Some people just radiate togetherness and happiness. That’s my immediate sense from meeting the members of East Coast Love Story, a Moncton-based band currently visiting Fredericton to take in the MusicNB Festival. These guys aren’t just a band — they’re friends, housemates and sincerely cool cats. Join me as I do my own style of
My conversation with cartoonist Michael de Adder on the occasion of his new book, “You Might Be From New Brunswick If…”
We are a country of trees. They surround us; they have allowed us to build houses, mills, factories. They heat our homes and are a sturdy base for furniture. They are the substance of art, and celebration, and peace. There is a special kind of person, however, who can chop a tree, saw a log, climb
There are lots of great community organizations in Fredericton, working to improve conditions for those in need, to provide funds and spaces for the community to celebrate, meet and interact. I had the pleasure of talking to two representatives of some very active community-minded groups, the Rotary Clubs.
We all struggle with our own problems. But there is hope. There is help. We can learn what we need to cope, and find the things which inspire us, which help us to see the world more clearly. In the case of my guest, Keith Lyon, it was writing. Keith struggled with mental illness, but through lots
It’s a kid’s right to play. This is something that many people take for granted. Yet, in many parts of the world, sports and energetic play are not available, often through poverty. Martin Parnell saw that first hand, on a bike tour through Africa. “I can help,” he said to himself, and set out to
We all have tough times, at least once in our lives. It’s important to remember that, and to seek help and company to overcome our difficulties, and to learn the skills needed to cope with life. The UNB Student Union is hosting Mental Health Awareness Week on campus this week, with a variety of events
Our Station Manager, Tim Rayne, joins me today to talk about, well.. whatever it is we talk about. Inevitably, it leads us to scifi movies and television. But hey: it’s also International Coffee Day! Grab a cuppa and follow along in our discussions. Star Wars, Star Trek, flying cars.. and coffee! Podcast: Play in new
I am a man. That’s one of the statements I use to identify myself. What exactly that means, however, is a lifelong journey that I’m only in the middle of, and probably won’t have a final report by the time I’m done. Some things seem to hold universal, however, and the objective of the upcoming
Some people meet with bad health, and it gets them down. Other people, the inspiring people, they are the ones that take on bad health with full spirits, fight on and turn it all around. I had the delight to talk with two such folks today, along with the VP of the NB Lung Association.
The concept of borders is somewhat artificial; the lines on a map are arbitrary, representing historical politics more than the on-the-ground reality of life. Certainly, problems and concerns and the regularity of human life goes far beyond these invisible distinctions of place. One of the great consequences of people realizing this is the number of
Fredericton is blessed with an abundance of musicians, and so many of them are ambitious self-starting explorers of music as well as great performers, such as my guest today, Cory Paul Hill. He dropped by the studio to talk about his debut solo album, Where We Live, and we chatted about his journey to music,
KUATO emerged onto the music scene a few years ago, producing a string of excellent post-rock EPs. They’re back again, refreshed, re-energized and with a new release: The Great Upheaval. I talked with Josh Pothier about the changes the band has undergone, the new album and the further evolution of their light kit. Podcast: Play
The NB Summer Music Festival is an opportunity to discover and celebrate classical music (and modern classical!) in a classic environment. Cedric Noel has been working with the NBSMF all summer to set up this festival, and he dropped by to give us details about the festival and about the experience of classic music. Podcast:
Most think of classical music as stuck in the past, but several artists want to show you just how contemporary it is. I spoke with Greg and Alex, two of the performers for the alternative classical music festival-within-a-festival, FUZE. FUZE is contained within the umbrella of the NB Summer Music Festival. We talked composition and
Music rings in all corners of this province, and Fredericton brings many of those performers together for many festivals every year. One unique festival is the New Brunswick Musicians Emerge (NBME) festival, now in its fourth year. “Stereo Mike” Taggart dropped by to remind folks that the time is drawing near for applications to this year’s NBME:
There are a great many music festival serving the greater Fredericton area, and it’s always encouraging to see them growing bit-by-bit, year-by-year. The Nashwaak Music Fest is now in its third year, offering another wonderful example of how much people love to get out and share their love of music. I spoke with Mike Arnold,
For the past 20 years, Adrian Park has hosted Diversions, a weekly show dedicated to highlighting great classical performances. For the last 15 years, he has also extended his show by an hour each summer to present his Opera Series, in which he plays some of his favourite operas along a theme.
I can’t help it: I love live theatre. I had the chance to talk with Len Falkenstein (director/writer/artist director), Jacob Martin (actor/Hamlet) and John Ball (actor/Polonius) and discuss the upcoming Bard In The Barracks production of Hamlet.
If you’ve been in Fredericton for a while, you know that new performance venues don’t pop up very often — they usually just change names. I’d been wondering just what building had become The Hollywood Star Room when its proprietor, David Ivany, happened to contact me the other day. He shared with me where this brand
Fredericton has plenty of history, and Frederictonians have a strange way of relating to it. We often talk about a place in this city by what it used to be, more than what it is. We hold fast on rules about appearance of buildings, and yet find ways to innovate. Lisa Ross and Solo Chicken
Theatre is magic: you can recreate the entire world or a small slice of it, from any time period or moving between them. Ryan Griffith (co-writer, director) and Jean-Michel Cliché (producer, actor) from The Next Folding Theatre Company dropped by today to discuss their currently staged play, “Disintegrate Me”. We talk collaboration, the challenge of theatre and
Some people are all heart — or maybe all lungs. Gilles Francoeur suffered a serious injury 17 years ago, but he always told himself that he would get back on his bike and take to the road in his personal challenge of riding around the entire province.
Modern Acadian culture is thriving, but how far and wide does it’s impact spread? In the first half of today’s STU Lunchbox, Andrea Silverthorne explores our province’s treasure while demonstrating the great music on offer. In the second half of the hour, Peter Johnston looks into a broader question: can New Brunswick cities support a
The first half of the STU Lunchbox this week talks all about alternative medicine. Mary Fahey presents interviews about extreme diets, acupuncture, chi gong and other points of view. In the second half, Karmen McGarvey explores the idea that rats might be the next dogs — after all, it’s an apartment-sized pet. Podcast: Play in