If you are like me, you may want to catch a play every now and again while also checking out what the local galleries and music venues offer.

The wonderfully hilarious Swingin In St. Johns’ the musical made another great run at Artword Artbar.  It’s a feel good story that answers these two questions.  What if they made an Elvis movie set in Newfoundland? What if that movie was then adapted as a stage play?

Hamilton’s own Chasing Shadow Productions spear headed by the dynamic duo of Will Gillespie and Susan Robinson provides answers to those pressing questions, and more.  An entry in last years’s Fringe festival, this version of Swingin In St. John’s features 18 brand-new songs and some traditional Newfoundland classics with a Rock & Roll Memphis twist.

Highly entertaining featuring Will Gillespie as Johnny King, Brian Morton as Old Salty, Rebecca Gilbert Millar as Annette, Leonard Cain as Rod Fisher
and introducing Mariam Bekhet as Squirt and Susan Robinson as the Lobster.  it had a limited run for April, but I hope it returns soon.  I loved it!

Music returns to 33 Bowen (the former Slainte) and Monday nights feature karaoke with a band hosted by Anthony Goodine.

On James Street North, the newly opened Shaolin Underground is a happening spot.  Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights it serves tapas, has live music provides a snackbar experience, brought to you by the team behind Born and Raised Restaurant.

Wander over to the You Me Gallery.  Curator Bryce Kanbara is featuring a retrospective of some of his art dating back to the 1970’s.  Easterly prints and paintings is an amazing exhibit that is sure to awaken your eye and mind to the widening force of art.  I posted some pictures on my Facebook timeline, but they do not do the pieces justice.  Be sure to pop in and see them for yourself.  The show runs til May 6th.

Artword Artbar   (905) 543-8512

15 Colbourne Street  www.artword.net/artbar

Chasing Shadow Productions (289) 925-8083 and

Will Gillespie Music www.willgillespie.ca

33 Bowen  (289) 396-8865  www.33bowen.ca

Shaolin Underground (289) 389-9525

229 James Street North


You Me Gallery (905) 523-7754

330 James Street North

Gallery hours:  Wednesday-Sunday 12-5pm


Whenever two people meet there are really six people present.
There is each man as he sees himself,
Each man as the other sees him-
And each man as he really is. ~William James 1842-1910

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