Shivering Songs will return to familiar form in 2022 with performances by Rose Cousins, Bahamas, Cedric Noel, Ariel Posen and many more, January 18-23.
Shivering Songs have announced plans for 2022 with a lineup that reflects the festival’s homegrown/regional approach to curation. Set to take place January 18-23, the city’s mid-winter arts festival welcomes a mix of new and returning artists for six days of community, friendship and of course, live music.
As is often the case, this initial announcement from Shivering Songs reveals a first round of artists to grace stages across the downtown district when the festival begins in the third week of January. Performers announced so far include Juno Award winners Bahamas and Rose Cousins. Cousins, a favourite of Fredericton audiences, has had her past two attempts to play the city were hampered by COVID cancelations. After a long wait, fans will get a chance to experience songs from her latest album, Bravado, as part of this year’s festival.
Julie Doiron will also return to the city in support of her new album, I Thought of You, which was today listed among NPR’s Top Albums of November 2021. Montreal-based guitarist Ariel Posen, who produced Fredericton musician Colin Fowlie’s 2021 album East of Nowhere, and was ranked among Music Radar’s top 10 guitarists for 2019, will bring songs from his new album Mile End to the city for a special festival performance.
Other artists included in this year’s announcement so far are Halifax’s eclectic jazz singer Zamani, psychedelic and eccentric rockers, The Brood, electronic duo Senior Citizen, the analogue project JOYFULTALK, bluegrass wonder Alan Jeffries, poet Kim Harris, City of Fredericton’s poet laureate Jordan Trethewey, Acadian alt/punk artist Joey Robin Haché, and long-time Frederictonian/current Montrealer Cedric Noel who will return to perform songs from his new album Hang Time. More announcements and details to come.
“We’re really excited to be presenting an incredible array of talent to Fredericton this January,” said Festival co-organizer, Zach Atkinson. “This announcement celebrates so many local and regional artists. We wanted this year’s festival to serve as a renaissance of live music after a long hiatus and scaled-back events. Our community has been a great source of support during this time, so we’re bringing them some spectacular music to cure the ‘winter blues.’ As always, we strive to focus our efforts on supporting local artists and small businesses downtown, as a way to say thanks.”
Tickets for Bahamas are available exclusively through the Fredericton Playhouse Box Office. Patrons who have held on to their tickets for the long-awaited Rose Cousins show are already good to go! The remainder of tickets go on sale today. Additional festival line-up, events, and details roll out in the coming weeks.
Live events will feature reduced capacity venues and safety protocols, in cooperation with the New Brunswick Department of Public Safety. Proof of double vaccination and ID will be required upon admission. Organizers are working with both existing venues and new spaces, to create a socially distanced concert experience that ensures a safe, comfortable environment for all artists, patrons, volunteers, and support staff. Venue-specific COVID-19 safety protocols will be detailed at the point of purchase, as well as at www.shiveringsongs.com, following the release of the festival schedule.