5 Shows to Make Your Week (Feb. 27 – March 5)

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This week’s list of recommendations includes comedy, theatre, and a mix of blues, folk, and all out rock and roll.

When it rains it pours. Here’s our five event recommendations for the week ahead, four of which are on the same evening. But if you do a little math, make a schedule and keep to it,  there’s a pretty good chance you could make it a two event night. Budget permitting, obviously. And also – by complete fluke, you should know – four of these five suggestions are coming at us from Nova Scotia. So chalk one up for our neighbours to the east. 

Nikki Payne | March 3 | Delta Fredericton | View Event

Nikki Payne is a Canadian comedian and actress from Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. With a career spanning decades, Nikki has been very successful earning herself numerous awards and acknowledgements. Among those are multiple Canadian Comedy Awards and Gemini nominations. This ‘The Debaters’ favorite is a graduate of Humber Collage and has performed multiple times at every festival there is, including the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. See her Friday at the Delta Fredericton.  

Campbell & Johnston | March 4 | Tipsy Muse Café | View Event

In a fairly short span of time Halifax Blues-Rock power duo Christine Campbell and Blake Johnston have racked up several award wins and nominations while also opening shows for some big names in music like Burton Cummings, Steve Earle and Bob Segar. Their self-titled album, Campbell & Johnston’s Black Market Band won an award for Best Blues Album at the 2022 ECMAs. And they shred! Here’s your opportunity for a rare up-close-and-personal Campbell & Johnston experience at the most intimate venue in town.

Villages – Dark Island Tour | March 4 | The Cap | View Event

Possibly the hairiest band on the East Coast at the moment (half of them anyway), these young Cape Breton lads have dialled in something unique. A touch of Fairport Convention and a little Steeleye Span mixed with well-known Nova Scotian roots music set the ground for this emerging folk rock quartet to write the next chapter in Cape Breton’s long list of musical exports.  

Old Stock – A Refugee Love Story | March 4 | Fredericton Playhouse | View Event

This Klezmer-folk music-theatre hybrid starring genre-bending sensation Ben Caplan is inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees coming to Canada in 1908. It’s about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war. It’s about refugees who get out before it’s too late, and those who get out after it’s too late. 

Old Stock has toured to 32 cities around the globe, and has been performed over 250 times, receiving many awards and accolades along the way including a Herald Angel Award, Edinburgh Fringe First, seven Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards, six Drama Desk nominations, and a New York Times Critics pick. Pretty cool they’ve finally decided to visit Fredericton. 

The Return of Monteith | March 4 | Broken Record Bar & Music Room | View Event

The brothers Monteith are two of the most enthusiastic music fanatics you could ever meet. Championing rock and roll the old school way – with fists in the air and moves that would make your yoga instructor shudder – March 4 at the Broken Record is all but guaranteed to be a ripper in the most rockin’ of ways. Limber up that neck, cuz it’s gonna be a headbangin’ fiesta. The Bombed Solid (Pictou) and Turbo round out the lineup. Give’r!

As always, for a comprehensive look at performances happening throughout the city this week, check out the event calendar managed by our friends at Music Runs Through It.  

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