The Barton Street festival is making a 2021 comeback.
Don't miss out- the Hamilton summer music festival 905 Fest is returning to Woodlands Park this Sunday, August 22, 2021 after a one-year hiatus. Created by native hip-hop musician Ktriggs, or Kevin Williamson, in association with his lifestyle brand Freedom of Speech, the fest has been running since 2019- featuring booths highlighting local creatives, performances from local musicians, and sponsored by multiple Steel City businesses.
"I first thought of the idea for 905 Fest in 2019 as a way to give back to the community in Hamilton," said Williamson. "Since I'm from the area locally- I used to attend Cathy Wever elementary and grew up on Wentworth- the choice for Woodlands Park to be the location was a no-brainer!"
Even with local COVID-19 restrictions in place, it only took the rapper two months to put together this year's festivities, with some help from his friends and family.
"I created the festival and I also handle most of the organization alone, but I receive a lot of support from my mother specifically, who is also the general manager of 905 Fest," said Williamson. "I also have received tons of support from the community. We fundraised for Kiwanis during the last festival back in 2019, this year we've chosen Living Rock to fundraise for. These choices are my own, but none of this could happen without the great community we have in Hamilton!"
Ktriggs made sure the day will be packed full of performances, starting in the mid-AM until 7pm that evening.
"The day starts at 11am, and we're open to the public!" said Williamson. "People will be able to come and play games, check out local vendors, get food, win prizes during games, and then we'll have a number of local performances starting at 12:30PM. Beginning with a comedy set by Ellocin Daz, as well as musical performances by Providence the Poet, Daniel King, Alyssa DVM, Devon Bateson, Boxcar Ben, Darcy Mitchison, Grind Abrasion, Kristen Prince, Spookyguava, CHXX, Peake, and I'll also be putting on a special performance during the event- so come for the start!"
Williamson only wants one thing from 905 Fest- to help support the community that raised him.
"My goal is to raise non-perishables for Living Rock, but also awareness for the community, and help people see that its all about community over competition."
Woodlands Park, 505 Barton Street E, L8L 2Y8. Hamilton, ON.