By Tracee Lee-Holloway

Hiding in plain sight on John Street North is a wonderful community of caring folks nestled in the Pharmasave West Harbour Pharmacy at 554.

At the recent pop-up gallery featuring the work of Artist JJoel. While there at his invitation, admiring the exhibit showcasing his fantastic detailed ink drawings, I had the pleasure of meeting wonderful people that value building community, collecting donations for the food bank at the Welcome Inn, and taking care of the neighbourhood in the way that they do.  Genuine folks that are concerned for the people that wander in, caring for the cats that live nearby, and by providing a delicious hot cup of coffee and conversation.  Pop by and say hello to Terry, Heather, Nance and Georgia.  You will be glad You did!

Be sure to visit his website at to see more of his artistry. And each month, a new piece of JJoel’s stunning work is being featured inside the pharmacy.

The Flagship Gallery located at 237 James Street North held a silent auction November 10th, featuring a night of art and music with musician Trevor Hewer.  If you missed this event, wander in one day soon.  There is of a watercolour of poppies by Janice McDermott on display at the gallery that needs to be seen.

If you used to attend the jam nights at the 435 (formerly of Barton Street) and wish to relive the vibe, Ellis Bateson is hosting an open jam at This Ain’t Hollywood on Wednesday afternoons 2:30-5:30pm.

Art Battle returns for a new exciting season every third Thursday at The Spice Factory.  The dynamic duo of Smith & Patel  (Trish and Sanjay) are the hosts with the most. If attending a live painting competition is on your bucket list, this is the event in town you need to take in.

An arts advocate and creative community builder here in Hamilton and a  2016 Hamilton Arts Award nominee for Arts Innovation, Tracee is also the founder of Think Tank Tuesday with Tracee (a 50 weeks a year meetup now in it’s 7th year.) A fervent supporter of the grassroots arts and music scene, she can be found every month documenting Artcrawl and everyday on all the usual social media channels.