This Week in Fredericton (August 24-30)

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Live music at The Cap, Dolan’s Pub and the Tipsy Muse, plus a free filmmaking workshop, slam poetry, karaoke and more.

The Chickahominy Mountain Band bring their blend of roots and rock to The Muse this Saturday.  Tickets available at The Muse with bubbled seating available. 7-9 p.m.


Fredericton Slam Returns to The Cap Patio. Fredericton Slam is back at a new location with a few key changes. Same as ever, the event will start with an open mic and move into competitive poetry slam after a brief intermission. However, there will be a limited number of spots available for each and anyone wishing to participate in open mic or competitive slam must register in advance by messaging the Fredericton Slam Facebook page. 7-9 p.m.


Maggie’s Farm Revival at Dolan’s Pub. Get your roots rock on with an evening of music from Maggie’s Farm Revival as they take to the Dolan’s Pub stage 5:30 – 9 p.m.


Keith Hallett at The Cap Patio.  Fredericton blues musician Keith Hallett will perform Wednesday night on The Cap patio. This will be Hallett’s first live performance since the winter. Mon out! 7-9 p.m. Hallett’s latest release ‘World War 3/One Kind Favour’ was released April 17 on the Nova Scotia label, Big Turnip Records. Tickets for this performance are available at


Karaoke at Klub Khrome. The first of two local karaoke events is happening this Thursday at Klub Khrome. Let’s hear those songs, like only you can sing them! 9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.


Certified at Dolan’s Pub. Bathurst’s energetic six-piece rock/funk band Certified play Dolan’s Pub this weekend. Catch them on stage 9-12 a.m.


Chickahominy Mountain Band at The Tipsy Muse Café. The Chickahominy Mountain Band bring their blend of roots and rock to The Muse this weekend.  Tickets available at The Muse with bubbled seating available. 7-9 p.m.

Heat $heets at The Cap Patio. Fredericton’s Heat $heets will play The Cap patio on Saturday to kick off the first official Record Store Day album drop. Visit your local record store and then hit up the patio for a pint and some live music. 6-8 p.m. Tickets for this performance are available at

Certified at Dolan’s Pub. Bathurst’s energetic six-piece rock/funk band Certified play Dolan’s Pub this weekend. Catch them on stage 9-12 a.m.


Karaoke at Speedbumps. Get your voice ready. Karaoke returns to Speedbumps this week from 8-10 p.m. Wrap up your week in the spotlight!

Film Workshop: Breaking the Frame – Filming in 360 VR with instructor Will Beckett. The New Brunswick Filmmaker’s Cooperative continue to offer free online film workshops with this week’s offering. Advanced registration is required. Email to register!


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.

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 – Jennifer Wiebe. Local artist and writer Jennifer Lee Wiebe plans use her residence with the Fredericton Alliance to do something entirely different. Her project during her residence, from August 23-29, will be to establish, a website for critical reviews of the arts in the Maritimes and New England. At the outset, Wiebe will be the website’s writer and editor. “I feel strongly that there is a dearth of critical writing and review opportunities in our region, and I would like to address that,” she says. “The virtual platform will include writing and also links to artist’s social media where the sharing of artwork and praxis may be viewed and experienced by the viewer.”

The artist will host live discussions of the artwork she will be covering. The profiled artists will be invited to join the livestreams and to participate in a Q&A. Discussions will be hosted on Zoom, and the links shared on the FAA’s social media pages.

“The artist(s) I will be profiling will each have their own individual stories about making work in this time of isolation, social distancing, and virtual representation,” Wiebe says. “COVID19 is the current context for all content generated for Eastern Dispatches. The circumstances due to this pandemic with many of our experiences ported to digital latforms is the reason I came up with this idea for critical arts writing.”

In her previous work, Wiebe has explored themes of national identity, language as privilege, and the concept of currency through the lens of her dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.

Learn how to follow Jennifer Wiebe’s work this week by visiting

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.

Simon’s painting style was unique and his paintings are greatly appreciated by both the First Nations’ and non-aboriginal communities. In 1995, one of his paintings, “The First Car on the Rez” (oil on paper, 1993), was selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Fine Art program for a permanent exhibition of First Nations’ art for the Canadian Embassy in Moscow, Russia.

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,, 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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