A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.
Monday Night Film Series presents Woman at War. As a follow-up to his 2013 film Of Horses and Men, director Benedikt Erlingsson delivers Iceland’s nominee submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards: Woman at War, a timely film that speaks to social issues with wit and warmth. Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in a bravura performance) is a choirmaster who loves her job. And, she’s just learned she’s been approved to adopt a child from a war-torn area in Ukraine, a long-time dream of hers. 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.
UNB Concert Band & UNB Chorale presents Wind Power at Memorial Hall. Behold the power of wind! The voices of UNB Chorale join forces with the UNB Concert Band for an evening of music-sharing. Come see the fruits of labour of two of our musical communities that gather weekly in Memorial Hall. Whether the wind is blustering, whispering, whistling, or rustling by, it has the power to move you. Tickets are available at the door at $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and student admission is free. 7:30 p.m.
Music Runs Through It presents Quote the Raven at The Tipsy Muse Café. This Folk-Pop/Roots duo from Newfoundland and Labrador deliver harmonies that will send shivers down your spine! The pairing of powerhouse vocalist Jordan Coaker and haunting songstress Kirsten Rodden-Clarke have made an immediate and emphatic statement with their long-awaited debut album. Aptly titled Golden Hour, Quote the Raven’s studio debut from Sound of Pop is the physical embodiment of right place, right time, right people. 7:30 p.m. $20.
Jeunesses Musicales presents Without Borders at the Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne. The Landom Ensemble is a group of four dynamic young musicians who believe that music can break down borders. From Persian music, to Balkan folklore, to fresh takes on great classics, this concert transcends borders through an implicit musical multiculturalism. This unconventional group, made up of artists from across the country, brings together Pouya Hamini on piano, Beth Silver on cello, Michael Bridge on the accordion and Adam Campbell on percussion to put a new spin on arrangements and original compositions. $13-$30. School-age children accompanied by an adult ticket-holder may attend all Jeunesses Musicales concerts free of charge. 7 p.m.
Music UNB presents Classical Cabaret at Memorial Hall. Celebrate the coming of spring with Atlantic Sinfonia’s wind ensemble, who will be performing works by Mozart for wind octet and soprano. Repertoire includes excerpts from Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, Serenade in C minor, and Serenade in E-flat major. 7:30p.m. $10-$20.
Public Talk by Beth M. Briggs at Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Join us for a talk by Beth M. Biggs, entitled Save Officer’s Square: Potential Loss of a Significant Heritage Asset, to learn about the potential loss of an important provincial heritage site. There will be an open mic for the public to voice their concerns. Other members of Save Officers’ Square will be in attendance to answer questions. 7 p.m.
Curator Crunch presents Peacocks and Dragons: William Morris’ Finest Tapestry at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This exquisite peacock and dragon pattern textile from 1878 was considered by celebrated designer William Morris as the closest to his vision of an ideal medieval fabric. The Morris & Co. catalogue described it as the “perfect hanging for a medieval castle or mansion”, which is fitting as this particular piece came from the Charles Hosmer residence in Montreal’s Golden Square Mile. This wool tapestry incorporates highly figured imagery derived from classical myth and Romantic symbolism. Learn more about it at this month’s Curator Crunch. 12:15 p.m. No charge.
Lenten Recitals at St. Paul’s United Church. On April 10 Dianne Roxborough-Brown, local pianist and accompanist, will be joined by mezzo soprano Kathrin Welte who has returned to Fredericton after 10 years in Montreal. Their program will feature light classical selections as well as popular songs from the early 20th Century; all will have a love theme. 12:10 p.m. By donation.
Feels Good Battle of the Bands 2019. Come to support these awesome musicians & vote for your favourite act of the night to help bring them to the FINAL SHOWDOWN on April 24th! Each night, we’ll give away one WEEKEND PASS for FOLLY FEST… so you don’t want to miss this! 8 p.m. $6.
Open Mic Comedy Night at The Capital. The longest running comedy open mic in New Brunswick returns again for our first spring instalment. No cover (though a $5 donation would be appreciated). A great way to cap off your day or start off your night! 7:30 p.m.
Tokyo Police Club + Sorrey at Boyce Farmer’s Market. Alt-rock quartet are making their way through the Maritimes in support of their latest album, TPC. PEI’s Sorrey open the show! Doors at 7 p.m.. Show at 8.
Diyet & The Love Soldiers at The Playhouse. Trio Diyet & The Love Soldiers performs alternative folk, roots, country and traditional Aboriginal music with melodies and stories deeply rooted in an Indigenous world view and northern life. The band is led by Diyet, a musician who was raised in the Kulane region of Yukon, and embodies her Southern Tutchone, Japanese, Tlingit, and Scottish roots with a musical presence that is equally diverse and unique. 7:30 p.m. Pay What You Wish.
Beyond the Mud: Curating the Ceramic Art of Darren Emenau at the Beavebrook Art Gallery. Join artist Darren Emenau, exhibition curator George Kinghorn (Director, University of Maine Museum of Art), Kate Wallace (catalogue author), and John Leroux (Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, Beaverbrook Art Gallery) for a discussion of the artist’s practice and the exhibition, Olio. The exhibition catalogue will be launched at this time, and a book signing will take place after the talk. Admission by donation. 7 p.m.
Josh Bravener and Friends at The Tipsy Muse Café. Josh has poised himself as an exciting new talent in Canada, and the legend is spreading fast. As the frontman for the incredible Hypochondriacs, Josh has quickly made a name as a talent to watch over the next little while. 7 p.m. $10.
Christina Martin at The Tipsy Muse Café. ECMA award winning singer-songwriter Christina Martin returns to Fredericton, accompanied by guitarist Dale Murray. 7:30 p.m. $15.
After Funk Album Release Party at The Capital (TWO NIGHTS). Night 1 – After Funk & Friends playing some of our favourites with some of their favourite Maritime musicians. Night 2 – Playing the new album Santa Barbara in its entirety and another set of old favourites. There will be no repeat songs from the first night on the second night!
Bring The Spring Punk Party at The Capital. An evening of punk rock with Neighbourhood Watch, Which Witch is Which, The Atlantix, and To Whose Profit. 10 p.m.
God Is a Scottish Drag Queen at the Playhouse. Imagine God, dressed in a floral power suit, comes down to Earth to skewer everything from Justin Bieber to the Pope. That’s the premise behind award-winning Canadian comedian Mike Delamont’s show. This unforgettable two-act comedy of biblical proportions has won more than 18 “best of festival” awards, and has broken ticket sales records across the continent. Delamont has had a meteoric rise to fame since beginning his stand-up career in 2011. 7:30 p.m. $14-$28.
Cinema Politica presents What’s up Doc?/Social Proof at Conserver House. This collection showcases several short film projects from the UNB and Anglophone District West School District’s What’s up Doc? program. Curated by Matt Rogers (UNB), this year’s selection of films made by NB teens features a variety of themes. All of the films have been written, directed, and produced by students and all provide social commentary on a range of social issues. This year we will also screen a short video made by students on cyber bullying through the Muriel McQueen Centre for Family Violence Research. 7 p.m.
The Falling Leaves + Voodoo Sometimes at Grimross Brewery. The Falling Leaves are a six piece folk rock band, with songs ranging from introspective psychedelic musings to high energy emotional rock ballads; they have an eclectic and dynamic sound. Voodoo Sometimes consists of three musicians with a love of funk music who met at Dalhousie Universities’ Fountain School of Performing Arts. 8 p.m. $5-$10.
Mike Biggar + Patrick Reynolds at Grimross Brewery. Known for his intense, roiling live performance, signature soaring vocals and warm on stage humour, soulful New Brunswick Roots artist Mike Biggar is a definitive natural live performer. 8 p.m. $5-$10.
Songs and Stories of New Brunswick at the Provincial Archives. Join Mike Bravener, Jason Flores and Patrick Gushue for a trip back in time to hear the traditional folk music and stories of New Brunswick from the 1800’s. 7 p.m. $10.
Hot Garbage Players present Recyclers (An Improv Show) at Wilser’s Room. Hot Garbage Players are suiting up to defend the world from dastardly villains and cosmic catastrophe in this super-powered send up! Join us as we face a gauntlet of challenges in order to harness the most powerful force in the multi-verse – your suggestions! 7 p.m. $7.
21st NBCCD Fashion Show at the Fredericton Convention Centre. Featuring the largest first year Fashion Challenge to date, alumni presenting collections of recent work and six graduating students premiering their debut lines, New Brunswick’s biggest Fashion Show is not an event to be missed! 7:30 p.m. $20.
NB Country Showcase at The Playhouse. Don’t miss the final showcase of the season, entitled “The Best Country Songs of the 1970s”, featuring Noel Nason, Steve Knox, Paula Waddell, Sean Fillmore, Linda Lee Baily, Dolly Dunn, Nolan Compton, Lilly Alexander, Marty Hall, Natalie Thibodeau, Velvet Touch and the Showcase Band. 7:30 p.m. $24-$26.
Celtic Jam at The Tipsy Muse. Bring your trad instrument and join in! A true trad session where everyone beginner to pro is welcome to join in. Led by Krista Touesnard, this jam is sure to bring a smile to your face. Dancers are welcome to join in and trad singers too. This Celtic celebration will happen every second Saturday of each month. 1 p.m.
Peter Hicks at The Tipsy Muse Café. Singer-songwriter Peter Hicks is the frontman of Fredericton-based alt-roots rock band Sleepy Driver, and with them, Hicks has penned five albums’ that have received widespread acclaim, international airplay, chart success and nominations for both East Coast Music awards and MNB music awards. Sleepy Driver’s 2012 album “In a Low Dark Light” won the MNB award for Rock Album of the Year. 7 p.m. $10.
Open Mic at Grimross Brewing. All welcome; music, poetry, storytelling and more. 2-5 p.m.
pARTage – Marie-Reine Ulmer: The Work of the Artist: Ceramic and Sculpture at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This free program brings artists and guests together in French-language conversations about art and creativity. Presentations may include everything from lectures and readings to musical and dance performances, and more! Admission by donation. 3 p.m.
Colin James’ Miles To Go Tour at The Playhouse. With his 19th album, Miles to Go, James is getting back to the blues. Wait a minute, you ask: hasn’t Colin James always played the blues? Well, yes, but back when he was signed to his first record deal in 1988, his producer explicitly told him not to play any blues, because the label expected a pop hit. When James later made one of the biggest albums of his career – 1993’s Colin James and the Little Big Band, released years before the so-called “swing revival” – his label hated it, as did critics and many fans before it went on to go triple platinum in Canada. So much of Colin James’s career has pointed him to this moment: joyfully tangled up in the blues, which, as he notes, “is the only genre where you can maintain a young profile at the age of 53.” 7:30 p.m. $51.33 – $60.02
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.