Published Jan 23, 2014Hamilton is home to successful acts like Whitehorse, Monster Truck, Arkells and many more, and now the Ontario city's thriving scene is getting a $50,000 boost in order to establish a music office.
The city's councillors have voted to spend the cash on an office at the city's Lister Block. The goal is to promote music-related events and businesses, assist local musicians, and ultimately boost Hamilton's musical reputation.
Film will also be part of the office and an advisory board will be established.
"We have a vibrant music scene now," consultant Jacqueline Norton said [via CBC] at a meeting on Wednesday (January 23). "We want to grow that to even bigger proportions."
Hamilton will host the Juno Awards in 2015, and it will be home to a world music festival this summer. Since 2009, the city has offered a free Supercrawl festival in its downtown core, and the event will return in 2014 from September 12 to 14.
To get you a bit nostalgic about the Hamilton music scene, you can watch an archival documentary on the city's Sonic Unyon label.