In addition to volunteering for the Children’s International Learning Centre, Chelsea is also Case Manager at Good Shepherd helping those in transition move forward.  We chat about what CILC is and where they’re going, and some thoughts on ways to move Hamilton forward for those in need.

Stephanie is the current Executive Director of the Hamilton Arts Council, an organization and charitable not-for-profit whose mission is to communicate, advocate and mediate for the arts and the role of the arts in Hamilton.

Graham Todd

Repton

Marcel Dzama

Highlights:

  • The changes in the arts scene in Hamilton over the years
  • A bit on the Glasgow arts scene and what Hamilton can learn from it
  • Upcoming skills development workshops for local artists
  • Thoughts and advice for artists looking to make a living or dedicate more time to their work
  • Recognizing your peak creative time and fitting your life around it
  • Finding your creative voice

Restaurant

Born and Raised

Café

Homegrown

Shop

Blackbird Studios

Event

Risky Business at the Casbah 

Natural Feature

Escarpment walks ie. Mountain Brow Blvd

food4kidsLena is the founder and executive director for Food4Kids, a local non-profit that provides quality, healthy meals to kids who wouldn’t otherwise may not have anything to eat over the entire weekend away from school.  They’ve also expanded into a summer program, providing hand-delivered baskets for the entire week.

She shares the heartbreaking story that pushed her to start the program from the ground up and how they’ve been able to grow to feed over 1,300 kids every single week!

Food4Kids

Restaurant

Jonny Blonde

Café

My Dog Joe

Shop

Lulu & Lavigne
Homesense

Event

Food4Kids Gala
Charity of Hope

Natural Feature

Waterfalls
Bayfront

Randy is behind Social Impact Enterprises, a company that supports nonprofits and social enterprises in the Hamilton area with projects like the Impact Store.  We chat about how he went from studying civil engineering to priesthood, and how running a church provided a lot of the tools and experience needed to run a non-profit!

Restaurant

Jack & Lois

Café

Red Crow

Shop

Antique Avenue

Event

Supercrawl

Natural Feature

Escarpment

Kristen is now territory manager for both Hamilton and Burlington with Canadian Blood Services.  We chat about her view of Hamilton, the process of donating for those who have never done it before and why its so important.

Restaurant

Royal Coachman

Café

Saint James

Shop

La Bichette

 

Corey is heavily involved in Hamilton, whether it be keeping people informed with his e-publication The Gist or empowering young professionals through Hamilton HIVE and the HiveX conference.  Hear how Corey made his way to the city and got so involved!

The Gist
Serve Ping Pong
Hamilton HIVE
HiveX
Try Hamilton (June 25)

Restaurant

Pass

Café

St James

Shop

Newman’s

Event

Ambitious City

Natural Feature

Bayfront Trail

Jesslyn shifted from wine to coffee when she opened her beautiful café, Vintage Coffee Roasters.  In an area of Hamilton not known for high end cafes and roasters, she has become a staple of the community since they’ve opened.  Hear the story of how she got started and how she’s making Hamilton her home.

Vintage Coffee Roasters

Restaurant

Brux House
WORK

Café

The Cannon (brunch)
Vintage Coffee Roasters
St James (lunch)
Mulberry (patio)

Shop

Cheese Shoppe on Locke

Event

Seven Sundays in Gage Park

Natural Feature

Wentworth Stairs

Jay Higgins has seen first hand the ongoing transformation of Hamilton and its core.  He’s also seen the impression of Hamilton from those outside the city change, in no small part from events like the Hamilton Food & Drink Fest his company Beau Monde Productions puts out to shine a light on the local Hamilton restaurant scene.

Hear how his events started and how his career has evolved and morphed over the years, from events, to working at the Hamilton Spectator (when the Internet became a thing), to tech startups like WikiDOMO – including the Obituaries Today startup story that was supposed to be on Dragon’s Den but unfortunately never had a chance to share!

Beau Monde Productions
Hamilton Food & Drink Fest

Restaurant

Harvest Moon (aka Tim’s Restaurant)
My Thai
Bronzies
The Other Bird

Café

Democracy (with the kids)
Brown Dog (meetings)
St James (good food and a great chai)
Cafe Oranje

Shop

Pure Home Couture
Discount Emporium

Event

Concerts at Hamilton Place, First Ontario Centre
Festival of Friends

Natural Feature

Cycling

As a formal candidate for city council (Ward 2), Martinus saw a lack of coverage for the downtown core that was just turning the corner from existing media.  In response, a few years ago he accidentally started a broadsheet publication with a distribution of 10,000 copies, and has been purposefully continuing it ever since.

Hear how the publication that echo’s the pulse of Hamilton’s core got started, and how it has evolved over the years.

Restaurant

Acclamation
Two Black Sheep

Cafe

Mulberry
OLA Bakery

Shop

Hamilton Store

Events

Supercrawl

Natural Feature

Waterfront