‘World of Keyboards’ Saint John Early Music Festival & SJAC

‘World of Keyboards’ starts October 10/18
SJAC is proud to partner with The Saint John Early Music Festival to present ‘World of Keyboards’! Join harpsichordist and pianist Tim Blackmore as he takes you on a tour of Renaissance, Baroque and Classical keyboard instruments and performs works from the vast repertoire of music composed for them – admission is by freewill offering. Read more here!

Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation is proud to announce a $5000 Advocacy grant to the Canadian Crafts Federation for the 2018 national conference “Placemaking”.

Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation is proud to announce a $5000 Advocacy grant to the Canadian Crafts Federation for the 2018 national conference “Placemaking”. Through this grant, the Board of Directors seeks to enhance the careers of New Brunswick craft artists of all disciplines.

Congratulations to the CCF/FCMA for the presentation of a robust program of speakers, panel discussions and craft gallery tours co-inciding with the award winning arts and culture festival Nocturne, and in partnership with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective’s national conference.

“Placemaking is about the re-invention of community with the community, for the community. It is about enlivening public spaces, and no one tackles that quite like the cultural sector.”
– Alison Murphy, Executive Director of Craft NB

“The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation is a fantastic partner for this program, and an excellent example of an influential placemaker through their work in supporting and encouraging new avenues and initiatives in the arts.”
– Maegen Black, CCF/FCMA Director

Artists interested in attending should contact Alison Murphy of CraftNB or Maegen Black of the Canadian Crafts Federation

For more information on access to this funding: Arts Advocacy
For more information about conference content: canadiancraftsfederation.ca/conference
For the Facebook Event
For details on Craft NB’s group travel rates: craftnb.ca

Kathryn McCarroll
Executive Director
Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation
sheilahughmackay.ca
Box 416, Saint John, N.B.
E2L 4L9
506 693 5647

Prix MNB Awards 2017 : Nominees • Finalistes

Chloé Breault et The Hypochondriacs dominent les nominations aux Prix MNB Awards 2018. L’auteure-compositrice-interprète originaire de la Péninsule acadienne et le groupe country punk de Fredericton sont tous deux en lice dans six catégories.

Suivent de près Shaun Ferguson et le groupe The Olympic Symphonium, qui récoltent chacun cinq nominations. Trente statuettes seront remis à des artistes et professionnel.les de l’industrie de la musique au Nouveau-Brunswick lors de la 9e édition des Prix MNB Awards, qui se déroulera au Centre culturel de Caraquet, le 25 octobre prochain.

Cette soirée de spectacle donne le coup d’envoi au Festival (506), un événement migratoire de quatre jours mettant de l’avant la crème de la crème musicale néo-brunswickoise. Il s’agit de la première fois que l’événement aura lieu dans la Péninsule acadienne.

Un nombre limité de billets pour la soirée des Prix MNB sont disponibles en ligne.

Il est temps de voter!

Music•Musique NB souhaite avoir la collaboration du public pour choisir les lauréats.

Un nombre de catégories sont déterminées par le public et les membres, alors que d’autres sont décidées exclusivement par un jury d’experts. Les lauréats des catégories générales seront décidés par le public (25%), un jury (25%) et les membres de MNB (50%). Tous les finalistes, peu importe la catégorie, sont automatiquement en lice dans la catégorie Choix du public qui est décidé à 100 % par le public. De nouveau cette année, les membres de MNB ont la chance de choisir leur propre gagnant du prix Choix des membres, décidé à 100% par les membres.

Il est possible de voter en ligne à partir de midi le vendredi 21 septembre jusqu’à midi le lundi 15 octobre.

Liste des FINALISTES 2018

Chloé Breault and The Hypochondriacs are leading the nominations for the 2018 Prix MNB Awards. The singer-songwriter and the country punk band, hailing from the Acadian Peninsula and Fredericton respectively, have garnered nods in six categories each.

Following closely are Shaun Ferguson and The Olympic Symphonium, with five nominations each. Thirty awards will be presented to artists and industry professionals who have made their mark on the New Brunswick music scene in the past year, during the 9th édition of the Prix MNB Awards, taking place in Caraquet, on October 25.

The Award Show kicks off Festival (506), a four-day migrating event which showcases incredible homegrown New Brunswick music. It will be the first time that the event takes place in the Acadian Peninsula.

A limited number of tickets for the MNB Awards Show are available online.

It’s time to vote

Music•Musique NB is looking to the public to help them choose the winners.

A number of categories are open for public and member voting, while others are determined solely by a panel of jurors. The general Music Award winners will be decided by the general public (25%), jurors (25%) and MNB members (50%). All nominees, regardless of categories, are automatically eligible for the Fans’ Choice Award, which will be determined 100% by the public. Coming back for a second year, MNB Members will have the chance to select their own Members’ Choice”Award winner, which will be determined 100% by the members.

Voting begins online at noon on Friday, September 21, and ends on Monday, October 15 at noon. 

List of 2018 NOMINEES

★ ALLEZ VOTER  ★  GO VOTE ★
prixmnbawards.musicnb.org

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

presented by | présenté par CHSR FM

  • FM Berlin // At Least You’re Having Fun
  • Joyful Noise // Cocoloco
  • Penny Blacks // Long Lights
  • The Hypochondriacs // The Hypochondriacs in 3/4
  • The Olympic Symphonium // Beauty In The Tension

CHANSON SOCAN DE L’ANNÉE

  • Chloé Breault // «Ouest»
  • Danny Boudreau & Denis Richard // «Avant l’hiver»
  • Michel Thériault // «Elle n’a plus 20 ans»
  • Phil Athanase // «Tempête d’été, tempête d’hiver»
  • Thomé Young // «Nager sul’dos»

EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR | DÉCOUVERTE DE L’ANNÉE

presented by | présenté par Studio 2

  • Chloé Breault
  • Nebullama
  • Phil Athanase
  • Shaun Ferguson
  • Spoutnique
  • The Hypochondriacs

ENREGISTREMENT DE L’ANNÉE

  • Chloé Breault // Love
  • Julie Aubé // Joie de vivre
  • Laurie LeBlanc // Couleurs
  • Shaun Ferguson // Résilience
  • Thomé Young // Patsy

ENREGISTREMENT SOLO DE L’ANNÉE

presented by | présenté par Festival acadien de Caraquet

  • Chloé Breault // Love
  • Julie Aubé // Joie de vivre
  • Danny Boudreau // Mon été
  • Shaun Ferguson // Résilience
  • Thomé Young // Patsy

GROUP RECORDING OF THE YEAR | ENREGISTREMENT DE GROUPE DE L’ANNÉE

presented by | présenté par Main Stage Cases

  • Diner Drugs // Diner Drugs
  • Kendra Gale Band // Kicking & Screamin’
  • Penny Blacks // Long Lights
  • The Hypochondriacs // The Hypochondriacs in 3/4
  • The Olympic Symphonium // Beauty In The Tension

SOCAN SONG OF THE YEAR

  • Adyn Townes & Colin Buchanan // «I Believe»
  • Brittany McQuinn // «Can’t Breathe»
  • Kathleen Gorey-McSorley // «Big Fall»
  • Penny Blacks: Jason Ogden // «Long Lights»
  • The Hypochondriacs: Josh Bravener // «3/4»
  • The Olympic Symphonium: Graeme Walker // «Choral Voices»

SOLO RECORDING OF THE YEAR

presented by | présenté par Holy Whale Brewery

  • Brittany McQuinn // Bold
  • Jared Lutes // A Perfect World
  • Jason Haywood // Folklore
  • Katherine Moller // Storm Queen
  • Kenny James // Ghost Town

COVER BAND OF THE YEAR | GROUPE DE REPRISE DE L’ANNÉE

  • Dapper Dan & the Drive-In Classics
  • Nobie Jones Band
  • Raglan Road

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ARTIST OF THE YEAR | ARTISTE DE MUSIQUE CONTEMPORAINE DE L’ANNÉE

  • Jared Lutes
  • Kenny James
  • The Stratified

CLASSICAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR | ARTISTE DE MUSIQUE CLASSIQUE DE L’ANNÉE

presented by | présenté par la Famille Marc Chouinard

  • Bruno Jacques Pelletier
  • Duo La Tour Baroque
  • New Brunswick Youth Orchestra / Orchestre des jeunes du Nouveau-Brunswick
  • Ventus Machina

COUNTRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR | ARTISTE COUNTRY DE L’ANNÉE

  • Andy Bast
  • David R. Elliott
  • Josh Norrad
  • Laurie LeBlanc
  • The Hypochondriacs

ELECTRONIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR | ARTISTE DE MUSIQUE ÉLECTRONIQUE DE L’ANNÉE

  • Math Class
  • Paranerd
  • SHRIMP Ring
  • Sleepy Driver
  • Wangled Teb

FOLK ARTIST OF THE YEAR | ARTISTE FOLK DE L’ANNÉE

presented by | présenté par Periwinkle Productions & Management

  • Brent Mason
  • Patrick Murray
  • Phil Athanase
  • Shaun Ferguson
  • The Olympic Symphonium

HIP-HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR | ARTISTE HIP-HOP DE L’ANNÉE

  • Beaatz
  • Kam Speech
  • The Cauldron Project

LOUD ARTIST OF THE YEAR | ARTISTE LOUD DE L’ANNÉE

  • Butcher
  • Deep Fryer
  • Diner Drugs
  • Gutted the Band

POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR | ARTISTE POP DE L’ANNÉE

  • Adyn Townes
  • Brittany McQuinn
  • Chloé Breault
  • Michel Thériault
  • Spoutnique

ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR | ARTISTE ROCK DE L’ANNÉE

  • Dillon Ryan & The Dream Romantic
  • FM Berlin
  • Kendra Gale Band
  • les Païens
  • Nebullama
  • Tampa

TRADITIONAL/ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR | ARTISTE TRADITIONNEL/ROOTS DE L’ANNÉE

presented by | présenté par Salty Towers

  • Danny Boudreau
  • Frantically Atlantic
  • Jason Haywood
  • Katherine Moller
  • Terry Whalen

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR | ÉDUCATEUR DE L’ANNÉE

  • Eva George
  • Genevieve MacRae
  • Katherine Moller
  • Sara Liptay
  • Stephen Lewis

EVENT/FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR | ÉVÈNEMENT/FESTIVAL DE L’ANNÉE

  • Acadie Rock
  • Mud City Meltdown
  • Paddlefest NB
  • Shivering Songs
  • Winter Warmer Festival

EXPAT OF THE YEAR | ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE RÉSIDANT HORS PROVINCE

  • Amélie Hall
  • David Myles
  • Laura Sauvage

MUSIC BUSINESS OF THE YEAR | ENTREPRISE DE L’INDUSTRIE MUSICALE DE L’ANNÉE

  • CHSR Broadcasting Inc.
  • Main Stage Cases Inc.
  • Malkin Music Management
  • Monopolized Records
  • Parkindale Productions Inc

MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR | PROFESSIONNEL DE L’ANNÉE DE L’INDUSTRIE MUSICALE

  • Carole Chouinard
  • Erin Bond
  • James Steel
  • Lynn Colepaugh
  • Shelley Chase

MUSIC PRODUCER OF THE YEAR ||| RÉALISATEUR DE L’ANNÉE

  • Corey Bonnevie
  • George Belliveau
  • Jay Merrill
  • Mike Trask

VENUE OF THE YEAR ||| SALLE DE SPECTACLE DE L’ANNÉE

presented by | présenté par Music Canada Live

  • Charlotte Street Arts Centre
  • Parkindale Hall
  • Shepody House
  • The Capital Complex
  • The Caveau

VIDEO OF THE YEAR ||| VIDÉO DE L’ANNÉE

presented by | présenté par Songwriters Association of Canada // Association des auteurs-compositeurs canadiens

  • Diner Drugs // «Flow Chongo»
  • FM Berlin // «At Least You’re H

ArtsLink AGM & Atlantic Vernacular Panel to be held in Saint Andrews

ARTSLINK AGM AND ATLANTIC VERNACULAR PANEL TO BE HELD IN SAINT ANDREWS

ArtsLink NB is hosting their annual general meeting in Saint Andrews Oct. 14th, at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre.

 

SAINT JOHN, N.B. Sep. 19, 2018 ArtsLink NB is hosting their annual general meeting October 14th in St. Andrews. The AGM will be followed by a panel discussion asking what is the “Atlantic Vernacular”? What are the materials and motifs defining artists of this region? Both events will take place at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, 1 Lower Campus Rd, St. Andrews, on Sunday, Oct.14th, from 10-4 p.m.

 

Attend the AGM to find out what your provincial professional artist’s association – ArtsLink NB – has been up to. You’ll also have a good look at what programming and projects we are planning for the year ahead. This is a chance to connect with your fellow artists, give the organization feedback, and get more involved with arts initiatives in New Brunswick.

 

We’ll switch gears in the afternoon, and host both a panel and group discussion about regional identity in the arts. ArtsLink NB is embarking on a multi-year project dedicated to exploring the “Atlantic Vernacular”, and we’d love member input in planning a larger symposium and publication. Come share your experiences will art colleagues from around the province.

 

Saturday’s multidisciplinary panel features:

SARAH JOHNSON POWER, JERRY ROPSON, CHARLIE GAFFNEY, and SHOSHANNA WINGATE

 

The event is free and open to the public. Please register beforehand. 

 

About ArtsLink NB

ArtsLink NB is a province-wide, membership based organization representing artists of all disciplines. We work to help artists build robust careers in New Brunswick through providing professional opportunities, public programming, specialized training, and advocacy work. We are working to grow the arts sector to meet national standards of excellence and economic output.

 

For additional information, please contact:

Julie Whitenect, Associate Director

ArtsLink NB

julie@artslinknb.com

(506) 608-9914

 

Launch of a new agency for artists in music in Moncton : COOL CATS AGENCY

(MONCTON – Wednesday, September 12, 2018) – Independent artists manager and agent, Christine Dubé officially launches her first and brand new agency based in Moncton: Cool Cats Agency.

Cool Cat Agency is a bilingual agency that offers services of management and booking to artists in music. Two local artists have already signed with the company: indie-folk singer-songwriter Ryan Hillier and outlaw-country band The Divorcees. Owner Christine Dubé testifies to her passion: “By closely following local musicians, I noticed that there were not enough resources for artists to develop their full potential: managing themselves and finding shows. As a lifelong music lover myself, I found the opportunity perfect. It’s an industry of passion, Cool Cats Agency simply brings together what I love most in life: Music and artists. ».

 

Visit their website here.

Read full article about Cool Cats Agency here on Music NB’s website.

Win a whole year of Tin House, Granta, Black Warrior Review, EVENT and Arc Poetry!

Theatre New Brunswick launch 50th anniversary season with world premiere by New Brunswick playwright

Theatre New Brunswick launch 50th anniversary season with world premiere by New Brunswick playwright

Any Given Moment by Kim Parkhill will tour the province September 4-9 before a six performance run in Fredericton at the Open Space Theatre.

Directed by Natasha MacLellan

(Fredericton, NB) Theatre New Brunswick kicks off its 50th anniversary season in September with a world premiere production by New Brunswick-born playwright Kim Parkhill. In the spirit of artistic collaboration, her new play Any Given Moment will be produced as a co-production with Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

Featuring a three actor cast which includes Fredericton’s own award-winning actor Wally MacKinnon, Any Given Moment examines the culture of fear that exists in the world today through three unique perspectives.

“I created three characters who are, by all appearances, starkly different from each other in age, education, economic status, and life experience, with the intention of getting them somewhere together, somehow, and seeing what happened,” said Parkhill.

In the play, a troubled teen, a helicopter mom and a homeless man become trapped together after police lockdown the neighbourhood. Assumptions are challenged and new relationships made as three complete strangers debate the situation and the potential dangers of the outside world. Through their interactions,audiences will be treated to a touching, hilarious and unexpected look into the culture of fear, challenging our expectations of what we think we know.

Parkhill was encouraged to write the play after a conversation with former TNB Artistic Director Thomas Morgan Jones. In an unexpected twist of fate, the production is being directed by TNB’s incoming Artistic Director Natasha MacLellan, who has been with Ship’ Company Theatre for the past six seasons.

“What I love most about this play is how beautifully human the three characters are,” said MacLellan. “They are at times brusque, at times funny, at times vulnerable and at times compassionate. The play  moves fast, it’s tense but also has moments of quiet and humor. It’s surprising, touching, funny and suspenseful. I think the characters are the strength of it, how very real these people seem.”

Parkhill’s choice of setting for this play, a church in an unnamed small Canadian city, came from a conversation she had with Jones about the many concerts that happen at Fredericton’s Wilmot United Church as part of the annual Shivering Songs festival.

“In one of my chats with Thom, he mentioned these church concerts in Fredericton and that became the inspiration for the setting and part of the chain of inciting events. The church in the play is modeled on Wilmot United Church.”

Any Given Moment also features actors Claudia Gutierrez-Perez, a recent graduate of the Fountain School of Performing Arts program at Dalhousie University; and Alexis Milligan, an actor, movement coach and director who has spent eight seasons with Two Planks and a Passion Theatre and has worked on several TV and film projects.

Produced as a co-production with Ship’s Company Theatre, Any Given Moment is supported by the work of several award-winning designers including sound designer Aaron Collier who worked on Theatre New Brunswick’s incredibly successful 2017 holiday production of A Christmas Carol.

Any Given Moment opens August 8 in Parrsboro and will run until September 2 before touring to several New Brunswick communities. The complete run includes a total of 41 performances with the final six shows happening in Fredericton at the Open Space Theatre, September 12-16.

Tickets are now on sale at the Fredericton Playhouse box office or online at tnb.nb.ca

For further media inquiries or to request an interview with Kim Parkhill or Natasha MacLellan, please contact TNB Director of Development and Communications Matt Carter at communications@tnb.nb.ca or 506.460.1381 Ex113.

Theatre New Brunswick | www.tnb.nb.ca | Facebook @theatrenewbrunswick | Twitter @theatrenb | Instagram @theatrenewbrunswick

Theatre New Brunswick is proudly supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, Province of New Brunswick, Picaroons, Crowne Plaza Fredericton, and McCain Foods.

About Any Given Moment:

A world premiere co-production with Ship’s Company Theatre.

A troubled teen, a helicopter mom and a homeless man become trapped together after police lockdown the neighbourhood. Assumptions are challenged and new relationships made as three complete strangers debate the situation and the potential dangers of the outside world. In this world premiere by New Brunswick playwright Kim Parkhill, Any Given Moment presents a touching, hilarious and unexpected look into the culture of fear and challenges our expectations of what we think we know.

Production Details:

Written by Kim Parkhill Director: Natasha MacLellan Featuring: Claudia Gutierrez-Perez, Wally MacKinnon and Alexis Milligan Light Designer: Ingrid Risk Sound Designer: Aaron Collier Costume Designer: Cathleen McCormack Set Designer: Katharine Jenkins-Ryan Stage Manager: Kirsti Bruce

Performance Dates:

September 4 | Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts | Sackville, NB | 7:30 p.m. September 5 | Bathurst High School | Bathurst, NB | 7:30 p.m. September 6 | théâtre l’Escaouette | Moncton, NB | 7:30 p.m. September 7 | BMO Theatre | Saint John, NB | 7:30 p.m. September 8 | W.C. O’Neill Arena Theatre | St. Andrews, NB | 7:30 p.m. September 9 | Weldon Matthews Theatre | Florenceville-Bristol, NB | 7:30 p.m. Fredericton September 12 | Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 7:30 p.m. PAY WHAT YOU WISH PREVIEW September 13 | Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 7:30 p.m. September 14 | Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 7:30 p.m. September 15 | Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 2:00 p.m. September 15 | Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 7:30 p.m. September 16 | Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 2:00 p.m.

________________________________________

About Theatre New Brunswick – Celebrating 50 seasons

Theatre New Brunswick is one of Canada’s oldest and longest running regional theatre companies. Our mission is to create extraordinary theatre that inspires and entertains our audience while celebrating New Brunswick’s best theatre content and artists; and to provide outstanding theatre training and performance that educates and awakens the imaginations of our youth and emerging artists.

 

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts Progress on CHRC’s national anti-harassment initiatives

Canada’s performing, literary and visual arts organizations and artists have joined together in a broad initiative called “Respectful Workplaces in the Arts”. This cross-country, cross-sector project is designed to deal with and remove harassment in the sector – including sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination and violence.

_______________________________________

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts

Progress on CHRC’s national anti-harassment initiatives

Since the announcement of the Canada Council of the Arts funding to support “Respectful Workplaces in the Arts” for the performing, literary and visual arts, we have been hard at work hiring and otherwise liaising with creative consultants, legal and HR professionals, contractors and sector leaders in order to develop thorough, inclusive and effective anti-harassment resources. Specific updates and timelines for project deliverables follow:

Code of Conduct: A draft code of conduct for the live performing arts is being developed by a Working Group of sector volunteers, chaired by Barry Hughson, CEO of the National Ballet of Canada. It is to be put out for discussion in September and finalized by November.

Reporting Mechanisms: Jeanne LeSage of LeSage Arts Management has been engaged to undertake a report on existing reporting mechanisms for victims of harassment, and systems of investigation for employers. This report will include sector-appropriate recommendations on how to develop these mechanisms and systems of investigation in the performing, literary and visual arts.

Training Resources: New resources are being created! All will be available on the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts website over the coming 4 months. These include:

  • a guide to developing policies and procedures for dealing with harassment will be released in September, as a tool in CHRC’s HR Management Toolkit;
  • training videos from the points of view of the artist/employee, and of the Board/employer are to be released in November;
  • webcasts to explain compliance with provincial and territorial legislation around harassment – to be released in December.

As well, examples of training resources on harassment are being researched and collected for reference on the Respectful Workplaces website.

Consultations with equity-seeking groups: Country-wide consultations are being held with equity-seeking groups in September and October in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Moncton and Halifax. They will provide feedback on the draft Code of Conduct, training needs and resources around harassment, and suggestions for potential reporting and investigating mechanisms.

Website: The website for Respectful Workplaces in the Arts is presently being built, and is to be launched in the fall. It will be the gathering place for all that’s going on under the banner of the project Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA).

Ad campaign: Respectful Workplaces in the Arts materials for the use of arts organizations are to be made available in September. Visual ads (for digital and printed use), video, and other media to which sector organizations can add their logo and share with their members will be included.

Further RWA updates to come in CHRC’s newsletters  and project-specific updates such as this one!

New music releases from MNB Members – Check it out

WANGLED TEB’S EARTH

Wangled Teb’s new EP is out on Bandcamp. Featuring several Fredericton-based musicians, frantically-chopped breaks, carefully crafted synth layers, evolving, percolating basslines, and a whole lotta love, Earth follows Water, as the second in a series of albums inspired by the four elements.

More info • Plus d’infos >

NEW ALBUM FOR JANOWSKII

Fredericton delta doom trio Janowskii released their self-titled album, recorded with Mike Trask at the Memramcook Recording Studio. Janowskii melds the howlin’, growlin’ vocals of blues wonder Keith Hallett with the uptempo garage-rock rhythm of Drew Budovitch (Maiden Names) and Matt Legere (The Waking Night).

More info • Plus d’infos >

NOUVEL EXTRAIT POUR SIMON DANIEL

La chanson « Nightcrawler » est le 1er extrait radio du disque du même titre de l’artiste Simon Daniel, qui parait chez Le Grenier musique et dont le lancement aura lieu au début d’octobre.
2 octobre : Montréal QC (L’Escogriffe)
4 octobre : Caraquet NB (Grains de folie)
5 octobre : Moncton NB (Centre Aberdeen)

More info • Plus d’infos >

MASONS TENDER NEW RELEASE

Masons Tender will be celebrating the release of their new album, Already Gone, September 14, in Moncton (Plan B), and September 15 in Saint John (Five & Dime).  This show is also open to the public and there is no cover charge

More info • Plus d’infos >

Sackville Festival of Early Music Unveils 2018 Program 

Sackville Festival of Early Music Unveils 2018 Program                            by Sandy Burnett

This week, the Sackville Festival of Early Music announced its fourteenth annual series of concerts and conversations, to take place from September 17th to 23rd in and around Sackville, New Brunswick.

The announcement invites a question: what is “early music” anyway?

The term as used broadly today describes music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical styles, spanning a time period roughly from 1500 to 1800.  The term also refers to a style of performance that seeks to re-create the sound intended by the original composers, using instruments that date from their time.

This year’s program offers a rich and varied sampler of  early music experiences.

The opening concert, on Friday, September 21st, will illustrate vividly how authenticity and imagination can combine to achieve an exciting re-creation of what music sounded like in earlier times.  The ensemble l’Harmonie des Saisons (Harmony of the Seasons), based in Granby, Québec, will invite the audience to enjoy a musical soirée as it might have taken place in the home of composer Johann Sebastian Bach, in Leipzig, Germany in the mid-1700s.

The following evening, The Rose Ensemble, a talented group based in St. Paul, Minnesota will present Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The program explores the musical interface between three cultures that have shaped the history of Europe for centuries.

The third and final concert, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Septembter 23rd, will feature guitarist Pascal Valois and violinist Jacques-André Houle playing a series of pieces that may well have been premiered in the Concert Spirituel,  a popular concert venue that flourished in Paris between 1770 and 1790.

Of course, music lovers who look forward to the Sackville Festival of Early Music every September know that the concert series is only one part of the event. The festival organizers are dedicated to introducing  school children to their musical heritage and offering opportunities for those who cannot attend conventional concerts to hear excellent performances. Each year, the Festival Outreach Program brings in speakers and muscians to present public talks, conduct hands-on workshops at area schools, and give special performances at the Drew Nursing Home.

This year will be no exception.  The Festival will open with a public presentation by Mount Allison Fine Arts graduate Deanna Musgrave outlining her experience with what she calls “visual music.” The talk will end with performances of Anthony Genges’s piece ”Motion” and Jordan Nobles’s  “Circle of Fifths” performed by Andrew Reed Miller (contrabass), Karin Aurell (flutes), James Kalyn (clarinet), Joël Cormier (percussion).

Next, there will be a master class offered to Mount Allison music students by members of l’Harmonie des Saisons.

And finally, school concerts, offered free of charge, will explore the theme “Sweden’s Secret” featuring Kirsty Money (nyckelharpa) and Jude Pelley (guitar), exploring the dance forms of Swedish traditional music, as well as other repertoire which the nyckelharpa enhances, including baroque repertoire and contemporary songs.