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

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This weekend’s roundup includes events at Frank’s Finer Diner, Gallery 78, the Fredericton Playhouse, Corked Wine Bar and more.

Comedian Nikki Payne performs at the Fredericton Playhouse November 3. Photo: Heather Sproat


Book Launch: Arrivals & Departures: The Stories We Tell at the UNB Alumni Memorial Lounge. The Fiddlehead, Atlantic Canada’s International Literary Journal, sponsored a life writing workshop for newcomers to Canada at the Multicultural Association of Fredericton in September 2018. We will now be launching a chapbook, which will feature some of the writings created in this workshop. Authors will read from their works, books will be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served. This is a free event; all are welcome to attend. 7 p.m.

My Favourite Things II & As the Crow Flies opens at Gallery 78. A pensive hyperrealist portrait, sleeping sheep in snow, white blooming flowers, a glistening glass pitcher with tableware, and a still life of delicious fall apples – these are just some of the many pieces you can see from five realist women painters: Jessie Babin, Ann Balch, Joanne Hunt, Susan Paterson, and Cathy Ross, in our new exhibition. Conversely, Werner Arnold transports us to an imaginative, flamboyant, and dichotomous world of bright and dark in a show comprised of painted pine sculptures in which crows are human-sized and humans are small.

Spotlight Series presents Fortunate Ones at The Playhouse. Following their highly-praised performance at the Playhouse in 2016, Fortunate Ones return in support of their new album Hold Fast, which is rich with songs about the trials and tribulations we may face on our path to find a sense of home. It also celebrates friendships and partnerships, while calling on listeners to reflect, stay strong, and move forward. This is a duo whose humility and quiet dignity belies a roaring artistic heart, which has been captured beautifully on the yearning new album. 7:30 p.m. $19, $27, $30.

Chapbook Launch: Arrivals And Departures at the UNB Alumni Memorial Lounge. The Fiddlehead, Atlantic Canada’s International Literary Journal, sponsored a life writing workshop for newcomers to Canada at the Multicultural Association of Fredericton in September 2018. On Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 pm. in the Alumni Memorial Lounge, we will be launching a chapbook, Arrivals & Departures: The Stories We Tell, which will feature some of the writings created in this workshop. Authors will read from their works, chapbooks will be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served. This is a free event; all are welcome to attend. 7 p.m.

The First Ever 506 Hip Hop Spot at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. A free all-ages Hip Hop showcase including performances by MathewMatical, 33, Ben Fresh and recent MNB Award winner Kam Speech among several others. There will also be an open mic contest. Stop by and support this inaugural event celebrating NB Hip Hop. 6 p.m.

Quinn Bonnell + Mitch Rayner at The Capital. Two of Fredericton’s emerging performers take the stage at the Capital Complex for this Friday night showcase performance. Doors at 9. Show at 10 p.m. $6

The Jim Axelrod Big Little Band plays Frank’s Finer Diner. You’ll hear songs made famous by Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Nat King Cole, Dutch Mason, the Downchild Blues Band, and the Powder Blues Band. 6-8 P.M. $10


New Moon Theatre present Albertine in Five Times at the TNB Open Space Theatre. The St. Andrews Arts Council and New Moon Theatre Company present the six-woman play Albertine in Five Times by Michel Tremblay. 7:30 p.m. $15

Tortoise the Hare and the Millionaire & Kendra Gale at The Capital. The Tortoise The Hare & The Millionaire are grounded in a sort of no-nonsense, straight-shooting blues rock, but jumps effortlessly from genre to genre, exploring jazz, funk, rockabilly and country, all while tying it back to their blues-rock roots. Kendra Gale Band, based out of Southern New Brunswick, have been kicking and screaming their way around the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec and Ontario playing house concerts, night clubs, showcases and festival stages for the last 4 years. 10 p.m. $8

Comedian Nikki Payne at The Playhouse. Maritime funny gal Nikki Payne is returning to the Fredericton Playhouse with her unique and politically challenging brand of humour. Known for incorporating her trademark lisp and nothing-is-off-limits attitude into her routine, anyone who has witnessed one of Nikki’s performances will agree it might take days to recuperate from all the laughter. As a special bonus, local comedian Jeff Irwin will open the show with his down home, East Coast humour. Jeff’s style is a mixture of jokes and stories using various accents and characters, and his impeccable timing has earned him rave reviews. Please be advised this performance contains strong language, mature subject matter and is intended for mature audiences. 7:30 p.m. $43.50


Paquette Productions presents Motown Soul at The Playhouse. For the first time ever, Motown Soul brings you the exquisite vocal harmonies of Cathy Borges, Marlene O’Neill, and Amoy Levy, known as The Tonettes, performing alongside special guest performer from Las Vegas, Nevada, currently starring in his hit show from Bally’s Casino, the man with all of the moves, Grady Harrell. Together, the Tonettes and Grady will deliver a powerful and soulful performance as you have never heard or seen before, bringing you back in time to that special era when music and soul came together. 7 p.m. $45.50

Organ Recital at Christ Church Cathedral. Organist Michael Molloy will present an organ recital to begin the annual Week of Remembrance. There is no admission fee, but free will donations will be accepted for the Last Post Fund. This fund exists to ensure that every Canadian and Allied Veteran, including Modern Day Veterans in financial need receive a dignified funeral, burial and an appropriate military grave marker. 2 p.m.

odd sundays at Corked Wine Bar. odd sundays welcomes M. Travis Lane & Nathaniel G. Moore. M. Travis Lane has published fifteen collections of poetry. She has won numerous honours, among them the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Alden Nowlan Prize for Literary Excellence, and was shortlisted for the Governor Awards for Poetry in 2015. Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of three novels including Savage, winner of the 2014 ReLit Award. His latest book, Goodbye Horses, is a collection of Catullus poems that are not translations, but “research papers disguised as brilliant poetry” – according to their creator.


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