An Event you could be attending: Trades & Tech Trade Show

A few years ago I was invited to a high school in St. Stephen for a Trades & Tech Gala for Girls. I was able to chat with Grade 12 students about potential careers and even got to pitch my own career to them!

In case I don’t make it obvious – I’m a Civil Engineer. I work for a consulting firm in Saint John. I spend my days with developers – getting plans approved, preparing drawings, costs estimates and specifications. From time to time I get to visit job sites where I confirm the vision I had on paper is translating to real life just as I had imagined.

Events like the Trades & Tech Trade Show make me realize how lucky I am to be in a role where I go to work everyday, get to use my brain, my developed skills and the knowledge gained from Post Secondary Education. I take for granted quite often that I work in a male dominated field (only more obvious as I type this at a Water & Wastewater Conference).

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On November 6th, The New Brunswick Women’s Equality Branch invites you to join them at NBCC Saint John another Trades & Tech show. It’s your opportunity to explore “non-traditional” careers, career changes or opportunities.

Here’s a link to join the event on facebook:

See you soon,

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Interview with James Boyle – ED of Halifax Pop Explosion

I first met James when I moved to Fredericton in 2004. He put on all of the shows I wanted to go to. He (along with Zach Atkinson) booked all of my favourite bands and I loved him for it.

Over the years we’ve become good friends. I was so excited to hear earlier this year that he had been named Executive Director of the Halifax Pop Explosion. Again, just the coolest guy booking all of my favourite bands at one of the coolest events on the East Coast.

The Pop Explosion is a little over a week away.

Take a read through this interview with James. Enjoy, and share with your pals!

Tickets are available here. Don’t delay!

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Hi James, tell me about yourself and what you do.

My names is James Edward Boyle and I am the new Executive Director of the Halifax Pop Explosion Association.

Tell me about your involvement with the Halifax Pop Explosion.

I took over the position of Executive Director in April of this year (2014). It has been an incredible experience so far! The staff are amazing and it is so exciting to be working on a music festival again. As Executive Director I help lead the organization but honestly it’s a group effort. We make as many decisions as possible together. Executing a music festival is more complicated than many people realize and it is definitely a full time job.

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The Pop Explosion lineup has been released.

Who should I be looking forward to?

I am very enthusiastic about this year’s line up! I personally can’t wait for Danny Brown, Against Me! and Ghostface Killah and Raekwon playing with Bad Bad Not Good. It is very important to me that we program as many all ages shows as possible and presenting Lights and Zeds Dead at the MPC will be a great opportunity for HPX this year.

If you have never experienced Cold Specks live I highly recommend it. She is incredible and brings a great dynamic to the fest.

Operators played their first shows at CMW this year… And I am positive HPX fans are going be blown away by their live show.

There are too many bands to list off but I feel as though I also need to make sure I include Ryan Hemsworth and Tennyson, Single Mothers, Mo Kenny, Kim Harris, Glory Glory, Vogue Dots… My list could go on and on… I I mean it when I say I am thrilled with this year’s line up!

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If someone is new to the Pop Explosion, What should they know going in?

Do you have any insider tips?

- Wear comfortable shoes! There are 20 venues and a lot of ground and music to cover.
- Buy a battery case for your phone. You will be on the move for long periods of time and your phone will die before you get a chance to charge it.
- Buy a bracelet. It’s an incredible deal and allows you to flow from venue to venue to see as many bands as possible
- Be open minded and prepare yourself to discover bands you have never heard of. Many bands play HPX before they hit the mainstream. FEIST, Arcade Fire, K’Naan have all played the festival. We have a 22 year history in Halifax and we are dedicated to supporting amazing new music.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Well, meetings and phone calls take up a lot of my days. Same old story I guess… In many ways, producing a music festival is the same as running any business We just get to have a lot fun at our jobs.

Dream day?

I am very lucky to have the job I have. I love working in the music industry and I look forward to going to work everyday. What do they say? If you like what your do, you will never work a day in your life. Something like that. You know what I am saying.

What’s next?

We are about two weeks out from this year’s festival. In the immediate future, we hope to see as many music fans as possible enjoy the event. In the not so distant future, I think you will see even more all ages concerts at the festival, an even more diverse line up, more comedy and a continued commitment to quality, engaging musical events! 

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Remember – Tickets are available here.

I am ecstatic for Twin Shadow, among others. Check out the full lineup.

See you there!!

Interview with Kyle & Kayley from Wear Your Label

When I heard about Wear Your Label, it was almost by accident. I was flipping through instagram, as one does, and noticed Allie Beckwith was shooting a lookbook for a new designer. New Designer?? Of course I was intrigued. It didn’t take me long to message Kyle and Kayley to set up a time to chat. Since meeting them, I’m in awe of their drive, passion and dedication to wearing their label – while trying to end the stigma associated with mental illness. I encourage you all to check out their website. Buy a shirt. Support their brand. Wear YOUR label . xo

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Kyle & Kayley in their Fredericton studio

Hey Kyle, Kayley – tell me about yourselves and what you do.

Kayley: I just graduated from UNB, and have always loved fashion, so I’ve been involved in the industry for a while: I model, write for various fashion blogs & magazines, and have somehow turned into a designer through this journey! Kyle: I’m a beer-maker, and I work on green initiatives for Picaroons. But I’m also finishing studies at STU and now obviously working with this one on Wear Your Label. I have a background in social causes – I started the non-profit “Youth Matters” when I was a teen – so stuff like this is close to my heart. IMGP0606

Tell me about Wear Your Label:

Kyle: So it actually started over a dinner conversation. Kayley and I met in December 2013 while working for DOTS NB (a local mental health non-profit). We actually became really close through that, and I just said one night “What if we put mental health labels on clothes” to make a statement. From there, it spiralled into a side/school project, and then a full-time endeavour this past summer when we were accepted to the Foundry Summer Institute. That really pushed us to make our “idea” a real, viable social business. That’s when we actually started selling our first line of clothes (June)… and now here we are with our own studio in downtown Fredericton! Kayley: Yeah, so we actually only came up with the idea in January. It has evolved so much since that first conversation though! Long story short: Wear Your Label is a conscious clothing line, that uses fashion design as a means to create conversation about mental health. We make every decision – from textile, to graphic, right down to the tags – reflecting back on positive mental health. Then, we give back a portion of our sales to different mental health initiatives. Ultimately, we’re merging fashion and mental health, trying to make some big change in both industries, and bring awareness to the stigma that still surrounds mental illness.

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Kayley packaging up some Bracelet Project Orders

Where did the idea come from?

Kayley: Kyle is the big ideas guy. He literally has new ideas everyday haha. This one just really stuck with me, and together we knew we had to make it happen. Kyle: Yeah, Kayley and I both live with mental illness: I have Anxiety and ADHD and Kayley is recovering from an Eating Disorder. We both opened up to each other early on in our relationship, but realized we couldn’t with other people in our lives. Kayley: At the time we were still basically strangers, but our personal mental health experiences were something we both connected on. Being in the midst of fighting our personal battles, and working with different mental health non-profits on a local and national scale, everything seemed to click into place. We knew we had to do something more to tell our stories, and help others connect and realize they’re not alone. And we just chose fashion as our medium to do that. IMGP0608

What does it mean to “Wear Your Label”?

Kayley: Wearing Your Label basically means to take ownership over your mental health. We are constantly bombarded by mental health campaigns that promote “breaking the stigma” by trying to get people to NOT use mental health labels, because of the notion that it will perpetuate the stigma. In reality, deterring people from calling themselves “depressed” or “anxious” just reinforces that these are negative things. But they’re not; they’re illnesses. Kyle: As soon as someone is “bipolar” or “schizophrenic” we try to cover it up by saying that we are NOT that, and that we are so much more. Which is true, we are so much more. But our labels are nothing to be ashamed of – they are part of us, but not all of us. So we encourage people to wear their labels by being open about their mental illness, talking about their mental health, and making it okay to not be okay. Kayley: Our apparel tries to reinforce this with little things like our tags, which tell you How to Take Care of Yourself. And we try to post informative, and positive posts on our social media. So it becomes a community of people learning about mental health, sharing their own personal stories, and not being ashamed of being “labeled” with an illness.

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Tell us about your brand ambassador program:

Kyle: Yeah! So this is something we’re really excited about. Basically it’s a chance for others to share their stories, and let our followers get to know inspiring people in their communities. People who already wear their labels, regardless of our clothing. Kayley: We call them our Community Champions and they’re chosen through an online application. We have young individuals from Vancouver to Saint John, who we’ve chosen to represent our brand. They’re tasked to share their personal mental health journeys through our blog, to share our social media & create content, and to represent us across the country at different events like conferences. One of our Champions is even walking for us at Atlantic Fashion Week! screenprinting (1)

What is a typical day like for you?

Kyle: No such thing. Just kidding. A lot of brainstorming, design drafting, meetings and physically manufacturing – because we screenprint everything by hand, in house. Not to mention working for Picaroons and university homework! Kayley: I run communication, so I’m always answering e-mails, reaching out to new people, and social media-ing all the time. Kyle hates me for being on my phone and computer so much haha. I also make all the bracelets for our Bracelet Project, work on our website and manage processing orders.

Your dream day?

Kayley: I love speaking at events. Any time we get a chance to share our story, and meet others. But showing at Atlantic Fashion Week just might top that! Kyle: Waking up and forgetting the plot of the Avengers so I can watch it for the first time again. Kayley: He’s kidding. Kind of. IMGP0616

What’s next?

Kayley: I’ve hinted at it already: we’ve shown our newest collection at Atlantic Fashion Week! So that’s really amazing, especially after only being operating for a couple months.

Kyle: The Grand Opening of our new studio space, a Home Edition, and more collabs…

 

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xo! Thank you both <3

 

An Event you Should be Attending: Harvesting the Arts

Hey friends!

I look forward to this weekend every year – Harvesting the Arts is this Saturday at various locations all over Uptown Saint John.

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I’m so pleased to be able to offer a walking tour to all of my favourite local shops as part of Harvesting the Arts. 

Join me this Saturday at 2:30pm at the King’s Square Bandstand. I’ll take you on a 1 hour walking tour from King’s Square to Market Square (and 8 places in between) to tell you about my favourite shops, my “best find” and some steals you may not know about.

I’ll give you a handy walking map to tell you about the special one-day-only deals available only on the walking tour from stores like Je Suis Prest, Machester Shoes and the Urban Shoe Myth.

AND – If you are one of the first 10 people to sign up for the tour in advance, I’ll hand you an envelope with GIFT CERTIFICATES from Brunswick Square and Market Square to spend on whatever you want.

(the first 10 people to sign up will be eligible to receive a $20 gift certificate from Market Square AND a $20 gift certificate from Brunswick Square. The next 10 people will receive a $10 GC from both Market Square and Brunswick Square)

Sign up below!

For your information, here is a map of some of the activities and open doors for this weekend:

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See you there!

Review: Milktape

A few months back I was given the coolest item…. ever. A package arrived in the mail from Milktape that included three blank milktapes, or mixtapes.

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It’s a mixtape for the year 2014, a 128 MB flash drive – just large enough for about 15 songs – hidden in a cassette tape.

I love giving (and receiving) a good mix. I remember making mix tapes at every point of my life. Sitting in my bedroom as a teen waiting patiently for the radio announcer to play my current favourite song and pressing record as soon as the first note played. Trying to figure out iTunes as a 20 something to hopefully impress a boy with my sweet indie music taste. Keeping a CD player I received in 1998 that can record on tape directly from a CD, just in case I ever need to make an emergency mix (those days are gone, though, as my tape playing Corolla is no more).

I kept one of the tapes for myself and immediately filled it up with top 40 jams to sing along to alone in my car while driving around the City.

I gave the second one to Chris Small, a friend with remarkably different music taste from me. Most of my favourite music is in 4/4 time and could probably be considered on the mainstream side of indie. I tried my hardest to make Chris a mix that was full of minor chords, bands he probably had never heard of and sad, sad lyrics. Don’t ask me why, I think I was writing a lot of reports at the time and these songs were fresh on my mind.

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My sweet, sweet album art.

The hardest part of making this mix was choosing the songs. As soon as I made the playlist in iTunes, transferring the tracks to the Milktape was as easy as dragging and dropping. I only did three iterations of the mix (which is pretty good for me) and the Milktape made it really easy to delete, rearrange and add songs.

Track list from the mix I gave @hallwayorchard in case you ever feel like being sad.

The third Milktape I received is for you, provided you win the giveaway below.

These tapes are very cool and would make an amazing gift for a friend (especially considering the $15 price tag – easy) or a sweet party favour for a reunion, birthday or wedding (maybe with your favourite songs or photos).

Good luck!

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P.S. If you’re interested, I can give you a link to DL the tracks. Leave me a comment below and we can chat about it. 

Harvest Jazz & Blues Special: Interview with Tomato/Tomato

What have you taken in at Harvest so far this week?

Things are just getting started – ALVVAYS and the Arkells tonight, Gord Downie and the Sadies tomorrow as well as the Galaxie Rising Star contest performance Friday afternoon plus SO much more!

Tomato/tomato – Saint John sweethearts – are one of four bands up for the Galaxie Rising Star title. They’ve already won the first portion of the contest – competing in the online voting competition to secure 50% of their final score (congratulations!)

Enjoy this quick Q & A with John McLaggan:

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Hello! Tell me about yourselves and what you do!

We’re a quirky couple who like to play and write old timey music. John plays guitar and sings and Lisa plays washboard, tambourine and kick drum all at the same time. Oh, and she sings too!

Congrats on being a Galaxie Rising Star! What does this mean to you guys?

It’s a real honour to be nominated for Galaxie Rising Star competition. We’re hoping that it will help to bring our music to a wider audience and result in some fun performance opportunities.

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Tell me about your new album!

We’re very exited about our album! We normally work just as a duo so it was really fun hear our music with banjo, fiddle, mandolin, etc…

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What records are on rotation in the tour van (all the way from SJ!)?

Lately we’ve been listening a lot to Levon Helms “Dirt Farmer” , Bruce Springsteens “the Seeger Sessions” and of course the ubiquitous (at least for anyone with a little girl) “Frozen Soundtrack”

How pumped are you to be playing the sweetest fall festival, Harvest Jazz & Blues?

We are so pumped to be playing the festival! We have wanted to for years so it feels great to have the opportunity.

What’s next?

Next up for us is show in the Miramichi at Whalen’s Barn and a showcase spot at MNB week.

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Thanks, John!

Follow Tomato/tomato on Facebook & Twitter and check them out at 2pm on Friday at the Galaxie Tent!


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An event you should be attending: Harvest Jazz & Blues

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There are certain things I look forward to once September rolls around, aside from crisp air and apples everywhere…

The Harvest Jazz and Blues festival is happening this week in Fredericton. Starting tonight in Downtown Fredericton, vendors will be lined up, music will be turned up and there will be multiple shows to take in.

Huge acts like Bahamas (Wednesday at the Bell Aliant tent), Gord Downie and the Sadies (Friday at the Moose Light Tent), David Myles (Saturday at the Playhouse) and Joel Plaskett (Saturday at the Galixie Stage) will be taking the stage during the  5 day festival. Our favourite local band Tomato/Tomato is participating in the Galaxie rising star contest (Friday afternoon at the Galaxie Tent).

Tickets for some shows have sold out (you snooze, you lose!), but there are still passes left to the entire festival. Tickets are available here.

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There may still be an opportunity to volunteer – click the banner above or here for the volunteer form.

 

Follow along during harvest by following and searching #MyHarvest on Twitter or “liking” them on Facebook.


See you there!

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Interview with: Adam McKim from CHAT to the Future

I was so happy to sit down for a coffee with Adam McKim. After lifting weights beside him for months, everything clicked when I saw a news piece on Chat to the Future … hey! I know him!

What CHAT is doing in Uganda is … epic. Connecting kids with kids over the internet. Sharing stories, songs, letters and activities. Not to mention the financial support of the orphanage.

Please, read on and learn a bit more. Click here to visit their website if you want to learn how you can get involved.

Thanks Adam! Enjoy….

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Hi Adam! Tell me about yourself and what you do

First and foremost I’m a husband and a dad – identical twin 5 year olds and a 7 year old, all girls. After that, I’m the founder and ED of CHAT to the Future Inc. and a teacher at Saint John High School. I coach summer soccer for six year olds and fall soccer for the SJHS JV team. I’m a movie buff and a bit of a global news junkie.

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Tell me about CHAT to the Future

CHAT stands for “Care and Hope through the Adoption of Technology” and “to the Future” stands for our forward looking optimism and focus on children – specifically North American students and the 17 kids at the orphanage that, collectively, these now 45 schools (and a few families) fully fund. Each school receives regular updates, photographs, videos, learning resources, and at least two live Skype sessions to CHAT House per year. During these sessions, kids from New York City or Toronto or right here in Saint John get to talk, sing, dance, or play show & tell and Simon Says. One Halifax school took a tablet outside this winter and they all built a snowman together!

Where did the name CHAT to the Future come from?

I was mowing a really big lawn and my brain thought of nothing else for about two hours. I guess I’m also a fan of acronyms and Michael J. Fox movies.

How did chat get started?

Before it was CHAT, the work in Uganda was simply a unique class project that my World Issues students wanted to pursue following a visit from a guest speaker. We sold Ugandan beads, sent the money over directly, and would receive photographs of purchases, receipts, and appreciative orphans within days. At this first project, the director suggested a Skype session one day and I remember thinking, “Well, that’s not going to work.” But who was I to say no? I didn’t even tell my students that we would be trying it, nor had I ever used Skype before! What followed was the most powerful thirty minutes that myself and my students had ever experienced in a classroom. The kids from the photographs were talking with us… singing to us! We sang back the only two songs that we collectively knew: Oh Canada and Happy Birthday!! It was so powerful that I felt I had to share it with as many teachers and students as possible. That was the spring of 2010. That fall we had our first CHAT schools join the team and by November of 2011 we were a registered Canadian charity.

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What are the challenges with skyping to Uganda?

What hurdles have you had to jump over?

In the early days we relied on USB modems and weak cellular connections. Our success rate for school connections was under 75% and multiple dropped calls was common. In January of 2013 we upgraded our small orphanage near Kampala to a wireless system at a cost of about $200 (and $20 per month thereafter). We were unable to afford this upgrade previously. Our success rate is now over 90% and most of the tech failures, ironically, originate at the school level in North America. Their firewalls are a hurdle that we continue to work through, but dropped calls are now pretty rare. Another challenge is the state of our second-hand laptops. One is broken, the other seems to be dying, and replacements in Uganda are FAR more expensive than they are here. If your readers are looking for a handy excuse to buy a brand new laptop and donate their old one, look no further!

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Tell me about the school and the kids there!

Buyinja Primary School is a five minute walk from our House and has approximately 400 students that pay tuition and other expenses amounting to about $300 per year. All but one of our 17 children attend from 7am to 5pm. (Andrew goes to secondary school) Three times per year we receive digital copies of their detailed home reports and share them with CHAT schools, donors, and friends. Thanks to their dedication, grit, and the support of Naomi, our live in teacher, our kids collectively place in the top 25% of students, despite missing multiple years of education due to extreme poverty. Our kids are goofballs who like to make up games, sing constantly, and meet with new people around the world. They also have plenty of chores to do around the house, so they are only able to Skype from 6pm to the 7pm sunset on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

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How do schools get involved? How can a new school get involved?

Schools usually hear about us through word of mouth, social media, news stories, or the Skype in the classroom web service. Getting involved is as simple as sending us an email, receiving the digital information packet, and committing to a $300 fundraising target to support one aspect of one child’s life.

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What does CHAT support at the school?

We don’t currently support the school (except by sending them paying customers every day). Meeting the living and learning needs of each child in our care costs approximately $1200 Cdn per year. One family or school, for example, may decide to target Micheal’s share of the rent for six months of each year. 17 kids. 4 sponsorship slots each. We don’t have many slots left, so some schools decide to invest in the House more generally, which has allowed us to, among other things, buy a fridge, arrange for regular medical visits, lease a garden, or even rent some grass for a soccer game on more than one occasion. Our commitment is that 100% of school-raised funds is spent on the ground in Uganda.

What’s a typical day like for you? What about your dream day?

Ha! A typical day? School teachers and parents of three young ones will tell you there’s no such thing; I’ll say the same for running a charity. Really, it’s only possible because I was never, ever alone in this. That was true when it was just my first class of SJHS students. It’s even more true now that 100+ teachers, advisors, board members, and volunteers devote their time and talents to our work.

My dream days are common, actually. I get to be a guest speaker at a distant school via Skype and watch as almost every hand goes up. I check my Skype app during the designated hour and see the beautiful two green checkmarks that confirm another scheduled connection is in progress. Maybe hockey is being explained in full gear or perhaps someone has brought in their violin. I find out about it later with emailed photos and videos that get shared and shared on our social media networks. People are smiling. Kids are learning. Stereotypes are broken. Lives are being improved, here and there. The CHAT team gets to enjoy a lot of dream days.

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What’s next?

After a six month leave from teaching -funded by generous donors in Vancouver, Bell Aliant, and the Government of New Brunswick- I’m returning to my status of CHAT volunteer and am back in the classroom this fall. But, first, I took my second trip to Uganda at the beginning of August. There are school t-shirts and student artwork to deliver! (Among other priorities) August will also, thanks to Minister Jody Carr and his Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, see us hire an Entrepreneurship Mentor to develop new relationships and business skills at New Brunswick High Schools. This $204,000, 22 month project marks another big step for CHAT and we are hopeful that this and other initiatives will lead us closer to our learning goals here and our development goals in Uganda, which include owning our own property and securing post-secondary educations for each of our children. They dream big these days.

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Learn more about Chat to the Future here.

Follow along on Facebook and on Twitter….


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An Event You Should be Attending: Dancing Bodies Solos & Duets

I’m so happy to have made it to a few Port City Dance Academy and Rondos Dance Theatre performances over the past few years. They are truly inspiring and so so beautiful to watch.

Georgia, members of Rondos Dance Theatre along with Tara Butler, Syreeta Hector, Karen Galbraith, Natayu Mildenberger & Kleis Rondos-Duchesne present “the contemporary dance event of the summer”.

Dancing Bodies Solos & Duets happens August 14th & 15th at 7:00p.m. at the Black Box Theatre at 187 Saint Johmes Street. Tickets are general admission, 15$ each.

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An Event You Should Be Attending + Interview with Stuart Buckley from Sharktooth Records

In January I was approached by Weird Canada to put on a distro launch party. Weird Canada was given some money from FACTOR to start up a distribution network for Canadian independent artists and I got to pick the bands that would play the show.

I asked my good friend and local music snob Chuck Teed about new bands I should hear to consider asking to play the show. When he pointed me in the direction of Stegosaurus I was JAZZED.

Stuart Buckley (who happens to be a singer in Stegosaurus) also has a tape/digital label called Sharktooth Records. They’re hosting all ages shows starting TONIGHT and you should go. Or you should tell your kids about it.

Enjoy!

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Tell me about yourself and what you do

Hey Barb! First and foremost I’m a guy. I was born and raised in Rothesay, NB, but don’t hold it against me. I don’t do much of anything other than stuff that’s related to music. I play in a band, record bands and go see bands play. I LOVE LIVIN IN THE PORT CITY!

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Tell me about Sharktooth Records!

Sharktooth Records is a tape/digital label that I started with a couple pals about a year ago. We started it as a fun thing to waste our money on but it’s really changed a lot recently. It’s just me chuggin away now, and the mentality has totally shifted. We have real goals now and we do stuff! On tap for the rest of the year we’ve got a couple releases from some Saint John bands, and we’ve also opened up an all-ages venue, but more on that later……

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You are new to the local music scene

How did you start a band? What made you want to start a band?

I’ve always loved playing in bands! It’s been a really fun way to make friends and collaborate and create stuff to keep me sane. I started Stegosaurus last summer with my good pals Seth O’Neill and Colin Ratchford. It just sort of happened, I guess, and it’s evolved to whatever it is now (post-punk????). Colin ended up moving to Alberta so we’ve got Right Shitty’s Pat “Boomer” Bonner killin’ it on the drums now. It’s just a really good time.

Oh! And we are going on a little tour of NB with Cellarghost at the end of August!

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Tell me about your new series of all ages shows!

Does Saint John have an all ages scene?

I’m really excited about this. Myself and a group of other bands (Right Shitty, Cellarghost and Learning) were all looking for a place to practice and record about a month ago and we ended up finding this old paint shop. It’s a pretty big spot so we thought we would have all-ages shows there whenever we could.

The all-ages scene in Saint John has had it’s ups and downs since I was a lil’ 14 year old kid, but it’s definitely on it’s way back up. There were places like The Gothic Arches and Hard Stone Cafe and the TRC, but as those places closed down or slowed down, not a whole lot came to fill the void for quite a while. We had the Shop for a little while, but that got closed down. The Saint John Arts Centre has been putting on stuff recently with Hard Times in the Maritimes which is very cool, but there isn’t a really viable spot that bands can book coming thru town on the regular, which is what we are hoping to do!

Our first show is tonight at 7 with Learning, Cellarghost and Little You Little Me and it’s gonna be super fun. Oh! And It’s 5 bucks at the door!

Who are your favourite local bands?

Oh man. Here we go!

Learning is wicked. Crazy good songwriting, really good potential.

Cellarghost is too good for their own good and, for that matter, all of our good. Carter writes the most incredible songs and I can’t wait for everyone to hear the album.

Right Shitty is such a killer time. Steve has my favourite voice in Saint John for sure. His yells/screams are so gutteral. Gives me the chills.

Wooden Wives are just fantastic! Great group of guys that I really look up to, Jud especially. They really are the cornerstone of the scene!

I could go on and on but I’ll round out my top five with Little You Little Me. They have the tightest live show I’ve seen in Saint John and they definitely have the mettle to get where they are going.

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Thanks Stuart!

Check out his band:

And check out more from Sharktooth Records here.

Show details:

@ 669 Loch Lomond Road
Doors at 7:00 pm
$5 cover
ALL AGES

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