Friday, June 29th to Monday, July 2nd – Gage Park
Canada’s longest running and largest free festival is back this weekend at Gage Park. The performers for the main stage were announced weeks ago and can be found here.
The real excitement, however, will be happening at the New Music stage (towards the back of the park – near the carnival rides). The line up for this year’s New Music expo is fantastic and the full list of performers – with the schedule can be found on the Facebook page.
A few of our highlights are: Manter, KA$HKAVAL, The Hamilton Hi-Cats, Supa83, Lee Reed, The Motestra, Earth Wind & Choir, Huren, Cessna, and glassEYELashes. That is just a small sample of the amazing line up for this weekend.
Saturday, June 30th. 8pm @The Casbah + Casbah Lounge – $PWYC
Seen – A Document(ary) of Hamilton Music has been garnering enthusiasm around Hamilton ever since the teaser-trailer was released a few months ago.
Hamilton has had a vibrant music scene for a long time and this documentary project is a fantastic way to honour that.
Many local bands will be performing, both in the main room and the lounge, on Saturday. The lineup includes: Tomi Swick, Live How You Live, Engine Empire, Weekend Riot Club, The Human Orchestra, Animal Farm, Kirby, Max Wray, Trevor Howard, Robin Benedict, and Ellie K.
If you would like to learn more about this project, or would like to help in a different way – check out the fund-raising page here.
Thursday, June 29th. 6pm / 10pm @ 118 James North & This Ain’t Hollywood
Super Crawl was the event of last summer, and from the looks of the musical line up and events planned for this year – we are in for another fantastic time.
The tireless volunteers and organizers of the event are holding a fund raiser for Super Crawl 2012 this Thursday at Thier + Curran Architects Inc (118 James N). This art preview and talk will be followed up with an after party at This Ain’t Hollywood which will start at 10pm.
The after party features a impressive list of Hamilton heavy hitters: Lee Reed, Canadian Winter, and Crop Failure
Sunday, June 24th 10am – 5pm – James St N & Area
This weekend is shaping up to be a great one, Hamilton. Saturday we have Open To The Core music festival, and on Sunday in virtually the same neighbourhood we have Open Streets fest.
This year’s Open Streets features a pedestrian area that is over 2kms long. Several downtown business and organizations have worked together to put on this great event.
Some of the highlights include: YWCA – Walk a mile in her shoes, a book sale by GritLIT, live music, and so much more.
Come downtown this Sunday to take back the streets. Leave your car behind, tune up that bike, lace up those shoes, and come explore our streets.
More information can be found here.
Saturday, June 23rd. 10pm @ The Brain – $PWYC
After you’ve seen all of the day time shows during Open To The Core – head on over to The Brain for a fine selection of pints and some live music.
Toronto’s SIANspheric are performing as a part of ‘Saturday Night Live’ at The Brain. SIANspheric have been making music since 1990 and have crated a very unique form of shimmery, hazy, space-rock like music. Their website describes the sound as: “a kind of cocoon music which suggests the insulated feeling of being pleasantly adrift in a Vicodin haze, looking bemusedly out at the cold, harsh world while feeling no pain..” How can you go wrong with that? You can’t.
Come down to The Brain this Saturday and get ready to step into the Cocoon.
Saturday, June 23rd – all day – Absinthe, Homegrown, and Dr. Disc – $8
Ahh, summer. Amongst the many perks of summer is the increase in music festivals. There are few things greater than spending a relaxing weekend walking from venue to venue to see your favourite artists.
Open to The Core music festival is happening this Saturday downtown at: Homegrown Hamilton, Absinthe, and Dr. Disc (basement).
The festival features quite the impressive line up, with a variety of genres, and a lot of local talent in the mix. The full schedule can be seen here. A few highlights are: Silverstein, Saint Aliva, Organ Thieves, and local heroes – Lee Reed, Canadian Winter, Rifkin, Kirby.. and many more.
You can purchase a pass for $8 that gives access to all of the shows on Saturday. Check out the official website for full details: http://www.opentothecore.com