Hamilton adds new Musicians Welcome signs outside of music venues

Some of Hamilton’s top venues for music and live performance now have signage welcoming musicians and allowing them to use the loading zones by the venues without penalty. 

The project was brought forth by the Music Industry Working Committee and the Hamilton Live Music Venue Alliance earlier this year as a small but important means to support the city’s music talent. 

As a result of the new city signage, musicians will be able to park in loading zones after being provided with a sign for the windshield of their vehicle that indicates to bylaw enforcement that the space is being used lawfully by musicians and bands to load their gear in and out of venues. 

The venues with this signage include FirstOntario Centre, The Casbah, Mills Hardware, and – strangely – the permanently closed This Ain’t Hollywood on James North. 

“By installing these signs, the City of Hamilton is actively demonstrating that it recognizes the importance of one of the most important facets of the its creative industry – the local music community,” said Mark Furukawa, Chair of the Music Industry Working Committee and owner of popular Hamilton record shop Dr. Disc. 

“It may seem like a small gesture, but little victories often result in big change.” 

Read more on the city website.

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