Upcoming Events, May and June

List of upcoming events in the Hamilton area.

By RTH Staff
Published May 16, 2005

Hamilton Kyoto World City 20/20 Challenge

Raise the Hammer threw down the gauntlett last month and announced a new initiative for Hamilton: reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent over 20 months. We posted an introduction and sent out some emails. So far, the response has been very positive, so we want to take this plan to the next level.

We are planning a round-table discussion for all interested participants to decide how best to proceed. The date will be announced soon, so watch this space and sign up for email updates if you haven't already done so. (You can also send an email to to request email updates.)

The premise is simple and ambitious: National governments have signed the Kyoto Treaty, but the necessary changes will have to come from cities. The initiative should be locally developed, citizen based, timely, affordable, and measurable. However, the Kyoto World Cities International Advisory Council offers guidance and support.

For a quick rundown on articles related to the Challenge, visit the 20/20 Challenge page on the hammerblog.

Stories of the Stones

For the morbidly inclined, Historical Perspectives is leading a series of themed Historical Cemetary Tours from now through this fall. The first is on Saturday, May 21, 11:00 AM, at 777 York Blvd, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of V-E-Day and honour Hamilton's Veterans.

After that, Historical Perspectives will visit a different site every two weeks from June 11 to November 12. The tours are around two hours long and "teach people their local history through the people who made it."

These tours are free of charge. For more information, contact Robin McKee at

Urbanicity Fundraiser

Urbanicity, one of a flood of hip new Hamilton magazines, is launching on June 10 (location of the launch party to be determined). The paper is free, but organizers are throwing a fundraiser on Wednesday, May 25 from 5:00 PM to midnight at the APOLLO Back Room, 943 King St. East by Garfield (one block east of Sherman).

The party features Caroline Wiles, Brenda Chisholm, Carrie Clark and others, and is being catered by Dan Rivero. The price is $10 at the door, but please RSVP publisher Reg Beaudry ( in advance.

Kensington Gallery Launch

The Kensington Gallery (look for Jason Leach's review in our next issue) is celebrating a launch party and artist reception on Friday, May 27, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, 235 Kensington Ave. N, Hamilton (four blocks west of Ottawa St., south of Barton St.). The gallery launch features Between S p a c e s, a collection of urban landscapes by Toronto artist Stewart Jones.

For more information, call 905-544-1246 or email

Tonnes More Trees

The campaign has been a roaring success, bringing thousands of new trees to life in Hamilton and committing citizens to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. If you haven't already done so, visit the web page and learn about how you can cut tonnes out of your annual carbon production.

Upcoming events include tree planting on Sunday, May 29; a public lecture on native trees and plants with Paul O'Hara on Monday, May 30, 7:00 PM at the Ryerson Rec Centre (251 Duke at Queen); and a Tree Fest and Community Barbecue at Victoria Park on Saturday, June 4, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For more details, contact Environment Hamilton at 905-549-0900 or email tonnes

Tonnes Less Trees

At the same time some citizens and Councillors are planting more trees in Hamilton and Hamilton Spectator readers are voting to make tree-planting Hamilton's big idea for this year, the municipal government is drafting a bylaw to make it much easier to chop them down.

Read the proposed bylaw here, as well as a Toronto bylaw that makes tree removal much more difficult; then send your outraged but politely worded and constructive feedback to city Natural Heritage Planner Cathy Plosz ( or your city councillor before June 3.

Art Gallery of Hamilton Re-Opening

Mark Saturday, May 28 on your calendar: the AGH is re-opening to the public from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and you don't need to spend $1,000 a plate to get in. This free opening also features family activities and famed Hamilton children's entertainers TURKEY Rhubarb.

From 6:30 PM to 1:00 AM, dip into the Taste of Art Celebration with a wine reception, gourmet food stations, live music, and more. Tickets are $200 per person or $2,000 for a table of ten (now that's what we call volume discount). You can purchase tickets online or by phoning the AGH at 905-527-6610.

Transit Users Group Meeting

Transit Users Group (TUG) is having a public meeting on Thursday, May 19, Dundas Historical Museum, 139 Park St. W. between Sydenham St. and Market St., to discuss the upcoming review of HSR transit routes. City, HSR, and HWDSB representatives will be invited - unlike the city's Transit Master Plan Task Force, to which neither TUG nor Transportation for Liveable Communities were invited, although there's room for five business representatives.

For more information on the TUG meeting, contact Peter Hutton at 905-628-3168 or email

Earl Kitchener Getting a Facelift

After years of neglect under the provincial school funding formula, which paid school boards to build new schools but not to maintain existing ones, Earl Kitchener School on Dundurn St. S. is finally getting some badly needed renovations.

The Ontario government has pledged support for the various anchoring functions of good community schools, and it's nice to see them putting their money where their mouths are.


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