10 a.m. – 12 p.m
NB Day 2021 Program
NB Day at St. Mary’s - Old Reserve Grounds
The festivities begin with an Elders blessing on the traditional reserve grounds, and include drumming by Sisters of the Drum, music from Cole Hatty, artisans making traditional Maliseet Crafts and a Round Dance.
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
NB Day on the Green - Between the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge and Beaverbrook Art Gallery
On the southside Green from the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery there will be a lively market atmosphere with artists and crafters, live painting, music and entertainment. Kids are encouraged to join in and pick up a Paint Brush and be part of our NB Day Art project led by local artist /art teacher Connie Wheaton who will be creating, with the help of children, a painting inspired by the walking bridge. There will also be two stage areas on the Green with a slate of music and performance all afternoon, from the Calithumpians, to local ethno-cultural groups from the Multicultural Association of Fredericton.
The Fredericton Trails Coalition is also taking part and presenting “Art on the Bridge” with dozens of local artists showcasing work along the length of the walking bridge for the afternoon with artists live painting on site at the look out points.
Calithumpians Show – Cathedral Grounds
3 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
NB Day on the Lawn of the NB Legislature
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. - The Fun Zone – Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Green up to the fountain
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery will be programming art activities for kids and in the same area, the fun zone with GoGo Gymnastics will have lots of fun and FREE activities including bouncy castles, balloon artists, and FREE Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Snow Cones, Ice Cream from Queen Street Creamery, Cupcakes, and Hot Dogs. We will also have FREE Water Bottles, temporary tattoos, and NB Flags. All while supplies last.
New Brunswick Art Exhibit – Beaverbrook Art Gallery
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is pleased to celebrate New Brunswick Day 2021. In honour of our collective resilience, we will present a small but notable exhibition of works by New Brunswick artists depicting New Brunswick communities and places. Admission is free from 3 pm to 6 pm that day.
3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. - Ktopatapasipon - “Bringing the people together” - Secretary Lane Stage
Performances by the Drum Group and Jingle Dress Dancers Nisa Kennedy, Autumn Jackart, Celia Wilson, & Macy Wilson.
3:30 p.m. – Formal Ceremonies – Secretary Lane Stage
The Lieutenant Governor will join the Premier and the Speaker to bring formal greetings, and to raise the New Brunswick flag on the grounds of the Legislative Assembly Building.
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. – NB Black History Society & Multicultural Performances - Secretary Lane Stage
Performances by Clyde A. Wray, Brian Francis, and more.
Brian J. Francis - Author, Poet, Photographer, Director-Producer Brian J. Francis of Elsipogtog First Nation is an accomplished filmmaker. His major concern is the survival of the Mi’kmaq people and their culture. For many years, Brian managed the Juno award-winning aboriginal recording artists, Eagle Feather. He spearheaded the development and production of the APTN series, Eastern Tide and more recently, Wabanaagig. Brian won 5 international awards for the feature documentary, Circle of Justice, which screened at 17 film festivals around the world, debuted at the Smithsonian Institute, Bear Paw Productions aired on APTN, CBC and IFC. Brian then went on to direct The Sacred Sundance for National Film Board of Canada. Brian has produced, directed and has written over 70 documentaries. Most recently Brian released his first book; “Between Two Worlds- Spiritual Writings and Photographs". In addition, Brian is a community activist, a spiritual practitioner, a plant medicine knowledge keeper and a crab and lobster fisherman in the Northumberland Strait and the Bay of Fundy. In 2020, Brian was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Dialogue Award for his work has an ambassador for bringing people together and a protector and keeper for the Mi’kmaq language
Clyde A. Wray: Born in New York City moved to the Maritimes from Los Angeles. Author of four books of poetry, Clyde A. Wray is also a producer, director, playwright and a performer, having had his work performed in notable places such as New York, Los Angeles, Denmark, Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick.
A graduate of Saint Emma Military Academy, he served in the United States Army and attended Texas Southmost Community College, Marist College and American University and is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy. Clyde presently resides with his wife Kelli and their three children Astrid, Shasta and Nikolai in Saint John, New Brunswick
5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Concert - Secretary Lane Stage
5:10 p.m. - Matt Comeau
- Matt Comeau of the Mi’kmaq Nation is an outstanding guitarist, a warm soulful voice, paired with a luminous and powerful stage presence as he shares songs that inspire unity and empowerment. Matt is known for edgy pop music that is refreshingly unique; influenced by the blues and inspired by powerful songwriters such as Buffy St. Marie, Matt Mays, and Johnny Cash.
5:55 p.m. - Mike Biggar & Band
- By any measure, New Brunswick contemporary roots and blues artist Mike Biggar is a natural live performer. With a musical history that stretches back to a gospel music childhood, Biggar is the picture of a lifetime spent in performance!
7:10 p.m. – Tomato/Tomato
- Tomato/Tomato! They perform an eclectic mix of folk and country that will have you rolling down your windows and singing at the top of your lungs. The New Brunswick based pair have built a reputation on a live show that is as much about the musical multi-tasking and vocal excellence, as it is the relaxed, off-the-cuff banter that carries on throughout the show.
8:30 p.m. – Les Hay Babies
- We know them as the three authentic young Acadians, funny and rather chill. Their influences oppose, mingle and complement each other. There is folk, comedy, rock, fashion, pizza rolls but now, after eight years in the business, the direction is fluid and sharper than ever.
Fireworks – Westmorland Street Bridge
The celebration ends with an amazing firework show, launched from the Westmoreland Bridge, making it easily seen from both sides of the river.
Business Fredericton North NB Day Micro Concerts (FREE admission)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Keith Hallet at Trailway
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
30 years after at Speedbumps
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Richard Reissner Band at the Nashwaaksis Commons
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Mike Bravener at York County Cider