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…

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,…