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TEN ARTSY THINGS TO DO IN FREDERICTON IN SEPTEMBER, 2017

Editor’s Note: These ten listings are hardly—HARDLY!the only Artsy Things To Do this month. While I have selected ten that I think are interesting and eclectic, always remember there are many other wonderful things happening in and around the city, all month long. To let us know about an upcoming Artsy Thing To Do, email arts@thebruns.ca—we may feature your Thing in an upcoming issue! For more information about any of the following listings, please use your social media lurking skills and/or consult Google. All Artsy Things can be very easily found.


Sept. 4-10: New Brunswick Provincial Exhibition (nbEx). A tradition since 1827, this all-ages, week-long special event features, an agricultural show, midway rides, a petting zoo, commercial exhibits, lots of carnival games and very very very very healthy food (including the famous “dippy dogs”). Capital Exhibit Centre, 355 Smythe St.

Sept. 8: The Bridge Project. Solo Chicken Productions, in partnership with a multitude of community groups, organizations and artists, will use the walking bridge as a conduit for exploring and investigating our national history. The bridge will be filled end to end with artists in a variety of media—be it music, film, dance, theatre, visual art, performance art or poetry—creating a “living time tunnel” over the Wolastoq (and if you don’t know what this name refers to, you should especially consider attending). Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge, 5-8 p.m. Rain date Sept. 9.

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Sept. 9: The Hypochondriacs’ album release show. The popular Fredericton-based band will celebrate the release of their highly-anticipated album “In 3/4″ with a special set on The Capital patio. This heckuva good time will also feature performances from The Galpines and The Tortoise The Hare & The Millionaire. Doors at 9 p.m./Show at 9:30 p.m. The Capital Complex, 362 Queen St. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

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Sept. 10: Feast In The Field. Enjoy an afternoon of gourmet food, drink and the great atmosphere of downtown as Officers’ Square plays host to one of Fredericton’s premiere culinary events. Local chefs, beer, wine and spirit providers vie for top awards as guests vote for their favourite barbeque, appetizer, dessert and beverage exhibitor—democracy has never tasted so good! All proceeds go to Ability New Brunswick. Officers’ Square, 575 Queen St., 2-5 p.m.

Sept. 12-17: Harvest Jazz & Blues. One of the best festivals the East Coast has to offer takes over downtown Fredericton for six wild (too-short) days. Expect a wide range of music beyond the titular jazz and blues (though these are certainly well-represented), including performers like the Trey Anastasio Band, Martha Wainwright and Sloan! Also enjoy food trucks, street performers, buskers and more. Special note that my fav band Hollerado is playing a Harvest show on Sept. 16 and you should totally go because they are awesome and fun and if they are reading this I want them to know I am super excited for the gig xoxoxo. Various locations.

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Sept. 17: New Brunswick Open Farm Day. Select farmers throughout New Brunswick open their gates to the public. “A great opportunity to meet the faces behind the farmers who feed our communities, to learn about modern farm operations and to discuss many issues related to modern food production.” I am the (proud) son of a fruit farmer, so this day is near-n-dear to my peach-lovin’ heart. Various locations.

Sept. 20-24: Word Feast. Fredericton’s inaugural literary festival, “bringing together some of the best national and local authors for readings, panel discussions and workshops”—including sessions on writing characters, revising poetry and creating graphic novels. The festival is bilingual, too—tres bien! Various locations.

Sept. 23: “Canada, It’s Complicated”. Presented by Comedy 150 Inc., this brand-new comedy show features “satirical sketches and songs that examine the joys, foibles, tragedies and triumphs of Canada—both as we are today, and heading into tomorrow.” The Fredericton Playhouse, 686 Queen St., 8 p.m.

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Sept. 24: Doors Open Fredericton. Indulge your curiosity with this opportunity to see inside some of Fredericton’s “most historically and culturally interesting buildings”—particularly ones not usually open to the public. Event may even include a glimpse (at last!) inside the bedroom of Your Roommate Who Never Leaves Their Room And Also Stashes All The Dishes. Various locations.  

Sept. 28: Kaha:wi Dance Theatre presents “Re-Quickening”. One of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies, KDT explores the “intersection of Indigenous and new performance.” Their show, “Re-Quickening,” is a reaffirmation of life and the sovereignty of female voice and body. Incorporating bold imagery, sound and embodied Indigenous narratives, the performance “touches on themes of dislocation from land, the history of violence against Indigenous women, residential schools and more”—themes undoubtedly relevant in this sesquicentennial year. The Fredericton Playhouse, 686 Queen St., 7:30 p.m.

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