Clothing truck and rooftop concert on the ticket for Hamilton's July Art Crawl

Art Crawl is never stagnant, and the July edition is proving to be no exception. On Friday, James Street North will host a rooftop concert and a chique mobile shopping boutique.
Coming soon to a James Street Art Crawl near you. (Courtesy Blush)

Art Crawl is never stagnant, and the July edition is proving to be no exception.

On Friday, James Street North will host a rooftop concert and a chique mobile shopping boutique.

Some fiddlers on the roof

Over at Dr. Disc at the corner of Wilson and James North, owner Mark Furukawa is hosting a "Raise the Roof" concert series to celebrate 21 years in business and to celebrate local music.

"I'm really excited to expose the crowd to amazing local bands," Furukawa said.

The roof reference isn't just a nod to '90s slang - bands will actually be playing on the lower roof of his store.

Furukawa said he handpicked the bands — Greg Preston & the Great Machine, The Dirty Nil, New Hands and the Rest — to expose them to a new audience.

Dr. Disc's Raise the Roof set times:

  • Greg Preston & the Great Machine: 7:00 – 7:30pm
  • The Dirty Nil: 8:00 – 8:30pm
  • New Hands: 9:00 – 9:30pm
  • The Rest: 10:00 – 10:45pm

"I'm just excited to be here downtown, and appreciate the local support," Furukawa said. "It's the only reason we're still here after 21 years."

Move over, food trucks

Not to be outdone, the women from Beaux Mondes are bringing class to the masses in a portable shop dubbed "Blush on Wheels."

"BOW is a full-sized pink RV, circa 1984. It's 28 feet of goodness," gushed blogger Stephanie Trendocher.

Blush on Wheels is an extension of the brick and mortar Blush shop in Guelph.

"We recently took a mini road-trip out to Guelph to visit Michele Lee's shop and were smitten with it," Trendocher said.

"Michele has taken a new spin on pop-up shops, with Blush On Wheels. She can take her mobile boutique street side for destination events, summer festivals, markets and private parties.

"We thought it would be fun to introduce her to Hamiltonians at art crawl," she said.

Trendocher and her partner, Jacklyn Warmington, will be parked between Vine and Cannon Street for Art Crawl. Follow them on Twitter at @beauxmondes_ and @blushshop for the exact location.

On top of these highlights, there will also be a bustle of local art, food and song all along James Street North.

Check out the interactive map below for a list of what's happening and where. If we've missed anything, please let us know at Hamilton@cbc.ca and we'll include it.

Special thanks to Dave Kuric from Mixed Media for pulling together the information for this map.