This New Brunswick Day long weekend just got a little more New Brunswick-ey. Yesterday a new summer festival was announced, to take place July 29-31st in Saint John. The festival will focus on music, culture and goods and will allow New Brunswick to showcase all it has to offer.
Ray Gracewood, chair of Area 506, spoke on Information Morning Saint John, saying of the festival: “The idea being it’s a melting pot of everything New Brunswick has to offer and a celebration for the positive things going on in our province…each of these communities has a story to tell … whether that’s an event, a product, a celebrity, anything. It’s an opportunity for these towns to come together and show everybody what they’ve got”.
Musical performers will include NB’s own Matt Anderson, 1755 and the Bona Fide. Grace Potter, Big Sugar and July Talk are also scheduled to perform over the weekend.
While the festival will span across the city, the heart of it will take place on Long Wharf, in what promises to be a very unique venue: a shipping container village.
I’m really excited about this event. I think it’s going to have a fresh, urban vibe to it, and I love that it will be a chance to celebrate NB. Too often recently, we’ve been made to feel as if we’re a doomed province. Most recently with Maclean’s magazine, who published a very unflattering article entitled, Can Anything Save New Brunswick. Yes, you read that right. This festival will be a chance to respond in a big way. It’s like saying: So you think we’re a dying province? Well, we’re just going to throw a huge party celebrating how very wrong you are!
And it will be great for New Brunswickers to show off their NB pride, because I know there’s a lot of pride out there. The festival will show us what is positive, and also what is possible. Because if we don’t think that things are possible, they never will be.
You can buy earlybird weekend passes now for $59. Once those run out, weekend passes will be $79 with single night tickets at $49. Check out the event website here. You can also follow them for updates on Twitter @area506fest and Facebook at Area 506.
So, let’s celebrate ourselves this New Brunswick Day weekend, my fellow NB’ers, and take pride in where we are and where we’re headed!