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 that 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 email@example.com—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.
Jan. 13: Led Zeppelin tribute by The Tortoise, The Hare, & the Millionaire and friends. Come check out this Fredericton blues rock trio’s homage to one of their biggest influences—the almighty Led Zeppelin. The band will be joined by various guest vocalists and musicians throughout the evening, including members of The Hypochondriacs, Dub Antenna, Sugar Bomb and more. But can they nail “Stairway?” Portions of the show’s proceeds will help support The Brunswickan’s upstairs neighbours, CHSR. The Capital Complex, 362 Queen Street, Doors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
Jan. 18-21: Shivering Songs. Stave off those winter blues with a celebration of songwriting and storytelling, as this multi-day festival hosts such renowned artists as Timber Timbre, David Myles and music journalist Bob Mersereau in a variety of unique venues—including the Wilmot United Church, the Charlotte Street Arts Centre and the Fredericton Public Library. Performances guaranteed to warm your spirits even more than a growler of Picaroons! Various locations.
Jan. 19: Matt Mays and July Talk. Two of Canada’s greatest current rock acts are bringing a co-headlining show to UNB! With Mays supporting his recent album Once Upon a Hell Of A Time and July Talk promoting their latest single “Lola + Joseph,” both acts are sure to be at the top of their game. Plus, for all you folks in residence: it’s only a short walk home! Currie Centre, 15 Peter Kelly Drive, 8:00 p.m.
Jan. 18-Feb. 3: Architectural Scavenger Hunt. Get up close and personal with many of downtown Fredericton’s finest heritage structures, as the Fredericton Heritage Trust, in conjunction with FROSTival and Heritage Week, are launching a free scavenger hunt that will force participants to look up, down and all around Fredericton’s architectural features. Entries with the most correct answers will be entered into a draw for prizes. History has never been so fun!
Jan. 20: The Daily Gleaner Old-Fashioned Skating Party. Winter in Fredericton may be long and (very) cold, but there’s no reason not to enjoy some of the season’s finest activities! Head to Officers’ Square for a skating party presented by our journalistic compatriots, The Daily Gleaner. Hot drinks and baked goods will be provided by Boyce Farmers Market vendors, while Maggie’s Farm Revival will provide a killer soundtrack. With an event like this, you’ll be sad to see spring! Officers’ Square, 575 Queen Street, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Jan. 21: FrostiBeer Yoga. In this unique collaboration between Hopped Yoga and Maybee Brewing, participants will spend 60 minutes in a light-hearted and all-levels yoga class followed by a delicious craft beer tasting. No experience necessary. If only all exercise ended this way! Dress warmly, as weather permitting, the yoga class may be held outdoors. Maybee Brewing Company, 559 Wilsey Road, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Jan. 23: Big Wreck In Loving Memory Of… 20th Anniversary Tour. The Boyce Farmers Market will be rockin’ and rollin’ as Canadian rock icons Big Wreck celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic debut, In Loving Memory Of…, which featured three top ten singles, including “Blown Wide Open” and “That Song,” by performing the album start-to-finish. Some of their biggest hits from the five other studio albums they’ve put out since will also be thrown into the mix. Long live the glory days of 90s Can-con! Boyce Farmers’ Market, 665 George Street, 9:00 p.m.
Jan. 25-27: Branch Out Productions presents Oliver! Local theatre company Branch Out Productions will bring Olde London Towne to Fredericton with their wildly entertaining musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Oliver Twist. The group is offering several performances—yet you’ll still leave asking, “Please, sir, I want some more.” Tom Morrison Theatre (FHS), 300 Priestman Street, 7:00 p.m. daily with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Jan. 27.
Jan. 26-27: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This acclaimed film tour makes a stop at the Fredericton Playhouse, offering audiences seven-to-ten of the world’s best mountain sport, culture and environmental films. These high-adrenaline, thought-provoking films promise to inspire—whether you’re an adventurer, a weekend-warrior, a conservationist or simply a film fan. So exciting you won’t even need popcorn! Fredericton Playhouse, 686 Queen Street, 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 27: M’Michèle: Between Fingers. The performances of M’Michèle, a harpist, pianist and singer, immerse audiences in a unique, colourful and poetic world. With the accompaniment of her multi-instrumentalist musical partner, M’Michèle combines percussive samples, string instruments and various keyboards to create groovy textures and catchy themes—with many unpredictable surprises in store! Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne, 715 Priestman Street, 7:30 p.m.