This weekend’s roundup includes live music, comedy and new exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
Beasts and Gardens exhibit opens at the UNB Art Centre. The UNB Art Centre rings in the New Year with Anna Torma and David Zsako’s Beasts and Gardens which runs through March 1. This exhibit features two artists working with diverse media to explore themes of nature, creating a modern bestiary. As part of the opening the UNB Art Centre continues its popular FLOW series with the artist DenMother. Featuring local musicians, FLOW brings together art and music in a unique and experimental way. DenMother is electronic solo artist Sabarah Pilon. Through a range of experimental vocals, synthesizer and ambient sounds, she pulls us into her thoughtful personal soundscapes. 5 p.m.
The Jim Axelrod Big Little Band plays at Misu Chinese Restaurant. Jim and his band will perform songs made famous by Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Dutch Mason, the Downchild Blues Band, and more. Misu Chinese Restaurant is located in the Brookside Mall. 6-8 p.m. $10
Thomé Young/Pascal Lejeune at the Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne. This unique artist has the constant need to reinvent himself; Thomé Young (aka. Pascal Lejeune) has an elusive personality that lays somewhere between shyness, flirtation, and arrogance. Leading an unpredictable journey, he has to his credit five albums, including his latest, Patsy. He is accompanied on stage by three musicians, in a show that stands out for his catchy lyrics and melodies. 7:30p.m. $15.50 – $28
Pineo & Loeb with DERB & Fractal Code at The Capital Complex. Pineo & Loeb are an electronic music duo based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, creating and playing uplifting, funky and high-energy songs. Together they blur genre boundaries uniting electronic dance, hip-hop, rock fans and more. DERB is a DJ/Producer hailing from the backwoods of Kingston, New Brunswick with a sound that is a mix of Moombahton, Dubstep & Trap. He has been fortunate to play alongside acts such as Black Tiger Sex Macine, Slynk, Abstrakt Sonance among others during his career. Fractal Code is an alien life form that’s here to provide you with forward thinking gangster psy bass beats. Currently residing in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Fractal Code as made a name for himself in the bass community with a heavy influence from the west coast alien bass sound, world beats, glitch and anything psy, you can for sure get down at any Fractal Code set. 10 p.m. $10
A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt at Grimross Brewery. Tickets for this event are now available at Grimross Brewing Co. Proceeds will be split between Living Roots Music Festival and The Fredericton Homeless Shelters. The players include Joshua Bravener, Gary Morehouse, Ross Beckett, George Maguire, Jock and the Docs, Mark Currie, Chris Tompkins, LA Henry, Barb MacMullin, and more.
Artist Talk: Ian MacEachern at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Join artist Ian MacEachern in an exploration of the exhibition The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John. The artist will lead visitors through his exhibition, and will discuss his experiences in 1960s Saint John, the photographs he produced there, and how the exhibition and publication came together. 2 p.m.
Exhibition Openings at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery invite you to join them for the official opening reception of several new exhibitions including The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John, Her Metal: Six New Brunswick Metalsmiths, Gordon Dunphy: Vessels, Joseph Kashetsky: Drawings, Paul Daigle: Performance Art, and Out from Under the Rug: Ivan Crowell’s Black History Tapestries from St. Thomas University. This event is free and open to all. 4 p.m.
Hilarity for the Homeless at The Capital. Held in conjunction with Fredericton Homeless Shelters Inc; this night of comedy and music seeks to raise money for an invaluable organization that shelters and stabilizes members of our community when they need it most. The night will feature the improv workings of the Hot Garbage Players, the melodies of The Montgomery Street Band, the music of Mike Kennedy, plus an assortment of stand-up comedians, including Kaitlyn Adair, Ben McDonald, Nat Armstrong, Anthony Bryan and Joe Butler. As our performers entertain throughout the night visual artist Rob McGowan will be working on a painting which will be auctioned off. 7:30p.m. $7.
Unholy FREQS + Jon Creeden + Benny Von at The Capital. A collaboration of music scene outliers and misfits, UnHOLY FREQS, consists of Brad Robichaud (guitar/vocals), Carlos Garduño (drums), and Chris Tompkins (bass). Jon Creeden has been touring around with an acoustic guitar, sweating, eating burritos and making friends all over Canada, the USA and Europe for the last decade. Benny Von is an up and coming singer/songwriter from PEI. His writing and sound have been compared to the likes of Keaton Henson, Passenger, and Mumford and Sons. 10 p.m. $6.
odd sundays at The Tipsy Muse featuring Lynn Davies & Nathaniel G. Moore. Lynn Davies is the author of three collections of poetry. The Bridge That Carries the Road was published by Brick Books. It was shortlisted for the 1999 Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the 2000 Gerald Lampert Award. Where Sound Pools (2005) and how the gods pour tea (2013) both published by Goose Lane Editions. Her poems have been featured on CBC Radio and translated into French and Spanish. She also writes essays and reviews, and currently is working on another pile of poems. Forthcoming from Nimbus is a book of riddle poems for a young audience.
Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of three novels including Savage, winner of the 2014 ReLit Award. His latest book, Goodbye Horses, is a collection of Catullus poems that are not translations, but “research papers disguised as brilliant poetry” – according to their creator. He lives in Fredericton. 2 p.m.
This featured 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.