I am a proud Hamiltonian who lives near the stadium formally known as Ivor Wynne. I have had the chance to see a number Tiger Cats games there with my kids.
At my day job as the Pastor for The Commons (believe it or not, a number of musicians in the Hamilton Music Scene are also pastors), I spend a lot of time thinking & talking about neighbourhood and community. When I heard about the new stadium being named “Tim Hortons Field,” it got my creative juices flowing. I first wrote an article entitled “What’s In A Name?” for The Commons Blog and then the story got reprinted in the August 2013 Issue of Urbanicity.
In the article I talked about what choosing a name says about what we value as a society:
“In the grand scheme of things Corporate Naming of Stadiums isn’t so important. It isn’t a huge justice issue. I don’t want to see parks or schools getting into the world of Corporate Naming but I understand why a giant stadium is seeking out every revenue source it can find. I also understand why companies try to align them selves with buildings and events that the wider community cares about.
For me though, I would be more impressed with an organization like Tim Hortons if they paid for the naming rights and then used it to say something about what they value. Imagine…
Lincoln Alexander Stadium – We value progress, racial equality, and our history. We believe that every child that pursues an education can go on to do great things.
Bernie Faloney Field – We celebrate our sports heroes. We remember all you did on and off the field. When you moved to our city you didn’t just become a Tiger Cat you became a Hamiltonian.
Hamilton Community Stadium – We our proud of our roots and we give this stadium back to the community that has supported us for so long with all those double double purchases.
Tiger Field – We know why you’re here, it’s the same for us. Go Tiger-Cats Go!”
– Click Here to read the full article.
I was also able to use my friend Jennifer Kellner‘s amazing photo of Ivor Wynne in the article.
Jen and I sell our art/photos/merch together at the Art Crawl Makers’ Market each month, and we got the great idea of taking the article and photo even farther by creating an Ivor Wynne T-Shirt together. That shirt is today’s T-Shirt of the Week.
We will be selling our Ivor Wynne shirts (and other art) at the James Street Super Crawl on Fri Sep 13th and Sat Sep 14th, at our tent just outside Christ’s Church Cathedral in the Makers’ Market. We have lots of different sizes and they come in both Gold and Grey shirts.
Normally I don’t talk so much about my art on this blog, so to give a little 2x the Mono tie in take a listen to our song “Industrial C.” The songs is about my neighbourhood that is a both a stone’s through from the stadium and the factories. If you like the tune you can download the full “Community VS Technology EP” for free on bandcamp.
Incidentally I should also mention that many of 2x the Mono’s promo photos were taken by Jennifer Kellner.
At one time I was the Manager of The Freeway Coffee House. One of the perks of this job was that I got to book the bands that played on Friday nights, the other perk was that I would sometimes be given merch by the bands as a thank you. 9 times out of 10 you book the bands that you know will bring in a crowd and the 10th time you take a chance on a band that you have never heard of but had such an amazing demo that you just want to see them for yourself. That is how I met Hamilton’s Kosmonaut.
I was mailed an artsy little CD called “Vostok-1.” It was very fun and well thought out. Had sort of Russian Futurist feeling to it wrapped in a Weezer infused pop sound. I took a chance on booking them and 2 brothers showed up with just acoustic guitars. I was a little surprised and worried that I had booked the wrong band but their fans showed up and ordered lots of food, and the music was great. Even acoustically the songs stood up. I tried to purchase a shirt and a CD but the brothers were so happy to have gotten the gig that they wouldn’t let me pay and gave me both for free.
I don’t think Kosmonaut is still a band but I did recently buy their self titled album from the discount bin at Dr. Disc and my 10 year old daughter heard me listening to them and she thinks they are great. She’s listened to the disc a number of times, so even if the band isn’t still around their music is still striking a chord with new listeners.
My Soviet Style Kosmonaut T-Shirt in this weeks picture still gets me lots of attention when I wear it. Some people love the retro quality and others get angry and tell me “that shirt is in very bad taste, the Soviet Union was evil, and I can’t believe you would want to wear that.” I let them know that “Kosmanaut is a good local band and it has nothing to do with politics”. This polarization of a controversial esthetic is also evidence that this little local indie rock band was hitting all the right nerves.
Here is a video of Kosmonaut playing The Freeway for the first time I booked them:
T-Shirts are a huge part of Rock & Roll. Band Logos, Clever Slogans, Cartoon Characters, and Retro Images all factor into the lives of musicians and music lovers. You want to see your Band’s T-shirt on your fans and you want to show off your own style and taste by wearing just the right shirt to the right show.
I own so many T-shirts that I can’t seem to fit them all into my 3 drawers when they’re all clean. Every one of these shirts has a memory attached to it. When I wear one of these shirts they remind me of the show it was purchased at, that band I listened to back in the day, or the friend that added another Tee to my wardrobe.
To celebrate this apparel phenomenon, The 2xtheMono.com Blog will be featuring the T-shirt of the Week each and every week (until our drawers and closets are empty).
Our first T-Shirt of the Week is a very cool Bradley Hathaway owl design. Bradley Hathaway is a poet turned folk singer who spends a lot a times singing about relationships and spirituality. I got this shirt in 2010 when 2x the Mono was playing at Cornerstone Festival. We were on one of the small generator stages promoting our brand new Art Rock & Science Fiction CD and Bradley Hathaway was on the main stage. His set was one of my favourites on that weekend and I bought this shirt and 3 CDs. Bradley was manning his merch booth himself and was trying to get me to buy his CD/Book of poetry, and I let him know I was out of money so he through the book in for free so that I could have the whole collection. When I got home I found out that the book was miss printed with a tone of missing pages. Can’t complain thought it was free, and the CD worked just fine. Indecently I love how big this design is and how well it uses the colour of the shirt as part of the design.