Hi! This is a page for the upcoming #HamOntMusic Wikipedia editing party, October 19th, from 11am to 5pm.
There's a Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/488380638213466/?__mref=mb
If you're participating, add your Wikipedia account to the project dashboard here: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Hamilton_Public_Library/Hamilton_Music_Wikipedia_Editing_Party?enroll=cbaqvzdt
This one-day event will teach local music enthusiasts how to improve coverage of the Hamilton music scene and history on Wikipedia, and connect Wikipedia editors and enthusiasts with resources and experts in the scene. If you don't know what an edit-a-thon is, read this page!
If you can't make it to the event, you can still join us virtually and track your progress! Sign up at the virtual project link and let us know which articles you're working on throughout the day: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/York_University/Music_in_Canada_Virtual_edit-a-thon?enroll=oygpxact
This is part of the Music in Canada @ 150 project.
October 19th schedule
We'll be ready for attendees to arrive around 11am. There will be coffee and snacks available! Please bring your own laptop or digital device.
There will be a short introduction at 11am and then we'll start training beginners. There will be experts on hand to help out people at all skill levels, whenever you arrive - so don't be shy!
Around 2pm, attendees are welcome to take a break and tour the HPL Makerspace on the 4th floor of the Central branch. An HPL staffer will show us the audio equipment and other creative tools, and talk about their investment in the music industry in the city.
We'll aim to wrap up and pack our possessions away around 5pm. We'll need to be completely out of the room by 6pm.
If you're interested in Hamilton's music culture and history, but don't know anything about Wikipedia, you may want to start by creating an account, or reading some of the Hamilton-related articles below. You can get some practice in by making your very first edit on an article that interests you. I suggest adding a piece of latest news about a tour, album release, or award to an existing article, or adding a helpful category to a page.
Also look at the Wikipedia guides: Wikipedia:About#Contributing to Wikipedia and Wikipedia:About#Strengths.2C weaknesses.2C and article quality in Wikipedia and Wikipedia:Your_first_article.
If you don't want to write, but have photos of concerts, festivals, storefronts and interiors of venues, record shops, record label offices, or other non-copyright-infringing music-related stuff, share it by uploading it to Wikimedia Commons and adding the link to it here.
There's also lots of opportunity to do fact-checking and adding names and dates to Hamilton-related entities on Wikidata - metadata about people, places, and things.
Resources for Adding Photos to the Commons
Categories to add to:
Resources for the October 19th Wikipedia Editing Party
This is a collection of relevant pages and categories, which could probably be improved, and places to get citable information for Wikipedia. Please add your ideas and suggestions!
Portals and communities:
Categories to use and improve:
Pages to improve:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_Unyon#Selected_artists - for some artists
Pages to add:
Steel City Jazz Festival
Music stores in Hamilton - Dr Disc, Cheapies, Revolution Records, Stardust Records, Hammer City Records
Music venues in Hamilton - This Ain't Hollywood, Baltimore House (RIP), Casbah, Absinthe, Pearl Theatre, Sousbas, Mill's Hardware, HPL Concerts in the Round
Grant Avenue Studios (Daniel Lanois)
Seven Sundays in Gage Park
Safer Gigs Hamilton
Something Else Fest + Creative Music Series
Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts
Hamilton Arts Council
Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees
Juno Award winners and nominees from Hamilton
Order of Canada recipients from Hamilton
Governor Generals Award recipients
Polaris Prize winners and nominees
Music research (e.g. from McMaster)
Music writing & critics
Places to get citations from:
Hamilton Music Strategy: https://www.hamilton.ca/city-initiatives/strategies-actions/hamilton-music-strategy