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Part 16: Country Music Crawl and the Summer Promenade

Calling all music fans!

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that the last four slots on our Summer Promenade schedule have been labeled “TBA- Stayed Tuned” since it was released, but we can now share the exciting details surrounding these last two weeks.

The Downtown Hamilton BIA is thrilled to announce that we have partnered with The Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association and Tourism Hamilton for Hamilton Country Crawl. In a lead up to the Canadian Country Music Awards on September 16, country artists will be playing throughout the city, including our very own Summer Promenade! On August 24 and 31, four talented country music artists will take over the Summer Promenade, turning it into a celebration of all things country music. These shows are part of the much larger Country Music Crawl, which highlights some of Hamilton’s best spots and incredible country talent at the same time. You can find more information about the Country Music Crawl and the rest of its scheduled events here. Here is the schedule for the last two weeks of the Summer Promenade, as part of the Country Music Crawl:

August 24, 2023Ian James BainElyse Saunders
August 31, 2023Kelsi MayneGenevieve Fisher

Each one of these artists is sure to bring an incredible sound and great atmosphere, transforming the Summer Promenade into a country-themed celebration. Here is some more information about each one of these artists:

Ian James Bain

Ian James Bain is country singer and songwriter based in Hamilton, ON. After writing and collecting songs in the West and on the road he recorded his debut album with Jonas Bonetta at Port William Sound, finding a sound that draws from a wide range of musical influence while remaining firmly rooted in the country music tradition.’Where I Wanna Be’ was released in October of 2022 and is filled with heartfelt songs about wandering, searching, love and hurt. You can find him somewhere down the road. You can find more information about Ian James Bain and listen to his music through his website, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, and Apple Music.

Elyse Saunders

Peterborough, Ontario native Elyse Saunders, is a 2023 CMAOntario award winning artist that’s carved her path in Country music as a powerhouse vocalist, dynamic stage performer and topline songwriter. Not only is she quickly building a name as an exceptional talent, but her undeniable & unstoppable drive has been the foundation to her rising success.  You can find more information about Elyse Saunders and listen to her music through her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Apple Music, and Spotify.

Kelsi Mayne

Windsor native Kelsi Mayne produces music with staying power and dynamism that has given her opportunities such as Boots and Hearts, Alberta’s Big Valley Jamboree and signing national anthems for the Toronto Blue Jays. However, none of this stopped her from dusting off her nursing degree and joining the frontlines when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Clips of her video “As I Go” have gone viral on TikTok and generated more than 4 million views, making her the most popular Canadian country performer on the platform. She was a finalist of SiriusXM’s “Top of the Country” contest and received CMAOntario nominations in both 2020 and 2021. You can find more information about Kelsi Mayne and listen to some of her music through her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify.

Genevieve Fisher

London born and raised, Genevieve Fisher, has earned 9 top 50 hits on both Billboard’s BDS and Mediabase Canadian National Country Chart. Genevieve has earned recognition within the Canadian Country Music scene by earning 7 Female Artist of the Year nominations, including 2023, as we well as numerous nominations for Single of the Year and Songwriter of the Year at the Country Music Association of Ontario Music Awards. While still in her teens, The Canadian Country Music Association recognized Genevieve’s emerging talent with her CCMA performance selection at the 2012 New Artist Showcase in Saskatoon. Her songwriting skills continue to be acknowledged by the CCMA as witnessed by her selection to perform for the prestigious Songwriters Series in 2016 and 2018. Her Indigenous background has allowed her to register 3 number 1 hits on the North American Indigenous Music Countdown chart. Genevieve has had the opportunity to perform at some of the biggest music festivals in Canada including Boots and Hearts, Havelock Jamboree, Lucknow Music In The Fields, Manitoulin Country Fest, Trackside and Indigenous Day Live. She has had, and continues to have, the privilege of writing with some of Country music’s brightest songwriters including Jason Blaine, Steven Lee Olsen, Patricia Conroy, Michelle Wright, Jason Massey, Jennifer Schott, and many more. You can find more information about Genevieve Fisher and listen to her music through her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Spotify.


C’mon down to Gore Park on August 24 and 31 to enjoy the talent of these four incredible artists and the country-themed festivities! Take a seat at one of the tables and chairs throughout the park to enjoy the music and beautiful summer weather, play one of the life-size games, visit some of the incredible vendors, and more! As a special treat for these two last weeks of the Summer Promenade, a giant guitar will be added to Gore Park to add to the country music festivities. Doubling as both a slide and a music box, the guitar will be the perfect backdrop for your Country Music Crawl photos. We hope that you will be able to join us in Gore Park during these last two weeks as a goodbye to the Summer Promenade and make sure to check out the CCMAs, coming to Hamilton from September 14 to 16.

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