A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.
Paper Bag Singers at Christ Church Cathedral. Featuring the music of The Beatles, George Gershwin, Don McLean, and maybe some surprises; a whole new line-up of songs! Think you can’t carry a tune in a paper bag? No matter! Together we all sound great! This is a group for people of all ages and all singing abilities. No commitment, join us when you can. 7:30 – 9 p.m. $5 donation.
The 72nd Fredericton Music Festival. Residents of the capital region will have an opportunity to hear the musical talents from within their own community, with more than 900 solo and group entries performing in ten venues across the city. Highly qualified professionals have been selected from Atlantic Canada and beyond to adjudicate the wide variety of classes in choirs, bands, piano, strings, brass, voice, woodwinds, musical theatre, and more. The Festival provides a wonderful experience for all participants from the youngest beginners to the most seasoned senior performers. On until May 2 at various venues.
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.
Book Launch & Play Reading of The Lac Mégantic Disaster at the Fredericton Public Library. Visiting author Bruce Campbell is launching his book, The Lac Mégantic Disaster: Public Betrayal, Justice Denied, in the Chickadee Room. Also on the program, local playwright Len Falkenstein will read from his play Lac/Athabasca, which was inspired by the Lac Mégantic disaster. No charge. 7 p.m.
Theatre New Brunswick Season Launch at the Crowne Plaza. Theatre New Brunswick announces their 2019-2020 season with an event in the Restigouche Room. All are welcome. Coffee, tea and snacks provided. 12-1 p.m.
Sheldon Gordon & the Tone Kings at Dolan’s Pub. Sheldon Gordon & the Tone Kings and Dolan’s Pub, in Association with Meals on Wheels of Fredericton, presents a fundraising evening of fun and music. 7 p.m.
Cancer Bats + Dead Quiet + Diner Drugs + Deep Fryer at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. With 13 years under their belt including five acclaimed studio albums, three Juno Award nominations and countless tours around the globe, Canadian hard-core metal punks, Cancer Bats have become a well-known force within the world of heavy music. 2018 sees the band embarking on the newest chapter of their career, self-releasing their 6th studio album, The Spark That Moves, on their own label Bat Skull Records. $25. 7:30 p.m.
Connexion ARC Crit Night at n Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Are you an artist seeking feedback on your work? Join members of Connexion ARC for their ongoing series of Crit Nights! Bring your in-progress or finished work for an informal critical discussion. Artists at any stage in their career are welcome to network with fellow artists, practice delivering constructive criticism to others, and to contextualize their work as a valuable contribution to the community. Although the session will be facilitated from a visual arts perspective, all creative disciplines are welcome to participate. Room 133. 6:30 p.m.
Tracy Austin: Weight of Power at Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Connexion Artist-Run Centre is pleased to present Tracy Austin’s exhibition in our main programming space in the Charlotte Street Arts Centre during FLOURISH Festival. Weight of Power is a series of miniature couture textile sculptures that act as visual representations of the artist’s ongoing struggle with depression, using fabric manipulation and embellishment techniques to invoke despair, destruction, and hope. Austin was the recipient of the annual Art Kitchen grant, a community-generated arts funding initiative started in 2017.
During Flourish Fest, Connexion will be open Friday & Saturday from 3-7 p.m. in addition to our regular hours. An opening reception will be held Friday April 26 at 5 p.m. Room 133 of the Charlotte Street Arts Centre.
FLOURISH Festival: Terminal + FrootiToot-E + Property + Bleum at Shiftwork. All-ages. 6 p.m. $5-$8 or free with a festival pass.
FLOURISH Festival: Hellium Submarine + Kee Avil + CRABE + Young Satan In Love at The Capital. $5-$8 or free with a festival pass.
Cathy Hutch Trio at 41 River Front Way. Cathy Hutch is everything that is good about live music. She is charming, witty, multi-talented, and has a smile that would light the way out of a bar during a power failure. With or without accompaniment Cathy is every bit a professional entertainer. As a songwriter, Cathy exhibits insights into the human condition that show her to have a heart as big as her voice. 8 p.m. $20.
TNB Theatre School presents The Wizard of Oz at The Playhouse. Join TNB Theatre School’s senior musical theatre students in celebrating the 80th anniversary of this whimsical quest to find strength and courage, somewhere down the Yellow Brick Road. April 25-27. 7:30 p.m. (Sat. matinee at 2 p.m.) $15-$31.50
The Capital $100 or Less Art Sale at 700 McLeod Ave. A variety of items created by local artists and craftsman including paintings, photography, mixed media, illustrations, pottery, jewelry, prints, and so much more! This show is completely unique as we will be presenting all work mixed together on the walls of our venue, floor to ceiling, gallery style. Works will be sold directly off the walls and updated throughout the event. There will be an opening night reception: Thursday, April 25 from 6-9 p.m.
FLOURISH Festival: Shady Jane + VERSA + And The Kids + Carine + Motherhood at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. All-ages. Wet/dry. 6 p.m. $12-$15 or free with a festival pass.
FLOURISH Festival: Thanya Iyer + Kral Majales + Fungus + Janowskii + Heat $heets + Jerry-Faye + No, It’s Fine + Weakened Friends at the Capital Complex. 9 p.m. $15 or free with a festival pass.
Big Shiny Tunes 1 & 2 Played Live. $10 advanced, $15 at the door. Who remembers the 90’s? In particular 1996 and 1997? This event is a fundraiser for CHSR FM and Living Roots Music Festival. 8 p.m. $10-$15.
The Town Heroes at The Ti[psy Muse Café. The Town Heroes have fully embraced the ideals of a two-piece rock band. Camaraderie shows in their musicianship, the song-writing highlights what they are: Two friends, playing music for the love of it, in it for the long haul. 7 p.m. $15.
The Jim Axelrod Big Little Band at Mosbees Pub. This is an up-tempo jazz & blues trio featuring Steven Peacock on guitar. Come enjoy classics made famous by Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Dutch Mason, the Downchild Blues Band, and more. 6 p.m. $10.
Fredericton Swing Dance presents the 6th Annual Swingin’ to Spring! Come join us for a weekend for live music, friends, good food, and lots of dancing for both beginners and veterans! We are ecstatic to announce our instructors for this year: internationally-known instructors Bobby White & Kate Hedin! 368 Forest Hill Road. April 26-28. More info
Sterling: NBCCD Jewellery/Metal Arts Exhibition at Government House. Sterling is the annual Jewellery/Metal Arts Exhibition, featuring work from current students in this NBCCD Diploma program. It is sure to impress with the most skilful creations from this year. One participating student will be selected to receive a solo exhibition at Gallery 78. The gallery can be visited by the public, but the opening is invite-only. April 26-May 30.
FLOURISH Festival: Downtown Takeover. Abelton Live Workshop with Indigo Poirier (10-12 p.m. at the CSAC), Q&A: Get To Know Your Local Labels (11-12 p.m. at Shiftwork), OK My Dear Pop-Up (11-5 p.m. at Bellwether), Print, Zine and Art Fair (12 -5 p.m. at Library of Craft and Design), WROTE + Kylie Fox + Laura Sauvage (12 2 p.m at Bellwether), Fredericton Girls Rock Camp open discussion and jam (1-3 p.m. at CSAC), Literary Variety Show at Library of Craft and Design (1:30 – 2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.) PLUS a Pop-Up Crawl. Learn more.
FLOURISH Festival: Terra Wa + Pallmer + Jane Blanchard + L I L a + Merival at Charlotte Street Arts Centre. All-ages. Wet/dry. 6 p.m. $12-$15 or free with a festival pass.
FLOURISH Festival: Klackers + LEMONGRAB + Bleu Nuit + Lex Leosis + BBQT + Run Coyote + Julie Aube + The Hypochindriacs at The Capital Complex. 9 p.m. $15 or free with a festival pass.
Lintuhtine Melodies & Note-Ables present 10th Annual Cabaret at Centre Communautaire Sainte Anne. This performance is under the direction of Helen Miorag McKinnon, and will be accompanied by Lynn Mills and guest bass player, Conrad Levesque. It features many well-known numbers from musicals, movies, pop music, etc, such as “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, “Never Enough”, “A Million Dreams”, the music of the Beatles, a medley from Gershwin, and lots of costumes and choreography. 7 p.m. $16-$20.
O’Me Nerves Comedy Series Presents: A Flood of Funnies. reak out your hip-waders & your flood-pants and join us on high ground at Grimross Brewing Co. for some great comedy and tasty craft beer. 8 p.m. $10.
Graeme Kennedy at the Tipsy Muse Café. Graeme Kennedy makes a return to The Muse stage by popular demand. Graeme is and indie rock vet, who beautifully sings anthems of a misspent youth… maybe it’s his, maybe it’s yours. 7 p.m. $8.
FLOURISH Festival: DenMother + Esme & The Dishrags + Coy + Weary at The Charlotte Street Arts Centre. 19+. $5. CHSR FM BBQ. 1 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.