Brooke Miller – No Place Like Home in Prince Edward Island

Occupation: Singer/songwriter/guitarist

Place of Birth: Charlottetown, PEI

Currently Resides: Halifax, NS

Where’s your favourite place in PEI to grab a coffee?

I usually head to Timothy's World Coffee on University Ave. It's locally operated and they serve a variety of fair trade organic coffee. They make a killer americana with beautiful crema! I'm a little addicted.  

Where’s your favourite place in PEI to grab a pint?

Typically I head to Baba's Lounge on University Ave. It's a great old hang, used to play music there when I was starting out performing. It's locally owned by a friend of mine, and I always know a few familiar faces. There's an amazing wall in the hallway next to the washrooms, where a collage of faces (local & celebrity) is plastered in a huge circle. It's been a centre piece to see some folks ya know making embarrassing faces. It's a tiny bar, love it there. If I feel like a fancy drink, I head to 42nd Street Lounge. The ambience there groovy, they make a wicked old school Gin Martini & a few nice single malts. 

Where’s your favourite place to shop in PEI?

The Farmer's Market is the place to be for food shopping. I grew up going there on Saturdays (and Wednesdays in the summer months) It's always a pretty big social endeavour to go to the market - expect to talk and catch up with friends along the way through. Love it. I make sure I wait to have breakfast there on Saturday mornings, when I get to visit PEI. As for shops, I love the local shops like Moonsnail Soaps & Michael Stanley Pottery on Water St, Absolutely Fabulous on Kent St to name a few downtown. Basically, I try to support locally owned Island shops as much as I can. There is so much artistic talent on the Island and these people work hard at their professions. As a fellow artist, it's part of the grander scheme of things to keep the support going around.

Where in PEI would we stand to see your favourite view?

When I was a kid in elementary school, I lived on the Appin Rd for a time, in New Haven area. My bus would take the Hwy 1 for part of the trip to Englewood School in Crapaud. On top of the hill just before the turn off for Desable Rd, there's an incredible view of the South Shore and the fields. I remember seeing it everyday, and it never ceased to take my breath away. Not long after those formative years, the DMV started using that very same view for the drivers' license cards. They had to actually move the telephone poles from the left side of the road to the right side, so the view was unobscured. I thought that was pretty hilarious. My favourite view had been 'discovered', but I'm pretty sure I saw it first. hehehe

Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit PEI:

1. When the season permits, buy your seafood right from the boat at a fishing doc, right from the fisherman. The best way!

2. Go to the Farmer's Market

3. Hit the beaches! And take in some happenings around town, check out The Buzz paper for listings. 

What makes Prince Edward Island such a special place on earth for you?

It's my home. Always will be. 


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