PUSH FOR ARTCRAWL DRESSCODE SHOCKS DOWNTOWN, MADDENS THE SCHLUBBS

PUSH FOR ARTCRAWL DRESSCODE SHOCKS DOWNTOWN, MADDENS THE SCHLUBBS

Photo of homelessman

Wondering if he’ll get in to next month’s artcrawl – photo by eschipul

The King and James St intersection downtown is always a tableau of the weird, the absurd, and the shocking.  It’s mixture of office workers, homeless people, and everything in between.  Everything.  If you’ve even driven by, you know what I mean.  Even more shocking, though, is the lobby by sharply dressed downtowners to call for a loosely enforced dress code for the monthly artcrawl.

“We’re not asking for ball gowns, top hats and tails.  We just ask that you don’t wear dirty jogging pants, ripped army surplus, or anything from Stitches,” says the passionate, Mulberry St resident, Billy Pantalone.  “I shake my head when I come downtown.  People wearing the wrong seasons, last year’s shoes – we’re trying to start an art movement here, but the deadbeats are holding things back.”

Pantalone isn’t a lone voice.   Farley Hammerton conducted a 100-person survey  and found 4/10 supported some sort of dress code to avoid schlubbery.  Some suggest a dress code will keep out the riff-raff and trouble-makers.

Even the ubiquitous Martinus Geleynse, editor of urbanicity, and local T.V. personality, threw his support behind a dress code: “I think that a dress code should be strongly enforced.  Perhaps with tasers…this might be the perfect solution for preventing the bankruptcy of Coppley Apparel – the preeminent Hamilton suit manufacturer.  Furthermore, how is Hamilton ever going to shed our reputation as a fashion failure if we permit such shlubbery?”

Not everyone feels so strongly.  Councillor Jason Farr said, “I’m not the guy you want to be asking about fashion. As long as folks are clothed.”

While others on Twitter showed the typical, downtown social media nay-saying:

#artcrawl should be inclusive, not exclusive” @bysarahjay

The James St N. community of store owners have taken a stance on progressive issues, like the Casino, using their clothes as a bargaining piece late December.   Many shoppers remember fondly the store owners stripping off their clothes to protest the casino.  Watch out, Ottawa Street, looks like there may be a new fabric district.

Whatever side of the fence you sit on, I know this reporter will be polishing his loafers, cleaning his Tilley, and putting that extra crease in his pleated pants.

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Jason Farr – Ward 2 Councillor, anti-nude artcrawl stance

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12 thoughts on “PUSH FOR ARTCRAWL DRESSCODE SHOCKS DOWNTOWN, MADDENS THE SCHLUBBS

  1. Instead of the patrons of ArtCrawl having a dress code start with the Vendors ! Some of those shops look worse than the “shlubbery” found outside. Get real James St merchants. I can`t believe that the merchants want to be portrayed like this. You just sealed the fate of myself and friends ever walking through ArtCrawl and definitely will not spend my hard earned money in this BIA. Shame on you ! Just for the record I DID shop on James street as i try to always buy local. Guess I will stick to the Ottawa ST BIA.

    • James St N is not a BIA and let’s hope it never becomes one. What’s happening on James St N has been a natural progressions. BIA’s are a noose to city hall that don’t justify the tariffs… Shlubbery? really?

      • Really? Hope it doesn’t become one? Are you kidding me ! Ask the merchants of Ottawa St BIA and Downtown BIA. No way the merchants would have thought to go to the city to revamp the core. Were you in Gore Park last summer ? Notice how busy it was ? That was all due to the hardworking BIA reps. What about Sew Hungry last year that brought thousands to Ottawa ST. James St could be so lucky.

  2. I’m not sure wearing a tie would make the drivers of the scooters any more courteous. You take your life in your hands some days

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