by Kyle West

img_20160910_225025James Street North is full of wonderful local spots that can lead to a fruitful and fun night on the town. Some of my favorite places to go are local art galleries, pizza restaurants and record stores — all with a very welcoming attitude leading to a great night out in Hamilton’s North End. If you want to start off with viewing some art, you can go to Hamilton Artists Inc., located at 155 James St N. Hamilton Artists Inc. is a local gallery that is artist run and supports the local arts community. Founded in 1975 by artists in Hamilton, it is intended to provide exhibit space for local artists. Hamilton Artists Inc. has staff that are always willing to chat about the artwork on display in order to help you enrich your knowledge of art and the local art community. This gallery is also very active in community events, such as Super Crawl.

Then after spending some time at the gallery looking at art, I get a little hungry and head over to Knead Pizza. Located at 274 James Street North it is not a long walk from the gallery and a great place to get a meal as it serves all kinds of pizza from the classics to BBQ inspired pizza with smoked brisket. The atmosphere is also fun as they have arcade games.

Finally, after having a meal I will go look at some records at the local Cheapies, which has been featured in an Arkells music video! Located at 67 King St E, Cheapies is just off James Street North and has a vast selection of music, movies and some memorabilia.

Before I sign off, however, I should mention Super Crawl. Super Crawl is, perhaps, one of the best known events that takes place on James Street North. Every September thousands of Hamiltonians and people from outside of Hamilton converge upon the North End to hear a line-up of established and up-and-coming bands. As the photo shows, I had a great time listening to the Strumbellas this year.

That is what I do on a night out in the North End, how about you?