Community Announcements

A Friend in Need…RIAC (Refugee Immigrant Advisory Council) is asking for your help!

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A fundraiser for NEIGHBOURHOOD DANCE WORKS!  Tickle Trunk Dance Party banner
Dig through the tickle trunk and join us for a silly old night of dancing to weird and wacky music while sporting your wigs and wands in this world and beyond.  DJ’s from 10-2ish will make you MOVE:
Sphinxx, Potem Tole,  Dj Moondog, Slim Macho and InnerSpy! Dance draws going on all night (more information to come on what’s being drawn, but the prizes will make you jump).
A tickle trunk filled with costumes and props will be present for you to add on (or remove) to your dazzling outfits and a photobooth will be waiting to capture your smiling moments.
10$ advance tickets, cash only, available at The Sprout (364 Duckworth St)
Come out and support dance in Newfoundland by dancing away the cold winter bite with your sweet sweet friends.
FRIDAY MARCH 6TH – SAVE THE DATE. Seriously, it’s going to be such a wacky time for EVERYONE AND ANYONE (19+)

Neighbourhood Dance Works (NDW) has been Newfoundland and Labrador’s primary source of dance production and presentation for 25 years. The organization and its Festival of New Dance, held each year in St. John’s, have grown to be one of the country’s key players in small to mid-scale contemporary presentation. NDW is committed to the development of a vibrant professional community and the advancement of emerging and mature dance artists. NDW is a registered not-for-profit charity.


spoken word March 8 2015Come celebrate surviving February with a lovely night of poetry! Everyone is welcome to read their own work or the work of others (or to just sit and listen).
The set-up for this month will be the same as previous events: if you are interested in reading, it’s as easy as showing up and signing up (there will be a sign-up sheet at the door)!
*Important note — this event is 19+, due to venue and obvious consumption of alcoholic beverages.
The night will begin around 7:30/8:00 PM.
Cover charge is $5 or PWYC. All money will go towards covering future rental costs and allowing this event to continue every month if possible.

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Sunday May 25, 2014, 7-10pmpoetry nite may 25 2014 flyer

Poetry Open Mic at The LSPU Hall (Cox & Palmer Second Space)

Our featured reader for May is Adam Pierce-Critchley (aka Mustard Pickles)!

The set-up for May will be the same as the previous events — anyone is welcome to read (or to just sit back and listen). If you are interested in reading, though, it’s as easy as showing up and signing up!
So bring your lovely selves to the The LSPU Hall’s Second Space on Sunday, May 25th and read a poem or two 🙂

Best of all, The LSPU Hall has beverages for sale! So make sure to bring your i.d.!
(hair of the dog works best when taken with a dose of poetry)

The night will begin at 7:00PM.
Cover charge is $5. All money will go towards covering rental costs and supporting future nights like this one.

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Salsa in St. John’s members are invited to participate in Walk for Memories 2014! Kenny’s Pond on May 25, 2014 at 2:00pm

If any Salsa in St. John’s members (or anyone else) are interested in organizing or participating please email me judy.salsa”AT” I’ll be putting a facebook event together for this soon too! Stay tuned 🙂

walk for memories banner ad May 25 2014message from Amelia White, Events Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, Inc. :

” Salsa in St. John’s is known for your very skilled and varying ways of getting people excited! From dancers to all sorts of exciting ways to have an event, you are sure to always dazzle spectators!  We would be most grateful for your consideration in joining our Walk for Memories fundraising event!  There is no monetary contribution necessary, as we invite you to simply join our Walk around Kenny’s Pond on 135 MacDonald Drive, St. John’s, NL, May 25th.

Our Walk for Memories takes place each May, and this will be our 25th year, which is very exciting! What better way to commemorate this occasion, then by having dances from the Salsa in St. John’s attend our Walk.  Our fundraiser is a family event and welcomes people of all ages to attend.

This event is in support of over 7,681 families and individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease in Newfoundland and Labrador, and all funds raised stays in the province to support those in need.  Your presence will help to generate excitement and participation for our fundraiser, which will help to make it a huge success!… the purpose of this event is to promote awareness and raise funds to support all the helpful programs and services provided by the Society.

Find more info on “Walk for Memories” at

Oct 24th: Screening of “Fireflies” at the International Women’s Film Festival

Hola friends in St. John’s from film-maker Tamara Segura:

This Thursday (Oct 24th between 2:30 and 5:30) they will be screening at The Women’s Film Festival one of the short films that I shot in Cuba. It’s called Cocuyos (Fireflies), and tells the story of Ismael, a Cuban little boy who is forgotten at the school by his mother. She seems to be s very busy woman who very often works until late night. While Ismael waits in the empty school, Carlitos, one of his friends, shows up and propose him to trade a exmpense toy by an insect. Ismael accepts inmediately 🙂

If you want to know how it ends you’re more than welcome to come to the screening at the LSPU Hall and share with me this awesome moment. There will be also a few other shortfilms totally worthies such a Moi, Incident, C’est Julien, and Kindling.

Hope to see you all there 🙂

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ALSO: Wind Money: Playing October 26, 3pm, LSPU Hall

Next Saturday, Oct 26th very beautiful Latonia Hart will be pressenting her latest shortfilm “Wind Money” This short is truly a piece of arts regarding low budget issues. The short is very well done and I had the honor of being the Leader Actress. Latonia is a great emergent female filmmaker and actress who also holds a PhD in Archeology.

Come over to take a look at it an stay tuned to coming schedule. fb fanpage link:

So, that’s it. 🙂 Exciting isnt it?

Thanks City of St. John’s.
I ♥ You


There’s a Latin-themed band coming to town October 25th…


…Sound Symposium presents…

October 25th – 27th, 2013

We are pleased to invite you a wonderful celebration of music and culture, which happens biennially right here in St. John’s! This will mark the 4th World Sound, and we’re covering quite a lot of ground this year, from the Mediterranean Sea to the North of India, right over to the island of Cuba!


Friday October 25th, 10pm
The Ship Pub, Solomon’s Lane


Havana to Canada is a Latin jazz group formed through a
love of Cuban music. True to the style, they present their
own interpretations of this exhilarating music along with
original compositions and new arrangements of AfroCuban, jazz and rock classics.

Featuring: Terry Campbell (trumpet), Brian Way (piano), Greg Bruce (saxophone), Josh Ward (bass), Brad Jefford (guitar), and Phil Yetman (percussion).


Saturday October 26th, 8pm
D. F. Cook Hall, MUN School of Music

At the Crossroads of the Mediterranean

Montreal’s Constantinople join with renowned guest
artists from Turkey and Lebanon to explore the ties and
influences common to some of the most musically rich
cultures in the world. A co-presentation with the MUN
School of Music.

Featuring: Didem Basar (kanun), Charbel Rouhana (oud & voice), Neva Özgen (kenemche), Pezhham Akhavas (tombak & percussion), Kiya Tabassian (sétar & voice).


Sunday, October 27th, 8pm
LSPU Hall, Victoria St.

Global Bollywood

Jointly presented by the Friends of India.

An eclectic set of songs highlighting the influence of
world music on Indian film music – everything from jazz
to the Beatles to disco to reggae to Celtic music.

Featuring: Bageshree Vaze (vocals), Bill Brennan (keyboards), Brad Jefford (guitar), Mark Peddle (bass), Scott Mansfield (drums), Chris Harnett (flute & saxophone), and Vineet Vyas (tabla drums).


Friday and Saturday’s shows will have tickets available at the door. To reserve tickets for Sunday’s Global Bollywood show, call the Hall at 753-4531 or book online at!


CBC Open House

95 University Avenue, St. John’s, NewfoundlandCBC Open House Oct 26 2013

Join CBC for an Open House. Go behind the scenes of our radio and television programs, meet our personalities, shop in the CBC Boutique and stay for a community BBQ. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected for Community Food Sharing Association.

Our Kids’ CBC friends will also be there: Fresco del Gecko, Daniel Tiger, Super Why! Huckle Cat, as well as Hockey Night in Canada’s Peter Puck!

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Any local dance people have an awesome idea they’d like funded??? Check out the Telegram’s article about the Awesome Foundation:

or have a look at their website:


Speaking of AWESOME, look at what dance instructor Corie Harnett accomplished this summer! She helped make THIS happen: the first year Easter Seals has offered dance as part of its summer camp program 🙂 Way to go Corie!!!

If you were at one of these Poetry Open Mic Nights before, you know how awesome they are! If not, now’s another chance to see it for yourself…

peotry open mic flyer oct 20 2013

Message from organizer Allie Duff:

Friends! I’m excited to announce that this month’s Poetry Open Mic Night will be presented as part of The LSPU Hall’s Second Space Series!

Our featured reader for October will be slam poet Dylan Roskams-Edris. And Allie Duff will be hosting.

The set-up will be the same as the previous events — anyone is welcome to read (or to just sit back and listen). September’s event brought out so many new faces and I’m very excited to see more local talent this month. So bring your lovely selves to the The LSPU Hall’s second space on October 20th and read a poem or two 🙂

Best of all, The LSPU hall has beverages for sale! So make sure to bring your i.d.!

The night will begin at 7:00PM.
Cover charge is $5 (all money will go towards covering rental costs and supporting future nights like this one)

ps. A big thank you to Jonathan Kennedy for designing the poster!

About our featured reader:
Dylan Roskams-Edris has been flirting with poetry and expression since his days of dance battling in suburban Baltimore. After realizing that most of his dancing lead to what seemed to be random kicks and spasms his infatuation with potent syllable placement became his main form of expression (much to the relief of those within arm and leg reach). Countless notebooks later Dylan performed for the first time in 2012 at the longest running poetry slam in Canada in Vancouver, BC and took home the third place prize (an old movie poster and $10 – poetry isn’t the most lucrative profession). Many slams later he is still experimenting with a style heavily influenced by Hip Hop culture and content ranging from gene therapy to internet privacy. His rhythmic style and keen insight combine to produce work that skirts the lines between poetry, prose, and music and leaves audiences enthralled yet somehow unsure whether they are nodding in agreement or to the beat of the words.

For inquiries contact:


No Borders Biannual Samosa Fundraiser – just 2 more days to get your orders in!!!No Borders Samosas are back! From September 1 – October 15, we will be taking orders for our Biannual Samosa Fundraiser. These delicious treats are fully vegetarian and come with homemade tamarind chutney for just $1.25 each.They are oven-ready and good to store frozen for up to six months!

This autumn, the samosas will be ready for pick up between November 20-27, just in time for any festivities you may have planned for the holiday season! Delivery is also possible (within the greater metro area) for orders of 100 samosas or more and is subject to a $15 surcharge per hundred samosas ordered.

To place an order, email before October 15 with your order form. An order form contains the following information:

Name: Ankur Ralhan
Number of Samosas: 20
Delivery: Y
Address (if yes for delivery): 123 Anywhere Crescent
Phone Number: 709-777-7777
Email Address:

Hope to see you at the pick up days!
Samantha Foster
Program Director
No Borders

Oct 6th 2013: INVITATION to the 1st Inaugural Multicultural Celebration for MCCA (Multicultural Canadian Christian Association).

MCCA flyer Oct 5 2013

***From Father Vargees Devas***

Dear Friends, I am sending a final reminder.

This is the first inaugural Multicultural Celebration for MCCA.

We are glad to invite you all to come with your friends & families.

Registration is free. St. Theresa’s Parish Hall, Mundy Pond, door will be opened Sunday.

The event will be marked by colourful dances, singing and music etc
Followed by Mass in church also will be more Multicultural, different from ordinary Mass.

NB: Institutions, NL Malayalees, Hindu Temple, FILAN, RICAH, ANC, etc feel free to forward to members and invite people also in social Media.facebook, twitter etc


AND COMING UP a whole week of dance awesomeness…

festival of new dance


Demo Class at Wild Lily Dance Centre, Sept 14&15

Welcome to September, the start of the learning season. The Wild Lily Dance Centre invites you to our Fall Open House where you can take a demo class in many different styles of dance. This weekend on Sept 14&15th at 156 Duckworth Street, the dance teachers will be demonstrating the different styles of dance available, so check out the schedule below and come visit for a peek at what fun you could be having :

Workshop schedule

SATURDAY, Sept 14:
11:00 Ballet
12:00 Strength and Flexibility
1:00 Bollywood Beginners
2:00 Bollywood Choreo
3:00 Contemporary
4:00 Disco

SUNDAY, Sept 15:
11:00 Hip Hop
12:00 Jazz
1:00 Flamenco
2:00 Highland
3:00 Bellydance (Lori)
4:00 Couples Ballroom & Latin Dance with Jim Russell

3:00 Kids Highland (6 and up)
4:00 Kids Bellydance (10-13)

Come by our Open House on September 14 and 15 – take a free demo class, register, meet our instructors and amazing students!



Sunday, September 15 in the 3rd Floor Gallery of the Arts and Culture Centre

Do you think you’re an awesome dancer?! Or even pretty good 😉 Check this out:

Our Divas Do Christmas is coming back!
November 21 to 24, 2013 at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.

They are holding dance auditions on Sunday, September 15 in the 3rd Floor Gallery of the Arts and Culture Centre. Choreographers are Marie Steffen, Martin Vallee and Natasha Renouf.

They’ll be looking for various styles, so please come dressed to dance with the correct footwear. All females should have character shoes and if you are a tapper / Irish dancer, please bring tap shoes.

They’ll be auditioning groups 1/2 hour at a time. Please contact to arrange your audition time.

This audition is open to dancers 16 years of age and over.


Food, entertainment, speakers, auctions and more, all as a fundraiser for Canadian Breast cancer Foundation…


Fairies…Feasting…Friendship…FUN! You won’t want to miss this!
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In support of CBCF-Atlantic Region
Thursday, September 12, 2013  6:30 PM
Bella Vista, Torbay Road
Appetizer:  Duo of soups, roasted red pepper and butternut squash garnished with wonton crisps, fresh herbs & crème fraiche
Main:  8 oz. bone in chicken with a traditional savory dressing in a red wine sauce, Chef’s choice of potato and two vegetables
Dessert:  Pink strawberry mousse with fresh strawberry garnish
and whipped cream
Roll and butter Coffee/Tea Wine spritzer
– Pachelbel Trio
– Flamenco by Christina Penney, Wild Lily Dance Centre
– Hula Hoop Dancing by Cindy Butt, FarOut Fitness
Susan Flannagan, Communications Specialist with “Hair to Spare”

Got tickets? Reserve individual seats, an entire table of FUN,
or treat someone who could really use a night out…

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Wishing you a beautiful holiday weekend,
“Beautiful Ideas – Inspiration for bringing more beauty into everyday life…”
Please leave your beautiful footprint when you visit!
“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”- Lady Bird Johnson


Third edition of Poetry Open Mic Night event! Sept 15th

Not dance, but definitely worth checking out. Back by popular demand!  PWYC (“Pay-What-You-Can”), all ages, speakers and listeners welcome. night sept 15

Click the banner to check out RIAC’s Summer Cultural Festival all-day-long events on Sat, Aug 24th:
riac summer cultural fest 2013

Note: afternoon portion of the festival is rescheduled to Sunday Aug 25 due to weather. Salsa will still be on Sat Aug 24 @ AnneXe!

Check out some of the events during RIAC’s Refugee Week June 14-20, 2013,  including a salsa party!
refugee week poster by Andrew DeRoche

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK EVENT: Zumbathon Fundraiser, May 12th @ YMCA, Ridge Roadzumbathon may2013

LAST MINUTE NEWS: Join the celebration “International Table Top Day” this Sat, Mar 30 at Rocket Bakery, 3rd Floor, Water Street. It’s all about table top board games, and there’s a raffle in aid of the Autism Society of NL! What better way to spend some of your Saturday afternoon?!
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Table Top Day Event!

Taking the Opportunity to Thank our amazing sponsor Bob Hong, Timemasters Inc who release this statement in address to St. John’s Tabletop event:

“We are so very pleased to participate in this public event showcasing the games of today. In today’s technologically advanced age we’ve perhaps forgotten the joy (and necessity) of playing games with others. Some forty to fifty years ago as children we played a variety of games both inside and outdoors and through play we learned something about how to reason and follow rules and how we should interact with others. Today’s wide range of tabletop games are better than ever and we hope that the showcase can spark, or even rekindle, an interest in the games that we love so much.”

We will be raising money and board games for the Newfoundland Autism society who released this statement:

“The organizers of International Tabletop day in St. John’s have generously decided to hold a 50/50 raffle at the event, with proceeds to be donated to the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador (ASNL).

The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador (ASNL) is a provincial charitable organization dedicated to promoting the development of individual, lifelong, and community-based supports and services for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their families, and caregivers.

Program Coordinators at ASNL’s Social Thinking program often use table top games as a tool to encourage healthy social interaction and learning in their weekly groups.

“Board games are a great way for our clients to practice the kinds of social skills we talk about and teach in Social Thinking; skills like taking turns, listening to others, how to work together to achieve goals, follow rules, and how to interact in a group just to name a few. Plus, tabletop games have been a fun, interactive, and effective way to teach concepts without making clients feel like we are lecturing them.” says Dayna Vey, one of ASNL’s Social Thinking Coordinator’s.

ASNL would like to thank the event organizers, and all donations to ASNL are used to provide programs and services to individuals and families affected by autism in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

For more information on this international event please go to the Table Top Day homepage!

Facebook Event! Invite Friends!


Here they are! The YouTube links from TEDxFortTownsend 2013 enjoy!

Building Salsa in St. John’s: Judy D at TEDxFortTownshend 2013:

Art out w(here)?: Mary MacDonald at TEDxFortTownshend 2013:

We can collaborate to build a better city: Dave Lane at TEDxFortTownshend2013:

It Happened One Night on the Internet: Darren Newton at TEDxFortTownshend 2013:

How Rural Will Save Civilization: Ivan Emke at TEDxFortTownshend 2013:

Schools and communities: long lost friends reunited: Beth Peddle at TEDxFortTownshend 2013:

Living Our Creativity: Neil Dawe at TEDxFortTownshend 2013:

Triste Señorita: Eren Bayazitoglu at TEDxFortTownshend 2013:

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Creative Communities March 3rd St. John’s, NL
TEDxFortTownshend 2013 – The Speakers
Selected Speakers:
Judy D: Building the Salsa in St. John’s Community Group – From Facebook Creation to Multicultural Community
Dave Lane: Engaging the Creative Community to Build the City of Our Dreams
Beth Peddle: Education and Community: Long Lost Friends Reunited?
Darren Newton: The Act of Creativity and its Link to Community

Our Invited Speakers will be announced shortly, stay tuned for this year’s event is shaping up to be another great one!
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