Moncton Acoustica Series Gears Up For Another Summer

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Shaun Leblanc is among those performing at the Acoustica Concert Series

The lineup for the City of Moncton’s Acoustica summer concert series promises a wide array of musical styles and genres, and features both local favourites and up-and-coming artists from the region.

Among those scheduled to perform throughout July and August are Jim Blewett, legendary fiddlers Ivan & Vivian Hicks, local favourite Stephen LeBlanc, singer-songwriter Jared Lutes, country artist Francelle Maria, the Codiac Concert Band and Arsenault. The shows take place at Moncton’s Victoria Park and Moncton City Hall Plaza.

Throughout the summer, Acoustica will also showcase talent from the George LeBlanc Accordion Festival, the Codiac Music Festival, and the winners of the Accros de la chanson competition.

Shaun LeBlanc is a pop singer-songwriter. In May 2013, he released his debut album Kaleidoscope while this past September, the video for his song “Paradise” won the 10×10 Emerging Artist Award at the Atlantic Film Festival. This year marks the third time Shaun will perform in Acoustica and he couldn’t be more excited.

“These shows offer a great opportunity for local exposure,” LeBlanc says. “Even though I have been actively playing and touring for the last couple of years, I am still very aware that there are still a lot of Monctonians that have never heard of me.”

LeBlanc says the outdoor concert series fosters a summer-like vibe in the city but also makes for a fun way to spend your lunch hour or a part of your evening.

“I have yet to meet anyone that has not enjoyed these shows in the past,” he says. “I strongly encourage people to take the time to stroll downtown or through Victoria Park and catch some local musicians while they are at it.”

Xavier Leger, co-ordinator for the Codiac Music Festival says the importance and mutual benefits of a concert series like Acoustica cannot be underestimated:

“It is a great initiative by the City of Moncton for the public to discover new artists. But it also serves as a means to encourage more cultural activities in our community,” he says. “The Codiac Music Festival is excited about the prospect of partnering with the city to develop the importance of our respective events while also encouraging more people to participate.”

Moncton-based singer-songwriter Jared Lutes keeps a busy schedule. In addition to hosting a Storytellers series at Casino New Brunswick, Jared routinely spends his weekends travelling throughout the Maritimes to perform solo or with his band.

He says that finding audiences and venues that have a deep appreciation for original music is one of the most rewarding experiences for any songwriter. Acoustica offers artists like him the opportunity to perform for an appreciative crowd who value the art of songwriting.

“City-sponsored events like Acoustica are incredibly important,” Lutes says. “There are proven artists here that make their living by creating and performing music. To take a few of those artists and provide them with a showcase and a built-in audience is a great initiative and speaks to the cultural priorities of community planners in Moncton.

“I am always overjoyed to be able to perform my music in the open air of the New Brunswick summer. The fact that I have another chance to perform for friends and family in my hometown is a nice bonus.”

On-site seating is available for each of the Acoustica performances, but attendees are permitted to bring their own lawn chairs. In case of rain, performances will not be rescheduled.

Acoustica Schedule

Victoria Park 
- Tuesdays, 7 to 8 p.m.

July 8: Fiddling Friends

July 15: Codiac Concert Band

July 22: Pierre et Maurice

July 29: Jim Blewett 
 and the Swing Cats

Aug. 5: Ivan & Vivian Hicks 
 and the Sussex Avenue Fiddlers

Aug. 12: Stephen Leblanc

Aug. 19: RCMP Pipes & Drums

Thursdays – 
City Hall (Noon to 1 p.m.)

July 3: George LeBlanc 
 Accordion Festival

July 10: Maxime McGraw

July 17: No concert

July 24: Featuring performers 
 from the Codiac Music Festival

July 31: Winners of 
 Accros de la chanson

Aug. 7: Tyler Haché

Aug. 14: Shaun LeBlanc

Aug. 21: Cy

Thursdays – Moncton 
City Hall (7 to 8 p.m.)

July 3: George LeBlanc
 Accordion Festival

July 10: Arsenault

July 17: No concert

July 24:Performers from the
 Codiac Music Festival

July 31: Emilie Rae

Aug. 7: Francelle Maria

Aug. 14: Amélie Hall

Aug. 21: Jared Lutes