Staying in Hamilton over Fall reading week? The Silhouette has your back with a whole list of events to keep you busy and away from doing school work.
Monday, 9 October 2017
Ping Pong and Trivia are a great way to liven up your Monday night.
Whether it be All Star by Smash Mouth or Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler, everyone has a karaoke song! Belt your hearts out at Avlyn’s Lounge this Monday.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Interested in capturing the beautiful human body through drawing? Come to the Cotton Factory at 7 p.m. to get hands on experience. The event is $10.
Learn to yield the powers and effects of natural essential oils! They can help south headaches, injuries and stress. The cost is $4 to join, which covers the cost of the materials to make your own blend.
You get to meet an adorable mini pig, and learn more about how your meat diet affects animals. You earn $5 if you sit down and watch a seven minute VR documentary of a pigs life, from birth to slaughter.
Trivia nights can help keep your brain in thinking mode throughout reading week. For $5 at Lou Dawg’s, you can participate to keep your mind sharp and maybe win some prizes.
Already an improv pro and want to master your skills? Staircase Improv is offering a weekly drop-in class run by AD Andrew Hopps. Haven’t tried improv yet? You can watch as an audience member for free!
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Missing your tiny dog because you’re not going home for reading week? Well the Extra Small Dog Social is an event you probably will enjoy. A bunch of small dogs all hanging out, what’s not to like? You can go schmooze with these floofs all evening for $25 bones.
Another trivia night? Hell ya! The Honest Lawyer’s 90’s Trivia Night will definitely put you in the mood for Halloween, focusing on cult classics such as the Addams Family, Hocus Pocus, Casper and Halloween Town. It’s $5 per table and you get bonus points if you show up in costumes.
The Factory Media Centre is continuing its current exhibit by hosting a Lunch and Learn with an interactive, behind-the-art workshop. Guests can learn the techniques and processes behind the work.
Has school gotten in the way of you getting your craft on? Now’s the time to make up lost time with a Halloween themed DIY. There’s four different options to choose from: Fall/ Halloween welcome sign, Scarecrow, Fall/Halloween directional sign, and a Teal pumpkin project sign.
Owning a bike is easy, but upkeep and maintenance are often forgot about, until you end up with a flat tire. For $25, this workshop will teach you how to do a safety check, repair and change a tire, adjust brakes and gears, check bearing systems, and other basic maintenance.
Hamilton sure does love it’s beer and yoga events. Join Barb for in brewery yoga to stretch and drink your worries away.
Thursday, 12 October 2017
For the more fashionable Marauder, there’s a fashion show and action happening at Michaelangelo Events and Conference Centre. There’s no info as to what styles will be shown, but all the proceeds go to the Dr Bob Kemp Hospice.
Not into small dogs? Maybe medium puppers is more your size. Bring your dog or go sans pet to the Medium Dog Social at My Dog’s Cafe on Locke St. S.
Casino Art Space hosts a monthly poetry night called Moon Milk. October’s guest is Chelsea Tadeyeske, who is a poet whose work is rooted in exploring shame, trauma and desire. The event is free for all and is an open mic, so you can test your poetry skills as well.
Redchurch Cafe hosts a monthly pay-what-you-can swing dance! Go eat, enjoy the gallery space and learn an old school dance. Redchurch also hosts different styles of dances throughout the month, so be sure to watch out for other styles.
The ultimate Throwback Thursday event, the Art of Tea and Tasseomancy and Mystic Tearoom is hosting a Practical Magic screening. There will be a short discussion about the movie before hand, popcorn and alcohol free margaritas!
Comedians Joe Botelho, Ally Dick, Drew Hayes, A Hassan Chaudry, Tyler Dombroski, Derek Kurisco, Dan Brennan, Kevin Spencer, and Michael Moses take the stage at the Spice Factory. If you need a laugh (and a distraction from the impending school week) be sure to check out this event at the Spice Factory.
Calling all musicians and performers! Come perform in front of a full audience at the Rust City Brewery. If you’re not one for sharing your skills, you can always sit back and support local talent.
Friday, 13 October 2017
It’s that time of the month again. Even though Supercrawl is the big festival of the year, there’s still plenty of artists to support and vendors to check out. While James St. N will still be busy, you’ll get a much less hectic evening of art.
Perfect for a date night, or a solo trip, Hammer Night Live will have you laughing by the end (or start) of you Friday evening. It’s free so even if the comedians aren’t funny, there’s nothing to lose.
Time to put on your yellow and black because it’s football night in Hamilton. Take to the stadium to support the Hamilton Tiger-Cats against the Calgary Stampede.
Looking to attend an event that will make you think and have tacos’s? The Tower is hosting a fundraiser to help raise money for SubMedia, an anarchist and anti-capitalist video production company.
Have a story you feel needs to be heard? Story Slam is the art of competitive storytelling done in a slam poetry style. This month’s theme is Friday the 13th, and focuses on ghostly encounters, creepy crawlies and nights gone terribly wrong. Listen as an audience member or tell a devilish story of your own.
There’s nothing like a good, wholesome corn maze and bonfire to help welcome in the cold weather. For $12 cash, you can get a bus ride and entrance to the corn maze.
Running throughout Art Crawl, HAVN will be showcasing portraits from artist Ariel Bader-Shamai, as well as launch a new quarterly zine, Solecism. Solecism focuses on the blunders of using film to shoot, and how that can be interpreted as artistic.
Saturday, 14 October 2017
If you’re an early riser and a Hamilton foodie, Mes Amis Catering is opening a Creperie & Apera Bar at the Hamilton’s Farmers Market. Their new menu includes 100% gluten free crepes, smoothies, arepas, soups, salads, and sweet treats.
The Understudies promise a night of terror and laughter as they take spooky Halloween suggestions for their improv show.
Are you more of a wine person than a beer person? Toast Bar has you covered with a mindless meditation involving wine! While tickets are $45, snacks, wine tasting and good company is included in your afternoon.
The up and coming indie rock band, Current Swell is taking to the Casbah stage on Saturday Night and is set to give Hamilton an unforgettable show. Their latest album, When To Talk And When To Listen, was produced by Grammy-winning producer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones, Cold War Kids, Of Monsters and Men) and is told to play for include rich songwriting and vibrant musicianship.
Hamilton has a haunted past and Haunted Hamilton is here to take you on a tour of all the spooky and scary things this city has to offer. The Oct. 20th tour is already sold out, so make sure to book your tickets early to experience haunted Hamilton.
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Every weekend, the Black Sheep Snack Bar hosts a delicious brunch! Checkout their website for a sample of their hearty menu.
If you’d like to dance away the calories you consumed during reading week, then SalsaSoul Sunday could be a fun evening for you. $10 at the Spice Factory gets you a salsa lesson and the option to be in the salsa social.
Yes, another drinking and exercising event. Enjoy an intimate yoga class lead by Trisha from Namaste Local, and after, a glass of Canada’s national cocktail, a Caesar. Tickets are $20.
End reading week with a (head) bang by checking out the rock shows at Doors: Taco Joint & Metal Bar on Sunday night. Bands Flesh Rag, Rik and the Pigs, Radiation Risks will be taking the stage starting at 9 PM sharp.
If the other spooky events on this list weren’t enough for you, then Bizarro’s Factory of Fear should fill your dark heart throughout the week. The attraction is on until the end of the month, but you should make use of your reading week to get spooked, because by the time exams come around you’ll already be screaming.