Supercrawl Opens 10th Anniversary with Broken Social Scene

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With seven weeks to go until Supercrawl 2018, festival organizers announced details around their opening night programming, welcoming headliners Broken Social Scene to the TD Stage (James North at King) on Thursday September 13.

Hamilton’s pop-classical prodigies versaCello will open the Thursday evening. The reveal was made as part of a pop-up concert at Hamilton Fringe Festival's Fringe Club that featured sets from Ellis and Basement Revolver.

The free arts and music festival, celebrating its tenth anniversary this fall, takes place September 13-16, 2018 along James Street North in downtown Hamilton, presented by TD Canada.

In addition to Broken Social Scene, headliners at Supercrawl 2018 will include Lights, Wintersleep, Owen Pallett, Cadence WeaponThe Dirty Nil, and Elliott Brood. Other musical artists appearing include Basement RevolverBonjayBuddah AbusahCanadian WinterBen CaplanCootes ParadiseWilliam CrightonRae Billing & Crybaby, Duchess SaysJohn EllisonThe ElwinsJeremy Fisher JuniorThe FuddlesHamilton Blues All-Stars (featuring Rita ChiarelliTim GibbonsDarcy HepnerHarrison KennedyJesse O’BrienBrant ParkerAlfie SmithSteve Strongman, and Trickbag), Hamilton Children’s ChoirHamilton Philharmonic Orchestra with The AltobeelaysHamilton Youth Steel OrchestraHolleradoIskweThe KentsKing ParkLanguage ArtsLava DollsLone RhuShanika MariaMississippi BendsMount FarewellWillie NileNyssaLindi OrtegaThe Pack A.D.PartnerFred Penner & The Cat’s MeowPoesyRexford DriveRoyal Seas, ShadeSUUNSIan ThomasMichelle TitianversaCello, Weaves, and Sam Weber.

Supercrawl's live music partner venues This Ain’t Hollywood, Mulberry Coffeehouse and Club Absinthe will expand the variety further. 

Further announcements regarding visual arts, handmade vendors, food trucks and family programming, talks and afterparties, circus spectacle and more (along with the festival map) will arrive in the weeks ahead. 

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Critically acclaimed rockers Broken Social Scene last played Supercrawl in 2011 (the festival’s final year as a single-day event) when the band wowed capacity crowds from a main stage located at James North & York.

Supercrawl expanded to two days the following year, adding a third full day in 2014 in response to audience demand. This fall, Supercrawl expands its footprint yet again, adding a fourth evening of programming and activating the blocks around the TD Stage — located at King & James, the southern end of the festival — exclusively for the Thursday night performances. Amenities will include an assortment of food trucks and beer garden, and an evening of excellent live music, making the most of existing street closures around the event.

Last year’s Supercrawl brought 220,000 people to the streets of downtown Hamilton, made possible by extensive road closures and advance preparation. With the exception of an extra block of King William (Hughson and John remain open to north-south traffic), this year’s street closures will be almost identical to those around Supercrawl 2017.

Street closures will begin Thursday September 13 from 1:00am on James St. N. from King to Wilson/York (Wilson/York remains open on Thursday for east-west traffic), Wilson/York to Cannon (Cannon remains open to westbound traffic), Cannon to Barton (Barton remains open to east-west traffic), and Barton to Strachan (Strachan remains open to east-west traffic). Additional closures will take place on King William, Rebecca, Vine, Mulberry, Colbourne and Murray Streets. Friday September 14 from 8:00am, York Blvd/Wilson St. will be closed from Park to Hughson (MacNab will remain open to north/south traffic).

All of the above road closures will remain in effect until 5:00am on Monday September 17.

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