Toronto dominates worldwide lists of “best cities to live” when it comes to quality of life. But living in Canada’s largest city can have its drawbacks. Real estate prices have become astronomical, the traffic is unreal and, for many, it can be tough to succeed as a small fish in a massive pond. Enter Hamilton.
Hamilton has been tracking Brooklyn’s success in leveraging its gritty character and history to attract talent and investment from Manhattan over the last 20 years. Now the “Hammer” is banking on its own small town charm and progressive community building to lure young couples, creative and tech professionals and others looking for a slower, simpler way of life.
Hogtown, meet Steeltown
The Hamilton Consulate hits Toronto next week as a two-day pop-up event to showcase Canada’s “biggest urban comeback story.” (Yes we know, you’ve been there for years.) Through a collection of industry talks, luncheons, shows and parties, Torontonians can get a closer look at Hamilton real estate, fashion, food, music, art, tech, film and culture.
May 31 – June 1
The Burroughes, 639 Queen Street West
All of the events are free, too. RSVP here.
On the fashion front, organizers have teamed up with the Ontario Fashion Exchange to showcase the work of local designers with Hamilton’s Got Next fashion show and sale on June 1st. Doors open at 4:30pm for cocktails. The fashion show will begin at 5:15pm. Stick around afterwards for the Super Crawl featuring Hamilton music, art and food.
Fashion highlights include:
- DeMontigny, whose native heritage (Cree/Metis) drives the inspiration for elegant, bespoke designs made in luscious leather and suede.
- Coppley menswear appears with Charles & Hunt to offer custom works with distinctive British style and meticulous Canadian workmanship.
- Rachael Warner, a 17-year old design wunderkind with six collections under her belt already.
- Blackbird Studios designers Kerry Wade and Lynn Bebee create many of their own prints for their womenswear line.