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Shivering Songs Excites with Initial 2016 Line-Up

Shivering Songs Excites with Initial 2016 Line-Up


The Shivering Songs Festival is extremely pleased to announce an impressive initial line-up for its 2017 edition: Basia Bulat, Rose Cousins, Justin Rutledge, Jim Bryson, The Wooden Sky and Donovan Woods, as well as Toronto balladeer LUKA, New Brunswick newcomer Lydia Mainville, Fredericton's The Hypochondriacs presenting a Grand Ole Opry-style Sunday Brunch and festival founders The Olympic Symphonium. Now celebrating its seventh year, Shivering Songs runs January 19–22 in Fredericton, NB.

Festival organizers are particularly excited about this year’s initial roster: “We’re thrilled to feature so many fixtures of this next generation of the Canadian songwriting tradition,” said Shivering Songs co-organizer Zach Atkinson. “From some of the nation’s most enduring songwriters in Basia Bulat, Rose Cousins and Justin Rutledge, to contemporaries such as Jim Bryson, Donovan Woods and LUKA, and with many more acts to be announced, we truly feel that we hit the nail on the head for 2017.”    

Reviving their popular “Grand Ole Opry” spectacular, The Hypochondriacs will play backing band to a whole slew of guest vocalists from throughout the Shivering Songs line-up and Fredericton musical community at the Festival’s annual Sunday Brunch at The Fredericton Farmers’ Market.

A midwinter celebration of songwriting and storytelling, and flagship partner of Fredericton’s FROSTival, Shivering Songs hosts internationally renowned artists in rustic and historic spaces throughout Downtown Fredericton. Originally conceived as a small folk music festival to celebrate the album release of local group The Olympic Symphonium, the Festival has grown into a landmark cultural event that garners the attention of music and literary fans throughout Atlantic Canada and the Northeastern United States.

"While the music is beyond comparison, the secret weapon of Shivering Songs is certainly their gorgeous space," said award winning local architect and past performer John Leroux. "The interior of Wilmot United Church is renowned for its acoustics, but it also possesses a beauty that's both intimate and powerful," he said. "It's an incredible feeling being in a historic treasure that's so full of music and life, where the 19th century and the 21st dovetail perfectly.”

Tickets and passes for Shivering Songs 2017 are now on sale, both online at and in person at the Etixnow kiosks at Gray Stone Brewing and Isaac's Way in Fredericton. For more information on the Festival, please visit


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