WAM Picks: Love songs and smoked brisket

What's up this weekend in and around the Avalon? WAM and host Angela Antle will give you some options.

WAM's wicked weekend picks

WAM host Angela Antle. (CBC)

Snow and Ice in ParadiseThis weekend and next - celebrate winter with Newfoundland’s fastest-growing town. Here are some weekend highlights:

  • Friday - Valentine’s Dinner & Dance hosted by the Rotary Club of Northeast Avalon at the Rotary Paradise Youth and Community Centre - doors open at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday - Pancake breakfast at the Rotary Paradise Youth and Community Centre. 10 a.m.
  • Saturday - Youth Ball hockey tourney with teams named after countries in the Olympics. Ages 6-11: 2:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.;  Ages 12-16: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

NSO Masterworks Series #3 is Friday night at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John's. (Courtesy NSO)
Friday,  Masterworks 3 - Newfoundland Symphony OrchestraSoirée d’Amour. An evening of French music with soprano Marianne Fiset and Newfoundland-born tenor David Pomeroy. They join the orchestra for opera arias and duets - Carmen, Thaïs, Roméo et Juliette. In addition, hear Saint-Saëns’ exotic Piano Concerto No. 5 (Egyptian) featuring young Canadian pianist Xiaoyu Liu. Arts and Culture Centre, 8 p.m.

Friday, Film - Gabrielle  is an inspiring film about first love that was Canada’s Oscar nomination for this year's Best Foreign Language Feature. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day date movie. Join the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival at the LSPU Hall at 8 p.m.

All Weekend, Theatre - Michael Frayn’s Here at the Barbara Barrett Theatre. A play about a young couple setting up ‘house’ and their odd neighbour downstairs. Directed by Ruth Lawrence, starring Laura-Marie Smith, Darryl Ivany and Irene Duma. Showtimes are 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinée on Saturday.

This Weekend’s Downtown Live Music has a distinctly anti-Valentine’s vibe.


  • The Levee,  9 p.m. -The Sauce, Joel Hynes and The Colleen Power Band
  • The Ship, 10 p.m. - The 4th Annual Hurtin’ Love Songs event with the Sherry Ryan band, Sandy May and The Domestics, Joe Belly, Suzanne Power, David Guy, Bryan Power of Pilot to Bombardier
  • Distortion, 10:30 p.m. - Heavy metal love songs with Sheavy, Last Soul Down & King Ego


  • The Ship, 11:30 p.m. - The Suits, The Corroborators, as well as The Connexions
  • Bar None, 11:30 p.m. - Werewoman, George Nervous Four, Mr Supper and the Stress Cadets
  • Distortion, 10 p.m. - Evan Aucoin & the Beautiful Wrecks and Heather Nolan
  • Fat Cat, 10 p.m. - Lovemotor & Waterfront Fire plus Ward Pike
  • The Levee, 10:30 p.m. Matt Hare EP release concert

Saturday, Crafts, Coffee and Live Music at the Quidi Vidi Plantation, featuring young performers Jenna Maloney, Leslie Amminson, Esmee Gilbert, Joseph Coffin and Nick Earle. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday,  “A Swingin’ Valentine’s” with Bob MacDonald. Join the musical master of classic swing and country music for an evening of love gone right, wrong and sideways. Special guests Bill Rose, Craig Young,  J.C. Clarke and others. Tickets $20, at The Hall, 8 p.m. 

Written and directed by Alex Gibney, the film is about Lance Armstrong losing his seven Tour de France medals. (CBC)
Saturday, Art Opening - The Cosmos In Which We Are, an art installation riffing on surveillance, projection and star watching by Pascal Dufaux. 7 p.m., at Eastern Edge Art Gallery on Harbour Drive at the corner of Baird’s Cove. 

Sunday, Pop Up Southern BBQ - Phil Goodland is back with his smoker, making smoked brisket, pork shoulder and sausage with apple cider coleslaw and corn bread. At Fixed Coffee House from 7 - 9 p.m. No reservations needed.

Next Thursday,  MUN Cinema - Come and see the film that had to be completely re-made after Lance Armstrong’s much talked about confession on Oprah. The resulting biopic is a study of a masterful liar. The Armstrong Lie, Thursday, Feb. 20 at Cineplex Studios in the Avalon Mall. Showtime is at 7 p.m. - but you need to get there early.

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About the Author

Angela Antle

Host, Atlantic Voice

Angela is a producer who works from St. John's and is the host of Atlantic Voice, a Sunday morning documentary program on CBC Radio.