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NewFoundPod: A new listen about the province

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Last fall Debbie Wiseman tried to search for podcast about Newfoundland but came up short. Being an avid podcast listener and a Newfoundlander passionate about her province, it would have been the perfect mix of entertainment. “For a while, I’d been searching. There are a few, but I didn’t see anyone doing specifically what I do, so I thought, why don’t I do this then?” shd recalled. “I’ve been inspired by podcasters and the stories they are telling. I love the idea of being able to create your own content and share it with the world.” And from there NewfoundPod was born. Last fall, from the corner of her living room in a DIY fashion, Wiseman started the podcast all…

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A Ghastly Tale: The Odd to Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast

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For Jon Mallard, a love of the supernatural and eerie reaches far beyond the realms of the typical campfire ghost story. Mallard is the host of The Odd to Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast, a locally recorded show covering all forms of irregular or uncommon tales, from Newfoundland folklore to unfamiliar anecdotes to historical mysteries. If it’s bizarre, questionable or even a tad weird, Mallard’s likely chatted about it.  “I’ve always been into the paranormal. I don’t know where my love of weird stuff comes from,” said the podcaster. “I remember going to my cabin in Holyrood and stopping on the way and seeing a Weekly World News magazine with all its craziness and I always got one out of boredom.” Photo from…

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A pop of colour: Melanie Jacqueline creates fashion happiness

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A lot can be said about MJ Couch: she’s a Newfoundland clothing designer from Deer Lake, mom of two, wife, entrepreneur, and hilarious interviewee, to name a few. No matter what capacity in which she’s considered, it’s always draped in bright colour, energy, creativity and happiness. While speaking with MJ on the phone, she was multitasking like a boss, hand sewing and chatting away as if she wasn’t a Newfoundland Fashion Designer superstar. In the beginning, MJ was a primary teacher who sewed for something to do. “I used to make clothing with my mom and it went from there. While teaching in Trout River, all I had was thread and scissors and I got into it,” said MJ of…

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Foraging and NL’s carbon footprint

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How Newfoundland and Labrador traditions can be good for the environment but change of thought is needed to make an impact                                                                             The open backyards of Newfoundland are draped with colourful quilts strung from clotheslines hung from fence pole to tree. Intertwined within the Newfoundland tradition are many practices that come from the land and lead to a sustainable lifestyle. Berry picking, root cellars and fishing are highlights of our culture that keep the carbon footprint a little bit smaller. “There’s been a big…

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St. John’s Storytelling Festival kicks off next week

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  Come hear many a yarn told at The 2018 St. John’s Storytelling Festival, coming to the capital on October 9 until the 14. Started in 2003, the festival stems storytelling circle that gathers once a month. “It’s my understanding that the festival came from a group of people who were passionate  abou oral storytelling,” said festival administrator, Kailey Bryan. “We welcome tellers from all over. We have had people who just moved to Newfoundland and have personal life stories. There are many different storytelling practices and cultures.” Though the festival is held in St. John’s and it focuses on preserving and promoting Newfoundland and Labrador traditional stories, as well as many new modern forms of expressing stories. SJSF 2017…

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