Lora Campbell – No Place Like Home in Newfoundland & Labrador

Occupation: Film Producer

Place of Birth: Mount Pearl, NL

Currently Resides: Halifax, NS

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

Hava Java downtown has always been a favorite spot. It recently moved (and by recently I mean a few years ago) but some of my fondest memories of writing my first plays while in University were in that café. It was a place my friends and I could go and break out into Mama’s and the Papas at any moment- to be sushed by servers of course. We were young upstarts you see.

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

Shamrock City became my stomping ground a long time ago. The owners are amazing, the staff are friends, and the music is some of the best Irish Tunes you can find.

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

Twisted Sisters Boutik  is the Biscuit equivalent in NL. Amazing clothes, shoes, accessories. It’s a place where you can go and find beautiful, well made clothing that’s great quality, and support up and coming designers.

What's the one meal you miss the most when you're away?

The Annexe on George St. is easily my favourite restaurant. I worked there a few years ago and really love the owners Art Mercer and Scott Sweetapple. The food is glorious from the steak, fish, chicken, you name it! But my favorite dish and one I especially miss here in Nova Scotia is the cod in rum raisins. I’m drooling right now just thinking about it! I go home in a few days though and it’s my first stop!
JIGGS DINNERIn terms of a home cooked meal- I never really appreciated Jiggs Dinner until I moved away. It’s a lot of boiled veggies- cabbage, carrot, turnip, potato; peas pudding, salt beef, a turkey, chicken or ham, and then Figgy duff pudding which may be the best thing ever created. There’s also Aunt Kit’s chicken a la King though, a post Christmas tradition that I miss whenever I’m not home.

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

Now THAT is a hard question.
Signal Hill at night I’ll say. I spent a lot of time driving up to that beautiful place with friends in my late teens and early twenties to park, drink a coffee and just stare at the breathtaking view of St. John’s at night. You always felt a little comforted knowing you were just one part of such a huge vibrant city, and never wanted to be the person to say it was time to leave.

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

drive the Irish loop1. ALL of Newfoundland?! Alright- ya GOTTA do the Irish Loop. One of the most beautiful drives you’ve ever done for sure through lots of beautiful little communities with their salt box houses, antique stores, you name it.

2. Catch a play at the LSPU Hall.  St. John’s has a huge arts scene and a lot of it has to do with RCA Theatre. I preformed some of my first shows there and it’s a space that tends to house the most thrilling and Avant guard theatre in Newfoundland.

3. Only one more?! How about I just list a ton of things quickly; The Ship Pub, The Rose and Thistle, Cape Spear, CBS- specifically Krugers, Gros Morne, Distortion, go to a local metal show, the Nickel Film Festival, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival - there are just too many amazing things to see and do!

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

It’s home. It’s the place I think of when I need something in my corner as I pursue my crazy career here in Halifax. Every now and then I wonder what I’m even doing and I call the boys and girls back home and the remind me exactly who I am and what I want to do.
I have a beautiful, supportive family, talented, thoughtful friends, and Newfoundland also happens to be one of the most beautiful places on earth- so it’s always easy to go back to, and hard to leave.

Be sure to follow Lora on Twitter like we do @LoraCampbell2

SABS Note of Noteworthiness

Two Penny Road Kill movie posterOne of Lora's most recent productions TWO PENNY ROAD KILL just premiered in the CBC Shorts Gala at the 2013 Atlantic Film Festival.

The film's star Shelley Thompson just won the ACTRA Maritimes Best Actress in a Short Film award for her performance.

AWESOME!!!

For more on the film follow on twitter @2pennyroadkill

 

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SABS TV Ep. 108 - ON WATER STREETWhile you're here check out SEA AND BE SCENE TV On Water Street... in which we visited Lora's favourite spot to shot in NL - Twisted Sister's Boutik - click here to watch that episode

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