10 highlights from Supercrawl 2012, first night

James Street was alive and buzzing Friday night, and this is just the beginning.
Young Rival rocked hard on the Exclaim/Sonic Unyon stage Friday night. (Adam Carter/CBC)

James Street was buzzing for Supercrawl 2012 Friday night, and this is just the beginning.

Here are 10 highlights from the first night of Supercrawl 2012. Watch for them on Saturday night.

Interactive video at the Factory Media Centre

A definite highlight was the interactive media exhibit called City Voices at the Factory Media Centre at 228 James Street North.

Once crawlers walk inside and press a button labeled "speak" in the middle of the room, the walls of the centre light up with video shot around the city.

Check it out, and hear what ordinary people have to say about Hamilton.

Ghost Barn

In an empty lot just north of King William glows the ghost barn. It's an exhibit that speaks to the disappearing farmlands surrounding Hamilton.

By day, solar energy charges lights that lie inside a frosted glass barn. Then by night it glows, ethereally.

Surrounding the barn are pieces of wood that were scavenged from a farm just south of the Hamilton airport.

This one is both cool and creepy.

The Hamilton Farmers' Market

Nestled inside the Lister Block alongside hordes of other exhibits is a cart bursting with apples from the Hamilton Farmers' Market.

The market turns a stunning 175 years old this October — a feat that belies the love for local produce in Hamilton.

Stop by and say hi — and get an apple. They're good for you.

The Community Centre for Media Arts

The Community Centre for Media Arts is brandishing a new mural on the side of its building.

The CCMA is just rebranded and reinvigorated itself. They provide a valuable service, providing communications services for non-profits.

Check them out Saturday, and get a photo taken with a goofy mustache.

Collaborative art

The walls started bare Inside the Urban Arts Initiative Friday night — but didn't stay that way.

Hordes of blank pieces of paper lined the walls and art crawlers were encouraged to create their own art throughout the night.

Pieces evolved as people added to drawings all night.

Live jazz at Humble Pie

There was music up and down James Street North the entire night. Nestled beside the knickknacks and art in Humble Pie was a smooth jazz trio belting out standards for the amassed crowd.

Well worth a listen on Saturday night.

Young Rival

Hamilton rock trio Young Rival had to deal with some technical problems during their set on the Exclaim/Sonic Unyon stage — but a dead mic didn't deter them from blasting out their guitar driven tunes.

And as much as they gave, the crowd gave right back. Check the band out at Youngrival.com.

A travelling wishing well

Crawlers seemed to love Mitch Robertson's Travelling Wishing Well — a mobile version of North American roadside motel wishing wells from the 1930s-1960s.

"It's like an artistic drive for donations," exclaimed one onlooker.

He wasn't wrong — the bottom of the well was filled with coins.

The Lines

Not far from the well was another clever piece — Mark Prier's The Lines.

It's a sculpture made from over 100 interlocking hemlock and spruce timbers that spiral outwards onto the street.

"I have no idea what this is," exclaimed one onlooker. "But I love it."

Swinging in the street

The over by Mulberry Street Coffee House they were dancing in the streets to the swing stylings of the Highnote Ramblers.

Couples and kids spun their way through classics and danced under the September night sky.

So are you warmed up, Hamilton? Friday was just a precursor to Saturday, when 75,000 people or so are expected to stream onto James Street.

Head over to Facebook and have a look at our Supercrawl night one gallery here.

For more information, visit Supercrawl.ca.