Music in Hamilton

Music Mondays

Artists preforming at Music Mondays infront of City Hall

Photo Credit: I Heart Hamilton

These virtual performances support the Music Strategy specifically the goal of growing audiences for Hamilton musicians. We are inviting and encouraging the public to:

  • Explore and support local artists
  • Discover new genres

Every Monday in May a new video will be posted on our Facebook page @HamOntMusic featuring 3 local Hamilton musicians.

Artist Lineup for Music Mondays

2021 Lineup to be announced

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Bonnie and the Midnight Daydream

Monday, May 6 -
Bonnie Hamilton’s life has been a musical journey – from studying classical piano with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto from the age of three, performing in churches, to playing live throughout Hamilton, Toronto, and surrounding areas from styles ranging from jazz, ska, and original world music bands like Son Sol,  the Alan Cross-approved “The Hippy Mafia” with Manchester, UK band The Happy Mondays’ drummer Gaz Whelan), and Hip-Hop group Canadian winter.

Featured food truck: Jonny Blonde

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Solstice Trio

Monday, May 13 -
The sounds of Solstice Trio will take you on a journey with their energetic, cheerful and strong vocals as they play songs from their repertoire of Latin American rhythms, including jazz and bossa nova. Solstice Trio was co-founded by Canadian percussionist Dave Aldham and Cuban singer/songwriter Javier Martinez in 2012. It started as duet and a year later Salvadorian singer/songwriter Lil America joined the duet and they have been performing as a trio ever since.

Featured food truck: Tony’s Corner Streatery

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Monday, May 27 -
Maximilian and Theodor Aoki are brothers from Hamilton, Ontario.  Together, they arrange and perform contemporary popular music on two cellos.

Featured food truck: Dora’s Express Food Truck

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Matty Simpson with Justine Fischer

Monday, June 3 -
Matty Simpson is a singer-songwriter whose style has been called an eclectic mix of rock and roll with rhythm and blues. His soulful melodies and thoughtful chord progressions remain relative to the listener, and joined by Justine Fischer, his songs will leave you wanting to hear the songs on repeat.

Featured food truck: Tony’s Corner Streatery

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Monday, June 10 -
LTtheMonk is a hip-hop artist originally from London, England, currently residing in Hamilton where he has been living and performing since 2017. LT describes himself as London made, East-Coast trained, paying homage to his home city as well as the New York MCs who were his inspiration to being rapping at a young age. On stage, LTtheMonk is joined by Santiago Rozo on keyboards, Cam Watson on bass, and Lucas Hibbs on drums, 3 talented musicians who share LT’s vision to bring a mix of hip-hop, R&B and groove-based music to their live show.

Featured food truck: Jonny Blonde

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Shealagh Rose

Monday, June 17 -
Shealagh Rose is a Hamilton-based folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who blends storytelling lyrics with sweeping melodic lines and open tunings.​ She holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Humber where she developed her songwriting skills with Rik Emmett from Triumph, and recorded as a backup vocalist with legendary Ken Scott (David Bowie, The Beatles, Elton John, Pink Floyd). ​Shealagh released her debut EP “Island” in July 2016 and was a regional finalist (top 10 in Hamilton) in CBC's 2017 Searchlight competition with her song "Dream".

Featured food truck: Tony’s Corner Streatery

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Monday, June 24 -
Luckystickz is a singer-songwriter/recording artist and one of the premier Steelpan/percussionist in Canada. He has performed and worked with music legends such as Harry Belafonte, Brian Mcknight and Chili (of TLC). Luckystickz's music has given him the opportunity to perform internationally in many countries throughout the Caribbean, Asia, and North America. Luckystickz released his debut E.P. Every Day Battle in 2017 which features his hit single "Magic".

Featured food truck: Dora’s Express Food Truck

In celebration of the Canadian Country Music Awards coming to Hamilton in September 2018, local country musicians were featured at City Hall.

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Lori Yates

Monday, August 13 -
Her life provides ample source material for her art. Her evolution as a singer/songwriter echoes her journey as a human being. At the top of her game lyrically and vocally, it’s no surprise her new recording, “Sweetheart of the Valley” is being called her best work. Her lyrical observations are gritty, tender, and poignant, sung through a voice that few can equal. Some call her Canada’s answer to Emmylou Harris. Photograph by Lisa MacIntosh

Ginger St James

Monday, August 20 -
Born to entertain, Ginger St. James’ song-writing and voice are as powerful as they are poignant. Powerful in a way where it’s hard to believe such a voice comes from a five-foot frame. Poignant in a way that the music and the message rings true through the test of time. Her repertoire blends country, rockabilly and blues with a sultry voice and commanding stage presence.

Mackenzie Leigh Meyer playing guitar

Mackenzie Leigh Meyer

Monday, August 27 -
Launched into the music scene after winning the 2013 Hamilton Music Awards Rise to Fame Competition, the now 23 year old has already begun playing all over Ontario; performing at major festivals like Mattawa Voyager Days, Canada’s Largest Ribfest and Canal Days. You can also find her on regular rotation at the majority of southern Ontario’s A-list country music venues, including The Stampede Ranch, The Stampede Corral and The Oshawa Corral.

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Brad James

Tuesday, September 4 (in lieu of Labour Day) -
Brad works and lives as a full time musician in the Hamilton area. He has been “paying his dues” at a punishing rate of over 200 shows a year. Brad is ready to go to the next level and it looks like 2017 is the year of the next step as he continually writes, and records new material with many of Canada’s biggest names.

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Mother Tareka

Monday, May 7 -
Mother Tareka is a conscious Syrian Palestinian MC / Multi-instrumentalist and a HipHop Funk Jazz artist based out of Steel City, creating dissident sounds for open minds. He is backed by jazzfunk trio Easy Lemon, together weaving a polyrhythmic tapestry of lush lyricism and bouncy Afrobeat Arabesque grooves.

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Shanika Maria

Monday, May 14 -
Shanika Maria is a singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario. She is an introspective lyricist, sometimes soft and quiet, sometimes witty and cynical. She's spent 2 years in France where she explored her voice, identity and refined her style. Some have said Shanika Maria resembles a young Tracey Chapman, who leaves her listeners in awe with her quiet intensity.

Portrait image of Brad James

Brad James

Monday, May 28 -
Brad works and lives as a full time musician in the Hamilton area. He has been “paying his dues” at a punishing rate of over 200 shows a year. Brad is ready to go to the next level and it looks like 2017 is the year of the next step as he continually writes, and records new material with many of Canada’s biggest names.

Group photo of the Aubrey Wilson Quartet

Aubrey Wilson Quartet

Monday, June 4 -
Aubrey Wilson is a jazz vocalist who completed a diploma in vocal jazz performance from Mohawk College. The Aubrey Wilson Quartet features Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Sean Bruce Parker on drums and bandleader. They represent the next wave of jazz players in the city, bringing their own energy, experience, and musical sensibilities wherever they play.

My Will on stage singing

My Will

Monday, June 11 -

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Gillian Nicola

Monday, June 18 -
This rising singer/songwriter ranges from acoustic folk singer-songwriter to textured and electric Americana, and reflects a layering of influences and sounds. Her songwriting captures both autobiographical and outwardly inspired stories surrounded by a rich, folk-Americana musical landscape that is anchored on authenticity and honesty.

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Monday, June 25 -
After writing her first song at age 9, POESY is now fully immersed in the world of alternative indie music. Her name is derived from an archaic word for poetry, and is a callback to her time as an English and Creative Writing major at Western University. Her infatuation with all types of art led her to create a short story to accompany each track on her debut EP, “The Spotless Mind”.

All artists have been selected in collaboration with the Hamilton Music Advisory Team and thought given to representation from a wide variety of genres. Questions about this project or the Music Strategy, please email [email protected]

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