As the calendar hits the halfway point of August and summer starts to wind down, music and the arts are filling the streets of Hamilton this weekend.
At the time of publishing, the forecast for Hamilton for Aug. 13 to 15 was a mixed bag.
While Environment Canada says there’s a risk of thunderstorms heading into Friday afternoon, the heat is still expected to persist, with a high of 28 degrees Celsius. The weather agency says it will feel like 36 with the humidex.
But Saturday and Sunday are both expected to be sunny, and each cooler with a high of 23 degrees.
Here are some ideas of things you can do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Art Crawl drew thousands of people to James Street North on the second Friday each month.
After its long-time absence, the event is expected to make a return on Friday, Aug. 13. Street vendors are anticipated to set up once again, with artwork, handmade t-shirts, jewellery, and more on display for purchase.
There is no single organizer; local artisans and artists arrange themselves outside in the evening hours.
Venues, such as Farside bar, have said they’ll be taking part this Friday. It will host its first art gallery at 288 James Street North, curated by artists Kyle Stewart and Paul Robert Allard. The gallery is open from 4 pm to midnight.
Cinema buffs who want a different viewing experience this weekend can visit The Playhouse Cinema for its first film screened from 35mm projectors.
There will be five screenings of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, where audiences can dive into Quentin Tarantino’s world at the end of Hollywood’s golden age.
Other showings from Friday to Sunday include Nine Days, Annette, and Good Time. Be sure to check the theatre’s website for more information on show times and tickets.
If you’re looking a movie under the stars, the Starlite Drive In is open. Among its tips, the drive in recommends arriving early due to long lines and wait times. Here are this weekend’s lineups:
Meanwhile, The Westdale is hosting live concerts — Elliott Brood, Logan Staats, The Redhill Valleys, and others — as part of the returning Arts Fest, which you can read more about below.
From Friday to Saturday, the Westdale Village will celebrate the arts — with both indoor and outdoor music, as well as local artisans.
Mixed Media Hamilton and Westdale Village have also collected portraits from youth aged four to 16 that depict people in the neighbourhood. Those pieces of art will be on display in the shop windows.
There is a limited number of tickets available for the shows at The Westdale, but there are patio shows going on outside too.
Blk Owned Hamont is helping host a Black-owned Hamilton pop-up market this Saturday.
Around 15 local BIPOC vendors will be setting up shop along the Pier 8 Hamilton Waterfront Trust Patio, located at 47 Discovery Drive.
The market will run from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on August 14, and include local food vendors and music from DJ Fresh Moses.
It’s part of the Pier 8 pop-up series drawing residents to the pier this August.
The Hamilton Farmer’s Market is open Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It’s declaring this weekend a Peach Festival, with different options like jams, salsas, and soaps available.
Waterdown Market is also running on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Waterdown Memorial Park, 200 Hamilton St. N.
Hamilton, in 3D
Are you curious what a full view of the Crystal Palace looks like as it stood in Victoria Park in 1860, or Ancaster’s Griffin House, the heritage home of early Black settlers Enerals and Priscilla Griffin?
Now’s your chance to tour them through augmented reality. The Hamilton Public Library’s 3D scans of various buildings and artifacts are now online at experiencecommons.ca. Or, you can visit the Locke Branch for a guided tour on Saturday anytime between 11 am-3 pm. It’s all part of the HPL’s invitation to explore new realities through AR, in honour of Hamilton’s 175th birthday.
Are you between the ages of 13 and 18 in Ancaster and the surrounding areas? The Net brings teens in the neighbourhood together, hosting events, workshops and more.
This weekend, it’s hosting an online talent show on Saturday at 7 p.m. For more information on their volunteer and leadership opportunities, check out their website.
Hamilton Honey Badgers will be in town for a playoff game, and limited fans are allowed in the stadium. Hamilton takes on the Ottawa BlackJacks in the quarter-finals on Saturday at the FirstOntario Centre.
Down the road, the Burlington Downtown Jazz Festival will have different acts on Saturday and Sunday, with tickets available through the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.
The Bay Area Restoration Council is picking up garbage to avoid it from entering Hamilton’s waterways. You can join on Saturday at Pier 4 Park, located at 64 Leander Dr. The council is asking helpers to bring water and closed-toed shoes. More information is available online.
Humboldt Public School collaborative art project complete – DiscoverHumboldt.com
The Humboldt Public school recently finished an art project that utilized every student in the school and now has a colourful fibre art display on the fence along highway 5.
The school is a pre-k to grade 8 school and has approximately 330 students.
The project began when a teacher wanted to do a large scale project with the entire student body.
Teacher Michelle Lafayette applied for a SK Art grant and began contacting the artist who would help lead the school through the project.
Lafayette explains how it all got started.
“Well, when COVID happened we had to rethink how we did everything. I wanted to do a school-wide project that we could do around arts. So, I did a quilting project because I am a quilter. Then the kids made a quilt piece out of construction paper and made a huge collaborative quilt. It was a great project. So, I wanted to do something again this year but I didn’t want to do it all by myself so I searched for grants so that I could hire an artist to come in and do this for us. I knew that Monika had done school projects before and community projects. I had seen the work that she did on Broadway (Saskatoon) when they had construction and she had woven fabric onto the fence. I thought it was amazing and something that we could do here also.”
Every student regardless of abilities was able to contribute to the project.
The project consisted of many different types of fabric and fibres, from old sheets to yarn, with different patterns and colours, it has a wide range of sizes and textures.
To begin with, the fabric had to be broken down into small manageable sizes.
“So, what we did was we got donated sheets and materials and the kids came in and ripped the fabric. They loved it! A little cut and then the sound when they ripped it, and some got really physical and used all their strength and showed me how they could rip it. It was amazing,” said Lafayette.
The fabric was then wrapped around circular things, hula-hoops, ice cream pail lids, plant trays, and even cut-up corrugated plastic signs. Everything was recycled materials as after it has been out in the weather it will likely be trash.
The artist Monika Kinner, who is from Saskatoon, was so happy with the results.
“The end result is what we hoped for, how we got there was completely not what I had expected it was far beyond what I expected. I am really appreciative of my own creativity and ideas because of all the rain we had to completely change what we were doing. That was fun for me, so I have to say I appreciate the opportunity to be so creative and fly by the seat of my pants.”
The display will likely be up until sometime in October, however with the weather it could change.
The students involved really enjoyed the time and effort that was put in and now can be proud of their work displayed outside the school.
SK Art was also impressed by the project and encouraged all schools to bring in artists and allow them to work with students on different projects.
“Bring artists into schools!” stated SK Art program consultant for Art in Schools Projects, Jody Greenman-Barber.
Winners announced for BC-wide art, writing contest for Indigenous youth – Trail Daily Times – Trail Times
The winners have been announced in a provincewide children’s art/writing contest where youth were asked what being Indigenous means to them.
In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day and hosted by Xyólheméylh (Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society) the contest was open to all Indigenous people age five to 24.
The entries were judged by a panel consisting of Xyólheméylh’s board of directors and elders advisory committee. There were three categories – ages five to 10, ages 11 to 14, and ages 15 to 24.
The children and youth expressed their connection to the land, nature, animals, and their families. They also expressed their hopes and dreams as well as their sadness with discrimination and racism.
“Many artists have painted or drawn pictures of wolves howling at a full moon. In my artwork, I have used the dream catcher as my moon because I want the dream catcher to catch and protect all my hopes and dreams of being a person who is known to protect friends, freedom, family, loyalty, and teamwork,” said 10-year-old Emiley of her artwork.
Kyan won first place in the ages 15 to 24 category.
“Stereotypes often take over how First Nations are seen, and when someone looks at you and automatically thinks that what you are isn’t something to be proud of it makes you feel bad no matter how proud you are,” Kyan wrote.
“Thank you to all the children and youth who submitted their heartfelt art. It is truly inspiring to see the talent, creativity and the pride expressed in being Indigenous,” said board president Dr. Wenona Hall.
ARTS AROUND: New art exhibit showcases ‘Women’s Work’ in Port Alberni – Alberni Valley News
A new art exhibit is opening at the Rollin Art Centre, featuring a group of four local female artists.
Sue Thomas, Jillian Mayne, Colleen Clancy and Ann McIvor will display their artwork in an exhibit titled “Women’s Work” that opens on June 21 and runs until July 22. The diversity of the work reflects each woman’s unique creative process and artistic expression.
Join us in the gallery this Saturday, June 25 from 1-3 p.m. for refreshments and an opportunity to meet these incredible and accomplished artists.
CALL TO ARTISTS
The Rollin Art Centre will be holding a summer-inspired art exhibit from July 27 to Aug. 26 and we are inviting all local artists to submit up to three pieces (size depending) that depicts your own rendition of the season of summer.
All mediums are welcome. Application forms are available at the Rollin Art Centre. The fee is $10 per submission. Deadline for submissions is July 15.
LANDSCAPES MADE EASY
Join us on the terrace at the Rollin Art Centre on Saturday, July 16 for an acrylic painting workshop with Susan Schaefer. Bring a friend and be creative!
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Susan will guide you through what makes a good composition while simplifying your landscape.
The workshop fee is $115 +GST. A supply list is available. Register at the Rollin Art Centre at 250-724-3412.
This summer, the Community Arts Council will be raffling a chair designed by Leave Her Wild Container Design. The chair has been planted and is on display at the Rollin Art Centre (corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street). Tickets are $2 each or three for $5.
Teas on the Terrace are back at the Rollin Art Centre this summer and tickets are now on sale.
Choose from our high tea (served on a two-tiered plate) for $25 and our strawberry tea (served with decadent strawberry shortcake) for $20 and join us on the terrace under the canopy of the trees, sipping tea, listening to local musicians and sampling a selection of snacks.
July 7 – Strawberry Tea – Folk Song Circle
July 21 – High Tea – Dennis Olsen
August 4 – Strawberry Tea – Dennis Olsen & Guy Langlois
August 18 – High Tea – Doug Gretsinger
CHILDREN’S ART CAMPS
Here’s a chance to have your kids do something creative and fun and make new friends this summer. The Rollin Art Centre is offering eight weeks of creative summer art programs for children between the ages of 7 -13.
Call 250-724-3412 to register.
The Sunshine Club will be holding a pottery sale at the Harbour Quay on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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