Culture Beat – by Kristin Archer

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Kristin Archer - Guest blogger Kristin Archer is a lifelong Hamiltonian and the blogger behind the popular blog I Heart Hamilton where she inspires every local to “be a tourist in your own city.” She’s passionate about discovering her hometown, new experiences, and sharing all that Hamilton has to offer. Catch Kristin Fridays at 2 p.m. when she hosts “I Heart Hamilton” on 93.3 CFMU. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Kristin’s blog offers an insider’s look at Hamilton’s buzz-worthy arts and culture scene including James Street North staple Art Crawl, great music festivals and venues, outdoor events, theatre, dance and specialty shopping.

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A Guide to Hamilton’s Street Art Scene

Hamilton’s art scene is bursting with talent and many local artists have taken their work to the streets. Here’s a guide to just some of the city’s iconic, colourful street murals.

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Hamilton Fashion

Exploring Hamilton fashion – from local designers to beautifully curated boutiques – is a great way to experience the city’s exciting design culture, support local business and look great in the process.

A guide to Hamilton’s Art Crawl

What Hamilton Art Crawl is, when it happens and what to do.

Winter in the City: Winterfest is Back!

It may not be everyone’s favourite season, but winter in Hamilton can be so beautiful. And Winterfest helps make it easy to experience the best the city has to offer this winter.


A made-in-Hamilton holiday gift guide

Shopping local in Hamilton has never been more fun!

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Hamilton’s Local Comedy Scene

If you aren’t well versed in Hamilton’s comedy scene, let me tell you, there are lots of places to catch live comedy in the city, almost every night of the week, and I highly recommend you do. Here’s a quick rundown of just some of the rooms!

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Things to See and Do at Supercrawl 2016

Top things to see at Supercrawl 2016 by in-the-know Hamilton local Kristin Archer!

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6 events to experience in Hamilton this season

Hamilton is busier than ever these days and we’re about to see the first wave of spring and summer events in the city. Take note – lots coming up in June and July!

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6 must-see arts events in Hamilton this spring

Spring is finally here! Ok, there are giant snowflakes tumbling down from the sky as I write this, but that’s not stopping the flurry of springtime Hamilton events that are on the way. It’s time to start planning!

Give the gift of a Hamilton experience this holiday season

In addition to shopping local for beautiful presents this holiday season, why not add something a little different this year under the tree – like the gift of an amazing Hamilton experience.

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A guide to making the most out of your #Supercrawl2015

Another Supercrawl is upon us!  Anticipation is high for the 7th annual free music and arts festival taking over James Street North (Sept.11 -13). Supercrawl now spans three days and the festival shows no signs of slowing down, getting bigger and better every year.


Mid-Summer Events Happening in Hamilton

We’re halfway through a packed summer in the city, but there’s still lots more to come! Warm summer nights encourage us all to stay outside and take advantage of this second wave of events coming our way. Here are just a few to include on your to-do list.


Souvenir Shopping in Hamilton

Whether you’re visiting Hamilton to take in a Pan Am soccer game or enjoying one of the many cultural festivals planned around the city for the Games, try not to go home empty-handed. Here are some great spots to check out for a unique Hamilton souvenir.

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Hamilton Kicks It Up for Pan Am Games!

The Pan Am Games in Hamilton will be about much more than just the ‘beautiful game’ of soccer. The City is also planning some incredible cultural programming with 16 fun-filled days of amazing art, music, food, and more under the banner of Hamilton Kicks It up – Off the Feld Action.


The JUNOS in Hamilton – A Look Back

Hamilton was the first city to host the JUNOS when the award show began to travel to cities outside of Toronto in 1995. So much has changed since the last time the JUNOS were here in 2001. Hamilton’s sixth hosting gig came at the perfect time. Our arts and culture scene has been shining brightly and people have been taking note. It was the perfect time for us to proudly share our musical heritage on a national stage.

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Getting red-carpet ready for the JUNOS – A Hamilton shopping guide

The JUNO Awards are right around the corner, and along with choosing which JUNOfest shows to attend and which Fan Choice nominee to vote for, comes another important decision – what to wear!

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Embracing the Winter Season at Winterfest

Winter can get a bad rap. Between frigid temperatures, a lack of sunshine and havoc wreaked by freak snowstorms, winter has a tough time competing with summer. It’s not a prime time for festivals and it can be a tough season to plan things to do. Cue Winterfest!

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