Feels Good, for those not in the know, is an art and music community. Which is a technically accurate description, in the most lacklustre square-peg way. They are the party makers of New Brunswick. They are who you call if you want to have a good time. These are the people who are responsible for Folly Fest, arguably the best summer festival in the province, the Feels Good Christmas Party, and that must-have event for any civilized organization: the annual Bonspiel.
A bonspiel is a curling tournament traditionally played on a loch, but given the complete lack of ice around Fredericton in April, the event is held at the Capital Winter Club, which also has the benefit of a well stocked bar. Curling essentials.
“This is the least athletic sport we could host a tournament for, and the most hilarious,” says Feels Good organizer Mike Humble.
This, their eighth year, eleven teams participated, both competing for the Feels Good Cup for the serious curlers, and The Golden Boot, the trophy awarded to team with the best (read: most ridiculous) costumes, performance, or shenanigans.
“One year a team won the boot by stealing the golden boot and making a fast getaway where we had to stop them, and chase them down,” says Paul McAllister. “There was a human barricade in front of the car. It was a big thing. There’s been naked curling, that won the boot one year. So the costumes are a big part of it.”
They’ve also managed to host some fairly illustrious guests at the event, including the Italian Women’s Curling Team during the year the World Curling Championships were held in Fredericton. “They showed up and played with us for a while. They couldn’t speak English, and we didn’t speak Italian so we were speaking very broken French to each other.”
This year The Sheet E Team took the Feels Good cup, and Cat Sass took the Golden Boot for their purple sequined curling smocks.