Music Mondays

Artists preforming at Music Mondays infront of City HallIn celebration of Canadian Music Week (May 7 to 13) the City and the Hamilton Music Advisory Team are launching a new live music series every Mondays outside of City Hall at noon for the months of May and June.

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

  • Experience live music
  • Explore and support local artists
  • Discover new genres

Feel free to bring a chair or blanket and your lunch.

Music Mondays Live Performances Outside at City Hall

Every Monday at 12 to 1 pm
May 7 to June 25 (Rain or Shine)
Hamilton City Hall, Forecourt
71 Main St. W., Hamilton

Artist Lineup for Music Mondays


Portrait image of Mother Tareka

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.

Portrait image of Shanika Maria

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 -

Portrait image of Gillian Nicola

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.

Portrait image of Poesy


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”.

Music Mondays - Poesy

Monday, June 25, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

After writing her first song at age 9, POESY is now fully immersed in the world of alternative indie music.

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

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