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.

Opening Reception for Nathan Nash’s Anne Foster Windows Display

The City of Hamilton invites the public to attend the opening reception for the newest Anne Foster Windows display on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 6 to 9 pm at the Tourism Hamilton Visitor Centre, 28 James Street North

Created by local photographer Nathan Nash, the window display features images from live music performances that took place in Hamilton in 2018 including Supercrawl, Canadian Country Music Awards, Arkells Present The Rally and the Music Mondays performance series. The reception takes place during the annual Supercrawl festival and will include remarks from the artist at 7:00 pm.  Nash's display display can be viewed until November 26, 2019.

Find out more about Nathan Nash’s photography at

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

Image of installation “Music to the Bone!” Audiotorium Orchestra

“Music to the Bone!” Audiotorium Orchestra

by Dave Gould

Are they musical instruments or sound sculptures? What's the difference? The homemade instruments in this window are examples of the bone section in Dave Gould's Audiotorium Orchestra.

Read more about Dave Gould's window display in the Anne Foster Windows (PDF, 234 KB)

Past Displays

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]