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.

Satellite Theatre’s production OVERLAP runs July 26-27 at the Black Box Theatre as one of two MainStage shows at this year’s NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival.


Fredericton Arts Alliance Artists in Residence presents Derek Davidson & Jasmine CullLocal painter Derek Davidson and fibre artist Jasmine Cull will work on projects as part of the summer residence series in the Soldiers’ Barracks. Derek Davidson, who has been painting professionally since 2009 and who participated in the 2014 and 2018 editions of Art Battle NB, will paint on canvas with acrylics and sketch with pen and watercolours. He will be using trees as both the subject and supporting object for his painting, hoping to add a dimension of resilience to his work. Jasmine Cull, who is a member of Fredericton Fibre Art Network and who had her work featured at the Canada 150 – A Celebration of Fibre exhibition, will use all the media she works in to create a piece while focused on basketry, her main medium. She will be inviting visitors to participate in the creation process, and will be incorporating tree-based material and subject matter into her pieces.

The studio is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.


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.

Outdoor Summer Concert Series: Chloé Breault (Folk). This free concert at Officer’s Square begins at 7:30 p.m. Rain Date: Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.

NotaBle Acts Theatre Company & the coop present Fruit Machine in the Black Box Theatre. This production, created by Alex Rioux and Samuel Crowell during their stint as coop Artists in Residence, is a timely exploration of queer history that was directed and created by a queer positive cast that aims to shine a spotlight on a largely hidden part of our past. Using physical theatre to interpret historical text and quotes, this new work focuses on the questionable practices of the RCMP that targeted the LGBTQ+ community in the 50s and 60s.

One such questionable practice was the ‘fruit machine’, which was said to be capable of determining if an individual was interested in homosexual activity. Fruit Machine shines a light on these barbaric practices and on the unfair treatment of queer individuals in Canadian history.

Prior to the July 23 performance there will be a public talk with the cast entitled Bringing Queer History to Light from 6:30pm until 7:15pm. The talk will touch on the importance of researching, documenting and sharing queer history. The discussion will feature the voices of Fruit Machine creator and Artistic Director, Alex Rioux, The Queer Heritage Initiative Co-Founders, Dusty Green and Meredith Batt, and RCMP purge survivor Diane Doiron, and will be moderated by coop Co-Artistic Director Lisa Anne Ross. July 23-25. 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at the door.


Motown Downtown with Sugarbomb at The Capital. This 6-piece musical party has come together with a purpose to bring about the joyful revival of what is felt as the dynamo sound that impacted nearly everything during a Golden age of popular music – Motown & Soul. Comprised of some of Fredericton’s best musicians ready to bring all the soul and funk to you! 10 p.m. $6.

Comedy Night at The Cider House/Abbey Café. There’s no better place to laugh through your Wednesday evening. Admission is by donation. 7 p.m.

One Drum One Song: The 2019 Assembly of First Nations Gala at The Delta. The Assembly of First Nations presents their 2019 Annual General Assembly on the banks of the beautiful Wolastoq River featuring a riverside lobster feast and live music from 2019 Juno Indigenous “Album of the Year” winner Jeremy Dutcher! 7 p.m.

Outdoor Summer Concert Series: 8 Track Mind (Classic Rock). 7 p.m. Lawrence Amphitheatre (Nashwaaksis Commons). Free. Rain Date: Monday, July 29 at 7 p.m.

St. Anne’s Chapel of Ease Noon Hour Recital Series. This recital features Helen Morag MacKinnon (director) & Lynn Mills (accompanist). Admission by free will donation to support the music programs at Christ Church Parish Church. 12:10 p.m.


Midnight Sun Two at The Tipsy Muse Café. Christoper and Kathryn Eagles combine classical and contemporary music for a special performance of Flute and percussion. 7 p.m. $10.

The Hypochondriacs with Sam Salmon and the Grand Manan Bandits at The Capital. Two of the city’s finest perform together at one of the city’s finest. 10 p.m.

Woodwind Quintet at Christ Church Cathedral. The Well-Seasoned Winds, comprised of Bjorn Runefors on flute, Fran Robinson on oboe, Margaret Isaacs on clarinet, Sam Arnold on bassoon, and Charles MacKinnon on horn, will present an evening of delightful music together with the cathedral organist David Drinkell. Pieces performed will be by composers Joachim Andersen, Malcolm and Sam Arnold, J.S. Bach, Gerald Finzi, Jacques Ibert, Darius Milhaud, and Robert Schumann. Admission is by donation, and all are welcome to attend. 7:30 p.m.

Outdoor Summer Concert Series: Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band. This free concert at Officer’s Square begins at 7:30 p.m. Rain Date: Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Garrison Night Market. On summer Thursdays, Carleton Street in the Historic Garrison District comes alive with the Garrison Night Market!Each week features new vendors and entertainment! The market operates from 4:30pm to 9:00pm, June 20th to September 5th, 2019. 


Summer Concert Series at Christ Church Cathedral: 12:10 p.m. No charge. Donations welcome.

New Brunswick Highland Games at 51 Woodstock Road. Come for your annual Celtic infusion of music, bagpipes, drumming, highland dance, traditional Scottish athletics, Scottish foods, whiskies, genealogy, crafts and more. Don’t miss the workshops, Friday evening Kick-off party, the Saturday night Ceilidh with awesome entertainment. July 26-28.

NotaBle Acts Theatre Company present OVERLAP in the Black Box Theatre. Can you truly say you belong in a place, if it is the only place you have ever known? How do you escape from yourself when every street in the city could be your reflection? Through stories both tense and twisted, the challenges of life take incandescent shape in this deft exploration of modern Acadian youth and their zest and desire for reinvention. July 26 and 27. Tickets available at the door.

Chillteens, Drug Rugs & Penny Blacks at The Capital. Chillteens are psychedelic rock, which fuses elements of modal jazz and R&B, Drug Rugs are freaky, sparkly, and pop-y grooves to make you sway and Penny Blacks are like a honky-tonk sock hop drowning its sorrows in Rolling Rock. 9 p.m. $8.

Knot Werk at The Tipsy Muse Café. This is a special two night engagement with the exciting new Celtic band to coincide with The New Brunswick Highland Games. Knot Werk is a Cape Breton music trio playing a variety of traditional Celtic music and original compositions. July 26 and 27. 7 p.m. $10.

7 p.m. $10.


Outdoor Summer Concert Series: The Barra MacNeils. This free concert at Officer’s Square begins at 7:30 p.m. Presented in partnership with the New Brunswick Highland Games.

Just A Little Light at Wilser’s Room. Just A Little is a Psychedelic Rock n Roll Band made up of local Fredericton musicians that play tribute to the music of the Grateful Dead live. 8 p.m.

Under the Stars Film Series: Saturday Night Modern Favourites – Brave (2012) Animation PG. This free film screening in Officer’s Square begins at dusk.


Under the Stars Film Series: Sunday Night Classic Films – African Queen (1951) Adventure PG. This free film screening in Officer’s Square begins at dusk.

NotaBle Acts presents: Play Out Loud: Readings of New Plays in Development at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Enjoy readings of The Plucking Dark Ages by Sue Rose and Killer Counsel by Damon Gordon in this first instalment of the three part series focused on new plays in development. 7:30 p.m. Admission by donation. 

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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