HarbourVOICES! Festival of Collective Singing Traditions

HarbourVOICES! International Festival of Collective Singing Traditions is an innovative six-day celebration of diverse singing traditions from around the globe. Headlining the festival will be 6 time GRAMMY winner, Jacob Collier. In addition to performing concerts and events, HarbourVOICES! will provide spaces for collaboration, reciprocal learning, and diversity through the sharing and authentic experiencing of varied musical traditions and cultures.

Our Festival is focused on celebrating diversity and inclusion through the encouragement of diverse voices and cultures. We are interested in prioritising collaboration and the reciprocal sharing of collective singing traditions. We hope to celebrate together the many and diverse traditions and powers of the human voice as shared through singing and song in the uniquely vibrant City of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Poetry Open Mic

7 pm doors
7:30 start
$5 at the door! (Cash only, no longer accepting e-transfers)
The days are getting longer, it’s getting warmer, the birds are back, and we’re still here!
Come join us on May 26th for our monthly poetry open mic as we celebrate Allie Duff’s release of her brand new book, “I Dreamed I Was an Afterthought.”

Open mic slots are capped at 15 and are on a first-come first-serve basis, so, if you want to read, make sure you come early!

The Annual Downtown St. John’s Christmas Parade Going Ahead Today Sunday, December 3 at noon

The Annual Downtown St. John’s Christmas Parade is going ahead today, Sunday, December 3 at noon!

Join Santa and his special friends on Sunday, December 3 at noon in historic Downtown St. John’s.

Pick your favorite spot on the sidewalk along the parade route to help us welcome Santa to town! Bring your letters to Santa and don’t forget to bring along a non-perishable food item or a donation for the Community Food Sharing Association.


The Downtown Christmas Parade begins at 12:00 pm, and with over 60,000 spectators in attendance make sure to get down early to get your favourite spot along the Parade route. Santa and his cast of colourful characters, zany clowns, beautiful floats, marching bands, cheerleaders, performing groups, and much more will depart the Fort William Building on Factory Lane and travel along Plymouth Road to Duckworth Street. The Parade then travels through historic Downtown by moving west along Duckworth Street to Prescott Street, down Prescott to Water Street, and west along Water Street, ending at Springdale Street!


Parking restrictions and street closures will be in effect beginning at 8:00 am on parade day. No parking along the parade route on Sunday after 8:00 am, and cars will be towed starting at 10:00 am, and possibly sooner. If your car is towed, call the City of St. John’s Access Centre at 311 to find your vehicle. On-street parking is available on streets not a part of the Parade route and at various off-street parking lots and garages. Metro Park, 351 Water, The Parking Garage at Atlantic Place, City Hall Parking Garage, ALT Hotel, Delta Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, Double Tree by Hilton, Bowring Center, etc.

FREE Metrobus Santa Shuttle:

Free, wheelchair accessible Park and Ride service is available for the Downtown St. John’s Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 3rd.

Service is available on a load and go basis starting at 10:00 AM from Confederation Building and from Newfoundland Labrador Housing Building off of Captain Whelan Drive.

Buses from Confederation Building will provide service to and from Bannerman Road; buses from NL Housing Building will provide service to and from Mary Brown’s Centre.

Please be aware, 

Return shuttles will be available at the drop-off locations (Bannerman Road & Mary Brown’s Centre) immediately following the parade.


GoBus users must reserve their ride. GoBus drop off/pick up is available near Jungle Jims along George Street, between Queen Street and Adelaide Street. GoBus will access George Street via Queen Street.

Accessible Parking:

Accessible parking spaces will be designated by signage along New Gower Street (between Queen Street and Duckworth Street) and along George Street (between Queen Street and Adelaide Street). George Street accessible parking can be accessed via Queen Street.

Accessible Viewing Area:

An accessible viewing area is located at 354 Water Street near Dollarama and is available on a first come, first served basis.

Road Closures & No Parking:

Road closures, parking restrictions and tow away/impounding will be in effect Sunday, Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to Noon.

Vehicles parked in the following areas will be towed beginning 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023:

NO PARKING – TOW AWAY: Sunday, Dec. 3 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Factory Lane – both sides
Plymouth Road – both sides
Duckworth Street – both sides Plymouth Road to Prescott Street
Prescott Street – both sides Duckworth Street to Water Street
Water Street – both sides Prescott Street to Springdale Street
Circular Road – north side Monkstown Road to King’s Bridge Road/Empire Avenue
Bannerman Road – west side

Road Closures may come into effect earlier if necessary.
Duckworth Street – Temperance Street to Prescott Street – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Duckworth Street – Church Hill to Prescott Street – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Water Street – Prescott Street to Waldegrave Street/Harbour Drive – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Water Street – Waldegrave Street/Harbour Drive to Hamilton Avenue – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Empire Avenue – Forest Road to Quidi Vidi Road – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Factory Lane – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Forest Road – King’s Bridge Road to Empire Avenue – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cavendish Square/Ordnance Street – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Prescott Street – Gower Street to Water Street – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Queen Street – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
George Street – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Waldegrave Street – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Springdale Street – Water Street to New Gower Street – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
George Street West – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This event is brought to you by the Downtown St. John’s Business Commission. It is supported by the City of St. John’s, and OZ/FM & NTV.