The Douglastown Detour – Available for Download Today

At long last, the day has arrived. The Douglastown Detour app for Apple and Android phones is now available for download. This is a self-guided audio walking tour of the Douglastown village core (from the present-day community centre down to the tracks on the beach and all important sites and places between – e.g. the … More The Douglastown Detour – Available for Download Today

Sneak Preview of the Douglastown Detour – Thursday, July 26 (3-4 pm)

It’s been a quiet couple months here but I’m very excited to announce that an audio project I’ve been involved in for the past two years is just about ready for the public. Join Kathy Kennedy and I at the Douglastown Community Centre tomorrow (Thursday, July 26, from 3 to 4 pm) as we unveil … More Sneak Preview of the Douglastown Detour – Thursday, July 26 (3-4 pm)

April 15, 1989: “Community Radio Awareness Day” on Radio-Gaspésie

Today, I’d like to share a lovely but somewhat unusual item from our archives, a tape I found in the late Willie Methot’s collection, courtesy of his wife Myrna. It features a 1989 broadcast on Radio-Gaspésie hosted by Chester Cotton (from the station’s former “English Hour” program), CBC Radio’s Louise Penney (now a world-renowned mystery … More April 15, 1989: “Community Radio Awareness Day” on Radio-Gaspésie

Songs of Wilbert Coffin – Article in Canadian Folk Music

Dear readers, It’s been a while! I’m deep in the writing phase of my PhD dissertation on music, media, and memory in the English-speaking communities of the eastern Gaspé. This—along with car troubles and extensive travelling since last May—is largely why things have been so silent lately. A while back, some of you will remember I … More Songs of Wilbert Coffin – Article in Canadian Folk Music

Gérard Durette at the Wakeham-York Homecoming Fiddle Contest

… perhaps the most significant phenomenon in the English-speaking community was the 10-day Wakeham-York Homecoming Festival which ran for 25 years starting in 1978. I’ll say more about the festival in future posts but for now, I want to note that it has been both interesting but also very complicated trying to write about something I never experienced myself (I began coming to Gaspé about six years after the festival folded). Still, many people talk about the festival and I want to give it its due when I write about it. I’ll return to this topic at the end of the post. … More Gérard Durette at the Wakeham-York Homecoming Fiddle Contest

“It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” – St. Patrick’s Day With Leo Fitzpatrick (1981 & 2007)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day dear readers, As much as this is a day for celebration for many in Gaspé and beyond, today I would like to pay a little homage to one of the longest supporters of Irish culture around Gaspé, Leo Fitzpatrick, who passed away last month. I’ll try not to make this too … More “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” – St. Patrick’s Day With Leo Fitzpatrick (1981 & 2007)

Snow Flurries – A Keith Chicoyne Original

About a month ago I left Gaspé and headed back to St. John’s, Newfoundland where I’m finishing my PhD at Memorial. As much as I’m enjoying the special holiday atmosphere here, with plenty of local traditions, visits, potlucks, and music, I can’t help but miss Gaspé and the people with whom I developed close friendships … More Snow Flurries – A Keith Chicoyne Original

The Sands Of Haldimand

Today, when there’s a freezing blizzard outside, there’s nothing like thinking about Haldimand beach on a scorching hot, humid day in early September, right? Don’t worry, seasonal music is on the way in the coming weeks! But today, I’m very pleased to share with you a bit of collaborative writing that Vicki Boyle LePage and I … More The Sands Of Haldimand