Creative Industries

Few sectors of the economy have the potential to transform communities like creative industries. They have the ability to reshape a city’s image, become a magnet for outside talent, boost vibrancy and quality of life to provide an economic advantage over competing communities without rich creative sectors. Hamilton offers all the key ingredients to become a creative industrial hotbed in Canada: excellent quality of life, affordable living options, easy access to major markets within a 100 km radius including Toronto and the northern U.S.A., and most importantly, a well-developed and growing local scene.

For over 100 years Hamilton has had a vibrant and dynamic creative industries cluster that is in the midst of yet another boom period. From our foundations as Canada’s industrial heartland, Hamilton as a “city of artists” in many fields has driven local prosperity. Artists and creative businesses in most every discipline have thrived in our community as there is growing internal and external markets for local creativity, strong opportunities for presentation (festivals, galleries, music venues), excellent networks that are easy to access, and a growing population who engage in their local cultural community.

Clearly Hamilton has had a strong cultural and creative industry since its inception. Its consistent and entrepreneurial drive has enabled it to thrive through depression and recession, to lead during times of technological change, and to make bold steps to define itself. With the appropriate stimulus, continued investment, and increased infrastructure, the cultural and creative community will continue to grow and prove its strength as a consistent driver in Hamilton’s economic and social fabric.

Our Economic Development Strategy for Creative Industries focuses on our strengths: Film/Video/Broadcasting, Design and Digital Media and, Music. Details of the Creative Industries strategy can be found in the 2010 Economic Development Strategy.

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Cobalt Connects is a non-profit organization that is the connecting element for creative communities.

For more information please contact:
Debbie Spence
Acting Business Development Consultant
Tel: 905-546-2424 ext 3049