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Open Businesses

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For the most up-to-date information on what's open in the International Village BIA visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Individual business hours and accessibility may vary. If unsure about availability contact the business directly.

Hearts From Home Contest

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From April 1st to May 31st enter to win a prize pack of gift cards from dozens of businesses in #TheVillage totaling $1,500.

1. Make a purchase of $10 or more from ANY business in the BIA (West Ave. to Mary St. on Main St. E., King St. E., & King William St.), whether it be through online, social media, takeout, curb-side or delivery (including third party delivery services UberEats, DoorDash, Skip the Dishes, etc.).

2. Take a photo of your receipt and email it to including your name, address, and phone number to be entered.

Bonus: Be entered twice when you purchase a gift certificate (minimum $20 gift certificate purchase) or spend over $100 or tag us in a post with your purchase.

Don’t forget to share our contest with your family & friends by using #TheVillage.

Rules: To enter, make a purchase from any business in the International Village BIA (West Ave. to Mary St. on Main St. E., King St. E., & King William St.) between April 1 to May 31, 2020 at 11:59pm to receive the receipt. Send a photo of your receipt to including your name, address, and phone number. No duplicate receipts allowed. Entries only valid through email transmission. Minimum purchase of $10 to qualify. Contest will only become valid once a minimum of 30 entries is received. Be entered twice when you purchase a gift certificate (minimum $20 gift certificate purchase) or spend over $100 dollars or tag us in a post with your purchase. Individual business hours and accessibility may vary. If unsure about availability contact the business directly. Winner must show identification to claim the prize. The contest winner will be drawn at random once the contest ends. The contest is open to legal residents of the Province of Ontario. Prizes may not be exactly as shown. The actual/appraised value may differ at the time of prize award. The specifics shall be solely determined by the International Village BIA which reserves the right to substitute a prize or prize component with one of equal or greater quality/value. All prizes must be accepted as awarded. International Village BIA reserves the right to continue, halt, or change the contest as necessary.

Hamilton Parking Master Plan

The City of Hamilton has initiated the Hamilton Parking Master Plan to examine existing public parking operations and provide direction for parking policy, planning, operations, and enforcement that will align with other city-wide transportation and planning policies.

Parking affects many businesses in the International Village BIA, it is important that members share their feedback. Take 5 minutes out of your day to complete the Hamilton Parking Master Plan Survey.

Share feedback via an interactive map. Identify specific locations where you see parking issues and room for improvement.

Johnny Cash Musical "Ring of Fire" Coming to Theatre Aquarius

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Theatre Aquarius is proud to announce that the celebrated musical Ring of Fire will be closing their 2019-20 theatre season. Ring of Fire celebrates the music and life of one of the most unforgettable musical artists of the 20th century, “The Man in Black” himself, Johnny Cash. Ring of Fire will run from April 15 – May 2, 2020.

Subscriptions for Theatre Aquarius’ 2019-20 theatre season are still available, offering six world-class theatrical productions for the price of four, including Ring of Fire, Norm Foster’s Renovations for Six and one of the greatest family musicals of all time, the 8-time Tony Award Winning Musical Hairspray. More information can be found at the Box Office at 905-522-7529, or by clicking here!

Crime Reporting in the BIA

For our BIA to receive proper police patrol, we need to make sure everybody is using the proper crime reporting process. Please report all police issues in our BIA as follows:

Call 911 if:
  • You see any kind of crime in progress including aggressive panhandling, assault, theft, graffiti etc.

Call 905-546-4925 if:
  • You are reporting a crime that has already happened such as mischief, damage to vehicle or property, shoplifting that has already occurred, counterfeit money or you see a suspicious person in the area

Report online if:
  • You wish to report a non-urgent crime such as damage or mischief under $5,000 or theft under $5,000
  • You can also report a sex or physical assault online if it happened in the City of Hamilton and you don’t know who it is. If you have evidence or know who the person is you need to call 905-546-4925 or go into the Central Police Station.

Click Here to Report Online

  • If you witness graffiti in progress call 911.
  • If you have been tagged, you must report it into the City of Hamilton at 905-546-2489 (CITY). Ask for a tracking number to track all reports.
  • If you see graffiti somewhere and you would like to report it, call 905-546-2489 (CITY).
  • If it is a hate, gang or political tag you must call it into 905-546-4925

It is important to always get an incident or reference number and if you can, email Susie at the BIA to let her know what has happened, this helps in our knowledge of what is going on in our area. To email Susieclick here . To view the Hamilton Police Crime Map please click here.

A message from the Chair, Herb Wodehouse:

With the upcoming LRT project plans well underway, it is important for each and every one of our members to understand the role of the International Village BIA board of management and how we can help you through the LRT process. We want to make it clear that the BIA is neither for or against LRT. We have members who are strongly in support of LRT, and members who strongly disagree with elements of this LRT project. The role of the BIA is to be the connector and communicator of information to and from our membership, the City of Hamilton and Metrolinx throughout the LRT project. We are not involved in the political decision making of this project. The board is made up of a group of volunteers from various businesses and properties around the village and we have a great cross-section of opinions and views.

Our executive director Susie Braithwaite sits on several committees which deal with LRT and related issues and is able to bring our board valuable information from those meetings. She is also able to tackle issues that face our BIA in a timely manner by having a seat on these committees. Again, Susie has been very clear that she is neither for or against the LRT project but is here to represent our BIA members as we go through this process.

The next several years of LRT consultation and then construction are going to be especially tough for our businesses and property owners. As a board, we are working very closely with the City of Hamilton and Metrolinx LRT staff to keep current on all information about this project and to make sure that nothing is ‘slipping through the cracks’. We will continue to host public meetings at least twice a year and more leading up to construction. We encourage you to take the time to attend these meetings as they are extremely helpful in educating us about the LRT project and are also a way to have your voices heard – whether for or against.

Your views, concerns, comments and suggestions are always welcome. You can reach out to Susie, myself or to any of our board members. We want our members to feel that you do have a voice and that you are being properly represented. LRT is proving to be a very complex project. As I write this message, we are told that the LRT project is moving ahead, which is why we wish to emphasize the need for you to follow all developments very closely, to voice any concerns you may have, and to adjust your business practices, plans and policies wherever necessary to put the best interest of your business at the forefront. As a business or property owner, this places a very significant undertaking and responsibility on you. On behalf of the International Village BIA board of management , I want you to know that we are here to help you channel whatever representation you feel is needed, to the appropriate decision-makers, and to do all that is within our powers to help you through this project.

Herb Wodehouse, International Village BIA Chair

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The BIA office is located at 12 Ferguson Ave. N., second floor.

Please call ahead for an appointment.

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Theatre Aquarius is recognized as a leader in Canadian theatre. Theatre Aquarius produces work of the highest quality, premieres new plays, develops the skills of professional artists, invests in youth and families and contributes to the quality of life in this region. Theatre Aquarius is located at the corner of Ferguson Ave. N. and King William St. in the heart of the International Village BIA. See what’s playing at Theatre Aquarius now by clicking here!

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