Patrick Boyle – No Place Like Home in Newfoundland & Labrador

Occupation: Musician, Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Victoria

Place of Birth: Mount Pearl, NL

Currently Resides: Esquimalt, B.C. (the Mount Pearl of Victoria B.C.)

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

Hava Java endures and holds a special place. In high school, going to Hava Java was an event in itself. I also like Post. Frankly, Newfoundland is one of the few places in the world you can order a proper cup of tea anywhere. None of this mulberry mist nonsense where you have a bodum and a tall glass with no milk and you put the teabag in the pot yourself. What is that? So I get joy ordering tea anyplace in Newfoundland.

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

It’s a tie between the Duke and The Ship. A night at either with pints flowing and good friends is unbeatable. Both bars are home to me. So many people have had so much fun in both rooms that you instantly feel like you are a part of something the minute you walk in the door. Special mention must be made of Bill Haynes hot toddy at the Ship. It’s deliciously drinkable even when you’re not sick.

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

Fred’s Records. Buying music online is surely fun and easy, but it is impossible to beat the level of expertise and commitment the gang at Fred’s project. Music doesn’t speak for itself, people speak for the music. They do so much goodness for the Newfoundland music scene. My entire professional and personal life is a better place for knocking around there. It’s as good as going to music school.

What's the one meal you crave when you're away from Newfoundland & Labrador?

Mr. Jim’s Pizza, possibly the oldest business in Mt. Pearl. Mr. Mavroyannis makes what I consider to be the best pizza anywhere. Any pizza handmade by him is what I relish. Truly, a beautiful man. He is also a wonderful musician who is great for a chat and a laugh. As well, I love eating upstairs at the downtown Big R. Most often, cod bites with fries, dressing and gravy.

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

It is continually thrilling when a pilot flies over Cabot Tower en route to landing in Torbay. Also, I’ve always been fond of the view from Columbus Drive, driving towards MUN just past Empire Ave and before you get to Wall Nuts and the Avalon Mall, looking towards Cabot Tower. You can see everything from there. As well, I went fishing with Curtis Andrews and Frank French last summer, and the view from Frank’s backyard in Winterton is also as good as any NL Tourism ad.

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

1. Go to St. Pierre-Miquelon. It’s beautifully kooky and worth the trip. A little piece of the EU in our backyard.

2. Get some rest and enjoy the nightlife and music. It’s a late town that requires energy to enjoy, but it offers beautiful surprises of people and sounds around every turn.

3. Find out everything you need to do in #2 - go to Fred’s.

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

The way people talk, and I’m not particularly addressing accent. Generally, there’s a casualness and openness between people in regular chats that can’t be beat. A unique type of give-and-take where people take the piss out of each other constantly, regardless of how well you know them. I could listen to people talk, tell stories and jokes or just shag around like most people listen to the radio. The sounds itself and the rhythms of speech are infectious to me. There’s an ease and familiarity and perhaps a little bit of bold ‘I don’t give a damn who you are’ in even the most mundane chats that I love and miss a lot.


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1 Comment »

  1. Hi Patrick,

    Just wanted to say "hello" from all the staff at Mr. Jim's Pizza, but especially from Andy. Thank you for liking our pizza so much and for all the visits you have made to our restaurant over the years. It is great to see you every time and thank you so much for all your nice comments. Andy feels like a "rock star" now! Don't forget to visit us the next time your home. All the best!

    Andy & Lois Mavroyannis & Staff
    Mr. Jim's Pizza

    Comment by Andy & Lois Mavroyannis — August 21, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

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