Hamilton Signature Sign

On Friday April 27, 2018 Mayor Fred Eisenberger hosted the official lighting ceremony for the HAMILTON sign. This sign was fully funded by generous sponsors, and fabricated by local Dundas business Hamilton Scenic Specialty Inc.

In addition to bringing some “life and colour” to the forecourt, we have witnessed the sign’s popularity for residents and tourists alike. Since its debut, social media has been flooded with selfies and pictures using the hashtag #HamOntSign.


  • The sign contains 493 running feet of waterproof LED comprised of 15,000 individual LED diodes with a life expectancy of 40,000 hours; with sign lighting is controlled by 96 channels of DMX control.
  • The average electrical consumption is 600 watts which is about equal to the wattage of a small coffee maker; at an average hydro rate of 10 cents per kilowatt hour, the sign will cost on about 6 cents per hour to run.
  • The sign is 60 feet long by 6 feet deep with letters at 90” tall and 24” deep and weighs approximately 9700 pounds.
  • The base and letter structure is all aluminum and contains 2,450 running feet of aluminum framing material.
  • The sign contains 4800 screws and bolts and 45 sheets of internal aluminum reinforcement plate and 45 sheets of exterior aluminum composite panelling.

 2018 Lighting Schedule

July 23 to 27
In honour of Toronto and victims - White & Blue

August 17 to 19
Dundas Cactus Festival - Orange & Green

August 24 to 26
Winona Peach Festival - Orange & White

September 1
Childhood Cancer Awareness - Gold

September 3, 4, 7, 8, 9
Canadian Country Music Awards - Gold

September 5
Festiltalia Opening Ceremony - Green, White, Red

September 6
Ovarian Cancer - Teal

September 10
World Suicide Prevention - Orange

September 19
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis - Red & Blue

September 25
National Coaches Week - Blue, Yellow, Red

September 30
Orange Shirt Day - Orange

October 6
World Cerebral Palsy Day - Orange

October 7
Trigeminal Neuralgia - Teal

October 9
Girl Guides Campfire - Blue

October 10
World Mental Health - Purple

October 24
Child Abuse Prevention - Purple

It may have taken a few years to come to fruition, and it was worth it. The HAMILTON sign is a gift to the City of Hamilton in recognition of Canada 150 from the following donors:

  • AIM Environmental Group Inc.
  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco  
  • Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers Ltd. 
  • Fengate Assets Investments
  • The McKeil Family     
  • Valeri Construction Ltd.
  • Vrancor Group
  • Losani Homes   
  • LiUNA   

  • Carmen’s Group
  • PJ & Joe Mercanti 
  • The Mercanti Family
  • Sam & Roma, Peter & Gabriella, Ian & Lisa Mercanti-Ladd
  • Roxborough Park Development Legacy Project
  • Sergio Manchia Urbancore Developments,
  • Nick Carnicelli Carriage Gate Homes & David Horwood Effort Trust