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.

Toronto’s Sun K play The Capital on Friday March 8. Photo by Jess Baumung.

Monday 

Monday Night Film Series presents Cold War. Three years after winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film with his beautifully composed Ida, Paweł Pawlikowski returns with an equally haunting, distinctive, and moving work: Cold War – a nominee for Best Foreign Language film at the 2019 Academy Awards. The film shares many characteristics with its predecessor: stunning use of black-and-white photography and 4:3 aspect ratio, careful attention to mood and tone, and an exquisite narrative set in mid-20th Century Poland.7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus. $8. $5 for members.

Tuesday 

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.

Mini Pop Kids Live at the Fredericton Playhouse. Packed with positive energy, The Mini Pop Kids are about empowering fans to be confident and to shoot for their dreams. This brand-new show features family-friendly versions of the year’s biggest hits. Performing songs by Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, and Bruno Mars alongside throwback favourites that all will enjoy, this isn’t just a show, it’s an experience for the whole family. Experience the magic of a Mini Pop Kids performance, with music that makes the whole family sing, dance, and pop! 2:30 p.m. and 6;30 p.m. $29.58 – $64.36

Wednesday 

Bluegrass and Beyond at Wilser’s Room. An evening of folk and bluegrass music at Wilser’s Room with performances by The Montgomery St Band and The Falling Leaves. 9 p.m. $6.

Thursday 

Frantically Atlantic Live at York County Cider. Frantically Atlantic, comprised on Don Rigley and Michelle Daigle, is New Brunswick-based touring duo with a broad repertoire of East Coast style Folk, Celtic, and Acadian tunes and songs – traditional and original. Their instruments include fiddle, vocals, hammered dulcimer, Irish bouzouki, bodhran, tin whistles, guitar and spoons. In their combined history they have performed in the Maritimes, Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, New England and Ireland. Their self-titled album was nominated for the 2018 Music NB Awards in the category of traditional/roots artist of the year. 7 p.m. Pay what you wish.

Branch Out Productions presents Pride and Prejudice at the Tom Morrison Theatre. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man, in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Join BOP as they bring one of the worlds most loved novels to the Fredericton stage. This hilarious adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic story will have you laughing, swooning, crying and everything in between. March 7-9. 7:30 p.m. $27

Exhibition of Photography at Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Skull & Bones: Exhibition of Photography by Gary S. Weekes runs at Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Mar 7-Apr 10.  Opening Night Reception on March 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7pm in the Charolotte Glencross Gallery with poetry and prose by Phil Hall, Josephine Savarese, and Kenny Jeriel Preciado Mora.

Just Jacobus + Arma Epifania at The Capital. After winning a spot among the most innovative fringe of Canadian rap in Radio Radio and the duo Jacobus and Maleco, the musician proudly boasts The Return of Just Jacobus, the title of his first solo release. Doors at 8 p.m. Show at 9. $13.

Afro VYBZ : Drippin’ Pt 3 at The Phoenix. If it’s still that good, you bring it back a third time. AFRO VYBZ : Drippin’ Part III, with DJ Masta Kraft and DJ Whine-It. Nothing but the BEST of HIP POP, SOCA, DANCEHALL, AFROBEATS and more, at the Phoenix in the Capital Complex. If its a hit, they have it. Doors at 10 p.m. Show at 11.

Christine Campbell and Jake Johnston + Cameron Nickerson at The Muse. Christine Campbell is a powerful performer, known for her unapologetic mastery of guitar, piano and bluesy rock vocals. Blake Johnston, best known as guitar-slinging powerhouse vocalist for The Stogies. Twice finalists at Indie-week, with their last album “Hoot” produced by Jon Landry of “The Stanfields”. Blake has now branched off to showcase his soulful side and has been sharing the stage with Christine Campbell. Bringing to mind modern outlaw folkers like Sturgill Simpson, but with a delightfully invigorating maritime bent, Cameron Nickerson’s songs are both poetic and purposeful. Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 7:45. $15-$20.

Friday 

Sun K + Marian + Local Men at The Capital. Toronto psych rockers Sun K return to Fredericton for a performance with two Marian and Local Men. 10 p.m. $8

Wrote + Ryan Hillier at The Muse. Following last year’s shimmery, forlorn debut EP, Each Other’s Skins, Wrote, the project of Saint John singer-songwriter Erin Muir, embraces change and uncertainty with her newest release Laid Myself Down Again. Moving away from dramatic synth crescendos and lush, multi track vocals, Laid Myself Down Again confidently steps into quiet, yet powerful arrangements.

After establishing himself with two self-produced albums (2014’s Midnight Revelation and 2016’s In the Shadow of the Chapel – nominated for Music New Brunswick’s Solo Recording of the Year Award), extensive performing throughout the Maritimes and expanding horizons with various projects including the award-winning internationally-recognized Eastcoast Love Story, Ryan Hillier is currently at work recording a new full-length album for release in spring 2019. Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 7:45 p.m. $8.

Huff at the Fredericton Playhouse. Written by and starring Dora Award-winning playwright Cliff Cardinal and produced by Native Earth Performing Arts, Huff is the wrenching yet comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their mother. Wind’s fantastic dream world bleeds into his haunting reality as he’s preyed on by the Trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and his own fragile psyche. With his signature biting humour and raw, vivid imagery, Cardinal expertly portrays over a dozen characters in his captivating solo performance. Presented in our intimate backstage studio space, please be advised this performance contains occasional use of strong language and is intended for mature audiences. 7:30 p.m. $14-$28.

International Women’s Day celebration at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Enjoy performances by Angee Acquin, Jerry-Faye Flatt, Dumpster Cub, Wangled Teb and members of the St. Mary’s First Nation with business info booths from many of the city’s leading arts organizations including She Said Feck Records, TwoFifteen Records, CHSR FM, Music NB, Music Runs Through It, Higher Vibrations Studio and Sunday Music Spa. 8:30 p.m.

Cinema Politica presents Dolores at Conserver House. Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. Equal partners in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labour justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Films are free. Donations welcome. 7 p.m.

Women of the 90s at Grimross Brewing. Roots and Soul Music’s tribute series continue with a special one for International Women’s Day in support of Living Roots Music Festival & Tay Creek Folk Festival. 8 p.m. $10.

Saturday 

The Unheard at The Muse. Veteran Fredericton rockers, The Unheard, strip things down to the bare wires with a much anticipated acoustic set at The Muse. Two sets displaying their collective, diverse musical backgrounds, heavily steeped in roots, rock and blues. These guys love to play, and with over a century’s worth of combined experience, they offer a unique blend of original rock n roll that has been described as ‘classic’ with a fresh twist. Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 7:45 p.m. $10.

Appetite for Destruction at The Capital. Enjoy a performance by this top-level GNR tribute act. Doors at 9 p.m. Show at 10. $10.

Kendra Gale Band + Peter Hansen Band at Grimross Brewing. The Kendra Gale Band, based out of Southern New Brunswick, have been kicking and screaming their way around the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec and Ontario playing house concerts, night clubs, showcases and festival stages for the last 4 years. This dynamic and diverse Blues/Rock duo packs a punch! 8 p.m. $10.

Jeremy Hotz’s Dangerously Handsome Tour at the Fredericton Playhouse. Known for his astute observational comedy and charming good looks, stand-up comedian Jeremy Hotz is hitting the road in 2019 with his brand new Dangerously Handsome Tour. Having sold out his last national tour, International Man of Misery three years back, Hotz returns with his constant companion “Shackleton the Wonderdog”, the world’s smallest service animal. Don’t let Hotz’s good looks fool you, he’s still “The Master of Misery”, finding the miserable in the world and turning it into laughs is what makes him tick. With six sold out national Canadian theatre tours, as well as performances across the U.S., Europe and Australia, Hotz continues to impress audiences with his completely original and confused, yet very astute, observational comedy. Please be advised this performance contains mature themes and adult language. 7 p.m. $51-$55.

Sunday

Lansdowne Concert Series presents Laura Smith & Kim Dunn. Laura Smith grew up in London Ontario, but from 1975 until 1984 lived in Toronto. She then made a permanent move to Cape Breton and now lives in Halifax. She has produced 5 full-length albums. In addition to producing, musical directing and arranging credits, Kim Dunn has worked with the who’s who of East coast artists including, Rita MacNeil, Bruce Guthro, Laura Smith, Jimmy Rankin, Heather Rankin, Matt Andersen, Meaghan Smith, Dave Gunning, George Canyon, and many others. 8 p.m. $25. To reserve seats or get directions, contact Pmm56@me.com.

Steven Bowers at The Muse. East Coast alt-folk artist Steven Bowers returns to Fredericton to celebrate the release of his new record, Elk Island Park. This will be a special matinee performance. 3-5 p.m. $10.

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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