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 2022, Supercrawl covered 20 city blocks and attracted more than 275,000 visitors over the course of the weekend. Organizers look forward to building upon that foundation at this fall’s festival — Supercrawl’s 15th anniversary — taking place September 8-10, 2023 on James Street North.
Calls for Entry for the next edition of Supercrawl are now open:
Note: Calls for Food Trucks and Tented Vendors will open at the beginning of March.
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. We welcome submissions from artists of all backgrounds, including but not limited to Indigenous, Black, people of colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, women, people with disabilities, and members of equity-seeking communities.
Top: Lido Pimienta at Supercrawl 2022
Supercrawl is proud to unveil the expanded lineup for the 2022 free festival weekend, taking place September 9-11, 2022 along James Street North in downtown Hamilton, Ontario and presented by sponsor TD Bank Group (TD).
Supercrawl returns to James Street North with a stellar lineup that includes musical performances from headliners Tim Baker, The Dirty Nil, Hamilton Superstars, Sarah Harmer, Lido Pimienta, and Charlotte Day Wilson, as well as Altameda, Tynomi Banks, The Barettas, Blind Mule, Breeze, Nuela Charles, Dearly Beloved, Ellevator, Espanola, Fame Cartel, Golden Feather, Sarah Good & The Bads, Hamilton Children’s Choir, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet, The Hidden Cameras, Cam Kahin, Shawnee Kish, LOONY, Loviet, Olivia Lunny, Eamon McGrath, Nezqwik, Northern Cree, OMBIIGIZI, Lydia Persaud, Lido Pimienta, Pleasure Craft, Queen Cee with GSSO and Duckai, Amanda Rheaume, Tallies, Julian Taylor, TRP.P, and JJ Wilde.
Supercrawl 2022 will also feature an interactive residency from Pittsburgh’s post-industrial art rock performance troupe Squonk, who will bring their touring production “Hand to Hand” to the festival for shows on September 10 and 11. This don’t-miss event, a rare international date, will be only the second time Squonk has staged “Hand to Hand” in Canada.
This year’s festival will also feature visual and performance art from Asli Alin, All Our Relations Collective, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Kiera Boult, Dawn Hackett Burns, Joseph Farrugia, Melissa General, Skawennati, and Brandon Vickerd.
Supercrawl 2022 will host fashion showcases from Ark Collective, Ashes, Domenication, Dope Chief, The Eye of Faith, Heart Collector, Kiki’s Closets, Leave Your Mark, M218, sariKNOTsari, Shedo, The Thrifty Designer, Tout Sweet Vintage, True Hamiltonian and more, in addition to the always sensational Sapphyre Poison Drag Extravaganza.
Festival-goers will also enjoy Theatre + Dance from Alegria Dance Company, Defining Movement Dance, David Hudson Dance Company, Monica Plant x Jungle Ling, Society for the Prevention of Spectacle, Tommy Taylor, and Eshe Yildiz, as well as a weekend-long Authors + Talks roster featuring Charlie Angus, Sifton Tracey Anipare, Michael Barclay, Gary Barwin, Ralph Benmergui, Nic Brewer, Sally Cooper, Terri Favro, Sydney Hegele, Lorraine Johnson, Jon-Erik Lappano, Eddie Lartey, Fareh Malik, Judith McCormack, Robert McGill, Sheila Murray, Aimee Reid, Jamie Tennant and other great readers, plus Friday-night local author signings with Gary Barwin, David Collier, Denise Davy, Jaclyn Desforges, Margaret Nowaczyk, Benjamin Robinson, Brent van Staalduinen and more.
Supercrawl will also offer dozens of food trucks, scores of craft vendors, plus a Family Zone packed with creative options for children and youth. Announcements on all three, as well as festival schedule and map, will follow in the days and weeks ahead.
Supercrawl is a free, not-for-profit outdoor music and arts festival that showcases the cultures, businesses and creative people in Hamilton’s downtown core. It is both an acclaimed tourist event with national profile and a celebration of the city’s creative vitality. On an annual and ongoing basis, Supercrawl provides opportunities to local artists and performers, showcasing them alongside their regional, national and international peers.
Supercrawl Productions, Sonic Unyon Records, Music Cities Events, and the City of Hamilton present the fourth global edition of the Music Cities Forum at Bridgeworks (200 Caroline St. N., Hamilton) on September 7 & 8, 2022. Featuring talks and presentations, live music and networking opportunities, the Forum will explore how the city’s growing and diverse music scene fits into the city’s plans for economic and social development. With Canada being the eighth largest music market in the world, Ontario is a consistent leader in the national music industry, home to 44% of the nation’s music publishing and recording jobs. Hamilton’s local music scene is a growing, dynamic and eclectic mix of songwriters, musicians, producers, performers and live performances. The city is increasingly known as a destination for music, and boasts a strong, collaborative and diverse music industry that offers a solid base for continued growth, collaboration and celebration. MCF speakers will include Ace Piva (Tour Manager, Addiction Recovery Coach and Mental Health Advocate), Adesegun Adeosum (CEO & Founder, Made Entertainment), Anders Kastrup Christensen (Head of Partners, Nus Nus & Distortion), Astrid Hepner (Founder & CEO, Hamilton Music Collective), Debbie Spence (Business Development Consultant, Creative Industries, City of Hamilton), Jonathan Bunce (Artistic & Executive Director, Wavelength Music), Lisa La Rocca (Director of Operations, Sonic Unyon Records), Matthew Peterson (Programs Manager, Transitmatters), Mike Tanner (Manager, Music Sector Development, City of Toronto), Sarah Falzon (Lawyer, Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland, LLP), and Tim Potocic (President & Owner, Sonic Unyon Records) among others. For more MCF information and event tickets, click here or visit musiccitiesevents.com.