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Twice a month, the editors of [EDIT] deliver you news stories, opinion pieces, current affairs, Atlantic-minded essays and arts curation, community messaging, positive tales and sharp commentaries to readers around the world as we continue to curate the very best in media, literature and culture.
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Cover story: Charlie Gillespie, star of Netflix's
Julie and the Phantoms interviewed by Morgan Leet
Design by Lindsay Vautour
Featured in the tenth issue below are:
The fall volume of [EDIT] is on newsstands now!
- Morgan Leet Meets the Stars of Julie and the Phantoms
- Guiding Greats to the Next Level: Block One Incubator Boosts Businesses in Saint John by Jennifer Wood
- Literary Editor Alexandra Fournier on The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham
- ANBL's Check 30 Philosophy
- The Rocket Cafe by Morgan Leet
- Jennifer Wood Discovers Restaurant Composé is Adding Austrian Vibes to Annapolis Royal
- Creators in the Capital: Fredericton's Northside Creators Market
- Mallard Cottage's Chef Todd Perrin on Fall Flavours
But in the meantime, scroll down to enjoy the exclusive content in [EDIT]ION Volume 10.
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MEET THE STARS OF JULIE AND THE PHANTOMS
Morgan Leet meets the stars of Netflix's hottest new show (and one of them is from...New Brunswick!)
Julie and the Phantoms has been topping the Netflix charts since its global release on September 10. With an 87 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a glowing review from The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom, this is clearly not just one for the tweens.
The nine-part series follows the life of 16-year-old Julie (played by Madison Reyes) who reclaims her passion for music with the help of three ghosts, one of which is played by New Brunswicker Charlie Gillespie. The show was filmed in Vancouver and is directed by Emmy Award winner Kenny Ortega who is also the mastermind behind High School Musical.
The hype is justified with the show managing to strike the perfect balance of teen-appropriate comedy and romance, while also entertaining for older audiences with its beautiful soundtrack and nostalgic feel. The characters evolve naturally and organically and grapple with the heavy themes of grief, passion, and growing up, as the show also throws in many laughs and heartwarming moments along the way.
Madison Reyes and Charlie Gillespie met exclusively with [EDIT]ION's Morgan Leet via Zoom to discuss the show and their enthusiasm for the show is instantly abundantly clear. Both credit much of their amazing experience to Kenny Ortega. Charlie notes that Ortega inspired and mentored them for much of the process. Madison likewise has kind words for the director, telling [EDIT]ION that “he has so much experience and it’s just so wonderful being able to watch him work. He's so passionate about it, and so wise and you know he loves everything that he does. He puts so much effort into it which is what pushes us to put effort into our show as well.”
Charlie is currently at home in New Brunswick. Born in Dieppe, he discovered his love for music at a young age, often performing with his family at local spots such as the Shediac market. He also was able to access acting resources locally, telling [EDIT]ION that his career started at Moncton's legendary and beautiful Capitol Theatre.
His love for his home province is rooted in its natural beauty, taking advantage of the summer to explore. He especially loved completing the brutal Fundy Footpath Trail, watching the tides of the Bay of Fundy roll, heading to the beach, and of course, checking out our provincial and national parks. Although he has found fame Charlie has not lost sight of his roots, describing his recent trip to Shediac where “there was actually these folks that were there, they had like four violins, a flûte traversière, an acoustic guitar and they were all just singing classic folk tunes and I love just seeing that too, it's fun.”
At only 16 years-old, Madison Reyes comes from Allentown, Pennsylvania. While traveling to Vancouver to film, she was faced with being separated from her family, but she was comforted in the beautiful Canadian setting. Vancouver reminded her of her own home in Allentown, mixed with New York, her previous home. Throughout the move though, her character Julie inspired her as someone she could relate to.
"When I first got introduced to her it was in a time that I was auditioning for things at school and I just wasn't fitting the cast type," Madison exclusively tells [EDIT]ION. "You know they weren't looking for a Latin girl, and you kind of start to realize that there's not a lot of that diversity out there and if I were to be going for a Latin role it would probably be a stereotypical Latin one. So when I was introduced to her and I knew that her story was so real, and she was normal and she didn’t have to be a stereotype, that’s when I really realized that I wanted to go for it even more because I have that connection of wanting to be somebody but not knowing if I should pursue that dream or not because I was kind of lost at the time.”
The pair's characters, Julie and Luke, have a developing relationship throughout the series with a strong connection and romance brewing between them. They shared with [EDIT]ION that this came naturally and they developed this relationship off-screen. Charlie says with a smile that they "became best friends," a sentiment proven to be true as they laugh about the fun they had when filming and recount the support they provided for each other. He says that the fondest memory he has with Madison is when they wrote their song "Perfect Harmony." The hit song's name encompasses the show as a whole, its cast, and how viewers are feeling about it.
Madison says that she wants their music to be there for people, and "they can listen to it when they're sad, or listen to it when they just want to jam out in their car with a group of friends. We want our songs to have a message, but also just be something that you can jam out and enjoy." Charlie adds that "one of the biggest joys of our life is playing music," and he hopes that the show can bring that joy to audiences as well. We think it's pretty safe to say that they've done a perfect job of achieving precisely that.
Julie and the Phantoms is streaming on Netflix now.
Click here to watch Morgan's complete interview with Charlie and Madison on the [EDIT] YouTube channel.
Soundtrack available now on Apple Music and Spotify.
To see Charlie's journey from New Brunswick to Netflix, follow him on Instagram: @charles_gillespie.
And be sure to also follow @themadisonreyes and @julieandthephantoms.
Special thanks to Keira Hunt at Touchwood PR.
|GUIDING GREATS TO
THE NEXT LEVEL
Block One Incubator Boosts Businesses With A Stunning New Home In Saint John
by Jennifer Wood
Economic Development Greater Saint John (EDGSJ) recently welcomed resident companies of the Block One incubator to their new, bright, airy, and vibrant home in the epicenter of Saint John’s business district. Block One is a business space that boasts best in class facilities while providing access to invaluable mentors that offer advice, feedback, and information on funding to founders of promising scalable startup companies. The project is housed in the same historical building as University of New Brunswick’s MBA program, giving the MBA students, and entrepreneurs in the throes of growing their business, proximity to one another.
“We have globally successful companies that are based right here in Saint John,” says Ron Gaudet, CEO of EDGSJ. “Companies like Moosehead and Crosby’s – companies that started from the ground up with leaders that know how to navigate the ebbs and flows of growing and sustaining an internationally recognized brand. Having access to their experience and contacts plays an important part of the success of Block One.”
The establishment of the incubator allows the region’s most auspicious entrepreneurs an environment where they can realize their potential as they build their network and resources while preparing to enter and compete in a global market. As they continue to grow, they create jobs and grow the economy. Current startups housed in the incubator are Millennia TEA, a company that created a new category of Fresh Leaf Tea (that is spectacularly delicious, we should add!), Marine Thinking, a company that aims to redefine the marine industry through AI and robotic technology, TrojAI, an innovative enterprise that monitors and protects AI assets from adversarial attacks, and Botrow Technologies, which develops self-serve kiosk technology for ski hills.
“This experience has helped us grow from a couple with an idea and zero market traction, to a TEAm of six (and growing), readying ourselves for a national launch with international customer interest,” says Tracy Bell, co-founder of Millenia TEA. “Block One provides support and access to a network of seasoned business professionals that help us work through the multitude of decisions we have to make as early-stage entrepreneurs – advisors who understand what it takes to start, scale, navigate, and successfully exit a high-growth startup.”
The 2,735 square foot facility is designed to offer co-working at its best. It’s equipped with soundproof phone booths, a team meeting room, and a 10-person boardroom. This premier facility also houses offices for the city’s emerging business leaders.
"Block One has been a wonderful space for our start-up. It gives our team a place to not only work, but interact with each other, peers, and advisors,” adds Stephen Goddard, co-founder of TrojAI. “The amenities go far beyond what we could assemble on our own - just to have well equipped meeting rooms is a real advantage. I think in our first month or two at Block One, we have managed to accomplish more than we had in the previous six months!”
“Block One not only offers the space for our ideas to flourish, but their people also went the extra mile to provide the resources and support for our voyage,” explains Vincent Sun, Regional Manager of Marine Thinking. “They have made a kind and welcoming community for startup businesses like ours. There are many things we need to learn as we grow, and Block One provides a treasure map for our goals. It’s been great working with and learning from them.”
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Allie’s Essential Reads
by Alexandra Fournier
“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often
helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”
Joyce Carol Oates
This, dear readers, is a particularly special ‘Essential Reads’ for me because not only did I get to read the latest offering from my favourite Canadian historical fiction writer, Genevieve Graham, but I also had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her new book. A consummate expert at bringing history to life, Graham has written another winning novel that is sure to get everyone talking at your next book club meeting.
The Forgotten Home Child
by Genevieve Graham
2020 | Simon & Schuster | 384 Pages (Paperback) | Historical Fiction
97-year-old Winny Ellis has kept her past a secret nearly all her life but, when her great-grandson asks about their family tree, she decides it is finally time to tell her story. Living in hunger and poverty on the streets of 1930s London, England, young Winny is placed in Barnardo’s Barkingside Home for Girls after she is caught stealing food. It is there that Winny is told she will be sent across the ocean for a fresh start, but the fate that awaits her and her fellow British Home Children in Canada is nightmarish. Based on true events, Winny’s harrowing yet hopeful tale of perseverance gives a voice to this forgotten chapter in Canadian history.
[EDIT]ION's Alexandra Fournier
In Conversation With
[EDIT]ION'S ALEXANDRA FOURNIER:
How did you stumble upon this largely unknown chapter in Canadian history and what compelled you to write about it?
My passion lies in discovering forgotten or little-known moments in Canada’s history because I feel our history is so often left behind in the shadow of other countries’ stories. In my search for “new” stories to pursue, I follow a lot of historical pages on various social media. Back in 2017, one of those sites posted an article about the British Home Children (BHC) and I was intrigued since I’d never heard of them before. At first glance, I was taken aback by the very idea of tens of thousands of children being placed into indentured service without anyone really talking about it, but when I read on and discovered the children were sent to Canada
, well, I was in. I will admit I slept through most of my history classes in high school, but I do recall the basics: War of 1812, Plains of Abraham… but over 120,000 destitute children shipped to Canada to be used as a source of labour on thousands of Canadian farms and households with the majority of those children arriving here in Halifax via Pier 21? How had I never heard of that?
This is your fifth novel to centre around a major event in Canadian history, but your first to feature a main character in present day reflecting back on their experience. Why did it feel important for you to include the framing device of 97-year-old Winny in present day telling the story of her younger self to her granddaughter and great-grandson?
Writing this story with a dual timeline was so very important this time and I believe it accomplished everything it needed to do. I began by writing the past tense story of Winny and the other children, but everything changed as my research expanded. One of my main treasure troves of research came from the Facebook pages of British Home Children descendants who welcomed me with open arms when they found out I was writing a book about their ancestors. The British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association page is filled with thousands of descendants, many of whom are generous, enthusiastic volunteer genealogists who are eager to help new members find information on their ancestors. When I sent out a survey to the descendants, asking what they remembered about their BHC ancestor(s), I was surprised to receive over 200 responses. They were heartfelt and heartbreaking in many cases and, when I understood how very real and personal this story was, I was able to integrate their memories of their parents/grandparents/great-grandparents into the characters of the children in my book. So everything my characters endured actually happened to a child in the programme.
I wanted to thank the descendants for their help, but I also wanted to help them raise awareness of this very important subject. By building in the present-day version of Winny, I showed readers the tireless efforts being made by volunteers to remember and commemorate the children. It was also important to write about Winny’s descendants in the story, because the BHC programme resulted in intergenerational trauma: having never been shown love, the children were unable to pass it on, etc. And by doing that, the most wonderful thing has happened: dozens of people, having read my book, have joined the BHCARA Facebook page
since. Many had been trying to research their ancestors but running into dead ends and The Forgotten Home Child
opened their eyes to the hidden stories of their own family members. I have received incredible letters telling me about how their families are now learning and healing.
ALEXANDRA: The Forgotten Home Child
has surpassed the combined success of your four other novels and spent 19 weeks on the Globe and Mail
Canadian Fiction Bestseller List this year. What is it about this book that you think has resonated so deeply with readers?
Yes, I’m absolutely thrilled by the success of The Forgotten Home Child
. 19 weeks on the Canadian bestseller list, including 11 weeks at #1! Knowing that so many people were learning the true story of the British Home Children is such a wonderful feeling.
This book was quite different from my other books, though every one of them has dealt with important parts of Canadian history that are rarely talked about. I feel that historical fiction has a very responsible role in bringing history to people. It must both teach the mind and touch the heart since it’s more difficult to forget the history if you feel emotionally connected to it. That is why my books always include a love story. In The Forgotten Home Child
, the story went far beyond the two main characters. It delved into the lives of children and followed them through their lives, of which the love story was only a part. It was a very difficult story to research, write, and read because of how emotional it was and I think that’s what drew so many readers in. It was a story that opened a lot of eyes – I would say 90% of the reviews asked “Why didn’t I learn about this before now? Why wasn’t this taught in schools?”
Shame is a prevalent theme in The Forgotten Home Child
. Do you think that may be one of the reasons why the story of Canada’s British Home Children is not featured in many of our history books?
And yes, your next question is exactly right. It took some readers a while to understand exactly why so many thousands of the children grew up too ashamed to admit to anyone, even their own families, who they were and what they’d experienced. Most of them started life off in a poor, rough environment where they would no doubt become acquainted with other people’s disdain. When they were shipped here, most were treated horribly, and some politicians wrote letters to the papers claiming the children were vile, diseased criminals and worse, telling lies about the children that would have seeped into their consciousness over time.
But the shame also, in my opinion, falls to the Canadian government who, to this date, has refused to issue any sort of apology, though they did decree September 28 to be British Home Children Day across the country
. Perhaps because of that, the school curriculum has rarely carried more than a brief paragraph touching on the children—whose descendants now make up over 12% of Canada’s population – over 4,000,000 people, most of whom have no idea. Many of the children went on to make valuable contributions to Canada in every aspect of life. For example, British Home Child Ken Donovan was responsible for making the prototype of our present Canadian flag (his daughter sewed it). British Home Child Richard Palamountin, who fought in WW1, was Don Cherry’s grandfather. British Home Child Ernest Ford was the grandfather of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, and he also served our country in WW1. In fact, over 10,000 British Home Children boys enlisted in WW1 – an almost 100% enlistment rate. It’s estimated that over 20,000 British Home Children served in all our wars.
What would you like our readers to know about British Home Child Day happening in Canada on September 28?
September 28, 2019 marked 150 years since the first shipment of British Home Children arrived here in Canada. Just imagine that first shipload of dazed children stumbling off the ship, landing on a different continent with no idea of what they were about to face. Dedicating a day to remember the British Home Children gives us an opportunity to teach more people about the children. Last year, over 200 landmarks across the country and the UK were lit up by blue, red, and white lights, representing the British Home Children, and many of the descendants hung flags outside in remembrance.
The most important aspect of all this is remembering and recognizing the children – through education. Many descendants volunteer to go into schools to teach about the children, and some schools have set up learning components around the BHC as a result. I have been trying very hard to get the story (and the book) into schools across Canada, but that is a full-time job in itself! Recently, some of my efforts paid off when the Department of Education English Language Arts Consultant at the Government of Nova Scotia read The Forgotten Home Child
, and called it “a compelling, interesting, tragic, and informative read.” They have listed it on the Authorized Learning Resources list (ALR) for English 11 and Canadian Studies 11 across Nova Scotia, so I hope some teachers will look it up.
Ever wonder why you’re getting carded at ANBL? You’re 25 and have been shopping at liquor stores for years now!
Everyone knows the legal drinking age in New Brunswick is 19, meaning customers under 19 may not purchase alcohol. But as you can easily discover… guessing a person’s age is not as easy as one may think. Because of this, ANBL (as well as many other liquor jurisdictions around the country) has adopted a "Check 30” philosophy. Meaning that if the customer being served looks to be 30 years or younger, they are to be asked for ID at the checkout. Giving that extra window from 19 to 30 years old helps ANBL team members identify who should be asked for ID.
It often feels uncomfortable for both you, the customer, and ANBL team members. However, safe selling is a responsibility ANBL, as well as their partners in the convenience and grocery industries, takes very seriously. It is extremely difficult to guess a customer’s age. And while most customers do not mind being asked for ID, it may help to understand that it’s not only ANBL’s policy. It’s the law. And selling to minors is breaking that law.
So the next time you are carded at an ANBL store, convenience or grocery store, present your non-expired government-issued ID that includes a photo and birthdate (examples include: a driver's license, passport or First Nations status card) and thank the clerk for doing their job right!
THE ROCKET CAFE
by Morgan Leet
Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food is a popular bakery and cafe located downtown in St. John’s, Newfoundland on Water Street, with two satellite locations in Mount Pearl and Churchill Square. The large food-hall style space has a bakery, fresh food station, and a cafe section, as well as a dining room. The space is filled with eclectic decor, local products, and charming mismatched furniture. Co-owner Kelly Mansell told the [EDIT]ION that the unique setting was a way of “reflecting back to Newfoundlanders about what I appreciated most about them,” creating a down to earth, comfortable, and fun atmosphere. Kelly moved from Toronto where she worked for Pepsi Co., when her friend and now business partner, told her about the opportunity to open the business. Kelly and her husband picked up and moved their family to Newfoundland, encouraged by the welcoming people and beautiful surroundings.
Since opening, the cafe has focused on supporting the community, featuring as many local products as possible. Kelly explained to the [EDIT]ION that it is their “own little business ecosystem in Newfoundland,” where the locals work to support each other, especially during these difficult times. They have also recently partnered with local grocery stores Belbin's and Coleman’s, where they will now have some of their famous baked goods sold. Since pivoting multiple times recently due to the pandemic, the cafe is now a hybrid of to-go orders and dining in. If you are in the St. John’s area or planning a visit, Rocket is a must-see destination that encompasses the community as a whole.
Visit Rocket at 272 Water Street, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, or check out their website here.
Adding Austrian Vibes to Annapolis Royal
by Jennifer Wood
Photographs by Dan Froese
Austrian born and raised Amanda Egle grew up nurturing her passion for quality food. She later became a chef, taking over two successful family restaurants in the Austrian Alps.
Then, after visiting Nova Scotia in 1992, Amanda and her husband began to set their sights on retiring, and they knew that Annapolis Royal would be the setting of their next chapter. But they didn’t want to give up working in the food and beverage industry just yet. Instead, in 1993 they snapped up a heritage waterfront building – which was home to the first free masonry temple in North America - and began the arduous task of both restoring it and retrofitting it to serve their needs as a restaurant.
“In 2004, we opened a Vienna Coffee House, and we later transformed it into what it is now, Restaurant Composé,” says Amanda. “It’s been an amazing journey, and we keep adding on to it to accommodate our growing clientele. We recently added a lower level to our waterfront patio.”
Clients near and far come to experience Restaurant Composé’s modern and innovative Austrian and European-inspired dishes. Some of their top-sellers include Bay of Fundy Scallops, Vienna or Kaiser Schnitzel, and their lobster linguine. In August of this year, Restaurant Composé was awarded a Travelers’ Choice Award through Trip Advisor.
Amanda and her team take enormous pride in only serving the best and freshest food, while supporting local farmers.
“Each Wednesday and Saturday, me or my Chef visit the Annapolis Royal Farmers Market to get fresh, local and sustainably grown organic produce. Supporting local businesses and farmers has never been more important than this year. I keep thinking about retiring for good, but my customers won’t let me go! Many of our clients have become close friends. Despite all of the challenges caused by COVID-19, Restaurant Composé stays busy as always. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
In 2020, Restaurant Composé is occasionally open for lunch between 11:30 and 2:00 every day except Wednesday (refer to Restaurant Composé Facebook page for updates). They are open for dinner 5:00 to 8:30 seven days a week. May-October.
CREATORS IN THE CAPITAL
Morgan Leet on Fredericton's Northside Creators Market
The Northside Creators Market is stepping in as Fredericton, New Brunswick’s new weekly market, since the closing of the previous Northside Market five months ago. The vendor-owned market is set up on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the temporary location of the Picaroons Roundhouse. Since the August 15th opening the market has seen widespread support, with over 20 vendors, and applications for more still rolling in. The market is working to curate a wide variety of options, while focusing on creating an atmosphere of growers and creators. Jim Middleton, Director of Public Relations for Northside Creators Market and artist, met with the EDIT[ION] to tell us more about the new community. The opening of the market is a sign of hope during these difficult economic times with Jim Middleton telling the [EDIT]ION that “it really is a business incubator. Every one of those vendors is a small business.”
Morgan Leet: What inspired the market?
Jim Middleton: We had the Northside Market here in Fredericton, it had been around for quite a while and when the pandemic hit, understandably, they closed the market. Then I think the owner just kind of reviewed finance wise what he was bringing in with vendors versus what he could get renting it out to somebody else and decided to permanently rent out the space. Which again, that is his building, totally his decision to do that. For 50-60 vendors though, I know I made a large amount of money at that market working, I’m an artist and had a mini gallery set up and also live painted. It was a great way to interact and get to know people. I knew there were other vendors there who I met through the market, like young mothers, who that was their entire income, from the two days of the market on the weekend. After the market closed, I was contacted by Luke Randall, who is running for the Green Party in the Fredericton North. He shared with me that out of all of the topics he brought up with his constituents, the thing that got the most traction was the Northside Market.
Morgan Leet: The market is unique in that it is run entirely by vendors, correct?
Jim Middleton: Yep, and that’s the whole point. They came to us and said, "Once you have this started would you want to hand it over to another business in the city?" and we said "No, this is a vendor run market." We have a board of directors made up of seven different vendors, we have somebody looking after finance, I’m looking after public relations and vendor relations, we have somebody else looking after operations and set-up, and we have somebody looking after security. We’re actually in the process this week of getting incorporated and registered as a non-profit, which opens up the keys to access some of the city, and provincial, funds that can help us even with little things like garbage cans or barriers, or if we wanted to look into the acquisition of a tent to fit more vendors.
Morgan Leet: How long do you expect to stay at Picaroons for your location?
Jim Middleton: Right now, we have Sean Dunbar who is very generous. Sean is the owner of Picaroons. He hasn’t put any timeline on it, his main thing is that it’s our market, it’s not Picaroons running the market, we’re running the market from the ground up. It’s got good synergy because we’re there early Saturday morning, and typically he wouldn’t open until 11 or 12, we’re there at 8 a.m. He’s opened his kitchen for breakfast, and the very first morning we had 500 people through. By 11 a.m. he had 150 breakfasts served. So, for him there’s no time limit, as long as we want to run it and run it well. But the demand is high, we have so many people that want to be a part of the market and we are working with the city and working with other government officials on provincial and federal levels to find a permanent space for us.
Morgan Leet: Have you felt as though the Fredericton community has come out to support the market?
Jim Middleton: I think that we’re getting a really good response. I think it kind of depends on the day. The first week we had people very early on, but it also seemed that once you got past the lunch hour it started to wane a little bit. This week gone by it started a little later, but it went later. I know we're getting between 750-1,000 people through each day, which is great! Every vendor I talked to had great days. One said their first day at Northside Creators Market was better than any day they ever had at the old market.
Head to Picaroons Roundhouse, 912 Union Street, Fredericton, Saturday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to support the local vendors. Make sure to check out Jim Middleton’s artwork at his website here, or look out for him at the market!
Mallard Cottage's Chef Todd Perrin on Fall Flavours
by Morgan Leet
St. John’s, Newfoundland is a hotspot for some of Canada’s best restaurants and chefs, with their own unique cuisine to complement it. When discussing Newfoundland eats, Mallard Cottage can’t go without mention, as a top-notch restaurant and one of our personal favourites to visit. Chef and co-owner Todd Perrin met with [EDIT]ION to tell us more about Mallard Cottage and the Newfoundland fall flavors.
Located in the quaint village of Quidi Vidi, just outside of the St. John’s downtown, the restaurant is set within an 18th-century Irish-Newfoundland style cottage, recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada for being one of the oldest wooden buildings in North America. Perrin tells the [EDIT]ION that when looking to buy the cottage, he thought of it as “an opportunity to do the kind of restaurant I wanted in a really cool space that’s not available to everyone.” The rich history and culture of the cottage are immediately present when entering. The cozy setting with a wood-burning fireplace, open kitchen, and mismatched table settings sets it apart from any other restaurant that you’ve been to. Don’t let the comfortable décor fool you though - Chef Perrin’s exquisite menu is full of elegant and delicious food, taking traditional Newfoundland flavours to high-level modern dishes.
These dishes are also created around the local food economy in Newfoundland with Perrin explaining that they “have a few local farmers that we deal with, purveyors for honey, foragers for local berries and mushrooms, hunters for the wild game here and there, fisher people and fish merchants,” instead of looking to wholesalers. The unique menu changes slightly every day with Perrin describing it as a “living document,” in that it is never the same. Perrin explains that the inspiration for the menu and restaurant as a whole is to use Newfoundland's “local ingredients where we can, but also try to treat them in a way that they’re not used to. So, we use cod cheeks and seal flipper in the season, but we try to do it in a way that people aren’t used to traditionally eating them.” In the same thought, Perrin revealed that his favourite fall flavour to use in the restaurant is moose meat. In fact, Newfoundland is the only province in Canada where you are able to serve wild game at a restaurant. Now that the summer is gone and the wild game season is upon us, the Mallard Cottage team should be getting their first moose within the next week to craft into a delicious meal.
Perrin can be seen around the restaurant doing anything and everything, from sweeping the floors and shoveling snow, to working in the kitchen or breaking down the animals. Open for brunch and dinner, the restaurant, its menu, and its staff showcase the very best of Newfoundland.
Mallard Cottage, 8 Barrows Rd., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
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BOOK OF THE MOMENT
Restigouche: The Long Run of The Wild River by Philip Lee
This stunning book published by Goose Lane Editions is a beautiful and poetic love letter to one of Canada's most beautiful rivers and you need it on your coffee table now.
This Thursday is the live stream launch hosted by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
Streaming on Facebook Live
Thursday 24 September 2020
Join the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and Goose Lane Editions to celebrate the launch of Philip Lee’s Restigouche: The Long Run of the Wild River, streaming live here.
Opening with the book’s trailer, this launch features a book reading by Philip Lee, an interview by CPAWS Executive Director Roberta Clowater, and a live Q&A period.
Partnering with Canada's greatest independent book store Westminster Books
, personalized signed copies of Restigouche
will be available to order by phone at (506) 454-1442 for pickup at 88 York St, Fredericton.
The deadline for signed copies will be Friday September 25th at noon. Signed copies will be available on September 26th.
The Restigouche River flows through the remote border region between the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick, its magically transparent waters, soaring forest hillsides, and population of Atlantic salmon creating one of the most storied wild spaces on the continent. In Restigouche, writer Philip Lee follows ancient portage routes into the headwaters of the river, travelling by canoe to explore the extraordinary history of the river and the people of the valley. They include the Mi’gmaq, who have lived in the Restigouche valley for thousands of years; the descendants of French Acadian, Irish, and Scottish settlers; and some of the wealthiest people in the world who for more than a century have used the river as an exclusive wilderness retreat.
Philip Lee is a journalist, lecturer, and bestselling writer. He began his career as an investigative reporter on Canada’s east coast. Restigouche
emerged from his long-standing interest in rivers and the people who love them. His first book, Home Pool: The Fight to Save the Atlantic Salmon
, grew out of his award-winning reporting on the decline of the Atlantic salmon. Lee is also the author of Frank: The Life and Politics of Frank McKenna
, a national bestseller, and Bittersweet: Confessions of a Twice-Married Man
, which was long-listed for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.