Celestial City Arts and Culture Festival September 14 – 17

Fredericton NB—Beginning Wednesday, September 14th and continuing until Saturday, September 17th, Gallery Connexion is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Celestial City Arts and Culture Festival.

Celestial City functions as an alternative to Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Now in its second year, Celestial City offers local artwork, live comedy, film, and a showcase of some of Canada’s most obscure and inspiring music. This year’s festival headliner is percussion legend Jerry Granelli.

Granelli’s career spans over four decades. From his early beginnings as a traditional jazz drummer to leading one of the first free jazz bands in America or from playing on the Charlie Brown Christmas album to touring with the Grateful Dead, Granelli has lead a mythical life. At the age of 70, he continues to travel the world teaching and playing music.

Granelli will perform in Gallery Connexion’s Showroom at 8PM on Friday, September 16th.

Other performances during Celestial City Arts and Culture Festival include Thursday’s comedy night with TV Party and up and coming Fredericton comic B.J. Worthy as well as Saturday night’s showcase featuring Catbag, Adam Mowery, and Transfixed.

Activities during Celestial City Arts and Culture Festival further include the screening of Blank City – a documentary about a renegade film movement in New York City in the 1970s that profoundly influenced contemporary independent film.

Also, on Saturday September 17th at 2PM join us for the all-ages, hands-on Zine Making Workshop. Participants will learn about the history of zines and will work on a collaborative cut ‘n’ paste print publication facilitated by zinester Candace Mooers.

Celestial City Arts and Culture Festival is funded by the City of Fredericton.

Gallery Connexion is Fredericton’s artist-run centre, located at 440 York Street in the Chestnut Complex.

Media Contact: Megan MacKay (506) 454-1433 or connex@nbnet.nb.ca


Celestial City Schedule of Events

Wednesday September 14th
Screening of Blank City: View Website
Blank City is a documentary about the renegade film movement in New York that paved the way for modern independent film.

Thursday, September 15th 8PM
Comedy Night with TV Party, B.J. Worthy and Guests: View Website

Join us for a night of stand up and video comedy. TV Party is comedy for video nerds and fans of the unintentionally funny. B.J. Worthy is a Fredericton-based comic who is a rising star in the comedy community, with frequent appearances at The Capital’s Comedy Night and an opener for the Nick Beaton show September 6th.

Friday, September 16th 8PM
Jerry Granelli, plus special guests: View Website

Saturday, September 17th (Afternoon)
Zine making workshop with Candace Mooers: learn how to self publish your own independent magazine with zinester Candace Mooers.

Saturday, September 17th (Evening)

Weird Canada Showcase
w/ Catbag, Adam Mowery, and Transfixed:
Weird Canada aims to highlight the emerging and boundary pushing musical adventures taking place in Canada, with a focus on regional peculiarities.
Catbag: Haligonian Surf Punk/ Industrial Lounge Music: View Website
Adam Mowery: Saint John Power Pop/ Garage/ Soul: View Website
Transfixed: Halifax Electronica: View Website

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