Music in Hamilton

Summer Concert Series

Artists preforming at Music Mondays infront of City Hall

Photo Credit: I Heart Hamilton

The City of Hamilton is proud to present a new program this summer that will help bring live music back to our streets and public spaces.

The Summer Concert Series features 10 free outdoor concerts with each concert hosted in a new location. Every concert features performances by 2 local bands with music ranging from reggae to indie-alternative to jazz.

While in the neighbourhood enjoying the music, make sure to explore the unique shops and restaurants in each area. Plan your visit with the help of Tourism Hamilton’s Neighbourhood Guide.

The Summer Concert Series directly aligns with recommendations from the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery by encouraging people to visit local commercial areas and supporting the city’s arts community by providing opportunities for local musicians to perform. The Hamilton Music Advisory Team have endorsed this program.

Bring your own chair. Rain or Shine.

Concert Schedule

Saturday, June 18 @ 11am - International Village

Ferguson Station, 244 King St E, Hamilton
In partnership with the International Village BIA for the ‘Shop the Village’ Sidewalk Sale

11am Rising Hedons
Rising Hedons are Hamilton’s psychedelic world-music experience. The ensemble has been heralded as a genre-twisting, multicultural world-music event not to be missed and over the past 14 years have performed hundreds of concerts all over the world. Their unique brand of entertainment fuses soaring middle eastern clarinet, traditional Turkish rhythms, and the unpredictable soul of a Rock & Roll band. No dance floor is safe during Rising Hedons’ energetic live show. www.risinghedons.com

Rising Hedons performing

12pm Riddim Riders
Riddim Riders are a reggae band from Hamilton, Ontario Canada - the "steeltown reggae" sound. Riddim Riders play a modern roots reggae style that features creamy guitar licks, sweet vocals and backing harmonies, infectious keyboard hooks and dub effects. The band is particularly recognized for their tight live performances, solid arrangements, and message of upliftment, while also paying homage to the classic 'lovers rock' style with thoughtful lyrics and original flair. www.facebook.com/RiddimRidersReggae/

Group members of Riddim Riders

Saturday, June 18 @ 2pm - Downtown Hamilton

James St. N and Wilson St, Hamilton
In partnership with the Downtown Hamilton BIA for 'Shop Downtown on Record Store Day'

2pm Wax Mannequin
Wax Mannequin (Christopher Adeney) writes music that veers from scrappy prog oddness to arena rock to modern folk-inflected indie, all with a dark humour that embraces the ridiculous and borders on outright Dadaism. However, beneath the unsettling imagery and musical left turns there is a steady current of inquisition -- a constant questioning of life’s inherent strangeness. He has appeared on thousands of venue, gallery and festival stages in Canada, Australia and Europe since 2001 and continues to carve an ever-deepening groove across the modern musical underground. www.waxmannequin.com

Wax Mannequin

3pm Linebeck
Linebeck is a Hamilton-based indie, dream-pop band that formed one month before the world stopped. Although it would have been easy to call it a day, Linebeck decided that they had something too magical to give up. Once described as a "dreamy version of Linkin Park", Linebeck aims to find the push-and-pull between happy vivacity & nostalgic melancholy. Sonically, Linebeck draws inspiration from shoegaze and dreampop, while melodically leaning on pop-driven motifs. Strongly influenced by songwriting geniuses Lennon-McCartney and pop powerhouse Max Martin, Linebeck’s songwriting is full of intention but not lacking in honesty. https://linktr.ee/LinebeckBand

Members of Linebeck

Unfortunately, Sundried Whales are no longer able to play this concert. Check them out online at www.instagram.com/sundriedwhales

Saturday, July 2 @ 7:30pm - Ancaster Village

Ancaster Old Town Hall, 310 Wilson St E, Ancaster
In partnership with the Ancaster BIA for the Ancaster Village Canada Day Celebration

7:30pm AJ Harvey and James Bryan
A global pandemic sparked music magic for Juno and Latin Grammy winning guitarist/songwriter James Bryan and International Soulful House music singer/songwriter MissFly otherwise known as AJ Harvey. Both artists were looking for a new musical outlet in the surreal world of 2020, and their fateful meeting in a park led to regular writing and jam sessions for the duo. The sound of AJ and James together is a unique brand of acoustic soul, their uplifting and soothing acoustic songs are just what the world needs to soothe our collective souls. https://agirlnamedmissfly.com

AJ Harvey and James Bryan

8:30pm Union&Kay
Hamilton's own Union&Kay joined musical forces in mid-2017 as a well received return to song-craft and rich vocal harmonies. Often referred to as 'U&K' the core 'duo' is comprised of guitarist, singer songwriter Christopher Union and classically trained singer songwriter Sheena Kay. The hidden third member is songwriter, guitarist and project manager Benjamin Washington. The musical comparisons run deep, from Lana Del Rey to Micheal Bublé to The Everly Brothers and The Raveonettes. Whether Union&Kay are performing original material or classic covers, each audience member will take away a musical memory of something special from this premiere 'Hamilton Proud' group. https://unionandkay.com/

Two members of Union&Kay

Friday, July 15 @ 7pm - Ottawa Street

East Kiwanis Place, 236 Ottawa St N
In partnership with the Ottawa St BIA

7pm Fake Shape
Fake Shape is an Alternative-Indie band from Hamilton, Ontario that formed in September 2018. Each musician offers their own aesthetic, creating music that falls between funk, indie-rock, pop and ambient electronic. They have been writing and recording at Fort Rose in Hamilton and are getting ready to release their debut EP, Night Swim. The songs drift through contrasting mindsets and morphing textures like navigating a solitary swim through dark water. https://linktr.ee/fakeshapemusic

Four members of Fake Shape

8pm MER
MER is a hip-hop artist born and raised in Hamilton. His introduction to music was at the age of 13, and since then he has been hooked. He spent 15+ years playing drums, guitar, writing songs and learning to produce. Drawing influence from artist like J. Cole, Mac Miller, and Anderson Paak, MER creates music, channeling his passion for drumming, production, and poetry to create a sonic message all of his own. He is currently preparing to release his debut album, 'LIGHTBEAM', on July 22. www.merhiphop.com

Mer outside in the sunshine amongst trees

Saturday, July 16 @ 1pm - Downtown Dundas

Memorial Square, King St W and Memorial Square, Dundas
In partnership with the Downtown Dundas BIA

1pm Martin Brothers Collective
Darin & Jeremy Martin have been performing live since they were children. Together, the Martin Brothers are highly regarded for their harmony-laced vocal melodies and heart-on-your-sleeve song writing, which is creatively woven throughout their performances. They have a tremendous ability to connect with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Listeners appreciate their thought-provoking and self-reflective openness, shared at times through humorous storytelling and anecdotes. https://www.instagram.com/martinbrotherscollective

Promotion for Darin & Jeremy Martin

2pm Piper Hayes
Piper Hayes reminds us of why we go to see live music. Her songwriting is free and fiercely personal; as if it’s been running in the woods, washing in cold water, and howling with wolves. Her immersive storytelling provides context and familiarity, drawing the audience into the conversation, onto their feet and out of their heads. She is a two time nominee of the OAC’s Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, a somatic voice educator and an advocate for mental health and social change. She will help you remember how to believe. http://pipersings.com

Piper Hayes

Sunday, July 17 @ 12pm - Locke Street

Locke Street S at Herkimer
In partnership with the Locke St BIA for Sundays Unlocked

12pm & 1pm Steve Deeps and Danielle as Scenic Roots
This Hamilton duo combines Steve's gritty Americana vocals and guitar with Danielle's buttery jazz/country/blues piano and harmonies. Together they play original songs each have written, plus their original takes on covers from Bruce Springsteen to Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt to Tom Waits. Steve's music career brought him to Mariposa 2019, as well as several residencies in Toronto. Danielle is a composer and songwriter who has been playing piano since age 2. https://scenicroots.ca

Steve Deeps and Danielle as Scenic Roots

4pm & 5pm Mahima Akshinthala
Mahima Akshinthala is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician from Hamilton, Ontario. She is a multi-instrumentalist with expertise in piano, guitar and voice who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Western Ontario. In addition to being classically trained, Mahima has interest and experience in performing jazz, pop, folk, soul and contemporary Christian music. Mahima has been performing at concerts, festivals and events in and around Hamilton. She was the winner of the 2018 Rise to Fame Competition organized by Western Fair and second runner up of the 2019 CNE Rising Star talent competition. She is known for her creative arrangements and vocals and for the passion with which she performs and connects with listeners and lovers of music. https://www.mahimamusic.ca/

Mahima Akshinthala with guitar outside

Saturday July 23 @ 10:30am - Waterdown Village

Waterdown Farmers’ Market, 79 Hamilton St N (Waterdown Legion)
In partnership with the Waterdown Village

10:30am James N. Wilson
James N. Wilson is a Mohawk and French-Canadian Musician. He has performed his music all around North America sharing the stage with many artists such as Buffy Sainte Marie, Derek Miller, Logan Staats, and DJ Shub. In 2017 he had the opportunity to sing back-up for "Lorde" at the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto, Canada. Recently he released his debut album “Tidal Wave” which was produced by Jace Martin at Jukasa Studios on Six Nations. His new single “City Lights” hit #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown in December of 2019! https://linktr.ee/jamesnwilsonmusic

James N Wilson on stage

11:30am The Vaudevillian
The jugband tunes from the award winning Hamilton based 1930's duo, The Vaudevillian consists of the old fashioned gentleman, Jitterbug James & sweet & sassy Norah Spades. This ragtime duo brings you dancing numbers from the prohibition period! Thank goodness PROHIBITION IS OVER! In addition to performing at Festivals & Theatres around Canada, The USA & Europe, they host interactive Washboard Workshops and interactive Musical Spoon Workshops all across the country and to date have taught over 2000+ participants.  The Vaudevillian were awarded the “Creative Solutioneering” by Ontario Culture Guide in their part of performing Covid-Aware, Outdoor Curbside Shows with ArtsMilton. Get ready to shine your shoes to do the skoodle um skoo!" https://thevaudevillian.ca/

Vaudevillian members, Jitterbug James & Norah Spades

Saturday, August 13 @ 2pm - Concession Street

Parking lot - 593 Concession
In partnership with the Concession BIA

2 pm Julianna Jones
24 year old singer-songwriter Julianna Jones is a powerful & rich RnB Pop voice who has an insatiable core fanbase for one reason - she’s authentic. Jones is a relatable artist, living life to its fullest, echoing her experiences to fans who are navigating life as new adults. Drawing from modern & classic influences such as Ariana Grande, Olivia Rodrigo, Julia Michaels and Adele, she infuses Rnb, soul, pop, and rock writing from her personal experiences in love and life. Featured by the likes of Canadian Beats and FYI Music News for her effortless songwriting and catchy melodies. www.instagram.com/juliannajones

Genre: Pop/R&B

Photo of Julianna

3 pm New Moon Junction
New Moon Junction, the Ontario-based trio of Barb, Tamara, and Brad introduced themselves to the Canadian Country music scene last year. They quickly made a name for themselves and have been called, “Ontario’s best kept secret”, “Country’s Hottest Trio”, and “Canada’s Lady A”. With three singles released to date and as the group continues to expand their fanbase and gain momentum you can expect to hear more great music coming your way. Stay up to date on the many shows coming your way this summer at www.newmoonjunction.com.

Genre: Country

Band members

Sunday, August 14 @ 12pm - Westdale Village

King Street West at Paisley Avenue South
In partnership with the Westdale Village BIA for ArtsWest

12 noon & 1 pm The Handsome Duo
Rev. Jon Goold was struck down by blinding light one night after an evening of drunkenness and debauchery. He then heard a benevolent voice tell him that he was to start the greatest old-timey Country & Western band anyone has ever heard of, and that he should recruit his foolish wife, his brothers, and crazed Pedal Steel player to join him in this fruitless endeavor. Thus, the Handsome Devils were born. https://thehandsomedevils.ca/

Genre: Americana

Artists with desert background

2 pm and 3 pm Emma Elena Grace
Emma Elena Grace is a singer and songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario. She walks the line between the folk genre’s old and new, weaving in balanced doses of country, pop and blues. Best known for her texturized smooth vocals, her songs have a propensity for drawing a listener in close and being emotionally resonant. Emma released her debut album This Side of the Room in August 2015, which earned her a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter in 2016. She is currently working on her second studio album, set to release this year. www.emmaelenagrace.com   

Genre: Country/Folk

Photo of Elena

Friday, August 19 @ 5pm - Downtown Stoney Creek

54 King St E, Stoney Creek
In partnership with the Stoney Creek BIA for Jazz in the Creek

5 pm and 6 pm Nezqwik
Nezqwik is whatever the moment calls for. Inspired by an array of genres and artists, every note is thought out and means something to this group, all whilst maintaining a groove that any audience can vibe with. With a rotating and ever evolving lineup and setlist, no two shows are ever the same with this group. Currently in the process of writing a debut album, the band’s philosophy is aptly described by the three short words of their slogan: Groove. Pocket. Colour. https://www.instagram.com/Nezqwik/

Genre: Jazz/Fusion/Stretch

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7 pm & 8 pm Garnetta & Dagroovmasters
Garnetta & Dagroovmasters, is a 6pc, high energy performance band and are a reflection of Canada's multicultural society. They play and sing the genres of Southern gospel Blues, Classic Soul & 80’s Funk. They have been playing music together for approximately 1 year and their style of upbeat music, brings pure joy to all listeners, and continues to spread their contagious & cheerful sounds throughout their live performances!  They make you feel as though you are a part of their show. They are a definite “must see” entertainment band!! www.garnettacromwellmusic.com

Genre: Southern, New Orleans Jazz

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