Terra Lightfoot and Said The Whale on James North

By Ryan McGreal
Published June 25, 2012

Hamilton singer-songwriter Terra Lightfoot and Vancouver indie band Said The Whale played a concert this afternoon in front of the old Tivoli Theatre on James Street North at Vine Street, in an event to promote this year's upcoming Supercrawl, which will take place on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15.

Said The Whale performing in front of the Tivoli on James North
Said The Whale performing in front of the Tivoli on James North

Supercrawl started in 2009 as an outgrowth of the monthly James North Art Crawl, which is held on the second Friday of each month. On this annual event, several blocks of James Street North are closed to automobile traffic for a street festival.

Supercrawl grew rapidly after the first year, drawing 20,000 attendees in 2010 and over 50,000 last year, when it coincided with the Canadian Country Music Fan Festival and the Locke Street Festival.

This September, Supercrawl will feature five full stages and 50 musical acts. In addition to Terra Lightfoot and Said The Whale, the lineup of performers includes: B.A. Johson, Born Ruffians, C.A. Smith, Change of Heart, Chore, Dawn and Marra, Dearly Beloved, Eamon McGrath, Elk, Great Lake Swimmers, Hamilton Children's Choir, Hamilton Suzuki School of Music, Hollerado, Julie Fader, Kestrels, K'naan, Mystery Machine, New Hands, Owen Pallett, Rah Rah, Rococode, Sianspheric, Simply Saucer, The Danks, The Gertrudes, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonya Kennedy, Wax Mannequin, Whitehorse, Young Rival, and Zeus.

This year's event includes 40 art galleries, several dance/theatre performances, 15 visual art installations, dozens of community, arts and crafts booths and several film projections.

Supercrawl has also become famous for the many afterparties that start once the stages close at midnight.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.


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By DowntownInHamilton (registered) | Posted June 25, 2012 at 20:43:45

Looking forward to seeing Chore play.

I heard a rumour that Hayden would be playing Supercrawl but didn't see his name mentioned. Maybe a surprise guest? Here's to hoping...

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By mrgrande (registered) | Posted June 26, 2012 at 09:47:36 in reply to Comment 78903

That would be amazing. Now you've gotten my hopes up!

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By rednic (registered) | Posted June 25, 2012 at 20:46:27

Change of Heart !!!! Havn't seen them since the Beverly in '84 .. so looking forward to this

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted June 25, 2012 at 21:38:31 in reply to Comment 78904

A lot of great Hamilton bands, and a lot of great old bands: I'm really excited to see Sianspheric, who I haven't seen since 1993 or 1994, and Simply Saucer, who exist only in legend (and a remastered CD courtesy of Sonic Union).

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By Bullet Proof Nothing (anonymous) | Posted June 26, 2012 at 21:48:11 in reply to Comment 78909

Not to diminish their legend, but Simply Saucer actually recorded a new album a couple of years ago and have put out another besides (2008's new album Half Human, Half Live and 2009's archival Saucerland), and played reunion gigs at local clubs The Casbah (Dec 28, 2006, their first show together in over 27 years) and This Ain't Hollywood (Feb 26, 2011/Dec 10, 2011/Mar 2, 2012). SS2.0 guitarist Stephen Foster left the band this as of that last show, but not before producing a 45-minute ambient instrumental Simply Saucer record that is one of two new SS releases slated to drop this year.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted June 27, 2012 at 06:04:49 in reply to Comment 78945

Well, damn. The more you know.

Thanks for sharing - it's great news to find out SS are actively making music again!

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By DowntownInHamilton (registered) | Posted June 26, 2012 at 07:55:43 in reply to Comment 78909

SIANspheric will be good to see. I haven't listened to one of their CDs in ages. Going to throw it in the CD player on the drive into work today. :)

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By Today (anonymous) | Posted July 01, 2012 at 12:09:46

Hayden? Oh yea!

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