Coldsnap, in partnership with Integris Credit Union, is pleased to present the COME IN FROM THE COLD community outreach event series to be held at various times and venues around town during the festival. These 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 events are hosted by various community groups, which bring their own hospitality and support to the performances.
The informal nature of these events 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. The conversations encourage artists and audience to use music to facilitate discussion through stories or questions to explore topics of inclusion, life struggle and cultural understanding.
Integris is an essential partner with presenting the community outreach 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 world-caliber performers visiting Prince George 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 27
Long May Your Big Jib Draw w/ Rum Ragged
Exploration Place will host a mini-concert with the rising Newfoundland folk troubadours Rum Ragged. From spirited instrumentals to heartfelt ballads, they pay homage to the greats that came before them while carving out a fresh, unique sound of their own.
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Place: Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre, 333 Becott Place
En Route to Coldsnap w/ Scenic Route to Alaska
We invite you to come on down to the Omineca Arts Centre to enjoy an impromptu and informal gig with Scenic Route to Alaska. This folk-rock trio are warm and welcoming, like a couch full of friends next to a roaring fire after a long walk home through a snow storm.
Time: January 27 from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Place: Omineca Arts Centre, 1119 Third Avenue
Sunday, January 28
Songs and Stories Around the Firepit w/ Digging Roots and Kym Gouchie
Positive Living North is once again pleased to invite one and all to The Firepit Cultural Drop-in Centre to enjoy a gathering with local artist Kym Gouchie and Juno Award winning artists Digging Roots. A communal fire has traditionally brought people together for songs and storytelling which build communication and understanding among all people in our community.
Time: Sunday January 28 from 1:00 to 2:00pm
Place: The Firepit at 1120 Third Avenue
Monday, January 29
Kids Storytime: A Tall Tale With Tunes and Turbulence w/ Rick Scott
Singer-songwriter and performance artist Rick Scott tell tales of the Great Gazoon. Rick’s gift for combining captivating fantasy with music and humour has earned him a devoted following of all ages around the globe. Expect much music and laughter as Rick makes his enchanting story come alive.
Time: January 29 from 10:30 to 11:30am
Place: Keith Gordon Room, Prince George Public Library, Bob Harkins Branch 888 Canada Games Way
Melding the Muisc w/ James Hill and Anne Janelle
The Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum is pleased to host a creative demonstration and mini-concert with James Hill and Anne Janelle. James and Anne are musicians who demonstrate that opposites attract and can make beautiful music as they craft a sound that is intricate, enchanting and engaging to capture the soul of their songs. They will describe how they combine the ukulele and the cello to produce songs steeped in the rich traditions of folk, pop, and jazz.
Time: January 29 from 12 noon to 1:00pm
Place: The Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum, 850 River Road
Wednesday, January 31
Swing Into the Day w/ Blue Moon Marquee
The Prince George Native Friendship Centre is excited to bring you a lunch time performance with this dynamic power couple. Blue Moon Marquee will showcase their blend of blues, swing and ragtime influences in their own wild brand of original music. Expect a foot stomping, knee slapping good time, and be prepared for dancing to break out.
Time: January 31 from 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Place: Friendship Hall at the Prince George Native Friendship Centre, 1600 Third Ave
Friday, February 2
Piob is Fiheal (Pipes and Fiddles) w/ Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald
The Prince George Senior Citizen’s Activity Centre brings us an afternoon with Cape Breton favourites Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald. Prepare to be amazed as Ben and Anita entertain with a playful and passionate blend of fresh and traditional tunes drawn from the Gaelic traditions of Western Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes.
Time: February 2 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Place: The Senior Citizens Activity Centre, 425 Brunswick Street.
Saturday, February 3
A Rousing Warm Up Party w/ Ten Strings and a Goat Skin
The Omineca Arts Centre invites you to head down to their place on Third Avenue and enjoy a North Roast coffee while Ten Strings and a Goat Skin warm up for their main stage event later that evening. Expect the unexpected as this high energy trio delivers their fusion of traditional and original music inspired by their Atlantic Canadian histories and roots, and infused with pop and world rhythms.
Time: February 3 from 11:00 am to 12 noon
Place: Omineca Arts Centre, 1119 Third Avenue
Creative Commons w/ Madison Violet
Our friends at Long and McQuade will again host an intimate performance in their downtown store. Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac of Madison Violet will relate how a chance meeting 17 years ago led to their unique creative collaboration. Brenley and Lisa are singer-songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, harmonizers, nature walkers, painters and amateur chefs (but will only be serving up musical treats this day!)
Time: February 3 from 1:00pm to 2:00 pm
Place: Long and McQuade, 356 George Street