punk rock flea market
@ ABSINTHE HAMILTON
ONCE UPON A TIME... Hamilton only had boring, run of the mill, craft markets only lil ol church ladies would wanna go to. One day in the spring of 2014, intrepid local man-about-town and punk rock event organizer Benjamin Rispin of Misfit Island and Puff Digital, decided that the city needed a new spot in which cool vendors from all over the city could hawk their wares, so he teamed up with the amazing owner of the local pop/punk shop Compilation, Jacquie Malley, and the hottest independent live music venue in the neighbourhood, Absinthe Hamilton, to create one of the most kick-ass markets in Southern Ontario - and the very first Canadian Punk Rock Flea was born. The team then eventually expanded to include Julie Fazooli [Abominable Ink] who's taken over the role as lead coordinator, and most recently, Lee McPherson [Bones Below], in order to keep up with the continuing success and increasing magnitude - and now runs quarterly every year. Chapters now exist all across Canada from coast to coast and the US and continue to pop up everywhere.
Following in the tradition of the Great North American Punk Rock Flea, the market embodies the true DIY punk ethos, as well as offering up great vintage finds, clothing, records, collectibles, and so much more. Since then, the market has grown exponentially, with many different types of vendors added, artists, musicians, games and activities for the kids, great food by local chefs, fundraising auctions for local charities, psychic readings, haircuts, prizes to be won, goodie bags for the first people through the door - the list goes on. We like to keep people on their toes with fresh, new ideas! We strive to keep each show more enticing than the last, with fun themed events (like beach parties, circus extravaganzas, Hot Rod BBQs), and a rotating selection of hand-picked vendors from all over Southern Ontario, so you’ll rarely experience the same thing twice!
Bring grandma - bring the kids - bring the pooch - EVERYONE IS ALWAYS WELCOME AT THE PUNK ROCK FLEA! HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!
The 2019 Schedule is as follows:
ARTISTS ALLEY @ ART CRAWL
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11th
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8th
FRIDAY, MARCH 8th
FRIDAY, APRIL 12th
FRIDAY, MAY 10th
FRIDAY, JUNE 14th
FRIDAY, JULY 12th
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9th
MAKER’S / VINTAGE MARKETS
SUNDAY, MAY 5th - The Spring Kickoff
SUNDAY, JULY 7th - The Beach Boogie
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27th - The Halloweener
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15th - The Jingle Bell Rock
We’re always located at Absinthe Hamilton, and we usually run from noon-6 pm.
during supercrawl weekend
@ ABSINTHE HAMILTON
Every second weekend of September, Absinthe Hamilton is home to the Supercrawl Artists Night Market - a curated collection of 20 creative and artistic vendors from all over Southern Ontario, with a strong local presence due to the amazing art scene Hamilton continues to encourage. Local favourites Born in the Eighties and Take Cover always rocks till the wee hours, and DJ Party Jesus always keep the party going. The emphasis on this particular indoor market space is to give artists an inexpensive way to showcase their art to a highly diverse and receptive crowd, right next to the main concert stage on the main strip, without being amidst the hustle and bustle of the festival. All proceeds from vendor fees contribute to the effort of creating the event itself - and for the sake of the financially-struggling art community that deserves the exposure at an event of this magnitude, without having to spend half their rent for an outdoor booth.
Our 2019 dates are scheduled for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th and SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th - stay tuned for details!
CONTACT ME TO ADD YOUR E-MAIL TO OUR VENDORS MAILING LIST!
ALL-GENRE DANCE EVENTS
DJ Dance Parties & Live Artists from Hamilton's Art Battle every other month, residing at rotating venues and hosted by resident DJs OSITO [Dan Rivero] and Julie Fazooli. Anything goes - any genre, any style - with amazing local and visiting headliners every time, to keep you sweatin on the dancefloor.
** NoThrills: feed me beats **
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