News & Events
October 2, 2005 - CIBC Run for the Cure 2005
Team TheHammer.ca ran their butts off this year, raising money for CICB's Run for The Cure. Three cheers for all who participated - Heather, Jen, Jason, Trevor, Martha, Holly, Kristina, Dave, Kevin, Nora, and Steve! We all had a great time! More photos are available here.
March 2, 2005 - Max Keeping Bowlathon 2005
TheHammer.ca "GutterJacks" Team raised money for The Max Keeping Foundation and bowled their asses off. Thanks to everyone who participated and raised money!
Feb 10, 2005 - Submission to CBC
Well, we just HAD to submit something to CBC's Stand and Deliver contest... why not, eh? Be listening to CBC Radio March 14-18 to see if our submission made it into the finals. We have our fingers crossed...
Dec 24, 2004 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We want to wish our readership and everyone else who made TheHammer.ca a success story in 2004 a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Please join us for another satirical-filled year in 2005!
Dec 10, 2004 - The Hammer Raises over $1000 for the Shepards of Good Hope
The Hammer was able to raise over $1000 for the Shepards of Good Hope, which in turn provides over 500 Christmas dinners for Ottawa's homeless.
Thanks to Matthew Firth, Tim's Myth, Zapods and everyone who contributed to the cause!
Nov 25, 2004 - The Hammer Christmas Extravaganza! A benefit for the homeless
Our brother Kevin got us together to raise money for the Shepards of Good Hope - lets pay for Christmas dinner for Ottawa's homeless.
Oct 3, 2004 - Run for the Cure - $800 Raised!
The Hammer Team got off their asses and ran in the 2004 CIBC Run for the Cure.
We raised over $800 for breast cancer research. Thanks to everyone who joined up to run and all those who donated to the cause!!
June 10, 2004 - Judging Bartenders
One of the McGraw brothers will be judging a Dr. McGillicuddy's "Are You What The Doctor Ordered?" bartender competition at The Great Canadian Cabin in Ottawa. Visit our
friends at BeerChill.com for information and photos.
May 31, 2004 - The Hammer News Network Broadcasts on CKCU FM
After meeting Alanna MacDougall (CKCU Monday Special Blend) at a party and enjoying several bottles of tequila, Alanna was happy to start playing HNN segments on Monday mornings on CKCU. Thanks Alanna!!!
February 20, 2004 - Satire Publishing Lecture
Buford and Dave McGraw have been visiting "Encounters with Canada" giving prospective journalism students a fresh perspective on media streams.
October 2st, 2003
talks with Jim Richards on CFRB Newtalk Toronto this Friday night. Tune
June 6th, 2003 - TheHammer.ca team raises over $1200 for Christie Lake Camp for Kids
The Hammer participated in The 8th Annual Enbridge Canoe for Kids and raised money to send underprivileged kids to camp. Here are some photos!
Past News & Events...
Buford McGraw, Co-Creator, Chief Writer and Editor-For-Life
"High maintenance" is a term that often comes up when describing
Buford McGraw. McGraw, (36-32-35), is the editor-for-life, senior
writer and jerk-of-all-trades at thehammer.ca. In his other life,
Dr. McGraw, holder of seven doctorates, is also the Professor
of Applied Building Staring, Interpretive Lawn-Mowing and Lottery
and Bingo Studies at the University of Smiths Falls. Buford is
also well known for his world-class collection of expired batteries
and celebrity lint. Aside from street fighting for world peace,
Buford enjoys heckling ultimate frisbee players in his spare time.
His gruff exterior notwithstanding, he also has a charitable side,
taking time out of his busy schedule to water plants around the
office every Christmas. As for his long-term ambitions, he hopes
to get his dynamic new television and radio programs on to the
Canadian airwaves before turning 100.
David McGraw, Co-Creator, Content and Design Manager
After years of orgy consulting, Dave helped build TheHammer.ca from it's humble beginnings to a mega-duty-heavy-hitting-super-hunky website.
With a drink in one hand and a remote in the other, Dave interviews anyone who accepts an invitation to come over to his house and be prodded and poked by one of Canada's mediocre journalists.
He continues to tells Buford how great Buford is.
Jaybeez McGraw, Multimedia Manager
Jaybeez don't talk too much, and he don't like to brag about
this, being a modest chap, but he's one of the best deep-sea hang
gliders in Eastern Ontario.
Jen McGraw, Senior Editor
The individual with the unenviable task of trying to clean up
Buford's countless mistakes, Jen can parse your pants off.
Being the only woman on staff, she is of course also responsible
for all the cookin', cleanin' and reproduction at thehammer.ca
Volunteers and Credits
The Hammer Players
Thanks for agreeing to be in any photo, no matter how ridiculous....
Jake Wadland for being Jake Wadland.
Craig Doornbos for promotional efforts through
equipment for development.
Jennifer and Martha for their hours of reading, listening, patience and humouring us.
Travis Looker for designing our new logo and not demanding millions of dollars.
Dave Stephens for promotional efforts and reassurring
us that people actually like it!
CKCU FM for studio time and broacasting our stuff from time-to-time
All of our other friends for their contributions, their
enthusiasm, and their ability to convince us that they actually
enjoy the site.
The Hammer's History
A bored student at a certain university in the Western Hemisphere in the late 90's, possibly while under the influence, began doodling a crudely drawn talking hammer in class. Although he could not draw (the student, not the hammer), the school's paper had very low standards and would publish absolutely anything. The Hammer subsequently developed a rabid following, easily becoming one of the 40 most popular comic strips in said paper.
Speaking in a 1998 interview, Pierre Berton opined, "The Hammer has become a Canadian cultural institution as well as a veritable whirlwind and phenomenon. Yes indeed, it sure has."
Mr. Berton was paid to say this.
A couple of year back, this bored student had grown into a bored Canadian
office worker with vague comedic ambitions. Encouraged by his office colleagues,
who politely laughed at each of his unfunny jokes, he pitched his techie
friend on the idea of a web site devoted to Canadian humour and satirization
(yes, I know it's not a word, so piss off) of all things Canadian and
several things not Canadian, with the star of the site being Canada's
favourite tool, (no, not Stockwell Day) the Hammer.
The conversation went something like this between the two: "I got the front end. Will you supply me with your back end?" Happily for all involved, the answer was yes.
Together, these two dorks have laboured for many an hour to bring you what they hope will become Canada's premier rip-off of other previously developed online satirical journals.
The Hammer.ca - Canada's Hard-Hitting news source.
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