Last year marked the 40th anniversary of Winterfest in Hamilton. Started by a group of intrepid community-builders, Winterfest was established as a community-led program. Neighbourhood groups, schools, arts organizations and City facilities created programming aimed at bringing residents out of their homes during the frosty days of February. With a growing community and increased demand for engaging cultural and recreation offerings in the winter, the City of Hamilton has engaged Cobalt Connects, a well-known local arts service organization, to lead the management and growth of Winterfest. We aim to enhance local efforts, while building Winterfest into Hamilton’s signature snowy festival.
As an anchor to Winterfest, Cobalt Connects is creating a mobile festival that will travel across the city called The Canteen. The Canteen is a series of three retrofitted camper trailers and three utility trailers that will become hubs for activity onsite including: a hot drink station, food, public art, live music and a winter obstacle course.
In addition to these elements, Cobalt Connects will be adding a small, well-curated market place of 10-12 vendors:
Winter Market vendors could be:
Winter Market vendors cannot be:
To ensure an optimal experience for our audience and vendors, Winterfest will be providing two 20 x 30 heated tents with lighting, tables and chairs. Vendors will have a space that is approximately 7’ by 7’ including their table.
Tents and tables will be set-up in advance by Winterfest staff and volunteers.
The Canteen will be travelling to 4 unique locations across Hamilton in conjunction with other programming.
The schedule and locations for The Canteen will be as follows:
February 2 10am-9pm Gage Park
February 9 10am-9pm Memorial Park (Waterdown)
February 10 10am to 5pm RBG Arboretum
February 16 10am-9pm Battlefield Park
All fees must be paid by January 25th