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Quality Block Party 1.2

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The Quality Block Party is pleased to announce v 1.2 of our festival; August 10-13th.

There will be 19 shows in 8 main venues; 4 of those shows will be free all ages events and the rest will be ticketed 19 + events. As well there will be approximately a dozen pop up and in store performances as part of Quality Hop programming on the Saturday; all of which is free and all ages, and also features a free Zine & Art Fair. There will also be a series of free all ages workshops offered on the Sunday. All of the programming again will happen within a hundred yards of the historic Quality Block in Uptown Saint John.

Our amazing venues are Taco Pica, Five & Dime, Yuk Yuks, Callahan’s, Locavore, Port City Royal, Boyd Gallery as well many pop-up locations for our Quality Hop!

The acts include: Like a Motorcycle, Three Sheet, Monoxides, Construction & Destruction, S.H.R.I.M.P. Ring, Julie Doiron, Bonnett House, Catriona Sturton, LAPS, Tortue, Oldie Junior, KILLDEVILS, Tooth & the Fang, Russell Louder, Reagan's Rayguns, USSE, WROTE, Bad People, Little You Little Me,The Trick, The Hypochondriacs, Chips, Right Shitty, Young Satan in Love, Denmother, T.Thomason, Womb to Tomb, That Hell Kite, Tasty Wangs, Janowskii, Jaguar Knight, Jerry Faye AND MANY MANY MORE

With an eye to launching an annual regional alternative music and art festival based in Saint John to run in August, we launched The Quality Block Party in April of this year. The festival ran concurrently with the East Coast Music Awards and we were able to showcase over sixty primarily New Brunswick artists, all presented in a two block radius in Saint John’s historic uptown area. We worked with the ECMA’s in presenting the event and the New Brunswick MIA MNB were one of our presenting sponsors, but primarily we worked with local and regional businesses and media outlets in presenting the five days of programming.


The Saint John Quality Block Party is a business entity owned and operated by Abigail Smith, Cole Savoie, Corey Bonnevie and Peter Rowan; Cole, Corey and Abigail have been active in the Saint John arts and music community for several years in a variety of capacities as artists and promoters; before moving to Saint John last year Peter has been working for 25 years as an arts professional and artist and events manager and was co-founder of The Halifax Pop Explosion and PopMontreal.

The Quality Block Party aims to represent on a large scale the year-round culture of music and art in Saint John. The city has undergone some dramatic changes over the last three years and we know that this is the strongest the music scene has been in a long time. Our project addresses the need of Saint John to demonstrate this by welcoming those from outside the city to witness what a supportive and creative place this is. The Quality Block Party is truly a destination festival akin to events like Sappyfest and the Halifax Pop Explosion, festivals that are intimately linked to their location.

Keep Saint John Ugly!