Buskers on the Bay Festival July 17-21 2019

New Brunswick’s Festival Place welcomes the 29th annual Buskers on the Bay Festival July 16th – 21st, 2019!

One of the oldest festivals in Canada and unique to the province, Buskers on the Bay Festival is a signature event of our region. The unifying elements of Buskers are its roots and its most substantial quality; Buskers brings together a city and turns it into a community. Don’t miss an exhilarating lineup of working acts, children’s activities and an extensive range of vendors.

2019 Market Square New Year’s Eve Party!

Market Square and ROCK 88.9 are proud to present! 2019 Market Square New Year’s Eve FREE Celebration – Rain Or Shine

The largest party on the east coast happens right here at Market Square!

The magic of fire and ice sizzles into the final hours of 2018 as we ring 2019!

Fantastic food and drink from our region’s finest restaurants and food-to-go: Saint John Ale HouseGrannan’s SeafoodMcGill’sSocial Bar SteakhouseLemongrass Thai FareToro TacoBarred Rock Chicken & Tim Hortons!

Market Square kicks into high gear at 5pm both inside & out!

Atrium Entertainment:
Bernard the Magician, Balloon Sculpting, Crafts & Activities, Bounce Rice and Face Painting!

Boardwalk Entertainment hosted in partnership with ROCK 88.9:
Math Class kicks off the night at 5pm followed by ButcherJamie Comeau & The Crooked TeethLes Hôtesses d’Hilaire and Four Front Men – One Band — The Transcanada Highwaymen play us into the AMAZING midnight fireworks show!

Ice Sculptures, brand new fire pits on every patio, New Light Show, Sea Dogs Party Favour Giveaways, Ice Bars and more!

*Schedule is subject to change*

6th Annual Poutine Challenge

Come and sample Poutine creations by your favourite Uptown Saint John restaurants. Samples provided in the Market Square Atrium.

What is Poutine you ask?

–  A Canadian dish of French fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds.

Who will be this year’s Poutine Competition Champ?!

Come on out and find out!!


World Refugee Day Documentary Screening: Human Flow

YMCA Newcomer Connections and the Saint John Free Public Library are marking World Refugee Day by presenting a FREE screening of Human Flow, a film by Ai Weiwei. Join us after work at the library’s central branch, 1 Market Square, and learn more about this global crisis.

The Saint John Newcomers Centre will start the evening with an opportunity for community discussion and networking ahead of the screening.

Check out the trailer for Human Flow here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVZGyTdk_BY


Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?

FILM FEST TIFF Presents Modified

Film Fest TIFF Presents Modified


A feature-length documentary-memoir that questions why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world.
Shot over a span of ten years, the film follows the grassroots struggle to label GMOs, exposing the cozy relationship between the biotech industry and governments. The film is anchored in the moving story of the filmmaker’s relationship to her mom, a prolific gardener, seed saver, and food activist who battled cancer during the film’s production. Interweaving the personal and the political, the film uses family home video archives and colorful recipe and farming vignettes from the filmmaker’s award-winning PBS cooking show, in a
mouth-watering celebration of homegrown food. The mother-daughter
investigative journey debunks the myth that GMOs are needed to feed the world, making a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system.

Genre: Documentary
Run-time: 87 minutes

#30IN30 – DAY #8 – Market Square

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Market Square has Christmas on point – and Santa is in the house. Specifically, every Saturday between now and Christmas.

Market Square houses some of my very favourite shops in Saint John as well as my current and future favourite restaurants (hellloooo Taro Taco!). Envy, Samuel & Co., the New Brunswick Museum Gift Shop, Element5, Manchester Shoes – the list goes on (and on!)*.

*For a full list of shops – click here. For restaurants – click here.

In addition to the amazing shopping and eating you can do – Market Square looks after the very best of entertainment for the Boardwalk.

This New Years Eve – spend it with Matt Mays, Christina Martin, +++. (Click here for the Facebook Event)

And you know, that’s not even all of it. Shop at Market Square leading up to Christmas and be entered to win one of their coveted $500 gift certificates through their Five Festive Fridays promotion.

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Market Square has offered 4 $30 gift certificates to lucky #30in30 readers. Enter below!

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See you tomorrow!