November 14th, 2011
Theatre Aquarius’ Dofasco Centre for the Arts
(the Ron and Donna Patterson Lobby)
190 King William St. West
Hamilton, ON

Reception at 6:30 PM
Awards Ceremony at 7:30 PM
Admission is Pay-What-You-Can @ Box Office of Theatre Aquarius

Our city may be known for manufacturing and steel, but storytelling is a vital part of Hamilton’s rich cultural history and diversity. In this spirit, the Hamilton Arts Council is once again pleased to announce it will be hosting the 18th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards on Monday, November 14, 2011.

This event celebrates the accomplishments of Hamilton-based writers with awards given in the following categories:

Individual Poem
Fiction Book
Non-Fiction Book
Poetry Book
Children’s & Young Adult Fiction Book

The judging has been completed and the winners will be announced on the night of the awards! A host of local area artists and public figures will be on-hand to present the awards and read an excerpt from the winners.

Sponsors for this event include:

Seraphim Editions (link)
Bryan Prince Bookseller (link)
Reliable Life Insurance (link)
The Printing House (Hamilton) (link)
Epic Books
Manor House Publishing (link)

Mark the date on your calender and stay tuned to our website for more information about this exciting, annual event!

For more information contact:

Stephen Near
Program Director
Hamilton Arts Council
279 King Street East
Hamilton, ON L8N 1B9



Trevor Cole for “Practical Jean”
Ed Woods for “Survival” and “The Casino Shuttle”
James King for “Etienne’s Alphabet”

David Laing Dawson for “The Adolescent Owners Manual”
Peter Edwards for “The Bandido Massacre”
David Collier for “CHIMO”
Linda Joyce Ott for “Auto Parts”

James Deahl for “Opening the Stone Heart”
Gary Barwin for “The Porcupinity of the Stars”
Jeff Seffinga for “All We Like Cats”
R.W. Megens for “The Infinite Ache”
Ed Woods for “Word Crafter Haiku” & “Word Crafter Poems”

Sylvia McNicoll for “Last Chance For Paris”
Deborah Sherman for “The Triple Chocolate Brownie Genious”
Ron Dennis for “Adventures in Shroomville”

POETRY – Individual Poem
David Haskins for “Urban Fox” & “Disposition”
Jeff Seffinga for “Ten Minutes, With Chickadees”,
“My Cat Plays The Mandolin” & “Rose Garden”
Ed Woods for “Hookers”, “Open Door” & “Awake”

Shannon Baker The Dark Days of Anne Boleyn

In the Gallery: October

October 7-30, 2011

Photographer Shannon Baker presents The Dark Days of Anne Boleyn, an exhibition of silver gelatin prints documenting the Tower of London where the second of Henry VIII’s wives lived out her last days prior to her execution at 36 years old. These images, shot on a 1970s manual film camera, show the architecture of the Tower of London as a melancholy progression of sites that transition from light to darkness to signify Anne’s progression towards her death. Accompanied by texts excerpted from Alison Weir’s The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Baker’s series makes visible the place where Anne Boleyn slept in joyful anticipation of her coronation and that where she awaited and received the fatal swordsman’s blow.

A gala reception for The Dark Days of Anne Boleyn will take place on
Friday, October 7 from 7:00-9:00 pm as part of Night in the Village.


The Annual General Meeting of Arts Hamilton was held on June 28th at the Pearl Company. A number of issues were discussed and some important items were brought forward by the Board and the members alike.

First of all, an organization name change was voted into effect. Arts Hamilton will now be known as the Hamilton Arts Council. This name change does not change the mandate of the organization but does represent the effort to better reflect our role in the community. It was also announced that a new Executive Director had been found by the Board of Directors and would be announced shortly.

For those members who were not able to attend, full delegate packages will be available upon request in PDF form.

Last night also featured a panel discussion about the arts and the community in Hamilton. Featured in this discussion were Councillor Jason Farr, Steph Seagram, and Martinus Geleynse. The discussion was both informative and insightful and a full transcript will be available for download from our website shortly.

The AGM also featured entertainment from noted musical guests David Premi, Annette Paiement, Cam Malcolm, Terra Lightfoot, and Emma Rush.

Finally, a raffle draw was held in support of the organization. The prize was a one-of-a-kind oil sketch done by famed Canadian artist Conrad Furey. As promised, the draw was held at the end of the night. For those who could not stay but purchased a ticket here is the winning ticket number:

(congratulations to Jeff Feswick who had the winning ticket)

We want to thank every one of our delegate members and the numerous guests who attended last night’s AGM. It was an important milestone in the growth of the organization and we look forward to many more such successful events in the future.

For further questions or comments, please contact

Stephen Near
Program Director

Arts Hamilton says:

The Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank
our funders and sponsors for their support in 2010.

City of Hamilton
Hamilton Community Foundation
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Ontario Arts Council
Arcelor Mittal Dofasco
The Canada Council
Province of Ontario Summer Experience Program
Human Resources Development Canada Summer Student Program

Gallery Sponsors:
Miguel Lima
Sharon Daly

Lit Award Sponsors:
The Printing House
Bryan Prince Bookseller
The Bookworm
Sarit Zalter & Judy Marsales Real Estate
Seraphim Editions
Theatre Aquarius
Upper James Toyota

And finally…

Our valued Members