A look at some of the stories featured this week on Grid City.
This week began with the announcement of FeelsGood’s 7th annual Xmas Party, a complete takeover of The Capital Complex. As FeelsGood’s Mike Humble put it, “All three floors of the complex will be filled with art and music and all sorts of fancy people having a wonderful time.” That about sums it up. There’s a ton of acts hitting stages upstairs and down and in addition to great company, party goers can expect to hear music from Ross Neilsen, Gordon Gets Lost, Josh Bravener and a lot more. The party is also sponsoring the Fredericton Food Bank by offering a discount on admission for anyone bringing a non-perishable food item to the door. Read more.
As Shivering Songs gets closer and closer, more and more news is trickling out. Organizers recently announced the addition of The Urban Almanac General Store to this year’s list of festival venues. That’s right. You’ll be able to catch an intimate performance by Bry Webb and Gabrielle Papillon in one of Fredericton’s most unique retail stores. “Our store has an open relaxed feel,” said owner Andrew Wilkins, “which we feel will be perfect for a smaller intimate performance.” Read more.
On the music front, we posted three features including the very first contributed feature article from Kate Butler. In her piece One Part Eggnog – Five Parts GTB, Kate speaks with Grand Theft Bus bassist Graeme Walker about the group’s longstanding holiday tradition, a pre-Christmas performance for hometown fans. We also shared new music from both Before The War and Sean One. BTW will be performing as part of the FeelsGood Xmas Party and Sean One…well, more people to know about this guy. He’s an incredibly talented producer, Hip Hop emcee and has been doing his thing for the past two decades. One of the city’s best kept secrets.
In arts news, we ran features on two newsworthy events happening at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. First off, they announced their 2015 artist in residence. Anne Mitton will join the CSAC crew in early 2015 and her attention will be directed towards celebrating the centre’s 10th anniversary. The Shortest Day film festival will also be happening this weekend, put on by both the CSAC and the NB Filmmaker’s Coop. This free event offers screenings of many Canadian short films. Pretty cool!
And finally, we posted our first Readers Poll. I was a little on the fence about doing something like this so early in the game but figured, what the hell. So I put one together. Pretty basic stuff, but I must say, the feedback has been great so far. If you haven’t already, stop by the page and throw down your favourites of 2014.
Alright, well, three cheers for the weekend. Have fun and be safe and go check out something new this weekend. As always, if you would like to get involved with Grid City, give us a shout.
Matt Carter | @m_j_c73