A midwinter celebration of songwriting and storytelling, Shivering Songs hosts internationally renowned artists in rustic and historic spaces throughout Downtown Fredericton, New Brunswick. Originally conceived as a small folk music festival to celebrate the album release of local group The Olympic Symphonium, Shivering Songs has grown into a landmark cultural event that garners the attention of music and literary fans throughout Atlantic Canada and the Northeastern United States.
Our Venues Of Choice
The Wilmot United Church – Constructed in 1852, the building’s unique ‘shoe-box’ profile and dramatically high ceilings produce a spectacular acoustic effect. In addition to offering warm and bold acoustics, Wilmot Church provides a stunning atmosphere. The interior colour scheme, designed in 1948 by the illustrious Canadian artist Alex Colville, coupled with a striking collection of stained glass windows, makes for a full sensory experience.
The Charlotte Street Arts Centre – Originally a six room schoolhouse built in 1884, this provincial historic site was designed by Halifax architect James Dumaresq, who also designed the New Brunswick Legislature. Now a cooperative of local and regional cultural organizations, the Charlotte Street Arts Centre’s fully restored auditorium, with its refinished wood floors and tall ceiling, houses a wonderfully intimate concert venue.
The Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market – Recognized as one of the nation’s best community markets, the Boyce Farmer’s Market has, for decades, been Fredericton’s traditional Saturday morning gathering spot. A vibrant space with room-to-move and an emphasis on local, the Market is the perfect venue for our Saturday late night shows and the hootenanny known as our Sunday Bluegrass Brunch.
Shivering Songs also programs in a number of other venues, from local music institutions such as The Capital Bar, to unconventional spaces such as Fredericton’s Urban Almanac General Store.
I bought festival passes, where do I pick them up?
Festival Passes will be available for pick-up at the following times/locations:
Wed 18 Jan, 10am-4pm, @ HJBF Office, 81 Regent St
Thurs 19 Jan, 10am-4pm, @ HJBF Office, 81 Regent St
Thurs 19 Jan, 6:30pm-8pm, @ The Playhouse, 686 Queen St
Fri 20 Jan, 10am-4pm, @ HJBF Office, 81 Regent St
Fri 20 Jan, 6pm-9pm, @ Wilmot Church, 473 King St
How can I play Shivering Songs? Do you take submissions?
We do. Having said that, we do have a vision for our festival and program with that in mind. Have a look at our contact page and get in touch if you think you’d be a good fit.
Is our festival open to all ages, or is it 19+
All shows at the Capital Complex are restricted to 19+.
The Saturday night show at the Boyce Farmers Market will be wet/dry.
The Sunday Bluegrass Brunch at the Boyce Farmers Market will be wet/dry.
All other shows are open to people of all ages.
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets are online here. If you don’t like purchasing over the Internet, you can also buy in person at the etixnow kiosk located in the lobby of Isaac’s Way Restaurant (481 Queen Street).
Can we bring food or drinks into the Church with us?
Out of respect for the Church, only water/coffee/tea is allowed in the Sanctuary. These will be for sale on the ground floor of the church throughout the weekend.
What’s it like in there? Should I bring anything with me?
It’s awesome! Like a typical church, the seats are armless wooden pews with padding, but you’re welcome to bring an extra pillow to sit on, if need be. The doors will be opening and closing a lot .While it’s not cold, it’s certainly not extremely warm. Feel free to bring a blanket or sweater if you are someone who gets chilly easily. There are bathroom facilities on site, on the ground floor of the Church.
The Wilmot Church? Is that near Wilmot Park?
The Wilmot Church is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Fredericton, at the corner of King and Carleton streets. Just across from Kings Place. It’s a big white building with stained glass windows and blue doors; you can’t miss it!