By: Tanya Goncalves
Ah yes, tis the season to be merry. Supercrawl is just around the corner and it's all everyone seems to be talking about in Hamilton. It's the biggest art and music festival of the year here, and it attracts people from different cities. Big headliners, great food, packed streets, this is what I live for people. It's exciting! I'm not usually a fan of big crowds but for whatever reason Supercrawl makes me suck it up and enjoy it for at least one night. So here is my gift to you, some tips of advice for new crawlers who are going to be experiencing Supercrawl for the first time:
#1. Before you get to Supercrawl make sure you had a nice meal or at least some snackage, because things get hectic in restaurants and bars, it's going to take you a while before you get your meal. By the time you do, you may have missed your favorite band play the main stage.
#2. Wear comfortable shoes. Seriously, you're going to be standing for a while and walking around. Also, it's good to have shoes with strong rubber soles at the bottom because you will most likely encounter shards of glasses from drunken individuals dropping glasses and bottles.
#3. Don't expect to just stroll into a venue that has a night performance or "Supercrawl after party" going on. I can't even begin to tell you to PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS WELL IN ADVANCE if that's what you want. Especially if you expect to get in Baltimore House that night, it's not gonna happen! I guess you can always wait in line for 1 hour just like I did (remember tip #2 comfortable shoes). But seriously, take your flannel jacket and ripped jeans home hunny, you ain't getting in!
#4. Check out the galleries. I know. They're going to be packed, but seriously take a break from all of the music stages and take a stroll into a gallery or two. It won't hurt yeah! Plus it will give you a break from getting shoved around in a massive crowd.
#5. That little car street coffee vendor guy, you will see him, trust me, yeah get the coffee from there. That line actually is worth the wait!
#6. Don't expect to get home early. Traffic is going to be insane, and the HSR is going to be a disaster. Seriously, just walk home. That or wait until 4AM when everything is somewhat dead to get home.
#7. Last but not least, this is the most important. Stop by the Hamilton Arts Council's information table to get a copy of the Culture Guide. This little book will be your in and out about what's happening and where during Supercrawl and the rest of the year.
And, that's about it people! See you all at Supercrawl.