Jigs, reels, and Megadeth?

Kate Bevan-Baker, Tom Power, Rich Klaas, and Ed Squires Well, no, not Megadeth. Local group of 20-somethings The Dardanelles firmly believe Newfoundland traditional music doesn’t have to be limited to either loud, boisterous bar scenes or the solemn concert audience. Instead The 7-piece folk dance…

Living tradition

If you’ve ever heard a Newfoundland jig, reel, or ballad from someone other than your grandparents, chances are that Figgy Duff had a hand in it. In the late 1970s, when Newfoundlanders were just beginning to develop a sense of pride in their culture and…

Storefront

Anchorage Coffee owner, Sean Bellew Sydney Blackmore preps a stiff cup of Storefront news with a sprinkle of chocolate. Anchor Man Anchorage Coffee, 106 Water Street, is the newest espresso café to hit the city’s downtown. Owner Sean Bellew, of St. John’s, developed an appreciation…

Love can be edgy too

Kerri Breen talks to veteran performance artist, PhD sexologist, and former porn star Annie Sprinkle about her career, aging, and her St. John’s visit. “Everybody’s welcome, and I’ll be gentle,” says sex icon, artist, and activist Annie Sprinkle of her upcoming one-woman show in St….

Field Notes

Kerri Breen has a mysterious craving for pie. It’s the height of the festival season and St. John’s is thick with all kinds of arts activity. Here’s just a fraction of all the action. The Idlers chase child with dessert The Idlers, busy as usual,…

Dr. Jonathan O’Dea

Occupation: Dentist, artist Bio: Born, raised and educated up to his undergrad in St. John’s, Dr. O’Dea got his Masters in Dental Sciences at the ever-prestigious McGill University. Immediately upon graduating from McGill, he returned to his beloved home town, where he began working and…

DIY: Music Promo

Neil Conway on promotion for musicians. DIY promotion for musicians eh? First of all, I don’t recommend that you reeeeally do it all yourself. Do you realize how much work that is? Unless you’re a one-person graphic artist, web designer, press writer, promoter, secretary, telemarketer,…

Strawberry-almond dacquoise

Andreae Prozesky guides you through some summertime cake-makery. Sometimes the stars align beautifully. It’s finally the beginning of berry season here on the Avalon. If the strawberry u-picks are open, then the annual raspberry foraging and blueberry onslaught cannot be far behind. So when my…

Big city problems

The numbers are out, and crime is up in the province, with violent crime in particular on the rise. Police are saying it’s the way crime is being recorded, but community groups are saying it has a lot to do with drugs. by Sarah Smellie…

The final countdown

The short list for this year’s Polaris Music Prize—given to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label—was announced recently. Alex Pierson skips through the list. Black Mountain In the Future Looming out of the far West…

The Old Trac

99 Empire Avenue When Shirley Facey and her husband excavated the land around their house, they ended up with a big, ugly, cement wall bordering their lawn. They decided to save their home from unsightliness and save history from obscurity, all in one brush stroke….

The Index

Number of MUN presidential candidates vetoed by Education Minister Joan Burke: 2 Number of NL gynecological oncologists who submitted resignations recently: 3 Number of moose killed in vehicle collisions on the night of July 28: 4 Number of runners who needed help from the St….

To Hellboy II and back

Colin Browne shakes the Right Hand of Doom. Caught between the warring factions of Earth and Elfland lies the demonic softy Hellboy and his gang of inter-special outlaws / government agents. Adapted from the Dark Horse comics series of the early 90s, Guillermo del Toro’s…

News Bites

Winds of change? A few more months and the island’s first wind farm should be good to go! The ninth and final turbine was erected at the NeWind wind farm in St. Lawrence recently, and they expect to be pumping the juice by the end…