Area 506 Plan New Brunswick Day Celebration

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Bleum, The Hypochondriacs, Les Hay Babies join Sacred Wolf Singers and others for live-streamed concert August 3.  

Bleum photo created by Lance Kenneth Blakney. Assisted by Jessica Chantelle

(Saint John) Area 506 has been chosen to stream online via its social media channels the provincial 2020 New Brunswick Day celebration on Monday, Aug. 3.

“COVID-19 may have changed how we gather and celebrate New Brunswick Day this year, but it will not stop us from showing and sharing our love of our province,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “In the past few months, across the province, New Brunswickers have shown resilience and unity for a common cause. It was important for the provincial government to find a creative way to celebrate our people and honour our history and cultures.”

The event will focus upon the province’s vibrancy and diversity via performances from New Brunswick artists and musicians. There will be performances from iconic sites around the province as well as archival footage from previous Area 506 festivals.

“We have always been focused on bringing to the fore the music, culture and goods that make New Brunswick such an amazing place to live, work, and create,” said Ray Gracewood, Area 506 chair. “This year, we obviously had to change our plans due to COVID-19, but we still wanted to find a way to celebrate and show our New Brunswick pride. This event is a great way to support our amazing artists in the province at a time when live shows are few and far between. It is a way to be together, yet apart – at home or at a cottage with friends and family. We are so pleased to partner with the province to be able to present this show.”

The New Brunswick Day online show can be viewed Monday, Aug. 3, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the Area 506 YouTube, Facebook and at AREA506.ca.

The celebration will include some surprises, including messages from well-known New Brunswickers. 

The schedule includes performances by Chloé Breault, Sacred Wolf Singers, Jamie Comeau & the Crooked Teeth, Bleum, The Hypochondriacs, Les Hay Babies and David Myles.

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