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“Johnny” is marching sad and sweet and melancholy, one part petition and two parts prayer. The one-way conversation is concise, sparse like a distillation of Sinead O’Connor singing with The Pixies. The words are introspective as the musings of Courtney Barnett, a close and hyper-conscious first person narrative explaining that “My friends all tell me to hope for the best but I feel the worst / I try to get sleep but my body won’t stop shaking I’m blue / I don’t think I’m […] Continue reading →


Pet Sun have tried to channel themselves into an EP. Released December 4th on Sleepless/The Hand, it drones, it solos, it is dark and greasy. […] Continue reading →

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From Toronto, just down the QEW is a breeding ground for art and music amidst streets lined with trendy restaurants and places to rent for cheap. In this magical land, an entire weekend is dedicated to the appreciation and cultivation of the arts every September, where creators and consumers fill the streets to shop, dance, and celebrate together. Yes, this place exists, AND you can get there on the GO. It’s a city called Hamilton, and last weekend the heart of it was shut down by the […] Continue reading →


The open road is impossible, stretching farther into the distance than it should be able to. On one side, fields tear by, tall stalks triumphant in the wind. On the other, the setting sun casts a steep glow across the tops of what was once green, now golden. Steady in your ear, familiar sounds combine and blend together to create new ones. Starting with a haunt, bass and drums begin together and refuse to stop, even when they slow to turn a corner. A pulse, joined by shrill guitar and […] Continue reading →


The fountain in Gore Park. Princess Point. Ask anyone living in Hamilton what their favourite part of the city is, and you’ll get different answers. Dundurn Castle. Webster’s Falls. Gage Park. […] Continue reading →


With The JUNO Awards fast approaching, a distinct buzz can be heard around Hamilton. You can feel the excitement in the air, and almost see it rising in a cloud over downtown, palpable with hope and intensity. Recently, The JUNOs Turn It On Songwriter Contest tapped into the creative spirit that is circling the city with a call for local musicians to record and submit a theme song for the awards. Presented by Judy Marsales Ltd., over 60 original songs were submitted to the Host […] Continue reading →

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On a drive through downtown, the name of the Art Gallery of Hamilton is prominently projected over the heart of the city where it proudly resides. Nestled between the MacNab bus terminal and the Hamilton Convention Centre, the AGH opened in its present location across from Jackson Square in 1977. Restored in 2005, the once-declining building was lovingly repaired during an $18 million recladding and revitalization project. It’s a beautiful place to visit – it is also one of the oldest […] Continue reading →

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The art of storytelling is a public conversation, giving readers and listeners an opportunity to eavesdrop on the fictional or factual lives of others. This weekend, bibliophiles and writers in the Greater Toronto Area and across Canada are gathering for three days of locally sourced literary happenings in Hamilton, Ontario. The 10th annual gritLIT Festival launches today at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, bringing together local writers, readers, and workshop participants to spread passion […] Continue reading →

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