The Canteen at Battlefield Park and National Historic Site

The Canteen at Battlefield Park and National Historic Site is the third signature event of the Winterfest calendar.

Under the shadow of one of Canada’s most significant monuments to the War of 1812, The Canteen is a pop-up event that brings one of Hamilton’s most impressive parks to life with:

SCHEDULE:

11:00 AM

Live Music: Sarah Good

12:00 PM

Live Music: Dad vs. Son

2:00 PM

Activity: Snoyoga!

5:00 PM

Live Music: Ejji Smith

6:00 PM

Live Music: The Crowleys

7:00 PM

Live Music: Daniel Monkman

8:00 PM

Live Music: ELLIS

FEATURING: Live Music Performance by ELLIS

Ellis

ABOUT:  ELLIS

By:  Anthony Easton

Linnea Siggelkow, the guitarist from local shoegaze/dream pop band Ellis, grew up in Saskatchewan, moved to Ontario as a teenager, spent some time in Toronto, and has been living in Hamilton for the past few years. Though being inspired by bands like Polaris shortlisted Alvvays or critical fave Mitski, Siggelkow’s call towards the city has been as part of the local musical community, with bands like SIANspheric, Flux AD, A Northern Chorus or the Junior Boys providing context. Her latest EP’s (2016’s The Fuzz, 2018’s The Drain), produced by Hamilton stalwart Aaron Hutchinson, mark her as not only a local, but an essential part of the scene.

With her time in Hamilton, she has moved from being a solo artist to working with a full band. The band deepens and complicates Siggelkow’s excellent playing and plaintive, almost eerie singing. Her skill is to transform complex emotions — of loss or heartbreak, or even isolation — into deliberate and haunting mood pieces, soundscapes that are almost classical in their complexity.

This is winter music, not quite isolating, but with a lonely edge — there is something brave about how Ellis commits to this kind of sadness. Talking to Exclaim!, she describes her practice as not only lonely, but says, “There are bits of hopefulness too. I write about my heart being broken, and I think most people have been hurt that way. For some reason it gives me some relief that I’m not alone in that. It makes me feel less lonely to know that we all feel that way sometimes.” This balance between sadness and hope, between community and isolation, between playing music alone and being part of a community, is one that seems very Hamilton.

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