A New Life for the Old Hanrahan’s Hotel

My op-ed in the weekend edition of The Hamilton Spectator: “There should be a new life for the old Hanrahan’s Hotel.” With thanks to Diane Gower Dent, Bill Curran, Paul Wilson, Janice Brown, Carol Priamo, Laura Hanrahan, Peter Duffus, Jane Brennan Baker, Patrick Brode, Jason Schubert, Howard Elliott and Aviva Boxer of The Hamilton Spectator,…

Honourable Mention for Industrial Evolution

My Hamilton Magazine feature, Industrial Evolution, has been recognized by the 2019 SWP Awards. Juror Shane Neilson chose the feature for an Honourable Mention in the Alvin A. Lee Award for Creative Non-Fiction category. Congratulations to all the award recipients! The Short Works Prize was founded in 2014 by Hamilton Arts & Letters Magazine, Bryan…

At the Mechanics’ Hotel

I met with Spectator columnist Paul Wilson to chat local history and the fate of Hanrahan’s, the historic railway hotel turned tavern on Barton Street. First opened in the 1870s, the former Mechanics’ Hotel / Hotel Hanrahan was the childhood home of prominent Canadian magistrate — and 1916 speed-typing champion — J. Arthur Hanrahan. As…

The Pope Does Pride

Carole Pope is the headliner for this year’s Pride Hamilton. I profiled the icon for The Hamilton Spectator. With thanks to Eric Alper and Brad Machry. The Hamilton Spectator (est. 1846) is published by Metroland Media Group, a division of Torstar. Photo: Tatijana Shoan The Hamilton Spectator | read online | read in print

Cadence Machry Nominated for a Hamilton Arts Award

Congratulations to Cadence Machry on being shortlisted for the 2019 City of Hamilton Arts Innovation Award! As the author of her Hamilton Magazine cover story, I was delighted to nominate Machry for the award. The Hamilton Arts Awards have recognized excellence in the arts since 1976. The awards presentation, which launches Hamilton Arts Week, takes…

Hurly Burly

Cover story about Cadence Machry, founder of the Hamilton Burlesque Society, and GTHA burlesque history. Feature written for the Winter issue of Hamilton Magazine. Thanks to Cadence Machry, the Archives of Ontario, Tanya Cheex, Samantha Craggs, Genie Emerald, Amanda Gaul, HPL Local History & Archives, Loretta Jean, Liz Mac and Final Girl Press, the Office…

Industrial Evolution

A heritage/development feature for the Summer issue of Hamilton Magazine. As part of HM’s 40th anniversary celebrations, I sourced vintage photos for a look at 5 classic Hamilton landmarks in the 1970s and today. Thanks to Tom Arban, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the City of Hamilton, HPL Local History & Archives, the Hamilton Spectator,…

Techno Pagans

Profile of Plastik Wrap designers Adriana Fulop and Ryan Webber, written for the first issue of Hamilton Magazine’s 40th anniversary year. Hamilton Magazine is published by Town Media, a division of Postmedia. Photo: Idan Erez Hamilton Magazine | browse issue | read article

From Colony to Incubator

I wrote about Toronto fashion history since 1867 for FORWARD Magazine, a new glossy edited by Ugyen Wangmo. For this Canada 150 sesquicentennial feature, I sourced vintage and archival images from the 19th and 20th centuries — in the process rediscovering some forgotten Karsh portraits of the couturière Madame Martha. Even in the time of…

City File: Bodega

Short commissioned piece about Bodega, a vintage boutique and pop-up space, for the Holiday issue of Hamilton Magazine. Hamilton Magazine is published by Town Media, a division of Postmedia. Photo: Matt D’Alvise at OB OBrien’s studio. Hamilton Magazine | browse issue | read article

Remembering Hervé Léger

I wrote a brief tribute to Hervé Léger, creator of the bandage dress, for FASHION magazine. Published monthly by St. Joseph Media, FASHION is one of Canada’s leading glossies. FASHION | read article

Our Chitinous Skin

chitinous \ˈkī-tᵊn-əs: of the substance making up the exoskeletons of invertebrates (from Greek chiton, tunic) I edited the comic Our Chitinous Skin, a supernatural romance that puts the love back in Lovecraft. Graphic novel chapbook by Ian Daffern; illustrated by Rachel Idzerda with lettering by Ted Rouse (2015). IanDaffern.ca