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 five consecutive years (2015-2019). 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 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 covenant and “the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississauga of the Credit First Nation.
VISION + MISSION + VALUES
Supercrawl forges spaces of common ground and creative expression.
To foster meaningful experiences that promote the discovery of arts and culture, connect communities, and celebrate creators.
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.
AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
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
STAFF / COMMITTEES / BOARD / CONTACTS
Visual Art & Performance Committee
Melissa Bennett, Ivan Jurakic, Annette Paiement, Carol Podedworny, Tim Potocic
Ryan Sero (Theatre Coordinator), Pamela Gardner, Peter Gruner, Stephanie Hope Lawlor, Stephen Near
Jeremy Greenspan, Mark Milne, Tim Potocic, Mike ‘Parkside’ Renaud
Cara Cameron, Aaron Duarte, Mallory Gosselin, Paul Heaton, Lisa LaRocca
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 (Acting Secretary), Keanin Loomis (Past Chair), Mark Milne (ex-officio), Rick Monture, Ella Shepherd
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