All CCENA events are free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!


Long Table: Home X Work and The Perfect Archive

Date: October 24, 2019
Time: 3-5 PM
Location: Room 204, McMaster CCE, 1 James St N

Details: In her photopoetic project Home X Work, Ashley Marshall revisits Hamilton, walking to explore themes such as home, distance, and return. Ashley will present on her experience of this project and its exploration of everyday experiences of both liberation and oppression. Paul Lisson will read from his new collection of poetry, The Perfect Archive, an exploration in poems of how documents and information can, have been, and continue to be manipulated to tell or erase events that occurred or are occurring. Paul acknowledges and thanks the League of Canadian Poets, the Canada Council, and the Ontario Arts Council.


Hamilton Arts & Letters Fall Launch

Date: November 1, 2019
Time: 7 PM
Location: Art Gallery of Hamilton

Details: Hamilton Arts and Letters is one of this city’s most integral journals, a vital ongoing showcase for a range of literary, academic, and cultural submissions.  Many guest contributors to this year’s publication will present at this launch, which includes a focus on McMaster University’s Discovery Program, original music from the Mohawk College ArtPop ensemble, and remarks from Johannah Bird, Guest Editor of this year’s “Re:Creation Stories” issue along with Shane Neilson, Guest Editor of the ʺImaginary Safe House: Canadian Disability  Poeticsʺ issue. Featuring readings from Kaitlin Debicki, Roxanna Bennett, John Hill, Leo Dragtoe, and more.


Long Table: With Tongues Like These and Placing Attention II

Date: November 21, 2019
Time: 3-5 PM
Location: Room 204, McMaster CCE, 1 James St N

Details: John Hill (Oneida nation from Six Nations of the Grand River) will present his epic poem/performance essay on queer Indigenous poetics entitled “With Tongues Like These . . .” Placing Attention II is the second in a themed series of Long Tables on the ways art both helps shape, and is shaped by, our sense of place. This installment features Tuscarora artist Waylon Wilson who makes video games that draw attention to Indigenous places and histories.


Long Table: A Shared Table and The Weather Station

Date:  February 12, 2020
Time: 3-5 PM
Location: Room 212, McMaster CCE, 1 James St N

Details: A Shared Table celebrates the cultural genius of ethnic and racialized communities in Hamilton by setting a table of food + stories + art. A Shared Table creates community meal and story-making opportunities, working toward “beloved communities” in Hamilton. Several years ago, Charlie Mantina, a long-time community activist in the Beasley neighbourhood, started The Weather Station in the alleyway that runs north and south between Cannon and Barton streets. As a social space, art piece, and source of information about the weather for those without easy access to media or Internet, The Weather Station serves the diverse group of downtown citizens who use this alleyway.


Long Table: Ubuntu Music Project and Fun Home

Date: March 25, 2020
Time: 3-5 PM
Location: The Staircase Theatre

Details: The Ubuntu Music Project is a gospel music collective where the rich spiritual and oral music culture of the African community is cultivated and shared with the African diaspora and other communities in Hamilton. Fun Home is a musical based on queer artist and activist Alison Bechdel’s memoir of the same name. Jill Kooymans brings Fun Home to Hamilton to diversify Hamilton’s stage offerings, provide paid employment to queer BIPOC individuals, and create an opportunity for education on queer narrative.