Hamilton Have Your Say on Provincial Growth Plans


On February 27, 2015, the Province of Ontario initiated a coordinated review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

The visions, goals and policies of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan have shaped land use planning and development approvals within City of Hamilton.

Hamilton residents, businesses and landowners are encouraged to learn more about each of the provincial plans being reviewed, and to identify opportunities and needs for improvements to the plans. The input provided will be used by the City to prepare a formal response to the Province in June 2015.

In response to the Province’s Coordinated Review, City staff will be undertaking public consultations to input on the provincial plans that impact Hamilton.

The City will be hosting these public consultation sessions. To register for a session, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-consultation-on-provincial-plans-tickets-16236246049


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Downtown Revival Continues to Get Noticed

James St

Photo Globe & Mail

The continued revival in downtown is getting more coverage with this lengthy article in the Globe & Mail:

After hard knocks from a shrinking steel industry, a massive residential shift to the suburbs and the more recent 2009 recession, downtown Hamilton seems finally poised to hit its postindustrial stride.

Four major new condo projects in the city centre are selling into a market hungry for urban living at a relatively reasonable price.

Read the full article by CLICKING HERE

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Share Your Story Workshop – Tuesday April 7th


Join us for an evening of Stories from Central as we continue to explore this history, homes and personal tales of the Central Neighbourhood and it’s residents.

Workers Arts & Heritage Building – 7 pm to 9.30 pm.

For the past few weeks residents have been gathering stories and now it’s time to share our tales!

A StoryShare is a chance to tell your tale in front of an audience and hone your storytelling skills.

There are a few rules about the StoryShare!

1. Stories must be told, not read.
2. Stories must be no longer than 7 minutes.
3. The stories must be true…ish.
4. We welcome songs as well as stories.

Invite your friends, your neighbours, anyone who might be interested in hearing tales.

Please RSVP to Project Coordinator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at girlcancreate@gmail.com as spaces are limited.

Stories from Central is a project in collaboration with Central Neighbourhood Association and Workers Arts & Heritage Centregenerously funded by Hamilton Community Foundation. A series of workshops focusing on stories of homes, heritage and personal tales will culminate in a walking tour of the neighbourhood on May 3 starting at 1:00 p.m. at WAHC.

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Song & Storytelling Workshop – Thursday April 2nd


Join us for an evening of Storytelling and Song with storyteller and songwriter Tor Lukasik-Foss in our third workshop for Stories From Central!

Workers Arts & Heritage Building, 7 pm to 9.30 pm

Songs can be very useful vehicles for telling a story. They have a lot to teach storytellers about economy, the use of repetition and reincorporation, and the strategic value of poetic language, humour, and good delivery. This workshop will show how basic song elements can be used as tools to shape stories, to augment stories, to grab hold of an audience and never let go. No musical experience is required; some willingness to sing, or at least yell, is recommended.

Please RSVP to Project Coordinator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at girlcancreate@gmail.com as spaces are limited.

All workshops are free and open to residents of the Central Neighbourhood.

Tor Lukasik-Foss is a multidisciplinary visual artist, performer and writer. His hybrids of performance and sculptural installations have been shown as one of the official projects of Toronto’s 2014 Nuit Blanche, as part of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursday events (2014), as well as in solo exhibitions across Ontario and Canada. He has released 4 Cds of original music under his stage moniker ‘tiny bill cody’, and performed at festivals and venues across Canada, and writes regularly for Hamilton Magazine. Lukasik-Foss has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, been awarded the 2007 K.M. Hunter Award for Visual Arts, 2008 Visual Arts Award from the City of Hamilton, a 2009 Hamilton Music Award (Best Male Artist) as well as several grants from Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Storytelling Workshop – Combining Historical & Personal – Sunday March 29th


Sunday March 29th from 12 noon to 3 pm at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre., 51 Stuart Street.

Join us for an afternoon of Storytelling with writer/playwright Marnie Woodrow as we explore combining historical and personal tales.

How do we turn found facts into compelling stories? What are the ethics of poetic license and where is the line between what really happened and that which makes for a great story? Where do YOU fit into the story you wish to tell? Learn to move from fact into fiction and back again with this workshop led by writer Marnie Woodrow

Please RSVP to Project Coordinator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at girlcancreate@gmail.com as spaces are limited.

All workshops are free and open to residents of the Central Neighbourhood.

Marnie Woodrow is the author of two short fiction collections, two novels and two full length plays. Her forthcoming novel, “Heyday” took her to archives, libraries and onto a roller coaster at Coney Island–many times. She is an editor, writing instructor and online mentor.

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Storytelling Workshop – Introduction – Saturday March 28th


Join us for an afternoon of Storytelling with Theatre Artist Jody Boston. In the first workshop of our Stories From Central Workshop series, we will begin to play with story forms, do basic voice exercises, get comfortable with sharing in front of others and leaning basic story structures. An introductory workshop sure to inspire all storytellers. All levels welcome.

Saturday March 28th – 1 pm to 3.30 pm

Workers Arts & Heritage Building

Please RSVP to Project Coordinator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at girlcancreate@gmail.com as spaces are limited.

All workshops are free and open to residents of the Central Neighbourhood.

Jody Boston has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama Studies from the University Toronto. She has trained at Sheridan College, Second City Toronto and the East Side Institute in New York City where she received a post-graduate certificate in Social Therapeutics. Boston has performed for as long as she can remember and is professionally trained in stage acting, acting for film, ballroom dance, improvisation, creative movement, Classical theatre, mask, clown, professional practice and singing.

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Community Meeting – A Neighbourhood Storytelling Project

Join us on Wednesday March 18 at 7:30 pm Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St., Hamilton, ON


The Central Neighbourhood Association (CNA) is coordinating a storytelling project that celebrates the past as we create the future. We aim to examine the history and heritage of the neighbourhood, developing a collective expression and valuing of its history, and a shared sense of pride.

We will be presenting Storytelling Workshops with professional storytellers to residents of Central. The project will culminate with a walking tour on May 3, 2015.

Join us on Wednesday March 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Workers Arts and Heritage Centre to find out more about this exciting new project in the heart of one of Hamilton’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Come and meet the team organizing the project and find out how you can get involved. Light refreshments will be served.

Planning on attending?

Please RSVP to GirlCanCreate@gmail.com

Have a story to share but can not attend the meeting? Reach out to Project Coordinator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura for more information at GirlCanCreate@gmail.com

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GO Station Public Art Commission – Application Process Now Open


The City of Hamilton is currently undertaking a public art process to commission a permanent public art work(s) for the plaza of the James Street North GO Station presently under construction on the west side of James Street North near Murray Street. This project was initiated by and is partly funded by Metrolinx.

Call for Artists

Artists will be selected by a citizen Jury through a two stage process involving a concept and preliminary design proposal followed by a submission of detailed proposal by selected Artists.

Award: $75,000
Artists completing a Stage 2 submission will receive a $750 honorarium.

Submission Deadline:  Thursday April 23, 2015 at 3:00 PM (Hamilton time)

Artist Information Meeting:
Thursday March 12, 2015. 4:00 PM
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre
51 Stuart Street, Hamilton, Ontario.

Artists are invited to view a presentation on the adjudication process and submission requirements and to visit the site as part of this meeting. Note that the immediate site may not be accessible due to construction.
This is not a mandatory meeting.


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