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Notes from the Brightside Neighbourhood Project

October 25, 2019 - February 14, 2020

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Join us for an exhibition honouring the history of Brightside in WAHC’s Community Gallery.

Brightside was a neighbourhood of workers and immigrants that flourished in the shadow of heavy industry in Hamilton’s east end from 1910 until the late 1960s, when it was mostly demolished. Despite its having been one of the most diverse and vibrant working-class neighbourhoods in Hamilton’s era of industrial flourishing, many contemporary Hamiltonians have never heard of Brightside.

Notes from the Brightside Neighbourhood Project features art, maps and stories that celebrate the people and histories of this unique place. This work is the product of a years long collaboration between Brightsiders, artist Matt McInnes and researcher Simon Orpana, with help from Nancy Bouchier and Rob Kristofferson. In a city undergoing rapid changes, the people and legacies of Brightside have much to teach us about the struggles and histories that have shaped this city’s culture and character.

Join us for a reception in our community gallery on Saturday, November 16th from 1-3 pm. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program and Exhibitions Specialist at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or tara@wahc-museum.ca

This project was supported by the Centre for Community Engaged Narrative Arts (CCENA) and the City of Hamilton – City Enrichment Fund.

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8L 1B5       905.522.3003       Public Hours: Wed to SAT > 10am—4pm