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…

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 interviewed 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…