The Mule Spinner. Photo by Brandon Harding.

By Kristin Archer

Tucked away in the industrial complex of The Cotton Factory you’ll find a new music space making a ton of noise – The Mule Spinner.

The Cotton Factory was once the Imperial Cotton Co. – during the late 19th to early 20th century, Hamilton’s textile production was one of the city’s largest industries (second, of course, to steel mills). The Cotton Factory is now home to 100+ artists and businesses, from creative studios to co-working spaces throughout the 20,000 square foot facility. The energy of the tenants from varying creative industries (photographers, designers, curators, textile artists, painters, woodworkers, and more) paired with the rich history of the building itself makes The Cotton Factory a compelling place to create and experience the arts in Hamilton. The property is also frequently used for television and movie productions.

Down the lane at 11 Landsdowne Ave, you will find The Mule Spinner – a music and entertainment space available for live performances, recording, filming, rehearsals, and events. This space is the brainchild of Glen Marshall and Bob Lanois, legendary local music producers in their own right.

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The Mule Spinner. Photo by Brandon Harding.
The Mule Spinner. Photo by Brandon Harding.
Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing an influential social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.


  1. I really enjoyed seeing a couple shows in this warm, vibey space.
    The lighting and decor is on point and super nice peeps running it.
    I always imaged it farther from downtown, but really it’s only an 8min drive.
    Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2019.

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