Home Music festival Hamilton’s biggest arts and music festival, ‘Supercrawl’ is underway downtown – Hamilton

Hamilton’s biggest arts and music festival, ‘Supercrawl’ is underway downtown – Hamilton


One of Hamilton’s biggest festivals is underway and organizers say they are planning ‘huge’ numbers for the event which had been canceled and scaled back during the pandemic.

Friday marked a full in-person return for Supercrawl to James Street North with the musical stages set to be the “big draw,” according to Sonic Unyon Records COO Lisa La Rocca.

“But there are visual artists, theatrical performances, fashion vendors, food trucks, all sorts of things.”

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Before the 2019 pandemic, Supercrawl drew more than 250,000 visitors over three days and had an economic impact of more than $20 million, according to the Ontario Ministry of Tourism.

La Rocca says the hope is to hit similar numbers again with their first full deal in two years.

“We know that this season some festivals have kind of seen record attendance. People are excited to go out, especially outdoor events,” La Rocca told 900 CHML. Hello Hamilton.

“People are comfortable, more comfortable coming to outdoor events in large numbers.”

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The co-owner of Sonic Unyon – the label that puts on Supercrawl – is a little more cautious about his assessment of the number of people who will attend the weekend’s event, but says he “feels the energy”.

“We expect an incredible turnout. We have an incredible time ahead of us and an incredible range of things to do,” Tim Potocic told CHML. Hamilton today.

Tim Baker, The Dirty Nile, Hamilton All-Stars, Sarah Harmer, Lido Pimienta and Charlotte Day Wilson are just some of the more than 40 artists who will take the stage during the full Friday-Sunday return to James Street North.

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The full music lineup can be seen on the Supercrawl website.

Squonk is one of the highlights of the 2022 edition, bringing “Hand to Hand” jazz production to the home stage with a signature twist – the company has made twenty-foot-tall purple hands. Mounted on wheels, the hands interact with the audience with an opportunity for the audience to actually take control of the hands themselves.

Steve O’Hearn, co-art director of Squonk, explains that the idea of ​​hands comes from the ability of multi-fingered appendages “to do things in the world”.

He says they’re modeled after the bio-engineering of the human hand, which has tendons and tendons that run up and down each finger.

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“So it’s rigged like a sailboat,” O’Hearn said. “All the muscles that make your fingers work are in the body of your hand in the palm, and that’s what makes them work…you stand down and pull strings and the fingers move.”

Fashion showcases will include Ark Collective, showcasing BIPOC businesses, and True Hamiltonian which will launch a “Hollywood North” collection.

The Author’s Tent is on Colbourne Street and offers book signings and readings by local authors.

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The food will include not only local restaurants on James Street, but more than 30 food trucks.

The three-day event closes James Street North from King Street West to Strachan Street as well as York Boulevard from Park to Hughson.

City parking includes the York Boulevard Parkade at Vine Street, which has a capacity of 770 vehicles with a Saturday rate (entry after 6 a.m., exit before 6 p.m.) of $12, an evening rate (entry after 6 p.m., exit before 6:00 a.m. at $8 and all-day pass on Sunday at $8.

Hamilton Street Railway’s MacNab Transit Terminal is located one block west of Supercrawl.

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The south end of Supercrawl is two or three blocks northwest of the Hamilton GO Center and the north end is next to the new West Harbor GO station and a connection to the Lakeshore line West.

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