The 6th Annual Culture Guide

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CULTURE 2019/2020

INSIDE: Confessions of a Culture Worker Our Roots Are Showing Building Cultural Legacies Inspired by Poverty Some Like It Hot



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Confessions of a Culture Worker by Stephen Near


Our Roots Are Showing by Jude Johnson


Building Cultural Legacies by Alexis Moline



Inspired by Poverty by Trevor Copp


Some Like It Hot by Avery Qurashi

19 Arts Education 21 Culture & Heritage 33 Dance 35 Festivals 37 Music 43 Theatre & Film 45 Visual Arts 53 Written & Spoken Word

Since 1969, the HAMILTON ARTS COUNCIL has worked to make the arts accessible and relevant to the entire community. Today, our membership of artists, community members and local businesses work together to promote active participation in culture and build sustainability in the arts through knowledge sharing and advocacy. Visit us at 2



Installation view of The Collection featuring works by Lawren Harris, 2019. Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibitions THIS IS SERIOUS: Canadian Indie Comics • On view until January 5, 2020 Early Snow: Michael Snow 1947 - 1962 • February 8 to May 24, 2020 The Artist’s Dream: Works of French Symbolism • February 1 to May 31, 2020 Tom Thomson: The Art of Authentication • June 26, 2020 to January 2021 The Collection • Permanent Installation

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Think you can change the world from a stage?

We do.

C H A N G E can be big, like winning a Dora big. Or it can be small, like behind the scenes small. It’s about what you choose to do on the one hand, and who you are on the other. We are more than our jobs, and God has a calling for each of us, wherever we go. That changes everything. Starting with you.

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Letter from the President,

HAMILTON ARTS COUNCIL On behalf of the Hamilton Arts Council, it’s my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019-2020 Hamilton Arts Council Culture Guide. It’s wonderful to see how the Culture Guide continues to grow and evolve along with Hamilton’s thriving arts community. This is our sixth year producing the Culture Guide. Inside you’ll find all the essentials including our popular comprehensive directories of Arts Education, Culture & Heritage, Dance, Festivals, Music, Theatre & Film, Visual Arts, and Written & Spoken Word organizations. In this year’s publication, we’re featuring articles about Hamilton’s dynamic theatre scene, social media tips for artists, surviving arts administration, a spotlight on our Cover Design winner, and a special article on our Building Cultural Legacies project. It’s been another big year of changes at the Hamilton Arts Council with our organization embracing new partnerships and exciting new directions. As always, our mission to amplify the arts in public discourse and ensure the arts are thriving across the city remains at the forefront of all that we do. A tremendous thank-you to the many members, businesses, and community organizations that support the Culture Guide and the arts community and a final thank-you to the Hamilton Arts Council’s deeply dedicated staff and volunteers. Enjoy the 2019-2020 Culture Guide and take full advantage of all the wonderful resources and opportunities showcased within.

Lita Barrie President, Hamilton Arts Council

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Hamilton Arts Council Culture Guide 2019 As one of the oldest community arts councils in Ontario, I am honoured that the Hamilton Arts Council continues to support and advocate for our city’s many arts and cultural programs. Supporting the arts is vital to our city’s economy. A thriving arts scene is a priority, and we have demonstrated our commitment by voting to increase arts funding in our City. Continued investment in arts and culture plays a vital role in renewing neighbourhoods and creating destinations that attract people and important investment in new business. Communities today are being defined by quality of life amenities and I’m proud to see us recognizing this and taking action. While you’re here, I encourage you to spend a day visiting the many complementary businesses, restaurants, retail spaces and amenities Hamilton has to offer. Along with my Council Colleagues, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the City of Hamilton. Yours Sincerely,

Fred Eisenberger Mayor

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Confessions of a

Culture Worker By Stephen Near

When I arrived in Hamilton, I was a fraud. That’s how I felt. But having lived in Toronto for over twenty years, I was ready for a change. But I couldn’t have imagined just what that change would look like years later. Admittedly, I wasn’t sure about Hamilton when I arrived. Although I’ve now established myself as a creator in my own right, I admit that much of my artistic life in Hamilton feels like it has been defined by my past work with the Hamilton Arts Council. Eight years is a long time to be associated with any organization, especially an arts not-for-profit. Earlier this year, after winning the City of Hamilton Arts Award for Arts Management, I was asked to reflect on my past for any advice I might give to those who find themselves where I was when I started out. 8

got through the job was having confidence in myself. Knowing I could meet the challenges despite my unfamiliarities and insecurities.

Portrait of Stephen Near taken for the Hamilton Arts Awards. Photo by Banko Media

The Hamilton Arts Council had gone through much history before I got there, of course. Founded in 1969, and incorporated in 1973, it was originally the Hamilton and Region Arts Council. The HARAC eventually gave way to Arts Hamilton and then the familiar Arts Council title of today. Those early years saw a flurry of changes both in staffing and programming and my first year as Operations Officer saw me essentially given the reigns as the Board searched for an Executive Director. The term fake it ‘til you make it never seemed so true. Up to that point, I didn’t have much experience working in a not-for-profit; the HAC really was my first gig. So, a big part of how I

At the time, the focus of the HAC was on arts service with a retail angle. We even ran an arts boutique as well as a gallery with monthly rotating exhibitions. But, by the time of our move to Wilson Street next to Sonic Unyon, the vision had shifted. Now headed by Stephanie Vegh, with a very active Board of Directors, the organization implemented a comprehensive strategic plan introducing programming oriented towards communications and advocacy. We took an active hand in rallying support at City Hall for more arts funding and started the LivingArts Hamilton project. Working to support this growth in programming and our increasing correspondence with the community meant I was busier than ever. In those days, it wasn’t uncommon to run out of time at the end of the day and stay after hours to finish a

Working in any not-forprofit inevitably means you must master the fine art of wearing many hats.

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whole set of tasks. But the work had to get done. Be it grant applications, newsletter writing, or website updates, there was always something keeping us busy. But knowing when to take a break always kept me sane.

You’re never alone in the arts and culture sector and that’s a good thing. You want to keep things running and relevant then it’s critical that you surround yourself with allies. So often we’re working with limited budgets and finite resources and have to learn how to stretch Working in any not-for-profit inevita- them into big ideas to do good. We bly means you must master the fine try and do double the amount of art of wearing many hats. Though work we should be doing for half my official title was Operations the amount of pay. Sometimes our Officer, I was never one role exclu- efforts are appreciated. Sometimes sively. I always found myself juggling not so much. Working with a team a multitude of tasks for the simple makes you “work smarter”, as reason that we didn’t have anyone former Executive Director, Annette else to do it. For example, my job Paiement, always told me. With technically entailed my being in allies on your side, you’re able to charge of content editing newsletbetter set long-term goals and keep ters and the website. And given our an extra set of eyes to look over policy shift and five year plan, it your work. This was always importwasn't unusual for us to send out ant for the HAC which dealt so four e-newsletters a month while often with public policy. And I can’t making updates to the site daily and tell you how critical it was in staying on top of social media. Many organizations might task such things out to a Webmaster or a Communications Director. But, like I said, I wore many hats. The best strategy I found for dealing with this was learning how to parcel out the day in order to focus on one job at a time. If you have a laptop, and an understanding boss, you can take things a step further and physically relocate yourself for every job you need to do. Oh, how many arts admins I saw at Mulberry Cafe on a weekly basis! All I could think was location, location, location!


prepping past Culture Guides. Trying to get an annual publication with articles and advertisements out to meet a printer deadline was always easier knowing I had a team around me to help look over materials before it went out. Speaking of teamwork, you always have to thank everyone around you as profusely as you can. I literally can’t count the number of volunteers who worked with me over the years at the Arts Council. From

With allies on your side, you’re able to better set long-term goals and keep an extra set of eyes to look over your work.

handing out Guides at Supercrawl to prepping of the Literary Awards to counting coins at our Bingo fundraisers, all of our volunteers were the MVPs in our programming. Many were students doing co-op placements or on summer break. Just as many were member artists wanting to get more involved. But some of the most generous were non-artists from the community who wanted to lend a hand. So, if you’re working with volunteers, be generous with your thanks when it’s deserved. The same is true for your co-workers. In this business, a little gratitude can really go a long way. It may sound cliche, but my biggest takeaway from all of this was to do the kind of work that I believe in. Burn-out, it seems, is more of a reality for non profit workers than 1

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elsewhere. And a 2018 Harvard Business Review article reported that while 1 in 5 employees are “highly engaged with their company” they are also “seriously at risk of burnout”. That’s a sobering statistic especially with an increasing number of workers feel like they’re in a dead-end or ‘bullshit’ job. Working with the Hamilton Arts Council, admittedly, was not always easy. And I often times looked at other arts administrators in the city with a sense of fraternal kinship; it was us against the world. But there was no denying that when I was first hired, I felt I’d hit the jackpot. The mission and the goals of the organization were always something I took to heart and I did my best to always

remember them even in the tough times. Honestly, working at the Hamilton Arts Council made me grateful for the opportunity to be part of an organization that I believed in. And when I left to pursue teaching and to expand my own artistic career, I did so on my own terms and with my head held high from a job well done. Eight years is a long time. But they were some of the most genuine and generous years of my life.

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Our Roots Are Showing

By Jude Johnson

“A culture is a way of life of a group of people--the behaviours, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept, generally without thinking about them, and that are passed along by communication and imitation from one generation to the next. Culture is symbolic communication.� Hofstede, G. (1997). Cultures and Organizations: Software of the mind. 16

Portrait of singer/songwriter Jude Johnson

All of us, have a cultural heritage passed down from our ancestors. Many of our grandparents came from other lands across the oceans and brought their unique art, music, dance, costumes and languages with them. I love to see the incredible kaleidoscope of humanity on display at festivals and events throughout our diverse community. We are all caretakers of our history. I recently had my DNA tested and was delighted to discover that not only am I English and Irish but French, German and Swedish! What a smorgasbord, a cornucopia of genetic delight! I plan to explore some of the cultural heritage of my distant relatives and maybe do more travelling to absorb the spirit of the Celtic and Scandinavian art scene.

My known ancestors came here by canoe in 1782 as refugees from the Susquehanna river valley of Pennsylvania. They were Loyalists, loyal to England and King. They lost everything and landed penniless in Newark, now Niagara on the Lake. After recovering their health, they travelled along the big water now called Lake Ontario, to an inlet where ArcelorMittal Dofasco Steel company resides today. Over the next few years, they built a cabin and began to live off the land. Their last names were Depew and Stewart. Depew street runs into the steel company to this day. Their cultures were French Huguenots and proud Scots, and I am sure they brought their music and traditions to our Upper Canada neighbours. Another ancestor, Richard Cockrel from Yorkshire, England brought his mathematical knowledge as a teacher and started the first school in Ancaster. He also taught Joseph Brant’s son among others, and published the first non-government book in 1795 called “On the Education of Youth”. He was the editor of the Dundas newspa-

When we all reach back into our history, it’s a fascinating journey of exploration.

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Portrait of Jude Johnson’s grandmother, Winnifred Johnson, vocal and piano teacher

per with Richard Hatt in the early 1800s. What is fascinating to me is that he was a singer and songwriter and an artist of landscapes. So, here I am, born in Hamilton over two hundred years later, singing, writing songs, teaching and painting, cultural heritage incarnate. Culture makes the world a more colourful and interesting place to live in. I can’t imagine us being all the same in some sort of Stalinist world of grey and brown. Give me the colours of the rainbow, the embroidery of Guatemala, the spices of India, the smudge of the Iroquois, the throat singing of the

Portrait of Jude Johnson’s father, Bernard Johnson, an opera singer on the CBC

Inuit, the edible delights of French cuisine. When we reach back into our history, it’s a fascinating journey of exploration. It opens our minds and hearts to the soul of a nation, a province, a city, a neighbourhood. Yes, we are all Canadians and proud Hamiltonians, but we are the collective of our cultural roots. Celebrate those as well, and explore those of your ancestors, right here in our city of waterfalls. It makes us all richer as a community and more interesting as a nation. 18


ARTS EDUCATION DIRECTORY Academy of Imagination & Dramatic Arts @AIDA.HamOnt 167 Cline Ave. N., Hamilton An Instrument for Every Child @hammusiccollect Bel Canto Strings Academy 608 Upper James St., Hamilton @belcantostrings Centre for String Playing 1603 Main St. W., Hamilton

Dundas Valley School of Art 21 Ogilvie St., Dundas @dvsa2010 Fred Astaire Dance Studios 1092 Main St. W., Hamilton @fredastairedancestudios

Great Big Theatre Company 29 Park St. W., Hamilton @greatbigtheatrecompany Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts 108 Park St. W., Dundas Hamilton City Ballet 108 Park St. W., Dundas @hamiltoncityballet

Creative Insight Pottery 23 Main St. S., Waterdown @creativeinsightpottery Creative Theatre Company 80 Mill St. N., Waterdown @thecreativetheatrecompany Culture for Kids in the Arts 126 James St. S., Hamilton @HamCKA Defining Movement Dance 624 Upper James St., Hamilton @dmdhamilton Dundas Conservatory of Music 43A King St. W., Dundas @DundasMusic Dundas School of Dance 709 Main St. W., Hamilton @dundasschoolofdance

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ARTS EDUCATION DIRECTORY Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts 126 James St. S. @HCArts @artsliveathca Hamilton School of Music 1186 Stonechurch Rd. E., Hamilton @hamiltonschoolofmusic Hamilton Suzuki School of Music 2 King St W., Hamilton @hamiltonsuzukischool Hamilton-Halton ORMTA Hett Studio of Dance & Music 627 Main St. E., Hamilton McMaster University School of the Arts @mcmaster.humanities 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton Mohawk College Continuing Education @mohawkcollege 135 Fennell Ave. W., Hamilton Nuvitzo Dance 370 Main St. E., Hamilton @nuvitzodance

Paul Richard James Atelier 326 Bold St., Hamilton @paulrichardjamesatelier Red Tree Artists' Collective Redeemer University College: Art, Music, Theatre Departments 777 Garner Rd. E., Ancaster @redeemeruc Rythum Plus Dance Company 613 Hwy #8, Hamilton @rythumplusdance 20


CULTURE & HERITAGE DIRECTORY Allana Mayer, Archives Consultant Battlefield House & Museum 77 King St. W., Hamilton Building Cultural Legacies @buildingculturallegacies Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum 9280 Airport Rd., Hamilton @canadianwarplaneheritagemuseum COBALT Connects 724 Barton St. E., Hamilton @cobaltconnects

Hamilton Arts Council 51 Stuart St., Hamilton @hamartscouncil Hamilton Chamber of Commerce 120 King St. W., Hamilton @hamontchamber Hamilton Children's Museum 1072 Main St. E., Hamilton Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology 900 Woodward Ave., Hamilton

Doors Open Hamilton @doorsopenhammer Downtown Hamilton BIA 20 Hughson St. S., Hamilton @downtownhamiltonbia Dundas Museum & Archives 139 Park St. W., Dundas @dundasmueum Dundurn National Historic Site 610 York Blvd., Hamilton Fieldcote Memorial & Park Museum 64 Sulphur Springs Rd., Ancaster Griffin House 733 Mineral Springs Rd., Dundas

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CULTURE & HERITAGE DIRECTORY Hamilton Public Library @HamiltonPublicLibrary Immigrant Culture & Art Association 689 Barton St. E., Hamilton

Workers Arts & Heritage Centre 51 Stuart St., Hamilton @workersartsandheritagecentre

Museums of Burlington 1240 N. Shore Blvd.E., Burlington @MuseumsBurlOn Westfield Heritage Village 1049 Kirkwall Rd., Hamilton @westfieldheritage Whitehern Historic House & Garden 41 Jackson St.W., Hamilton Women's Art Assocaition of Hamilton @waah.1894 270 Sherman Ave. N., Hamilton

Dundas Museum & Archives 139 Park St W, Dundas | 905.627.7412 | Tues, Wed & Fri: 10am - 4:30pm | Thurs 10am - 8pm | Sat 1pm - 4pm

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(opposite) Hamilton Artists Inc. founding member Irena Vormittag helping to paint the new gallery space at 143 James St. North, 1976.

Building Cultural Legacies

By Alexis Moline

Art in Hamilton 1950-2000

The Building Cultural Legacies digital storytelling project aims to build knowledge, spark creativity and deepen connection by engaging residents from diverse communities and generations in the sharing of stories about the history of visual arts in Hamilton between 1950 and 2000. 24

Hamilton Artists Inc. founding members Irena Vormittag, Frank Thistle, Sam Robinson and Bryce Kanbara helping to paint the new gallery space at 143 James St. North, 1976.

Building Cultural Legacies (BCL) has been long in the making - since 1984 to be exact. As the visual art world in Hamilton continued to grow at an increasing speed, Hamilton Artists Inc. co-founder Bryce Kanabra and friends felt the push to begin comprehensively collecting the stories of the near-past that had played out on the same landscape that they currently worked. In a 2018 interview with BCL, Kanbara reflected that “it occurred to my generation at that time that there was a history of artists and art-making in Hamilton that we knew nothing about”. Kanbara and his peers’ curiosity drove the Hamilton Artists Inc. to apply for and win a Canada Council grant to begin the process of researching and connecting with the artists that precipitated the project, “we began contacting artists, visiting their homes, finding out that their whole lives had been

centred around art. As soon as we stepped into the doorway, we could see that there were paintings lining the walls, lining the floors and they had scrapbooks full of information that were really valuable to us.”

...”it occurred to my generation at that time that there was a history of artists and art-making in Hamilton that we knew nothing about”. From these efforts, Climbing the Cold White Peaks: A Survey of Artists In and From Hamilton 1910-1950 was born. The project culminated in an exhibition held at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and a book written by Stuart MacCuaig in 1986. Widely celebrated by both artists and the wider Hamilton community, Kanbara notes the power of learning about your roots, “It gave us a historical context to what we were doing”.

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Today, over 30 years later, BCL is the spiritual successor of the Climbing the Cold White Peaks project. The Hamilton Arts Council has picked up where they left off, with generous support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. BCL focuses on the years 1950-2000, with an upcoming exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton along with the unveiling of the digital platform in late 2019. Expanding on the essence of its ancestor project, BCL presents not only a survey of Hamiltonian artists and art institutions, but their personal anecdotes and perspectives, featuring community contributions from diverse writers, researchers and archives.

was a lot of photography being produced by Native people. The entire responsibility fell into our hands and with the guidance and assistance of various people.” After the development of a Native Indian Photography Program delivered in partnership with the Hamilton Regional Indian Friendship Centre in early 1984, followed by the monumental VISIONS conference, NIIPA moved into its own office and gallery space at 124 James Street South in 1986.

More stories of NIIPA are featured on the BCL website, researched and written by Rhéanne Chartrand, Curator of Indigenous Art at the McMaster Museum of Art, with One such artist organization is the images provided by the Indigenous groundbreaking but shamefully Art Centre, Crown-Indigenous Relaunknown Native Indian/Inuit Photions and Northern Development tographers’ Association (NIIPA). Canada, and the personal archives of NIIPA emerged out of the Photogra- artists such as Mitten, Greg Staats phers’ Union, a downtown gallery and Cees van Gemerden. and artist collective that encouraged local artists to print and exhibBCL creates a space for it their own creations amongst working professionals and ambitious artists, educators, amateurs. This community-minded researchers, students, spirit brought Photo Union staff Brenda Mitten and Yvonne Maracle connoisseurs and everyone in between to easily together to form NIIPA in the mid-1980s. Mitten states, “I was access and actively conemployed as Coordinator of Docutribute to Hamilton’s rich mentation and Research and visual arts history. Yvonne was Coordinator of the Native Indian Photography Program. Article continues on page 29 ... Through our work, we realized there 26






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Another significant but widely unrecognized effort in community formation came from V. Jane Gordon. A multidisciplinary artist and writer, Gordon was interested in exploring feminist themes, often focusing on images of the feminine and natural worlds. As she became more involved with the Hamilton art scene in the 1980s, she recognized a lack of an activist-minded women's group in Hamilton and decided to create her own on the second floor of the Hamilton Artists Inc., “I just thought it needed to be done at that moment, so I did it.” Sparked by the misogynist attacks of the Montreal Massacre in 1989, Gordon felt compelled to take action through art, stating “one thing that we did that very day was to create an exhibition, it was a women’s exhibition about that event. We were the only people who [created] anything about that event, and it was important. Somebody had to say something about that.”

BCL creates a space for artists, educators, researchers, students, connoisseurs and everyone in between to easily access and actively contribute to Hamilton’s rich visual arts history. The stories that we tell are shaped by many voices, an essential element in order to provide a picture as intricate and layered as the people of Hamilton are. The current vibrancy of the city owes much to the efforts of those who came before us, many of whom still work and live in the area. We invite artists and related organizations working between

...“I just thought it needed to be done at that moment, so I did it.”

1950-2000 to submit their images and stories to the BCL website in order to present a more truthful Gordon tells her story through a and dynamic snapshot into our video interview conducted by the shared past. The Art Gallery of BCL team at the Hamilton Public Hamilton will host information Library, in a series of videos aiming sessions on how to submit in to capture experiences and contriconjunction with the BCL exhibibutions of senior artists throughout tion, opening December 6, 2019. the latter half of the 20th century. Stay tuned for more events and All interview videos are available on public programming through our the BCL website, along with exciting Instagram (@culturebuilder) and short films created by BCL Project website - we can’t wait to hear Director Christopher McLeod. from you. 29 Hamilton Arts Council Culture Guide 2019-2020 30

Top 10 ways to build an online brand using SOCIAL MEDIA Suzanne Zandbergen is the founder of The Generator, Hamilton’s leading social media agency for businesses and non-profits. Follow Suzanne @TheGeneratorCa


Create a profile on all the major social media platforms even if you're not going to regularly use them, and direct people in your bio to the best platform to reach you. Pick the platform you prefer to communicate on and commit to regularly updating it.



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Hamilton Rising @HamiltonRising - 12m Lighting - This is a big one. With the advent of LED’s lighting has become super affordable. If you are filming all the time you can get a really nice setup for under $500. If you decide to go for the $0 budget option, keep these things in mind. Get on the right side of the light. An example would be don’t shoot with a bright window behind you, stand on the other side and let the light help you, or your subject. One other big tip if you’re filming outside, shoot on cloudy days. The takeaway is to get the light looking as even as possible. #LitLife Hamilton Rising @HamiltonRising - 14m Audio - You can get away mediocre footage and great audio, but you can’t get away with amazing clips and terrible audio. Are you shooting just on a phone? Adding a mic can significantly up your production game. There are options for attached mics, and even wireless ones as well. #TurnUpForWhat Hamilton Rising @HamiltonRising - 16m Shot Composition - There is a lot to unpack here, but let’s keep it simple. Try and keep your shots steady with a tripod, gimbal, or even a strap. No gear? No problem. Make slow and deliberate movements, move with the big muscles of your body, and slow down! When you start out everything tends to be fast! Shooting on your phone? Invest in one of the many filmmaking apps, our choice is Flimic Pro, well worth the $15. It’s stocked with all the tools you will need to unlock your inner David Fincher. #Shot4Shot 32


DANCE DIRECTORY #DanceHamOnt @dancehamont Aeris Kรถrper Contemporary Dance 624 Upper James St., Hamilton @aeriskorper Burlington Footnotes Senior Performing Troupe 4180 Afton Crescent, Burlington Chaika Ukranian Song & Dance Ensemble 170 Parkdale Ave. N., Hamilton @jrchaika David Hudson Dance Company @thedhdc Dreamlight Studio 230 Anchor Rd. #6., Hamilton Elysium Tribal Dance @elysiumtribal Fred Astaire Dance Studios 1092 Main St. W., Hamilton @fredastairedancestudios

Hamilton Aerial Group 270 Sherman Ave., Hamilton @hamiltonaerialgroup Hamilton City Ballet 108 Park St. W., Dundas Hamilton English Country Dancers countrydancers Hamilton Friday Contradance contradance Hamilton International Folk Dance Club 1140 King St. W., Hamilton Hammer Hoppers 27 King William St., Hamilton @hammerhoppers HCA Dance Theatre 126 James St. S., Hamilton @HCADT @hcadancetheatre

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DANCE DIRECTORY Impulse Performance Arts 1955 King St. E., Hamilton Mahasti The Bellydance Emporium 422 Concession., Hamilton @hamiltonbellydance Shreya Bollywood Dance 4672 McLeod Rd., Burlington @shreyabollywooddance To the Pointe Dance Project @tothepointedanceproject 34


FESTIVAL DIRECTORY Art in Action Studio Tour ArtsFest @artsfestsummerfestival Barton Village Festival @bartonevent Because Beer @becausebeer Brott Music Festival @brottmusicfestival Craftadian @madebyhandshow Dundas Cactus Festival @CactusFest Dundas Studio Tour Dusk Dances @duskdances Festival of Friends @creativeartsinc gritLit: Readers & Writers Festival @gritlitfestival HamilTEN Festival @hamiltenfest Hamilton Arts Week @hamartscouncil

Hamilton Fringe Festival @hamontfringe Imagine in the Park @imagineintheparkfestival It's Your Festival @itsyourfestival @itsmyfestival Locke Street Festival @lockestreetfestival Open Streets Hamilton @openstreetshamilton Something Else! Festival of Creative Music Sound of Music Festival @soundofmusicfest Steel City Jazz Festival @steelcityjazz Supercrawl @supercrawl Telling Tales: A Family Festival of Stories @TellingTales.Org West Hamilton Artists Tour @westhamiltonartiststour YogaFest @yogafest

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MUSIC DIRECTORY 5 At The First Chamber Players @5attheFirst Bach Elgar Choir @bachelgarchoir Birchway Sound 47 Grant Ave., Hamilton @birchwaysound Burlington Civic Chorale Singers Burlington Welsh Male Chorus @burlingtonwelsh Canadian Orpheus Male Choir @canadianopheus Chamber Music Hamilton Chorus Hamilton @hamiltonsings Duet Club of Hamilton @duetclubhamilton Dundas Valley Orchestra @dundasvalleyorchestra Guitar Hamilton @guitarhamilton Hamilton All Star Jazz Bands @allstarjazzband

Hamilton Children's Choir @hamiltonchildrenschoir Hamilton Harbourtown Sound @harbourtownsound Hamilton Music Collective @hammusiccollect Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra @HamiltonPhilharmonic Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra @hyporchestra Hamilton Youth Steel Orchestra Harlequin Singers @harlequinsingers Hidden Pony Records @hiddenponyrecords Lincoln Alexander Centre 160 King St. E., Hamilton @LACHamilton McMaster University Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Band, & Marching Band Mule Spinner 11 Landsdowne Ave., Hamilton @themulespinner

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MUSIC DIRECTORY Musicata-Hamilton's Voices @musicatahamiltonsvoices Musikay Sonic Unyon Records 97 James St. N., Hamilton @sonicunyonrecords Strata Vocal Ensemble Burlington Symphony Orchestra @symphonyonthebay The Duet Club of Hamilton The Linden Project The Malhar Group The McMaster Marching Band @macmarchingband The Pearl Company 16 Steven St., Hamilton @ThePearlArtsCentre Theatre Ancaster Chorus @theatreancaster Zula Music & Arts Collective Hamilton 38

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Inspired by Poverty

By Trevor Copp

I’m coming off the high of another tremendous Fringe Festival and it’s left me with what’s become the Hamilton independent Theatre producer’s million-dollar question: what will it take to get all these wonderful audiences to come out again before next summer? 40

Portrait of Trevor Copp taken for the Hamilton Arts Awards. Photo by Banko Media

The Hamilton Theatre ecology is a tenuous thing. I don’t know if the audiences for Theatre Aquarius and the community theatres are dwindling; they seem to find ways to adapt and continue to create. But I want to zero in on the space between these two extremes (the contrast I’m drawing is economic, not artistic; one pays artists’ fees and one doesn’t), Theatre’s aspiring middle class. It’s the Indy theatre producers out there who are pushing the ceiling, trying to invent a living out of the work they care about. They’re renting a space, assembling a team, opening their veins, and hoping you come. This is where I see the work I’ve been the most excited about in town. This is the kind of work that my teacher once described as

'inspired by poverty' - and it’s a wealthy muse. How much can we do with how little? Words, bodies, and space - anything else is vital or it’s cut. I’ve spent over 1500 nights attending the theatre, and if I ranked my experiences from best to worst that list would in no way correspond to the ranking of cheapest to the most expensive tickets. If you are thirsting for authentic experience then it’s these indy events around town, the kind that just appears on a poster and some facebook posts and then disappears for all time, that you want to catch. Trying to find these events is a challenge; I get it. Most indy artists like myself are exactly that: artists, not promoters. And we get so absorbed in creating the work that spreading the word too often gets pushed into the background, a mistake whose repetition has made Hamilton a hard place to create as an Indy producer. So if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to point out a few active groups in the area - a deeply incomplete list as it’s

How much can we do with how little? Words, bodies, and space - anything else is vital or it’s cut.

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always involving and updating - but if Hamilton indy Theatre hasn’t been your scene this will give you a place to get you started.

Hamilton needs a middle class, and the only ticket to get there is the one you buy at the door.

stages Michael Kras’ younger audience-oriented work. Companies like make art theatre, Not a Pom, and Girl Can Create have ever-evolving offerings from Classical to contemporary, as does my company Tottering Biped Theatre.

These groups have websites, facebook groups - we’re trying. We’re just working to actually pay artists which can get in the way of marketing budgets. So if you’re still reading this: I’m challenging you to see a Rook’s Theatre has done some couple shows this year you wouldn’t tremendous work with contemporary pieces like ‘Venus in Fur’ which have otherwise made it to. They wouldn’t otherwise be seen in town. won’t all be brilliant but they’re doing what they can to get there. Theatre Erebus is a historic indy Hamilton Theatre that has excelled Hamilton needs a middle class, and the only ticket to get there is the in reviving revolutionary pieces one you buy at the door. special to the Hamilton region like ‘My Father’s House.’ We are reaping the benefits of the Toronto migration to Hamilton in the form of Toronto Theatre veterans’ company ‘Industry’ whose production of ‘Bitch Island’ blew the Fringe up last year. If original writing is your thing, Hamilton has an embarrassment of riches. ‘Red Betty Theatre’ features the rich character-driven writing of Raha Menon, 'Same Boat Theatre' has featured local playwright Stephen Near’s insightful and often political work, ‘Hammer Theatre’ stages Canadian queer theatre legend Sky Gilbert’s writing on local matters, and ‘Broken Soil Theatre’ 42


THEATRE & FILM DIRECTORY 9M Theatre @9mtheatre AGH World Film Festival @artgalleryofhamilton

Factory Media Centre 228 James St. N., Hamilton @factorymediacentre

Ancaster Film Fest

Gritty City Theatre Company @grittycitytheatre @companygritty company

At the Gogue

HamilTEN Festival

Binbrook Little Theatre 2600 Hwy 56, Binbrook @BinbrookLittleTheatre Broken Soil Theatre @BrokenSoilTheatre /brokensoiltheatre Burlington Performing Arts Centre @BurlingtonPAC 440 Locust St., Burlington Classical Theatre Company @HamletPearl Curtain Call Performing Arts Company @curtaincall_pac Drury Lane Theatrical Productions 2269 New St., Burlington @DruryLaneTheatricalProductions Dundas Little Theatre

Hamilton Aerial Group @hamiltonaerialgroup Hamilton Fringe @HamOntFringe Hamilton Theatre Inc. 140 MacNab St. N., Hamilton @hamiltontheatreinc Hamilton Youth Film Festival @HYFFofficial Industry @industryhamont KooGle Theatre Company @koogletheatre Liberty Junction Theatre Inc. @libertyjunctiontheatrehamilton Make Art Theatre

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THEATRE & FILM DIRECTORY McMaster Musical Theatre @McMasterMusicalTheatre

Studio Babette Puppet Theatre 67 Highland Park Dr., Dundas

McMaster Thespian Company @MacThespians

The Aldershot Players

Peninsula Players Community Theatre 100 Main St. W., Grimsby Player's Guild of Hamilton 80 Queen St. S., Hamilton @ThePlayersGuildofHamiltonInc

The Socrates Project - McMaster University @SocratesMcMaster The Westdale Theatre 1014 King St. W., Hamilton @TheWestdale

Playhouse Cinema 177 Sherman Ave. N., Hamilton @theplayhousecinema

Theatre Ancaster 374 Jerseyville Rd. W., Ancaster @theatreancaster

Red Betty Theatre @lalbeti

Theatre Aquarius 190 King William St., Hamilton @TheatreAquarius

Rook's Theatre @RooksTheatre Same Boat Theatre @sameboattheatre Staircase Theatre & Cafe 27 Dundurn St. N., Hamilton @staircasecafetheatre

Theatre Burlington 2311 New St., Burlington Theatre Erebus Inc. @IncErebus Tottering Biped Theatre @totteringbiped Village Theatre Waterdown Inc. 317 Dundas St., Waterdown 44


VISUAL ARTS DIRECTORY All Sorts Press @allsortspress 270 Sherman Ave. N., Hamilton Arctic Experience McNaught Gallery @ArticMcNaught 191 James St. S., Hamilton Art Gallery of Burlington 1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington @ArtGallBurl

Dave Gruggen Photography 326 James St. N., Hamilton @GruggenPhotography Earls Court Gallery 215 Ottawa St. N., Hamilton @earlscourt215 @earlscourtgallery Factory Gallery 270 Sherman Ave. N., Hamilton #210

Art Gallery of Hamilton 123 King St. W., Hamilton @theagh @at_theagh

Gallery on the Bay 231 Bay St. N., Hamilton @GalleryontheBay

Art in the Workplace 175 Longwood Rd. S., Hamilton

Gallery4 55 York Blvd., Hamilton

AshleyLaneVirk Art Gooderham Gallery & Fine Art Studio 141 Catherine St. N., Hamilton Beth Kennedy Illustration @GooderhamGalleryAndFineArt Studio Capitol Arts Market @CapitolArtsMkt Carnegie Gallery 10 King St. W., Dundas @carnegiegallery

Grey Harbour Tattoo 161 James St. N., Hamilton @GreyHarbourTattoo

Centre[3] for Artistic and Social Practice @Centre3_ 173 James St. N., Hamilton Cheryl-Ann Hills @cherylannhillsartist CreateOf @hainingphoto 691 Mud St. E., Hamilton 45 Hamilton Arts Council Culture Guide 2019-2020

VISUAL ARTS DIRECTORY Hamilton Artists Inc. 155 James St. N., Hamilton @hamiltonartistsinc Hamilton Audio Visual Node (HAVN) 26 Barton St. E., Hamilton @havnode Jeff Tessier Photography @jefftessier Jessica Design 327 King St. E., Hamilton Josh Tiessen Studio Gallery 148 King St. E., Stoney Creek @joshtiessen Julia Veenstra Studios 167 James St. N., Hamilton @juliaveenstraartist Kelly Lowe Glass 265 Barton St. Unit 39, Stoney Creek Lori Le Mare Studio 270 Sherman Ave. N., Hamilton @lorilemarestudioinc McMaster Museum of Art @macmuseum Melanie Gillis Photography @MelanieGillisPhoto Nanooq Inuit Art @nanooqart No Guff Studio @noguffstudio Notion Industrial Sewing Studio @notion_iss 46

VISUAL ARTS DIRECTORY Ontario Art Farm PhotoSplash Photography 14 Blue Jay Crt., Waterdown @photosplashmichelle Punk Rock Flea Market 38 King William St., Hamilton @punkrockfleamarkethamilton FleaMarketHamilton Red Tree Artists' Collective Redchurch Cafe + Gallery 68 King St. E., Hamilton @redchurchcafe Small World Art Company @smallworldartco

Teresa Seaton Studio & Gallery 652 Spring Gardens Rd., Burlington The Cotton Factory 270 Sherman Ave. N., Hamilton @cottonfactoryca The Hamilton Store 165 James St. N., Hamilton @thehamontstore The Makers' Market 252 James St. N., Hamilton @MakersMarketHamont Waterdown Goldsmith 9 Mill St. S.,Waterdown @waterdowngoldsmith you me gallery 330 James St. N., Hamilton

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(opposite) Photo by Ayobami Maulaulay

Some Like It Hot

By Avery Qurashi

Hamilton’s Culture Guide is so hot right now, thanks to multi-disciplinary artist Ayobami Macaulay. Selected through popular public vote to appear on the cover of the Culture Guide, Macaulay’s photograph, ‘The Third Portrait of Happiness’, translates the feeling of joy into fiery reds and warm shades of orange. As a work that brings together photography and paint, The Third Portrait reflects Macaulay’s style of engaging with multiple forms of art at once. 50

Photograph from Ayobami Macaulay’s ‘Heat Map’ Series, in collaboration with body painter Bisola Michal

As a writer, film producer, photographer, and cinematographer, Ayobami Macaulay explains that he is “always searching for opportunities to collaborate and create a fusion of various mediums of art” as he strives to “create something that can be seen as original and worthy of discussion.” Macaulay is a newcomer to Canada who brings to the Hamilton Arts Community a wealth of experience from the world of Arts business. At age nineteen, Macaulay created a photography and film agency, Orbit Creative Hub, with his good friend August Udoh and in 2015, Macaulay produced the award-winning Nigerian film ‘Taxi Driver: Oko Ashewo’ which can be found on Netflix Canada currently.

Now living and working in Ontario, Ayobami Macaulay is continuing his work in the domain of Arts and business. His current project seeks to connect talented emerging artists with new businesses, to foster collaborations that provide artists with work and businesses with art. When he is not working with other artists to promote their work, Macaulay engages in art-making of his own as he continues to write his novel, ‘The Diary of a Reluctant King’, works as a portrait and events photographer, and collaborates in producing creative photographic works such as ‘The Third Portrait of Happiness’. The Culture Guide’s cover image belongs to a three-part series that explores ways in which we can see

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and experience human emotion. The project grew from Macaulay’s personal challenge to “capture

“...with the right amount of skill, dedication and a willingness to fail and start over, great things can and will happen.” human emotion in an unconventional way,” as he reflected that throughout a life of “extreme highs and extreme lows,” he can remember “without an iota of doubt” how he felt in each moment. As he reached out to models for this project, Macaulay toyed with the idea of taking portraits that expressed different emotions, but realized that he “had to be patient enough to allow it to mature into what it eventually became,” and ultimately decided that his visual exploration of emotions would require a greater level of artistry than a series of simple portraits would allow. Conducting research on emotions prompted Macaulay to remember images of heat maps revealing human emotion through colour, and from this memory grew the idea that inspired Macaulay’s collaboration with body painter Bisola Michal (@artbybisolamichal). Together, Macaulay and Michal created a

Portrait of Ayobami Macaulay (@ayobami)

‘Heat Map’ Series that features portraits of sadness, shame, and happiness. Macaulay submitted the ‘Third Portrait of Happiness’ because the model, artist Kene Nwatu, “struck a pose that […] really conveyed the meaning of the emotion of happiness.” Very happy to have his work selected to be on the front of the Culture Guide, Macaulay offers a piece of advice to artists at all levels of their careers. Recognizing that feelings of vulnerability can get in the way of producing or sharing art, Macaulay has learned to lean into insecurity, and encourages others to understand that “with the right amount of skill, dedication and a willingness to fail and start over, great things can and will happen.” 52


WRITTEN & SPOKEN WORD DIRECTORY Burlington Slam Project @Burlington_Slam Epic Books 226 Locke St. S., Hamilton @epicbooks gritLIT: Hamilton's Readers & Writers Festival @gritlitfestival Guernica Editions @guernicaed Hamilton Arts & Letters Magazine Hamilton Poetry Centre

Margaret Lindsay Holton - Artist & Author @TRILLIUMnovel Steel City Stories @SCS_Hamilton The Printed Word 69 King St. W., Hamilton Tower Poetry Society Westside Stories 852 King St. W., Hamilton @westsidestorieshamilton Wolsak and Wynn 280 James St. N., Hamilton @wolsakandwynn

Hamilton Review of Books @hamrevofbooks Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) @HYP_SLAM J.H. Gordon Books 314 King St. E., Hamilton @JhGordonBooks James Street Bookseller & Gallery @JSBookseller 134 James St. S., Hamilton LiT LiVe Reading Series @LitLiveReadings LitChat 53 Hamilton Arts Council Culture Guide 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 Culture Guide is the culmination of months of planning and work on the part of many people without whose efforts this publication could not have been possible. The Hamilton Arts Council wishes to thank the following individuals for their contributions to this project: Joanna Johnson (Art Direction, Guide Planning, Graphic Design, Project Admin) David Hudson (Project Management, Advertising Support) Avery Qurashi (Project Management, Advertising Support, Contributing Writer) Stephen Near (Contributing Writer) Alexis Moline (Contributing Writer) Trevor Copp (Contributing Writer) Jude Johnson(Contributing Writer) Suzanne Zandbergen (Contributing Writer) Sam Holdridge (Contributing Writer) The Hamilton Arts Council gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders and program partners: 54

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