New Brunswick Day activities at Old Government House (05/07/26)


July 26, 2005

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers and visitors alike are invited to celebrate New Brunswick Day, Monday, Aug. 1, at Old Government House in Fredericton. Lt.-Gov. Herménégilde Chiasson and the City of Fredericton will host events throughout the day.

New Brunswick Day events in the Capital City will take place across the downtown, with the prime focus being the New Brunswick Day Showcase Concert, on the grounds of Old Government House, from 2 p.m to 10 p.m.

This free outdoor concert will include performances from Grand Theft Bus, The Downtown Blues Band, Banshee, fiddler Janelle Dupuis, Minimum Wage, the Muskrat Singers, Classic Country, Bottoms Up, Steve Waylon, and more. Free ice cream and lemonade will be served through the afternoon. At 4:30 p.m., the lieutenant-governor and Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside will present the NB Day Merit Awards.

"I invite people to bring their lawn chairs, their blankets, their picnics, and to celebrate New Brunswick Day with me at Old Government House," Chiasson said. "This is an opportunity to showcase the incredible talents of New Brunswickers, to join together with your friends and neighbours and to celebrate what makes our province truly great."

Events will also take place across the city. Canadian Forces Day returns to Fredericton, with CFB Gagetown displaying various pieces of military equipment and machinery on Pointe Ste. Anne Boulevard and The Green near the pedway from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Trail Awareness Day activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Trails Pavilion near the Trail Bridge (Old Train Bridge), sponsored by the Fredericton Trails Coalition. A new panel of Trans Canada Trail donors will be unveiled at 11 am. Event organizers will also have bike bells, trail etiquette bookmarks and 2005 Fredericton Trail Guides to give away, and trail merchandise for sale.

In addition, Fredericton's favourite outdoor summer theatre troupe, the Calithumpians, will perform in Officers Square at 2:15 pm.

"NB Day in Fredericton promises to be great fun for residents and visitors alike," said Dave Morell, chair of the local NB Day organizing committee. "We are pleased that Canadian Forces Day is coming back to Fredericton and very excited that the showcase concert will move to the lawns of Old Government House."

For more information, visit the website at, keyword: NB Day, listen to Fredericton Information Radio at 93.3 FM, or call 506-460-2960.


EDITOR'S NOTE: A schedule of events follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Dave Morell, chair, NB Day Organizing Committee, 506-458-7303; Tim Richardson, principal secretary, Office of the Lieutenant-Governor, 506-453-2505; Lt. Martel Thompson, Public Affairs, CFB Gagetown, 506- 422-2000, ext. 3364; Doreen Armstrong, president, Fredericton Trails Coalition, 506-455-3693;

Peter Pacey, Calithumpians / Fredericton Outdoor Summer Theatre, 506-457-1975.


New Brunswick Day 2005
Fredericton, NB
Aug. 1, 2005
Schedule of Events

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Trail Awareness Day
Downtown Fredericton, NB Trail Pavilion, (Near Trail Bridge)
Activities and giveaways. Trans Canada Trail donor panel unveiling at 11 a.m.
Free Admission. Presented by the Fredericton Trails Coalition.
12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Canadian Forces Day
Pointe Ste. Anne Boulevard / The Green, Downtown Fredericton
Free Admission. Presented by CFB Gagetown.
2:15 p.m Fredericton Outdoor Summer Theatre
Officers' Square, Downtown Fredericton
Free Admission. Presented by the Calithumpians.
2 p.m. - 10 p.m.

2 - 4:30 p.m.

New Brunswick Day Showcase Concert
Old Government House, 51 Woodstock Road.
Free Admission. Bring your lawn chair. Presented by the Lieutenant Governor & City of Fredericton.

Lemonade and Ice Cream, while quantities last.

Performance Schedule (Performances are weather-dependent.)
2 - 2:45 p.m. Banshee (Celtic for Kids)
3 - 3:30 p.m. Janelle Dupuis (Acadian Fiddler)
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Minimum Wage (New Talent)
4:30 - 5 p.m. NB Day Merit Awards Presentation
Presented by Lt.-Gov. Herménégilde Chiasson, Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside and Justice Minister Brad Green.
5 - 5:15 p.m. Muskrat Singers (First Nations)
5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Classic Country (Country)
6:30 - 7 p.m. Bottoms Up (Celtic)
7:15 - 8 p.m. The Steve Waylon Band (Classic Rock/Country)
8 - 9 p.m. Downtown Blues Band (Rhythm n' Blues)
9 - 10 p.m. Grand Theft Bus (Rock with a Twist)