Andrew James O’Brien – At Home Here in Newfoundland & Labrador

Occupation: Singer/Songwriter

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 really enjoy going to Rocket Bakery on Water Street. The vibe and the smell and the energy are very old world and you feel a kind of time warp into the past when you step through the door. Outside of having really great coffee and food, recently they have also been hosting some fantastic live performances in their Rocket Room. It’s a lovely old room on the third floor with beautiful, exposed brick walls, original hardwood and a great sound. The Dardanelles recently had their album release there and it was fantastic.

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

The Ship Pub in Solomon’s Lane is one of my favourite places for a pint. I really enjoy Tom Wait’s Tuesdays with my bartender pal, Bill Haynes. Great, honest and long-lasting conversations are trademark at the Ship. In my mind you’d be hard pressed to find a more original music friendly venue in the world. A lot of my most fond memories can be hazily scraped together after late nights at the Ship.

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

I’m not much of a shopper but I’m really into vinyl records. For that, there’s no place in the world that has the charm, history, musical knowledge and appreciation that Fred’s Records has. They’re also, hands down, one of the most important and unwavering supporters of local music that I’ve ever known. I owe Fred’s so much as a musician, so many of us do. They are true champions of Newfoundland music. They are the exception to the rule in our new digital age. People go to Fred’s not only for the music but for the experience of walking through a true record shop. I’m proud to call them friends. Their hearts are in the right place and any musician who has worked with them will agree.

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

You can stand right on my back porch. My girlfriend Catherine and I live right on Quidi Vidi Lake (where the annual St. John’s Regatta takes place). We get beautiful sun rises and amazing sun sets. The view from Signal Hill is fantastic and the East Coast Trail offers some of the most naturally spectacular views in St. John’s. It’s a hard call. Walking through some of the old row houses at night is pretty beautiful especially during a light snowfall. The Forrest Road part of town where I live is gorgeous and the old historic houses give you a firsthand glimpse of old world St. John’s.

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

1. Check out the traditional music session at Erin’s Pub.

2. Hike the East Coast Trail

3. Browse the aisles of Fred’s Records

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

I have feelings about Newfoundland bouncing around in my head that I haven’t yet found words for. The atmosphere, history, culture, music, art, people all contribute to the fierce loyalty and pride I feel toward Newfoundland. I wear where I’m from on my sleeve and I truly believe that the world is looking to Newfoundland to see what’s happening culturally. We have so much to offer. We’ve known that all along. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished and are more than happy to share our hearts and minds with the rest of the world.


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