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Music Cities Forum
Hamilton, Canada
7 - 8 September 2022

Music Cities Forum will be travelling to Hamilton, Ontario, on September 7-8 2022 for its 4th global edition. The event is presented by Sonic Unyon, City of Hamilton, and Supercrawl Productions.


Join us for one day of talks and presentations, live music and networking opportunities. We'll be discussing Hamilton's recently released Music Industry Study, and exploring how the city's growing and diverse music scene fits into the city's plans for economic and social development.


With Canada being the 8th largest music market in the world,  Ontario is a consistent leader in the national music industry, home to 44% of the nation’s music publishing and recording jobs. Hamilton's local music scene is a growing, dynamic and eclectic mix of songwriters, musicians, producers, performers and live performances.


Hamilton is increasingly known as a destination for music, the city boasts a strong, collaborative and diverse music industry that offers a solid base for continued growth, collaboration and celebration. 




Conference day


7+ Presentations & Panel Discussions

Evening events

200x delegates


Music Festival

Schedule Overview

07 September 2022


6pm - late

Official Opening Reception 
@ Bridgeworks 

08 September 2022

10.00am - 6.00pm

Music Cities Forum Panels & Presentations

@ Bridgeworks

9-11 September 2022

All day

Supercrawl – Hamilton's Music + Arts Festival

Supercrawl is Hamilton’s premier multi-arts festival, fusing new and independent music with art installations, fashion, performance, literature, theatre, and artisanal craft. Supercrawl’s diverse multi-disciplinary program of sound, performance, visual and media arts is staged along a pedestrian-only creative corridor in the heart of downtown. Check out the website.

*All Music Cities Forum delegates receive VIP access for the festival

Conference Venue



Located on the north border of Hamilton, Ontario’s Central Park, Bridgeworks functions as both community hub and event space. In spanning those identities, the venue serves a variety of audiences. Whether it’s the arts sector, neighbourhood residents, or the greater Hamilton community, Bridgeworks operates under a “community first” mindset.

More info here.

Safety First! ​

The health and safety of our attendees, speakers and partners are of the utmost importance to us. We’re working hard to ensure our guests can have the most amazing experience at our event, whilst keeping themselves and others safe. We’ll be releasing a set of regulations and guidelines closer to the event date .

Topics to be covered

Music & economic development, Hamilton’s music ecosystem, how to maximise the role of music in education, health, night time economy and real estate, best global music cities practices, how to use music for community building and more.

Who should attend?

City leaders, musicians, festival/event directors, real estate professionals, economic development professionals, academics, music industry professionals, night-time economy managers, culture officers, non-profit leaders, for-profit executives, tourism directors and anyone else with an interest or focus on how music is instrumental in creating vibrant and sustainable cities.


Early Bird, General Admission and Student tickets available. Register for the Hamilton Music Cities Forum now:

Join the Official

Event Group!

Join the official event group on our Music Cities Community and start networking with other attendees!

Get your event ticket and then request access by clicking on the button below:

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Host Organisations

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Become a sponsor

If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, then just get in touch with Cami for more information at

Any questions?

Visit our FAQ page here