Hamilton is home to a vibrant music scene with a huge variety of talent, venues and events. The local music scene is growing, dynamic and diverse. It is an eclectic mix of performers, producers, products and performances. Hamilton’s music scene is founded on a long and established music history. In addition, established and emerging artists, businesses, professionals and festivals help make up what is often referred to as a 'music city'.
A city that celebrates and supports a 'music city' has many elements. Whether you are a musician, work in the music industry, or are a music fan you can find a collection of resources here.
Music in the City
Hamilton has a great music community with a variety of music organizations, groups and festivals.
Music Organizations in Hamilton
Live Music Venues
Hamilton is home to more than 200 music venues from small to large arena-sized facilities.
View the open data list of live music venues (XLS).
Concerts & Shows
Go to Ontario Live Music to search for monthly music events happening in Hamilton.
Organizing an Outdoor Music Event
If you are interested in organizing a music event in a park, at a City facility, or an event that might require a road closure you can apply for a free special event permit. Speak with staff who can help you through this process.
Share Your Music Stories
The City of Hamilton’s Love Your City project has partnered with Hamilton Public Library. We invite Hamilton residents to share their stories–both past and present–about a number of aspects/cultural icons through an ongoing digital storytelling project. Love Your City, Share Your Stories features music with a number of videos already available online. We encourage you to share your music stories about Hamilton!
Small Business Enterprise Centre
Musicians are small businesses and entrepreneurs. Hamilton’s Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC). It is located on the first floor of City Hall. It offers the information and tools that entrepreneurs need to grow their businesses: assistance with business planning, and workshops and seminars.
Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI)
CMI is a not-for-profit incubator based in Toronto. Its mandate is to help artists and artist managers evolve from starter companies into sustainable businesses. It provides hands-on networking, mentoring and collaboration. CMI works with the Cityand typically hosts one free annual bootcamp in Hamilton for local musicians.
Music Industry Working Committee
The Music Industry Working Committee is a group of local music industry representatives. They represent many backgrounds to assist with the City’s Music Strategy. In 2018 this team’s focus will be: Cultivating music creation and talent and Growing audiences and appreciation of music.
The City of Hamilton's Music Strategy
The Hamilton Music Strategy (PDF, 25 MB) celebrates "all things music" in Hamilton. It guides the activities of its partners to create and nurture an environment where music and the music industry flourishes, grows and prospers.
Music Related By-laws & Policies
- Noise By-law (PDF, 70 KB)
- Busking Policy (PDF, 178 KB)
- Musician Welcome Signs & Loading Zones at live music venues
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