The Fredericton Arts Scene
Welcome to Fredericton, and the 2014-2015 Arts section of the Brunswickan. While school is the main reason all of us are here, there are lots of things to do in New Brunswick’s capital city that can help you relieve some stress, make some new friends or learn about the world in a way that doesn’t involve PowerPoints and lectures.
Fredericton is a small town with the benefit of being a capital city and also home to many secondary schools, which means there is always something happening. On campus there are places to listen to some live music, watch films or theatre and look at student art, and if you want to branch out to other areas of the city, there are even more options. Here is a quick guide to some of the spots you might want to check out this year.
Music — There are a lot of venues in Fredericton. From the Fredericton Playhouse to the Cedar Tree Cafe and the Capital, each venue has its own niche. Over the years, the city has gotten better and better at attracting some great musicians and even on the university campus you can check out the Cellar, which regularly has performers, or the Social Club which has a DJ every night.
Film — The most obvious place to check out movies is at the movie theatre in Regent Mall. This is the spot where all the blockbusters come, but there are other options if you want to check out some different films. Cinema Politica, a weekly film series which has been occurring since 2007, features a different documentary every Friday during the school year. UNB hosts the Monday Night Film Series, which shows some great independent films.
Theatre — The Playhouse is once again a good spot to check out some great theatre productions. On campus though, St. Thomas has the Black Box Theatre and UNB uses Memorial Hall. There is also the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, the Tom Morrison Theatre at Fredericton High School and during the warmer months, Shakespeare in the Park at Odell Park downtown.
Art — Fredericton is full of great art galleries. The biggest and best-known would be the
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, but there is also Gallery 78, Gallery Connexion and a host of cafes
and smaller places around the downtown area. Both UNB and STU have areas where student
work is featured and there is also the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, which has
some great art to either look at or buy.