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 3 months and a $1,000 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

SOME OUTSIDER MUSIC HAMILTON

by Becky Katz and Aaron Hutchinson with featured artists Charli, Sahra Soudi and Katie McDonald

“There is a sliver of the Hamilton music community that has received little mainstream attention: our treasured Outsider Music scene; oftentimes referred to as ​underground, Noise, or ​DIY, in which performers of niche brands of music wear multiple hats as musicians, producers, bookers, promoters, label operators, product designers etc.  Most of these efforts are modeled after a non-profit, idealistic system of self-ownership and self-determination - partly because of the artists’ own ethics toward music and property, and partly because their product is simply bewildering and substantially unappealing to mainstream audiences.” 

Read more about Becky Katz and Aaron Hutchinson’s window display in the Anne Foster Windows (PDF, 166 KB)

Past Displays

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

Contact

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]