Arkells Rally – Your Hamilton Guide

Calling all Arkells fans. This summer’s Rally at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field on June 23 is going to be epic.

Already have your tix? Congrats! Now it’s time to start planning your visit to the city Arkells love to call home!

Tourism Hamilton has your guide on how to get here, where to stay, getting around, where to eat and all the fun things to do.

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The Rally Market

Presented by Hamilton Flea, check out the Rally Market pre-show. Free and open to the public, it’s your chance to come see Hamilton’s art, creativity and community at its finest! Runs from 1 – 5 pm

People’s Champ

Love the new People’s Champ video? We do too! Check out our map and info on the locations!

Getting Here:

Whether you’re travelling by car or public transit, getting to Hamilton is a breeze.

Arriving by Air?

We’ve got you covered. Hamilton’s airport

Traveling by car?

Hamilton is located on major highway routes and is a one hour’s drive from Toronto, Niagara Falls, and the U.S. border.

Coming in on Public Transit?

VIA Rail also provides service into the area. Greyhound provides inter-city and cross-border transportation service while Coach Canada has regular service into Hamilton from across the region as well as first class charters.

From Toronto:

GO Transit offers frequent service into the city from across the region with Hamilton/Toronto express GO buses coming into Hamilton’s Hunter Street GO station every 30 minutes from Union Station (7am-12:30am). Or take the Lakeshore West GO train into neighbouring Aldershot and hop on the short bus ride to Hamilton’s Hunter Street GO station.  Plan your trip here.

From Hunter Street GO Station:

Hop on Hamilton’s HSR buses FREE when you show your Rally ticket 3pm-2am June 23rd.

  • These are the best HSR routes (in this order) to get from the Hunter Street GO station to Tim Hortons Field
    • 3-Cannon (stops right at the stadium)
    • 2-Barton (multiple stops ~1 block north of the stadium)
    • 1-King (multiple stops ~3 blocks south of the stadium)
  • To return from Tim Hortons Field, the same routes will get you back to the Hunter Street GO station

Visit HSR for full schedules. For more transit options within Hamilton see the getting around section below.


Getting Around:

Hamilton is compact and easy to navigate. If you’re without a car, there’s plenty of ways to get around.

By Bus:

Hamilton’s bus service – HSR or Hamilton Street Railway – offers a quick and easy way to get around.

Exclusive offer! The HSR will allow The Rally ticket-holders to ride the bus to and from the concert for FREE between 3 pm and 2am! Show your ticket to the driver and you’re on your way!

By Bike:

Explore like a local on two wheels with Hamilton’s signature blue and white bikeshare SoBi bicycles, available at easy to spot bike stands across the city. Just ask the Arkells – who will be travelling to the Rally in Hamilton on their own fleet of SoBi bikes:


By Cab:

Hamilton Taxis are waiting to chauffeur you to your destination and back via  either Hamilton Cab or Blue Line.

Where to Stay

Want to turn your concert experience into an epic weekend getaway? You’ll need somewhere to crash. Tourism Hamilton’s accommodations listings have you covered.  If you don’t have a car, staying downtown is your best bet. Downtown hotels include: Sheraton Hamilton, Homewood and Staybridge Suites (both with in-room kitchenettes), Hamilton Plaza and more.  Plenty of beautiful B&B’s, many in historic homes, are available across the city as well.


What to Eat

Great food and drink are a big part of a memorable trip. You’ll have no problems feeding your hunger in a city that’s been making headlines for its exciting food and drink scene.

Check out our Hamilton Foodie Guide – Where to Eat from Brunch options, Breweries, Coffee Shops, and everything in between!

Salty Espresso brunch

Max Kerman highly recommends the sweet potato and avocado toast at his neighbourhood coffee shop Salty Espresso.

What to Do

We’re home to a vibrant arts scene, great shopping and unexpectedly stunning nature – all within minutes of the city’s historic downtown core. Why not stay a while and explore? Find out where to what all the buzz is for yourself.

Don’t miss our What to Do in Hamilton guide

Fun Facts

  • The band is named after Arkell Street in the Westdale neighbourhood of Hamilton where they went to McMaster University
  • Arkells’ debut album Jackson Square is named after a mall in downtown Hamilton
  • The Arkells Rally will be Hamilton’s largest outdoor stadium concert in decades. (The largest was in 1975 when more than 50,000 Pink Floyd fans filled Ivor Wynne Stadium)

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