Regatta Day

Tomorrow is the biggest sporting event of the year in Newfoundland.  The Royal St. John’s Regatta.  Since I just got off work, time to go to Wikipedia for a blurb.

“The Royal St. John’s Regatta is North America’s oldest annual sporting event with documented proof of 1816 boat races. There is credible contention that St. John’s regattas were held even earlier than 1816, likely in the 1700s.

Held on Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Regatta is scheduled for the first Wednesday of August. If weather isn’t suitable, and wind conditions are very important, the event is postponed until the next suitable day.

Since Regatta Day is a civic holiday in St. John’s, this means that the weather actually determines whether or not workers have the day off – a matter sometimes complicated by late-night partying associated with the end of the George Street Festival the night before.”

Last year the weather came into play.  Got delayed two days because of rain.  So it happened on Friday.  I remember that since if you watch NTV, Toni Marie has Friday-Saturday off.  Since everyone works during the coverage of Regatta Day she was there as well, so that week she had a one day weekend.

But believe it or not years ago Toni was regularly working 6 days a week.  Should’ve talked to her about that during the interview.

The text of that interview is almost ready to be posted.  I’m leaning toward doing a few posts on certain topics.  It’s too long to read in one sitting.  Audio is already up so you can check that out.

The text will be “edited for clarity”.  I learned that text of a conversation needs some tweaks.  Imagine how often you might take a pause, or say ‘ummm’, or ‘you know’.  That doesn’t read well.

New comment on the blog from Adrian, Allison Crowe’s manager.  Thought I’d pass it along.  Also makes this post longer. LOL.

I was at a friend’s wedding – doing the PA/sound – and we had a giant thunder/lightning/rainstorm. The band was performing outside. I didn’t dry out until the next day (and I’m talking about the rain…)

Funny you played the earliest Sarah McLachlan tracks. Brings back memories to me of when she first relocated from H-town to Vancouver. I was living in Vancouver at the time, and was at several of Sarah’s first concert performances in that city. It was evident she was bound for great things.

I saw Sarah M at the Railway Club, two nights in a row, and there was a small but devoted audience at those shows. Same story for Blue Rodeo – with Bobby Wiseman – when they first hit the west coast.

It was special in a number of ways to return some 15 years or so later with Allison and her band for a two-night stand at “the Rail”. Especially memorable for the guys who hauled the baby grand up to the third story via the stairwell.

Yup, your crystall ball – or is it an eight ball – is working well. Alley’s recording some tracks and then will be breathing in later August, before she travels to BC for more recording. We can aim to get you together either while she’s still in NL, or, once she’s on this coast.

We all have it in mind, so, let’s just play the recording process by ear – and then, synchronize time zones/watches!

Getting closer to having a chat with Allison and her summer adventures.

Last piece of news.  A new airline which will be serving Toronto-Ottawa-Halifax-St. John’s.  Finally some  more competition on flights.  I looked up recently prices on Air Canada from Kingston to St. John’s round trip.  Over $1000.  That price does not include something on the flight called food.  That doesn’t help tourism.

Story about Porter Airlines from The St. John’s Telegram.  Where I was mentioned in a blog recently.  I’ll write about that tomorrow.  It’s a long story.

http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=274847&sc=79

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