The road to Bike-Town

Elling Lien: interviews. Jacob Rolfe: illustration. Biking is so great. On a bike you go fast enough to cover a large area in a short amount of time, but slow enough so you don’t speed past the interesting stuff. You’re not spending a dime—or twelve—on…

Through The Straight

Cyclist Sarah Smellie takes you pedal-by-pedal through one of her favourite rides. Click to enlarge. Distance 30km Difficulty On a scale from “Trip to the Grocery Store” to “Ride Out to Cape Spear”, Moderate. Time 2 – 2.5 hours.

Paths of least resistance

Downtown cyclist Ryan Davis reveals some techniques for avoiding hills This is something I like to apply to my life in general, but when you use a bike as a way to get from point A to point B and you’re not out for exercise…

Business business

Wherein Dana Cooper discusses foodatoriums, hostelry, and domesticated animals. WHO COOKS IN THE SUMMER? Hey there friends and neighbours, how’s it going? You’re looking good. Getting enough Vitamin D? Hope so. What about exercise? Are you eating well? Listen, if you can’t be bothered cooking…

Gaspar Corte-Real Statue

16th century, Portuguese explorer Gaspar Corte-Real has stared piercingly at the Confederation Building from his Parkway perch—with just one interruption—for over 45 years. The work of sculptor Martins Correia was given to the province in 1965 by the Portuguese Fisheries Association on behalf of the…

Symes Bridge 2-4

Linda Browne peeks inside the downtown building likely bound for demolition, and wonders what go in its place. It’s a little house that has caused lots of controversy. And on May 29th, St. John’s City Hall will host a public meeting to determine the fate…

Local Parkour

Bryhanna Greenough doesn’t recommend jumping over buildings. Parkour is an art where your obstacle course is your city. Buildings, trees, fences, walls, park benches, whatever. You pick a direction, start running, and maneuver through, around, over, or under whatever appears in your way with grace…

The only thing we have to fear

Andreae Prozesky scales Mount Piecrust. These days are days of great acts of bravery in the Food Nerd Laboratories. The facing of culinary fears. But what is there left to fear? Now that I’ve conquered wild mushrooms, cold jellyfish salad, and hamburgers, you thought I…

Library Shmibrary

Elling Lien has a mild sunburn, but he’s fine really. LIBRARIES STILL NOT DEAD To the 1,200 delegates here for the Canadian Libraries Association convention, welcome to St. John’s! I feel now, with you around, it’s okay to admit my addiction to libraries. I’ve spent…

Roger Maunder

The filmmaker and recent novelist answers 10-ish questions. What started off as a feature film script six years ago has been developed into a complete novel, Mundy Pond, published by the Creative Book Publishers’ imprint Killick Press. The book follows two boys as they go…

Joey Mackey

Age: 27 Occupation: Hairstylist at ICONS on Duckworth Street Hometown: St. Alban’s, Bay d’Espoir Musical preferences: Electronica

the brutal mechanics…

Jonathan Adams listens to the John Steffler’s long poem The Grey Islands. New this month from Rattling Books comes a lovingly produced, unabridged, two-disc recording of John Steffler’s long poem The Grey Islands. First published in 1985, The Grey Islands has come to be regarded…

Functions of Funk

Sunday might seem like an odd day to get down to a funky soul groove dance machine, but really, when you think about it, any day is a good day. So instead of spending this one havin’ the old dirty scoff with the family, perhaps…

Indian Classical Music Concert

Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to have experienced one of the ever-popular, oh-so-delicious, home-cooked East Indian fundraising lunches at the St. John’s Hindu Temple. Well, now they are inviting the general public to enjoy another treat at the temple: live North Indian classical music. India’s…