Uptown Events This Weekend! (May 19th-21st)

Friday, May 19th-


Carmen the Ballet

7:30 PM @ The Imperial Theatre


Monster Truck Spectacular 2017

7:30 PM @ Harbour Station



10:00 PM @ Taco Pica


T.G.I.F. Party with Del

10:00 PM @ Callahan’s Pub

Saturday, May 20th-


Create Over Cocktails Paint Night

3:00 PM @ McGill’s


Dance Party Saturday Night

10:00 PM @ Callahan’s Pub

Sunday, May 21st-


Ian Janes with Eloie Richard

3:00 PM @ Cask & Kettle


Glow Party w/ DJ Matty Jay & T-REV

10:00 PM @ Club Rewind


Quality Block Party Is Keeping Saint John Ugly

In case you missed it, Quality Block Party’s inaugural festival ran from April 26 to 30th, and included acts from all over Atlantic Canada. With the hippest venues and sounds our Port City has to offer, the Block Party’s first year was a huge success. Thanks to the festival organizers for promoting our ever-growing Saint John arts community!

Canada 150 – Uptown Window Decorating Contest

We are getting close to the launch of the Countdown to Canada Day, as well as celebrating all year long the birth of our nation – Canada 150.

If you are not yet aware, we have an inclusive website dedicated to showcasing all celebrations related to Canada Day and Canada Day 150 events.  Please feel free to check it regularly and not miss any of the fantastic events this year.  www.sjcanadaday.ca

Also, if you happen to be hosting and event or know of an event that you would like included on this website, please contact Jill Hamer from The Hardman Group – jhamer@hardmangroup.ca  or 658.3600.
To help celebrate, we are hosting a ‘Canada 150 Window Decorating Contest.’  If you are an uptown business and would like to be in the running for a grand prize basket of goodies, please register with admin@uptownsj.com or 633.9797 prior to June 15, 2017.  Winner will be announced on June 22, 2017.  Let’s show off our pride and splash up the red and white – the winner will receive an Uptown prize package filled with Canada Day swag!
The prize package, including “150” helium balloons, drinkware, shirts, decorations and more!

Gallery Hop!

This Friday, May 12th, the doors of all your favourite uptown galleries will have there doors open for you to come in and explore their latest exhibitions while enjoying light refreshments along the way.

Below is a list of participating galleries along with they’re featured exhibitions. This is an event that you will not want to miss!

Public Galleries 4-6 PM


City of Saint John Gallery, 20 Peel Plaza

pARTners – Celebrating SJAC


Library Millenium Artplace, 1 Market Square

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month Featuring designs by Chau Ny


New Brunswick Museum, 1 Market Square

On a Silver Platter by Mathieu Léger


Saint John Arts Centre, 20 Peel Plaza

Tracey-Mae Chambers & Jorgen Klausen


Imperial Theatre, 12 King Square South

Commercial Galleries 5-8 PM


Buckland Merrifield Galleries, 36 Canterbury Street

Fred Ross – Works From The Studio


Citadel Gallery, 162 Carlotte Street

Art Sale by Various Artists (5-7 PM)


Cobalt Gallery, 111 Prince William Street


Handworks Gallery, 12 King Street

Handworks Pop Up, Launch Arabella, The Love of Flowers – Book Launch and Signing


Jones Gallery + Studio, 73 Duke Street

Sarah Jones – Our Industrial Landscape II


Saint John Art Club, 3rd Floor Brunswick Square


Trinity Galleries, 128 Germain Street

Angela Morgan “Dangling From New Heights”

Peter Cunningham “Disappearing Before Our Eyes”

Uptown Events This Weekend! (May 12th-14th)

Friday, May 12th-


Gallery Hop

4:00 PM @ Various Locations Throughout Uptown


‘Disappearing Before Our Eyes’ Launch

5:00 PM @ Trinity Galleries


The Roaring 20’s

6:00 PM @ The Saint John Trade and Convention Centre


Saint John Punkfest 2017

9:30 PM @ The Panic Room


T.G.I.F. Party with Del

10:00 PM @ Callahan’s Pub


Nine Mile River

10:30 PM @ O’Leary’s Pub


The Crossroad Devils, Dizzy & the Kittens, & Jenny

11:30 PM @ Peppers Pub

Saturday, May 13th-


Girls Learning Code Day

1:00 PM @ ConnexionWorks


Corry Jellison

7:00 PM @ Taco Pica


Symphony Speakeasy

8:00 PM @ The Saint John Arts Centre


Dance Party Saturday Night

10:00 PM @ Callahan’s Pub


Nine Mile River

10:30 PM @ O’Leary’s Pub


Caribou Run, Penny Blacks, & Ken Voita

11:30 PM @ Peppers Pub

Sunday, May 14th-


Ladd & Lasses

9:45 AM @ The Queen Square Market


Mother’s Day Yoga Meet-Up

1:00 PM @ Lolë Saint John


Create Over Cocktails Mother’s Day Paint Brunch

2:00 PM @ The Saint John Ale House


Uptown Events This Weekend! (May 5th-7th)

Friday, May 5th-


Sea Dogs vs. Blainville-Boisbriand – Game 1

7:00 PM @ Harbour Station


T.G.I.F. Party with Del

10:00 PM @ Callahan’s Pub


The Mike Bochoff Band & Austin Eatman

11:30 PM @ Peppers Pub

Saturday, May 6th-


Free Comic Book Day 2017

9:00 AM @ Heroes’ Beacon


Sea Belles – A Free A Capella Chorus Concert

12:15 PM @ The Saint John Free Public Library


Canvas & Cocktails – Paint Your Pet

3:00 PM @ McGill’s


Jerry Leger & The Situation

3:00 PM @ Backstreet Records


Come Dance With The Dragons

7:00 PM @ Steamers Lobster Company


Joel Leblanc Trio

7:00 PM @ Five and Dime


Sea Dogs vs. Blainville-Boisbriand – Game 2

7:00 PM @ Harbour Station


Chainsaw Boogie, The Tasty Wangs, Cusser & Cable Crusher

8:00 PM @ The Panic Room


The Don Bossé Jazz Quartet with vocalist Mary Milliken

8:00 PM @ The BMO Studio Theatre


Hypnotist Cyrus

8:00 PM @ Imperial Theatre


Dance Party Saturday Night with Del

10:00 PM @ Callahan’s Pub


The Famines, Sheik & Loveover

10:00 PM @ Taco Pica

Sunday, May 7th-


Create over Cocktails Watercolour Paint Night

7:00 PM @ The Saint John Ale House


Saint John Early Music Festival Presents ‘Boundless Invention: Telemann & Vivaldi’

From May 26-28, the Saint John Arts Centre will welcome the Saint John Early Music Festival for a weekend of Italian and German baroque music. Centered on works by Telemann and Vivaldi, many performances in the “Boundless Invention” series will feature period instruments, making this festival a truly immersive musical experience. Saint John Early Music ensembles will be joined by guest artists Jonathan Addleman on harpsichord, violinist Danielle Sametz of the Saint John String Quartet and oboist Joel Verkaik.

Chamber works are set to include contentious Vivaldi sonatas, a Telemann overture, concertos from both composers and more (see the studio’s website for the full schedule). Tickets range from free to $25, and depending on the performance, can be purchased in advance at the Saint John Arts Centre or at the door.



Ensemble 18c., formed in 2015 as an outreach project of the Saint John Early Music Festival, is made up of Tim Blackmore (recorder), Katherine Moller (baroque violin) and Robert Lewis (baroque bassoon). Its mission is to bring 18th century music to the community, presenting  programs performed on period instruments in any location suitable for three musicians to set up and be heard. The Ensemble’s repertoire covers the entire 18th century from Baroque  composers such as Bach, Handel and Vivaldi to Classical masters like Haydn and Mozart. The Ensemble has given numerous performances in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John as well as other locations throughout New Brunswick.


Award-winning oboist Joel Verkaik has performed with some of Canada’s most esteemed ensembles, both symphony orchestras (such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony) and baroque period orchestras, such as Ensemble Aradia (Toronto), Ensemble Caprice, Société de musique ancienne de Montréal, and Montréal Baroque, among others. Joel is also the artistic director of Ensemble Énigme, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in baroque oboe at McGill University, with a focus on the instrumental music of Georg Philipp Telemann.
Jonathan Addleman began his university studies at McGill University, playing the saxophone. He quickly discovered his affinity for the harpsichord, and completed undergraduate degrees in both instruments as well as a Masters in harpsichord. Since then, Jonathan has been in demand as an accompanist and soloist, performing with ensembles such as the Laval Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Da Capo, Atlantic Sinfonia, and Toronto’s Aradia Ensemble and I Furiosi. He is the harpsichord technician at Concordia University, and tunes and maintains instruments for organizations such as CAMMAC, the Montreal Baroque Festival and Ensemble Arion.
Founder and Artistic Director of the Early Music Studio of Saint John and the Saint John Early Music Festival, recorder player and harpsichordist Tim Blackmore is a graduate of the Montreal Conservatoire, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Guildhall School of Music in London. He directs and performs with the Festival’s Collegium Musicum, Ensemble 18c., Carleton Quartet and La Tour Baroque Duo  as well as with other leading New Brunswick musicians and organizations such as Symphony NB (for whom he has been an advisor on Baroque performance practice) and the Saint John String Quartet. As a member of the La Tour Baroque Duo he has given concerts in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Paris and London and his recordings with the  Duo have received critical acclaim in Canada, the US and Europe. In 2013 he was Musician-in-Residence at the Fortress of Louisbourg for Louisbourg’s 300th anniversary and in 2014 he received the Originals Award for his contributions to the cultural life of Saint John.

The Early Music Festival’s Collegium Musicum ensemble was formed in 2009 to perform Baroque chamber music for two violins, recorder and continuo on period instruments. The group has since given regular concerts throughout southern New Brunswick. It members are Hok Kwan and Katherine Moller (baroque violins), Katie Bestvater (baroque violoncello) and Tim Blackmore (harpsichord & recorder).



The Academy of Saint John, a string ensemble of local performers playing modern instruments with baroque bows, was formed in 2014 to act as a chamber orchestra for the Saint John Early Music Festival. Led by Tim Blackmore, the ensemble’s other members are Katherine Moller and Ali Leonard (violins), Stephen Mott (viola), Michael De Pasquale (violoncello) and Wai-chung Kwan (harpsichord).
Danielle Sametz grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan where she began her musical studies on both violin and piano.  During her time in Regina Danielle was a member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and also completed her Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto certification studying with Dr.Jamie Syer. She received her Bachelor of Music from Brandon University (BU) in 2009. After and completed her Masters degree at the Aaron Copland school in New York City. Danielle is currently second violinist with the Saint John String Quartet and Principal second violin with Symphony New Brunswick.

Uptown Mugs #67 . Dave Shoots

We have a few distinctive characters uptown, and sometimes they are so full of intrigue and captivating nature, it is difficult to grab it all and adequately relate it.  Dave Shoots is the owner of Dave Shoots, Bookseller, who, along with his daughter Wendy, manages one of the most fascinating book stores in these parts.  The bookstore, in and of itself, is extraordinary – from the grand, curved and cut glass entrance door to the chock-full space with bookshelves and nooks and crannies all housing treasures and stories ready to be revisited.  Dave’s office is a cozy room in the front of the bookstore, and the office itself seems to have a personality.  One can feel the essence of the man in the decor – in the books, photos and memorabilia all in its carefully-placed position.

Well, this valiant but feeble attempt to share Dave Shoots with everyone is the best we can do.  However, you are cordially invited to meet Dave at the Open House being held to celebrate his 80th birthday!  Check the FACEBOOK event and come out and wish him a very happy birthday on May 27!


Where were you born/Where are you from?

I am from Central Ohio.  We moved to Canada in 1969.


How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?

I’ve been part of the uptown 17 years in August.


What is your favorite season?

I love the Fall.  The Fall colors are beautiful and the temperatures are not too hot, not too cold.


What’s your favorite snack food?

Wendy’s cookies!  Especially, the oatmeal cookies.


What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 

I love the old buildings uptown and the character of this historic city centre.  I also appreciate the friendliness of the people.


Find Dave and Dave Shoots, Bookseller:
On the street:  40 Coburg Street
Phone:  693-7758
Online:   daveshootsbookseller.com
Facebook:  Dave Shoots, Bookseller

Uptown Businesses Celebrate Years Uptown

As is the tradition now, we appreciate the opportunity to recognize businesses who have been uptown for a number of years at our Annual General Meeting.  This year we awarded Certificates of Recognition, from The City of Saint John, to uptown businesses who are celebrating an anniversary on the 5 year marks in 2017.

Recipients are as follows, presented by USJI Director and Councillor Donna Reardon

Celebrating 5 Years Uptown

The Corn Crib (Melanie McLaughlin)

Exchange on Germain (Lisa Oland)

The Yoga Co-Op (Jackie Fitzpatrick)

Heartbreak Boutique (Pamela Wheaton)

Inspire Collections (Denise Gallant)

Italian By Night (Gord Hewitt, Michelle Hooton, and Elizabeth Rowe)

Also celebrating 5 years, but absent for photo; East Coast Bistro, The Butcher’s Daughter.


Celebrating 10 Years Uptown

Scheherazade Books & Music (Teresa Jennings)

Print Three (Mike Plourde)

Also celebrating 10 years, but absent for photo – Encore Interactive


Celebrating 15 Years Uptown

Absent for photo; McGill’s, Pulse Communications


Celebrating 20 Years Uptown

Absent for photo; The Wild Carrot Café


Celebrating 30 Years Uptown

On & Off Court (Sue Bishop)

Also celebrating 30 years uptown, but absent for photo, O’Leary’s Pub


Celebrating 40 Years Uptown

Brunswick Square (Debbie Johansen)


Celebrating an Incredible 140 Years Uptown!

Flewwelling Press (Ron Stewart)