Uptown Events This Weekend! (August 18th-20th)

Featured Events:

Saint John Festival of Sail
All Weekend @ Port Saint John
*With events happening at various Uptown locations*

Sips Ahoy
All Weekend @ Various Uptown Bars & Restaurants

Friday, August 18th:

Gallery Hop
4pm @ Various Uptown Galleries

Live on the Steamers Patio
5pm @ Steamers Lobster Company

Cajun Roots
5pm @ Market Square Boardwalk

7pm @ Germain, Grannan & Canterbury

Haunted Saint John Tour
8pm @ Imperial Theatre

T.G.I.F Party with Del
10pm @ Callahan’s Pub

Kurtis Eugene + Blue Lobelia + Guests
10pm @ Peppers Pub

Saturday, August 19th:

UK Sensation Ethan Ash
11am @ Saint John City Market

Courtyard Concerts in King’s Square, Featuring PenaltyBox
12pm @ King’s Square

Dance Party Saturday Night
10pm @ Callahan’s Pub

She Roars + Adam Washburn
10pm @ Peppers Pub

Sunday, August 20th:

Queen Square Farmers Market
9am @ Queen Square
* With performances by the Simonds Lions Caledonian Pipe Band and the Forever Highland Dance group*

Sax On The Boardwalk
12pm @ Market Square Boardwalk

Drive In Classics
8pm @ Market Square Boardwalk


In celebration of the Festival of Sail this weekend, we are encouraging people to order up some tall drinks at our popular watering holes.  Some of our uptown restaurants and bars have created special concoctions, just for this weekend!  See the #SipsAhoy drinks below, go grab one or a few, share your photo with the hashtag #SipsAhoy, and be entered into a draw to win a $200 Uptown Shopping Spree and some popular Uptown Saint John swag!

Here are the drinks:

Britt’s Pub and Eatery



Decimal 81



East Coast Bistro



Hopscotch Whisky Bar



Port City Royal


Rocky’s Sports Bar











Paw Party Recap!

We had a such great time Paw Partying with all of you in King’s Square yesterday!

A special thank you goes out to all of our vendors, sponsors and guests. We could not have put this paw-mazing event together without your support. Finally, congrats to Faye Hanley the winner of our giveaway! We hope you and your adorable pup enjoy all of your new Uptown & City of SJ goodies.

Here are a few pictures from the Paw-ty! We hope to see you all again next year.

Faye Hanley, our giveaway winner!

The Paw-ty was rocking!

The Forever Friends Pet Memorials Booth!

The North Paw/Corey Nutrition Company Booth!

The Good Dogs Design/St. Martins Dog Boarding and Training Kennels Booth!

The ABC Dog Training Booth!

The SPCA Booth!

A shot from the Uptown Saint John/City of Saint John booth!

Overnight Parking On-Street is now a thing!

We now have more options when out on the town during the weekend.

The area these rules apply to is bounded by King Street & Duke Street, and Water Street and Charlotte Street.  Specifically this allows for overnight parking on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from May 1 – October 31.  

Please note, daytime parking rules still apply as usual.

We salute our 2017 Uptown Ambassadors – Allie Ruigrok and Rory Shepherd

It continues to be a super fun summer uptown, and we have two rock star students helping us out: Allie Ruigrok and Rory Shepherd.

This will be Allie’s third summer with our BIA, and she is happy to share her talents with photography, graphic design, event planning, and organization skills with us.  Our BIA Brochure creation, Courtyard Concerts Poster creation, Uptown Advantage Card, Uptown Mug Shots, and #SipsAhoy campaign, are just a few of the projects she has assisted with in significant ways.   Allie will be returning to the University of Ottawa to continue her studies in biomedical science in the fall.

Rory joined us this year and has helped us with various projects as well, including the Paw Party, Germain Street Fence project, and was wonderful at sharing our weekend events.  Rory has finished up his time with us and is heading to Nova Scotia Community College this fall to take design.

We thank both of these great individuals – their energy has been appreciated, their skills and ideas have been very valuable, and we love the youthful vibe they bring to the office and uptown!

Uptown Mug #72 . Corey Bonnevie

One of those people with a definite ‘it factor,’ Corey Bonnevie is quiet and perhaps a bit elusive, only adding to his captivating nature.  Sometimes behind the counter at Backstreet Records, sometimes jamming on the street, sometimes rockin’ on the road – wherever he is, there is a music vibe and chill undertones.  He’s an original – we admire his talents and salute his efforts in keeping our music scene alive and kicking.

Let’s get to know Corey:


Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born in Saint John and grew up on the outskirts of the Saint John city limits, in a place called Martinon. It was sort of like growing up in a cottage. I spent a lot of time wandering around in the woods. Picture Stand By Me, minus the dead body.

How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?

 I’ve been living uptown, since 2011/12, but I’ve been playing music in the city, since 2008ish. My first experience playing for an actual audience were at all age shows at Stone Church, and Melvin’s Wednesday night series called “Summer-Lovin”.

Now, I play in a couple active bands, Little You Little Me, Tooth & the Fang, ER & The Other. I also run a recording studio/Record Label out of my house called Monopolized, where I mostly deal with regional bands. And to top it off, I’m a founder/organizer of the Quality Block Party

Who do you look to for inspiration?
I have two wonderful folks in my life, that have pushed me to be active in the uptown community. First one is my Backstreet boss, Gord Tufts. He’s been running that business for such a long time, 37 years. Especially dealing in the music industry, record stores aren’t easy to keep going and the fact he’s kept his business open this long, means there’s more to owning a business than profits. He’s shown me that people (well, some people) actually care about creating culture and enabling communities to thrive. My second favourite is Jud Crandall. He’s a big part of me keeping up with playing music and pursing a career in the industry. When I was 16, he encouraged my band to play shows and took us under his wing. My taste in music grew and my inner DIY started to take charge.
Who is your favorite musician?
My favourite musician is easily Adam Kierstead. He’ll hate that I mentioned him, but I’ve watched him perform too many instruments better than anyone. Ever.
What’s your favourite thing about Uptown Saint John?
Backstreet Records – It’s always my first stop, when I walk into the uptown centre. I basically Loitered there, until Gord hired me.
Find all things Corey:

Mondello Salon and Spa

A few months back, Mondello Salon and Spa rolled on up the street to a new location at 105 Charlotte Street.  Hot kids on the block, they are new to King’s Square area, but well known with vast experience and an extensive list of happy clientele.

The beautiful crew include:

Anna Maria Scichilone . Hairstylist and owner.

Maria Scichilone . Aesthetician

Chantal Pelletier . Hairstylist

Don Coholan . Hairstylist

If you are looking for a stylist or aesthetician, they more than welcome you to make an appointment and have a nice visit with them at their salon.

Find Mondello Salon and Spa:
105 Charlotte Street, with convenient parking next door or on-street.
PHONE: 642.4060

Pictured below, Maria Scichilone, Aesthetician

Pictured below; Chantal, Don, Maria, and Anna Maria


Uptown Events This Weekend! (August 11th-13th)

Featured Events:

Quality Block Party 1.2

All Weekend @ Various Locations Surrounding the Quality Block

Marathon By The Sea

All Weekend @ 333 Water Street, Adjacent to the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal

Friday, August 11th:

80’s Flashback Weekend

5pm @ The Market Square Boardwalk

T.G.I.F. Party With Del

10pm @ Callahan’s Pub

The Sound Investments + Quinn Bonnell

11pm @ Peppers Pub

Saturday, August 12th:

Courtyard Concerts in King’s Square, Featuring Bonnett House

12pm @ King’s Square

Saint John Pride Parade

1pm @ King’s Square North -> Charlotte -> King Street -> Market Square

80’s Flashback Weekend

8pm @ The Market Square Boardwalk

Dance Party Saturday Night

10pm @ Callahan’s Pub

Soggy Beard + Drake Adams

11pm @ Peppers Pub

Sunday, August 13th:

Queen Square Farmers Market

9am @ Queen Square

The Paw Party

11am @ King’s Square

Sax On The Boardwalk

12pm @ The Market Square Boardwalk

Before The Mast

2pm @ The New Brunswick Museum

McGill’s and Sunday Laughternoons Present: Roast Battle Qualifying Round #1

4pm @ McGill’s

Drive In Classics

8pm @ The Market Square Boardwalk

Saint John Pride Guide 2017

From August 9-13 2017, celebrate Pride in Uptown Saint John with the following events:

Wednesday, Aug 9:

Thursday, Aug 10:

Friday, Aug 11:

Saturday, Aug 12:

Sunday, August 13:

It’s Paw Party Time!

Uptown Saint John invites you and your four-legged friends to this pro-pet event on Sunday, August 13th. Meet us in King’s Square between 11am-1pm to browse various pet focused vendor booths, enter in our giveaway and check out the Pupper Parade! The winner of our giveaway will be announced at 12:30pm. Don’t miss this paw-mazing event!

Our vendors include:

  • Global Pet Foods
  • Forever Friends Pet Memorials
  • Good Dogs Design
  • Saint Martins Dog Boarding and Training Kennels
  • North Paw
  • Corey Nutrition
  • The SPCA
  • The City of Saint John for “Bark Parks”
  • ABC Dog Training
  • Dog ‘n’ Sudz
  • Java Moose (providing coffee for the humans)

** Rain date: August 20th @ 11am-1pm in King’s Square