Wicked WAM picks: orchestra, haggis, and folklore

CBC WAM host Angela Antle has some wicked picks for this weekend.
WAM host Angela Antle. (CBC)

1. Angela Cheng, one of Canada’s most acclaimed pianists, kicks off the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra's season with Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, opus 15, D minor on Friday at 8 p.m. at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre. More details here.

2. On Friday night, Katie Baggs performs by candlelight at the Commissariat House at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Fred’s Records on Duckworth Street. More details here.

3. Shakespeare with Scotch III, an evening of fine scotch tasting and celebration of all things Scottish, at 8 p.m. on Friday at Newman Wine Vaults. Not just any old bog juice – some of these scotches are not available locally, including Robert Graham's Dancing Stag Single Cask Bottling. They have two of only 275 bottles that exist world-wide. Dave Poitras from Scotch on the Rock, the province's Scotch appreciation society, will guide the tasting of the scotch and delicious haggis prepared by the Haggis Lady Jennifer Whitfield. And yes, there will be men in kilts and bagpipes playing. Tickets are $65 per person, with only 40 tickets available. More details here.

4. Culture Days is taking place all weekend in the downtown area of St. John's. Everything from traditional music sessions on Sunday from 3 - 6 p.m. at O’Reilly’s Pub on George Street, to children’s landscape art classes at Eastern Edge on Saturday at 12 p.m. Check out a full list of events on their website.

5. Gordie Tentrees & Hill Country News will be playing every night this weekend. The former Golden Glove boxer turned "swampy, high-energy folk music" player, Gordie has performed with – and has been compared to – Fred Eaglesmith. On Friday, you can catch him at St. George's Heritage Church in Brigus. On Saturday, the band will play The Ship Inn in St. John's at 10 p.m. On Sunday, he's be playing at the English Harbour Arts Centre in Trinity Bay at 8 p.m. More details here.

And a bonus pick for this weekend… 

6. Folklore students from Memorial University will present the research and stories they uncovered as part of their course with Dr. Gerald Pocius on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the QuidiVidi Village Plantation.