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
Music is open to all — or at least, that’s how we see it these days. It wasn’t always the case in hiphop, but rappers like Eminem inspired a generation to say “that’s like me, I can do that”, just like the original hiphop itself widened the world of so many young men and women.
The play Rossum’s Universal Robots (RUR) is nearly a century old, but its cautionary vision still rings true to this very day. A new production of RUR is being staged at Memorial Hall from April 9th through 12th, with a preview performance on April 8. Director and professor Len Falkenstein joined me along with two
There are a lot of great volunteer and non-profit organizations which create opportunities and solve problems within the community. Sometimes, however, problems are bigger than any single organization, or more accurately, the solutions to some problems isn’t just in one area, but in several at the same time. In times like those, it is organizations
Growth in business is a great sign for the economy, and Fredericton has been displaying some impressive kinds of growth, particularly in the independent startups. In the first half of today’s STU Lunchbox, Pat McCollough talks to some of the mover and shakers behind much of that motion, from Planet Hatch to Gerry Pond. In
No guest today, but Station Manager “They Call Him” Tim joins me and we muse about memories of Nirvana, the notion of curated music in an age of information overload as the answer to why vinyl is so popular, and the international, instantaneous nature of all forms of music (which defeats ageism). Podcast: Play in
September 11, 2001. So many things changed that day, but are we really aware of all the changes? And what if we could tell that some of the changes weren’t real? The narrative is well-known to most, but is it correct? Many have proposed theories around what happened, but a group of scientists are making
I believe in theatre. It is not just 3D television, nor is it a book being read to you. It is it’s own medium, unique and powerful. Caleb Marshall, Director and Co-Producer of the new production of RED, joined me to talk about the challenges of a bi-located play (produced, practiced and performed in Fredericton
It doesn’t get more diverse than today’s combination of guests! First up, Marianne Glover from the Tay Creek Folk Festival dropped by to tell us about their upcoming fundraiser for the Festival, as well as shared some of this history of the event and some of the performers coming at this summer’s edition. The fundraiser
Infinite in variety, it has been said there is a kind of beer for every individual, for every taste. On the first half of today’s STU Lunchbox, Conrad Palmer investigates the world of the sudsy drink. A last-minute cancellation meant a missing space to fill, so the normally silent-engineer-in-the-room, class teacher Mark Tunney joins a
The world is a complicated place. Perhaps it has always been so, and individuals have always had to choose the compromises and integrations of the pressures of society, family, and your own sense of being. We think of ourselves perhaps in an enlightened age, but that only means that we can discuss these conflicts more
Friday brought with it plenty of great music and theatre combined, as well as community-minded groups. First, Roger Jean — beautifully and purply-coifed as “Rosie” — dropped by to tell me about tonight’s rockin’ charity show presented by wrestlers from XWA Pro Wrestling, local comedians and hard rockin’ bands called XWA Brain Bash. That’s happening
The first half of the show is filled with the regular review of upcoming events (including several opportunities for writers and poets), but the second half features a real treat: an interview with Michelle Lavery, Master’s Student at UNB in Biology. Michelle shares her passion for science through the least likely candidate: a creature known