Q: How can I get my artwork featured as an installation at Supercrawl?

A:  Each year, Supercrawl issues a Call For Artists Submissions that is featured prominently on our website and social media channels as well as through national arts media. This call is held open for roughly one month. Once the applications window closes, the field of potential vendors is reviewed and curated by Supercrawl's Visual Art Committee, with projects by local, regional, national and international artists selected based on artistic merit, originality, and ability to integrate within the festival's scale and energy.

Q: How do I submit a musical artist for festival consideration?

A: Supercrawl's musical programming is the result of curation by the festival's Music Committee. Bands/artists can put themselves forward for consideration by sending an EPK containing full band/artist information — including video and audio links, biographical information, website and social media channels, as well as email and phone contacts for band/management/agent — to supercrawlmusic@gmail.com. Music submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

Q: How do I become an on-street vendor? 

A: Supercrawl’s applications for on-street craft and food vendors go live in early April and stay open for roughly one month. These applications are featured prominently on our website as well as social media channels. Once the applications window closes, the field of potential vendors is reviewed and curated by Supercrawl's Vendor Coordinator. 

Because of rigorous crowd flow and emergency access requirements, unauthorized vendors will not be permitted to display and/or vend their wares within the festival enclosure. Supercrawl’s organizers must be informed of and approve all on-street activity within the festival’s street closure. If you lack explicit and official written approval from festival organizers, Supercrawl staff, police and/or security are required to ask you to remove your wares from within the street closure.

Q: I missed out on applying as an on-street vendor. What are my options? 

A: Since 2012, Supercrawl has provided a free outdoor space at the festival for artists, craftspeople, and artisans such as those who would line James North to sell their wares during the neighbourhood's Art Crawl. Supercrawl typically provides this space not just on the festival's Friday night, but on Saturday and Sunday as well — free of charge — offering makers and creatives far greater exposure than at any other time of the year. This area is called the Supermarket.  Supercrawl organizers have covered all expenses related to renting, staffing, insuring and setting up this first-come, first-served area in order to be able to provide a limited supply of free market space, access to which has been obtained through agreements with private property holders. Supercrawl organizers have again secured an off-street property at 108 James Street North for this year's Supermarket. Details and guidelines can be found here

Q: Can I busk at Supercrawl? 

A: Absolutely, although courtesy-forward conditions apply. Buskers may not use any amplification. They must not interfere with pedestrian flow or encourage audience formation that causes such interference.  Maximum performance time is one hour per location. Performers must be considerate of vendors and businesses in close proximity. Buskers may receive monetary appreciation freely volunteered by an audience but may not solicit funds or offer goods for sale. No high-risk or unsafe performances which may put performer or audience at risk. And at the request of event staff, performers must immediately cease any activity and remove any instruments, gear, performance equipment or related materials. 

Q: Can I flyer Supercrawl, stage guerilla marketing stunts or hand out marketing materials onsite during the festival weekend?  

A: No. Your event/new business may be a game-changer but there is no marketing of third party events/businesses at Supercrawl. 

Q: I have planned an event on the weekend of Supercrawl. Can I use the Supercrawl logo to promote it?

A: The Supercrawl logo and wordmark enjoy intellectual property protections and are to be used exclusively with regard to officially curated programming and select programming presented in sanctioned partner venues. The festival's logo and wordmark shall not be displayed in a manner that implies partnership or sponsorship with, or endorsement by Supercrawl without advance written approval from Supercrawl Productions. 

Q: I’m running for public office. Can I flyer or campaign at Supercrawl? 

No. Proselytizing of a religious or political nature is not permitted at Supercrawl. We are glad to see civic engagement in all its forms but third-party marketing and soliciting is not permitted at Supercrawl. Candidates are more than welcome to attend in street clothes as Hamiltonians and to enjoy the best of what our city has to offer, but we ask that their campaigns take a breather for the weekend. 

Q: Can I fly a drone over Supercrawl?

A: No. Drone operation over Supercrawl, whether undertaken for recreational or commercial purposes, is not permitted, and constitutes a violation of Transport Canada regulations on numerous counts.

Q: How do I get to Supercrawl?

A: Depends on where you're coming from, but there are a number of options here

Q: Where can I view/download a map of Supercrawl itself?

A: Here is a PDF of the 2018 festival map. If you're on mobile, we recommend disabling your portrait orientation. Turn your phone sideways and you're good to go.

Q: When does Supercrawl run this year? What are its hours?  

A: In 2018, Supercrawl takes place Thu Sept 13 6pm-12am, Fri Sept 14 6pm -1am, Sat Sept 15 12pm-1am, and Sun Sept 16 12pm-7pm.

Q: What if it rains?

We spend a lot of time putting on events outdoors, so we get asked that a lot. Here’s the thing: If it rains, it rains. Bring an umbrella, a rain jacket and a sense of perspective. The rain will pass. You’ll possibly be wet for a bit. But then you’ll dry out and have a great story. Supercrawl 2015 had unbroken rain for the entire duration of the festival — yet only one performer had their set scrubbed, and 135,000 people showed up to enjoy three days of arts and music. So rain or shine, we go on. Supercrawl organizers take the safety of the public, performers, participants and crew seriously and in the face of severe weather, stage times may may be delayed, but there is rarely cause for cancelling an artist's set. And because Supercrawl is located in the downtown James North neighbourhood with abundant shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries, it's easy to improvise a plan B if the weather isn't to your liking.

Q: Do you have a lost & found?

If you find an item you would like to reunite with its owner, please turn it in to event security, Info/Merch booth staff or Supercrawl HQ. If you have lost an item and would like to try and locate/reclaim it, you can ask Info/Merch booth staff or check at Supercrawl HQ (durig the event) or by emailing the festival (post-event) at lostandfound@sonicunyon.com.

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