A Fine Scoff - Blow Me Down Ski Lodge

July 3 & 10

A Fine Scoff is a celebration of our wonderful province of Newfoundland Labrador, bringing together the songs and stories that weave together to form a cultural tapestry of this place. Of course, all that sounds fine, but the scoff here will come from Linda Leamon at Blow-Me-Down Ski Lodge, serving up two courses of traditional provincial flavour - the finest moose Stew, with a freshly made bread roll, followed by tea or coffee with some wonderful desserts. So, pull a chair up to the table, and let Rex Brown regale you with original stories, as Kev Hamilton, Ian Locke, Chelsea Marks, & Grace Budoloski share the wonderful musical stories that this province has to offer.

Ruralesque - An Around-The-Bay Cabaret

July 5

A brand new revival of a production that’s been described as "Moulin Rouge meets Simani," "Champagne meets Carnation Milk," and "A Gay Foggy Day!" Ruralesque turns the images from Newfoundland tourism marketing upside down. Featuring dance, burlesque performance, stories, and a few songs, now all set within the Blow-Me-Down Ski Lodge! Join us for an entertaining evening of fishnets and fishing nets!

Featuring: Hilary Knee, Josh Murphy , Candice Pike

With dramaturgy by Lois Brown
New musical arrangements by Bridget Swift
And an extra-special Guest Star!

Created with the support of ArtsNL, Canada Council for the Arts, Live Art Dance's Diane Moore Legacy Award, Gros Morne Summer Music, Neighbourhood Dance Works, & The Arts & Culture Centre.

Bach Home, Part 1: Everything is Green

July 11: Rotary Arts Centre
July 13: St. Pat's

Dutch-Canadian cellist Diederik van Dijk returns to his favourite festival in his favourite part of the world. And what better music to bring along than the six solo cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach? In this first performance, Diederik performs Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G and a Telemann Fantasy for viola da gamba solo. Juno-nominated jazz pianist Florian Hoefner will reflect on these works in an improvised solo piano performance. Clarinetist Christine Carter joins Florian to round out the program with a performance of Randy Woolf’s breathtaking “Everything is Green,” including the world premiere of a newly created dance film by Toronto-based dancer/choreographer Shannon Litzenberger. 

 

Repertoire:

Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007

Florian Hoefner - Solo Piano Improvisation

George Philipp Telemann - Fantasia No. 6 in G Major for Viola da Gamba Solo

Randy Woolf - Everything is Green

Bach Home, Part 2: Kinds of Blue

July 14: Rotary Arts Centre
July 16: St. Pat's

In this second program in the “Bach Home” series, beloved Dutch cellist Diederik van Dijk performs Bach’s Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat and a duo with celebrated Canadian dancer/choreographer Shannon Litzenberger, followed by a solo reflection by jazz pianist Florian Hoefner. Shannon will also collaborate with Florian and clarinetist Christine Carter in the world premiere performance of a newly created trio. Diederik, Christine, and Florian close out the program with Florian’s whimsical new work, “Kinds of Blue,” incorporating original poetry celebrating the blues on our planet by Griffin Poetry Prize-winner Don McKay. 

 

Repertoire:

Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat, BWV 1010

Johann Sebastian Bach - Sarabande from Cellow Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 with Shannon Litzenberger

Florian Hoefner - Solo Piano Improvisation

Arvo Pärt - Spiegel im Spiegel

Florian Hoefner and Don McKay - Kinds of Blue  

Kate Etienne - The Coming Home Tour

July 15

An evening with Kate Etienne from the Toronto cast of come from away.
NL actress Kate Etienne is proud to represent home on stage in Toronto for the all-Canadian cast production of Come From Away at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Kate has been a swing for the roles of Janice, Bonnie, Beverley, and Hannah.

Barley Legge & The Logger's Dream

July 18, 19, 21, 25, 26

Barley Legge & The Logger’s Dream tells the story of a young logger who dreams of just one thing - owning a Cobb House. All he has to do to make these dreams come true is find the mystical Great Tree in the Newfoundland Forest, chop it down, and hope that the scaler doesn’t undervalue it all. But Barley Legge is not the man he once was. Now, he spends his days (and nights) wasting away at the local tavern, looking into the forest he once spent his life upon. What went wrong? Was it the mystical faeries mischief? Was it the industry? Or was it the system that ensured no low class logger could be foolish enough to have a dream come true?

A Fine Scoff: SaltBox

August 7 & 13

A Fine Scoff at SaltBox can perhaps provide the perfect definition of the title - bringing the traditional culture of Newfoundland Labrador to the stage, as performers Kev Hamilton, Ian Locke, Chelsea Marks, & Grace Budoloski share rich stories and ballads, joined by Rex Brown, sharing humour and light through his original stories. Not only will we celebrate the art of music and stories - we will also leave with our own stories. SaltBox provides a boil-up, a special part of the experience, featuring mussels, toutons and molasses, corn, potato, fresh local sausage, tea buns, tea and coffee, and Newfoundland desserts and preserves. Every ticket includes a drink for what is sure to be a memorable evening, confirming that Newfoundland is indeed “the stuff that novels, and poems, and plays are made of.”

Lucy Duhart's West Side Saloon

August 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Lucy Duhart’s West Side Saloon was a milestone production for Gros Morne Summer Music when first produced, as it marked a significant dive into original theatrical works, and struck a chord that allowed it to play for a sold-out audience for two summers! Written by local director, performer, and teaching artist Jerry Etienne, this production combines popular music within a historically rooted farce, taking place during the prohibition on Corner Brook’s Broadway.Edmund MacLean returns to Corner Brook to direct this remount featuring original and new cast members. Carson Parsons is jailed for a crime he supposedly did not commit. Lucy Duhart woos the stalwart Constable Mugford. Accusations fly. Tension rises. And where it all ends will leave you wondering who was really guilty, and what truth and justice really means, and why life can get so complicated, and how a heart can hang on to hope, and finally, where you might get your next drink.

Kubasonics

August 18

Kubasonics are arguably Newfoundland's finest Ukrainian band.

This award winning group combines top-flight musicianship spiced with quirky humour, a dizzying array of exotic traditional instruments, and an eclectic high-energy stage show. They’ve performed across Canada, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean, have released six albums, and are frequently featured in regional and national broadcasts. Their newest recording “Kubasongs” is set to release March 4, 2022. Kubasonics unique brand of mile a minute speed-folk and their entertaining mix of traditional Eastern European dance grooves and unexpected splashes of hybrid musicality is an experience not soon to be forgotten.

Paul Pike

August 22

Paul Pike will take the stage in August, bringing the mystical sounds of his wooden flutes. For this concert, he will be joined on the stage by David McHugh & Elizabeth Shepard.

Paul Pike is a Mi'kmaq musician from Western Newfoundland. He is a composer and musician having recorded three international recordings with Canyon Records with his group Medicine Dream and has been nominated for numerous awards at the Native American Music Awards, having won best video for his song "In This World".  Paul enjoys sharing the stories of his Mi'kmaq culture and homeland Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland). Paul's music has been described as "an orchestration of contemporary rock, folk and powwow styles. Think Boston and the Eagles performing with the Northern Cree Singers". Truly, a revolutionary sound!  From the haunting sounds of the Native American flute, to the heaviest, thickest, electric guitar sounds, Paul weaves this all together in ways that elevate Indigenous music to new heights.