5 #HamOnt news making a buzz this week

By Steve MacIntyre

Arts sector gets $500,000 injection from City
It was a big win for the Hamilton’s arts community this week as city councillors voted to boost arts funding to a whopping $500,000. Another $300,000 was pledged by the Hamilton Community Foundation, a promise they followed up on if the City were to increase funding. This will be the first increase in arts funding in 15 years, as Hamilton ranked among one of the lowest in comparison to neighbouring major cities when it came to arts funding. More at CBC Hamilton.

A $41.6 million price tag for understanding aging
The federal government has granted a McMaster-based aging study $41.6 million. The money will go towards one of the most comprehensive looks at the process of aging, something that was started back in 2010. The study itself will approach aging from many angles, and all the information will be put towards a national platform that will help the medical and science communities understand all things aging in Canada. More at The Spec.

Hamilton Music Awards announces slate of nominees
The annual Hamilton Music Awards has released its list of nominees this week, with Ancaster singer-songwriter Laura Cole receiving give nominations. The gala awards show will take place at Dofasco Centre for the Arts, on Sunday May 24. Currently in its 11th year, the Hamilton Music Awards has also nominated the Arkells, Jeremy Fisher, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and Elliott Brood. More about it in The Spec.

Hamilton recognized for its cultural renaissance
The Globe and Mail released an article discussing the cultural renaissance that is happening in downtown Hamilton. From the demand from Torontonians who are looking for better housing options, to the thriving influx of business and social scene within the core, the article highlights the vision Hamilton deserves, a city that is travelling down the unbeaten path. More in the Globe and Mail.

SoBi success
The launch of the  SoBi bike share program in Hamilton was carried out this past week. It has signed up more than 500 members since January. SoBi came at a vital time for those demanding alternative transit. Coming off the successful soft launch during January and February,, thousands of kilometres were recorded despite poor weather conditions, further indicating a desire for this type of service. More at CHCH.


steve-2An alumni from both McMaster (Honours Communication Studies) and Sheridan College (Post-Grad PR program), Steve currently works as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator for 270 Sherman. He currently sits on the Hamilton HIVE PR Subcommittee and on Sustainable Hamilton’s Events and Marketing team. If you have any questions, feel free to connect with him via email or by LinkedIn!

Tip of the week: Mentorship

By Stephanie Frisina

Find a Mentor(s).

One of the greatest pieces of advice I have received is to find a mentor. A mentor is anyone you have a desire to strive to become. You can attain mentors formally through professional groups and through educational institutions. You can also attain mentors through building organic relationships.
If you see someone doing a job or excelling at a skill you want to develop, ask questions. My best advice in finding a mentor is to put yourself out there, engage, and do not be afraid to ask for someone’s time! The worst that can happen is they say no, and you are no worse off than where you began – and in my experience, not many people say no! Oh, and always remember: mentors come in all different ages, races, abilities, gender, classes and industries. Be open to all mentors and look toward building a team of mentors. Get started by building your ‘personal board of directors‘ with more than one mentor.

Who is/are your greatest mentor(s)? How have they helped you in your personal and professional life? Comment on Hamilton HIVE’s Facebook thread.

stephStephanie is a graduate from Western University with honours in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research She also completed a diploma from George Brown College in Assault Women’s and Children’s Counsellor and Advocate Program. Currently, Stephanie is working towards a master’s degree in Women’s Studies and a Certificate in Writing for Publication. She works for YWCA Hamilton in the Women’s and Girl’s Department. Her greatest passion is creating communities that are inclusive and where diversity is valued.

What’s buzzing this week in #HamOnt

By Amanda Horn

We’ll skip over the mention of the cold, long winter that we’ve all endured the past few months since that’s old news. Now that the days are brighter and longer, it’s the perfect time to transition into spring by getting out and getting involved with the goings on in the city. With calendars filling up and to-do lists getting longer and longer, make sure you also have events on your agenda to look forward to. Read up on some of the events happening here in #HamOnt this week that will allow you to try a new skill, meet new people and challenge yourself. After all, when was the last time that you did something for the first time?

IMG_4555YEP Roundtable with Glenn De Caire, Chief of Police
The Spice Factory, Monday, March 23 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Free Admission

The Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals division of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a roundtable on Value For Dollars with Hamilton Police Services’ Chief of Police, Glenn De Caire. Join other young professionals for an evening of networking and discussion on Monday, March 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Spice Factory. Reserve your spot online.


IMG_4553Workshop | Sketching is Thinking
Presented by McMaster Alumni Association
Wednesday March 25, 2015
The Hamilton Club, Alexander Room (2nd Floor)
6 Main Street East, Hamilton
7 to 8:30 p.m. (appetizers served at 6:45 p.m.)
Cost: $10 – bring a friend for free

Have you ever experienced a frustrating bout of writer’s block, felt stressed or couldn’t focus on the task at hand? Learn to unlock and harness the power of creativity through sketching to induce the flow of those stubborn creative juices. Through the McMaster Alumni Association’s Women’s Series, local artist and communications teacher Sylvia Simpson will help you to explore visual and thinking skills as she leads you through a sketching workshop including several exercises and a discussion of the future of sketching as a critical thinking tool.
More on the McMaster Alumni Association website.

IMG_4554Unplug | Earth Hour Candlelight Concert
The Zoetic Theatre & Creative Arts Company
526 Concession Street (at Upper Wentworth)
Hamilton ON L8V 1A6
Saturday March 28 from 7 to 9:30 p.m

Let go of all those devices permanently attached to your hand and get ready to unplug for one hour: Earth Hour! This world-wide event is a global initiative to raise awareness for climate change and encourages everyone to turn the lights off and unplug electronic devices for one hour on the eve of Saturday March 28. You can make your way down to The Zoetic, Hamilton’s vintage style theatre on Concession Street, for a candlelight concert with Crystal Journey. David Hickey will lead you to the centre of your universe as he plays his Paiste Gongs, Quartz Crystal Bowls, Santoor and Vibraphone. Tickets are available online at:

Ticket prices:
$30 VIP Ticket(includes CD, regular popcorn, non-alcoholic beverage)
$20 Regular Ticket
FREE for children Under 12

IMG_4558Around the Bay Road Race
Sunday, March 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Thousands of runners are lacing up their shoes to head out for a 30 km jaunt around the bay as North America’s oldest annual road race takes place Sunday, March 29. The course follows Hamilton’s natural harbour and funds raised support St. Joseph’s Health Foundation. If you haven’t been training all winter and aren’t ready to jump into the 5 km or 30 km race, you can easily become part of this Hamilton tradition by cheering on participants as they cross the finish line at the First Ontario Centre!


AmandaAmanda is a French and Communications student in her final year at McMaster University. She plans to pursue a career in Public Relations and ultimately hopes to combine her communications skills with her passion for dance and the performing arts.