Come visit the Art Gallery of Hamilton's on-street tent in the Arcelor Mittal Dofasco Family Zone, where kids will have an opportunity to engage their imaginations.

Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH) is the oldest and largest public art gallery in southwestern Ontario and owns one of the finest collections of art in Canada, featuring over 10,000 works of art including historical European, historical Canadian and contemporary art. The AGH is a vital creative hub and centre of lifelong learning that enables people of all ages to enrich their lives by gaining a deeper understanding of art. Its renovated and award-winning premises present exhibitions that change three times a year, plus visitors can enjoy the always-tempting Shop at AGH as well as the Horse and Train Bistro.  




Culture of Kids in the Arts (CKA) is celebrating their idea of HOPE by creating a flock of cranes to carry the voices of children into the heart of our community. There is a Japanese tradition that suggests paying tribute to this mystical bird by folding 1000 origami cranes will grant you your wish. What do the children of Hamilton wish for? This question is the focus of the Hamilton Children’s Charter of Rights creation project and the inspiration behind #Artasia2015. Display your crane alongside others in a grand scale urban habitat created by guest artist Dave Hind entitled Hope is a Thing with Feathers. Every voice counts!

Culture for Kids in the Arts  invites the community to participate in the creation of the Hamilton Children’s Charter of Rights with Artasia’s hands-on creation workshops and exhibition, in partnership with Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts and other community partners.




“Food is culture – everything to do with it represents a cultural act.”  

The next best thing to eating food is talking about it! The City of Hamilton is developing a Food Strategy because food is connected to Hamilton’s health, environment, economy, and culture.  Join City staff at our Food Strategy tent to lend your voice to shaping the City’s Food Strategy.  Tell us what food means to you – what is important and what is your vision for food in Hamilton!  Local artists will be on-site to graphically record your thoughts about food, and a photographer can take a picture of you with your thought card. Kids will get the chance to plant an herb to take home! Hamilton’s Food Strategy will help the City and our community focus on specific goals and actions to improve our local food system. Visit to watch a short animated video about Hamilton’s food system and find out more about the Food Strategy.



Dancer-choreographers Josh Court and Josh Taylor are co-owners and directors of Defining Movement Dance Company, Hamilton’s first hip-hop dance studio that also specializes in salsa and other Latin dances such as cha-cha, hustle and bachata for youth and adults. They place the emphasis on dance and joyous movement, not competition. DMD empowers its students to explore rhythm and movement creatively to enjoy vitality, confidence and long-term physical health through dance. DMD performed as part of last year’s Supercrawl and return in 2014 with a dynamic hip-hop-focused stage show that will combine live MCs, DJs and producers with hip-hop dance, spoken word and live graffiti art, with performances Saturday and Sunday. 

Since founding the company in 2008, Josh and Josh have appeared, performed and created original choreography for numerous shows and events including the award winning documentary "Boy Dancer" by Dave Wilson, Hamilton Site-Specific Dance Festival, Art Gallery of Hamilton Gala 2012, Supercrawl 2013, medical dance show 'Osler's Overture' with McMaster Family Medicine in 2013 and many more. As arts-educators and choreographers, Josh and Josh operate DMD studio where they teach hip-hop and salsa classes for adults and youth. The pair take pride and joy working in and around the community with elementary schools, high schools, universities, professional companies as well as local charity and youth organizations including: McMaster University, Humber College, Soulpepper Theatre Academy, Sinclair Secondary Dance Company, Art Forms, WAVE after school programs, HARRRP, City Kids and Hamilton Food Share. Court and Taylor are members of the Hamilton Arts Council and also sit on the Dance Theatre Board at the Hamilton Conservatory of Arts, whose goal is to cultivate and promote the growth of dance and the dance community in and around Hamilton. As artists and facilitators, they look to continue their growth in their art forms as well help other do the same.





At the Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA), children and youth are encouraged to explore their creativity. The same is true of the DVSA programming at Supercrawl 2015: Each participant will be given a blank square piece of paper to decorate with the materials provided, and once that square has been transformed into artwork, it will be combined with others like it — placed together to form a single large mosaic mural, with each of the decorated squares acting as their own unique piece. It's an imaginative and engaging community project in which kids are able to lend their personal creative. stamp

The DVSA is an independent, not-for-profit art school, which has been serving the Greater Hamilton region for 50 years. They are leaders in the cultural development of the region, and with an annual enrollment of over 4200, they play a vital role in the art education of the community. At DVSA, you can take a course in art history, ceramics, drawing, jewelry-making, painting, printmaking, design, photography and sculpture, taught by more than 50 highly regarded faculty members. 




Stop by the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre’s booth at Supercrawl 2015 to "Express Your Button": design and create your very own button that you can take home with you to remember your time at the festival. It's fun for all ages —and, hey, everyone needs a button! 

In 1972, a group of Aboriginal people who people recognized a great need for a "Gathering Place" in the Hamilton community established a temporary cultural centre housed on Park Street South. Now a non-profit Aboriginal organization located on Ottawa Street North, the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre (HRIC) aims to create change that empowers urban Aboriginal people and provides them with the tools to achieve a holistically balanced lifestyle.





Take a breath. Now take another! Plants play a vital role in our everyday life, providing us with the air in our lungs and food in our bellies (amongst many other things of course)! Families are invited to swing by the Royal Botanical Gardens tent where kids will be provided with he means to grow their very own plant. While you’re there, check out some neat animal artifacts and say hello to Bea, their super awesome and friendly Blandings Turtle — he’ll put the "Aw" in Supercrawl!

Trees, bugs, birds, shrubs. Fur, scales, branches, tails! Getting your feet on the trails and your eyes on the skies can reward the soul beyond your wildest imagination. Royal Botanical Gardens is an advocate for outdoor experiences, providing the region with the opportunity to get out and explore! Thousands of acres of forests, meadows, gardens, wetlands and fields, coupled with staff and programs are geared to getting you outside!  Join RBG in connecting with their heritage one leaf, one rock, one feather, one day at a time!



Youth who have a love of music will want to visit the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band (HASJB) in the Arcelor Mittal Supercrawl Family Zone this year. They will be ready to share with you more about what their exception jazz music education & performance program has to offer young people within our greater Hamilton community.

The HASJB was established in 1984 by their teacher, director and musician, Russ Weil.  Dr. Weil wanted to ensure that a high level of artistic experience would carry on for students in this part of Southern Ontario.  With four separate groups currently running, ages 12-25, their organization is now unique in Canada, continuing to develop the talents of young musicians. 

Over the years, the Hamilton All Star Jazz  Band has been featured at international events such as  Expo 86 in Vancouver, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland four times, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France, the Canadian Embassy in Paris, the International Association for Jazz Education Conference in New York City and the 2003 Juno Beach Centre opening ceremonies in Normandy. They have released eight CDs with guest appearances by some of the world’s greatest jazz artists, and have performed for the Prime Minister, the Governor General and for the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.





Kids are invited to engage in creative problem solving and improve their body awareness as part of a fun, physically active session that tests their hockey skills alongside the city’s Ontario Hockey League franchise, the Hamilton Bulldogs.

The Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club is entering its 20th season in Hamilton. For 19 years, the club was a fixture of the American Hockey League as a developing ground for NHL teams like the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens (the latter called up eight players from the Bulldogs during the 2013-14 playoff season). In 2015-16 the Hamilton Bulldogs will be introducing a new breed of hockey as they compete in the Ontario Hockey League. Owner Michael Andlauer has helped grow the organization into a fixture of the Hamilton downtown and a valuable community member.

Since 2007, the club has also reached out to the community via the Bulldogs Foundation, whose guiding mission is to enrich the lives of children and youth in the Greater Hamilton Area through cash donations, gifts in kind and the assignment of tickets. Through the Bulldogs Foundation, 20 high-needs schools in the Hamilton area have benefited from their Dawgs Breakfast Program during this school year alone.




If you’ve ever experienced a performance by the Hamilton Children’s Choir, you already know why they have a reputation for being one of the leading children’s choral programs. Going far beyond technical excellence, the choir consistently dazzles audiences with its focused sound, brilliant repertoire, and captivating stage presence. 


Celebrating 40 years of singing, the Hamilton Children’s Choir has grown to include four choral groups and approximately 150 young singers aged four to 18. Guided by world-renowned artistic director Zimfira Poloz and a talented artistic team, the HCC offers children and youth the experience of musical training, vocal instruction, and world-class performances, along with an unmatched opportunity for personal growth, challenging work and rewarding experiences.

The Hamilton Children’s Choir has become one of the most famous and sought after choirs in the world today. Winning international competitions and being invited to participate in festivals all over the world to perform. The group's noteworthy accomplishments include winning the 2009 “Let the People Sing” Choral Competition in Oslo, Norway, first place in the Children’s Choir category and Best Canadian Performance by Youth at the 2008 CBC National Radio Choral Competition for Amateur Choirs, and the Cantabile Grand Prize for Best Performing Choir at the 2008 CBC National Radio Gala Competition. In 2012, they were awarded the Grand Prize in the Children's Choir Category at the premier Xinghai International Choir Championships in Guangzhou, China. The HCC was the showcase choir for the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music at South Korea and Polyfollia at France.

This year at the Pan Am Games, the HCC joined the star-studded Toronto Pan Am Closing Ceremony on July 26 for a solo performance of "Shine Your Light" to mark the Pan Am flame being extinguished.They took the stage to perform "Shine Your Light" in front of thousands before the grand finale performance by artists Serena Ryder, Kanye West and Pitbull. 

Across Canada and around the world, the Hamilton Children's Choir has gathered children and youth together in song, enriching their lives and the lives of those touched by their magnificent music-making.



Constructed to include rooms commonly found in the home, the Hamilton Professional Firefighters Association (HPFA) will bring their Fire Safety Trailer to the Arcelor Mittal Dofasco Family Zone. The trailer is an interactive learning tool that provides a safe environment where children of all ages can learn about home fire safety hazards in a ‘hands-on’ manner. Hamilton Fire personnel will conduct fire safety presentations and provide information that includes kitchen fire safety and home escape planning, with an emphasis on how to evacuate a home in the event of a fire.




The Hamilton Public Library’s Central Branch moves out onto the street! Join HPL staff for puppet shows and storytelling for the young and young at heart. Spin the library wheel to win great prices and visit interactive displays from Telling Tales Festival to learn more about the event and First Book Canada's display, where you’ll meet Canadian authors with autographed copies of their books. Come by and get creative with crafts based on the wonderful book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. Meet the good people from First Books Canada, find out more about the upcoming Telling Tales Festival and ask HPL staff and volunteers about all the wonderful programs that they havein store for the fall and winter!  Come join in the fun as the HPL counts down to its 125th anniversary celebration on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

The Hamilton Public Library is a vibrant hub for information and culture, providing a diverse community the Freedom to Discover. As one of the largest library systems in Canada, Hamiltonians can discover something new at any of its 22 locations, two bookmobiles, or through extensive digital collections.




Lovingly organized by An Instrument for Every Child, the Instrument Petting Zoo is an opportunity for curious prospective musicians and their parents to see, hear, and touch the instruments and learn about the AIFEC program, which offers free instrumental instruction in Hamilton’s inner-city elementary schools. Children are invited to try out a variety of musical instruments under the guidance of professional local musicians.

The Hamilton Music Collective’s program, An Instrument For Every Child (AIFEC), provides ALL children with a high quality music education and allows them to explore their creative potential. AIFEC’s core programs are designed to inspire Hamilton’s children and youth through the access to music and music education while reducing the economic burden for parents, schools, and communities who wish to offer students the skills and benefits that music education provides. This program is committed to a mission of enabling children to build self-esteem, develop leadership and teamwork skills, and discover a sense of personal and creative fulfillment. Greater Hamilton Musician magazine noted that “The anticipation of children joyfully playing a musical instrument makes it worth spending time amongst the bleating of the saxophone, the mooing of the trombone, the growling of the bass and the beating of the drums!" 



Established in 1837 and open year-round, the Hamilton Farmers’ Market (HFM) has been a downtown community hub for generations. It has always remained a unique place to shop for a wide selection of farm-fresh produce, quality cheese, meats, fish and baked goods, specialty products from around the world and handmade wares.

Naturally, the market and its 60+ vendors will be open for business Friday and Saturday during Supercrawl. In the spirit of the weekend, a handful of HFM vendors — Artisan Market, Dilly's Farmacy, Eat Industries, Lina’s European Patries & Coffee, and Sensational Samosa — will also join in the festival’s open-air family programming on Saturday, September 12, with stalls located just outside of the market.



As part of the family-focused programming at Supercrawl 2015, McMaster Children & Youth University (MCYU) will have interactive inquiry-based ‘mini-workshops’ (two minutes in length) for children and youth to participate in. Their workshops will get participants involved in questions about water catchments systems, urban farming, and music and visual art. They are looking forward to bringing fun, interactive learning opportunities to kids in the community.

By fostering the curiosity, knowledge, and skills of children and youth in the community, MCYU aims to engage local youth in accessible interactive discussions about emerging issues across disciplines that build in them a capacity and a desire for post-secondary education, that foster, in short, a love for learning. To do so, they have developed two free programs: ‘Saturday Morning Lectures’ and ‘MCYU in the City’. By offering these two streams of educational opportunities, MCYU aims to make education exciting, accessible, and locally available.



McMaster Children’s Hospital is excited to welcome you to Supercrawl. They will be offering fun, unique activities for kids to take part in — such as making unique crafts involving medical supplies. Join local award-winning artist Kaime Sherman (founder of Kaime's House of Knowledge & Make-Believe and Academy of Imagination & Dramatic Arts) and contribute to a Miracles Take Flight banner where your hand prints will become a part of a communal mural. Also, face painting will be offered daily from 2pm-4pm.

McMaster Children's Hospital (MCH) is a pediatric academic health science centre serving the special and unique healthcare needs of children and youth using a family-centred model of care.  Founded in 1988, MCH has rapidly become a leader in pediatric evidence-based care, collaborative research and innovative leading-edge education. It is part of Hamilton Health Sciences, a family of six unique hospitals and a cancer centre, serving more than 2.3 million residents of Hamilton and Central South and Central West Ontario. 



At the Pollinators Paradise Project table, friendly and knowledgeable volunteers from Environment Hamilton and Hamilton Naturalists Club will be hosting a trivia game all about our area's various pollinators. Through this game shaped as a bee box, they want to spread the word about native solitary bees — not all bees sting! All are welcome to participate and learn more about birds, bees, butterflies and trees.  

Environment Hamilton (a not-for-profit, environmental organization) and Hamilton Naturalists Club (a registered charity focused on protecting nature) have partnered together to create their Pollinators Paradise Project. Through this initiative, they have organized various hands-on events and workshops all focussed on supporting local native pollinators. Their project goals include; educating on the challenges our pollinators face, increasing pollinator habitats in our City, and highlighting the importance of pollinators.



Ever done screen printing? If not, here is your chance, kids!  Come visit Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts tent in the Arcellor Mittal Dofasco Family Zone and discover just how easy it is to unleash your creativity in a new, colourful and hands-on way. 

Centre[3] is a not-for-profit charitable artist-run centre that connects, educates and collaborates with people locallly, regionally and internationally. It is a place for artists to create, produce and exhibit art work; a platform for artists to engage and empower students through art education; a space for artists to collaborate with our community in a creative experience. Integrating art, education and community, Centre[3] helps establish a progressive identity for our community, while enriching quality of life through art and culture.



Did you know that 90% of children do not get enough daily exercise? At the YMCA, they're committed to getting kids active and having fun. Visit the YMCA of Hamilton / Burlington / Brantford booth at Supercrawl 2015 and take part in the YMCA Family Obstacle Course Challenge, an interactive event that incorporates fundamental movements like hopping, jumping, tossing  to improve the physical literacy levels of kids and fanmilies alike. They'll also have a number of tools and giveaways to help families get active at home and in their neighbourhood — including free passes to Try Your Y.

They are hopeful, determined and ready: For nearly 160 years, the YMCA has remained relevant by getting to the core of what it means to lead a healthy life and encouraging others in spirit, mind and body. The organization aims to create healthy communities where individuals and families have an opportunity to reach their potential. Whether you’re looking to improve your fitness level, find high-quality licensed child care, camp experiences for your children or career opportunities for yourself, the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford is there to help. As a charitable organization, they're committed to make these opportunities available to all families, regardless of their financial circumstances. To find out more, visit