City of Hamilton to Promote Its Local Scene with New Music Office

City of Hamilton to Promote Its Local Scene with New Music Office
Hamilton 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.