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 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.