- PUBLIC MEETING
- Thane Dunn - Elvis
- FREX In The Gleaner
- Da Blooze Brothers
- Canadian Fair News
- Crown Suzuki Sponsors FREX 2012
- Maydwell Mascot Contest
FREDERICTION EXHIBITION PUBLIC MEETING
THURSDAY, NOV. 22 – 7PM
CAPITAL EXHIBIT CENTRE, 361 SMYTHE STREET
You are invited to attend this informal town hall style meeting to discuss the direction of the Fredericton Exhibition.
2012 marked the 185th year of the annual exhibition and it has been a year of changes. We plan to continue to change and grow in 2013.
In fact we have big plans for the new year that we will be announcing at the meeting.
Our goal is to increase and improve the use of the facility. You have a say in how we make the facility and the FREX better. We urge you to come to the meeting and have a voice in the changes.
Come out and express your opinion how the facility can better benefit you, your family, your organization or your business.
Get involved in your FREX!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2012
CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISING CONCERT FOR THE
FREDERICTON EXHIBITION AND THE CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION – ATLANTIC REGION
World Champion Elvis re-creator, Thane Dunn returns to Fredericton to celebrate the Holidays.
Wednesday, September 5th was a long, damp, rainy day at the FREX. The midway rides were closed much of the day due to weather and there was a very small crowd at the Fredericton Exhibition grounds throughout the day… but that evening at 8:30 despite the continual rain, people started lining up to get through the gates to see the act that was touted as the closest thing to Elvis, namely Thane Dunn and his eight piece Cadillac Kings. “At show time we had close to 1000 people” says FREX Executive Director, Mike Vokey “and they went wild as Dunn performed hits from Elvis Presley’s library of songs. He stayed around after the show for close to an hour and a half signing everything from 8×10′s to ladies jackets. It was unreal”.
“We have had such a high number of requests from people to bring him back”, said Vokey “that we’ve decided to feature him in two shows, Christmas with Elvis on Saturday, Dec 15th, and to celebrate Thane Dunn winning the World’s Largest Elvis Gospel competition, we are excited to have him performing an Elvis Gospel show on Sunday the 16th”.
The Saturday evening Christmas Special will feature memorable Christmas classics made famous by Elvis Presley such as; Blue Christmas, Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me, Merry Christmas Baby, and many more. You can also sing along to traditional Elvis songs such as Love Me Tender and Kentucky Rain. The Saturday evening Christmas with Elvis show will be 8pm to 10:30. The Sunday Gospel Show, 2pm to 4:30pm will feature Elvis’s true favourite songs; gospel greats like How Great Thou Art, and There will Be Peace in the Valley. Listen to the songs that won Thane the Best in the World Gospel Title. The FREX is pleased to present both shows as family entertainment and admission is open to all ages.
Advance tickets will go on sale November 1st, and will be available for either show or a package for both performances.
Tickets available: Saturday Christmas with Elvis, at the door $40. Sunday Elvis Gospel Greats at the door $30
Advance tickets: Saturday $35, Sunday $25 and Package for both shows $55
The two concert performances will be more than a fund raiser for the FREX. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and donations can also be made at the shows. Come out and support two great causes that are very important to the people of Fredericton. In true holiday spirit, there will be a special Christmas gift from Thane Dunn and the FREX for the first 300 package tickets sold to both the Saturday and Sunday performances.
Check out the FREX.ca web site or Facebook and twitter, frex4fun for more information and show updates. It’s another great concert performance at the FREX Exhibit Centre. Come out and support the Fredericton Exhibition and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25th, 2012
DA BLOOZE BROS! THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO THE BLUES BROTHERS
ON STAGE AT THE FREDERICTON EXHIBITON COLISEUM
SEPTEMBER 14TH 8PM
Under the direction of international show producer Bernhard Kurz(producer of CATS/STARLIGHT EXPRESS)..as well in association with the Belushi Estate and Dan Aykroyd, Da Blooze Brothers perform in Fredericton after touring around the world for 7 years including Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Myrtle Beach .
DA Blooze Bros! The Ultimate Tribute to The Blues Brothers.. features the talents of real life brothers… Geoff and Chris Dahl… plus an incredible 10 pc band made up of veteran R&B/Blues musicians
THIS SHOW IS ONE OF ONLY 3 BLUES BROTHERS TRIBUTES
WORLDWIDE TO BE OFFICIALLY ENDORSED AND SANCTIONED FOR LIVE
PERFORMANCE BY DAN AYKROYD AND THE JOHN BELUSHI ESTATE.
Geoff and Chris Dahl began performing in the 80?s, working in various pop rock and R&B bands…and eventually performed with recording acts including Juno award winner Cassandra Vasik, A&M recording artists Black Avalon and London based recording act The Bush Doctors…to name a few…..
Da Blooze Bros show was developed in the mid 90?s…and the brothers once established took their talents to Las Vegas…and eventually to Europe.
The brothers have also performed for the department of defense show tour ensemble several times …entertaining the troupe around the world…in the early part of 2002 the brothers joined the cast as the leads in the blues brothers musical comedy stage show, I?M A SOULMAN!
You can see an actual performance of Da Blooze Brothers at:
DA BLOOZE BROS! THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO THE BLUES BROTHERS FREDERICTON. One show only, with tickets available for table seating and bleacher seating ranging in price from $15.00 to $40.00. “We wanted to keep the price down as reasonable as possible to allow everyone the opportunity to come and see this amazing and fun performance” says Mike Vokey, Executive Director of the Fredericton Exhibition. Obviously there is a very strong blues atmosphere to the city during the week and we are happy to offer an affordable entertainment option that will support and hopefully bring more people into the city ” The performance is a licensed event. And you must be 19 or older to attend.
This is going to be a large stage show with 10 performers. The brothers join forces with fellow musicians including Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member, the legendary Prakash John on bass and vocals…Michael Fonfara on keyboards (who has been in several recording acts including the Down Child Blues band, Rhinocerous, Lou Reed), Al Cross on drums..(Great Big Sea, Big Sugar, Jane Siberry), Jordan John on guitar and vocals (from the Blues Angels).and the Dr. BomBay Horns…of motor city suits fame direct from Detroit! …
This 2 hour show incorporates all the great party hits of the Blues Brothers, and will have lots of audience participation, and improvised comedy throughout the show. Fredericton will be treated to fantastic musicianship, and fabulous dancing and singing. It’s a must see for those who love live entertainment…and who remember the 70’s.
“It will be really exhilarating and a ton of fun for everyone!!!”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20th, 2012
The Fredericton Exhibition Board is very pleased to announce the appointment of Crown Suzuki as the Official Vehicle Supplier to the FREX.
Crown Suzuki serves the Fredericton area from their dealership at 180 Riverside Drive. “Suzuki has an incredible product and many people don’t even realize it” Says Mike Vokey, the Executive Director of the Fredericton Exhibition. “They are a perfect partner for the FREX because like the Exhibition they are anxious to inform the public of the high quality product they offer.”
As Official Vehicle Supplier to the FREX, Crown Suzuki are supplying a new Kizashi Sport iAWD sport sedan. This “Top of the Line” Kizashi delivers extra exhilaration thanks to its unique sport suspension and lower ride height. It looks as good as it drives with a special trim kit, including rear spoiler, chrome-plated door garnishes and other exclusive sport-styling details.
There are a lot of changes happening at the exhibition right now. Developing working relationships and partnering with Fredericton businesses to promote the FREX as an opportunity and an asset, is part of the organizations long term strategy. “We are happy to have Crown Suzuki on board” Mike added, “We anticipate this being a mutually beneficial partnership. Look for more to come in the weeks leading up the 2012 FREX”. For more information follow the FREX on twitter and Facebook @frex4fun.
PHOTO SUPPLIED: Jim McFarlane, Co-Owner of Crown Suzuki presents the keys to the new 2012 Suzuki Kizashi FREX promotional vehicle to Mike Vokey, Executive Director of the Fredericton Exhibition. Shown from left to right is Steven Kennedy, Jim McFarlane, Mike Vokey, and Brian Jordon. Photo by Brian Smith.
FREX Launches Mascot Contest
May 29th, 2012
Fredericton Exhibition Reaches Out to Aspiring Artists in Local Search
“ Team FREX is interested in finding a mascot for the FREX. To that end, we have decided to have a competition in which you, the guests and exhibitors, can submit drawings for what you think an ideal mascot would be.” said Mike Vokey Executive Director for the Fredericton Exhibition
The FREX is an Event without a face. The Fredericton Exhibition and Provincial Agriculture & Livestock Fair, is looking for a creative artist to bring The FREX to life.
“We believe the community should be involved in the exhibition,” said Mike Vokey Executive Director for the Fredericton Exhibition. “We know a MASCOT is a fun way to promote the FREX, and what a great way to get the community involved by designing the character to best symbolize the fun and excitement of the FREX.”
The Fredericton Exhibition is working with Maydwell Mascots Inc. of Toronto who have created some of the outstanding local mascots. The final design will be introduced at this year’s FREX ion September.
The Help Us Design Our Mascot contest runs through June, 30th 2012. The selected artist will win a $500 FREX prize package including a Seven Day Family Pass to the FREX, Parking Pass, All Access to Entertainment, Meals, Souvenir Clothing, and a Photo Plaque with the mascot, to be introduced the 2012 FREX. All other entries will receive a day pass to the 2012 FREX September 2nd through 8th.
The Rules Are:
1. You’re designing a mascot for the FREX, so if you are selected as the winner, you’ll need to transfer the ownership/copyright of the design and image(s) to the Fredericton Exhibition. Obviously you’ll still get full credit for your creation.
2. The Mascot can Be Person, Animal, Bird, or Imaginary Character!
3. The winning Mascot design will be made into a costume and the design should allow for a practical and functional use.
4. Drawing and sketches should be in colour minimum 8” x 10” size
5. The Design Should utilize the Frex Red, Orange, and Yellow colours!
6. Create the mascot that best symbolizes the spirit, fun, and excitement of the Provincial Exhibition.
7. Contest Ends June 30th!
8. Finalists while be selected by a panel of judges including professional designers at Maydwell Mascots.
9. Entrants can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the Exhibition office on Smythe Street.
10. We’re looking for original designs – please don’t submit something that isn’t your own work – make sure you have the right to all the artwork used in your design.
Finally, good luck and have fun, we are excited to see your submissions! Contest Details can be found on or Facebook page, facebook.com/frex4fun and follow us on twitter @frex4fun for contest updates.
Maydwell Mascot Example: