SUPERCRAWL is back at centre stage this weekend to showcase and celebrate the diversity of Hamilton’s James Street North district, its multi-disciplinary arts community, a unique mix of cultures, businesses and creative people.
The 4th annual SuperCrawl, runs from September 14-15, and has prepared an outstanding line-up of events on 7 live music and performing arts stages with much anticipated performances by Terra Lightfoot, Rah Rah, Wax Mannequin, Change of Heart, Born Ruffians, Said the Whale, Owen Pallett, Great Lake Swimmers, K’naan and many more.
Entertainment throughout the two-day festival is an important opportunity offering a lens into Hamilton’s exuberant and effervescent cultural scene and is sure to spark an appreciation in everyone that attends.
In its 4th year along James Street North, SuperCrawl is expanding to include Friday night which traditionally would be the monthly Art Crawl.
Not only is the length of the festival expanding, but as well the festival area! James North will be completely closed from Barton Street all the way to King Street this year, with the main stage now located just south of King William, adjacent to the Lister Block.
The focus of SuperCrawl focuses on 4 pillars – great live music, local art, dance and civic pride; it’s a celebration of the best of Hamilton in 2012. Great food, small businesses, busking, expression and so much more.
An expected audience of over 75,000 over the 2 days to flock to downtown Hamilton to experience Supercrawl.
Supercrawl features 4 professionally equipped stages featuring upwards of 50 musicians / acts, including K’Naan, Said the Whale, Owen Pallett, Great Lake Swimmers, Terra Lightfoot, Chore, Born Ruffians, Hollerado and many more. Be sure not to miss a special busking stage that will be set up in Gore Park (James & King Street) which will feature many main-stage acts in a more intimate setting.
At 8:15pm, another must see – the Hamilton-based Circus Orange perform a spectacular 3 aerialist act revolving around our huge mobile rig suspended from an industrial crane. The performers are suspended beneath the rig and perform on circus hoops. The act is punctuated by magnificent close proximity and high-elevation pyrotechnics with a full pyro finale. This will be featured at the corner of James St N and York Blvd.
Visit Tourism Hamilton at the Lister Block
Our Visitor Centre within the Lister Block will be OPEN to the public during both Friday night and all-day Saturday to experience our centre, purchase some local art including the limited SuperCrawl-edition of the famous “You Can Do Anything In Hamilton” t-shirt, courtesy Russell Gibbs. Our centre is EXPANDING for SuperCrawl, into the corner lot of the Lister Block at James St N and King William. We have set up a special marketplace of our partners for you to learn more about, and experience their product. Our partners include:
What They’re Doing:
|Arts Connection||ArtConnection.ca is your link to Hamilton’s creative community. We partner with local artists, art galleries, and organizations supportive of the arts community to deliver you artistic commentary, and the latest information on creative events and news. View the great work of a local poster artist Darlene MacNeil here. See how Darlene makes her posters here.|
|Beanermunky Chocolate||Selling Bear Paws, Rocky Road Popcorn, PB & J Frogs, Enlighten-mints, Mayan Cocoa Bars, Chili Beans, Belgian Dipped Bacon and of course a selection of our Artisan Chocolates made in Dundas.|
|Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show||Grab your friends and pose for fun pics at the Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show booth! Fulfill all of your retro and vintage wedding dreams in our dress-up photo booth!|
|Café Oranje||We are a Dutch branded cafe with strong ties to Hamilton, serving up coffee from four of Hamilton’s local roasters including Detour, Red Hill Coffee Trade, Hero Coffee & Speakeasy. We are also partnering with Cake & Loaf to offer locally made and sourced baked goods as the perfect pairing with a delicious coffee drink. Be sure to try some boterkoek (Dutch butter cake) made specifically for Cafe Oranje by Cake & Loaf.|
|Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum||Learn all about Canada’s flying museum direct from the source. Learn more about their vintage WWII aircrafts, school tour programs, memberships and even about flights in their warplanes.|
|CreateMedia TV||Providing a LIVE twitter wall inside the Visitor Centre. Watch for your tweets & instagram photos if you post using hashtag #Supercrawl2012.|
|Golden Horseshoe Aviation||GHA will be providing information about what is involved in learning to fly, arranging a Sightseeing Tour and will be taking registration for the upcoming 2013 week long KIDS Aviation Camps which will be offered over March Break during the Summer months.|
|Hamilton Bulldogs||Your chance to win Hamilton Bulldogs prizing with fun games PLUS have your photo taken with Bruiser the mascot!|
|Hamilton Civic Museums||Learn about Hamilton’s 8 civic museums, and meet with 4 historical interpreters who will also be distributing 2 for 1 museum coupons.|
|Hamilton Farmer’s Market||The Market is turning 175 and you’re invited to our month long celebration! Pick up a program calendar and enjoy a local apple on us!|
|HECFI||Win tickets to upcoming 2012-2013 shows at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton Place, The Studio and the Hamilton Convention Centre.|
|Jean’s Flower Shop||Giving away flowers, promoting their great Bridal floral packages.|
|Kelly Lowe Glass||Kelly Lowe Glass will be offering a selection of hand blown and sculptured glass by Hamilton’s 2012 Art Ambassador of the Year. Come and see my vases, paperweights, angels, bowls, bees, ornaments and so much more!|
|LoneStar Texas Grill||Serving up freshly made taco chips and salsa. Enjoy interactive ipad activities and get food coupons too!|
|Puddicombe Estate Farms & Winery||Sample homemade baked goodies and as well Puddicombe wine & Sir Issac Brock Cider.|
|Ridge Road Winery||Handing out coupons for purchases at the Winery, as well as giving away special Wine Baskets as prizing.|
|Royal Botanical Gardens||Learn all about Canada’s largest botanical gardens, their programs, camps and services.|
|Sheraton Hotel Hamilton||Representatives from the Sheraton Hamilton will be onsite promoting weddings and holiday parties. We will also be inviting visitors to come in and experience our 2nd level restaurants with a 15% OFF restaurant special.|
|Splitsville Entertainment||Receive information and win prizes from Splitsville; learn about their birthday parties and other great specials & packages.|
|Weir’s Lane Lavender Farm||Demonstrations on how to make lavender wreaths, centrepieces and wands PLUS selling a wide variety of lavender products|
Special GO Transit service
Those looking to travel to and from Hamilton can take the special Lakeshore West GO Trains or regular GO train and bus service serving Hamilton GO Centre, located just blocks away from SUPERCRAWL at the corner of James Street South and Hunter.
One special Toronto-bound train will accommodate passengers that are partaking in the festival on the Friday evening, departing Hamilton GO at 12:20 a.m. in the early hours of Saturday, September 15 heading back to Toronto. Saturday festival-goers can take a special GO Train from Union Station at 6:20 p.m., arriving at Hamilton GO at 7:42 p.m. The return trip will depart Hamilton GO at 12:20 a.m. in the early hours of Sunday, September 16. More information on these extra trains can be found at gotransit.com.