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

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This weekend’s roundup includes a gallery opening, a film screening, artist talks, live music and plenty of literary events from Word Feast. 

Amy Spurway, Adyn Townes and Carrianne Leung will share the stage at The Fredericton Playhouse on Saturday night for the Word Feast event, Words & Music.


Rick Sparkes + Danny Drouin at Grimross Brewing Co. PEI writer and musician Rick Sparkes and CBC 2018 Searchlight finalist Danny Drouin have teamed up for an intimate, acoustic performance of story and song that will surely delight audiences both young and old. 8 p.m. $5-$10.

Colourful Language + Wangled Teb + The Trick at The Capital. Colourful Language is the dark pop rock project of Dave Warne and Zoe Fitch. They met in university in New Brunswick, fell in love with each other’s songs and then with each other’s bodies.Their debut self-titled release is a collection of dark, ethereal pop songs, built on beats and tones from a robot band in the seventies. After 6 years in Vancouver, they have returned to New Brunswick and In 2019 the band played Folly Fest, Paddlefest and Bonfire Festival. Colourful Language will be joined by Wangled Teb and The Trick. 10 p.m. $6.

Gallery on Queen presents Encryption by Carol Collicutt. Encryption is a collection of large format art made over the span of a decade. The themes are largely personal and autobiographical; manifestations of events and reactions to situations which work their way into my work. As different in style as they appear to be, the thread of my artistic preoccupations runs through them. It is important to me to document and communicate, since as humans we are all in this together. Opening reception at 5:30 p.m.

Poetry for the Climate Crisis at UNB’s Poet’s Corner/The Quad (outside Harriett Irving Library). Local NB poets, alongside poet and activist El Jones, will be reading from their work at this free event, followed by an all-ages climate strike to start off the global week of climate action. This event is free, all ages, and there will be an open mic portion for students who want to express their thoughts and concerns about the climate crisis. 12 p.m.

CBC Screening: In the Making at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Catch a special screening of CBC’s In the Making at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery! Join host Sean O’Neill and artist Beverly GlennCopeland for the premiere screening of the episode featuring Glenn-Copeland and artist Jeremy Dutcher. Screening will be followed by a Q&A with Beverly Glenn-Copeland. Admission is by donation. 7 p.m.


Word Feast presents Words & Music at The Playhouse. Amy Spurway will read from her debut novel Crow. Adyn Townes will perform two sets of his beautiful and honest song writing. Festival headliner Carrianne Leung will read from That Time I Loved You, her award-winning collection of short fiction. Please be advised this performance may contain occasional use of strong language and mature themes or subject matter. 7:30 p.m.

The Funky Baked Potatoes + Monteith at Grimross Brewing Co. The Funky Baked Potatoes are returning to their homeland to seed the earth with rockin grooves and tunes to soothe Fellow brethren MONTEITH will be joining in to make it official and make dreams come true! 8 p.m. $10.

Fred Eaglesmith Road Show starring Tif Ginn at The Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Fred Eaglesmith issued his self-titled debut LP in 1980. He recorded infrequently throughout the remainder of the decade, releasing only two more albums, The Boy That Just Went Wrong and Indiana Road. Beginning in the early ’90s, Eaglesmith’s recorded output increased dramatically, and over the next two decades, he would firmly establish himself with more than a dozen albums and countless live performances. Over the years, Eaglesmith’s songs have followed the narratives of various down-and-out rural characters and subjects, and he’s become known for his often lengthy and comic storytelling on-stage. $33. 8 p.m.


UNB Art Centre presents A Celebration of Art & Music. The UNB Art Centre cele rates the University of New Brunswick’s acquisition of Tropos by Saint John artist Deanna Musgrave with a special afternoon reception. This event will take place in the 3rd floor link between the Currie Center and the new Kinesiogy building on the UNB campus, and will feature an artist talk by Deanna Musgrave and the presentation of Tropos (2009/19), a musical piece composed by Andrew Reed Miller with musicians Nadia Francavilla (violin), Robin Streb (viola), Andrew Reed Miller (contrabass), and Joël Cormier (percussion). Opening remarks will e given y UNB’s President Emeritus John McLaughlin. 2 p.m.

Word Feast and Odd Sundays at The Tipsy Muse Café. Word Feast and Odd Sundays are happy to welcome Danny Jacobs to The Tipsy Muse to read from his work. An opening set will feature the winner and runners-up of Word Feast’s second Postcard Story Contest! Look for an announcement in September. And of course there will be the Odd Sundays standards: open mic and free book draw. This event is free and open to the public. 2 p.m.

Doors Open at The Playhouse. What’s that big white box on top of the Playhouse? How do we make people fly on stage? Where do famous artists like Buffy Ste. Marie, and Alan Doyle hang out? Join us for Doors Open 2019 to find out! Drop in for your insider, behind-the-scenes tour of The Playhouse. Find out where the magic really happens, tour backstage and see live technical demonstrations by our theatre staff. Photography is allowed. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent/chaperone. 1-4 p.m.

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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