Rooted in Community. Driven by Discovery. Committed to Arts and Culture.

Supercrawl is Hamilton’s premier multi-arts festival, fusing new and independent music with art installations, fashion, performance, literature, theatre, and artisanal craft. Supercrawl’s diverse multi-disciplinary program of sound, performance, visual and media arts is staged along a pedestrian-only creative corridor in the heart of downtown.

A not-for-profit arts organization, Supercrawl is committed to honouring, showcasing and celebrating all varieties of creative work, positioning local and emerging artists alongside significant provincial, national and international peers. The festival fosters and promotes arts and culture as well as the myriad benefits they provide.

A dynamic team of Hamilton artists and community builders founded Supercrawl in 2009 out of a desire to expand on the promise of James Street North’s monthly Art Crawl.

Over its first decade, Supercrawl has successfully evolved from a modest arts-based single-day occurrence to a multi-day event with national/international profile and attendance. The festival has gone from a one-day celebration on a single block to a weekend-long experience encompassing over two kilometres of downtown streets, with attendance growing steadily from 3,000 to 250,000 in that time. In addition to its namesake free festival weekend, Supercrawl Productions also produces ticketed concerts and events throughout the year.

Supercrawl 2019 resulted in an economic impact of more than $20 million (calculated using the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport’s Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model). More importantly, festival audiences left with renewed conviction of the power of the arts and convinced of Hamilton’s cultural vitality.

Supercrawl was shortlisted for a 2019 Ontario Tourism Award of Excellence for Tourism Event of the Year and 2017 Canadian Tourism Award for Event of the Year. The festival 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 for six consecutive years (2015-2020). Supercrawl is a member organization of the Major International Festivals and Events Network of Ontario, the Canadian Music Live Association, and Festivals and Events Ontario.

Supercrawl is a Keychange associate festival; learn more here.

Supercrawl recognizes and acknowledges that the festival takes place upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississauga and that the land is covered by the Dish with One Spoon treaty. The intent of this agreement, originally made between the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee, was to ensure that the lands and resources around the Great Lakes were properly cared for, and that all nations sharing this territory would do so responsibly, respectfully and sustainably. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We share this land and celebrate its gifts, and are thankful to live and work in a place that has sustained human activity for over 15,000 years. As settlers, we acknowledge our responsibility to listen, learn, and evolve in the spirit of historic covenants as well as take on the important work of reconciliation. We strive to work collaboratively to keep the importance of our shared history, friendship and future relationships in our minds and hearts, and we recognize that we must do more to learn about the rich history of this land so that we can better understand our roles as residents, neighbours, partners and caretakers.

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VISION + MISSION + VALUES

Vision

Supercrawl forges spaces of common ground and creative expression.

Mission

To foster meaningful experiences that promote the discovery of arts and culture, connect communities, and celebrate creators.

Values

Community:  We serve Hamilton and believe in the power of our community.
Diversity:  We are committed to the principles of inclusion and equality.
Discovery:  We encourage creative exploration and cultural curiosity.
Sustainability:  We will share local products and minimize our environmental footprint.
Integrity:  We value trust and promise to be open, honest, and ethical in all that we do.

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AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS

2020 FEO Top 100 – Top 100 Festivals/Events in Ontario

2019 Ontario Tourism Award of Excellence – Finalist, Tourism Event of the Year

2019 Ontario Tourism Award of Excellence – Finalist, Tourism Champion of the Year (Festival Director Tim Potocic)

2019 FEO Top 100 – Top 100 Festivals/Events in Ontario

2019 FEO Achievement Award – Best Youth Initiative

2018 FEO Top 100 – Top 100 Festivals/Events in Ontario

2018 FEO Achievement Award – Best New Single Sponsorship

2018 Live Music Industry Awards – Nominee, Family Program of the Year

2017 Community in Motion Awards – Bike-Friendly Organization of the Year​

2017 Canadian Tourism Awards – Finalist, Event of the Year

2017 FEO Top 100 – Top 100 Festivals/Events in Ontario

2017 FEO Achievement Award – Best Community Partner Outreach Program

2017 Live Music Industry Awards – Nominee, Family Program of the Year

2016 FEO Top 100 – Top 100 Festivals/Events in Ontario

2016 Community in Motion Awards – Transit-Friendly Organization of the Year

2016 Hamilton Music Awards – Musical Event of the Year Award by People’s Choice

2015 Ontario Tourism Award of Excellence – Tourism Event of the Year

2015 FEO Top 100 – Top 100 Festivals/Events in Ontario

2015 Hamilton Music Awards – Musical Event of the Year Award by People’s Choice

2014 Community in Motion Awards – Pedestrian-Friendly Organization of the Year

2013 Hamilton Music Awards – Festival of the Year Award

2012 RBC Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award – Tim Potocic, Festival Director

2011 Tourism Hamilton Awards – Runner-up, Best Large-Sized Festival of the Year

2011 Tourism Hamilton Awards – Volunteer of the Year – Dane Pedersen

2011 Tourism Hamilton Awards – Arts Ambassador of the Year – Tim Potocic, Festival Director

2010 Tourism Hamilton Awards – Best Mid-Sized Festival of the Year Award

2010 Hamilton Music Awards – Festival of the Year Award

2009 Tourism Hamilton Awards – Best Small-Sized Festival of the Year

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STAFF / COMMITTEES / BOARD / CONTACTS

Director
Tim Potocic

Finance
Mark Milne

Vendor Co-ordinator
Lisa La Rocca

Volunteer Co-ordinator
Patrice Whiffen

Media Liaison
David Young

Social Media
Kristin Archer

Design
Mike Jerome

Web
Plank

Visual Art & Performance Committee
Melissa Bennett, Ivan Jurakic, Annette Paiement, Carol Podedworny, Tim Potocic

Theatre Committee
Ryan Sero (Theatre Coordinator), Pamela Gardner, Peter Gruner, Stephanie Hope Lawlor, Stephen Near

Music Committee
Jeremy Greenspan, Mark Milne, Tim Potocic, Mike ‘Parkside’ Renaud

Fashion Committee
Cara Cameron, Aaron Duarte, Mallory Gosselin, Paul Heaton, Lisa La Rocca

Family Committee
Tricia LeClair (Committee Lead)

Author Talks & Spoken Word Committee
Noelle Allen (Committee Lead)

Board of Directors 
Kristine Germann (Chair), Andrea MacDonald (Vice-Chair), Paul Ciapanna (Treasurer), Sophie Dixon (Secretary), Mark Milne (ex-officio), Ian Brisbin, Claire Leighton, Jessica Myers, Rick Monture, Ella Shepherd, Stuart Wheldon

Auditors
Henderson Fleischer Roller Professional Corporation

Chartered Accountant
151 Lakeshore Rd. W.
Oakville, ON L6K 1E5

Supercrawl Productions
PO Box 57347
Jackson Station,
Hamilton, ON L8P 4X2

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