Get Ready For New Year’s Eve In Moncton

Photo by David Howells
Photo by David Howells

Whatever your musical tastes, there is a little bit of everything happening in Metro Moncton this New Year’s Eve.

Here is a roundup of the parties and the bands who will be rocking in the New Year:

The Igloo Beverage Room, located at 300 Elmwood Dr., Moncton, plays host to Angry Candy on Tuesday. The show gets underway at 10 p.m. Admission is $20. The Moncton-based band released their debut EP this past October to a capacity crowd at Moncton’s Empress Theatre.

Moncton bluegrass-folk heroes The BackYard Devils are teaming up with the inimitable Les Hotesses D’Hilaire for a show at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre, 140 Botsford St., Moncton. The show starts at 9 p.m. Advance tickets are available for sale at Café Aberdeen, located in the Aberdeen Cultural Centre.

BackYard Devils member Erik Arsenault tells Metro that the group is planning on hitting the studio next month to record the highly-anticipated follow-up to their self-titled debut album. Erik says that they hope to have their new album available for sale in the spring. In addition to the expected tour of the Maritimes behind their new record, the group is also scheduled to be heading to Switzerland for a tour in June.

Long-time Atlantic Canadian favourites Great Big Sea will be taking over the Centre at Casino New Brunswick off Mountain Road, Moncton. Sorry to say that if you do not already have your tickets for this show, the show has long been sold out.

And while Great Big Sea just might be the quintessential band to ring in the new year, the exact future of the Newfoundland-based group was thrown into question last month when group member Sean McCann announced that he would be departing the group in the new year. No further word from either McCann or the Great Big Sea camp has been issued since McCann’s initial statement last month. Understandably, fans are anxiously awaiting further word from the band as to the fate of the group. At the present time, their Casino New Brunswick show is the only performance listed on Great Big Sea’s website.

In downtown Moncton, Tool tribute act Dissectional will be holding court at Le Caveau, located at 700 Main St., in the basement of the recently opened Aura nightclub. The group will be performing Tool’s 1996 album Aenima in its entirety. Kicking the show off will be Pork Soda, a tribute to Primus. Advance tickets are $15 and are available for purchase at Spin It (467 Main St., Moncton). A limited amount of tickets will be for sale at the door at a cost of $20 each. Show time is 10 p.m.

Speaking of Aura Nightclub, the venue is hosting acclaimed Halifax DJ Skratch Bastid this New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $20 in advance, available for purchase online at tickets.moncton.ca. If you choose to wait and purchase your ticket at the door, you are going to be paying $25.

The Old Cosmo Complex on Westmorland Street will host four DJs — DJ Nitro, DJ Kinetic, DJ Implosion and DJ Earl. There will be prizes, drink specials and a balloon drop at midnight. Tickets can be purchased for $12 in advance at the Old Cosmo Complex or at Champlain Place in Pantorama. After the first 1,000 tickets sell, the price will change to $15.

The Tide & Boar Gastropub (700 Main St., Moncton) is offering a Gastropub Tasting Menu from Chef Michel Savoie. Music will be provided by one of Moncton’s most popular DJ’s, DJ Bones. Reservations for The Tide & Boar’s New Year’s Eve event are recommended and can be secured by calling the pub at (506) 857-9118.

Plan b Lounge, located at 212 St. George Street in Moncton will be hosting Mike Trask & The Precious Memories as well as Eastcoast Love Story.

Across the river in Riverview, the Atlantic Wellness Community Centre is hosting a Kitchen Party Gala at The Cocoa Room (391 Coverdale Rd). The festivities get under way at 8 p.m. and will feature entertainment from The Thirsty Rangers. Included in the $60 ticket (a pair of tickets is more cost effective at $100) is a selection of appetizers as well as the chance to win some prizes. Perhaps best of all, proceeds from this New Year’s Eve event are in support of youth mental health programs.

The Atlantic Wellness Community Centre is a registered charity that provides professional counseling to youth aged 12 through 21 who struggle with mental illness or have mental health concerns. It is through fundraising and donations that allows the centre to offer counseling at no charge.

Advance tickets for the Atlantic Wellness Community Centre event are available at Read’s Newsstand locations in Moncton and Riverview

And last but certainly not least, The Mud River Rockers, featuring The Times & Transcript’s own Alan Cochrane, will be performing at Grady’s Pub on Main Street in Salisbury. There is no cover charge.

Whether you plan on taking in any of these events or staying in to ring in the new year, be sure to do so safely.

Have a very Happy New Year, folks!

Article published in the December 27, 2013 edition of the Times & Transcript