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Nov 22, 2017
NEW Downtown Charlottetown Gift Guide

The Holiday Gift Guide is a great place to start checking off that list with its display of featured products from Downtown shops, restaurants, entertainment and services.

NEW this holiday season – the Downtown Charlottetown Gift Guide. The Holiday Gift Guide is a great place to start checking off that list with its display of featured products from Downtown shops, restaurants, entertainment and services.

The Gift Guide can be found on the Downtown Charlottetown Website. http://downtowncharlottetown.com/giftguide/ It's a convenient place to view some of the amazing, unique products and services the Downtown Charlottetown has to offer.

Avoid the stress and the hassle of big-box stores this year, instead stroll the Christmassy streets of Downtown Charlottetown where you’ll find unique gifts & exceptional customer service.

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Still not sure what to give? Downtown Charlottetown Dollars are on sale all year round. They act like a gift certificate and work like cash - valid at more than 110 downtown businesses.

 

 

 

Nov 15, 2017
Christmas Window Decorating Contest Accepting Entries

Christmas Window Decorating Contest Now Accepting Entries

Christmas Window Decorating Contest

DCI invites Downtown Charlottetown businesses to participate in the annual Christmas Window Decorating Contest. This is your chance to add some extra Holiday spirit to the downtown!

Prizes will be awarded for both retail and commercial categories. The trophy will be awarded to the overall winner.

For applications email
Maria@downtowncharlottetown.com

Deadline to enter is November 24th
Windows should be decorated by November 24th in time for the Victorian Christmas Weekend!
Judging will take place in December


Oct 10, 2017
Coats for Kids 2017

The collection of new or gently used winter coats, (snowsuits, snow pants, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and boots) for families runs October 10-28th, 2017.

The collection of new or gently used winter coats, (snowsuits, snow pants, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and boots) for families will get under way Tuesday October 10th; infant through teen sizes are all needed. Coats for Kids 2017 event is organized by Downtown Charlottetown Inc in partnership with The Salvation Army, The Confederation Court Mall who provides a Drop off Depot, Sterns Laundry who clean all the collected clothing and the Guardian – our Media partners.

Donations can be dropped off until Saturday October 28th at our Drop off Depot in the Confederation Court Mall – across from National Bank, Monday to Thursday and Saturday until 5:30pm and Friday evening til 9:00pm.

We encourage local businesses and organizations to get involved and do an office wide collection to bring in to the drop off depot.

Salvation Army will open the “Free Shop” on November 13 & 14. They welcome all families to come and pick out what they like from racks of clean winter coats and snow suits. There will also be lots of hats and mittens to choose from. If you have any questions about distribution please contact the Salvation Army at 902-892-2281.

“Island Winters are long and cold, and there are many Island children who don’t have adequate winter clothing. We collect hundreds of coats each year and they are always all picked up, so we know the need is there. The cold weather is quickly approaching so it’s important to get coats to families in need as soon as possible. Let’s fill up those bins in the drop off depot and make this winter a little warmer for Island children” Says Dawn Alan Executive Director of DCI.

 

For more information; Dawn Alan, dawn@downtowncharlottetown.com   902-368-8636

Aug 4, 2017
Downtown Farmers’ Market Continues for its 8th Year

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is an open air market located on the east side of lower Queen Street between Grafton and Water Streets, and features over 45 local and independent vendors from Prince Edward Island.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market continues to be a crowd pleasing event in downtown Charlottetown. This open air market is located on the east side of lower Queen Street between Grafton and Water Streets, and features over 45 local and independent vendors from Prince Edward Island.

This year the market has expanded to 5 blocks. The Downtown Farmers’ Market has become a staple of the Downtown during the summer months. It’s a fun and vibrant attraction for all ages.

 Vendors at the Downtown Farmers’ Market will be selling a variety of products such as: local organic farm produce; fruit, vegetables and preserves; freshly baked desserts; as well as food service options from many international locales. A wide variety of local artisans will also be featured at the market, selling handmade jewelry, wood carvings, soaps, knitting, crafts and much more.

In addition, the Downtown Farmers’ Market features various local musicians and entertainers. Attendees of the market are encouraged to stay tuned to DCI’s Facebook and Twitter pages for up-to-date information about who will be featured throughout the summer. For a list of vendors or to apply visit http://downtowncharlottetown.com/farmersmarket/

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is open every Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00pm, from July 2nd, to Sunday, September 24th. Residents and visitors are advised that there will be no parking on lower Queen Street, Confederation Centre side of the street only, on Sundays between the hours of 6:00am and 6:00pm.

Mar 3, 2017
DCI Annual General Meeting and Awards Presentations

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI) held its Annual General Meeting Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Studio One

Charlottetown, PE – Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI) held its Annual General Meeting Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Studio One.

 

The annual report includes information on many of DCI’s established and new in 2016 initiatives like; The Fox Story Walk, Downtown Dollars, Lighting the City Hall Bell Tower, Caring Meters and The Street Navigator Outreach Program. Highlights include; our $35,000 Façade Program budget resulted in over $240,000 of street front property improvements and our Winterdine event, over three weekends, creates a one million dollars economic impact in our downtown in a time which is traditionally slow for restaurant business.  The first annual State of the Downtown Report makes up part of this year’s report. “In all we do we need to tract the impact of research data with metrics, the numbers tell the story, always measuring the outputs, outcomes and impacts” says Executive Director Dawn Alan. On an annual basis DCI will collect and present information about downtown Charlottetown; to provide an annual snapshot, record trends, and celebrate the many attributes in our downtown. 

 

New to the DCI board is Josh Egan, lawyer at Carr, Stevenson & MacKay. DCI said good bye to two valued board members - Bruce Donaldson who served as Co-Chair Business Development and President and Jason Lee who served as Chair of Business Development and President. “Jason and Bruce have true passion for our downtown and have worked tirelessly, donating time and effort to DCI initiatives.” Says Dawn Alan, Executive Director, “We extend to them, our sincere thanks.” President Brian Howatt begins his second term. 

 

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. has developed an awards program to recognize exemplary contributions to our city by individuals and businesses within our Business Improvement Area. At this year’s AGM Awards were presented in the categories;

 

•DCI Retailer of the Year, 2016 : Receiver Coffee Co., presented to Chris Francis

•DCI Business Improvement of the Year, 2016: Charlottetown Beer Garden and Seafood Patio presented to; Steve Barber

•DCI Presidents Award, 2016: Doug Harvey, Pilot House and founder of – Merchantman and Hearth and Cricket at Dundee Arms 

 

 

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI) is a non-profit organization with the mandate to work with businesses to create and maintain a vibrant downtown through an established Business Improvement Area. Working with these businesses, DCI will focus on projects that will improve living and commerce in Downtown and rejuvenate the City core into an exciting place to live work and play – the Centre of business, government, culture and entertainment.

 

Mar 1, 2017
Mavor’s Wins 2017 WinterDine People’s Choice Menu

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI) is pleased to announce that Mavor’s has won the WinterDine People’s Choice Menu for 2017

Charlottetown, PE – Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI) is pleased to announce that Mavor’s has won the WinterDine People’s Choice Menu for 2017.

 

WinterDine is a popular winter dining festival, which runs for three consecutive weekends in January and February. Participating restaurants offer three-course menu, designed specifically for WinterDine by some of Charlottetown’s most talented and creative chefs, at either a $28 or $38 price point per person. This year WinterDine featured 24 of Downtown Charlottetown’s most popular restaurants, Mavor’s being one of them.

 

During Winterdine people vote, online, for their favorite Winterdine Menu. All are posted, complete with photos, on the Winterdine Website.  Mavor’s was the 2017 winner with ¼ of the votes.

 

“Mavor’s Chef Miguel Cervantes created an amazing Winterdine menu, featuring Atlantic Beef Products Inc Certified Prince Edward Island Beef commented Dawn Alan, Executive Director of DCI. “We are pleased to award them the 2017 Winterdine People Choice Menu Award”

 

Chef Miguel is a Red Seal chef with over twenty years of professional cooking and catering experience.

 

 

Located the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Mavor’s serves as a haven for those who seek a quick lunch, a pre-show dinner or a late-night cosmopolitan atmosphere. Mavor's is proud to feature the finest in local cuisine in support of local PEI farmers and producers and aims to feature the best in local artisans as part of their chic atmosphere. 

Jan 23, 2017
Winterdine is back!

Winterdine - A Toast to Winter - is back for it's 12th year! Make your reservations today so you don't miss out.

 

Winterdine is back for it's 12th year! The popular winter dining festival, which will run for three consecutive weekends this January and February. Featuring 24 of Downtown Charlottetown’s most popular restaurants, WinterDine 2017 promises to be the not-to-miss event of the winter season.

“We are very excited to be bringing back WinterDine for its 12th year,” commented Dawn Alan, Executive Director of DCI. “Whether you’re looking to have a lively dinner out with friends, a romantic meal with that special someone or a family gathering outside of your home, WinterDine makes the perfect night out in Downtown Charlottetown.”

WinterDine 2017 will be held over three consecutive weekends in late January/early February: Week One runs Thursday, January 26th, Friday, January 27th, and Saturday, January 28th; Week Two runs Thursday, February 2nd, Friday, February 3rd , and Saturday, February 4th ; and Week Three runs Thursday, February 9th, Friday, February 10th and Saturday, February 11th

Participating restaurants will offer a three-course meal, designed specifically for WinterDine by some of Charlottetown’s most talented and creative chefs, at either a $28 or $38 price point per person. DCI is also holding an online contest where participants can vote for their favorite WinterDine menu for a chance to win a $50 gift card from one of the WinterDine 2016 restaurants. The Restaurant menu with the most votes will win the 2017 People’s Choice Menu Award.

 

For a complete list of participating restaurants, to view menus or to enter the WinterDine contest, please visit www.downtowncharlottetown.com/winterdine. DCI would like to remind everyone that, as in previous years, WinterDine reservations book up very quickly, and everyone is encouraged to make reservations early to avoid disappointment.

Jan 20, 2017
Looking for Help this Summer? Why Not Hire A Student? DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 3, 2017

Attention Downtown Charlottetown Businesses The 2017 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period for employers is now open.

Attention Downtown Charlottetown Businesses

The 2017 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period for employers is now open.

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 3, 2017!

Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative. It provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30.

The application form as well as the applicant guide are currently available at www.canada.ca/canada-summer-jobs. You can submit your application online, by mail or in person at any Service Canada Centre.

For a better understanding of the Canada Summer Jobs program including key tips to apply, please watch this YouTube video: https://youtube/SfMoLhkgjU8 

 

Dec 13, 2016
DCI Announces 2016 Christmas Window Decorating Contest Winners

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI) is pleased to announce the winners of their 11th annual Christmas Window Decorating Contest. This friendly competition encourages downtown businesses to decorate their office or storefront for the holiday season, and has become a great downtown tradition enjoyed by shoppers, residents, visitors and employees alike.

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI) is pleased to announce the winners of their 11th annual Christmas Window Decorating Contest. This friendly competition encourages downtown businesses to decorate their office or storefront for the holiday season, and has become a great downtown tradition enjoyed by shoppers, residents, visitors and employees alike.

 

“The Christmas Window Decorating Contest is one of our favourite programs; it makes shopping downtown a truly special experience. Most people will say “I remember as a child coming downtown to look in the Store windows this time of year” Our merchants are recreating that experience with each window they decorate” commented Dawn Alan, Executive Director of DCI, it’s a great tradition to carry on”.  “All of the participants put a great deal of time and effort into their displays and it really shows. We invite everyone to come downtown to view the festive displays and support local.”

 

Prizes are awarded in both commercial and retail categories. The overall first place winner also gets the coveted trophy to display proudly in their business for a full year.

 

2016 Overall Winner; Bill Chandler Architects – Corners of Great George and Kent St.

 

In the Retail category:

First Place: Moonsnail Soapworks

Second Place: The Perfect Pear & Lady Slipper

Third Place: Cool as a Moose

 

In the Commercial category:

First Place: Bill Chandler Architects

Second Place: Charlottetown Beer Garden

Third Place: Friends of the Confederation Centre

 

 

DCI would like to extend congratulations to this year’s winners and thanks all applicants for their participation in this year’s Christmas Window Decorating Contest.

Dec 9, 2016
Popular Downtown Wish List Contest Returns for Fifth Year

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI) is pleased to announce that its popular Downtown Wish List program will return for its fifth year this Christmas season. The contest gives downtown shoppers the opportunity to win $100 Downtown Dollars towards an item on their holiday wish list.

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI) is pleased to announce that its popular Downtown Wish List program will return for its fifth year this Christmas season. The contest gives downtown shoppers the opportunity to win $100 Downtown Dollars towards an item on their holiday wish list.

 

“We are excited to bring back the Downtown Wish List this year,” commented Dawn Alan, Executive Director of DCI. “Again this year we are giving shoppers a chance to win $100 Downtown Dollars, every week day from Dec 1 – 21st. Come visit downtown Charlottetown and join in the fun for a chance to win. A great way to Think, Buy, Support Local this Christmas”.

 

The program is simple: shoppers visit any retailer or restaurant in Downtown Charlottetown (within the designated downtown area: between Prince and Pownal Streets and from Euston Street to the water) and take a picture of something they really want for the holidays. They then post the photo to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using hashtag #mydowntownwishlist and the store name for the chance to win $100 Downtown Dollars towards that wish list item. All posts must be public. Winners will be randomly chosen, one winner per weekday, from December 1st to 21st and announced via the platform they were submitted.

 

“The contest is truly beneficial for everyone involved: local downtown businesses are being promoted during the busiest season of the year, customers are being rewarded for choosing to shop downtown and all prize money is kept in the Downtown, supporting local businesses.” Says Alan “We encourage people to start posting now for their chance to WIN this holiday season.”

 

 

For full participation rules please visit www.downtownwishlist.ca. Downtown Charlottetown Inc. 

Nov 24, 2016
New Downtown Dollars Program Launch a BIG Success

Downtown Charlottetown Inc.’s new Downtown Charlottetown Dollars program launched last Friday with a special One Day Only sale. From 9am – 2pm the public was able to purchase the dollars at a special discount of 20% off face value – an amazing automatic savings. DCI set aside $25,000 Downtown Dollars to sell at the sale, with a maximum of $400 Downtown Dollars/person. By 1:50pm, they had SOLD OUT/ $25,000.

 Downtown Charlottetown Inc.’s new Downtown Charlottetown Dollars program launched last Friday with a special One Day Only sale. From 9am – 2pm the public was able to purchase the dollars at a special discount of 20% off face value – an amazing automatic savings. DCI set aside $25,000 Downtown Dollars to sell at the sale, with a maximum of $400 Downtown Dollars/person. By 1:50pm, they had SOLD OUT/ $25,000.

 

“We are incredibly pleased with the success of the sale”. Says Dawn Alan, executive Director of DCI. “The idea was we would sell from 9am until 2pm or until we sold out. We sold all $25,000 worth of Dollars with 10 minutes to spare. That’s $25,000 going directly to our Downtown.”

 

A product of Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI), the Downtown Dollars program is a great way to support the downtown business community. The Dollars act like gift certificates. They can be used for goods and services in businesses located in downtown Charlottetown - which promotes local spending. They are accepted at over 100 participating businesses in the Downtown and can be purchased year round from one central location - the DCI office in the National Bank Tower, Suite 230.

 

Alan say “our DCI motto is Buy Local, Support Local, Think Local. . .the Downtown Dollars is just one more tool for support local minded people to guarantee this money continues to circulate in our Downtown, to support our businesses. As of Friday we have $25,000 in Downtown Dollars circulating, looking for a local participating businesses where it can be spent. This is a win win program”

 

With the holiday season quickly approaching Downtown Dollars make the perfect gift for the community-conscious shopper. By giving Downtown Dollars as a gift the presenter ensures the money will be spent downtown while giving the recipient a wide variety of options in where it will be spent.There are no restrictions on how you spend your dollars - they can even be spent on sale items.

 

New this year for the Downtown Wish List program. . . Where we give away $100 a day for people to buy their wish list item - Winners will receive Downtown Dollars.

Businesses who are not yet signed up to accept the dollars can do so by contacting DCI

Nov 16, 2016
New Downtown Dollars Program in Downtown Charlottetown

A new program has launched in Downtown Charlottetown – Downtown Charlottetown Dollars. A product of Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI), the Downtown Dollars program is a great way to support the downtown business community.

A new program has launched in Downtown Charlottetown – Downtown Charlottetown Dollars. A product of Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI), the Downtown Dollars program is a great way to support the downtown business community.

The Dollars act like gift certificates. They can be used for goods and services in businesses located in the downtown only - which encourages local spending. They are accepted at over 100 participating businesses in the Downtown and can be purchased from one central location - the DCI office in the National Bank Tower, Suite 230.

“It’s a win/win for downtown businesses”. Says Dawn Alan, executive Director of DCI. “There is no fee for businesses to participate. They simply accept the Dollars as cash and we will reimburse them the full face value once returned to us.”

It’s a program that runs successfully in many downtowns and has arrived just in time for the holiday season. Downtown Dollars make the perfect gift for the community-conscious shopper because by giving Downtown Dollars as a gift the presenter ensures the money will be spent downtown while giving the recipient a wide variety of options in where it will be spent.

DCI is holding a one day only sale on November 18th to kick off the program. The public will be able to purchase the dollars at 20% off face value – an amazing automatic savings. $25,000 of dollars will be up for purchase (maximum $400/person). Sales will be set up in the lobby of the Confederation Court Mall from 9am until 2pm, or until sold out. “There is no restriction on how you spend your dollars”, says Alan, “It can even be spent on sale and clearance items. It’s the ideal gift for all occasions, especially Christmas.”

“This is a year round program. Anyone can purchase Downtown Dollars by visiting our office during regular business hours.” Says Alan. “The beauty of the program is that these are dollars that can be spent almost anywhere in the downtown core and can be redeemed on everything from coffee, lunch, shoes to clothing to jewellery to an appointment at your local salon.”

A full list of participants will be posted on our website.

Oct 12, 2016
Coats for Kids 2016

The collection of new or gently used winter coats, and outerwear, for families is now underway; infant through teen sizes are all needed. Donations can be dropped off until Friday October 28th at our Drop off Depot in the “Confederation Court Mall” – next to Eclipse, use the National Bank Mall Entrance. Monday through Saturday until 5:00pm and Thursday and Friday evening to 9:00pm.

Presented by; Downtown Charlottetown Inc.

The collection of new or gently used winter coats, and outerwear, for families will get under way Friday October 7th; infant through teen sizes are all needed. This Coats for Kids 2016 event is organized by Downtown Charlottetown Inc in partnership with The Salvation Army, The Confederation Court Mall who provides a Drop off Depot, Sterns Laundry who clean all the collected clothing and the Guardian who help spread the word on the ad.

Donations can be dropped off until Friday October 28th at our Drop off Depot in the “Confederation Court Mall” – next to Eclipse, use the National Bank Mall Entrance. Monday through Saturday until 5:00pm and Thursday and Friday evening to 9:00pm.

We encourage local businesses to get involved and do an office wide collection to bring in to the drop off depot.

Anyone who would like to use this program to receive free outdoor winter clothing can visit the Salvation Army on November 14 & 15. They welcome all families to come and pick out what they want or what their kids like from their Pop up Store of clean winter outerwear.  There will also be lots of hats and mittens to choose from. If you have any questions about distribution please contact the Salvation Army at 902-892-2281.

 

“Island Winters are long and cold, and there are many Island children who don’t have adequate winter clothing. We typically collect over 600 hundred coats each year. They are always all picked up, so the need is there. With the weather getting colder it’s important to get coats to families in need as soon as possible. Let’s fill up those bins in the drop off depot and make this winter a little warmer for Island children” Says Dawn Alan Executive Director of DCI.

Sep 15, 2016
Adopt A Corner 2016

Thank you to all Adopt a Corner Garden participants for making this season another huge success. The gardens are beautiful and make the city so vibrant!

Thank you to all  Adopt a Corner Garden participants for making this season another huge success. The gardens are beautiful and make the city so vibrant!

Special Congratulations to the Adopt a Corner Garden award winners! The awards were presented at the Make Charlottetown Bloom Awards Ceremony September 8th at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel.


ADOPT A CORNER, NEW ENTRIES

1st ... Kuriosities & the Mermaids Purse (Corner of Great George/Water)

2nd ... HopYard (Corner of Queen/Great George)

3rd ... MRSB (Corner of Queen/Grafton)


ADOPT A CORNER, ESTABLISHED ENTRIES

1st ... Kirk of St James (corner of Pownal/Fitzroy)

2nd... Chandler Architecture (Corner of Queen/Sydney)

3rd . .. Invesco (corner of Great George/Queen)

 

There are over 70 gardens in our Adopt a Corner Garden program. Be sure to take a walk around the city and visit them.. They are looking fabulous this time of year!

Aug 11, 2016
DCI Announces Installation of New Story Walk Project

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI) is thrilled to announce the installation of a Story Walk in downtown Charlottetown. This family friendly activity is made up of a series of 9 story boards, placed around the downtown, which tell the story of Ringo the Fox, and his family. Each story board includes a page of the story, directions to the following page/board, and a downtown map with fox prints indicating the story board locations, as well a fox facts and original artwork.

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI) is thrilled to announce the installation of a Story Walk in downtown Charlottetown. This family friendly activity is made up of a series of 9 story boards, placed around the downtown, which tell the story of Ringo the Fox, and his family. Each story board includes a page of the story, directions to the following page/board, and a downtown map with fox prints indicating the story board locations, as well a fox facts and original artwork.
“We are pleased to add this fun interactive attraction to downtown Charlottetown. This is a wonderful way for families, and people of all ages to combine literacy and healthy exercise as they follow the trail to each of the 9 reading stations – all the while enjoying and exploring Downtown Charlottetown,” commented Dawn Alan, project creator and Executive Director of DCI.
The story was written by Davy Weale with artwork by Chloe Weale. “Having previously worked with David Weale for our Eckhart Scavenger hunt, we are pleased to partner with the Weale family again to create this wonderful story of Ringo the Fox.” Says Ms Alan.
With an increase in Foxes inhabiting the city in the past number of years, it was only natural that the main character be a fox. The story uses some of the many wonderful art pieces in the downtown as characters like the Tuna, Bees, Blue Herron, Moose, Crow and Eckhart the Mouse, creating a fun learning atmosphere. “We are encouraging families to get outside, read, and visit our beautiful downtown”
The Story Walk begins at the giant sunflower by Founders Hall and is free and open to the public.
Photo: DCI Executive Director Dawn Alan shows a group of children from Atlantic Child Care and their teacher Heather story board #3 at Province House where Ringo meets Eckhart!
Jun 7, 2016
Now Hiring: Project Coordinator – Navigator Street Outreach

DCI is currently hiring for the position of Project Coordinator – Navigator Street Outreach

Project Coordinator – Navigator Street Outreach

Charlottetown, PEI

The goal of the Navigator Street Outreach program is to assist street-involved people in the business districts in the urban core, by providing direction to service support to motivated street-involved individuals. This may be accomplished by working with them to secure and maintain employment, access addictions and health services, and find housing through partnerships with community agencies and other Business Improvement Districts business members.

The Navigator works with street-involved and homeless individuals to cultivate their true potential to be engaged. They work in partnership with the greater community to create long-term solutions to the challenges faced by those they serve.

For full information and how to apply to go:  https://www.careerbeacon.com/posting/536379/downtown-charlottetown-inc/project-coordinator-navigator-street-outreach/charlottetown/

Apr 7, 2016
DCI Facade Program 2016

We are currently accepting applications for the 2016 Facade Program.

 

Now entering its 6th year of operation, DCI’s Façade Improvement Program has resulted in tens of thousands of dollars worth of street level façade improvements to downtown buildings within the BIA*. Eligible Improvements include painting, siding, windows, doors, awnings, fixtures, permanent window displays, front steps, reconstruction, accessibility and signage. DCI will provide financial assistance of 50% of the total costs to maximum of $4000.00 per façade. We will review applications on a first come first serve bases. Funds will be distributed until 2016 budget allocation has been depleted, at which point no new applicants will be approved for funding in 2016. Apply online www.downtowncharlottetown.com

Feb 25, 2016
2015 Awards Program Winners

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. has developed an awards program to recognize exemplary contributions to our city by individuals and businesses within our Business Improvement Area (BIA). Congratulations to our 2015 Award Winners!

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. has developed an awards program to recognize exemplary contributions to our city by individuals and businesses within our Business Improvement Area (BIA).
 
These awards were presented at our 2015 AGM. Congratulations to each of these deserving award recipients;
 
• Business Improvement of the Year – Chris Tweel - For the redevelopment of the historic north west corner of Kent and Great George Street. Accepting – Tanya Gregory
 
• Retailer of the Year - Anne of Green Gables Chocolates, Accepting Lily Robertson
 
• The DCI Presidents Award – Kathy Hambly
Jan 25, 2016
WinterDine 2016

WinterDine 2016 is off to a great start! Don't miss out on this amazing dining experience - make your reservations today!

We are pleased to announce the return of WinterDine, our popular winter dining festival. Featuring 19 of Downtown Charlottetown’s most popular restaurants, WinterDine 2016 promises to be the not-to-miss event of the winter season.

WinterDine 2016 will be held over three consecutive weekends in late January/early February: Week One runs Thursday, January 21st, Friday, January 22nd, and Saturday, January 23rd; Week Two runs Thursday, January 28th, Friday, January 29th, and Saturday, January 30th; and Week Three runs Thursday, February 4th, Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th

Participating restaurants will offer a three-course meal, designed specifically for WinterDine by some of Charlottetown’s most talented and creative chefs, at either a $28 or $38 price point per person. DCI will also be holding an online contest where participants can vote for their favorite WinterDine menu for a chance to win a $50 gift card from one of the WinterDine 2016 restaurants.

 

For a complete list of participating restaurants, to view menus or to enter the WinterDine contest, please visit www.downtowncharlottetown.com/winterdine. DCI would like to remind everyone that, as in previous years, WinterDine reservations book up very quickly, and everyone is encouraged to make reservations early to avoid disappointment.

 

 

Jan 7, 2016
DCI AGM 2016

DCI AGM will take place February 9, 2016 @ 5:30pm in Studio 1 of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, February 9th, 5:30pm

Studio 1 - Confederation Centre of the Arts

 

DCI invites all property owners and business operators within the Business Improvement Area (BIA*), to attend the association’s Annual General Meeting. The meeting will feature the election of Directors from among property owners and business operators within the BIA and approval of the 2016 budget. The levy for 2016 will remain at 15¢ per $100 of commercial property assessment.

During this meeting DCI will present its annual awards; Retailer of the Year, Business Improvement of the Year, and the DCI Presidents Award.

 

*BIA includes, Euston Street to the water, and between Prince and Pownal Streets.

Dec 10, 2015
The Downtown Wishlist is BACK for 2015

Win What You Wish For this holiday season with The Downtown Wishlist.

Downtown Charlottetown Inc.’s Christmas Program “Downtown Wish List” is now in its fourth year. We invite your customers Downtown to; Win What You Wish for This Christmas.

Shoppers visit a Downtown store or restaurant; take a picture of what they wish for, post it to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using hashtag #downtownwishlist and the store name. They are then eligible to win a $100 Prepaid MC. One card a weekday from until December 21st. Winners will be contacted via the method they used to submit their photo.

There is no cost to participate; DCI markets the program through Radio, Print, TV and Social Media. This is an extreme call to action program as shoppers need to visit the downtown, shop for a product, take a photo, and post it which will further promote your store and product. Then they must return to that store to claim their prize, from DCI, should they win. We encourage businesses to welcome these folks, and allow them to take photos while shopping.

It’s a WIN WIN this Christmas in Downtown Charlottetown!

For information on how to play go to http://downtownwishlist.ca/

Nov 26, 2015
Downtown Charlottetown Participating in Shop the Neighbourhood

Downtown Charlottetown Inc will be taking part in Shop The Neighbourhood, a free annual initiative of Yellow Pages created in 2013 to encourage support for small businesses (SME) through local shopping.

DCI is pleased to announce that we will be participating in this year's Shop The Neighbourhood. Small business owners are constantly facing new challenges, so we appreciate initiatives that help small businesses stand out and that highlight the importance of buying local.

 

Shop The Neighbourhood will take place on Saturday, November 28th, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two shopping days notorious for driving dollars online or across the border. Shop The Neighbourhood will also feature exclusive deals at local businesses to encourage local spending, accessible via the YP Shopwise app. Over 40 businesses in Downtown Charlottetown will be participating on November 28th.

 

Small businesses add vitality to our neighbourhoods and mainstreets and it is essential that we support them. We hope that people will shop locally on November 28th and show their support for their local businesses.

 

Scheduled during the busiest shopping time of the year, Shop The Neighbourhood sheds light on the important impact that money spent locally can have, directly benefiting our neighbourhoods and communities. In 2014, over 750,000 Canadians joined the Yellow Pages campaign, spending $89 million at local businesses during the Shop The Neighbourhood event. On Saturday, November 28th, Canadians are encouraged to make local purchases in support of their local businesses.

 

For more information on Shop the Neighbourhood, visit shoptheneighbourhood.ca.

Nov 16, 2015
2015 Coats for Kids Campaign a Big Success!

The DCI Coats for Kids campaign saw a big increase in donations this year.

The DCI Coats for Kids campaign saw a big increase in donations this year. Coats were collected at the Drop off Depot in The Confederation Court Mall for 3 weeks. The early tally is in and we've received just over 1,000 coats donated. This total is up over last year, where we had about 600-700 coats donated. 

The increase is likely due to last years massive snowfalls which encouraged an increas in donations for his year. People see the need.

All of the coats and snowsuits have been cleaned by Sterns Laundry and are now at the Salvation Army shop on Fitzroy Street in Charlottetown.

Families looking for winter clothing can go there and pick out what they need, at no charge.

Huge THANK YOU to our Partners: The Guardian, The Confederation Court Mall, Sterns Laundry and The Salvation Army.

Oct 22, 2015
Coats for Kids 2015

Our 2015 Coats for Kids campaign has begun. Donate your new or gently used children's winter item and help keep a child warm this winter.

Coats for Kids 2015 campaign begain Monday October 19th and runs until Friday November 6th.
 
New or gently used winter coats, (snowsuits, snow pants, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and boots) will be collected - infant through teen sizes are all needed. Donations can be dropped off at our Drop off Depot in the “Confederation Court Mall” – behind the escalator on the main floor. Monday through Saturday until 5:00pm and Thursday and Friday evening to 9:00pm.
 
This Coats for Kids 2015 event is organized by Downtown Charlottetown Inc. It wouldn’t be possible without the help of The Confederation Court Mall who provides a Drop off Depot for collection, The Guardian who run and cost share our ads and Sterns Laundry who clean all the collected clothing before it goes to our friends at the Salvation Army for distribution.

 

Help share the warmth this winter!
Sep 30, 2015
Downtown Farmer's Market has Completed it's 6th Season

The Downtown Farmer's Market has wrapped up for the season after an incredibly successful 6th year!

The Downtown Farmers' Market is finished for the 2015 season. THANK YOU to all of the vendors, our crew, and of course the community for supporting us. It was a great season with over 45 vendors selling amazing local products. We can't wait to do it again next year!

Sep 22, 2015
Adopt a Corner Winners for 2015

Congratulations to the Adopt a Corner Garden winners of 2015!

DCI would like to congratulate this years Adopt A Corner Garden participants on a job well done! Lots of hard work and creativity go into the gardens each year and we thank you all.

We'd like to send a special contratulations to our winners for this year:

 

ADOPT A CORNER, NEW ENTRIES

1st ... Darius Brasky Jewellers

2nd ... Sunlife Financial

3rd ... The Spot

 

ADOPT A CORNER, ESTABLISHED ENTRIES

1st ... Trinity United Church

2nd... James Pasher

3rd...  Maritime Electric

 

 

Thank you! We can't wait to see what you all have planned for next year.

Aug 27, 2015
PEI Jazz and Blues Festival

PEI Jazz and Blues Festival comes to downtown Charlottetown August 27-29th!

PEI Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off August 27th. Three days of fantastic music and musical workshops, we are happy to have this event in downtown Charlottetown!

For full event listings go to http://www.jazzandblues.ca/

Jul 24, 2015
2015 Downtown Discount Card

Get your Downtown Discount Card today and take advantage of great promotions and discounts from over 45 participating downtown merchants. Cards are only $5 and available for purchase at select stores.

The Downtown Discount card is now available. Don't miss out on the amazing deals from over 45 downtown businesses. Cards are only $5 and are available for purchase at select stores.
For a list of participating locations go to:
http://www.downtowncharlottetown.com/programs/downtown-discount-card

 

Jul 22, 2015
Downtown Farmer's Market 2015 Season in Full Swing

The Downtown Farmer's Market is into it's 6th season and thriving. Over 45 vendors with amazing products.

The Downtown Farmers Market runs Sundays from 11am - 4pm until September 27th. It's located on lower Queen Street between Grafton and King Streets. Over 45 vendors at the Downtown Farmers’ Market will be selling a wide variety of products such as: local organic vegetables, fresh cut flowers; freshly baked breads and gluten free desserts; and food service options from many local and international locales, including India and Afghanistan. Various local artisans are also feature at the market, selling handmade jewelry, wood carvings, crafts, soap, and much more. In addition, the Downtown Farmers’ Market features local musicians and entertainers; attendees of the market are encouraged to stay tuned to DCI’s Facebook and Twitter pages for up-to-date information about who will be featured throughout the summer. The market is a fun and vibrant attraction for all ages, and with new vendors and products joining all summer long, it truly is another great reason to make downtown Charlottetown your own.

May 12, 2015
SpringDine

New to Downtown Charlottetown, SpringDine!

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. (DCI) is pleased to announce the first SpringDine, mirrored after the popular winter dining festival – WinterDine. SpringDine will feature 13 of Downtown Charlottetown’s most popular restaurants.

SpringDine will happen for one weekend only – May 15 & 16th. Participating restaurants will offer a three-course meal, designed specifically for SpringDine by some of Charlottetown’s most talented and creative chefs, at either a $28 or $38 price point per person. This wonderful dining event will coincide with Music PEI’s Credit Union May Run Music Festival. It' promises to be an exciting weekend!

For a complete list of participating restaurants or to view menus please visit www.downtowncharlottetown.com/springdine. DCI would like to remind everyone that, with a busy musical weekend, SpringDine reservations will book up very quickly, and everyone is encouraged to make reservations early to avoid disappointment.

Mar 3, 2015
2014 Awards Program Winners

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. has developed an awards program to recognize exemplary contributions to our city by individuals and businesses within our Business Improvement Area (BIA). These awards were presented at our AGM on February 10th, 2015

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. has developed an awards program to recognize exemplary contributions to our city by individuals and businesses within our Business Improvement Area (BIA).

These awards were presented last night at our AGM by our new President Jason Lee. Congratulations to each of these deserving award recipients;

• Retailer of the year - Water Prince Corner Shop, accepting Coady Campbell 

• Business improvement of the Year - The Gray Group, Trevor MacLeod & Carr Stevenson MacKay Gordon MacKay

• The DCI Presidents Award - Ron Waite

Feb 24, 2015
Jack Frost Children's Winterfest

Jack Frost Children's Winterfest returns to Charlottetown - February 27th - March 1st!

Jack Frost Festival is back in Charlottetown from February 27th to March 1st. Fun for the whole family!

This year will feature the "Imagination Movers"!

For full schedule go to http://jackfrostfestival.com/schedule-of-events/

Jan 28, 2015
WinterDine is back for 2015

Looking for a fabulous dining experience?! Check out WinterDine.

Nineteen restaurants are offering you an amazing 3 course meal for only $28 or $38. Don't miss out! Make your reservation today.
Click here for the list of restaurants: downtowncharlottetown.com/winterdine/restaurants.php

Dec 9, 2014
2014 Annual Christmas Window Decorating Contest

Congratulations to all winners and participants in our annual Christmas Window Decorating contest

DCI would like to congratulate and thank all of the winners and participants for their outstanding contribution to this years Christmas Window Decorating contest. Be sure to take a wander around downtown to see these great displays.

Overall Winner: Bill Chandler - Chandler

Exterior Store Front Window:
First Place: Bill Chandler - Chandler Architecture
Second Place: Hearts & Flowers
Third Place: Moonsnail Soapworks

Interior Design:
First Place: Friends of the Confederation Centre of the Arts
Second Place: Cottage Industry
Third Place: Anne of Green Gables Chocolates

Honorable Mentions:
Luna Eclectic Emporium
Northern Watters Knitwear
Norton's Jewelers
Emmett and Ellie's
Demi Pointe Dance Shop
Robin's and Ruby's

Participants:
The Bookman
Bookmark
Jem's Boutique
Mavor's
Roots
The Tech Guru
Dow's Fashions
Wright's Redshoes

Nov 27, 2014
It's Back! Downtown Wishlist has returned!

To participate visit any store in Downtown Charlottetown, take a picture of a something you'd really like for the holidays. Submit the photo using Twitter, Facebook or Instrgram using the hashtag #mydowntownwishlist and the store name. Every weekday beginning Dec 1st until Dec 23rd a winner will be selected for a $100 pre-paid Master Card to put towards your wish list item! http://downtownwishlist.ca/

 

Win What you Wish for This Christmas!
 
Dreams do come true. Visit any of the shops or restaurants of Downtown Charlottetown and take a picture of something that you'd really like for the holidays.  Submit your photo via Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook for your chance to win it. Starting December 1, we make a wish come true every weekday until December 23rd. Random draws will award winners with $100 towards purchasing their wish list item.
 
How it works: 
1. Visit any shop, retailer or restaurant in Downtown Charlottetown and take of picture of something you would like for the holiday (*within the BIA, actual in-store photo only) 
2. Submit your photo(s) via Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook for your chance to win it**
3. Be sure to include the hashtag #mydowntownwishlist and the name of the store in your post
4. Follow Downtown Charlottetown on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out if you are a winner (winners will be randomly drawn and announced via the platform the entry was submitted on) 
5. Winners will receive a $100 Master Card gift cards to go towards purchasing their wish list item
6. Use your winning MC gift card in any of the shops, retailers or restaurants in Downtown Charlottetown
Go ahead! PIC, POST, WIN!
 
*BIA between Prince and Pownal and from Euston to Water Streets
** Remember to make sure your posts are public for your chance to win!

 

Nov 10, 2014
A Tale Of Two Cities

The 2014 Hennessey Lecture will be titled - A Tale of Two Cities . The lecture will be presented by Ken Kelly and will look at Charlottetown, PE and Victoria BC.

Charlottetown PEI & Victoria BC topic of 2014 Hennessey Lecture

A Tale of Two Cities is the topic of the 2014 Hennessey Lecture on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Studio One at Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown.

The presentation will look at Charlottetown, P.E.I. and Victoria, B.C., two relatively small provincial capitals with remarkable collections of historic buildings and some very interesting urban dynamics occurring in the context of the original downtown.  This talk will focus on the downtown and what is being done in the two cities.  The five principles of a successful downtown will be discussed within the context of the dynamics in Charlottetown.

The lecture will be presented by Ken Kelly, an urban planner who is currently acting as general manager for the Downtown Victoria Business Association in BC and who summers here in PEI.  He is co-author of 1997 Charlottetown Official Plan and has extensive experience with planning in maritime communities as well as working with Heritage Canada Foundation National Trust.

The Hennessey Lecture is funded with donations made to the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island in the name of well-known heritage activist Catherine Hennessey.  The money raised will be used to fund “lectures and other events to increase awareness and understanding of the urban environment”.  

Following the lecture, the public is invited to a reception sponsored by the Architects Association of PEI.  Refreshments will be served with a cash bar available.

Oct 27, 2014
Join Us!

Do you have a property for rent in downtown Charlottetown?

 

DCI is offering large, vibrant, rental signs for use to market rental properties within our BIA. The signs are free and will help bring attention and recognition to available rental properties downtown. (see example). If you would like to participate please contact maria@downtowncharlottetown.com. 
 
Note: The QR code links to our rental listings page http://downtowncharlottetown.com/business/office-space-inventory . This rental listing opportunity is offered for free to properties in the BIA.
 

 

Oct 16, 2014
Coats for Kids 2014

Coats for Kids 2014 begins Monday October 20th! Donations can be dropped off until Friday, November 7th, at our Drop off Depot in the “Confederation Court Mall” – behind the escalator on the main floor.

Coats for Kids 2014 campaign begins Monday October 20th and runs until Friday November 7th.

New or gently used winter coats, (snowsuits, snow pants, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and boots) will be collected  - infant through teen sizes are all needed. Donations can be dropped off until Friday, November 7th, at our Drop off Depot in the “Confederation Court Mall” – behind the escalator on the main floor. Monday through Saturday until 5:00pm and Thursday and Friday evening to 9:00pm.

This Coats for Kids 2014 event is organized by Downtown Charlottetown Inc. It wouldn’t be possible without the help of The Confederation Court Mall who provides a Drop off Depot for collection, The Guardian who run and cost share our ads and Sterns Laundry who clean all the collected clothing before it goes to our friends at the Salvation Army for distribution.

Oct 9, 2014
Save the Date - Coats for Kids 2014

The 2014 Coats for Kids campaign runs from October 20th - November 7th this year.

Save the date! The annual Coats for Kids campaign begins less than two weeks from today, on October 20th. New or gently used winter coats, (snowsuits, snow pants, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and boots) will be collected for families in need. Infant through teen sizes! More details to come.

Oct 2, 2014
Porktoberfest 2014

Porktoberfest has begun! Many of downtown Charlottetown's great restaurants are participating. Support local!

Beginning October 1st, Porktoberfest runs for 30 days and includes 27 sandwiches! Many of our great downtown restaurants are participting and have created custom pulled pork creations for this event. For a full details go to: http://www.peiporktoberfest.ca/restaurants

We wish all participants the best of luck as they compete for the title of winning sandwich! #supportlocal #buylocal

Sep 30, 2014
Veterans Tribute

The City of Charlottetown presents a Veterans Tribute event on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM in the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

The City of Charlottetown presents a Veterans Tribute event on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM in the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.   The program includes song, dance, music, drama and the launch of the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign.  Tickets are free and can be ordered in advance through Confederation Centre Box Office at 902.566.1267.  Ticket availability is limited - get yours today!

Sep 24, 2014
Downtown Farmers Market Wraps Up for 2014

The Downtown Farmers' Market has completed another successful season!

The Downtown Farmers' Market is finished for the 2014 season. THANK YOU to all of the vendors, our crew, and of course the community for supporting us. It was a great season and we can't wait to do it again next year!

Photo: Market Crew - James, Nathan, Brandon, Kip, Marcus (missing from photo: Dane, Devon)

Sep 18, 2014
PEI International Shellfish Festival

The PEI International Shellfish Festival starts today and runs until Sunday. Don't miss out on this fantastic and tasty event!

The PEI International Shellfish Festival starts today, September 18th and runs until Sunday September 21st.

Days at the festival are full of cooking demonstrations, cookbook signings, and live competitions. Evenings showcase some of the best East Coast talent. Don't miss out on this tasty event! It's a shellfish lovers paradise.

General admission tickets are still available here: peishellfish.com/buy-tickets

Sep 17, 2014
Fill the Bus Fridays!

T3 Transit has partnered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation to raise money for the STRIKE BACK AT STROKE campaign.

'Fill the Bus Fridays' for Heart and Stroke

T3 Transit has partnered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation to raise money for the STRIKE BACK AT STROKE campaign. T3 Transit will donate fare proceeds to the health charity for passengers that ride the bus on Fridays from Sept. 19 until the end of November.

JOIN THE CHALLENGE!
On Sept. 19, the staff of the Charlottetown, Cornwall and Stratford municipalities have challenged the Provincial and Federal government employees to get on the bus. Coloured tickets will be provided to record the number of staff from each level of government that ride the bus that day.

What a fantastic program!

 

Sep 12, 2014
Fall Flavours Dining

Many of downtown Charlottetown's restaurants are offering special menus on certain dates as part of the PEI Fall Flavours Festival.

The PEI Fall Flavours Festival runs from September 5th-28th across the Island. There are so many fantastic culinary events and opportunities!

As part of the festival, many downtown Charlottetown restaurants have created special menu options specifically for the festival. Participating restaurants are listed here http://www.fallflavours.ca/restaurant-dining#charlottetown .  Menus and dates the special offer is available are also listed. Don't miss out on this delicious opportunity!

Make sure to take a #foodselfie when you are out dining at one of the participating restaurants and send it into facevook.com/FallFlavoursPEI for a chance to win one of 50 prizes!

Sep 12, 2014
Adopt a Corner Garden Winners for 2014

Congratulations to all of the participants in the Adopt a Corner Garden program this year. Beautiful gardens!

DCI would like to congratulate this years Adopt A Corner Garden participants on a job well done! Lots of hard work and creativity go into the gardens each year and we thank you all.

We'd like to send a special contratulations to our winners for this year:

ADOPT A CORNER, NEW ENTRIES

1st ... Superstore Garden Centre

2nd ... Starbucks (on Queen)

3rd ... Piatto Pizzeria

 

ADOPT A CORNER, ESTABLISHED ENTRIES

1st ... The Great George Hotel, Great George Street

2nd... Chandler Architecture, Queen Street

3rd...  Kirk of St. James, Pownal Street

 

Thank you! We can't wait to see what you all have planned for next year.

Sep 10, 2014
2014 PEI International Shellfish Festival

The PEI International Shellfish Festival is just a week away! Culinary by day, kitchen party by night, this event runs from September 18 - 21 at the Charlottetown Event Grounds. For more information or to get tickets go to http://peishellfish.com/buy-tickets/

The PEI International Shellfish Festival is just a week away! Culinary by day, kitchen party by night, this event runs from September 18 - 21 at the Charlottetown Event Grounds.

The Festival begins with Feast and Frolic, a large dinner party hosted by Chef Michael Smith. This delectable four course meal will be prepared by chefs and students of the Culinary Institute of Canada. This event is already sold out!!

Days at the festival will be full of culinary activities in the tent. There will be cooking demonstrations and cookbook signings, as well as live competitions. Stop in for some culinary delights!

Evenings will have the stage packed with fantastic East Coast entertainment. You'll find all the best music and comedic acts. The Stanfields headline the party Friday, with Signal Hill rocking the stage on Saturday. Sunday is Islander day, presented by Eastlink, with lineup brought to you by PEI Festival of Small Halls.

The PEI International Shellfish Festival is a Fall Flavours Signature event. For more information check out the website:

For Shellfish Festival info: http://peishellfish.com/

For Fall Flavours info: www.fallflavours.ca

Sep 9, 2014
Charlottetown One of Top 10 Economic Development Groups in Canada

The City of Charlottetown has been named as one of the Top 10 Economic Development Groups in Canada by Site Selection Magazine out of Atlanta, Georgia. Charlottetown is the only city in Atlantic Canada to be recognized within these rankings.

The City of Charlottetown has been named as one of the Top 10 Economic Development Groups in Canada by Site Selection Magazine out of Atlanta, Georgia. Charlottetown is the only city in Atlantic Canada to be recognized within these rankings.

The ranking is part of Site Selection’s seventh annual Canada’s Best to Invest awards and is based on April 2013 - March 2014 corporate end-user facility investment and job creation data, which includes corporate facility investment, related job creation, partnerships, proactive programming and web resources. 

Site Selection Editor-in-Chief Mark Arend said, “the annual Canada’s Best Locations feature sheds additional light on Canada’s many location options for corporate site selectors. We salute the provinces and communities that made this year’s rankings.”

Mayor Clifford Lee said he’s pleased with the acknowledgement from the international publication. 

“Charlottetown has proven itself as a competitive destination for investment,” said Mayor Lee. “We also have excellent partners who work hard to make sure our city is open for business, such as Innovation PEI, the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation, our Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Charlottetown Inc., Discover Charlottetown, PEI BioAlliance, and others. And, of course, our development community and private sector investors should also share in this recognition.”

Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadyen, Chair of the City’s Economic Development and Culture Committee was also happy to see the city recognized as a Top 10 location for economic development.

“Charlottetown is a vibrant, well-rounded city that punches well above its weight,” said Deputy Mayor MacFadyen. “We have been recognized as an excellent business cost location. We have available, skilled labour and have worked hard to create an environment for commerce. Why wouldn’t you want to do business here?”

For more information on Site Selection’s annual Canadian rankings, visit: www.siteselection.com/digitaledition

For more information on doing business in the City of Charlottetown, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/doingbusiness.php

Sep 4, 2014
2014 PEI Beer Festival

2014 Prince Edward Island Beer Festival kicks of tomorrow, September 5th!

The Prince Edward Island Beer Festival, produced by the Prince Edward Island Brewing Company, will take place September 5th & 6th, 2014 at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel. Part of the Fall Flavours Festival, this event is focused on educating visitors and Islanders alike on the art and craft of brewing and tasting beer. The festival always features a great variety of beers, live entertainment and food pairings. The city comes alive after the festival ends each night with live entertainment featured across the city at various venues!
http://peibeerfest2014.com/

Sep 2, 2014
Final Week of Events at the Celebration Zone

Don't miss out on the great events happening at the Celebration Zone this week!

This is the last week to check out all of the fantastic events and entertainment happening at the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone. It's fun for the whole family! If you haven't made a trip down yet, get in on the action this week.

For the schedule of events go to:

http://www.pei2014.ca/foundersweek/index.php?page=founders_schedule


Photo credit: WP Maund Photography

 

 

Aug 20, 2014
10th Annual PEI Jazz and Blues Festival

The 10th annual TD PEI Jazz and Blues Festival will take place in Charlottetown from Thursday to Saturday (Aug 21-23).

The 10th annual TD PEI Jazz and Blues Festival will take place in Charlottetown from Thursday to
Saturday (Aug 21-23). Since its inaugural edition in 2005 the festival has presented over 250 jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk and gospel performances. The Festival has gone through many changes over the course of a decade, moving from its original early July times slot and its original mid-street tent, but it hasn’t changed it’s original mission: bringing the best possible music to Island audiences.

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, festival organizers have put together a concert series they are calling “Confederation Jam” featuring artists from every province in the country. Among the headliners will be half a dozen Juno winners: Downchild and Ron Sexsmith(Ontario), Jack Semple (Saskatchewan), PJ Perry (Alberta), Joel Plaskett (Nova Scotia) and Hugh Fraser (B.C.).

As always, Island artists will play an important role in festival programming. Leading the cast of Island musicians involved in this year’s festival is Montague band teacher Jon MacInnis who has been named 2014 Doug Riley Artist, an annual title bestowed in honour of the late, great jazz keyboard master who chose PEI as his home.

The 2014 festival will offer two evening concert series, one at St. Paul’s Anglican Church and one at the festival’s newest venue, the PEI Brewing Company. Church and brewery concerts will each feature separate performances by two bands or artists. Late-night concerts will take place at the PEI Brewing Company and at Fishbones Oyster Bar & Grill.

Free concerts will also be offered in downtown Charlottetown. Free workshops will take place on Friday and Saturday afternoon in Fishbones. Free street concerts will take place on Saturday afternoon on Victoria Row.

More performance and ticketing details can be found at www.jazzandblues.ca.

Media contacts:

 

Doug Millington

Festival Chair

902-894-8364

dougm@pei.sympatico.ca

 

Mark Fisher

Festival Coordinator
902-314-2453
mark@shiftmanagement.ca

Aug 19, 2014
Art in the Open 2014

On Saturday, August 23rd from 4pm until midnight, historic downtown Charlottetown will become an open air gallery by works of ephemeral public art. Art in the Open, a free public art event curated for the appreciation of art in its many forms, is returning for its fourth year and promises to provide new perspectives of art and its role in the city.

On Saturday, August 23rd from 4pm until midnight, historic downtown Charlottetown will become an open air gallery by works of ephemeral public art. Art in the Open, a free public art event curated for the appreciation of art in its many forms, is returning for its fourth year and promises to provide new perspectives of art and its role in the city.

Festival co­curator, Becka Viau anticipates the diversity of this year’s line up of artists.

"There are just about 50 artworks, installations and performances for people to discover and interact with at the main event. There are also 4 artist residencies happening in the weeks leading up to the main event, which provide great professional development opportunities for the participating artists."

In this year’s main event, previous favourites like the Crow Parade, The Creativity Project and Matt Bowness and Kelly Caseley's balloon­based mobile sculptures return to the city in addition to exciting new installations and performances from over 45 artists. New additions will highlight the diversity and ingenuity of established and emerging contemporary artists across the country and here at home. Visitors will engage and participate with various installations of video, performance, sculpture, craft and architecture, and even interact with a twelve foot tall Transformer on Victoria Row.

The Art in the Open festival is grateful to have received funding from the PEI 2014 Fund which has enabled the event to enhance its outreach and programming. With PEI 2014 Fund support the festival has expanded its programme to include two more co­curators, Carla Taunton (NS) and Heather Igloliorte (NL) who are bringing a cutting edge line up of contemporary indigenous artists from across Canada.

"Art in the Open is not only unique but also one of the most visually stunning events held annually on Prince Edward Island," says Minister of Tourism and Culture, Robert Henderson. "The Province of Prince Edward Island is delighted to support this celebration of our rich and vibrant arts community through the PEI 2014 Fund. We are pleased to welcome artists from across the country to this wonderful event and are proud to showcase Prince Edward Island's immensely talented artists."

Since its introduction in 2011, the festival has become a well loved and inspiring community event that takes place around the focal points of Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Victoria Row, Rochford Square, Connaught Square and Victoria Park, highlighting Charlottetown’s urban green spaces and spilling into the streets for an all­night celebration for all members of the community.

"The City of Charlottetown is thrilled to once again support and serve as the host city for Art in the Open," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "This event started as a legacy project from our Cultural Capital of Canada designation and what a legacy it is! Art in the Open has become a staple event in Charlottetown that people look forward to attending and participating in. We encourage everyone to join us in celebrating and supporting the arts and culture of our city and beyond by attending the Art in the Open main event on August 23."

Come out to see the city transformed and be inspired by Art in the Open, Saturday August 23rd from 4:00pm until midnight!

For more information or to volunteer, please visit http://artintheopenpei.com/.

Art in the Open is an initiative of the City of Charlottetown, this town is small and the Confederation Centre Art
 
Gallery, Island Media Arts Coop, the PEI Council of the Arts, and Discover Charlottetown and is supported in part by the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program at Canadian Heritage, a department of the Government of Canada, the PEI 2014 Fund, the PEI Department of Tourism and Culture.

With the support and guidance of a Steering Committee and volunteers, Art in the Open is coordinated by this town is small, inc. and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

Participating Artists by Region:

Prince Edward Island:
Josh Zapf ­ Charlottetown
Damien Worth – Belfast
Rilla Marshall – Belfast
Donnalee Downe ­ Charlottetown Nicole Balderston ­ Charlottetown Alexis Bulman ­ Charlottetown BJ McCarville ­ Charlottetown Megan Stewart ­ Charlottetown Monica Lacey – Charlottetown
Matt Bowness, Kelly Caseley ­ Charlottetown
Chris Ruprecht – Charlottetown Carina Phillips ­ Morell
Sarah Wendt ­ Charlottetown
The Creativity Project – Jill MacCormack, Janeen McGuigan & Guest Contributor John Mackenzie – Stratford Sandi Hartling ­ Stratford
Matilda Knockwood Snache ­ Scotchford Judith Scherer – Murray Harbour
Millefiore Clarkes, Gerard L. CLarkes ­ Belfast
Ahmon Katz – Gairloch
Gerald Beaulieu – Montague Reece Steinberg ­ Summerside PEI Potters Studio ­ Charlottetown
Beaconsfield Assembly Dancers ­ Charlottetown
Architects’ Association of Prince Edward Island ­ Charlottetown

New Brunswick:
Amanda Fauteux – Sackville, NB
Mark Igloliorte – Inuk, Nunatsiavut, Labrador/currently residing in Sackville, NB
Dana O’Regan – Fredericton, NB

Nova Scotia:
Bonita Hatcher – Halifax, NS Lukas Steinman – Halifax, NS Scott Saunders – Halifax, NS Josh Collins – Halifax, NS John Matthews – Sydney, NS
Moving Arms II (Buck and Rabbit) – Sydney, NS
Ursula Johnson – Mi’kmaw, Eskasoni, NS
Andrew Maize, Brian Riley – Lunenburg, NS
 
Quebec:

Sonny Assu – LiÇ¥wilda’xw of the We Wai Kai First Nation, British Columbia/currently residing in QC Christine Comeau – Montréal, QC
Mathieu Connery – Montréal, QC
Philippe Allard and Justin Ducheneau – Montréal, QC

Newfoundland:
Jordan Bennett – Mi’kmaw, Newfoundland
Amy Malbeuf – Cree/Métis/French,Alberta/currently residing in Newfoundland

http://artintheopenpei.com
https://www.facebook.com/aitocharlottetown @thistownissmall
#artintheopen

 

Mediacontact:

Becka Viau
Festival Coordinator / Co­curator ­ Art in the Open Festival
phone: 902 314 0772
email: this.town.is.small@gmail.com

Aug 7, 2014
2014 Annual Mayors BBQ

The City of Charlottetown Mayor and Councillors invite residents and visitors to the Mayor’s Annual BBQ to kick off Old Home Week.

Not sure what to have for lunch on Friday?

The City of Charlottetown Mayor and Councillors invite residents and visitors to the Mayor’s Annual BBQ to kick off Old Home Week.

The event will take place on the corner of Fitzroy Street and University Avenue (beside the ATC Centre) on Friday, August 8 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The Mayor and Councillors will be joined by City staff and Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100 personalities. The event will include free food, entertainment and a small petting zoo for children.

The annual BBQ is designed to help launch and show support for Old Home Week, which has a rich history in the city. Islanders and visitors have been enjoying the midway, livestock and agricultural shows and competitions since 1888. Old Home Week includes entertainment for the whole family and runs until August 16.

For more information on the Mayor’s Annual BBQ, contact 902-566-5548.

Aug 6, 2014
It's Time to Play Checkers!

There is a bright rainbow of color on Victoria Row this summer and it's fun for all ages.

There is a bright rainbow of color on Victoria Row this summer and it's fun for all ages!

DCI has taken twelve picnic tables and painted them vibrant blue, orange, yellow, green and pink. To take things a step further, the DCI staff has painted checkerboards on top of all twelve picnic tables and provided containers of checkers for each table. The tables have been a huge hit with all age groups and are full more often than not. They have created a storm of activity on social media, giving great recognition to our wonderful downtown.

The tables will spend the season on Victoria Row, giving tourists and locals alike a family friendly place to relax, enjoy the beautiful weather, and challenge one another to a game!

 

Jun 2, 2014
KPMG Ranks Charlottetown Best City

The senior officer with a global investment management firm says there is no better place to do business than Charlottetown...

Feb 6, 2014
Annual General Meeting Feb. 11th, 2014

DCI invites all property owners and business operators within the Business Improvement Area, (BIA*) to attend the association’s Annual General Meeting.

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, February 11th, 5:30 p.m.

Confederation Centre of the Arts – Studio 1

DCI invites all property owners and business operators within the Business Improvement Area, (BIA*) to attend the association’s Annual General Meeting. The meeting will feature the election of Directors from among property owners and business operators within the BIA and the approval of the 2014 budget. The levy for 2014 will remain at 15¢ per $100 of commercial property assessment.

During this meeting DCI will presents its annual awards ; Retailer of the Year, Business *BIA includes, Euston Street to the water and between Pownal and Prince Streets. Improvement of the Year and the DCI President’s Award.

Oct 22, 2013
Coats for Kids 2013!

Let's make it a little warmer for children on Prince Edward Island

Starting Thursday, October 24, you can help ensure every Island child has a warm coat this winter.

Bring us your gently used kids coats, mittens, hats, scarves and boots. Don't forget the special need for infants and toddlers. The collected coats will be cleaned by Sterns Laundry and will be distributed to families through the Salvation Army.

Drop off your coats at our depot: the Confederation Court Mall across from the travel store.

Drop off days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30 AM -6:00 PM Thursdays and Fridays are at 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM Saturdays are 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

The coats for kids partners and thank you for your support

  • The Guardian
  • The Confederation Court Mall
  • Sterns Laundry
  • The Salvation Army
Oct 19, 2013
Value of Downtowns Part 2

The Value of Investing in Downtowns Part 2

Oct 17, 2013
Value of Downtowns

From The Guardian Newspaper