By Tracees Lee-Holloway

Congratulations and kudos to Annette Paiement and to the Hamilton Arts Council for a very successful 2018 Hamilton Arts Week.  Over 100 events took place in and around town during June 2-9th and for me, was the ultimate celebration of arts and culture here in town.

Can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.

Have You heard about Music Mondays at City Hall? 

Each Monday around noon by the new sign you can catch a band performing outdoors in the courtyard.  Grab your lunch and take in some live music.

Sidewalk Sounds returns every third Friday to Concession Street.  A chance to visit the brick and motar shops, check out the pop-up vendors and listen to some music while you stroll the length of Concession between Upper Wentworth and Upper Sherman.  5 musical acts usually perform from 6-9pm.

In Waterdown at the Kirkland/Lynch Studio Gallery, local Artist Sandee Ewasiuk is exhibiting her mixed media works in a show called, Paintings From Thailand.  Located at 654 Spring Garden Road, just off Plains Road towards Burlington.  Call 289.260.8246 for more information.

Every third Saturday from 11am-4pm of each month, #ShopLocal at 270 Sherman.  At ‘Shop the Cotton Factory’ there are Artisans and makers featuring art, and all kinds of creative works that can be found within.  Wander over.  You will be glad you did.

For fans of local band Ray Lyell and the Storm, they are performing at the Brown Barrel, 1515 Upper Ottawa Street on Saturday July 27th one last gig before Ray moves out West.  (show time yet to be confirmed).

The June Artcrawl was another wonderful event.  Each month on the second Friday, the shops and galleries remain open til 11pm.  There are buskers, pop-up vendors, makers and artists along James Street North and every once in awhile there will be music.  It’s is an open air event that has a festival feel.  Thousands of people are now attending.  There is excitement, culture, friendly faces and more.  If you have never been, put on your walking shoes and come downtown.  It is by far one of my most favourite grass roots art events in the city.

Look for me.  Friday July 13th.  I will be there…

Whenever two people meet there are really six people present.
There is each man as he sees himself,
Each man as the other sees him-
And each man as he really is. ~William James 1842-1910

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Tracee Lee-Holloway is an arts advocate and creative community builder here in Hamilton. A 2015 Hamilton’s Arts nominee for Arts innovations. A fervent supporter of the grassroots arts & music scene, her main agenda is helping and supporting others build momentum to get to the next level.