Melissa Jackson crowned Core Entertainment's 2019 Door To The Core HardCORE Fan

Nov 29, 2018

Melissa Jackson crowned Core Entertainment's 2019 Door To The Core HardCORE Fan

(Hamilton, ON) - Spectra, providers of venue management for FirstOntario Centre, FirstOntario Concert Hall, and The Studio, in partnership with Corus Entertainment crowned Hamilton’s 2019 Door to the Core winner last night at The Studio.

In its fifth year, 20 finalists from partner stations Y108 & Fresh FM made their way down to The Studio, to try their key to the Door to the Core. After 16 tries, Melissa Jackson of Hamilton was the holder of the lucky key that unlocked a year’s worth of tickets to the plethora of shows coming to the Core Entertainment venues in 2019.

In addition to 2 tickets to every event, Melissa will also enjoy 12 hotel stays courtesy of Staybridge Suites Hamilton, and dinner on the night of her CORE events thanks to 33 Bowen.

Currently Core Entertainment has already confirmed an exciting set of events in 2019, and with even more shows to come, the 2019 “HardCORE Fan” will be quite busy in the New Year.

“The Spectra team in Hamilton is proud of the diverse events we’ve held in the heartbeat of the Hamilton core in 2018, and couldn’t be more excited for 2019” said Vice President Tim Murphy. “We work hard with our partners to bring great content to the Core Entertainment venues for the people of Hamilton to enjoy and will continue to do so in 2019. Melissa and her friends and family have an exciting year ahead of them.”

Core Entertainment has confirmed the following events in 2019:

Dierks Bentley – January 17
50th Hamilton-Halton Spring Wedding Show – January 19 & 20
Chris D’Elia – February 21
Mini Pop Kids Live - February 23
Cash – February 16
Mother Mother – March 2
Jeremy Hotz – March 7
Foreigner - March 8
Marianas Trench – March 12
Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic – March 13 - 17
Shen Yun - March 23 & 24
Brit Floyd – April 4
Harlem Globetrotters – April 5
Colin James – April 5
Raffi - April 6
Monster Jam - April 13 & 14
Stars on Ice – May 4
Steven Page – May 3
Cirque Du Soleil Corteo – May 23 – 26
Ozzy Osbourne – June 20


In addition to the various live events coming to the Core Entertainment venues, the winner will also receive two tickets to each of Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) and Hamilton Honey Badgers (CEBL) games, as well as two tickets to the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra concerts that fall within 2019. With even more shows still to come, the 2019 “HardCORE Fan” is sure to have a packed calendar in 2019.

In August, two of the Spectra managed Core Entertainment venues were recognized in the elite concert industry publication Pollstar’s Mid-Year Rankings Issue.  Most recently the 3rd quarter 2018 report shows that under Spectra’s management, FirstOntario Centre has maintained their 4th place status in Canada, and the 2nd busiest arena in Ontario. Not to be out done, FirstOntario Concert Hall kept its rank as 8th in Canada, and 3rd busiest theatre in Ontario.  

Aside from motivating fans to come to Hamilton for a night, events in the Core have pulled guests into central Hamilton and have fans extending their time in the city to explore all that Hamilton has to offer. With 12 free nights at the Staybridge Suites, the “HardCORE Fan” will get the opportunity to do just that.

For a complete list of upcoming events please visit


Roxana Teymourian -  Marketing Manager
P: 905-546-4085| E: [email protected]

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