Spun out of the monthly Art Crawl on James Street North, Hamilton music festival Supercrawl has grown from a one-day celebration of a single block into a weekend-long experience spanning more than a dozen blocks. Boasting a mix of music, art, fashion, performances, crafts, food and family activities, Supercrawl drew 200,000 visitors last years. With this year’s edition going down from September 8-10, we take a look at eight musical acts to catch.
The experimental Inuk vocalist first gained global attention for her collaborations with Björk on the Icelandic singer’s 2004 album, Medúlla. A decade later, Tagaq won the Polaris Prize for her searing third album, Animism. Last year’s Retribution has won universal praise for its outspoken politics.
Sep 10, 5.45pm, free entry. City of Music/Exclaim! Stage.
The Toronto punk quartet has kept up their hard touring ways with headlining shows across North America, Europe and Australia for their triumphant sophomore disc, The Dream is Over. Named after the exact words that a doctor spoke to the band’s singer when a small cyst was discovered on his vocal chords two years ago, the acclaimed album proved otherwise with the live favorites landing spots at festivals like Lollapalooza. The Juno nominated act has kept up their creative ways with their latest music video, ‘Old Wounds,’ an interactive choose your own adventure stylized game that lets you act as their tour manager.
Sep 8, 11pm, free entry. City of Music/Exclaim! Stage, James St. N and West Harbour GO.
Sam Roberts Band
Since crashing the radio waves 15 years ago with their indie single ‘Brother Down,’ Sam Roberts Band has become one of Canada’s most celebrated rock acts. They’ve topped the charts with their 2008 disc Love at the End of the World and have racked up six Juno Awards. For their 2016 disc TerraForm, the group worked with co-producer Graham Walsh of Holy Fuck at The Tragically Hip’s studio the Bathouse.
Sep 9, 11.30pm, free entry. Hamilton International Airport Stage, James St. N and King St.
John K. Samson
The celebrated singer-songwriter from Winnipeg has enjoyed an eclectic career that includes playing bass in punk provocateurs Propoghandi, co-founding the independent publishing collective Arbeiter Ring Publishing and running a curling league. On last year’s solo album, Winter Wheat, he teamed up with members of his still revered former group The Weakerthans.
Sep 9, 11.30pm, free entry. City of Music/Exclaim! Stage, James St. N and West Harbour GO.
The Saskatchewan boogie rockers continue to live the dream since their lives were transformed when they won a 2011 contest to grace the cover of Rolling Stone. Since then, the group has won Junos and produced rock radio hits like ‘I Don’t Know,’ ‘Feeling Good’ and ‘The Way It Is.’ Frontman Ewan Currie and keyboardist Shamus Currie will also be pulling double duty at Supercrawl with their side project Bros performing on Sep 9.
Sep 8, 10.45pm, free entry. Hamilton International Airport Stage.
Blackie & the Rodeo Kings
What started as a one-off tribute to Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett by established singer-songwriters Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson has grown into one of Canada’s most acclaimed roots acts. Over their two decades long career, the group has won a Juno and released eight albums including last year’s collaborative disc, King And Kings, which had the group teaming with acts like Bruce Cockburn, Eric Church, Vince Gill and City and Colour.
Sep 10, 5.45pm, free entry. Hamilton International Airport Stage, James St. N and King St.
The Juno nominated singer songwriter has been shortlisted twice for the Polaris Music Prize and shared stages with artists like Arcade Fire, St Vincent and The National. On last year’s Good Advice, she worked with My Morning Jacket’s Jim Jones.
Sep 10, 4pm, free entry. Hamilton International Airport Stage.
Julie & the Wrong Guys
From her days in Sub Pop approved Moncton rockers Eric’s Trip to her Juno Award winning solo work, Julie Doiron has consistently produced critically acclaimed work over three decades. On this project, the singer has teamed with country-punk guitarist Eamon McGrath and Mike Peters and Jaye Schwarzer of Canadian metal and hardcore favorites Cancer Bats for a powerful group that mixes punk passion with Doiron’s noted songwriting chops.
Sep 9, 4.30pm, free entry. Hamilton International Airport Stage, James St. N and King St.