Despite the rain warnings, James Street North was flooding with people on Saturday for day 2 of Supercrawl. Supercrawl is one of the biggest events of the year in Hamilton. There’s food, music, local artists showcasing their work, and so much more that it’s hard to decide what you’re most excited for. With that being said, the incredible performances put on by musicians is definitely high on the list (all the food options to pick from is a top pick too).
It was not hard to find where the crowd was gathered once we got to the festival just after 9p.m. Hundreds of Hamiltonians surrounded the Hamilton International Airport Stage at King and James. We got there just in time to see Dear Rouge play, a Vancouver band led by husband and wife duo Drew and Danielle McTaggart. Although I had never heard of them before that night, I found myself dancing along to the music (and also absolutely adoring Danielle’s outfit- her shorts were incredible). After listening to a few songs and no doubt embarrassing ourselves by dancing in public, we headed over to Mulberry Coffeehouse to check out their Supercrawl specially designed menu.
Mulberry is definitely a must visit place on James Street North on a regular day, as the indie coffee shop before coffee shops became a thing in Hamilton. Supercrawl-goers realized this as much as we did; the place was packed. Apart from their regular menu (which includes the famous and one of my favourites, the Hammer bowl: quinoa, kale, roasted sweet potatoes, toasted pumpkin seeds, housemade salsa, and a herb lime dressing), they added a few extra things just for the weekend’s events: grilled cheese with balsamic onions, chicken and havarti (with avocados and tomatoes) and vegan panzerotties to name a few. After getting something to eat and resting our feet for a few minutes, we headed back to the Hamilton International Airport stage to watch the highly anticipated Strumbellas perform.
The Strumbellas are a six-piece band from Lindsay, Ontario, classified as indie rock and alternative country. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, I can never seem to get their song Spirits, that has been getting tons of radio play, out of my head. The band took the stage at 10:45p.m. and the energy from all six members – and the crowd – was electrifying throughout the whole performance. The rain was off and on but that did not stop them from putting on a show. Dance battles happened, violin solos happened, and they never failed to connect with, and include their audience in the set (they called out an audience member for being a good clapper, just to give you an idea of how funny and personable they were). Some of the most catchy and interesting songs of the night included Home Sweet Home, Wild Sun, and Spirits. Despite not knowing a lot of their songs before seeing them, I went home that night and instantly downloaded (legally, of course!) their music to listen to. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Sadly the night came to an end, and as much as I hate to see another Supercrawl pass by, the event keeps on getting better and better each year. I’m already anticipating the next one.