12 Events Not to Miss This Winter in Charlottetown

Plenty of laughs, activities, and entertainment to boost your spirits throughout February and March

Photo by Jared Doyle

BREAK OUT THE CALENDAR. Because there's a whole lot of awesome events packed into the months of February and March in Charlottetown. From comedy festivals and album release shows to contemporary art exhibits and outdoor yoga sessions, Charlottetown is THE place to be this winter.

So take note 'cause there are some serious goodies coming up that you're not going to want to miss!

Here's a quick round-up of the top 12 events to consider taking in:

1) February 1st - 27th — The Gallery @ The Guild: The Exquisite Project

This group exhibition brings together 37 artists from across Canada and the United States working in a variety of media including ceramics, textiles, performance, painting, and photography. The project was inspired by The Exquisite Corpse game, in which each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence generally by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed. The exhibition will be the first time any of the collaborators have seen the full series of works. It runs throughout the month of February.

Time: Gallery open 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: The Guild, 111 Queen Street
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2) February 16th - 18th — 2017 Ch'town Comedy Festival

In partnership with Hubcap Comedy Festival, the 1st annual Ch'town Comedy Festival presents three nights of the finest comedy around. Split between two venues, the PEI Brewing Company and Florence Simmons Performance Hall, the festival features performances by Ali Hassan (host of CBC's Laugh Out Loud), Jen Grant (CBC's "The Debaters"), and Travis Lindsay (three-time semi-finalist on Canada's Next Top Comic), among other talented folks.

Time: 7:00pm
Location: PEI Brewing Company (Feb. 16th & 17th) and Florence Simmons Hall (Feb. 18th)
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3) Monday, February 20th — Islander Family Fun Day

From family swims and indoor skates to professional basketball and glow-in-the-dark bowling, there's going to be even more to love about celebrating Islander Day this year in Charlottetown. All activities on offer throughout the day will be free (except for the Island Storm Game) and guaranteed enjoyment for the whole gang. Head here to see the full list of events.

Time: Activities & Events from 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Various locations throughout Charlottetown
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4) Wednesday, February 22nd — Black Heritage Night

Upstreet Craft Brewing and the Black Cultural Society of PEI are teaming up to present a special evening celebrating Black Heritage Month. Starting at 6pm, there will be a panel discussion with Islam Ahmed, Kendi Tarichia, Terrence Taylor, and Yvette Doucette who will be talking about Blackness and Identity; how identity varies and how it impacts them. Then at 8pm, they'll be doing a Black Heritage Month trivia, which will feature questions that range from pop culture to black history. African food will also be featured and prepared by the great people at Out of Africa.

Time: 6:00pm
Location: Upstreet Craft Brewing
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5) Friday, February 24th — Outdoor Winter Yoga ("Snowga")

Lead by certified yoga instructor Cynthia Dennis, a free "snoga" session will be offered on Friday, February 17th. Snoga is the practice of yoga outside in the winter months. Studies have shown there are health benefits to spending time in cold temperatures, including: increased energy levels and mental alertness, improve sleep, stimulate weight loss, facilitate better breathing, reduce inflammation, and improve immune function. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and dress accordingly.

Time: 12:00pm
Location: Rochford Square
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Photo Credit: Shawn Fulton via Bodhi Tree Yoga Regina

6) February 24th-26th — Jack Frost Children's Winterfest

Looking for a fun winter activity for the whole family? Look no further than the Jack Frost Children's Winterfest 2017. Featuring three entertaining and interactive venues in Charlottetown, families are invited to explore the many play zones in the Outdoor Snow Kingdom, have fun at the Indoor Playland, and enjoy indoor performances on the Live Children's Stage.

For a full schedule of events and ticketing information, please visit www.jackfrostfestival.com

7) Monday, February 27th — "Guild It and They Will Come"

The fifth annual Guild fundraising event for Island artists takes place Monday, February 27th at The Guild in Charlottetown. Hosted by Rob MacDonald and Graham Putnam, this spirited evening highlights the best of PEI talent and features artists like Irish Mythen, Aaron Crane, Adam Brazier and Lori Linkletter, among many other stand-outs.

Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Guild PEI
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8) Thursday, March 9th — Jayme Stone's Lomax Project

Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, bridging folk, jazz, and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honour the banjo's long role in the world's music, turning historical connections into compelling music. For this show, he focuses on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, which brings together some of North America's most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and reimagine traditional music.

Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Mack
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9) Saturday, March 11th — Dance Club Event #9

Calling all those who love to dance! Dance Club Event #9 is coming your way at Upstreet Craft Brewing on Saturday, March 11th. Good tunes, great people, room to bust a move, no cover, and delicious beer—what more could you ask for?

Time: 9:00pm
Location: Upstreet Craft Brewing
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10) Saturday, March 18th — Art Battle

Grab your best pals and head out to the PEI Brewing Company on March 18th for a night of fun, creativity, and community. Art Battle Charlottetown takes place every month from October to June and always includes the same format: 12 painters competing in 20-minute rounds to win the vote of the crowd. Live painting, DJ, silent auction, full bar service, brick-oven food and free shuttle available.

Time: 7:00pm
Location: PEI Brewing Company
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11) Wednesday, March 22nd — Matthew Good, Beautiful Midnight Revisited

The former lead singer and songwriter for the Matthew Good Band, Canadian alternative rocker Matthew Good released "Beautiful Midnight" back in 1999. Now, the singer-songwriter and band namesake has revisited five songs from that record and recorded a new EP titled "I Miss New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited." The five-song set came out on December 2nd. He caps off his cross-Canada tour in support of the new EP with a performance at the PEI Brewing Company on March 22nd.

Time: 8:00pm
Location: PEI Brewing Company
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12) Friday, March 24th — Port Cities, CD Release Show

With layered pop production and edgy guitar, synth and beats instrumentation, Port Cities hits home with their self-titled debut album, which was just released on Feb. 10th. It's all the spirit you'd expect from its members Carleton Stone, Breagh MacKinnon and Dylan Guthro, while maintaining the tradition of songcraft and folk music behind each song. Charlottetown gets treated to some special Port Cities magic on March 24th, as they perform this new album live at The Mack. Tickets will sell quickly in this intimate space so be sure get 'em well in advance!

Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Mack
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Photo by Mat Dunlap

Ellen Egan is a writer, editor, and native Islander living blissfully in downtown Charlottetown. She's also an avid traveller and is delighted to share her tips and tricks for making the most out of one of her favourite cities in the world. For more of her work, check out www.ellenegan.com.

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