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Brantford in Ontario.
Brantford is a city located on the Grand River in Southern Ontario, Canada. This single-tier municipality is geographically surrounded by the County of Brant and they are part of the same census division, but Brantford is municipally distinct from it.
Brantford is connected to Woodstock in the west and Hamilton in the east by Highway 403 and to Cambridge to the north and Simcoe to the south by Highway 24.
Brantford is sometimes known by the nickname The Telephone City as former city resident Alexander Graham Bell conducted the first distant telephone call from the community to Paris, Ontario in 1876.
Brantford is home to the Brantford OLG Casino.
The Sanderson Centre offers nightly performances of musicals, operas, concerts, and other performing arts.
The Kinsmen Club of Brantford offer entertainment throughout the year, including a weekly game which runs every Thursday evening at the Bellview Community Center in Eagle Place and Brantford's Own Annual Ribfest held in August.
The Ford Plant, which opened in 2002, was an independent, not-for-profit music venue that hosted all-ages concerts by many musical artists, including Arcade Fire, Wintersleep, Blue Rodeo, and more. In October 2010, the venue closed its doors for good, following its final Murdered City Music Festival.
Brantford's Canada Day Festival
Brantford hosts the region’s largest Canada Day Festival each July 1. A grassroots, not-for-profit, organization was formed in the fall of 2004 after a call from the Mayor to re-establish the event when nobody was able to organize one in 2004. Since then Brantford’s Canada Day Festival has presented family events and Canadian Juno Award winning entertainment. A 2006 and 2009 Shining Stars Tourism Awards winner and with a budget of nearly $250,000.00, this one day festival draws an estimated crowd of 35,000 or more people.
Past main stage headliners have included:
2005 – Jeff Healey
2005 – Lighthouse
2007 – The Trews
2008 – Theory of a Deadman
2009 – Theory of a Deadman
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