Ontarians are pressing play in a big way on live arts experiences this fall. From concerts and performances to immersive exhibits and exhibitions, Hamilton Halton Brant has a loaded autumn arts calendar. Here are just a few of the events we can’t wait to enjoy.
The Supercrawl fun keeps on going well after the main event on September 9th, 10th and 11th. The Supercrawl Presents series welcomes Elliott Brood to Hamilton’s Bridgeworks on September 17th and Canadian crooner Ron Sexsmith on October 15th.
Another beloved Canadian crooner, Michael Buble, will also be hitting Hamilton on his 11-city Canadian tour on October 15th.
Fans of blue-collared soul singer, Johnny Reid, will have a number of opportunities to catch one of his shows in Hamilton Halton Brant this fall, including Burlington on September 29th and 30, Milton on October 15th, and Brantford on October 16th.
Visual arts will be just one component of the creativity equation during the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s all-new AGH Festival, which runs from October 14th through 23rd. The festival’s concerts, films, parties, pop-ups and workshops will offer unforgettable connective experiences showcasing genres including visual art, film, performance, craft and more.
While at the AGH Festival, be sure to check out RBC Artist In Residence Nathan Eugene Carson’s work, which visualizes difference, acknowledging how the people that are present have an impact on how they are seen and understood in the world.
The Dundas Studio Tour celebrates its 25th anniversary on October 1st and 2nd with the treasures of over 25 different artists showcased at seven studios sprinkled throughout this stunning valley town.
Urban Moorings Two is a public art project on exhibit through November 1st at Royal Botanical Gardens bringing together five local artists to create installations in dialogue with floating garden flats on the lower Chedoke Creek watershed. The five original artworks, which will encompass art techniques including sculpture, architectural techniques, intervention, performance art, video and sound art, will be available to view day and night from access points at Princess Point and the Desjardins Trail.
James Street North Art Crawls are a monthly celebration of community and the arts in Hamilton that happen organically on the second Friday of every month. Join the fun of a bustling street lined with local artists, vendors, and musicians, and be sure to pop into the stores and restaurants that stay open late to help celebrate.
Fire Over Water is an immersive exhibit at Crawford Lake Conservation Area by Catherine Tàmmaro featuring original paintings, multi-media works, music, and video, that honours the Wendat/Wyandot diaspora represented in Dr. Kathryn Magee Labelle’s recently released book, Daughter’s of Aataentsic: Life Stories From Seven Generations.
Theatre Aquarius has two spectacular plays this fall in its all-Canadian season. Salt Baby, which runs from September 14th through October 22nd, is about a young girl who never quite fit in growing up on the Six Nations Native Reserve who begins to explore her identity. Serving Elizabeth, on from October 19th through November 5th, is set in Kenya in 1952 and keeps the audience guessing as it explores issues of colonialism, nationalism, and the question of who gets to have a voice.
The Mush Hole is a theatrical dance performance performed by an all-Indigenous cast about the truths of The Mohawk Institute, Canada’s first Indian residential school. Catch it at Brantford’s Sanderson Centre For The Performing Arts on October 19th or in Milton on November 3rd.
Literature and Film
The next chapter in the Telling Tales Festival story unfolds this September when the two-day festival brings together authors, illustrators and storytellers to Royal Botanical Gardens’ Hendrie Park on September 24th and 25th.
With over 900 Canadian films screened to date, Hamilton Film Festival is recognized as a catalyst for Hamilton’s growing film scene. The Hamilton Film Festival runs from November 5th through 13th, so be sure to pick your flicks.