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

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This weekend’s roundup includes Record Store Day events, new gallery exhibits, live music, lumberjacks and more. 

The Falling Leaves play Grimross Brewery Friday night with Voodoo Sometimes. 8 p.m.


Christina Martin at The Tipsy Muse Café. ECMA award winning singer-songwriter Christina Martin returns to Fredericton, accompanied by guitarist Dale Murray. 7:30 p.m. $15.

After Funk Album Release Party at The Capital (TWO NIGHTS). Night 1 – After Funk & Friends playing some of our favourites with some of their favourite Maritime musicians. Night 2 – Playing the new album Santa Barbara in its entirety and another set of old favourites. There will be no repeat songs from the first night on the second night!

Three Spring Exhibitions at Gallery 78. Watercolour and Egg Tempera Paintings by celebrated New Brunswick painter David McKay, RCA, reflects on the transition and beauty of this season, the bridge from a cold winter to a sunshiny, blooming spring. Where the Blossoming Branches Meet is a group exhibition featuring new works by beloved Atlantic Canadian artists like Karen Burk, Alexandrya Eaton, Michael McEwing, Glenn Hall, Andrew Henderson, Amber Leger, Stephen May, Réjean Roy, Peggy Smith, Guy Vézina, and Francis Wishart, inspired by a line in Bliss Carman’s poem In Early May. In our upstairs gallery, broaden your horizons and explore ingenuous and unique works of collage photography by Halifax-based artist David Zsako in Ouroboros.

Re/newal: A Group Exhibition at Gallery on Queen. This group exhibition features new works from Darren Emenau, Marie Fox, Frannie Francis, Jonathan Johnson and Julia Vandepolder. We welcome everyone to join us for the opening reception on Friday, April 12. The exhibition will be showing at the gallery until May 11. Opening reception at 5:30 p.m.

God Is a Scottish Drag Queen at the Playhouse. Imagine God, dressed in a floral power suit, comes down to Earth to skewer everything from Justin Bieber to the Pope. That’s the premise behind award-winning Canadian comedian Mike Delamont’s show. This unforgettable two-act comedy of biblical proportions has won more than 18 “best of festival” awards, and has broken ticket sales records across the continent. Delamont has had a meteoric rise to fame since beginning his stand-up career in 2011. 7:30 p.m. $14-$28.

Cinema Politica presents What’s up Doc?/Social Proof at Conserver House. This collection showcases several short film projects from the UNB and Anglophone District West School District’s What’s up Doc? program. Curated by Matt Rogers (UNB), this year’s selection of films made by NB teens features a variety of themes. All of the films have been written, directed, and produced by students and all provide social commentary on a range of social issues. This year we will also screen a short video made by students on cyber bullying through the Muriel McQueen Centre for Family Violence Research. 7 p.m.

The Falling Leaves + Voodoo Sometimes at Grimross Brewery. The Falling Leaves are a six piece folk rock band, with songs ranging from introspective psychedelic musings to high energy emotional rock ballads; they have an eclectic and dynamic sound. Voodoo Sometimes consists of three musicians with a love of funk music who met at Dalhousie Universities’ Fountain School of Performing Arts. 8 p.m. $5-$10.


Mike Biggar + Patrick Reynolds at Grimross Brewery. Known for his intense, roiling live performance, signature soaring vocals and warm on stage humour, soulful New Brunswick Roots artist Mike Biggar is a definitive natural live performer. 8 p.m. $5-$10.

Bring The Spring Punk Party at The Capital. An evening of punk rock with Neighbourhood Watch, Which Witch is Which, The Atlantix, and To Whose Profit. 10 p.m.

Fredericton Women’s Show & Craft Show at the NBEX. There will still be seminars, fashion shows, and handmade products. If you are looking for something for Mother’s Day, for your garden or just something for you, this is the event to find it at. There are baked goods, primitive wood, wool, jewellery, skin care, art work, chimes, honey etc. April 13 and 14.

Hot Garbage Players present Recyclers (An Improv Show) at Wilser’s Room. Hot Garbage Players are suiting up to defend the world from dastardly villains and cosmic catastrophe in this super-powered send up! Join us as we face a gauntlet of challenges in order to harness the most powerful force in the multi-verse – your suggestions! 7 p.m. $7.

CHSR Record/Gear Sale/Swap at Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Welcome to the 1st kinda annual CHSR Record/Gear Sale/Swap where vinyl and gear enthusiasts can meet up, hang out and maybe find that “something” they didn’t know they needed. 12 p.m.

Record Store Day at Backstreet Records. Loads of exclusive RSD titles will be brought in as well as a big batch of used Vinyl. Special pricing will be announced for used CD’s and Vinyl. PLUS, live music all afternoon!

Record Store Day at Casa-Dia Records. Loads of exclusive RSD titles will be brought in as well as a big batch of used Vinyl. Special pricing will be announced for used CD’s and Vinyl.

Lumberjack Social at the Picaroons Roundhouse. a glorious action packed day of axe throwing, wood chopping, saw sharpening, local maple syrup sampling, live music, food and of course lots and lots of BEER! 12 p.m.

21st NBCCD Fashion Show at the Fredericton Convention Centre. Featuring the largest first year Fashion Challenge to date, alumni presenting collections of recent work and six graduating students premiering their debut lines, New Brunswick’s biggest Fashion Show is not an event to be missed! 7:30 p.m. $20.

NB Country Showcase at The Playhouse. Don’t miss the final showcase of the season, entitled “The Best Country Songs of the 1970s”, featuring Noel Nason, Steve Knox, Paula Waddell, Sean Fillmore, Linda Lee Baily, Dolly Dunn, Nolan Compton, Lilly Alexander, Marty Hall, Natalie Thibodeau, Velvet Touch and the Showcase Band. 7:30 p.m. $24-$26.

Celtic Jam at The Tipsy Muse. Bring your trad instrument and join in! A true trad session where everyone beginner to pro is welcome to join in. Led by Krista Touesnard, this jam is sure to bring a smile to your face. Dancers are welcome to join in and trad singers too 🙂 a Celtic celebration that will happen every second Saturday of each month. 1 p.m.

Peter Hicks at The Tipsy Muse Café. Singer-songwriter Peter Hicks is the frontman of Fredericton-based alt-roots rock band Sleepy Driver, and with them, Hicks has penned five albums’ that have received widespread acclaim, international airplay, chart success and nominations for both East Coast Music awards and MNB music awards. Sleepy Driver’s 2012 album “In a Low Dark Light” won the MNB award for Rock Album of the Year. 7 p.m. $10.


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

pARTage – Marie-Reine Ulmer: The Work of the Artist: Ceramic and Sculpture at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This free program brings artists and guests together in French-language conversations about art and creativity. Presentations may include everything from lectures and readings to musical and dance performances, and more! Admission by donation. 3 p.m.

Home made Visible at the Fredericton Public Library. Indigenous, Black and People of Colour communities are disproportionately underrepresented in all media. How do past images unearthed from personal and institutional archives come to shape new stories? The Home Made Visible tour brings a personal lens to Indigenous and visible minority archives through FREE exhibitions, screenings, and workshops in libraries across Canada. Join us at Fredericton Public Library for a FREE workshop and theatrical screening of all our commissioned films, and stay for a talkback with local filmmaker Lisa Jodoin. 2 -4 p.m. Register.

Colin James’ Miles To Go Tour at The Playhouse. With his 19th album, Miles to Go, James is getting back to the blues. Wait a minute, you ask: hasn’t Colin James always played the blues? Well, yes, but back when he was signed to his first record deal in 1988, his producer explicitly told him not to play any blues, because the label expected a pop hit. When James later made one of the biggest albums of his career – 1993’s Colin James and the Little Big Band, released years before the so-called “swing revival” – his label hated it, as did critics and many fans before it went on to go triple platinum in Canada. So much of Colin James’s career has pointed him to this moment: joyfully tangled up in the blues, which, as he notes, “is the only genre where you can maintain a young profile at the age of 53.” 7:30 p.m. $51.33 – $60.02

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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