Hamilton’s music and arts festival Supercrawl (presented by TD from September 13-15, 2019 on James Street North, Hamilton) has established itself as a must-see event on Canada’s festival circuit. A major part of that wide appeal is the festival’s attention to programming created to entertain and engage parents, children and creative spirits of all ages. This programming recently earned a 2019 Festivals & Events Ontario Achievement Award for Best Youth Initiative.
Made possible by Tim Hortons, the Tim Hortons Family Zone features engaging family-friendly programming that showcases Hamilton’s abundant creative talent and wealth of community cultural organizations. Located in the heart of the festival, its activity takes place Saturday September 14 and Sunday, September 15, on York Boulevard between James and MacNab Streets.
The Tim Hortons Family Zone programming is inspired by the ideals of honouring children’s voices and empowering their imagination. That thinking is captured in an eclectic lineup of hands-on activities that foster creativity, compassion and the capacity to see potential all around us. Those ideals are furthered by Culture for Kids in the Arts’ Artasia 2018 as well as participating groups An Instrument for Every Child, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Crock A Doodle Dundas, De La Sol Yoga Studios, 88 Dragons Martial Arts Academy, Girl Guides of Canada, Hamilton Children’s Choir, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Hamilton Music Collective, Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre, Let’s Talk Science McMaster, Play Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, McMaster University, Metrolinx, Theatre Aquarius, Wesley, the YWCA, and more.
Tim Hortons Family Zone will also feature a pair of performances from Theatre Aquarius’ Summer Stock program on the nearby Mohawk College Stage, performances from singer-songwriter Piper Hayes, YMCA band battle winners Undefined, and pop-RnB artist Neena Rose, as well as a concert from the always delightful Jambassadors. That performance-based initiative, developed and offered by the Hamilton Music Collective, sees children experience the “ins and outs” of being in a band, with instruction from professional musicians.
The Tim Hortons Family Zone’s creative activities also include a lively outdoor activation from the Hamilton Farmers’ Market on Sunday September 15.
Facilitated by local artist-educators and community organizations, the Tim Hortons Family Zone will showcase entertaining performances, interactive arts activities and immersive installations designed to draw audiences in, spark creativity and ignite their imaginations. Attractions include a chance to learn about pollinators and wetland ecosystems, interactive mini-workshops on comic-making, creative button-making, an instrument petting zoo, art and music workshops, yoga sessions, a martial arts workshop, a scale model farmers’ market, as well as the chance to take part in an inventive parkour-style obstacle course challenge. The Family Zone promises audiences of all ages an eye-opening weekend of immersive creative inspiration. Visit supercrawl.ca/family for a full list of activities.
Supercrawl‘s Family Zone has established a great track record of hands-on creative programming that promotes body-awareness, physical literacy and movement. Festival organizers expand on that theme this year with the introduction of the Scotiabank Active Zone, a block-long activation area that runs from MacNab to Park on Saturday September 14 and Sunday, September 15, opening off of the western gateway of the Family Zone.
The Scotiabank Active Zone will appeal to all ages, and will feature immersive experiential play as well as great opportunities to connect with sports organizations like the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Forge FC, Hamilton Bulldogs, Hamilton Honey Badgers, and Around the Bay Race, skill-building academies like Velenosi Hockey, fitness teams from Orange Theory Fitness, and more.
Supercrawl 2019 will also feature family- and IG-friendly entertainment in the form of a ferris wheel, located just east of the intersection of James and York/Wilson. Festival-goers can enjoy a unique perspective on the event, day or night during festival hours, for just a toonie per individual/ride.