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FLOURISH FEST: DAY 3 PT 1 – AVOCADOS, MERMAIDS, AND HARDWOOD SOUNDPADS

When I wake Saturday morning, the power has gone out. Outside, Fredericton is blustery and grim, threatening rain, and smoke hangs over the neighbourhood of the Charlotte Street Arts Center from a nearby construction fire; as I turn onto Charlotte street, firefighters are still extinguishing the gutted, half-finished apartment building. Thankfully, the CSAC has power,…

FLOURISH FEST: DAY 2 – PIGMENTS, PUPPIES, AND MAGICAL FORESTS

Dashing from home before a looming rainstorm, I arrive late to the Charlotte Street Arts Center. Sadly, I only catch the end of a set by Shady Jane, one of Flourish's youngest bands this year--their precocious rock chops shine through in their final chords, and in the applause that erupts as I sneak into the…

FLOURISH FEST: DAY 1 – WHEELIE SHOES + CARTOON SWORDS

The floods that days ago engulfed most of downtown Fredericton have just receded. It is unusually cold and gloomy for late April, but downtown’s Shiftwork Studio is warmly lit and in full colour. I arrive just as the first two bands playing Flourish Fest’s opening set are sound checking, and chat briefly with festival founder…

FLOURISH FEST: INTERVIEW #6 – l i l a

As part of the media coverage for FLOURISH (April 25-28), not your boys club will be having conversations with some of the folks that will be organizing, creating, and performing at the festival. For the sixth installment of this series, I spoke with Marianne (she/they) the front person and songwriter of l i l a.…

FLOURISH FEST: INTERVIEW#5 – FROOTI TOOT-E

As part of the media coverage for FLOURISH (April 25-28), not your boys club will be having conversations with some of the folks that will be organizing, creating, and performing at the festival. For the fifth instalment of this series, I spoke with Rachel / Tomato (she/her), Claire / Banana (she/her), and Lauren / Peach…

FLOURISH FEST: INTERVIEW #4 – THANYA IYER

As part of the media coverage for FLOURISH (April 25-28), not your boys club will be having conversations with some of the folks that will be organizing, creating, and performing at the festival. For the fourth interview in the series, I spoke with Thanya Iyer (she/her), "an enigmatic songwriter who crafts sparkling experimental pop music"…