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Call for Artist Submissions: Theatre 

What Are We Looking For?

Every year, Supercrawl issues a call for artist proposals that create creative, compelling and unique environments and experiences for festival-goers. Projects by local, regional, national and international artists are selected based on artistic merit, originality, and ability to integrate within the festival's scale, spirit and energy.

Supercrawl 2017 was the festival’s pilot year of integrating live theatre and performing arts as its own section in the event, with projects performed by live artists where the focus of the work is narrative, experiential and time-based. In 2019, organizers are seeking 3-5 new site-specific works created specifically for Supercrawl. Proposed works may be short (5-8 mins) and performed repeatedly throughout the day, or epic durational works taking place over the full day. (No restrictions will be imposed, but companies are advised to consider the possibilities of performances that will take place on a street in large crowds). All performances will occur on Saturday, September 14 from 11am to 10pm.   

We are looking for creative shows. Artists should be as wild and imaginative as they possibly can be, embracing the spirit of the street artist. Street theatre is unlike other performance arts, and companies are advised to create work which will both feed and be fed by the on-the-street aspect of the festival.

Artists and works will be selected based on their creativity (the artistic side of the show, the impact it can potentially achieve, etc.) and viability (the feasibility of pulling the show off in the unique environment of Supercrawl).

Fees & Resources

Supercrawl will pay each artist/artist team $1,500 for the engagement. Artists will also have access to a Technical Director to assist with staging, lighting and technical aspirations but the expectation is that the works are low-tech. Artists will also have access to the Theatre Section volunteers to assist in pre-festival planning (sourcing materials, connecting with local specialists, etc.), as well as volunteers to assist with simple tasks (i.e. gathering a crowd, turning on a light, turning on sound, etc.).

Supercrawl will also be assigning significant resources to promotion of the event and selected artists leading up to the festival, and during the event. The festival will provide schedule signage, produce posters and handbills, and include programming details both in printed materials and on the Supercrawl website. Audiences are estimated at approximately 50,000 to 75,000 people over the duration of the performance day.

Dates & Location

All performances will take place on Saturday, September 14 between 11am and 10pm. All performances will take place on James Street North, between Robert and Cannon. Supercrawl will work with selected artists to choose a location and gain permission from the property owner if a building is selected as opposed to just open street space. Supercrawl will provide adequate storage space for artists’ personal belongings during performance hours, and for production materials pre- and post-performance.  

Submission Package Requirements

• CV of Artist or Artist Team (maximum 2 pages);
• Description of your practice or approach to developing site-specific works (maximum 2 pages). Please include whether you would perform a short work multiple times, or a long-format work over a full day;
• A brief pitch for the kind of show you would like to do at Supercrawl — a quick summary about what you would want to bring to the festival (250 words maximum);
• 2-3 links to examples of your work (video/photo documentation, written reviews, etc.); and 
• An estimated budget, including a breakdown of artists' fees, travel expenses, and any fees for technical elements (rentals, purchases, etc.)


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

Late submissions will not be considered. Successful applicants will be contacted in March 2018.

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

Photo: Hamilton Aerial Group at Supercrawl 2017
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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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