IAN FOSTER – At Home Here in Newfoundland & Labrador

for tickets & dates visit www.ianfoster.ca

Occupation: Musician/Filmmaker

Place of Birth: St. John’s, NL

Currently resides: St. John’s, NL

Where’s your favourite place in Newfoundland & Labrador to grab a coffee?

I’ve been really digging Fixed (Duckworth Street, next to the War Memorial) lately. I also have a friend who runs the Second Cup on Stavanger Drive, and I have a couple of Second Cup addictions that are fulfilled by going there.

Where’s your favourite place in Newfoundland & Labrador to grab a pint?

The Ship - you often get the bonus of live music with your drink

Where’s your favourite place to shop in Newfoundland & Labrador?

That’s a broad one – what kind of shopping? Let’s pretend music so I can say Fred’s Records – one of – if not the best – independent record store in the country.

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

We’re blessed with a lot of great views. I’m writing this from Ottawa at the moment, so I’m longing for any view of the ocean. There are a few downtown streets and areas that are part of my favourite walk – the history and architecture of those buildings and homes…I’ve got to keep some of the best ones secret though. That’s why they’re the best!

Name 3 things I’ve gotta do when I visit Newfoundland & Labrador:

1. Check out some live, original music when in St. John’s. George Street is overrated as the centre of St. John’s music. There are a number of venues (The Ship, The Rockhouse, The Rose and Thistle, a collection of bars near George dubbed collectively as ‘The Deck’) that host really great songwriters and bands regularly. You might find your new favourite artist just by strolling around for an evening. And the best part is, they’re all essentially within a 10 minute walk of one another.

2. Explore via Car: Newfoundland is BIG. There are brilliant sights all over the island that will make you sometimes wonder if you’re still in the same province, compared to what you saw the day before. The majesty of Gros Morne, the uniqueness of countless small towns…you have to take at least 10 days to say you’ve truly ‘been’ to Newfoundland.

3. Explore via history. Whenever I travel anywhere new, I try to learn the history of the place in order to understand it better. You will walk away with a better understanding of our people if you check out some of our history ahead of time – from the native land through colonization through confederation: we’ve got quite a past.

What makes Newfoundland & Labrador such a special place on earth for you?

I’ve had the privilege to travel a lot in my line of work, and I have to say, I’ve been to some incredible places with wonderful people. But there is something different about Newfoundland. I could riff on potential reasons why all day: we’ve got a unique culture which I think comes from being an island, we’ve got a lot of history (at least as far as places in North America go), and our art is up there with the best Canada has to offer – just look at all the NL artists, authors, and musicians who’ve won countless awards and have massive fan-bases in the country today. But ultimately, for me, it’s just something in the blood. Sometimes you don’t love it…seasonally speaking, some time around the end of March, the love feels a little stretched! But we stay, and for all those that leave, there are a lot who keep coming back. You’ll have to see it for yourself to find out why.

SABS On-Line Hook-Ups for Ian Foster

Website: www.ianfoster.ca

Twitter: @ian_foster

iTunes: CD - The Evening Light



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