Supercrawl 2014 Kicks Off Tonight!

After months of anticipation, Supercrawl 2014 finally rolls into downtown Hamilton this weekend. Excitement is high — so much so that the party is getting started a day early with a pair of high-energy ticketed kick-off concerts — Ottawa's A Tribe Called Red and Halifax's Rich Aucoin — staged with back-to-back time slots so that fans don’t have to make an agonizing choice between favourites.  

Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native producer/DJ crew A Tribe Called Red creates a truly unique sound that is reverberating through the global electronic scene and urban club culture.

Since 2010, the group – currently made up of Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau, Bear Witness and Tim “2oolman” Hill – has been mixing traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with contemporary beats and cutting-edge electronic music.

This summer, Juno Award-winning DJ collective A Tribe Called Red earned massive raves for their…

Hamilton's Dinner Belles sign to Sonic Unyon

Sonic Unyon is pleased to announce the addition of Hamilton favorites, The Dinner Belles to our roster. Their sophomore album "The River and The Willow" should hit store this Summer - stand by for more details and welcome Dinner Belles.

GO & Supercrawl Announce Festival Train Service

There is plenty to do at Hamilton’s Supercrawl, and tens of thousands of people flock to the festival to enjoy it. An estimated 100,000 attended last year’s event, and with an extra day of concerts and attractions in 2014, numbers are expected to climb again. Getting around downtown Hamilton could become a challenge, but Supercrawl wants to make sure that festivalgoers have convenient options when it comes to getting here and getting around — including more GO Train service.

GO Transit

GO Trains on the Lakeshore West line run every 30 minutes, with bus connections between Aldershot GO Station and Hamilton GO Centre, which is located just south of Supercrawl. Frequent GO Buses run between Union Station Bus Terminal and Hamilton GO Centre. GO Buses also run from York University and Square One Bus Terminal to the Hamilton GO Centre. Full information on schedules can be found…

WTCHS

Sonic Unyon is proud to welcome Hamilton's WTCHS to our roster. "It's Not A Cross, It's A Curse!" is available now on white 12" vinyl on London, Ontario's Out of Sound Records while the digital version is available everywhere through Sonic Unyon. Look for new material from WTCHS in the months to come. Meanwhile check out their video for Over Kilmer .

Supercrawl Unveils New Performance & Talk Details

From fiery circus spectacle to creative urbanism and phenomenal storytelling, Supercrawl is proud to announce additional performance and programming details for the upcoming festival, running September 12-14, 2014.

Circus Orange’s conceptual performances have been a consistent Supercrawl  highlight. A breathtaking blend of pyrotechnic displays, eye-popping special effects, graceful aerial artistry and gymnastic stuntwork, Circus Orange marries these complementary elements into a singular entertainment experience that stops people in their tracks. In 2012, it was their jaw-dropping Pyro Mobile. In 2013, Circus Orange featured a soaring pyrocopter, a fantastically coiffed opera singer on a hydraulic lift, a flamethrower trampoline act, and a crane-based aerial silks show for good measure. Returning to Supercrawl in 2014 thanks to festival sponsor Green for Life, Circus Orange will once again stage an unforgettable pyrotechnic performance near James and Wilson at 9pm on Sat Sept 13.  

Supercrawl also expands its community programming through a series…

Supercrawl Now More Super: Rich Aucoin Gig Announced

Supercrawl is thrilled to announce that Halifax indie electro-pop sensation Rich Aucoin has been added to the festival’s lineup in a special pre-festival performance at This Ain’t Hollywood (345 James St. N., Hamilton), on Thursday, September 11. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the show, available at Dr. Disc (20 Wilson St., Hamilton), Cheapies Records (67 King St. E., Hamilton), This Ain’t Hollywood or through thisainthollywood.ca.

Since he first started touring in 2007, Rich Aucoin has become something of a cult legend. His music, infectious electronic dance pop, suggests a good time; his live show erases any doubt. Aucoin’s confetti-peppered concerts wow crowds with their exuberant carnival atmosphere and multimedia spectacle. The gigs have been a joyous force in venues around the world, leaving audiences sweaty, smiling and energized.

Aucoin has made collective uplift his mission in-studio as well: His celebrated 2011 album We’re All Dying to Live featured some 500…

Kids’ Programming Rocks at Supercrawl - ArcelorMittal Dofasco Family Zone Abounds with…

Now in its sixth year, Hamilton’s Supercrawl festival (September 12-14, 2014) has established itself as a must-see event on the country’s festival circuit, and a key part of that appeal is the festival’s attention to programming designed to engage parents, children and creative spirits of all ages.

ArcelorMittal Dofasco Family Zone at Supercrawl, programmed by Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts (HCA), features engaging family-friendly programming that showcases Hamilton’s abundant creative talent and wealth of community cultural organizations. Its activity spans two days: Saturday, September 13, 2014 and Sunday, September 14, 2014 on York Boulevard between James and MacNab Streets.

Audiences at the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Family Zone Stage will enjoy exhilarating takes on urban dance from contemporary dance companies Defining Movement Dance and Gadfly, as well as the bracing sounds of Hamilton Youth Steel Orchestra, the luminous harmonies of the Hamilton Children's Choir, CHCH’s nostalgic reboot of creative showcase Tiny Talent Time, plus musical performances from Turkey Rhubarb, the Hamilton Conservatory for…

The Last Seven Sundays of the Season

Sadly, Summer is drawing to an end. All the more reason to come out to the last eve of the Seven Sundays series — the eighth Sunday, actually. Come at 6:00 PM and have your dinner from some of the area's finest food trucks: Jonny Blonde, Karma Chamealeon, Urban Express, Rudy's Paletas, Willy Dog, Kool Jim's, The Salted Pig and Meat Ventures. Stay to hear Ottawa songstress Oh Susanna at 6:15 pm and local faves Dinner Belles at 7:30. Lastly, our film for the evening is Muppets Most Wanted at 8:45. Come and enjoy.

Independent Fashion Makes Great Strides at Supercrawl 2014

Based on the overwhelming success of Supercrawl fashion showcases in past years, designer label and fashion house Blackbird Studios will be expanding its presence at this year’s Supercrawl.

The street outside Supercrawl’s Wilson Street headquarters between Hughson and James will transform into the Supercrawl Fashion Zone and will include a steady stream of runway showcases on the Mohawk College Fashion Stage.

Featured designers include Blackbird Studios, Vespidame, Volver, Hand & Shadow, Worn West, Lissa Hill, Angela DeMontigny and many more. Supercrawl Fashion showcases will be staged between 12-8pm on Saturday September 13 and 12-5pm on Sunday September 14. Attendees are invited to explore the fashion zone marketplace, featuring the best local vendors the city has to offer.

In the days leading up to Supercrawl, a Supercrawl Fashion Launch Party will be held at Baltimore House (43 King William St., Hamilton) on Wednesday, September 10 at 8pm, with the exhibit What is Beauty?, featuring the works of more than 15 Hamilton photographers. This evening will also…

Aug 17 - Bidiniband & The National's Mistaken For Strangers

This Sunday we are very excited to have indie electro-folk artist Twin Voices (6:30pm) and Canadian icon Dave Bidini's Bidiniband (8:00pm) performing at the Gage Park Bandshell stage. 

Our sunset movie this week is a special screening of The National's Mistaken for Strangers — hailed by Michael Moore as "one of the best documentaries about a band that I've ever seen" and by Pitchfork as "the funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap."

Bring a blanket and lawn chairs, and of course your appetite -- food trucks arrive at 6pm. This week they are The Meatball Shoppe, Rudy's Paletas, Kool Jim's Ice Cream, Urban Express, Willy Dog, and Karma ChaMEALeon.

See you there!

 

Spoon - They Want My Soul Album Reviews

On August 5, Austin, Texas rockers Spoon released their latest full-length, They Want My Soul. Music critics around the world greeted the band’s first new work in over four years with resounding praise. Their reviews offer a taste of what to expect when the indie rock legends headline Supercrawl’s Main Stage on September 13: 

• Exclaim!: “A bold and swaggering declaration that Spoon have undoubtedly still got it — in spades.” (8/10) 

• Pitchfork: “They Want My Soul is the quintet's most booming LP… These songs rip and burst and go.” (8.6/10, Best New Music) 

• Spin: “Spoon’s most eclectic set yet” (8/10).

• The Globe & Mail: “A pearl of an album in a string of them.” (3/4 stars)

• Tiny Mix Tapes: “They Want My Soul May just be Spoon’s most aggressive, confrontational, and visceral record yet.”

• Uncut: “Everything shines out brighter and louder than ever before.”

• Consequence of Sound: “The Austin rockers…

August 10 - HPO Brass Quintet

Hi everyone! It's time for your weekly update. This Sunday the HPO Brass Quintet is performing a special set at 7:45pm. We are very excited to have them join us. Opening for them will be Hamilton pop-rock trio, Thought Beneath Film at 6:30pm. It's an especially cool evening because the HPO and Thought Beneath Film will be collaborating at Supercrawl in September.

Our movie was going to be The Grand Budapest Hotel but we have had to make a change and instead will be showing 20 Feet From Stardom, the Academy Award winning documentary about the background singers involved in some of the biggest hits of all-time.

Food trucks arrive at 6pm. This week they are: The Meatball Shoppe, Rudy's Palettes, Kool Jim's Ice Cream, Urban Express, Willy Dog, Salted Pig, and Karma ChaMEALeon (who will really be there this time).