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Connecting Canadians to Their Military Through Music

The Canadian International Military Tattoo is an annual event celebrating Canada's rich cultural heritage of “Connecting Canadians to Their Military through Music.” The Tattoo performances, based on an ancient military tradition of stirring music, dancing, pipes & drums and military displays are each 2-1/2 hours long and feature a vast array of international military and civilian acts. Celebrating the music and pageantry of Canada’s military tradition with the mass marching bands, pipes and drums, the Canadian International Military Tattoo is the most exciting military tattoo show west of Halifax. With over 450 of the world's finest military and civilian performers, no other community in Ontario mounts such a signature event. The Tattoo provides a unique opportunity for our local military units to showcase their talents and history. It enhances the connection between the units and the broader community; it honours the virtues and pride of military service in general and the sacrifice of Canadians who have fallen in Canada’s wars.
Hello to our fans of the Canadian International Military Tattoo!

We would like to inform you all that due to some internal changes we regret that we will be forgoing our 2016 event. However, we are very excited to announce that we will come back in 2017 in full force and with an amazing line up! We promise that in 2017 (what will be our 25th show!) will be well worth the wait.

Thank you all for your care and support. If you feel you want to get involved please email us at We would love to hear from you!

(Header montage photos by Mark Newman.) All Rights Reserved.

 Canadian International Military Tattoo



  • 24th Anniversary of the Tattoo in 2015
  • Volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization
  • The Tattoo showcases international, national and local performers, both military and civilian, including pipes and drums, military and brass bands, dancers, and military drill teams and demonstrations
  • The Tattoo honours the virtues of military service and the sacrifice of those who fell in Canada’s wars, and seeks to preserve our nation’s military traditions by “Connecting Canadians with their military through music”
  • Draws visitors and performers world-wide, but especially Ontario, Quebec and the United States
  • The Tattoo has won numerous local, provincial and national awards and distinctions as one of the premier festivals and events in Hamilton


  • 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Flag
  • 100th Anniversary of the poem "In Flanders Fields"
  • Salute to Military Medical Personnel

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Tattoo Office: 905-523-1753 or email.