Hangout Handbook

My Charlottetown

BY Rob MacPhee & Colin BuchananPublished Sep 3, 2013

In our annual Hangout Handbook, Exclaim! asks some of our favourite artists to discuss the hidden gems in their hometowns. Here, Paper Lions' Rob MacPhee and Colin Buchanan outline their picks in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Back Alley Music (69 University Ave.)

The only traditional record store left on the island, Back Alley has thrived in the last few years as a hub for not only the music scene, but the community as a whole. Pat Deighan (often referred to as the "The Mayor of Charlottetown Music") has built the unassuming space into a really welcoming spot to listen to great music, or just talk some shop.

Victoria Row: Richmond St. from Queen to Great George

A short but beautiful pedestrian street with half a dozen restaurants/bars, and a handful of shops. Get local oysters and beer at Fishbones, local clothes and jewellery at Green Eye Designs, locally roasted coffee and pizza at Young Folk and the Kettle Black, then dance the night away with locals at Globe.

The Farmer's Market (100 Belvedere Ave.)

Open Wednesdays (during the summer) and Saturdays (year round), it's the best place in town to get your local, organic foodstuffs and artisan items. There's a good chance you'll see our drummer, David, with his entire family, as well. Please don't approach him. (

The Green Man (48 University Ave.)

Awesome vinyl and vintage store. Most of the vinyl is from owner Roger Carter's (of North Lakes and Racoon Bandit) personal collection. If your looking for first pressings and other rare records, this is the place. Great mix of men's and women's duds, local jewellery and other knickknacks too. (

Confederation Center Of The Arts (145 Richmond St.)

It's pretty hard to miss the Confed — it takes up a full block of the downtown core. Inside is a world class theater (don't just go to watch Anne please), restaurant/bar Mavor's, and the crowning jewel, a National Art Gallery. It's free and always worth a walk-through. The Center also helps put on the young, but excellent Art In The Open festival, celebrating its third year this August. (

Rob MacPhee and Colin Buchanan are the bassist and lead guitarist respectively for P.E.I. pop outfit Paper Lions. Their new album, My Friends, comes out August 20.

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