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Introducing the Stage Equality Initiative

Theatre New Brunswick announces a new development program aimed at bringing the voices of New Brunswick women to the stage. February 3, 2021 (Fredericton) Following the success of its inaugural Fall Festival of New Plays which championed the voices of 12 new, emerging and established New Brunswick playwrights by providing mentorship, dramaturgy and staged readings of new work through various digital technologies, TNB has now announced the Stage Equality Initiative, a new program aimed specifically at developing new work from New Brunswick female playwrights.


The 2021 Stage Equality Initiative will support the work of Samaqani Cocahq-Natalie Sappier (Tobique First Nation), Jena McLean (Fredericton) and Kirsten Alter (Quispamsis).

“We’re excited to launch this new project with new work by three New Brunswick women whose collective work and history is directly informed by their experience as members of the broader queer, Indigenous and BIPOC communities,” said TNB Artistic Director Natasha MacLellan. “We believe this initiative will not only help to highlight the work of three diverse New Brunswick women, but also speak to the continued importance theatre plays in reflecting our regional culture, a culture that’s diversity is often overlooked in the fields of literature, music and theatre.”

The Stage Equality Initiative will mark TNB’s first major investment in the development of new work by New Brunswick women. This new initiative will provide a creation grant to each participating playwright as well as dramaturgical support and a digital strategy aimed at elevating these three women and their work to a national audience through readings, video interviews and other digital means.

“We see both our Fall Festival and The Stage Equality Initiative as cornerstones in our renewed investment in New Brunswick playwrights,” said MacLellan. “It is our aim to make these new initiatives an annual part of our programming at Theatre New Brunswick. The generous support we received from the Greater Saint John Community Foundation’s Fund for Gender Equality will allow us to create, test and deliver our first year of the Stage Equality Initiative and help plot a future path to welcoming the voices of more women to stages here in New Brunswick, and across the country. That’s pretty exciting stuff!”

This project was supported through a $12,000 grant from the Greater Saint John Community Foundation and the Fund for Gender Equality (Community Foundations of Canada). The Fund for Gender Equality (The Fund) was created to shift power into the hands of women, girls, TwoSpirit and gender-diverse individuals by supporting their leadership and engagement in community-level initiatives.


About the Playwrights


Kirsten Alter
Hailing from Quispamsis, NB, Kirsten is thrilled to be part of TNB’s Fall Festival of New Plays. Thank you, Natasha! For the last 20 plus years Kirsten has been a stage/tv/film and voice over actor. Her most recent stage role was Sally Applewhite in TNB’s It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play. Other memorable roles include Suzy in the Vancouver Playhouse/Canstage production of Margaret Edson’s Wit, Joni in acclaimed writer Cheryl Foggo’s John War Reimagined for Calgary’s Ellipsis Tree Collective Theatre Company and Edmonton’s Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, and Liv in much-celebrated writer Norm Foster’s Come Down From Up River, for the Foster Festival.


Jena McLean
Jena McLean is a queer playwright whose work is focused on personalizing the political and using theatre to explore life’s grey areas. She holds a B.A. in English and Drama Studies from Mount Allison University. In 2017, she was commissioned to create and co-direct Paradoxes: The Life and Music of Fanny Hensel, an interdisciplinary play with music. Other works include Missing Her Mother (dramaturgy by Andrea Romaldi), A Canyon Contained (dramaturgy by Erin Shields), an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Freeze-Dried Groom (dramaturgy by Nick Carpenter), and I Am, which won Notable Acts Theatre Festival’s inaugural high school playwriting competition. She is currently in her final year of studies at the National Theatre School of Canada, where she is developing a Theatre for Young Audiences play (Dramaturgy by Dean Fleming) and Bonus Points if You Have Air Conditioning (Dramaturgy by Nick Carpenter) a meta-theatrical examination of love and dramatic structure.


Samaqani Cocahq-(Natalie Sappier)
Samaqani Cocahq-(Natalie Sappier) is a Wolastoqiyik Indigenous multidisciplinary storyteller from Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick. She began her arts practice as a painter. Painting is what awakened her healing journey. Reconnecting to the land and learning ancestral teachings became the core of her storytelling. She realized early in her painting career that she was not painting just for herself, but she was painting for her people – she is painting for her ancestors – she is painting for healing.
Today she feels her stories need to be louder than a painting can speak and is on a journey of expressing stories in many forms that includes visual arts, writing, song, spoken word, movement and dance. Many of her stories are guided by knowledge carriers and are done in collaboration with other Wabanaki Sisters and Brothers. For her, creating stories is an Indigenous way of being and teaching. She wrote and composed her first play Finding Wolastoq Voice during a residency at Theatre New Brunswick. The play toured the province and has since been presented on stages across the country including the National Arts Centre stage. She is currently developing a series of short plays titled, Stories of Maw.

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Interviews and Media Opportunities:
To arrange an interview with Natasha MacLellan or any of the playwrights, contact TNB Director of Development and Communications Matt Carter at communications@tnb.nb.ca

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PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY WITH HAILLEY FAYLE

Check out The Foundry for our new course on product photography with Hailley Fayle. This course will set you up with the knowledge and skills to do your own product photography at home!

This course is made in partnership with Craft NB and supported by the Government of New Brunswick’s Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour.

ShiftChange 2021 is going FULLY ONLINE

SHIFTCHANGE IS GOING DIGITAL!

Due to public health regulations, we’ve made the decision to move ShiftChange to an ONLINE ONLY format. There will be no in-person workshops and events this year—instead, all sessions will take place over Zoom and will be spread out throughout the month of February, beginning February 9th.
 Even though we’ll miss seeing you all face-to-face, we’re excited to have a whole glorious month of ShiftChange!

ShiftChange is for everyone! Whether you’re a festival or theatre presenter, venue operator, event producer, tourism/municipality operator, or arts administrator, our workshops will have something for you. 

For those of you who have already registered: you will be receiving an email soon with information about receiving your fee adjustment refund. 

For those of you who haven’t bought your tickets yet: registration is LIVE, and the whole online conference is available for a very reasonable $25! Buy your tickets HERE. 

Check out a full schedule of workshops and events HERE. 

NOTE: if you need help accessing/completing the registration form, please feel free to contact us at info@atlanticpresenters.ca

Keep scrolling for NEW workshop details, speaker bios, and more!
Register for ShiftChange 2021

Music in NB 🌈 Musique au NB

Next Savvy Session • Prochaine Session sensée  

JAN 28 // Join our MID Program Officer, Nicole, as she discusses some of the ”do’s” and ”don’ts” when applying for MID funding. Here’s a great opportunity to ask her questions about the application process! +++ info > // Rejoignez notre responsable du programme DIM, Nicole, qui vous expliquera les choses à faire et à ne pas faire lors d’une demande de financement avec le DIM. +++ info >

Indigenous Artist Development Program  

MNB is launching a new pilot project aimed at Indigenous musicians. The initiative, sponsored by Mi’kmaq Hip Hop artist Wolf Castle, was created to provide one emerging Indigenous artist from New Brunswick with the tools, support and guidance to achieve a new musical project. One recipient will be chosen by an all-indigenous jury and will receive a $3000 grant to complete a music-based project. Artists can propose a project before January 29. +++ info >

SURVEY · SONDAGE    

We know that 2020 has been rough and that the jury’s still out on 2021, and we’d like to know how we can help! We have a 5-minute survey to gauge the current mood of the NB music community. // On sait que 2020 n’a pas été facile et que 2021 n’a pas commencé comme on l’espérait tous. On aimerait savoir comment on peut vous aider! On a un sondage de 5 minutes environ, pour évaluer comm ent la communauté musicale du NB se sent à l’heure actuelle.  +++ info >

PROJECT SOUNDCHECK    

Music·Musique NB is offering NB venues and festivals a “pay what you can” training workshop on sexual harassment & assault prevention in a bar or event setting. The workshop is geared towards events staff or volunteers and venue/bar staff. You can read more about the Project Soundcheck training offered by Sexual Violence NB here.  If your team is interested in taking this workshop, contact Dominique (education@musicnb.org) and register before February 10th!

Isabelle Cyr lance “L’eau de tes chagrins”

Une chanson pour mettre un baume sur le coeur des personnes touchées de près ou de loin par le suicide d’un être cher. Le vidéoclip réalisé et scénarisé par Isabelle Cyr intègre de magnifiques illustrations de Arkatza. En ces temps de pandémie où la santé mentale est au coeur des enjeux de notre société et que nous pouvons enrayer la stigmatisation entourant le suicide,  cette chanson offre un moment de douceur et d’espoir. L’eau de tes chagrins est tirée de l’album encensé par la critique Brûle sur mes lèvres.  +++ info >

The Backstays’ “No Hot Cargo”

Saint John’s The Backstays just released a new single “No Hot Cargo”. “The song was inspired by the small-but-mighty protests in Saint John, against Canada’s arms trade and the sale of Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) to Saudi Arabia while it inflicted war upon Yemen,” said The Backstays’ Pete Johnston (he/him). “These combat vehicles are made in Ontario, and have been quietly shipped out of the Port of Saint John for the past few years.” +++ info >

THE DUEL by Zachary Greer

Zachary Greer’s new instrumental album based on New Brunswick’s last fatal duel is now on Bandcamp and all streaming services. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the historic event and the album provides a dark and evocative soundtrack for the incredible story. The album features violinist Ali Johnson, as well as violist Mark Kleyn and cellist Emily Kennedy, who perform together as the folk-pop duo Pallmer.  +++ info >

Laurie LeBlanc lance un nouvel extrait anglophone

L’auteur-compositeur-interprète Laurie LeBlanc lance un troisième extrait anglophone “Another Night Like This” tiré de son dernier album “When It’s Right It’s Right”. Ce qui sidère à la première écoute de la chanson, c’est qu’on se sent carrément à Nashville où l’on peut goûter la fraicheur du printemps, sentir l’amour dans l’air et admirer les feux d’artifice. +++ info >

Frozen Pendulum EP   

Local prog rock group Frozen Pendulum have released their debut EP “The Edge of the World”. The EP contains one single epic 19 minute track that takes us on a journey through a sea of emotions and an unforgettable sonic landscape.
The EP can be purchased on Bandcamp. It can also be heard on all streaming platforms. The EP can also be experienced visually through a series of lyric videos here +++ info >

New Video by Paul Wilfred

Paul Wilfred’s first official video for his most recent single, ‘Surviving’. This song, written and produced during the current pandemic, is about trying to survive during these unforeseen times. +++ info >

Drone Doom Duo Alexander    

Comprised of Kyle Alexander McDonald (Voices, Bass, Sub Synth, and FX) of Canadian mantra doom band ZAUM and Jörg Alexander Schneider (Drums, Percussion) of German free jazz band Jealousy Mountain Duo, the funeral drone twosome known as Alexander have a new video to share for their track “Runes” off their debut album “I”, released this past October via Superbob Records.  +++ info >

Nouvel extrait du groupe Spoutnique    

Spoutnique essaie de débuter l’année 2021 du bon pied en vous proposant un « radio edit » de sa chanson Aviateur parût sur l’album Solace. Une chanson planante et groovy qui fera du bien dans les écouteurs lorsqu’on fera la file pour aller chercher son épicerie. L’année 2020 a été une année de bons coups pour Spoutnique avec des nominations pour l’album SOLACE aux Prix Musique Nouveau-Brunswick, aux Prix East Coast Music Awards ainsi qu’aux Prix GAMIQ.  +++ info >

New Single Release – 45 Floor    

45 Floor, Dan Verner’s latest collab with Nick Fowler (aka FWLR) was released last week and pushes the envelope of indie-pop music by combining piano-based indie songwriting with modern electronic production. It’s a must listen for your January 2021 new release radar!  +++ info >

SSI Soundstage    

Sound Specialists Inc.(SSI) is looking to partner with bands to provide an avenue for bands to play together in a safe and social distance manner.  Full audio, video and lighting production is provided to stream live.  For more information or booking availability please contact us on all our social media, click the “Book Today” button on our website or email soundstage@ssiaudio.com +++ info >

UNB Music Workshops   

The UNB Conservatory is hosting online workshops. Enjoy learning virtually guided by expert instructors from the comfort of your home. Topics include: 

  • Jazz Theory
  • Music Production
  • Movement for Musicians
  • Songwriting 
  • Performance Anxiety 
  • +++ info >

The NEW 2021 Jane LeBlanc Music Award    

The Jane LeBlanc Foundation has created an award for New Brunswick resident composer-singers or composer-singers who are also musicians to assist them in the recording and mastering of one of their original songs (must be ready for finishing) as well as helping them to create their album art and brand to distribute their mastered track to all online music platforms. DEADLINE: February 25, 2021 +++ info >

@ THE CAP

🔴 Red Phase Updates 🔴 The best way to continue supporting The Cap during the Red Phase is to order The Cap beer, cocktails-to-go & records from thecaplive.com and we’re now offering FREE local delivery on ALL orders! If you’d prefer in-store pickup, The Cap Record Store will remain open with reduced hours. +++ info >

@ THÉÂTRE CAPITOL THEATRE

With Zone 1 moving into the red phase, please note that our Box Office will remain closed to visitors. However, you may reach us by phone at 856-4379 – Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm. // En raison du passage à la phase rouge, veuillez prendre note que la billetterie du Théâtre Capitol demeurera fermée aux visites en personne. Il est toutefois possible de nous joindre par téléphone, au 856-4379 – du lundi au vendredi, de 9 h à 16 h. +++ info >

@ CENTRE DES ARTS D’EDMUNDSTON

Voici l’infolettre des ateliers et activités artistiques à venir en janvier et en février au Centre des arts d’Edmundston. Veuillez noter que le Centre est présentement fermé au public puisque nous sommes en phase Rouge, mais que l’équipe est sur place pour prendre vos inscriptions et pour répondre à vos questions.
Pour nous rejoindre : 739-2127. +++ info >

African Heritage Month in NB // Mois de l’héritage africain au NB 

The 2021 African Heritage Month theme is Amplifying Black Stories and Voices. This month will offer opportunities to learn more about the African organizations, business, individuals and allied organizations contributing to richness and diversity of NB. // Organisé sur le thème Amplifier les histoires et les voix des Noirs, le Mois de l’Héritage Africain 2021 offrira à tous de multiples occasions d’en apprendre davantage sur les entreprises, les personnes et les organisations liées à l’Afrique, qui contribuent à la richesse et à la diversité du N-B. +++ info >

Side Door Million Dollar Show 

Side Door is going to have a party and we want you to be there. We are celebrating selling $1,000,000 worth of tickets since we were founded in 2017. So we want to celebrate by raising money for Unison Benevolent Fund  and showcase the artists and other folks who have helped us get there! The lineup includes superstars like Terra Spencer, Stewart Legere, Maya Killtron, Gabrielle Papillon, and Minanzi Mbira Band, with more artists being announced every week! +++ info >

2021 INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS HIP HOP AWARDS TRADE SHOW 

The first-ever International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards Show (IIHHAS) is taking place online May 22 & 23, 2021 in a virtual 2-day mega event. The IIHHAS is proud to call Winnipeg Manitoba their first host city on the original lands of the Dene people’s, Dakota, Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Treaty 1 Territory, and on the homeland of the Metis Nation. Do you want to perform at the awards? Booking is now open! Artists can book a virtual booth which includes a performance slot. +++ info >

THE ECMA HONOURARY AWARDS SUBMISSION OPEN TO ALL 

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) invites it’s members and the public to submit nominees for the 2021  honourary Awards. The ECMA Board of Directors annually determines recipients in as many as six (6) honourary award categories (Stompin’ Tom Award, Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award, Director’s Special Achievement Award, Industry Builder of the Year, Musician’s Achievement Award, and Bucky Adam’s Memorial Award). >>>> http://bit.ly/HonoraryECMA

Music in NB 🚩 Musique au NB: 20 JAN 2021

Indigenous Artist Development Program  

MNB is launching a new pilot project aimed at Indigenous musicians. The initiative, sponsored by Mi’kmaq Hip Hop artist Wolf Castle, was created to provide one emerging Indigenous artist from New Brunswick with the tools, support and guidance to achieve a new musical project. One recipient will be chosen by an all-indigenous jury and will receive a $3000 grant to complete a music-based project. Artists can propose a project before January 29. +++ info >

SURVEY · SONDAGE    

We know that 2020 has been rough and that the jury’s still out on 2021, and we’d like to know how we can help! We have a 5-minute survey to gauge the current mood of the NB music community. // On sait que 2020 n’a pas été facile et que 2021 n’a pas commencé comme on l’espérait tous. On aimerait savoir comment on peut vous aider! On a un sondage de 5 minutes environ, pour évaluer comm ent la communauté musicale du NB se sent à l’heure actuelle.  +++ info >

Drone Doom Duo Alexander    

Comprised of Kyle Alexander McDonald (Voices, Bass, Sub Synth, and FX) of Canadian mantra doom band ZAUM and Jörg Alexander Schneider (Drums, Percussion) of German free jazz band Jealousy Mountain Duo, the funeral drone twosome known as Alexander have a new video to share for their track “Runes” off their debut album “I”, released this past October via Superbob Records.  +++ info >

Nouvel extrait du groupe Spoutnique    

Spoutnique essaie de débuter l’année 2021 du bon pied en vous proposant un « radio edit » de sa chanson Aviateur parût sur l’album Solace. Une chanson planante et groovy qui fera du bien dans les écouteurs lorsqu’on fera la file pour aller chercher son épicerie. L’année 2020 a été une année de bons coups pour Spoutnique avec des nominations pour l’album SOLACE aux Prix Musique Nouveau-Brunswick, aux Prix East Coast Music Awards ainsi qu’aux Prix GAMIQ.  +++ info >

New Single Release – 45 Floor    

45 Floor, Dan Verner’s latest collab with Nick Fowler (aka FWLR) was released last week and pushes the envelope of indie-pop music by combining piano-based indie songwriting with modern electronic production. It’s a must listen for your January 2021 new release radar!  +++ info >

SSI Soundstage    

Sound Specialists Inc.(SSI) is looking to partner with bands to provide an avenue for bands to play together in a safe and social distance manner.  Full audio, video and lighting production is provided to stream live.  For more information or booking availability please contact us on all our social media, click the “Book Today” button on our website or email soundstage@ssiaudio.com +++ info >

UNB workshops focus on musician wellness    

The UNB Conservatory is hosting online workshops that promote mental and physical health of musicians. In Performance Anxiety, participants will understand the science behind stage fright and will develop coping strategies to foster strong mental performance. In Movement for Musicians, participants will experience guided exercises in Feldenkrais Method, an awareness-based movement therapy. +++ info >

The NEW 2021 Jane LeBlanc Music Award    

The Jane LeBlanc Foundation has created an award for New Brunswick resident composer-singers or composer-singers who are also musicians to assist them in the recording and mastering of one of their original songs (must be ready for finishing) as well as helping them to create their album art and brand to distribute their mastered track to all online music platforms. +++ info >

TOUT SIMPLEMENT COUNTRY    

Sur l’émission Tout simplement country de samedi le 16 janvier 2021, trois artistes du nouveau-Brunswick partagent la scène pour un special bluegrass; Andy Bast, Paul Hebert et Dominic Cormier. Pour sa part, Andy Bast interprétera deux compositions originales en plus de s’offrir un duo avec la talentueuse Guylaine Tanguay. +++ info >

MA PETITE SIRÈNE    

Le 1er extrait de l’auteur-compositeur-interprète Pat Robys vient d’être lancé sur différentes plateformes ainsi que sur les radios francophones.Ceci est un hommage à une artiste québécoise et aussi le début d’une histoire à raconter sur le premier album à paraitre! Le Rock Progressif est au rendez-vous dans cette extrait! +++ info >

New Single from Zachary Greer (feat. Pallmer)    

Final Breath, the new single from the upcoming album The Duel combines Zachary Greer’s cinematic composition style with genre bending duo Pallmer to wonderful effect. The beautiful string work and chilling vocals are but one track in an otherwise instrumental album detailing the dark tale of New Brunswick’s last fatal duel. Look for Final Breath on Bandcamp and all streaming platforms Wednesday, January 13! +++ info >

@ THE CAP

🔴 Red Phase Updates 🔴 The best way to continue supporting The Cap during the Red Phase is to order The Cap beer, cocktails-to-go & records from thecaplive.com (link in bio) and we’re now offering FREE local delivery on ALL orders! If you’d prefer in-store pickup, The Cap Record Store will remain open with reduced hours. +++ info >

@ THÉÂTRE CAPITOL THEATRE

With Zone 1 moving into the red phase, please note that our Box Office will remain closed to visitors. However, you may reach us by phone at 856-4379 – Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm. // En raison du passage à la phase rouge, veuillez prendre note que la billetterie du Théâtre Capitol demeurera fermée aux visites en personne. Il est toutefois possible de nous joindre par téléphone, au 856-4379 – du lundi au vendredi, de 9 h à 16 h. +++ info >

@ CENTRE DES ARTS D’EDMUNDSTON

Voici l’infolettre des ateliers et activités artistiques à venir en janvier et en février au Centre des arts d’Edmundston. Veuillez noter que le Centre est présentement fermé au public puisque nous sommes en phase Rouge, mais que l’équipe est sur place pour prendre vos inscriptions et pour répondre à vos questions.
Pour nous rejoindre : 739-2127. +++ info >

Lo-fi Cross-cultural Creation Residency 

The paid residency, which will take place from May 31 to June 9, 2021, is now accepting applications for artists of any discipline who are interested in leaving their high-tech set up behind and spending ten days surrounded by the beauty of New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast. Ten artists will be selected: three Anglophone artists, three Francophone artists, and three Indigenous artists, as well as one jury’s choice. Artists of all disciplines are welcome. +++ info >

Bourses Laetitia-Cyr – Édition 2021 

Les Jeunesses Musicales Nouveau-Brunswick (JMNB) sont heureuses de vous annoncer que l’édition 2021 des Bourses Laetitia-Cyr bat son plein! En effet, par l’entremise du Fonds Laetitia-Cyr, les JMNB offriront en 2021 des bourses à des musiciens et musiciennes du Nouveau-Brunswick qui poursuivent des études avancées en musique classique. L’instrumentiste ou chanteur/chanteuse lyrique doit résider au Nouveau-Brunswick et avoir moins de 29 ans au 15 avril 2021, date limite pour la soumission des projets. +++ info >

Canada’s Music Incubator 2021 

Here’s the 2021 Programs Calendar: 

  • Artist Entrepreneur: March 9-April 30 (Virtual); August 3-September 24    
  • Artist Manager: May 4 -June 11 (Virtual); October 5 November 26  
  • AE West: November 1-December 3    
  • CMI 1 On 1 (Year-Round Online) 

+++ info >

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE · ARTISTE EN RÉSIDENCE

It’s time to apply for the Artist-in-Residence Program! The deadline is coming up on February 1st, 2021. This program is intended for New Brunswick public or private institutions and organizations that wish to host professional artists in order to enable them to pursue specific projects relating to their creative work +++ info >

NOUVELLES DE MUSICACTION

1er février 2021
· Commercialisation internationale : Volet 2 – Captation de spectacle
· Vitrines musicales : Volet 6 – Captation de spectacle
· Développement des compétences : Volet 1 – Intégration, Volet 2 – Développement, Volet 3 – Incubateur
4 février 2021
· Enveloppe de financement global +++ info >

NEWS FROM FACTOR

Envelope Funding for Music Companies: The application window for the Envelope Funding for Music Companies program is open until January 28, 2021, 5:00 pm EST. The program returns to its original design of a revenue and investment model, with some modifications in acknowledgment of the continued impact of COVID-19 on the music industry. Applicants are advised to review the program guidelines, and in particular, note the updated applicant eligibility points.+++ info >

Post Script

What is Post Script?

In April 2020, just weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched Dear Rona – Letters from Lockdown, a story collection project aimed at exploring life in the time of a worldwide pandemic. The idea was simple. We wanted to hear from you – our friends – to learn how everyone was coping with this unexpected turn of events. Part social documentary, part collective therapy, the project was an attempt to stay connected with our audience while providing a creative outlet for the panic, fear and uncertainty we’ve all experienced over the past many months. The response was incredible.

During the five month submission period (April – August) we received numerous responses in the form of emails, handwritten letters, postcards, collage art, photos, recorded messages and a few videos. We even received a pair of pandemic inspired scripts! Spanning the full range of human emotion, this project helped reinforce the fact that no two people have had the same experience.

When we launched the project, we had no real concrete plan for what to do, if anything, with the stories we received. Our original call for submissions stated that all submitted work may be used to inform a future project. We just didn’t know what that project would look like until now.

As we near the one year anniversary of this pandemic’s arrival, and begin to see a glimpse of light at the end of this tunnel, we’re excited to announce Post Script, a unique work of theatre delivered directly to your mailbox in the form of weekly postcards from an unknown friend.

Audiences can choose one of three storylines to be delivered through the mail over the course of six weeks, beginning the week of April 5 – one year after the launch of Dear Rona.

Choose A Story

Post Script #1: Self-Love and Solitude

In this script, we follow one person’s journey to self-love. After the dissolution of their marriage, they are forced to cope with the aftermath of change. COVID further disorients their routine and introduces them to a world of solitude. How do we find meaning in isolation?

Post Script #2: So Much Time = So Much Art

The timeline is neither short nor certain. Each of us are separated but globally connected through a shared experience. In this story, a young artist struggles with their own creativity, senselessly comparing their productivity to others, while searching for meaningful connection.

Post Script #3: Just Slow Down!

We live in a fast-paced society that prides productivity and hard work. Sometimes it’s easy to dismiss the subtle pleasures in our environment and be fully present. In this piece, our character finds the space to slow down and reflect on what they are grateful for while searching for ways to engage with nature and keep their mind sharp.

Buy Tickets

Due to the handwritten nature of Post Script, this production series is limited to just 100 tickets.

Tickets are $25 (plus taxes and fees = $31.67) can be purchased through Eventbrite. Don’t miss out!

Developed by Joanna Bryson, Matt Carter and Natasha MacLellan
Inspired by stories collected through the story collection project Dear Rona – Letters From Lockdown

Note: This project is not available outside of Canada. 

Cross Cultural Creation Residency

We’re so excited to open up our call for artists for this year’s Cross Cultural Creation residency! This year’s residency will be a return to the roots of creation, bringing ten artists together in Kouchibouguac National Park to create art in a low-technology setting.

The paid residency, which will take place from May 31 to June 9, 2021, is now accepting applications for artists of any discipline who are interested in leaving their high-tech set up behind and spending ten days surrounded by the beauty of New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast.

Ten artists will be selected: three Anglophone artists, three Francophone artists, and three Indigenous artists, as well as one jury’s choice. Artists of all disciplines are welcome to apply as long as their proposed work fits within the limitations of the setting (no ultra high-tech setups that need the internet and multiple plug ins).

The residency is a collaboration between ArtsLink NB, the Association acadienne des artistes professionel.le.s du Nouveau Brunswick (AAAPNB), and Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective. Applications are open until Friday, February 26, 2021. 

For more information, and to apply, head to our website at www.artslinknb.com, Mawi’Art’s website at https://www.mawiart.org/ or to the aaapnb website at http://www.aaapnb.ca/.

#artistresidency #newbrunswickart #newbrunswickartist #artslinknb #aaapnb #mawiart #residency #artistsofinstagram #nbart #nbartist #artinresidence #kouchibouguac

Music in NB 👋 Musique au NB: 13 JAN 2021

Indigenous Artist Development Program  

MNB is launching a new pilot project aimed at Indigenous musicians. The initiative, sponsored by Mi’kmaq Hip Hop artist Wolf Castle, was created to provide one emerging Indigenous artist from New Brunswick with the tools, support and guidance to achieve a new musical project. One recipient will be chosen by an all-indigenous jury and will receive a $3000 grant to complete a music-based project. Artists can propose a project before January 29. +++ info >

NEXT SAVVY SESSION · PROCHAINE SESSION SENSÉE    

On January 14,  Ace Piva focuses on the basics of mental health understanding. Many people believe the language of mental health is interchangeable, but it’s not. Together, we will be covering the difference between mental health, wellness and illness, and talk about addiction recovery, stigma, trauma and music. Cette session sera présentée en anglais seulement+++ info >

ON OUR SPEAKERS · SUR NOS HAUT-PARLEURS    

Send us your new releases for our “On Our Speakers” series! Envoyez-nous vos nouveaux albums, pour notre série “Sur nos haut-parleurs”!
Music·Musique NB 140, rue Botsford Street, suite 30, Moncton, NB  E1C 4X4 

The NEW 2021 Jane LeBlanc Music Award    

The Jane LeBlanc Foundation has created an award for New Brunswick resident composer-singers or composer-singers who are also musicians to assist them in the recording and mastering of one of their original songs (must be ready for finishing) as well as helping them to create their album art and brand to distribute their mastered track to all online music platforms. +++ info >

TOUT SIMPLEMENT COUNTRY    

Sur l’émission Tout simplement country de samedi le 16 janvier 2021, trois artistes du nouveau-Brunswick partagent la scène pour un special bluegrass; Andy Bast, Paul Hebert et Dominic Cormier. Pour sa part, Andy Bast interprétera deux compositions originales en plus de s’offrir un duo avec la talentueuse Guylaine Tanguay. +++ info >

MA PETITE SIRÈNE    

Le 1er extrait de l’auteur-compositeur-interprète Pat Robys vient d’être lancé sur différentes plateformes ainsi que sur les radios francophones.Ceci est un hommage à une artiste québécoise et aussi le début d’une histoire à raconter sur le premier album à paraitre! Le Rock Progressif est au rendez-vous dans cette extrait! +++ info >

New Single from Zachary Greer (feat. Pallmer)    

Final Breath, the new single from the upcoming album The Duel combines Zachary Greer’s cinematic composition style with genre bending duo Pallmer to wonderful effect. The beautiful string work and chilling vocals are but one track in an otherwise instrumental album detailing the dark tale of New Brunswick’s last fatal duel. Look for Final Breath on Bandcamp and all streaming platforms Wednesday, January 13! +++ info >

SHIVERING SONGS 2021    

Shivering Songs is excited to announce artists for 2021. Artists include Polaris Music Prize and The JUNO Awards winner Jeremy Dutcher, Fredericton mainstays grand theft bus and The Hypochondriacs, and more. Tickets for Jeremy Dutcher (Jan 22) and Grand Theft Bus (Jan 23) are ON SALE NOW exclusively through The Fredericton Playhouse Box Office. Visit them in-person or call (506) 458-8344 to purchase your bubble tickets. +++ info >

4 SALLES INTERCONNECTÉES    

Quatre salles de spectacle coprésentent le spectacle-événement 4 Salles Interconnectées le 16 janvier. Ce concept de spectacle a pris naissance grâce à un partenariat entre le Service à la vie étudiante et socioculturelle de l’Université de Moncton, le Théâtre du Monument-Lefebvre, le Centre des arts et de la culture de Dieppe et le Théâtre Capitol, en collaboration avec Coup de cœur francophone.  +++ info >

New Brunswick Songwriter Circle Ttour

Roots & Soul will be sending their favorite singer songwriters on a tour through New Brunswick.
Jan 14 // saint John // Five & Dime With Brent Mason
Jan 15 // Perth // Oak Tree pub with Aaron Crain
Jan 16 // Fredericton // Grimross Brewing Co. With Josh Bravener of The Hypochondriacs  
Jan 22 // Miramichi // Miramichi Kin Center With Wade Hallihan & special guest Jessii The Artist 
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SYMPHONY NB    

The next Virtuoso Series Concert is Sticks and Strings, at which percussion and string bass join the Saint John String Quartet in an eclectic concert that mixes things up a bit.
January 22, Fredericton Charlotte Street Arts Centre
January 23, Moncton Community Peace Centre
January 24, Saint John Arts Centre +++ info >

NB ARTISTS SING WITH SOUND OF POP   

Sound of Pop is pleased to announce they have signed a publishing deal with New Brunswick award winning producer / Livetronic artist Elephant Skeletons.  The deal encompasses his complete catalogue, including his recent albums “Lamp of 3xodus” and “Sleep”. They have also signed a publishing deal with New Brunswick based Pop singer-songwriter Dan Verner.  The deal includes select songs from his debut recording “From the Fold”, along with new music he’s working on with producer Nick Fowler (FWLR). +++ info >

NEW BODY PAINT RELEASE    

Our new single Mirage has been a work in progress for over a year and we finally have it ready for streaming on all platforms. This song is jam packed with energy, passion, and of course riffs and solos galore. Whether you’re vibing out or partying, Mirage is sure to please. +++ info >

ROBERT THOMAS SINGLE RELEASE    

Robert Thomas and the session men will release a new single “Twilight” to worldwide streaming and North American Radio on January 11, 2021. The release has been prepped with an ongoing social media ad campaign and posts by the band that rolled out on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook in November and will be further supported by a YouTube “Twilight” Video release, insider studio video release and Live streamed social media performances. +++ info >

NEW FLO DURELL SONG    

Here Comes Trouble is a song she wrote for her 2nd solo CD entitled Listen to Your Heart and was released on January 4, 2021 to radio stations.  Her music is available on Itunes, Google Play, Spotify and CDs available through Distributions Plages/Propagandes. +++ info >

Open Strum helping some wolves    

Open Strum is teaming up with the non-profit “Living with Wolves” this January to help some wolves! Open Strum will be releasing a new song at the end of January, and anyone who gives “Living with Wolves” a donation will receive the song before it’s released. The donations need to be made to the non-profit, Open Strum will not accept any funds. +++ info >

Bridges Releases “Tides”    

Bridges new single “Tides” is out now, on all streaming services. “Tides” encapsulates the essence of melodic house through a palatable section of trance timbres and chords. Bridges manages to create an epic, yet lush and beautiful atmosphere throughout the tracks runtime. +++ info >

@ THE CAP

JAN 14 // Rock’N’Roll Bingo
JAN 15 // Marian with Klarka Weinwurm 
JAN 29 // Hip Hop Night
MAR 12 // Kylie Fox with Jerry-Faye & Dylan +++ info >

@ THÉÂTRE CAPITOL THEATRE

JAN 16 // 4 salles !NTERCONNECTÉES!
FEB 4 // Thursday Night for Laughs – Hosted by Marshall Button
FEB 5 // Ron James – Live in Moncton
FEB 6 // Le Festival HubCap présente: Luc LeBlanc et sa bulle d’humour
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@ CENTRE DES ARTS D’EDMUNDSTON

23 JAN // Envol Edmundston
18+19 FÉV // Mario Jean
27 FEV // Ballet Atlantique
20 + 21 MAR // Jamais trop tard pour rien faire
29  MAI // Évasion Classique+++ info >

JEDI’s VIRTUAL PROGRAM 

Are you an Indigenous Artist living in NB? Have you been practising your art for three (3) or more years? Do you want to take your Art to the next level? JEDI is offering the virtual Indigenous Art Business Accelerator Program. Starting January 25th, 2021!

Deadline to apply is January 15th, 2020 by 4:30PM, fill out your application today by following this link: +++ info >

Canada’s Music Incubator 2021 

Here’s the 2021 Programs Calendar: 

  • Artist Entrepreneur: March 9-April 30 (Virtual); August 3-September 24    
  • Artist Manager: May 4 -June 11 (Virtual); October 5-November 26  
  • AE West: November 1-December 3    
  • CMI 1 On 1 (Year-Round Online) +++ info >

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE · ARTISTE EN RÉSIDENCE

It’s time to apply for the Artist-in-Residence Program! The deadline is coming up on February 1st, 2021. This program is intended for New Brunswick public or private institutions and organizations that wish to host professional artists in order to enable them to pursue specific projects relating to their creative work +++ info >

NOUVELLES DE MUSICACTION

1er février 2021
· Commercialisation internationale : Volet 2 – Captation de spectacle
· Vitrines musicales : Volet 6 – Captation de spectacle
· Développement des compétences : Volet 1 – Intégration, Volet 2 – Développement, Volet 3 – Incubateur
4 février 2021
· Enveloppe de financement global +++ info >

NEWS FROM FACTOR

Envelope Funding for Music Companies: The application window for the Envelope Funding for Music Companies program is open until January 28, 2021, 5:00 pm EST. The program returns to its original design of a revenue and investment model, with some modifications in acknowledgment of the continued impact of COVID-19 on the music industry. Applicants are advised to review the program guidelines, and in particular, note the updated applicant eligibility points.+++ info >

The UNB Art Centre celebrates Black History Month

The UNB Art Centre celebrates Black History Month with a special project that brings portraits of Black New Brunswickers to the streets of Fredericton. In partnership with the UNB’s Bi-Campus Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Human Rights and the City of Fredericton, banners featuring Black New Brunswickers will be displayed on Queen Street throughout the month of February. This project recognizes the achievements and experiences of Black New Brunswickers and their significant contribution to shaping contemporary New Brunswick.  

As part of this year’s celebration, we are listening to the voices of young black artists from the New Brunswick Black Artists Alliance in the UNB Art Centre’s online galleries.  Poets Chevelle Malcolm, Thandiwe McCarthy and Emmanuelle Jackson will perform works written by themselves as well as other black writers. 

This online exhibition also features Dr. Mary McCarthy reading and discussing the letter written by Mary Matilda Winslow to her classmates in 1954 for their 50th class reunion. Mary Matilda Winslow was the first black woman to graduate from UNB in 1905 and her letter chronicles her experience of racism as a black educator

Dr. Mary McCarthy is well known activist, writer, and educator who has worked tirelessly to restore and uncover New Brunswick’s Black histories and honour the community’s ancestors. Her research is focused primarily on forgotten and segregated graveyards across New Brunswick. In addition to her scholarship, McCarthy also served as the president of the New Brunswick Black History Society for six years. In 2015, McCarthy won a human rights case against Shoppers Drug Mart for an incident of racial profiling that occurred in 2011. McCarthy’s work is featured in the 2019 collection, Black Writers Matter, edited by Whitney French with a foreword by Afua Cooper. McCarthy holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from York University, two Master’s degrees from the University of New Brunswick, and is currently completing her Ph.D. in the department of Social Justice at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. When asked why she is so dedicated to preserving the histories of Black New Brunswickers, McCarthy stated, “I want my ancestors to be revered and respected. I have to tell their stories.” 

As well, throughout the month of February, the University of New Brunswick will present a number of informative films, lectures and events to highlight the historical and contemporary presence of Black Canadians in New Brunswick.  More information about these events can be found at www.unb.ca

The UNB Art Centre galleries at Memorial Hall on the UNB campus are currently closed for renovation until March 2021.  Please follow our exhibits and programs on-line. 

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A (virtual) art visit to Florence and Rome

As we find ourselves again in Orange Phase, we hope these new art history videos are a small bright spot!
Jones Gallery curator and art historian Sarah Jones shares some of her favourite works from the Uffizi collection in Florence, and then takes us to Rome to visit a hidden gem – Caravaggio’s Madonna di Loreto in Sant’Agostino church.

See our full collection of art history videos here!

The Jones Gallery Lecture Series is generously supported by the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation and by our viewers. If you enjoy our videos and want to help us in our grand mission of creating free, accessible, and understandable art history resources for everyone, please consider contributing to the Lecture Series. Donate here. →

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