Getting seated at The Hip

    Posted on: Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Moments ago, fellow Twitterer stevendavis shared this shot of the stage from inside Mile One as fans take their seats for tonight’s Tragically Hip concert.

On the one hand, this is pretty mundane stuff. But on the other hand, this is a prime example of the fact that we’re living in the future.

To all you people of the future pictured above, enjoy the show!

A1C Gallery hiring part-time coordinator

    Posted on: Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

From A1C Gallery:

a1cweblogoA1C Gallery is looking for an experienced and hard-working individual to fill the part-time position of Gallery Coordinator. The Gallery Coordinator will work closely with the Board of Directors to manage the administrative and logistical aspects of A1C Gallery. Responsibilities will include:

  • Planning and organizing exhibitions and events
  • Communicating with exhibiting artists
  • Maintaining an accurate account of financial transactions
  • Promotion and publicity
  • Contributing to grant proposals and reports
  • Researching avenues for funding
  • Installing exhibitions
  • Managing the office

The successful applicant will have:

  • Post-secondary education in the arts, or equivalent work experience
  • Knowledge of contemporary art practice and the visual arts sector
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with Photoshop, Microsoft Office, HTML and other software

Previous experience in arts administration and event coordination are highly desirable. Applicants must be flexible as this position will include work on evenings and weekends.

This is a part-time six-month position for 20hrs/week at $15/hr.

Please apply to:

Attn: Kym Greeley

Hiring Committee

A1C Gallery

8 Baird’s Cove

St. John’s NL

A1C 6M9


The deadline for applications is July 10, 2009 and the job starts in August.

Looks like an ideal way for an artist to eke out a living while having most of your time to yourself to work on your art. Granted, $200 a week (give-or-take after taxes) probably isn’t quite enough to live off of on its own, but offset that with the odd shift at somewhere like Hava Java or Folly and you’re laughing.

Do you shop and tell?

    Posted on: Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Janet Butt does.

As Butt explains, she’s a “host, server, cashier, sales associate, supervisor, call centre agent, tour guide, receptionist, barista, housekeeper, bartender, room service attendant…the list goes on. With all this experience in customer service, how can I help myself?”

The fact is, she’s helping everyone, at least when it comes to raising the bar for customer service in St. John’s. Her blog, I Shop And Tell, features regular updates on the customer service experiences she has throughout this city.megaphone Pictures, Images and Photos

Butt focuses on both the good and the bad of customer service, bringing to light the ups and downs of check out counters, fast food orders, price tag displays and more.

From either side of the customer service fence it makes for a great read.

As a consumer, it can help give you a sense of what should and shouldn’t be acceptable service standards, and can even help give you a leg up the next time you find yourself in an unfavourable customer service situation.

As a customer service agent, you could gain some insight into the positive and negative impact of how your actions affect the customers you serve, and you might even pick up a few tips to help make your job more enjoyable.

Butt would like to encourage everyone in St. John’s to shop and tell. You can share your stories for possible inclusion in her blog either via direct message on Twitter, or by e-mail.

Sailor’s Ode from Short Production Films

    Posted on: Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

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Short Production Films have just released their first music video. From the Vimeo page:

Sailor’s Ode is a music video/short film for Amy G. Dala, a four piece from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Sailor’s Ode is available on their self-titled debut album available July ’09.

Sailor’s Ode was written and directed by Alex Mugford. With Brad Batten behind the camera and a team of producers made up of best friends, Sailor’s Ode is sure to make you rock the fuck out.

The video has an interesting visual style, sort of like the cut scenes from an old gangster video game, with dialogue appearing on the screen, the frame always moving, sometimes closing in on a certain area for emphasis.

Done on a budget of love and free time, the cast and crew of the Sailor’s Ode music video manage to deliver what at times feels like a full scale cinematic experience thanks to their obvious commitment to realizing Mugford’s vision. You get the impression that this is more than just a production company — this is a team.

I’ll be keeping my eye on Short Production Films. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of what they have in store.

Sailor’s Ode from Short Production Films on Vimeo.

[via Alex Mugford]

Droppy vs. Buddy

    Posted on: Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Surely you’re familiar with Droppy the Water Drop. He’s the City of St. John’s’ water conservation mascot, a water drop with a mouth and eyes, two white gloves for hands, wearing rubber boots and a sou’wester.


In no way does he resemble Buddy the Bus. He’s Metrobus’ free downtown bus service mascot, a headlight (I guess?) with a mouth and eyes, two white gloves for hands, wearing rubber boots and a sou’wester.


Seriously, is this the best we can do?

Somebody for the love of gravy please make a comic strip out of these two characters. If you do, let me know and I’ll gladly run it on Signal.