Sheep­dogs are join­ing James North party

Septem­ber ’crawl to in­clude Sam Roberts Band and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

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The Sheep­dogs are join­ing the party on James Street North.

Supercrawl has booked the Saskatchewan retro-rock­ers as the Friday night head­lin­ers for the three­day arts and mu­sic fes­ti­val that will fill the streets of down­town Hamil­ton Sept. 8 to 10.

The Sheep­dogs fill out a weekend of strong acts al­ready an­nounced in­clud­ing Satur­day head­liner The Sam Roberts Band and Sun­day head­liner Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. As well, Sheep­dogs’ mem­bers Ewan and Shamus Cur­rie will per­form Satur­day, Sept. 9, with their pop­u­lar side project BROS.

Also join­ing the Friday night line up are Toronto punk rock­ers PUP, a three-time Juno nom­i­nated band cur­rently on a tour of the western United States; Van­cou­ver in­die­rock band Belle Game; and Hamil­ton’s Black Col­lar Union with the Hamil­ton Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra.

The Sheep­dogs last played Hamil­ton as part of the pre-Juno cel­e­bra­tions in 2015, but will be most re­mem­bered for the gi­ant traf­fic jam the band helped cre­ate for the 2011 Fes­ti­val of Friends’ open­ing day at the An­caster Fair­grounds. Supercrawl di­rec­tor Tim Po­to­cic said that the les­son to be learned from The Sheep­dog’s 2011 ex­pe­ri­ence is to leave the car at home.

“Don’t drive to Supercrawl,” Po­to­cic said. “Take the bus, ride a bike. The Sheep­dogs are cer­tainly go­ing to amp up the vol­ume of peo­ple on James Street.”

Po­to­cic said he ex­pects to have a com­plete Supercrawl mu­sic line up on the fes­ti­val’s web­site supercrawl.ca by early next week.

Pre­vi­ously an­nounced acts in­clude John K. Sam­son, Tanya Ta­gaq, Ba­sia Bu­lat, The Acorn, Dono­van Woods, Andy Shauf, White Cow­bell Ok­la­homa, Hamil­ton Chil­dren’s Choir, Steve Strong­man, The Vaudevil­lian, Thomp­son Wil­son, Dan Ed­monds, Hamil­ton Youth Steel Or­ches­tra, Hello Har­vard, The Medicine Hat, Mother Tareka, Jessie Bower and Ginger St. James.

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