Report From “The Rock”

Nance and I are safe and sound, home from three days in St. John’s Newfoundland (The Rock) where we attended the 2010JUNO Award celebrations. Although beleaguered by fog and rumors of the possibilities of being stranded there as a consequence of Eyjafjallajokull’s  fury, the event was a riot and I’m so grateful a friend insisted we attend and provided air-miles for Nanci and I to go.

Eyjafjallajokull Glacier - the source of all the fuss.
Michael Buble during opening song of the broadcast

The awards were split up into two separate evenings. Most were given out on Saturday night at a gala banquet where Canada’s newbies and veterans gathered to honor last year’s work.   My recent CD Devotion was up for an award in the Best Contemporary Gospel Album category. It didn’t win. But not to worry, I’ve been given this honor before and the project that did win, Matt Brouwer’s Where’s Our Revolution, is a worthy project – a finely crafted collection of songs produced by the legendary Michael Omartian (Thelma Houston, Steely Dan, Christopher Cross.) It would be hard to make a convincing claim that Matt didn’t deserve to win.

Blue Rodeo

The second evening was the national broadcast where the remaining ten awards were announced.  The show was wonderful to attend. The fans were ecstatic and deafening. The production was flawless and the performances were spirited.  My favorite moments were Blue Rodeo and K’Naan’s anthematic Wave the Flag.

Other events of the weekend included a meeting with a dozen or so pastors to see if there might be some enthusiasm for me bringing my symphony concert there. The idea was warmly received, as it was at another meeting with the artistic director of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.  Yay! – I’d looove to do that concert there.

Otherwise, if you’ve never visited The Rock – you need to find the opportunity to do so. What a wonderful community of hospitable and uber-friendly folk. The town of St. John’s (I think the oldest city in North America) is as charming as charming gets and although I have little experience of the countryside inland, I understand it is magnificent as well.

I’ll leave you with some pictures:

Dining at the Gala

Matt Brouwer receiving award for Best Contemporary Gospel Album

Fellow nominees Matt Brouwer and Janelle Reinhart
K'Naan's "Wave the Flag"
Nanci at the Harbour
Nanci at the Harbour
Quidi-Vidi Harbour (not my shot)
Quidi-Vidi Harbour (not my shot)
"Jiggs Dinner" at the Big R Restaurant
Salt meat, cabbage, carrots, turkey, turnip, gravey, and something else I didn't know.
Charming is as charming does.

7 thoughts on “Report From “The Rock”

  1. Although not from the “Rock”, Lloyd is and I remember his mom making something called “peas pudding” . That’s what the unknown lump looks like to me. See you in Jarvis, Sunday.

  2. Steve, that meal reminds me of something we had in Bangladesh, mysterious but very tasty!

  3. Hello there Steve…you may not have won there on the rock…but you have won over Thunder Bay.
    And just when are you coming back here?
    Take care and GOD bless
    Love and hugs
    Rhonda, Dan, Josh and Becca

  4. Hey Steve;

    Thanks for the great update. We are heading to Newfoundland in late June / early July with our whole family, and a number of close friends, to celebrate our son Jared’s wedding to a wonderful young lady ( Chelsea ) from Mount Pearl ( just on the edge of St. Johns, I think ! ). My family hail from “The Rock” originally, but it’s been 35 years since I last visited. Karen and the the rest of our crew have never been ( except for Jared ! ), we’re all VERY excited to go – and especially to rejoice in this holy time with many of our loved ones. God bless and keep you, Nanci, and your clan. Hope to see you soon my friend.

  5. The unidentified thing on your plate is indeed pease pudding, a traditional part of the traditional Jiggs’ Dinner (I’m such a bad Newfoundlander … I hate it!).

    Really, really hope to see you here for a concert again. We were in the front row when you performed at St. Thomas’s church in St. John’s a few years ago, and it’s still one of my best concert memories.

  6. Steve, how was that meal ? It looks very interesting, just wondered how it went down.
    You’ve shown the before what about the after did you finish your plate and get dessert? I

  7. There is a rumour that you are coming back to the Rock for a concert, any valiidity to that? I have been listening to your music for ten years now and I would love to see your concert.

    Campbellton, NL

    from Steve: Hi Susan – there has been serious discussion about working with the symphony there for a concert together, but recent realities brought on by the rapid change in the music business and the recession has meant we’ve had to temporarily back away from the idea. If there are plans for another solo concert, I’m not aware of them, but that doesn’t mean anything. I have little to do with booking these days 🙂

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