There are so many natural instruments that contribute to the soundscape of Newfoundland and Labrador: from the clamouring waves, to the whistling winds, to the friendly lilt of a voice being carried gently across a bay.
Now, you can experience that soundscape for yourself.
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This weekend is St. Patrick’s Day, and that got me thinking about how closely related Newfoundland and Ireland are. Our flags, our music, our accents, our looks, our beliefs, even the look of the land are so similar, that Irish author Tim Pat Coogan has said “Newfoundland is the most Irish place in the world outside of Ireland. Today I’m going to talk about those similarities and the effect of our Irish ancestors on our province.
Here are the photos and videos I mentioned on the episode: (more…)
I’m going to be back this week (Friday) with a new episode, and another new one will be out before the end of the month.
Episode 15: Vera Perlin, An Extraordinary Newfoundlander
Articles and photos come from the Vera Perlin Society website, listed below.
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(Note: The language regarding special needs children reflects the language at the time, and may offend you, so proceed with caution. None of the language is used in an insulting way, it was just the language used at the time.)
Newfoundland holds a few Guinness World Records: the first trans-Atlantic flight, the first European settlers in North America, the earliest record of animal tracks (from 565 million years ago) and the world’s largest squid. This episode is about those devil fish, those Kraken, those giant squid. Squids?
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http://collections.mun.ca/cdm/ref/collection/quarterly/id/34801 The Newfoundland Quarterly, volume 65, no. 3 (Summer 1967)
I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday. Today, I’m going to tell you about my own Christmas traditions and some Newfoundland Christmas traditions, some that have stuck around and most that have gone away.
Mummering in Newfoundland can be traced back to the early 1800s, and was brought here by our Irish and English ancestors. So what is mummering? During the 12 days of Christmas, a group of people, usually family and friends, dress up in costumes and visit homes in their communities. If they are lowed in (and they are usually lowed in) they put on a performance that includes dancing, playing music (hopefully someone brought their accordion) singing and telling jokes. Meanwhile, the homeowners try to guess who is in the costumes, and once they guess correctly, they can offer them food or drink. The mummers, or jannies as they are known in some places, stay a while before leaving for the next house.
The costumes themselves were never anything elaborate. They were just designed to keep people from guessing who you are. Men dressed as women, women dressed as men. They wore their underwear on the outside. They borrowed someone else’s clothes because they might get recognized in their own. They’d wear flour sacks on their heads with holes cut out for the eyes.
— Ryan Cooke (@ryancookeNL) December 9, 2017
For some reason, the end of the episode was cut off. I have re-uploaded it now and it should work.
Bob Cole is an announcer for NHL Hockey Night In Canada. At 84, Bob is semi-retired but still calls games from time to time on Sportsnet. He’s been broadcasting hockey in some form, including the NHL regular season and playoffs and the Olympics, for about 50 years. He won a Gemini award in 2007 for his play-by-play and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996, winning the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for Broadcast Excellence. He’s in the Newfoundland Hockey Hall of Fame. He received an honorary doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland and in 2016 was appointed to the Order of Canada. On this episode, I tell you about his legendary broadcasting career, but also tell you a little about the man himself.
Cole, Bob; Brunt, Stephen. Now I’m Catching On: My Life On and Off the Air. Penguin Canada. Kindle Edition.
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