The Hamilton Comic Con; “Shat Happens” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               The Hamilton Comic Com was held in downtown Oakville (or so it seemed trying to drive around our own Downtown). First, the native Canadians chose to hold a BBQ at the Main & James intersection; the cops were there detouring traffic. I was sympathetic to their cause, alas; my empathy ‘went up in smoke’.
As for the event; I loved it and had a ball.

"Catwoman" Julie Newmar & fan

“Catwoman” Julie Newmar & fan


A Hamilton weekend; – 2 ‘Biggies’ 1

Review by Danny Gaisin
               We’ve been Hamiltonians for a half-decade. Alas, whenever we have guests we invariably show them eight or twelve waterfalls, and then back home. This year, we’ve decided to expand our appreciation of other things local. The Greenbelt Harvest was our inaugural. As suggested by a neighbor, yesterday we visited the vintage Steam & Technology Museum on Woodward Avenue. A commanding sense of déja vu as we approached, yet this would be our first visit!  Our guide Julia, explained the reason for such a recollection…we’re fans of CBCTV’s ‘Murdoch Mysteries’.Hamilton's Steam Museum, aka Downtown 'Toronto' 1900Lori Yates & Drugstore Cowboys, performing

Steam Museum, aka Downtown ‘T.O’ 1900                                Lori Yates & Drugstore Cowboys


Back to School, some safety recommendations 1

by Danny & Terry ‘G’

It’s that time of year when parental regimen changes. Prep shopping is complete lunch menus re-calculated; and the alarm-clock re-set for “Get ‘em up; move ‘em out.”School bus drawingHere are a few hints that just might make a little difference –safety-wise!

  • Plan on having the kids fully prepared for departure; especially if they are being picked up by a School bus . . . 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled time. There’s always something that’s a last minute scramble.
  • Make sure the backpack isn’t heavier or larger than its carrier!

“GREENBELT HARVEST PICNIC”; a learning event 1

Opinions by D. J. Gaisin & L.A. Lobacita

The picnic has been around for 4 years but somehow flew below our personal radar…definitely our loss. This is one amazing production and even more than the incredible entertainment, it’s an educational opportunity. Advice on ‘green’ choices; awareness of local efforts and craft talent, coupled with some personal guidance, suggestions and education made this an unforgettable experience. Even the early uncooperative weather failed to dampen our or our lawn neighbours’ spirits. Fortunately it was drizzle – not downpour ‘cuz we neglected to bring folding chairs or blankets.

Harvest Picnic-ers, dancing to Los Lobos

Harvest Picnic-ers, dancing to Los Lobos


NIAGARA FILM FEST – last day & wrap up 1

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson

On the opening night of the inaugural Niagara Film Festival, I saw a haunting Masterpiece by the Director of Cinema Paradiso at the Empire Theatres in St. Catharine’s. The festival is turning out to be quite the event and well worth attending. Along with a daily reception at the festival headquarters—The White Oaks Resort & Spa—the film people are quite accessible & friendly.
In the opening film, The Best Offer, two art collectors cook up a deal to buy art treasures for a fraction of the price. More…

Ensemble Made In Canada; debut CD release 1

Review by Judith Caldwell

Editor’s note.  Our ARTS REVIEW does not make a habit of publishing articles about a CD launch or other commercial enterprise That’s reserved for our advertising section and the $$$ it earns.  Ms. Mercer and her team will be an exception!

               Ensemble Made in Canada is a quartet of superb musicians each of whom has established herself as outstanding in her field.  Angela Park, piano, has won numerous awards world-wide and currently teaches at Indiana University.

The talented quartet of ENSEMBLE...

The talented quartet of ENSEMBLE…