St. John’s city council report card

REPORT CARD To evaluate each of the councillors we contacted each of them, and contacted various organizations and individuals who deal with them regularly. Phase one: Five weeks before this issue hit the street, we sent an e-mail to acting mayor Dennis O’Keefe and the…

Prepare for cross-check and departure

Elling Lien speaks to Robert Chafe about Artistic Fraud’s new musical spectacle, Fear of Flight. Your friendly neighbourhood experimental theatre company Artistic Fraud are back, and they’re ready to spring the biggest show they’ve done in eight years. Fear of Flight is a “music and…

Bernard Hughes

Occupation: freelance software developer/creator of virtual worlds Bio: The rumours are true—he really did invent spell check. But we’ll get to that.

Geodesic dome house

In a 1982 issue of the Canadian Orchid Journal, then-editor Peter Bell writes: “Many factors, some doubtless vanishing back into my childhood, have made the experience of tropical forest indispensable to my sanity.” Arriving here via South Africa to become curator of the MUN Art…

Anarchy and the Rock

Sheena Goodyear speaks with political punk rockers Davey Zegarac and Megan Doyle about their new local activist organization The Applecart Collective, and their plans to commemorate May Day. Back in Davey Zegarac’s hometown of Winnipeg, there are massive protests in the streets every year, an…

Storefront

Emilie Bourque can’t even make this stuff up. S’makeup The crowd at Tvål aren’t just all about soap. They also design, produce, and sell a line of mineral make-up called Smink (the Swedish word for makeup), and they’ve been busy in the back of their…

Upcoming local CD releases

As soon as the starlings have begun nesting in your neighbour’s roof and started getting ready to lay some eggs, bands in St. John’s are ready to launch fresh CDs. Here are a just a few of the spring albums and demos we’re stoked about….

Food Nerd

Andreae Prozesky can do. As I write this, above-freezing rain is hurling itself at my office window. Two days ago, I hung clothes on the line to dry. The mountains of frozen black slush have been reduced to mere boulders, and the pothole-riddled streets are…

Track Review: The Pathological Lovers — “Sister Cities”

Track Review: The Pathological Lovers — “Sister Cities” From They’re Playing Our Chord (2008) St. John’s, NL myspace.com/thepathologicallovers Alison Corbett: Advance! No, wait! Retreat! Dynamic tension and textural layering abounds! Melodic guitar riffs and tasteful drumming keep the ear interested and Jody’s vocals are nothing…

Cool Drawing, Dude

Comic Book Review: Colin White’s Cool Drawing, Dude: Comix and sketches from the streets of Ottawa Sneaking a glance into someone’s sketchbook can be a guilty pleasure for those of us who like to draw, and this 2006 comic from Colin White definitely satisfies. Between…

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Field Notes

New theatre company Ahrm’s Way to present Stephen Belber’s “Tape”. Bryhanna Greenough stuffs it up the hole in your culture. Hi all! Congratulations on choosing to read our brand-spankin’ new culture news column. What’s that? You’re still reading? Well, I should get to the meat…

Green Drinks

Elling Lien has turned green with drink. Green Drinks isn’t just beer dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s not a health drink bulked with Spirulina or any other new age algae… Green Drinks is what you call a bunch of environmentally-minded folks getting…