This Week in Fredericton (Nov. 25 – Dec. 1)

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

Whoop-Szo return to Fredericton for an album release show with Some Dads at The Capital Complex this Friday. Photo by @rdreama


Monday Night Film Series: If You Could Read My Mind

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind will delight any music fan. After all, Gordon Lightfoot is undoubtedly a gifted musician and storyteller. Canada loves him, and Lightfoot loves Canada. Directors, writers, and producers Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni take us on a journey back to the artist’s heyday – and an emerging folk scene in Yorkville, Toronto – with a treasure trove of archival footage and interviews with many of Lightfoot’s contemporaries, while Lightfoot himself reflects back on his life: the songs, the creative process, and the regrets.

If You Could Read My Mind| Monday Night Film Series | Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus | November 18, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.

Paper Bag Singers at Christ Church Cathedral. It’s Now or Never!! Join us for some Elvis tunes as well as a few other favourites: Over the Rainbow and Unchained Melody. Think you can’t carry a tune in a paper bag? No matter; together we all sound great! This is a singing group for people of all ages and all singing abilities. There is no commitment, just join us when you can. It is only $5 for an evening of music and fun. 7:30 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.

Rencont’ART with Yvon Gallant at Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne. Meet Yvon Gallant to discuss his artistic approach. He will also offer a demonstration of his work by painting portraits of two well-known people from Fredericton’s francophone community: Ben McLaughlin and Janine Landry-Robichaud. Gallant’s exhibition, PORTRAITS, will be on display at the Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne until January 22, 2020. Admission is free. 5 p.m.

Théâtre populaire d’Acadie at Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne. The Théâtre populaire d’Acadie is proud to present the play Huit femmes, by Robert Thomas, a detective and musical comedy mixing humour, intrigue, and family mix-ups. It features an all-female cast. 7:30 p.m.


Guillaume Arsenault & Cédric Landry at Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne. Guillaume Arsenault, a Gaspesian singer-songwriter, will perform an introspective and poetic show. Combining theater, storytelling, music and multimedia, Cedric Landry’s show, Sur la piste à Avila, is a philosophical and humorous account of the origins of the author who is for the Îles de la Madeleine. 7:30 p.m.

Connexion ARC presents Art Kitchen 2019 at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Art Kitchen is a radically transparent and participatory approach to arts funding. Connexion ARC partners with local establishments and invites a guest chef to prepare a delicious soup using locally-sourced ingredients. A meal is served family-style while four artists present their project proposals. Each patron is given one ballot to vote for the art project they would like to see happen. The selected artist will receive a grant from the evening’s profits, providing a local artist or curator with funding for artistic creation, research, and experimentation. 6:30 p.m.


Kaurna Cronin + Tim Walker at Grimross Brewing Co. Multi-award winning folkster Kaurna Cronin is heralded as one of Australia’s most entertaining young performers, an internationally acclaimed songwriter and an emotive and honest storyteller. He is renowned for his relentless touring schedule and his ability to capture audiences for a thrilling musical and poetical journey. Tim Walker is a member of Grand Theft Bus and has been performing his own material as Heat and Lights for several years now.  7 p.m.

Screening of Sgaawaay K’uun (Edge of the Knife) at Harriet Irving Library. This is the first feature film made entirely in the Haida language, an endangered language spoken fluently by fewer than 20 people. It is set in 19th century Haida Gwaii. At a seasonal fishing camp, two families endure conflict between the nobleman, Adiits’ii, and his best friend Kwa. After Adiits’ii causes Kwa’s son’s accidental death, he flees to the rainforest, descends into madness and transforms into Gaagiixid –the “Wildman”. When the families return in the spring, they discover Adiits’ii has survived. Can he be rescued and returned to his humanity? 7 p.m.

Somerville & Jenkins Live at Ed’s Garage & Taproom. Andrew Somerville is a local musician who’s been actively involved in the Fredericton music scene for nearly twenty years. He’s played with several local bands, ranging from folk, country and bluegrass acts, to progressive rock, blues and jazz. Jesse Jenkins has been playing music for many years. Originally from PEI, he recently relocated to Fredericton. His style is heavily influenced by classic rock and blues. The cost is pay-what-you-can. 7 p.m.

Theatre UNB presents Moments in Time: an Evening of Three One-Act Plays at Memorial Hall (No. 28-30). Theatre UNB is proud to present an evening of three one-act plays by two celebrated American playwrights. The 90-minute production includes Thornton Wilder’s two most famous one-acts, The Long Christmas Dinner and The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, along with David Ives’s fanciful short The Green Hill.  7:30 p.m.

Gordon Lightfoot at The Currie Centre. Gordon Lightfoot celebrated his 80th birthday on November 17, 2018 with a special hometown performance in Orillia, Ontario. Now in his sixth decade of touring, the legendary singer-songwriter is considered a national treasure and is beloved by music fans around the world.See him in Fredericton this week. Tickets on sale through the UNB website. 8 p.m.

Rusty + Mad Ones at The Capital Complex. Rusty is a Canadian alternative rock band formed in 1994 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The band earned a 1996 Juno Award nomination in the category Best Alternative Album for Fluke. The band broke up in March of 1999, playing a final reunion show on November 25, 2000. In the summer of 2011 the band reunited for two shows at the NXNE festival in Toronto. The last three years have seen shows in Ottawa, Hamilton, Cambridge, London and Sudbury as well as yearly Horseshoe Tavern gigs and a 2015 CMW secret show at the Bovine in Toronto. Now under new management from L.A. based Black and Blue {Sebadoh, Lemonheads, Men Without Hats). Mad Ones are a Rock & Roll Band from Toronto, ON. 8 p.m.


Mike Bravener at The Tipsy Muse Café. If you love Energy, Fun, and Originality then you will love Mike Bravener. Not only does he sing and play the great songs that helped define early rock n roll authentically – he play’s them with passion! 7 p.m.

Whoop-Szo (album release) + Some Dads at The Capital Complex. Whoop-Szo are one of the most important bands in Canada right now and are heading back to their adopted home of Fredericton with a brand new album, Warrior Down. Local heavy weights Some Dads open the night! 9 p.m.

Carols by Glowstick at St. Paul’s United Church. This indoor Christmas Carol event is a great way to kick off the season as we join our voices together to sing our favourite carols by child-friendly glow sticks. Come out and raise your voice, swing your glow stick and enjoy the glow of the season. Stay after the singing for cookies and apple cider. 6 p.m.

Fredericton Jazz Ball: An Intimate Evening of Music, Arts & Food at Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Get together and enjoy a warm night out, celebrating music, art and food. 2019 Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival Stingray Rising Star Champions, McKinley Morrison & Williams are bringing their Jazz Ball back to Fredericton. 7 p.m.


Alan Jeffries at The Tipsy Muse Café. Alan Jeffries was raised on bluegrass. The Nova Scotia artist is well-known to Canadian music fans from his childhood days preforming on bluegrass stages around the Maritimes and more recently from his years of touring with renowned acts including David Myles. 7 p.m.

Fredericton Heritage Trust presents Free Talk: Skeletal Secrets & AGM at Provincial Archives of NB. This is a talk by Dr. Amy Scott on Skeletal Secrets: Unlocking the Lived Experience at the 18th Century Fortress of Louisbourg. It is preceded by FHT’s AGM at 2pm. All are welcome to both events. 2:30 p.m.

Just A Little Light at Wilser’s Room. All your favourite Grateful Dead songs. Do they make tie-dye toques? 8 p.m.

Art Battle Fredericton at Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Join us for an amazing experience of live art as we kick off a brand new season of Art Battle Fredericton! Artists have 20 minutes to take their canvases from blank to beautiful, battling not only the clock but each other as well. Watch the paint fly before your eyes and help vote to determine the winner. All artwork created will also be available via silent auction. 7:30 p.m.

Dance Fredericton Danse presents The Nutcracker (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) at The Playhouse. Featuring guest artists Alanna McAdie and Yosuke Mino, soloists with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Louis-Philippe Dionne former soloist with the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, The Nutcracker is a full-length ballet which showcases original choreography created for Dance Fredericton, elaborate costuming and sets, and the classical score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This timeless classic will delight audiences of all ages. 7:30 p.m. (Saturday) and 2 p.m. (Sunday).

Hero’s Last Rite + Shades of Sorrow + Novichok at The Capital Complex. An early metal show? Yup. Come out and enjoy performances from some of Atlantic Canada’s hardest rockin’ bands. 9 p.m.


Pine Grove Nursing Home Festival of Lights. The grounds of Pine Grove Nursing Home will light up the night-time sky with 85 magical trees, sponsored by the Pine Grove Foundation, and community-minded companies and individuals. Since its inception in 2010, the Festival of Lights has brought joy to the hearts of the Nursing Home’s residents and has become a popular seasonal tradition for people living in Fredericton. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to tour the grounds of Pine Grove at any time of the day and evening during the month of December. Come out and experience this outstanding community effort to celebrate the season by supporting the work of the Pine Grove Nursing Home. 521 Woodstock Road.

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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