All Photos by Kelly Lawson
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Saint John is a very amazing place to live. There is a lot of history and tradition here. New Brunswick is proud to have Moosehead Breweries call this place home. For 150 years they have been thriving here and brewing delicious beer.
We arrived at Harbour Station, at promptly 6:45 for our shuttle and City Transit transported us to the Brewery. We showed up, and while in line, and obtaining our bracelets we got glow sticks, pretzel necklaces, beer cozies and a whole bunch of other fun stuff.
We got on the bus and heard lots about the history and about the evening ahead of us. We arrived at the Brewery, and the warehouse had been prepared for one hell of a party. Holy Macaroni!
The lights, from Duncan Electrical, were incredible as you can guess. Rows and rows of lights, disco ball, and band lights were spectacular. the whole place was electric.
The beer and cider options were plentiful. The snacks were abundant. There was no shortage of food or drink for anyone there. The food trucks outside also offered a vast array of options for folks to choose from. While on the topic of food, they supplied more Dominos pizzas than I could ever dream of eating in 10 years, this is not an over exaggeration.
The photo booth experience was the coolest thing. Being able to immediately have a photo of the experience as well as digitally on Ipads to share in the moment to your specific social media profile. We used the Hashtag #Moosehead150Party and we saw everyone’s photos up n the screen. Smoothest most fun, completely seamless photo booth I have ever used! So Cool! Check out this company via Huddle Article.
Check out the Instagram feed from that evening.
Cherise and I had such a fun time and I am so pumped she got me to go with her. The band and dancing was just the most enjoyable time.
The band WTFunk was splendid!
Seeing friends, clients, co-workers all dancing and celebrating this rich history was amazing, to say the least. I was honored to be a guest there.
We got on the bus near midnight, and headed back uptown and again, so thrilled to have been part of that celebration.
What a great party!
Check out the other photos I was able to grab and can show 😉 haha.
Above: Myself and MP Wayne Long
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.
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.