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Friday, January 26

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Ice Carving Workshop 9am

Alderney Landing (Outside of market area)

Join ice sculptor extraordinaire, Richard Chiasson for an inside look into the process of ice carving! Richard has been carving ice sculptures around Canada and the US for over 40 years and is filled with expertise. Join us for a morning of demos, explanation, and maybe even a chance to try yourself!

Let us know if you plan to attend by emailing

Walk-ins welcome.

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Carving Begins

MacLeod Lorway Sculpture Garden & King's Wharf

The MacLeod Lorway Sculpture Garden, located on the Dartmouth Waterfront, will have large carvings throughout the festival for folks to be amazed by. There will be an ice throne carved - perfect for a chance to feel the ice and snap a photo! Carvers Richard Chiasson, Joel "Swamp Bear" Palmer, Rob Milner, and Liam Tromans will begin carving these sculptures throughout the day on Friday. Over in King's Wharf, you will find the talented Chandana Kapila sculpting away. Carving will begin around 10am.

Fire Performances

Alderney Landing (Outside of market area)

Join Lumen Lux and Mizz. Anthrope of Luminosity Circus for a spectacular fire show that you will not want to miss! There will be three performances on the hour at 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM. 

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O'Regan's Automotive Group presents Ice Festival Stages
Youth Showcase

Alderney Landing Rotunda 7PM-9PM

The Youth Showcase is back for another amazing year at the Ice Festival. Marine Drive Talent Management has organized an evening of talented youth performers who will be performing at the Alderney Landing Rotunda from 7pm-9pm with host Katie Kelly! The Youth Showcase will kick off Ice Festival Stages, graciously presented by O'Regan's Automotive Group.

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