In a fog

St. John’s, Newfoundland is the foggiest city in the country. That’s 118.96 days of inspiration for Chris Evans, Mike Grouchy and Matt Barnable, the guys behind up-and-coming clothing label, Fogtown.

“We grew up playing in hardcore bands together and were using ‘Fogtown’ on apparel and demo tapes all the while,” explains Matt.

The designs incorporate local themes, says Chris.

“Fogtown is for people who want to celebrate the scenes they are part of and the people they know, not fictitious crab shacks or beaches they’ve never been to.”

Case-in-point: Their best selling t-shirt, “Hell-Raiser” depicts a lion’s head statue—a nod to the St. John’s war memorial site.

Fogtown is happy with street-level success but ultimately aims to transition into a recognizable label. Future plans include designing attire beyond t-shirts and creating a line specifically for women.

“Fogtown is in the early stages, so keep your eyes peeled,” says Matt.

To follow them, check out their blog at This isn’t their blog, but it’s an excellent source for local punk and hardcore show and band information.

Karma Chameleon

Karma Hair Salon is the second new salon to pop up on the east end of Water Street this fall.

Owners Tonya Pottle and Jane Matthews were hair stylist and make-up artist, respectively, to former hair and piercing salon, Tectonics Hair Studio. Karma is actually one floor below another Tectonic alumnus, Dave Munro of Trouble Bound Tattoo. How’s that for good karma?

Karma carries only eco-friendly products at their salon, like Biolage, a fair-trade haircare product that uses recycled packaging. Jane Matthews says, “That’s how we live our lives, so we’re just bringing ourselves into the store.”

Karma operates Tuesday to Saturday and to book an appointment, call 722-5217 722-5127 or e-mail

Let’s dance
Going by the number of new dance studios opening across town, it’s obvious people are getting in the groove.

Two new ones opened recently…

First, The Dance Academy at 75 Airport Road is a dance centre targeting folks in Airport Heights, Portugal Cove and beyond. Owners and instructors Lisa MacDonald and Ashley Knee teach ballet, hip hop, modern, jazz and stepdancing.

Programs that promote movement and dance to children with autism spectrum disorders are also in the works, explains Lisa.

“Ashley has Applied Behavioral Analysis training and we’ve been asked by the home school program to offer some dance programs to individuals with Aspergers and Autism.”

To contact The Dance Academy, phone 237-7007 or visit their website at

Next, there’s Wild Lily Dance Centre which has filled the former Neighbourhood Strays studio at 163 Water Street. Wild Lily offers non-Western forms of dance and is headed by one-time Strays students Vanessa Paddock and Lori Savory.

“We teach Bellydance, Bollywood, Flamenco, Yoga and Hula Hooping,” explains Lori.

“We’re an alternative for dancers in the city and want to expose people to different ideas of dance and alternative cultures.”

The centre has an on-site shop called Jingles that sells bellydancing costumes, accessories and customized hula hoops by Hot Hoops. To check out Wild Lily’s dance schedules or inquire about Jingles, visit or dial 753-5232.

Art Heritage
The Historic Sites Association is piloting the Heritage Shop Gallery at 309 Water Street where local art is on display and up for sale.

“The idea is to provide history and culture through local arts and crafts,” explains supervisor Amber Ledrew.

The exhibit Transmission & Defence: Images of Signal Hill runs until October 3rd, Monday-Friday, noon to 6pm.

For information on submission requirements, contact Amber at 739-7994 or

At a junction
Junctions at 208 Water has been closed since the beginning of September but will be back in business come October 4th. “‘We did do a few small renovations. We moved a few booths and got a new sound board area,” says owner Luke Viau. Info on the bar’s upcoming events, like the NL debut of hardcore metal band Silverstein, can be found at and the Junctions Facebook group.

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