Hamilton Arts & Letters (HAL) is a magazine that reflects the ethos of a particular place, and reaches out to other places. Produced on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe people and the Haudenosaunee people.  With an attractive, accessible, and relevant digital presence, HAL offers the best in writing, fine art, film, and audio artistry to a discerning and growing subscriber base and broader readership. HAL gives Hamilton artists and writers, emerging to established, opportunities to present new works alongside their peers from across Canada and around the world.

Social progress is the weight of laws designed to alleviate human suffering. The Labour movement has been in the forefront of groups seeking such legislation. Pensions, health insurance, the shorter workday, a living wage, – all these were fought for by workers. Hamilton’s industrial employment base has shrunk by nearly one-half, while the leadership of a socially engaged Labour movement has been diminished. Now it falls to the arts more and more to act as a mobilizing tool in the city’s rebirth.

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