This Week in Fredericton (Sept. 6-12)

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A pair of gallery openings, a drag show and lots of live music on tap This Week in Fredericton.

Rick Sparkes & The Enablers play The Cap with Hum & Hollow Saturday September 11. Photo: Rick Sparkes/Facebook

Monday 

Unveiling Fredericton’s Newest Mural at NBEX Horse Barns. Visual artist Mike Burt of Trackside Studios was selected in a two-part design competition to create a mural that would cover the graffiti and tagging along the two NBEX barn walls that run parallel to the city’s Valley Trail. The artist and his crew began the mural on August 14. The mural will be unveiled at the opening of this year’s Fredericton Exhibition on September 6.

Wednesday 

Sherman Downey at Charlotte Street Arts Centre. With his unique brand of radio-friendly and folky foot stompers, Sherman Downey has not only solidified himself as one of Newfoundland & Labrador’s most treasured artists, but as a nationally revered and much sought after songwriter. His songs have won over listeners from his homeland to the mainland and beyond – all the while collecting a multitude of impressive accolades. In 2021 Sherman was awarded MusicNL’s Male artist of the Year Honour as well as the Ron Hynes Songwriter of the Year award. Tickets are $20 and are available online. 7:30 p.m.

NBEX-travaganza Drag Show at Capital Exhibition Centre. A good, old-fashioned drag showcase featuring nine unique performers. All ages welcome. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Indian Residential School Survivors Society. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for ages 16 available here. Important note for indoor events: Two (2) COVID-19 vaccination shots required to attend indoor events. 8 p.m.

Thursday 

Rock and Roll Bingo at The Cap. 7 p.m.

Open Mic Night at Maybee Brewing. 7 p.m.

Friday 

UNB Art Centre opens Vita Plume: Patterns & Portraits. The UNB Art Centre opens its doors and welcomes back the community to in-person exhibits and programs with the first exhibition of 2021, Vita Plume: Patterns & Portraits which opens. Patterns & Portraits features several bodies of work produced over 3 decades by master weaver Vita Plume. Working with a digital Jacquard loom, pieces are woven then dyed using a technique known as Shibori, an ancient Japanese method for hand-dying fabric.

The West Gallery will present the penetrating series Fallen Soldiers, USA/Canada (2010). In the exhibition Catalogue Commemorations produced by the New Brunswick Museum exhibition in 2019, curator Peter Larocque observes that this work “bear silent witness…to the devastating realities of war.” The East Gallery will commemorate the special relationship of women to craft. Featured will be weavings from the Alice Lusk Webster Suite, based on a portrait of one of the New Brunswick Museum’s early champions, the Doris Ullman Project which portrays textile workers of the Appalachian region of Kentucky along with earlier work honouring the artist’s Latvian roots. The galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and during special events. Admission is free to members of the public. 

Jason Anderson at the Tipsy Muse Cafe. Jason Anderson is an endearing singer-songwriter whose work is as anthemic as it is affecting. His poetic lyrics and soulful performances land him somewhere between John K. Samson and Glen Hansard. Personal, passionate, often profound – Jason’s music crackles with life. Alongside a prolific solo career, Anderson is an accomplished guitarist and session player, having collaborated with an array of acclaimed indie artists including Strand of Oaks and Mount Eerie. 7 p.m. $10.

Chickahominy Mountain Band & Womb To Tomb at The Cap. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. $10.

Gallery 78 Opens New Exhibition. The end of summer season at Gallery 78 gets underway with the opening of the Annual Society of Canadian Artist’s Elected Members’ Exhibition. Member artists from across the country have competed and been juried to participate in this national exhibition. This show will be on display until October 2. For the exhibition opening (4-7 p.m.), tickets or reservations are not required, but please note that masks are mandatory for the evening.

Saturday 

Feeding the Future: Free concert at The Cap with performances by chillteens, Camilo V. & Not Now, Madame! This is a fundraiser in support of our partner organization, Nutriendo El Futuro in Venezuela. Cash donations will be accepted throughout the event.

The event is raising funds to help feed and provide supplies to over 100 children daily in Caracas Venezuela. Nutriendo El Futuro (Feeding the Future) is empowering low income communities in Venezuela and helping children enroll in school. 12-4 p.m. Free admission. 

Rick Sparkes & The Enablers with Hum & Hollow at The Cap. Rick Sparkes is an award-winning poet and musician based in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. In 2018, Rick and his band The Enablers released their debut LP “The Trouble with the Light” to critical acclaim. The album has been featured on radio stations across Canada and has earned Rick a number of award nominations, including the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year at the 2020 Music PEI Awards. On March 18, 2021, Rick Sparkes + The Enablers released their sophomore album “Pleasure in the Pathless Woods,” and it’s been charting consistently on the national !earshot charts since its release. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. $10.

The Fredericton Ripper, an outdoor detective adventure. Think you have what it takes to catch a serial killer? CluedUpp is an exciting, outdoor detective adventure – and it’s coming to Fredericton, NB on Saturday the 11th September 2021. The name of Jack The Ripper strikes fear into the heart of detectives across the world. Now it seems that a new Ripper is on the loose in Fredericton and only you can put an end to the terror. Can your team of detectives scramble across town, solve the clues and crack the case before The Ripper strikes again?

CluedUpp murder-mysteries have been played by half a million detectives in more than 40 countries worldwide. Tickets sell out fast so grab your team place today and find The Ripper, before The Ripper finds you. Learn more.

Battle of the Arts New Brunswick present the Maritime School of African Dance. 12:30 p.m. Streaming live on YouTube

Ongoing:

Vestiges at Gallery on Queen. Gallery on Queen’s latest exhibition Vestiges showcases the works of Greg Charlton and Marcus Kingston. This exhibition concentrates on documenting and interpreting structures that possess historical and cultural heritage and the architecture that these artists create through their work. 

This Week in Fredericton is created in part 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. If you have an upcoming event, be sure to send in your info to gridcitymagazine (at) gmail.com.

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