Music & Arts news from Southern New Brunswick

Month: August 2011

Giraffecycle Picks of the Week – August 26!

Kelly Marino’s Pick – Bandwich
August 26th at the Somerset Pub ($5)

Local 107.3 holds the 2nd annual Bandwich at the Somerset Pub this Friday August 26th. Bands are formed by draw and have one week to prepare a set with folks they may never have played with before. Cover at the door is $5. You will receive 5 ballots to vote for your favourites, but additional ballots to vote can be purchased at $1 a piece throughout the evening. All proceeds for the not for profit CFMH Local 107.3 campus and community radio. Rumor has it 2 out of 3 bands have no drummer. What mayhem! What excitement!




Chuck Teed’s Pick – Jessica Rhaye and Ryan MacGrath
August 26 at Vintage Bistro ($12/$15)

Jessica Rhaye hasn’t grace a lot of stages as of late, so this will be an excellent chance to catch her live. And, with the show taking place in her hometown of Hampton, you can expect an attentive, appreciative audience. Joining her on stage is Ryan MacGrath, a savvy songwriter – check his latest album Cooper Hatch Paris for proof – with three-ECMA nominations under his belt. Gas up the car and make your way to Hampton for this one, folks.

Giraffecycle Picks of the Week – August 19

Patrick Reinartz’s pick – ReNeu 5 Year Birthday Party
Featuring Cousins, Slate Pacific, Motherhood, Duke Haiku
Saturday, Aug. 20 @ 7:00 PM – Gallery Connexion, $5, All Ages

Last week I wrote about Slate Pacific’s almost-last-show. Well, this is their *actual* last show, in celebration of ReNeu Boutique’s 5th birthday. Duke Haiku also tags along again (for what is also being billed as a final show). What’s different this time around? For one, Halifax’s awesome Cousins are also on the bill, along with Fredericton’s countrified folk-rockers, Motherhood. That’s not enough for you? There will also be an art show featuring local artists, as well as goodies from ReNeu. Best of all, this event is open to all ages, so grab your kid sister and head out to the rock show, why doncha?


Chuck Teed’s Pick – Three Seconds of Decision
Featuring The Wooden Wives, Cop Shades, and The Wayouts
Friday, August 19 @ 11:00 PM – Pepper’s Pub – $5, 19+

Local headliners Wooden Wives get plenty of love on this website, but we’re admittedly a little more excited to hear Moncton’s Cop Shades, who offer up a thick blend of noisy stoner rock. If they can come close to matching their recorded sound in a live setting, it should make for a fun night. The Wayouts open the show, which starts at 11PM. Bring some earplugs – it’s going to be loud!





Tonight! Bandwich 2: Call for Musicians!

What do you get when you take a roomful of musicians, put their names in a hat, randomly put them in bands together, and give them 7 days to create music to be performed at The Somerset on August 26th?


After a fantastic inaugural edition last year at the Blue Olive, we are bringing Bandwich back for another kick at the can this summer. All we need is YOU!

On Friday, August 19th, at Callahan’s Pub, 2 Princess Street, bring yourself and all your musician friends for registration at 6:30pm. We’re limiting the number of bands to perform (doors open at 8pm; bands start at 9pm on the 26th) to just 6 bands. This will be a fantastic opportunity to mix things up a little in the Saint John music scene and provide an opportunity for musicians with a little or a lot of stage experience to play together.

Giraffecycle Picks of the Week – August 11

Need a little help with your weekend plans? Check out our picks!

Kelly Marino’s Pick -Tune In Tokyo/Carmen Townsend/Julie Doiron
Friday August 12 @ Market Square Boarkwalk (Fundy Fog Festival), Saint John, NB
8PM, free

I was blown away when I heard the lovely Carmen Townsend and Julie Doiron were gracing our boardwalk this Friday as part of the Fundy Fog Festival. Julie is legendary in the region for her solo efforts and as part of the now defunct Eric’s Trip. Her 2007 album Woke Myself Up was shortlisted for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize. Carmen Townsend has visited the region both as a solo artist and with the Tom Fun Orchestra. Closing out the evening will be local gals Tune in Tokyo. Music starts at 8PM on the Market Square Boardwalk.



Patrick Reinartz’s Pick – Slate Pacific / Force Fields / Duke Haiku
Friday, August 12 @ The Capital, Fredericton, NB
10:30PM, $5

It will be a celebration of local music at The Capital this Friday, with some of Fredericton’s finest sharing the stage. Although the night will be capped with a rare and much anticipated appearance by post-rock outfit Force Fields, it’s also worth noting that this is said to possibly be one of Slate Pacific’s final shows. Check ’em out while you still can!



Chuck Teed’s Pick – XWA Wrestling/Fog City Rollers (Razor Girls vs. Scarlet Swarm)
The Lord Beaverbrook Rink, Saint John, NB
Wrestling – Sunday, August 14, 2:00PM, $15
Roller Derby Saturday, August 13, 6:30PM, $8 advance/$10 door

The LBR is in the midst of a summertime revival, and much of it has to do with the XWA and the Fog City Rollers. Both groups are attracting hundreds of people to their respective events, and they’re offering great entertainment bang for your buck this weekend. XWA’s largest show of the year, Quest For Gold, takes place next month, but you can catch up with the action by checking out Retribution Sunday at 2:00PM. The lineup has yet to be announced, but expect a lot of high flying action.  MeanwhileThe Scarlet Swarm and The Razor Girls go head to head in a hometown battle for the ages this Saturday at 6:30PM. Don’t forget to bring some canned or dry dog/cat food; you’ll help the SJSCPA and get your name in a draw for some Fog City Roller swag. Sweet!

Changes tonight at Vintage Bistro

A quick ammendment to my pick of the week. Sarah Loucks & Robyn Dell’unto have cancelled this leg of the tour. Tracey Lavigne cannot make it to join Clinton Charlton this evening and the show will instead be opened by Chris Daigle. Showtime is 8PM tonight at Vintage Bistro.