Rodeo Kings, Sam Roberts, John K Samson and Tanya Tagaq headline Supercrawl 2017
Other acts include Steve Strongman, Mother Tareka and the Rebel Funktion and The Medicine Hat
Roots rock band Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, former Weakerthans bandleader John K. Samson, rock stalwarts Sam Roberts Band and Indigenous throat singer Tanya Tagaq will headline Supercrawl 2017.
Festival head Tim Potocic made the announcement this evening in Toronto, where the lineup unveiling was held for the first time.
"We've never been more excited about a season of Supercrawl, and we're only getting started," Potocic said in a statement. "We're dedicated to putting on a great event every year, and that's only possible because we bring together the best of our city's creative community and cultural sector and tap into their passion and collaborative energy.
"Hamilton artists and performers can hold their own with the best of them. That's something we think is worth celebrating."
Sam Roberts is the most commercially recognizable name of the bunch, known for his breakthrough hit Brother Down and his Juno-winning 2004 album We Were Born in a Flame.
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have been pushing roots and country boundaries for decades, with Tom Wilson, who is one of the city's most recognizable personalities, as a member. The band just released Kings and Kings, which is a collaboration with a host of other vocalists.
Tagaq is a celebrated Inuit throat singer, artist and advocate, whose music and performances are fiery and political. The Polaris-prize winner's latest album is called Retribution. She told CBC upon its release that it's a concept album addressing, "rape of women, rape of the land, rape of children, despoiling of traditional lands without consent."
Samson's best known work comes from The Weakerthans, whose 2005 album Left and Leaving is widely considered one of the best Canadian indie albums of all time.
While the Weakerthans have slipped into an extended hiatus, Samson continues to release music as a solo project, with 2016's Winter Wheat as his latest.
Other notable acts playing this year include Toronto producer Harrison, singer songwriter Basia Bulat, and Hamilton acts like The Medicine Hat, Mother Tareka and the Rebel Funktion, Steve Strongman and Thompson Wilson.
Supercrawl's organizers say that more acts will be announced during the summer, alongside announcements about art, fashion shows, food trucks and other events.
Supercrawl runs from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10 in downtown Hamilton around James Street North, and is free.