Anyone who went to Super Crawl this year will remember one thing, it rained EVERY DAY of the festival. Every month James North in Hamilton, the Art District, hosts an Art Crawl, for galleries and crafters and buskers, and anyone who wants to set up on the street on a Friday evening. It’s busy but still sort of low key. Super Crawl is a whole separate event, despite the fact that it’s still an Art Crawl. There are food trucks everywhere. Some people just go for the food trucks. There are also free live concerts of a pretty epic proportion. We saw Hayden, (and not trying to brag or anything, but National icon Fred Penner was also there). There are fashion shows, with designs, not just apparel, from local designers. This isn’t the kind of fundraising fashion show that you see with PTAs or in small towns. They’re legitimate fashion shows. I will probably stick to the Art Crawls in future, unless there’s a really great band playing. It was unfortunate too, because Sarah and I had some Art showing at Baltimore House, but of course, we went on the day that there was a paid event and we couldn’t in. Oh well, the show runs into October, so I’m sure we will get down there at some point.
And…. because I take more photos on my cell phone these days apparently, here are a few more Super Crawl (Sunday) moments.
I have wanted to attend an Art Crawl basically since the moment I heard about it. The second Friday of every month, on James North in Hamilton, artists, crafters and musicians (as well as book sellers and food vendors) line the street from Barton to Wilson. All the galleries and cafes are open. We had the most gorgeous weather, so there were tons of people, and I loved every second of it. It’s a photographer’s dream. Although as the night goes on, you do have to be a little more inventive with your ISO and shutter, because there really isn’t room to be trucking a tripod.
I think if you love a place, it shows when you photograph it. You see beauty and fondness and it translates through the light onto the sensor of the camera, in a different way than if you’re indifferent. Having no memories of actually living in Hamilton doesn’t seem to matter. I spent huge amounts of my childhood here. It’s not home, that’s Dunnville, but it’s still a place I enjoy exploring every time I allow myself the chance.
I’m going to do a little post on a few of my favourite shops next!