Supercrawl
GenreMusic festival
DatesSecond Weekend in September
Location(s)Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Years active2009-present
Attendance250,000+ (2019)[1]
WebsiteOfficial website

Supercrawl is an annual art and indie music festival held each September in downtown Hamilton, Ontario.[2]

History

Supercrawl was founded in 2009, in the spirit of the monthly event known as Art Crawl, a walking tour of art galleries in Hamilton that is still active.[3][4]

In June 2020, festival organizers announced that they would be reconfiguring festival programming in response to logistical uncertainties around coronavirus impacts, with smaller-scale events taking place in late 2020 and early 2021, and the free festival taking place the second weekend in September, 2021.[5]

Overview

Supercrawl features three days of free music spread over multiple stages lining the length of James Street North. The festival attracts over 200,000 visitors annually to watch over 50 bands, making it one of the largest free music festivals in Ontario. Supercrawl's stages showcase a spectrum of musical styles, from pop, indie rock, electronic, soul, R&B and hip-hop, to funk, folk, blues, jazz, and orchestral.[6][7][8][9]

Supercrawl also showcases large-scale visual art installations, independent fashion, street theatre, performance art, dance, an authors' tent, an artisan market and food trucks.[10][11][12][13]

The arts festival has been cited as part of a larger, arts-based revival in Hamilton as the former industrial city becomes a regional center for the arts.[14]

In 2015, Supercrawl was named Ontario's Tourism Event of the Year as part of the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence[15] and was a finalist for Ontario's Tourism Event of the Year in 2019.[16] The festival also received a 2017 nomination for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Event Of The Year from the Canadian Tourism Awards.[17]

In 2015, the organizers of Supercrawl Productions began to expand into one-off events at other times of the year, under the billing Supercrawl Presents.[18]

References

  1. ^ Rockingham, Graham (Jun 17, 2020). "Supercrawl cancelled for September". Hamilton Spectator.
  2. ^ Carter, Adam (Sep 9, 2016). "Thousands pack downtown Hamilton for Supercrawl Friday". CBC News.
  3. ^ Carter, Adam (Sep 13, 2018). "How Supercrawl became an arts colossus, and the symbol of downtown rebirth". CBC News.
  4. ^ Wells, John (Sep 12, 2013). "Supercrawl: Understanding its roots and why fall fairs draw us in". The Hamilton Spectator.
  5. ^ "Supercrawl Repositions 2020 Fest, Looks to 2021 – Supercrawl".
  6. ^ "Recap: Rock overcomes rain at Supercrawl Saturday". By Adam Carter, CBC News, Sep 10, 2016
  7. ^ "Music Editor Graham Rockingham’s 5 must-see acts at Supercrawl". By Graham Rockingham, The Hamilton Spectator, Sep 10, 2019
  8. ^ "A Supercrawl wedding. It's not about the music, it’s about the street". By Graham Rockingham, The Hamilton Spectator, Sep 16, 2019
  9. ^ "Supercrawl". 22 September 2017.
  10. ^ Baulcomb, Andrew (Sep 12, 2013). "Exploring the Roots of Supercrawl, Hamilton's Best Music Festival". Noisey.
  11. ^ Rockingham, Graham (Sep 12, 2013). "A supersized James Street North Supercrawl". The Hamilton Spectator.
  12. ^ Carter, Adam (Sep 16, 2013). "10 bands to watch for at Supercrawl 2013". CBC News.
  13. ^ Werner, Kevin (Nov 16, 2013). "Supercrawl dreams of national exposure". Flamborough Review.
  14. ^ Quill, George (Dec 7, 2012). "Hamilton in the midst of a grassroots cultural revival". The Toronto Star.
  15. ^ Happy 10th anniversary, Supercrawl ... and thanks for the party. Hamilton Spectator, Sep 17, 2018
  16. ^ Finalists Announced for the 2019 Tourism Industry & Tourism Marketing and Travel Media Awards of Excellence. Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, Sep 18, 2019
  17. ^ "Supercrawl Shortlisted for Canadian Tourism Award". supercrawl.ca. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  18. ^ "Review + Photos: [Supercrawl Presents] Caribou, Jamie xx, and Jessy Lanza @ Pier 4 Park – Hamilton – A Music Blog, Yea?". amusicblogyea.com. Retrieved 2017-10-19.