Around the Bay, two elections and big-ticket outdoor sports mark 2022 in Hamilton

In the final scene of the musical ‘La La Land,’ Ryan Gosling’s Seb and Emma Stone’s Mia lock eyes in a club room, the first time they’ve met in years since their split , and the film shifts to a joyous – an eternal vision of their life together.

Then it comes back to reality: this life never happened. All the happiness, gritty home movies of their kids, the laughs and the love were in an alternate universe, maybe.

Maybe we’re all like Seb and Mia, looking out to 2022 and wondering if the past has determined what’s to come – or if the future remains wide open, depending on the doors we walk through or dance through.

“The future is inevitable and precise”, wrote the poet Jorge Luis Borges. “But that may not happen. God hides in the interstices.

Whether you think the dice are cast for 2022, looking forward to the moments of the new year is good for your mental health.

Indeed, “anticipated joy” increases dopamine levels and can improve your state of mind more than the things you actually experience.

“Anticipation of positive activity is associated with actual changes in brain activity,” said Randi McCabe, clinical psychologist and director of the Mental Health and Addictions Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare.

These activities can range from small and private – perhaps too frequent during the pandemic – to large public events that a year ago were not even possible.

Here’s a look at the anticipation-worthy moments in 2022 in Hamilton; not just dubious predictions of the variety of horoscopes that are common at this time of year.

(But for the record, dear Virgo friends, astrology followers say this will be “one of our best years,” in part because 2022 is “the year of letting go.”)

Letting Go: This is not a bad mantra for most people in the coming year.

Keep score

  • The NHL Outdoor Heritage Classic comes to Hamilton on March 13, featuring a regional rivalry game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabers on an ice cap built atop Tim Hortons Field. (The Hamilton Bulldogs may also play a game as part of the festivities.)
  • The Beijing Winter Olympics take place from February 4 to 20.

On the scene

  • On June 25, Arkells proved he’s more than just a CFL halftime number when he played at Tim Hortons Field, site of the Hamilton band’s legendary 2018 Rally show that drew 24,000 fans.
  • After last fall’s minimalist version, Supercrawl — arguably Ontario’s top music and arts festival — is set to return to downtown Hamilton September 9-11 in its “full glory and capacity,” said festival director Tim Potocic.
  • Among the rockers scheduled to blast audiences at the FirstOntario Center are Rage Against the Machine (July 19) and Iron Maiden (October 12); Canadian singer Jann Arden turns the amps below 11 when she performs on May 30. Other acts of note: Blue Rodeo (February 4) and Just For Laughs Comedy Night (April 28).

  • Live performances from the Aquarius Theater are back, with three scheduled so far: “Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story” (January 12-29); “Made in Italy” (February 23 to March 12); “The remaining hours” (April 20 to May 7).
Supercrawl is set to return to downtown Hamilton from September 9-11 in its "full glory and ability," said festival director Tim Potocic.

born to run

  • The venerable Around the Bay road race, the oldest in North America, marks its 128th anniversary and returns March 27. It means the return of traditions such as Burlington’s West Plains United Church Choir serenading runners and the Grim Reaper encouraging gassed attendees. Attendance is capped at 6,000 in-person runners (there were 10,000 in 2019.) The “click-clack” footbridge used by runners to cross Grindstone Creek en route to Heartbreak Hill will be repaired and ready to race .

Public works

  • A new affordable and supportive housing project by Hamilton’s Indwell charity opens in the spring on East Avenue North on the former site of the historic Royal Oak Dairy. The first phase will open 108 units, with another 31 opening in 2023.
  • The first visible works along the route of the future light rail transit (LRT) line begin in early spring, primarily the relocation of utilities.
  • It may not sound like big news, but not so long ago the idea of ​​building a new hotel in downtown Hamilton seemed out of the blue: another new hotel is slated to open in 2022, a 144-room Hampton Inn by Hilton on the corner of Queen Street and King Street.

On the screen

  • Among Rotten Tomatoes’ most anticipated films of 2022: “The Batman” (starring former “Twilight” vampire Robert Pattinson, March 4); “Legally Blonde 3” (with Reese Witherspoon, May 20); “Elvis” (June 24, biopic with Tom Hanks playing Colonel Parker); “Deep Water” (January 14 with Ben Affleck and Bond girl Ana de Armas); “Jackass Forever” (comedy featuring “outrageous stunts and pranks”); “Creed III” (the continuing adventures of the son of Rocky’s former enemy, not to be confused with Creeds I-II, or Rocky’s 1-XI).
  • Reportedly the most expensive film Netflix has made to date (at $200 million), ‘The Gray Man’ will be released this spring or summer billed as a spy thriller with Burlington’s Ryan Gosling playing a security agent. the CIA gone rogue, and the former Captain America whom Chris Evans sent to hunt him down.

High in the sky

  • Sunwing Airlines is returning to Hamilton Airport and, starting in April 2022, will offer flights to sunny destinations such as Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

We are the democracy

  • Hamilton’s municipal election will take place on October 22.
  • The Ontario provincial election takes place some time before June 2.

The madness of door-to-door sales

talk about art

  • The biggest addition to Hamilton’s arts scene in 2022, according to Hamilton Arts Council Director Sheila Whaley, is ‘The Arty Crowd’ or ‘Arti Group’, a centralized digital hub to enhance local artists and events, whether it features as the first of its kind.
  • “Building Cultural Legacies” will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in the fall; it is “a digital platform that shares stories about the history of visual arts in Hamilton between 1950 and 2000”.

At the water’s edge

Copps Pier in the booming West Harbor will be unveiled with a grand opening in the spring, offering a new waterfront promenade and public park where you can enjoy a 15,000 square meter waterfront park. water.

small is beautiful

  • Short of trips or big events, Randi McCabe says it’s important, whenever possible, to anticipate and plan “enjoyable and stimulating” daily activities, such as going for a walk, sitting in a comfortable chair to read a good book and doing some ‘exercise.

Some suggest that simply looking forward to the smell of coffee brewing or the light streaming through the window helps your mental health.

McCabe said the ability to feel pleasure and joy from small things depends on your general state of mind and is easier for some than others.

“The more you are able to feel joy and experience moments of pleasure or peace even with routine things, the more well-being you will have.”

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