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 250,000 in 2019. 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).
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.