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.
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.”
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).