James North Supercrawl gets $60,000 boost from city
The James Street North Supercrawl is getting a financial boost from the city, as it moves to expand the festival this year.
Councillors approved the $60,000 request put forward by Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr at general issues committee Thursday, pending the presentation of full budget documents.
Farr said the festival will be expanding to five stages and 20 additional art installations.
He said considering “spin-off benefits” the “premier festival” made Ontario $3.9 million.
Tim McCabe, the city’s general manager of economic development, said staff supported the funding and believes it's “a good start to whole new way of thinking.”
The city needs to start looking at “different approach” to funding economic drivers, such as large festivals.
Councillor Sam Merulla said Hamilton is a city going through “a renaissance.”