2008 New Music Issue

Look out your window right now and you’ll likely see a haze in the distance—easily mistaken for fog—it looks like… no it couldn’t be… optimism?

Come what may, it seems as a result the St. John’s scene is undergoing a bit of a renaissance. People who moved away are coming home to live, and people too young to leave home may not ever feel the need to do so. Heck, even people who have no birth-connection to the place are moving here to stay.

Crazy, what?

All of this is having a very exciting effect on an already vibrant live music scene.

Here are 11 local bands, fresh from the vine.

by Alex Pierson, Sarah Smellie, Dave Sullivan, Colin Browne, and Elling Lien.


  1. Matthius · June 2, 2011

    the scope is quite possibly one of the greatest things about the Newfoundland scene, its informative/educational, interesting, and just makes sense.
    thank you.

  2. Sherri · June 2, 2011

    Where are the RPM Challenge tracks? Are they off the site? I miss them! Please bring back the music!

  3. Elling · June 2, 2011

    Hi Sherri, you can still find them online here: http://rpm.thescope.ca/