Hamilton Arts Council (HAC) is very pleased to announce an outstanding line-up of Signature Events that will be presented during Hamilton Arts Week, June 9 to17, 2022.
In its eighth year this City of Hamilton initiative, presented by HAC, will offer unique opportunities to engage with high-caliber arts and artists from across the Greater Hamilton Area. Signature Events were selected through adjudication from our esteemed panel of Hamilton-area arts professionals: Pamela Edmonds, Dan Fortin, and Anuja Varghese.
- PLAY THIS: Hamilton, presented by Tottering Biped Theatre, is a series of site-specific audio plays written by local authors. Featuring innovative augmented reality elements, each piece will invite its listeners on an immersive journey into the stories of our city.
- Centre Francophone Hamilton presents acclaimed choreographer Lua Shayenne’s “Yassama and the Beaded Calabash”. This show weaves traditional and contemporary African dance, music and engaging storytelling, in an interactive performance created especially for young children. This in-person event will be available in both English and French.
- The Tune In Foundation presents the Talk To Me Nice Conference Series. This two-day self-advocacy conference is geared toward BIPOC creatives aged 16 to 28. The in-person Conference includes panel discussions on: arts business, mental wellness, and equity in the arts, followed by a performance showcase of local talent.
- Smokestack Studios & Gallery present an Analog Printmaking Demonstration. Nathan Eugene Carson will join Master Printmaker, Laine Groeneweg, for a collaborative in-person printmaking demonstration in the Smokestack Studio; an insider’s look into the creation of Carson’s latest body of prints.
- Sid Ryan Eilers of Aeris Körper Contemporary Dance, with accompaniment from dance artist Mayumi Lashbrook will facilitate an open studio for movement/dance research for the purposes of generating connections between Hamilton based dance artists, and discourse around creative movement research.
- Presented in conjunction with the NIIPA 20/20 exhibition, McMaster Museum of Art will present NIIPA in the 90's, an online panel discussion with the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association co-founder and longest-serving director, Yvonne Maracle, former administrative director Carol Hill, and founding board member and photographer Tim Johnson.
- Michael Johnston of McDonald Johnston Music Studio and the Skydiggers will present The Songwriters Open House. The in-person workshop will feature Michael in conversation with four established Hamilton-based artists (Lori Yates, Dale Morningstar, and two others to be announced) discussing their creative processes, and sharing songs from their diverse catalogs. Attendees will engage in dialogue with the artists to explore the craft and mystery of songwriting.
- Joyful Noise is an online celebration of the songs that stirred the soul to freedom. Experience the music that fuelled a movement with performances by Hamilton based Black Gospel artists/musicians.
- The City of Hamilton Arts Awards event will be live again on June 9. Attendees will enjoy a dynamic multi-venue celebration of the 2022 Arts Awards shortlist and recipients, with art installations and exhibitions, screenings, live performances, and hands-on art-making.
- HAC’s BIPOC hArt Music Series will premiere online, featuring performances from Nezqwik, Keith Silver, Lil America, and Luckystickz. Filmed in March at Bridgeworks, the series showcases music from talented artists from the Greater Hamilton Area.
- Arts week festivities will also intersect with two major cultural celebrations including the Barton Village Festival on June 11, “Where creativity, community, and the entrepreneurial spirit are alive and well.” People are invited to explore and discover all the treasures offered on Barton Street from Ferguson Avenue to Sherman Avenue. FrancoFEST (kick-off June 17, organized by Centre Francophone Hamilton, will showcase a unique line-up of renowned artists and new talents from the current local French-speaking scene.
“This year’s Signature Events exemplify HAC’s mandate to provide programming that connects artists, creates opportunities, and inspires change,” says Programs & Community Engagement Coordinator, David Hudson. “Our adjudication panel is integral to an event selection process that prioritizes meaningful impact, and affirms Hamilton Arts Week as a significant contribution to our city’s cultural and creative landscape.”
Visit www.hamiltonartscouncil.ca/artsweek to discover direct links to all the Signature Events, or visit The Arty Crowd website at www.theartycrowd.ca to find all the events occurring from June 9 to 17 across the Greater Hamilton Area.
If you have arts programming or an event you would like to be included as part of Hamilton Arts Week digital and print listings, please add your event to www.theartycrowd.ca by May 31st, 2022.