Supercrawl Presents Ben Caplan Apr 10, 2022

Supercrawl Presents
BEN CAPLAN

With Special Guests Terra Spencer
Sunday April 10, 2022 • 7pm door, 8pm show
Bridgeworks | 200 Caroline St. N., Hamilton, ON
Tickets: $19.99 (+SC&HST) adv. | GA | 19+

TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH EVENTBRITE STARTING OCT 15 AT 10AM

Ben Caplan is both the roar of the hurricane and the eye of the storm. He has an uncanny ability to channel both wild abandon and quiet introspection. His songwriting pulls from many diverse influences but both his music and his lyrics regularly draw from his Jewish heritage. Often mixing biblical imagery and klezmer-inflected melodies, Caplan re-appropriates ancient sounds and themes with a decidedly contemporary twist.

Ben released his first studio album in 2011, and has spent the last ten years recording music and performing to ever growing audiences in music clubs and theatres around the world. For the ten year anniversary of his first release, Caplan has recorded a retrospective collection of stripped-back re-interpretations of songs from across his catalogue. The album, entitled Recollection, will be released in October of 2021 followed by an extensive European and Canadian tour.

In an effort to mitigate the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required for entry. This policy will be added to the mandatory public health measures already in effect.

The province of Ontario requires attendees to supply government-issued proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (with Government of Canada approved vaccines, completed at least 14 days before gate time). Government-issued ID matching details on vaccination must also be presented for validation purposes. If you were vaccinated outside of the province of Ontario or outside of Canada, please provide a digital PDF or printed copy of your government issued vaccination confirmation receipt for your Government of Canada approved vaccine. Electronic vaccine receipt can be obtained using a green Ontario health card via covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

Active screening, contact tracing, proper face masking and PPE, physical distancing from individuals outside of one’s household, and capacity limits all have important roles to play in enhancing the safety of our performance spaces, limiting viral spread, and improving health metrics in the wider community.

Supercrawl Presents Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs Nov 9

Supercrawl Presents
SAM COFFEY & THE IRON LUNGS

Tuesday November 9, 2021 
Bridgeworks | 200 Caroline St. N., Hamilton, ON
Tickets: $15.99 (+SC/HST) adv. • 19+

TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH EVENTBRITE

Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs are a power pop band from Toronto. Formed by Coffey, a former mechanic’s apprentice from Kitchener, Ontario, with its members collected from various Ontario small towns, they rapidly ingratiated themselves with Toronto’s punk scene. The band released a stream of DIY singles before signing to Oakland punk/garage rock label Southpaw Records (Ty Segall, Young Guv) for their Gates of Hell LP in 2014, which received praise from outlets like Pitchfork, Spin and Noisey. Touring extensively and playing with bands like Redd Kross, Black Lips, Screaming Females and The Flamin’ Groovies, Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs have become regulars in DIY venues up and down the East Coast.

In 2017 the band signed to Dine Alone and Burger Records to release their self-titled album. Working with producer Alex Bonenfant (METZ, Crystal Castles) the album embraced Coffey’s abiding love for, and near encyclopedic knowledge of ’70s glam and power pop in the interest of evolving past the band’s garage roots. Showcasing a potent brand of guitar pop that draws influence from a broad swath of the genre’s history, including acts like Big Star, Dwight Twilley, Cheap Trick, Teenage Fanclub, Kiss, The Undertones and The Exploding Hearts, the album revels in a rough and anarchic feel, best exemplified by Coffey’s impassioned wail of a singing voice, while displaying a deft and at times sophisticated approach to songwriting and arrangement.

With the album the band found success on the radio for the first time, with their singles “Talk 2 Her”, “Tough”, and “First Time” charting on the rock and alternative charts. This success launched them into bigger venues across North America, burnishing their reputation as a thrilling live band while touring with Billie Joe Armstrong’s The Longshot, The Dirty Nil, The Flatliners, Frank Turner, and The Sheepdogs.

The Iron Lungs employ harmonized leads, call and response backing vocals and a seemingly endless supply of shout along choruses, as Coffey empathetically presents a collection of nostalgia-tinged dramas about teenage suburban isolation and escape rooted in an unshakeable belief in the transformative power of guitar music. As Coffey puts it, “honestly, I just wanna rock.”

New album Real One (released February 2021 on Dine Alone) is their first major release in three years and one that follows on the heels of singles “Back With The Gang”, “Gates Of Heaven”, and “What This City Needs”. Dominionated raves, “Real One finds the six-piece at the peak of their powers, delivering a raw, emotional, take-no-prisoners album destined for dive bars and arenas alike.”

In an effort to mitigate the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required for entry. This policy will be added to the mandatory public health measures already in effect.

The province of Ontario requires attendees to supply government-issued proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (with Government of Canada approved vaccines, completed at least 14 days before gate time). Government-issued ID matching details on vaccination must also be presented for validation purposes. If you were vaccinated outside of the province of Ontario or outside of Canada, please provide a digital PDF or printed copy of your government issued vaccination confirmation receipt for your Government of Canada approved vaccine. Electronic vaccine receipt can be obtained using a green Ontario health card via covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

Active screening, contact tracing, proper face masking and PPE, physical distancing from individuals outside of one’s household, and capacity limits all have important roles to play in enhancing the safety of our performance spaces, limiting viral spread, and improving health metrics in the wider community.

Supercrawl Presents Hubert Lenoir Oct 19

Supercrawl Presents
HUBERT LENOIR

Pay What You Care Tour
Tuesday October 19, 2021 
Bridgeworks | 200 Caroline St. N., Hamilton, ON
Tickets: PWYC • Licensed/All-Ages

TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH EVENTBRITE

Hubert Lenoir stands for eccentricity, colour, glitter and above all talent. At the age of 23, the Quebec singer writes, composes and performs everything himself. Hubert Lenoir was on the cover of les Inrocks and Le Monde France, shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, praised by The Fader, I-D, Exclaim amongst many after releasing his 2018 debut Darlène. He has Performed at Red Bull Music Academy & has collaborated with Fashion label Ssense. Lately he has been working on a new record Musique Directe with a newly released single “Secret” a song featuring Mac Demarco and Kirin J. Callinan. The record, a sharp left turn from his debut that features contributions from artists like Kirin J Callinan, High Klassified, Mac Demarco and experimental punk band CRABE that feels just like Hubert’ live performances: an incredibly singular expression from one of the more unique creative minds in music today.

These performances will be accessible to people regardless of income or financial status and background with a “Pay What You Care” formula on this debut USA tour in support of Musique Directe. It will also be an opportunity to reflect on what is required from artists in relation to their financial touring situation through each and every performance.

In an effort to mitigate the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required for entry. This policy will be added to the mandatory public health measures already in effect.

The province of Ontario requires attendees to supply government-issued proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (with Government of Canada approved vaccines, completed at least 14 days before gate time). Government-issued ID matching details on vaccination must also be presented for validation purposes. If you were vaccinated outside of the province of Ontario or outside of Canada, please provide a digital PDF or printed copy of your government issued vaccination confirmation receipt for your Government of Canada approved vaccine. Electronic vaccine receipt can be obtained using a green Ontario health card via covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

Active screening, contact tracing, proper face masking and PPE, physical distancing from individuals outside of one’s household, and capacity limits all have important roles to play in enhancing the safety of our performance spaces, limiting viral spread, and improving health metrics in the wider community.

Supercrawl Presents Leanne Betasamosake Simpson Oct 16

Supercrawl Presents
LEANNE BETASAMOSAKE SIMPSON

With Special Guest Aysanabee
Saturday October 16, 2021 • 7pm door, 8pm show
Bridgeworks | 200 Caroline St. N., Hamilton, ON
Tickets: $19.99 (+SC&HST) | GA |19+

TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH EVENTBRITE

 

2021 Polaris Prize nominee Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg musician, writer and academic, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the boundaries between story and song—bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity. Leanne has performed in venues and festivals across Canada with her sister, singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson, and guitarist Nick Ferrio.

Leanne’s second album, f(l)light, was released in 2016 and is a haunting collection of story-songs that effortlessly interweave Simpson’s complex poetics and multi-layered stories of the land, spirit, and body with lush acoustic and electronic arrangements. Her EP Noopiming Sessions combines readings from her novel Noopiming with soundscapes composed and performed by Ansley Simpson and James Bunton with a gorgeous video by Sammy Chien and the Chimerik Collective. It was produced during the on-going social isolation of COVID-19 and was released on Gizhiiwe Music in the Fall of 2020. Her newest record, Theory Of Ice, was released by You’ve Changed Records in the winter of 2021, and features the artistic brilliance of Ansley Simpson, Nick Ferrio, Jim Bryson, John K. Samson, Jonas Bonnetta, Nydia Myre and Sandra Brewster. Theory of Ice is on the 2021 Polaris Prize Short List, was nominated for the Pop-Alternative-Rock Album of the Year at the Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards, scored an 8/10 in a review by Pitchfork, and was named #1 in Exclaim!’s 31 Best Albums of 2021 So Far. Leanne is the 2021 recipient of the Prism Prize’s Willie Dunn Award.

Leanne is the author of seven books, including This Accident of Being Lost, which won the MacEwan University Book of the Year; was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Trillium Book Award; was long listed for CBC Canada Reads; and was named a best book of the year by the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Quill & Quire. Her new novel Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies was named one of the Globe and Mail’s best books of the year and was short listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction. A Short History of the Blockade was released by the University of Alberta Press in early 2021. Her new project with Robyn Maynard, Rehearsals for Living will be released in 2022 by Knopf Canada and in the US by Haymarket Books.

Aysanabee is Oji-Cree, Sucker Clan of the Sandy Lake First Nation. He is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer songwriter currently based in Toronto who uses folk, soul and alt-pop to tell stories about his life and reconnecting with his northern roots.

In an effort to mitigate the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required for entry. This policy will be added to the mandatory public health measures already in effect.

The province of Ontario requires attendees to supply government-issued proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (with Government of Canada approved vaccines, completed at least 14 days before gate time). Government-issued ID matching details on vaccination must also be presented for validation purposes. If you were vaccinated outside of the province of Ontario or outside of Canada, please provide a digital PDF or printed copy of your government issued vaccination confirmation receipt for your Government of Canada approved vaccine. Electronic vaccine receipt can be obtained using a green Ontario health card via covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

Active screening, contact tracing, proper face masking and PPE, physical distancing from individuals outside of one’s household, and capacity limits all have important roles to play in enhancing the safety of our performance spaces, limiting viral spread, and improving health metrics in the wider community.

Supercrawl Presents Free Livestream Series August-September

Supercrawl announces a special free streaming concert series in downtown Hamilton, supported by sponsor TD Bank Group (TD).

Taking place August through September, the concert dates will showcase marquee talents in an intimate performance series, limited to just 50 attendees per event, selected by lottery, in a physically distanced seating plan inside the new Bridgeworks event space (200 Caroline St. N. at Barton St. W.).

The events will also be streamed for those unable to attend, and available to watch on-demand for 48 hours after the concert has concluded.

In-person audience of 50 will be chosen by lottery from the pool of stream ticket holders three days before each concert.  

Dates in the series lineup announced today are as follows:

All streaming concerts will begin at 7pm EST.

Streaming tickets will be available as of 10am EST Friday July 23 through Eventbrite.

Additional Supercrawl-presented events will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Events subject to change or postponement if mandated by public health authorities.

Supercrawl Presents Dizzy Fri Oct 22

Supercrawl Presents
DIZZY

Friday, October 22, 2021 
Bridgeworks | 200 Caroline St. N., Hamilton, ON 
Tickets: $17.50 (+SC/HST) adv. • 19+

TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH EVENTBRITE

On their 2018 debut album Baby Teeth, Dizzy offered up a batch of lucidly detailed coming-of-age songs, a real-time reflection on the minor tragedies and major disappointments of post-adolescence. As their dream-pop opus drew global acclaim (and won Best Alternative Album at the 2019 JUNO Awards), the Oshawa, Ontario-based band found that their finely wrought outpouring had built a powerful bond with their fans — a contingent that frontwoman Katie Munshaw refers to as “our little heartbreak club.” Joined by the trio of brothers who make up the rest of Dizzy — drummer Charlie Spencer and his siblings Alex (guitar) and Mackenzie (bass) — Munshaw soon set to work on an album exploring an even more tangled landscape of feelings.

“Baby Teeth was all about the confusion and sadness of my late teens, but this one is more about the qualities about myself that I’m not very proud of,” says Munshaw of Dizzy’s self-produced sophomore effort, The Sun and Her Scorch, to that end, the album’s title serves as a metaphor for the quietly damaging effects of those qualities, both on Munshaw herself and on those in her orbit. “I wanted to be completely honest about the things nobody ever wants to admit, like being jealous of your friends or pushing away the people who love you,” she says. “So instead of being about romantic heartbreak, it’s really about self-heartbreak.”

An album infinitely brightened by Dizzy’s heavenly melodies, The Sun and Her Scorch brings its truth-telling to confessions of insecurity and resentment and fear of failure. On the beautifully breezy lead single “Sunflower,” Munshaw drifts between self-loathing and tender self-talk, her lyrics alternately telegraphing raw sensitivity and sweetly self-deprecating humour (e.g., “I wanna hear the sound/Of what a broken heart does/When I fling it to the ground”). With its heart-on-sleeve storytelling, the languid and lovely “Roman Candles” returns to one of Dizzy’s most enduring themes: the unending restlessness of suburban living. (“‘Roman Candles’ is me crooning about my friends who moved away while I’m still living in my mom’s house, and wondering if I’ve made the right decisions in my life,” says Munshaw.) And on “The Magician,” Dizzy performs a sort of delicate alchemy, transforming a story of tragedy into an ineffably joyful and danceable track. “It’s about a friend of mine who passed away and wishing I could magically bring her back, however naïve that is,” Munshaw explains.

On both Baby Teeth and The Sun and Her Scorch, Dizzy instil their songs with a warm and open-hearted sincerity, an extension of the gentle camaraderie within the band itself. Though they formed in 2015, Dizzy’s origins lie in the longtime friendship between Munshaw and Charlie, who met in ninth-grade math class and later sang together in the school choir. Upon graduating high school, the two decided to sidestep the university path and start a band, enlisting Mackenzie and Alex and getting their start gigging in local bars. After playing one of their very first shows in Toronto, Dizzy landed a deal with Royal Mountain Records, then released Baby Teeth in August 2018. Along with winning their Juno Award, the band found Baby Teeth included on the 2019 Polaris Music Prize Long List and praised by such taste-making outlets as Stereogum, Earmilk, and The Line of Best Fit.

In bringing The Sun and Her Scorch to life, Dizzy tapped into their increased sense of closeness and confidence, an element that Munshaw attributes to their frequent touring over the past few years (including stints opening for artists like Death Cab for Cutie, Oh Wonder, Tokyo Police Club, and U.S. Girls). Describing the process as “totally challenging and completely rewarding,” the band took an entirely self-directed approach to every aspect of the album’s creation, introducing a more kinetic energy into their sound through their lavish use of live instrumentation. “We wanted to take the reins and make sure that what we ended up putting out was exactly what we envisioned,” says Munshaw, noting that Charlie played a vital role in the album’s production. Recorded partly at Mechanicland Studios — and in Munshaw’s mother’s basement — The Sun and Her Scorch also unfolds in subtle sonic details that speak to the playful spontaneity at the heart of their artistry. (In the making of “Sunflower,” for instance, Dizzy incorporated a voice-memo recording of a choir performing at a local rec center during Munshaw’s sister’s volleyball practice.)

In all of their output, Dizzy reveal a rare willingness to expose their messiest emotions, as well as an incredible power to turn that self-revelation into songs primed for singing along. “With the new album especially, I’m saying things I wouldn’t ever say to anyone out loud, and now I’m going to be singing them in front of hundreds of people,” says Munshaw. “I think the main thing I’d like people to take away is the idea that everybody probably has these negative thoughts about themselves sometimes, but it’s okay — you’re really not that bad. And if there’s an underlying philosophy to our band, it’s to be confident and believe in yourself no matter what.”

This event is 19+. Valid government issued photo ID is required in order to enter. Door time, set times, and event schedule subject to change. Event subject to change in response to municipal and provincial public health guidelines.

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