Music in Hamilton

Anne Foster Windows

In celebration of Hamilton’s music scene, local artists have been invited to design music-themed displays for the Anne Foster Windows. The Anne Foster Windows are located in the historic Lister Building, 28 James Street North, in the same storefront where the Anne Foster Music shop operated from 1942 to 1995.

Call For Artists

The City of Hamilton invites Hamilton artists to propose installations for the Anne Foster Windows Program that celebrate Hamilton's music scene. Each window installation will be displayed for approximately 4 months and a $1,200 honorarium is paid to the selected artist. Interested artists are encouraged to contact staff if they would like to propose a window display. The City of Hamilton’s Tourism and Culture Division coordinates this pilot program as part of their ongoing support of Hamilton’s creative industries.

Current Display


by Bhairavi Jathar Talpade

Melodies in Indian classical music are classified by an ancient system of ragas. The six main ragas are associated with the time of day and/or the season. I am fascinated with the colourful Fall season and mesmerized with the mystical Winter. In this body of work, the relationship between Indian music and the seasons of Canada are shown. It shows how Fall colors take us to our roots which gives us strength to hold up in a new environment. I have created Fall color foliage to show likeness between the change of fall colours and the vibrant Indian fabric with Indian motifs."

Read more about Bhairavi Jathar Talpade's window display in the Anne Foster window (PDF, 177 KB)

Past Displays

Hamilton Hip Hop Portrait Mix Tape (PDF, 175 KB)
by Anthony Hayley

The Faces Behind The Music (PDF, 92 KB)
by Stephanie Montani

Some Outsider Music Hamilton (PDF, 166 KB)
By by Becky Katz and Aaron Hutchinson 

Records exhibit by Juliana LaChance in the Anne Foster WindowsWorld Records (PDF, 180 KB)
By Juliana LaChance

Collection of photos by Nelson Nash of live concerts in HamiltonLive in Hamilton, 2018 (PDF, 332 KB)
By Nathan Nash

Image of installation “Music to the Bone!” Audiotorium Orchestra“Music to the Bone!” Audiotorium Orchestra (PDF, 234 KB)
by Dave Gould

Anne Foster Window - Stylo StarrPOPSTARRS: A Retrospective [2011-NOW] (PDF, 88 KB)
by Stylo Starr

Anne Foster Windows Display: Ariel Bader-Shamai[Untitled] (PDF, 210 KB)
by Ariel Bader-Shamai

Jeff Butters Anne Foster windows displayGo for the Byrne (PDF, 316 KB)
by Jeff Butters

Jude Johnson's Anne Foster Windows displayMy Roots are Showing Too (PDF, 332 KB)
by Jude Johnson

Anne Foster Windows Whitney Mcmeekin DisplayAn Ode to Anne Foster (PDF, 173 KB)
by Whitney McMeekin

Image of artwork by Denise HigginsonTry Not to Believe (PDF, 105 KB)
by Denise Higginson



Sarah Ehmke
Cultural Projects Specialist, Creative Industries and Cultural Development
Tourism and Culture Division, City of Hamilton
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 7505
E-mail: [email protected]