New Hamilton website celebrates “all things music”
posted by Bob Mills
Where do you go when you want to learn about live music in Hamilton? In the past, you probably would have searched for a copy of View Magazine, or maybe scoured the pages of the Spectator for the latest Graham Rockingham review. But that was then and this is now, and now there’s a website for that. It’s called “Hamilton City of Music”.
The new site, created here at Pier 8 Group, is the brainchild of the Hamilton Music Industry Working Committee, a group of dedicated volunteers who have been working with the City government over the past four years to raise the profile of Hamilton musicians, music organizations and music-related businesses. The website was a key recommendation in the marketing plan that Pier 8 Group prepared for the City of Hamilton last year, as part of a “music city” branding and marketing project.
While not intended to be a music portal, the site incorporates a lot of features you wouldn’t expect to find, even on the music websites of cities like Nashville, Seattle, Austin or Toronto. Features like a BLOG that keeps you up-to-date on the latest happenings in the local music scene. Or the fully-searchable DIRECTORY of musicians, music organizations and music-related businesses. Plus EVENT LISTINGS for upcoming concerts and performances at clubs, bars and other music venues around the town.
But the real show-stopper is the PLAYLIST page that showcases music videos produced by Hamilton artists and bands representing almost every musical genre. These videos are, in a word, fantastic! And we’re not just talking about the big-name groups. The videos that truly amaze are the ones from artists and groups that most of us have never even heard of.
Trust me when I say, you’ll be blown away by the local musical talent that’s just waiting to be discovered.
UPDATE – SEPT. 2018 – The City of Music website has now been redirected to the City of Hamilton’s tourism website, as part of a realignment of the City’s music strategy.