The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) was founded in 1884 as The Hamilton Orchestral Society and grew to become one of Canada’s major professional orchestras. Today, the HPO is a leader in Hamilton’s robust arts community where it provides professional orchestral services and music education programs to address the needs of the community. The HPO continues to commission and premiere works and is one of the artistic jewels of the Hamilton/Burlington area, enriching and serving the cultural life of the region. In addition to its mainstage concert series at Hamilton Place, new programming such as the annual What Next Festival of New Music and Indie Series bring the live orchestral experience to a broader range of people. The HPO is led by conductor and Music Director Gemma New. As a key contributor to the development of a vibrant downtown, and a resource for the city in attracting and retaining the creative class, the HPO is an important part of this community. The HPO has been a recurring favourite at Supercrawl, staging memorable collaborations with Basia Bulat (2011), Hachey the MouthPEACE (2013), Thought Beneath Film (2014), Illitry (2015), Black Collar Union (2017) and The Altobeelays (2018). At Supercrawl 2019, the HPO will join forces with alt-pop prodigies Twin Within.