Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Writer's Festival Frenzy

It's getting close to the busiest, most exciting time of year again in Bonne Bay: Writers Festival! Facilitated by Writers at Woody Point, this is the pinnacle of the summer for us, and is when we hold the highest number of events (and have the most fun!). Writers and musicians from all over flock to our charming little town to participate and display their work, all for us to enjoy. The full schedule for the week can be found here ( if you're interested, but below i'll be going into greater detail regarding some of the Galliott Studios-specific events - some of which that may not be on the official schedule. We've got all kinds of entertainment to keep you occupied this upcoming week!

 Writers at Woody Point

Wednesday, August 16th - On the second official day of the festival, Galliott Studio first hosts an event. Following the second portion of the opening concert, Jen is hosting late-night karaoke that begins at 11:30 PM. If you're looking to continue the party late into the night, there's no where else better than singing your heart out with us!

Thursday, August 17th - Thursday morning kicks off a series of morning readings by various individuals throughout Writers Festival. Our premier speaker is Susan Perly, a Canadian journalist and fiction writer. Her work has gotten her on the longlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and given her national recognition, while she herself has worked with organizations like CBC Radio. Her reading is sure to intriuge anyone with a curious mind.

Friday, August 18th - The halfway point of the festival is kicked off with another reading; this time from Eva Crocker, who is best known for her most recent publication, Barrelling Forward. From an author who's newest work has drawn outstanding praise, be sure to expect a good story or two! Later in the evening, we're also hosting a musical performance by Steve Maloney, a performer native to Newfoundland. Steve's first release with his group Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind, succeeded by an Eastern Canada tour to numerous music festivals, drew the eyes and ears of the east coast music scene. In 2014, he was awarded the Rising Star of the Year award from MusicNL, and hasn't disappointed since. Steve's earned a reputation as a musical chameleon with a velvet voice. While he tackles folk, classical, and contemporary pop music, the one link between his music is rich and soulful delivery. He currently has another album under construction, so why not stop by and see if he gives us a preview? Price is to be determined, so stay tuned.

Saturday, August 19th - Another day, another reading at Galliott Studios! This time around, we have Dennis Lee, doing a kid-friendly reading! From the highly-acclaimed author of Alligator Pie, your kids are sure to enjoy whatever is in store. Later in the afternoon - around 2:00 PM - we're glad to welcome Anita Best and Sandy Morris back into the Studio for yet another musical exhibition. From some of the mainstays in Newfoundland's music scene, you're sure to recieve an amazing performance.

Sunday, August 20th -  The final morning reading at the Studio is facilitated by Robert Chafe, a Canadian playwright who's long list of works garnered him numerous awards and reknown. Robert's creative touch is sure to make an interesting showing for all ages. Last but not least, a collection of local writers are completing another reading, beginning around 4:00 PM. While the participants of the latter reading are unannounced as of yet, it's sure to be yet another outstanding selection.

Excited yet? Be sure to tag us on Instagram if you make a Writers Week post @galliottstudios1. Need any more information about our hosted events? Feel free to contact us through any of our media platforms, our by calling us. We're so excited to bring these events to you, and can't wait to see you stop by!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August Already?

Can you believe we're already starting August? It seems like only a short while ago we were opening up for the summer season! Nevertheless, that only gives you a better reason to get out and experience all there is to offer.

First up, if you're just visiting Gros Morne, why not leave with a handcrafted memory? Jen and the girls in the shop are always hard at work making new pottery items for you. Our jellyfish are especially frequent sellers, and as was previously mentioned in an earlier blog post, it's our goal to spread them around the world, and find out where they are. But, besides the project they are a part of, these ceramic creatures make a perfect decoration to any reading nook, dorm window, or anything in between. Fresh-from-the-kiln mugs are also constantly in production, though sell out almost as fast as they're made. And of course, there is always the medley of local artwork, food products, and clothing for sale. 

August is also the most exciting month for Bonne Bay South: between Gros Morne Summer Music ramping up, and Writer's Festival in a few short weeks, there's lots for a visiting traveler or interested local to participate in. The unique performances and thrilling music appear at a higher frequency in the area's unique setting, so it's much easier to catch one of the shows by the end of the month. There's also always karaoke night every Saturday night at Galliott Studios as well, for those looking to sing their hearts out. :)

Excited as we are for August? Be sure to enjoy it while the days are still sunny and warm!