2015 Winterfest Program: Celebrating the Winter Season in

2015 Winterfest Program: Celebrating the Winter Season in
Hamilton Hamilton, ON – January 27, 2015 – The City of Hamilton invites
the public to experience the beauty of the winter season and
connect with community at this year’s annual Hamilton Winterfest.
The city-wide program runs February 7 to 16 and includes
winter-inspired art exhibits, heritage and recreation programming
and much more. For full program details, visit:
At a time of year when many are tempted to hibernate at home,
Hamilton’s Winterfest program encourages Hamiltonians to get
out, connect with others and experience the best of the city during
the winter. The City-facilitated program is celebrating its 37th year with more
participating partners than ever including galleries, museums,
neighbourhood associations, recreation centres, and small
businesses. The City of Hamilton’s Events Office is proud to produce the
Hamilton Winterfest Kick-Off event and assist in the promotion of
Winterfest-partnered events across the city. Hamilton’s Events
Office produces and facilitates a large number of events across
the city that help enhance civic pride, quality of life and provide
economic spin off. There will be 50 events taking place in communities across the
city for 10 fun-filled days throughout Winterfest. Some highlights
include: ART - Home (Hyphenated Home): A group exhibition featuring five
first-generation, immigrant artists across Canada who explore the
complex notion of home at Centre 3 for Print and Media Art
and the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre (Various Dates) Things Made Here: The Collection of Glen Faulman:
Selections from this 10th-generation Hamiltonian’s collection of
objects made in Hamilton at the AGH Design Annex (Various
Snowy Saturdays: A behind-the-scenes look at select winter
landscape artworks by Canadian artists at the McMaster Museum
of Art (Feb 7 & 14)
MUSIC & PERFORMANCE Zula Presents Scandinavian Jazz with Atomic: Mixing grooves
with a distinctive approach to free playing at the Winterfest KickOff and Artword Artbar (Feb 7)
Winter Jazz Series with Mike Murley: Presented by Music at
Fieldcote and Hamilton All Star Jazz at the Old Firehall Arts
Centre (Feb 7)
Hamilton Heart and Soul Festival (featuring La Nuit de Coeur
Cabaret): A two-day holistic health and wellness event featuring
an evening cabaret with the Hamilton Aerial Group and other
performers at 270 Sherman (Feb 14)
Hamilton Youth Poetry Slam: Featuring free workshop and open
mic session at 126 James Street North (Feb 15)
HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES Darkroom Workshops: Learn to develop and print your own film
at Hamilton Audio Visual Node (Various Dates)
Davis Creek Neighborhood Winter Discovery Fun in
partnership with Green Venture: Great outdoor winter family
programming (Feb 7)
Kids Cooking at the Farmers Market: Little chefs will cook up
some Whimsical Winterfest Porridge (Feb 7)
Learn to Curl: Try your hand at this classic Canadian sport at the
Hamilton Victoria Curling Club (Feb 8)
PA Days: A dynamic day of local history and art making at the
Workers Arts & Heritage Centre (Feb 13)
COMMUNITY Knitting & Crocheting for Charity with Handknit Yarn Studio
(Various Dates)
Winterfest at Neighbourhood Associations: Unique Winterfest
programming at various sites including Gage Park (Feb 7);
Gourley Park (Feb 8); Beasley Winter Carnival (Feb 8); North
Central (Feb 14)
First Nations Winter Gathering: Traditional drumming, crafts
and more at the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre (Feb 11)
Accessible Ramp Build-A-Thon: Community effort to build
custom door ramps with the Hamilton Tool Library (register to
participate at: http://hamiltontoollibrary.ca/, Feb 14-16)
NEW THIS YEAR: Family Day Fun (Monday February 16) Family Day programming at all Hamilton Civic Museums:
Enjoy family friendly activities at Hamilton Museum of Steam &
Technology; Battlefield House; Dundurn National Historic Site;
and Family Day Comedy Classics at Whitehern
Winterfest Family Day @ AGH: Family-friendly tours and handson art-making at the Art Gallery of Hamilton
Braden’s Hot Chocolate Festival at Dundas Valley
Conservation Area Trail Centre
Westfield Heritage Village Celebrates Winter: Learn about
family life in the wintertime for early Ontarians
Winterfest Family Fun Day at the Recreation Centres: See
Winterfest website for participating City of Hamilton Recreation
Centres offering Free Family Day skating & winter crafts
KICK OFF EVENT: A Winterfest Kick-Off event will take over Pier 8 on Hamilton’s
beautiful waterfront from Feb. 7 from 12 to 8 pm. The launch will
feature live music, DJs and performances, a film festival, outdoor
art installations, skating, a fashion show, craft activities, and tasty
treats. All activities are free, except skate rental fees and
refreshments for sale. For full details of the launch event, visit:
www.tourismhamilton.com/winterfestkickoff (separate media
release to follow). For more information on the Hamilton Winterfest program and
Kick-Off event, please visit www.hamiltonwinterfest.ca, email
[email protected], or call 905-546-2424 ext. 7612. French folk dancing at 2014 Winterfest Launch Pier 8
Hamilton Civic Museums Winterfest programming at
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[email protected] - 30 - Media Contacts: Jen Anisef Cultural Projects Specialist Tourism and Culture Division Planning and Economic Development City of Hamilton 905-546-2424 ext. 7612 [email protected] Dana Borcea Integrated Marketing Coordinator Tourism and Culture Division Planning and Economic Development City of Hamilton 905-546-2424 ext. 5499 [email protected]