Highlights of Living in Dundas
Dundas is a formerly independent town and now constituent community in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It is nicknamed the Valley Town because of its topographical location at the bottom of the Niagara Escarpment on the Western edge of Lake Ontario. The population has been stable for decades at about twenty thousand, largely because it has not annexed rural land from the protected Dundas Valley Conservation Area.
Notable events are the Buskerfest in early June, and the Dundas Cactus Festival in August.
Dundas is home to the Dundas Valley School of Art. Marion Farnan and Emily Dutton established it in 1964, and it became a non-profit corporation three years later. Since 1970, it has been located in the former Canada Screw Works building from the 1860s. It began a full-time diploma programme with McMaster University in 1998.
The Carnegie Gallery is housed in the 1910 Carnegie library building and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2005. It is run by the Dundas Art & Craft Association and hosts art exhibitions, book readings, concerts and a gift shop.
“Dundas, Ontario” is also the title of a song from the album Start Breaking My Heart by the artist Caribou (formerly Manitoba), a native of the town. Dundas’ sobriquet The Valley Town is used as the title of a song on the album Mountain Meadows by the band Elliott Brood; one of the band members, Casey Laforet, spent part of his childhood in Dundas. The town has produced other independent artists including Junior Boys, Koushik, Jeff Button, and smaller bands such as Winter Equinox and The Dirty Nil. Folk singer Stan Rogers, who died in an airplane crash in 1983, was born in Dundas as well. He is best remembered for his unofficial Nova Scotia anthem.
Another one of Dundas’ sons who came to fame as a singer/songwriter is Ryan van Sickle. A notable aspect of his career is, that he was one of the first musicians to embrace Google’s social platform Google+ and used it to become successful as an independent reggaeton artist with his album “Ghosts of the Brokenhearted”.
Dundas is home to the Dundas Valley Orchestra. The DVO is an amateur, community orchestra and was founded in the fall of 1978 by Arthur Vogt. Many have made the DVO a way station en route to successful musical careers. Former conductors include Rosemary Thomson, Michael Hall, Stephane Potvin and Dr. Glenn Alan Mallory. The DVO is currently conducted by Laura Thomas.
Dundas is also the home of Dundas Concert Band. The Dundas Concert Band was established in 1873 as a military band. In 1923, the band was renamed “The Dundas Citizens’ Band” and became known as the Dundas Concert Band in the early 1940s. The Dundas Concert Band’s “Concerts in the Park” series have been put on at the Dundas Driving Park Bandshell since 1958.
Dundas Conservatory of Music is located in the historic downtown Dundas and has been providing musical instruction in the community for over twenty years.
Because of Dundas’ 19th century downtown architecture, films such as Haven, Cabin Fever, Wrong Turn, and others have made use of its location. In December 2005, major filming was completed for Man of the Year, starring Robin Williams. Mr. Williams delighted townsfolk, taking time for pictures and autographs in the downtown core.
In early December 2004, The West Wing did some filming; remaking parts of Dundas (Town hall, a residence, and Deluxe Restaurant) into New Hampshire locales. The three episodes aired in late January and early February 2005. Several dozen fans of the show braved chilly weather to witness the snail’s pace of television filming and grab autographs and photos with celebrities.
In September 2007, a scene of The Incredible Hulk was filmed around the exterior and inside the DeLuxe Restaurant in Dundas, and other scenes were filmed at locations in nearby Hamilton.
From 2004-2007 parts of the YTV program Dark Oracle were also filmed in Dundas.
The Dundas Blues are a junior ice hockey team from Dundas, they play in the Niagara & District Junior C Hockey League.
The Dundas Real McCoys are a senior ice hockey team from Dundas, they play in the Ontario Hockey Association’s Major League Hockey. The Real McCoys won the 1986 Hardy Cup as Senior “AA” Champions of Canada.
On April 3, 2010, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman named Dundas the winner of the 2010 Kraft Hockeyville competition during a live announcement on Hockey Night in Canada. As a result of being named the winner, the community received $100,000 CAD in arena upgrades, and got to host an NHL pre-season game between the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres prior to the 2010-11 season.
After existing for 93 years, the Dundas Chiefs senior baseball team folded in 2010. The “Chiefs” had won 11 Ontario Baseball Association provincial titles over the years with the first in 1961 and the last in 2001. Their success included 3 straight titles from 1976 to 1978 and back-to-back titles in 1987 and 1988.
Dundana – Elementary School
Dundas Central Public – Elementary School
Dundas Valley Montessori School – Private Elementary School
Dundas Valley Secondary School – High School
Yorkview – Elementary School
St. Augustine – Catholic Elementary
St. Bernadette – Catholic Elementary
Sir William Osler – Elementary School
Providence Christian School – Independent Elementary School
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