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!

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 ontario.ca/socialcircles.

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.

Skytop Live Concert Series Sept 24-27

Supercrawl announces a special weekend of music in downtown Hamilton — a six-concert series. Spanning September 24-27, 2020 the dates will bring marquee talents to a temporary open-air venue atop the seven-storey municipal parkade at York Boulevard and MacNab Street North. Thursday and Friday’s dates will be evening concerts (6-10pm°), while Saturday and Sunday will feature separately ticketed matinee (12-4pm*) and evening (6-10pm°) concerts. These events will also feature vendors as well as a visual environment designed by Clear Eyes Collective, and select performances will also be livestreamed. Series lineup is as follows:

  • Thu Sept 24: Tim Hicks “Stripped Down” w/Jessica Mitchell° SOLD OUT!
  • Fri Sept 25: Lee Harvey Osmond w/Evangeline Gentle° SOLD OUT! 
  • Sat Sept 26: The Sadies w/fashion show ft. The Eye of Faith & Dope Chief,  drag show ft. Sapphyre Poison*° SOLD OUT! 
  • Sun Sept 27: Skratch Bastid w/LTtheMonk, Hachey the MouthPEACE*°  SOLD OUT! 

All tickets available exclusively through Eventbrite.com. No door tickets.

Choir! Choir! Choir! will not be appearing this Saturday, September 26 as originally scheduled. In consultation with the artists and public health officials, and because of the unique dynamics of a highly participatory, vocal-intensive concert such as this in the current operating environment, the booking has been cancelled out of an abundance of caution. C!C!C! ticketholders may request refunds until 12:00pm Friday September 25. 

All seating is reserved. Purchases will be limited to four (4) tickets, and all buyers will be required to present government-issued photo ID upon entry to confirm identity.

The event will feature a licensed bar with waitstaff service to minimize points of contact.

In accordance with City of Hamilton Bylaw 20-155, all attendees must wear properly fitted face masks except where medical conditions do not allow.

Each concert will be strictly limited to 100 physically distanced attendees, each of whom will be assigned a reserved seat spaced 2 metres apart from others and receive a face mask upon entry as part of the ticket price. The series has been designed and produced in accordance with public health best practices and has been vetted by City staff.

All attendees will be screened by questionnaire and touchless infrared thermometer prior to entry. Individuals are asked to self-assess on day of event and remain at home if they are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or flu-like symptoms; 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, or who have told to self-isolate, should not attend. We also encourage attendees to download and use the federal government’s free COVID Alert app so that they may be notified directly if they have been in close contact with someone who was contagious with COVID-19.

Attendees must self-certify that they do not have COVID-19 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, physical distancing, and other determined requirements. Violation of policies will constitute cause for removal from the event.

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.

Ticketholders must maintain physical distancing by staying at least 2 metres (6 feet) apart from others outside their household or social circle.

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 have been working on a slate of special events starting this fall. In addition to this ticketed series, Supercrawl organizers are working on an additional series of concerts and cultural events running October to March.

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