treble hall

One of the things that drew me to Hamilton was the history, and architecture of the city and its buildings.  Walking around downtown you really get the feeling that Hamilton was once a prosperous, and happening place.  I can’t deny that a fair number of Hamilton’s buildings are vacant or abandoned.  Ghostly shells of their glory days, their owners haplessly leaving their fate to be met with a wrecking ball, (like the recently demolished Century Theatre… sniffle).  But there is a genuine renaissance that’s happening.  Not just on James St. north, but on John St. too.  With the recent move of Downtown Bike Hounds to John, and the hopeful renewal of one of the most gorgeous buildings in Hamilton, Treble Hall, I can’t help but swoon at the idea that this sense of rejuvenation will start to spread.  I mean I love these old buildings abandoned or not but I’ll love’em even more when they’re no longer left to rot.

Treble Hall, John St. North, Hamilton, Ontario

The installation in the Windows of Treble Hall is a quote from the Hamilton Spectator’s managing editor Howard Elliott that reads:

“Vacant and dilapidated buildings are dangerous both physically and psychologically. A dilapidated building can fall down, catch fire and attract vermin and filth. They make the surrounding area unsavoury and potentially unsafe. Building owners who don’t take adequate care of their building, vacant or otherwise, demonstrate huge disrespect to our city, to other building owners and to all people visiting and living here. Dealing harshly with those responsible is worthy of support and praise.”

Treble Hall, John St. North, Hamilton

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Treble Hall, John St. North, Hamilton

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Treble Hall was purchased by Jeff Feswick of Historia Restoration in 2010. You can read the Spec’s article of the purchase here.





New store!! When Downtown Bike Hounds moved from their location on James and Cannon to John, I wondered what would happen to their old storefront space.  I was happy to see that a new store Relish will be opening up.  Their signage is on the front window and a little window display was up already.

Relish, James St. North and Cannon, Hamilton

Relish, James St. North and Cannon, Hamilton

Downtown Bike Hounds

Downtown Bike Hounds former location on Cannon & James. Soon to be home of Relish.

*6 Cannon St. east, Hamilton, 905.973.8269

new works, by steve newberry

Steve had his art opening yesterday at The Print Studio on James St. North.  For his latest work he has silk screened images onto plywood.  Super cool.  The show will be on until May 7th.  And he’ll be doing another group show at Loose Canon in July.

It was a really good turn out for the opening and art crawl, the street was full, and there seemed to be a constant flow of people into the gallery.  I managed to sneak away for a few minutes to take a peak at the latest gallery to open up on James; b contemporary.  It was very shiny and new and still had the smell of wood varnish from their freshly refinished wood floors.  When I have a chance I will go by and take some photos and post them.

*The Print Studio, 173 James St. North, Hamilton


Steve turned 34 this year, and this was his birthday cake.  I’m not a baker, so when it comes to birthday cakes I’m always at a loss.  We had a busy day visiting some great places around the city, sitting in our garden and enjoying one of the first warm days of spring.  I almost forgot about a cake.  Luckily we live next door to a convenience store.

down by the bay

After a nice spring walk down by Bayfront Park we went to Hutch’s for their classic fish and chips.  It was my first time to Hutch’s, and although usually a typical summer attraction, it is open all year round.  Everyone must’ve been feeling spring in the air because there was a pretty good crowd ordering up burgers, Stoney Creek Dairy ice-cream, and plates of fish and chips.

Bayfront Park Hamilton

Bayfront Park Dundurn bridge

ice fishing Bayfront Park Hamilton

Hutch's menu

Hutch's fish and chips


*Hutch’s Harbour Front, 325 Bay St. North, Hamilton

wings + weck

When we visited Buffalo to see the Albright Knox Art Gallery we figured our trip to Buffalo wouldn’t be complete without sampling some authentic buffalo wings.  After some extensive research pre-trip we had already crossed Duff’s and Anchor bar off the list.   Instead we headed to Gabriel’s Gate in Allentown to try their beer, wings and beef on weck.

It had a cozy warm interior that was filled with regulars, cheap pints ($3.75!) & real good wings

We split 2 orders of wings; one cajun, and the other bbq, as well as a beef on weck. The wings were crispy, not greasy, with lots of meaty goodness.

Gabriel's Gate Beef on Weck

This was my very first beef on weck, which is apparently a classic Buffalo culinary delicacy. Sliced beef on a soft doughy bun that’s topped with caraway seeds, and massive flakes of salt, served with a nice side of spicy horseradish. Gabriel’s Gate did an OK job (I thought the beef was over cooked). On my next Buffalo visit I want to try the weck at Schwabl’s.

*Gabriel’s Gate, 145 Allen St. Buffalo, NY

buffalo neighbourhood

Homes of Allentown.  All the houses had brightly painted wood panel siding.  It reminded me a little of the colourful homes of Saint John’s, Newfoundland.  We didn’t do too much neighbourhood exploration on this trip but I think that another trip to Buffalo will be in store, and maybe we’ll try and bring along our bicycles for some fancy free summer time cross border cycling.

Allentown Buffalo, NY

Allentown Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY


where the buffalo roam

A day trip to explore Buffalo was perfect for a grey spring Sunday.  Since moving to Hamilton we’d done a lot of  talk about wanting to visit the Albright Knox Art Gallery, and on one of those dull in between winter and spring days, when it’s too cold to be outside but spring enough that you want to be somewhere besides hibernating, a short drive across the border to Buffalo to check out some contemporary art did just the trick.



*Albright Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY

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