A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.
Goose Lane Editions presents Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers: Book Launch at Provincial Archives. Join author Andrew Theobald for the launch of his new book Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers. Books will be available for sale from the UNB Bookstore. This event is organized with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts. Andrew Theobald holds degrees in history from Mount Allison University, the University of New Brunswick, and Queen’s University. He is also the author of The Bitter Harvest of War: New Brunswick and the Conscription Crisis of 1917 and numerous scholarly articles. 7 p.m.
Paper Bag Singers at Christ Church Cathedral. We’ll be serving up American Pie along with a few slices of Beatles music. Think you can’t carry a tune in a paper bag? No matter! Join us! Together we all sound great! This is for people of all ages and all singing abilities. No commitment, join us when you can. It only costs $5 for an evening of music and fun. 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Luminous in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery Pavillion. Luminous is a unique collaboration between the Bel Canto Singers of Fredericton and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery that brings the visual and musical arts together in a celebration of some of the Gallery’s masterworks. This special performance features creative pairings of choral reflections and paintings, brought to life in Bel Canto’s first multidisciplinary partnership. The concert will take place in the Gallery’s pavilion, where twenty foot ceilings create a beautiful acoustic environment. Luminous will highlight affinities and connections between the musical and visual works, between artists and composers, and between musical elements and painting techniques. For fans of either art form, it’s sure to be an evening not to miss. The choir will be joined by collaborative pianist, Carolyn Wagner, and special guests Ian Burdon and Miriam Lobinsky, violins; Laura Brockbank, viola and David Nielsen, cello. 7:30 p.m. $20.
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 Mothership at Wilser’s Room. Yup, that’s right! The Mothership is back to funk up all of your Wednesday’s in May in Wilser’s Room. Doors at 9 p.m. Show at 10. $6.
Music Runs Through It presents Steve Poltz at Dolan’s Pub. Among the music cognoscenti, Steve Poltz is regarded as one of the most talented and prolific songwriters of our time. His songs have been among the longest running ever on the Billboard Top 100 and they regularly appear in movie soundtracks, television shows, and even the odd commercial. His touring schedule is ferocious, ping ponging between continents with enough frequency to earn him manic followings in scores of different accents and languages. 7:30 p.m. $30.
Great Canadian $10,000 Karaoke Challenge at The Capital Complex. 10 WEEK CONTEST: Weeks 1-8 are qualifiers with 2 winners selected each week! Week 9 is Semi-Finals where 16 winners sing-off!
Week 10 is Capital Complex Finals where the top 8 sing-off and the top 2 are selected to move on to the NB Regional competition representing the Capital in July! 8 p.m.
Provincial Winners then receive airfare + hotel stay for the National Finals Saturday August 24th at Overtime Sports Bar in Kingston Ontario!
Contestants must be at least 19 years of age to enter. Contestants can only compete at each location once but are allowed to travel to other participating locations to compete.
Seminar at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery: How To Apply To The New Brunswick Art Bank. This informative and non-intimidating seminar in the RBC Learning Centre is designed to help visual artists and gallerists better understand the process of applying to the New Brunswick Art Bank. No admission required. Hosted by Danielle Hogan. 7 p.m.
Kevin Davison at The Tipsy Muse Café. With the initial success of Kevin’s first album, Just The Beginning, he quickly became recognized by the country music industry, and invited to kick off his live performance career opening for country music legends Little Texas. The same year saw Kevin taking the stage with Jason Blaine, Chrystal Shewanda, Doc Walker, Gord Bamford and Paul Brandt at the first annual Ridgefest in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. 7 p.m. $10.
Book Launch for Matthew Gwathmey and Anne Compton at Westminster Books. Westminster Books, Brick Books, and Fitzhenry & Whiteside are pleased to present the launch of two new collections of poems. Join us for readings from Our Latest in Folktales, the debut collection by Fredericton’s own Matthew Gwathmey, and Smallholding, the fifth collection by Governor General’s award-winning poet Anne Compton. Hosted by Nick Thran, this event features readings and signings by both authors. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m.
Art is a Spectrum Gallery Launch at 1666 Lincoln Road. Autism Connections Fredericton and the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD) are collaborating on an exciting new initiative. The Art is A Spectrum Gallery celebrates the artistic talents of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The idea for this project was brought forward by NBCCD’s own Meara Landsburg, a first year Diploma student in NBCCD’s Graphic Design program, during her summer employment at Autism Connections Fredericton.
The initiative will be culminating in the launch of a permanent home for Art is a Spectrum in Cameron’s Room, located within the Autism Resources Fredericton facility at 1666 Lincoln Road. The display will be open to the public year round during operating hours. This initiative is a wonderful way to celebrate the talents of those on the spectrum and to share with community the gifts that are presented through their art. We are so excited to see this celebration happen. 6:30 p.m.
Benjamin Hermann + Rose-Erin Stokes at The Capital Complex. Benjamin Hermann’s music hits the sweet spot with folk music lovers. His newest album Windows Wide Openmixes subtlety and directness, blending distant instrumentation and strong finger-style guitar playing into a soundscape that compliments vocals delivered with careful nuance. | On her latest album Wherever I Go, Rose-Erin Stokes has demonstrated a dynamic range of emotional textures as an artist, from vulnerability, quiet hopefulness to graceful sad resignation and much more, all beautiful bound up with tasteful, ethereal melodies. 8 p.m. $10.
A Night of Comedy with Jimmy MacKinley & Friends at The Tipsy Muse Café. Our very funny comics take to The Muse stage for a special night. You won’t find a better deal on a night of laughter. 7 p.m. $10.
4x4x4 Tour at The Capital Complex. A crushing night of heavy music featuring some of the east coast’s heaviest bands – Death Valley Driver (Charlottetown, PE), Dischord (Moncton, NB), Hero’s Last Rite (Fredericton, NB)and Orchid’s Curse (Halifax, NS). 10 p.m. $10.
Brick House Babes presents Floodlines at The Captial Complex. Our sensational seasonal search for Fredericton’s hottest drag entertainer is back with a spring competition to crown the next Brick House Babe. $6.
Piper & Carson and Moonfruits at The Tipsy Muse Café. An evening of harmony and heart-song in English and French – songs of life and death, compassion, and elevating the stuff of everyday life. 7 p.m. $10.
Spookinatural (An Improv Show) at Wilser’s Room. Hot Garbage Players are getting spooky in this “monster of the week” style parody! Playing off of popular TV shows like “Supernatural”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, and “X-Files”, HGP is ready to track down whatever unspeakable horror is plaguing our city in this episode and end it… all within a reasonable 60 minute slot! 7:30 p.m. $7.
Goth Nightat The Capital Complex. Get your dark clothing ready for this one. It’s going to be the best time Fredericton has ever had for a DARK event with performances by The Gothsicles, Jack Buster, Jaguar Knight a special guests. 10 p.m. $12-$13.
Pale Mare + ScumLord + A Lucid Nightmare at The Capital Complex. Toronto’s PALE MARE are bringing their riff filled onslaught to The Capital Complex with local dudes ScumLord and heavy metalists A Lucid Nightmare. 8:30 p.m. $7.
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.