Hamilton Music Awards
Hamilton Music AwardsThe Hamilton Music Awards, Conference and Festival has become one of Hamilton’s most important annual musical events. The event was introduced in 1995 as a music festival (then called Hamilton Music Scene) to showcase local talent for the international music industry who were in town for the JUNO Awards. The event has grown significantly since then and now includes a nationally broadcast music awards show, an industry awards show, festival, conference and Rising Star Search. Each year the event attracts music industry executives and fans from across Canada. Stars such as Monster Truck, Arkells, Lighthouse, U2 (via satellite), Teenage Head, Garth Hudson, Eugene Levy, Daniel Lanois, Sam Roberts, Sarah Harmer, Cathy Jones, have made appearances at Hamilton Music Awards events.

We are excited to be back at the Dofasco Centre for the Arts in 2015. The 750-seat Irving Zucker Theatre and clubs throughout downtown will make for an exciting weekend of music in Hamilton. See you there!!

Press Release - May 12, 2015

 Ian Thomas to Host HMA's!!

Sumo Cyco, Laura Cole, Dinner Belles, Justin Dunlop,
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Katie Bulley to Perform at HMA's!!

People’s Choice Nominees Announced!

HAMILTON, CANADA (May 12, 2015): Hamilton Music Awards Founder and Producer, Jean-Paul Gauthier announced at a news conference today that legendary recording artist, actor and HMA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Ian Thomas, will host this year’s Awards shows. Gauthier stated, “We are excited to have Ian hosting this year’s shows.” Gauthier added, “We’ve been trying to get Ian for years - it’s going to be a really fun and memorable evening”. The 2015 Hamilton Music Awards will be televised on CHCH at 8PM on Thursday June 11th.Gauthier also announced today, the first round of Award show performers and People’s Choice Nominees for this year’s Hamilton Music Awards. Gauthier also announced details regarding the Brian Griffith Guitar Player Bursary Fund to help young guitar players.

The first round of performers for the 2015 Hamilton Music Awards includes Laura Cole, Dinner Belles, Sumo Cyco, Justin Dunlop and Katie Bulley. The show will also feature a special tribute to Corporal Nathan Cirillo and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada which will include a performance by the Argyll’s Pipe and Drum Band. Presenters for this year’s show include members of The Trews, Mickey De Sadist (Forgotten Rebels), Edgar Breau(Simply Saucer), Rita Chiarelli and many more. More performers will be announced in the coming days.

Nominees in the People’s Choice Categories were also announced today which include four teacher categories, Local Group of the Year, Musical Event of the Year and Canadian Recording of the Year. For a list of nominees, please refer to the Music Award and Industry Award Nominees below.

In November 2014, The Life of Brian Concert was established commemorating the life of local guitarist, Brian Griffith. September Seventh Entertainment, in conjunction with the family and friends of Brian, are pleased to announce that the second annual Life of Brian Concert will take place Friday May 29th at Bay City Music Hall. Proceeds from the event will serve to fund a bursary in Brian’s name. Tickets for the concert will be available at Picks and Sticks beginning tomorrow (May 13th) at 10AM. Details regarding the bursary will be made public at the concert.

Nominees and performers are reminded to pick up their complimentary tickets to HMA events at Picks and Sticks, located at 140 Locke Street South. Representatives must bring a piece of photo ID in order to obtain tickets. Festival performers are also reminded to pick up their performer passes at the conference or opening reception next Thursday at the Dofasco Centre for the Arts.

Tickets for all events taking place at Theatre Aquarius (located at the Dofasco Centre for the Arts) are available at the Theatre Aquarius box office or online at www.theatreaquarius.org. Festival passes only are available at www.ticketbreak.com and Picks and Sticks, located at 140 Locke St S.

2015 marks a 20-year journey for the Hamilton Music Awards, Festival and Conference which began as Hamilton Music Scene, an unofficial pre-JUNO Festival, when the JUNO’S hit the road and landed in Hamilton, in March 1995.

The Hamilton Music Awards and Industry Awards were established in 2004 to promote and recognize Hamilton’s vibrant music community. The Music Awards are broadcast nationally each year and have featured appearances by Monster Truck, Daniel Lanois, Arkells, The Reason, Ian Thomas, Lighthouse, Eugene Levy, Crowbar, Jackie Washington, Garth Hudson, Teenage Head, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Whitehorse and many more. To date, over 600 awards have been given to local artists and industry. The conference is attended by over 700 students and artists annually and features guest speakers from all walks of the Canadian music industry. The festival takes place over two nights in venues throughout Hamilton’s downtown core.


For more information please contact:
Jean-Paul Gauthier
September Seventh Entertainment Limited
(905) 383-4005
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2015 Main Stage Concert Series

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