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Snapshots: The Week of May 13

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

Hamilton Happenings

  • The next Creative Exchange is on May 18 at 7pm in the Cotton Factory Showroom. The monthly(ish) networking event is an opportunity for creative workers and entrepreneurs in creative industries to connect with each other. The event is free to attend, but advance registration is required.
  • Theatrix Costume House has recently moved to Hamilton. To celebrate, they will be hosting a 2-day event on June 4-5, featuring a parade, opening ceremony, live music and tours of their showroom and event space. Their creative team will also be onsite to discuss their makeup, wig and costume rental abilities. Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required on each day (June 4 & June 5)

Awards Season is Upon Us

  • Congratulations to Stony Plain Records in Waterdown, who has several nominees in the The 2022 Living Blues Awards, including Pinky’s Blues by Sue Foley, who is also nominated for Female Artist of the Year and Guitar. The record label’s Maria Muldaur is also nominated for Female Artist of the Year, while Duke Robillard is also nominated for Guitar. The deadline to vote is June 15, 2022.
  • Congratulations to Stony Plain Records’ Sue Foley, who won two awards at the recent 2022 Blues’ Music Awards. Foley won in the categories of Traditional Blues Album and Traditional Blues Female Artist.
  • Congratulations to Arts For All (Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts), which was the winner of the Not-for-Profit Award at this year’s Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Awards!
  • The 2022 JUNO Awards are this weekend! While some awards will be announced in a non-televised ceremony on May 14, all Canadians can tune into the live May 15th ceremony at 8pm on CBC. Two Hamilton groups have received 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 award show. 
  • 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.

Here & There

  • Last week was Canada’s long-awaited National Culture Summit in Ottawa, where arts leaders and politicians had the opportunity to communicate on sector-wide priorities.
  • This week is Non-Profit Day at Parliament Hill, where twelve charities have banded together to discuss with politicians the ways in which charities work with partners to support communities.
  • Canada’s arts community mourns the recent passing of Joey Tanenbaum, one of the country’s most generous philanthropists. In Hamilton, Joey Tanenbaum was most recognized for his work with the Art Gallery of Hamilton, which included support towards the Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion, a multi-million dollar donation of African and Oceanic art and a 2002 gift of an extensive collection of nineteenth-century European art.
  • Submissions are now open for the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s 2022 Tom Hendry Awards honouring Canadian playwrights in a wide range of categories. Learn more and submit your work by May 16th here.
  • Filipinas of HamOnt invite Filipinas in the Greater Hamilton area to write letters to women in the future and their future selves about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of their Women Writing Women initiative. Learn more, and submit your letter by May 18, 2022 here.
  • Supercrawl is seeking submissions for music, fashion, theatre, dance, performance, talks and spoken word for the 2022 festival (September 9 – 11). The deadline for submissions is May 20, 2022. Find out more here.
  • The Hamilton Fringe Festival is currently seeking short films (24 minutes or less) by Canadian filmmakers to screen at their Films on the Fringe: Shorts Showcase event on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 9:00 PM. The deadline to apply is May 30, 2022. Find out more here.
  • 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.

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