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.

Keith Hallett and The Hookers play The Capital on Friday Feb. 22. Photo: Matt Carter


Monday Night Film Series presents Shoplifters. Hirokazu Kore-eda (Our Little Sister, The Third Murder) continues to tell stories of complicated familial relationships in his latest feature. Winner of the 2018 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Japan’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Academy Awards, Shoplifters explores the ways in which the security of a loving family — as well as the need to survive — can sometimes overshadow morally questionable behaviour.7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus. $8. $5 for members.


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.


Jeunesses Musicales at the Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne. For many artists, music is an important outlet for things that cannot be expressed any other way. In this concert infused with German Romanticism and French Post-Romanticism, secret thoughts and feelings are revealed through music, summoned up by symbolic objects. The sound of piano and violin will evoke the hopes, regrets and desires of Fanny Mendelssohn, Alma Mahler and Lili Boulanger. Yolanda Bruno, rated by CBC one of the top Canadian classical musicians under 30, will be performing on a c.1700 Stradivari violin on loan from the Canada Council. This concert will also feature pianist, Isabelle David. 7 p.m. $13-$30

STU Musical Theatre presents Disney’s Newsies in the Black Box Theatre. STU Musical Theater presents Disney’s Newsies. Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the beautiful female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man”. February 20-23. 7:30p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets at the door or by contacting


History of Freemasonry in New Brunswick 1784-2019 at Government House. The fascinating early history of Freemasonry in New Brunswick and the establishment of Masonic Lodges in the Fredericton area will be the subject of a lecture by historian Bud Gillrie. This free event is organized by the York Sunbury Historical Society. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Rt. Wor. Bro. D.W. “Bud” Gillrie is the Grand Historian of the Grand Lodge of New Brunswick. Mr. Gillrie has written extensively on the history of NB Freemasons and is the author of Masonic Hall and meeting Places of New Brunswick’s Freemasons 1784-2012. He is a retired Master Warrant Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and is a Mason with 62 years membership. 7 p.m.

A World of Talent at Marshall d’Avray Hall. The UNB Fredericton International Student Advisor’s Office (ISAO) is excited to be hosting the second annual World of Talent, which will showcase the talented international students we have studying on the Fredericton campus. The show will feature performances from singers, dancers, musicians and more! This event is open to all UNB students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public. Don’t miss this incredible evening of entertainment and chance to cheer on your fellow UNB students. Room 143. 7 p.m. By donation.

Beyond The Script at the Fredericton Public Library. Join in for a reading and conversation with Ryan Griffith and Natasha MacLellan. Ryan Griffith is a New Brunswick based playwright living in Fredericton. His play A Brief History of the Maritimes and Everywhere Else will be produced by Theatre New Brunswick in March 2019. Natasha MacLellan is Theatre New Brunswick’s newly appointed Artistic Director and she will be directing this upcoming world premiere. ARTSnews February 14, 2019 Volume 20, Issue 7 The evening’s conversation will be moderated by Dr. Robin Whittaker, Associate Professor with the Department of English Language and Literature at St. Thomas University. A Brief History of the Maritimes and Everywhere Else will debut in Fredericton from March 13-17 at the Open Space Theatre, before touring the province March 19-24. 7:30 p.m. No charge.

Virtuoso Series: Sing Me a Story in McCain Hall. The award winning group Ventus Machina has prepared a concert of Musical Tales and Fantasies for Wind Quintet and Voice, featuring the wonderful Vicki St Pierre, Mezzo Soprano. This concert is a co-production between SNB and Ventus Machina. Room 101. 7:30 p.m. $10-$26. Free for STU students, faculty and staff.

Theatre UNB presents The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble. Penned by Canadian playwright Beth Graham, Theatre UNB’s next production is a raw, funny, and moving drama about a family that loses its centre when their 59 year old mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. A story that has been lived by many, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble finds light amid the terrifying darkness of dementia while frankly confronting the limited options available to those slipping into its grip. Directed and produced by senior UNB Drama students Devin Rockwell, Alex Pannier, and Sophie Tremblay-Pitre, the play will be performed at Memorial Hall. Feb. 21-23. 7:30 p.m. $8-$14

The Vaudevillian + CA Jackson at Wilser’s Room. Get a healthy dose of music inspired by the 20’s and 30’s when these two acts perform on Thursday night. A Roots and Soul presentation. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Show at 8. $10

All-Ages Punk Show at Affirmation Lounge. An all-ages brouhaha with The Helfiends, the Follow-ups and To Whose Profit. 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation.


The Jim Axelrod Big LIttle Band plays Misu Chinese Restaurant. You’ll hear songs made famous by Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Dutch Mason, the Downchild Blues Band, and more. 6 p.m. $10

5 à 7 with Les grandes retrouvailles at Tribute Bar & Lounge. Local band, Les grandes retrouvailles, with musicians Sophie Lacroix, Benoit Locas, Éric Boucher, Mike Fleming and Charles Cyr, will perform classic French pop-songs. Admission is free. This is presented by the Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne. 5 p.m.

Cinema Politica screens Concerning Violence at Conserver House. This archive-driven documentary covers the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation across the world and is an exploration into the mechanisms of decolonization through text from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth. Fanon’s landmark book, written over 50 years ago, is still a major tool for understanding and illuminating today’s neo-colonialism and the violence and reactions against it. 180 St. John Street. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Keith Hallett and the Hookers at The Capital. Home-grown blues wonder Keith Hallett‘s howlin’, growlin’ vocals and soulful, impressive guitar licks and slides have made him a staple of the East Coast blues community. Doors at 9 p.m. Show at 10. $12.

A Benefit in Support of People Impacted by Suicide at Grimross Brewing. An evening of music and comedy in support of community mental health. All proceeds go to Family Enrichment and Counselling Service Inc., to help provide subsidized counselling services for people impacted by suicide. Music from – The Stratified and Tom and Tayce McAvity. Comedy set featuring Cory Hartlen. 8 p.m. $10


Fractal Code EP release dance party at The Capital. Fractal Code‘s first EP Psychotrophic will be hitting sound waves everywhere on Feb 23rd and why not celebrate by having a space themed dance party at The Capital Complex! With support from New Brunswick’s wonkiest Dj’s, Lewcid, Moon Druid and Neil Armstrange! The spaceship’s atmosphere will be set up by the wonderful group of aliens called Full Moon Collective. This night will be full of huge cosmic bass and mind melting art so get your spacesuit shined up and get ready to blast off! Doors at 9 p.m. Show at 10.

Hot Garbage Players present Questalot (an improv show) at Wilser’s Room. QUESTALOT is an epic legend filled with knights, dragons, and people pulling things out of other things to determine royalty, regardless of experience in politics. Join HGP as they adventure across a land plagued with evil, find true love, and recover the holy relic that will restore our realm to power… But also lots of people playing horses. That’s always funny. Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 7:30. $7


Circus Incognitus at Fredericton Playhouse. Jamie Adkins is an eclectic clown, juggler, balancing artist, and poet who dazzles audiences with his unique range of talents. In Circus Incognitus, Adkins negotiates a precarious slack wire and juggles almost everything imaginable, taking the audience along his poetic journey with side-splitting wit. 2 p.m.

Meet and Greet with Poet Laureate Jenna Lyn Albert at The Muse. In one of her first public engagements, Albert will be hosting a meet and greet on February 24 where she and former Cultural Laureate Ian Letourneau will share some of their work inspired by the city and invite others to do the same. 2 p.m.

Open Mic at Grimross Brewing. All welcome; music, poetry, storytelling and more. 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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