Free festival Supercrawl returns to Hamilton with a huge lineup of performers

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Published September 8, 2022 at 12:20 pm

Supercrawl is back with an expanded lineup this weekend.

The free, not-for-profit outdoor music and arts festival showcases the cultures, businesses and creative people in Hamilton’s downtown core.

The festival was cancelled in 2020 and presented live-stream events last year due to lockdown restrictions.

This year, the festival is back with an expanded lineup and tons of fun along James Street North in downtown Hamilton from Sept. 9 to 11.

Headliners this year include St. John’s singer-songwriter Tim Baker, Dundas rock group The Dirty Nil, Hamilton Superstars, Burlington’s superstar Sarah Harmer, Colombian Canadian musician Lido Pimienta, and R&B singer-songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson.

Festival-goers can get close to the action in an interactive performance on Sept. 10 and 11 from Pittsburgh’s Squonk. The group brings their touring production Hand to Hand, which invites audience members to operate two giant purple puppet hands.

This will be only the second time Squonk has staged Hand to Hand in Canada.

There are also visual and performance art pieces from Asli Alin, All Our Relations Collective, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Kiera Boult, Dawn Hackett Burns, Joseph Farrugia, Melissa General, Skawennati, and Brandon Vickerd.

There will be fashion showcases from places such as Ark Collective, Kiki’s Closets, The Thrifty Designer, Tout Sweet Vintage, and True Hamiltonian.

Sapphyre Poison Drag Extravaganza will also take the stage.

There will also be theatre and dance from groups such as the Alegria Dance Company, Defining Movement Dance, and the David Hudson Dance Company.

The festival also includes author talks and book signings.

There are also dozens of food trucks, craft vendors, plus a family zone with a foam party for children and youth.

Visit the Supercrawl website for more information and a festival schedule.

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