Music & Arts news from Southern New Brunswick

Month: October 2012

Local 107.3fm Is Hiring! – Production Director

Campus Radio Saint John Inc./Local 107.3fm (CFMH-FM) is hiring one (1) staff member for a 42 week duration to work as our “Production Director.” CFMH-FM values its role of fostering skilled and sustainable volunteer participation in local content creation and operations, and this project is a great means to expand the scope of these efforts.

Autumn Gallery Hop and Tom Fun Orchestra This Weekend

Saint John’s seasonal uptown gallery hop is this Friday, October 20. A major highlight for me will be the grand re-opening of the Jones Gallery in the historic Bates building at 73 Duke Street. You will know it as the insanely tiny Queen Anne revival that houses a friendly Newfoundland pup named Pip… well, and Sarah herself.

Jones Gallery at 73 Duke St.

A bit about the artist from her web page “Sarah Jones is a visual artist working in oil and mixed media; her artwork investigates themes of urbanity and industry. Sarah spent the summer of 2005 studying art in Rome, fostering a love of Italian art and architecture, particularly for the work of Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Bernini. She graduated from Queen’s University in 2009 with a Master of Arts degree in Art History and frequently offers art history courses in partnership with the Saint John Arts Centre.”

New paintings by David Umholtz are on exhibition at Peter Buckland Gallery, 35 Duke St. The new space is much more conducive to traffic, especially during hops. The fresh, open white space is divided only by a small cubed room and a natural wood support column.

Full disclosure: I’m proud to call these two galleries my neighbours as a fellow Duke St. resident.

Press Photo by Nathan Boone

The Tom Fun Orchestra return to Saint John on Saturday night with opener Big John Bates at Peppers Pub. East Coast Music Award winners Tom Fun are a seven-piece folk-rock band from Cape Breton. This show will be a nice tide-me-over to the release of Earthworm Heart on November 13th. This is the sophomore follow-up to 2008’s wildly successful “You Will Land With a Thud”.

Big John Bates is a southern style, rockabilly influenced, post-rock group hailing from Vancouver. You may recognize Mr. Bates as the original singer of Ottawa’s heavy metal band “Annihilator”. The latest LP “Battered Bones” was released earlier this month. Cover is 12$ at the door and showtime is 11PM.


Friday October 19, 2012
& guests
Lava Vodka Lounge, 375 1/2 King St

(Enter on Queen, between Harvey Studio and Radical Edge)

$15 (plus taxes/surcharge) tickets
available at

Doors 9:00pm :: Show at 9:30 pm
Show ends at Midnight

Oft credited with founding hardcore punk, Vancouver’s DOA will hit Fredericton for an October 19 show at The Lava Vodka Lounge (Nicky Zee’s Complex). Their 30 years on the road are a testament to how far they’ve spread the genre, and accordingly, DOA has been cited as a major influence of bands like The Offspring, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day and Rancid. They’re currently on the road in support of 2012’s We Come In Peace, the band’s excellent eighteenth studio album.