Seven days in the city #1

    Posted on: Monday, August 30th, 2010

Join us as we take a leisurely look back at some of the sights we encountered over the past seven days in St. John’s, won’t you?

In this, our first installment of the series, we’ve got free parking, urban art, sexy triangles and more!

Did you know there’s a bunch of free parking behind Wool Trends on Hamilton Avenue? Not very often you see a sign like that.

Does anyone else detect a hint of disdain in this signage? I guess you’d be pissed, too, if your front window got smashed in. I know the good people at Model Citizens didn’t appreciate it when it happened to them last week, either. Not to mention the laptop and merchandise that was stolen in the process.

None of which matters to these two, who are having a rest in the early hours of the morning before their world becomes bombarded with sticky-fingered children and their guardians. And in case you were wondering, the corn maze at Lester’s is in full effect.

At one point last week it appeared as though the sun had exploded shortly after a diesel-fueled rocket flew by overhead. Though as far as I know, neither of those things actually happened.

Art works like the one you see pictured here have been popping up throughout downtown all summer long. From a beautiful message about love to a garment-clad mask to what appears to be a screen print depicting Maurice Moss from The IT Crowd (played by Richard Ayoade, previously seen on The Mighty Boosh and Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place, both of which are brilliant.), these works don’t last long but are a much welcomed addition to the cityscape.

The old T.I. Brother Murphy Centre got a fresh lick over the weekend. Rumour has it a posh new restaurant is moving in. Here’s hoping it helps push this under-utilized end of Water Street towards becoming just as bustling as its more westward stretch. By rights there should be steady foot traffic from Harbourside Park to Colossal Pizza, where I only recently learned you can get chicken shawarma. Tell your friends.

And Junctions is being rebranded as Headquarters according to these equilateral flyers circulated around downtown last week. With the Junctions name having been synonymous with so many different kinds of clubbing experiences over the years, from candy-coated beats to blood-soaked metal, I can understand the need for a refresh. The flyers, on the other hand, mostly just left me feeling confused. And possibly violated.

If you happen to snap a photo in the coming days of this week and feel it’s captured something jeux ne sait St. John’s, send it our way!

Win a signed CD and tickets to see Michou tonight at The Ship!

    Posted on: Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Michou, a band who’s members were born in the past by a man from the future then travelled in time to the present, are in town promoting their sophomore album, Cardona. They played The Ship last night and are set to do it all again tonight.

This time around we’ve got free tickets and a signed copy of Cardona to give away to one lucky Signal reader.

Simply leave a comment below telling us which one of the Back to the Future movies was your fave, and you’ll be entered into our 6pm draw.

That’s soon! So enter now!

Then watch these two rather fantastic music videos of theirs and get yourself in the mood for Michou.

You’ll have fun, fun, fun, tonight when the Beach B’ys play!

    Posted on: Friday, August 27th, 2010

The last time the Beach B’ys played at The Levee, which also just happens to be the first time they’d played anywhere outside their jam space, a loosely assembled bar crowd quickly transformed into a tightly packed audience of adoring fans. Hoots, hollers and high praise rang out between songs as the B’ys laid down one beautifully articulated classic after another.

It was a sight and sound to behold.

The Beach B’ys are back at The Levee tonight, taking the stage at a very sharp 11pm. You really don’t want to miss this.

Below, a scene from Canada Day when the Beach B’ys gave a special private performance for band member Jordan Young’s family gathering.

Last chance to dance for a while

    Posted on: Friday, August 27th, 2010

If you’ve ever stepped foot inside Distortion for Musique Non Stop, you know it’s an infectious experience. The music, the people, the dance floor, it’s all unlike anything else you’ll find on George Street.

Tonight Musique Non Stop is bidding its countless fans a fond, albeit temporary farewell. Benjy and co. are taking a break for a while, and deservedly so. This will be the 23rd instalment of the electrically eclectic, always free dance party at Distortion.

Perhaps in a bid to try and hide the tears in everyone’s eyes, the theme for tonight’s Musique Non Stop is sunglasses at night. Best glasses win a prize!

Featuring Dee Jay Benjy and Little Dan, Musique Non Stop 23, the last for some time, gets underway at 11pm and goes late.

Enter our draw for a free case of your fave QV beer! UPDATE: huge prize this week!

    Posted on: Friday, August 27th, 2010

UPDATE 2: Congratulations to the winner of this week’s QV draw, Kieran Smith! Enjoy those beers and that tour, Kieran!

UPDATE: QV are upping the ante for this week’s draw! The prize now includes:

  • Two dozen of your favourite QV beer!
  • A gift cerifticate for a tour of the brewery for you and 5 of your friends! This includes a sampling of all of their brands, a complimentary beer of your choice, and a tour of the brewery!

Remember, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling us what your favourite QV beer is!

So, who wants to win the most awesome QV prize pack ever?

Every Friday from 430pm to 8pm it’s happy hour at Quidi Vidi Brewery. They’ve got drink specials, live music, and for one lucky Signal reader a free case of their favourite QV beer!

Every week, all summer long we’re giving you the chance to win.

All you have to do to enter is answer this skill testing question: what is your favourite QV beer?

Leave your answer as a comment here and you’ll be entered into today’s 4pm draw.

It’s that simple.

Photo via Lyndon Keating's flickr stream. Thanks Lyndon!

Note: all comments must be accompanied by a valid e-mail address (we don’t collect that stuff in any way, but it helps keep the number of repeat entries down to a minimum, which is only fair).