Music & Arts news from Southern New Brunswick

Month: September 2011

Motion Ensemble tonight!

Pick of the week will return next week (this week was crazy). This is Kelly’s pick for tonight!

Third Space presents Motion Ensemble: Believe Everything You Hear

Six post-classical, experimental musicians bring a rare kind of musical beauty to Third Space Gallery’s summer closing event, tonight at 8PM. Tonight’s show features works by composers Michael Hynes (Toronto) Veronika Krausas (Lost Angeles) and Moiya Callahan (Montreal). This will be the last event at the Market Square space. Tonight’s performers include Helen Pridmore, voice; Nadia Francavilla, violin; Andrew Miller, contrabass; Karin Aurell, flute; Richard Hornsby, clarinet and D’Arcy P. Gray, percussion. They will be releasing their 4th album in 2012 on New York label Mode Records.

Socan Songwriting Workshop September 15

SOCAN is once again pleased to be co-sponsoring the Radio Star New Songwriters Workshop September 15 at the Saint John Arts Centre. The workshop is free to attend, but everyone wishing to attend must pre-register for the event at

Songwriters will have the opportunity to learn from leading figures in the songwriting world – from seasoned platinum-selling songwriters Dan Hill (“Sometimes When We Touch”, “Can’t We Try”), Ralph Murphy (“Half The Way”, “He Got You”), and Steve Wilkinson (“26 cents”) to industry specialists from music publishing and radio programming – who will be on hand to lead the workshops, listen to demos and participate in a Q&A period. Attendees will learn first-hand how to master the art of writing a hit lyric, break into licensing for film and TV, as well as understand the role of SOCAN and revenue streams.

The New Songwriters’ Workshops are a preamble to the launch of Canadian Radio Star and are part of Canadian Music Week’s ongoing initiative to develop Canadian emerging artists. Admission to the workshops is free. Registration is limited to capacity and is open now to songwriters through the Canadian Radio Star website –

Giraffecycle Picks of the Week

Kelly Marino’s Pick – Bizarre Bazaar
Queen Square Farmer’s Market
September 11, 8:30am-2pm

Third’s Space’s Bizarre Bazaar has been rescheduled to be part of the first Queen Square Farmer’s Market this Sunday, September 11th. From 8:30am until 2pm local artists will treat you to facial hair painting (that’s not a typo, folks!), t-shirt screen printing, and pottery by Alison Gayton. Music will be provided by Hamburger Tapes. As always, you can purchase a Third Space Gallery membership. Delightful!

The Queen Square Farmers market offers fresh produce from local farmers as well as prepared foods and coffee. This initiative has the goal of making farmers’ market goods more accessible to the urban core. As the Facebook event page so eloquently puts it, : ” This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the Uptown of Saint John with an event that speaks to the very foundation of community, culture, and health: locally grown food. ” There is absolutely nothing more important to our community then proper nutrition and the spirit of togetherness. Don’t miss out!

Chuck Teed’s Pick – Motherhood w/Ben Caplan
Pepper’s Pub
September 9, 11pm

I started writing this to plug Ben Caplan’s appearance in Saint John, but upon hearing Motherhood’s new EP, I decided I should talk them up as well. A part of the foodclothingsheltermusic collective, the Fredericton based group have a gloriously psychedelic vibe about them. Not sure if their live show can match the dreamlike quality of their recorded material, but they have been touring quite a bit, so fingers crossed!

Oh yeah, and Ben Caplan. The guy is a hoot to watch live – finally, someone I can vouch for – and writes some pretty decent gypsy-influenced alterntive music. I’ve been looking forward to seeing him in Saint John since I met him at ECMAs, so I hope he gets a great reception tonight!

Giraffecycle Picks of the Week

Patrick Reinartz’s Pick – Peter Elkas
Nicky Zee’s (ground level)
Friday, Sept. 2, 10pm, $4
Peter Elkas may be best known as a member of Montreal’s Local Rabbits and sometime member of Joel Plaskett’s Emergency. After almost a decade with the Local Rabbits, Elkas went solo starting with his 2004 album “Party of One.” His latest is 2011’s “Repeat Offender,” which specializes in songs that are warm and melodic. New Brunswick journalist Bob Mersereau called the album a “smooth soul tour-de-force,” featuring “great horn riffs, infectious rhythms, and spot-on backing vocals.” For the low price of $4, his show at Nicky Zee’s is set to be a surefire crowd-pleaser.


Chuck Teed’s Pick – Eugene Ripper
Bourbon Quarter
Thursday, September 1, 9PM, $6
Whenever there’s a big festival taking place in Fredericton, Moncton, or Halifax, Saint John usually ends up landing one or two decent acts in the process. Case in point: Eugene Ripper. The former Stark Naked and the Fleshtones frontman is currently booked for a string of dates at the Halifax Urban Folk Festival, but is taking a break from Nova Scotia to perform at the Bourbon Quarter. If you’re a fan of fast folk, this is the show for you. Whitney Three opens.