Culture Notes

Winter fun Hamilton

Nine-year-old Chloe Postma and brother Davey, 7, sip on hot chocolate with Mom Jane by the fire during the Hamilton Winterfest signature event in Waterdown at Memorial Park on Sat., Feb 9. Families braced the cold and the wind to skate, listen to live music and play games in an effort to beat the winter blues.

Take the blahs out of winter by taking part in Hamilton’s annual Winterfest, taking place January 30 to February 17. More than 75 community-led and city facility activities make up the community activity component of Winterfest, making it a truly city-wide and accessible program. These activities range from free skates at local rinks to author readings at the Hamilton Public Library, music offerings at local venues to curling at the Dundas Curling Club. (photo: Julia Lovett/Metroland)


Long lost art fetches millions


A long lost painting by the pre-Renaissance artist Cimabue was found hanging in the kitchen of an elderly French woman in Northern France. It was discovered in June when the woman decided to sell her house and some belongings. The artwork, “The Mocking of Christ,” was expected to fetch up to $6 million euros sold for sold for 24.2 million with fees at auction. Acteon Auction House said the sum, paid by an anonymous buyer from northern France, was a new world record for a medieval painting sold at auction.


Artist Project

Visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 300 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. This is a unique opportunity to meet and buy art directly from artists at Toronto’s favourite art fair, the Artist Project from Feb. 20 to 23, 2020 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, 195 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto. (photo: Ryan Emberley)


High tech kids

Code Ninja offers a unique educational program for kids that teaches computer programming through fun hands-on learning. Now open in Burlington, the modern space is open to anyone between the ages of seven and 14 who loves video games and technology. It is located in the ActivityPlex at 3410 Mainway.


For the birds

Help count birds in the next Great Backyard Bird Count from Feb. 14 to 17, 2020. Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are across Canada. You can count for as little as 15 minutes on a single day, or for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the birds! (Photo: Red-breasted Nuthatch by Karen E. Brown)