Shaun Majumder, walking witches and great flicks

WAM guest host Krissy Holmes offers up a buffet of options to consider for your weekend activities.

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Here's a list of your wicked weekend picks from Weekend AM! I will be filling in for Angela Antle on this week's show. 

1. 24th Annual St. John's International Women's Film Festival

The ultimate celebration for women in the content creation business, featuring works that range from feature films, documentaries, short films, web series and much more. The festival itself attracts close to 4,000 participants from around the world, bringing women and men from the industry together to support and promote women filmmakers.

Miss Todd, a U.K. film directed Kristina Yee, is one of the films that has been screening during this year's festival in St. John's. (CBC)

The festival has become a real up-and-coming event on the world calendar, and for the evidence, check out the dynamic line-up. The festival programmers have lined up content for everyone this year. Best advice? Cruise the festival schedule for films, seminars and workshops and plan your weekend carefully...there is so much going on and not enough time to take it all in, especially considering that the event wraps up this Saturday night!  

Click here for the schedule. 

Here's a preview of the closing film, Hold Fast, an adaptation of the Kevin Major novel. 


2.  From This Rock, hosted by Shaun Majumder

Hungry? There will be lots of to eat at the third annual From This Rock event this weekend. This event brings together producers of Newfoundland and Labrador food, the chefs that cook it and folks who like to eat local. 

Shaun Majumder is hosting the grand finale dinner in the From This Rock culinary weekend.
​Currently, a team of chefs, led by Chef Roary MacPherson, is travelling across the province from Stephenville to St. John’s (six stops) in a sort of culinary road show, to bring fine cuisine to rural areas in the province and heighten awareness of what can be achieved with what we can produce “from this rock”.

Performer ShaunMajumder, a local food enthusiast, will be hosting the grand finale dinner in St. John’s this coming Tuesday. The event is a joint project of the Restaurant Association of NL and the Chefs Association, who work to promote the use of local food throughout the province.

Friday, Oct.25 at St. Jude Hotel in Clarenville

Sunday, Oct. 27 at Harbour Breeze in Harbour Grace

Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Sheraton Hotel in St. John's

3. I'm No Bully Witches Walk

Debbie Hanlon's charity — Miss Debbie's I'm No Bully — is aiming to set a Guinness World Record this Saturday for the most people dressed as a witch in one location. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun, so don't be afraid to show your Halloween spirit. The I'm No Bully Witches Walk will be a short one in Bowring Park where all participants will be invited for a free family Boo Bear Picnic, with Terry Rielly. The Witches Walk is in support of helping the Miss Debbie I'm No Bully show visiting schools across Newfoundland and Labrador

When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. 

Where: Bowring Park

Registration: details online at

4.Neil Conway's Songs for Topical Use album release

An all-ages event full of swingin' folk tunes, with a bit of calypso and klezmer thrown in for good measure. Conway's latest collection offers up a new style of fringe folk music, performed by some of the city's best-known musicians. The show kicks off with the Duane Andrews Quartet  and will follow with Neil Conway and The Somethin Family, including Patrick Boyle on trumpet and lap steel, Duane Andrews on lead guitar, Dave Rowe on the upright bass and Andrew McCarthy on drums. Expect more surprise guest appearances later in the evening.

When: Friday, Oct. 25, 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Rocket Room, 272 Water Street, St. John's (third floor)

Cost: $10 ($20 includes CD)

Here's a sample:


5. The 11th Annual Labrador Traditions Christmas Craft Fair

We're not even through Halloween yet and we're already talking about Christmas. The season officially begins this weekend with the opening of the highly anticipated Labrador Traditions Craft Fair, where you'll find arts and crafts from some of the Big Land's finest talents. Exhibitors will be selling soapstone carvings, jewelry, soaps, textile products and many more Labrador crafts. Several exhibitors will be coming in from out of town. Avoid the Nightmare Before Christmas and shop local...early.

When: Saturday, Oct. 26 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Where: College of the North Atlantic Gymnasium

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Krissy Holmes

Krissy Holmes is a journalist and broadcaster working with CBC in St. John's.


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