Energetic, enthusiastic volunteers help make Supercrawl possible. They’re both essential to making a free event of ambitious scale happen and a vital part of the festival’s ongoing success. Every year, Supercrawl offers a number of dynamic volunteer options to those interested in lending a hand.
Supercrawl was founded out of a desire to showcase the city’s cultural vibrancy and eclectic arts landscape, and remains dedicated to honouring, showcasing and celebrating all varieties of creative work. Supercrawl prioritizes curating a diverse and representative festival lineup. We recognize our responsibility to amplify voices that have traditionally been marginalized, both in our communities and in society as a whole.
Supercrawl is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. We strive to create an environment in which all participants may flourish. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to access and opportunity, and welcome artistic proposals from all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or economic status.
Supercrawl welcomes both new and returning volunteers. Becoming a Supercrawl volunteer offers you the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, help produce an award-winning cultural showcase, get involved in the community and, for high school students, earn volunteer hours. In addition to that, volunteers will receive a Supercrawl t-shirt to wear during their shifts and keep as a souvenir, plus one meal voucher per shift and choice post-event perks.
Since its start in 2009, Hamilton’s Supercrawl has gone from a one-day celebration on a single block to a weekend-long experience fanning out over more than a dozen, while attendance has grown from 3,000 in the first season to more than 275,000 in 2022. Along the way, the music and arts festival has hosted countless incredible artists from across the country and around the world, showcased the city in its best light and been honoured with a host of awards. Supercrawl has been awarded TIAO’s 2015 Tourism Event of the Year, shortlisted for 2017 Canadian Tourism Awards’ Event of the Year, and been recognized as one of Festivals & Events Ontario’s Top 100 Events in Ontario (2015-2020, 2023).
Supercrawl’s achievements are a reflection of the city’s strong and engaged creative community. The festival is firmly rooted in the collaboration of dozens of community partners and cultural organizations, and the talents of countless artists. Planned and coordinated with the help of dedicated volunteer committees year-round, Supercrawl also adds hundreds of volunteers to the festival’s team over the event weekend.
Supercrawl is a Keychange associate festival, dedicated to achieving gender balance among onstage talent, and is a signatory of the Breaking Down Racial Barriers Declaration, committing to end anti-Black racism in the Canadian music industry. Supercrawl is also a signatory of the Government of Canada’s 50 – 30 Challenge, pledging its commitment to gender parity (50%), and significant representation (30%) of under-represented groups in leadership positions (such as boards, committees, and management) of members of other equity-deserving groups, including those who identify as Indigenous Peoples, Racialized, Black, and/or People of colour (“Visible Minorities”), People with disabilities (including invisible and episodic disabilities), 2SLGBTQIA+ and/or gender and sexually diverse individuals.
Supercrawl recognizes and acknowledges that the festival takes place upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Chonnonton (Neutral), Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Mississauga nations. Hamilton is known to the Kanien’kehá:ka or Mohawk, one of the six nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, as Ohròn:wakon (meaning “in the ravine”). The land on which the festival and its events takes place is covered by Sewatokwà:tshera, the Dish with One Spoon Wampum. This agreement, made between the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee, was meant to ensure that the lands and resources around the Great Lakes were properly cared for, and that all nations sharing this territory would do so responsibly, respectfully and sustainably. This territory is also covered by Tékeni Teyohá:te Kaswentah, the Two Row Wampum, made between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Dutch, signifying that these distinct nations, their cultures and traditions, could coexist without either being assimilated by the other. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We share this land and celebrate its gifts, and are thankful to live and work in a place that has sustained human activity for over 10,000 years.
As settlers, we acknowledge our responsibility to listen, learn, and evolve in the spirit of historic covenants as well as take on the important work of reconciliation. In doing so, we seek to forge new and respectful relationships with the Indigenous nations of this region and throughout Turtle Island. We strive to work collaboratively to keep the importance of our shared history, friendship and future relationships in our minds and hearts, and we recognize that we must do more to learn about the rich history of this land so that we can better understand our roles as residents, neighbours, partners and caretakers.