By Tracee Lee Holloway


The best part of summer in Hamilton is that there is no shortage of events to take in.  The arts and music scene is alive and well, and festival season has arrived.

Have you had the chance to check out the Concrete Canvas Festival?  Look around town and take note of some of the amazing art, on the sides of buildings, large scale murals.  For more info visit

Dusk Dances has returned to Bayfront Park July 25-28.  If you have never been, this is something to experience.


The Fringe Festival is 12 days of 400+ performances spanning 15 venues and runs July 17-25.  Plan your staycation in Hamilton by adding a few plays to your itinerary.  For schedule, patio events  and kids club info visit

I am looking forward to the Chasing Shadows Production: Diamond in the Rough playing at The Players Guild of Hamilton.  It’s is the newest performance from Will Gillespie and Susan Robinson aka the folks that brought you the hilarious Swingin’ in St. Johns.

The Gore Park Summer Promenade continues until August 30 to offer up live performances every Tuesday to Thursday downtown.  So grab your lunch, pull up a chair and take in some tunes 11-4pm.  The schedule can be found at

On Sunday July 21 2-5pm, there is the Bluegrass Benefit Show to #SaveTheWesleyDayCentre.  Featuring three sets of music from the band Chopped Liver, to raise awareness and funds for the Wesley Day Centre and Safe Injection Site.  Entry by donation the event is hosted by The Casbah located at 306 King Street West.  Details at

For fans of local artist Lance Darren Cole, he is set to release his rhyming fable: Monarchs By The Sea.  It features luscious art by Nick Blicharski and is published by Doll House Publishing.