A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.
Monday Night Film Series: Maiden
Alex Holmes | UK, 2018 | English | 93 minutes
Exhilarating, suspenseful, and emotionally charged, this documentary from director Alex Holmes chronicles Tracy Edwards’ 1989–90 precedent- setting sea voyage around the world with an all-female crew. The Whitbread Round the World Race (rechristened the Volvo Ocean Race in 2001) was considered an exclusively masculine endeavour when Edwards came along and, in the face of much sexist condescension, proved that skill, perseverance, and courage at sea know no gender.
Maiden traces Edwards’ formative experiences: the idyllic childhood that came to a devastating halt with her father’s death and the adolescent rebelliousness that resulted in her expulsion from school. At 16, she ran away to Greece, where she had her first taste of the seafaring life, rapidly graduating from cook to deckhand to first mate. She was still in her mid-twenties when she became determined to participate in the Whitbread with a crew of talented women from around the world.
With its fundraising challenges and heated rivalries, the journey to prepare the Maiden was already complicated. But it was just the beginning of an epic adventure. Holmes crafts a captivating braid of archival materials and new interviews in which Edwards and her crew members — all of them rousing storytellers — collectively narrate their experience. It is a classic tale of people contending with the elements, though, in this case, some of those elements are other people. In a televised interview filmed before the Maiden set out, Edwards explains that she simply wants to be able to pursue her passion and prove the all-male sailing establishment wrong.
Maiden | Monday Night Film Series | Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus | Sept. 30, 2019 – 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.
Quote the Raven at The Tipsy Muse Café. This Folk-Pop/Roots duo from Newfoundland and Labrador deliver harmonies that will send shivers down your spine. Presented by Music Runs Through It. $20. 7:30 p.m.
CHSR Presents: Kylie Fox | Live in the Lobby. If you don’t know folk singer Kylie Fox by now, you need to get out more. The first in a new season of live performances in the lobby at CHSR (SUB Building, UNB). 7 p.m. Free.
Hollerado + Bad Waitress at The Capital. Hollerado, the JUNO nominees who earned over a million Youtube views, made great music and toured for the past 12 years are calling it a day. Come celebrate the band and check out label mates Bad Waitress. Party! 8 p.m.
Northern Pikes at the Delta Ballroom. Iconic Canadian rock band Northern Pikes are defying the odds, returning with a brand-new studio album, Forest Of Love. It’s the group’s first new release since 2003, and the first to feature new group member Kevin Kane. He joins founding members Jay Semko, Bryan Potvin, and Don Schmid, the gang responsible for classic hits “She Ain’t Pretty”, “Teenland”, “Things I Do For Money”, “Wait For Me”, and more. 8 p.m. $39.50
CBC Massey Lectures: Power Shift with Sally Armstrong at The Playhouse. In her 2019 Massey Lectures, award winning author, journalist, and human rights activist Sally Armstrong illustrates how improving the status of the female half of humanity is crucial to our collective thriving and surviving. What we learn is that gender inequality comes at too high of a cost to us all; the only way forward is to stand side by side, men and women as equals.
Armstrong is the author of four best-selling books: Ascent of Women: A New Age Is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter, The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor, Veiled Threat: the Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan, and Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women. 7 p.m.
Plain Sight Theatre Festival at STU. Theatre St. Thomas in partnership with Solo Chicken the coop is thrilled to announce the opening act of their 2019/2020 Season, The Plain Sight Theatre Festival running October 2-5 2019. This new initiative, which aims to bring LGBTQ2+ visibility front and center by fostering the development of LGBTQ2+ playwrights, performers and directors will kick off with workshops, panels and staged readings. The festival, which is curated and directed by STU alum and local theatre artist, Alex Rioux, offers opportunities for emerging LGBTQ2+ artists to develop, craft and share their work. Learn more!
Old Man Luedecke at Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Old Man Luedecke stops in Fredericton on October 3 beginning his fall tour in support of his latest release, Easy Money, which picks up where his award-winning, and most successful release to date, Domestic Eccentric (2015), leaves off; four years farther down the road, dreaming about his ship coming in, still a parent but now grappling with the newness of middle age, dad jokes, love for an abiding partner, the death of a parent, along with some calypso-feeling local Nova Scotia history thrown in for good measure. 8 p.m. $30.
Artist Talk at the George Fry Gallery. Artists from the Beneath the Surface residency, curator Craig Schneider, and park interpreter Daniel Sinclair, will discuss the experience, our protected environment, and the inspiration of this place for artists who created artwork after this experience. 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Comedy Night at Wilser’s Room. Join host Jason McIntyre and a cast of local comics for at least one good laugh, but probably more. 8:30-9:30p.m.
Adam Baldwin + The Backstays at The Capital. Dartmouth and Saint John meet for one night in Fredericton. 9 p.m.
Arma Epifania + DJ Kiji-jay at Grimross Brewing Co. Arma Epifania blends influences from Chopin, MF Doom, and old Jazz and Soul music to create some kind of Alterno-Classical, funky hip-hop seasoning straight from the nowhere on the East Coast. 8 p.m. $5-$10.
5 à 7 at The Tipsy Muse Café. Un 5 à 7 Francophone. Avec Marie-Hélène, Marie-Claude et leurs invités 🙂
Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound + Nebullama + Capital6 at The Capital. Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound are a 6 piece soul-funk band, from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada. The group channels classic soul and funk in their infectious original material. With an airtight rhythm section and searing horns lay the foundation, over which the five-foot firecracker lead vocalist Roxy Mercier soulfully drives home songs of social justice, love lost & won. Roxy & TUSS will share the stage with Moncton jam band Nebullama and Capital6, the latest project from the bar’s resident musicians. 10 p.m.
Chris Colepaugh at The Tipsy Muse Café. One of New Brunswick’s greatest.8 p.m. $10.
Excuses Excuses, Monteith, & Atsuko Chiba at The Capital. Ontario-grown, alt/punk trio, Excuses Excuses, are heading across Canada to celebrate the release of their upcoming EP and they’ll stop in Fredericton for a Saturday night show with Atsuko Chiba (Montreal) and Monteith (Fredericton). 10 p.m. $10.
Jazz Night at The Capital. Walkin’ Bridge is a Fredericton-based quartet performing a more modern jazz repertoire–one that embraces the contemporary scene. Their music acknowledges the influence of rock, hip hop, and other genres on improvised music. They interpret compositions by Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Dave Holland, Chick Corea, etc., as well as select original material. Rediscover jazz, Fredericton! 8-11 p.m.
Theatre New Brunswick Yard Sale at 55 Whiting Road. They’ve been doing a lot of cleaning and reorganizing over the summer months and have accumulated a hefty heap of odds and ends they’d like to pass on to anyone interested. This treasure trove includes set pieces, props, costumes and assorted technical gear we no longer need to keep. Stop by and see what’s up for grabs. 10-1 p.m.
Audition Technique Workshop (Theatre). Enhance your audition technique with practical skills such as commanding a room, being memorable, and empowering yourself with knowledge to help you prepare to a high standard. This is a workshop for those who audition or hold auditions, and for those who have done loads or none at all. We’ll explore how performance skills are transferable in helping you be your best self under pressure. Come prepared with a one minute speech. Please bring a copy of your speech to the workshop and prepare to pay in cash at the start of the session. Instructor Allie Ingalls is a theatre-maker from Fredericton with three years of actor/performance studies from York University and a BA in Acting from East15. She has recently finished working on a production with Nick Hytner, the previous artistic director of the National Theatre, and is now working locally in Fredericton with the film community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a place, or with any questions/access requirements. 2-6 p.m.
Mariachi Herencia de Mexico at The Playhouse. An ensemble of student musicians from Chicago’s Mexican American neighbourhoods released their debut album, Nuestro Herencia (Our Heritage), in 2017. The group has performed alongside major artists like Lila Downs, Aida Cuevas, Pedro Fernandez as well as some of the most respected Mariachi groups from both sides of the border. This group of students has the talent, training, and bravado to hold their own with the best in the world. 7:30 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.