70 Mile Yard Sale

Island-inspired comedy coming to Charlottetown Festival

Comedian Justin Shaw
Photo by Kat Baranowski

A one-man comedy show inspired by Prince Edward Island’s 70 Mile Coastal Yard Sale will be a part of The 2024 Charlottetown Festival at Confederation Centre of the Arts. 

Written and performed by Islander Justin Shaw, 70 Mile Yard Sale shares a story about a madcap journey across the Island to retrieve a lost family heirloom. Equal parts funny and heartfelt, this tall tale is about family, friendship, and finding more than what you bargained for. 

Shaw is a comedian and storyteller who has performed at JFL42 at Just For Laughs Toronto, appeared on Mike Birbiglia’s Working It Outcomedy show, opened for Fortune Feimster, and tours regularly with Yuk Yuk’s. As a comedy writer, he has written for Feast Dinner Theatres and presented solo shows across Canada, with his work being featured on his TV series Tales From Island Boy on Bell FibeTV1. 

His debut comedy album Human Money showcases his down-home yet outrageous sense of humour and can be heard on SiriusXM.

Early versions of 70 Mile Yard Sale have been presented at the Hamilton Fringe Festival and The Guild Summer Festival. Shaw is further developing the show for its run at The Charlottetown Festival. 

“Confederation Centre of the Arts is proud to continue fostering Island stories on our stages,” says Adam Brazier, the Centre’s artistic director of performing arts. “Justin’s writing is already hilarious, and we are thrilled to be nurturing the ongoing development of this show.” 

When Shaw began writing the piece, he asked Island residents to submit memories and experiences from the Yard Sale to ensure the show had an authentic Island voice and spirit. He received over thirty different stories from all walks of life across PEI. 

“The stories I’ve received are both beautiful and bewildering, and have given tremendous inspiration and insight in developing this new story,” says Shaw.

Organized by the Wood Islands and Area Development Corporation since 1998, the 70 Mile Coastal Yard Sale brings thousands of visitors to southeastern PEI for two days of treasure hunting amongst hundreds of residents—with many selling wares from their backyards.

70 Mile Yard Sale will have four performances at The Mack from September 18–21 as part of The 2024 Charlottetown Festival. Also playing at this year’s Festival are the legendary musicals Jersey Boys and Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, and the cabaret show Becoming Dolly