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Special Event Advisory Team (SEAT)

You may be required to submit a Special Event Advisory Team (SEAT) application. Watch our SEAT info video on YouTube for more information.

You can then visit the Special Event Advisory Team (SEAT) website for:

  • SEAT Applications
  • SEAT Guidelines
  • Event Producing Resources

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Hamilton Civic Events

Remembrance Day Services

NOTICE OF LOCATION CHANGE - Downtown Hamilton Remembrance Day commemorations will NOT be held this year at Gore Park due to park construction. Please join us for services at Liuna Station on November 9 and at City Hall November 11. Additional details in event listings below.

Photo credit: Lawrence Yanover
Photo of veterans wearing medals and poppies - photo credit: Lawrence Yanover


DATE: Sunday, November 9, 2014
PARADE: Begins at 10:15 am at the John Foote V.C. Armouries, 200 James St. N
SERVICE LOCATION: Liuna Station, 360 James Street North
TIME: Parade – 10:15 am, Service – 10:45 am
PARKING: Admission is free. Parking is free and can be accessed off of John Street North.
DETAILS: A parade of Hamilton and area Veterans, Hamilton Garrison Units and Cadet Corps will leave the John Foote V.C. Armouries on James Street North at 10:15am. The Parade will proceed north on James Street, east on  to Barton Street East, north on Hughson Street North, east on Murray Street to Liuna Station for a Memorial Service at 10:45am.


DATE: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
LOCATION: City Hall Forecourt, 71 Main Street West in downtown Hamilton
TIME: 10:45 am
Admission is free. Paid parking is available at surface lots around City Hall as well as in the Hamilton Convention Centre garage, 1 Summers Lane)
Please join us for this special day of remembrance at City Hall where we will be honouring and remembering our veterans, and all who served Canada during war, armed conflict and peace.  

Listen to coverage of this service LIVE on AM900 CHML.


Sunday, November 9

GLANBROOK 2:00pm, Glanbrook Cenotaph
Glanbrook Arena, 4300 Binbrook Road

West Hamilton Cenotaph, 134 Emerson Street

Tuesday, November 11

ANCASTER, 10:30am, Old Town Hall
310 Wilson Street East

DUNDAS Parade & Service, 10:30am, Dundas Cenotaph
Dundas Community Centre, 10 Market Street

STONEY CREEK Parade & Service, 10:45am
Stoney Creek Cenotaph, King Street and Highway 8

WATERDOWN, 10:45am 
Royal Canadian Legion Waterdown Branch 551
79 Hamilton Street North

MOUNT HOPE 10:30am, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
9280 Airport Road

LYNDEN 10:30am, Royal Canadian Legion Beverly Branch 500
Lynden Legion Park, 206 Lynden Road

435 Limeridge Road East

Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) will offer free bus rides to veterans in uniform on November 9 and 11 for bus travel to and from all Remembrance Day services.
For more information call 905-546-2666

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
in support of Hamilton Food Share

Photo of CP Holiday Train

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Location: Gage Park at Lawrence Rd

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (The Holiday Train is expected to arrive at 7:45 p.m.)

The CP Holiday Train is making a stop in Hamilton offering a free concert and seasonal festivities from a boxcar turned into a travelling stage. The entertainers on this year's Holiday Train have not yet been announced, but previous trains have included the talents of musician such as Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Melanie Doane, and Doc Walker.

The concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to make a cash or non-perishable food donation to Hamilton Food Share wich will be on site at the event.


For more information on the CP Holiday Train, please visit the CP Rail website:

Or phone the City at 905-546-2666

Event Listings

Visit these websites for event listings: 

Events Contact Information

General Inquiries 

28 James St. N. 2nd floor
Hamilton, Ontario (Lister Block, 2nd floor)

Mailing address:
City of Hamilton
Planning and Economic Development Department
Tourism & Culture Division
P. O. Box 2040
Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y5

The City of Hamilton (Creative Industries Section) is a proud member of Festivals & Events Ontario.

Follow us on Twitter @FEOntario

The City of Hamilton (Civic Museums Section) is a proud member of Attractions Ontario.

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Special Occasion Permit (SOP) or Temporary Liquor License Extension

Vist Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to get applications and remember to note deadlines to avoid disappointment.

If your event:

  • includes alcohol and
  • is taking place outdoors on CITY PROPERTY

you may be required to submit a SPECIAL EVENTS ADVISORY TEAM (SEAT) application for your event to be approved.

You will also need to adhere to the City of Hamilton's Municipal Alcohol Policy.

Please be aware of the City's deadlines pertaining to SEAT.

For more information please visit

Event suppliers looking for Hamilton area festivals

The City of Hamilton does not hire performers or vendors for Hamilton area events.
Please contact events directly for information on performing or vending opportunities.

Street Performance ("Busking")- Policy & Guidelines

Here is an excerpt from the City of Hamilton Street Performance Policy & Guidelines. See Appendix A.



  • Performances are allowed in outdoor public places in Hamilton except where the space has been permitted for a specific time and use. Outdoor public spaces include but are not limited to sidewalks, courtyards, squares, exteriors of buildings etc ;
  • Performances are allowed in public parks during regular park hours only except when the park, or a portion thereof, has been permitted for a specific time and use;
  • Busking is prohibited on private property without permission of the property owner;
  • Busking is prohibited at transit stops, in transit vehicles, or near public toilet facilities; and,
  • Buskers must not unreasonably interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic flow nor encourage audience formation in such a manner as to cause such interference.


  • Maximum performance time is three hours per busking location;
  • Only battery operated amplification may be used;
  • No high risk or unsafe performances, dangerous materials or dangerous implements which may put the performer or audience at risk (e.g. no knives, swords, chainsaws, fire or flammable liquids); and,
  • Consideration must be given for other acts performing in close proximity.


  • Buskers may receive monetary appreciation volunteered by an audience for their performance but may not solicit funds; and,
  • Buskers require a business license to offer goods for sale.


  • Performers must comply with all other statutory requirements, rules, regulation and bylaws of the City and/or other authority;
  • Public Space, which is being permitted by the City for a specific use and time, may not be used for busking during the period of the permit; and,
  • Performers must immediately cease any activity and remove any performance equipment or materials at the request of a Hamilton Police Service Police Officer or any person designated by the City for reasons of public safety.


  • Audience members are encouraged to provide donations for performances they enjoy; and,
  • Effort should be made to address concerns and complaints with the performer prior to seeking involvement of Hamilton Police Service.


  • Street performers, or buskers, are not contracted entertainers nor are they licensed as performers by the City of Hamilton.
  • Festival and event organizers, having secured a permit for use of a specific public space, may implement additional or different guidelines within the parameters of the permitted occasion (e.g. may require auditions, or identify specific locations for busking activity).

On December 14th, 2011 City Council approved the City of Hamilton Street Performance Policy & Guidelines. Download the staff report (PDF). The policy is attached to this document as "Appendix A".