Supercrawl organizers have unveiled the musical lineup for the 2023 free festival weekend, taking place September 8-10, 2023 along James Street North in downtown Hamilton, Ontario with TD Bank Group (TD) as presenting sponsor.
The lineup reveal took place at Mills Hardware, an award-winning cultural event space in the heart of Hamilton’s downtown, which has served as home to many Supercrawl-produced events since it opened its doors in the autumn of 2014. The launch unveiled programming details and celebrated the return of the festival to the James North neighbourhood for its 15th anniversary season. Supercrawl’s Festival Director Tim Potocic screened a brief launch video and offered up a taste of this fall’s festival for those in attendance. As revealed this morning, this year’s edition of Supercrawl will feature roughly 40 musical acts, as well as a vibrant array of visual and performance artists.
“We’re thrilled to bring Supercrawl to audiences every fall,” Potocic said. “These festivals are all special in their own way, but it feels especially meaningful in an anniversary year. Our fifteenth season is a moment for celebration but also reflection on festivals past. It’s a fantastic milestone that would have seemed impossible when we first launched, and none of it would have been possible without the support of our partners, in particular our incredible creative community. Then and now, Supercrawl’s core commitment is to artists and makers, and to spotlighting the vital role of culture and creativity in all of our lives. We’re extremely excited by this lineup and can’t wait to see you all again this September.”
“TD is proud to help create shared experiences that can bring together people through arts and culture. Across the country, we aspire to help foster a sense of belonging for people from diverse backgrounds who work to contribute to the fabric of Canada where we live, work, and play. That’s why we are proud to support Supercrawl through the TD Ready Commitment, our corporate citizenship platform, to help promote connection and amplify diverse voices of artists from the communities we serve,” said Robyn Small, Senior Manager, Philanthropy, Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group.
Musical headliners at Supercrawl 2023 (in alphabetical order) will include BADBADNOTGOOD, Broken Social Scene, Rita Chiarelli & Sweet Loretta, The Flatliners, Hamilton Superstars, and Raine Maida & Chantal Kreviazuk. Other musical artists include Basha, Sarah Beatty, Born In The Eighties, Boy Golden, Chastity, The East Pointers, Goodnight Sunrise, Hamilton Children’s Choir, The HiCats, Lacey Hill, The HP’s featuring Northern Soul Horns, HPO Brass Quintet x LTtheMonk, King Park, Pierre Kwenders, Ryan Langdon, Mikhail Laxton, Mattie Leon, Luella, MVLL CRIMES, New Friends, Mimi O’Bonsawin, Keegan Powell, Revive The Rose, Shad, Smoothie Lou, Sunshine Makers, Adrian Sutherland, Texas King, VILIVANT, Suzie Vinnick, and Roslyn Witter. In partnership with Centre and AndThenYou, Supercrawl will also be co-presenting Syncopations, a celebration of Hamilton‐based electronic musicians, DJs, noisemakers, synth heads, and algoravers.
Supercrawl will host a residency from globally acclaimed performance art troupe Corpus Dance Projects, whose Dora Award-nominated production La bulle (featuring a one-storey bubble tent and its inhabitant, the iconic dreamer Pierrot) will be showcased in hour-long performances at dusk over the festival weekend. This special appearance is presented in partnership with Centre Francophone Hamilton.
This year’s Supercrawl will also feature a vibrant and compelling spectrum of visual and public art installations from David Brooks, Nathan E. Carson, Hamilton Perambulatory Unit, Katie Huckson & Alicia Hunt, Ness Lee, Maria Legault, Jessica J. Rodríguez, Kimber Sider, Stephanie Springgay, Stylo Starr, and TH&B.
Further lineup reveals (such as dance, fashion, authors and spoken word, vendors, food trucks, family, and more) as well as detailed schedule information will follow in the weeks leading up to the festival.
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 over 275,000 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, 2023). In 2019, Supercrawl’s Family Zone programming earned a Festivals & Events Ontario Achievement Award for Best Youth Initiative.