Introducing… Alyson!

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Alyson Lamanes is a freelance writer, thinker, and doer born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. Much to the chagrin of her friends, she often starts sentences with “So I was listening to a podcast..” She enjoys sending leters in the mail, and is a faithful bullet-journaler.

‘Excuses’ is on Sunday, April 10th, at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, as the finale to gritLit, Hamilton’s readers and writers festival. Doors open at 7pm and donations are welcome. 

 

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Introducing… Carla!

carlaCarla was born in and raised by her Awesome Mom and Loving Yet Aggressive Older Brother in Hamilton. She studied in Toronto, and lived in Victoria and Montreal before coming home to nest.

Carla works at the Social Planning and Research Council where she does community planning and evaluation about immigration, LGBTQ+ communities, neighbourhoods, and children.

Playing the banjo and singing with other humans, especially her partner, Anna, makes her feel more alive. Carla misses her Cool But Complicated Dad, who died last year. She appreciates being woken up daily by her kid, Charlie, wisely advising her to “Wake up!”

‘Excuses’ is on Sunday, April 10th, at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, as the finale to gritLit, Hamilton’s readers and writers festival. Doors open at 7pm and donations are welcome. 

Introducing… Jen!

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Jen Reeves is a writer who turned to the dark art of marketing. Someone has to pay the bills around here. When not selling her soul to the man, Jen enjoys reading, herding her four year old, and wishing her bio was more interesting.

‘Excuses’ is on Sunday, April 10th, at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, as the finale to gritLit, Hamilton’s readers and writers festival. Doors open at 7pm and donations are welcome. 

 

Introducing… Steve!

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Born and raised in BC, Steve was successfully converted to the religion of Hamilton in 2007 when he arrived for University where he studied Theatre Performance and Visual Art.

After graduation, he decided to stay mostly due to his community, Eucharist Church. That decision to stay became solidified when Steve got married and bought a home in Hamilton’s downtown core.

‘Excuses’ is on Sunday, April 10th, at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, as the finale to gritLit, Hamilton’s readers and writers festival. Doors open at 7pm and donations are welcome. 

Introducing… Carly!

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Carly McLeod is a body positive activist born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. She shares her unapologetic “fat grrrl” experience through writing and storytelling, served with a hefty dose of humour. Carly is developing a workshop to help others get over the fear of loving themselves.

‘Excuses’ is on Sunday, April 10th, at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, as the finale to gritLit, Hamilton’s readers and writers festival. Doors open at 7pm and donations are welcome. 

Introducing… Maria!

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Maria spends her time hanging out with middle schoolers, flirting with the elderly and wondering how it can be possible to love rap music so much and still call herself a feminist.

She believes in the power of sharing our stories and has had a lifetime of practice around the dining room table with her big Greek family.

‘Excuses’ is on Sunday, April 10th, at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, as the finale to gritLit, Hamilton’s readers and writers festival. Doors open at 7pm and donations are welcome. 

Introducing Leila’s Girlfriends… Sunday afternoon!

Let’s get to know who is joining Leila on Sunday afternoon!

Introducing… Grace!

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Grace Evans is a community worker at the Social Planning and Research Council. Grace is a co-founder of Steel City Stories and lives downtown with her partner Scott and their dog Hank.

Introducing… Layal!

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Layal is a dancing queen turned business owner, recently back in her Hamilton hometown after a decade in Toronto. Following a 10-year career in TV and film documentary, in 2012 Layal met Jonny and fell in love. Shortly after she moved in, quit her job and they launched the Jonny Blonde food truck together in 2013.

Before her food-trucking career, Layal produced and directed a film called House of God which screened at TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2011, and a series of music videos for her singing, rapping alter-ego “Roxi Diabla”.

Introducing… Dani!

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Dani is a Hamilton imposter, originally from Toronto, but loves her new city. She’s a dance instructor who specializes in “The Groove Method.” She currently lives in a micro-home that she built with her partner. She’s a minimalist and loves to travel.

Introducing… Colleen!

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Colleen is a recent transplant to Hamilton, coming from Sudbury via some years in Barrie. She is delighted with the move, and when not blissfully lost in data queries and spreadsheets at work or riding a Sobi home, she can be found at the Art Crawl, a good movie, or sipping a Manhattan and cooking dinner for friends. She has a short attention span and embraces change, trying to live life deliberately and joyfully. Her maxim is “Less is more”.

Introducing… Mary Ellen!

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Mary Ellen Scanlon is retired and lives in Strathcona. She believes that Hamilton’s built heritage is one of our most valuable and under-appreciated assets.

Leila’s Girlfriends is running three shows on Friday, March 4th at 7:30pm, Saturday, March 5th at 7:30pm, and Sunday, March 6th at 2pm. All shows are at Mills Hardware and doors open half an hour before the show starts. Seating is limited, so buy advance tickets for $10 here!