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Dope Chief

Hamilton artist Dope Chief (Richard Magarin) has a unique style and story in his evolution as an artist! Born in Hamilton and raised on James St N, Dope Chief created art since he was young and decided to work as a full time artist around 2018. His murals and large scale projects require a bigger… Keep Reading

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Millworks Creative

Located in Dundas, ON, steps away from the historic downtown core and well within driving range of neighbouring Hamilton, Waterdown, Ancaster and Stoney Creek, Millworks Creative is a beacon of creativity, collaboration and collective artistic expression. It’s main goal: to be an incubator for established and emerging artists from every discipline. To that end, anybody… Keep Reading

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Heather Valley Music

Exclusive Premiere On what would have been his 47th birthday, Hamilton’s Heather Valley releases a cover of the late Jason Molina’s deep cut Whip Poor Will. “Jason was an Ohio singer songwriter who performed as Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co during his prolific career. We lost him in 2013 due to untreated depression, but… Keep Reading

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Local Show: Chastity Live at The Casbah

Chastity is a multi-genre band hailing from Whitby, Ontario. Frontman Brandon Williams is acclaimed for his thematic and focused lyricism brought forward in quiet whispers and heated screams. Hot off the release of their sophomore record “Home Made Satan” Chastity began their year with a show at The Casbah, the first of a run of… Keep Reading

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LOCAL SHOW: Banners Live at Absinthe

Banners is the moniker of Alt-Rock songwriter Michael Nelson. Hailing from Liverpool, Nelson writes and performs music that blurs the line between alternative and pop. As a recording artist Banners has dialed in his sound with acclaimed producer Stephen Kozmeniuk. With his band, Banners has toured extensively across the globe, and since signing with major… Keep Reading

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LOCAL SHOW: An Interview with Ellevator

I recently had a conversation with Nabi from the band “Ellevator” after their headline set on the Hamilton stage at Supercrawl. We discussed the bands latest project currently in the works, what it’s like working with a big name producer and what her favourite experiences have been fronting a touring rock band are thus far.… Keep Reading

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LOCAL SHOW: Supercrawl Saturday

This past weekend James St. N was transformed as it is every year from an already bustling hub of art and food into a SUPER bustling hub of art and food. The 11th annual Supercrawl couldn’t have happened at a better time, with the announced sale of the Artword Art Bar, and the closing of… Keep Reading

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Who doesn’t love a good supergroup? Cream, Them Crooked Vultures, Anyways Gang, Crosby, Stills and Nash and as of Tuesday Night, Blue. Fronted by Hamilton rock n’ roller Ross Miller of The Dirty Nil, the band began as an idea shared between himself and guitarist Vince Soliveri (Stay Down) and came into being with the… Keep Reading

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The historic corner of James and Murray was home to a beautiful night of music, support and awareness this past Friday. This Ain’t Hollywood was host to a benefit supporting SACHA (Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton). At face value it seemed business as usual for the venue, packed inside and out with local music supporters,… Keep Reading

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2019 Dundas Cactus Festival

August 16-18, 2019! Come to the 44th annual Cactus Festival in Downtown Dundas this weekend! On Friday at 6pm the festival kicks off with live music including Headliner Steven Page! Saturday is a full day of music, and family fun activities! Don’t miss the festival headliner entertainment on Sunday 11am-4pm! Check out the Thursday August… Keep Reading

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May ArtCrawl

May 10/Friday Night Live! Celebrate ArtCrawl May 10! On James St N, stop into the Centre3 (173 James N/7-10pm) free reception for 2 new exhibits!  Shop Makers Market Season Opener/free entry (252 James N/ 7-10pm) in the Cathedral Courtyard. While you’re here, check out the unique James N shopping, have a drink and dine on authentic Mexican… Keep Reading

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Steven Page

May 2019 is a month-long whirlwind, Canadian Tour for Steven Page! Ontario native, singer, songwriter, musician and former frontman for the Barenaked Ladies has 19 shows in 31 days!  Tickets are selling fast and at least 3 shows are already sold out! Steven Page and his Discipline Tour 2019 will be at The Studio in Hamilton… Keep Reading

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Hamilton 2019 Arts Awards

Hamilton 2019 Arts Awards Nominations Now Open until February 15, 2019! Jen Anisef, Cultural Projects Specialist, Public Art and Projects, Tourism and Culture, City of Hamilton sent us the following announcement to share! The City of Hamilton Arts Awards is now accepting nominations of artists and arts community leaders for the 2019 program.  The annual program promotes pride… Keep Reading

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7 Must-Listen Songs By Ontario Artists

Ontario’s music scene is one of the strongest in Canada, and with so much talent, sometimes it is hard to listen to everything. Here are 7 recently released songs by artists from Ontario that you absolutely have to listen! 1) Who’s Gonna Love You – Heather Janssen Hamilton, ON Follow Heather Janssen on Instagram 2) No More… Keep Reading

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Artist Of The Week: Savannah Ré

Savannah Ré is a Toronto-born artist that is quickly turning heads and making a major impact on the Canadian music industry. Savannah is a talented, multidimensional artist that combines classic R&B vibes with a mix of authentic hip hop attitude. Her music is raw, passionate, and strongly represents what it means to be an independent… Keep Reading

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Artist Of The Week: Jay Portal

Recording artist Jay Portal is quickly making a name for himself as one of Hamilton’s top new hip hop acts! The Canadian artist’s newest album titled  “Alone In My Buried Memories” recorded over 100K views in less than a week of being released, while also being featured on some of Spotify’s top Editorial playlists, including Hip Hop Central, Northern… Keep Reading

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Artist Of The Week: Crookedd

Crookedd is a DJ duo made up of Hamilton-born creatives Shawndel Ferron and Adrian Banavage. Crookedd has built a strong reputation in the Canadian electronic music scene through producing flavourful and unique beats. Together, the 21 year old’s have taken the Hamilton music scene by storm with their stand out performances. The duo has performed… Keep Reading

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Artist Of The Week: Brock Hewitt (Stories In Sound)

Brock Hewitt is a composer from the Greater Toronto Area that is well versed in many genres of music and is focused on creating a strong community of composers. Brock is the founder and lead composer of “Stories in Sound”, a community of composers that help filmmakers and creatives share their stories. Brock is always looking to… Keep Reading

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Artist Of The Week: Avery Raquel

Avery Raquel is an Ontario-based singer/songwriter with catchy melodies, compelling lyrics, and a real sense of musicality. She is strongly influenced by Jazz and has a sound that infuses mainstream soul and R&B to create what she calls ‘Contemporary Soul’. Although the artist is only 17 years old, she has a significant amount of experience… Keep Reading

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Artist Of The Week: Logan Staats

Logan Staats is a multi-nominated and award winning artist born on the Six Nations Reserve and raised in Brantford, Ontario. Logan has shared the stage with artists such as Buffy Sainte-Marie, Keith Secola and Mumford & Sons. He notably was crowned the Season 1, Episode 1 winner of CTV’s The Launch. The multi-talented artist rose… Keep Reading

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Artist Of The Week: Charissa

Charissa is a singer/songwriter from Burlington, Ontario with an old soul and powerful vocals. The Canadian artist has a unique vibe that blends an authentic country sound with eclectic multi-genre influences. Charissa is passionate about performing live and has most notably graced the stage of the Sound of Music Festival, City of Burlington Canada Day Festivities,… Keep Reading

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Artist Of The Week – Alli Walker

Alli Walker is a multi-instrumentalist recording artist that is passionate about creating mindful & conscious country music. At 19 years old, the talented songstress moved from her home in Prince Edward Island to the city of Toronto to pursue her passion for music. She currently resides in Hamilton! Before releasing music as a solo artist,… Keep Reading

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Artist Of The Week: The Geoff Hudson Band

The Geoff Hudson Band recently launched their debut EP ‘What Do Ya Say’ and are praising the city of Hamilton for playing a key role in its creation process!  This Hamilton trio is an eclectic blend of post-folk acoustic jazz and is made up of artists Geoff Hudson (Acoustic Guitar/Vocals), Jill McKenna (Bass/Vocals), and Ben Bowen (Trumpet/Keys).… Keep Reading

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Artist Of The Week: Heather Janssen

Heather Janssen is a Hamilton, Ontario native with a soft, honest, and powerful voice that is sure to give you chills. Janssen is best known for her single Checkers, which currently sits at over 329K views on YouTube. This talented songstress has had multiple successful singles and created numerous unique cover renditions. She spent the… Keep Reading

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2018 Dundas Cactus Festival

Coming Soon! Mark your calendars! The 43rd annual Cactus Festival in Downtown Dundas! Friday August 17 6pm-10:30pm Saturday August 18 10am-10:30pm Sunday August 19 11am-4pm Four stages of entertainment include the Festival Patio Main Stage (Memorial Square and Hatt St), the King and Albert Stage (at King & Albert), the Family Fun Stage (King & Market)… Keep Reading

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Hillside Festival 2018

Hillside is an alternative festival for the musically and culturally adventurous! Now in its 35th year, Hillside Festival has announced its lineup for this summer’s gathering of music, art, dance, and food at the one and only Guelph Lake Island from July 13-15, 2018. This year there are over 70 performers representing a wide variety… Keep Reading

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Fridge Door Live Theatre Company

Original Musical Theatre! Fridge Door Live Theatre Company is back in town this month to premiere their new original musical! Check out “Short of 30” on June 9th at The Core Church, 616 Main St E. There are 2 Saturday performances before the show tour moves on to London. “Short of 30”–What’s the Story? This original musical… Keep Reading

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Hamilton Fringe

Summer Extravaganza! Hamilton’s 15th annual Fringe Festival will be July 19-29, 2018! Forty theatre companies will be performing over 300 live shows. Downtown venues include Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton Theatre Inc, Mills Hardware, The Players Guild, Staircase Cafe Theatre, Artword Artbar, Factory Media Centre, b contemporary gallery and Evergreen Cityworks. Performers and audience members often meet… Keep Reading

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Hamilton-City of The Arts

The Arts In Everyday Life! We are celebrating an important story of Hamilton life today! As we look around we realize that the arts have become a normal part of our everyday lives! We can browse pop up art shows on our neighborhood sidewalk and find handmade crafts at our town farmers market. Local musicians… Keep Reading

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Hamilton Film Festival 2017

November 4-12, 2017! Hamilton Film Festival invites everybody to see a film this November! HFF presents the “best of the best” juried films for Hamilton movie fans! 2017 is all about Music!  Nathan Fleet and his band rock HFF opening night on November 4th at The Zoetic! HFF November 11th event is a celebration of heavy… Keep Reading

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Hamilton Fashion Week

2017 Hamilton Fashion Week! It’s here! October 21-22, 2017!  HFW is a full weekend of inspiring runway shows! Event organizers,  amazing designers, and all participants have been busy, getting ready for this weekend since the popular 2016 Hamilton Fashion Week. Successful HFW casting calls for models drew so many talented entries! HFW scouts traveled throughout Ontario… Keep Reading

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True Hamiltonian

Max Francis! Max Francis adopted the City of Hamilton 20 years ago and is a true Hamiltonian! Max is an activist for positivity! Negativity about Hamilton bothered Max, so he made the first True Hamiltonian tee shirt for himself to proclaim his personal hometown pride. Chefs, artists, brewers, musicians, athletes, the city and citizens were… Keep Reading

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The Assembly Gallery

Hamilton’s Arts District! The Assembly Gallery, at 4 Cannon St E,  is in the heart of the James St N Arts District. The September Supercrawl and monthly James St N Artcrawl celebrate creativity!  The Assembly Gallery opened in the former Hundred Dollar Gallery on November 11, 2016, adding this unique artists collective to Hamilton’s thriving… Keep Reading

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Hamilton Arts Council

Hamilton’s Vibrant Arts Scene! In Hamilton we love the local arts scene! We may not fully appreciate one of the local organizations helping to make it all happen. The Hamilton Arts Council works behind the scenes, advocating for local artists and expanding community accessibility to the arts! Making the Connections! The Arts Council builds artist/community… Keep Reading

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The Painted Bench

Creativity on Ottawa Street! The Painted Bench, at 208 Ottawa St N, encourages everyone to express their creativity!  Whether you’re interested in updating an old dresser, adding a welcome sign to your door or stenciling your walls, the Painted Bench has you covered. The Bench stocks all the supplies you’ll need, and offers the workshops… Keep Reading

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Wick’d Wax Creations

The Ottawa Street Chandler. Wes Fletcher is a Hamilton Chandler, studying to become one of 3 Master Chandlers in Canada. You’ll find his hand-poured, hand-dipped candle creations at Wick’d Wax, on 203 Ottawa St N. Loyal customers can find Wick’d candles on Ottawa St plus 40 other Canadian retail shops who love Wick’d candles, too!… Keep Reading

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Art Gallery of Hamilton

Hamilton is an Art Town! Our Hamilton community celebrates local arts!  Supporting art enriches Hamilton life with festivals, and inspiring public art in our schools, businesses, parks and streets. Art Tourists to Hamilton eat and shop at restaurants and stores. Hamilton businesses embrace local artwork in their workplaces and products. The Art Gallery of Hamilton.… Keep Reading

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Locke Street Festival

2017 Festival A Success! Saturday was a perfect day on Locke Street! The sun was out, the crowds were big, the food plentiful and yummy, the vendor stalls diverse and inspiring, and the music was amazing! Some visitors were so happy about it, after getting home they came back again later for a second time!… Keep Reading

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Rust City Brewery

Rust City Brewery  ( Whether you love coffee, beer or both you’ll find Rust City, at 27 King William St, a unique combination of urban coffee house, creative restaurant, and craft beer brew pub. Plans are in the works for an onsite brewery. Sunday Jazz Brunch at Rust City is a popular place to be… Keep Reading

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Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

A Visit to Fieldcote Museum is a Special Treat! You can find the Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum in Ancaster just off Wilson St at 64 Sulphur Springs Rd.  The museum is open year round on Tuesday- Saturday afternoons from 1-5pm.  The lovely gardens are always open to visit, and special events and classes are… Keep Reading

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Dundas Cactus Festival 2017

The Dundas Cactus Festival is a 42 Year Tradition! In 2017, the “Dundas Cactus Festival” was celebrated August 17,18,19 and 20.  With 4 performance stages, there was music for every fan.  The Family Fun Stage featured performing dogs, and extreme bike and skateboarding demos.  In addition to music, extreme sports and performing dogs, there was… Keep Reading

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August Live Music Scene

The Live Music Scene in Hamilton Rocks August! Free weekend festivals like “Festival of Friends” in Gage Park,  the “Dundas Cactus Festival”, and the “Winona Peach Festival” highlight local music!   Many area Farmers Markets, including Ancaster, Waterdown Village and Ottawa Street, feature live music in addition to August peaches, veggies and local food. Concession… Keep Reading

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Brewed in Hamilton – The Local Craft Beer Scene

Hamilton Craft Brewers  Collective Arts Brewing ( Locals and tourists are excited about Hamilton Craft Beer!  Beer lovers seek out Collective Arts Brewing on Burlington St East, near the Waterfront.  Collective Arts features a large onsite brewery, store, tasting room and gallery.  Daily tours and a full schedule of events make Collective Arts a popular… Keep Reading

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Gage Park Active Fun!

It’s All Happening at Gage Park! Gage Park, at 1000 Main St E,  is the neighborhood green space for this east Hamilton community. Park regulars play tennis, and baseball and shuffleboard, photograph the iconic fountain, team up for lawn bowling, take a relaxing walk, share a picnic, ride the cycling pump track, enjoy the playgrounds,… Keep Reading

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Experience Downtown Hamilton!

It’s Happening Now!  The Downtown Hamilton Revitalization!  Work, Eat, Live Downtown People living and working downtown are energized about the ongoing progress happening in the city centre. The downtown core is an officially designated City of Hamilton “Business Improvement Area”.  Downtown business owners joined together forming a non profit organization with more than 600 members… Keep Reading

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Hamilton Culture Days

2017 Culture Days Canada Culture Days Canada has been a national celebration of arts and culture since 2010. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers, artists, cultural creators, supporters, and admirers participate and share activities during the 3 day event.  September 29, 30 and October 1st are the dates for 2017 Culture Days Canada. 2017 Culture Days… Keep Reading

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