Jot Notables: Secret East’s Five Weekend Highlights

Happy Friday, folks.

Here’s a brisk rundown of five Atlantic Canadian happenings this weekend that we at Secret East are quite excited about.

1. Fredericton’s Shifty Bits Circus is Underway

sbcposterDo you follow us on Twitter? You probably should, even just for this weekend.

Fredericton’s Shifty Bits Cult have a wild few days planned out as the Shifty Bits Circus is ready to turn IN4RNO.

The Circus is definitely a summer fest highlight in Atlantic Canada, and there’s no shortage of eclectic talent to see and hear this year. Check out the full schedule and lineup.

Contributor Ben Burnett spoke with Shifty Bits organizer Penelope Stevens back in May, and he’ll be reppin’ us at the Fest, possibly drunk with a phone, as he live tweets some of the Shifty happenings. Follow us on Twitter.

2. St. John’s & Halifax Pride Weekend Celebrations
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We hope everyone in St. John’s and Halifax have been enjoying their Pride Week festivities to the fullest. This weekend marks the closing events for both cities celebrations.

Lots of love and support to the LGBTQ+ communities of Atlantic Canada and beyond. You can check out our schedule rundown with facebook event links here:

Friday, July 24th:
St. John’s: More Than Queens Queer Dance Party at The Republic
Halifax: The Grind Dance Party at Garrison Grounds

Saturday, July 25th:
St. John’s: LGBTQ+ Hike at Quidi Vidi Lake, Pride Knockerball at Bowering Park, Trans* Picnic at Harbourside Park, Pride Moksha Queer Yoga at Moksha Yoga St. John’s.
Halifax: Pride Parade & Festival, WETSPOT XI Closing Party at Garrison Grounds

Sunday, July 26th:
St. John’s: St. John’s Pride Paradade, Pride at the Lake, The a-GAY-zing race at Quidi Vidi Lake

3. Shed Island Parties Like It’s 2013 With “A Super Rare Reunion Show”

Tonight at Distortion in St. John’s, Shed Island continues their festival lead-up with a #FBF showcase featuring a return to the high school pop punk roots of I Was A Skywalker, a final set for the original lineup of emo noodlers Little Things, a return set of local Hardcore youngbloods Rat Trap, and a recently added (non-reunion) appearance of Mild Manors.

It’s a fun-raiser for the Shed Island festival which kicks off August 13th.

 4. Spoken Word St. John’s Turns Two

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Spoken Word St. John’s is celebrating its 2-year anniversary this Sunday, and you can be a part of the poetry party. Join them at 7:30 PM @ The Ship Pub on Sunday, July 26th for an engaging night of verse and poesy, and you might just find yourself bearing your soul, or even telling a silly limerick.

Editor Kieran O’Connell had a chance to chat with organizer and co-founder Allie Duff about the impact Spoken Word St. John’s has had on the local poetry community, and where poets fit in the delicate ecosystem that is the St. John’s arts community.

Check out the full interview here.

 5. Branch Ricky’s Only Show of The Summer

Secret East TV dropped a video session this week featuring the backyard ball hockey and basement rock n’ roll of the great Branch Ricky. This weekend, Branch Ricky step out of their brief hiatus for a minute to play their only gig of this damp St. John’s summer.

Branch Ricky will be live at the Levee on Saturday, July 24th, and will be joined by by Carlyle, Thom Coombs and Dandy Lions.

Our session with the Ricky here:

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