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Kylie Fox released her eleven track, debut full-length album, produced by ECMA award-winning producer Dale Murray, on September 18th alongside accompanying music video filmed by RayneMaker Productions. The album explores ideas of discoveries, of firsts, and of age. +++ info >


Saint John NB based sludge/doom band Red Usurper are set to self-release their latest offering, Ov Bone & Rags on September 25th, 2020. Featuring 3 sprawling tracks clocking in at 24 minutes, this EP is loaded with dark, melodic, yet catchy riffing that appeals to heavy music fans of all types.  +++ info >


Seven-piece Maritime dub-reggae band, Weak Size Fish releases their music video for Roots of Creation from their album The Drift on September 23. When the group came across spare time due to the cancellation of their shows, they began filming themselves in their bubbles and compiling the footage. The track pays homage to the golden era of roots reggae and dub, yet has a unique production style that surrounds the listener with layers of ambient textures. +++ info >


MusicUNB announces online livestream concerts in the Fall 2020 season which include 4 concerts in the Forté/Progression series and the 2nd Contemporary Music Festival. The season opens on September 23 with an accordian and clarinet duo, Bridge & Wolak, presenting “Bach to Benny Goodman”. Other guest performers will include Peter Allen (piano), Paul Pulford (piano), Carl Gionet (piano). +++ info >


With great gratitude (and defying all logic), Quality Block Party is pleased to announce two shows in one night featuring wonderful New Brunswick talent! This show is possible with the kind partnership of Peter Rowan Artist Management and the iconic Imperial Theater! SEPT 26 // Saint John // Sadie + Motherhood + Wolf Castle + Little You Little Me   +++ info >


The 2020 Sackville Festival of Early Music will be an event like no other in the organization’s sixteen-year history. By using 21st-century technology to safely deliver 17th- and 18th-century musical experiences for both concert audiences, seniors, and public-school students, the Festival will celebrate a banner year during an otherwise challenging time in arts and culture. +++ info >


Charlotte Street Arts Centre is excited to share the 2020 edition of FEST FORWARD. We are PUMPED to share that Artifiseer, Pallmer, The Firey, Jono and The Slumps will be joining Wolf Castle & The Kendra Gale Band for FEST FORWARD 2020!!! +++ info >


Higher Vibrations Studio is thrilled to announce the release of the latest track from Ms.Thomas titled Forbidden Ecstasy, featuring local artist Xcett. This track becomes available everywhere on Oct 24th 2020. Forbidden Ecstasy is the first track to be released from Ms.Thomas’s upcoming S3CONDS EP, releasing in November 2020. +++ info >


New Brunswick musician Paul Wilfred will be performing on SSI Audio Facebook Live on Saturday October 3rd at 9pm. The performance will feature songs from his albums Onset Take 2 and New Sun with a full band. You can find his music on Spotify, iTunes and YouTube. +++ info >


At the Imperial Theatre
Saturday, December 19 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, December 20 matinée @ 2pm
Sunday, December 20 @ 7:30pm
Tickets: $45 adults / $40 subscribers  +++ info >


NB filmmaker Jillian Acreman’s debut feature is set in a near future where the government is drafting exceptional young adults for a one-way trip to colonize Mars. Acreman wanted to keep every bit of the film as New Brunswick based as possible and while you will not only see glimpses of NB clothing, art and locations, you will also hear a very distinctive soundtrack of 12 New Brunswick artists that were handpicked by Acreman and Kate Butler of She Said Feck Records. +++ info >



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Welcome Hannah Bridger, Colville House Curatorial Intern

The Owens is excited to welcome Hannah Bridger to the team as the Colville House Curatorial Intern.

Hannah will work closely with Emily Falvey, Director/Curator, and the rest of the Owens’ team, to assist with the administration and delivery of programming linked to Colville House. A small house museum located in the historic home of one of Canada’s best-known visual artists, Colville House is a place to explore the life and work of renowned magic realist painter Alex Colville.

Hannah looks forward to this internship as an opportunity to do new research and find creative ways to expand Colville House’s public programming while also building her curatorial CV. Originally from Charlottetown, PEI, Hannah graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University in 2020 with a focus in sculpture. During the internship, Hannah will develop her curatorial writing skills, assist with publication coordination, and work with the Colville House Fellow to develop exhibitions and other programing.

Hannah enjoys the kind of “creative problem-solving involved in rethinking how these galleries usually function, so that people can still have a meaningful engagement with the work whether they’re viewing it in person or online.”

The Colville House Curatorial Internship is funded through the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations and the generous philanthropic support of Mount Allison University alumni Heather and Ian Bourne.⁠


Kristen Bishop Chosen for 2020 Nel Oudemans Award

Since 2002, the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation has offered an award for an emerging artist in the fields of fine craft and design.  It continues to be a mark of distinction for New Brunswick artisans.  The 2020 recipient of the Nel Oudemans Award is Kristen Bishop.  Based on the recommendation of an independent jury, Ms. Bishop will receive the $2,000 award in recognition of her accomplishments in the early stages of her career.

Kristen Bishop’s artistic practice has been marked by the honing of traditional metalsmithing techniques as well as an exploratory spirit.  She is noted as an artist who pushes boundaries to explore the creative possibilities. Bishop has earned the respect of her peers, building a body of work that has been featured in juried and invitational group exhibitions.  She is an active member of the New Brunswick arts community, poised to excel in a professional career.

The Board of Directors acknowledges the support of jurors Cathy Ross, Sarah Brinkhurst and Theresa Macknight in the 2020 jury process.


J’explore, je crée: Creative Online Resources

Contemporary art mediation, such as education and outreach, are an important part of the Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen’s activities. Over a number of years, these have expanded and taken on various forms, often conceived specifically for a group and in conjunction with the gallery’s artistic programming. Alisa Arsenault, mediation coordinator, actively develops specific projects that contribute to a wide range of individuals being able to engage with exhibitions, while also responding to requests from community groups and schools.

The online resource centre, J’explore, je crée, was created to offer free tools that are developed from the contemporary art mediation programming. These bilingual online resources present aspects of contemporary art and can be used to organize creative activities for oneself or a group. These resources can be found at: www.umoncton.ca/jecree

Contemporary art mediation activities are supported by a Cultural Grant from the City of Moncton. The Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Province of New Brunswick.


Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen

La médiation en art contemporain est un volet d’activité importante à la Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen. Depuis quelques années, celle-ci prend de l’expansion et se manifeste par une variété plus grande d’initiatives, souvent conçues sur mesure pour un groupe particulier et en conjonction avec la programmation artistique. Alisa Arsenault, responsable de la médiation, développe des projets spécifiques afin de faire participer un éventail d’individus aux expositions, mais répond aussi aux demandes de la communauté et du milieu scolaire.

C’est ainsi que la GALRC lance le projet J’explore, je crée! afin de fournir gratuitement des ressources en ligne qui sont développées à partir de programmes de médiation. Ces ressources bilingues feront découvrir des aspects de l’art contemporain et permettront d’organiser pour soi ou en groupe des activités de création. Le point de chute des ressources diverses se trouve au www.umoncton.ca/jecree.

La programmation d’activités de médiation est soutenue en particulier par une Subvention culturelle de la Ville de Moncton. La Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen est aussi appuyée par le Conseil des arts du Canada et la Province du Nouveau-Brunswick.


Launch of project Isolated//Together

Date: September 28, 2020, 11AM

Location: Atlantic Ballet Studio, 68 Highfield Street, Moncton NB

Led by Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada in collaboration with Harrison Burton of Brainworks Creative, ISOLATED//TOGETHER is a multidisciplinary project documenting the COVID-19 experience In New Brunswick through dance, film, music, spoken word, photography and visual arts. Partners include the Beaverbrook Gallery and 14 visual artists from across the province, Theatre New Brunswick, photographer Denis Duquette, composer/musician Elephant Skeletons and 14 dancers from Atlantic Ballet, Connection Dance Works (Saint John) and Solo Chicken Productions (Fredericton) as well as Wolastoq performance artist Nipahtuwet Naka Wespahtuwet Possesom.

Join public officials, artists and representatives from each organization to hear details and have a sneak peak behind the scenes.

From Atlantic Ballet: The creative imagination of Artistic Director Igor Dobrovolskiy will be creating 9 of the 14 dance solos for the dancers of Atlantic Ballet. In collaboration with other choreographers and dancers from Connection Dance Works, Solo Chicken Productions and Possesom Paul, Atlantic Ballet, along with videographer Harrison Burton and with a soundscape created by St-John multi-instrumentalist Clifford J. Doucette aka Elephant Skeleton, will be joining forces at the Capitol to create a unique visual experience for the audience to watch in the future.

From the Beaverbrook Art Gallery: Masks will be part of our culture for the foreseeable future. In this new project, we invited artists to submit designs for a wearable facemask that commemorates the masks we are wearing and their related social constraints, as we navigate the challenges of a pandemic. Fourteen artists were chosen to create masks using any medium that will be exhibited in a virtual showcase, three gallery exhibitions, and will be worn by dancers for post pandemic performances.

Visual artists who created masks from across the province

Vicky Lentz

Brigitte Clavette

Katrina Slade

Emma Hassencahl-Perley

Kyana Kingbird

Luc Charette

Trish Hirschkorn

Jennifer Adam

Sheryl Crowley

Alevtina Sharapova

Amanda Trizna

Jasmine Cull

Ralph Simpson

Alisa Arseneault

From TNB: We will gather the stories of New Brunswickers in isolation and staying at home about how isolation makes them feel via Zoom or Skype. This could be good or bad experiences. These stories will represent our entire community and include stories of newcomers in their own language. We will work through the Multi-cultural associations across NB to gather names. Stories will be gathered and curated into audio that can be sorted by language. The audio can be overlaid and listened to while watching the dance films or simply stand alone as the stories of New Brunswickers during the pandemic.


From Brainworks: Living in this historic period of time, we’re able to relate to these performers and what they’re going through. Our ultimate goal is to one day revisit these locations when they’re bustling with life so the dancers can perform again.  We want to take the public on a journey throughout New Brunswick while you experience isolation through dance.

Atlantic Ballet Atlantic Canada

One of Canada’s most exciting ballet companies, and based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada tours nationally and internationally. Stunning visual impact and a deep emotional connection with its audiences have made this Company popular with audiences around the world. More information is available at www.atlanticballet.ca.



Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, O.N.B.

Co-Founder and CEO

Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada

68 rue Highfield St. Moncton, N.B. CANADA

Tel / tél : (506) 383-5951 x 104

Email: susan@atlanticballet.ca

Louis-Philippe Dionne

Operations Manager/ Responsable des opérations

Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada

(506)383-5951 Ext.102


Increased Maximums for Creation and Documentation Grants

The New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) is pleased to announce a permanent increase to the maximum amounts for grants in both the Creation and Documentation programs, effective for the upcoming October deadline.

  • Creation Category A has gone from $15,000 to $16,500
  • Creation Category B has gone from $10,000 to $11,000
  • Creation Category C has gone from $5,000 to $5,500
  • Documentation has gone from $7,000 to $8,500

The board and staff of artsnb wish to thank the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture for their collaboration in helping secure the large increase in grant funding through the Arts Development Trust Fund for the benefit of the professional artists of New Brunswick.

Upcoming Deadlines

artsnb would also like to remind artists that the deadline to apply for an Arts Infrastructure grant is August 4, 2020, and the deadline to apply in the Equinox program for Indigenous artists is September 15, 2020.

For more information, to see the full press release, and to look into applying for these grants, click here.