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How do you know Stanton Renaissance picked the best possible place for a mixed-use building in Hamilton? The Connolly, a new conversion project coming to 98 James Street South, is less than five minutes walking distance from James Street North, the city’s famous artistic corridor.

We’ve previously covered how Hamilton is becoming a hub for education and the health sciences. But it’s very clear that’s not the only way that the city is making a name for itself. Its art scene has been thriving for years, drawing out-of-towners and locals alike to its galleries, artistic venues and studios.

Living at The Connolly means you’ll have easy access to the James North Art Crawl, a fun event that takes place the second friday night of the month. Explore the many galleries, shops and studios that are now calling this historic neighbourhood home. A coordinated effort that is over five years old, the Art Crawl is quickly becoming a can’t miss event.

Once a year, Hamilton also gears up for the Supercrawl, a spirited festival celebrating the city’s artistic and cultural scene and an extension of regular Art Crawls. Last year, more than 100,000 people came out to enjoy the fun. Now in its sixth year, Supercrawl will take place from Thursday, September 11th to Sunday, September 14th and will be packed with musical performances, art displays and fashion too.

The cultural offerings continue throughout the fall. The Art Gallery of Hamilton, also just a five minute walk from The Connolly, will be hosting the World Film Festival from September 26th to October 5th. It debuted in 2009 and has been going strong since, showing a unique array of international films. This year Hamiltonians will be treated to movies from Denmark, Israel, Sweden, Singapore, Australia, France and more.

Another clear sign that Hamilton’s creative community is putting the city on the map – Hamilton will be hosting the 2015 Juno Awards. The 44th annual Juno Awards will take place on Sunday, March 15th at FirstOntario Centre, right down the street from The Connolly. There’ll be plenty of musical events to enjoy during Juno Week, which kicks off March 9th leading up to big award ceremony.

The city is alive with year-round artistic events. When you call The Connolly home, you’ll get a front seat to all the activity that’s earning the city new fans. Another convenience of calling the condo home: easy transit access. It’s down the street from the Hamilton GO Centre, which includes both train and bus service as well as connections to the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) buses for local transit.

Under construction, the new James Street North GO Station will also be within walking distance. For commuters looking to travel to and from Toronto regularly, the new station will add two trips to Toronto in both the morning and in the afternoon.

Stayed tuned for more details about this one-of-a-kind project, which will bring new life to a historic former church in one of the city’s most creative corners.

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