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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.

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Katey Day Reick Wins National Karoke Singing Championship

I want to personally congratulate Saint John’s Katey Day, now known to many as Katey Day Reick, who is now based in Shediac, on her winning the Canadian finals representing Eastern Canada. Katey will go next to Japan for the world karaoke finals.

Katey Day at Acadia Broadcasting

She told me “Over the years I’ve truly enjoyed hanging out with friends and singing karaoke, having fun, etc.; and of course as you know for more than three decades I’ve been playing music in bars, festivals, and with bands, musicians, as a soloist and duet, special guesting, running events, staging my rock musical Deception; it’s been an amazing time and continues to blow my mind every single day.

“When I moved to Moncton, I hooked up with Kathy and Alex LeGood who run the most popular Karaoke business in NB, Alley Katz Karaoke….what a lot of people don’t know is that I was in a foster home when I was 11 and 12 that was run by Kathy’s Mother so hooking up after 30 years was quite something! Kathy and Alex have been huge supporters of mine, my original compositions and my music in general since I’ve been here and it just so happens that the Karaoke World Competition’s National Director Sharon Quinn contacted them asking “if there was any talent in the Maritimes who may be interested in entering the competition?”

“Kathy and Alex suggested contacting me and a few others. So that was beginning. Next I received a phone call and had to be approved by the National Karoke Board. Then, friends who own A-1 Lumpers (they offload freight at a warehouse or sites in Moncton, Halifax and NFLD) donated a ticket for me and also one for Katie, my wife to attend the competition and our friends and fans helped us with the rest of the expenses and of course Karaoke World Championships helped as well.’

Since this is modern times the Board used technology to select the representatives to sing in Calgary for the semi-finals. Katey needed four songs to perform and choose, Piece of My Heart- Janis Joplin; Make You Feel My Love- Adele; the Moulin Rouge version of Your Song by Elton John and as the fourth song, Elton John’s I Would Do Anything For Love.

“Once we all arrived they split all of us into groups A, B and C and they also had a Duet category which they divided them the same way. I just kept forging forward, sang to the best of my abilities and won 1st place in Canada,—soooo, at the end of November, I will represent Canada in Tokyo, Japan along with two other wonderful artists who will represent Duets. Their names are Kate Dion and Candace Miles – truly awesome singers…..but to me they were ALL awesome and brought so much to the table that it’s hard for me to believe I received the ‘number one’ spot…but I’m glad and honored of course.”

And that’s Katey’s story. The prequel started in Saint John. Since I’ve known her for many years I will always think of her as a teen, wearing a beret and singing Irish folksongs. She started broadcasting at CHSJ in Saint John as a news assistant and writing commercials when she was 18. Besides always singing when she had the chance she was also a DJ in Halifax, worked with 9.9 HalFM, lite 92.9 and the Maritime News Network among other jobs connected to music including writing her own musical, Deception.

The best example of her always singing her best was at a concert Barry and Valerie MacDonald organized in Hampton some years ago. Katey was the guest and although she had sung Danny Boy a hundred times or more, I will always remember her rendition that night. The way she sang it was very moving and memorable. She is a woman of many talents and I think New Brunswick should be very proud of her and her incredible win. We wish her all the best in Japan.

She has now embarked on a new career, selling real estate for Quality Remax in Moncton and has made her first sale, no doubt she sang them into buying.

And one last thing, Katey Day Reick says that in 2020 the World Karaoke will be held in the Maritimes in March. It will be interesting times for local singers.

Music at Dr. Snow Center Sept. 13
There’s a grand opening of “The Garden Room” at the Dr. Snow Center in Hampton, a new greenhouse that the patients and visitors can enjoy. The entertainment features Margie Stackhouse who has been in the music business since childhood and Greg Stevens. He plays keyboard, lead & bass guitar, banjo and sings– for this special opening at the Dr. Snow Center, Friday, Sept. 13, 2pm, 45 DeMille Court Hampton.
Margie lives in Hampton, sang with the Maritime Farmers on CHSJ TV and the S.J. EX in the 50’s, was part of the Springhill, NS 1958 Mine Disaster Benefit show, performed on radio shows as a teenager and years later Margie performed with Nashville star, Jean Shepard. When in Florida she performs weekly at the Orange Blossom Opry in Wiersdale, FL. and when home holds a monthly Country/Gospel show at Bradley Lake.

Breeze & Wilson at BMO Theatre Sept. 7

Stan Carew discovered them on a trip to England and invited them over to be on his CBC Saturday morning radio show. I saw them at Main St. Anglican Church, I think it the last time Stan appeared with them. It was a great concert. This time they have chosen the popular uptown Saint John BMO Theatre on Princess St. for their NB stop on their Maritime Tour, Sept 7, 7:30pm. Tickets $20 at door, call 652-7582 or visit
Eddy Poirier’s Grassline in Norton, Sept 8
A reminder that a great night of bluegrass with Eddy Poirier, Jim Collette, Laurie Chevarie, and Edgar Bastrashe will be at Norton Catholic hall, Sept 8. Doors open at 1 pm. Tickets $12 at door. For more info call Eddie at 384-8655 or email

Brenda Best Plays New York
Speaking of country and also rock and roll, New Brunswick’s 2015 NBCMHF inductee, Brenda Best is still busy playing oldies for local fans in and around Nashville and is always branching out, happy spreading her brand of New Brunswick happiness in the oldest rock and roll club in New York– The Bitter End, established in 1961. It’s a club that legends have played, from Ramblin Jack Elliot to the Everely Brothers, from Joan Baez to Odetta. We’re proud of Brenda for being able to add her name to that distinguished list. The Bitter End is located in the heart of Greenwich Village in the western end of Manhattan and you never know who or what you’ll hear next, but we do know Brenda Best played there August 26.