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 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.

DFA 1979 & The Halluci Nation Play Free Festival On The Bay Oct 8 & 9

­­­SUPERCRAWL ANNOUNCES FREE FESTIVAL WEEKEND  

Tim Baker, Death From Above 1979, The Halluci Nation, Kiesza & More Rock Bayfront Park Oct 8 & 9

Supercrawl organizers today announced details for On The Bay, a free two-day gathering featuring music, drag performance, food trucks, vendors and more, taking place October 8 and 9, 2021 in Hamilton’s Bayfront Park (200 Harbour Front Drive at Bay Street North).

Event headliners will include Tim Baker, Death From Above 1979, The Halluci Nation, and Kiesza.

In accordance with provincial legislation, all ticket holders ages 12 and up will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, as well as matching government-issued ID.

On The Bay merges Supercrawl-produced programming with music from the Zula Presents Something Else! Festival, showcasing a diverse and eclectic array of sights and sounds, as well as food and craft vendors.

The hybrid event’s musical lineup will be as follows:

 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 8, 6pm-12am

MAIN STAGE

THE HALLUCI NATION

KIESZA

SAPPHYRE POISON DRAG XTRAVAGANZA

WILLIE WATSON

PAVILION STAGE

SAM NEWSOME QUARTET (New York, NY)

THE WOODSHED ORCHESTRA

 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 9, 12pm-12am

MAIN STAGE

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979

MONOWHALES

SAPPHYRE POISON DRAG XTRAVAGANZA

TIM BAKER

TERRA LIGHTFOOT

KOTEK

AYSANABEE

ESCHATON

PAVILION STAGE

FISHER/FURLONG/GENNARO

MARILYN LERNER/MATT BRUBECK

OCHS-ROBINSON DUO (San Francisco, CA) 

SOMETHING ELSE! SPECIAL

 

Event runs rain or shine and the lineup is subject to change.

On The Bay will be limited to 15,000 attendees per day. Admission is by advance registration only, with tickets available through supercrawl.ca as of 10am ET September 28.

The event is free with pre-registration, but attendees can also purchase reserved all-day distanced seating in a front-of-stage VIP area featuring a licensed bar and prime sight lines.

Limited paid parking is available at Bayfront Park for $20 per vehicle. Additional parking in the west harbour area is also available at Piers 4 through 8. If you opt for street parking, please be respectful of our neighbours.

 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 8

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS (FREE / ALL AGES / UNLICENSED) – Limit 2 Tickets Per Individual

VIP RESERVED SEATING ($19.99 + SC & HST / LICENSED) –  Limit 1 Table Per Household, 1 Household Per Table / Maximum 6 Individuals

 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 9

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS (FREE / ALL AGES / UNLICENSED) – Limit 2 Tickets Per Individual

VIP RESERVED SEATING ($19.99 + SC & HST / LICENSED) –  SOLD OUT!

 

In accordance with provincial reopening legislation (O. Reg. 364/20, s 2.22.5), all festival ticket holders are asked to respect two-metre physical distancing with those outside of their households and are required to wear properly fitted face masks except temporarily to eat or drink. No smoking of any substances of any kind is permitted in city parks.

For those who have yet to complete their course of vaccination against COVID-19, Supercrawl will also be hosting an appearance from the province’s GO-VAXX bus on Tuesday, October 12 at Bridgeworks (200 Caroline St. N., Hamilton) from 9am to 7pm. Full GO-VAXX information is available here.

Full COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Now In Effect

As of September 22, 2021, provincial law requires all individuals entering venues to present government-issued proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to event admission. Electronic vaccine receipt can be obtained using a green Ontario health card through the province’s COVID-19 Vaccination portal at covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

PCR test or antigen screen results will NOT be accepted as vaccination equivalent.

Government issued ID matching details on vaccination certificate 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.

Event attendees under age 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who arrives with government-issued ID and valid proof of full vaccination. Unvaccinated fans 12 years of age and older will not be eligible for entry.

For those with a medical reason for exemption, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Health website for information.

It is the discretion of the individual to determine whether they would like to disclose their vaccination status. Should they decide not to divulge this information, however, they will not be permitted to access the event.

This policy will be added to the mandatory public health measures already in effect.

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 Golden Feather Nov 6

Supercrawl Presents
GOLDEN FEATHER

Saturday, November 6, 2021 
Bridgeworks | 200 Caroline St. N., Hamilton, ON
Tickets: $19.99 (+SC/HST) adv. • 19+

TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH EVENTBRITE

Golden Feather is a project started by Steve Kiely(Monster Truck) and Brad Germain (Dinner Belles, Coszmos Quartette), inspired by their love of the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, and other bands that like to jam and take the listeners on a musical journey. The group was set to play its first show in March 2020 when the pandemic erupted, ending all hopes of live performance. The members of the band worked on music remotely and released their debut album, Light On Water, in November 2020. You won’t want to miss it when the band finally starts performing in front of live crowds. Golden Feather’s show — a Dead-style, two-set evening — promises to be full of dancing, singing along, and good vibes, with the main focus being the give-and-take relationship between band and crowd. Kiely and Germain have been regulars in the Hamilton music scene for decades, along with the rest of the lineup: Ronson Armstrong on bass, Chris Wheeler on guitar, and Gareth Inkster on keys. Golden Feather will be recording a follow-up EP this summer with a mind to releasing it in the fall.

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.

Supercrawl Presents Ginger St. James Sun Oct 31

Supercrawl Presents
GINGER ST. JAMES

with special guests
Chris Altmann & The Mystic Fingers
and DJ Aerlie Wild
Sunday, October 31, 2021 
Bridgeworks | 200 Caroline St. N., Hamilton, ON
Tickets: $19.99 (+SC/HST) adv. • 19+

TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH EVENTBRITE

With her sultry and powerful voice, her sassy and commanding stage presence, and a repertoire that blends blues, rockabilly and country, Ginger St. James stands out as one of Canada’s most exciting performers. Following the tradition of country songbirds like Loretta Lynn, Ginger writes and sings music from real experience; growing up on the family farm, being broke, having fun, and love gone wrong. She is tough, raunchy, has an undercurrent of humour and speaks to the concerns of folks who drink, dance, work two jobs and need to unwind at the first possible opportunity. Songs of hard luck, hard love and hard drinking are delivered night after night channeling a wide swath of enduring musical influences, funnelling them out in an intoxicating blend creating a sound all her own . At once the result is original, yet often as authentic as the source material. Ginger St. James has been creating and performing music for over a decade on the Canadian music scene and this “chick from the sticks” isn’t stopping anytime soon. A new album is in the works and will be released 2021 on Busted Flat Records.

Songwriter, CCMA nominated pedal steel guitar player, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Altmann released his third solo album, Renaissance Man, through Ridin’ High Records. Written between trips to Nashville and recorded in his century-old home in Canada, this low-fi collection of pedal steel driven rock ’n’ roll reflects on change, personal loss, and moving on. Originally from the Adelaide Hills, Australia, Altmann now resides in Hamilton, Ontario. Along his journey, he has embraced many musical styles; from his country-rock tinged group The Drowners, to the more modern pop/rock sound of The Vandas, and on to a solo career steeped in early 1970s Americana. He’s also in demand as a session player, appearing on dozens of roots recordings, and performing with many artists including Tim Hicks, Blue Rodeo, Henry Wagons, Michelle McAdorey, and Ginger St. James.

DJ Aerlie Wild will be providing choice nuggets of Soul, Rock, Country, Pop, Funk and Jazz from the ’50s, ’60s & ’70s.

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.

Supercrawl Presents Ruby Waters Fri Nov 12

Supercrawl Presents
RUBY WATERS

Friday, November 12, 2021 
Mills Hardware | 95 King St. E., Hamilton, ON
Tickets: $14.99 (+SC/HST) adv. • 19+

TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH EVENTBRITE

Critically-acclaimed Métis/Slovakian singer-songwriter Ruby Waters, often praised for her unique, raspy voice, evoking the enduring talents of Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse, has quickly garnered attention as a fast-rising indie alternative artist over the past two years. Hailing from the small town of Shelburne, Ontario, and the child of two musician parents, Waters was immersed in the world of music from the day she was born. She mixes modern tempos and catchy guitar riffs with a decidedly unrefined approach to every song she makes, maintaining a signature raw energy. Her most recent EP, If It Comes Down To It (Oct 2020), received worldwide acclaim, and features the single “Quantum Physics,” which amassed over three million streams in just six months, setting the bar for what’s to be expected from the young, soulful artist. In the same year, Waters peaked at #5 on Canadian Alternative radio and Rock radio with the single “Supernatural,” all of which culminated in her being chosen as Spotify’s Radar Artist at the end of 2020. Waters was hand-picked by international best-selling artist City & Colour to open for their U.S. tour with multiple sold-out dates in major US markets including New York and Los Angeles. She’s already captured the attention of Billboard, CBC, and NOW Magazine, and is celebrated for her music’s moody sounds and powerhouse vocals, coupled with her honest and unapologetic lyrics. Ruby Waters is strongly positioned for a fast ascension, with no signs of slowing down.

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.

Supercrawl Presents Fast Romantics Sat Oct 30

Supercrawl Presents
FAST ROMANTICS

Saturday, October 30, 2021 
Mills Hardware | 95 King St. E., Hamilton, ON 
Tickets: $20 (+SC/HST) adv. • 19+

 TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH EVENTBRITE

In the two years following their 2017 LP American Love, Toronto-based Fast Romantics were living a double life between stage and studio. The band had earned a loyal following after NPR declared their hit Julia “triumphant,” endearing fans to their unique brand of irresistible pop hooks and anthemic live shows.

Singer-songwriter Matthew Angus’ emotive, personal approach to lyricism found the band breaking new musical ground and exploring more difficult themes. But as 2020 roared in — despite promises made from the stage — there was no new record. Battling a deep depression, Angus had been leaving every song unfinished, in what he describes as “a paralyzing whirlwind of self-doubt.”

The six-piece fled to California to find their footing, but news of pandemic border closures forced early flights home. In the air, Angus snapped out of his funk. “We had so many songs we were proud of. The world was telling us life was short. It was time to finish something.”

As the world hit the brakes, Fast Romantics stepped on the gas. Quarantined away in separate apartments, songs were finished remotely. They spent two weeks with Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire, The National) via all-night video calls. Angus describes the process as “the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had with somebody I’ve never hugged.”

By April, “Pick It Up” was born, a lush collection of songs about self-destructive demons, about a world losing control, and about the hope that something better is around the bend.

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.

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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