Best Places to Eat in Charlottetown

SCHEDULE UPDATE: Due to timing issues, Sawyer Carnegie’s presentation “Exploring Judith Butler’s Gender Theory Through Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home” will move to the panel “Theorizing Literature: Critical Approaches to Text” on Saturday at 10:45am-12:00pm. This change will not be reflected in the paper programs, so take note!

It’s officially conference-eve! If you’re struggling to figure out where you might want to have lunch or dinner while you’re in town, here are some local suggestions from current and former UPEI students. Charlottetown has an amazing locally-owned food scene, so you’re sure to find something that floats your boat, but these are highlights!

  • Hopyard: chill atmosphere and lots of delicious fried goodness, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options
  • Piatto Pizzeria: artisan pizza that will make you feel like you’re in Italy
  • Splendid Essence: an all-vegetarian Asian menu with awesome prices. Like seriously out-of-this-world prices
  • The Brickhouse: winner of last April’s Burger Love competition – try the “Brickinator” burger
  • Mr. Sushi: Korean and Japanese meals, special shout-out to the Special Big Sale
  • Seoul Food: delicious Korean food, ideal for take-out, and conveniently located across from a Dairy Queen
  • Sadat’s Cuisine: a seriously classy Afghani joint with amazing management and stellar samosas
  • Leonhards: bistro-style soup and sandwiches, with a great hot menu (personally, I’m a big fan of the schnitzel)
  • Himalayan: hands down the best curry in town
  • Churchill Arms: Himalayan’s competitor for curry dominance
  • Taco Boyz: because tacos are always a good idea

Important Information Before the Conference

SCHEDULE UPDATE: The location of David Hickey’s “How to get Published” workshop has moved from St. Dunstan’s Main Building Room 213 to St. Dunstan’s Main Building Room 335. All other panel locations are the same. View the updated schedule here.

PARKING: Take note of parking lots “C” and “D”, which offer opportunities for free parking. Annotated Campus Map.

BUS ROUTE: Charlottetown’s bus schedules can be viewed here. The route you will want is Route 1, which goes from the Confederation Centre of the Arts downtown, to the University (and up past the university to the Charlottetown mall). The Road and the Confederation Centre are marked on this map. You can reach the bus route from the Rodd by simply walking in an approximately easterly direction along Kent Street.  Friday, Daytime // Friday, Evening // Saturday, Daytime // Saturday, Evening // Sunday Fare is $2.25 per trip, but if the weather is nice, UPEI is a roughly 30-minute and very scenic walk from the Rodd if you go up Queen Street.

REGISTRATION: Registration takes place from 12-5 PM in the lobby of St. Dunstan’s Main Building. If you have not already paid online, you can pay here, but even if you have paid, please come by so we can check you in. You will get your name tags and loot bags here. Bonus! The first ten people to come to the Registration Table get a free copy of the 2016 UPEI Arts Review, a student-run journal that showcases the best academic and creative work across all faculties at UPEI. Additional copies will be for sale at the Registration Table for only $3 apiece, a 70% discount from their usual price.

Note: if you only want to attend panels, not engage in the food-related extra activities, the price of registration is only $15!

LUNCH: Loot bags will also include your lunch ticket. It can only be used at the Wanda Wyatt Dining Hall between 12:oo and 1:15 on Saturday, during the scheduled lunch break. Entrance will only be allowed if you have your ticket on you, so make sure you bring it. Wanda Wyatt Dining Hall has many vegetarian and vegan options. Let the cooks know if you have any food allergies or restrictions. A quick rundown of other rules:
-Only those with tickets or cash will be permitted entrance
-No bags or backpacks are allowed in the Dining Hall
-No outside food or beverages are allowed in the Hall
-No food or beverages are allowed to leave the Hall.
-Everyone is responsible for taking dirty dishes to the designated area.
-While the Hall is all-you-can-eat, staff will limit the amount of food you can take at any one time. However, you are, of course, welcome to return for seconds (or thirds, or fourths)

POETRY AND PLAY NIGHT: The Poetry and Play Night will be taking place at the Pourhouse (189 Great George Street, in the upstairs of the Old Triangle Irish Alehouse) at 7:00 PM on Friday night. We’ve decided to showcase these works in a more relaxed environment to encourage discussion and a less specifically academic appreciation for the pieces. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

BANQUET: The Celebratory Banquet will be taking place at The Rodd at 7:00 PM on Saturday night. The banquet will be semi-formal.

See you all very soon!

The Conference Schedule

Hello, AAUEC-ers! We are thrilled to announce that the schedule for this year’s Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference is now officially live!

Click here for the UPDATED schedule

There will be a total of five panel sessions, plus a poetry night hosted downtown at The Pourhouse. With the exception of the first panel session, three panels will always be running concurrently, so think carefully about which ones you want to attend.

A couple of extra-important times to remember:

FRIDAY 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, at St Dunstan’s Main Building Lobby: Registration (Make this your first stop when you arrive at UPEI)

FRIDAY 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, at St Dunstan’s Main Building Faculty Lounge: Formal Opening.

SATURDAY 7:00 PM, at The Rodd Charlottetown Provinces Room: Banquet.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

How to Register for the Conference

So your paper’s been chosen to be presented (or you’ve decided that you just want to attend the conference because it’s a great experience). Now that you’ve decided you want to come, it’s time to get officially registered.

To register for the conference, go to this page:

Click the button that says “tickets.” This will give you a pop-up where you can buy your tickets to the conference. The cost of registration is $51.75 CAD per person ($45 plus tax), and can only be paid online with a credit cardUnless you’re bringing guests to the conference (which you are welcome to do!) you only need to buy your own ticket, so the quantity should be 1.

Click “Checkout.” It will bring you to a new page with a lot of boxes for you to fill in. Fill in all the applicable boxes (make extra-sure to get all the ones with a red asterisk) . You are registering as an individual, and for the “Company/Organization” box, please put in the name of your university.

This registration page is also your ticket to the conference banquet, so if you have any dietary restrictions (including, but not limited to food allergies, religious or moral restrictions, celiac, vegetarianism, or veganism), now is the time to tell us. Please list them in the box that appears when you click “yes” for dietary concerns.

Go ahead and click “Pay Now,” and you’re all set! Once the payment goes through, you’re registered. Huzzah!


Hi friends! With the conference only a month and a half away, I’m sure you’re all getting excited – we certainly are!

We know that accommodations are one of the most stressful parts of a conference on the student’s end, so we’ve got everything planned out for you.

We have arranged rooms for all our lovely attendees in the Rodd Charlottetown, which is a beautiful hotel in downtown Charlottetown, just a couple minutes drive/bus ride from the University. The Rodd is very well-equipped, with a coffeemaker and refrigerator in each room (these are very important features, okay?), free high-speed internet, and a pool and fitness room inside the hotel (you know, in case you want to exercise on your vacation). Here is a map of the downtown area, with a few points of special interest marked in green. (With compliments to Downtown Wishlist for creating the original map.)

Now listen carefully, because this is how we’re going to make sure you get these lovely rooms.

In order to book your rooms, you need to go to this page here:

Enter the number of people who will be staying in your room. Rooms hold up to four people (two double beds). The cost will be $106 per night if one or two of you are staying in the room, $116 if three of you are staying in the room, or $126 if four of you are staying in the room.

Click the + beside “add code,” select “promo/corporate,” and enter the code “AAUEC” and click “Add.” Then select “Update Guests & Rooms.”

Enter the dates you’ll be staying – generally, check in on March 3rd, and check out on March 5th. Click “Confirm Dates of Stay.” The website should show you a picture of a room and give you the option to click “Book.” Click it.

Finally, fill in your information (name, payment info, etc) and complete your reservation!

I hope this walkthrough made everything spectacularly easy. Take care, folks, and looking forward to seeing you!


Welcome to AAUEC 2017

Hello fellow English students and enthusiasts, and welcome to the 35th Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference! The AAUEC accepts submissions of academic and creative writing from undergraduate students across Atlantic Canada, and is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience a conference setting – which is especially useful for students who plan to pursue higher education beyond their undergrad degrees.

The University of Prince Edward Island is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the AAUEC this year. We are thrilled to be able to bring this conference to you this year!

Interested in applying to the conference? Ask your English professors about your internal deadline for submissions. Submit to your department – they’ll send the papers on to us so you don’t have to worry about it!

The recommended length for papers is approximately 15 minutes when delivered orally, or around 1500 words (but you can always trim it down for the presentation if you need to). If your work is chosen for the conference, we will also ask you for a brief (maximum 250 word) summary of the work you are presenting, and an even briefer (maximum 50 word) biography with which we can introduce you.

Submissions are due from schools to the conference on FEBRUARY 3, 2017.

The conference itself will take place MARCH 3-5, 2017. Panels will occur on March 3 and 4, and on the evening of the 4th, there will be a celebratory banquet.

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please email us at And don’t forget to like us on Facebook to get up-to-the-minute information and notifications! See you this spring!