Editor’s Note: These ten listings are hardly—hardly!—the only Artsy Things To Do this month; while I have selected ten that I think are interesting and eclectic, always remember that there are many other wonderful things happening in and around the city all month long. To let us know about an upcoming Artsy Thing To Do, email email@example.com—we may feature your Thing in an upcoming issue! For more information about any of the following listings, please use your social media lurking skills and/or consult Google
April 5: Music Runs Through It presents Evan LeBlanc. Nackawic singer-songwriter Evan LeBlanc will perform an acoustic stripped-down version of songs at the Corked Wine Bar. Known for playing music in the upbeat Fredericton rock band ‘David in the Dark,’ LeBlanc will present a repertoire of happy love songs and songs about being lost and lonely. Corked Wine Bar, 83 Regent Street, 8 p.m.
April 7: Motherhood, Jon Mckiel, Construction & Destruction. Join beloved local heroes Motherhood for a homecoming celebration as they return from a triumphant month-long tour of the United States. Joining them will be two other favourite Maritime acts: Jon Mckiel and Construction & Destruction. Some of the finest music of the Maritimes! The Capital Complex, 362 Queen Street, Doors at 10 p.m., show at 10:30 p.m.
April 7: Stand up Comedy Night. The Charlotte Street Arts Centre presents an evening full of laughs. The stand up comedy night will feature comedians Jimmy MacKinley, Mary Green, Maggie Estey, Ben Conoley, Brian Conoley and Courtney Steeves. Featuring Graystone beer, tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door at the day of the event. Charlotte Street Arts Centre, 732 Charlotte Street, Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
April 13: Art Battle Fredericton Returns. The evening full of live art returns to see painters transform canvases from blank to beautiful in just under 20 minutes. Attend and help vote the winner of the night! General admission is $15 and $10 for students. Charlotte Street Arts Centre, 732 Charlotte Street, 7:30 p.m.
April 13: Bad & Bougie Ball. Join Freeda Whales, Hinky Dinky and Heather Silk for Fredericton’s first ever “Bad & Bougie Ball”! Featuring Bottomless Bingo, lip syncing, mini games, an interactive photo booth, deluxe prizes and more, it’s the perfect night to show off your extravagant and sassy side! Delta Fredericton Ballroom, 225 Woodstock Road, 7 p.m.
April 14: 20th Annual NBCCD Fashion Show. This event showcases the NBCCD graduating fashion class of 2018. Presenting their debut lines are Patricia Barlow-Arcaro, Frankie Francis and Kyle Kirby. The evening will also feature alumni designers and a first year challenge on the theme “20 Years in the Future.” Advanced tickets are on sale for $20 at Read’s Newsstand & Cafe, and are also available at the door at the night of the event for $25. New Brunswick College of Craft & Design, 457 Queen Street, 7 p.m.
April 14: Shivering Songs Presents: Stars with Jenn Grant. Canadian indie-pop band Stars returns to Fredericton hot off the release of two new tracks, “Privilege” and “We Called It Love.” Approaching 20 years as a band, Stars has made its career through musical storytelling of the darkest tales we keep in the most hopeful parts of our soul. Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market, 665 George Street, Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.
April 18: Prisoner of Tehran. The multidisciplinary performance features spoken word by Marina Nemat, who shares her experience as a political prisoner for two years in Iran as a teenager. The performance is based on her best-selling memoir, Prisoner of Tehran. The synthesis of dance, theatre and storytelling explores themes of social justice oppression and freedom. Please be advised this performance contains mature themes or subject matter. Fredericton Playhouse, 686 Queen Street, 7:30 p.m.
April 19-22: FLOURISH Festival. Fredericton’s visual arts and music festival returns again this spring with its most ambitious and varied lineup to date, including performances from Belia, Jane Blanchard, Kurtis Eugene, The Olympic Symphonium, Hot Garbage Players and more. Spread across different venues across the city, FLOURISH 2018 brings more than 50 musical acts together with a dozen visual artists and independent filmmakers for a weekend celebration of all things creative. Various locations.
April 29: Heather Rankin in concert. After over 25 years of performing with her siblings as part of The Rankin Family, Heather Rankin began her solo career with the debut record A Fine Line released in 2016. She will be performing songs that honour her roots and community of Mabou, Nova Scotia. Fredericton Playhouse, 686 Queen Street, 7:30 p.m.