Because the Best Things in Life Are Free
Unbelievably, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival is significantly expanding its already huge free programming offerings for 2017 by expanding out into Thursday night and adding new stages and shows to its Friday afternoon events as part of CBC Free Harvest.
Every year Harvest offers a plethora of free programming throughout downtown Fredericton as part CBC Free Harvest and of our unique Taylor Printing Street Experience that includes free stages, buskers, vendors, food trucks, artisans, outdoor bars and more. The festival is committed to supporting and showcasing the very best of emerging talent from across Atlantic Canada and to providing accessible programming to patrons. CBC Free Harvest would not be possible without the generous support of our partners and funders.
This year Harvest has expanded its CBC Free Harvest and will present 6 free stages and 6 busker venues in downtown Fredericton within the Taylor Printing Street Experience. Beginning Thursday evening and new this year free shows and food trucks with start at NOON on Friday and continue throughout the weekend. The festival will also introduce a whole new experience in THE LOT, located in the back lot between the Moose Light Blues Tent and the Cox & Palmer Blues Court that will include the HARVEST GARDEN a combo of 3 individual outdoor bars along with food trucks offering up fun adult entertainment!
“Harvest has always been committed to offering accessible free programming for all ages while supporting and fostering emerging talent – its part of who we are. Said Kerry Wells, Festival Chair. As you can see by the staggering schedule announced today, this remains true! Our downtown streets will once again be filled with a wide range of incredible entertainment from Thursday right through until Sunday afternoon”
Each free stage will present its own distinctive offerings. On Wednesday and Thursday of the Festival, the King’s Place Stage will present free lunch time shows at 12pm featuring SG & the Tone Kings and Maggies’ Farm Revival.
The Fredericton’s Own Stage, in front of City Hall, will feature the best of Fredericton’s up and coming talent starting at noon on Friday with the Calithumpians, followed by Jane Blanchard, Quinn Bonnell, the George Street Middle School Band, the Fredericton High School Band and Girls Rock Camp. Saturday on the Fredericton’s Own Stage at 10:00am a special Harvest Yoga Session will take place, followed by a Sabian’s Meet the Masters Workshop and more musical performances will beginning at 5:45pm.
The Siemens Acoustic Stage on Queen Street will offer patrons an unplugged experience on Thursday night with Leeboy and Dan Doiron. Friday afternoon the Siemens Acoustic Stage will start at 12:15pm with Hum & Hollow followed by Kaylee Hopkins and Jerry Faye, Brent Mason and Earle and Coffin. On Saturday shows will start at 5:00pm with Brent Mason followed by Joe Murphy, and Leeboy.
This year our JDI Busker Central will feature incredible talent from both music and performance buskers across 6 different busker venues. Programming will run from 6:30pm on Thursday until 11:00pm and from 1:00pm until 11:00pm on Friday and from 11:00am until 11:00pm on Saturday. Emerging Atlantic
Canadian music buskers and performance buskers from across North America will ignite downtown Fredericton. Our patrons will also get the opportunity to plan their Street Experience a little easier this year with the help of our complete Busker schedule.
Friday in the Toyota Barracks Tent at 2:00pm the Stingray Rising Star competition returns with 4 bands playing and vying for votes to win a top cash prize of $2,500.
On Saturday, the TD Congo Square family experience will begin at 11:00am with kid-friendly performances by Scotty and the Stars, Blues in the Schools Musician & Clinician Rick Fines, and fest headliner Brandon Niederauer “Taz”.
The Public Library will play to host to free festival workshops on Saturday starting at 1:30pm with a Drumming workshop with Doug Rigaux followed by a Sound workshop with Stephen Lewis.
Saturday afternoon starting at 2:00pm the festival presents free jazz at the Wilmot church starting with the Joel Leblanc Trio followed Willem Paynter & the Hardtop Collective.
On Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm the Toyota Barracks Tent will host the Lawn Chair Acoustic Blues free show with Atlantic Canada’s hottest up and coming blues act Earle and Coffin followed by Maritime blues favourites Keith Hallett and Garrett Mason.
The Daily Gleaner Stage in Officers’ Square will close the festival on Sunday starting at 1:00pm with performances by Barbra Lica, Laurent Couturier & The Rusty Mikes, and The Ghost of Paul Revere.
CBC Free Harvest kicks off on Wednesday night with a free show in the Moose Light Blues Tent with earthstomping local favourites Earthbound, starting at 6:30pm.
Here is a breakdown of all CBC Free Harvest programming:
12:00pm-1:00pm, King’s Place Stage, SG & the Tone Kings
6:30pm (Doors 6:00pm)-7:30pm, Moose Light Blues Tent, Earthbound
12:00pm-1:00pm, King’s Place Stage, Maggie’s Farm Revival
6:30pm-9:30pm, Siemens Acoustic Stage, Dan Doiron, Lee Boy
6:30pm-11pm, Taylor Printing Street Experience and JDI Busker Central, including musical and performance buskers, vendors, artisans, food trucks and more.
6:45pm-9:30pm, Fredericton’s Own Stage, TBA
12:00pm-9:30pm, Fredericton’s Own Stage, Calithumpians, Jane Blanchard, Quinn Bonnell, George Street Middle School, Fredericton High School Band, Girls Rock Camp, other TBA
12:00pm-11:00pm, Taylor Printing Street Experience and JDI Busker Central, including musical and performance buskers, vendors, artisans, food trucks and more.
12:15pm-9:30pm, Siemens Acoustic Stage, Hum & Hollow, Kaylee Hopkins, Jerry Faye, Brent Mason, Earle and Coffin
2:00pm-4:30pm, Toyota Barracks Tent, Stingray Rising Star Showcase
10:00am-11:00pm Fredericton’s Own Stage, Harvest Morning Yoga Session with Rachel Barrett
11:00am-2:00pm, Daily Gleaner Officer’s Square Stage, Congo Square Family Event (Scotty and the Stars, Blues in the Schools with Rick Fines, Brandon Niederauer “Taz”)
11:30am-4:30pm, Fredericton’s Own Stage, Sabian Meet the Masters Workshop
11:00am-11:00pm, Taylor Printing Street Experience and JDI Busker Central, including musical and performance buskers, vendors, artisans, food trucks and more.
1:30pm-5:30pm, Wilmot Church, Joel Leblanc Trio, Will Paynter & the Hardbop Collective
2:00pm-3:30pm, Fredericton Public Library, Drumming Workshop with Doug Rigaux, followed by Sound workshop by Stephen Lewis
2:00pm-5:00pm, Toyota Barracks Tent, Lawn Chair Blues, Earle and Coffin, Keith Hallett, Garrett Mason
5:00pm-9:30pm, Siemens Acoustic Stage, Brent Mason, Joe Murphy, Leeboy
5:45pm-8:30pm, Fredericton’s Own Stage, TBA
1:00pm-4:00pm, Daily Gleaner Officers’ Square Stage, Barbra Lica, Laurent Couturier & The Rusty Mikes, The Ghost of Paul Revere
12:00pm-4:00pm, Taylor Printing Street Experience