June 13-16| BMO Studio Theatre | 7:30pm

After months of collecting, selecting and critiquing, the winning scripts for the 2018 Script Happens Playwright competition have been selected. Next steps are to prepare the works to be showcased in an evening of three home-grown, one-act plays! Congrats to the selected playwrights and a big thank you to the many who took part in the competition. Details on Script Happens 2019 coming soon!

…and now the 2018 winning scripts:

Jukie and Her Dad, by Jamie Bradley
While exploring the often funny but always touching dynamic between Jukie and her dad, the play deftly takes the audience on a poignant journey into the mind of a young woman as she struggles to cope with events in her past.

The Spider in the Tub by Bet O’Toole
Hold on to your yoga pants as Harriet and Orson confront the challenges of getting older by getting “fit and fearless”. This delightful comedy provides a fun and insightful look at their relationship as it is tested by the realities of aging.

Everybody Dies in December by Nancy Kenny
Claire works in her family funeral business and loves it, taking the opportunity to talk to her clientele about her problems and observations. This play provides a thoughtful, sometimes humorous, often moving, portrayal of Claire’s search for meaning and her place in life.

Script Happens, a development program of the Saint John Theatre Company, is designed to provide an avenue to foster the growth of emerging Maritime playwrights, directors as well as actors.


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The UNB Art Centre celebrates Black History Month with a special exhibition and program that highlights the creative and historical presence of Black Canadians in the Maritimes.

The exhibition Excavation: Memory Work by Sylvia D. Hamilton is on view until February 23. Ms. Hamilton, a well-respected member of the Black community in Atlantic Canada, is an award-winning poet and filmmaker, artist and educator who currently teaches in the School of Journalism and Contemporary Studies at the University of King’s College in Halifax.

Excavation: Memory Work, is an adaptive multi-media installation in which the artist presents ideas of place, memory and history through selections of text and objects relative to the space in which it is displayed. Here at the UNB Art Centre, Sylvia D. Hamilton mines the collection of Kings Landing and the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick for artifacts and photographs to tell the story of Black settlement in the region. Based on decades of research and reflection, this powerful and thought-provoking display will challenge our ideas and assumptions about what we know about our collective past.


(All events will be held at the UNB Art Centre in Memorial Hall on the UNB campus unless otherwise indicated and are free to the public.)

Lecture Series:

On February 7 at 7:00 pm Mary Louise McCarthy will speak about her research into the history of the Black presence in New Brunswick in A Black Woman’s Narrative of Death, Graveyards and Segregation in New Brunswick. Ms. McCarthy is President of the New Brunswick Black History Society and is a doctoral student in the Department of Social Justice at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Ms. McCarthy also successfully challenged and won a case against racial profiling.

On February 14 at 7:00 pm Robyn Maynard will be reading from her new book published by Fernwood Publishing entitled Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present. The lecture is presented with assistance from the Departments of History and English.

Ms. Maynard has worked on the front lines of community outreach in Montreal, co-founded Noir, a Black activist group committed to opposing racism in Quebec, she is part of the Black Indigenous Harm Reduction Alliance, she also helped found Justice for Victims of Police Killing. Her writing has appeared in academic publications as well as in mainstream and activist media.

On February 20 at 7:00 pm Dr. Afua Cooper will give a lecture entitledSlavery and the Construction of Black People as Property: The Legacy. This is the Department of History’s 2nd Annual Black History Month Lecture. *Please note that this lecture will be held at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick located at 23 Dineen Drive on the UNB campus.

Dr. Cooper is currently the James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies and is Associate Professor of Sociology and History at Dalhousie University and the founder of the Black Canadian Studies Association. Dr. Cooper’s research explores the period of enslavement and emancipation in 18th and 19th century Canada. She is an acclaimed poet, and co-founder of the Dub Poets Collective. She was named as one of the twenty-five women who are shaping the world by Essence Magazine.

On February 20 at noon, Dr. Cooper will also give a Poetry Reading in the UNB Art Centre, Memorial Hall.

Film Series:

On February 8 at noon, two films will be screened. The first is an award winning animated short film Black Soul/Âme noire, 2000 (9 min) directed by Martine Bertrand. Through the continuous morphing of image and sound, the history of the African diaspora unfolds through the story told by an elderly grandmother to her young grandson. The short film will be followed by Sisters in the Struggle, 1991 (49 min) directed by Dionne Brand and Ginny Stikeman. Black women activists share their experiences and their insights as they struggle with the dual problem of racism and sexism. Though produced 27 years ago, their words continue to resonate decades later.

February 9 at noonSpeakers for the Dead, 2000 (49 min) directed by David Sutherland and Jennifer Holness. An effort to restore the Priceville cemetery polarizes a community in rural Ontario and uncovers a secret history of black settlers in the region.

February 12 at noonThe Road Taken, 1996 (52 min) directed by Selwyn Jacob. While Black women often found employment as domestic servants, fewer jobs were available to Black men. Following in the footsteps of the Pullman company in the US, Canada employed Black men as sleeping car porters. Despite the long hours, low wages and harsh working conditions these porters retain pride in their work and in their accomplishments.

February 13 at noonJourney to Justice, 2000 (47 min) directed by Roger McTair. Documenting the struggles of Canadian Civil rights activists during the 1930s-1950s, this film shows the courage of people like Viola Desmond, Fred Christie, Hugh Burnette, Stanley Grizzle, Donald Willard Moore and Bromley Armstrong who took their cases to court and changed Canadian history.

Celebrate Black History Month at the UNB Art Centre!

The UNB Art Centre is located at Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. The galleries are open 9 am – 4 pm weekdays and for special events. Admission is free to members of the public. Everyone welcome!

For more information: http://www.unb.ca/cel/programs/creative/exhibition


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Marie E. Maltais, Director, UNB Art Centre

(506) 453-4623

Matt Watkins Chosen for 2017 Nel Oudemans Award

St. Andrews resident, Matt Watkins has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation “Nel Oudemans Award” recognizing the pursuit of excellence in the field of fine craft and design by emerging New Brunswick artisans. An an artist and goldsmith, Mr. Watkins draws inspiration from New Brunswick landscape and exhibits exceptional craftsmanship, design skill and distinctive vision in his work. He is an entrepreneur who owns and operates Symbiosis Fine Art Gallery and Earthforge Jewellery in Saint Andrews. He is an instructor at Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre.

Mr. Watkins will be presented with the award on January 26th at the opening reception of Beneath the Surface, an exhibition at New Brunswick Musuem – 5-7 pm.

The SHMF is grateful for the recommendations of Maegen Black, Director of the Canadian Crafts Federation, Claire Shiplett, Executive Director of Sunbury Shores and Kristyn Cooper, Jewellery / Metal Arts Studio Head, New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.

Conservation on Canvas The Artist and Art Educator’s Perspective

Free admission

Saturday, January 20th from 1pm-4pm: Join artist and art educator Michael McEwing at the NBM for insights about his exhibition, Conservation on Canvas. Learn how the project began nearly four years ago when he approached the Nature Trust of New Brunswick with an idea: interpreting the beauty of the Nature Trust’s preserves on canvas. The project’s goal is to raise awareness of natural diversity across New Brunswick and to celebrate the habitat conservation that ensures the protection of these landscapes for future generations.

Hear from Dr. Donald McAlpine, Head and Research Curator of Zoology, NBM Department of Natural Science, as he talks about the New Brunswick Museum (NBM) BiotaNB programme, going into its 10th of a 20 year program. Also, the Nature Trust of New Brunswick will talk about the picture of land conservation in the province, and volunteer opportunities for stewardship.

From 2pm-4pm: The Artist and Art Educator’s Perspective. In this presentation, Michael McEwing will inspire you with details about his paintings that record unique ecosystems and intriguing landscapes from around the province. The exhibition, a partnership between the Nature Trust of New Brunswick and the NBM, showcases nature preserves from Grand Manan and Blacks Harbour in the lower Bay of Fundy, to Shea Lake in the North. Take the opportunity to see these landscapes through the eyes of a painter. (In English)

The exhibition continues at the NBM until January 28th, 2018 and will then travel to four other galleries across New Brunswick throughout 2018 in Florenceville, Saint Andrews, Grand Manan, and Fredericton.  It will be accompanied by engaging art-in-nature workshops to help visitors appreciate the natural wonders of our beautifully diverse province.

Financial support for this project has also been graciously provided by TD, McCain Foods, Stewart McKelvey, and Alcool NB Liquor. 


After a one-year hiatus while the Foundation conducted a comprehensive review of its programs, the Developing Artist Grants for young Canadian artists enrolled in qualified performing arts training programs will begin receiving nominations this December for the 2018-19 academic year. Look for more information on the Foundation website starting in December.

Symphony New Brunswick Gets Operatic, with Concerts November 13, 14, 15.

New Brunswick native opera singers Paul Bustin and Sally Dibblee team up with Symphony New Brunswick and conductor Michael Newnham to present an evening of opera favorites.  The program will include selections from two of the most renowned operas- The Marriage of Figaro and Madam Butterfly.

Bustin has been described as “possessing an impressive, resonant baritone voice of wide range and outstanding flexibility”

Sally Dibblee is critically acclaimed as a “tour-de-force of vocal control and expressive flexibility”

“For the first time in many years, Symphony New Brunswick is having a Night at the Opera“ says conductor Michael Newnham. “We are all very excited about working again with Sally Dibblee and Paul Bustin, two of our finest singers, in this special evening of scenes from two of our all-time favourite operas”

The orchestra along with their two soloists will then present selections from the Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, his most famous comic opera. It is a work filled with charms of Mozart’s music. In addition, selections from Madam butterfly will be presented. The opera tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The famous hit musical Miss Saigon based its plot on Madam Butterfly.Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” is one of the greatest comic works for stage ever written” says conductor Michael Newnham. “Full of excitement, joy, and irreverence, it spans the full gamut of human emotions. Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” encapsulates all the colour and passion that we love about Italian opera. If there were ever a list   of ‘must-see’ operas, these two would certainly be there”

Together, their irresistible charisma will certainly make for an unforgettable evening.
“A Song for All Times” Concert details:

November 13 in Moncton at the Capitol Theatre at 7:30 pm

November 14 in Fredericton at the Playhouse at 7:30

November 15 in Saint John at the Imperial Theatre at 7:30

Concert tickets are available at the door or at the Box Offices in each city

Moncton, Capitol Theatre (506) 856-4379, capitol.nb.ca

Fredericton, The Playhouse (506) 458-8344, theplayhouse.ca

Saint John, Imperial Theatre (506) 647-4100, imperialtheatre.nb.ca

Ventus Machina offers up a musical ‘fricot’ celebrating New Brunswick’s cultural diversity in “At Home Chez Nous”

Celebrating six years in existence, woodwind quintet Ventus Machina will be touring the province from October 22 – November 5 together with guest artists Ray Legere and Christian ‘Kit’ Goguen (performing the music of Denis Richard) and featuring new music from composers Jean-François Mallet and Andrew Creeggan. The program, entitled, “At Home Chez Nous”, is a tribute to the welcoming atmosphere and cultural diversity of the province of New Brunswick, and is the group’s way of expressing gratitude for the warm acceptance they have received in their adopted home.

The project started more than 18 months ago as a collaboration between the classical music-based quintet, Celtic and bluegrass fiddler and mandolin player Ray Legere, and legendary Acadian singer-songwriter Denis Richard. Composers Jean-Francois Mallet and Andrew Creeggan both agreed to write music for the show, and the level of enthusiasm for the project was quite remarkable right from the start.  Sadly, the death of Denis Richard at the end of the summer changed the course of the project. Respecting the wish of Denis for the project to go ahead, the tour is taking place as planned this fall, with Christian ‘Kit’ Goguen singing Denis’ songs.  

The music of Ray Legere and Denis Richard will be accompanied by the quintet in creative new arrangements by James Kalyn, clarinettist in Ventus Machina. Andrew Creeggan has taken inspiration from traditional Celtic tunes for his new piece, and Jean-François Mallet has created a stunning new work for quintet and narrator (Kit Goguen) based on the Cajun legend of ‘Jean-le-Chasseur et ses chiens’, retold by author Barry Jean Ancelet and published by Moncton publisher Bouton d’or Acadie. The show promises to be an unforgettable musical kitchen party!

“For our group, the simple fact that Ray, Denis, Jean-François, Andrew, and now ‘Kit ‘, all agreed to take part in our project is an incredible honour. With the passing of Denis, we will now also have the privilege of paying our respects to Denis through his music”, says Patrick Bolduc, bassoonist in Ventus Machina.

In respect to one of Denis’ last wishes, volunteers from the Tree of Hope campaign will be available at all seven concerts across the province to accept donations from the public.

This tour will finish a busy summer and fall for the quintet, who recently launched their first album, « In the Weeds » on the MSR Classics label, and are playing six concerts as part of an Ontario tour in late September and early October.

The concerts in Saint John, Fredericton and Sussex are presented as part of Symphony New Brunswick’s Virtuoso series.


At Home Chez Nous:

October 22 2017, 2 pm, Saint John, Saint John Arts Centre (presented by Symphony New Brunswick)

October 26, 2017, 7:30 pm Fredericton, McCain Hall, STU (presented by Symphony New Brunswick)

October 27 2017, 7:30 pm, Sussex, St. Francis Xavier Church (presented by Symphony New Brunswick)


Ticket prices are $26 for Adults and $10 for Students  at the door in Sussex  or in Saint John from the Imperial Theatre. Free for STU students and faculty in Fredericton

Saint John, Sussex, Fredericton: www.symphonynb.com 506/ 634 8379


NB Film Co-op marks 17th Anniversary of Silver Wave Film Festival in celebration of New Brunswick Filmmakers
Silver Wave runs November 2-5, 2017
The 17th annual Silver Wave Film Festival announces its full festival program on Friday, October 13, 12 pm, at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, upstairs auditorium, 732 Charlotte Street, Fredericton, NB. Refreshments will be served.
Silver Wave annually spotlights the province’s vibrant film talent and cultural legacy in film. The festival draws its inspiration from New Brunswick’s extraordinary and diverse collection of films, created by filmmakers from every age group and walk of life. The festival exists to engage fans of all ages in the art of cinema.
NB Shorts I and II and Tall on Talent are a focal part of the festival and draw large crowds. The entire festival is a visual feast with local and international programming. This year, the festival has some exciting changes.
Hundreds of independent and commercial filmmakers and producers will also take a break from film watching during the fest to mix and mingle at the Silver Wave Industry Series; an exciting annual industry day with panels, roundtables and a special producer’s reception.
“Silver Wave is a proud moment for all of us who volunteer to put the festival together annually” said Chris Campbell, Silver Wave co-organizer, and one of the three programmers. “This year’s festival is designed to bring out longtime movie lovers and fans, and we have new exciting events to unveil.”
The upcoming launch is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and support film in NB. Mix and mingle and see the 2017 Silver Wave promo trailer produced by annual SWFF sponsor Rob Parsons of M.A.D. 5 Films.
The Festival would not be possible without its major sponsors and supporters:
Platinum Sponsors: Province of New Brunswick, City of Fredericton, Telefilm Canada, CBC, University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Arts, Nick Wilson Videography, East Coast Camera Rentals, The Canada Council for the Arts, Picaroons, and the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative, 
Gold Sponsors: Don Chapman, M.A.D. 5 Films, Le Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne
Silver Sponsors: Arrowhead Electric Ltd., Crowne Plaza, ACTRA Maritimes, Royal Bank of Canada
Bronze Sponsors: RayneMaker Productions, Carlee JC, Charlotte Street Arts Centre, IATSE 849, Frictive Pictures, BoyneClarke Lawyers I LLP, Royal Bank of Canada, Robert Simmonds Clothing, Insurmountable Sounds, Unplugged, Terry Kelly Productions, imagineNATIVE, Hemmings House, Cinema Politica, Mary Brown’s Famous Chicken & Taters, WIFT-AT.
Silver Wave also thanks all its dedicated supporters and volunteers.
For more information, contact:
Cat Leblanc
Festival Co-organizer
Silver Wave Film Festival
NB Film Co-op
Street Address: 732 Charlotte Street, Charlotte Street Arts Centre
Main Floor, back of building, room 131, E3B 1M5, Fredericton, NB
Post Office: P.O. Box 1537, E3B 4Y1
“Celebrating 38 years of nurturing film culture and filmmakers in NB”
A Film Charity with a proven track record

ArtsLink NB Announces Fee Vacation for Students

ArtsLink seeks to help more artists build their careers in New Brunswick

ArtsLink NB is offering a fee vacation for students who hope to become professional artists. Across the province there was a 37% decline in the number of persons aged 25- 34 working in arts and cultural occupations between 1996 and 2006 while the number across Canada rose by 10%. Young artists represent the future of our sector, and by reaching greater numbers of them through this year’s fee vacation, ArtsLink NB hopes to give new artists a boost through a vulnerable time in their career.

“While our normal fee for students is only $25, we recognize that even this amount may be a barrier for art students. Our hope is that by bringing students in, we’ll be able to demonstrate the value of engaging a professional peer network early on” explains ArtsLink NB director, Gillian Dykeman. “Artists tell us the story of who we are, and in NB, we need to retain the people best equipped to do so. A big part of the push in our programming right now is to give artists the tools they need to succeed right here.”

ArtsLink NB is offering a high-value workshop series this year, FREE for ArtsLink members. While these workshops are great for any artist seeking to better promote their work and support their career, they will be especially beneficial to student artists (register now!) looking for those first steps to take after graduating from their post-secondary training.

  • Writing for a grant – Clearly explaining your artistic vision to a panel of strangers can be difficult. This workshop improves that skill, and demystifies the application process.

  • Documenting your work cost effectively – Good images and high quality recordings make for better sales and stronger applications.

  • Participate in an artist residency – Besides offering dedicated time to produce creative work, residencies help artists to build their networks at national and international scales. They circulate the work of NB artists and help artists to connect with new exhibition and performance opportunities.

Dykeman explains “Our sincere hope is to see an increase in artists working full time in their chosen field. It would be great to have artists participating in the labour force at rates closer to the national average.”*

Further information

* “Only 20% of New Brunswick artisans and craftspeople worked full time/full year in 2005 compared to 41% nationally . A vast majority – 83% – of those not working full-time said they would do so if financially feasible.” Campbell, David. Sustaining New Brunswick’s Arts and Culture Workforce. ArtsLink NB. 2014.

“Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada’s Provinces and Territories” Hill Strategies. 2014.  http://www.hillstrategies.com/content/artists-and-cultural-workers-canada%E2%80%99s-provinces-and-territories

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“Writing for a Grant with John Murchie at Gallery on Queen”

Theatre New Brunswick launch new season with epic New Brunswick play, Fortune of Wolves

The dark imagery of Stephen King meets the catastrophic world of The Walking Dead.

October 12-22, 2017 at the Open Space Theatre, 55 Whiting Road, Fredericton


(Fredericton) Theatre New Brunswick will take audiences on a cross-Canada adventure steeped in mystery as they kick off a new season with the world premiere production, Fortune of Wolves.

Inspired by playwright Ryan Griffith’s love for his home province and his deep fascination with elements of mystery and the unknown, Fortune of Wolves is a coming-of-age story at a most unfortunate time.

Fortune of Wolves is the story of a young Maritimer who decides to travel across the country after the death of his grandmother,” said TNB artistic director Thomas Morgan Jones. “Obsessed with sound recordings, he plans to interview strangers along the way.  During this journey, the world changes and people begin disappearing.  As the world becomes a barren landscape, we see the plot develop and experience the change in the world through all of the characters he meets.”

Each performance of Fortune of Wolves will follow a slightly different narrative as the story plays out through several Canadian communities. The play’s structure is designed in such a way as to welcome new voices and characters into each performance with actors actually rolling dice prior each show to determine which characters the audience will meet. And with more than 60 characters in total, there are more than a million possible performances. No two performances will be the same!

For this production, the company is pleased to welcome returning actor Graham Percy (The Boat/Beaverbrook) and happy to introduce Carlos Gonzalez-Vio, Kimwun Perehinec, and Michaela Washburn to New Brunswick audiences.

“The play’s story takes place over thirteen months, and each month has seven monologues or sections,” said Jones. “This means there is over nine hours of material.  Each night the final production will be just shy of three hours.  That means that these four remarkable actors will be carrying all of these stories inside them, and will be adapting the story and the production on a nightly basis.  To rehearse ten minutes of the show, we ultimately rehearse over an hour of material.  The trust and complete abandon of the company of artists in the room (actors, designers, and stage management) is truly humbling.”

Through support received from ArtsNB, Griffith was able to travel to more than 50 communities through New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and into Central Canada to observe and collect the character traits and regional dialects that would come to shape the play’s diverse cast of characters making this work a truly Canadian story.

“It is touching, personal, and a masterpiece of new Canadian playwriting,” said Jones. “It’s one of the single most challenging and artistically rich processes I have ever been a part of.”

Simply put, Fortune of Wolves is one of the most engaging and daring works in the company’s 49 year history, and a play you won’t want to miss.

Fortune of Wolves opens October 12 and runs until October 22 at the Open Space Theatre in Fredericton. The production will then tour the province with performances in Bathurst, Miramichi, Moncton, Sackville, St. Andrews, Saint John and Woodstock.