Thu, May 9, 2013.
There's a fine event happening Friday night in Saint John. For the third year, to help honour Mental Health Week, a charity concert is being held called "Music Is Freedom - Songs For MindCare." It's happening at the Bourbon Quarter, which has just been reopened. MindCare New Brunswick is a foundation that promotes mental wellness, and sponsors community services and education programs. The organization tries to break down the stigma surrounding the illness, through workshops, educational funding and outreach to improve mental health services in the province.
There's a strong line-up of talent for the show. Jeff McAloon MC's, and the musicians included ECMA and Music NB winner Mike Biggar, with Grant "Honeyboy" Heckman, another multiple ECMA and Music NB winner, Alex Madsen from The Divorcees, Nick Gay backed by Ken Greer of Red Rider fame, Katie Rogers with Nick Hooper, Marissa Rignanesi, and Local Flyers.
There's also going to be a silent auction during the evening, with 100 per cent of the proceeds from the donated items going to MindCare. Plus, there's a star-studded, very limited edition CD up for sale. Called "Music is Freedom - Songs For MindCare", only 100 copies are being made available, for $20. It includes tracks from Ian Frew of Glass Tiger, Canadian hit makers The Spoons, a track from Austin roots-rocker Carla Olson, a band called Tarmac Adam that features former Crowded House members Nick Seymour and the late Paul Hester, PEI's Dennis Ellsworth, local favourites Jessica Rhaye and Ken Tobias, and several more. All the tracks have been completely donated to the cause.
There's still room available at the show, so make your reservation by calling the Bourbon Quarter at (506) 642-1885.
It's always a treat to see Petunia when he comes to the East Coast for his annual tour. That's how I spent Thursday night, and as usual, he was joined by his comrade-on-the-road, The Minimalist Jug Band. The pair... more »
Music NB has announced the names of the performers being featured at this year's awards week, coming up in October in Moncton. The newly-christened Festival (506) takes over from the more generic-sounding Music NB Awards, and puts an even stronger... more »
There are lots of famous partnerships in music, from Broadway to Brill Building to British Invasion. Rodgers and Hart, The Gershwins, Bacharach and David, Goffin and King, Mick and Keith, John and Paul, they all had lots of talent, and... more »
Hey, how cool, Ottawa-based Kalle Mattson has just released a new six-track E.P. called Avalanche, and he's kicking off the tour for it right here in little old N.B. this coming Thursday. It comes hot on the heels of 2014's... more »
Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).