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.

 2019 Lighting Schedule


January 20
Vigil for Pawel Adamowicz Mayor of Gdansk, Poland
Colour: Red & White


February 1 to 3
Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Colour: Purple

February 4
World Cancer Day
Colour: Pink

February 5
Chinese New Year
Colour: Red & Yellow

February 14
Valentine's Day
Colour: Pink, Purple & Red

February 15
National Flag Day
Colour: Red & White

February 17 to 23
Be More Than A Bystander Month
Colour: Purple & Gray

February 24
101st Anniversary of Estonia’s Independence
Colour: Blue, White & Black

February 27
Pink Shirt Day 
Colour: Pink

February 28
Bosnia’s Independence Day
Colour: Yellow & Blue


March 1
Bosnia’s Independence Day
Colour: Yellow & Blue

March 8
Internation Women's Day
Colour: Purple & White

March 13
Mac Women`s Basketball Champs 
Colour: Maroon

March 17
St. Patrick's Day
Colour: Green, Gold & Orange

March 23 to 24
Endometriosis Awareness Month 
Colour: Yellow

March 26
Epilepsy Awareness Day
Colour: Purple

March 27
World Theatre Day
Colour: Orange

March 29
Easter Seals Month 
Colour: Red & White

March 30
Earth Hour (8:30 to 9:30 pm)
Lights Dimmed


April 2
Autism Awareness Day
Colour: Blue

April 6
Anniversary of the Humboldt Broncos Tragedy
Colour: Green & Gold

April 7
World Health Day
Colour: Blue & White

April 10
International Day of Pink
Colour: Pink

April 15
Limb Loss Awareness Month
Colour: Orange

April 22
Earth Day
Colour: Green

April 24
National Human Values Day
Colour: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow & Orange

April 26 to 27
Forge FC first season opening weekend
Colour: Orange

April 27
One-year Anniversary of HAMILTON sign
Light show every hour

April 28
National Day of Mourning
Colour: Yellow


May 3
Sri Lankan Attacks Memorial
Colour: Maroon., Green, Yellow & Orange

May 6 to 7
CMHA Mental Health Week
Colour: Green

May 8
World Ovarian Cancer Day
Colour: Teal

May 9 to 12
CMHA Mental Health Week
Colour: Green

May 13 to 17
Huntington Disease Awareness
Colour: Purple & Blue

May 19 to 25
Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Canada week
Colour: Blue

May 26
Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
Colour: Blue & Teal

May 29
Tourette Awareness Month
Colour: Teal


June 2
World Eating Disorder Action Day
Colour: Purple

June 3 to 9
2019 RBC Canadian Open
Colour: Blue, White & Yellow

June 10 to 13
Pride Month
Colour: Brown, Red Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple & Pink, Blue White

June 14 to 15
Scleroderma Society of Ontario
Colour: Blue

June 16 to 18
Hamilton Arts Week
Colour: Blue, Red, Yellow & White

June 19
World Sickle Cell Day
Colour: Red & White

June 20 to 21
Hamilton Arts Week
Colour: Blue, Red, Yellow & White

June 25
International Scleroderma Awareness Day
Colour: Blue



July 1
Canada Day
Colour: Red & White

July 5
National Injury Prevention Day 
Colour: Green

July 10 to 11
Srebrenica genocide
Colour: White & Green


August 4
Food Canada Day
Colour: Red & White


September 1
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Colour: Gold

September 2
Ticats Labour Day Classic
Colour: Black & Gold

September 4
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Awareness Day
Colour: Teal

September 5
International Day of Charity
Colour: Blue & White

September 7
World Duchenne Awareness Day
Colour: Red

September 9
International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day
Colour: Red

September 10
World Suicide Prevention Day
Colour: Orange

September 11 to 15
Colour: White & Blue

September 19
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness
Colour: Blue & Red

September 21
World Alzheimer's Day
Colour: Blue

September 22-24
National Coaches Week
Colour: Blue, Yellow, Red)

September 23 to 27
150th British Home Child Anniversary 
Colour: Red, White & Blue

September 25-27
Franco-Ontarian Week
Colour: White & Green

September 30
Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters
Remembering the victims and survivors of residential schools
Colour: Orange


October 1 to 5
Mental Health & Addiction Awareness
Colour: Green

October 6
World Cerebral Palsy Day
Colour: Orange

October 7
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Colour: Teal

October 10
World Mental Health Day
Colour: Purple

October 11-12
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Colour: Pink

October 15
Hamilton Girl Guides - City Hall Campfire Event
Colour: Blue

October 22
Wastre Reduction Week
Colour: Blue & Green

October 23
World Polio Day
Colour: Red & Yellow

October 24
Child Abuse Prevention Day
Colour: Purple

October 25
Dyslexia Awareness Month
Colour: Red

October 29
RETT Syndrome Awareness Month
Colour: Purple

October 31
Food Allergy Day
Colour: Teal


November 1 to 8
MADD Red Ribbon Campaign
Colour: Red & White

November 9
National Microtia Awareness Day
Colour: Blue

November 10
Neuroendocrine (NET) Cancer Day
Colour: Black & White

November 11
Remembrance Day
Colour: Red & White

November 14
World Diabetes Day
Colour: Blue & White

November 15
Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month
Colour: Purple

November 16
Ticats "Blackout" Eastern Final Playoff Game 
Colour: Black

November 18
Latvia Indepenence Day
Colour: Red & White

November 20
National Child Day
Colour: Blue

November 24
Statehood Day of Bosnia & Herzegovina 
Colour: Blue & Yellow

November 25
International Day for the Elimination of
Violence against Women
Colour: Orange



December 1
World AIDS Day
Colour: Red

December 3
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Colour: Blue, Orange, Pink, Green

December 22 to 30
Colour: Blue

December 24 to 25
Colour: Red & Green 

Lighting requests for the HAMILTON sign cannot be considered for:

  • commercial requests (e.g. product launches, corporate events)
  • individual recognition or personal occasions (e.g. gender reveal, birthdays, anniversaries)
  • political events or observances
  • institutions or professions (e.g. hospitals).​

For any questions regarding a specific request not listed above, please email [email protected]

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