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My Village

We’re building an inclusive village where everyone belongs.

2023 Pride Crosswalk Intersection

King William St. and Ferguson Ave. North

Unveiled on June 1st, this crosswalk is just one step towards a true reflection of the community we serve. It’s a symbol that instantly tells folks that they have a place here and that who they are will be respected, validated, and loved. That’s #TheVillage. It’s your village. It’s our village. And all are welcome here.

This Pride crosswalk intersection project was made possible through the Government of Canada’s My Main Street Community Activator Grant, delivered by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI).

My Main Street is a two-year $23.25-Million investment by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), delivered by CUI and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO). This project would not have been possible without their support.

To see more photos visit our Gallery page.


News Articles About Pride Crosswalk Intersection

Read the following articles featuring the Pride Crosswalk Intersection:

International Village rolls out rainbow reception for Pride Month

Hamilton kicks off Pride month with new rainbow crosswalk intersection

2SLGBTQIA+ Friendly Business Directory

Studio 205
205 King St. East

Circle Studios
12 Ferguson Ave. North

Seasoned Restaurant
162 King William St.

Theatre Aquarius
190 King William St.

Dodsworth & Brown
15 West Ave. North

Whitley Wodehouse
195 Main St. East

Zoran Designs
285 King St. East

145 Main St. East

Wink By OOTP
201 King St. East

Moon Studio
3 Spring St.

Sarah & Tom
239 King St. East

Goodwill Amity
225 King William St.

Paparella Innovative Arts Centre
333 King St. East

Creative Guild
197 King St. East

Atomica Tattoo & Art Studio
203 King St. East

Cafe Oranje
312 King St. East

Xelf Fitness
1 West Ave. South

Joie Day Spa
374 King St. East

J.H. Gordon Books
314 King St. East

Cherry Birch General
219 King St. East

Girl on the Wing
221 King St. East

279 King St. East

Denninger’s Foods of the World
284 King St. East

Into the Abyss
267 King St. East

One For All
241 King St. East

236 King St. East

191 King St. East

Gastro Market
193 King St. East

257 King St. East

Ultimate Lengths Hair Extensions
189 King St. East

Amorphous Hair Salon
177 King St. East

F45 Hamilton Downtown
15 Wellington St. North

Fit Barre
145 Main St. East

Brothers Grimm Bistro
193 King St. East

Tundra Leather
313 King St. East

Live Right Pet Supplies
203 Main St. East

Spruce Home & Lifestyle Goods
249 King St. East

Don’t see your business? Contact us today.

2022 A World of Welcome

International Village BIA Mural Project

A World of Welcome is a new mural project commissioned by the International Village BIA that pays tribute to the diverse experiences of women of colour who call Hamilton home.

A large proportion of the International Village BIA’s customers identify as women and this community is home to a growing population of newcomers. By recognizing and celebrating the unique cultural identities of women who frequent the BIA, this project supports our ongoing efforts to cultivate an inviting public space that encourages diverse women to enjoy all the BIA has to offer.

We are honoured to have commissioned several local and regional women artists practicing individually and collectively to create these works that emphasize power and beauty while creating a sense of belonging for women of colour.

Robyn Lightwalker & Amani Muhammad Ruiz

Women of Colours, 2022
Mural Location: 245 King Street East

“This piece represents all the women in the black community. It is a call for the inclusion of mixed black women. It may appear to some as if mixed women had a free pass over racism, but we live a lot of the same exclusion with our hair and bodies; also, because of our race, we are separated from our black culture and can’t relate to the white one. We are all part of the same community and black women come in different colours. Let’s embrace each other.”

–Amani Muhammad Ruiz

Olka Art Collective: Parisa Partovi, Ismaeil Rezaei, Leila Partovi, and Tania Sedighi

The Trace of Life Left Behind, 2022
Mural Location: 197 King William Street

When an immigrant reaches their destination, culture and art are the most valuable things they carry with themselves. Carpet weaving and mosaic boxes are examples of ancient arts that have an important role in Middle Eastern culture and art; small portions of these appear in this painting.

The fish in this painting symbolize the dreams and future that an immigrated person is seeking. This bright future will always remain in that person’s head, swimming like a fish in an ocean without boundaries.

stylo starr

Untitled (Sanctuary), 2018
Mural Location: 190 King William Street

Now is the time,
to soften

Now is the time,
for deep breaths

Now is the time,
to plant the seeds of sanctuary

Now is the time,
for care.

Now, is the time.

Nearly 66% of Black Canadians, specifically women, suffer from depression. Looking to social media, we see a collective desire for rest, for tenderness. Untitled (Sanctuary) speaks to creating a sacred refuge in a world committed to harming us. Now is the time to come home to ourselves.

Kate Szabo

Judy, 2022
Mural Location: 215 King Street East

Since the first day I met Judy, I knew she was special. She was my high school art teacher and over the last 20 years, I have had the privilege of learning Judy’s story and the honour of witnessing her grace. Judy is a maverick, she is a mother, a protector and above all else, she is a giver.

From a young age Judy developed a keen eye for the injustices of the world and has always fought to keep those around her safe. Most recently, Judy has aimed to create an equal playing field on the Pickleball courts of Hamilton. Recognizing inequality in the sport that reflects those of a larger social fabric, Judy continually works to implement inclusivity on the courts. Alongside other like-minded club members, Judy helped to lead the ‘Mixed Abilities Event,’ a day dedicated to welcoming newcomers to Pickleball regardless of their age, gender, background or ability. It was a great success.

Whatever the arena – on the court, in the classroom, life – Judy is an advocate for all and creates space for everyone to shine.

This mural celebrates Judy – an individual who truly makes the community a better place.

So many are not listening, not hearing, not feeling. I want to be part of the change that is so desperately needed. – Judy

News Articles About the ‘A World of Welcome’ Mural Series

Read the following articles featuring the ‘A World of Welcome’ mural series:

Hamilton Spectator: Retired Hamilton Art Teacher ‘Shocked’ to See Herself on Downtown Mural

Hamilton Spectator: Women of Colour Celebrated in International Village Mural

Support for ‘A World of Welcome’ Mural Series

The project was supported by the Government of Canada’s Healthy Communities Initiative and the City of Hamilton:

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