When Hamilton’s Supercrawl announced a series of free concerts in the fall and winter this year, they had planned for the shows to be safe, socially-distanced affairs in a live setting.
After all, the local arts brand had some success with their recent outdoor concert series, which played to limited audiences on top of the York Boulevard Parkade.
However, given the more recent spikes in COVID-19 in Hamilton and beyond as the province reckons with the pandemic’s second wave, Supercrawl has made the undoubtedly tough but responsible decision to switch up the formats of their forthcoming concerts, which would have been presented at an indoor venue; a notably riskier environment for potential transmission.
“While we are deeply passionate about live event culture, the safety of event participants will always be paramount in our planning,” said Supercrawl in a statement. “We are doing our part to make it more bearable to stay connected even as we remain distanced.”
The performances and events will still take place at the city’s new Bridgeworks performance venue at 200 Caroline Street North, but will instead be presented via livestream with no live audience component. As before, the series will also be free of charge.
The remainder of the series kicks off on November 13th and 14th with two panels called Reclaiming Hamilton, which will feature discussions with local authors.
Following that, November 21st will be a livestream concert performance by Toronto-based rapper and Polaris Prize winner Haviah Mighty, who will be joined by Toronto singer-songwriter Nyssa as opener.
Then, a concert by Hamilton-based pop-rockers Ellevator will take place on November 28th, joined by alternative rock band King Park, also based in Hamilton.
Further events to take place in December will be announced at a later date.
To learn more about Supercrawl’s Livestream Concert Series, visit their website.