In 2009, a team of artists and community builders initiated SUPERCRAWL, they wanted to see the monthly event on James North, the ART CRAWL, expand to include music in a greater way and to take full advantage of an entire street of cultural experiences.
Despite a deluge of rain on our inaugural year, over 3000 people attended the free event. Babes-in-arms, seniors, families, teenagers, local business owners, hipsters, artists, and politicians — you name it, they came out in droves for SUPERCRAWL.
While we all felt the event was a success (admittedly, we have a bias), winning the “Best Small Festival of the Year Award” at the 2009 Hamilton Tourism Awards proved we were right.
In 2010, our expectations were hugely exceeded with attendance growing to over 20,000 over the day-long event.
2011 eclipsed previous years with additional local content and a focus on nationally recognized talent incorporated into the roster of activities. Total attendance of Supercrawl 2011 was over 50,000.
In 2012 we expanded to a two-day event with a 4-block closure and attracted an audience estimated at 80,000.
2013 saw over 100,000 people descend on James Street North for the fifth year of Supercrawl.