Friday, June 9, 2023

Snapshots: The Week of June 24

Snapshots is your overview of the past week in the Hamilton arts and entertainment community. From the people and moments that mattered- and opportunities that might- Snapshots is everything you need to know to stay connected to the Hamilton arts sector.

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This Week’s Highlights

  • June 21 marked National Indigenous People’s Day, a day to celebrate the culture and heritage of Indigenous peoples and organizations. 
  • The Pearl Company, an arts space downtown, was approved this week for conversion into 15 affordable homes for Indigenous families by Sacajawea Nonprofit Housing.
  • The former venue space occupied by Sous Bas at 145 Main Street East is now occupied by nthenyou, who promise to carry the torch of the eclectic space.
  • The City of Hamilton has recently recognized a number of Waterdown properties as having Heritage designation. The City has also introduced a notice to designate 56 York Street as a Heritage property.
  • The Burlington Performing Arts Centre recently announced this year’s inductees into their Hall of Fame. The 2022 Inductees include Gary DeGroote, who was recognized for his role in the building and opening of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre; and longtime Director of the Burlington Teen Tour Band and Burlington Concert Band Don Allan. Late conductor Boris Brott was also recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • The Maple Blues Awards; Canada’s National Blues Awards program, were awarded last night. A number of artists from Waterdown’s Stony Plain Records took home awards, including David Gogo & Steve Marriner (Acoustic Act); Colin James (Electric Act & Male Vocalist) and Sue Foley (Entertainer & Guitar). Steve Marriner was also awarded in the categories of Harmonica, Songwriter, Recording/Producer. Hamilton artists Lowdown Dirty Mojos were also awarded as New Artist.
  • The Hamilton Public Library announced an updated partnership this week, where HPL cardholders receive free access to city museums for the next two years.
  • The City of Hamilton and HSR have partnered with the Arkells to offer free rides to and from this weekend’s rally from 3pm to midnight.
  • Farside Hamiton is now accepting submissions for their DIY arts space. Visit their website to learn more about potential dates and submission guidelines.

Hamilton Happenings

  • The NeuroArts Lab at McMaster is seeking musically-trained research participants for a paid neuroimaging study. Participants will listen to a series of musical and spoken sound clips while undergoing a brain scan. For more information, or to participate, please email [email protected] 
  • Theatre Aquarius announces the appointment of Kelly Straughan to the position of Executive Director, effective July 2022. Straughan succeeds longtime Executive Director Lorna Zaremba, who retires after over twenty years with the theatre company.

Awards Season is Upon Us

  • The 2022 Siminovtich Prize is accepting nominations to celebrate the transformative and influential work of directors working in English or French. The successful prize winner will receive national recognition as recipient of the prestigious award, $75,000 and the opportunity to support an emerging artist with mentorship and $25,000. Nominations may be submitted here until July 4, 2022.
  • The Hamilton Literary Awards are now accepting submissions for their 29th edition. Works published within the 2021 calendar year are eligible. The deadline is July 17, 2022. For more information, please visit the Hamilton Arts Council’s website.

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