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

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 … Continue reading 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.

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

How To Chord For Fiddlers – With Brigid Drody

One of the aims of this project is to provide aspiring musicians in the community with resources to develop their playing or singing. There's a lot of practical knowledge about playing music among the wider Gaspesian community at home and away. The archives can, in a small way, help convey this know-how. In a region … Continue reading How To Chord For Fiddlers – With Brigid Drody

Upcoming Music (03-20-2016): Grade 6 Trip Fundraiser, Gaspé Elementary

My friend Angie Levesque recently posted information on her Facebook page about an upcoming musical event of interest for those in the Gaspesian community. She has allowed me to share the info with you: Music, Music, Music A fundraiser for the Grade 6 year-end trip at Gaspe Elementary school will be held on March 20 … Continue reading Upcoming Music (03-20-2016): Grade 6 Trip Fundraiser, Gaspé Elementary