Guest of Honour: Interview with Atom Egoyan

Front page of the weekend Spectator: I interviewed Atom Egoyan about his latest film, Guest of Honour, starring David Thewlis as a Hamilton food inspector. With many thanks to Atom Egoyan, Marcy Gerstein, Ankixa Risk, Jacob Tutt, Kim Adrovez, Nathan Fleet, Kate Parkes, Olivia Nasner, Jeff Day, and Aviva Boxer. David Thewlis’ comments thanks to…

Gothic Revival Meets Urban Decay

My op-ed about Claremont Lodge, the Auchmar gatehouse. With thanks to Paul Wilson, Candy Venning, and Robin Gleadall. The Hamilton Spectator (est. 1846) is published by Metroland Media Group, a division of Torstar. Photos: Candy Venning (2020) and Scott Gardner (2015). The Hamilton Spectator | read online | read in print

Hanrahan’s in the News

Hanrahan’s owner Konrad Sit led a media tour for The Hamilton Spectator and CBC Hamilton last week. Cathie Coward and Samantha Craggs report. Spectator print edition: “Behind the curtain at Hanrahan’s” (Feb. 28, 2020, A6) | CBC Hamilton: “Take a look at the spooky underground vault of the former Hotel Hanrahan” (Feb. 29, 2020) Scot…

Historic Hanrahan’s Hotel Saved from Demolition

Hanrahan’s has a new lease on life — and it’s front page news this weekend. Read Matthew Van Dongen’s article in the long weekend edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Print: “Hamilton’s last strip club saved from demolition” (Feb. 15, 2020, A1–2) | online: “What a tease: Hamilton’s last strip club saved from the wrecking ball”…

Restored Hanrahan’s Part of Barton Renaissance

My opinion piece in The Hamilton Spectator: “Restored Hanrahan’s part of Barton renaissance.” With thanks to Konrad Sit, Bill Curran, Paul Wilson, Laura Hanrahan and Peter Duffus, Diane Gower Dent, Janice Brown, Carol Priamo, Tim Ritchie, Howard Elliott, Hamilton Public Library, and Local History & Archives. The Hamilton Spectator (est. 1846) is published by Metroland…

Cadence Machry Nominated for WOD Award

Congratulations to Cadence Machry on being nominated for a YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Award! I was pleased to nominate Machry in the Arts | Culture | Design category. Launched in 1975 as the Status of Women committee’s Woman of the Year Awards, the YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Awards celebrate the achievements of Hamilton…

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, Peter Mokrycke, Howard Elliott and Aviva Boxer of The…

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…

Meet Me at Hanrahan’s

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. Correction: Carole Pope also played the 10th Hamilton Pride in June, 2006. The Hamilton Spectator (est. 1846) is published by Metroland Media Group, a division of Torstar. Photo: Tatijana…

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…