Hamilton’s largest summer festival a big hit


HAMILTON – From every street corner and intersection on James Street North in downtown Hamilton — it seems like the 2016 Hamilton Supercrawl was a resounding success.

Street vendors, local shops owners, food truck operators and talented buskers took to the streets last weekend from September 9 to 11 to embrace a diverse line-up of music, art, fashion, performance, talks, crafts, food and fun; Supercrawl also hosted several top-of-the-line artists and musicians including Canadian bands likes The Trews and The Strumbellas.

A driven team of Hamilton artists and community builders founded Supercrawl in 2009 out of a desire to expand on the promise of James Street North’s monthly Art Crawl. Showcasing great music alongside an entire street of cultural experiences — the festival has captured the imagination of culture lovers far beyond the city.

“It’s one of the highlights of the year for me,” said one of the festival guests on Saturday night. “The food is great, the live-entertainment is great and it’s a great time to come see what kinds of cool things the local scene in Hamilton has to offer — it’s a lot of fun.”

Audiences have enthusiastically embraced Supercrawl’s creative ambitions. Throughout the festival’s first six years, the event has gone from a one-day celebration on a single city block to a weekend-long experience spanning more than a dozen blocks, with attendance growing steadily from 3,000 to 165,000 in that time.

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