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Hamilton: a guidebook from memory is a community art project towards the creation of a physical 'guidebook' of Hamilton. Unlike traditional tourist guides which highlight local attractions, this book is an invitation to experience our city through the stories of our neighbours. 

Whether you've lived in Hamilton your entire life, or have simply stopped by for a visit, we invite you to submit memories connected to places in our city. 


What places in our city hold significance for you? What is your earliest memory in Hamilton? What memories continue to linger or haunt your street, your neighbourhood, your commute to work?

Submissions are anonymous and might resemble:

  • the bench where you had your first kiss

  • the park where you walk your dog each morning

  • the place you visited on a grade seven field trip

Submissions can be short or long, poetic or prose, detailed or vague: whatever you wish to share. Submissions chosen for the book will be accompanied by a sketch of the memory location by Hamilton artist Jojo Chooi-Harley, and a musical interpretation by musician Jonathan Harley

Press about the project: McMaster Daily News


sketches from Kitchener-Waterloo: a guidebook from memory by Madeline Samms

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