the 70 mile yard sale
The 70 Mile Yard Sale
Inspired by Prince Edward Island's 70 Mile Costal Yard Sale, comedian and storyteller Justin Shaw shares a story about a madcap journey across Prince Edward 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.
This show was also the inspiration for the Bell Fibe TV1 series Tales From Island Boy.
- 2022 Hamilton Fringe - July 21-22, 2022
- 2022 The Guild Summer Festival - July 30 & August 7, 2022
Development for this project was made possibly by the Theatre Engaging Communities (TEC) grant from the National Theatre School of Canada (www.ent-nts.ca)
"The stories were perfection. The jokes landed perfectly. The crowd work was great. The land acknowledgement was seamless... Sometimes, lightning strikes in a bottle and it's magic. Tonight was one of those nights... Looking forward to whatever Justin brings next." - BeyondJames
"Ultimately, the stories hold together for many laughs and thrills by way of Shaw’s uncanny ability to tie together different parts of his story through well placed details and by turning a yard sale into a quest of epic proportions took a look at the audience a few times during the show, and they were totally enthralled with Shaw’s story. His delivery is spot on, and he truly knows how to work the room." - Viemag
"Justin’s ability to create vivid imagery and hold the audience’s attention is remarkable and the transition from simply performing a typical stand-up bit to mesmerizing the room with authentic storytelling reminiscent of Stuart McLean is seamless... (his) performance is like watching an exquisitely detailed and wonderfully quaint painting of the east coast come alive in front of you. It’s simple, yet it’s complex. It’s hilarious, yet it’s heartbreaking . It’s fictionalized, yet it’s true." - The Writer & The Wit
"Justin Shaw brings a friendly, energetic style of storytelling to his performance. He never misses a beat, and yet never seems to go too quickly either. He delivers wit and humour without ever coming across as mean-spirited, and has the audience laughing every time. Watching him perform feels like sitting down with a long-time friend, swapping stories over lunch or dinner." - Arthur Bullock