This weekend in Hamilton...

November 17, 2017



Friday November 17th

Cry-Baby the Musical @ Hamilton Theatre Inc.
140 MacNab St N
8:00pm – 10:30pm
All Ages, $25-$27
The Canadian Premier of Cry-Baby the Musical.

St. Joseph’s Hamilton Annual Christmas Bazaar
50 Charlton Ave E
9:00am – 4:00pm
Free entry
Dozens of vendors with something for everyone.  Food vendors also on site.

Winter Lights at the Rock @ David Braley & Nancy Gordon Rock Garden
1185 York Boulevard
5:00pm – 8:30pm
Cost: $10, Children 0-2 years get in for free, Members receive 10% off
Purchase tickets ahead of time or at the door


Saturday November 18th

Holiday Bazaar @ Dundas Central School
73 Melville St
9:00am – 2:00pm
All ages, free

Art Bus Studio Tour @ The Seedworks Urban Offices
126 Catharine St. N.
All ages, free
The Art Bus Tour takes participants to 4 different studios, allowing visitors to experience the artist at work & ask questions.


Sunday November 19th

Santa @ Eastgate Square
75 Centennial Parkway
All ages, Free
Customers who bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift card donation for the CHCH Toy Drive will receive a $10 coupon towards a photo package.

Gord Downie Tribute Show @ The Casbah
306 King Street West
Doors at 8:00pm
Cost: $10 – profits go to the Gord Downie Fund

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November 10, 2017



Friday November 10

Free Movie for Adults @ Hamilton Public Library - 565 Concession Street
2pm start time
This is an ongoing Friday afternoon event.  Check the Hamilton Public Library for more information.

Knitting & Crocheting @ Hamilton Public Library, Central Library – 55 York Boulevard
2pm start time

Lego Mania @ Hamilton Public Library, Dundas Branch – 55 Cootes Drive
3:30 start time

James Street North Art Crawl
4pm start time
Free, all ages
Enjoy the galleries, shops & more!

Hamilton Bulldogs vs Erie Otters @ First Ontario Centre – 101 York Boulevard
7:30 start time


Saturday November 11

We Remember on November 11 @ Dundurn National Historic Site – 610 York Boulevard
12pm start time
The Hamilton Military Museum presents a special display, and guests are invited to make a poppy for their remembrance board.

Parkrun Timed 5k @ Waterfront Trail at Lakeview Building – 180 Van Wagners Beach Road
8am – 10am
Free weekly timed 5k run.  Must pre-register as you will need a bar code to get your time.

Artisan Bazaar @ Royal Botanical Gardens – 680 Plains Road West
10am – 5pm, Free

Last Dance, Remembering Tom Petty @ The Casbah
8pm start time
Admission: $10 minimum donation to Gracenotes Hamilton, which funds local independent music recordings.

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October Stats

November 08, 2017



The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,317 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in October, 6.5 per cent fewer than the same month last year and 10.9 per cent higher than the 10-year average.

All property listings were 12.2 per cent higher than the same month last year, 14.3 per cent higher than the 10-year average, and set a new record for the month of October.

“We are continuing to see more listings come onto the market after the severe shortage we saw earlier this year,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “Sales have also rebounded a bit after the lower sales we saw over the last three months, resulting in a sales-to-new-listing ratio at 69 per cent in the residential market. After a few months in a more balanced market, we have just had a month where we moved to the lower end of a seller’s market again. We don’t know if this one month is indicative of a shift in the market or just a one-month result.”

Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties were 18.7 per cent lower than the same month last year, with the average sale price up four per cent for the month. Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 17.1 per cent higher than October of 2016.



Overall residential sales of 1,272 units were 4.9 per cent lower than the same month last year. Residential freehold sales were 12 per cent lower than October of 2016 while sales in the condominium market were 23.6 per cent higher than the same month last year.

The median price of freehold properties increased by 9.5 per cent over the same month last year while the median price for condominium properties increased by 2.4 per cent compared to the same period.

The average price of freehold properties showed an increase of 11.4 per cent compared to October of last year; the average sale price in the condominium market increased by 3.9 per cent compared to the same period.

Average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold through the RAHB MLS® System. Average sale price can be useful in establishing long-term trends, but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. Contact a REALTOR® for information about your area or property.

The average number of days on market increased to 31 days from 22 days in the freehold market and increased to 27 days from 24 days in the condominium market, compared to October of last year.

“One of the unknowns right now is how new mortgage guidelines coming into effect January 1, 2018 may influence listings and sales over the next two months,” noted O’Neill. “Buyers and sellers who are contemplating buying or listing their home in the near future should contact a REALTOR® to find out how the new guidelines may affect them.”







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Eco-Friendly Homes - Home Evaluation

November 03, 2017



If you are already a homeowner and want to make your home more energy efficient, you should look into having a home evaluation done by an Energy Advisor.  This evaluation will provide you with information that helps you better understand how your home uses energy, which helps you make the best choices to save on your utility costs.

In preparation for your evaluation:

Access – there must be a clear, unobstructed path to your attic, crawl space, mechanical equipment and any other hard to reach areas.

Heating – at the time of the evaluation your heating system must be capable of keeping your home at 22 degrees Celsius.

Windows & doors – make sure all windows & doors are properly closed for the blower door test.

Power – in order to do the blower door test there must be a supply of standard AC electrical power.

Water & Sewer – Sewer service has to be supplied by the municipality or from a private source such as wells or cistern systems

Operating Kitchen – must be a kitchen which includes a sink, operating stove & a minimum of 6 square feet of counter space – or future intent to install a permanent counter

Foundation – the home must be a permanently moored float home or rest on its permanent foundation

When the energy advisor does the inspection he or she will take measurements & notes about the parts of the home that impact the energy performance.  You will receive a personalized report with a summary as well as the current EnerGuide rating.   A list of recommended upgrades will also be included in the report.

Once you make improvements to your home, based on the recommendations, you might want to have a follow up done.  This will show the improved energy performance of your home, as well as giving you an EnerGuide rating.

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October 20, 2017



Friday October 20th

Lego Mania @ the Dundas Branch of the Hamilton Public Library
For ages 4-12 years old, starts at 3:30pm
Lego is provided, go wild!

The Shining @ The Zoetic (526 Concession Street)
Enjoy a viewing of The Shining and a short horror film to start!

Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Collective Arts Brewing (207 Burlington St E)
All ages, $12


Saturday October 21st

A 1 day Meditation Retreat @ Melrose United Church (86 Homewood)
Enjoy the seated & movement meditations, some guided, some silent, and a talk about mindfulness & meditation. 

Hamilton Fashion Week @ Digital Canaries Film Studio (520 Burlington St E)
2-5pm, Free
Fashion Matinee featuring top Canadian fashions & professional models.


Sunday October 22nd

Hamilton Sports Cards & Memorabilia Show @ 125 Centennial Parkway North
9am-1pm, $1 admission, kids under 12 free
All kinds of sports memorabilia, chance to win a hockey jersey

Pumpkinfest @ Gourley Park (142 Duncairn Crescent)
12-2pm, free
Horse drawn wagon rides, photo booth, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce castle & more!

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Eco-Friendly Homes - Lighting

October 16, 2017



A great way to become more energy efficient in your home is with your lighting.  Energy Star certified LED bulbs use up to 70-90% less energy than standard bulbs, and they provide the same brightness.  They last at least 15 times longer than standard bulbs, and come in a variety of shapes & sizes.

If you replace the five most frequently used bulbs in your home, you can save about $40 per year.

If you want dimming capability be sure to install dimmer switches compatible with Energy Star bulbs.

There are different shades of white light available, ranging from soft & warm light, and whiter crisper shades.  Be sure to get the same shade for whole room.

Energy Star Certified Fixtures

Under Cabinet Lighting – directs the light right onto your work surface.  These LED fixtures only use a small fraction of the electricity of other bulbs.

Pendant Fixture – use these fixtures over high use areas, such as a kitchen table.

Recesses Ceiling Lighting – excellent quality lighting that lasts.

Ceiling Fans – ENERGY STAR certified ceilng/fan light units are 60% more efficient.  

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