Music of New Brunswick

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New Brunswick offers a wide range of musical entertainment at many different venues and diverse locations. In this place, you can enjoy everything from a Pow Wow at Bouctouche and Elsipogtog First Nations to Acadian Traditional or Contemporary Style Music around Moncton and the northern regions of the province to Sea Shanties of Saint John and Irish Fiddles on the Miramichi or the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton.

With the birth of non-profit organizations such as Music New Brunswick getting involved with other professional music associations such as Factor and Socan, and University New Brunswick on the scene to help provide educational opportunities for children and assistance from Tourism New Brunswick, the local New Brunswick music scene has really blossomed over the few past decades.

The New Brunswick Country Hall of Fame attracts many visitors and promotes local country music history and musicians such as Don Messer and Wilf Carter.


New Brunswick's capital city is Fredericton, which is home to the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, an annual event attracting some of the most respected jazz, blues and world music artists from across North America and beyond. The Nashwaak Music Festival is an annual event, featuring Country, Roots and Folk music. Held every New Brunswick Day weekend 20 km north of Fredericton.

The Moncton music scene local Acadian and songwriters as well as massive concert festivals held at Magnetic Hill Concert Site by well known music industry giants such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Eagles, AC/DC and U2.

Saint John's main music festival is Area 506 where each summer East Coast musicians gather dock side at Long Wharf along the city's harbour. The music scene is full of contemporary music, traditional, classical and Celtic with its eminent Irish culture. The city is home to one of the longest-running music news websites in the province,, which provides information about the local art scene and promotes discussion of events and musical acts in Saint John and Fredericton.

The city of Miramichi is best known for its country and bluegrass music, featuring a blend of Acadian, Irish and Scot's traditional style of music. The Miramichi Folksong Festival preserves the history and rich musical traditions of northeastern New Brunswick.

Sappyfest is an annual independent festival held in Sackville, New Brunswick founded by Sappy Records. It has attracted acclaimed acts such as Fucked Up, Arcade Fire, and Grimes.[1]

Country music[edit]

The introduction of radio to the province in the 1920s gave local country artists exposure to a wide audience, and several musicians parlayed this exposure into successful musical careers. Radio/television pioneer Don Messer debuted on Saint John station CFBO in 1929, later gaining fame as the host of the popular CBC program Don Messer's Jubilee. Fiddler Ned Landry made his first CFBO appearance in 1934, and would eventually record eight albums with RCA Victor in the 1950s.[2]

New Brunswick has also produced several popular contemporary country artists, including Julian Austin and Chris Cummings.

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  2. ^ "Ned Landry". Encyclopedia Of Music in Canada. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 

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