Downtown Hamilton is the heart of the city. It hosts history, culture, and traditions. Supercrawl recently took over the downtown core, bringing out more than 175 local businesses alongside all the food, art, and live music.
The festival attracts around 289,000 visitors annually, according to Tourism Hamilton’s website. Supercrawl started Friday evening and ran until Sunday evening, closing James Street North, King William, Rebecca, Vine, Mulberry and Murray Streets.
“I love truck food, it’s like we gather all the food in Hamilton together in one street,” Supercrawl attendee Jaime Philp said. “My daughter is the most excited, she is five years old, and I brought her to have fun. Right now she is playing the drum near Wilson Street.”
Non‐profit groups set up tents at the event. Although they did not generate any income, they came out to support the city and create community. HARRC (Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre) an entity which is working on the prevention of racism aimed at children, was there to raise awareness.
“We brought a variety of resources such as Jenga to families and parents to explain to their children in a didactic way what racism is and how to cope with it,” Deeana Taylor, a HARRC volunteer at the festival, said. “Parents are worried about exposing their children to racism and discrimination, others prefer to avoid the topic because they are uncomfortable with it.”
Supercrawl included musical performances from Badbadnotgood, The Flatliners, Broken Social Scene and Raine Maida & Chantal Kreviazuk.