Liquid Art Festival: What You Need To Know

Craft beer, food, performances by The Beaches, Mt. Joy, and more

Hamilton brewery Collective Arts is set to host its inaugural Liquid Art Festival, featuring live performances from The Beaches, Mt. Joy, and more, plus food trucks, live art, and of course… great beer.

Liquid Art Festival takes place this weekend at the Collective Arts Brewery, over two days on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16. You can still purchase tickets here. Here’s what you need to know.

The Beer: Who’s Pouring What!?

Liquid Art Festival will feature beer from over 50 brewers around the world. There’s truly something for everyone, with unique IPAs, stouts, sours, ciders, ales, from as far away as Australia and your favourite local craft beverages via the likes of Great Lakes and Bellwoods.


Whether you’ve always wanted to try a Paloma Grapefruit Saison, Beniaka Pumpkin/Yam Beer, Pecan Pie Jesus Stout, or just keep it local with one of your favourite Ontario craft brews, Collective Arts has you covered this weekend in Hamilton.

Check out the complete list of beers available here.

The Bands

Pair your beer of choice with great music from some of Canada’s best up-and-coming acts like Juno Award-winners The Beaches, Lost Cousins, Twist, and Jane’s Party. Brooklyn-based power-pop outfit Charly Bliss and Philadelphia-bred folk-rockers Mt. Joy round out a very impressive lineup.

Music Schedule
Friday, June 15, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Charly Bliss
Jane’s Party

Saturday, June 16, 12:30 – 4PM
Mt. Joy

Saturday, June 16, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Beaches
Lost Cousins

The vinyl enthusiast will not be left behind, either. Dine Alone Records will be on-site with their Wax on Wheels pop-up station, selling records and merch all weekend.

The Art

Collective Arts remains a leader in integrating bands and artists from the world over into their products, creating the most unique can designs on the market.

There will be live art, with the opportunity to watch the creation of 2,500 square feet of murals soaring three stories above the crowd, all painted in real time by four internationally renowned artists. See the likes of Berlin-based artist Vidam, German artist Rookie, Munich-born artist Cone, Bristol-based Freelance Illustrator/Urban Artist Loch Ness, and more at work.

Did we mention that Banksy’s Haight Street Rat will be on display at Liquid Art Festival? Sorry, our bad… Banksy’s infamous Haight Street Rat will absolutely be on display. Read more about the iconic piece of street art and Brian Grief’s effort to preserve it here.


Food Trucks

You can’t take in a weekend’s worth of live music, art, and beer without a belly full of grub. Your options for Liquid Art Festival include Hamilton’s own Food Network’s Eat Street-featured Gorilla Cheese, Donut Monster, Craft Beer Market, Bread Heads Wood Fire Pizza, and get your taco and burrito fix via Rancho Relaxo.



The festival is being held in the parking lot at Collective Arts Brewing at 207 Burlington Street East in Hamilton. Don’t let the challenge of reaching the Hammer from downtown Toronto deter you from taking in the weekend’s festivities… they have you covered.

Shuttle buses will be leaving from Liberty Village over the weekend. You can purchase tickets for the shuttle here.

Shuttle Buses Toronto
Pick up location: 20 Hanna Ave, Toronto
Drop off location: 207 Burlington St E

Purchase tickets for the Toronto Shuttle here.

Session 1: Pick up 4:30 p.m. in Toronto, Pick up 9:30 p.m. in Hamilton
Session 2: Pick up 11:00 a.m. in Toronto, Pick up 4 p.m. in Hamilton
Session 3: Pick up 4:30 p.m. in Toronto, Pick up 9:30 p.m. in Hamilton

Hamilton Free Shuttle Pick up Locations:
116 King St W, Hamilton
9 Wilson St, Hamilton
113 James St N, Hamilton
25 Bay St N, Hamilton
64 Leander Dr, Hamilton

Session 1 and Session 3:
4:30 p.m. pick up Sheraton hotel, 116 King St W, Hamilton. Drop off: 207 Burlington St E, Hamilton
4:45 p.m. shuttle route starts, runs every 20 minutes.

Session 2:
11:00 a.m. pick up: Sheraton hotel, 116 King St W, Hamilton. Drop off: 207 Burlington St E, Hamilton
11:15 p.m. shuttle route starts, runs every 20 minutes.