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The Brightside Hotel


On a property at the corner of Burlington and Birmingham Streets that his family had owned since 1917, Domenico Martini established his Brightside Hotel in 1934, when Ontario legalized public drinking.

It became the licensed ‘watering hole’ of Brightside, frequented by neighbourhood residents, Stelco employees, and other workers.

With his election as MP for Hamilton East in 1958, Quinto Martini became Canada’s first Canadian of Italian descent to sit in Canadian Parliament.

Image of Brightside Hotel courtesy Ray Hoadley, circa 1960. Ray's father-in-law Stan Double, was manager of the Brightside Hotel at the time.

Listen: Coming Home Drunk. Click the play circle below
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Speaker 1:    

Coming home one night half plastered. Coming home from the hotel. 

Speaker 2:    

What hotel would that be? 


Speaker 1:    

Brightside.  We got to the house we lived on Lancaster, and we had two big trees on our lawn, eh.  

So, Ernie’s there… And he goes up to the tree with his key and he tries to open the door.  



Arnold says, maybe you’re using the wrong key.  


The two of them.  

Arnold tells that story, but he tells a differently. 

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