Everything’s coming up Nickel

This is by all accounts an auspicious year for the Nickel Film Festival. The submissions committee received a record number of films this year­—over two hundred short and feature-length submissions were taken into consideration in the course of selecting the forty-five that make up this…

Nickel interviews

Justin Simms A lot of local filmmakers get their start through the NIFCO First Time Filmmaker Program. It seems people who move here from other parts of the country are often surprised by how easy it is to make a film here thanks to this…

The Cinephile Manifesto

“First coffee, then the movie revolution!” urges Jonathan Adams The tremendous growth of the local film scene which we can witness at this year’s Nickel Film Festival is a testament to the vibrancy and endurance of film in St. John’s. Yet, for all that, there…

On The Harbour Front

What’s so important about the harbourfront? Back in 2007 the Newfoundland Association of Architects had a brainstorming session on the subject.

Meghan Beresford

Occupation: Writer and burlesque dancer Age: 26 Hometown: Originally from Council Bluffs, Iowa, Meghan’s been calling St. John’s home for years… She’s soon moving to the Big Apple.

Goat Walk

Lester’s Farm on Brookfield Road has opened its doors for another season. After 150 years of farming, the Lesters are known for fresh produce, fine ice cream, a confusing corn maze, and more recently, their tower-scaling goats.

Dandelion buffet

Andreae Prozesky roars with the ‘lions. I find dandelions impressive, I really do. This might be due to my never having owned a lawn, or to my admiration for anything that dares to be bright yellow when it’s been 2 degrees for a week and…

Eye to eye

Erin McKee talks to artists Ryan Davis and Jason Sellars about their mixed-media art travelogue Trust: India in Sight For two weeks in June, local artists Ryan Davis and Jason Sellars will throw open a magic portal in downtown St. John’s through which all curious…

Prison DIY

Bryhanna Greenough goes to jail, does not pass Go Prison is the ultimate testing ground for do-it-yourself wizardry. Last week a friend handed me a printed copy of something called Prisoners’ Inventions. This book doesn’t embellish. It’s as straight up as it gets. It’s a…

Bob McDonald

The host of CBC radio’s science show Quirks and Quarks answers the tough questions. The Quirks and Quarks’ Question Roadshow is an annual event which happens in a different location each year. Recorded in front of a live audience, scientific experts are consulted on questions…

Battery Woes

As I sit here and type with sounds of not one but two backhoes drilling into the hill of the Battery, I wonder how the hell it could really come to this. We taxpayers spent serious money to hire professionals to develop guidelines to curtail…

Cred & Credenzas

Dana Cooper mills and milliners through some of your local business Hey kids, it’s Dana again. Diana Daly, Girl Reporter, has left the glamour and spangle that is our dear city, and taken up a Walden-esque farm life out in western Canada. O, we’ll miss…

Fourth Wall

MID-LIFE CRISIS? The Canada Council for the Arts is in its 50th year, and to celebrate they’re developing a new plan for the future. (Eek!) Well, at least you can have your say by filling out the survey on their website. To give you a…

Maximum Overdrive

“Been there, crushed that, what’s next?” is the slogan of Sudden Impact II, part of a motley crew of monster trucks coming to town to crush all manner of lesser machines, as well as to get big air, bounce tires, and spit sand. Another one,…