The Ghost of Banks Meadow

By Dale Jarvis Fogo Island, off Newfoundland’s northeast coast, has always had a strong storytelling tradition. Stories were often told in the winter, in the fishing sheds where gear and nets were mended, and where punts were repaired and built. At times, storytelling took on an almost competitive quality, with one man telling a tale…

5 Things Worth Chewing On

Enjoy these morsels of information about traditional NL food. Jiggs Dinner This classic menu item got its name from a British comic strip character. “Bringing Up Father” (later called “Jiggs and Maggie”) was a cartoon created in 1913 by George McManus. It ran globally in syndication until 2000. The main character was an Irishman named…

A Hero’s Homecoming

By Nicola Ryan For almost a century, the Spirit of Newfoundland has held a flaming torch of bronze in her hand high atop Newfoundland and Labrador’s National War Memorial in downtown St. John’s, NL. Through all winds and all weather, she’s stood sentinel over the memory of those who offered their freedom and their lives…

Sonny Don’t Go Away: A Tribute to Ron Hynes

New music talk with Wendy Rose If you’re going to buy just one more Newfoundland and Labrador record this year, you can’t go wrong with Sonny Don’t Go Away: A Tribute to Ron Hynes. Produced by Alan Doyle and Cory Tetford, this compilation album features the best of the best of Newfoundland and Labrador’s music…

Newly Minted Milestone

By Nicola Ryan “A picture is worth a thousand words,” the old adage goes. There’s truth to it. A talented and thoughtful artist can find a way to turn a tale wonderfully told into a visual creation that’s just as captivating. Mi’kmaq artist Marcus Gosse has managed it. His design is featured on the latest…

There’s a Map for That

By Linda Browne No matter where you go in Newfoundland and Labrador, there’s no trouble finding folks who can carry a tune or play an instrument. Whether it’s a shed or kitchen party, a wedding or a wake, chances are that at some point an accordion or guitar will appear. Music is woven into the…

Stronger than the Storm: Fiona Followup

Pam Pardy checks up on some folks she introduced us to last year, after post-tropical storm Fiona upended their lives. The clean-up to repair the wreckage caused by post-tropical storm Fiona on Newfoundland and Labrador’s southwest coast continues, a grim reminder for those directly affected on that September day. No one understands better, perhaps, than…

Pet of the Year: A Hero Named Sue

Earlier this year, Downhome asked again for your stories of incredible pets for our Pet of the Year Contest -and boy, did you deliver! We received a slew of stories about beautiful companions offering love, bringing comfort and brightening our days together. A number of them were awarded honourable mentions, as you’ll discover on the…

In Your Words: The Truth is Past

By Ivan J. White, proud Mi’kmaw, Flat Bayer and father I will start with an appropriate introduction, one that connects me to both the people that claim me and the land that sustains me. My name is Ivan Joseph White (Ivan J). I am the son of Ivan and Joanann White; grandson of Gus and…

Lighting the Fire

By Dillon Collins To persevere is defined as the ability to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty. Perhaps no young athlete across Newfoundland and Labrador embodies heart, intestinal fortitude and perseverance quite like Andrew Hynes. Andrew – a 35-year-old Special Olympian based out of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s – was…