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June/July 2015

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June | July 2015 | Ignitemag.ca | 73 June | July 2015 | Ignitemag.ca | 73 WEBSITES: tourismhamilton.com AIRLINES: WestJet westjet.com, Air Canada Rouge flyrouge.com DMCS: Pinstripe Business Events Inc. pinstripeevents.ca MAJOR HOTEL CHAINS: Sheraton Hamilton Hotel starwoodhotels.com, Staybridge Suites ihg.com, Homewood Suites By Hilton homewoodsuites3.hilton.com, Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton marriott.com, Crowne Plaza Hotel Hamilton crowneplaza.com CONVENTION SPACE: Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen's hccevents.ca NOTABLE VENUES: The Spice Factory, special event space in a refurbished heritage building sporting original wood flooring, exposed brick walls, a patio and built-in bar. spicefactory.ca; Sarcoa Restaurant & Bar overlooks Hamilton Harbour and you would think you're in cottage country. The restaurant has three separate areas including a stunning waterfront patio and private dining area called Pier and can be bought outright for events. sarcoa.ca WORTH THE SPLURGE: Just outside the city, the historic Ancaster Mill features fabulous dining areas overlooking a rushing stream that used to power the flour mill. Farm-to-table dining shines under the watchful eye of Chef de Cuisine Justin Hill. Four meeting rooms can accommodate smaller groups, the Falls room can handle up to 200 for dinner. ancastermill.ca GROUPS RECENTLY HERE: Ontario Association of Architects (1,300 delegates) A GOOD START Recent renovations to the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel The Scottish Rite Club COOL GIFT IDEA: Check out The Hamilton Store for a wide range of gifts created in the city. They have custom gift baskets, local honey and maple syrup, gourmet treats and handmade art with a soupçon of civic pride and a Hamilton connection. thehamiltonstore.ca " " y No longer Steeltown, Hamilton is booming and now hangs its economic hat on health care (the city boasts seven hospitals) and education (McMaster University is just the largest of four post-secondary institutions in the city). I'm not alone in having made the exodus from Toronto. Evidence is everywhere in the city, from terrific dining (among them Sarcoa, Rapscallion, The Aberdeen Tavern and Earth to Table Bread Bar— owned by the brains behind the Ancaster Mill) and a lively food truck scene to funky boutiques (on James Street North, Ottawa Street and in Westdale). In many respects, Hamilton is Toronto writ small. Helen Van Dongen CMP, CMM Principal, Pinstripe Business Events inc. Photos, from top, courtesy of: Sheraton Hamilton, The Scottish Rite Club, Sarcoa Restaurant, Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen's, D. Reid " The Scottish Rite Club Sarcoa Restaurant Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen's Photos, from top, courtesy of: Sheraton Hamilton, The Scottish Rite Club, Sarcoa Restaurant, Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen's, D. Reid Sarcoa Restaurant Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen's

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