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I Heart Hamilton celebrates its third anniversary with The Playlist 3.0 (Fundraiser for Food4Kids) at This Ain’t Hollywood on Saturday, June 7th, 2014.

The Playlist 3.0 features performances by l electronic duo Allosaurus, hip hop-infused jazz quartet Haolin Munk, the debut of The Tallest Tree (new project from Dawn and Marra), groovy pop- rockers Hands & Teeth, and eclectic indie band The Medicine Hat.

All media are welcome and photo and video opportunities are available. Tickets are $10 in advance and are available at This Ain’t Hollywood (345 James Street North), Dr. Disc (20 Wilson Street), and Cheapies (67 King Street East). Tickets are $12 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the event is 19+.

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Buttons For A Good Cause

This Sunday at the #HamOnt Blog Fair, Rebuild Hamilton buttons will be for sale. All proceeds will be going to the Welcome Inn Community Centre Food Bank.


Buttons will be $2 each or two for $3 (or whatever you want to donate). Non-perishable food items will also be accepted. If you do not have anything to donate, you can always grab a button for free.

Special thanks to The Button Pushers for the fantastic buttons. 

See you Sunday!

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I Heart Hamilton and Cut From Steel present The #HamOnt Blog Fair at The Casbah

Don’t have any plans before our hometown Hamilton Tiger-Cats face the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 101st Grey Cup? Come out to the #HamOnt Blog Fair, have a couple drinks, and mingle with some of Hamilton’s best bloggers.

Presented by I Heart Hamilton and Cut From Steel, the blog fair will take place at The Casbah from 2-6pm and admission is free!

Bloggers include:

• I Heart Hamilton Tour (
• Cut From Steel (
• This Must Be The Place (
• Extreme Nonchalance (
• Not My Typewriter (
• The Hungry Gnome (
• Hamilton Small Fries (
• Steel and the City(
• Rebuild Hamilton (
• Hustle and Glamour (
• 100 Mile Microphone (
• Love It A Lot (
• Oh Summer Candy (
• When Words Fail, Photography Speaks (
• Greater Hamilton Musician (
• The Starfish (
• Katherine Lamb (
• Fat Girl Food Squad (
• Kitestring(Chris Farias) (
• Dirty Mac Poster & Design (


The alt-electro-dance duo of Dear Rouge will be performing at 5pm; so don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes. And if you’re hungry, Jonny Blonde Food Truck will be on location to satisfy your cravings.

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The Brant Street Pier finally opens


After a long wait, The Brant Street Pier finally opened in June during this year’s Sound of Music Festival on Fathers Day Weekend.

The Pier is the final phase of the Waterfront at Downtown Burlington project. Other phases of the project include the parking garage at 414 Locust Street, Discovery Landing, the Rotary Centennial Pond, and The Dofasco Waterjet Plaza.


Located at the Eastern End of Spencer Smith Park, the Brant Street Pier extends 137 metres over Lake Ontario. The S-shaped pier is connected to the park’s existing promenade by a coloured concrete walkway.


Five metres above the water, the pier’s platform is built on 14 caissons drilled into a bedrock foundation.


Located along the sides of the deck are LED lamps extending over the walkway and benches without backs, offering different views of the lake.


Further out (85 meters), the deck widens for a circular node. In the centre of the node is a raised platform that is nine metres in diameter and can be accessed via circular staircase.


Atop the platform is a 12-metre beacon with an oblong nautical-style structure complemented by rings clad with a perforated metal sheet.

The beacon is made of a tubular structural steel framing. The stiffness of structural steel framing will ensure the structure can withstand the high winds of Lake Ontario.


The platform not only supports the beacon, but also offers a different vantage point from the pier.

According to the City of Burlington, the construction of the pier was also attentive to the environment. The height of the pier allows the free flow of the water under the platform. Along the eastern edge of the promenade, the beach has been preserved and the project includes providing fish habitat compensation and enhancements for Sheldon Creek.

The total cost of the pier construction is an estimated $14.4 million.

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Fringe Review: XOXO


Playwright: Meghan Chalmers & Franny McCabe-Bennett
Director: Franny McCabe-Bennett & Meghan Chalmers
Cast: Meghan Chalmers & Franny McCabe-Bennett

Show Type: Comedy
Audience: General

Performed at Gallery #3: James North Studio

Review by: Thomas Allen

The duo of Two Juliets (Meghan Chalmers and Franny McCabe-Bennett) put on a terrific show in “XOXO”, a must see comedy about relationship struggles.

From spinning the bottle, to creating a fluffy on-line dating profile, and even an awkward interview turned coughing lesson, the show was filled with clever humour.

A memorable moment is their lesson about what alcoholic beverage boyfriends aren’t allowed to have if they’re out with other girls. The answer: beer. Catch the show to find out why, though.

It was not only well acted, well-timed, and dramatic. They also sang and danced to some old classics and some new original songs. The dancing accompanying the singing was far from poetic, it was jerky, awkward, and perfect.

Performed at James Street North Studio, the show was very intimate. Both actresses interacted with the crowd in a way that was well scripted and hilarious. It was too hard not to chuckle when this sassy duo looked at you.

Like Abbot and Costello, Meghan set up the bottles and Franny knocked them down. The chemistry they exhibited in their performance was flawless.

This isn’t just a show for women. It’s a show for everyone who’s been in a relationship. And it was totally worth eight dollars.

This article is also published for the Fringe Festival 2013 Community Reviews.

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Fringe Review: Oh God – The Drums


Playwright: Brad Hart
Director: Evalyn Parry
Cast: Brad Hart

Review by: Thomas Allen

Through a smart, well-scripted monologue, Brad Hart weaves an intriguing story about his life that makes “Oh God-The Drums” a must see at this year’s 10th Anniversary Fringe Festival.

Hart talks about growing up, his undying love for drumming, and drummers, and his rocky relationship with his father.

The story was briefly educational, for those unfamiliar with the history of classic rock, or jazz. From Neil Pert, to Mike Shrieve and Tony Williams, Hart gives a brief history of drummers and the impact they’ve made on him.

He had his 25-year-old drum kit with him on stage, the only kit he’s ever owned. Throughout the show he would use the drums to demonstrate how, sometimes awkwardly throughout his life, he learned percussion for real.

The story of growing up that unfolds was no-holds bars; he really puts himself out there on the stage for the audience. Hart honestly describes moments and stages in his life and the internal struggle with the love of his drums and the absent love of his father that they represent.

In his monologue, he tells you about his failures, or his feelings of insignificance. He pulls at heartstrings as he spills his emotions in front of captivated onlookers. He drew laughter, understanding, appreciation, and sympathetic “awes” from the audience.

It was a refreshing story about a man who fulfilled his childhood dream, which can be rare now-a-days. He didn’t care about how much money he’s made, or that he’s never lived on the ground floor throughout his whole adulthood. Hart is just happy to be doing what he loves and we should applaud him for that.

Oh, and his drummer jokes are priceless. The only thing missing in this play was a wicked drum solo.

This article is also published for the Fringe Festival 2013 Community Reviews.

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Fringe Review: Bridezilla vs The Apocalypse


Playwright: Aaron Middlemiss
Director: Steff Bishop Lampman
Cast: Laura Ellis, Iain Lacourt, Lila Hunt, Kristi Boulton, Matt Moore, Erik Canaria, Margaret Lintott, Tyler Brent, Andrew Noble, John Migliore, Marty Chenette, Steven Fotheringham, Bryan Fotheringham, Meaghan O’Connor, Katlyn Alcock

Review by: Thomas Allen

“Bridezilla vs The Apocalypse” is a hilarious slasher-style play bound to keep you in suspense. It was like “Shaun of the Dead”, but with lesbians and a wedding.

Laura Ellis played Olivia, the wedding planner/tomboy/hero, who was taught survivalist skills by her father. Little did she know those skills would come in handy when she takes on a new job as a wedding planner.

In an awkward coincidence, she ends up planning a wedding for Lila Hunt’s character, Angora (or Bridezilla). The groom of Angora is Peter (played by Iain Lacourt), an awkward and nervous man who had a one-night stand with Olivia.

Peter’s mother, Farah, was an overbearing control freak hell-bent on ruining Angora’s big day. His Uncle Harold, seemingly ill, showed up with Farah to the wedding and quickly turned into a zombie. After they killed him, the cast carried him around like the film “Weekend At Bernie’s.” It was a clever touch.

The Maid of Honour (Kristi Boulton) and Olivia connect not only as actors, but in the play as well. They become infatuated with one another as the play progresses and a witty, well placed joke is made about “coming out of the closet.” Oh, and their relationship gets steamy (like, real hot).

The zombie attacks were well choreographed and there was plenty of blood spattered on the stage, as well as the audience. The supporting cast was superb and their delivery was impeccable. Every character made you laugh out loud at least once.

If you like zombies, babes, and tuxedo shirts, then “Bridezilla vs The Apocalypse” is the show for you.

P.S. don’t forget to bring a poncho. Or purchase one there for $1.

This article is also published for the Fringe Festival 2013 Community Reviews.

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