Supercrawl is a free annual outdoor art and music festival held in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, showcasing a diverse and dynamic lineup of music, art, fashion, performance, talks, crafts, food and fun. In 2019, Supercrawl’s eleventh anniversary year, the event covered 20 city blocks and attracted more than 250,000 visitors over the course of the weekend. After a two-year pandemic absence, organizers look forward to building upon that foundation at this fall’s festival, taking place September 9-11, 2022 on James Street North.
Supercrawl was founded out of a desire to showcase the city’s cultural vibrancy and eclectic arts landscape, and remains dedicated to honouring, showcasing and celebrating all varieties of creative work. Supercrawl prioritizes curating a diverse and representative festival lineup. We recognize our responsibility to amplify voices that have traditionally been marginalized, both in our community and in society as a whole.
Supercrawl is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. We strive to create an environment in which all participants may flourish. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to access and opportunity, and welcome artistic proposals from all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or economic status.
Calls for Artist submissions for Supercrawl 2022 are now open!
Authors/Talks • Dance • Fashion • Music • Theatre
Visual & Public Art programming for Supercrawl 2022 will be curated from applicants who submitted for consideration in the Supercrawl 2020 open call.
Calls for Artist submissions window will close Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
Call for Vendors for Supercrawl 2022 will open in mid-May 2022.
Supercrawl recognizes and acknowledges that the festival takes place upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Chonnonton (Neutral), Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Mississauga nations. Hamilton is known to the Kanien’kehá:ka or Mohawk, one of the six nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, as Ohròn:wakon (meaning “in the ravine”). The land on which the festival and its events takes place is covered by Sewatokwà:tshera, the Dish with One Spoon Wampum. This agreement, made between the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee, was made 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. This territory is also covered by Tékeni Teyohá:te Kaswentah, the Two Row Wampum, made between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Dutch, signifying that these distinct nations, their cultures and traditions, could coexist without either being assimilated by the other. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, 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 10,000 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. In doing so, we seek to forge new and respectful relationships with the Indigenous nations of this region and throughout Turtle Island. 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.
Top: Tanika Charles at Supercrawl 2019, photographed by Mike Highfield