Supercrawl’s 2011 edition attracted some 50,000 visitors

The 2011 Supercrawl attracted upwards of 50,000 visitors; this year, an impressive lineup of performers featuring the likes of Juno-winning hip hop star K’naan and Polaris prize winning artist Owen Pallett has organizers expecting to attract as many as 75,000 attendees.

The festival, which features live performances and numerous art installations, self-describes as “an annual event that celebrates the diversity of James North, our multi-disciplinary arts community, and the incredible spark that results with our unique mix of cultures, businesses and creative people.”

The event’s full lineups were announced on Saturday. Somali-Canadian Headliner K’naan, who was catapulted to global fame when his song “Wavin’ Flag” was chosen as the official anthem of the 2010 World Cup, has collaborated with superstars like Nas and Nelly Furtado and has amassed tens of millions of views on his Youtube channel.

International hip hop star K’naan’s presence highlights Supercrawl’s rapid expansion

The event, which received a $60,000 funding boost in March after a request by Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr, will be enlarging to five stages and 20 extra art installations. Councillors approved the $60,000 request put forward by Farr at a general issues committee; according to Farr, the “premier” festival’s “spin-off benefits” made Ontario $3.9 million in 2011.

Tim McCabe, Hamilton’s general manager of economic development, commented that the city should begin to start looking at “different approaches” to funding the local economy, and believes that large festivals such as the Supercrawl are “a good start” in the city’s endeavours to do just that.

This year’s Supercrawl, which has partnered with charities Warchild, Spec Kids, and the Bulldogs Foundation, will feature:

  • 5 professionally equipped stages featuring upwards of 50 musicians/acts.
  • 15 visual art installations.
  • 40 galleries featuring new exhibitions.
  • 2 video projection screens, AGH film fest, Hamilton24 and Eco Film fest.
  • 4-6 wall projection stations in partnership with The Factory: Media Arts Centre, Real media, AGH, Southern Souls, and The Print Studio.
  • 8-10 programmed contemporary dance/theatre performances.
  • 3-5 after hour outdoor spectacles to keep audiences entertained after the stages close at midnight, with the stated intention of “using light and performance to keep audiences on the street until 2-3 AM.”
  • A series of in-door after parties to keep audiences entertained indoors.
  • Family Area / Kids Crawl, another new component that features a crawl down James for kids to view kids’ art; after the crawl they can then engage their own artistic skills in a children’s area including caulk, painting, white boards, music, and dance.
  • Up to 50 community & artist booths promoting the positive work of other non-profits, individual artisans and craft workers, upcoming events and engagement opportunities in Hamilton.

Supercrawl’s Musical Lineup in Full:
Friday, September 14th:

Said the Whale, Zeus, Young Rival, Wax Mannequin

Saturday, September 15th:

K’naan, Owen Pallett, Said the Whale, Great Lake Swimmers, Change of Heart, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Whitehorse, Sianspheric, Rah Rah, Hollerado, Born Ruffians, Hamilton Children’s Choir, Bombino, Mystery Machine, Roccocode, Chore, Simply Saucer, Dearly Beloved, Julie Fader, Eamon McGrath, B.A. Johnston, Tonya, Kennedy, Kestrels, The Gertrudes, Dawn and Marra, Elk, The Danks, New Hands

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