Natal Day Weekend Celebrations

2022 Natal Day cover

Charlottetown is celebrating its 167th birthday! Join the City of Charlottetown for FREE family-friendly activities all weekend. 

All weekend, check out the trail of chalk art by our talented artists; Melissa Peter-Paul, Ashley Anne Clark, Jeff Kelly, Damon Roberts, Bella Grant, and Anna Vail. Their artwork can be found in the following locations:
- Craft Beer Corner
- Corner of Queen St. & Victoria Row
- Peakes' Quay
- Confederation Landing
- Victoria Row
- 2022 Numbers (Bottom of Queen St.)
- St. Dunstan's Basilica
- The Mack
- Confederation Centre of the Arts

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


FRIDAY

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Rookie Championship
Confederation Landing Park

STIHL Timbersports returns to the Capital City for some axe-tion from July 29-31. Catch the most elite athletes in the Rookie, Women, and Pro Divisions at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Championships & Canadian Trophy

For more information, visit STIHL TIMBERSPORTS on Facebook @stihltimbersports
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Women Championship
Confederation Landing Park

STIHL Timbersports returns to the Capital City for some axe-tion from July 29-31. Catch the most elite athletes in the Rookie, Women, and Pro Divisions at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Championships & Canadian Trophy

For more information, visit STIHL TIMBERSPORTS on Facebook @stihltimbersports
8:45 PM - 9:05 PM
Logan Richard
Confederation Landing Gazebo

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Logan Richard may just be the Canadian East Coast’s answer to John Mayer, Theo Katzman and Colin James all rolled into one.

Spellbinding R&B grooves, pop hooks galore, a smooth voice that wraps you in, and tasteful blues-tinged guitar licks that make you realize why many are calling him one of the best up-and-coming young guitarists in the country: This is what you get upon catching one of Logan Richard’s live shows, or upon a spin of his 2021 debut EP.

With over half a million listens on Spotify and airplay on CBC Radio 2, the East Coast Music Award nominee has garnered a dedicated legion of fans even at this early stage in his career, as his soundscape mix of pop, blues, R&B and indie rock pinpoints a creatively-crafted sound while it spans the genres. 

Honing his frontman skills from a young age, belting blues music on stages for outdoor summer café diners on the streets of Charlottetown, PEI, Richard asserted himself on the Maritime blues music scene early on in his life. Continuing his steep career trajectory ascent since then, Richard released his successful debut EP called “The Split” in 2017, which escalated him to a headline slot at the TD Jazz/Blues Festival, and was nominated for Soul Recording of the Year at the 2022 ECMA’s.

The new self-titled eight-song EP produced by Adam Gallant toys with the roller coaster ride of being in love – falling out of it, not knowing how to let it go – with one of the highlight tracks being a co-write with Chris Kirby and Dave Sampson called Girlfriend Material.

As he has already shared the stage with many great Canadian acts, most recently having opened for Marianas Trench, Logan Richard stands poised to strongly stride onward along the musical road that lies ahead for him. But, he also has one other thing going for him, which, if you get the lucky chance to talk to the guy, you’ll come to know it: He may also just be one of the nicest dudes you’ll ever meet.
9:25 PM -10:25 PM
Hillsburn
Confederation Landing Gazebo
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The constant of change has, deliberately or not, been one of the driving forces of Halifax’s Hillsburn. From its early days as a harmony-heavy folk outfit to three albums spent evolving and expanding its full-band sound to its current iteration as an indie-pop four-piece, songcraft has been the steadfast centre of an often-shifting musical outlook. Its latest EP, Stories, is a culmination of growth and upheaval, movement and loss, the sound of something new being forged in the moment.

Paul Aarntzen, as the story now-famously goes, had given up on music and was living a quiet solitary life in Hillsburn, NS when in 2014 he suffered a health scare that pushed him back to the guitar. He began writing songs again, sharing them with people again, and found himself leading one of the hottest new bands in the country, making it to the Top 10 of CBC’s Searchlight competition on the band’s first single, “Farther In The Fire.” He was the guiding force through the band’s debut EP, and its subsequent full-lengths, In The Battle Years (2016), and The Wilder Beyond (2018). After writing and recording the songs that comprise Slipping Away—pandemic-delayed to 2021—Aarntzen decided he’d had enough of the industry grind and walked away from the band he started. (Is that title prophecy or coincidence? You’d have to ask him.)

So what happens when the songwriter—also the band’s guitar player, sound engineer, video director, and photographer, incidentally—is no longer at the centre? You start moving parts around. Rosanna Burrill, Hillsburn’s dynamic vocalist and violinist, tossed her bow for a bass. Drummer Clare Macdonald learned to sing. Keyboard and soundscapist Jackson Fairfax-Perry added more effects to his already lavish pedal collection. And guitarist Clayton Burrill started writing songs.

The six tracks on Stories will certainly not scare off any existing Hillsburn fans—like Aarntzen, Burrill has a knack for scenes set in nature, universal observations that connect on an intimate level, masterworks of literature (in this case, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours), and highly shoutable refrains. On the opener “Truths You Outrun,” he recounts a lonely season spent “trying to mute my fear,” before realizing it wasn’t possible: “When your eyes close, you’re gonna feel it burn.” “Room Across The Hall” is nostalgic for a relationship, starting quietly and gaining volume and propulsion, each section ending on a melancholy dream: “I know I’d find you dancing your head off, like you’re never gonna stop.” The horn-laden “I Knew The Times Weren’t Perfect (But The Drugs Aren’t Working)” is eminently danceable, though its buoyant mood and bridge straight out of “Be My Baby” actively belie the lyrics’ book-burning and hopelessness. The closer “Roslyn” is the only ballad on this otherwise upbeat collection—its tale of a time gone by, coupled with Clayton’s piano and Rosanna’s violin, makes its two-and-a-half minutes feel like the score to a short film.

The band supporting the words is, of course, the same—rooted in Macdonald’s tasteful, nuanced drumming; enhanced by Fairfax-Perry’s synths and horns; pulled to breathtaking peaks by Rosanna’s robust, emotive voice. Aarntzen, by the way, is still on the scene in a consultant role—he helped Clayton with the occasional lyric, was present at the Sonic Temple sessions to offer insight, and engineered the bulk of Stories in his home studio. The hallmarks of a Hillsburn song are heart and heights, and that doesn’t—it can’t—come from just one person.

Progress is inescapable, loss inevitable, growth unavoidable. But sometimes when you lean into it all, you discover that—even if it made you sad, even if you fought it, even if you worried it might not work—you always had everything you needed.

SATURDAY

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Natal Day Pancake Breakfast
Rochford Square

Join Mayor Brown and City Council for a traditional pancake breakfast and entertainment by Adam MacGregor & The Foes.
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Charlottetown Edible Garden Tours
 
Various Locations

Celebrate Year of the Garden by visiting some interesting urban food gardens/farms in Charlottetown with the PEI Food Exchange. Visit www.foodexchangepei.com for more information.
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Skateboard, BMX & Scooter Competition
Victoria Park Skateboard Park

Join Outer Limits Sports at the Victoria Park Skateboard Park for a skateboard, BMX, and scooter competition. Helmets are mandatory, prizes will be awarded. On-site registration begins at 9:30AM.
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Summer Splash Party
Victoria Park Pool

Cool down at the Victoria Park Pool while DJ Douce spins all the summer hits.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Mayor's Older Adults Social
Jack Blanchard Hall (7 Pond Street)

Join Mayor Brown and City Council for refreshments and entertainment by Phase II.
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Pro Championship
Confederation Landing Park

STIHL Timbersports returns to the Capital City for some axe-tion from July 29-31. Catch the most elite athletes in the Rookie, Women, and Pro Divisions at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Championships & Canadian Trophy

For more information, visit STIHL TIMBERSPORTS on Facebook @stihltimbersports
8:15 PM - 8:35 PM Justyn Thyme
Confederation Landing Gazebo
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Justyn Thyme is the artistic emancipation of ECMA nominated and Music PEI award winning Justyn Young, multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter and child of Charlottetown, PEI. Having developed as a creator out of a collage of influences ranging from East Coast Roots and Americana to Mongolian Throat Singing and modern Soul fusion, he delivers a freshness of insight and musicality which reflects his deep relationship with self and the world. His rhythmic blend of Neo-Folk, Bluegrass, Acoustic, World, and Funk, rivets bare bones symposium against undeniable smoothness and flow, both sharp and mellow in its attempt to create something powerfully authentic in studio collaboration with some of the island’s most talented musicians whom he calls friends.
8:55 PM - 10:00 PM Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
Confederation Landing Gazebo
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There’s no other band around like Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys.
Led by fiddling wiz Gordie “Crazylegs” MacKeeman, the roots quartet features all-star pickers and singers, with everything from down-home country to reckless rockabilly to intricate bluegrass. Now the boys are back with their latest release, Dreamland.

Crowds all over the world stare in awe as Gordie plays with joyful abandonment. They create new fans at festivals such as Denmark’s Tonder Festival and the U.K.’s Glastonbury, to Merlefest in North Carolina and the Port Fairy Folk Festival in Australia. Onlookers report Gordie and the Boys to be festival highlights time and time again. This is mostly due to the elastic legged band leader nicknamed “Crazylegs” as he demonstrates his unique blend of Canadian clogging and step dancing.
Since their inception, they have collected a mantle full of awards and recognitions. Their latest album “Dreamland”, produced by Nashville’s R. S. Field, has captured the versatility the group has to offer while showcasing their expansive talents.

While their records are tremendous; it’s their exhilarating live show that keeps people coming back time and time again and leaving with the same wonder and amazement
10?:00 PM Pyrotechnic Display
Confederation Landing

A 6-7 minute celebratory display of lights and colours launched from the cruise ship berth at Port Charlottetown. Best viewed in close proximity to launch site (waterfront from Port Charlottetown to Delta Prince Edward by Marriott). 

 

SUNDAY

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yoga in the Park
Confederation Landing Park

Start your Sunday morning off right at an outdoor yoga class with Cynthia Dennis. Don’t forget your yoga mat and water.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Trophy: Qualifiers
Confederation Landing Park

STIHL Timbersports returns to the Capital City for some axe-tion from July 29-31. Catch the most elite athletes in the Rookie, Women, and Pro Divisions at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Championships & Canadian Trophy

For more information, visit STIHL TIMBERSPORTS on Facebook @stihltimbersports
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Charlie Town's Birthday Party
Confederation Landing Park

Join Charlie Town for a fun afternoon in Confederation Landing. Activities will include bounce houses, mini putt, face painting, a photo booth, and more! The Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club will also be serving free hotdogs and ice cream sandwiches (while quantities last) from 2:00PM - 4:00PM.
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Trophy: Elimination Championship
Confederation Landing Park

STIHL Timbersports returns to the Capital City for some axe-tion from July 29-31. Catch the most elite athletes in the Rookie, Women, and Pro Divisions at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Championships & Canadian Trophy

For more information, visit STIHL TIMBERSPORTS on Facebook @stihltimbersports

PARTNER EVENTS


All Weekend
Island Fringe Festival | Various Locations
For a schedule and more information: islandfringe.com

Sunday, July 31

Downtown Farmers' Market | 10 AM - 3 PM | Queen Street 
For more information: downtowncharlottetown.com

Monday, August 1
Emancipation Day Activities |All Day | Various Locations
For a schedule and more information: bcspei.ca

The City of Charlottetown’s 2022 Natal Day Weekend Celebrations are supported by funding through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Celebration and Commemoration Program, Reopening Fund Component.