10+ arts, music and community events you should check out in Fredericton this weekend

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This weekend’s roundup includes an EP release party, a show at the Boyce Farmer’s Market, a poetry reading and much more. 

Saint John musician Brent Mason plays The Tipsy Muse Cafe on Saturday night. 7 p.m.


5 à 7 with Deuxième frette at Tribute Bar & Lounge. Local band, Deuxième frette with musicians André Martel, Charles Cyr, Andy LeClair, and Crystine Thériault will perform classic French pop-rock songs. It’s the best way to start the weekend. Admission is free. 5-7 p.m.

Oak, Ash & Thorn at The Tipsy Muse Café. Celtic influenced folk from right here in Fredericton shines on the Muse stage. Find out why Oak, Ash and Thorn are one of the area’s premiere Celtic folk outfits. Their live show is not to be missed. 7 p.m. $10.

Wangled Teb “Seasonal Depression EP” Release at Grimross Brewery. TwoFifteen Records presents: Wangled Teb’s “Seasonal Depression EP” release with guests DenMother and GOLD PUNKS. “Seasonal Depression EP” is the first official release from TwoFifteen Records and we couldn’t be more excited. Come celebrate the launch of TwoFifteen and Seasonal Depression. 8 p.m. $10.

House Concert with Ian James. This concert will be Ian’s fourth for the Lansdowne Concert Series but he was also the first to grace the new stage on River Front Way. The reason that Fredericton loves Ian so much is that he is a fabulously talented musician and songwriter from Dartmouth, NS that we, and you, want to hear again and again! The artist’s fee is $20 per person, payable in cash or cheque at the door. To reserve your seat, contact Paul or Liz McDonnell at pmm56@me.com or (506) 470-9706. Doors open at 7:15pm.

Cinema Politica screens A Time to Swim at Conserver House. A Time to Swim (A. Duong / Canada / 2016 / 82 min.): In the suburbs of Montreal, Mutang is a family man. But in Malaysia, he was a voice of resistance for the indigenous peoples of Sarawak. This film explores the effects of environmental destruction on the fabric of a community through the personal story of Mutang’s search for belonging in a place where the very ideas of home and heritage are slipping away. A short film by Anishnabe filmmaker Kevin Papatie will be shown before the feature length film. No charge. 7 p.m.


Brent Mason at The Tipsy Muse Café. Brent has played many of the major festivals in the region including Stanfest and Harvest Jazz and Blues, and Area 506. Recently he won Male Artist of the Year and Band of the Year for the Saint John region and saw the release of his much anticipated album – High Water Mark. A true New Brunswick folk legend. 7 p.m. $10.

Collective Theatrics presents The Laramie Project at the Tom Morrison Theatre. Collective Theatrics is proud to be reviving its inaugural production of The Laramie Project. In October 1998 in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a fence post, severely beaten, robbed, tortured and left, alone, to die. His body — battered, bloody, barely clinging to life — was discovered eighteen hours later. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. He died five days later. The reason for this brutal crime? Matthew Shepard was gay.

The hate crime attracted vast attention worldwide, bringing sexual discrimination and violence to the forefront of public discourse. The Tectonic Theater Project, led by their founder Moisés Kaufman, traveled to Laramie in the aftermath of the murder with the intent of creating a theatrical portrait of a town coming to grips with horrible, hate-fuelled violence. Over the course of a year and a half, the group interviewed over 200 subjects, some directly related to the case and some regular citizens of Laramie. Out of these interviews, journal entries, and found texts, The Laramie Project was born.

This one-night only production is a fundraiser for both our upcoming production of Gentleman’s Guide and for Imprint Youth Association Inc., a local non-profit aimed at creating healthy sober social spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults in the greater Fredericton area. Their current initiatives include monthly all-age drop-ins at the Fredericton public library, community outreach and education, as well as an annual Pride Prom for local teens. Tickets are available at the door, by donation. 7 p.m.

 The Galpines + Phun House + Kendra Gale at The Capital. The most highly anticipated cross-over event in recent history is here! The Galpines are legendary New Brunswick musical goddesses! Their latest album, Sorry Mom, is jam-packed with hilarious lyrics, sickening melodies, and anti-conformist bangers! Phun House is the Capital Complex’s resident drag house responsible for Bottomless Bingo. The house consists of Barb Wire, Freeda Whales, Heather Silk & Hinky Dinky. These party clowns know how to TURN it and are sure to leave you laughing! Kendra Gale has been kicking and screaming her way all over the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec and Ontario. She’s received multiple awards nods including two nominations for ECMA Blues Album of the Year, and a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival! 10 p.m.

Monster Truck at the Boyce Farmers Market. There’s something comforting about a band name that delivers exactly what you expect to hear. Born in 2009 from the ashes of various Canadian indie bands, Monster Truck began as a sonic affront to the very industry its members were bred from. After feeling more like cogs in the music industry machine, Jon Harvey (bass & lead vocals), Jeremy Widerman (guitar & vocals), Brandon Bliss (organ & vocals) and Steve Kiely (drums & vocals) broke free to forge their own path, answering only to themselves. 9 p.m. $35.


Open Mic at Grimross Brewing. All welcome; music, poetry, storytelling and more. 2-5 p.m.

odd sundays at The Tipsy Muse presents Dian Day & Kayla Geitzler.

Dian Day is a Nova Scotian author of two novels, both published by Inanna Publications, Toronto. The Clock of Heaven was a Silver Medal winner in the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards for literary fiction, and was given an honourable mention by Jim Bartley in the Globe and Mail’s top fiction list for 2009. Her recently-released second novel, The Madrigal, is set in Kingston and Toronto. Dian has worked as a reporter, writer, researcher, communications consultant, health promoter, teacher, and artist. She is busy working on a third novel, Tintamarre.

Kayla Geitzler is an editor and writing consultant from Moncton NB. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Gnaw & Gnarl: A Chapbook of NB Writers, Hamilton Arts & Lights, Les Effeuilleuses, Poetry Is Dead, The Fiddlehead, QWERTY, and Galleon. Her first collection of poetry, That Light Feeling Under Your Feet, about the slogging and surreal world of cruise ship workers, was published by NeWest Press in April 2018. She is a recipient of the Bailey Prize for Best Unpublished Manuscript and has been recognized by the CBC as a poet who reflects “the enduring strength of the literary form in this country”.

Fredericton Symphony Orchestra at Christ Church Cathedral. Featuring Ludwig van Beethoven’s monumental “Symphony No. 5 in C Minor,” one of the best-known pieces of music ever written, this program also features cello soloist Paul Pulford in Camille Saint-Saëns’, Cello Concerto No. 1. The program begins with the majestic “Karelia Overture,” by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. A memorable concert to herald in thoughts of spring. 3 p.m. $10-$25. Bring the family for $50.

This Week in Fredericton was created with notes from the Fredericton Arts Alliance‘s weekly newsletter as well as Music Runs Through It‘s weekly Fredericton music update. We encourage you to visit both these valuable community resources for more detailed information on these and other events happening This Week in Fredericton. 

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