This Week in Fredericton (August 23-29)

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A pair of stand-up comedy shows, a drag performance and lots of live music top this week’s list of things to do. 

Neon Dreams headline a night of music as part of the Tannery Series this Thursday night with special guest Wolf Castle. Photo:


Fredericton playwright Jean-Michel Cliche continues his Fredericton Arts Alliance artist residency this week. Cliche is writing a new play about Palamedes, King Arthur’s only Arabic Knight of the Round Table. Over the coming week Cliche will explore the concept of Third Culture and his own Arabic heritage by researching the stories of Palamedes and his role as a knight. Over the first week of this two week residency, Cliche was very active sharing his process on Instagram. Expect more this week as this new play takes shape. 

City of Fredericton presents two Summer Artists in Residence: Jason Anderson & Ralph Simpson. Find musician Jason Anderson at Killarney Lake Park and wood fibre artist Ralph Simpson in the Fredericton Botanic Garden. Visitors can see artists in person while abiding by public health guidelines. For daily updates and weekly events, follow the artists’ social media linked through the City website.


Montgomery Street Band in Officers Square. Local bluegrass sensations the Montgomery Street Band are playing a free show in downtown Fredericton this week. Pick’n and grin’n! 7 p.m. Free. 

Rick Fines at The Tipsy Muse Cafe. 7 p.m. Sold Out.


A.K.A. at Dolan’s Pub. | 8 p.m. | $10


Free Noontime Concerts: Musica Al Fresco in Phoenix Square with a performance by Ali Johnson (violin). 12:30 p.m. Free. 

Rock ‘n Roll Bingo at The Cap | 7 p.m.

The Tannery Series: The CAP, Dolan’s Pub, and Klub Khrome will jointly host a series of Thursday evening summer concerts on the outdoor Tannery Stage. This week’s performers are Neon Dreams and Wolf Castle. 7 p.m. $10. 


Free Noontime Concerts: Musica Al Fresco in Phoenix Square with a performance by Connor Fox (Rock). 12:30 p.m. Free. 

Summer Recital Series Concerts at Christ Church Cathedral featuring a performance by Sally Dibblee (soprano) & J. Thomas D. Gonder (organ/piano). Due to pandemic safety protocols, seating is limited, so reserve your ticket now to secure your space. Tickets are free, but contributions to the Organ Renovation Fund will be gratefully accepted. 12:10-12:50 p.m.

Ria Reese at the Tipsy Muse Cafe. The Ria Reece Band can best be described as ‘Soul Rock’, heavily rooted in Blues and Classic R&B. For this occasion at The Muse, Ria Reece will be performing two intimate sets of music as an acoustic trio. A delight not only for Rhythm & Blues fans. 7 p.m. $10. 

Frantically Atlantic at York County Cider. Frantically Atlantic (Don Rigley & Michelle Daigle) is a musical duo based in Fredericton performing a range of Celtic. old time and contemporary folk music on fiddle, hammered dulcimer, Irish bouzouki, bodhran (Irish drum), tin whistles, guitar, concertina, and spoons. 7 p.m.

Michelle Morrison +The Other Drifter + Camilo V at The Cap. 9 p.m. $10/$12. 


Up The Creek Stand-Up Comedy Show at Grimross Brewing Co. his is a comedy show in the taproom you will not want to miss. Featuring, four of the provinces best in one night: Mark Harnett, Cory Hartlen, Anthony Bryan, and Gill Salmon. 8 p.m. $20. 

Jimmy MacKinley at the Tipsy Muse Cafe. Born on the banks of the Miramichi River, Jimmy fell in love with Stand-up comedy after borrowing a copy of Eddie Murphy Delirious from a classmate in the 8th grade. He has been performing for over 5 years and his credits include Laugh Out Loud on CBC Radio One, Sirius XM Radio, Just for Laughs Canada, Hubcap Comedy Festival, 2 tours with TV’s Gerry Dee, and 3 sold out shows at the Vogue Theatre in Miramichi. 7 p.m. $25. 

“Salty” A Drag Show at The Cap hosted by Freeda Whales. Doors at 8:30 p.m. Show at 9 p.m. $15/$20. 


Best of Branch Out Productions Cabaret featuring BOP alumni performing songs from the past 10 years of BOP! This event will be streaming August 20-27 on the website,, with viewing by donation. All donations will be going toward getting professional dance mirrors for the BOP studio.

Gallery on Queen is currently hosting works from Maia Cochrane, Sarah Hamelin and Veronica Koo as part of the NBDDC’s Ceramics Studio Graduates Exhibition. On display until August 26. 

At Gallery 78: The beauty, ruggedness, and mystery of Atlantic Canada, portraits and figurative works, and lots of new work are the focus of three new exhibitions now on display at Gallery 78. Read our feature to see what’s hanging on the walls this month. 

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. If you have an upcoming event, be sure to send in your info to gridcitymagazine (at) 

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