Published Jun 17, 2020As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, organizers for Hamilton's Supercrawl have announced their 2020 edition will not be taking place in its original form this year, though organizers are still working towards holding a physically distanced concert series instead this fall.
In a statement, organizers were "crushed" to reveal that the free arts and music event would not be taking over the city's downtown in usual, sprawling fashion this September.
"Our team is capable and creative, but with public health officials still guarded in their optimism and measured in their steps to open social spaces up again, we have determined — in close consultation with our board of directors and after much deliberation — that we cannot move ahead as planned," the festival's statement reads.
Of the fall concert series, Supercrawl festival director Tim Potocic tells Exclaim! that the events will be live, physically distanced, low-capacity gigs at area venues, which will also be streamed online. The shows will take place at Mills Hardware, the Bridgeworks and New Vision Music Hall, and will be held in accordance with all provincial and federal health guidelines.
Supercrawl's 2019 edition featured Bahamas, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bettye LaVette, Stars and many more. You can find the complete statement from festival organizers below.
Learn more about Supercrawl with Exclaim!'s Canadian Music Festival Profiles, and read the festival's full statement below.
We spend our year planning a weekend get-together with all of you, so we're crushed to announce that Supercrawl will not take place this September as scheduled.
Our team is capable and creative, but with public health officials still guarded in their optimism and measured in their steps to open social spaces up again, we have determined — in close consultation with our board of directors and after much deliberation — that we cannot move ahead as planned.
The safety and wellbeing of audiences, artists, vendors, staff, volunteers, our neighbours and the wider community is of the utmost importance to us. We continue to keep our eyes on the horizon and look forward to gathering with you all again soon.
We're working on plans to get together beginning in late fall and running through to early 2021. Look for an announcement in early fall with a fresh slate of happenings. Until then, stay safe, keep lifting each other up, and continue to support artists, cultural workers, and independent makers.