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and activities that make our area unique.




Apr 11, 2022

Brantford Barbershop Revival

Brantford’s barbershops are as unique as your own hairstyle. Personality and one-of-a-kind charm shine through the windows and reflect off the mirrors of these local hair masters. 

Feb 7, 2022

Let's Get Steamy

In the depths of winter there’s nothing quite like a hot drink. Maybe you need that extra caffeine boost in the morning to get going, want something warm in hand while hiking Brantford’s trails in the snow or just want that cozy feeling of curling up with a steaming mug of something delicious.

Jan 5, 2022

International food options around Brantford

Maybe this year you’ve made resolutions to cook more meals at home, support local businesses, give new things a try or spice up your life.


May 5, 2022

The Sadies, Final Answer.

I must say, what I’m asked most often is “What was your favourite performance at the FP?” It’s a question I’ve asked myself a hundred times, changing my mind more than making it. If we’re going by favourite band, I think I would have to say The Constantines. Or Andre Ethier. No! Wait! Zefangus! Maybe I’ll go with Kepler.

Apr 3, 2022

From Brantford to Bodhi - Jeff Healey's Tale

Recently, whilst on my bi-monthly pilgrimage through the holy trinity of Swayze movies - Point Break, Dirty Dancing and Roadhouse - it was during the latter, in a pivotal bar scene, that guitarist Jeff Healey was rip-rockin’ the stage on my screen.

Feb 23, 2022

Up On The Roof Of The Esquire

Historically significant buildings. Habitable, necessary buildings. They felt like a forcefield or moted castle walls keeping us safe in our little corner of downtown, hidden away from the rest of the city.


May 4, 2022

Dust And Diamonds

From fields of dreams to fields of weeds, Brantford’s numerous baseball diamonds are gearing up for another season. 

Jan 28, 2022

Beautiful Brantford Winter

Winter can be cold and harsh, but it’s time to bundle up and let Brantford’s trails take you on a journey! Although equally beautiful in all seasons, the trails are especially charming in our winter landscape.

Dec 29, 2021

Architecture In Eagle Place

Architecture enthusiasts and aesthetes alike can find many intriguing constructions to feast their eyes upon in Eagle Place. Gently nestled along three sides by the Grand River, this Brantford neighbourhood is home to all sorts of different designs.


Mar 10, 2022

Getting Called Out is an Act of Love

Most conversations that confront discrimination are steeped in a power dynamic - usually an imbalance - between a person in a privileged position and someone who’s not. So while being called out for racism is typically followed by feelings of fear and fragility (usually, though not exclusively, by white folks), it involves another kind of fear that’s shadowed by historical punishment and exhaustion for Black, Indigenous and people of colour. But the willingness to have this conversation is an act of love, and deserves to be received 

Jan 31, 2022

Shifting Into Black Futures

February, as recognized by a handful of Western nations, marks the celebration of Black History Month. Usually indicated by a collection of palatable MLK Jr. quotes on social media timelines, Black History Month has slowly sagged into a performative gesture, an annual routine to show that you were, in fact, awake for a moment during high school history.

Jan 7, 2022

The Importance of Rest for Black Bodies

Alongside those indigenous to Turtle Island (North America), Black folks are the most likely to experience disability and pain. 

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