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 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.

Supercrawl Repositions 2020 Fest, Looks To 2021

Today, Supercrawl organizers announced that the 2020 edition of the not-for-profit music and arts event would be rescoped because of public health considerations related to COVID-19. Organizers of the free multi-arts festival, which drew more than 250,000 fans in 2019, also revealed that they are working on a slate of special events starting this fall, with details to emerge in the coming months:

“We spend our year planning a weekend get-together with all of you, so we’re crushed to announce that Supercrawl will not take place this September as scheduled. 

Our team is capable and creative, but with public health officials still guarded in their optimism and measured in their steps to open social spaces up again, we have determined — in close consultation with our board of directors and after much deliberation — that we cannot move ahead as planned.     

The safety and wellbeing of audiences, artists, vendors, staff, volunteers, our neighbours and the wider community is of the utmost importance to us. We continue to keep our eyes on the horizon and look forward to gathering with you all again soon.     

We’re working on plans to get together beginning in late fall and running through to early 2021. Look for an announcement in early fall with a fresh slate of happenings. Until then, stay safe, keep lifting each other up, and continue to support artists, cultural workers, and independent makers.” 


About Supercrawl

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 multidisciplinary program of sound, performance, visual and media arts is staged along a pedestrian-only creative corridor in the heart of downtown.

A not-for-profit arts organization, 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.

Founded in 2009, Supercrawl has successfully evolved from a modest arts-based single-day occurrence to a multi-day event with national/international profile and attendance. The festival has gone from a one-day celebration on a single block to a weekend-long experience encompassing over two kilometres of downtown streets, with attendance growing steadily from 3,000 to 250,000 in that time. In addition to its namesake free festival weekend, Supercrawl Productions also produces ticketed concerts and events throughout the year.

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 (2015-2020).

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