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Coldsnap 2014 Workshop Schedule

The “Come in From the Cold” workshop series is an exciting community outreach component of the Coldsnap Winter Music Festival, presented in partne...

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Coldsnap 2014 Lineup Announcement I...

The Prince George Folkfest Society is tremendously excited to announce the lineup for Coldsnap 2014. The festival takes place January 24 to February...


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Coldsnap 2014 Workshop Schedule

The “Come in From the Cold” workshop series is an exciting community outreach component of the Coldsnap Winter Music Festival, presented in partnership with Integris Credit Union with help from EnhancePG, The Prince George Community Foundation and our many community supporters. All workshops are open to everyone and are completely FREE, so COME IN FROM THE COLD and join us for great music and get to know the Coldsnap performers!

Friday, January 24: At Home in the Hood: Stories and Music from the VLA

12-2 at Youth Around Prince George (1160 7th Avenue near City Hall)

On January 24, 2014, CBC Radio One is presenting a special session focusing on life in the VLA neighbourhood of Prince George, discussing issues and potential solutions facing Prince George’s low income neighbourhood.

The Boom Booms will be there to perform and talk about their experiences of reaching out to low-income communities. Also performing will be local singer-songwriter Derek Joyce.

Saturday, January 25: Munsch Mania 2

1-3 at the Prince George Public Library

There will be many Munsch memorable moments throughout the library, and in the Keith Gordon Room, CBC Radio One staff will be on hand to read the classic Robert Munsch tale “Mortimer”.

Coldsnap local performers will sing a few songs and help children make basic percussion instruments (that is, “noisemakers!”) to help emphasize the “clang clang rattle bing bang” bits in the story, and sing a few songs.

Sunday, January 26 - Song and Story Swap Around the Firepit

11-1 at the Firepit Cultural Drop-in Centre (1120 Third Avenue)

Positive Living North is pleased to host special guests Red Moon Road to the Firepit Cultural Drop-in Centre to tell stories and sing songs.

Bring your instruments for an afternoon around the fireplace to swap and share songs and stories.

Sunday, January 26 – Sunday Afternoon Blues Jam

2-4 at the Senior’s Activity Centre (425 Brunswick St)

Prince George Blues Underground will host Miss Quincy and the Showdown and the Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer in a Sunday Afternoon Blues Jam.

For information, contact Earl Krushelnicki at

Monday, January 27 – Roundtable Songwriting Discussion and Demonstration

1-3 at the NUGSS Events Centre, UNBC

CFUR, the radio station of UNBC, is hosting a roundtable discussion about songwriting with Royal Wood and Catherine MacLellan, possibly including local musicians.

Tuesday, January 28 - A Lifetime of Exploring Musical Genres

12-2 at the College of New Caledonia Student Union Lounge

The Student Ambassadorship & Leadership Program of the department of International Education at the College of New Caledonia will host David Myles. He will discuss his lifelong exploration of different musical genres and what that has meant to his unique style of music.

He might be joined by some local performers with songs and stories about their experiences of life in music.

Wednesday, January 29 – Spoken Word and Slam Poetry Workshop

1-3 at the NUGGS Event Centre (UNBC)

In preparation for the first ever Coldsnap Poetry SLAM to be held Wednesday night at the Canfor Theatre at UNBC, there will be a workshop hosted by the UNBC English Students Society.

Facilitated by Brendan McLeod, the workshop will give participants the opportunity to practice their spoken word and slam skills and sharpen their words.

Bring prepared material if you have any. The workshop will be open to the public.

Participation is encouraged but not mandatory – everyone is welcome to just come down and see what it is all about!

Note: Registration for the workshop is not required, but you must be registered to participate in the Spoken Word Open Mic or the Poetry Slam event on Wednesday night.

To register, or for more information, please contact Trina Johnson at the UNBC English Students Society,

Friday, January 31 – The DNA of American Music

11 am -1 pm at Long & McQuade (356 George St)

Long & McQuade will host an intimate workshop featuring Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, and Peter Lang.

These instrumental masters will provide dazzling examples of their unique styles and acoustic virtuosity.

Saturday, February 1 – ANDINO RUMBA ZUMBA!!

11 am – 1 pm at the Connaught Youth Centre (1491 17th Ave)

The Latino-Canadian Association and the Kiwanis Club of Prince George invite you to “Come In From the Cold” to learn how to dance!

Live bands Andino Suns and Rumba Calzada will entertain and share perspectives to celebrate diversity and motivate everyone to movement.

Basic Latino dance steps will be shared for everyone to learn. A kids’ Zumba class will get children and their parents up and hearts pumping.

Familias de Prince George: “¡Vengan y bailen con nosotros!”

Prince George families, “Come dance with us!”

Juice and snacks will be provided by the Prince George Kiwanis Club.

Coldsnap 2014 Lineup Announcement Includes Royal Wood, David Myles, Rosewood’s Diary and much more

The Prince George Folkfest Society is tremendously excited to announce the lineup for Coldsnap 2014. The festival takes place January 24 to February 1.

Tickets will be available soon at Books and Company, Studio 2880, and online. Follow us on our Facebook page for updates, or subscribe to our newsletter (form is just on the right).

Be sure to click on artist names for links to videos, music samples, and more!

You can also download a printable pdf of the festival program by clicking here.

The Boom Booms

The Boom Booms will kick Coldsnap 2014 off with a bang

Saturday, November 16 2013

Warm-Up with Willhorse

8:00 pm at Riley’s Bar and Grill (Day’s Inn)

The countdown to Coldsnap begins November 16 with this up and coming “high energy southern-rock band with captivating melodies and thrilling harmonies” straight out of Nelson.  Show details here.

Friday, January 24

Prince George Block Party

7:30 pm at the Ramada Ballroom

It’s best to kick things off with a bang, but in this case we’ll go with a couple of booms. The Boom Booms are a Vancouver-based band formed in the tree-planting camps of B.C.’s great outdoors. Equally comfortable in an urban environment, the “Boom Boom Block Party” has a summer highlight for East Vancouver residents for years, and they’ve brought their high-energy live show to various venues across the world, including industry showcases at SXSW and CMW.

Before the Boom Booms take the stage, things will get started with Dear Rouge, a husband-and-wife duo who bring an “alt-electro-dance-rock vibe provides a positive and up-beat shot in the arm”.

Both the Boom Booms and Dear Rouge have been finalists in the prestigious Peak Performance Project.

Saturday, January 25

Rocking Raunchy Roots & Blues

7:30 pm at the Ramada Ballroom

Miss Quincy and the Showdown

Miss Quincy and the Showdown are not your average all-girl group

Coldsnap shows off its folk festival roots with this showcase performance. Things kick off with PG Idol Winner David Baycroft and then Miss Quincy & the Showdown take the stage. Chanelling Joan Jett and the early Stones, this isn’t your average all-girl band. You won’t find them singing pretty pages out of their diaries, instead you’ll find them starting a party everywhere they play by getting down and rocking out with raunchy roots & blues and straight up rock n’ roll.

The raunchy vibes continue with the Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, who kick out raw and primal blues in the spirit of pioneers from Robert Johnson to Jack White. Don’t miss a show that’s sure to have you electrified.

Sunday, January 26

Newly Blended Melodies & Harmonies

7:30 pm at the PG Playhouse

Rosewood's Diary

Vanderhoof's Rosewood's Diary

After two straight nights of sweating, you’ll be happy to relax with a theatre performance from three great bands. The pride of Vanderhoof and favourites of Coldsnap 2013 Rosewood’s Diary kick things off, fresh from another year of performing and working on new songs. You’ll recongize their song “Hey Shame” as the theme to CBC’s Daybreak North, and anyone whose seen them live will tell you they have plenty more catchy melodies up their sleeve.

Also returning is Red Moon Road, a band from the prairies who channel the plains, storm clouds, and the luminous blue of Canadian night with their blend of banjo, mandolin, guitar and fiddle along with haunting vocal harmonies.

Finally, Catherine MacLellan takes the stage to melt your heart with her folksy-country blues songs that have been described as “Gillian Welsh meets Emmy-Lou Harris”. Her music from the Maritimes- and the stirring voice that carries it- will be the perfect way to cap off the weekend.

Monday, January 27

Back in the Neighbourhood

7:30 pm at the Artspace (Books and Company)

A showcase of musicians from across northern B.C. Stacy Reynolds of Fraser Lake will touch your heart with his melodic music. David Simmard will captivate you with evocative stories of the abandoned northern B.C. mining town Dorreen he currently calls home., Prince George’s Whisky Fingers will bring you some dirty banjo and guitar and sing about the snowy roads, and the Chevy’s will close things out with rockabilly, Buddy Holly, and some original strut.

Tickets to this show are by donation ($10 suggested).

Tuesday, January 28

Smokin’ Hot Vocals

7:30 pm at the PG Playhouse

Royal Wood

Royal Wood's music has been named "Album of the Year" and featured in shows like "Grey's Anatomy"

Since moving to Prince George from Kelowna, Ali Henry has found her voice with the Northern Boyz, a collection of local music that propel her sultry jazz sounds everywhere from cajun soul to Brazillian vibes to that perfect Etta James cover. With a flare for adventure, Ali is known to reinterpret and improvise on many familiar tunes, often ending up with entirely new melodies, lyrics and rhythmic grooves. Her playfully, collaborative approach to music, along with a tender yet exhilarating voice, makes an evening with Ali Henry a memorable experience.

And that’s just the beginning. David Myles is up next, and there’s a good chance you know him. His voice was on the hit song “Inner Ninja” alongside the rapper Classified, and that’s just scratching the surface of his catchy tunes. Somewhere between James Taylor and Justin Timberlake, find out why he’s one of Canada’s favourite performers.

Then stick around for Royal Wood and his band, possibly the only person who could follow these two acts. His songs have been featured in everything from Grey’s Anatomy to MuchMusic’s top 40, and his most recent release was named Album of the Year by CBC Radio 2.

Wednesday, January 29

Verse, Ballads and Slam

7:30 pm at the UNBC Canfor Theatre

Coldsnap is not just about music- it’s a showcase for all sorts of artistic expression. On Wednesday we head up to UNBC for an open mic and slam poetry reading to showcase northern talent, then we hand things over to Brendan McLeod. As a poet and oral storyteller, he has perfomed over 400 shows in the past 5 years and is a Canadian SLAM poetry champion and World SLAM runner-up.

Note: Verse, Ballads and Slam is only $20. There will be an afternoon workshop for those interested in participating in the open mic- details to follow. In order to make this night more accessible to the youth of Prince George Coldsnap is offering a student price of $10 for anyone who produces a student card when purchasing their ticket for this show only.  Note that student cards must be produced at the time of ticket purchase and on the night of the show.

Thursday, January 30

Back in the Neighbourhood

7:30 pm at the Artspace (Books and Company)

Another great showcase of local talent, we kick things off with 19-year-old singer/songwriter Jerusha White of Fort St James who will wow you with her mature vocals. High Ball Riot is a fast-paced hard-hitting ska/rock band who will have to compete with Scott Dunbar, a one-man band who smashes out beats with a rusty chain and a suitcase drum. To close things out is Black Spruce Bog, a group comprised of members of the Salt Water Brothers, Canadian Waste and others who have been playing sold-out shows all around the city.

Tickets for this show are by donation ($10 suggested).

Friday, January 31

American Acoustic & Country Blues

7:30 pm at the PG Playhouse

Peter Lang is considered to be founders of modern American Finger-style Guitar. Lang was part of a handful of guitarists who would bring the instrument to the stage and redefine it as a serious concert instrument. He uses the techniques and vocabulary of country blues guitarists to create his own compositions in a variety of alternate tunings. Guitar fans- and music fans- won’t want to miss out.

And they especially won’t want to miss because also on stage will be Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton. This American musician explores the sounds of pre-war jazz, Fats Waller, ragtime, country blues and cajun. Get ready for some good picking.

Saturday, February 1

Spicy Latin Jazz & Afro-Cuban Dance Party

7:30 pm at the Coast Inn of the North

Andino Suns

Andino Suns warm up the image of Canada's hinterlands

For the final night of Coldsnap, we’re teaming up with the Northern B.C. Latino-Canadian Society and taking a trip to Latin America, Cuba, and the land of dance. Andino Suns are from the prairies, but their music harkens back to the Andes Mountains where they trace their roots. Blening tropical and western instruments, they deliver a powerful and intricate performance with a sound all their own.

That should warm you up enough for Rumba Calzada, a non-stop dance party who have been favourites for over fifteen years. Their eclectic mix of of Latin, Salsa, and Afro-Cuban rhythms will bring the house down, and the festival to a fantastic close.

Coldsnap After-party

As a thank-you to our sponsors and volutneers, we will be holding an after-party on Saturday, February 1 featuring the music of Barefoot Caravan.  You can still see it: just sign up to to sponsor or volunteer!

Local Showcases

Every year, Coldsnap features musicians from across northern B.C. We are still finalizing our showcase lineup- stay tuned for details!


Coldsnap is about bringing a diverse range of music to a diverse group of people. To that end, we are pleased once again to present a series of free workshops open to all members of the community. The workshops bring audience and artists together to discuss how music can be used to promote communication, understanding and well-being between cultures and communities or just to have fun!

This year Coldsnap is excited to partner with Integris Credit Union to present the workshop series with help from EnhancePG, local community groups, media participants and businesses.  For a complete listing, visit our workshops page.


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