Downtown Hamilton is Goin’ Country

The Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMAs) are taking place in Downtown Hamilton this year and for the week leading up to the awards show on Sunday night, this town is goin’ country.

The Canadian Country Music Association has a tonne of fun activities guaranteed to get anyone into the honky-tonk spirit. From free concerts to a 5k run there is truly something for everyone during Country Week.  Take a look at the schedule of events here:

Many of the businesses here in the Downtown Hamilton BIA have gotten into the swing of things and are taking part in the Country Music Crawl. With restaurants making theme dishes and giving out extra deals, I reckon there’s never been a better time for all of you country fans to come and explore Downtown Hamilton. Have a look at what’s going on –


Gore Park Country Roundup

Wednesday, September 5th – 5pm

The Washboard Union, The Abrams and, Leah Daniels are coming to Gore Park for a free concert to support Hamilton Food Share. Bring your donations and non-perishable food items for the chance to win tickets to the award show on Sunday. There will also be a family fun zone and delicious local food trucks!



Diplomat at 43 King William Street has a full week of country music acts to accompany their amazing dishes and drinks. Whether you’re inside, or on the patio, the Diplomat is the perfect place to take some friends to relax and hear some great music. Here’s the line up:

Wednesday September 5th  9pm – 11pm

Ty Owens and The 4th Line

Thursday September 6th  9pm – 11pm

The Redhill Valleys

Friday September 7th 5pm – 7pm

Kelly Prescott & Linsey Beckett

Saturday September 8th 5pm – 7pm

Chris Ayries Band with Special Guest

Sunday September 9th 5pm

Melissa Marchese / Kelsi Mayne


33 Bowen

Known for their live music and delicious food, 33 Bowen is always a great choice, and they’re going even bigger for the CCMA’s with a Canadian Country Artist Showcase all weekend!  Their showcase runs from noon – 1 am on Sept. 7th and 8th and noon – 4 pm on Sept. 9th and will include over 50 CCMA artists. They also have special after party shows on Friday and Saturday night starting at 9pm. This, plus some extra special country-themed dishes (catfish anyone?) means 33 Bowen is sure to impress.


Berkley North

Is great food what really soothes your soul? Then Berkley North is the place to be. Voted as one of Canada’s top 100 restaurants their food is as divine as the atmosphere on their patio. On Sept 8th they’ll be hosting one of Hamilton’s favourite country acts  – Ginger St. James.


Dirty Dog Saloon

Last but certainly not least is our very own country bar – Dirty Dog Saloon. With a coyote ugly style bar and a mechanical bull, you’re sure to be entertained all night. Come let loose and you’ll be two-stepping in no time.


Food and Drink

If country music just isn’t quite your thing, there’s plenty of food and drink options to keep you satisfied.

Toast Wine Bar will be serving up some Country Styled cocktails throughout the week. Pairing one of those with their Magnum Monday hot dogs is a recipe for a good time!


You can also find deals on all the best dishes on our dining guide. Find them at Tourism Hamilton or local hotels and bring along to get in on all of these great specials.



The Downtown Update is the e-newsletter sent by the Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement Area to keep both members of the BIA and interested supporters of Downtown up-to-date with activities and issues in the core of our community.