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 The Capital Complex, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Silver Wave Film Festival and lots more. 

Quake Matthews plays The Capital on Friday November 9.


Quake Matthews at The Capital. Quake Matthews is a hip-hop artist who first made a name for himself in the underground battle rap scene in his early teens. Harnessing the raw energy and competitive spirit found in that arena, he was able to transcend into the multi layered artist he is today. His raspy voice and unfiltered emotion have given him a signature sound, creating a captivating listening experience for his audience. 10 p.m. $10.

Norm Foster’s new comedy Come Down From Up River at the Fredericton Playhouse. Theatre New Brunswick present the latest from Canada’s most produced playwright – Norm Foster – in this world premiere production from The Foster Festival. Nov. 8-10. 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets $15 and $41.50

Q&A with Director Patricia Vanstone at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Join Theatre New Brunswick and New Brunswick-born actor and director Patricia Vanstone for a lunchtime conversation. Vanstone directs Norm Foster’s latest comedy Come Down From Up River which runs Nov. 8-10 at the Fredericton Playhouse. This special Q&A takes place at noon at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and is free and open to the public. 

Fredericton Christmas Arts & Crafts Show at the FREX. This show is a great opportunity to shop for holiday gifts at a market full of unique works from local crafters. November 9 (2-8 p.m.), November 10 (10-6 p.m.) and November 10 (12-5 p.m.).

Brick House Babes Presents: Bad Witches Only at The Phoenix. The sensational seasonal search for Fredericton’s hottest drag enter-taint-her is back with a fall competition to crown the next BRICK HOUSE BABE. Audience votes to decide the winner. 10 p.m.

Ten Thousand Villages 18th Fredericton Festival. Fredericton Mennonites partner with Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit organization, and the oldest and largest fair trade retailer in North America. Ten Thousand Villages help artisans in developing countries earn an income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long term relationships. November 9-10 at Wilmot United Church. 10-5 p.m.

The 18th annual Silver Wave Film Festival. Silver Wave annually spotlights the province’s vibrant film talent and cultural legacy in film. The festival draws its inspiration from New Brunswick’s extraordinary and diverse collection of films, created by filmmakers from every age group and walk of life. The festival exists to engage fans of all ages in the art of cinema. The NB Shorts are a focal part of the festival and draw large crowds. The entire festival is a visual feast with local and international programming.  Until November 11. Full details at swfilmfest.com


Lansdowne Concert Series presents Christina Martin with Dale Murray. Christina says finding a genre for her music is “dangerous,” and she concludes that the closest genre would likely be roots, rock Americana. With Christina expect the unexpected! Without any doubt she is a powerful presence on stage and easily involves her audience. The cost is $25 per person. Reserve your seat by contacting pmm56@me.com or call 457-0826.

Fibre Arts Network’s Christmas Market at Knights of Columbus Hall. The Knights of Columbus Hall is located at 170 Regent Street. You’ll find a wide variety of woven, spun, knit, felted, embroidered, dyed, hooked, and stitched fine crafts and art from local craftspeople. Scarves, shawls, blankets, tree ornaments, textile art, hats, purses, and many more wonderful gift ideas! There will also be fibre demonstrations – learn how yarn is spun and fabric is woven and felted.  9-2 p.m.

Bahá’í Community presents a Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Celebration in Tom Morrison Theatre. Baha’is believe that now more than ever we need principles to guide social change and bring together people from all walks of life. This is what we will be celebrating with drama, art displays, stories for the children, music, and refreshments. 2-4 p.m.

Drug Rugs + Chillteens + Graeme Kennedy at The Capital. The Drug Rugs in one word are bubbly. In one sentence they are a jangly, indie-rock band from Halifax with lyrics worthy of being on a t-shirt. Recalling and reinventing sounds from bands like the Smiths, Prince, The Strokes, St. Vincent, and Iggy Pop, the Drug Rugs own a sound that is modern and unmistakably their own. The Drug Rugs will be joined by locals Chillteens and Graeme Kennedy. Doors at 9. Show at 10 p.m. $8


ABBA Revisited at The Playhouse. ABBA Revisited is North America’s #1 tribute to ABBA and its members have been dazzling audiences across the globe since the year 2001. ABBA Revisited recreates the magic of ABBA with authentic costumes, spectacular harmonies and note-perfect musicianship taking their audience on a musical journey back in time. From Vegas to Bermuda, Mexico to Dubai, and Guatemala, ABBA Revisited recreated the show stopping look and sound that ABBA fans around the world can’t deny! 7:30 p.m. $41-$46.

Zachary Lucky + The Montgomery Street Band at Wilser’s Room. Zachary Lucky’s Everywhere A Man Can Be is a rare album that transcends the boundaries of folk and country, simply by seeking the truth. Already hailed as a master storyteller by outlets ranging from No Depression to Exclaim!, Lucky’s new nine-song collection is his most powerful statement to date, with his sonic palette given a wide range of new colours through contributions from some notable Canadian indie rock names, led by producer and pedal steel virtuoso Aaron Goldstein.

The Montgomery St. Band is a four piece string band composed of Patrick Gushue (mandolin/fiddle), Liam Keith-Jacques (guitar/dobro), Scott Michaud (banjo/guitar), and Jason Flores (upright bass). Along with masterful instrumentation, the bandmates also take turns leading four-part vocal harmonies. These avid street performers boast an impressive catalogue of old time music while also incorporating the blazing tempos and dynamic energy of a full fledged jam band. Doors at 8. Show at 9 p.m. $8

Centennial — Sentinel (Centenaire — sentinelle) at Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Fredericton Intergenerational Theatre Squad (FITS) presents “Centennial Sentinel”, a short recital of poems and songs commemorating the end of World War One. This performance will be in conjunction with an exhibition in the Orientation Gallery commemorating the centennial of the end of “the War to End all Wars”. 2-3 p.m.

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