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 #HamOntSign.

Hamilton Sign Facts

  • 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.

 Lighting Schedule

January 1
New Year's Day
Colour: Multicolour

January 29 to 31
Winterfest 2021
Colour: Blue & Yellow

February 1 to 7
Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Colour: Purple

February 4
World Cancer Day
Colour: Orange

February 12
Chinese New Year
Colour: Red & Yellow

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

February 15
National Flag Day
Colour: Red & White

February 21 to 27
Be More Than A Bystander Month
Colour: Purple & Gray

February 24
Pink Shirt Day
Colour: Pink

February 24
Estonia Independence Day
Colour: Blue, White & Black


March 1
Bosnian Independence Day
Colour: Yellow & Blue

March 2
Easter Seals Month
Colour: Red & White

March 3
Endometriosis Awareness
Colour: Yellow

March 6
Ghana Independence Day
Colour: Red, Yellow & Green

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

March 11
World Kidney Day
Colour: Orange


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

March 21
World Down Syndrome Day
Colour: Blue & Yellow

March 22
World Water Day
Colour: Blue

March 24
World Tuberculosis Day
Colour: Red

March 25
Greek Independence Day
Colour: Blue & White

March 26
Epilepsy Awareness Day
Colour: Purple

March 27
World Theatre Day
Colour: Orange

March 28
Easter Seals Month 
Colour: Red & White

April 1
Limb Loss Awareness Month
Colour: Orange

April 2
Autism Awareness Day
Colour: Blue

April 3
Assyrian New Year
Colour: Red, White & Blue

April 4 to 6
National Dental Hygienists Week
Colour: Purple

April 7
World Health Day
Colour: Blue & White

April 8 to 10
National Dental Hygienists Week
Colour: Purple

April 12
National Medical Laboratory Week
Colour: Purple

April 14
International Day of Pink
Colour: Pink

April 17
World Hemophilia Day
Colour: Red

April 22
Earth Day
Colour: Green

April 28
National Day of Mourning
Colour: Yellow

April 30
National TAR Syndrome Awareness Month 
Colour: Blue

May 1
Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
Colour: Blue, White & Yellow

May 2
Melanoma Awareness Month
Colour: Yellow

May 5
World Pulmonary Hypertension Day
Colour: Purple

May 3 to 9
Canadian Mental Health Week
Colour: Green

May 8
World Ovarian Cancer Day
Colour: Teal

May 9 to 10
Canadian Mental Health Week 
Colour: Green

May 14
Apraxia Awareness
Colour: Blue

May 15
International MPS Awareness Day
Colour: Blue & Yellow

May 10 to 15
Huntington Disease Awareness
Colour: Purple & Blue

May 19
Personal Support Workers (PSW) Day
Colour: Blue & Green

May 16 to 22
Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Canada Week
Colour: Blue

May 23 to 30
National Tourism Week
Colour: Purple & Blue

May 24
Victoria Day
Colour: Red & White

May 28
Menstrual Health Day 
Colour: Red

June 1
Global Day of Parents
Colour: Blue, Orange & Yellow

June 5 to 11
Pride Month
Colour: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Purple

June 9 to 13
Italian Heritage Month
Colour: Green, White & Red

June 12
Philippines Independence Day
Colour: Blue, Red, White & Yellow

June 14
World Blood Donor Day
Colour: Red & White 

June 15 to 16
Italian Heritage Month
Colour: Green, White & Red

June 19
World Sickle Cell Day
Colour: Red & White 

June 20
World Refugee Day 
Colour: Blue

June 21
National Indigenous Peoples Day 
Colour: White, Yellow Red & Black

June 29
World Scleroderma Day 
Colour: Blue

July 1
Canada Day
Colour: Red & White

July 6
National Injury Prevention Day
Colour: Green

July 28
World Hepatitis Day
Colour: Blue & White

July 31
Food Day Canada
Colour: Red & White

August 1
Gastroparesis Awareness Month
Colour: Purple & Pink

August 9
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Colour: Red, Yellow, Green & Brown

August 31
International Overdose Awareness Day
Colour: Purple

September 1
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Colour: Yellow

September 2
World Alzheimer’s Month
Colour: Red & White

September 4
Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day 
Colour: Teal

September 5
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Colour: Blue

September 6
Dystonia Awareness Month
Colour: Blue & White

September 9
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day
Colour: Red

September 10
World Suicide Prevention Day 
Colour: Orange

September 12
National Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week 
Colour: Green

September 15
World Lymphoma Awareness Day 
Colour: Red

September 19
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month
Colour: Red & Blue

September 21
World Alzheimer's Day
Colour: Blue

September 25
Franco-Ontarian Day
Colour: Green & White

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

October 1
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 
Colour: Pink

October 2
Wrongful Conviction Day
Colour: Yellow & White

October 3
Islamic Heritage Month
Colour: Green

October 6
World Cerebral Palsy Day
Colour: Orange

October 7
Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day
Colour: Teal

October 10
World Mental Health Day
Colour: Purple

October 13
World Thrombosis Day
Colour: Red & Blue

October 18
Dyslexia Awareness Month
Colour: Red

October 22
Ontario Disability Employment Network - Light It Up
Colour: Blue & Purple

October 19 to 23
Waste Reduction Week 
Colour: Green & Blue

October 25
Dysautonomia Awareness Month  
Colour: Turquoise

October 26
Ontario Dress Purple Day
Colour: Purple

October 28 to 29
RETT Syndrome Awareness Month 
Colour: Purple

October 29
Food Allergy Day
Colour: Teal

October 31
Colour: Orange, Black, Green & Purple

November 1 to 7
MADD Red Ribbon Campaign
Colour: Red

November 4
Colour: Red, Yellow & White

November 8
CRPS Awareness Month
Colour: Orange

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

November 11
Remembrance Day
Colour: Red & White

November 12
World Pneumonia Day 
Colour: Blue

November 15
Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Month 
Colour: Red

November 17
World Prematurity Day 
Colour: Purple

November 18
Latvia Independence Day 
Colour: Red & White

November 20
National Child Day
Colour: Blue

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

November 28 - December 6
Colour: Blue

November 28 - December 6
Colour: Blue

December 1
World AIDS Day
Colour: Red

December 3
International Days of Persons with Disability 
Colour: Purple

December 24 to 25
Colour: Red & Green 

December 26 to 31
Colour: Red, Black & Green


Information about Lighting Requests

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