Saint John Idol XVI

In the spirit of tradition, we are tickled to celebrate our sixteenth season!

Saint John Idol is a much anticipated part of our summertime Wednesdays!

Thousands of spectators arrive each week to cheer for their favourite local talent. This event only continues to grow in popularity with each passing summer.

Over ten weeks, contestants have the opportunity to compete in challenges to win a weekly prize of $250. Also, a grand prize of $5,000 is presented to the finale winner on August 29th.

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!!


Analog MVP Camp – Design your app in this fun hands-on workshop!

The Analog MVP Camp is a fun, hands-on group workshop for entrepreneurs who are ready to craft the vision of their new product or service, and begin planning its evolution in a product roadmap, centred around an industry-standard design methodology known as paper prototyping.

Activities of this workshop will include:

• Review your existing business plan
• Focus on your unique value proposition
• Describe the people who will shape your product
• Create a paper prototype of your app
• Draft product roadmap

This workshop will be led by Raven Blue, a user experience designer with 20 years experience in software product design and development. Tickets are $100+HST (purchase here by clicking on this link Eventbrite or the one on Facebook) and include both days of workshops plus supplies.

Taste of the Boardwalk

Summer Kickoff

The first Friday of the Summer season is already sure to go down in history!

Mayor Don Darling & Council will be pulling the official 5pm work whistle announcing to those near and far that the weekend is here!

The City of Saint John will be hosting a #FREE BBQ and Saint John Ale HouseSocial Bar SteakhouseMcGill’sGrannan’s Seafood and Lemongrass Thai Fare & Peppers Pub will provide free samples off of their summer menu. We will top it off with the largest pedestrian street party unique to the Maritimes, and a fireworks display that will light up the sky!

Who will be the Boardwalk’s Top Mixologist?! Find out at the 6th Annual Black Box Mixology Contest! The winning drink will be the Boardwalk’s signature drink for the ENTIRE SUMMER!

Featured performer:

Pretty In Pink (That80sband) step out of their Delorean with feathered hair and perfect pitch, blinding you with science. They are your hoverboard. They are your danger zone. Aaah, the 80s – that happy little decade between social activism and self-loathing grunge. A time when the Coreys were king and Tom Selleck set the standard for moustaches. While the cold war raged, we solved Rubik’s Cubes and took roll call, Bueller…Bueller…Bueller.

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:


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?

Art Battle New Brunswick Finals


Join us for the most anticipated event of the season as painters representing Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John paint again with hopes of earning a spot at The National Championship this July in Toronto! This is a wonderful evening of creativity and community, with audience vote determining the winner who will represent New Brunswick against painters from all across Canada.


$25 Day-Of-Event
$20 In Advance
$15 Students & Kids


Art Battle® is live competitive painting. Painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. At the end of the round, the audience votes democratically for their favourite painting and bids in silent auction to take the work home. Art Battle happens in 50 cities worldwide, check for local listings!


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