August 10, 11, and 12
The Date is Final! The
place has been chosen! The Hall has
been Booked! We’ve considered many places, and several dates, but in
the attractions in Hamilton on those dates couldn’t
anywhere in the area, or at any other time. And we’ve made it as
to try to suit as many of us as possible.
Hamilton is well situated close
to, or at
least, not too far from, the greatest number of our members in Southern Ontario, where the great
majority of our
members live! Most will be able to commute in a reasonable time, and
only a few
will need to arrange accommodations. And that’s a good thing, when you
else is going on at the same time!
The Annual General
Meeting, Biannual Convention, and the
Awards and Winning SCCA
Annual Contest Entries, will all be held on Friday,
at the Downtown Hamilton Public Library
(in the Hamilton Room off the Main
Floor Lobby), which adjoins the famous Hamilton Market, and both form part of
the Jackson Square Mall. In order to
keep the costs down, we’ve avoided the
of a meeting room in a hotel, and a banquet. The library connects
the Mall, quite near the Food Court for lunch, and there are
sit down restaurants in the mall for those who prefer that, so if it
don’t have to go out of the building all day!
There is a city-owned and
operated multilevel car park
within half a block of the library, with an All Day Maximum Rate
and it’s right across the street from the Market.
Most people will come into Hamilton on Highway
403, take the York Blvd. Exit Ramp, and simply
stay on York Blvd. all the way to the
just past Copps Coliseum and the
coming in from Brantford,
or London, will probably find
it easiest to take the Main
Street West Ramp, past the Spectator Building
where we’ve held a few conventions in the past,
and continue to Bay Street,
just before Hamilton City Hall on their
the Hamilton Board of Education
Building on their left, and turn
left down Bay Street. It’s only
two blocks to York Blvd., and they’ll turn
right at Copps Coliseum.
GOOGLE INTERACTIVE MAP
The Program on Friday will begin at
10:00 A.M., and will include, of course, the SCCA Annual General Meeting. As
always, we'll hurry through that as quickly as possible to leave more
time for the more entertaining features of the program. There'll be NO Coffee Break during the short
morning session, so please charge your batteries in the mall (and drain your rad) before
entering the room!
The morning and afternoon programs will will have
four Speakers: Fred Briggs, Jim Cox, Jon Soyka, and Thom Speechley.
| Fred Briggs,
SCCA President, will bring us up-to-date with a demonstration of some
of the latest additions to Band-in-a-Box
(yes, AGAIN!) that now make it easier than ever to construct
music for your videos. He has also been asked to speak about some of
the unusual challenges he has met in the production of his epic history
Past President of the
SCCA, current CIAFF Director, and a working professional freelance
videomaker, is very capable of speaking on just about
any aspect of our hobby. Jon may show and discuss a few entries from
the CIAFF, but at this point he is inviting you to tell him what you
would like him to cover! Let him know what interests you, now, by
| Jim Cox, a
founding professor of the Media Arts Program at Sheridan College, retired in 2003 after 32 years teaching film making. Jim has
chosen as his subject "Who
Are All These People And What Are They Doing?" "By looking at some scenes of people
making movies we will develop a field guide to the positions on a film
crew. While you may never work in one of these positions, they
each represent details of movie-making that deserve the full attention
of that person. Attention to those details in your own work can
help you become a better film-maker.
SCCA Membership Chairman and a man with great experience in many
fields, plans to open with some ways to enhance club meetings and
concentrate on the development of amateur group efforts in video
production. We also hope he will have time to let us in on some more of
his finds on the internet."
After a sufficient adjournment to allow for supper, our evening program
will consist of the Presentation of
the SCCA Annual Competition Awards and Winning Videos. The
program should not run past 9:30 PM.
reserved Saturday, August 11th, and
August 12th, for a number of outdoor activities taking place
weekend. We plan to provide a mini DV tape to everyone who wants to
in a little experiment. The tapes will be returned to the SCCA
the Convention, and they’ll be edited to produce a “Souvenir Video” of
Convention weekend. No one has to take part in the taping, and, in
fact, no one
has to stay for the weekend, or either day.
But those who do are in for a treat! Hamilton, as a heavy industrial
had a bad rap for pollution for many years now, and a lot of people in
full of clerks and salesmen have laughed at Hamilton Harbour for far too long. The
truth is that
Hamilton has gone a long way
up the harbour, which is well on the way to being removed from the list
of Areas of Concern on the Great Lakes. But
don’t take my word for it: check out the Bay Area Restoration Council
LaSalle Park Marina
(just across the water) was the first and only marina in Ontario to win
the highest Five
Green Leaf Anchor Award in 2003 (out
of 237 marinas audited in the program) and has won the Award every year
since. The Ontario Marine Operators Association's Clean Marina
Program follows over 200 environmental practices and is audited by an
independent management company licensed by Environment Canada.
SCCA Member John Hanson,
Manager of LaSalle Park Marina, accepting the Award from
Environment Minister Stephane Dion in 2005.
The Federal Government
has established a national museum,
the Canada Marine
Centre, Parks Canada's
waterside museum and park at Pier 8. (Virtual Tour)
Nearby is the HMCS Haida,
a National Historic
Site well known to Torontonians, now berthed and open for tours
at the Canadian
Naval Base HMCS STAR after extensive repairs. (Video)
will be a Dinner Cruise
Saturday at 5:00 ($59), a Brunch Cruise Sunday
at noon ($43), and a sightseeing
cruise Sunday at
on the Hamilton Harbour Queen.
Hamiltonian Tour Boat runs tours
every hour, on the hour, every day ($12, Seniors $10). Take your choice
and make your own
Waterfront Trolleys connect
all these attractions, and others, each visiting 11 attractions
enroute, for a
total of 13 trips a day.
A day pass (10:30 – 9:00) is just $3.
But all of that, and more, is every
weekend in the summer!
What's so special abut this weekend?
Let’s start with the Canadian Yachting Association's National Sailing Championships on Saturday, followed by
the Youth National Championship
Regatta on Sunday, at the Royal
Hamilton Yacht Club (Virtual Tour), in the midst of
all the attractions listed above! The
colourful sails will make every shot of the harbour look even better,
around 300 competitors from all across Canada are expected to take
Starting from behind City
Hall, the Hamilton
Mardi Gras Carnival Parade will march?
dance? past the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, along Jackson
Street to James Street and down
James Street to Strachan Street, onto Bay
Street and then into the Pier 4
Bayfront Park, where they will entertain us all weekend. It isn’t Toronto’s Carabana, (that is, it
so crowded, but most of the same bands and dancers attend them all!),
will be colourful and exciting, with live Caribbean music concerts,
dancing performances, carnival rides and games, arts and crafts
international foods and concessions, and an evening dance party!
Competing for attention just a few miles away, in
hectare Gage Park, will be Canada’s largest free Music
Festival, the 32nd
Annual Festival of Friends, with four stages operating Saturday
Sunday. This is a big event (no charge for admittance) with
foods, lots of crafts and vendors, and a midway, if none of the acts on
time hold your interest. I always find it’s a great place to watch
Click HERE for info on who is
performing where and when.
And there’s one more big event going on that
weekend, but I
won’t tell you where, here and now.(We'll try to provide a map on the
Friday, or at least a list of venues, to those who are interested.)
It’s the 50th Anniversary of
CANUSA, North America’s largest and longest
running international games, an annual
sports meet for the young people of Hamilton and Flint, Michigan, that alternates between
venues. The competitions end up on the Saturday, with Sunday being
a competition between alumni. It will be hosted in twenty sports field
including McMaster University and Mohawk College, and 2,100
Competitors are expected!
We’re keeping the Registration Fee
down to $10 for SCCA Individual or
Family Members, and $15 for
pay for the rental of the room in which we’ll be meeting.
When you arrive at the
Convention on Friday we’ll be able to
provide you with Maps showing
where the different events will be held,
to get there.
We expect that many from
the local area will choose to
commute daily and sleep at home, and that some others will stay with
and relatives. However, if you’ll be among those who’ll be staying at a
or motel nearby, we suggest that you book your
reservations early because
there are going to be a lot of visitors in town for the Sailing
Championships, the Festival
of Friends, the MardiGras Carnival,
and especially for the CANUSA games
(though it won’t be as bad as it might be, as many of the latter will
Hamiltonians who stayed with them
If you are looking for a Hotel, Motel, or Bed & Breakfast, we suggest you
start HERE. The
site covers all downtown and intown accomodations, with a good locating
map. Those who have cars and prefer to stay further out from the city
core (and the activities above) may find something they like HERE.
Please Download the Registration
Form, complete it, and mail it to us, along with your Registration Fee, as soon as
possible. We would very much like to have them all in by August 3rd, but we aren't
out to exclude people.
pray for a dry and sunny weekend!