Last week, a friend and I attended a show Apryll Aileen was playing, to show our support to her, our friends who run the comedy club and the venue itself. After a long day of work, the atmosphere was really quite enjoyable. The venue was packed, the crowd was excited. We had a really fun time!
The seasons have started to change and a night out means something a little different to everyone. Have you ever watched a show or performer but felt like maybe you were reflecting the entire time? If you have, me too…
We all go out to support local artists, our friends, someone a friend told us we would enjoy seeing perform, many other reasons, but often sometimes the expectation of why we went and the reason we attended changes, sometimes we surprise ourselves.
Apryll Aileen, This year has been in the minds and ears of everyone, and every place she tours and performs. She just finished touring across North America and is one of New Brunswick’s top singer-songwriters. She has worked very hard and has performed at a variety of events and shows. It was really exciting to see her play YukYuks Comedy club, which was hosted by her good friend Fran Menton.
The show was opened with a spoken word poetry piece by Mikayla Hanlon and had quite a few fun surprises throughout including a fellow friend David Kirkpatrick’s daughter Payton Kirkpatrick joining Apryll on stage to sing ” Hey Sugar” for the finale. That was mega cool!
When you see Apryll play music and have fun with the crowd, the distraction is quite wonderful. Life can be quite intense for us all at times, but when we step out and enjoy music, the experience and music can be even more wonderful and more enjoyed.
Photo –Al Gagnon
Photo- Al Gagnon
YukYuks Comedy club is such an incredible venue. I personally have held my own private birthday party there with almost 200 people in March. Steven Barnes and his team are the most wonderful folks to work with. They work really hard to ensure talent, like Apryll and famous comedians, and musicians from all over the world continue to come to Saint John!
Get your tickets to your next performance here
Photo- Al Gagnon
Joined by Adam Gerrior and Aaron Gunn.
It really is a great thing that we can all come together and watch our friends celebrate their passions and successes, and together at that.
Welcome to Strange Grooves…
🎶 We love all things records and music. We wanted to create a community to share our music blogs and podcast content with you and other folks.
🔮 Blogs, podcasts, live listening parties, show reviews, album reviews and much more. Our Facebook page will give everyone who shares this interest a place to contribute, and find new tunes, which we thought was pretty rad!
👽 VOLUME 1 is now live!
🎶We discuss the new Primus album dropping TOMORROW!! The VIP Primus experience with Claypool Cellars. We talk about the last few shows we attended, including seeing and meeting Canadian classic rock heroes, The Stampeders. You will hear a bit about what we are currently listening to, Queens of the Stone Age Greta Van Fleet and some documentaries you should check out including “Danny Says” and another we’re excited about” five foot two” which is the new Lady Gaga film on Netflix, and lastly, what you can expect coming up including events, who will be joining us as guests….
Stay Tuned, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.🎶💀
Cait & Cherise
On Sept 13th, at Five and Dime, Mayor Don Darling will be speaking as well as Entrepreneur, filmmaker, and community movement maker, Greg Hemmings and lastly, Cait Milberry, Myself will be speaking about the importance of startup weekend and why it is the world’s starting point for entrepreneurship and to showcase why it is important for New Brunswick.
Kick Off Party Event Here
We will talk about the best way of empowering others, identifying leaders in the industry and how to build a stronger community and inspire change.
The kickoff event will start at 4:30 and run till 6:30 PM and will aim to inform people about the 54-hour event, and more details surrounding it on the weekend of the 29th. Join us all for a drink and a chat after work.
Only 8 cities in Canada are hosting these events, and Saint John is now one of those cities.
The event can be found here
Tickets can be purchased here
This ecosystem of people, and expertise and sincere mentorship is truly helping empower entrepreneurs in our city and we have to keep nurturing those efforts, resources and helping others in any way we can, attending this event, is a way.
There are many accelerator programs and what this program and event are showcasing is that when participating, that they are there every stage of the way of the entrepreneurial journey.
Early stage, to funding and beyond. TechStars is a program that is a global program that truly fosters the pace of innovation with and for startups, experts, and small companies.
If you have an idea, you are welcome to pitch your idea, have conversations and receive feedback to embark on a 3 day, 54-hour frenzy, creating a business model, coding, designing, market research and validation, social media and much more to make it come to life.
Put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur and understand your part of a more sustainable New Brunswick and the world, get your ticket and support this great event and the entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference.
ICS Creative Agency is proud to be a sponsor of this event and to provide support for our clients who are part of a startup or who may be early stage, or who may need some extra expertise and feedback to really scale their idea, product or service.
Cherise Letson and I were destined to meet one way or another, and we found each other in two capacities. We were both incredibly integrated into the business community in NB and kept on hearing about each other and finally, we got to meet by strapping on roller skates and hitting the rink to roller skate. Since that day, We have listened to many records, in particular, The Stampeder’s greatest hits, and spent countless hours skating, and having deep talks about business and the start up scene here. Finding someone who is sincerely interested in our community and is a super amazing person is really cool.
Cherise works for Huddle. Huddle essentially elevates and shows the stories of interesting entrepreneurs and businesses throughout the region. They are passionate about making a difference by illustrating that business is creative, and a powerful force for positive social change.
We believe in this philosophy as well. We know how important, the brand, the story and every component of the business is.
I wanted to sit down and chat about what keeps her energized and give you some context about her feelings on the city currently.
Grab your headphones:)
In September 2016, I started working with a stellar creative agency. I knew that by joining their team I would incur a wealth of knowledge, but would also have access to tools, software, resources, equipment, and a phenomenal team/support system I would not have on my own. Every day I learn something new, that ultimately helps my team and clients, our business as a whole, And I am absolutely infatuated with it.
Very Quickly the idea Fishbowl on my desk started to fill up with little notes, tips, ideas, strategies, people and connections I want and wanted to reach out and talk to. That’s when I had the idea of doing an audio series with ICS Creative Agency.
I wanted/ want these meetups to be organic, not staged, all raw conversation no edits, to be chill and valuable to our networks, consistently. Ultimately, I wanted and continue to want to talk to incredible people, and elevate what they are up to, their thoughts and the sincere feeling’s about our city and how that relates to their business, and marketing strategies moving forward.
You can find all of these audio interviews and blogs Here. I urge you to check them out, really cool folks, the raw unedited conversation about their favorite records, marketing strategies, what keeps them energized, and mostly what they want for their city. Leave a comment or a name of someone you would maybe like to see interviewed.
To date we have had featured: Keith Brideau – Historica Developments, Cherise Letson from Huddle, Comedian James Mullinger, Joanna Killen of ESJ/ Momentum Canada, Mayor of Saint John, Don Darling, Harrison Teed, owner of Pristine, Derek Riedle, Founder of Revolution Strategy, Talons of Venice and Civilized, Greg Hemming’s from Hemming’s House Picture’s, and we are only getting started for 2017’s interviews and blogs.
In my opinion, every person I interview, I have takeaways and so do they. It’s a valuable chunk of time for both parties and when the content gets distributed, people are generally curious about how these folks actually do the things they do. Example: How a comedian may do their marketing VS the Mayor of Saint John.
I am so excited to be creating more of these and to engage even more with creatives and the business community. The ability to feed the ecosystem with good content, tips, and good people is pretty amazing and energizing.
Make sure to give ICS a follow here, and on Facebook and Instagram, We have a pretty amazing Snapchat too. We do incredible giveaways, provide valuable information and fun tips and LOTS of photos of our dogs.
Thank you for checking out this post. Cheers to much more.
Sometimes what we want we can see in sight but ensure we have the right tools, resources, team, and playbook in place are extremely critical before jumping ahead and encountering the storm without nothing to turn back with.
In my experience, I have been a part of a successful startup, that if it had not reached out collaboratively it would not be still in business today.
It is vital to really check in with those who do their job well and see how they can help add to your brand and service. Whether it’s a pitch deck for demo day, new infographics for trade shows, social media scheduling, the correct CRM in place, reaching out can really save you time, money and ensure efforts and marketing dollars are spent wisely and where it can convert.
I sincerely enjoy working with all industries, and diving in and researching their core value points, and how they help and engage with their client or end user. I become part of their sales and marketing team so I can fully comprehend what they do and why their customer wants it.
Working together can remove a lot of barriers to action to give you back more time to do more important things that make the business operate the best it can while ensuring the proper focus on sales and marketing is checked off.
I think in the end we all have a bit of fog brain when it comes to what our company, product or service does. We get tunnel vision. Working with creative professionals can really give you some insight you did not have before that can be extremely valuable early on in your business no matter what you do.
Get in touch with me today if you would like to chat.
If you need some assistance with creative marketing and collaboration get in touch today.