A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.
Monday Night Film Series presents Silent Revolution. In 1956 East Germany, a group of senior high schoolers demonstrate solidarity with recent victims of the Hungarian Revolution. Their brief, silent protest ignites underlying tensions and leads to grave consequences. Lars Kraume (The People vs. Fritz Bauer) examines a fascinating moment in German history — just a few years before the construction of the Berlin Wall begins — with this film based on the true story of a high-school classroom that becomes the site of a political battle of wills. 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.
The Louisbourg Choir at Wilmot United Church. This will conclude the season with an ambitious concert devoted to the works of Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1634-1704), undeniable master of sacred music in France. Monique Richard will be conducting both the choir and a baroque orchestra whose eight members, playing on period instruments, are Jacques-André Houle and Émilie Brûlé (violins), Margaret Little (viola and viola da gamba), Amanda Keesmaat (cello), Vincent Lauzer and Caroline Tremblay (recorders), Michel Cardin (theorbo), and Jonathan Addleman (organ). 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door. $30. No charge for students.
UNB Centre for Musical Arts presents Northern Lights. The countries of the northern hemisphere, which have a kinship and share a common identity based on their geographical similarity, have produced some great composers that do not always get the recognition they deserve. Atlantic Sinfonia will feature the music of composers from northern countries including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Latvia, and Canada. Memorial Hall. 7:30 p.m. $10-$30.
Feels Good Battle of the Bands 2019. Come to support these awesome musicians and vote for your favourite act of the night to help bring them to the FINAL SHOWDOWN on April 24th! Each night, organizers will give away one WEEKEND PASS for FOLLY FEST… so you don’t want to miss this! 8 p.m. $6.
Katherine Fischer at The Tipsy Muse Café. To see her play, is to know her story and end the night as if parting from an old friend. Katherine Fischer’s unique pop confessionals are the medicine for when our hearts get sick, served with an eccentric dose of sugar to help it all go down. 1 p.m. No charge.
Katherine Fischer + Hannah Zamora at Grimross Brewery. Katherine has already played over 100 shows in her short, yet momentous, musical career and has no intention of slowing down. Come to listen, stay to connect and, if anything, know that Katherine Fischer’s songs are her gift to you. Hannah Zamora is very quickly becoming a force in the local scene, with her wonderful voice and skilled playing to go along with some great songs. 7:30 p.m. $10.
Leo Hayes High School presents The Addams Family at the Fredericton Playhouse. Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa; book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice. When you’re an Addams – you must have a sense of humour! Leo Hayes High School invites you to meet America’s darkest family in this musical about love, family, honesty and growing up. When Wednesday’s new boyfriend and his “normal” family come to dinner, values are tested and comic chaos ensues. March 28-30. 7:30 p.m. $15.50 – $21.75
Indigenous Songwriters Night at The Capital. Enjoy music by Quinn Bonnell and The Heavy Steppers, The Matt Comeau Band and Kesley Arrow. 8 p.m. $8.
Wintersleep at the Boyce Farmers’ Market. Juno Award winning Halifax indie rockers Wintersleep perform in Fredericton in support of the brand new album, In The Land Of. 8:00 p.m. $30
Joe Ross at Ed’s Garage. Baseball fanatic and musician Joe Ross temporarily overcomes his vice to play a set of original music on the same day as the Jay’s season opener. Celebrate this rare occasion. 7 p.m.
5 à 7 with Deuxième frette at Tribute Bar & Lounge. Local band, Deuxième frette with musicians André Martel, Charles Cyr, Andy LeClair, and Crystine Thériault will perform classic French pop-rock songs. It’s the best way to start the weekend. Admission is free. 5-7 p.m.
Oak, Ash & Thorn at The Tipsy Muse Café. Celtic influenced folk from right here in Fredericton shines on the Muse stage. Find out why Oak, Ash and Thorn are one of the area’s premiere Celtic folk outfits. Their live show is not to be missed. 7 p.m. $10.
Wangled Teb “Seasonal Depression EP” Release at Grimross Brewery. TwoFifteen Records presents: Wangled Teb’s “Seasonal Depression EP” release with guests DenMother and GOLD PUNKS. “Seasonal Depression EP” is the first official release from TwoFifteen Records and we couldn’t be more excited. Come celebrate the launch of TwoFifteen and Seasonal Depression. 8 p.m. $10.
House Concert with Ian James. This concert will be Ian’s fourth for the Lansdowne Concert Series but he was also the first to grace the new stage on River Front Way. The reason that Fredericton loves Ian so much is that he is a fabulously talented musician and songwriter from Dartmouth, NS that we, and you, want to hear again and again! The artist’s fee is $20 per person, payable in cash or cheque at the door. To reserve your seat, contact Paul or Liz McDonnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (506) 470-9706. Doors open at 7:15pm.
Cinema Politica screens A Time to Swim at Conserver House. A Time to Swim (A. Duong / Canada / 2016 / 82 min.): In the suburbs of Montreal, Mutang is a family man. But in Malaysia, he was a voice of resistance for the indigenous peoples of Sarawak. This film explores the effects of environmental destruction on the fabric of a community through the personal story of Mutang’s search for belonging in a place where the very ideas of home and heritage are slipping away. A short film by Anishnabe filmmaker Kevin Papatie will be shown before the feature length film. No charge. 7 p.m.
Brent Mason at The Tipsy Muse Café. Brent has played many of the major festivals in the region including Stanfest and Harvest Jazz and Blues, and Area 506. Recently he won Male Artist of the Year and Band of the Year for the Saint John region and saw the release of his much anticipated album – High Water Mark. A true New Brunswick folk legend. 7 p.m. $10.
Collective Theatrics presents The Laramie Project at the Tom Morrison Theatre. Collective Theatrics is proud to be reviving its inaugural production of The Laramie Project. In October 1998 in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a fence post, severely beaten, robbed, tortured and left, alone, to die. His body — battered, bloody, barely clinging to life — was discovered eighteen hours later. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. He died five days later. The reason for this brutal crime? Matthew Shepard was gay.
The hate crime attracted vast attention worldwide, bringing sexual discrimination and violence to the forefront of public discourse. The Tectonic Theater Project, led by their founder Moisés Kaufman, traveled to Laramie in the aftermath of the murder with the intent of creating a theatrical portrait of a town coming to grips with horrible, hate-fuelled violence. Over the course of a year and a half, the group interviewed over 200 subjects, some directly related to the case and some regular citizens of Laramie. Out of these interviews, journal entries, and found texts, The Laramie Project was born.
This one-night only production is a fundraiser for both our upcoming production of Gentleman’s Guide and for Imprint Youth Association Inc., a local non-profit aimed at creating healthy sober social spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults in the greater Fredericton area. Their current initiatives include monthly all-age drop-ins at the Fredericton public library, community outreach and education, as well as an annual Pride Prom for local teens. Tickets are available at the door, by donation. 7 p.m.
The Galpines + Phun House + Kendra Gale at The Capital. The most highly anticipated cross-over event in recent history is here! The Galpines are legendary New Brunswick musical goddesses! Their latest album, Sorry Mom, is jam-packed with hilarious lyrics, sickening melodies, and anti-conformist bangers! Phun House is the Capital Complex’s resident drag house responsible for Bottomless Bingo. The house consists of Barb Wire, Freeda Whales, Heather Silk & Hinky Dinky. These party clowns know how to TURN it and are sure to leave you laughing! Kendra Gale has been kicking and screaming her way all over the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec and Ontario. She’s received multiple awards nods including two nominations for ECMA Blues Album of the Year, and a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival! 10 p.m.
Monster Truck at the Boyce Farmers Market. There’s something comforting about a band name that delivers exactly what you expect to hear. Born in 2009 from the ashes of various Canadian indie bands, Monster Truck began as a sonic affront to the very industry its members were bred from. After feeling more like cogs in the music industry machine, Jon Harvey (bass & lead vocals), Jeremy Widerman (guitar & vocals), Brandon Bliss (organ & vocals) and Steve Kiely (drums & vocals) broke free to forge their own path, answering only to themselves. 9 p.m. $35.
Open Mic at Grimross Brewing. All welcome; music, poetry, storytelling and more. 2-5 p.m.
odd sundays at The Tipsy Muse presents Dian Day & Kayla Geitzler.
Dian Day is a Nova Scotian author of two novels, both published by Inanna Publications, Toronto. The Clock of Heaven was a Silver Medal winner in the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards for literary fiction, and was given an honourable mention by Jim Bartley in the Globe and Mail’s top fiction list for 2009. Her recently-released second novel, The Madrigal, is set in Kingston and Toronto. Dian has worked as a reporter, writer, researcher, communications consultant, health promoter, teacher, and artist. She is busy working on a third novel, Tintamarre.
Kayla Geitzler is an editor and writing consultant from Moncton NB. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Gnaw & Gnarl: A Chapbook of NB Writers, Hamilton Arts & Lights, Les Effeuilleuses, Poetry Is Dead, The Fiddlehead, QWERTY, and Galleon. Her first collection of poetry, That Light Feeling Under Your Feet, about the slogging and surreal world of cruise ship workers, was published by NeWest Press in April 2018. She is a recipient of the Bailey Prize for Best Unpublished Manuscript and has been recognized by the CBC as a poet who reflects “the enduring strength of the literary form in this country”.
Fredericton Symphony Orchestra at Christ Church Cathedral. Featuring Ludwig van Beethoven’s monumental “Symphony No. 5 in C Minor,” one of the best-known pieces of music ever written, this program also features cello soloist Paul Pulford in Camille Saint-Saëns’, Cello Concerto No. 1. The program begins with the majestic “Karelia Overture,” by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. A memorable concert to herald in thoughts of spring. 3 p.m. $10-$25. Bring the family for $50.
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.