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

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This weekend’s roundup includes an emerging artist festival at the CSAC, a contemporary music festival at UNB, and album release show at The Capital and lots more. 

Bleum close out the first night of Fest Forward showscases Friday night at the CSAC. Photo: Lance Blakney


MusicUNB Contemporary Music Festival at Memorial Hall. Strings and Wires featuring Nadia Francavilla (violin), Indigo Poirier (composer), Emily Kennedy (cello), & Erin Goodine (synthesizer). Curated by Indie electronic musician Indigo Poirier and Nadia Francavilla, this concert explores the combination of contemporary classical and electronic music influences and includes an original piece by Indigo Poirier. Nadia Francavilla (violin), with members of Terra Wa, Emily Kennedy (cello) and Erin Goodine (synthesizer), will perform various pieces combining electronic and acoustic instruments in unique ways. 7:30 p.m.

Scientists of Sound Album Launch with Elephant Skeletons and Snorkelers at The Capital. The Scientists of Sound’s signature anthemic prog-rock electro sound unites raging guitar hooks with hard hitting beats and epic gang vocal melodies. Combining elements of electronica with the frantic energy of a rock band with something to prove at every show, an SOS set leaves the audience feeling like they just climbed a mountain.

Classic Albums Live: Creedance Clearwater Revival’s Green River at The Playhouse. A perennial Playhouse favourite, Classic Albums Live presents skilled musicians who recreate the greatest albums of the ’60s and ’70s live on stage – note for note, cut for cut. Don’t look for costumes and look-alike theatrics at these rock recitals, just pure musicianship and songs that shaped a generation. Creedence Clearwater Revival was America’s greatest band. Hit after hit, no other band delivers that big a collection of instantly recognizable, toe tapping songs. Classic Albums Live will honour the legacy of CCR by performing their Green River album with joy and dedication. 7:30 p.m.

Fest Forward 2019 Showcase at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Enjoy performances by Arma Epifania, Go, Homeboy!, Colourful Language, M3D14 and Bleum. Fest Forward is an emerging artist festival organized each year by the CSAC. Performances begin at 9 p.m.


Rawlins Cross: 30th Anniversary Flying Colours Tour at The Playhouse. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Rawlins Cross is approaching legendary status as one of Canada’s most accomplished and beloved Celtic music groups. With the upcoming release of its 10th studio recording, Flying Colours, they continue to capture the hearts and imaginations of a dedicated global fan-base developed over an acclaimed career.

Maggie’s Farm Revival at Wilser’s Room. The band will be playing three rocking sets that will have you groovin’ the night away! Join us and let the good times roll! 8 p.m.

Dan Romano, Walrus and Steven Lambke at The Capital. Two of You’ve Changed Records’ biggest names, Sappy fest favourites, Canadian music icons-in-the-making. Halifax’s Walrus open the show! 9 p.m.

Fest Forward 2019 Showcase at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Enjoy performances by Rey D, Tooth and the Fang, Not Now, Madame!, Chris Meany and Mike Trask. Fest Forward is an emerging artist festival organized each year by the CSAC. Performances begin at 8 p.m.

New Hermitage and Counting on Downstairs at The Tipsy Muse Café. A collection of compositions, improvisations, and recorded sound, New Hermitage connects beauty of the environmental timbres that surround us. Halifax, NS. Counting on Downstairs is the sonic identity of Eric Hill – bleeps, bloops and more. 7 p.m.


MusicUNB Contemporary Music Festival at Memorial Hall. With a Blue Dress featuring Nadia Francavilla (violin), Carl Gionet (piano), & Sally Dibblee (vocals). Featuring music for all your senses, this concert features music from composers Nicole Lizée, Kate Soper, Joan Tower, Meredith Monk and Julia Wolfe. With the help of pianist Carl Philippe Gionet and soprano Sally Dibblee, violinist Nadia Francavilla will astonish you with the depth of musical expression.

Odd Sundays at The Tipsy Muse Café with Sarah Xerar Murphy & Michelle McLean. Prize winning author of ten books of fiction and memoir, Sarah Xerar Murphy is also widely recognized for her spoken word performance. Murphy has published, and performed in England, Spain, Mexico, Australia, the United States and Canada. Itzel I: A Tlatelolco Awakening is the first volume of a two part novel. Itzel II: A Three Knives Tale is coming from Guernica Editions in the spring of 2020.

Michelle McLean is a clinical social worker and poet. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, and she is hoping to find a suitable home for her manuscript, Tesserae, from which she will be reading today. Michelle’s collection of children’s poetry, When Pigs Fly and other Poems, will be coming out this spring with Chapel Street Editions. Her eleven-year-old daughter, Sophie, is the illustrator. 2 p.m.

pARTage: Luc A. Charette at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This free program brings artists and guests together in French-language conversations about art and creativity. In November, Luc A. Charette will discuss his current painting practice and his return to a more tactile process. He’ll speak about how his more abstract paintings liberate him from the subject to concentrate more fully on a practice of pure expression. 3 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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