FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) is undoubtedly the epicentre of the city’s arts and culture community, having hosted performances by everyone from The National Ballet of Canada, Gordon Lightfoot, Goo Goo Dolls, to many Canadian Country Legends.

Whether you’re planning a public performance or a private function, this versatile, attractive and functional venue is always a smart choice.

FirstOntario Concert Hall has a capacity of up to 2,181 is fully licensed and features state-of-the-art audio and lighting production.

The FirstOntario Concert Hall is also the home of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Long time audience members, and first time visitors can join us in The Great Hall for intimate and immersive HPO events throughout the year. Visit to plan your visit. 


Core Entertainment offers an outstanding and versatile concert facility at FirstOntario Concert Hall. The venue can be personalized to meet the specific needs of any event, and is serviced by a dedicated team of staff who take pride in making each concert and show a unique experience. Broad access to major and diverse concert audiences at each of these venues ensures excellent attendance across a wide range of concert events, and spectacular sound quality guarantees a live music experience that exceeds all expectations.

Past headliners at Core Entertainment concert and shows have included: Blue Rodeo, Jann Arden, Joe Bonamassa, Big Wreck, Bonnie Raitt, Gordon Lightoot, The Goo Goo Dolls, Foreigner, and The Tenors, among countless others. 

Live Stage Events

FirstOntario Concert Hall is home to family entertainment. The theatre space is available for a variety of live stage events, including Broadway, theatrical performance, comedy and kids shows, lectures, and fashion, and live spectacle shows. A few of our well attended events include: The Wiggles, Paw Patrol, Raffi, 2Cellos, Just For Laughs Tours, Stomp, David Blaine, Theresa Caputo, Sound of Music,Jerry Seinfield, Jeremy Hotz, Chris D'Elia and many more.