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WED DEC 4 The Once $25 (+SC) adv., $30 door | 8pm doors, 8:30pm show | 19+

FRI DEC 6 Patiohawk w/Silvertone Hills & The Bandicoots $12 (+SC) adv., $15 door | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

SAT DEC 7 Family of Things w/Eric Brandon & Levi from Vacay $12 (+SC) adv., $15 door | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

WED DEC 11 Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar $20 (+SC) adv., $25 door | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

SAT DEC 14 Sonic Unyon Hip Hop Christmas Show ft. LTtheMonk w/Hoss Bowman & Buddah Abusah $10 (+SC) adv. | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

FRI DEC 20 Wannabe: A Spice Girls Tribute $22 (+SC) adv., $25 door | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

SAT DEC 28 Little Nerves w/Strange Shakes & J.R. $12 (+SC) adv., $15 door | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

JAN

THU JAN 9 Pkew Pkew Pkew w/Barrasso  $12 (+SC) adv. | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

MON JAN 20 Alex Cuba $22 (+SC) adv., $25 door | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

FEB

FRI FEB 21 Jeremie Albino w/David Monks $13 (+SC) adv., $17 door | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

MAR

MON MAR 9 Begonia w/Bianca Bernardi  $15 (+SC) adv. | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

SUN MAR 15 Amy Helm $30 (+SC) adv., $40 door | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

FRI MAR 20 Matt Holubowski w/Elliot Maginot  $15 (+SC) adv. | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

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WHOOP-Szo w/Sarah Good & the Bads • May 12, 2019

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WHOOP-SZO with SARAH GOOD & THE BADS
Sunday May 12, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $12 (+SC) adv., $15 doors • 19+
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Arty, spasmodic, dynamic and entirely unique, you won’t find another band like WHOOP-Szo. With a cast of members roaming in and out of Guelph, this band of creative counterparts combines sound collage, disjointed parts, complex arrangements, and supreme momentum to weave sonic stories, all at once disorienting and enjoyable.  True psych pilgrims using music as an extension of their search for enlightenment, WHOOP-Szo create delicately rambling soundscapes. With an experimental and dramatic air, they combine a wide spectrum of sound samples. From water dripping, to cats purring, to assorted erotic noisemaking, nothing is out of reach in the name of expression. The band’s 2014 double-album Qallunaat/Odemin was recorded during a purposeful visit to the northern Inuit village of Salluit, Quebec. Its follow-up, Niizhwaaswo, was released short months later. The group’s latest release,  Citizen’s Ban(ne)d Radio, arrived in November 2016 (via Out of Sound Records). Music aside, WHOOP-Szo is well known for the boundaries that they have bridged between social work, activism, and music making, not only in their hometown of London, Ontario, but also in various communities across Turtle Island. As a band fronted by an indigenous artist, album and song themes often focus on issues like colonization, language, self-determination, and appropriation. Outreach feats include the creation of an Inuit Youth silkscreen apprenticeship program in Salluit, QC and workshops on Solidarity Through Art in Kingsclear First Nation, NB amongst others.

“Somewhere in between doom, psychedelia and indie rock, WHOOP-Szo are crafting a sort of social and emotional protest music. Tip-toeing into the sublime, the group creates songs that are enveloping and immersive. WHOOP-Szo are unabashedly outspoken, and unwaveringly kind.” – AUX

“There’s an inescapable quality to  WHOOP-Szo’s  music, a heavy, fuzz-laden hodgepodge of grunge, psych, folk and post-rock, incorporating influences from  Elevator and Eric’s Trip to Black Sabbath.” – Exclaim!

“Their music is as hard to pin down as their whereabouts at any given time. It hops between meditative folk pop and heavy sludge without warning, rarely played the same way twice. The band can shrink and grow, too, with founding members Adam Sturgeon and Kirsten Kurvink Palm usually at the core.… For WHOOP-Szo, punk, DIY and psych principles go beyond music scene bubbles and fuse with Indigenous solidarity and healing through music.” – NOW Magazine

Hamilton’s iconoclastic singer/songwriter Sarah Good is familiar to scene-savvy locals as key member of a host of ambitious, art-damaged groups including glassEYElashes, Pucumber Sasssquash Family Band, Earth Wind & Choir, Goatfooted, and Hairy Mouth. Otherworldly sounds to delight and confound.

CANADALAND Book Tour • May 23, 2017

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CANADALAND BOOK TOUR
Tuesday May 23, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm, Show 7:30pm
Tickets $15 (+SC) advance, $20 door

CANADALAND has disrupted the way the Canadian media works. Its crowdfunded model means fierce independence and in a few short years CANADALAND has broken major news stories, exposed scandals, and held the media to account. Host Jesse Brown has won the National Magazine Award for Humour and the Hillman Prize for Investigative Reporting. He is also a co-founder of Bitstrips, makers of Bitmoji, a cartooning app used by millions.

To celebrate the release of CANADALAND’s book of dick jokes about prime ministers, Jesse Brown will be performing live across this country. Join him for a slideshow journey through the past, present and future of Canada. Through stories, cartoons, music, video, and possibly interpretive dance, Jesse will shed light on the things that are actually interesting about Canada, most of which are awful. A book-signing will follow each performance.

CANADALAND’s The Imposter • Feb 3, 2017

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CANADALAND’s The Imposter presents Hamilton, The Musical
Friday Feb 3, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 8:30pm, show 9:30pm (event ends at 11:30pm)
Tickets: $15.00 (+SC) advance, $20 at the door

Direct from CANADALAND comes The Imposter — a show about love for music, comic books, movies, video games, novels, comedy and everything else. Named one of The Onion AV Club’s best podcasts of 2016, The Imposter is celebrating Steeltown with a live taping: Hamilton, The Musical. It’s a night of music, stories and interviews, with writer, actor and self-professed “drag queen extraordinaire” Sky Gilbert, performance artist Kiera Boult, and Sally McKay, who was making GIFs before GIFs were cool.

Music throughout the night is provided by sax punk band Zena.

The Cerebral Cafe: Space • Feb 9, 2017

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THE CEREBRAL CAFE: SPACE
Thursday February 9, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 6:30pm, talk 7:00pm (event ends at 11pm) All-Ages

>> Free! Preregister Here <<

Want to hear about fascinating research on mind-expanding topics? Interested in coffee and enlightening discussions in friendly environments? Come to Mills Hardware for community coffeehouse series The Cerebral Cafe. The latest instalment of the series — organized by The Cerebral Coffeehouse, a graduate organization from McMaster University funded by the School of Graduate Studies’ S.P.I.C.E.S initiative — focuses on Space. The purpose of the organization is to provide themed coffeehouse events featuring academics and professionals from the Hamilton community, creating a positive space for community members to engage with researchers and share knowledge. Guest speakers at this event include Joe Muto (MCIP, RPP),  Manager of Current Planning at the City of Brantford and former Senior Planner with the City of Hamilton’s Planning and Economic Development Division – Urban Renewal Section; Andy RoddickAssistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at McMaster; and Laura Parker, Associate Professor in the Physics & Astronomy Department at McMaster. Admission is free but don’t forget to register via Ticketfly so that organizers can make sure there is enough room for your coffee, snacks and ideas!

The PussyCat Lounge Literary Salon • Nov 19

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THE PUSSYCAT LOUNGE LITERARY SALON
Featuring NAIRN HOLTZ and BETH MURCH
Saturday November 18, 2016 • Doors 7:00pm • 19+
Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Tickets: $10 (+SC) advance & door
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The PussyCat Lounge is a literary salon for queer women & their friends – all are welcome. Featured guests are Nairne Holtz & Beth Murch. Michael Simlais deejaying.

Nairn Holtz began her writing career in the early 90s with the creation of a queer kinky punk porn ’zine, Pornorama, that generated sales and mail from around the world and interesting personal adventures. A straight couple who ran a fetish group offered to back her financially and elevate Pornorama to magazine status. She pooh-poohed this offer she didn’t think was terribly practical: “Thanks, that’s sweet, but I’m going to library school.” Today she is a librarian and author of two books: The Skin Beneath (Insomniac, 2007), which was shortlisted for Quebec’s McAuslan Prize and This One’s Going to Last Forever (Insomniac, 2009), a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her new novel, Femme Confidential, will be published in the fall of 2017.

Debra Anderson is the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers. Her work has been anthologized in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity, Girl Fever: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex for Lesbians. Herizons Magazine described her novel, Code White (McGilligan, 2005) as “…a book that meets your eye, has a good handshake, and looks killer in a pair of fishnets.”

Beth Murch is a village wyse womyn, radical reproductive justice activist, birth worker, and nationally competing spoken word artist. She has performed across Canada and in the United States, creating and disturbing peace with her literary craft. A lone, tender-yet-fierce voice that speaks of love, spirituality, feminism, female sexuality, mental health, and loneliness, Murch’s humour and vulnerability lingers with audiences. Her passions include placentae, memento mori, cat memes, herbalism, and religious kitsch.