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Hamilton Fringe Festival returns to in-person events after two-year hiatus – Hamilton | Globalnews.ca

Hamilton Fringe Festival returns to in-person events after two-year hiatus - Hamilton | Globalnews.ca

The director of Hamilton’s Fringe Festival says there’s “nothing like the real thing” with in-person shows returning after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic.

“Being in a theater with real people, seeing the same show together and … that rush, there’s nothing like it,” Christopher Stanton told 900 CHML’s Good Morning Hamilton.

The festival kicked off Wednesday and boasts 14 stages across Hamilton with more than 350 performances on tap from more than 60 artistic companies.

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An outdoor stage at Theatre Aquarius was the starting point with a preview event highlighting performances during the 12-day long festival.

Writer and performer Carly Anna Billings who stars in the “storytelling, culinary” production ‘Meat(less) Loaf’ says the online-only digital fringe offered last year paled in comparison to standing on a stage with live audience.

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“Just doing tech the other day (before the show) I was getting teary eyed,” said Billings. “Standing in the light, you know, waiting for my next cue … I was like, ‘this is the thing.’


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Stanton says the entire festival is a “monster’ when it comes to planning, a year-round exercise requiring a core of five executives.

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“The other piece of it is ‘be flexible’ because stuff is going to happen,” Stanton said.

“At the kickoff, we had to stop mid-show because of thunder and lightning. We had to shelter in place, which felt so very fringy.”

The festival includes a family hub at the Bridgeworks event space with family-friendly shows and kids workshops during the weekdays.

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The Family Fringe Carnival Day happens July 30, between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., under a big tent. The kids craft event will take place during the same hours on Sunday July 31.

Artists Eve Beauchamp and Caity Smyck, on the fringe circuit across Ontario, will bring their comedy Unmatched to the Bridgeworks stage Sunday night.

The duo, from Ottawa’s Levity Theatre Company, are first-timers to Hamilton’s festival and say they were originally scheduled for last year’s festival but were halted by the pandemic.

In 2022, the two have once again resumed in-person shows hitting festivals in Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton before heading over to the west coast for more performances.

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Unmatched tells seven unsuccessful first date stories the pair once heard from friends, colleagues and family.

“So the different dates we portray on stage, they run the gamut of lighthearted and quirky, to just bizarre and like potentially dangerous,” Smyck said.

The shows title stems from dating app terminology describing an action from a subscriber when facing a “no go” scenario.

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“It’s also kind of like a play on … combinations of people that just are not working out for whatever reason,” Beauchamp said.

Tickets to in-person shows can be bought on the festival’s website or at the main box office just outside of Theatre Aquarius at 191 King William St.

Most advance tickets can be purchased until one hour prior to showtime.

Every fringe patron over the age of 12 will require a Fringe Backer Button to access paid in-person shows. The Backer Button is a one-time purchase of $5.

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Pride event in Hamilton to be indoors with police presence, 3 years after violence in Gage Park | CBC News

Pride event in Hamilton to be indoors with police presence, 3 years after violence in Gage Park | CBC News

It’s been three years since Hamilton’s Pride celebrations were disrupted by anti-LGBTQ demonstrators, resulting in a violent confrontation, several arrests and, as an independent report later described, a damaged relationship between the LGBTQ community and police.

Pride Hamilton is now getting ready for its first in-person celebration since that 2019 event at Gage Park. This year’s event will be held indoors in July 8 and 9.

As the celebration nears, some community members say the Hamilton Police Service (HPS) has more work to do to build back the fractured relationship.

“I’d like to see them…  acknowledge what they did, not just by apologizing for it, but talking specifically about what they did wrong,” said Cameron Kroetsch, who was on the Pride Hamilton board in 2019 and was also the chair of the city’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee.

“In my opinion, the mayor and the police haven’t done what’s necessary to meet the mark,” Kroetsch, who is now a Ward 2 candidate in this fall’s municipal election, told CBC Hamilton. 

The Pride Hamilton festival was disrupted on June 15, 2019, by a religious group with homophobic signs and people from the yellow vest movement, which is associated with far right groups. Protesters were met with Pride supporters who wore pink masks and used a large black curtain to shield the protesters from the view of the festival. Violence erupted, injuring several people. 

Protesters at the 2019 Pride event were met with Pride supporters who wore pink masks and used a large black curtain to shield them from the view of the festival. (ihearthamilton/Twitter)

Police arrested one protester, charged three Pride supporters and arrested one person who was later found to not be at the festival.

An independent review by lawyer Scott Bergman found the police response to the violence was “inadequate” and the lack of police preparation meant the service “failed to protect” festival attendees. It also had 38 recommendations for police. 

The damning review came out just days after a leaked copy of an investigation by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, which found “policies and procedures were followed in this instance and that there were no identified issues.”

The leaked report is among the issues that still chafe for Kroetsch.

“If you’re trying to build trust with the community, why would you try to undermine the only external review being written?” he said. “I don’t think they understand what it means to move toward a resolution and build trust.”

Hamilton’s police services board has since said it “sincerely and unreservedly apologizes” for what happened and that it will implement all 38 recommendations from Bergman’s report.

A police board presentation made earlier this year said there are at least 16 outstanding recommendations to implement. Those include three related to the retention by HPS of a mediator to help guide talks with the community and establish a task force, HPS spokesperson Jackie Penman said in an email to CBC. The force is currently reviewing six names submitted by the community for that position, she said. 

Five recommendations are related to training, and another five are related to the next Pride event, which called for better police communication, planning and community consultation ahead of and during such an event.

‘Police will be there to protect’: Pride chair 

This year’s Pride is being held at the Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s on July 8 and July 9, featuring two days of vendors and performers. The event closes with a show featuring drag performer and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Nicky Doll. 

The event will also have police present, says Pride Hamilton chair Kiel Hughes.

Pride Hamilton chair Kiel Hughes says the indoor setting of this year’s event is only intended as a one-off. (Submitted by Kiel Hughes)

Police have consulted with the committee several times on a plan to protect those attending the event, Hughes says, and will be stationed inside and around the perimeter of the building.

“Police will be there to serve and protect like they’re supposed to,” Hughes told CBC Hamilton, while acknowledging a “tense” relationship between many community members and the police force.

“I am pretty adamant that if the police are going to be there, they’re supposed to do what their mandate is. I am not interested in having police at Pride in a booth recruiting people or in their uniforms dancing around.”

If they’re working to make that change and do what they’re supposed to do, I am not going to try to stop them.– Pride Hamilton chair Kiel Hughes

There is still much work left to do to repair the relationship between the police and the LGBTQ community, but police do seem to be making improvements, Hughes added. 

“I can see an effort is being made… As for how that will go and how that will look, that has yet to be determined… If they’re working to make that change and do what they’re supposed to do, I am not going to try to stop them. I would just encourage people to see what they’re trying to do and see how best it will work to everyone’s favour.”

In 2020, Pride Hamilton filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario against the city and police, asking for $600,000 in damages. It said police discriminated against the organization by not protecting people at the Pride celebrations. 

That was before Hughes became chair, and when Kroetsch was still on the board. He says Hamilton police have applied to the tribunal to have the case dismissed, on the basis that the tribunal typically hears complaints from individuals, not organizations. Penman declined to confirm whether that is the case.

“That doesn’t seem like an organization that’s really interested in resolving things despite the tick-box exercise they’re going through,” says Kroetsch. 

Cameron Kroetsch says he’d like to see police talk specifically about “what they did wrong.” (Richard Agecoutay/CBC)

This year’s event is being held indoors for several reasons, says Hughes: safety; accessibility; timeline challenges given COVID-19 regulations that changed at the end of March; and cost, as an outdoor event would have required a significant spend on security, among other items.

‘Nobody wants another virtual Pride’

Many in the community have complained about the indoor venue yet few have volunteered to help organize, said Hughes. The committee currently has only four board members and is exhausted, Hughes added, saying the indoor venue is only intended as a one-off for this year.

“Nobody wants another virtual Pride,” Hughes said. “After looking through the options…, that was the choice as it would help to alleviate some of the strenuous work of trying to get license and permits in the short period of time.”

The indoor nature of this year’s event is a barrier for River Holland-Valade, who is immunocompromised and worried about the COVID-19 risk of a large, indoor event.

But many people in the community are desperate for a sense of connection at the moment, they said.

“The community as a whole is really struggling,” says Holland-Valade, who is two-spirit and works in mental health services within that community. Pandemic isolation, burnout and struggles to keep up with the rising cost of living are among the challenges they are seeing regularly among their peers and clients.

River Holland-Valade says many people in the community are in need of a sense of connection. (Submitted by St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton)

“There’s a number of people through the pandemic and through lockdown that didn’t previously identify as LGBTQ, and this is the first Pride they’ll be accessing,” Holland-Valade told CBC Hamilton.

While there have been many Pride events held in Hamilton in recent weeks, including Queer Prom hosted by Fruit Salad in May and an outdoor Pride picnic hosted by The House of Adam and Steve on June 18, the July event is the only one put on by Pride Hamilton.

“[Knowing what happened at the last Pride] might discourage some of the people that really need resources and to connect the most,” Holland-Valade said.

They were at the 2019 event and said there is still a lot of pain left over from what happened that day, noting many people they know will feel uncomfortable in an “enclosed” space with police present.

“I know I would feel uncomfortable, especially as a queer and trans person of colour,” said Holland-Valade. “If something did happen, will they actually protect the community? Because they failed to in the past.”

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Hamilton targets 2023 for next Battle of Stoney Creek; ‘in-person’ events return as COVID rules ease – Hamilton | Globalnews.ca

Hamilton targets 2023 for next Battle of Stoney Creek; ‘in-person’ events return as COVID rules ease - Hamilton | Globalnews.ca

There’s some assurance going forward, as it relates to re-enactments of the Battle of Stoney Creek.

A motion approved by Hamilton city council directs staff to plan for delivery of an in-person event in 2023 that includes re-enactment activities and portrays in a “respectful and historically-accurate manner” all communities involved and impacted, including Indigenous Peoples.

The event is traditionally held on the first weekend of June at Battlefield Park, but did not take place last weekend because of COVID uncertainty. It was also put on hold in 2020 and 2021, due to pandemic restrictions.

Ward 5 Coun. Russ Powers presented the council-approved motion on Wednesday, citing questions about the re-enactment’s future.

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“This motion is offered as clarification and direction, on a recent issue that has prompted a significant reaction by multiples of hundreds of Stoney Creek and Greater Hamilton residents,” said Powers.

Carrie Brooks-Joiner, Hamilton’s director of tourism and culture, expanded upon recent questions about the future of the re-enactments, which are a 40-year tradition at Battlefield Park.

Brooks-Joiner said they stemmed from a recent meeting designed to gather ideas for the future.

“Unfortunately those ideas were misconstrued as decisions, where in fact, decisions had not been made on the 2023 event.”

She also stressed that the city continues to expand the provision of space for “the sharing of Indigenous stories and voices,” including the Soaring Spirit Pow Pow Festival at Battlefield Park, scheduled for June 25-26 of this year.

Several festivals and events returning to Hamilton this weekend

With Ontario expiring remaining mask mandates this weekend due to improving COVID-19 indicators, a number of Hamilton events are set to resume after a two-year hiatus.

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Ancaster Heritage Days will go on Saturday despite some construction delays at the new arts centre.

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The parade along Wilson Street is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday beginning at Academy Street and ending at Todd.

Sulphur Springs Road will host the soapbox derby between Wilson and Mansfield Road from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Concession Streetfest stage will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and is anchored with shopping, food truck, car show and other entertainment along the thoroughfare between Upper Wentworth and East 25th.

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Meanwhile, the Barton Village Festival will offer similar elements along Barton Street between Victoria Avenue and Wentworth.

Three entertainment stages, an art and children’s zones will open at 11 a.m.

Also this week, the City of Hamilton has confirmed the return of Canada Day celebrations in Bayfront Park, ending with a fireworks display this July 1.

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Events and things to do in the Hamilton area this weekend

Events and things to do in the Hamilton area this weekend

If you’re hoping May Day weekend will bring sunshine and flowers, you’re in luck, but take a rain coat Sunday.

Environment Canada is calling for weekend daily highs around 14 degrees, but rain is expected to move into the Hamilton area Sunday.

Here are a handful of ways to keep busy this spring weekend in Hamilton.

Ghost walk

Ghost walks are back in downtown Hamilton. Friday night, meet at the Royal Connaught courtyard (King and John streets) for 80 minutes of mystery, history and ghost stories. Buy tickets online, $14.16 for adults, $12.39 for kids. ghostwalks.com/downtown-hamilton/

Art sale

Art Gallery of Hamilton is kicking off its art sale with an opening reception Thursday night, which runs through to Sunday afternoon. Admission is free with virtual access available for those attending remotely. New artwork by regional artists will be presented. Sale hours are: Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. aghartsales.com

Spring pottery sale

Back to tradition with the 2022 Pottery Guild spring sale on Friday to Sunday at the Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre, 10 Market St. S., Dundas. Sale hours are Friday, 1 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feature artist is Monique Mulder-Wallace. hamiltonpotters.ca

Live theatre

If you’re hankering for an emotional stage journey check out “Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers,” which runs until May 7. Makambe K. Simamba’s one-person play tells the story of Trayvon Martin, which Spectator columnist Gary Smith called “a powerful experience. It is without doubt theatre designed to disturb.”

“The Hours That Remain,” written by Métis playwright Keith Barker, is on until May 7. Haunting visions, a five-year missing person cold case and unfaltering hope.

Proof of vaccination is required for Theatre Aquarius shows, as well as mask-wearing throughout the performance.

Live music

Bridgeworks

Featured this weekend at Bridgeworks, 200 Caroline St. N., is Plants and Animals on Friday at 7 p.m., and Shad on Saturday, 7 p.m. Tickets are available at bridgeworks.ca.

Kevin Lau piano trio

Under a Veil of Stars” premiere is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in The First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, 170 Dundurn St. S., under the aegis of Mercer’s 5 at the First Chamber Music Series with cellist Rachel Mercer, pianist Angela Park and violinist Scott St. John in an all-Kevin Lau program appropriately titled, “Music of Kevin Lau.” Tickets start at $21.59. universe.com/musicofkevinlau

Postcards from Buenos Aires

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s long-delayed “Postcards from Buenos Aires” concert is Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in FirstOntario Concert Hall. Guest conductor Daniel Black, resident conductor of The Florida Orchestra, returns to lead the HPO. Tickets start at $20. Call 905-526-7756 or visit hpo.org. Masking is required.

RBG seeds

Borrow, grow, and return seeds with the Royal Botanical Gardens’ seed library. This program offers a unique connection of people to plants. Seeds are generally available only in the spring. Selection will dwindle as the seeds are lent out. Get your requests in by visiting rbg.ca/plants-conservation/science/library-archives/seed-library.

Freeman train station

“Freeman Station” in Burlington reopens on Saturday. The station at 1285 Fairview St., Burlington, is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Donations accepted. freemanstation.ca

Celebrate Dos De Mayo

Ancaster’s Pub Fiction is hosting a tequila tasting event to celebrate Dos De Mayo on Monday. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will feature five food pairings with a variety of cocktails. Doors open at 6 p.m., $75 per person at 1242 Garner Rd. W.

Game day

Hamilton Kilty B’s press on with playoff Game 7 with Fort Erie on Friday at Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena. Puck drop is 7 p.m.

Hamilton Bulldogs Game 5 with Peterborough is Saturday, 7 p.m., at FirstOntario Centre.

Rock lacrosse is in Buffalo Saturday to wrap up the regular season. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the KeyBank Centre in Buffalo. You can watch on TSN. torontorock.com

Hamilton Bengals Jr. B lacrosse is back at The Dave (Mountain Arena) on Thursday, May 3, 8 p.m.

Looking ahead

Hamilton cemetery tours start again next weekend but you have to be preregistered to join the 90-minute walk. Registration deadline is noon the Friday of the tour so send your registration email now to cemeteries@hamilton.ca and include the tour date and names of people attending. Tours are limited to 25 people. Your host Robin McKee starts the season May 7 and 8, 11 a.m., with Stories in the Stones: The Hamilton Women’s Tour. Women have played an important part in the history of Hamilton.

Doors Open Hamilton starts May 7. doorsopenontario.on.ca/hamilton

Food collection bags will be distributed to Kirkendall residences from April 29 to May 4 for the annual Fill a Bus, Feed a Family food drive. Collection day is May 7.

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Egg hunts and other Easter events this week in Hamilton

Egg hunts and other Easter events this week in Hamilton
Easter egg hunts and other events are coming up.

  • Easter egg hunts and other events are coming up.
  • A few Easter egg hunts are planned for 2022 in Hamilton after most were cancelled in 2020 and 2021.

Dundas Lions Easter Egg Hunt

The Dundas Lions Club is holding an Easter egg hunt, along with a craft and used book sale with up to 40 vendors. For more, visit dundaslions.com.

Location and Venue: Dundas Driving Park, 71 Cross St., Dundas Event date and time: Friday, April 15, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Audience: All Ages Price: Easter egg hunt, $1 per child; $5 per family

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Easter Breakfast

The Lynden Lions and Lynden Legion team up to serve an Easter pancake and sausage breakfast on Good Friday. Freewill donation.

Location and Venue: Lynden Legion, 206 Lynden Rd., Flamborough Event date and time: Friday, April 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Audience: All Ages Price: Free

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Stoney Creek Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

The Stoney Creek Lions Club is holding an Easter egg hunt with activities. The event is open to children newborn to age 12. Coffee, tea and pizza will be available. Donations will be collected for cancer research. Pre-registration is not required.

Location and Venue: Stoney Creek Lions Hall, 14 Sherwood Park Rd., Stoney Creek Event date and time: Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Audience: Children Price: Free

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Mountain Kidz Klub Bunny Cruise

Join Mountain Kidz Klub for its bunny cruise at posted stops. The bunny will have a goody bag for each child. Event happening rain or shine, so dress for the weather. For more, visit the Klub’s Facebook page.

Location and Venue: Along Concession Street, Hamilton Mountain Event date and time: Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Audience: All Ages Price: Monetary donation for grocery cards

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Free Easter Luncheon

Buffet style featuring turkey, ham, potatoes, vegetables, bun and gravy with a bottle of water. Five seatings, 40 people per seating, first come, first served.

Location and Venue: Fratellanza Racalmutese Italian Club, 72 Murray St. W., Hamilton Event date and time: Saturday, April 16, 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Audience: All Ages Price: Free

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Although we endeavour to provide the most accurate description of events listing and venues, we are not responsible or liable for errors and omissions in the event description, location or intended audience. If necessary, please contact the event organizer for additional information.

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Easter events and activity hidden around Hamilton

Easter events and activity hidden around Hamilton

Easter events and activity hidden around Hamilton | TheSpec.com

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  • Mountain Kidz Klub’s annual egg hunt is at Mountain Drive Park at Upper Gage and Concession streets. Registration is required for hunts at 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. $2 donation is requested. Preregister a time and how many children by calling 905-574-4190 or visit Mountain Kidz Klub Facebook page. An accompanying adult is required and dress for rain or shine.

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  • Stoney Creek Lions Club’s 10th annual Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. Activities run until 11:30 a.m. at the Lions Clubhouse, 14 Sherwood Park Rd., next to Saltfleet Arena. The event is open to children newborn to age 12. Donations will be collected for cancer research. Pre-registration is not required. Coffee, tea and pizza will be available.

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  • Bunny Hop Shop colouring contest at the Concession Street BIA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get a contest entry on the website ahead of time. concessionstreet.ca

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  • You and I Paint is hosting an Easter family painting party, 11:30 a.m., at Westinghouse HQ, 286 Sanford Ave. N. Tickets start around $160 for a parent and child. Preorder a brunch box or child’s candy box. eventbrite.ca

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  • Easter Hop & Shop Market, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Free registration at eventbrite.ca

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  • Toys R Us locations in the area are hosting a Disney Princess-themed egg hunt and Easter-themed arts activity for kids with events at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. toysrus.ca

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  • Celebrate Easter with a free cooked meal and a care package courtesy of Restoration House Hamilton’s Food Bank. Register here to receive a meal and a care package. RHH We Care: An Easter Meal & Care Package, offered from 2 to 6 p.m. restorationhouse.ca/easter-outreach

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  • It’s an Easter Eggstravaganza down at Brantwood Farms, 251 Powerline Rd., Brantford on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Timed entries are at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Stay as long as you like featuring wagon rides, egg hunt, bonfire, live bunnies, and more. Cost is $9 for those two-years and up.

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  • Search for the wooden Easter eggs hidden in the forest when you come to Treewalk Village this weekend. Included in admission at Treetop Trekking in Binbrook Conservation Area, 5050 Harrison Rd. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. treetoptrekking.com/park/hamilton

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Thumper, a pet therapy rabbit from the SPCA of Hamilton/Burlington settles in as the Easter Bunny. Easter events and activities are hopping around Hamilton this weekend.

Hoppy Easter!

Hopping for a bright Easter?

Here’s a list of events and activities hidden around Hamilton.

Friday

  • Dundas Lions Easter Egg Hunt starts at 8 a.m. sharp in Dundas Driving Park. Admission is $1 per child or $5 per family, plus a non-perishable food bank donation item. After the hunt, visit the Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre, 10 Market St. S., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Lions annual craft and used book sale, with up to 40 vendors, enjoy lunch at Lion’s Café. Show admission is $2, with children under 12 admitted for free.
  • Waterdown Lions Club’s mask friendly egg hunt is in Waterdown Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Separate egg hunt times for children. Two-year-olds start at 10:15 a.m. sharp, ages three to six follow, with ages seven to 12 after that.
  • Binbrook Easter Egg Hunt is at the Binbrook Agricultural Society Fairgrounds. Staggered hunts run as followed: Preschool (0-3) at 10 a.m., JK/SK at 10:30 a.m., Grade 1/2 at 11 a.m., grades 3/4 at 11:30 a.m., grades 5/6 at 12 p.m., and grades 7 and older 12:30 p.m. Parking is very limited. binbrookegghunt.com

  • Mountain Kidz Klub’s annual egg hunt is at Mountain Drive Park at Upper Gage and Concession streets. Registration is required for hunts at 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. $2 donation is requested. Preregister a time and how many children by calling 905-574-4190 or visit Mountain Kidz Klub Facebook page. An accompanying adult is required and dress for rain or shine.

Saturday

  • Stoney Creek Lions Club’s 10th annual Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. Activities run until 11:30 a.m. at the Lions Clubhouse, 14 Sherwood Park Rd., next to Saltfleet Arena. The event is open to children newborn to age 12. Donations will be collected for cancer research. Pre-registration is not required. Coffee, tea and pizza will be available.
  • Bunny Hop Shop colouring contest at the Concession Street BIA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get a contest entry on the website ahead of time. concessionstreet.ca
  • You and I Paint is hosting an Easter family painting party, 11:30 a.m., at Westinghouse HQ, 286 Sanford Ave. N. Tickets start around $160 for a parent and child. Preorder a brunch box or child’s candy box. eventbrite.ca
  • Easter Hop & Shop Market, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Free registration at eventbrite.ca
  • Toys R Us locations in the area are hosting a Disney Princess-themed egg hunt and Easter-themed arts activity for kids with events at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. toysrus.ca
  • Celebrate Easter with a free cooked meal and a care package courtesy of Restoration House Hamilton’s Food Bank. Register here to receive a meal and a care package. RHH We Care: An Easter Meal & Care Package, offered from 2 to 6 p.m. restorationhouse.ca/easter-outreach

Weekend

  • It’s an Easter Eggstravaganza down at Brantwood Farms, 251 Powerline Rd., Brantford on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Timed entries are at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Stay as long as you like featuring wagon rides, egg hunt, bonfire, live bunnies, and more. Cost is $9 for those two-years and up.

  • Search for the wooden Easter eggs hidden in the forest when you come to Treewalk Village this weekend. Included in admission at Treetop Trekking in Binbrook Conservation Area, 5050 Harrison Rd. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. treetoptrekking.com/park/hamilton

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