Now that I know people from Charlottetown, I’m starting to realize how cool a place it is. Maybe it’s because it’s small (32 000 in the actual city) and isolated (because, well, it’s on an island) but there’s actually a really cool thriving scene here. It seems like everyone at work plays music. It’s possible it’s just because the call center job attracts musicians, but most of the people there play instruments. There are a few live venues that tend (from what I hear) to have cool bands play sets. Nothing big, but there’s more than enough local talent to keep the atmosphere lively. My coworker also said that although the music scene may seem very exclusive, it’s quite welcoming. If you’re down with the scene, the scene is down with you.
So you’ve got this cool music scene and a pretty good comic book scene. For such a small town, it’s a wonder that there’s enough business for two comic book shops. And these places seem pretty happening. Every time I walk in front of them, they always have people inside. I work with a girl who is involved with a “non-profit organization” as she first put it, which turned out to be Animaritime, a local Japanese animation convention. They try to get all anime fans together and promote local talent. Pretty cool. Lots of local involvement in the art scene ’round here.
Just the idea that places and scenes like that can exist in a small place like Charlottetown is so cool. It might not be the right place for me right now (just a bit too isolate), but it doesn’t take away that this place is pretty neat once you get to know it and it’s folks.