• Ottawa Street – from Fabric District to Design Destination & Culinary Hub

    Ask any long-time Hamilton resident about Ottawa Street and the stories come pouring out. It might involve memories of catching a matinee at the Avon Theatre, hanging on to the hem of their mom’s skirt while she browsed through shops piled high with bolts of fabric (that was me), or…

  • Bringing Back the Block – The Story of Hamilton’s Iconic Lister Building

    Hamilton is experiencing an incredible period of growth. The recent revitalization of the Lister (a building my Tourism and Culture colleagues and I are lucky enough to call our office), has sparked significant increase in development interest downtown, resulting in projects that continue to shape Hamilton’s urban landscape. Return to…

  • The JUNOS in Hamilton – A Look Back

    After months of anticipation and building excitement, The JUNO Awards swept through Hamilton last week (March 9 to 15). It seems like we just gathered for that first press conference at Catherine North Studio in December to welcome the JUNOS to Hamilton. After that, there was a Pop Up Tour…

  • Jeremy Fisher

    Hamilton’s JUNO Nominees Share Their Favourites

    You’re headed to Hamilton for the music. You’re headed to Hamilton for the parties. You’re headed to Hamilton for The JUNO Awards.  The parties and concerts, however, aren’t in motion for a continuous 24-7 cycle. That’s probably good – you’re going to need to sleep, even if it’s just to…

  • O's Clothes

    Getting red-carpet ready for the JUNOS – A Hamilton shopping guide

    The JUNO Awards are right around the corner, and along with choosing which JUNOfest shows to attend and which Fan Choice nominee to vote for, comes another important decision – what to wear! Hamilton’s fashion scene is incredibly vibrant, with new shops popping up all the time. From vintage to…

  • The Kissing Chairs

    An Arts Heritage Walking Tour of historical James Street

    Visitors and locals coming out to experience an exciting week of JUNO events will be spending a lot of time downtown in “JUNO Zone” centred in and around the city’s downtown core, particularly James Street. The popular strip has been making headlines across the country for its uniquely charged grassroots…

  • A look back at Hamilton’s Memorable JUNO Moments

    On March 15, the JUNO Awards return to Hamilton for the sixth time. Last time they came, I was in my twenties, temporarily expatriated to Toronto to work in the music business. I came back for the event, hung around backstage excitedly, watched Art Bergmann bum smokes off people, watched…

  • Charred Chicken

    A Guide to Dinner and a Show in Hamilton

    Catching a show in Hamilton tonight? The city’s explosive arts scene has an equally impressive culinary landscape to help you make a night of it. Whether you’re choosing a bistro for a pre-theatre dinner or a quick bite before the band’s first set, we’re fortunate to be home of an…

  • Hutch's

    Classic Bites

    I’ve been taking bites out of Hamilton ever since 1962, the year I was born. Food was central in our family. With any outing, what we were going to eat seemed more important than what we were actually going to do. A drive anywhere in the east-end meant we absolutely…

  • Birds

    A Family Outing to Hendrie Valley

    Return to What A Day That Was This winter we took our first family seasonal visit to Hendrie Valley. It’s a forested marshy area that is part of the Royal Botanical Gardens World Biosphere Reserve tucked in just west of the McQuesten (High-Level) Bridge heading towards Burlington. It truly is…