Hamilton - The City of Live Music
Written by Biljana Njegovan
As Hamiltonians, we are very lucky to live in a city that is full of so much high quality music. Sure, you can listen to any number of excellent Hamilton artists in the comfort of your own home, but where Hamilton really shines is in the world of live music. From clubs to parks - you can leave your home on almost any given night and stumble across great live music being performed all over the city. Let’s take a look at the various live music experiences available in Hamilton.
Venues & Festivals
We begin with your classic nightclub style music venue. For a population of our size, we have a decent number of well-run music venues with great sound systems and owners and staff who care about the local music scene. These places are the backbone and steady drum of the local music scene. The Casbah, This Ain’t Hollywood, Club Absinthe, The Corktown Pub, First Ontario Concert Hall, Theatre Aquarius, The Zoetic, Artword Artbar, HAVN, Sousbas, Club 77, Zylas, Stonewall Bar and Grill, Doors: Taco Joint and Metal Bar, Mills Hardware.
Festivals are a great option for seeing a variety of music in one spot. As we enter the full swing of the summer season there are many opportunities for the whole family to enjoy some great live music all over the city. It’s Your Festival, Ancaster Fair, Locke Street Festival, Supercrawl, Winona Peach Festival, Hamilton Latino Festival, Festival of Friends, Strangewaves Festival, Dundas Cactus Festival.
Unexpected Places & Spaces
The real magic happens when you stumble across live music in places where it doesn’t normally happen. That is what takes us from a city with some live music venues and festivals to something else entirely. You can see:
Music at a neighbours house - porches and front yards
Fort Elgin pop ups and the Mulberry St Porch Band
Music on the streets & sidewalks & rooftops
Busking across the city
Music Monday at City Hall
Raise The Roof Concert Series - Dr. Disc
Sidewalk Sounds on Concession Street
Jackson Square Rooftop Garden
Ottawa Street BIA Events
Music at a school
Dundas Montessori School
There are more places than this, but this list should give you a good idea about the range of live musical offerings at your disposal. Did I miss your favourite? Share yours on twitter with #HamOntMusic.
Biljana Njegovan is an award winning blogger and a passionate Hamiltonian who has been writing about this city for over a decade. If you’re on social you can follow @biljana3000
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