Wrapping Up and Looking Forward
Like much of Canada (from what I am hearing from industry friends and seeing on social network posts), Fredericton enjoyed an extended period of gorgeous patio-season temperatures well past mid-November.
Of course, September through November is historically a very busy time of year in the meetings and conventions world, and the warm weather was enjoyed by the many people who came to visit. We welcomed national programs at the Fredericton Convention Centre ranging from Assembly of First Nations to Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, and witnessed our hotel partners continuing to thrive. In December, we’re excited to host the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce for their annual holiday party, and to unveil a commemoration of local champions who have worked with us to bring their conference home.
As a community, we celebrated the return of our flagship event, Harvest Music Festival (formerly Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival), with attendance numbers that will continue to grow with the news that the Mojo Tent – a local favourite and festival mainstay – will return to Officers’ Square for next year’s event! Last month, a pilot event hosted in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s major expansion (now completed!) celebrated a Taste of the Atlantic, showcasing Indigenous chefs from around the region and featuring Indigenous performers. We’re excited for the next iteration to return in the summer months!
Now, with the patios and flower planters replaced with festive light figures and wreaths, we are looking forward to January’s Shivering Songs Music Festival and planning events for the FROSTival winter festival. Our live music venues are also continuing to deliver exceptional programming, including The CAP which was named one of CBC’s 50 Magical Concert Venues that are the Heart and Soul of Canadian Music earlier this year! Winter truly is magical here in Fredericton, with walkable shops and restaurants in the downtown core, galleries, skating, cross-country and snowshoeing trails, and year-round markets.
All fall, our meetings and conventions teams have been on the road, in most cases alongside our Rendez-vous Fredericton partners. In September, I attended the Canadian Event Awards as part of CSE Live EventFest, and celebrated the hard work and creative pivots (ugh, that word!) of planners and producers from across the nation. We welcomed select clients to experience Fredericton on their way to Halifax for the CSAE Annual Conference, culminating in a chartered flight and personal shuttle service to the event space. In Ottawa we hosted a client event at Restaurant Gezellig, followed by another client event in Toronto with the Raptors hosting the Houston Rockets (Raps won!). In mid November we joined the informative Venue Series program in both Ottawa and Montreal for the first time. In Niagara Falls at the PCMA Canadian Innovation Conference, we built on existing connections and welcomed new ones alongside one of the seven natural wonders of North America. Coming up in 2023, from February 5-9 my Rendez-vous Fredericton and Fredericton Convention Centre colleagues will be attending Ottawa Meet Week (Destination Direct, REVEAL Social, CSAE Tete-a-Tete, PCMA Canada East Lunch ‘n’ Learn, and MPI Ottawa Charity Auction & Gala). I am already looking forward to connecting with Toronto-area clients in February, and aligning my visit with relevant in-person industry events like the MPI Toronto Awards Gala!
As we wrap up 2022 and look forward to 2023, we can’t help but feel a sense of gratitude for all the positive takeaways from this year, and a sense of hope for the coming years. We’ve had many reasons for optimism, and appreciate all of you who we’ve worked with, and will continue to work with to bring your event to life and make Maritime memories for you and your delegates.
Happy Holidays!Brenda PerrinBusiness Development Manager & FrExpert