Live Music / Night Life
Festivals – we really like our festivals – all through the year, all different types of events – check them out here
This Ain’t Hollywood – James Street North’s award winning venue, hosts big names, up and comers, comedians and fundraisers
The Casbah – attached to the new Stratchcona for some pre show eats, The Casbah hosts top canadian and international bands, and focuses only on independent craft beers on tap
Club Absinthe – Downtown King William – hosts different genres depending on the night, from live Hip Hop shows to rockabilly favourites the Matadors
Steel Lounge – Downtown King William and Ferguson – opened late 2014, Hamilton’s latest LGBT friendly night club, great atmosphere
Augusta Street and Hess Village boast lots of late night entertainment with pubs, dancing, winebars, craft beers or cocktails.
Two Black Sheep offers up cocktails and oysters on John and a new option BlackSheep Snackbar on Ottawa Street where Stacy and Handsome Dave will mix you a mean Don Ho (Rum etc in a Tiki Mug just go for it). On James North Wild Orchid is known for its mussels and Sangria and its front patio offers up some great people watching
Local Music goes hand in hand with Sonic Unyon Records– a record label that was started in 1993 acts as an avenue to not only promote and showcase local artists, but to give them the ability to operate independently. Sonic Unyon is also behind SuperCrawl, Because Beer, Hamilton Blues and Roots Festival and they operate Mills Hardware.
Homegrown Hamilton – local musicians & comedians, in house roasted coffee, delicious food locally sourced, craft beers
Junos 2015 – Turn it On Hamilton – The Junos are coming back home to Hamilton in March 2015 and every night of Juno Week leading up the awards ceremony itself, have tons of shows that are bound to impress
Names that you may recognize that hail from Hamilton?
Teenage Head, Jeremy Fisher, The Arkells, Whitehorse, The Dinner Belles, The Vaudevillian, Ginger St. James, Stan Rogers, The Dirty Nil, Terra Lightfoot, Oh Susanna, Tom Wilson, Daniel Lanois, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Ash & Bloom to name just a few
Mark Furukawa aka Dr. Disc is a local legend – not just for stocking so much great local and hard to find music, but for being actively supportive of local talent. You will often find live performances on the rooftop of his record shop at the corner of Wilson & James Streets. And you may just luck out with a glimpse of him DJ’ing around town!
Hamilton is a big supporter of it’s CFL team, The Ti-Cats – OSSKEEWEEWEE! For years they played in Ivor Wynne Stadium, but in 2014 that stadium was torn down and rebuilt in the same location in central Hamilton, Tim Horton’s Field.
In the Summer of 2015, Hamilton will host the Soccer games of the PanAm games
The Hamilton Bulldogs were the local AHL affiliate team for the Montreal Canadiens. In 2015 it was announced that the AHL team would be leaving, but that Hamilton would be getting a new OHL team. So the 2015-2016 will introduce the new Hamilton Bulldogs!
The Fringe Festival gives even non regular theatre goers the chance to check out all sorts of shows and performances.
The Staircase – On Dundurn in Kirkendall – a small intimate theatre that is also available for private functions and parties
Theatre Aquarius – Located in Beasley on King William – it’s not only a leading performance space for Canadian theatre, it also offers a training programme for actors, singers and dancers. It’s operates the Dofasco Centre for the Arts
Westdale Theatre – a beautiful rep cinema in the heart of Westdale Village
Movie Theatres – you can catch the latest releases at Jackson Square’s theatre, or at your standard Silver City locations in Ancaster and Upper Stoney Creek. In warmer months you can get the classic outdoor experience at the Starlite Drivein Theatre, in Upper Stoney Creek.
Citadel Theatre – home to Hammer Entertainment – a musical theatre group small; 300 seat gem in downtown Hamilton
The Pearl Company – Theatre, gallery and arts space downtown Hamilton
Theatre Ancaster – over 2 decades of musical community theatre
The Players Guild – at Queen & Main, this performance space is North America’s oldest community theatre!
Mills Hardware – 95 King East – the folks behind Sonic Unyon operate this event and entertainment space that hosts private functions, record release parties, political gatherings, art and live performances – the venue is license and can hold up to 150 people
The Spice Factory – 121 Hughson Street – a recently reclaimed building, can host private or corporate events, music or art showings
270 Sherman – the former Cotton Factory in lower Hamilton has been converted into a creative industries complex, with space for workshops, galleries, office space for creative professionals, and studios for artists.
The Zoetic – a refurbished vintage theatre on the edge of the mountain on Concession street, its hosts viewing parties for classic films, oscar parties, comedy nights and is available for private events
What people are saying
- The Spectator March 2015 – Hamilton Music Through the Ages
- BlogTo November 2013 – Why you need to know about the Hamilton Music Scene
- The Spectator June 2013 – New Partner for Sonic Unyon
- CBC Music May 2012 – 5 Legends from the Hamilton Music Scene