2023 Community Stage

Events / artists / schedule subject to change

Saturday, July 1

Canada’s 156th Birthday - It’s Your Festival celebrates 54 years


 Canadian Citizenship Ceremony


Canada Day Baby Contest

It’s back this year! Dress your baby to showcase your Canadian pride! The Canada Day Baby Contest will run on Saturday, July 1 from 11:30 to 1:00 on the Community Stage during It’s Your Festival. Limited to ages 0-24 months. WIN prizes from Parkette, Starship Press, and bragging rights!

Details & Registration Here

Prizes from

1:15 – 2:30

Official Canada Day Opening Ceremonies

Parade of Cultures meets at Gage Park Fountain and travels to the Bandshell
Official Canada Day Ceremony with greetings from Elected Officials
Canada Day Cake
Just One Wish Kindness Awards

3:00 – 5:00


Original artpop with jazz and world elements
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Sunday, July 2

9:30 It’s Your Festival Summer Spelling Bee In-person Registration Open
10:00 – 2:00

It’s Your Festival Summer Spelling Bee

Primary 6-8 yrs
Junior 9-11 yrs
Intermediate 12-14 yrs
Details & Registration Here

5:00 – 5:30

Afro-Caribbean Fashion Show by Ark Collective

Step into a world of vibrant colors, bold patterns, and unique African-inspired designs as Ark Collective takes you on a journey through their Afrocentric fashion show. From headwraps to statement jewelry and music , every piece is a celebration of African creativity and culture. Want to Experience the magic for yourself ?  Shop the looks in-store or online today!

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6:00 – 8:00

Keith Silver

Keith Silver is Oneida, Bear Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. He started performing music at the age of 13, in the church band. He began playing with his family band at the age of 17, at local establishments in the Brantford ON and Hamilton ON area. He has had the pleasure of playing with musicians such as Murray Porter, George Leach, Josh Miller, Crystal Shawanda, Dry County and many other talented musicians as a free lance bassist and back up vocalist.

He has created his own unique sound and writing style, as well as adding the guitar to his instrumental resume. His musical mentors include his Uncle Sam, Grandmother, Parents and Brothers.
➢ Performed 2001, with George Leach at the Aboriginal Music Awards and 2002, at the Aboriginal Achievement Awards broadcasted nation wide

➢ Hamilton Music Awards 2010, Dry County – Country Recording of the Year – Cowboy Up

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Monday, July 3


Nicole Christian



Alfie Smith

Alfie Smith is a prolific songwriter, an accomplished performer and talented multi-instrumentalist. Known best for his resophonic guitars, brazen slide licks and uncompromising vocals, Alfie is endorsed by several luthiers including Goodman Guitars (who have recently named a guitar model after him) and Goldtone Banjos. He has been nominated for a dozen Hamilton music awards including Best Male Vocalist and Best Guitarist, and has represented Toronto and then buffalo in the Memphis International Blues Challenge. 

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6:00 – 8:00

SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW SPICE Hot Sauce Trivia Competition

Do you like trivia? Do you have a tolerance for spice? Hub and the Hammer and Delusional Hot Sauce are teaming up for “SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW SPICE”. We’re going to ask you trivia questions and if you get it wrong, we increase the spice. If you keep it getting wrong answers…well….don’t get wrong answers. Delusional is upping the ante with some delicious sauces made just for this.

Register Here

hubofthehammer.com        delusionalsauces.com