Keep it moving

Photo by Scott McLellan After honing his skills on local skateboard videos over the years, Nik Sexton these days is not only getting attention for his skating, but for the comedy sketches he’s been producing. What originally started as a short skit on a skate…

Victoria Park Lantern Festival

Sydney Blackmore checks out this year’s lantern making workshops. Victoria Park Lantern Festival Click here to watch. The Victoria Park Lantern Festival takes place on Saturday, July 26 (July 27 in case of rain) at Victoria Park in St. John’s

Georgestown Flea Market

Sydney Blackmore checks out what some people call the neighbourhood flea market of the year, the Georgestown Flea Market. Georgestown Flea Market [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/RVJAqYksgrY” width=”400″ height=”335″ wmode=”transparent” /]

The prison wall

Her Majesty’s Penitentiary Apparently, it’s much easier to escape from the big house than most prison movies would have you think—at least it was in St. John’s in 1878. But not many people would object to this particular prison break, when a master mariner serving…

DIY Garden

Jason Sellars starts with a seed and some soil. Since the spring, I’ve been planting pansies on the paths I travel around the city. I’ve put them in old tin cans, in rotting fence posts, and in the cracks of crumbling pavement. The little purple…

Matt Mayes & El Torpedo, Splash '07

Salmon Festival Survival Guide

I’m a Grand Falls-Windsor native with a perfect Salmon Festival Splash attendance record; I’ve maneuvered myself through many a Salmon Fest weekend and gathered some expertise along the way. So, just for you, I’ve assembled a townie-friendly guide to one of island’s biggest summertime concerts….

The bigger top

Sydney Blackmore on the growth of The Wonderbolt Circus. Kat Finck has a strong hold on memories from her early days as alter-ego Zinga Zuma, the Incredible Strong Woman with the Wonderbolt circus troupe. One of them links back to Corner Brook during her first…

Storefront

Employees at the Elegant Pantry, L-R: Kathryn Banoub, Alison Power, and Laura Horner. Emilie Bourque and Sydney Blackmore, live from the front. Hello Scopefans! Well, this week’s column was a treat to put together for you since I teamed up with a gal named Sydney…

Setting off sparks

It’s been two years since local jazz-folk guitarist Duane Andrews’ last recording, Crocus, was released. Ever since, Andrews has been quietly collecting award after award for his unique blend of traditional Newfoundland music and Django Reinhardt-style Gypsy jazz. Now, with a new album which adds…

Field Notes

Kerri Breen ain’t ‘fraid of no spanworm. Paycheco and the Discounts release album Neil Conway, frontman of reggae-funk-hip hop pioneers El Paycheco and the Discounts, says the plan for a CD has been gestating since the band started—about eight or nine years ago. The problem…

A cone wrench of one’s own

A new bicycle mechanics workshop for women has grown out of BikeShare, the local bicycle sharing program organized by MUN Project Green and Sierra Club of Canada. Sarah Smellie checks it out. Laurie Cook is the only woman you’re going to find swinging a wrench…

Sign here

Colin Browne’s not so favourite not so anti-hero, Hancock. Will Smith’s film career has been defined by blockbusters (Independence Day) and flops (Wild Wild West), but one thing it has never been is raunchy. Hancock, the newest effort from director Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Very…

Track review: “dd’s blues” by Duane Andrews

Track Review: “dd’s blues” by Duane Andrews From raindrops (2008) St. John’s, NL www.duaneandrews.ca Alison Corbett: Holy smokes! Pizzazz, character, drama—it’s got it all! The melody steps through seemingly infinite combinations of instrumentation and ornamentation, returning each time with smooth insistence. The texture is pretty…

Joe Ryan

Occupation: Retired schoolteacher and librarian, local running guru, father of two kids. Bio: This eloquent and knowledgeable fella was born in Calvert, went to high school in Ferryland and moved to St. John’s in grade twelve. He ran his first marathon (that’s 42.195 kilometers) when…