About

“Ranked one of Canada’s best winter parties, Coldsnap is a volunteer-run, passion-driven winter music festival that promises to pull you out of deep freeze. What better way to beat the winter blues than with the real live blues, as well as the best indie, emerging and established country, hip hop, folk and rock performers storming the stages and streets of PG. Coldsnap is an annual celebration of great tunes and live performances; it raises the cultural bar and packs local venues downtown all under the foot stomping cry of ‘music comes first!’

-Take on PG

Coldsnap is a unique cultural event lighting up the dead of winter in British Columbia’s north.

Every January, musicians from around the world descend on the city of Prince George for a full week of entertainment. From the next big thing in indie rock to jazz veterans to Celtic, traditional folk, hip-hop, and beyond, Coldsnap is a unique blend of talent and performers.

And Coldsnap is more than just a music festival. It also a series of free workshops aimed at making music accessible to every member of the community.

Coldsnap is run entirely by volunteers and has earned a reputation as a fan and performer favourite, and is regularly cited as one of best reasons to visit northern B.C.

Coldsnap also connects local talent to larger showcases, including Kiwanis AleFest and the City of Prince George’s summer centennial celebrations.

In 2015, Coldsnap was the official musical partner of the Canada Winter Games.

“An annual winter highlight” – CBC Music

“Hugging the cold season’s cultural side” – the Globe and Mail

“L’un des plus importants événements culturels de la province (One of the most important cultural events in the province)” – Le Devoir

photo by Bob Steventon