The city’s first major music festival gets underway this week. Living Roots Music Festival will see performances happening at just about every venue in the city with performers from all over Canada. You can also enjoy the final season performance by Symphony NB, a performance from Dance Fredericton, an Anne of Green Gables ballet and more. What a week!
Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet at Fredericton Playhouse. Choreographed by Bengt Jörgen, Anne of Green Gables – The Balle is a playful, colourful, and evocative production that will transport audiences to early 20th century Atlantic Canada. 7:30 p.m.
Jim Axelrod Big Little Band at The Cultural Market. The Jim Axelrod Big Little Band, an up-tempo jazz & blues combo, features Jim on trumpet and vocals, Steven Peacock on guitar, John Harvey on drums, and guest Jason Flores on bass. Come early for a good seat to enjoy classics made famous by artists such as Dutch Mason, the Powder Blues Band, Mose Allison, and the Nylons. 7 p.m.
Black Suit Devil at Southside Shake. Celebrate the launch of Living Roots Music Festival with a free show on the patio. 7 p.m.
Stonemasons + Ice Road Truckers + Dirac Delta + Thrashed Silence Saccage at Broken Record Bar & Music Room. A rocking show with all recent FHS graduates. 8 p.m.
J-M Ferland/Danielle Doiron At Cinnamon Cafe. Spiritually and Humanly raw, like an up-close trip into the human soul, J-M plays his own original music with a few select renditions. Danielle Doiron is a singer/songwriter from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, now calling Fredericton home. Initially pursuing a career as an actor, Danielle first shared her original songs in two solo shows she wrote and performed at The Atlantic Fringe and The Fundy Fringe. From there she continued to write and develop her skills at open mics. 6 p.m.
Richie Young Trio + Soderman Band + Mike Trask at The Cap. Get a load of this lineup. Local blues sensation Richie Young with backwoods folkies the Siderman Band and Mike friggin Trask! 9 p.m.
Rum Ragged + Jason Andrerson at Grimross Brewing Co. Hailing from one of the world’s richest hubs of folk and traditional music, Rum Ragged have quickly become known as the finest performers of the music from their Eastern Canadian island home of Newfoundland. Fredericton’s secret weapon of a songwriter Jason Anderson opens the night. 7:30 p.m.
Atlas + T.Buckley at The Tipsy Muse Café. Twin sisters Samantha and Rebecca Tinsley form indie pop duo, Atlas. Their debut album “Treason” brings a soulful acoustic vibe back into the modern pop sound with lofty melodies and lush vocal arrangements. T. Buckley stands quietly among a disappearing ilk of true craftsmen. Shadowed by his Western roots, his soul and voice are unmistakably genuine, and the result is a class of songsmith long revered and scarcely achieved. 7 p.m.
Symphony NB presents Camerata NB: Our French Connection at the Fredericton Playhouse. Conductor: Mélanie Léonard. Presented in collaboration with Jeunesses Musicales, the program includes highlights from Bizet’s dramatic opera “Carmen”, the world’s very first
film music in Saint-Saens’ “The Assassination of the Duke of Guise”, and the mythological charm of Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”. 7:30 p.m.
Buckley/Weak Tea At Cinnamon Cafe. A great Singer Songwriter/Folk show in an intimate setting. 6 p.m.
Mesa Williams at Southside Shake. Mesa Williams is a collaboration between songwriters Colin Fowlie and Blaire Nicole. This is an outlet for them to display their more folk side of things. Free. 7 p.m.
Fresh Kils + Mickey O’Brien + Benn + Monark + Sean One at Monarch Night Club. A major night of hip hop at a new downtown club. Two big reasons to go. Three is you count Sean One. Early show! 5 p.m.
Fresh Kils + Mickey O’Brien + Monark + Sean One at Royal Barbershop. Almost the same lineup as above but this one starts at 9 p.m.
Voodoo Sometimes (Phish Tribute) at Broken Record Bar & Music Room. Voodoo Sometimes is a power funk trio with elements of jazz and psychedelic-rock fused with high-energy live performances creating a portal straight to the dance floor. 4:30 p.m.
Crossroad Devils + Red Fox + Before The Dinosaurs at Broken Record Bar & Music Room. The Cross Road Devils are a Fredericton based blues rock band with a full sound. Led by troubadour Richie Young backed by a stellar band of local musicians. They have not played a live show for close to 5 years. 10 p.m.
Apollo Sun + Wicked Vices + Iguana/Keegan & The Vandalorians at The Cap. All the way from Winnipeg, Apollo Suns team up with a pair of highly respected locals for one big night of music. 8:30 p.m.
Black Suit Devil + Anna Smyrk (AUS) at The Tipsy Muse Café. With a voice described as ‘truly astonishing’ by Rolling Stone, Anna Smyrk is a powerful singer and song-maker from Australia. Black Suit Devil plays acoustic soul with thought provoking lyrics and heartfelt, soulful melodies. 7 p.m.
Old Man Luedecke + Junestone + The Other drifter at Grimross Brewing Co. Old Man Luedecke is the recording and performing name of 2 time JUNO award-winning songwriter Chris Luedecke. Known for his high energy banjo driven stompers, touching guitar ballads and dry humorous stories, Luedecke has been successfully exporting his brand of high and lowbrow roots for fifteen years. 8 p.m.
The Tortoise The Hare And The Millionaire Album Release Show (w/ Apollo Suns) at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. After a long wait, The Tortoise The Hare And The Millionaire are ready to release their new album to the world. 7:30 p.m.
mARTinis & Music at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The galley will now be open on Friday nights. To celebrate, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery presents: mARTinis and Music in the courtyard with music from the Don Bossé Jazz Trio. 6-9 p.m.
New exhibitions opening at Gallery 78. June’s exhibitions include Reflections of Sophie by Stephen Scott, featuring thoughtful and tender paintings of his wife, and “After the Rain” Parsing the Wild by Daniel Porter, which focuses on landscape and wildlife from central New Brunswick. Opening public reception 5-7 p.m.
Ewan Dobson at Cinnamon Cafe. Instrumental guitarist Ewan Dobson originally from Toronto, Ontario currently resides in New Brunswick. Having started his career by winning the 2009 Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition where the prize was to record an album with Candyrat Records. 1 p.m.
Jock & The Docs at Broken Record Bar & Music Room. Fun covers and original music! Lawyers and teachers by day; rock and roll music lovers by night! 4 p.m.
Anna Smyrk (AUS) at Southside Shake. With a voice described as ‘truly astonishing’ by Rolling Stone, Anna Smyrk is a powerful singer and song-maker from Australia. Her songs are anthemic indie-rock bombshells, equally satisfying for word nerds and pop obsessives alike. Free. 7 p.m.
Shrimp Ring + Qwinn + Neil Morash at Monarch Night Club. SHRIMP Ring is a Space-Hosted Rotating Inertial Manned Platform. That’s where the party will be after all Earth civilization is destroyed. Britt McQuinn (qwinn) is an award-winning Canadian East Coast singer/songwriter. Neil Morash will also be opening up the show. 9 p.m.
S. Kierstead + Kristen Martell at The Tipsy Muse Café. Drawing inspiration from her own experiences and weaving them into metaphors held by delicate vocals and melancholic melodies, S. Kierstead’s intimate performances invite listeners into a reflective place to explore the tensions within the heart. Kristen Martell is an acoustic folk/pop ECMA Nominee from the shores of Nova Scotia. Her hazy, sun-dappled songs explore the self and the way we walk through life. 7 p.m.
Alicia Toner + Red Fox + Camilo V. at Grimross Brewing Co. Multi ECMA nominee Alicia Toner will bring her band to the Grimross stage. Montreal’s Red Fox and Fredericton’s amazing Camillo V. round out this show’s lineup. 8 p.m.
Chatham Family Band + Blaire Nicolle + Black Suit Devil + Junestone at The Cap. Your afternoon is now taken care of thanks to the folks at LTMF. 2 p.m.
Voodoo Sometimes + Andre Pettipas & The Giants + Run The River + Too Bad Jim At The Cap. Voodoo Sometimes is a power funk trio with elements of jazz and psychedelic-rock fused with high-energy live performances creating a portal straight to the dance floor. But wait. There’s more! 8:30 p.m.
The Divorcees + Carlin Fraser + Jaclyn Reinhart & Fire Signs at Broken Record Bar & Music Room. Now in their 16th year, The Divorcees are known nationwide as a leading voice in Canada’s Americana / Trad Country music scene. Carlin is a young singer-songwriter from the Stanley, NB area. His music rides the line of Country and Americana. And Jaclyn Reinhart is a no-holds-barred roots-rock singer/songwriter. 10:30 p.m.
Enchanted Bazaar Craft Fair at The Cap. The 3rd annual Enchanted Bazaar Craft Fair takes place 10-4 p.m.
An Afternoon of Dance: Celestial Dreams & A Second Act, the Fredericton Playhouse. Dance Fredericton dancers are thrilled to be back at the Playhouse presenting their year-end recital. Act 1; three tired girls are ready for a long night’s sleep. Little do they know the adventures they will have inside their own dreams. Act 2 showcases the amazing talents of our senior school and DFCC. 2 p.m.
Open Mic at The Tipsy Muse Café. Because we know you’ll still be fired up from all the Living Roots shows, why not come down and start your career as a musician? You could also just sing a song or enjoy a few instead. 3 p.m.
Kylie Fox + Montgomery Street Band + Nikki Gallant + Anna Smyrk on The Cap patio. Sunday afternoon plans..check! This lineup gets underway on the patio at 3 p.m.
Maldita + Small Package + Scumlord + HeatSeeker at The Cap. Wondering where the loud music is? It’s right here. 7 p.m.
Colin Fowlie at the Open Space Theatre. Living Roots Music Festival wraps up with a full band performance by Colin Fowlie at TNB’s Open Space Theatre. 7 p.m.
Wheel Throwing for Beginners at The Ville starting on Jun. 1 from 6 – 9 p.m. Learn to throw on the potter’s wheel! In this introductory 4-week class you’ll learn how to make the two most basic types of pots, bowls and cylinders, which are the foundation of almost everything made on the wheel. Using these skills we will make bowls, cups, vases and other simple items, as well as how to add handles to create the most wonderful of all pots: The Mug.
This class takes place on Wednesday evenings over 4 weeks from June 1-22. The cost is $229.11, and you can register at HERE.
Watercolour & Ink Workshop at Branch Out Productions (800 St. Mary’s Street) on Jun. 3 from 7 – 9 p.m. Come explore watercolour and inks with Ben Harrison in this all levels workshop will focus on movement and colour found in animals, birds, flowers and plant life around us. The $50 fee will include all the materials and a watercolour set you can keep. This workshop is open to anyone age 15+. Space is limited. To register, email Ben Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography Workshop with Gary Weekes at Beaverbrook Art Gallery on Jun. 5 at 2 p.m. Join Fine Art Photographer Gary Weekes for an entertaining three-hour Lighting Workshop where he will reveal his techniques for great portraits. Gary will cover his various lighting styles ranging from single light photography to more sophisticated techniques. Using “light modifiers” you will look at the direction of light, hard and soft lighting, and many simple techniques to get the very best out of your subjects.
Using images taken from The Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection, you will attempt to replicate the lighting used by past Masters and discover the influences that have shaped Gary on his journey as a Fine Art Photographer.
Tickets for the event are $25. Members receive a 10% discount. For more information, visit HERE.
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