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BMO and Imperial bring great Shows to Saint John

One Woman German Show @ BMO March 11 and 12

First I would like to tell you something that I found on Facebook. Ron Hynes is being inducted into the Canadian Songwriting Hall of Fame. It’s about time. Ron was one amazing songwriter; if you don’t know who he is, look him up, he wrote the international best seller and campfire song favourite, Sonny early in his career.

And next, after a lot of communication a 2017 cultural exchange which started in 2015 has resulted in friendships between two small theatre companies’ thousands of miles away from each other. Saint John’s SJTC production An Enemy of the People traveled to Theatre Konstanz (January 2017), a German production of Medea was presented at the BMO Studio Theatre by Theater Konstanz (April 2018) and an ARC production of Mary’s Wedding toured to Konstanz as well as several other German cities along with Paris, France, Nov 2019. 

Now Theater Konstanz from Konstanz, Germany will present a fully German production of the Neil LaBute one woman show EINE ART LIEBESERKLÄRUNG (All The Ways To Say I Love You) with English sub-titles at The Saint John Theatre Company on March 11 and 12. Tickets are $27.50 and $15 for students. To order visit: or call 506-652-7582 ext. 236. 

 Funding for the SJTC Studio Series has been provided by Canadian Heritage, the Province of New Brunswick and BMO Financial.

Wine, Women & Song Mar 14    

A special treat from BMO Studio Theatre— three local gals, Ladd & Lasses’s Wine Women & Song at 8 pm, Sat. March 14.  They are a three piece chamber folk band, three local talented women from Saint John; Hilary Ladd, singer/songwriter/guitarist; Katie Bestwater, cello and Danielle Girard, violin.  This trio’s press release reads “Prepare to be swept away, chuckle, and maybe even shed a few tears.” This special BMO event also includes wine tasting hosted by our favourite wine expert sommelier, Craig Phinhey. This sounds like a great show to enjoy and taste a few samples of different wines Craig has chosen for the evening. Tickets are $40 can be purchased on line.

Imperial 50s, 60s Legend Show, May 29

I know this is a couple of months ahead, but worth planning for. Remember the 50s and 60s? If they were “your years” then this show is for you— one night only, the “Legends Show” brings you some of the world’s most exciting performers live on stage accompanied by the “Rockin’ Royals Band”, this show will feature incredible Tributes to Music Hits from the 50s and 60s (Pete Paquette), Connie Francis (Amberley Beatty), Roy Orbison (Jesse Aron) and Jerry Lee Lewis (Lance Lipinsky). Friday, May 29 at 7pm. Tickets: $57 A seating, $51 B seating and $46 C seating

The Island Girls @ Imperial In April

You’ll always remember these Cape Breton Girls once you see them on stage full of fun and singing full out toe tapping music. The music and comedy comes to the Imperial from Cape Breton on April 19 at 7:30 pm, Tickets are $53.  This powerhouse foursome, Bette MacDonald, Heather Rankin, Lucy MacNeil (Barra MacNeils), Jenn Sheppard and a rockin’ back-up band—they are all musical treasures with tributes, brilliant comedy and a “trip down memory lane” for all who settle into the Imperial’s comfortable seats April 19. They have a heart warming, hilarious and surprising show.

Blacks Harbour Sunday Jam 

Angela Blackier says that the Blacks Harbour Sunday Jam will be switching back to the usual 2 to 5pm schedule for the rest of daylight savings time which changes March 8.

REMINDER: Apohaqui Breakfast March 7, is at 8 am to 10:30 am at the Apohaqui Community Center in Jones Park. Come try home made beans and biscuits, brown bread, sausage, eggs, pancakes and more. Adults $7, children $5, with entertainment by the Happy Go Lucky fiddlers.  Sponsored by the Apohaqui- Lower Millstream Recreation Council

Hampton Fiddle Doo March 7

 Next Saturday, March 7 a Fiddle Doo and Potluck supper will be held at the Hampton Resource Center.  Kim and George Boone and the Maritime Fiddling Association will host this fun day starting at 2 pm to 6pm. If staying for supper please bring a food item. Donation at the door. A great afternoon of old time fiddle music.  A really popular event it features local fiddlers plus surprises from out of town.

Steve Lyons & Friends March 8

The Kennebecasis Valley Country Music Hoedown, hosted by Steve Lyons & Friends Sunday afternoon, from 2-5 pm at the Fairvale Outing Association (8 River Rd., Rothesay).A supper lineup of guests includes Anna Marie Burke, Bobby Burke, Steven Sears (aka Willie), Carol Perry and the regulars are Steve Lyons, Bob Burgess, Scott Medford, Michael Hanlon and Crystal Jones. Also there are Door Prizes, 50/50 draws, Steak Draws and the Canteen and Bar will be open. These shows also have an open mic segment where audience members can share their talents with you. 

UKES 4 U Irish Concert March 17

 If you happen to be in the area and the weather co-operates,  join them at Lancaster Mall, S.J. West, Tuesday, Mar. 17 from 2-3pm for an Irish Sing-Along.  Ukes 4 U  is a senior’s ukulele group of about 25 members, led by retired music teacher Kay MacLean, assisted by Ann Brown.  They practice weekly at the West Side Library, Lancaster Mall and already have six Spring Concerts booked thru April up until May14th. Stay tuned.

 Nick Apollonio at Camden Opera House March 27

Looking for something different to do with a free weekend? If you love folk music and gorgeous hand made instruments, this is for you. Nick grew up listening to a wide range of folk influences, from Burl Ives to Ewan MacColl’s sea songs. This program of songs, stories, poems takes place at the Camden, Maine Opera House’s Blue Cafe (3rd floor) which is a really nice small venue. He will feature his beautifully hand made instruments, like the funkyfiddle and the a new harp-guittern for accompaniment. He has a great variety of songs and music from Celtic to Spanish, by contribution, it has a March 27, 7:30 pm start.