What’s Behind Door #270?

I wanted to share some photos I took of a chamber of commerce event hosted at 270 Sherman here in Hamilton, Ont.  270 Sherman is an old textile mill that was purchased by Torontonians and is being divided up into working studios and office space for the creative talent that is booming in this city.  We were given a great tour of different spaces and their occupants gave us some detail on what it is like being in the building.  Bursting at the seams with charm, I hope to one day be a resident in the not so distant future…

1 stairs

The stairs have original metal stamped details.

2 hallway

This is a hallway where a few video production companies work out of.

5 green screen

Here is a green screen used for filming large scale productions for movies and television shows.

3 new window

Gorgeous windows that are being installed throughout the complex. Originally the windows were small because the employers did not want the employees to be distracted by the outside world when working.

4 locker room

Original locker room from the days when employees filled the mill.

8 nice doors

Original big wooden loading doors all over the place.

7 morgue set

Same set as the police station – super creepy – but so interesting!

6 set police station

This is a set for a television show. The recreated this room to look like an FBI police station.

21 elevator

Original loading elevators on all sides of the building. I rode one up with a few people to a really neat artist space.

11 boiler house

This is the original boiler house for the mill. Now home to a circus school.

10 smoke stack boiler room

Our tour took us out into the courtyard where we headed to the boiler house.

12 circus

We were treated to a live performance by this trapeze artist who wrapped her body around a hula hoop in the air. Impressive? Yes. Would I ever do it? No. COULD I do it? Probably not.

This was a GIANT prop storage house. The props are used on television and movie sets and are for sale. Weird world of stuff...

This was a GIANT prop storage house. The props are used on television and movie sets and are for sale. Weird world of stuff…

13 pickle

Well I found it. Sprayed on my way up to see more studios.

9 cabinet shop

There is a cabinet shop that works out of the building – has been in business for over 50 years – apparently 45 of them have been in 270 Sherman. I love big saws!!

14 artist studio

We were given a sneak peek into this insane workspace. It was an artist collective where they were making big installations for the city. Very interesting, very messy.

15 print making studio

A fabulous letter press workshop (and potential new friend Sara’s) space. Another London”er” who also went to BealART! She picked up the equipment from a person retiring form the business.

18 ballroom

The main mill. The pictures do not do it justice for the sheer grandness of the space. Would be perfect for a rave with 2000+ people.

19 ballroom 2


I was invited to the event by my friend Joy who owns Made for you by Madeline – a cute bakery here in the city. It was filled with members of the chamber of commerce- a great networking night (not to mention open bar, catered food and live entertainment!)

The Art Of Agreeing To Disagree

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This is a special post dedicated to my brother on his 32nd birthday.  Even though we haven’t always seen eye to eye – it is a neat feeling knowing there is someone else out there that shares your blood.

Mike has been doing some really cool stuff over in his home town of Ottawa, Ontario.  Share the blog love and “check out/follow/like” his pages if you think what he is doing is cool!

Mike helped found this really amazing Urban Culture event known as “House Of Paint“, mike hop

He runs a wicked graffiti “heritage” site – keepsix.com,

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Mike has a million pictures on flickr, mike flickr

He has documented some time lapsed videos on his youtube channel mike youtubeand he has a really interesting portfolio of work mike website

Which is starting to include some bad ass pyrography.

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Mike also has a Facebook Page

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A twitter accountmike twitter

And a sometimes funny Tumblr blogmike tumblr

I hope you enjoyed looking through my brothers body of work.  I find graffiti fascinating.  Happy Birthday Mike, sorry we can’t be there to celebrate!  I will leave you with some good ol’ family photos.  Enjoy!

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