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The AGH Annex is a a beautifully restored 19th century heritage building and creativity lab where experimental exhibitions, performances and unique culturel happenings emerge and unfold on a regular basis. Paired with a locally-focused retail area and public venue space, the AGH Annex provides a cultural hub of activitiy and creativitiy in the heart of downtown Hamilton.


Photo: Mike Lalich


AGH Annex Reads
Second Wednesday of each month at 7pm

The AGH Reads Book Club is bringing a new chapter to the Annex featuring Canadian literature with a special focus on regional authors and settings. Come out and enjoy an evening of discussion in the heart of the arts district at the AGH Annex.

January 11: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thein
February 8: The Spawning Grounds by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
March 8: On the Shores of Darkness There is Light by Cordelia Strube
April 19: Canada Reads Winner - to be announced



Let Loose
Join Jody Boston, established theatre artist and educator for an informal, fun introduction to the world of improv theatre. These sessions encourage participation and laughter through group-based exercises and games.

Session 1: Thursday January 26
Session 2: Tuesday, February 7

7:00 to 9:30pm

AGH Members: $25/session or $40 for both
Non-Members: $30/session or $50 for both
Cash bar

Gary Barwin: Writer's Craft
Giller and Governor General Literary Awards nominee, Gary Barwin, has crafted a reputation in this city as a thrilling and unconventional educator. This writer's group is intended for both emerging and established writers.

Saturday, January 21
12:00pm to 2:30pm

AGH Members: $35 | Non-Members: $40

Book Launch:
I Am Not a Number

Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis' grandmother, I Am Not A Number, brings the trauma of the Canadian Indian Residential School System to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to. Dr. Dupuis will be at the AGH Annex for a book-signing and reading coordinated by Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, De Dwa Da Dehs Nye's Aboriginal Health Centre, Core Collaborative Learning, and Niwasa Indigenous Youth from Sir John A. MacDonald and Sir Winston Churchill Secondary Schools.

Wednesday, January 25

Free Admission

Hamilton Author's Night
The literary scene in this city has been exploding in the last few years. This evening presents four local authors reading from recent fiction and non-fiction releases, many of them set within the very borders of our city.

Thursday, February 16
7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

FREE Admission

Retro Crafts with Whitney
Whitney McMeekin builds creative workshops that invoke the same aesthetic and whimsical sentiment as a Wes Anderson film. In this session, learn about retro DIY movements and try your hands at macrame, hand painted plant pots and 1970s string art.

Saturday, February 18
12:00pm to 2:30pm

AGH Members: $35 | Non-Members: $40

Adult Slam Night

In advance of their annual Louder Than a Bomb Festival (May 5-13 at the AGH), Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) are throwing the gauntlet down to a trove of wellknown authors, performers, and local Hamiltonians who have always wanted to do a slam but who have never had the gumption to try.

Friday, March 10 ART CRAWL
7:00pm (Performance starts 7:30 pm)

FREE Admission




Youth Studio:
Collaborative Zines

Aimed for artists 12 and older, this session explores do-it-yourself magazine making and all of the component parts that can go into it: comics, imaginative drawing, movie posters, and more. Artist Kyle Stewart will introduce this accessible and vibrant culture.

Saturday, March 18
12:00pm to 2:30pm

AGH Members: $35 | Non-Members: $40

CRIT Nights
Are you an artist, writer, performer with a creative block? Have some new work that is just not working? Looking for some art-school-style critical feedback? Crit Night is a new program that offers all of that. In our first event, join a panel of guest critics–artists, curators, gallerists from the region along with a few brave souls who are willing to brave public scrutiny. Join us at the Crit Night Launch party, have a drink and see how what it’s all about.

Thursday, March 23
7:00 to 9:30pm.(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

FREE admission
Cash Bar



Kickstart Your Creativity
This workshop, led by artist and creativity coach Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, is designed for those who are in the midst of a creative block, and for those who yearn to be creative but don't know how to get the ball rolling. Through a series of creative exercises blending collage, writing, drawing and painting, participants will produce small works loaded with exciting new potential. All materials supplied.

Saturday April 22
12:00 pm to 2:30pm

AGH Members: $35 | Non-Members: $40




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Regular Hours
Tuesday: 11 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 11 am - 6 pm
Thursday: 11 am - 6 pm
Friday: 11 am - 8 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm

CLOSED Sundays, Mondays & Holidays (including New
Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Canada Day, Christmas Day , Boxing Day and Family Day)

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(2nd Friday of the month)
11 am - 11 pm