Over 40 artists to rock out during free Grey Cup Festival concerts in Hamilton


Published October 18, 2023 at 3:45 pm

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Hamilton’s James Street will host a party for football and music fans next month with free concerts for three days during the Grey Cup Festival.

More than 40 local artists are in the lineup to perform free concerts at the festival in Hamilton ahead of the Nov. 19 championship game at Tim Hortons Field.

“We are delighted to announce this outstanding lineup of Canadian artists,” said Tim Potocic, co-owner and president of Sonic Unyon Records, in a statement. “The 2023 Grey Cup Festival will be an exceptional celebration of Hamilton, Football, and Music.”

The concerts will take place at the Fan Central on James Street from Nov. 16 to 19 as part of the Built in the Hammer Grey Cup Music Festival.

“The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the 2023 Grey Cup Festival have teamed up to create this incredible fusion of Canadian football and a booming music festival that highlights Hamilton’s vibrant arts scene,” organizers posted on X, formerly Twitter.

The festivities will kick off on Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. with the SiriusXM Grey Cup Festival Kickoff Party, including Hamilton’s Juno Award-winning rock band The Dirty Nil. The party also features Montreal’s new-age punk band NOBRO, Steve Strongman, HacheyTheMouthPEACE, The Hot Karls and Matty Simpson Band.

Other local acts throughout the weekend include the Redhill Valleys, Nicolette & the Nobodies, The 99s, The Handsome Devils, Regina Pep Band, Matt Paxton & the Pintos, Born in the Eighties, Generator Party, Deseronto, High Steppin’ Daddy, and Ben Somer & the Cold Winter.

Performances on Friday and Saturday will happen from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The epicentre of the festival, Fan Central on James Street, will have family friendly activities, such as food trucks, the Hamilton Christmas Market, photo opportunities, games, interactive activities, art installations and the Hamilton Flag Football Classic.

Country music superstar Carrie Underwood is also the headline act at FirstOntario Centre on Friday, Nov. 17.

The 110th Grey Cup game on Nov. 19 will happen at Tim Hortons Field. Global punk-rock stars Green Day will headline the Twisted Tea Grey Cup Halftime Show.

Organizers say the festival will have over 40 music, cultural and football events between Nov. 13 and 19 for both football fans and families.

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