Sound Decisions: The Weekend’s Best Live Music

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sound decisions121015Another mixed bag of treats for your weekend exploration and sonic stimulation. Just about every stage in town has a great lineup this weekend so culling down the herd wasn’t an easy task. For this week’s Sound Decisions, we’ve picked out a performance by a Canadian rock icon, a exciting night of acoustic music in a beautiful setting and full day showcase of some of the city’s finest. There. You’re ready to go. And on the odd chance that you still feel your musical needs are unfulfilled, visit Music Runs Through It for a complete listing of live music performances happening this weekend.



Matthew Good returns to the city this week in support of his 9th solo album, Chaotic Neutral, along with supporting musician Scott Helman.  We don’t often get the “really big show” treatment here in Fredericton, outside of Harvest Week and the occasional show at The Boyce Farmer’s Market.  For this performance, Good and Helman will perform at the Capital Exhibit Centre on Smythe Street.  Known primarily for craft shows, animal exhibits and country music, the CEC has played host to several touring acts including Ice T and The Misfits.

As many of you probably know, Good is somewhat of a Canadian rock and roll icon.  The Matthew Good band was one of Canada’s most successful alternative rock acts throughout the mid to late 90s before dissolving in 2002. Since that time, Good has further affirmed his place in Canada’s musical lexicon releasing several successful albums as a solo artist.

Supporting act Scott Helman is a bit of a sensation as well having signed to Warner Music at the tender age of 15.  His debut dropped last year and he’s been touring ever since.

Matthew Good + Scott Helman | Capital Exhibit Centre | December 10, 2015 | Buy Tickets



Ben Caplan performs as part of a special pair of Shivering Songs pre-festival concerts.  Caplan is no stranger to these parts. He’s practically grown up on Fredericton stages. Over the years he has graced stages at The Capital, The Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Wilser’s Room and has even once played the part of Santa Claus for the FeelsGood Christmas party!  Read more about both Shivering Songs concerts happening this weekend.

Ben Caplan + Josh Bravener | Wilmot United Church | December 11, 2015 | Buy Tickets



Last week Front Porch Records announced its existence with the release of a ten-track sampler highlighting several of the artists involved in this new collective/label/management group.  To further their celebrations, they have planned a take-over of the city’s downtown district, hosting afternoon performances at Backstreet Records and an evening showcase at The Capital. Talk about your jam-packed Saturday!

Front Porch Records Afternoon Showcase with Trophy Wife+Dillon Anthony+Union Suit+Will P | Backstreet Records | 1 – 3:30 p.m. | All Ages | FREE

Front Porch Records Evening Showcase with David in the Dark+Brookside Mall+Sentimentals+Cellarghost | The Capital | 10:45 p.m.


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