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

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This weekend’s to-do list includes a Grammy nominee, a musical comedy, a behind the scenes tour of your city and more.

Hot Garbage Players present Freddydale, Saturday September 22 at Wilser’s Room. Doors at 7 p.m.

We made it to the weekend! Here’s a smattering of events, performances, and activities to help you unwind. 


Germany’s AKWUAR perform at the Capital Complex on September 21, alongside Toronto’s Outer Rooms and Fredericton’s own Heat $heet. That show starts at 10 p.m. $6

2 Minutes to Maiden return to the Capital Complex on September 22 with Hero’s Last Rite and Moncton’s Dishord, who are celebrating the release of the new album. A big night of heavy music. This show starts sometime after 10 p.m. $10

Rufus Wainwright takes to the Fredericton Playhouse stage September 22. Wainwright is considered one of the great male vocalists, composers and songwriters of his generation. He received a Grammy nomination for his 2006 album Rufus Does Judy and has collaborated with Elton John, David Byrne, Robbie  Williams, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell to Burt  Bacharach. 8 p.m. Tickets starting at $60.

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys will stop by Grimross Brewery to blow the doors off the place on Saturday night. MacKeeman is a national recognized performer whose fiddle chops are rivaled only by his onstage dance moves and high energy shows. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.


Hot Garbage Players bring the laughs closer to home on Saturday night with this scandalous love letter to our beautiful riverside city. Half local colour, half Netflix original drama, Freddyville turns your familiar surroundings into the dangerous, sexy city you wish you were living in. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. $7


Cinema Politica screens Freelancer on the Frontlines (Santiago Bertolino / Canada / 2016 / 98 min.) Friday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. at Conserver House, 180 Saint John St., Fredericton. Free.

From Egypt to Turkey to Irak, passing through Israel and Palestine, this documentary captures the ups and downs of a new and unconventional kind of journalism. This film shows the thorny geopolitical realities shaped by the events transforming the Middle East and explores how journalism practices have changed in the age of the Internet. This screening is cosponsored by the NB Media Coop.


Word Feast, Fredericton’s literary festival is on now. Readings, talks, workshops and discussions are happening all weekend in venues across the city. Full details at wordfeast.ca  


Branch Out Productions brings the classic 1994 movie Sister Act to the Fredericton stage this weekend. This divine musical comedy will “take you to heaven” with its catchy disco beats and nonstop laughs.The show runs Sept 20, 21 & 22 at 7:30 at the Tom Morrison Theatre (FHS). Tickets are $25 and available at Westminster Books, from the cast and at BranchOutProductions.ca/tickets


Maybee Brewery are hosting a free customer appreciation BBQ on Saturday at their 559 Wilsey Road location. They will be serving burgers and sausages until they run out. The party starts at 2 p.m. Free food!  What better excuse to go sample some of Freddy’s finest brews?

And speaking of fine brews, Trailway Brewing will be launching their latest beer ‘Home Is Where The Hop Is’ this Friday at their tasting room, 280 Main Street. They’ll also be streaming the PGA Tour Championship on the big screen this weekend. Stop in for a cold one.


odd sundays is Fredericton’s long-running poetry event. They kickoff a new season of programming starting this Sunday, 2 p.m. at Corked Wine Bar. The afternoon will feature the results and awarding of the first place prize from Word Feast’s postcard story contest. Along with the finalists for the contest Word Feast guest Brian Bartlett will attend, read of his own work and present the award. An open mic session will conclude the afternoon on the festival theme of Personal and Cultural Memory. Contest entrants will be on hand and the five finalists will read their work during the afternoon.

Explore Your Neighbourhood:

Fredericton’s annual Doors Open event will feature 17 buildings of historic and cultural interest opening their doors to the public for free guided and self-guided tours. Participants will be able to visit numerous municipal buildings, The Playhouse, various buildings on the University of New Brunswick campus, local radio and television studios, and a variety of local churches. Some locations have limited tour times, so be sure to check the online brochure at http://www.fredericton.ca/en/community/heritage/doors-open-fredericton

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