We invite you to The Rally. An evening of song and dance to kick off the summer. We’ll be headlining the night, playing tunes from our entire catalogue. This is the only Arkells summer show from the 905 to the 416, and we're extra jazzed because it's right in our backyard. We don’t get a chance to perform in this neck of the woods as much as we’d like, so we’ve recruited some of our favourite acts to help out for the occasion: the legendary Cold War Kids, one of our earliest influences and one of LA’s finest rocknroll bands. Our friend Bishop Briggs, a favourite discovery of 2017. And Ellevator, our favourite new band from Hamilton. We’ll be updating this page with our fave spots & things to do, so you can make the most of your time while you’re in town. Arkells + You = summer tradition. See ya at The Rally,




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$1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Refuge Hamilton Centre For Newcomer Health via PLUS 1


Hey all, There are SO many good spots to eat in Hamilton, and we'll be updating this site as we go. We also recommend you follow @TasteHamOnt on Instagram. Her account is a very comprehensive look at all the options around town.


337 James St. North

Great vibe, always cool tunes, and a simple bar menu with a fusion twist - Nachos, ramen, tacos, Bahn me fries…Something for everyone. Right next to This Ain't Hollywood if you're in town looking for music. Max

Mr Grande Pizza

1157 Rymal Rd. E.

Sometimes to get the best pizza in the city you've got to go to the city's edge to get it. Or just get it delivered. Actually, delivery and take out are your only options. Their pizzas are square cut because they don't fuck around. Nick

Charred Rotisserie

244 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2L2

If you're in the mood for Portuguese rotisserie chicken this is the spot. Real charcoal grill, great salads, and some seriously fiery Piri Piri sauce. My go to is the Charred sandwich. Mike

Hutch's on the Beach

280 Van Wagner's Beach Rd.

A Hamilton tradition. It's a classic 1950s diner (read: unhealthy food) on the beachfront of Lake Ontario and is always bumping in the summer months. Take a stroll on the beachfront trail, hurl some friendly barbs across the water at Burlington and then stop in for a milkshake or hot dog. Nick

Salty Espresso

175 John St S, Hamilton, ON L8N 2C5

This is about 30 feet from my house. Coffee is awesome. The staff couldn't be sweeter. The breakfast menu is great. I highly recommend the sweet potato avo toast with an egg on top. Max

Bonanza Bakery

100 Murray St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 3G4

If cheap, huge deli sandwiches on fresh Portuguese buns are your thing, Hamilton has something in store for you. Duarte's, Ola Bakery, and Pane del Sol all deliver some great, affordable subs, but Bonanza is in my mind the OG. Don't forget a Nata tart on the way out. Mike

Mattina's Pizza

104 Cannon St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 2A3

There's a lot of great pizza in Hamilton - naRoma, Bread Bar, Born and Raised, the legendary Basilique BBQ chicken - but Mattinas no frills approach and consistently crispy crust has become my go to. It doesn't hurt that their garlic dipping sauce is also on point. Mike

Pho Dui Bo

15 Cannon Street East

My fave Vietnamese food in the city. Right in the heart of James Street. I recommend #457 and put plenty of chilli, hoisin and sriracha on it. Max

Joy Inn Restaurant and Tavern

74 Ottawa St. N.

My favorite Chinese food in Hamilton and they will give you DEALZ. I'm not gonna pretend I know what real Chinese food is but the Joy Inn has all of your favorite North American-Chinese staples and as much sweet & sour sauce as anyone could possibly ask for. Nick


201 James St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3A8

Their slogan "Boston has Cheers, Hamilton had Bronzies" pretty much says it all. Huge portions of New York style Italian food (re: cheese), friendly service, and I think the best chicken wings in the city. A true Hamilton staple. Mike

Sagarmatha Curry Palace

43 King William St.

I'm going to level with you: you're going to have to wait. If you show up five minutes before they close and there is no one in the restaurant, you're going to have to wait. If you call ahead and order takeout, you're still going to have to wait when you come pick it up forty minutes later. If you come in for dinner, oh you're definitely gonna have to wait. It's worth the wait. My favorite is shrimp masala. Nick

Grandads Donuts

574 James St N #1, Hamilton, ON L8L 1J7

Grandads is stuck in the past in the best possible way. The donuts are often described as "Tim Hortons when you were a kid" - made fresh daily. Personal favs are the honey dip, the apple fritter (note the real chunks of apple) and their signature orange twist. Mike

541 Eatery & Exchange

541 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 2Z2

541 is a social enterprise, run mostly through volunteers, that makes fresh, affordable food on Barton St. E, an area of Hamilton that’s suffered from years of economic decline. Rather than shy away from this, 541 has instead become a beacon of the community through its commitment to engaging and unifying the community across economic lines. The concept is simple - when you visit 541 you have the opportunity to buy buttons, placed in a jar at the counter, which others can use to help purchase a meal. On top of this, the beautiful space (a former bank branch) and tasty, fresh, homemade food have made 541 a community favourite. Mike

The Beverly

254 Locke Street South

I hope you're staying the night, and in desperate need of a hearty breakfast on Sunday morning. There are many great breakfast options in Hamilton, and the Beverly has my favourite creative menu. Green eggs and Yam is my fave. Locke Street is a great stroll. Max

Smalls Coffee

8 Cannon St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 1Z5

Smalls is...small - but it's my fav coffee on the go. Great local bites (local de la terre croissants Grandad's donuts) and great people. Mike

Merit Brewing Company

107 James St N

Merit has quickly become a James North institution. Amazing selection of beers brewed ON SITE. The building was created with the specific purpose to be a brewery. Beer hall style seating. Amazing sausages. Max

Hello Baked

342 Barton St E, Hamilton ON, L8L 2X7

The cookies here look so good, it’s hard to take that first bite. Hello Baked is the newest spot in the up-and-coming Lansdale neighbourhood, offering up hand-made sugar cookies, as well as local teas, chocolates, and candles. Oh, and there’s a self serve candy wall - definitely worth a visit even just to browse the wide selection of bulk candies (like pink grapefruit gummy bear, and spicy hot pepper). Mike

Collective Arts Brewing

207 Burlington St E

Collective Arts took over the old Lakeport Brewery location on Burlington Street and has revitalized the Building to reflect the next chapter in Hamilton’s history. With initiatives around local artists and music, paired with their delicious beer, collective has done an awesome job of creating new community events in Hamilton. Max