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Call For Artists: Fashion Designers & Brands

The Supercrawl Fashion Committee is excited to release its call for fashion designers for 2019. Supercrawl is a free annual outdoor art and music festival in downtown Hamilton, which showcases a diverse and dynamic lineup of music, art, fashion, performance, talks, crafts, food and fun. Supercrawl 2019 will take place on James Street North from September 13–15, 2019.

What Are We Looking For?

The Supercrawl Fashion Committee invites designers to participate in this year’s festival. Collections by designers are selected based on artistic merit, originality, and ability to integrate within the festival’s scale and energy. We also invite local apparel brands to participate in a showcase representing our diverse fashion community. A “Local Brand Showcase” is tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 13, 2019. A “Made in Hamilton” designer showcase, featuring designers based in the Hamilton CMA, is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2019 on the Supercrawl fashion runway. 

Fees & Resources

Supercrawl will be assigning significant resources to promotion of the event and associated designers and brands leading up to the festival, and during the event. The festival will provide signage, produce posters and handbills, and include programming details both in printed materials and on the Supercrawl website. On-street audiences during the festival are estimated at approximately 50,000 to 75,000 people per day.

Dates & Location

Fashion showcases will take place Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15 in the Supercrawl Fashion Zone (Vine Street between James and MacNab),  in an outdoor tented runway (20' x 80' with T-shaped catwalk, sound system & stage lighting, sufficient sitting/standing room for 200 people) erected on street level within the Supercrawl street enclosure. A green room facility for dressing, hair and make-up will be provided.  Designers are welcome to bring their own hair and makeup teams; a stand-by team of hair and makeup artists will be available for those that do not have their own.

Submission Package Requirements

• Contact info (name, email, phone number);
• Business / Brand name (if applicable);
• Physical business location (if applicable);
• Biography / show description;
• Designer’s statement on collection to be showcased;
• Website / Social media links;
• Photos (3-5);
• Logo (if applicable); and
• Any other information you’d like the committee to consider

Designers and their work will be identified and publicized as official Supercrawl fashion designers during the event, on the Supercrawl website, and in select media releases. Designers will be required to sign a contract with Supercrawl Productions related to their participation in the show. Further details, schedule and specifics will be provided upon contract signing. A commitment deposit will be required at time of contract, to be returned to the designer in full after the show. Schedule and runway time slot will depend on submissions received and is up to the discretion of the Supercrawl Fashion Committee.


Deadline for submissions: Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:00pm ET.

Late submissions will not be considered. 

Successful applicants will be contacted by March 15, 2019.

Designers are encouraged to contact the Committee to receive clarification and/or additional information as needed to develop proposals.​

Photo: Blackbird Studios showcase at Supercrawl 2018
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About Supercrawl

A driven team of Hamilton artists and community builders founded Supercrawl in 2009 with a view to showcasing great music alongside an entire street of cultural experiences — a diverse and dynamic lineup of music, art, fashion, performance, talks, crafts, food and fun (local, regional national and international).

Since its inception, Supercrawl has captured the imagination of culture lovers far beyond the city, drawing visitors from across Canada and around the world. The event has gone from a one-day celebration on a single block to a weekend-long experience encompassing almost two kilometres of downtown streets, with attendance growing steadily from 3,000 to 250,000 in that time. In 2018, Supercrawl expanded the festival’s physical footprint (covering 18 city blocks) as well as its programming and production ambitions, and will build upon that foundation yet again in 2019. 

Supercrawl was shortlisted for a 2017 Canadian Tourism Award for Event of the Year, received the 2015 Ontario Tourism Award of Excellence for Tourism Event of the Year, and has been recognized as one of Festival and Events Ontario's Top 100 Festivals/Events (2015-2018).

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