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Snapshots: The Week of March 4

Snapshots is your overview of the week in the arts and entertainment community. From the movers, shakers and moments that matter- and moments that could- Snapshots is everything you need to know at a glance to stay connected to the Hamilton arts sector.

Hamilton Happenings

  • Congratulations to Gemma New, the Music Director of the HPO, who has been appointed Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
  • This weekend, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is offering free admission for all of its recently opened exhibitions. As part of their Winterfest offerings, the gallery will also offer free guided tours, yoga and workshops. 
  • GritLIT, Hamilton’s annual literary festival, has announced that the details and tickets for the 2022 Festival will go onsale March 11.
  • The Hamilton Arts Council invites those who are curious to learn more about their latest resource, the Arty Crowd to tour the website at a public information session on March 15 from 12-1pm. 

Awards Season is Upon Us

  • The 2022 Juno nominees were announced this week, with a number of Hamilton groups and artists receiving nominations. 2017 ‘Breakthrough Group of the Year’ winner The Dirty Nil was nominated for ‘Rock Album of the Year.’ Seven-time winner the Arkells were also nominated for ‘Rock Album of the Year’ as well as ‘Group of the Year.’ The Arkells will also perform at the May 15 award show. Also nominated were Lyle Bell (Album Artwork for Whitehorse‘s Strike me Down); Colin James, Steve Marriner and Sue Foley, each produced by Waterdown’s Stony Plain Records (Blues Album); Burlington’s Walk off the Earth & Romeo Eats (Children’s Album); Six Nations’ DJ Shub (Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group); Danko Jones (Metal/Hard Music Album), released by Sonic Unyon and Over the Moon (Traditional Roots Album), released by Waterdown’s Borealis Records.
  • March 4 is the deadline to nominate someone for Canada’s Volunteer Awards. 20 regional awards are distributed in 4 categories (Emerging Leader, Community Leader, Business Leader, Social Innovator) across 5 regions. Learn more or nominate someone here.

Here & There

  • The Siminovitch Forum invites you to spend International Women’s Day with exceptional theatre creators. Panelists including Alex Cameron, Erin Shields, Kelly Thornton and Nina Lee Aquino with moderator Michelle MacArthur will tackle feminine leadership in the rehearsal hall, men’s place in the feminist theatre movement, identifying as a feminist and more. Register to attend the online March 8 event at 7pm here.
  • The Dundas Valley School of Art is accepting original art submissions in all mediums between February 7 – March 10, 2022. Artwork will be auctioned off at the School’s annual fundraising event. Find out more here.
  • The Hamilton Arts Awards is now accepting submissions for the 2022 Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Commission Prize. The prize provides a $2,000 commission to support the creation of a new work that speaks to Hamilton’s evolving identity, and will be presented at next year’s Arts Awards. Supported by the Hamilton Community Foundation, artists must be practicing professionally for less than five years to be eligible. Submission deadline is March 11, 2022. 
  • Toronto’s Studio 180 Theatre invites artists and artists-at-heart to partake in a series of creation exercises and discussions about land-body relationship. Come prepared to the virtual 90-minute workshop to create in the medium of your choice, be that writing, visual art, music, physical movement or something else entirely! This March 27 workshop from 2-3:30pm has limited space; participants must register in advance to attend.
  • The Carnegie Gallery is accepting exhibition submissions in all media of fine art or craft for its 2023 programming year. Established and emerging artists are welcome to apply by May 31, 2022. Find out more here.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Hamilton’s annual literary festival, gritLIT, is seeking volunteers to join their Marketing Committee. The Committee manages media relations, community outreach and social media.

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