WAM's weekend picks: Benefit, Bordeaux and Bendza

WAM host Angela Antle give some of the top picks of what's happening in the St. John's area this weekend.
WAM host Angela Antle. (CBC)

There are a large number of events to take in all this weekend ... and into the next. 

Here are WAM Host Angela Antle's picks: 


Ron Hynes and Friends in Concert, 8 p.m. at the LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria St., St. John's. Ron Hynes and the Stamp Collection, with special guests Des Walsh and Joel Thomas Hynes.  

Wines of Bordeaux 2014, 7-10 p.m. at the Main Ballroom of the Delta Hotel in St. John's. Over 40 representatives from Chateaus in France will be present to pour 90 vintages from 2009 and 2010.   

Fundraiser - A musical evening to raise funds for an upcoming production of The Vagina Monologues, Marguerite's Place and The NL Sexual Assault and Crisis Prevention Centre, 9 p.m. at the The Fat Cat on George St., St. John's. $10 cover.

Live Music Friday:

The Rockhouse, 8 George St., St. John's at 10 p.m., Waterfront Fire, Make Mean Everything, Evan Aucoin & The Beautiful Wrecks. 

The Ship, 265 Duckworth St., St. John's, will feature Bandits, Temples, and The Pathological Lovers. Cover is $10. 


Artist Sylvia Bendza will tell her printmaking story, Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Michael's Printshop. (Courtesy St. Michael's Printshop)
Artist Talk from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Michael's Printshop, Baird's Cove. Veteran printmaker Sylvia Bendza will talk about her career in printmaking and show some new prints. This is a free event, and is the first of the 2014 artist talk series. 

'Jenefit' - A benefit for Newfoundland and Labrador artist Jenina MacGillivray, 9 p.m. at The Rock House on George St., St. John's. A huge array of artists and musicians have stepped up to the plate: Green & Gold, Pilot to Bombardier, Pathological Lovers, Tim Baker, Mark Bragg, Duane Andrews, East of Empire, An Incredible Woman, Joel Thomas Hynes, The Domestics, Sherry Ryan and The Lo Yo Stuff. 

Pop Up Italian Cuisine - A fundraiser for Newfoundland chef Rogers Andrews' trip to the Gold Medal Plates competition, 11 a.m. in the Court Garden at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John's. The event will feature cuisine from Roger Andrews of Relish Gourmet Burgers, Ruth Wigman of Bistro Sofia, Andrew Hodge of Holiday Inn, Shaun Hussey and Michelle LeBlanc of Chinched, Steven Gugelmeier of the Delta Hotel and Garry Gosse of Harbour Breeze. The cost is $10 a plate, and once the food is sold out, the event ends!  

CD release concert for well-known Scruncheon Rob Power and his new CD, Touch, 8 p.m. at the D.F. Cook Recital Hall, St. John's. Also featuring Bill Brennan, Erin Donovan, Evan Harte, Andrew McCarthy, Rob Power, Whitney Rowe and Phil Yetman. Tickets will be available at the door, $20 or $15 for students/seniors.


13th Annual Young Folk at The Hall, 2 p.m. at the LSPU Hall, Victoria St., St. John's. The Folk Arts Society and Fergus O'Bryne will host an afternoon of trad music with some of the province's newest players. A great way to support the continuing evolution of traditional music. 

SPARKS Literary Festival - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Suncor Energy Hall, of Memorial University's School of Music. St. John's only literary festival will feature readings, discussions, book signings, creative writing awards and plenty of good literary energy. Invited authors include Neil Bishop, Paul Bowdring, Chris Brookes, Anne Budgell, Patrick Cotter, Michael Crummey, Mary Dalton, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Marjorie Doyle, Mike Heffernan, Carmelita McGrath, Shannon Page, Chad Pelley, Jean Snook, Katie Vautour and Claire Wilkshire. This is a free event, with free parking in Lot 15B (next to the School of Music building). 

It Takes Two takes place at the LSPU Hall on Saturday at 8 p.m. (CBC)
Live Music - It Takes Two - A show of duo performances at 8 p.m. at the LSPU Hall in St. John's. The first show was so well received in 2012, the NL Folk Arts Society is having another show. Featuring Emilia Bartellas and Aaron Collis, Matthew and Allan Byrne, Joseph Coffin and Nick Earle, KatMcLevey and Maria Peddle, Denis Parker and John Clarke as well as Duane Andrews and Craig Young. Admission is $18. 

Next Thursday, Jan. 23, Watermark will screen at 7 p.m. at the Cineplex Cinema in the Avalon Mall, part of the MUN Cinema Series. It's recommended to get there early for a good seat. Directed by Canadian documentary maker Jennifer Baichwal and photographer Edward Burtynsky, Watermark is a stunningly beautiful film about water and what we're doing to this essential life force.

Let WAM know about your wicked weekend events: wam@cbc.ca 

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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.