A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.
The Queer Songbook Orchestra at The Charlotte Street Arts Centre. The QSO is a 12-piece chamber pop collective exploring and uplifting queer narrative in pop music. Founded in 2014 the QSO have appeared on stages throughout Canada earning high praise for their unique approach, and their collaborative album with Vivek Shraya, Part-Time Woman, was long listed for the 2018 Polaris Music Prize. This event is presented by FLOURISH Festival, Fredericton Gender Minorities, and the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Tickets at www.flourish-fest.com or at Graystone or Grimross via the Etix Now booth. 7 p.m.
Sonic Concerts presents Jill Barber at The Playhouse. Barber has once again reinvented herself. On her new album Metaphora, Barber boldly bursts into the world of contemporary pop music. The dramatic result is a Jill Barber like you’ve never heard before. The album is a continuation of Barber’s musical story that confidently tackles everything from issues of empowerment, sexual politics, the complications of love, and depression. It’s introspective and personal. It’s also a dance party. 8 p.m. | $28.89 and up.
Curator Crunch at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery: The Deichmanns: Ceramic Pioneers. Join Manager of Collections and Exhibitions John Leroux each month for an exciting, intimate, and fast-paced look at artworks on display. Designed to comfortably fit in your lunch break, these short presentations on artistic treasures are open to everyone. 12:15 p.m.
Special Reception to Celebrate the Great Reveal at UNB Art Centre. Members of the Fredericton community are invited to a special reception at 11 a.m. in Memorial Hall to celebrate the completion of the stained glass window restoration project. Special guests, classical guitarist Steven Peacock and cellist Emily Kennedy, will provide a musical prelude in the auditorium beginning at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free to members of the public.
Artist Talk: D’Arcy Wilson on Depository Park Exhibition at Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Artist D’Arcy Wilson talks about this collaborative exhibition exploring both archives and parks as sites of preservation. Offered in partnership with Connexion ARC, this event is free and open to all. 7 p.m.
Spotlight Series presents Ailey II at The Playhouse.Featuring top up-and-coming dancers from the New York-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of America’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded in 1974, the company embodies founding choreographer Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. 7:30 p.m. | $36.00 and up.
Calum Jackson at the York County Cider Taproom. Ragtimin’ Calum Jackson will be performing at York County Cider, located at 38 Main Street. Cover is by donation. 7 p.m.
Afro-Cuban Percussion Workshop at UNB Arts Centre. Here’s your chance to take part in a four-week course focused on the traditional percussion styles of Cuban Rumba. You will learn to play the basic foundations of a Rumba beat, sing traditional Cuban song, and witness some elements of dance! Instructor: Jon Bailey. Oct. 11 – Nov. 1, 7-9:00 p.m. For more details, call (506) 458-7259 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Common Senses Guided Hike at O’Dell Park. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery presents a silent hike through O’Dell Park with artist D’Arcy Wilson. Participants are invited to open their senses for deep observation of urban nature. This event will take place rain or shine. Please dress comfortably. 1-2 p.m.
The Torinos with Accolades at The Capital. Accolades are an 8 piece Funk-Fusion band taking over their home town, Toronto. Having spent years honing their skills in some of the best music programs of the city, primarily the Humber and York University Jazz programs, and in some of Toronto’s most renowned venues, such as Lee’s Palace, The Hideout or the Horseshoe, the collective has cultivated a unique upbeat sound that incorporates elements of Progressive Rock, Funk, Jazz, and RnB music. The Torinos are a three piece rock band based out of Saint John N.B. Canada. Doors at 9. Show at 10 p.m. $8
Johnny Cash Tribute at Charlotte St Arts Centre. The world’s most authentic Johnny Cash tribute attracts every possible demographic from ages 10 to 110 years of age. This is the one Tribute Show that everyone will enjoy and connect with. Our Mission is to continue telling the Johnny Cash Story with the sounds and storyline of the “Man in Black”, Johnny Cash. Tickets are on sale now for $22 at https://goo.gl/37bGWt or in person through the Etixnow kiosks located at Graystone Brewing and Grimross Brewing Co. They will be $25 at the door. 8 p.m.
Cinema Politica Fredericton presents Offshore Banking/Tax Havens. Offshore Banking/Tax Havens: Didn’t you know you knew? (A. Gingras / Canada / 2014 / 23 min.) screens at Conserver House, located at 180 Saint John Street. This film examines how Hollywood movies, comic strips, and thrillers of all origins have depicted tax havens for decades, focusing on this issue long before it was taken up by activists, intellectuals, or journalists. These narratives are significant in that they reveal the audience’s intuitive awareness of tax havens. Popular culture tells us that this awareness exists; the goal now is to bring it to a political level. The film will be followed by an optional discussion with special guest expert, Alain Deneault, author of Legalizing Theft: A Short Guide to Tax Havens (2018). All are welcome. Screenings are free but donations are welcome. Conserver House location is wheelchair accessible but the washrooms are up the stairs. 7 p.m.
Jerry Leger with Kyle Sullivan+Josh Bravener at Grimross Brewery. 8 p.m. $10
Nautical Disaster – A Tribute to The Tragically Hip at Grimross. Fredericton-based musical collective, The Medicine, will be once again returning to the Grimross stage to cover Tragically Hip tunes spanning their brilliant musical career in celebration of the life and legacy of the great Gord Downie, one year after his death. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to his various charities, including the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. Tickets are $10 advanced and $15 at the door. 8 p.m.
Overwound at Wilser’s Room. Overwound is blues on fire. Based out of Fredericton, this 3-piece band was designed from the start to bring guitar blues to the stage with a live high-energy edge. Modern variations on blues classics plus modern blues/rock with that extra octane and drive that is made to experience live. 8 p.m.
Spotlight Series presents Collectif9 with Architek Precussion at The Playhouse. Returning to the Playhouse after a hit performance in 2016, cutting-edge classical string band Collectif9 has joined forces with Architek Percussion, a Quebec-based experimental chamber quartet, for a new presentation called My Backyard, Somewhere. Based on a bilingual poem commissioned from Montreal’s Kaie Kellough, the work reflects on Canadians’ malleable sense of belonging in a vast country, exploring boundaries, location, and a sense of belonging of people. The music is a journey through the styles of five multidisciplinary and multi-genre composers from across Canada. 7:30 p.m. | $27.00 and up.