Field Notes

Found: Our past. On a pole.

One sneaky person (or group of people) has found a creative way to promote local music history.

Using the name Found on a Pole, someone has been making packages documenting the punk and alternative scene from the mid ‘90s to the early 2000s and taping them to downtown telephone poles. The kits contain a CD-R with old concert footage, and a mini-booklet of show flyers, plus a link to an e-mail address and a Flickr photo sharing account.

The project has been in the works since at least February, and this batch of packages appears to be the first in a series. Bee Traverse found hers (labelled 34 out of 50) on Duckworth Street.

“I thought it was really neat to see footage of bands that I had heard about but maybe only seen once or twice or not at all,” she says. Traverse, who is active in the music community in St. John’s, says though poster art is pretty fascinating, it is often poorly documented and archived.

“There are so many things that survive only in stories of the glory days.”

The person (or persons) behind Found on a Pole could not be contacted for an interview. Keep your eyes peeled to the poles for the second edition, though.

Walls return

Some art forms happen to be more accessible or popular than others locally. That doesn’t mean all aren’t worthy of your attention, or so goes the philosophy behind Wallsaway, a mulidisciplinary arts festival designed to expose people to the city’s breadth of talent.

“I just wanted to put everything together so you can pay your one fee, have this one show and get a little bit of everything so that you’re seeing new things,” says ogranizer Meghan McCabe, who is performing as a dancer.

Wallsaway is set for Aug. 29 at the Rockhouse on George Street. The event features a community art project, contemporary and belly dance performances, comedy, film and of course music. Toronto’s Oh No Forest Fires! is headlining the show, and a long list of locals, including Mercy, the Sexton, Chris Kirby, and Matt Hornell and the Diamond Minds, are backing them up.

“We’ve got a whole bunch of top local acts that are going on here in the city, starting with the Mountains and the Trees,” McCabe says. “It’s a really exciting, full lineup.”

McCabe says the goal is to eventually bring the festival outdoors, but she’s pleased with this year’s venue. The first Wallsaway was planned for last August in Quidi Vidi, but was cancelled due to lack of funding.
Tickets are $15 and are available through

History on stage

Rising Tide Theatre’s Season in the Bight Festival is equal parts entertainment and Newfoundland history primer. The company is presenting a bunch of new, commissioned works as well as some oldies but goodies that sound like they’re totally worth the drive out to Trinity. Among the premiere productions are works by Kevin Major, Paul Rowe, Des Walsh and Ruth Lawrence, and Dean Burry.

Some of the plays are adaptations of Newfoundland novels (such as Major’s No Man’s Land and Rowe’s The Silent Time). Many of the new works, such as Major’s Lead Me Home, which deals with the sinking of the S.S. Caribou in WWII, are based on Newfoundland history. Not to be confused with Major’s play, Berni Stapleton’s Play Me Home chronicles life in what was colloquially known as the San, where generations of Newfoundland tuberculosis sufferers were treated.

Season in the Bight runs until October. For more info check out

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