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James Tennant - Guest blogger Jamie Tennant is the Program Director at CFMU 93.3 FM at McMaster.  He has written for various publications including Chart Magazine, TV Times, SOCAN Words and Music, Hamilton Spectator and Hamilton Magazine, where he was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2009.  Jamie also appears as a regular guest and contributor on Cable 14.  He was a member of the Grand Jury for the prestigious 2013 Polaris Music Prize. Follow him on Twitter.

His blog, Music in the City, explores how Hamilton music got to where it is and where it’s going. Discover artists and scenes you know and love, as well as those that might have been off your radar…until now.



Find Your Groove at a Music Festival in Hamilton this Summer

There’s no better way to enjoy the summer than with a little music – and Hamilton provides a lot more than a little. 

Music Venues in Hamilton

Hamilton has a vibrant music scene just waiting to be explored. You can find music everywhere – from stadiums to intimate clubs. To discover music in this city, you simply need to know where to go.  

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Spring Music Festival Roundup in Hamilton

As the days begin to heat up in Hamilton, so does festival season. By mid-May events are in full swing, celebrating the talents of local emerging and established artists, as well as national and international performers, in all styles of music from rock to classical. On the streets, in parks, and in various venues around town, you’ll find out music means in Hamilton. Here’s a run-down of some of the events you can enjoy this spring season.


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A Supercrawl Music Sampler

Supercrawl organizers strive to make the festival’s musical line-up fresh and interesting every year. They shy away from the mainstream and focus instead on up and coming artists, interesting and unique styles of music, or talented local acts. This year’s three-day music and arts festival (Sept. 11-13) is no exception, from the headlining artists on down.



Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra Welcomes “New” Music Director

Gemma New was recently named Music Director at the HPO (Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra), and she can’t wait to get to Hamilton.


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Hamilton’s Electronic Music Scene

For a long time, if you thought about Hamilton music, you thought about grit and guitars. Hamilton has been home to some gritty guitar bands – some great guitar bands – and that, for the most part, was the foundation of our musical reputation. Of course, if you turned over enough guitar amps, you found synths, keyboards and computers underneath. The electronic music scene in Hamilton was buried deep in the underground.


Hamilton’s JUNO Nominees Share Their Favourites

So, outside the JUNO festivities… what are you going to do this week? We’ve added some ‘expert’ opinions to the mix – Hamilton’s JUNO nominees. We asked several of them to recommend something to do for those Canadians coming to experience Hamilton this March.

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Hamilton’s Most Memorable JUNO Moments

On March 15, the JUNO Awards return to Hamilton for the sixth time.

Now that the JUNOS have returned, let’s take a look back at some other moments where the fate of JUNOs and Hamilton have intersected.


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Hamilton Turns It On for 2015 JUNO Awards

Having the JUNOs in Hamilton will be about much more than a red carpet and fancy statuettes. It’ll be a week where Hamilton can integrate with the JUNOs and illuminate our unique music scene – diverse and determined, unpretentious and unaffected and unlike any other. Kind of like Hamilton itself.

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