During August 8 through 13 look for the banner over Main Street welcoming musicians from across the continent to the Canadian Conference of Musicians. More than eighty professional musician delegates representing the American Federation of Musicians in Canada will meet and stay at the Sheraton Hotel.

Hamilton Musicians' Guild logoThe Canadian Conference of Musicians is a big deal for Hamilton, and it is a proud moment for the Hamilton Musicians Guild, the selected host and organizer for this year’s event. The last time this Conference was held in Hamilton was 30 years ago, in 1987.

The Canadian Conference is the annual international conference of the Canadian Federation of Musicians attended by delegates from locals across Canada, national executive, delegates from the international executive of the American Federation of Musicians, and delegates from the Organization of Canadian Symphony of Musicians.

These organizations and their talented delegates represent the interests of thousands of professional musicians. They negotiate fair agreements and fair pay, protect ownership of recorded music, secure healthcare, insurance, and pension benefits, and lobby for Copyright reform. The union collective also gives musicians means of artistic development, resources for artistic growth, business skills training, and promotional tools.

Such a music-loving crowd should be a lively group, to be sure. Conference plans include several on-site performances by local Guild artists, plus time for delegates to visit local businesses and attractions.

The 30th Anniversary Conference Program is being specially designed to feature advertisements about local events, businesses and eateries.

Hamilton music lovers and supportive businesses, including the Downtown Hamilton BIA have helped roll out the welcome mat to help celebrate our identity as a city of music. The Musicians Guild recognizes the importance of local businesses to the overall success of the conference.