The Legend of Lover’s Lane (The Hermitage Ruins)

A short film by Chris Erskine about the legend of ghosts and hauntings at the Hermitage Ruins; located in Ancaster, Ontario.  A small community located on the edge of the City of Hamilton, Ontario.

Chris Erskine


Hamilton Artist Update 38 – Hermitage and film-making projects

On location – the Hermitage Ruins, Ancaster (Ontario).

This week:

1. Efforts continue to save the Hermitage

2. Continue to work on documentaries including: Saving the Hermitage and The 1854 Cholera Outbreak

3. Continue to the Hamilton urban sound mapping Project


Chris Erskine



Hamilton Artist Update 37 – Urban Sound Mapping

Location: MacNab Street Presbyterian Church

Map of MacNab Street, Hamilton (Ont)

Map of MacNab Street, Hamilton (Ont)

Update 37 – This week:

1. Ebola
2. New Art Project – Mapping the Sounds of Hamilton

Ebola – Latest estimates are that over 22,000 people in West Africa who have been inflected and 3,400 have died. The United States has just reported its first case of Ebola in Dallas, Texas. Unfortunately, the guy doesn’t appear to be in good shape.

CBC had this silly report on how people were over-reacting to the first American case. While I agree the danger from one person is almost zero, the outbreak in Africa is still un-controlled; and without more human resources, the situation will only get worse. If predictions are true, 900,000 cases by early 2015 then how can the outbreak not spread globally. Furthermore, the early symptoms are so similar to the flu that it would be nearly impossible to isolate everyone. The intense care required of patients would quickly over run the ability of hospitals to treat the sick.


The Ebola outbreak reminds me of the Cholera outbreaks in Hamilton during the 19th century. Currently I am researching and filming how the 1854 outbreak shaped the architectural landscape of Hamilton. I hope to have something posted in a few weeks.

Soundscapes – a few weeks ago, I came across a blogger who had posted several sound recordings to his site, along with photos of the location. I was really impressed by how it provided a new perspective on the urban landscape. I soon discovered that there is this small community of audio bloggers out there who are recording and mapping urban sounds.

I am completely captured by this notion and I have decided to start a new art project. As a first attempt, I recorded the sounds outside the 1854 MacNab Street Presbyterian Church. The Zoom H4n field recorder provides really clear recordings, particular when mounted on a tripod and with the use of a windscreen.


At this point, I am still working out a strategy for determining what sounds to record, so that it reveals something new about the city of Hamilton.

I am most inspired by three sound artists: Des Coulam (France), Vladimir Kryutchev (Russia) and Stuart Fowkes (UK).

Des Coulam, approach is to document the sounds of Paris. He will travel along a particular route or explore a particular location and supplement the experience with photos and history.

Des Coulam - Soundlandscapes' Blog

Des Coulam – Soundlandscapes’ Blog


Vladimir Kryutchev is focusing on the capturing the reality of the small town in Russia called Sergiyev Posad.

Oontz – Audioblog from Russia


Oontz - audioblog by Vladimir Kryutchev

Oontz – audioblog by Vladimir Kryutchev


Stuart Fowkes is exploring the difference between reality and imagination. He encourages people to document the sound of a particular location and then asks that they recreate the sound of that location with what they imagine it should be like. In the process, he moves beyond purely a documentary to the creative. I am also very impressed by the mixed sound tracks (some musically), using urban sounds. Fowkes approach reminds me of Gotye and use of re-mixed sounds for his album “Mirrors.”

Cities and Memory by Stuart Fowkes



Chris Erskine


Hamilton Artist Update 36 – Hamilton City Hall A weekly update of Artist Chris Erskine’s art and art related interests.

This week: traffic problems on the 403, Hermitage fate goes before Hamilton City Council, the influence of Hamilton Artist Chris Healey.


Chris Erskine

Hermitage Saved?

The Hermitage

The Hermitage

Success!  Last night, Hamilton City Council approved the motion that outline how the Hermitage will be saved.

Money previously allocated by the City for it’s partial demolition will now be used for it’s partial restoration.  The Council will also agreed to provide another $200,000 for the work. The finally $200,000 must come from the community.  Councillor Lloyd Ferguson has indicated that he has been able to raise $100,000 to date.

So, this leaves the community with the challenge of finding another $100,000.  A very tall order if you are planning bake sales.

Another concern is the restoration work.  Is the goal to keep the heritage value of the property or create something that no-longer exists.

The next 3-8 months will be interesting.

Chris Erskine


Hamilton Artist Update 35

This week:

1. The Ebola Outbreak

2. Hamilton’s 1854 Cholera Outbreak

3. Hermitage Update


Chris Erskine


Why Save the Hermitage?


While it may seem strange to ask you to save a building that is largely missing, it is this lack of completeness that gives the Hermitage its power over the imagination. Visitors are invited to fill in the gaps and insert themselves into this special place. Being located in the middle of a wooden valley only enhances this experience.

Largely unmarked and un-promoted, this site becomes a place of discovery. Whether you are a hiker who makes an accidental turn on the trail or a ghost hunter who is seeking new mysteries to the unknown, the Hermitage offers experiences that people warmly remember.

A quick search on Google or Youtube will show visitors from all over the world who have marvelled at the Hermitage.

The value of history is not rooted in the past, but in the present and future. As Hamilton continues to find success in the 21 century, let’s offer the world rich place to visit and live.

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