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

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This weekend’s roundup includes gallery openings and artist talks, an SPCA fundraiser, theatre and lots of live music!

Graeme Kennedy plays two sets at The Tipsy Muse Cafe this Friday. 7:30 p.m. $10 at the door.


BLEUM + Wolf Castle + Dumpster Cub + Neil Armstrange at The Capital. There will be flashing lights, scrunchies for sale, and memories made as another school year begins and we welcome students back to Fredericton with a night of pop, hip hop and electronic music. 9 p.m $10.

Acdiez (Mexico) + Victimas (Columbia) +The Ruffianz (Montreal) + Hard Charger (Fredericton) at the Maniac Mansion.  ACIDEZ(Guadalajara, Mexico) are coming to Fredericton as part of their Canadian Assault Tour! Joining them will be VICTIMAS(Antioquia, Colombia) The Ruffianz(Montreal) and local skids Hard Charger. 9 p.m. $15.

New Exhibitions open at Gallery 78. Personal Encounters by Alan Grabelsky and Marilyn McAvoy is an exploration of figures through the artists’ individual vision and medium, namely serigraphs and oils on canvas respectively. Figures are depicted with abstraction in broad monochromatic strokes in Grabelsky’s serigraphs, and then cast in an enchanting and mysterious glow in McAvoy’s oil on canvas paintings.

Handpicked Prints: Prints take time and care to create; they are also called original multiples as this type of art making is as original as any painting yet often much more labour intensive. In Handpicked Prints, a charming collection of finely crafted prints by Lori Doody, Kath Kornelsen Rutherford, Robert Rutherford, and Vicki MacLean, each artist has a unique hand and each brings sensitivity to their work.

These exhibitions are on display until Sunday, September 29.

Graeme Kennedy at The Tipsy Muse Café. After almost two decades of tours and bands, Graeme quietly set about making his own music under his own name—smart, soulful, thoughtfully arranged, and with an attention to storytelling and craft that puts them in dialogue with a range of musical greats, from Nina Simone to Nick Cave. 7 p.m. $10.

Spearhead Theatre presents Agnes of God at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre – on until Sunday! Summoned to a convent, a court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Martha Livingstone is tasked with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn baby. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, is determined to keep young Agnes from the doctor, further arousing Livingstone’s suspicions. Who killed the infant and who fathered the innocent child? Livingstone’s questions force all three women to re- examine the meaning of faith and the power of love, leading to a dramatic, compelling climax. (This show is suitable for ages 14+). Showtimes: Friday, September 6 at 7:30pm | Saturday, September 7 at 2pm & 7:30pm | Sunday, September 8 at 2pm

Gallery on Queen presents Morph Yalda Bozorg. Tom Smart, CEO and director at the Beaverbrook Art gallery will be speaking about Morph. Among other appointments, Tom has served as chief curator and deputy director at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, director of the Frick in Pittsburgh USA, and CEO of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. He is a regular speaker, including at: the University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar; the University of Toronto; University of Western Ontario; University of Manitoba; and, the National Gallery of Canada.

Yalda Bozorg graduated in 2016 with an MA from Cardiff. Since then, the focus of her work has been translating emotions into materials. To communicate these feelings, she manipulates materials both physically and chemically. Physically, she forces an interaction between clay and other combustible materials like reed and fabric; chemically, she mixes different materials and the heat of the kiln changes them into a new material. Her past experience, psychology and social issues are sources of inspiration. The body of work she is developing is comprised of three components: personal, familial and societal.


Tooth & The Fang at The Tipsy Muse Café. Tooth & the Fang creates beautifully melancholic music and lyrics mixed with transcendental noise. Based out of Saint John, Tooth & The Fang have been performing since 2011 and is made up of Smith and a revolving door of musicians. Their first record, And I heard From the empty spaces the sound of music, a beautiful and awful music., was released in 2014. In 2016, Smith and six other musicians released Void, Moving Without Having Moved. After giving up an innumerable amount of times, he continues. 7 p.m. $10.

Punks 4 Paws at The Capital. Punks 4 Paws is an annual fundraiser that supports the local SPCA. This year’s Fredericton edition includes performances by Piss Horse, Scumlord, The Follow Ups and the SNAP Burlesque Review. Admission by donation. 9 p.m.

The Dirt – A Motley Crue Tribute at Grimross Brewimg Co. What do you get when you take one of the best drummers around, a solid bass player, an old man guitar player, and a wicked chick singer? Well if you were in LA in 1981, you would get Motley Crue…but if you are in Fredericton in 2019, you would have a Motley Crue tribute band called The Dirt. 8 p.m. $10.

Lansdowne Concerts presents Kim Dunn at 41 Riverfront Way. In addition to producing, musical directing and arranging credits, Kim has worked with the Who’s Who of East Coast artists including Rita MacNeil, Bruce Guthro, Laura Smith, Jimmy Rankin, Heather Rankin, Matt Andersen, Meaghan Smith, Dave Gunning, George Canyon, and many others. Kim is a 2016 Music Nova Scotia Award winner.

The cost is $20 per person, payable in cash or cheque at the door. To reserve a seat, contact 457-0826 or email pmm56@me.com

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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