Field Notes

Dancer by Janet Peter opens as part of Underthere, Underwhere at Craft Council-Devon House (Oct 12)

Kerri Breen grabs the binoculars.


Cara Winsor-Hehir and Janet Peter have a new show coming up featuring women in their unmentionables.

But it’s much deeper than that, you perv.

“Underthere Underwear is about both under wear – literally Cara has a lot of under wear in her work – and what inspires or what was behind the work (under there),” says Peter.

The exhibition features textile and cloth images of women.

“For me it was about female iconography and playing around with that a bit,” says Peter. “I hate images of tiny women, so mine are hefty and proud of it. It’s also about the many roles women can play, mother, friend, sex symbol, etc.”

After her exhibition application was approved, the Craft Council paired up Peter with Windsor-Hehir because they thought their work would go well together.

“I’ve always liked Cara’s work, especially how she combines traditional female craft (needlework, sewing etc) with non-traditional imagery,” says Peter. “So I was excited that our work would be paired together, it just fits really well and we seem to have the same palette and outlook on beauty.”

Underthere Underwear runs from Oct. 12 to Nov. 16 at the Craft Council Gallery on Duckworth Street. 


Kick at the Can

The Rock Can Roll Independent Music and Media Festival is returning on October 23 with a new focus and a delicious new slate of performers and lecturers.

“Our conference this year is really focused on new media and how artists are pushing the parameters of technology,” explains organizer Liz Solo.

“We’re going to be using virtual spaces to present artists from around the world as well as bringing in a few artists from abroad.”

Among a multitude of other acts and artists, Moncton’s Iron Giant (self-proclaimed “no class, heavy ass, white trash rock n’ roll”) are performing again, so is local Rhiannon Thomas of the Toronto-based rock band Coast Guard.

The majority of performers and presenters will be local, Solo says.

“We’re celebrating our own rock scene, so about 95, 98 per cent of programming is from Newfoundland.”

Unlike in previous years, where sessions had a panel discussion format, in its fourth year, the festival is switching to a lecture format with many of the performers also acting as session presenters.

The Festival is happening at the Eastern Edge gallery from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26. For more info, check the Independent Artists’ Co-operative blog at

Better ded

Starting your own record label is enough of a challenge, but imagine doing it in Spaniard’s Bay when you’re 15 years old.

But that’s precisely what Devin Drover is about to do, and with a decent website and an impressive cast of bands behind him, he seems to be headed in the right direction.

“It first started out as a zine called Alternative Sounds,” says Drover. “And once the zine started taking off I decided to take advantage and start up a label.”

Dedrok Records’ first project is a 28-track a punk rock and hardcore compilation CD, Sounds of Rebellion. Due out before the end of the year, it will feature the bands Victim 77 (Labrador City), Critical Convictions (Ottawa), Suicide Pilots (Ottawa), King Sized Kids (Mount Pearl), Don’t Pay the Kidnappers (St. John’s), and more.

“Sounds of Rebellion will be a punk rock and hardcore compilation which has bands from across Canada writing songs that rebel against the government and pretty much everything going on in the world,” Drover says.

More info at


Ninja disc to be thrown

Local rock group The Commie Ninjas haven’t released an album for two and a half years.

That’s because—as singer-guitarist Liam Peacock explains—for much of that time, the band was in Newfoundland, and the other part (i.e. Peacock himself) was stuck completing its education in the bustling metropolis of Sackville, New Brunswick.

With all the members finally in the same province, the band has an ambitious, 10-song album on the way.

“It’s going to be the Commie Ninjas set-up that you’re familiar with, but with piano, banjo, and Tibetan singing bowl,” Peacock says.

Tibetan singing bowl?

“Have you ever seen pictures of like Buddhist monks and they’re sitting and like stirring this bowl? That’s actually a musical instrument and I have one,” Peacock says.

Mike Gear recorded the album over the summer at Turner’s Tavern.

Peacock is also dropping a solo album, and he says the 13-song collection is completely different than the Commie Ninjas material.

The album is being recorded on the fly, and will be given away for free at the Commie Ninjas CD release shows.

“The budget of this album is basically going to be the cost of CD-Rs,” Peacock says.

The Commie Ninjas CD release is at Junctions on Oct. 18 with an afterparty at Turner’s Tavern and an all ages show on Oct. 19.


Nice Folks, Bad Service: Part II

Wow, good response to first post. I repect those who tout that servers are underpaid, and suffer bad management – agreed that sucks, but it could be made up in tips !?. This second post is iniated from a recent trip to the US, to a non-“tourist friendly” city that has been hit hard by […]

25 October 2010

  1. Sarah · October 25, 2010

    Um. This Devin Drover fella RULES.
    Godspeed, sir. Godspeed.

  2. St. John's · October 25, 2010

    Oh god, more from Dedrok? Go away.

  3. Devin · October 25, 2010

    Love you too, St.John’s.

  4. eg · October 25, 2010

    while the kid can be a bit pretentious sometimes, all you guys need to lighten up a little bit. he’s only what? 14? give him a chance, he’s trying to make change in music and give bands a chance to get heard
    if theres something wrong with that, then i dont know what to think of this goddamn scene anymore

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