Something’s Brewing – Community Sessions

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Something’s Brewing – 140 Milltown Blvd, St. Stephen, NB

Thursday, August 15, 2019 and Friday, August 16, 2019 

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Cost: Free

Does listening to a bunch of good music give you the urge to jump up and be a part of the magic? Come out to Something’s Brewing to take part in a unique collaborative experiment! We want to hear what kind of beats, rhythms, rhymes, and riffs you can come up with. If you’ve got something that you’re already working on and you want the input of a creative bunch, this would be a great time to get feedback.

This is a time to jam, write, perform, experiment and to be surprised by what kind of artistic expressions can manifest during a period of intentional collaboration. We encourage you to come with an open mind as the sky is the limit for what our Community Sessions could become.


Milltown Bandstand

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Milltown Bandstand – Queensway Way and Church St. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

1:00pm – 4:00pm 

Cost: Donation or Festival Pass 

Join us at the Milltown Bandstand for a beautiful afternoon in the park where we’ll be basking in good vibes and great music. This Bonfire Festival concert session is all about getting together to enjoy community in a tranquil green space.

The opening performance is a creative bunch of lovely women from Fredericton. Jock and the Docs plays both covers and original songs

The Mighty River is an experimental, post rock duo of two guys named Joel. They perform ambient affect scores with thoughtful lyrics that thrive on audience participation.Joel Gorrie is on the cello, saw, and vocals; Joel Mason on guitar, piano, programming, and vocals. (

Our headliner for this event is Montreal-based, ce qui nous traverse. Their experimental hazard, detailed wanderings and ambiance hunting, searches to grasp whatever moody vibrations are floating around. Their latest album, Brut, is the first of a new series: Volume. Made of totally improvised jams as a guitar trio, captured in the heat of the moment, and with the means at hand. (



Creativity Workshop – Electronic Music Tutorial

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St. Stephen’s University – 8 Main St, St. Stephen, NB

Saturday, August 17, 2019

10:00am – 12:00pm

Cost: $15 (Day Pass) or Festival Pass

Rick Coates is a true music lover with a great passion for electronic music. His transcendental ambient tracks are varied and fine tuned, evoking a deep and emotional experience. He’s the kind of guy that really takes note of those tiny, subtle shifts in tone and pitch that give a track its depth of character. (

Rick wants to share his love with all of us by leading a tutorial for how to create a digital track. This creativity workshop will give any level of musician the tools they need to start creating tracks right on their laptop. We hope that Rick’s passion will become yours too, and that you continue to be inspired to create great art and collaborate with your community.

In this workshop you will learn how to use free software tools, running on a personal computer, to create electronic music. We will start with the basics of electronic music making using the open-source virtual modular synthesizer, VCV Rack, which is available as a free download for both Mac and Windows, and has an ever-growing library of free add-on modules. Once we have covered the basics, we will build a synthesizer “patch” and create a complete song from scratch. If you bring a laptop and headphones, we will get VCV Rack setup on your computer, so you can follow along as we create a song together, plus you will have VCV Rack to continue your journey in making electronic music.




The 5 Kings’ Beer Garden

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5 Kings Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse – 5 King St, St. Stephen, NB 

Friday, August 16, 2019

9:30pm – 11:15pm

Cost: $15 (Day Pass) or Festival Pass

We’re proud be partnering with The 5 Kings to bring together great beer and great music for an event that you won’t want to miss at this year’s Beer Garden. We’re going to have a lively outdoor show that will get your feet moving and your heart pumping as two of St. Stephen’s hometown heroes rock our socks off!

We’ll be starting off with the incredibly talented celestial pop duo, Colourful Language. Comprised of Dave Warne and Bonfire’s fearless leader, Zoe Fitch, this married couple has the stage presence of rock stars and the witty banter of age old friends.

Our headliner has an explosive energy that’s sure draw a dancing crowd. Will Power has existed in St. Stephen for a long time in one form or another and they’ve consistently delivered jaw dropping performances. This group of friends does one thing really well – have fun – and they look good doing it. From zebra print spandex to a plush unicorn onesie, they always seem to have a surprise up their sleeves. Their unique pop covers get any crowd moving and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.


SSU Dooryard

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St. Stephen’s University – 8 Main St, St. Stephen, NB

Friday, August 16, 2019

4:00pm – 8:00pm

Cost: Donation or Festival Pass 

Grab a picnic blanket or a couple of chairs and join us for an afternoon of music on the hill in front of Park Hall! You may want to make yourself a s’more at the fire bit before being swept off your feet by Shaun Ferguson, Joel Mason, and Ariel Smith. This afternoon event will have activities for the whole family, complete with washers, bean bag toss, flower crowns, and more!

If you’ve never been to the university before, now is a great time to check it out! Indoors, we will have a very special artist showcase set up within the gathering spaces of the smallest university in Canada!

The main headliner for this event is virtuoso guitarist Shaun Ferguson. He offers modern, free and transcendent instrumental music. A native of the Acadian Peninsula in New Brunswick, he captivates his audience with his charismatic personality and his musical flights that appeal to both fans and less informed audiences. After Ascensions released in 2011, Shaun Ferguson is preparing his second opus. (