Hamilton has always been known for its music scene. From blues singer Long John Baldry to punk rock groups like Teenage Head, musicians, and music have made their home here. But Andrew Baulcomb is charting a new group of performers in Evenings and Weekends. A generation of musicians that came of age with "renters and boomerang basement-dwellers," those students who left university just as the bottom dropped out of the global economy.
Baulcomb starts the story in 2006 when he was the senior arts editor at The Silhouette, McMaster's student newspaper, and singer Max Kerman pressed him one of his first CDs. He ends it when Kerman took the stage at Supercrawl with the Arkells in 2014 before a crowd of thousands. But the Arkells are only one part of the vibrant music scene Baulcomb captures in this book. From innovative DJs to venue owners to radio hosts to punk rockers, he interviews them all and weaves the story of an explosion of music in Hamilton with that of a generation adrift. This is a coming-of-age story that puts a human face on the people who made the music happen, and on those who listened to it.
Andrew Baulcomb is a freelance writer and former reporter based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His interviews and music features have appeared in VICE, The Hamilton Spectator, I Heart Hamilton, Zink Magazine, Niagara This Week, VIEW Magazine and several other publications. In 2008, he graduated from McMaster University with a combined honours degree in Cultural Studies & Critical Theory and Art History. For more than a decade, his fascination with Hamilton's thriving arts scene and shifting cultural identity has informed much of his work.
"Hamilton is overdue for an homage. Canada owes so much to the music, the grit and the resilience of this small but mighty city. Andrew Baulcomb has given such an ode to Hamilton with Evenings and Weekends, but this is a book that needs to be read without any borders in mind. It is sure to become an important historical document for Canadian music history, and for anyone who knows the hustle it takes to make a dream come to life." — Liz Worth, author of Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond 1977–1981
"Canada needs more books like Evenings and Weekends, and Hamilton in particular deserves this loving and diligent history that Andrew Baulcomb has assembled. The intensity and insight he brings to a remarkably fertile time in one of our country's most creative — and consistently underestimated — musical communities regularly took me off the couch and over to my record collection to revisit innumerable forgotten favourites." — Sam Sutherland, author of Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk