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Toronto’s Sun K tour debut album Northern Lies

Toronto’s Sun K will be making their way through the Maritimes over the next week and more importantly playing at a show at Pepper’s on Friday March 20th. Sun K recently released their debut album Northern Lies on Maple Music which was produced by former Sum 41 bass player Jason McCaslin (Cone). The band features Frederictonian Aaron Bravener and former Whale Skin member JuHang Sin.

Although the band is only two years young they have made incredible strides and are currently ripping it up on their cross Canada tour. With a mix of Neil Young, a hint of Cuff the Duke, lead singer Kristian Montano’s raspy rock voice will definitely have you hooked.

You can check out their track Let it Grow courtesy of Southern Souls above and make sure to check them out in Saint John at Pepper’s Pub this Saturday March 20th along with Fredericton’s David R Elliott.

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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
7PM
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

Hours:
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 http://www.sweetestlittlething.ca/home/

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

The 7th Annual Keggnog

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Hold the date for the always excellent holiday shindig tradition, Keggnog!

Local 107.3fm holds our 7th Annual Live-Broadcast Holiday Special, KEGGNOG ’14 on Thursday, December 4, 2014! Join your campus & community radio family for 2 fun-filled hours of music, stories, gift-swaps, shenanigans and, of course, delicious eggnog.

This year we feature musical entertainment from local artists David Mudge, Jerry-Faye Flatt and Tooth & the Fang , keyboard maestro extraordinaire Peter MacDonald, antics from Improvisation Corporation and welcome our host for the evening, Tim Turnell!

Join us in UNBSJ’s Whitebone Lounge to actually take part in the live broadcast event, or tune in via the web at www.localfm.ca or on the airwaves at 107.3fm. Members, volunteers, listeners and all folks of all ages who wish to attend are welcome!

This event also features a potluck and Secret Santa swap. Bring a food item to share and a $5-15 gift to take part.

Mark your calendars for the grandest tradition of them all, Keggnog ’14!

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.

END OF REBELLIOUS JUKEBOX I: THE GREAT DEPRESSION
Wednesday, October 29th
Cover charge + optional donation drop-off

Little You Little Me
Pastel Skeleton
Worm

Callahan’s Pub
Doors 9PM, Music 10PM

LOCAL 107.3 PRESENTS: FUNDRIVE HORRORSHOW 2014
Friday, October 31st

Right Shitty
Plaster Lungs
The Taste of Piss
NVN

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

Teenage Kicks Tour Maritimes

Toronto’s own Teenage Kicks will be making their way through the Maritimes with stops in Saint John, Fredericton, and Halifax’s for Pop Explosion. Teenage Kicks are touring their new album titled, Spoils of Youth which dropped earlier this spring. They have been busy sharing the stage with The Flatliners, One Bad Son and soon to be The Ataris.

Teenage Kicks made the trek to West Hollywood to record an album and due to multiple factors, the album in its entirety had to be scrapped. Spoils of Youth is the sum of a previously failed album, lineup changes and a passion by brothers Peter and Jeff Van Helvoort to create an album that was true to themselves and their music.

Growing up in Burlington, ON they had a strong connection to Brampton’s own emo-rock band, Moneen. “Subconsciously maybe there is a bit of a Moneen sound there, but it’s definitely not on purpose. They have been the best and most detrimental to my song writing because I grew up with bands like Moneen and the interplay between the guitars is not done a lot in popular music, except maybe for The Strokes. Moneen was incredibly influential to me. That was on my bucket list when I was a kid to play with them and I got that chance at 18 years old. They have been extremely important to me as a musician”, said Peter.

Spoils of Youth is an album full of ups and downs, both personally and professionally. Produced by well-known Canadian producer Gus Van Go, who has also worked with Monster Truck, Said the Whale and Hollerado.

Although this was the second time the album was put together, Peter noted which songs he was most proud of, “Times on a River, was written for our guitar player, written for the way that he plays. When I listen to it now, it doesn’t sound like something I would normally write. The track Stone Ambition, it’s a slower song and I usually have a tendency to fill space in songs and this one is slow and quiet and we just let it breathe.”

Changes and learning go hand in hand and as Peter explains, he has learned a lot, “So far, it has been the most relaxed tour I have ever been on. Having Christian and Conrad coming in and learning the songs before we head out on the first lag of our tour taught me to just take things as they come you know? And don’t plan for everything.”

Teenage Kicks also continue to release free music on their website which is entitled, ‘The Singles Club’. You can find videos of Peter and John doing covers and/or songs they are currently working on.
“It was easier than releasing an EP. You know, people are saying albums are dead so this was my way of still being able to make an album and follow that aspect that has been so important to my musical upbringing. The way people are consuming music is changing and you have to stay on top of that”, said Peter.

As for touring and making albums, “If you did it because you wanted to get paid, well, there are other ways around that. All of us, (Paper Lions, The Darcy’s, etc) work really hard because we do it because we love it”, said Peter.

You can catch Teenage Kicks with The Flatliners and Gob in Fredericton on Oct 16th at the Capital, with The Flatliners in Saint John on October 17th at Pub Down Under, with the Flatliners in Moncton at Plan B on Oct 18th, with the Flatliners for Halifax Pop Explosion on October 21st at The Seahorse and back to Fredericton with One Bad Son on Oct 23rd at The Capital.
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