Saint John’s celebration of independent culture and talent is back for a second year. Let’s celebrate!
Mark your calendars and plan to be in Uptown Saint John April 27 – 29 for the second edition of Quality Block Party’s spring festival.
This year will see more than 50 acts and performers animate some of the city’s best known live music locations including Five and Dime, Taco Pica, Callahan’s, Pepper’s Pub, Sanctuary Theatre, Rogue Coffee and Backstreet Records plus Jones Gallery and the Boyd Pop Up Gallery. There will even be a secret venue and show just for pass holders.
The first round of performers announced include Jon Claytor, Julie Doiron, Catriona Sturton, Jon McKiel, Dany Laj and the Looks, Falling Leaves, Papal Visit, Peter Parkers, Rozalind McPhail, Russell Louder, Robert T, Jamie Comeau and the Crooked Teeth, T. Thomason, Dillon Ryan, Bonnett House, Jaguar Knight, Whoop Szo, Motherhood, Jane Blanchard, Platitudes, Stephen Hero, UDA, and Lo Siento.
Founded in 2017, the first edition of QBP took place during ECMA week with the aim to showcase real independent musicians making real independent music. Last year saw two QPB events – one spring and one summer edition – and organizers are hoping to follow a similar path this time around.
In a very short period of time, QBP have gone above and beyond the expectations of a regular music festival. Outside of organizing two flagship events in a five month window, the QBP team have organized showcase opportunities for several New Brunswick performers at POP Montreal and Halifax Pop Explosion and have also organized events in Moncton and Fredericton.
QBP have also helped introduce Safer Spaces into the region’s music ecology, a movement which challenges artists and promoters to take ownership of the spaces where they work and perform to help curate a respectful environment for everyone to participate.
Full festival passes are $40 and available for purchase from Backstreet Records, at 124 Germain Street. Any inquiries about accessibility, tickets, or volunteering can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.