The Maggies

Coming October 16th, 2014 is the first Hamilton Independent Media Awards – “The Maggies”. The Maggies are named after the late Maggie Hughes, an important and inspiring figure in local independent media.

Their mission statement:
The HIMAs is committed to supporting the Hamilton community of independent journalists by hosting a yearly awards celebration. Through the awards the HIMAs seeks to promote critical independent journalism within Hamilton and abroad.

Nominations are open now until September 15th. Submit yours in support of the many talented, dedicated, and hard-working people in our independent media landscape!


During Supercrawl, one of the showcases thrown by 93.3 CFMU will be a fundraiser for The Maggies.

Saturday, September 13th / 9PM / $5
This Ain’t Hollywood (345 James Street North)
The Human Orchestra
Billy Moon
No King For Countrymen
Quails in the Nest

From The Maggies:
We invite you to This Ain’t Hollywood for a great night of music, while we raise awareness of the cause – and funds for the winners. 100% of the proceeds will go into a fund that will be distributed amongst the winners – in other words, it’s going right into the hands of those who work tirelessly, often thanklessly, to bring you “the other side of the news.”

That was the catchphrase for The Other Side, hosted by Maggie Hughes. The death of blogger, journalist and radio host Maggie Hughes came as a shock, and her loss was felt across the city. It was her death that caused many to consider the importance of recognizing independent media. The HIMAs were inspired by Maggie’s tireless efforts – and the awards have been nicknamed “The Maggies” in her honour. Celebrating and honouring independent Hamilton journalists working in print, radio, video and online, the HIMAs will award and reward the efforts of those who work so hard to uncover what Maggie would have called “The other side of the news.

Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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