only a venue for expression, but a community as well. Zines grew from the basements of outcast punk rockers to the photo clipping scattered floors of underrepresented creatives everywhere. Self-published works...

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...