TBA hosts Christmas show

Metro Moncton art and music collective TBA is hosting its fourth annual Christmas show at Moncton’s Plan B Lounge this evening. While many of the collective’s events traditionally feature a mix of art and music, the TBA Christmas show is all about music.

Scheduled to perform at this year’s is multiple Music New Brunswick Award winner Phil Flowers, The Motorleague’s Don Levandier and Shawn Chiasson, Jonah Hache, Josue Goguen, Eric Babineau, Mario Gautreau, Katrine Roy and Vivianne Roy, Jay Byrd and Marc Landry and Amy Stone.

Speaking from his home here in Moncton, Flowers notes that this is the first year that he has been charged with organizing the event. With the event now entering its fourth year, he jokes that his job was a fairly easy one.

“The blueprint of the event was already done when I agreed to oversee things this year,” Flowers laughs. “My job was actually pretty easy.”

Each of the performer’s at tonight’s event will be performing acoustically. Rather than performing original material though, each act will be performing cover songs. Attendees shouldn’t be expecting to hear “classic” cover songs, however.

“I think it is safe to say that people will be staying away from ‘typical’ cover songs that you would normally hear in a bar,” Flowers says.

“In fact, most of the acts have been trying to select more obscure cover songs that aren’t necessarily that well known. It’s nice to have people recognize the songs but at the same time if you can turn people onto songs they might not otherwise hear, it’s even better.”

In the spirit of the Christmas holidays, Flowers shares that 15 per cent of the proceeds raised from the Xmess show will be donated to the Moncton chapter of the United Way.

If you are planning on attending the TBA Xmess show however, Flowers has one simple request that he would like to ask you to keep in mind: “We are encouraging everyone to wear a Christmas sweater. The uglier the better!”

Article published in December 16, 2011 edition of the Times & Transcript