This Weekend in Saint John (Feb 10-13)

Long overdue, but here is the latest of what is going on in Saint John.  I couldn’t have picked a better weekend for a comeback!

  • SJTC’s In House Studio Series presents: Copenhagen (Wed 9-Sat 12, Saint John Theatre Company – 112 Princess St., 7pm – $10-$20)
  • Wooly Market Fiber Festival (Thu 10-Sat 12, Saint John City Market, 9am-5pm – Free)
  • Handworks VALENTINE’S SALE (Thu 10-Sun 13, Handworks Gallery, Regular hours – 10-20% off)
  • Carnegie Coffee House (Thu 10, Saint John Arts Centre, 6:30-9:30 – Free)
  • Open Mic (Thu 10, Callahan’s Pub, 9pm)
  • Shakin (Thu 10, O’Leary’s Pub, 10pm – $ regular cover charge)
  • Hodo Cookies & Chocolate Shop – Grand Opening (Fri 11, Saint John City Market, 9am-6pm)
  • Remi Bolduc talks Jazz workshop (Fri 11, Imperial Theatre, 7pm – $5) Max 50 people.
  • Saint John Mill Rats vs. Halifax (Fri 11, Harbour Station, 7pm – $6.75-$14.75)
  • Remi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (Fri 11, Imperial Theatre, 8pm – $20-$32)
  • Forty Fingers (Fri 11 & Sat 12, O’Leary’s Pub, 10pm – Regular cover charge)
  • Penny Blacks & Adam Mowery Valentine’s Extravaganza (Fri 11, Peppers Pub, 10:30pm – $7 at the door)
  • Skate to Care – A fundraiser for MindCare NB (Sat 12, Harbour Station, 10am-3pm – Fundraiser)
  • Hospice Valentine Gala (Sat 12, Saint John Trade & Convention Centre, 6-10pm – $125)
  • “The Prenuptial Claus” (Sat 12, Water Street Dinner Theatre, 6:30-10pm – $44.25)
  • Recital by Clyde A. Wray (Sun 13, New Brunswick Museum, 1-2pm)
  • Sea Dogs vs. Moncton (Sun 13, Harbour Station, 4pm – $11.50-$17)
  • Open Mic (Sun 13, Cougars Lounge, 10pm)

Have fun!!


February 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm 1 comment

Penny Blacks & Adam Mowery V-day Show!

Penny Blacks and Adam Mowery bring Valentine’s Extravaganza Back to Port City for Thrilling Fourth Year!

Attention swingers, lovers, cool cats, rebels, guys, dolls and pasty wallflowers!
Throw on a necktie, or tiara, and get yourselves primed for Saint Valentine in style by heading to Peppers to prepare for V-Day with some cocktails and smooth, cool sounds for lovers, performed as only Adam Mowery and Penny Blacks could!
It’s no secret that Blacks and Mowery are hot commodities, especially during the season of lovers. This powerhouse duo of charm, talent and – let’s face it – just pure, good old-fashioned showmanship are in high demand everywhere from the Hamptons to the Vegas Strip. But they turned down every offer, every plea, every court-enforced dictum in order to return to the glittering diamond tip of New Brunswick’s industrial drill press, Saint John.

What can you expect from the hottest Valentine’s weekend ticket this side of Atlantic City?
The evening will kick off with a set of heart-bustin’ croonin’ by Mr. Penny Blacks, followed by a swoon-inducing performance by Mr. Adam Mowery. At this point, you might think that you have gotten your money’s worth already. But no, the entertainment doesn’t stop there!
Mr. Blacks and Mowery will cap the evening with a final return to the stage TOGETHER, for a show-stopping set of “Covers for Lovers,” backed by the legendary HARD FEELINGS! Last year, the act’s thrilling repertoire ran the gamut from the likes of Frankie Valli and Dion to Wire and Roxette.
It’s a Rat Pack/Vegas theme, so don’t be afraid to put on that jacket and tie, or that sassy little cocktail dress!

The event takes place at Peppers Pub, 1 Market Square, on Friday, February 11.
Showtime: 10:30 PM. Admission: $7 at the door.

February 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

A GLEEful event

After 15 years of involvement, I have finally been able to join the organizing committee of a fundraiser that is very dear to my heart (thank you maternity leave!). MindCare NB‘s Skate to Care is in it’s 24th year THIS SATURDAY, February 12th, 2011.

Skate to Care is a major fundraiser for mental health programs in Saint John and across New Brunswick. Teams sign up to raise money and the fundraising culminates in a celebratory skate day at Harbour Station.  I have fond (and COLD) memories of the event when it was held at Lily Lake as part of my family & neighbors team The G.E.M.S. (Gary Emrich Memorial Skaters)!  Having watched family, friends and some of my students live with the repercussions of mental illness, I am a strong advocate for speaking up about this and trying to remove the stigma that still surrounds this disease.

This year the theme of the event (themes were added a while back to keep things interesting & to allow for my fave perk…  dressing up) is GLEE!  As a self proclaimed GLEEK, I was responsible for creating GLEE themed crafts for the children in attendance, a GLEE themed relay race on the ice and the booking of entertainment – the Simonds High School Cheerleaders, who fit in perfectly for the GLEE/High School theme.  This theme is great for bringing on board the younger demographic for whom mental illness is a big issue.

With more information on this fantastic event, exclusive to Saint John, an article was published in today’s Telegraph Journal that featured my beautiful 5 1/2 month old son and I:

Teacher again helping fundraiser

SAINT JOHN – New mom Katie Emrich hasn’t allowed the fact she’s on maternity leave to keep her from a 15th consecutive year of involvement in the Investors Group Skate to Care, a major fundraiser for MindCare New Brunswick.

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In fact, the 27-year-old has taken things to a whole new level.

As a member of the organizing committee for this year’s Glee-themed event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Harbour Station, the Kennebecasis Valley High School teacher got to use her background in musical theatre in organizing a relay race featuring stereotypical Glee characters.

This year’s event will feature 35 teams and hundreds of skaters.

Emrich is also doing her part to help the fundraiser achieve its goal of $150,000 – $8,000 more than last year – by selling jewelry and bake goods for the cause.

“I would do anything I can to help out,” Emrich said Monday, as she bounced her five-month old son, Jack, on her knee during a joint interview with MindCare NB executive director Donna Gates.

“(It was) because I’m on maternity leave that I was able to join the organizing committee, which is very rewarding,” she said. “I wanted to join the organizing committee before, but as a teacher, I couldn’t make the noon-hour meetings.”

Gates said Emrich and son Jack, who accompanies her, have both been welcome additions.

Emrich was just 12 when she first got involved with Skate to Care.

Her parents, she said, put together a team called the GEMS – the Gary Emrich Memorial Skaters – to honour the memory of a favourite uncle of hers who committed suicide.

While the GEMS no longer compete as a team, her father still donates money in his memory and, most recently, she has continued to take part as captain of a team of students who approached her at KVHS after they learned of her involvement.

For Emrich, joining the organizing committee was a logical next step.

“I have been involved for so long and I appreciate what is being done, and where the money goes,” she said. “I have always done it, and my family has always done it, in my uncle’s memory. This is just another level of being able to give back.

“It’s all about giving back,” she said. “It is just adding to what I’ve done before and being able to continue it.”

Emrich thinks people need to talk more about mental health issues.

“It is just so important,” she said. “It is such a huge issue for people.”

The necklace and earrings she designed continue to honour the memory of her Uncle Gary (also Jack’s middle name) since, like the family team, it’s called GEMS – the Gary Emrich Memorial Swag.

“It really is the community coming together that make this event so incredible,” Gates said of the Investors Group Skate to Care. “When you think about 24 years in the community, that’s a long time for a fundraising event. That’s incredible longevity.

“It’s people like Katie, and the other fundraisers who have taken their own time to come up with fun and creative ideas to raise funds, that helps us get to that goal of $150,000.”

With community, corporate and individual support, more than $2 million was raised in the first 23 years of the event.

Through research, education and patient community care, MindCare promotes mental wellness and helps sponsor expert services for those living with mental illness.

Funds from this year’s event will be distributed to numerous programs across New Brunswick.

February 8, 2011 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

SJTC’s Copenhagen

I love it when local business/programs/entertainment reinvent themselves or offer something new to the folks of Greater Saint John.  This is why I am so excited to see the Saint John Theatre Company launch it’s In House Studio Series

With such an amazing space developed at 112 Princess St. (which has hosted Theatre on the Edge, Script workshops, fundraising events and countless rehearsals since its opening), it is wonderful to see it used as often as possible as an intimate performance space where spectators can be so close to the action.

This week, from Wednesday to Saturday, the In House Studio Series kicks off with Copenhagen, winner of 3 Tony Awards including best play.  According to the Saint John Theatre Company website:

This incisive drama premiered at The Royal National Theatre in London and opened to rave reviews on Broadway.  In 1941 German physicist, Werner Heisenberg went to Nazi-occupied Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Together they had revolutionized atomic science in the 1920s. Now they were on opposite sides of a world war – with both sides racing to use their research to create atomic weapons. The two men meet in a situation fraught with danger in the hopes of discovering why we do what we do.

Copenhagen will run from February 9-12 at 112 Princess Street.  Tickets are on sale now at the SJTC building (112 Princess St) or by calling 652-7582. Adult tickets are $20 and student tickets are $10 (valid student ID must be presented).

As I have already said, I am very excited about this… and you should be too!  Check out the great local talent in a wonderful setting. I think I might just make it a date with my mom on Wednesday.

February 7, 2011 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

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

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