Canadian Aboriginal Festival

end November,
Hamilton, Ontario (ON)

The critically acclaimed Canadian Aboriginal Festival is the largest multi- discipline Aboriginal event in North America. It brings together Aboriginal peoples from every corner of Canada and the United States to demonstrate their talents in dance, music, cuisine, arts and crafts plus more.

The festival officially gets underway Friday evening with the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards gala show in the Hamilton Place Theatre at 8PM with a number of special performances and many celebrities who annually attend the show featuring some of Canada’s top musicians.

Saturday morning the gates at Copps Coliseum open at 9:30AM to give visitors the opportunity to shop at more than 200 booths, sample traditional cuisine and enjoy traditional performers on the main stage.

Saturday’s main feature at 1PM is the start of North America’s largest Pow Pow, bringing together more than 1,000 dancers in the Pow Wow Dance Circle in Copps Coliseum. The Grand Entry, in addition to the dancers, will include Veterans, and Canadian military personnel. The number of participants in the Grand Entry is more than 1,500.

During the day there are many other features such as traditional craft demonstrations, story telling, fashion shows, traditional healers, etc.


For more information about the Canadian Aboriginal Festival in Hamilton visit the official web site at

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