JUNO Awards in the Hammer!

The 2015 JUNO Awards are only 9 days away. The awards ceremony will honour Canadian music achievements in the later part of 2013 and in 2014. This wonderful event will be taking place in our fair city of Hamilton, ON. HOW EXCITING! The ceremony takes place downtown in FirstOntario Centre over the weekend of March 14 – 15 and televised nationally on CTV March 15. GREAT NEWS is that you do not have to wait till next weekend to enjoy the festivities in the city. There are various concerts and events related to the awards taking place as soon as tonight, March 9. Actually, there have already been pop up performances in the city…..anyway, get in on the fun! Plan ahead by checking out tourismhamilton.com’s Juno Awards – TURN IT ON! section and find a complete listing of events.

I will note, one event I do plan on participating in (so long as real estate work doesn’t get in the way) is Turn It On Music Crawl. It is an enhanced Art Crawl with live performances throughout the JUNO Zone – Jackson Square, James Street North/South and King Street East/West locations. In addition to music, you will be able to snack at food trucks, enjoy local entertainment, pop into shops and galleries. James St North specifically will have 10 stages set up throughout the day and then the Art Crawl itself will begin. Don’t miss a minute on Friday March 13 from 5-9pm.

HOORAY for JUNOs in the Hammer!

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Hamilton – One of Canada’s Most Underrated Places

WOW, I absolute love how the Hamilton Spectator headlined their article on Hamilton:  “Once the ‘Armpit of Ontario,’ Hamilton now one of Canada’s most underrated places.” It says it all. Once a place mocked by the rest of Ontario as the ‘armpit’, due to the steel factories, is now a hot, up-and-coming city that many outsider are attracted to.

Hamilton, Ontario is in the midst of a resurgence. You can see it, feel it, and hear it here in the city. Glad we are now an underrated place. View the list of other underrated places to visit in all of Canada according to MSN Travel.

 

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A Day Out – Hamilton Hot Spots

As I sit by the window, wrapped in a blanket with a tea, watching a blizzard rip through Hamilton, I wish only for spring to arrive. Or, to come back at least. Hamilton experienced a small taste of spring the last few days. As temperature touched 5-7 degrees, John and I took advantage of the sun and warmth. We had a wonderful start to the March break. We were out and about on Hamilton’s thriving James Street North and up-and-coming Ottawa Street North.

John and I started our afternoon at Burnt Tongue. I had the chance to try the delicious soups a time before, but this was his first visit and John LOVES soup, like a rabbit loves carrots. He instantly swooned over the soups we ordered. I have had 3 different creations before at the soup restaurant and I have not been disappointed. We added their simple but wonderful grilled cheese and amazing fries and the fantastic meal was just under $25. We will be back and often, I am sure.

But before we left to shop along James North, a piece of art caught our eye. We were directed to Mixed Media only three shops away. Mixed Media is just that; a store to purchase paints, paper, unique stationary, artwork and the like. John and I fell in love with a silk-screened print of “the City of Hamilton on 30 October 1958” by Raymond Biesinger, which was hanging up at Burnt Tongue, and bought it without hesitation.

We continued our shopping spree at Needlework. What a pretty shop! Full of colourful fabrics, sewing machines, and a spot for the shop dog. You can purchase material and related items to make your own creations or you can learn to sew. During this March break they even have sewing camp which is awesome! It was here that we purchased some material for our wedding.

Our next stop involved an autumn latte at Mulberry Street Coffee House. YUM! They also make my favourite London Fog (tea latte). Had a chance encounter here before making our way down James North. We popped into The Hamilton Store. Yes, there is a Hamilton Store,and it carries wonderful photos of the city, artwork, and the most knowledgeable Hamilton historian Donna Reid. Our pop-in ended up being a much longer visit with Donna which was inspiring. We are all very proud Hamiltonian’s. Finally, I needed to have a look around at the vintage finds of Hawk and Sparrow.

Why stop at James Street North (was our thought) on this fine spring-like day? Next stop Ottawa Street North in our own neighbourhood of Crown Point!

I can’t walk down Ottawa St, full of antique and textile shops, without a hot drink from The Cannon Coffee Co., so  grabbed another yummy tea latte. The Cannon is a gem on the corner of Cannon St and Ottawa St N serving sweet and savoury waffles and some incredible tea latte creations. I do love the bright yellow chairs and decor at the cafe too.

With our lattes in hand, I needed to visit a newer shop on the street in hopes of finding a once loved dress for a up-coming event. The Edit is a shop made for me! There are beautiful vintage clothing and accessories to die for. I love the mix of old, quality pieces with modern basics. The owner is pretty damn stylish herself. The shop is just another diamond on the strip. John and I felt that The Edit will help bring back the some-what rundown street to its previous glory.

Finally, after a purchase at Antique Avenue (a couple amazing Canadian Red Cross life guarding posters that pulled at John’s heart strings), we headed home where we discussed how lucky we are to be enjoying a spring day in such a wonderful city that is ever changing.

It seems this winter weather will never end. I do look forward to warmer temperatures and sun shine to have another day enjoying the joy of the city. Stay warm out there!

Can you tell I am a proud Hamiltonian?