Supercrawl Showcases Fashion & Drag May 6

Supercrawl is pleased to announce a special pre-recorded pop-up taking place this Thursday May 6, presented as a free streaming event.

This spring/summer fashion and drag show, captured live at Bridgeworks, will featuring showcases from Foreign Waves International, The Eye Of Faith and Shedo as well as the Supercrawl Drag Extravaganza, a spectacular set from Sapphyre Poison and guests.

The evening is arranged in two halves, with fashion beginning at 7:00pm ET and drag taking us home starting at 8:00pm ET.

This streaming event is freebookmark this link and mark your calendars!

Supercrawl Spring 2021 Livestream Series Rescheduled

In light of the steady rise in COVID-19 cases, elevated risk associated with variants of concern, and out of abundant caution and care for the health and well-being of artists, staff and the wider community, Supercrawl will be rescheduling its spring livestream series

All previously purchased livestream tickets will be valid for new dates in May and June. We will unveil additional details on the rescoped events shortly, and look forward to producing these events once it is safer for us to do so. 

Watch Supercrawl’s socials in the coming weeks for details on additional 2021 programming!

Terra Lightfoot: February Songs Livestream Friday March 5

Supercrawl Presents acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist Terra Lightfoot in an intimate livestream performance on Friday March 5, 2021 at 7pm EST.

Join Terra for February Songs, a special hour-long “writer’s table” where the artist will play brand new songs — recently written solo material and a couple of co-writes — and host a Q & A session.


Tickets are $14 plus service charges, available now via Eventbrite. $2 from each ticket sold will benefit the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion.

Supercrawl Presents Danko Jones Livestreams Mar 12 & 13



Danko Jones exists to rock. It’s his innate, guttural mode of expression. His daily ritual. His life’s work. Now, after 25 years, 10 albums, world tours with the rock gods like Ozzy Osbourne, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Motörhead, the band announces their return to the stage with two shows at Hamilton, Ontario’s Bridgeworks.



Acclaimed hard rock trio Danko Jones has earned their place as Canadian music legends. The group has gone gold and platinum internationally,  had seven singles crack the US Active Rock Top 40 and had their single “Gonna Be A Fight Tonight” used as the WWE official theme song for the 2015 Royal Rumble.

Over the past 25 years, the band has made a name for themselves as a must-see live band and after a year with no shows, they’re itching to get back out there. Danko Jones, the band’s frontman and namesake comments,  “2021 is the 25th anniversary of our band. 25 years of non-stop performing, touring and recording. To celebrate our silver jubilee, we are holding our first ever livestreams and we may even be premiering some new material… This has been the longest break in the history of our band so without a doubt, these livestreams will be like letting wild animals out of cages. Are you ready? We’re goddamn ready.”

Presented by Supercrawl and Exclaim! Magazine and produced in association with Metal Sucks, 94.9 The Rock Toronto, Y108 Hamilton, Rebel 101.7 Ottawa, CJAY 92 Calgary, 100.3 The Bear Edmonton and CFOX-FM Vancouver, the livestream shows will take place on Friday March 12, 2021 at 8:00PM EST // 5:00PM PST in North America, and on Saturday March 13th at 8:00PM CET in Europe, but you will be able to tune in to both shows from anywhere in the world. Tickets and information for North America can be found at THIS location and for Europe HERE!


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Supercrawl Presents Colter Wall Livestream Thu Mar 11

In conjunction with La Honda Records, Supercrawl Presents a behind-the-scenes look at Colter Wall with his band, The Scary Prairie Boys. Sitting down for a special live session in Nashville’s historic Sound Emporium Studios, Colter and his band perform select favourites from his catalog, including some special covers and a few surprises.
Catch this exclusive livestream on Mandolin on Thursday March 11 at 8:30pm EST. Tickets are $15 USD, ticket bundles featuring limited edition merch $45-$90 USD, available now.


Western Canadian songwriter Colter Wall is a weathered baritone that spins narratives on the stage. He sings traditionals known to most, historic reverie, and poignant originals, raising both goosebumps and beers throughout the evening. It’s a nostalgic atmosphere and a simple yet colourful experience.

On his third album, Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs, Wall’s 10-track ode to the themes and labours of western life, picks up where his last album left off, with a reverence for his “working cowboy kin.”

Recorded in the heart of Texas at Yellow Dog Studios, Wall’s new album features his own band hot off of a North American tour. Along the Blanco River bank, outside the small town of Wimberley, Colter and his boys recorded a collection of cowboy songs, old and new.

On the album is title track “Western Swing & Waltzes,” first heard on his Austin City Limits performance. Also included among the tracks is the Stan Jones’ classic “Cowpoke,” a cover with increasing popularity among fans. Featured on most tracks are stronghold sidemen like Patrick Lyons, a multi-instrumentalist who textures grooves with his standard pedal steel guitar, dobro, mandolin, and a few surprises. Prominent harmonica player Jake Groves graces many songs with haunting, long trails and leads. While longtime bass player, heard on Wall’s previous two albums, Jason Simpson, alongside drummer Aaron Goodrich, wrangles the band’s rhythm. A handful of friends including Emily Gimble and Doug Moreland lend their talents in addition to Wall’s live band sound.

Unlike his previous albums, Wall produced Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs on his own. His band. His choices. It was a decision that diversified and put some giddy-up in the album’s sound.

About the album, Wall said “these songs are punchier than I am.” With an increasing presence in the Western Lifestyle world, Wall is, however, no slouch on the ranch. As any new cattleman would, Wall adds to his herd, as he does his musical background.

COVID-19 Safety

In response to Ontario’s state of emergency and stay-at-home order, event organizers have postponed and rescheduled all livestreams and are following provincially mandated public health protocols.

In accordance with the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework, and pursuant to Section 2(2) of Schedule 1 to Ontario Regulation 263/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 2 made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17 (“the Reopening Ontario Act”), formerly a regulation made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (“EMCPA”) and now a continued section 7.0.2 order under the Reopening Ontario Act:

Events are closed to the public until further notice, and in many cases replaced with streaming performance events.

All digitally broadcast Supercrawl events are pre-recorded. Recording takes place at Bridgeworks, a performing arts facility closed to spectators.

The spacious, vaulted venue, with floor area of roughly 600 square metres (6,000+ square feet), ensures robust ventilation and allows organizers to maximize physical distancing and separation, both between individual performers and between performers and crew. Travel paths and physical distancing will be indicated via floor markings.

Venue capacity is limited to a maximum of 10 performers/crew at any given time, with all participants mandated to follow stringent public health protocols or be removed from the facility.

Performances will be scheduled in such a matter as to minimize individuals on-site and allow for thorough cleaning and disinfection of the venue between performances.

No in-person audience is permitted.

All performers and employees must wear properly fitted face masks and maintain minimum two-metre physical distance except for purposes of the performance. All participants must wear properly fitted face masks and maintain two-metre separation while in-venue, including washrooms and dressing rooms. All rooms will be rigorously cleaned and thoroughly disinfected before and after performances.

Singers and players of brass/wind instruments will be separated from any other performers onstage by plexiglass/sheet acrylic or other impermeable barrier.

Contact information will be collected from all participants for the purposes of contact tracing, should that be required. This information will remain confidential and held securely for a period of 30 days from filming, whereupon it will be destroyed.

All performers, crew and staff will be actively screened by public health questionnaire and touchless infrared thermometer prior to entry.

Individuals are required to self-assess on day of event and remain at home if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms as detailed on the Government of Ontario’s online self-assessment tool.

Individuals with symptoms, who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, who have been told to self-isolate, or who have travelled outside of the province in the 14 days prior to the event should not attend.

All individuals entering the venue are required to wear a properly fitted face mask (covering nose and mouth, secured under chin and snugly fitted along cheeks) and use alcohol-based hand rub/sanitizer before entering.

All attendees must self-certify that they do not have symptoms, have not been diagnosed with or had direct contact with a known or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days, and will comply with the event’s safety policies and procedures including wearing face coverings, observing mandated physical distancing, and other determined requirements.

Screening results will be reviewed by the compliance officer before performers, crew or staff enter the venue. Any individuals who do not pass screening will be immediately excluded from the workplace and encouraged to self- isolate and seek assessment and testing.

Violation of policies will constitute cause for removal from the event.

An onsite compliance officer will be responsible for the preparation and implementation of a COVID-19 safety plan, monitoring compliance with that COVID-19 safety plan, and the implementation and compliance with all required and recommended occupational health and safety and infection prevention and control measures.

Safety plan will be posted onsite and made available for inspection by public health officials upon request.

These protocols are consistent and compliant with the Ministry of Health’s Public current public health and workplace safety directives (as issued Jan 12, 2021).

Event subject to re-scoping or postponement if so mandated by public health authorities.

These measures enable organizers to provide high quality entertainment while keeping artists, crew and staff safe.

Supercrawl Announces December Livestream Series

While we are deeply passionate about live event culture, the safety of event participants will always be paramount in our planning. We are doIng our part to make it more bearable to stay connected even as we remain distanced. In light of the upward trend in COVID-19 cases across the GTHA, and out of abundant caution and care for the health and well-being of artists, audiences, staff and the wider community, we will be shifting focus from live performance to livestreaming events moving forward. As always, thanks to the artists and fans who so much want to return to the experience of live performance. Thank you for your understanding and support, and we look forward to seeing you online as we continue to deliver great streaming performances.

Supercrawl is pleased to announce the December run of its ongoing free series of streamed performance, supported by sponsor TD Bank Group (TD). Taking place October through December, the dates are streamed via Facebook. Upcoming dates in the series lineup are as follows:

  • Saturday December 5: Sam Weber
  • Saturday December 12: Tim Hicks
  • Saturday December 19: The Dirty Nil
  • Wednesday December 30: Terra Lightfoot

Earlier dates in the series include:

  • Monday October 12: Chantal Kreviazuk
  • Saturday November 7: Tim Baker
  • Friday November 13: Reclaiming Hamilton Author Panel 
  • Saturday November 14: Reclaiming Hamilton Author Talks
  • Saturday November 21: Haviah Mighty + Nyssa
  • Saturday November 28: Ellevator + King Park


Watch Supercrawl’s socials in coming weeks for details on early 2021 programming.

Supercrawl Unveils New Art Mural for 2020-2021

Supercrawl celebrates the arrival of a bold new large-scale work of visual art in downtown Hamilton. On Friday, October 23, installation teams mounted Shellie Zhang’s striking work To What Do We Owe This Honour? on the south facade of 118 James Street North.

The artwork is curated by McMaster Museum of Art and sponsored by both the McMaster Museum of Art and the Downtown Hamilton BIA.

Presented by TD Bank Group (TD) as part of the TD Ready Commitment to amplify diverse voices, 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.

Zhang’s artwork is the sixth long-term installation that the festival has showcased at this site, where it will live as a prominent visual presence over James Street North for an entire year. It succeeds Supercrawl’s 2019 installation, Hiba Abdallah’s text-based work In Retrospect, whose declarative message (EVERYTHING IS MUCH MORE CONNECTED THAN WE THINK) anticipated our current moment, a time when links between global and local concerns are undeniable.

Shellie Zhang’s To What Do We Owe This Honour? enlarges a collection of miniature totemic objects against a backdrop of a sky to create a connection between the intimate setting of one’s home with the shared realm of public space. The project prompts reflection for the objects we surround ourselves with and the monuments we adorn our cities with, questioning, what symbols reflect our current collective values, whose legacies are granted permanence, and which histories are given a pedestal.

Zhang (born 1991 in Beijing, China) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto, Ontario. By uniting both past and present iconography with the techniques of mass communication, language and sign, Zhang’s work deconstructs notions of tradition, gender, the diaspora, and popular culture while calling attention to these subjects in the context and construction of a multicultural society. She is interested in exploring how integration, diversity and assimilation is implemented and negotiated, how this relates to lived experiences, how culture is learned, relearned and sustained, and how things are remembered and preserved.

Zhang has exhibited at venues including WORKJAM (Beijing, CN), Asian Art Initiative (Philadelphia, PA) and Gallery 44 (Toronto, ON). She is a recipient of grants such as the Toronto Arts Council’s Visual Projects grant, the Ontario Arts Council’s Visual Artists Creation Grant and the Canada Council’s Project Grant to Visual Artists. In 2017, she was Artist-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her work has been published in Canadian Art, the Toronto Star, Blackflash Magazine, CBC Arts, and C Magazine, and she is a member of EMILIA-AMALIA, a feminist reading and writing group. The artist’s recent and upcoming projects include exhibitions at Artspace (Peterborough, ON), Patel Gallery (Toronto, ON), AKA Artist-Run (Saskatoon, SK) and the Anchorage Museum (Anchorage, AK).

A not-for-profit arts organization situated within the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, 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.

Since 2010, Supercrawl’s Visual Arts programming has showcased upwards of 100 artists and featured visual art installations in a variety of media. Supercrawl provides opportunities to local, regional and national artists and performers at both early and established stages of their practices. An annual call for submissions is issued to invite proposals from artists working in a variety of media, and art-lovers will also find around two dozen gallery spaces and artists’ studios in and around Supercrawl’s neighbourhood.

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.

In June, Supercrawl festival organizers announced that they would be re-scoping event programming in response to pandemic-related public health considerations. The massive free event, which drew more than 250,000 fans in 2019, has since undertaken a range of special events, including the ticketed Skytop Concert Series staged atop the York Boulevard Parkade in September and announced a free live performance series at Bridgeworks (200 Caroline St. N., Hamilton) that will showcase various artistic disciplines through the end of 2020.

Supercrawl Announces Bridgeworks Concert Series

Supercrawl announces a special free series of performance in downtown Hamilton, supported by sponsor TD Bank Group (TD). Taking place October through December, the concert dates will showcase marquee talents in an intimate performance series, limited to just 50 attendees per event, in a physically distanced seating plan inside the new Bridgeworks event space (Caroline St. N. at Barton St. W.). Each date will be a licensed/all-ages event. Most will feature separately ticketed showtimes: matinee (12-4pm*) and evening (6-10pm°). October through November dates in the series lineup are as follows:

  • Saturday October 10: Tim Baker + Nico Paulo *°  CANCELLED
  • Saturday November 7: iskwē + special guests *°
  • Friday November 13: Reclaiming Hamilton Author Talks (livestream only)
  • Saturday November 14: Reclaiming Hamilton Author Talks (livestream only)
  • Saturday November 21: Haviah Mighty + Nyssa *°
  • Saturday November 28: Ellevator + King Park *°

These licensed/all-ages events are free to attend, but audience capacity is extremely limited. The initial date in the series will be the first to release tickets, with initial events in the series to follow in the weeks ahead. The December run of events will be revealed at a later date. Limit of two ticket purchase per person.

Tickets for Tim Baker’s October 10 shows — matinee and evening — will be available exclusively through Eventbrite as of 10am EDT on Friday, October 2, 2020.

Future ticket release dates will be announced via Supercrawl’s social media accounts.

All seating is reserved in pre-assigned table configurations or two or four seats, and abides by physical distancing measures and additional event-based measures to reduce risk of viral spread.

Ticket purchases will be limited to one table per transaction, with all ticket holders at any given table required to be members of the same social circle. “Social circle” refers to the predetermined group of no more than ten (10) family members, roommates, and others who are able to socialize exclusively with one another while enjoying close physical contact. For more info on safe social circles, visit

All buyers will be required to present government-issued photo ID upon entry to confirm identity.

Contact at entry has been minimized and alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations will be available. The event will feature a licensed bar with waitstaff service to minimize points of contact.

All ticket holders will receive a face mask upon entry. In accordance with City of Hamilton Bylaw 20-155, all attendees must wear a properly fitted face mask which covers the nose, mouth and chin except where medical conditions do not allow.

All attendees will be screened by questionnaire and touchless infrared thermometer prior to entry. Accessibility corridors have been provided to facilitate audience flow and safely allow entry and exit. Physical distancing measures will also be in place around access to public washrooms, along with enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols. Ticket holders will be required maintain physical distancing protocols at all times by staying at least 2 metres (6.5 feet) apart from others outside their social circle.

Individuals will also be asked to self-assess on day of event and remain at home if they are experiencing COVID-19-consistent symptoms such as fever, dry cough, tiredness, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, sore throat, chest pain or pressure, loss of taste or smell, or aches and pains; please consult the Government of Ontario’s online self-assessment tool if in doubt. Those with symptoms, who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, who have returned from travelling outside of Canada within 14 days of the event, or who have told to self-isolate, should not attend. Individuals should also consider downloading the Government of Canada’s free COVID Alert app to potentially alert of viral exposure before any symptoms appear.

Failure to abide by any event policies, above or onsite, will constitute a breach of terms and may result in removal from the event. Event subject to postponement if so mandated by public health authorities.

In June, Supercrawl festival organizers announced that they would be rescoping event programming in response to pandemic-related public health considerations. While the massive free event, which drew more than 250,000 fans in 2019, will not be taking place in 2020, organizers are producing this fall’s slate of special events in its place. Supercrawl Productions recently wrapped a sold-out weekend of open-air music as part of the six-show Skytop Live Concert Series, which ran September 24-27, 2020.

James Street North: Neighbourhood of the Arts


Since 2010, Supercrawl has showcased visual art installations in a variety of media, including projects and artwork by Hiba Abdallah, Kim Adams, Donna Akrey, Mark Ainslie, Jaime Angelopoulos, Sonny Assu, C.R. Avery, Nedda BabaSarah Beck, Monique Aura Bedard, Beehive Craft Collective, Connor Bennett, BGL, Adam David Brown, Lea Bucknell, Tia Cavanagh, Tracie ChingJefferson Campbell-Cooper, Roy Caussy, Clear Eyes Collective, David Collier, Vanessa Crosbie Ramsay, Adrienne Crossman, Nathan Cyprys, Marco D’Andrea, Shayne Dark, Tanya Davis, Sara DeckJohn Dickson, Eric Drass, dpai architecture, Dean Drever, Jason EdmistonEn Masse, Justin EricksonSimon Frank, Jason Freiburger, Shlomi Greenspan, Group of 7 Billion, Ann Marie Hadcock, Anitra Hamilton, John Haney, Adad Hannah, Sandi Hartling, Alexa Hatanaka, Robert HengeveldDave Hind, Natalie Hunter, Alex Jacobs-Blum, Erika James, Carey Jernigan, Thea Jones, Svava Thordis Juliusson, kírkē, Jason Krugman, Gareth Lichty, Tor Lukasik-Foss, Drew MacEachern, ​Vincent MarconeKelly Mark, Laura Marotta, Sean Martindale, Christopher McLeod, ​Nancy Anne McPhee, Andrew McPhail, Robert Michael, Zeke Moores, Amber Helene Müller St. ThomasMarie-Jeanne Musiol, Shelley Niro, Susy Oliveira, Andrew Owen, Patrick Paine, Megan PressMark Prier, Sean Procyk, Nathalie Quagliotto, Red Tree Collective, Paige ReynoldsJim Riley,​ Mitch Robertson, Matt Rogalsky, Al RuntShake-n-Make, Chris Shepherd, Coral Short, Site 3 Fire Arts, St Marie φ Walker, Jordyn Stewart, Kyle Stewart, Max Streicher, Kearon Roy Taylor, Tyler Tekatch, Reece Terris, TH&B, Alison Thompson, Patrick Thompson, Matt Ryan Tobin, Kevin TongJosé Luis Torres, Brandon VickerdMatthew Walker, C. Wells, Elinor Whidden, Peter Michael Wilson, Tom Wilson, and Shellie Zhang.

Supercrawl provides opportunities to local, regional and national artists and performers at both early and established stages of their practices. An annual call for submissions is issued to invite proposals from artists working in a variety of media.

Art-loving festival-goers will also find numerous gallery spaces and artists’ studios in and around Supercrawl’s neighbourhood, including Art Gallery of HamiltonThe AssemblyCentre[3]Coloma StudioThe DeFacto Gallery, Factory Media CentreGallery 4 Annex, Gallery on the BayMelanie Gillis Studio, ​Hamilton Artists Inc., HCA GalleryMills HardwareRE-Create Outreach Art Studio, Studio on James, The Studios at Hotel HamiltonJulia Veenstra StudiosWorkers Arts and Heritage Centre and You Me Gallery.

Video shot on location at Supercrawl 2019 by Thrillhouse Studios
TOP TO BOTTOM: Dean Drever, Bear Hunt, at Supercrawl 2014; Max Streicher, Giants Ascending, at Supercrawl 2011

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