This Week in Fredericton (August 17-23)

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Lots on the go this week with live music at The Cap, The Muse and Southside Shake plus a drag show at Klub Khrome, a drum workshop and a protest against Indigenous injustices. 

Marian is like something from the mid-seventies – a sound & style rooted in the same iconic spirit of song-bands from yesteryear. With big chords, and wide swaggering grooves, Marian has grounded themselves as true-to-form rock n’ roll. Photo: Music NB

Wednesday

Marian with Matt Comeau on The Cap Patio. Two local acts on stage this Wednesday night. It’s a mid-week early show you probably shouldn’t miss. Live music is back. Enjoy it! 7-9 p.m.

Thursday

Eradicate and Rise: A Protest Against Indigenous Injustices. The purpose of this protest is to provoke an inquiry into New Brunswick’s and Canada’s justice systems, and to seek justice for the late Chantel Moore and Rodney Levi who were murdered by New Brunswick police officers. And for Brady Francis who was the victim of a hit-and-run while walking along a road in Saint Charles. Systemic racism has pervaded the justice system since the colonization of Turtle Island (what is now known as Canada). Share your voice at the Provincial Legislature. 1-6 p.m.

O’me Nerves Comedy Series Presents: Comedy Comeback at Grimross Brewery. Bubbled seating, COVID protocols and lots of laughs! Comedy is back at Grimross Brewing Co. starting at 7 p.m.

Friday

The Muse presents Morgan Davis. In a fabled career, that is now into it’s 5th decade, this award winning blues singer has committed his life to the genre that he has long since become a master of. Morgan Davis has jammed with some of the legends, and in turn, became one himself. Ask any blues fan, and Davis’ name comes with a lot of respect and credibility attached. Don’t miss this incredible show. 7 p.m.

Branch Out Productions presents A Night at the Movies Cabaret. Featuring classic songs from your favourite movie musicals and musicals inspired by your favourite movies, performed by a cast of 30. This unique event will stream online as part of our fundraising for a new floor for the Branch Out Studio Space! Watch for a streaming link posted to BOP’s Facebook prior to showtime. 7 p.m.

Saturday

Weak Size Fish on The Cap Patio. Fredericton’s reggae/dub institution Weak Size Fish will perform on The Cap patio this Saturday from 6-8 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy one of the best live bands around and be sure to check out the band’s latest release, The Drift, available now on all streaming platforms.

Dragged Out of Isolation at Klub Khrome. Do you love drag queens and kings? Are you looking to have a great time but also conscious of social distancing? Look no further!  Performances by Sasha Stratus, Porcelain Barbie, Ménage à Troy, Roxie Champagne, Nova Gyna and Amour Love. 8 p.m.

Bridge Trio at Southside Shake. BRIDGE is performing as a trio by adding guitarist Garry Hansen for this special show. More sound. More possibilities. More jazz. 7 p.m.

West African Drumming Workshop at The Ville. The workshop will be led by Bruno Allard, who hails from Wolfville NS. Bruno was first introduced to drumming in 2002 by Doug Rigaux, a local favourite, and spent much time playing in Fredericton in the early days of our djembe scene. Since then, he has been learning, playing, sharing and performing West African percussion pretty much constantly. Everyone welcome. 12:30 p.m.

Ongoing:

On Display at Gallery 78 – Art From The Atlantic Bubble and Amber Leger. Art from the Atlantic Bubble features landscapes and scenes from all seasons specifically within the Atlantic Canadian provinces. Amber Leger shows recent work from this spring and summer, focusing on soft moments of figures and still life objects, bathed in gentle, glowing sunlight. On display until September 5. 

Fredericton Summer Artist in Residence Program. Odell Park and the Fredericton Botanic Garden are venues for artists in residence creating new works and demonstrating their techniques. The public is invited to interact with the artists to learn about their work, while maintaining appropriate distancing guidelines. Visitors to Odell Park and the Fredericton Botanic Garden will see a range of traditional and innovative artistic practices including fibre and textile arts, photography, weaving, writing, music, movement, painting, as well as digital painting. Artists may choose to set up wherever they fancy and can be identified by the artist in residence lawn sign.

This week’s artists are Sarah French (Odell Park) and Tracy Dutt (Fredericton Botanic Gardens).

FAA Artist in Residence – Maria Bourgeois. Maria Bourgeois, local singer and songwriter, will use her residency with the Fredericton Arts Alliance to write and perform songs related to the COVID-19 experience. Bourgeois says that COVID-19 has diminished people’s feelings of safety, our connections to other people, and our contentment. We can cope with these losses by physically protecting ourselves as much as possible; by doing things that we enjoy and give us satisfaction; by trying to connect in as many ways as possible with the people that truly support us.  Learn how to follow Maria Bourgeois’ work this week by visiting frederictonartsalliance.ca

Gallery on Queen presents a Roger Simon Exhibition. In collaboration with the family of Roger Simon, Gallery On Queen is honoured to present an exhibition of works by the late artist. The work will be displayed at the gallery and available for viewing, while following Covid-19 safety protocols, and will also be available for viewing online.

Roger Simon was a Mi’kmaq artist from Big Cove Reserve. He studied at the George Brown College in Toronto, and continued at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton. His work combined traditional and contemporary ideas where he painted the faces of people from Big Cove and other reserves that impressed him. His ideas stemmed from Mi’kmaq legends and stories from the Elders, and he interpreted ideas from his culture in new ways. His inspiration came from the beauty of his people.

Weathergrams for Good: Temporary Public Art Installation in Phoenix Square to Inspire Kindness. A temporary public art installation, Weathergrams for Good, will be on display until mid-fall. The installation, by Fredericton artist Katrina Slade, involves hundreds of colourful strips of paper featuring loving-kindness mantras. The project was inspired by a special family friend who taught her about Weathergrams and gave her a Lloyd J Reynolds book on the tradition.

Reynolds developed the Weathergram, short poems written in italic script on a strip of a brown grocery bag, as a way for students to make beautiful things simply and share their calligraphy with others. The western world approach is based on the Japanese Tanzaku, where people write their wishes on colourful paper strips that are then tied on trees during the Tanabata Festival.

Rather than short poems, Slade’s take on the tradition includes bilingual loving-kindness mantras displayed in calligraphy on eye- catching colourful paper. She commissioned Haley Bungay, a local hand-lettering artist, to write out each phrase. The calligraphy was digitized and turned into a stamp, which allowed Slade to produce high-volume Weathergrams. The artist’s website, www.weathergramsforgood.com, includes links to resources about kindness meditation and instructions for creating personal Weathergrams from paper bags or other durable paper sources.

This Week in Fredericton is created in part 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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