Music & Arts news from Southern New Brunswick

Author: Kelly

For the loners and the lovers

New Work by Pamela Marie Pierce and Don Higgins

Southern NB is jumping for lovers and loners alike this weekend.

UNLUCKY IN LOVE: Free All-Ages Show

Hard Times magazine and the Teen Resource Center want you to forget about the commercial crapfest that is Valentine’s Day and get onto the dance floor with Reagan’s Rayguns and Learning. This is a DRY event, so you can drown your sorrows in noise only.

Friday February 13th
Teen Resource Center
28 Richmond St


HEART EXHIBIT: Three Day Open Studio

In honor of St. Valentine, the Prince William Street studio collective opens its doors and hearts from February 13th-15th. Featuring new work by Pamela Marie and Don Higgins, 5% of all sales will go to the buyer’s choice of CARMA (Cat Rescue Maritimes), or the Saint John Animal Rescue League

Friday February 13th 5-8 PM
Saturday February 14th 11:30 AM – 7 PM
Sunday February 15th 12 PM – 4:30 PM

All works 5×7 framed and 125$

SWEETEST LITTLE THING: 16th Annual Fundraiser

Sweetest Little Thing is THE most important annual fundraising event for The Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre. The funds raised go directly to programming at both galleries. Presented annually on Valentine’s Day, Sackville’s beloved event combines a contemporary art auction with a fun cake walk. The event is a seasonal highlight for the community, featuring artists, friends and supporters from across the country and beyond.

Absentee Maximum Bids will be accepted until 5 pm AST, 14 February, 2015. See

Saturday, Feb 14th
7:30 PM
Owens Art Gallery
61 York St., Sackville

Tickets $5
Available at Owens, Struts, and Thunder & Lightning, or at the door

David R. Elliott releases a bit of Sunshine

David R Elliot Taking a Chance on love single

You can’t take the fog city out of the boy. Taking a Chance on Love is the new David R. Elliott single from his forthcoming album Sunshine.

The Halifax-based, Saint John born singer/songwriter’s new single is a 50s dance throwback in his usual under-produced and under-appreciated grunge style. Fellow lo-fi Saint John ex-pat Adam Mowery contributes vocals and bass.

The B side sobers us up with Every Moment . The line, “There are worse things than being alone,” is shouted over anguished riffs, reminiscent of early ought’s indie rock unsuitable for a campus coffeehouse. I love it.
David hopes to release Sunshine in June with heavy touring Canada wide.

03/20/2015 – Peppers Pub, Saint John, NB w/ Sun K, Josh Bravener
03/21/2015 – Red Herring, St. Andrews, NB
06/04/2015 – Gus’ Pub, Halifax, NS
06/05/2015 – Taco Pica, Saint John, NB
06/06/2015 – The Capital Complex, Fredericton, NB
06/08/2015 – Plan B Lounge, Moncton, NB
06/09/2015 – TBA, Quebec City, QC
06/11/2015 – TBA, Montreal, QC



shivering songs 2015 sunset

I am not a fan of winter. I hate the frigid temperatures and the limited daylight has a drastic effect on my mood. Since I was a winter baby, I figure I ought to make the most of these dark times. The Shivering Songs Festival turns five this year; I turn 30.

The 5th annual Shivering Songs festival takes place January 22nd to 25th. Since its inception in 2010, folk-pop group Olympic Symphonium and friends have curated this song writing-focused festival to celebrate both east coast artists and those known worldwide. Headliners play in the beautifully tranquil Wilmot United Church, as well as a late night show or two in the Boyce’s Farmer’s Market and the Capital Complex. Early evening shows are held this year in Charlotte Street Arts Centre and Wislers Room (this Lebanese girl mourns the loss of the Cedar Tree Café more than ever). The songwriters and storytellers session on Saturday afternoon is again held this year at the Wilmot. In the past, this songwriters’ circle has featured David Adams Richards, Dave Bidini, Jian Ghomeshi, and Grant Lawrence.

This year’s festival features Buck 65, Owen Pallett, Sean Michaels, Bry Webb, Amelia Curran, Andy Shauf, the Skydiggers, Alan Jeffries, Zeus, Keith Hallett, Greg MacPherson, Peter Broderick, Gabrielle Papillon, Owen Steel, Henry Adam Svec, Zachary Lucky, Rachel Ries, Nuages, Glory Glory, Backyard Devils, Sam Salmon, Walrus, Highs, and Sentimentals.

Limited tickets are still available for all shows except Saturday’s the Skydiggers and Owen Steel. The weekend events are not the only way to participate: Tonight the festival kickoff features the Olympic Symphonium, Motion 2, & Peter Broderick at the Charlotte Streets Art Center at 7PM. The post-show is Newfoundland’s darling Hey Rosetta on January 29th (this show has SOLD OUT… and I lost out).

While you’re at it, check out the zine fair on Saturday morning below the Wilmot sanctuary. Our good friends Hard Times in the Maritimes will be there with beautifully illustrated issues about the gritty side of life in Southern NB. Pay a visit to the Boyce’s Farmers Market for brunch and see how it looks before Buck 65 rolls in. Most importantly: bundle up.

Will I see you there?


View a complete schedule of events

Giraffecycle’s Katie B has your Shivering Songs Survival Guide on Grid City

… and your hipster-beard lover’s fix

Read lasts year’s love note to Shivering Songs on CityBird

Dancing Bodies: In Livng Memory

Dancing Bodies PosterThe Port City Dance Academy and Felicta present : Dancing Bodies: In Living Memory; tomorrow evening, 7 PM, at Saint John High School.

You may wonder why I would post a youth ballet production in an alternative arts site. I have first hand experience understanding that the Port City Dance Academy is far from pedestrian. They have managed to strike the perfect balance between excellence and accessibility. Their doors are open to students from tot to adult, at all levels, while still demanding the best.

The school offers a range of classes in ballet, modern dance, conditioning, bellyfit, and a very special class you’ve no doubt read about, “Dancing With Parkinson’s”. Together, Andrea Scott and Georgia Rondos blend traditional discipline with the creativity and quirkiness contemporary dance allows. They never shirk artistic freedom in their own works and encourage their students to do the same.

Highlights will include a performance of In Paradesum from Faure’s Requiem, a collaboration between PCDA’s performing ensemble Felicita and the lovely women’s choir, Cantabile. I’m personally also looking forward to Georgia Rondos’s new work “Fly”, whose early stages I had the pleasure of working out in class last year.

These performances are lovingly dedicated to Fred Ross, esteemed artist and dear friend, with proceeds support Foundation Glycosylation.

November 29th 2014
7PM Saint John High School
Dennis Knibb Auditorium
Tickets: $10 children, $15 adults
Golden tickets: $50, premium seating & tax receipt

Cantabile, under the direction of Gisele Roy
Karen Galbraith, Saint John’s finest ballerina and PCDA instructor
Students of Port City Dance Academy
& Felicità – its performing ensemble

Please contact the Port City Dance Academy for more information: ballet @ portcitydanceacademy . org

Local 107.3 FM Fundrive 2014 Continues Strong!

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Local 107.3’s annual Fall Fundrive is in full swing. Tune in to Local 107.3 FM for special Fundrive programming continuing all week. If you haven’t donated on the airwaves, they have TWO great musical events this week where you have the opportunity to donate to the station.

Wednesday, October 29th
Cover charge + optional donation drop-off

Little You Little Me
Pastel Skeleton

Callahan’s Pub
Doors 9PM, Music 10PM

Friday, October 31st

Right Shitty
Plaster Lungs
The Taste of Piss

Join host Jon Forward of No Jokes Barred for a spooky evening of punk ass weirdos, sangria, and support for your local campus, community, and multicultural voice.

I will be dressed as either a kitty or zombie. Possibly a zombie kitty.

Taco Pica
Doors 9PM Music 10PM