This Week in Fredericton

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A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film. 

Jennah Barry joins Greg Keelor at Wilmot United Church on Thursday night as part of Shivering Songs.


Monday Night Film Series presents Beautiful Boy. Adapting the bestselling books that David Sheff and Nic Sheff wrote about their experiences, Belgian director Felix van Groeningen brings both realism and poetry to a tragically timely story. As the Sheffs confront the intractable, unpredictable beast of addiction, they must at the same time confront the fact that Nic’s pain might also be his choice. Beautiful Boy doesn’t shy away from the harsh reality of this family’s struggle, but frames it with a surprising amount of life, love, and hope. 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus. $8. $5 for members.


Songs of the City at The Playhouse. Songs of the City is a special evening of compelling speakers and songwriters, which tells the transformative stories of everyday people whose lives have been changed because of your ongoing support of United Way. These inspiring narratives will tell the transformative stories of people right here in our community whose lives have been changed because of your support of the United Way. Stories will be shared from John Howard Society of Fredericton, Fredericton Community Action Group on Homelessness, and the Multicultural Association of Fredericton Inc. 7 p.m.

Open Mic Night at The Capital. Rich Gloade hosts this weekly event at The Capital. If you are a duo, or a band, stop by and try out a new tune in front of a very encouraging crowd. 9 p.m. No cover.


Shivering Songs presents Matthew Byrne at Dolan’s Pub. Matthew Byrne released his highly-anticipated third album, Horizon Lines, in August 2017. This newest collection of traditional material explores a unique repertoire of songs from both sides of the Atlantic and continues Byrne’s journey through his own unique musical lineage. A guest appearance by Matthew’s dad (Joe Byrne) makes for a particularly special moment on this recording. 8 p.m. $17.

The Tortoise, The Hare and The Millionaire & Friends at Wilser’s RoomFredericton-based emerging blues rockers THM continue their January residency at Wilser’s Room with special guests. Doors at 7:30. Show at 9 p.m. No Cover.

Connexion ARC presents Crit Night. Are you an artist seeking feedback on your work? Join Connexion ARC and the Charlotte Street Arts Centre for our winter 2019 series of critique sessions! We welcome artists from all disciplines and career stages to bring in-progress or finished works for an informal critical discussion. For more information, see 6 p.m.

Speaker Series: Aboriginal Visual Arts at NBCCD. Join Samaqani Cocahq (Natalie Sappier) & Sarah Francis as they share traditional and contemporary songs and dance. 12:10-12:50 p.m. George Fry Gallery, 457 Queen Street.

Community Conversation: Everyday Ways to Support the Arts. Join Kyle Matthew Cunjak (Forward Music Group, Shivering Songs), Eva George (Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Paddlefest NB), Zachary Atkinson (The Capital Complex, Shivering Songs), & Julia Stewart (Bibliothèque publique de Fredericton Public Library) as they give insight into the opportunities and barriers for our cultural pillars, community organizations, and arts activists as they grow and develop. Hear from artists in the room as they share personal experiences of support systems that have fuelled their careers; Highlight practical, everyday ways to show support – through online, spending, and social habits; and generate new ideas and opportunities for collaboration between artists and audiences in Fredericton. Moderated by Penelope Stevens (Motherhood, FEELS GOOD). 6:30 p.m. – Fredericton Public Library.


Gadfly at The Playhouse. Gadfly focuses on studying, researching, and creating movement at the junction where urban dance, jazz, and contemporary styles collide and tune together. Artistic Directors Ofilio Portillo and Apolonia Velasquez merge art with entertainment in contemporary urban dancing, which breathes with a spontaneity found only in urban dance culture. Portillo and Velasquez are captivating dancers, maverick choreographers, and most of all passionate professionals. 7:30 p.m. $14-$28

Shivering Songs & STU present Free Concert with Jeremy Dutcher. In partnership with Fredericton’s Shivering Songs Festival, St. Thomas University will host performer, composer, activist, musicologist, and 2018 Polaris Music Prize recipient Jeremy Dutcher on campus for a free, live performance in the Kinsella Auditorium, Brian Mulroney Building, STU Campus. 1 p.m.

Shivering Songs presents Greg Keelor & Jennah Barry at Wilmot United Church. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and co-founding member of iconic Canadian band Blue Rodeo, Greg Keelor embarks on his 5th project as a solo artist with Last Winter. A deeply personal and introspective musical journey, Last Winter creates a sonic landscape of time and place, weaving strings into songs to create an ethereal listening experience that’s anchored by Keelor’s distinctive voice. Greg recorded the collection of songs with multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, Jim Bowskill, at his farm during the winter of 2016/2017, following Blue Rodeo’s 1000 Arms tour. Faced with the physical challenges resulting from the tour and news of several close friends and neighbours’ precarious health situations, Greg retreated to his farm and began processing his current state of body and mind into his music. 8 p.m. $40

Kelsey Fawcett at York County Cider. Enjoy a relaxing evening at the taproom as Kelsey serenades you for the evening with her sweet, sassy, and powerful acoustic covers of some of your favourite songs. You won’t want to miss this! Kelsey has played and sung at both indoor and outdoor bookings all over Fredericton for the past 10 years. She enjoys performing acoustic covers of your favourite songs with her own personal flair and passion. 7 p.m.

Roots & Soul and Shivering Songs present A Songwriters Circle at The Capital. Featuring Colin Fowlie, Kylie Fox, Evan Leblanc of David in the Dark, followed by The Montgomery Street Band. 9 p.m. $10

Symphony New Brunswick presents Virtuoso Series: Soundscapes at McCain Hall. Evocative colours and textures created by four stringed instruments from some of the most famous string quartet composers including  Mendelssohn, Part and Debussy. 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door. $10-$26

Les préliminaires at the Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne. Maëllie has to leave Fredericton to join her lover in Nunavut, so her friends come to her home to spend one last night together. Feeling the end of their friendship approaching, and prisoner of a heat wave that strikes New Brunswick, this group will burst into stifling and intimate discussions. Les préliminaires, was written and created in Fredericton by Xavier Lord-Giroux, featuring Miguel Roy, Brigitte Gallant, David Losier and Rebekah Chassé. It will be presented in French with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m. $13-$23.

Mitch Rayner at The Muse. Fredericton singer/songwriter Mitch Rayner will perform a set at the newly opened Tipsy Muse Cafe on Regent Street. 7:30 p.m. $8


Connexion ARC presents perfFORM 19. The perfFORM New Brunswick Performance Art Tour stops in Fredericton at Connexion. perfFORM is presented by Galerie Sans Nom and will feature artists Linda Rae Dornan, Mathieu Léger, and Gillian Dykeman. See for more information. 7 p.m.

Cinema Politica presents Housing First & What World Do You Live In? at Conserver House. Housing First: The Rest Will Follow (short) features Sandra “Sandy” Robb, as she explains her life during a period of being homeless in Fredericton. What World Do You Live In? is an unflinching documentary immersion into the world of police and security guard violence against people who are poor, homeless and radicalized in Toronto. 7 p.m. 180 St. John Street.

5 à 7 with Marc à Paul à Jos at the Tribute Bar & Lounge. Originally from the Acadian region of Baie-Sainte-Marie in Nova Scotia, Marc à Paul à Jos writes texts with the Acadian dialect unique to his home region. He tells real stories with real people from his youth. Admission is free. 5 p.m.

The Montgomery Street Band Live from Ed’s Garage & Taproom (York County Cider). The Montgomery Street Band is a four piece string band composed of Patrick Gushue (mandolin/fiddle), Liam Keith-Jacques (guitar/dobro), Scott Michaud (banjo/guitar), and Jason Flores (upright bass). Along with masterful instrumentation, the band mates also take turns leading four-part vocal harmonies. These avid street performers boast an impressive catalogue of old time music while also incorporating the blazing tempos and dynamic energy of a full-fledged jam band. 8 p.m. $5

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at The Playhouse. This screening features the world’s best mountain sport, culture and environmental films, letting you experience the thrill and challenges of the mountain environments that inspire us all. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries. Some films may contain occasional use of strong language. January 25 & 26. 7 p.m.

Shivering Songs at The Capital. Enjoy performances on both floors by Jeff Beam, Local Men, Penny Blacks, Jamie Comeau, Young Satan in Love, Mike Trask, Janowskii and Corridor. Doors at 8:30. Show at 9 p.m. $10


Shivering Songs Handmade Market at Wilmot United Church. Shivering Songs, Fredericton’s annual winter music festival, is bringing back its curated Handmade Market. This is a chance for painters, illustrators, potters, knitters, “zinesters”, and other creative types to show what they do, and sell their wares. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Icy HOT Cabaret with Nikki Payne & the Ladies of Comedy at Grimross Brewing. Icy HOT Cabaret with Nikki Payne & the Ladies of Comedy. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $25

Burns Night at Picaroons Roundhouse. Traditional Toasts with entertainment groups interspersed throughout the evening. Picaroons Chef Aronson will be preparing a delightful Scottish buffet, which will be preceded by haggis and neeps, served to guests at their tables. 6 p.m. $25

Richie Young at The Muse. Fredericton bluesman Richie Young will perform a set at the newly opened Tipsy Muse Cafe on Regent Street. 7 p.m. $10

Songwriter Showcase with Rich Gloade at York County Cider. Deeply inspired by the smooth sounds of the blues, soul, jazz, and reggae, Richard Gloade takes pride in performing a wide variety of music that is both emotionally significant and innately positive. 7 p.m.

Shivering Songs presents: Dan Mangan at the Boyce Farmers’ Market. Dan Mangan is a two-time JUNO award-winning & two-time Polaris Music Prize listed musician and songwriter. 9 p.m. $30

Shivering Songs at The Capital. Enjoy performances on both floors by Catherine Kennedy, For Esme, Common Holly, Bleum, Cam MacLean, Corridor and Mauno. Doors at 9:00. Show at 10 p.m. $10


Family Art Day at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Bring the whole family to Family Art Days! This series, offered on the last Sunday of each month, includes musical performances, multiple artist workshops, free admission, and more. 2-5 p.m.

Open Mic Night at York County Cider. Every Sunday from 2-5 p.m.

This Week in Fredericton was created with notes from the Fredericton Arts Alliance‘s weekly newsletter as well as Music Runs Through It‘s weekly Fredericton music update. We encourage you to visit both these valuable community resources for more detailed information on these and other events happening This Week in Fredericton. 

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