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Moncton125 celebrations – featuring Canadian rockers Simple Plan!

April 2, 2015

MONCTON – Moncton is 125 years young! Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate the occasion during the Moncton125 Festival, which will take place from Thursday, April 23 to Sunday, April 26. During the event, our community will also host the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola and, as part of the Trophy Tour, Canadian rockers Simple Plan will headline the Moncton125 “birthday” concert on Friday, April 24 at Riverfront Park. The group will be joined by special guest Andee (Andrée-Anne Leclerc), and well-known local musicians Chris Colepaugh, Caroline Savoie and Izzy and the Prohibition, who will perform before fireworks shine brightly above the Petitcodiac River.

“Moncton has built a reputation on fantastic events for the entire family, and the Moncton125 Festival is no exception,” said Mayor George LeBlanc. “The four day celebration will feature a wide range of cultural, entertaining and active living activities for all residents, and many community partners have offered Festival programming to make this a truly memorable Moncton event.”

All Moncton 125 activities are free of charge, unless otherwise indicated. Donations to the Food Depot Alimentaire will be accepted at many Moncton 125 events.

Full schedule of events

Thursday, April 23

  • Festival launch, in partnership with DMCI (City Hall, 12 pm)
    o Unveiling of Moncton125 commemorative quilt (created by the Greater Moncton Quilt Guild)
    o Vernissage event for the Moncton Gallery exhibit (meet some of the artists)
  • Tour – Heritage Room (in English, 2pm)
    o Moncton Public Library
  • Youth Showcase (Capitol Theatre, 6:30 pm)
    o Featuring students from: Moncton Youth Orchestra, Jeunes Chanteurs d’Acadie, Capitol School of Performing Arts, and the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada’s Centre for Arts and Education
    o General admission (no reserved seating); doors open at 5:30pm
    o Donations for the Food Depot Alimentaire accepted in the lobby (cash or non-perishables)

Friday, April 24

  • Welcome to Moncton event (Resurgo Place, 4-6 pm)
    o In partnership with MAGMA, CAFI, Anglophone East School District, District scolaire francophone sud, Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce, and the Business Immigrant Mentorship Program (BIMP), AHS.
    o RSVP by April 16: immigration@moncton.ca
  • Launch of FIFA Women’s World CupTM Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola (Riverfront Park; full details at: coca-cola.ca/trophytour).
  • "Birthday” concert (Riverfront Park, 6-10 pm)
    o Featuring: Simple Plan with special guest Andee, Chris Colepaugh, Caroline Savoie, Izzy and the Prohibition
    o Moncton125 Fireworks!
    o Donations accepted on-site for the Food Depot Alimentaire (cash or non-perishables)

Saturday, April 25

  • Frye Festival KidsFest (Moncton Public Library and Blue Cross Centre Atrium, 9:30 am to 12 pm)
    o Literary crafts, games and readings, plus writing workshops and Mascot Palooza.
  • Moncton125 fine arts collection (Moncton Gallery, City Hall, 10 am to 2 pm)
  • Entertainment at the Moncton Market (10 am to noon)
    o Featuring: Ivan and Vivian Hicks, DansEncorps
  • Student showcase, Capitol Theatre School of Performing Arts in partnership with the Frye Festival (Capitol Theatre lobby, performances at 9:45 am and noon)
    o Students will perform Moncton-themed pieces they wrote and will have short theatre activities for the public.
  • Family Walk/Run, in partnership with The Running Room (Riverfront Trail, 1 pm)
    o Event begins at the Running Room (300 Main Street)
    o Choice of 1km, 2km or 5km distance
    o Registration: events.runningroom.ca ($10/adult or $20/family; registration fees donated to Food Depot Alimentaire)
  • Moncton’s Story, presented by Resurgo Place (Bore Park, 3:30-4:45 pm)
    o Fun and interactive presentation about Moncton’s early days (weather permitting).
    o The tidal bore will arrive at 4:23 pm.

Sunday, April 26

  • Seniors Brunch (Moncton Lions Seniors Centre, 473 St. George Street)
    o 1st seating at 11 am
    o 2nd seating at 12:30 pm
    o Tickets are free in exchange for a donation to the Food Depot Alimentaire and can be picked up between April 8th and April 20th at the Moncton Lions Seniors Centre (Janet McDuff at 859-8611 or seniorscoordinator@bellaliant.com).
  • Wild Birthday Party (Magnetic Hill Zoo, 10 am - 4 pm)
    o Special admission rate of $1.25 per person
    o Donations accepted for Food Depot Alimentaire (non-perishables)
  • Heritage Ride, presented by La Bikery (1 pm)
    o 12.5 km, including stops at several heritage sites or points of interest
    o Starting Point: La Bikery (120 Assomption Blvd)
  • Moncton125 Exhibit Grand Opening (Resurgo Place, 1 pm)
    o Experience life in Moncton in 1890!
    o Special admission rate of $1.25 per person
    o Resurgo Place will be open from noon to 5 pm
    o This exhibit will remain for the summer season (until the end of August 2015).
    o Donations accepted for Food Depot Alimentaire (non-perishables)

Full program details are available online here



Nicole O. Melanson
Manager, Communications
City of Moncton
506-383-6214 / nicole.melanson@moncton.ca