Archive for November, 2010

This Weekend in Saint John (Nov 25-28)

This weekend marks the beginning of the Holiday Party Season!!  Do you know how I know? OPERATION RED NOSE starts providing its FREE services this Friday.  So if you are out and end up having a little more fun than you expected to, give them (FUSION Saint John) a call 693-6810 and they will get you AND your car home for free (or for a donation to this year’s charity: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saint John)!!

And what can you be up to that will lead you to this service?  LOTS!  On top of dining at any of the FABULOUS Uptown restaurants, you can look forward to the following events this weekend:

  • Multicultural Film Series: Selena (Thu 25, Saint John Arts Centre, 6:30-9:30pm – Free)
  • MAMA MIA! (Thu 25, Harbour Station, 7pm – $68.50-$88.50)
  • SJTC‘s The Importance of Being Earnest (Thu 25-Sat 27, Imperial Theatre, 8pm & 2pm Saturday Matinee- $16-$27.50)
  • Artist’s Studio Sale: Ed Coleman & Colin Hugh Smith (Fri 26, 146 & 148 Germain St., 4-9pm)
  • Art you can wear on your sleeve (Fri 26, Peter Buckland Gallery, 5-7pm – Free)
  • FUSION Party with a Purpose: UNB Saint John (Fri 26, The Whitebone Lounge – UNBSJ Campus, 5:30-7pm – Free)
  • Night Train youth coffeehouse (Fri 26, Saint John Arts Centre, 6:30-9pm – Free)
  • Sea Dogs vs. Bathurst (Fri 26, Harbour Station, 7:30pm – $11.50-$17)
  • Saint John Free School (Sat 27, Church of St. Andrew & St. David – Germain St., 9am-9pm – FREE!)
  • Scratch 45 (Fri 26 & Sat 27, O’Leary’s Pub, 9pm – regular cover charge)
  • The Mahones w/ Continental Feat. Rick Barton, Ex-Dropkick Murphys (Fri 26, The Brickhouse – 30 Water St., 9pm – $15)
  • Empty Stocking Fund (Sat 27, Saint John High School, 11am)
  • Rowena’s Boutique Christmas Party (Sun 28, Rowena’s – 97 Prince William St., 12-4pm – Free)
  • Sea Dogs vs. Halifax (Sun 28, Harbour Station, 4pm – $11.50-$17)
  • Open Mic (Sun 28, Cougars Lounge, 10pm)

November 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

An Introduction to Wine Course next week

Great event below from one of my favorite Saint John hotspots:

Join us at happinez to get acquainted with wine!  This course can give you some basic knowledge on wines and also perhaps add some knowledge too!

This one evening course will cover basic topics such as what is wine, how it is made, a bit of wine history, and the main grape varieties.  In addition we will explore labels, wine classifications and take a short tour of the most important wine regions of the world. Proprietor, Peter Smit will lead this course, accompanied with you and six wine tastings!

This course is scheduled for:
Tuesday, November 22, 2010 from 7 – 9.30PM

$35 per person + HST
Numbers are limited to 12 persons per evening and reservations
are confirmed upon payment.

November 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Merry Martinis Fundraiser

The second annual holiday Party with a Purpose with the Saint John Community Christmas Exchange as its purpose has gone upscale!  Partnering with Hilton Saint John, FUSION‘s Ambassadors Committee is pulling out all the stops to raise much needed funds for Saint Johners in need this holiday season.

The classy event will be held on Wednesday, December 8th, from 6-8pm.  Your $50 ticket will get you unlimited cocktails and appetizers in a festive setting.  Everyone who is anyone will be there, so don’t miss out!

Details can be found in the following article, as appeared in the Telegraph Journal on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010.

FUSION is putting a festive spin on its December Party with a Purpose, partnering with the Saint John Hilton to host Merry Martinis, an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to kick off the holiday party season and support the Saint John Christmas Exchange.

This is the second year FUSION has supported the organization. This year they will be selling tickets in advance, which will give guests a chance to get into the holiday spirit with open bars, hor d’oeuvres and music.

The Saint John Christmas Exchange is a confidential central exchange service operated by community volunteers with the primary purpose of ensuring that no family in need goes without a Christmas dinner.

The group has been in operation for 30 years and works with approximately 60 churches in Greater Saint John to ensure that local families have food and gifts for the holidays by co-ordinating with the churches and service organizations to develop and maintain a registration list and link families in need to individuals, businesses and organizations to sponsor them, and make sure their holiday needs are met.

“Saint John’s high poverty rate is no secret – a sizeable percentage of families have significant difficulty making ends meet on a day-to-day basis,” says Merry Martinis co-chair Kelly Lawson. “Last year we adopted a family and helped out our less fortunate neighbours. This year we wanted to do something more, something bigger and better.”

Organizers are hoping to raise upwards of $6,000, which will be turned into grocery gift certificates for families in need. Saint John is a generous city, but despite the community’s best efforts, there are 200 to 300 families left without the help they need to get through the holidays every year.

Every ticket buyer will be participating in the donation – each Merry Martini ticket sold will provide a Saint John family with the funds for Christmas dinner.

“We wanted to create a signature holiday event, one that people anticipate because it’s fun and for a good cause,” said event co-chair Sean Payne. “This is the first year for Merry Martinis, and as time goes by we hope it will grow to be one of the signature charitable events of the holidays in the city.”

Merry Martinis will take place on Dec. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre. Tickets are $50, and available at Scheherazade Books and Music on Prince William Street and Je Suis Prest in Brunswick Square.

For more information visit
Claire Ryan is on the FUSION Saint John board. Reach her at


November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Operation Red Nose Launch!

YOU ARE INVITED!  Tomorrow, in the Ludlow Room of City Hall, the third season of Operation Red Nose Saint John will kick off with a bang!

Although not taking the helm this year, I am getting involved on the sponsorship and volunteer recruitment end.  I am excited for the provincial launch and to get going on this important initiative!  Once the details are released on Wednesday I will let you all in on them, but in the meantime visit FUSION’s website and click the Operation Red Nose banner for information on how you can get involved.

November 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

SJTC is importantly being earnest

Exciting news, the Saint John Theatre Company starts its Main Stage season this month!  Although without a musical this year, much to my dismay, the season boasts 3 amazing plays.  Kicking it all off is The Importance of Being Earnest.  I am very much looking forward to this, wishing slightly that I could be involved somehow, and hope that anyone reading this who does not already have tickets will rush out and get some.  In fact, you should rush out and get season tickets!  What better way to support such an important local theatre company?

See you at the theatre!

November 25-27, Imperial Theatre

Written by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Robert Moore.

What happens when two pretty girls both fall in love with men they believe to be called Ernest?  Will they learn that a rose by any other name still smells as sweet?  Earnest is the best-loved comedy of all time.  “A trivial comedy for serious people.”

Please spread the word about this great production!  For tickets call Imperial Theatre at 674-4100 or visit:

2010-2011 Season subscriptions are also still available!  $70 for all three main stage shows (student & senior discounts also available)! 

Importance of Being Earnest (Nov25-27) / Black Comedy (Mar 17-19) / Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (May19-21). 
To order your subscription please contact Imperial Theatre box office at 674-4100.

November 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment


This Saturday, The Greater Saint John Community Foundation celebrates the arts in Saint John!  My sources on Twitter say that few tickets are left, so get to 40 King St. or call 672-8880.  Your $100 ticket will get all that you see on the poster below as well as the great feeling of supporting many local charities.

The event is being held at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal from 7-11pm.

November 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

This Weekend in Saint John (Nov 4-7)

After almost a two month hiatus with a new baby, here is a long overdue installment of “This Weekend.”  The little man is napping all on his own now (I don’t have to hold him), even if it is just a short time,  and is giving me a bit of time to get back into the swing of things.  I am going to have to rename myself UptownGirlSJ+1 though, because baby comes with me to events now…  so if you are still in the dark about my identity, look for the 20-something with a baby exploring the uptown!

Here is what you can look forward to this weekend:

4 days left of CHOP CHOP Feastival for Foodies Week
Participating restaurants will offer you one or any combination of the following specials during the week:

3 Course Dinner for $30
2 Course Lunch for $12
Chop Chop Plate $10

Participating Restaurants: Alley Gria, Billy’s Seafood, Hilton, Burbon Quarter, Magnolia Café, Chilli and Olive, Church Street Steakhouse, Grannans, Happinez, Mexicali Rosas, Opera Bistro, Saint John Alehouse, Scores Grill, Steamers, Taco Pica, Thandi, Urban Deli

And the other events:

November 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

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