© Dennis Minty

Art on the Rock
October 2 - 5, 2008

© Rising Tide Theatre


Rick Mercer honed their skills) or enjoying a pint and a song at The Ship, you’ll know for sure you’ve fallen into the arms of a spirited arts scene. Food? Of course. Whether your preference is fine international cuisine or fish ‘n chips at Ches’s, St. John’s doesn’t disappoint. Shopping? That, too. From books personally autographed, to paintings and prints, to fine and funky crafts. On the third day Kevin will travel with you to Trinity, one of the most beautiful of Newfoundland’s outport communities, and home to Rising Tide Theatre, the company that has produced several of his plays. There you will have chance to explore (without the bustle of summer tourists) the place that has become a haven for artists of all kinds. Take in the site of the TV mini-series Random Passage. Attend Rising Tide’s evening performance, then meet the cast and their dynamic artistic director. Retire to the charms of Fisher’s Loft (where Kevin Spacey and Judy Dench stayed while filming The Shipping News), before returning to St. John’s the next day, and the start of your circumnavigation of Newfoundland or own personal adventure. Four delightful days steeped in the Island’s culture, and the excitement has only just begun!

Literature, music, visual art, theatre—Newfoundland has it all, and in abundance far beyond anything you might expect of half a million people. Join celebrated Newfoundland writer Kevin Major for an insider’s look at the culture of his Island, three art-filled days at the edge of the North Atlantic. Let him take you through the multi-hued streets and back lanes of St. John’s, to his favourite galleries and music haunts. Meet artists and poets and musicians (sometimes all three in one). Spend time in their studios. Hear them explain their art. Listen as they read from their awardwinning books, and chat with them leisurely over wine. From the intimacy of an ornate nineteenth century reading room to the sweeping views of the city from the ultra-modern galleries of The Rooms (what The Globe and Mail has called ‘one of the world’s great small museums’), you’ll know you’re in the midst of a culture like no other in North America. Aesthetically, you might think yourself in Europe. Whether walking the stage of the LSPU Hall (where Mary Walsh and

Art Images Courtesy Red Ochre Gallery

Your Leaders:
Kevin Major: For close to twenty years Kevin Major has been a full-time writer, living in St. John’s. Kevin is the author of 15 books, for both young people and adults. His work has been translated into several languages and in 1992 Kevin was given the Vicky Metcalf Award, for an outstanding body of work of significance to young people. An adult novel, No Man’s Land, about the Newfoundland Regiment in World War I, was published in 1995 to much critical attention. Kevin has turned the book into a play, staged for the past several summers by Rising Tide Theatre. In 2001 Penguin Books released his extensive, illustrated history of Newfoundland and Labrador, As Near To Heaven By Sea. It became a Canadian best-seller and finalist for the Pearson Non-Fiction Prize. Kevin has been named Memorial University’s Alumnusof-the-Year, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s Artist-of-the-Year. He is well known across the country for his many books depicting his native province, both past and present. John Moss, writing in A Reader’s Guide to the Canadian Novel, has said, “Kevin Major is among the best Canadian writers of his generation. He has established himself as a figure of singular importance in our literature.” Anne Crawford: Anne Crawford Major is a certified CFA – a come-from-away. Originally from Scotland, she has called Newfoundland home for over 35 years. A retired teacher, Anne is an avid quilter and gardener, a collector of art, hooked rugs, and other local crafts. She has a broad knowledge of the Newfoundland art and fine craft scene, and has also been a part of the local publishing industry.

Cost: Max: $1,295 CDN+ GST; based on double occupancy 18 adventurers

Tour Includes • All meals, breakfast Day 1 to breakfast Day 4 • Three nights accommodation • All transportation • Guiding services of Kevin Major • Special guest appearances • Evening of theatre at Rising Tide in Trinity including exclusive backstage pass • Admissions to galleries, museums & special events Tour Cost Does Not include: • Transportation to/from St. John’s and your home • Travel/medical insurance • Alcoholic beverages with meals • Any expenses incurred due to weather, delays etc.

Fisher’s Loft