Performers 2017



BRIDGET CANNING’S short fiction has been short-listed for The Cuffer Prize and won awards with the BC Federation of Writers Literary Writes competition and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters. In 2015, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes (then titled Impulse) received an Honourable Mention with the Atlantic Writing Competition. Her writing has been published in several Canadian literary journals. She was selected as one of the 2015 apprentices with the Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Mentorship Program. She lives in St. John’s where she writes and works as a College Instructor

chafefa_photobyshinsugino.jpgROBERT CHAFE
ROBERT CHAFE has worked in theatre, dance, opera, radio and film. His stage plays have been seen in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and in the United States, and include Oil and Water, Tempting Providence, Afterimage, Under Wraps and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. He has been shortlisted twice for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, and he won the award in 2010. He is the playwright and Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Two-Man Tent is his first work of fiction. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

EVA CROCKER’s stories have been published in Riddle Fence, The Overcast, and The Telegram’s Cuffer Anthology. Barrelling Forward was shortlisted for the 2015 RBC Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers. Crocker recently completed a Master’s Degree in English Literature at Memorial University.



GLENN DEIR is a former CBC television reporter who lives in St. John’s. He used three decades worth of journalistic black humour to write The Money Shot. His memoir, Sick Joke: Cancer, Japan and Back Again, was shortlisted for a Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for non-fiction.

Governor General Award winner Kevin Major has published 17 books, for both young people and adults. His first, Hold Fast, is considered a classic of Canadian young adult fiction, and was recently released as a feature film. No Man’s Land, about the Newfoundland Regiment in WWI, was published in 1995 to much acclaim. Major’s adaption has been brought to the stage by Rising Tide Theatre for more than a dozen seasons.

A history of Newfoundland and Labrador: As Near To Heaven By Sea was a Canadian best-seller and finalist for the Pearson Non-Fiction Prize. Ann and Seamus, a verse novel, was shortlisted for a total of ten awards. It has since been turned into an opera, which has been performed internationally. New Under the Sun, the first in a trilogy of historical novels for adults and called “well written, nuanced, and compelling” by Canadian Literature, was nominated for an Atlantic Book Award.

Trudy Morgan-Cole is the author of By the Rivers of Brooklyn, A Sudden Sun, and That Forgetful Shore, which won the 2012 Heritage and History Book Award. She has been nominated for the Atlantic Book Awards Best Atlantic-Published Book three times. Her next novel, Most Anything You Please, will be released by Breakwater Books in Fall 2017. Trudy lives in St. John’s, where she teaches English and social studies to adult learners at The Murphy Centre.


sandy-jenny-pose-e1492100114310.jpgJENNY GEAR & SANDY MORRIS

Jenny is from Crocker’s Cove, Carbonear and has been singing for as long as she can remember. She first took to the stage when she was eight years old to sing at the Conception Bay Folk Festival. From then on, she continued to develop her passion for music and performance, by singing at various music festivals’, and on radio and television programs throughout the country. Jenny has been fortunate enough to create and record music with some of the very best musicians around, and for that she is continually grateful. She currently lives in St. John’s, with her wonderful husband, raising their two beautiful daughters. And she sings everyday.

Sandy Morris known to his musical friends as “the easternmost guitar player in North America” is an accomplished and multi-talented musician, producer, and engineer based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Picking up his first guitar at the age of 15, Morris has made his living as a versatile and ingenious performer since 1965. An original member of the legendary Wonderful Grand Band, his more recent collaborations include Rasa (with Erin Best), and the Eight Track Favourites. Sandy Morris has contributed his own compositions, his performances, and his musical expertise to film and television projects for more than 30 years. His credits include serving as musical director or producer for Land and Sea, Violet, Tommy, East Coast Music Awards, and Codco, among many other projects. In addition to his own projects and featured appearances, he continues to perform with numerous other musicians on their recordings and live performances.

 whatoddshiWHAT ODDS
Our anchor band returns for the fifth year. Wanda Crocker, Gerry Strong, Jean Hewson and Rick West are all long-time contributors to the Newfoundland traditional music scene. They have played with each other in sessions and in various combinations on stage over the years without unfortunate incident. So, why not answer Newfoundland’s desperate need for another traditional band and find fame and fortune before geezerhood takes over entirely? “What odds, may as well”, they thought and hatched WHAT ODDS in the spring of 2013. The rest is unwritten history.