Now in its 15th year, Culture for Kids in the Arts is a registered charitable organization dedicated to providing high-quality arts experiences to children and youth, regardless of their financial circumstances. Designed to promote arts in education, its programming encourages students to expand their learning potential through their natural enjoyment of the performing and visual arts.

CKA’s citywide arts education initiative Artasia involves 500 kids in 17 locations, combining visual arts, environment, education and literacy, engaging children and youth in visual and media arts workshops. During Supercrawl 2014, come experience Artasia's innovative, hands-on creation workshops, reimagining our communities and the everyday materials we find in them. In this imaginative haven, every child's vision and ideas are heard and come to life. This year, the Artasia team helped spark creative work from children in participating community summer programs that addressed themes of repurposing and seeing ways beyond something's initial use. The children's summer-long exploration came together in a sculpture and light installation that communicates their ideas of "secret potential" to viewers. 

As part of Artasia 2014, guest artist Svava Thordis Juliusson has produced a site-responsive, suspended installation incorporating work produced by children over the summer. 


Y on Wheels will be helping families enjoy fun family time together while creating a special Hamilton Garden. By the end of the day, Hamilton Garden will be filled with flowers, ladybugs, bumblebees and more — all created from leftover art materials and household items, and “planted” on our garden mural by our community. In the process, Y on Wheels will help children and families discover how easy and fun it is to reuse household items to make beautiful art together. People of all ages are also invited to stop by and “plant a message of hope or a wish for Hamilton” into this special garden. Y on Wheels is a mobile initiative of the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford that takes YMCA programs and services into the community on demand and free of charge.


Sunday September 14th 1:45 PM | ArcelorMittal Dofasco Family Zone Stage

Saturday September 13th 1:00 PM | ArcelorMittal Dofasco Family Zone Stage

Dancer-choreographers Josh Court and Josh Taylor are co-owners and directors of Defining Movement Dance Company, Hamilton’s first hip-hop dance studio that also specializes in salsa and other Latin dances such as cha-cha, hustle and bachata for youth and adults. They place the emphasis on dance and joyous movement, not competition. DMD empowers its students to explore rhythm and movement creatively to enjoy vitality, confidence and long-term physical health through dance. DMD performed as part of last year’s Supercrawl and return in 2014 with a dynamic hip-hop-focused stage show that will combine live MCs, DJs and producers with hip-hop dance, spoken word and live graffiti art, with performances Saturday and Sunday. 

Since founding the company in 2008, Josh and Josh have appeared, performed and created original choreography for numerous shows and events including the award winning documentary "Boy Dancer" by Dave Wilson, Hamilton Site-Specific Dance Festival, Art Gallery of Hamilton Gala 2012, Supercrawl 2013, medical dance show 'Osler's Overture' with McMaster Family Medicine in 2013 and many more. As arts-educators and choreographers, Josh and Josh operate DMD studio where they teach hip-hop and salsa classes for adults and youth. The pair take pride and joy working in and around the community with elementary schools, high schools, universities, professional companies as well as local charity and youth organizations including: McMaster University, Humber College, Soulpepper Theatre Academy, Sinclair Secondary Dance Company, Art Forms, WAVE after school programs, HARRRP, City Kids and Hamilton Food Share. Court and Taylor are members of the Hamilton Arts Council and also sit on the Dance Theatre Board at the Hamilton Conservatory of Arts, whose goal is to cultivate and promote the growth of dance and the dance community in and around Hamilton. As artists and facilitators, they look to continue their growth in their art forms as well help other do the same.




During Supercrawl, join Defining Movement Dance Company at its interactive dance area near York and MacNab for various activities including class demonstrations and dance-based games for youth and adults from noon to 6pm on Saturday September 13 and Sunday September 14.  DMD will also be holding Let's Dance 2, its second annual flashmob-style celebration of everything dance! Join a number of local dance studios, teachers, students & dance enthusiasts, as we group together, put on some music and cut a rug doing what we all love most — DANCE! 


Stop by the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre’s booth in the Family Zone to Express Your Button — design and create your very own button that you can take home with you to remember your time at Supercrawl 2014. It's fun for all ages (everyone needs a button!) and while you showcase your creativity you can also hang out with Pachi, the colourful and outgoing mascot for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games!  



Sunday September 14th 2:30 PM | ArcelorMittal Dofasco Family Zone Stage

"Gadfly" is a term for people who upset the status quo by posing upsetting or novel questions, or attempt to stimulate innovation. Gadfly’s mission is to offer a fresh, artistic and distinctly Canadian take on urban dance culture, creating maverick movement at the junction where urban dance styles and other dynamic genres collide. Gadfly’s artistic directors Ofilio Sinbadinho and Apolonia Velasquez merge art with entertainment in contemporary urban dance that breathes with a spontaneity found only in urban dance culture. Their work reflects a distinct language that stands out from the masses. Rightly named Gadfly, they personify innovation.

Gadfly’s body of work includes three full-evening works, performances at TED Talks Toronto, Bench clothing, Nuit Blanche, Oakville Jazz Fest, Montreal Fringe, C27 Arts Fest Toronto, and contributions to a dozen charitable organizations. Gadfly’s annual events include TUDS Festival of Urban Dance Culture and the Gadfly Anniversary. With Klorofyl, Gadfly received three Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations, winning for Outstanding Performance – Ensemble in 2012. 



Sunday September 14th 3:30 PM | ArcelorMittal Dofasco Family Zone Stage

If you’ve ever experienced a performance by the Hamilton Children’s Choir, you already know why they have a reputation for being one of the leading children’s choral programs. Going far beyond technical excellence, the choir consistently dazzles audiences with its focused sound, brilliant repertoire, and captivating stage presence. 

Celebrating 38 years of singing, the Hamilton Children’s Choir has grown to include four choral groups and approximately 150 young singers aged four to 18. Guided by world-renowned artistic director Zimfira Poloz and a talented artistic team, the HCC offers children and youth the experience of musical training, vocal instruction, and world-class performances, along with an unmatched opportunity for personal growth, challenging work and rewarding experiences.

The Hamilton Children’s Choir has become one of the most famous and sought after choirs in the world today. Winning international competitions and being invited to participate in festivals all over the world to perform. The group's noteworthy accomplishments include winning the 2009 “Let the People Sing” Choral Competition in Oslo, Norway (hosted by the European Broadcasting Union, via satellite from Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio). The HCC was also awarded first place in the Children’s Choir category and Best Canadian Performance by Youth at the 2008 CBC National Radio Choral Competition for Amateur Choirs, and received the Cantabile Grand Prize for Best Performing Choir at the 2008 CBC National Radio Gala Competition. In 2012, they were awarded the Grand Prize in the Children's Choir Category at the premier Xinghai International Choir Championships in Guangzhou, China.

Across Canada and around the world, the Hamilton Children's Choir has gathered children and youth together in song, enriching their lives and the lives of those touched by their magnificent music-making.


Sunday September 14th 12:15 PM | ArcelorMittal Dofasco Family Zone Stage

Saturday September 13th 3:15 PM | ArcelorMittal Dofasco Family Zone Stage

The Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts is located in a historic building in downtown Hamilton that served as the stately home of the Hamilton Conservatory of Music from 1904 to 1980. Since 1997, the HCA has provided a rich creative environment where artistic instincts are encouraged, professional artistic programming is presented, and the arts are a vehicle to stimulate personal growth. Students of all ages can immerse themselves in over 100 arts programs including music, dance, visual arts, acting and more. As part of Supercrawl 2014, the HCA and its Artistic Director Vitek Wincza invite you to enjoy a variety of performances from the Conservatory's music faculty and students.


The Hamilton Public Library’s Central Branch moves out onto the street! Join HPL staff for puppet shows and storytelling for the young and young at heart. Spin the library wheel to win great prices and visit interactive displays from Telling Tales Festival to learn more about the event and First Book Canada's display, where you’ll meet Canadian authors with autographed copies of their books. Special guests include Lynne Kittredge-Fox, Ballet Jörgen and Canadian children's authors sponsored by First Book Canada.  


Saturday September 13th 12:00 PM | ArcelorMittal Dofasco Family Zone Stage

The Hamilton Youth Steel Orchestra (or HYSO, pronounced HI-So, for short), is a 10-year-old, community based music program dedicated to assisting children and youth reach their full potential. HYSO’s young participants benefit from twice-weekly, group instructions in pan playing techniques, music literacy and other life skills from September to June. The program also offers a summer music camp during the month of July.

 HYSO players are cultural ambassadors and contribute to Hamilton's cultural 'soundscape' through performances at approximately 25 civic events, annually. Participants are mainly from the Hamilton-Burlington area, though a couple of dedicated youth travel in from Brantford and Brampton to participate in twice-weekly practice and rehearsals sessions. HYSO’s participants reflect the socio-economic and ethnic diversity of the city and range from 5 to 22 years old.

In the program’s relative short history, one of its players (Dejehan "Lucky" Hamilton) became the first Canadian to receive a steel pan scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee School of Music. HYSO staff are proud of the academic achievement of all their participants; to date all who have become eligible for post-secondary school have made the transition successfully. Many have received awards for academic excellence and their contributions to the community.


Experienced artist educators from Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts will offer festival-goers the chance to make music, create art and more on the spot during Supercrawl.


Using recycled materials, children will explore their image and create a 3D replication of themselves. Images of these self-representations will be brought together to create an "I Am Hamilton" collage depicting the diverse types of people that make up our vibrant community. 


Members of the non-profit organization An Instrument For Every Child present an instrument playground where children can try out the different instruments offered in the program. (Fingers crossed they don’t fall in love with the drums!) The AIFEC Instrument Petting Zoo is an opportunity for curious prospective musicians and their parents to see, hear, and touch the instruments and learn about the AIFEC program, which offers free instrumental instruction in Hamilton’s inner-city elementary schools. AIFEC’s 30-minute presentations begin at the top of the hour every hour from noon to 4pm on York Boulevard near MacNab Street North.


As part of Supercrawl 2014, the Hamilton Farmers’ Market will create Kids Go To Market, an interactive environment for younger children to play going to market with a play market environment including market stands, play food, shopping baskets and play wooden money. For older children (or all-ages audiences looking for a quiet activity), the HFM will offer a basket weaving activity using wool and pint-size fruit baskets.


Sunday September 14th 4:45 PM | ArcelorMittal Dofasco Family Zone Stage

Imagine Nick Drake cheering up a bit and living long enough to work with Beck. That's the vision conjured on Colour Film, the third album from Matthew de Zoete (pronounced ‘duh-ZOO-tuh’) With the title track inspired by old family Super 8s, the album’s 11 songs display the focus and imagery of a short film. These songs range from quiet ballads to muscular pop gems, rewarding the careful listener with surprising arrangements and a gorgeous atmospheric soundscape. Matthew blows the dust off sincerity and writes songs built on strong melodies and honest lyrics about everything from grandparents and divorce to washing dishes. 

Produced by Les Cooper (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies, Meaghan Smith) and graced with beautiful harmonies by Julie Fader (Sarah Harmer, Great Lake Swimmers), Colour Film rewards the careful listener with surprising arrangements, atmospheric production and accomplished musicianship – an inspired rhythm section, lush keyboards, and sparkling pedal steel.

Since releasing his debut album Across the Sea in 2006 (followed by 2008′sBottom of the World), Matthew has toured relentlessly throughout North America and Europe, earning a reputation for smart songwriting and wry humour. He has shared the stage with musicians such as Luke Doucet, Jenn Grant, Great Lake Swimmers, and Justin Rutledge, and he’s performed at many festivals including North by Northeast, Canadian Music Week, In the Dead of Winter (Halifax), and Stukafest (Netherlands).


As part of Dave Gould's Mobile Percussion Jam, buckets, barrels, spoons, bells, found and repurposed objects become a percussion machine on wheels.  Families are welcome to drop in, have fun, make sounds and march around to their own beat. Dave's mission is to keep Supercrawl excitement happening in the Family Zone between stage performances.  


Saturday September 13th 5:00 PM | ArcelorMittal Dofasco Family Zone Stage

Norman Foote is an internationally acclaimed musician, songwriter, and comedian for all ages. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, he is best known for his songwriting, outrageous props, and offbeat sense of humour in children's music and live performance; he has been nominated for four Juno Awards for Best Children's Album (in 1990, 1993, 2001 and 2010, with that final nomination finally leading to a Juno win). Norman has received critical acclaim for his clever songs and engaging concert performances. He has written for Walt Disney Records, Shari Lewis, CBC's syndicated TV show Scoop and Doozie, KOBA's production of Nelvana's Little Bear Live and Backyardigans Live. Get ready to laugh!


Reconnect with your artistic intuition as they create unique sculptures using recycled materials. Everyday materials such as bubble wrap and egg cartons will be used as tools to make painted impressions on two pieces of cardboard, which will then connect to make a sculptural form. Through this activity, participants will reconnect with the tangible and rethink the everyday object.


“Let’s make art, not trash.” Bring your children down to create beautiful bracelets created from recycled water bottles. Lots of art and recycled materials will be available for children to create their own unique personal jewelry, napkin rings, and more.


Resight Inclusive Arts is a not-for-profit organization providing inclusive arts education programming and support to all seeking a meaningful experience in all artistic disciplines. Operated by award-winning artists living with barriers, Resight aims to encourage a more diverse arts community in Hamilton. Resight’s pottery program provides education, training and employment through the arts to persons with exceptional needs and anyone seeking a meaning and creative experience through a tactile art form. Visit Supercrawl's Family Zone to see the pottery and take part in interactive demonstrations of what it is like to have a visual impairment, and share your experiences on an interactive sculpture. 


Calling all vaudevillians: come out and join our troupe! As part of The Travelling Spectacular troupe, Jody Boston and Cornelia Peckart will journey back to the 1880s to create a dazzling library of handmade, up-cycled costumes, puppets and masks. When this two-hour workshop ends, it is time for the top bill: Join the troupe as they amaze and delight crowds with their collaborative, three-dimensional puppet-show parade. Show off your handy work and learn how to perform. The only risk? You may lose your heart to show business. The Travelling Spectacular happens twice a day. Stay close — each show is different!


Saturday September 13th 2:30 PM | ArcelorMittal Dofasco Family Zone Stage

One of the longest running and most-loved family TV shows in Canadian history, Tiny Talent Time takes us back to a refreshing era of tap-dancing tots and mini-magicians sharing their talents just for the fun of it.  The original series, hosted by Bill Lawrence, began in 1957 and ran for 35 years on Hamilton's CHCH. Notable Tiny Talent Time alumni include politician Sheila Copps, famed ballet dancer Frank Augustyn, TV personality Liza Fromer, acclaimed ventriloquist Kirwan Massey and recording artist Deborah Cox.

The All-New "Tiny Talent Time" (Saturdays at 7pm, CHCH) stays true to its roots, but with a modern approach.  Hosted by Jason Agnew (Splatalot) and Jaclyn Colville (CHCH Morning Live First Edition), Tiny Talent Time showcases musicians, singers, dancers, variety acts, and everything in between. No competition, no judges — just the pure joy and excitement of talented kids performing on stage.

This special Supercrawl stage presentation, hosted by Jason Agnew and Jaclyn Colville, showcases a handful of the amazing young performers appearing on Season 1 of the new show.


Saturday September 13th 4:00 PM | ArcelorMittal Dofasco Family Zone Stage

Hamilton-based Turkey Rhubarb is Dale Behnke (mandolin), Gerry Dion (guitar) and Paul Fralick (guitar). They sing in English, French and Spanish and perform traditional children’s songs from North America, Mexico, Antigua, England, Scotland and Ireland. Their music – captured on albums like 2004's Hello Out There! and 2006's Soggy Mittens, Tingly Toes – will have children and parents dancing, clapping and singing along.

In Gerry’s words, the songs are unvarnished: they stand as they are and all listeners can respond as they wish. Dale says that the band is three seasoned guys who have not lost their love of music. And in Paul’s words, the band brings a profound respect and interest in children to every performance.

The band has been together for about 24 years; between them, Gerry, Dale and Paul represent roughly 160 years of musical experience.

These exuberant children’s entertainers have played over 550 concerts in the last decade – everywhere from Windsor to Montreal, Niagara to Huntsville – and have won a wide and loyal fan following in the process. Prepare to join their ranks, if you haven't already!