Music & Arts news from Southern New Brunswick


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I am not a fan of winter. I hate the frigid temperatures and the limited daylight has a drastic effect on my mood. Since I was a winter baby, I figure I ought to make the most of these dark times. The Shivering Songs Festival turns five this year; I turn 30.

The 5th annual Shivering Songs festival takes place January 22nd to 25th. Since its inception in 2010, folk-pop group Olympic Symphonium and friends have curated this song writing-focused festival to celebrate both east coast artists and those known worldwide. Headliners play in the beautifully tranquil Wilmot United Church, as well as a late night show or two in the Boyce’s Farmer’s Market and the Capital Complex. Early evening shows are held this year in Charlotte Street Arts Centre and Wislers Room (this Lebanese girl mourns the loss of the Cedar Tree Café more than ever). The songwriters and storytellers session on Saturday afternoon is again held this year at the Wilmot. In the past, this songwriters’ circle has featured David Adams Richards, Dave Bidini, Jian Ghomeshi, and Grant Lawrence.

This year’s festival features Buck 65, Owen Pallett, Sean Michaels, Bry Webb, Amelia Curran, Andy Shauf, the Skydiggers, Alan Jeffries, Zeus, Keith Hallett, Greg MacPherson, Peter Broderick, Gabrielle Papillon, Owen Steel, Henry Adam Svec, Zachary Lucky, Rachel Ries, Nuages, Glory Glory, Backyard Devils, Sam Salmon, Walrus, Highs, and Sentimentals.

Limited tickets are still available for all shows except Saturday’s the Skydiggers and Owen Steel. The weekend events are not the only way to participate: Tonight the festival kickoff features the Olympic Symphonium, Motion 2, & Peter Broderick at the Charlotte Streets Art Center at 7PM. The post-show is Newfoundland’s darling Hey Rosetta on January 29th (this show has SOLD OUT… and I lost out).

While you’re at it, check out the zine fair on Saturday morning below the Wilmot sanctuary. Our good friends Hard Times in the Maritimes will be there with beautifully illustrated issues about the gritty side of life in Southern NB. Pay a visit to the Boyce’s Farmers Market for brunch and see how it looks before Buck 65 rolls in. Most importantly: bundle up.

Will I see you there?


View a complete schedule of events

Giraffecycle’s Katie B has your Shivering Songs Survival Guide on Grid City

… and your hipster-beard lover’s fix

Read lasts year’s love note to Shivering Songs on CityBird

The 7th Annual Keggnog

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Hold the date for the always excellent holiday shindig tradition, Keggnog!

Local 107.3fm holds our 7th Annual Live-Broadcast Holiday Special, KEGGNOG ’14 on Thursday, December 4, 2014! Join your campus & community radio family for 2 fun-filled hours of music, stories, gift-swaps, shenanigans and, of course, delicious eggnog.

This year we feature musical entertainment from local artists David Mudge, Jerry-Faye Flatt and Tooth & the Fang , keyboard maestro extraordinaire Peter MacDonald, antics from Improvisation Corporation and welcome our host for the evening, Tim Turnell!

Join us in UNBSJ’s Whitebone Lounge to actually take part in the live broadcast event, or tune in via the web at or on the airwaves at 107.3fm. Members, volunteers, listeners and all folks of all ages who wish to attend are welcome!

This event also features a potluck and Secret Santa swap. Bring a food item to share and a $5-15 gift to take part.

Mark your calendars for the grandest tradition of them all, Keggnog ’14!

Dancing Bodies: In Livng Memory

Dancing Bodies PosterThe Port City Dance Academy and Felicta present : Dancing Bodies: In Living Memory; tomorrow evening, 7 PM, at Saint John High School.

You may wonder why I would post a youth ballet production in an alternative arts site. I have first hand experience understanding that the Port City Dance Academy is far from pedestrian. They have managed to strike the perfect balance between excellence and accessibility. Their doors are open to students from tot to adult, at all levels, while still demanding the best.

The school offers a range of classes in ballet, modern dance, conditioning, bellyfit, and a very special class you’ve no doubt read about, “Dancing With Parkinson’s”. Together, Andrea Scott and Georgia Rondos blend traditional discipline with the creativity and quirkiness contemporary dance allows. They never shirk artistic freedom in their own works and encourage their students to do the same.

Highlights will include a performance of In Paradesum from Faure’s Requiem, a collaboration between PCDA’s performing ensemble Felicita and the lovely women’s choir, Cantabile. I’m personally also looking forward to Georgia Rondos’s new work “Fly”, whose early stages I had the pleasure of working out in class last year.

These performances are lovingly dedicated to Fred Ross, esteemed artist and dear friend, with proceeds support Foundation Glycosylation.

November 29th 2014
7PM Saint John High School
Dennis Knibb Auditorium
Tickets: $10 children, $15 adults
Golden tickets: $50, premium seating & tax receipt

Cantabile, under the direction of Gisele Roy
Karen Galbraith, Saint John’s finest ballerina and PCDA instructor
Students of Port City Dance Academy
& Felicità – its performing ensemble

Please contact the Port City Dance Academy for more information: ballet @ portcitydanceacademy . org

Local 107.3 FM Fundrive 2014 Continues Strong!

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Local 107.3′s annual Fall Fundrive is in full swing. Tune in to Local 107.3 FM for special Fundrive programming continuing all week. If you haven’t donated on the airwaves, they have TWO great musical events this week where you have the opportunity to donate to the station.

Wednesday, October 29th
Cover charge + optional donation drop-off

Little You Little Me
Pastel Skeleton

Callahan’s Pub
Doors 9PM, Music 10PM

Friday, October 31st

Right Shitty
Plaster Lungs
The Taste of Piss

Join host Jon Forward of No Jokes Barred for a spooky evening of punk ass weirdos, sangria, and support for your local campus, community, and multicultural voice.

I will be dressed as either a kitty or zombie. Possibly a zombie kitty.

Taco Pica
Doors 9PM Music 10PM

Teenage Kicks Tour Maritimes

Toronto’s own Teenage Kicks will be making their way through the Maritimes with stops in Saint John, Fredericton, and Halifax’s for Pop Explosion. Teenage Kicks are touring their new album titled, Spoils of Youth which dropped earlier this spring. They have been busy sharing the stage with The Flatliners, One Bad Son and soon to be The Ataris.

Teenage Kicks made the trek to West Hollywood to record an album and due to multiple factors, the album in its entirety had to be scrapped. Spoils of Youth is the sum of a previously failed album, lineup changes and a passion by brothers Peter and Jeff Van Helvoort to create an album that was true to themselves and their music.

Growing up in Burlington, ON they had a strong connection to Brampton’s own emo-rock band, Moneen. “Subconsciously maybe there is a bit of a Moneen sound there, but it’s definitely not on purpose. They have been the best and most detrimental to my song writing because I grew up with bands like Moneen and the interplay between the guitars is not done a lot in popular music, except maybe for The Strokes. Moneen was incredibly influential to me. That was on my bucket list when I was a kid to play with them and I got that chance at 18 years old. They have been extremely important to me as a musician”, said Peter.

Spoils of Youth is an album full of ups and downs, both personally and professionally. Produced by well-known Canadian producer Gus Van Go, who has also worked with Monster Truck, Said the Whale and Hollerado.

Although this was the second time the album was put together, Peter noted which songs he was most proud of, “Times on a River, was written for our guitar player, written for the way that he plays. When I listen to it now, it doesn’t sound like something I would normally write. The track Stone Ambition, it’s a slower song and I usually have a tendency to fill space in songs and this one is slow and quiet and we just let it breathe.”

Changes and learning go hand in hand and as Peter explains, he has learned a lot, “So far, it has been the most relaxed tour I have ever been on. Having Christian and Conrad coming in and learning the songs before we head out on the first lag of our tour taught me to just take things as they come you know? And don’t plan for everything.”

Teenage Kicks also continue to release free music on their website which is entitled, ‘The Singles Club’. You can find videos of Peter and John doing covers and/or songs they are currently working on.
“It was easier than releasing an EP. You know, people are saying albums are dead so this was my way of still being able to make an album and follow that aspect that has been so important to my musical upbringing. The way people are consuming music is changing and you have to stay on top of that”, said Peter.

As for touring and making albums, “If you did it because you wanted to get paid, well, there are other ways around that. All of us, (Paper Lions, The Darcy’s, etc) work really hard because we do it because we love it”, said Peter.

You can catch Teenage Kicks with The Flatliners and Gob in Fredericton on Oct 16th at the Capital, with The Flatliners in Saint John on October 17th at Pub Down Under, with the Flatliners in Moncton at Plan B on Oct 18th, with the Flatliners for Halifax Pop Explosion on October 21st at The Seahorse and back to Fredericton with One Bad Son on Oct 23rd at The Capital.