Come In From the Cold Workshop Series

Coldsnap, in partnership with Integris Credit Union and with support from the Prince George Community Foundation, is pleased to present the COME IN FROM THE COLD workshop series to be held at various times and venues around town during the festival.

These community outreach events, which can consist of mini-concerts, jam sessions or informative/instructional sessions with practical tips and discussion, are completely open and free to everyone!

The workshops are hosted by various community groups that bring their own hospitality and support to the events.

Interactive workshops encourage artists and audience to use music to facilitate discussion through stories or questions, to explore topics of inclusion, life struggle and cultural understanding. Instructional workshops can help audience members better understand the intricacies of instruments, the process of turning life experiences into music, or even the ins and outs of the music business.

Integris is an essential partner in presenting the workshop series, as they are committed to building community with communication and there is no better communicator than music. Integris shares Coldsnap’s goal to provide the opportunity for all members of society to experience the music of the high-calibre, world-class performers visiting PrinceGeorge for the festival.

Please join us for these up close and personal community outreach events – hear great music in an informal setting and get to know the Coldsnap performers!

Saturday, January 23rd

Kym Gouchie and The Matinée – Songs and Stories around the Firepit

Positive Living North is pleased to host this interactive workshop with local artist Kym Gouchie and Vancouver-based band The Matinée as they hang out at the Firepit Cultural Drop-in Centre to share stories and sing songs.

Time: Saturday January 23rd from noon to 1:30 pm

Place: The Firepit at 1120 Third Avenue

And don’t miss Kym Gouchie and the Matinée when they play Coldsnap opening night!

Devin Cuddy – Soundtracks of My Life

Devin’s eclectic blend of New Orleans jazz, honky-tonk and blues piano stylings originates from influences of rock and roll’s founding fathers, the Grand Ole Opry’s honky-tonk heroes and the kings of jazz.

Time: Saturday January 23rd from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.

Place: PS Pianos at 1010 4th Avenue

Devin Cuddy also headlines Coldsnap’s opening night on Friday, January 22nd!

Sunday, January 24th

Còig and Cod Gone Wild – Kick up Your Heels!

The Connaught Youth Centre would like to invite you to warm up your toes with high energy dancing! The Cape Breton based group, Còig will be teaching us some step dancing moves while Cod Gone Wild adds rhythms to keep our feet moving! We hope to see kids of all ages out for this one!

Time: Sunday January 24th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Place: Connaught Youth Centre at 1491 17th Avenue

Còig and Cod Gone Wild also perform Saturday, January 23rd at the Celtic Kitchen Party!

Jaclyn Guillou & Maureen Washington – Following the Muse

Knox United Church extends an invitation to all for a very unique workshop featuring Jaclyn and Maureen Washington. These accomplished vocalists will each illustrate their own personal style and then move ahead with discussion of their individual creative processes. Finally, Jaclyn will lead audience participation in improvisation and musical intention.

Time: Sunday, January 24th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Place: Knox United Church at 1448 5th Avenue

After the workshop head to the PG Playhouse for more hot jazz from Jaclyn and Maureen!

Tuesday, January 26th

Old Man Luedecke – Songs From Down Home

The Prince George and District Senior Citizen’s Activity Centre brings us an afternoon with Old Man Luedecke. This very young “Old Man” has an incredible gift of story-telling which lightens the heart and sparks our memories of home, rural life, family connections and general shenanigans.

Time: Tuesday January 26th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Place: The Senior Citizen’s Activity Centre at 425 Brunswick Street

Old Man Luedecke also performs at the PG Playhouse Tuesday evening!

Wednesday, January 27th

The Sweet Lowdown – Harmony-Sweet-Harmony

The BC Old Time Fiddlers of Prince George are excited to host The Sweet Lowdown. Group participation is the name of the game as they lead us in learning a song, teaching us some harmonies and backing up all of this with their unique blend of guitar, banjo and fiddle delights… with a mini-concert to boot!

Time: Wednesday January 27th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Place: Elder Citizens Recreation Association (ECRA) at 1692 10th Avenue

Warm up for the sweet harmonies when the Sweet Lowdown perform at the PG Playhouse Tuesday evening!

Thursday, January 28th

The Racket – The Role of Music in Social Change

The Student Ambassadorship & Leadership Program of the department of International Education at the College of New Caledonia is very happy to host the powerful BC band The Racket. Get ready for thought-provoking lyrics backed by the driving force of stomp-folk with a rock vibe.

Time: Thursday January 28th from noon to 2:00 pm

Place: College of New Caledonia Student Lounge in the Technology Building

Make more noise with the Racket Thursday night at the ArtSpace!

Friday, January 29

Hachey The MouthPEACE – Badass Beatbox for Breakfast

Join Canadian Much Music beat boxing champion Jason “Hachey the MouthPEACE” as he traces his artistic journey creating his own compositions, multiplying his voiced beats through electronic loops, adding lyrics, raps, even some singing. Get ready to be amazed.

Time: Friday January 29th from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Place: Youth Around Prince (YAP) Centre at 1160 7th Avenue

See Hachey in action at the ArtSpace Thursday night!

Jeff Lang – Slide into Winter

Long and McQuade invites you to slide into winter with guitar virtuoso Jeff Lang. Versatile in many styles, he will both delight and inform your guitar playing appetites.

Time: Friday January 29th from 11:30am to 12:30 pm

Place: Long and McQuade at 356 George Street

Jeff Lang also performs Friday night at the PG Playhouse!

Markus James – The Cradle of the Blues: African Connections to the Blues

Our friends at Long and McQuade will host Markus James who will share with us his exploration of the lineage of the blues through West African influences. Get acquainted with African instruments and rhythms in this dynamic workshop.

Time: Friday January 29th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Place: Long and McQuade at 356 George Street

Don’t miss Markus and more guitar virtuosos Friday night at the PG Playhouse!

Saturday, January 30th

Ani Kyd and Friends – Business Realities for Aspiring Musicians

CFUR Radio will host Ani Kyd, Director/Producer/Actor/Musician, who will lead a panel presentation and Q & A for starting out and struggling musicians. Learn about the importance of social media, marketing ideas, copyright registration and royalties, indie music resources, and creative merchandise.

Time: Saturday January 30 from 1:00 to 2:30pm

Place: Northern Undergraduate Student Centre (NUSC) Event Space at UNBC

Hear Ani really let loose Friday night at the PG Playhouse!