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NewfoundPod Episode 11 – Newfoundland Mummers

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.


Episode 10 – Bob Cole is re-uploaded

For some reason, the end of the episode was cut off. I have re-uploaded it now and it should work.

NewfoundPod Episode 10: Bob Cole

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.


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Cole, Bob; Brunt, Stephen. Now I’m Catching On: My Life On and Off the Air. Penguin Canada. Kindle Edition.
Purchase here.

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Episode 009: Happy Halloween!

In this third episode of my Halloween series, I’m going to share a few stories from Newfoundland folklorist Dale Jarvis. If you can’t tell, my allergies are really kicking my butt, and have been for a while. I won’t subject you to my scratchy voice too much, so Dale will step in.

I have three stories for you. The first is The White Horse, from his book Haunted Waters. The second is the Whistling Ghost of Labrador and the third one is the story of Paddy Mahoney, both from his book Haunted Shores. All Dale’s books are available at Flanker Press or at Amazon:

Dale Jarvis Books at Amazon.ca

A Quick Note On A Change To The Podcast

Hello, just a quick note this week from me about the podcast. I’m going to be changing things up a bit. First of all, the Halloween episode will be released on Tuesday. After that, I’m going to start releasing episodes every 2 weeks. Believe it or not, this little podcast is actually a lot of work. I didn’t realize how much work until I got into it. I don’t know how people release long episodes weekly. But, I do this all on my own, and I love doing it, and I don’t ever want to feel like it’s a burden, or that I’m rushing to tell the stories. Maybe when I’m a more experienced podcaster, it won’t take me so long to write, record & edit, and I can go back to a weekly format, but for now, I think this is what will work best for me. I’m also changing the release day to Tuesday. So after the Halloween episode, I’ll be back with a new episode on November 14th.

Thanks so much for your support, I really appreciate it!

Episode 8 – Haunted Bell Island, Newfoundland

The Bell Island Hag on a postage stamp for the Creepy Canada series.
The Bell Island Hag on the 25 cent coin for the Creepy Canada series.


  • Most of these stories are things that I know from hearing the stories growing up. I did look at this link to make sure I had everything straight.
  • TourismBellIsland.com

NewfoundPod Episode 7 – Ghost Stories of St. John’s.

This week, I bring you part one of my Halloween series on the spookier side of Newfoundland – Ghost stories from St. John’s.


Dale Jarvis books


Dale Jarvis books

Hex Colors Of The Newfoundland Flag

Hex Colors Of The Newfoundland Flag

I googled this and couldn’t find it, so in case anyone else is looking for it:

The hex colors for the Newfoundland flag (Green, White, Pink)
Green: #009900
White: #FFFFFF
Pink: #FF99CB

Episode 6 – Dorothy Wyatt

Dorothy Wyatt was the first female councillor and first female mayor of St. John’s. She’s one of only two female mayors in the 115 year history of the city council. She actually had a lot of “firsts” in her life. I read that she rejected the label “pioneer”, but I think that’s exactly what she was. She blazed the trail for women in so many ways.

Thanks again to Dorothy’s daughter Lorelei for contributing!

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Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find a lot of photos or video of Dorothy online.


15 Second Promo For NewfoundPod

Here’s a promo for the podcast that any other podcasters can use to promote me if they want! See how much talking I can fit into 15 seconds.