This Week in Fredericton (Jan. 27- Feb. 2)

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A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.


Monday Night Film Series: Pain and Glory

A deeply personal work from one of the world’s foremost filmmakers, Pain and Glory is pure Almodóvar: inventive and irreverent, poignant and exhilarating. Chronicling the existential odyssey of a filmmaker confronting the autumn of his life, the Spanish auteur’s 21st feature immerses us in the thrall of memory (and the fleeting bliss of narcotics) while celebrating art as a balm for the burdens of mortality.

Pain and Glory | Monday Night Film Series | Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus | January 27, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.

Paper Bag Singers at Christ Church Cathedral. Take a chance on us and come along and sing some ABBA, some CCR, and other old favourites. Think you can’t carry a tune in a paper bag? Together we all sound great! This is a group for people of all ages and singing abilities. There is no commitment; join us when you can. It’s only $5 for an evening of music and fun. 7:30 – 9 p.m.


Open Mic Night at The Capital. Dylan Ward 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.


Shivering Songs Festival – Full details on all performances can be found at

Richie Young and Glen Love at Wilser’s Room. Fredericton’s timeless, ageless, blues musician continues his January residency at Wilser’s Room with guest musician Glen Love. 9 p.m.

Music Runs Through It presents Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute at Dolan’s Pub. Commonly referred to as one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV) died tragically when he was only 35 years old. Enjoy an evening of Stevie’s music delivered by some of the city’s best musicians. 7:30 p.m.

Theatre St. Thomas presents Shakespeare’s As You Like It in the Black Box Theatre (Jan 29-Feb 1). Will love conquer all, or is it merely a madness? Ilkay Silk is back at Theatre St. Thomas, directing more than 30 students in this playful and passionate version of Shakespeare’s much-loved romantic comedy, As You Like It. Rosalind is banished and with her best friend, Celia by her side, she journeys to a world of exile—but not before catching the eye of love-struck Orlando who is also forced from The Court into the Forest. What ensues is a riotous combination of a feisty cross-dressing heroine, a tartan-clad fool, melodic songs, questionable poetry and laughs aplenty.  Nightly at 7:30 p.m. and Feb 1 at 2 p.m.

Theatre UNB presents The 39 Steps at Memorial Hall (Jan 29-Feb 1). Theatre UNB presents the highly energetic and wonderfully silly spy-parody by Patrick Barlow. After a chance encounter at the theatre, Richard Hannay suddenly finds his boring life filled with espionage and intrigue. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt. Chock full of hilarious spy antics and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps straddles the line between Hitchcock film and Monty Python comedy. With a cast of four actors playing 50+ characters, this farce is a true theatrical spectacle not to be missed! Nightly at 7:30 p.m.


Shivering Songs Festival – Full details on all performances can be found at

Night Market at Picaroons Roundhouse. Awesome local vendors, food, and beer. A perfect spot to hangout after work, have some food, get groceries done or do some shopping! 5-10 p.m.

Artist Talk for Chantal Khoury’s ‘Other People’s Gardens’ at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Join Chantal Khoury as she discusses her career leading up to the current ideas behind her latest project. This artist talk is free. 7 p.m.

Chris Meaney Live at York County Cider. Chris Meaney is a singer-songwriter and loop artist. His live show has looped drum beats, synth bass and his trusty Frankenstein guitar to set the scene for lyrics that tell stories with questions and always yearn for answers. Chris will be releasing a debut full length album, Real Boat, in the spring of 2020.  7 p.m.

Magical History Tour. Join John Leroux on a guided walking tour that highlights some of the many architectural gems of downtown Fredericton, with music and surprises along the way. Meet us at Beaverbrook Art Gallery at 5:30 p.m. The tour concludes at the Wilmot United Church. Admission is by donation. 5:30-7 p.m.

Film Premier: Alanis Obomsawin’s Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger in Kinsella Auditorium. The film tells the story of how the life of Jordan River Anderson initiated a battle for the rights of Indigenous children to receive the same standard of social, health, and educational services as the rest of the Canadian population. 7 p.m.


Shivering Songs Festival – Full details on all performances can be found at

FROSTival Gallery Hop (various venues). Head to the heart of the city and stroll from gallery to gallery to discover world-class exhibitions and get up close and personal with great art! Enjoy live artists and entertainment featured in intimate gallery settings. Participating galleries include Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Gallery 78, Gallery on Queen, George Fry Gallery (NBCCD), Charlotte Glencross and Penny Galleries (CSAC), Connexion ARC and NBCCD/Created Here Gallery. 5-8 p.m.

Indigenous Film Festival: Short FIlms in the Ted Daigle Auditorium. An evening of short films from Maritime Indigenous filmmakers. The Indigenous Film Festival is a three-day event hosted by the Senate Committee on Reconciliation. A full festival schedule can be found HERE.

The Art of Speaking Deceitfully in Ancient Sumer at The Provincial Archives. The Archaeological Institute of America New Brunswick Society invites the Fredericton community to a fascinating illustrated lecture by Dr. Kathryn Kelley from the Department of Continuing Education, Oxford University, and UNB College of Extended Learning.

A little over 150 years after the decipherment of the ancient cuneiform script, hundreds of thousands of clay tablets found in archaeological excavations from the Middle East remain on shelves in museums worldwide, ready to be translated and studied. The small number of specialists in this field has meant that the world of ancient Mesopotamia has come to light slowly and incrementally, revealing a rich intellectual history that developed between 3200 BC and the 2nd century AD. Dr Kelley will highlight what a mythological text called Inana and Enki can tell us about the features that ancient Sumerians saw as fundamental to their civilization–and the list may be surprising. 7:30 p.m.


Shivering Songs Festival – Full details on all performances can be found at

The Dreamboats at The Playhouse. Great balls of fire! The Dreamboats are bringing back good ol’ fashioned Rock n’ Roll with a sound that is equal parts Chuck Berry and The Wonders. This quartet of handsome young Mississauga boys delivers a high energy, nostalgic show that has audiences dancing and singing the night away. The Dreamboats capture this era at live shows through their angelic harmonies, rockin’ guitars, matching uniforms, and contagious dance steps! 7:30 p.m.


Shivering Songs Festival – Full details on all performances can be found at

Strings in the Woods with Atlantic Sinfonia at Memorial Hall. Over the centuries, composers have looked to nature for musical inspiration. Rivers, mountains, valleys, and more have been popular themes composers use in their music. Through the music of Antonin Dvorak and Edward McDowell, trees and woodlands will be explored in this performance. Atlantic Sinfonia has also commissioned a new piece from composer Michael Miller for the occasion. 7:30 p.m.

New Piano Celebration Concert at Christ Church Parish Church. The Fredericton Music Teachers’ Association is delighted to announce a celebration concert in honour of its recently purchased Yamaha grand piano. The concert will include young pianists and other instrumentalists as well as singers. The featured performer is rising star Adèle Leblanc, now studying piano at Université de Moncton. Our snow date will be February 9. Admission is free. 2 p.m.

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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