A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.
Monday Night Film Series: The Biggest Little Farm
Emmy Award–winning filmmaker John Chester and his wife Molly, a culinary writer, trade city life to start their own farm on a stretch of depleted soil outside Los Angeles. Part of their inspiration is to offer a better life outdoors for their rescue dog, Todd. But they also want to live in better harmony with nature. Many of us hold similar dreams – but John and Molly put theirs into action.
Teeming with stunningly beautiful images of flora and fauna — including a pregnant hog that will melt your heart – The Biggest Little Farm, which played Hot Docs 2018, is a testament to idealism. For urban viewers, it’s a necessary confrontation with how our food is grown. It’s also a family adventure, full of suspense and emotion that will leave a lump in your throat.
The Biggest Little Farm| Monday Night Film Series | Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus | November 11, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
Bobby Bazini at the Fredericton Playhouse. For his first two albums, singer/songwriter Bobby Bazini wrote alone and dreamed up an earthy breed of guitar-driven soul that earned him multiple Juno Award nominations. But for his third full-length, the 27-year-old Quebec native decided to change up his approach and collaborate with esteemed songwriters such as country sensation Chris Stapleton. Along with joining in sessions in Nashville, he traveled to L.A. and to London, where he quickly came up with the powerful opening track for “Summer Is Gone”. 7:30 p.m.
Paper Bag Singers at Christ Church Cathedral. A Remembrance Day tribute: White Cliffs of Dover, I’ll be Seeing You, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Pack up Your Troubles. Think you can’t carry a tune in a paper bag? No matter! Join us! Together we all sound great! This is a group for people of all ages and all singing abilities. No commitment; join us when you can. It’s only $5 for an evening of music and fun. 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Matt Mays at the Fredericton Playhouse. After years alternating between sweaty rock shows in clubs and more organic semi-acoustic theatre gigs, JUNO winner Matt Mays is embarking on the Howl at The Night Tour this fall – bringing together both sides of the Matt Mays concert experience for the first time. Matt describes the show as “a journey through songs, old and new, an evening that will start off woody and mellow and finish electric and stormy. 7:30 p.m.
The Joy of Photography: At Home and Around the World at Brian Mulroney Hall. Well-known photographer, Andre Gallant will give a presentation at Brian Mulroney Hall 101. The cost is $5 for non-Photo Fredericton members. Room 101. 6:30 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.
CHSR Presents: Missy B, Yxnglord, Authentic & Ms. Thomas. Missy B, Yxnglord, Authentic & Ms. Thomasperform as part of the third season of live performances in the lobby at CHSR (SUB Building, UNB). 7 p.m. Free.
Jeunesses Musicales presents Resonances at the Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne. The explosive energy of Quebec artist, Krystina Marcoux, on the marimba and the lyricism of Argentine, Juan Sebastian Delgado, on the cello create an interesting and unusual combination that transcends musical eras and styles. From Bach to Radiohead to tango, the duo Stick&Bow contrast classical pieces with more recent ones in their performances to reveal how the great masters of yesterday laid the foundations for several current musical styles.
Tickets are $30 or $13 for students on sale at the CCSA reception desk or at the door. School-age children accompanied by an adult ticket holder may attend all Jeunesses Musicales concerts free of charge. 7:30 p.m.
Curator Crunch: Borduas and Riopelle Against the World at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. In the late 1940s, Quebec witnessed an intense social and cultural revolution started by a group of artists who called themselves the “Automatistes.” With their freshly-printed book Refus Global (Global Refusal) as their philosophical mantra, they used their art and their words to change what they saw as a tired, cautious, and conservative French-Canadian society. Their abstract art was at the avant-garde of Canadian painting, and leading the way were the palette knife paintings of Paul-Émile Borduas and Jean-Paul Riopelle. The pair’s thickly-painted works speak to the political energy and artistic changes of the era, as well as evocations of Canadian landscape and a world going full colour. 12:15 p.m.
Tyler Shaw, Neon Dreams and Craig Stickland at The Capital. Tyler Shaw, nominated for 2019 JUNO Award for Pop Album of the Year, is a multi-platinum selling recording artist, producer, actor and philanthropist. He has opened for several massive international artists including Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara and has toured with Selena Gomez. The blueprint for Neon Dreams’ music is simple: A well-told story, a beautiful melody and some emotional chords are what they aim for. The genre doesn’t matter…as long as it makes people feel something. 8 p.m.
Drag Justice for 554 at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Join us for a Drag Justice Fundraiser to save Clinic 554! Cover is by donation in support of Clinic 554. Thousands of New Brunswickers face losing access to healthcare as a beloved community clinic faces closure. 7 p.m.
Screening of “It Was All So Wonderful: The Everyday Magic of Mary Pratt”at Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The cost is $5 at the door. Feminist painter or traditional housewife? Displaced and isolated, Mary Pratt’s life was a highly complicated one of delicate rebellion. Award-winning filmmaker, Kenneth J Harvey, reconstructs Mary Pratt’s life from archival footage dating back to the 1950s, across decades, and up to Mary’s final interview conducted by Kenneth in 2017. 7 p.m.
FM Berlin and 0Stella at The Tipsy Muse Café. Imagine if The Police and The Strokes had a baby…and you have FM Berlin. 0Stella [oh-Stella] is the solo project of Edmonton-based, Irish-Canadian artist Liz Pomeroy. Ruthlessly authentic alt-rock blends with traditional Irish fiddle to create catchy pop melodies with oft-politically charged lyrics drenched in irony and rebelliousness. 7 p.m.
Gabrielle Papillon and Jon Lepp at Grimross Brewing Co. Gabrielle Papillon brings her new stunning new album to Fredericton for a night of music with theragtime toe tappin’ sounds of St. Cathrine’s musician Jon Lepp. 7 p.m.
MusicUNB Contemporary Music Festival at Memorial Hall. Strings and Wires featuring Nadia Francavilla (violin), Indigo Poirier (composer), Emily Kennedy (cello), & Erin Goodine (synthesizer). Curated by Indie electronic musician Indigo Poirier and Nadia Francavilla, this concert explores the combination of contemporary classical and electronic music influences and includes an original piece by Indigo Poirier. Nadia Francavilla (violin), with members of Terra Wa, Emily Kennedy (cello) and Erin Goodine (synthesizer), will perform various pieces combining electronic and acoustic instruments in unique ways. 7:30 p.m.
Scientists of Sound Album Launch with Elephant Skeletons and Snorkelers at The Capital. The Scientists of Sound’s signature anthemic prog-rock electro sound unites raging guitar hooks with hard hitting beats and epic gang vocal melodies. Combining elements of electronica with the frantic energy of a rock band with something to prove at every show, an SOS set leaves the audience feeling like they just climbed a mountain. 10 p.m.
Classic Albums Live: Creedance Clearwater Revival’s Green River at the Fredericton Playhouse. A perennial Playhouse favourite, Classic Albums Live presents skilled musicians who recreate the greatest albums of the ’60s and ’70s live on stage – note for note, cut for cut. Don’t look for costumes and look-alike theatrics at these rock recitals, just pure musicianship and songs that shaped a generation. Creedence Clearwater Revival was America’s greatest band. Hit after hit, no other band delivers that big a collection of instantly recognizable, toe tapping songs. Classic Albums Live will honour the legacy of CCR by performing their Green River album with joy and dedication. 7:30 p.m.
Rawlins Cross: 30th Anniversary Flying Colours Tour at the Fredericton Playhouse. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Rawlins Cross is approaching legendary status as one of Canada’s most accomplished and beloved Celtic music groups. With the upcoming release of its 10th studio recording, Flying Colours, they continue to capture the hearts and imaginations of a dedicated global fan-base developed over an acclaimed career. 7:30 p.m.
Maggie’s Farm Revival at Wilser’s Room. The band will be playing three rocking sets that will have you groovin’ the night away! Join us and let the good times roll! 8 p.m.
Dan Romano, Walrus and Steven Lambke at The Capital. Woah! What a line-up! 10 p.m.
New Hermitage and Counting on Downstairs at The Tipsy Muse Café. A collection of compositions, improvisations, and recorded sound, New Hermitage connects beauty of the environmental timbres that surround us. Halifax, NS. Counting on Downstairs is the sonic identity of Eric Hill – bleeps, bloops and more. 7 p.m.
MusicUNB Contemporary Music Festival at Memorial Hall. With a Blue Dress featuring Nadia Francavilla (violin), Carl Gionet (piano), & Sally Dibblee (vocals). Featuring music for all your senses, this concert features music from composers Nicole Lizée, Kate Soper, Joan Tower, Meredith Monk and Julia Wolfe. With the help of pianist Carl Philippe Gionet and soprano Sally Dibblee, violinist Nadia Francavilla will astonish you with the depth of musical expression.
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.