Canadian Music

Top Canadian artists are performing all over Hamilton Halton Brant. Whether you prefer classical or country, roots or rock, this is the year to open your ears to homegrown talent and to get to know our live music venues. 

Core Entertainment’s Hamilton Place and FirstOntario Centre (formerly Copps Coliseum), Hamilton
Featuring year-round concerts, dance performances and live theatre, Hamilton Place is known for its gorgeous interior and spectacular acoustics.
 
Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, Brantford
A downtown Brantford entertainment destination since 1919, the Sanderson Centre’s magnificent design and architecture represents a remarkable past and reflects the evolution and growth of heritage and culture today.
 
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville
Enjoy live theatre, dance and music 260 nights of the year at this home of the best local and international live entertainment right in the heart of downtown Oakville.
 
Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington
Enjoy excellent sightlines and proximity to the stage, world-class acoustics and an intimate connection to the performers on stage at the only freestanding green performing arts centre in Canada.
 
Ignite your imagination in this unique, state-of-the-art facitlity offering exciting performing, visual, media and literary arts experiences for all ages.
 
Here are a few ideas to start the celebrations:
  • Country and Roots Music Nights

    RBG goes a little bit country! Get ready for hot summer nights filled with inspiring performances from home-grown Canadian talent.… More >

    RBG goes a little bit country! Get ready for hot summer nights filled with inspiring performances from home-grown Canadian talent. Grab a cold drink, enjoy some delicious BBQ and let your hair down in the beauty of Hendrie Park.

    A new lineup every week; check rbg.ca/country for the full lineup.

    Time Every Tuesday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web https://www.rbg.ca/country


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  • Brantford’s Ontario Day 150 Celebration

    Kick-off the weekend of celebrations with a free country concert at Brantford’s Ontario Day 150 Celebration. The entertainment schedule will… More >

    Kick-off the weekend of celebrations with a free country concert at Brantford’s Ontario Day 150 Celebration. The entertainment schedule will be announced at the Ontario 150 Launch Event on May 18.

    Main Stage Entertainment & Headliner presented by OLG: The Main Stage Entertainment and Headliner will be announced on May 18.

    Campbell's Amusement Midway: The Campbell's Amusement Midway will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $3.00 per ticket or choose an unlimited ride bracelet for $25.00. 

    Great Canadian Eats: Come hungry! You won't go hungry with dozens of talented local food vendors and hundreds of choices available from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., presented by Rogers TV.

    Brantford's Rotary Beer Tent: The Rotary Beer Tent will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for those 19 years of age and older. Please respect the Smoke-Free Ontario Legislation, which maintains that smoking shall not be permitted in the tent, or on the field area of Lion's Park.

    The Marketplace: The Shopping Marketplace, presented by Rogers TV, is open from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. From fashion to housewares and so much more, the marketplace will be your one-stop shop. Support your local merchants as you find unique items to take home.

    'Made in Ontario' Indoor Exhibit: Discover some of the most interesting Ontario-based showcases featuring exhibits from Ontario history, automobiles, manufacturing items, interesting provincial facts and more inside the arena. If you have a club or group you want to be featured FREE of charge, please submit your application for review before June 9, 2017. Email canadaday@brantford.ca or call 519-756-1500 ext. 5523 for more details.

    More information here: http://www.discoverbrantford.ca/Celebrate150/BrantfordsOntarioDay150Celebration.aspx

    Time 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm


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  • Oakville's Canada Day
    Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, Oakville, ON

    Join us in Oakville to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! Oakville’s Canada Day is presented by Lexus of Oakville and the… More >

    Join us in Oakville to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! Oakville’s Canada Day is presented by Lexus of Oakville and the over 200 merchants of the Bronte BIA, with support from the Town of Oakville and its corporate sponsors. This day-long event will feature activities for the whole family, including: Farmer’s Market, Vendor Village featuring local crafts and artisans, Music and performances all day long on three stages, Bouncy castles, and A spectacular fireworks show over lake Ontario

    Time 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Web http://brontevillage.net/canada-150/


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  • Brantford’s Canada Day 150 Celebration

    Join Brantford’s biggest celebration with a free rock concert and amazing fireworks display to celebrate Canada Day 150. The full… More >

    Join Brantford’s biggest celebration with a free rock concert and amazing fireworks display to celebrate Canada Day 150. The full day of events and entertainment schedule will be announced at the Ontario 150 Launch Event on May 18.

    The day will be nothing short of spectacular as residents are invited to celebrate their pride for the nation at Brantford’s Canada Day 150 Celebration.

    Main Stage Entertainment & Headliner presented by OLG: The Main Stage and Young Canadians Stage Entertainment and Headliner will be announced on May 18.

    Great Canadian Eats: Come hungry! You won’t go hungry with dozens of talented local food vendors and hundreds of choices available from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., presented by Rogers TV.

    Brantford’s Rotary Beer Tent: The Rotary Beer Tent will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for those 19 years of age and older. Please respect the Smoke-Free Ontario Legislation, which maintains that smoking shall not be permitted in the tent, or on the field area of Lion’s Park.

    Campbell's Amusement Midway: The Campbell's Amusement Midway will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $3.00 per ticket or choose an unlimited ride bracelet for $25.00

    Campbell's Amusement KidZone: The Campbell's Amusement KidZone will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    The Marketplace: The Shopping Marketplace presented by Rogers TV, is open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. From fashion to housewares and so much more, the marketplace will be your one-stop shop. Support your local merchants as you find unique items to take home. 

    'Made in Ontario' Indoor Exhibit: Discover some of the most interesting Ontario-based showcases featuring exhibits from Ontario history, automobiles, manufacturing items, interesting provincial facts and more inside the arena from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you have a club or group you want to be featured FREE of charge, please submit your application for review before June 9, 2017. Email canadaday@brantford.ca or call 519-756-1500 ext. 5523 for more details. 

    Helicopter Rides: Helicopter Rides will be available for purchase as an individual or a group of 3. Make this weekend an extra special one for your family! Subject to weather and wind conditions.

    More information: http://www.discoverbrantford.ca/Celebrate150/BrantfordsCanadaDay150Celebration.aspx

    Time 10:00 am - 11:00 pm


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  • Family of Things

    Based in Hamilton, Ontario, the indie/alt-rockband Family of Things has been a collaborative sorority since 2012. Brad Barnham is a… More >

    Based in Hamilton, Ontario, the indie/alt-rockband Family of Things has been a collaborative sorority since 2012. Brad Barnham is a musical theory/composition graduate and choral conductor, while Aaron Brown is a jazz performance graduate, producer and drummer. Performance on the 3rd Floor of the Cotton Factory. Doors Open at 7:00pm Performance to begin at 8:00pm Click on the link below to purchase your tickets now! Fee: $20.00

    Time 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Web https://www.bruha.com/event/1144


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    14
  • Mississippi Bends

    Mississippi Bends is Hamilton Based Alt Country/North Americana band with a dark, swampy organic brew that will buckle your knees… More >

    Mississippi Bends is Hamilton Based Alt Country/North Americana band with a dark, swampy organic brew that will buckle your knees faster than a triple whiskey sour. Mixing the multi-grit ambient textures of Andrew Aldridge's guitar sounds and the dark country croons of Mary Simon's voice comes the unique sound of this duo. In 2015 Mississippi Bends was nominated for New Artist/Group of the Year and Alt/Country Recording of the Year with the Hamilton Music Awards for their self-titled EP. Performance will take place on the 3rd floor of the Cotton Factory. Doors Open at 7:00pm Performance to begin at 8:00pm Click on the link below to purchase your tickets!

    Time 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Web https://www.bruha.com/event/1146


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    21
  • Dan Edmonds, Cosmos Quartette and Emma VanDyk

    Dan Edmonds (ACT 1) From the grooving opening track “To Be That Needle,” to the charmingly lo-fi “Yearning,” Edmonds presents… More >

    Dan Edmonds (ACT 1) From the grooving opening track “To Be That Needle,” to the charmingly lo-fi “Yearning,” Edmonds presents himself as a folkie with a tough, inner-city edge. It’s a stylistic shift he had been mulling over before Harlan Pepper’s dissolution, and as tracks began taking shape in his home studio, Edmonds soon realized he had no choice but to go all the way.

    Cosmos Quartettes (ACT 2) We play music while drinking tea, and will quite often apply peppermint oil to the backs of our necks to feel enlightened before a show. We play music void of drums. You will often see us smile at each other while performing, and as often as possible while not performing. Brad Germain plays the acoustic guitar and sings, Kate Quigley plays the flute and the piano and sings, Joel Banks plays the upright bass and sings, and Sara Froese plays violin and sings. Our music can be listened to by anyone who likes to daydream, and by those who think about the metaphysical nature of all things. File under meta-folk.

    Emma VanDyk (OPENER) is a singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario. She has been writing and performing music for years, and her songs have been described as "beautifully honest". Emma represented Hamilton in the Top 25 of the CBC Music Searchlight 2017 competition, and has opened for bands like The City Harmonic and The Brothers McClurg. Emma is currently releasing a single every month and is hard at work on her debut EP.

    Time 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Web https://www.bruha.com/event/1159


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  • The Vaudevillian

    "The roaring tunes from the 1920's band, The Vaudevillian make you get off your doggone caboose & do the lindy… More >

    "The roaring tunes from the 1920's band, The Vaudevillian make you get off your doggone caboose & do the lindy hop! The old fashioned gentleman, Jitterbug James, the mouthy Norah Spades & the Southerner Piedmont Johnson bring you dancing numbers from the prohibition period! Thank goodness PROHIBITION IS OVER! Get ready to shine your shoes to do the skoodle um skoo!" Performance to take place on the 3rd floor of the Cotton Factory. Doors Open at 7:00pm Performance to begin at 8:00pm. Click on the Link below to purchase your tickets.

    Time 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Web https://www.bruha.com/event/1149


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  • Diana Panton

    Diana Panton has quietly become one of the brightest lights on the jazz scene today. Her work has been consistently… More >

    Diana Panton has quietly become one of the brightest lights on the jazz scene today. Her work has been consistently praised by listeners and music critics alike for her ethereal vocals, exceptional song selection and emotional intensity. "Her diaphanous vocal sound never insists and her high speed vibrato is like the beat of a hummingbird's heart - natural, untainted and pure." (Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, Wholenote Magazine) Her keen aesthetic sense has attracted the attention of some of the jazz world's most respected masters. When Order of Canada and legendary multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson first heard Panton sing at age 19, he recommended she audition for the reputed jazz workshop at the Banff Center for the Arts (Canada). There, she studied under Norma Winstone (and in subsequent visits, Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan). "When the great singer Sheila Jordan said Diana Panton 'sounds like the sweetest bird you'll ever hear', she helped define some of the ephemeral delicacy that marks Panton as unique." (Stuart Broomer, Toronto Life) Before recording her first album, Panton completed an Honours Masters degree in French literature and fulfilled a teaching engagement at the University of Paris (France), followed by a position as a French Sessional Lecturer at McMaster University (Canada). She then completed a teaching degree in French, Visual and Dramatic Arts which would eventually lead to her current position at Westdale Secondary (Canada). When the time finally arrived to go into the studio, national award-winning guitarist Reg Schwager was invited to join Don Thompson for some stellar accompaniment behind Panton's pure vocals. The late great Montreal jazz critic Len Dobbin called "...yesterday perhaps" one of the finest debut CDs he had heard in years! It landed Diana on the covers of VIEW and NOW Magazine and the album made NOW's TOP 10 Discs of the Year. The album was also awarded a Silver Disc Award upon its release in Japan in 2011. Since her initial CD release, Panton has published an impressive catalogue of internationally acclaimed albums which have garnered numerous honours, including two JUNO wins, a second Silver Disc Award in Japan, five JUNO nominations, nine Hamilton Music Awards, a host of National Jazz Award nominations, Canadian and American Independent Music Award nominations. Her sophomore album, "if the moon turns green ..." was the first place jury-selection to perform at the Jazz à Juan Révélations in France where she was voted Première Dauphine by the Juan public. She has been named one of Canada’ s TOP 5 Jazz Vocalists by CBC radio host Tim Tamashiro. Her most recent album JUNO-winning album, "I Believe in Little Things" is for kids and the young at heart. The album charted Number 1 on iTunes and Amazon in the US and Canada. It debuted simultaneously at # 8 on Billboard's Jazz Chart and # 11 on Billboard's Kids Chart upon its release in the US. Along with winning a number of Children's awards, the album went to # 1 on iTunes "Movers and Shakers" Chart. One gets the feeling this is just the tip of the iceberg for Panton... this artist is on the brink of something big. 

    Doors Open: 7:00pm. 

    Performance to being at 8:00pm 

    Performance to take place on the 3rd floor of the Cotton Factory 

    Click on the link below to purchase your tickets. 

    Time 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Web https://www.bruha.com/event/1160


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  • Jennifer Budd

    Growing up in Ontario, Jennifer Budd fell in love with music early on. Her mother, a church singer who raised… More >

    Growing up in Ontario, Jennifer Budd fell in love with music early on. Her mother, a church singer who raised her on musicals and folk legends, influenced her love for music and the arts and she found her way to the stage. In her youth Jennifer attended many musical theatre camps where she met her first vocal coach, Barbara Young, at the world-renowned Shakespeare Festival Theatre Summer School. At age fourteen, she began songwriting after her piano teacher, Debbie Robertson, encouraged her to write for the academy’s annual performance. Over the years Jen has been coached by multiple teachers such as Janet Obermeyer, Charmaine Brown, Kitchener (the only Brett Manning Associate in Canada), and Brett Manning (Singing Success). In 2014, Jennifer graduated from Redeemer University with a B.A in Music and a minor in Religion & Theology. Her four years at Redeemer shaped her both musically and personally, allowing her to transition from a folk artist to soul and R&B. Now based in Hamilton, Jennifer joined forces with Michael Keire, a Canadian based producer, to release her debut album Lip Service, in late fall of 2015. Inspired by everything from the blues to the melody-driven musicality of gospel music, neo-soul and funk, the album featured Jennifer’s bold and spirited debut single “Don’t Even.” With feel good vibes, heavy funk sound, and meaningful authenticity the album was an introduction to Jennifer’s approach to songwriting. Following her January 2016 appearance on the cover of Hamilton Magazine, Budd won Best New Artist of the Year and was nominated for Pop Recording of the Year at the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards. This Performance will take place on the 3rd floor of the Cotton Factory. Doors Open at 7:00pm. Performance to begin at 8:00pm. Click on the link below to purchase your tickets now.

    Time 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Web https://www.bruha.com/event/1153


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  • Iskwe

    In a world where the sum of our lives is defined through another’s gaze, genuinely unchained artists like Winnipeg-bred Hamilton-based… More >

    In a world where the sum of our lives is defined through another’s gaze, genuinely unchained artists like Winnipeg-bred Hamilton-based Iskwé (pronounced iss-kway) are a rare breed. Named one of the ‘Top 10 Artists to Watch’ by CBC Music, Iskwé’s (‘woman’ in Cree) unmistakable sound weaves her Irish and Cree/Dené/Métis roots with poignant politically charged lyrics, dark soulful R&B rhythms, electronic flourishes, and trip hop breakbeats. Bridging cross-cultural aesthetics while exploring her own struggle to both fit into and breakaway from modern Western archetypes has been an important part of Iskwé’s artistic vision since the release of her self-titled debut album in late 2013. Her debut single “Nobody Knows,” produced by Juno Award nominees The Darcys and currently featured in the Netflix series Between, captivated audiences by turning a stark spotlight on the more than 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women here in Canada. Unafraid to challenge the convictions of her detractors by honouring her heritage, standing steadfast in her viewpoints, Iskwé’s artistry knows no bounds. Blending soulful, breathlessly delivered lyrics coloured by the many shades of human nature with a sonic palette that takes its cue from the shadowy atmospherics of the 1990s Bristol sound, Iskwé’s music revels in her strength of self and that is her true rallying cry. Iskwé’s sophomore album ‘The Fight Within’ is released Fall 2017. Opener: Logan Stats Born on the Six Nations Reserve and raised in the small ghost town of Brantford, Ontario, Logan Staats started writing and performing music in his early teens and would later go on to become an accomplished multi-nominated and award winning artist. Once in a blue moon, an artist emerges on the scene as if fully formed. His haunting and distinct voice, immediate in its character, has given him countless opportunities to share the stage with acts such as Buffy Sainte-Marie, Keith Secola, Mumford and Sons and more. A product of passion, compulsion and tireless musical commitment, Logan’s songs feel as if they are truly his own. Armed with his guitar and harmonica, he has transitioned from running the weekend bar circuit to playing sold out venues and events at places like his favourite venue The Sanderson Centre in his hometown. Logan never misses the opportunity to collaborate his style with other artists, such as Derek Miller, even honouring his long time favourite singer/songwriter Bob Dylan with his recording of a late night, live off the floor version of “Don’t Think Twice” accompanied by Terra Lightfoot. His performances are animated by a level of self-possession, sadness and joy created by an aura of inevitability that surrounds the emergence of such artists. Now reunited with Victor Martisius, an award-winning guitarist, producer, former band mate from Ghost Town Orchestra and his best friend, Logan is on a warpath hell bent on raising the bar for indigenous/mainstream crossover music. Doors Open 7:00pm Performance Begins 8:00pm. The Performance to take place on the 3rd floor of the Cotton Factory.

    Time 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Web https://www.bruha.com/event/1162


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  • Diamond DJ Collective

    On Friday, August 11th get ready for a super awesome DJ night with the Diamond DJ Collective! Unlike the other… More >

    On Friday, August 11th get ready for a super awesome DJ night with the Diamond DJ Collective! Unlike the other musical acts, this night will run from 9pm-12am. The overall theme of the evening is going to be Upbeat and Fun! No classic rock, no crazy Top 40 but a mixture between 80s 90s disco Motown soul indie canadiana and more. To take place on the 3rd Floor of the Cotton Factory. Dj's Donna Lovejoy, Fazooli, Rosé and Kristin Archer join forces, mixing together varying years of experience, styles, and eras to bring you one killer dance party. From old school, indie rock, pop jams, hip hop, house, and electronic, we’re dropping dancefloor gems to make your body rock. Click on the link below to purchase your tickets.

    Time 9:00 pm - 12:00 am

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Web https://www.bruha.com/event/1156


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  • Bonga & The Vodou Drums of Haiti with cellist Rufus Cappadocia

    Bonga & the Vodou Drums of Haiti present traditional Afro-Haitian roots music in its most raw and enchanting form. Together… More >

    Bonga & the Vodou Drums of Haiti present traditional Afro-Haitian roots music in its most raw and enchanting form. Together with Hamilton born cellist Rufus Cappadocia, the group creates a cross cultural infusion of instrumental music with traditional song and dance . Master drummer Bonga Jean-Baptiste and his son Tiga Jean-Baptiste combine Drum, Mbira and Electric Kalimba with Cappadocia's unique electric cello mastery. Together they weave intricate Vodou rhythms with the ecstatic Afro-Caribbean dance of Belinda Becker, with her powerful combination of traditional and freestyle improvisation. The handcrafted drums from Bonga’s collection are played with a deft precision rarely seen outside of Haiti, and Cappadocia's original 5 string electric cello and electric Kalimba combine to create a modern traditional offering with an extensive repertoire of Afro-Haitian rhythms, kreyol songs and dance. Performance to take place on the 3rd floor of the Cotton Factory. Doors open 7:00pm. Performance to begin at 8:00pm Click on the link below to purchase your tickets.

    Time 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Web https://www.bruha.com/event/1158


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  • Supercrawl

    Supercrawl features three days of free music spread over multiple stages lining the length of James Street North. The festival… More >

    Supercrawl features three days of free music spread over multiple stages lining the length of James Street North. The festival attracts an average of 130,000 visitors annually to watch over 50 bands, making it one of the largest free music festivals in Ontario. The festival also showcases large-scale visual art installations, performance art, an artisan market, food trucks and fashion.

    Web http://supercrawl.ca/


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  • Brantford Village International Jazz Festival

    If you love jazz this is the event for you! We invite you to make the Trip to Harmony Square… More >

    If you love jazz this is the event for you! We invite you to make the Trip to Harmony Square in Brantford for great music and good vibes. With over 23 bands providing continuous free music during the day, we know you will have the time of your life.  Enjoy four stages of world class entertainment ranging from traditional jazz to Big Band Swing to Spanish Afro-Cuban grooves, to Dixieland Jazz. Be sure to check out the Canadaina Stage when you attend! 

     

    Web http://brantfordjazzfestival.com/


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  • Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues

    Royal Botanical Garden’s live summer concert series returns to beautiful Hendrie Park. An RBG tradition continues with another stunning lineup… More >

    Royal Botanical Garden’s live summer concert series returns to beautiful Hendrie Park. An RBG tradition continues with another stunning lineup of entertainment returning to the Hendrie Park stage. Enjoy a cold drink and BBQ and get set for some award-winning jazz and blues musicians in our lovely garden setting.

    A new lineup every week; check rbg.ca/jazz for the full lineup.

    Time Every Wednesday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/musicnights


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