Music & Arts news from Southern New Brunswick

DIEMONDS at Pub Down Under July 19th

DIEMONDS band I hate to tout a hard rock band simply because they have a female front woman, but frankly it’s what caused me to give Diemonds a second look. Equally tempting is to write Diemonds off as a throwback to a late 80s arena rock vibe. There might be a bit of cheese and sleeze offered up by Toronto’s Diemonds, but that’s part of the fun.

The band has opened for Slash, Sebastian Bach, and KISS, yet they’re gracing your favourite bar-in-a-parking-garage, the PUB DOWN UNDER. While having clear influences from bands like Skid Row and Guns & Roses, a certain horror show element keeps things interesting.

Diemonds is singer Priya Panda, C.C. Diemond on guitar, Daniel Dekay on lead guitar, Adam Zlotnik on bass, and Aiden Tranquada on drums. Their second full-length album “Never Wanna Die” arrives August 14th.

DIEMONDS performs Sunday July 19th at 9 PM at the Pub Down Under, with support from Pictou’s PUNK ROCK RENEGADES and Saint John’s HUMANS AMONG US .

Cover 10$.

Check out the delightfully weird video for GET THE F&$K OUTTA HERE from 2012’s “The Bad Pack”

THIRD SHIFT Public Art Project – Call for proposals

THIRDSHIFTSaint John, NB – Call for Proposals for Temporary Installations and Performance Deadline: Monday, June 1st, 2015

The passionate folks at Third Space Gallery are excited to announce that the artist run centre will be facilitating Saint John’s very first night time exhibition of public contemporary art projects. This special evening and all supporting activities and endeavours presented by the centre will be known as Third Shift. Third Shift will occupy a small section of the Trinity Royal historic district between 7p.m. and midnight on August 21st, 2015.

Third Shift aims to inspire Saint John residents to reimagine their city, reclaim vacant and under-utilized areas and engage with the Trinity Royal historic district of the uptown area. Artists will be considering the physical presence of the area’s architecture to develop and exhibit their projects, making this experience unique to our the city.

Echoing Third Space’s mandate, Third Shift will highlight the work of emerging and established artists who cross disciplines and boundaries in their examinations of contemporary culture. We are encouraging artists to propose projects that employ the use of sound, light, sculpture, and performance.

All Third Shift activities are free and open to the public


Guidelines for Third Shift project proposals


Everyone is encouraged to submit a proposal.

Project proposals will be reviewed and selected by a committee of Third Space Gallery members.

Projects primarily of a commercial nature will not be accepted.

Projects must be temporary or ephemeral in nature.

Projects that are developed specifically for Third Shift will be given priority. Please click here for more information about the streets and areas designated for Third Shift projects.

Artists are encouraged to specify the preferred location for their projects. Given the mysterious nature of the area for artists who are from out of town, Third Space Gallery is happy to work with selected artists to find appropriate spaces for their projects.

Third Space Gallery will be paying selected artists an honorarium fee in accordance to the 2015 CARFAC fee schedule. The fee will be paid in 50% increments before and after the completion of the project.

Third Space Gallery cannot provide financial assistance for project materials or equipment, but if you tell advise us the Committee of any specific needs, they will help facilitate your project to the best of our their ability.

All projects must be prepared for inclement weather.

Third Space Gallery will not be covering damage to art or installations. Participating artists will be required to sign a waiver to this effect.

If accepted, projects must be installed and exhibited in a safe manner and abide by all relevant by-laws, laws and safety standards. Adherence to matters of public safety will be assessed and evaluated by the Third Shift committee in consultation with City of Saint John.

Third Space Gallery will not be covering costs of shipping project materials, artists’ travel or accommodations.




Please send your project proposals by e-mail to Please identify your application with the subject line: THIRDSHIFT2015

Submissions should include:

A clear and concise description of project, including
•Technical requirements
•Plan for installation
•Preferred location (general or specific)
•Possible safety concerns

(maximum 700 words)

MAXIMUM 10 images (JPEG, 300 dpi)

Numbered image list, including title, medium, dimensions, year (where applicable)

If including digital video and/or audio files (less than 5MG each) please include a weblink

Artist CV (maximum 3 pages)

Artist statement (maximum 250 words)

If you have any questions about Third Shift and/or Third Shift Residency please contact Third Space Gallery’s programming chair, Emily Saab at

DEADLINE is Monday, June 1st, 2015

About the area

The location of Third Shift will be within the Trinity Royal Heritage Conservation Area, a historic district in Saint John, New Brunswick. The City of Saint John adopted its first Preservation By-law in 1982 and designated 20 blocks of the uptown, recognized as Trinity Royal. The Trinity Royal Heritage Conservation Area consists of a collection of commercial and residential, Italianate, and Second Empire, buildings that were built between 1877 and 1881, after two-thirds of the City was destroyed by the fire. The Great Saint John Fire was catastrophic and these masonry buildings serves as a reminder of that fire and the strong will of the residents of Saint John to rebuild the city as well or better than the city that was lost.

Artists are invited to incorporate Saint John’s cultural landscape and the built history of the site in the artwork submissions.

Focusing on the cross section of Cantebury St., and Granan Ln., Click here to explore the area.

Sarah Jones presents new city scapes in two-day opening

s jones port cities

Sarah Jones’ PORT CITIES features new cityscapes of Saint John and Halifax, showing Friday, May 1st, from 12-7 and Saturday, May 2nd, from 10-4.

This is Sarah’s fourth exhibition of new work this year, including ON THE GRID at Capitol Theatre Gallery in Moncton over March and April, AS SEEN IN TORONTO at Jones Gallery in Saint John from March 27th to 29th, and PORT at Argyle Fine Art in Halifax from March 14th to April 4th.

Toronto’s Sun K tour debut album Northern Lies

Toronto’s Sun K will be making their way through the Maritimes over the next week and more importantly playing at a show at Pepper’s on Friday March 20th. Sun K recently released their debut album Northern Lies on Maple Music which was produced by former Sum 41 bass player Jason McCaslin (Cone). The band features Frederictonian Aaron Bravener and former Whale Skin member JuHang Sin.

Although the band is only two years young they have made incredible strides and are currently ripping it up on their cross Canada tour. With a mix of Neil Young, a hint of Cuff the Duke, lead singer Kristian Montano’s raspy rock voice will definitely have you hooked.

You can check out their track Let it Grow courtesy of Southern Souls above and make sure to check them out in Saint John at Pepper’s Pub this Saturday March 20th along with Fredericton’s David R Elliott.