Aug 10 | Petitcodiac
“Memramcook West, Memramcook North; Shediac, Mi’kmaq, Kouchibouguac.”
Petitcodiac by Zéro Degré Celsius
When Moncton-based band Zéro Degré Celsius first hit the scene in the early 90s, playing “organic charcoal rock” and incorporating pieces of local folklore into their music, they raised eyebrows, including those of international cultural activist, poet and singer-songwriter Zachary Richard, who ended up releasing a cover of the band’s song “Petitcodiac” on his hit album “Cap Enragé”.
The song, which bears the name of a river that has fascinated people for centuries with its tidal phenomenon, offers up a barrage of mostly aboriginal place names, which are what most non-Native New Brunswickers know of the language that was spoken here before the first European settlers arrived.