Music & Arts news from Southern New Brunswick

Month: June 2013

Sweet Alibi in the Maritimes to support self-titled debut

I’m a sucker for sugar sweet folk music in the summer time. I want a soundtrack to reminisce to.

Winnipeg’s Sweet Alibi are three harmonious song birds backed by electric guitars, banjos, hand percussion, ukuleles, upright bass, and whatever else they feel contributes to their quirky melodies. Give the record a quick listen and you’ll find each track has its own personality. One song will take you to Nashville and another to Dixie Land, all tied together by the vocals of Jessica Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen, and Michelle Anderson.

Sometimes you’ll find this trio performing a simple set alone in coffee houses, or accompanied by a full rhythm section at outdoor festivals. You’ll find them in Saint John Saturday night at O’Leary’s.

Their debut album, “Sweet Alibi” was produced by Juno Award-winner winner Mitch Dorge. Their latest single, “Get It Right” was released in September 2012. Both album and single are available for purchase online at

June 7 – Halifax NS
The Company House (2202 Gottingen St.)
8:30pm / $10

June 8 & 9 – Saint John NB
O’Leary’s Pub (46 Princess St.)
9:00pm/ $7 at the door

"Runnin’ on Fumes Tour" with The Stogies & Long Distance Runners

Nova Scotia’s The Stogies have teamed up with Newfoundland’s Long Distance Runners for several dates around the Maritime provinces. They will be in Saint John at Pepper’s June 7th and Fredericton’s LAVA Vodka Bar on the 13th.

After the 2012 release of their debut EP, “No Couth, No Class, No Nothin”, the Stogies toured extensively with stops at the ECMAs, NXNE, Q104 Keith’s Natal Day Festival, Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week. As a result of winning the Road to Indie Week East Coast Series, they had the privilege of playing four Indie Week showcases in Toronto, placing 2nd nationally. You may have also seen them this year at the 25th East Coast Music Week in Halifax and Canadian Music Fest in Toronto. The five piece successfully summons a 70s rock and roll vibe, largely due to Jason Keddy’s labours on the organ as part of a hard-hitting rhythm section with bassist Sean Carver and drummer Dave Lidstone.

The Long Distance runners are a stoner rock band you may have heard on CBC’s “Republic of Doyle”. They’ve had the pleasure of opening for big name Canadian indie bands like Gloryhound, Said The Whale, Wintersleep, Jim Cuddy Band and more. Formed in 2009 by singer-songwriter Chris Picco and bassist Matt Hender, their 2010 EP earned multiple ECMA and MusicNL nominations. Their blues/folk inspired 2012 full-length release, “Tracks”, also scored a 2013 ECMA nomination for Rock Recording of the Year. It has charted on the national campus Earshot! charts peaking at #12.

Runnin’ on Fumes Tour, NB shows:

June 6 Plan B Moncton, NB w/ Danger Cat
June 7 Pepper’s Pub Saint John, NB w/ Verse the Sun
June 12 The Legion Sackville, NB w/ The Kavorkas
June 13 LAVA Vodka Bar Fredericton, NB w/ Brothers

TONIGHT: Callahan’s meets your punk rock needs

Well, they’re meeting my needs anyway.

THE WOODEN WIVES, and Saint John’s new favourite punk band, HOWL, play tonight with Victoria B.C.’s BABYSITTER and Hamilton O.N.’s TV FREAKS.

Catch TV Freaks live on CFMH 107.3 FM at 5PM for a performance and interview with host Mike Cyr.

Showtime 9PM >> CALLAHAN’S PUB >> 2 Princess St.

TV Freaks
The Wooden Wives

If you have all your hearing, unlike myself, might I suggest ear plugs.