Sunday, 12 October 2014

Mummers are finally here! "Any Mummers 'Lowed In?" by Dale Jarvis in stores now


The Mummers are finally here! After years of work, my newest book is in stores now!

I'm thrilled about this book, and the design work by Graham Blair is fabulous. This is one gorgeous book, and a perfect Christmas present.

I'm hoping that some of you will be able to join me for the official book launch on Wednesday, Oct 15th, at  7pm, at Chapters in St. John's. There will be purity syrup and jam-jams!

Any Mummers ’Lowed In? : Christmas Mummering Traditions in Newfoundland and Labrador

Thursday, 7 August 2014

The White Horse - A Newfoundland tale of superstition and loss



A fisherman named Albert has a strange encounter with a phantom white horse. Only too late does he realize what terrible tragedy the ghost horse presaged. This traditional tale of superstition and folk belief from Proctor’s Cove, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, originally recorded in the 1920s, is here retold by folklorist and storyteller Dale Jarvis, and is taken from his book “Haunted Waters: More True Ghost Stories of Newfoundland and Labrador.


The music track for the tale is “Salted Caramel” by Black Twig Pickers and Steve Gunn, and is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License. Additional sound effects by swiftoid and geoneo0 of freesound.org. Photo "White Horse" by Richard PJ Lambert/Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Sea Monsters! - Dale Jarvis in the parlour of Cape Spear Lighthouse



Sea Monsters!

From the creator of the award-winning St. John's Haunted Hike, storyteller and folklorist Dale Jarvis, comes an evening of stories of sea monsters and ghost ships, told within the (relative) safety of the lighthouse parlour at Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site. 

Date: July 31 and August 28, 7:00pm
Cost: $15 ($10 for kids 12 and under) – cash sale only

Note: Seating is limited! Tickets available at the lighthouse door. Not responsible for kraken attack.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Philip Goodridge joins the cast of "Ghosts of Signal Hill"





Returning storytellers Dale Jarvis and Chris Hibbs are joined for this summer's run of "Ghosts of Signal Hill" by local actor Philip Goodridge, sharing the role of Lieutenant Ranslaer Schuyler.


Philip is a graduate of York University’s Theatre program (performance/playwriting). He was most recently seen in Joint Productions’ slapstick farce Don’t Dress For Dinner. He has also worked with TaDa! Productions (Cabaret, Alice In Wonderland, The Rocky Horror Show, White Christmas , Chicago, Evita and several Our Divas concerts), Best Kind Productions (Avenue Q), RCA Theatre (iFrancoPhone, Makin’ Time With The Yanks), Rising Tide Theatre’s Summer In The Bight, c2c (Bent, Beyond Therapy) , Beothuck Street Players (Blood Brothers, Jesus Christ Superstar) Peter MacDonald Productions (Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Anne of Green Gables) etc. He has written several plays including Eli and The Deathcurse, Above and Below, The Thieves’ Tale, Once Upon a Blah Blah Blah..., and Aquarium. His most recent play, The Ogre’s Purse (RCA Theatre) toured schools across the province in November. As a director he has worked with Shakespeare by the Sea (Romeo and Juliet, Above and Below) as well as his own work Three Tales of Terror: Old Time Radio Drama and The Saucy Personnel. He is also singer/songwriter performing solo as well as part of the duo The Duds with Melanie O’Brien Hutton

Philip's first performance is this Friday, 8pm! Welcome to the cast!

Tickets for "Ghosts of Signal Hill" are available in advance from the Signal Hill Visitor Centre, Signal Hill road.

Note: due to a scheduling conflict, Saturday's performance will take place in the Signal Hill Visitor Centre Theatre, instead of in the Queen's Battery. 

(photo courtesy Provincial Historic Sites)

Friday, 11 July 2014

Free family storytelling in Bowring Park on Sunday with Kathy Jessup


Bowring Park is turning 100 and is going to celebrate! On Sunday, July 13 from noon to 4:30 p.m. the Bowring Park Foundation is hosting a birthday party with free events for everyone.

See the list of events here.

One of the events is the next in our family storytelling series. Every Sunday afternoon for the rest of the summer, there will be free family-friendly storytelling at the Peter Pan statue, with a variety of local and visiting storyteller. For this Sunday only, the action will shift up to the Bungalow as all the 100th birthday activities are taking place up in that end of the park.

Sunday's storyteller is Kathy Jessup, a professional storyteller visiting from Alberta. Over the years she’s performed her original tales in countless schools, libraries, concerts and festivals across Canada — from Inuvik to Regina, and from Vancouver to Halifax, and now in St. John's. Kathy’s stories and articles have appeared in various publications including the children’s magazine chickaDEE, and the Alberta Centennial anthology Under the WideBlue Sky: Alberta Stories to Read and Tell published by Red Deer Press.

All other storytelling sessions for the rest of the summer are still scheduled at the Peter Pan Statue. Next week: Mary Fearon!





Friday, 27 June 2014

Share a Scare - 6th annual NL ghost story writing contest


Once again the three St. John’s city libraries are coming together to present youth in the St John’s area with an opportunity to share. We are hosting our 6th annual ghost story writing contest with celebrity judge, Dale Jarvis (international storyteller, personality, author and cultural protector of NL culture).

St. John’s is a wonderful old city steeped in mystery, folklore and spooky tales, so what could be better than sharing a creepy story? This is an opportunity for children ages 7-17 to share their stories and showcase their writing and story-telling talents. The winner receives a $50 Chapters gift card , a gift bag full of writing goodies, a chance to talk to an award winning author and a showcase for their work. 

Drop off your entry at the library nearest you before October 17 or visit http://stjohnsghoststorycontest.blogspot.ca/ and email your entry to juliamayo@nlpl.ca.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

St. John's Storytelling Festival is hiring a student


The St. John's Storytelling Festival is hiring a student for the summer.
Check out the details below:

Festival Assistant June 30-August 15, 2014 (7 weeks), 30 hours per week, $10.00/hour

If you are a self-directed, organized, and energetic student with an interest in storytelling, the St. John's Storytelling Festival would like your help with planning and preparing for the St. John's Storytelling Festival (October 3-10, 2014). An average day could include (but will not be limited to) any of the following tasks: planning and confirming event locations and details for the Festival, making sponsorship phone calls, creating web content and ad copy, scanning/filing documents and other administrative tasks, and, coordinating with the board to create and execute a program to record and curate stories from various local tellers; and to plan and create further storytelling programs for the next year.

If you'd like to be a crucial part of the success of the 2014 St. John's Storytelling Festival, please forward your resume, with a cover letter outlining your interest and relevant skills, to storytellingstjohns@gmail.com or St. John's Storytelling Festival, PO box 23084, Churchill Square, St. John's, NL, A1B 4J9 by June 10th, 2014.

This position is funded under the Canada Summer Jobs program and is open to post-secondary students who will be returning to full-time studies in the fall semester. We thank all who apply for the position; only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Friday, 25 April 2014

A postcard from Wisconsin - Ghosts, Gygax, and Grrrrr!


Hello, Wisconsin!

It has been several years since I’ve been here, but I’m back at the Northlands Storytelling Conference. The conference this year in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, famous as the home of the late Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons & Dragons. I’ll head out to try and find a dragon later, and so far, the conference hotel seems relatively free of halfling thieves. Nasty hobbitses…

I flew in to Chicago yesterday, and was met at the airport by storyteller Camille Born and her husband, who drove me to Lake Geneva, where we had a great chat and lunch of pulled lamb at a lakeside restaurant. Then they dropped me off at the Geneva Ridge Resort, where I had a moment to rest before two events to kick off the conference - the story slam and the ghost story swap.

I didn’t have a story to tell at the swap, hosted by friend Katie Knutson, so I ended up as a judge. The theme for the night was GRRRR! and we had stories of bears, trips through swamps, dogs of various sizes, bobcats in suitcases, New York City thieves, and (to my personal delight) a visit from a clever fellow named Jack.

Afterwards, the ghost story swap, hosted by Maureen Korte, whom I had met at the Story City festival (a place that loves giving free money to Canadians, if you are in the neighbourhood). There were lots of great ghost stories of every sort and description, and I told one of my favourites, the story of the SS Regulus.


Then off to bed! Today, day two, and more stories!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Haunted Shores - The little Newfoundland ghost book that could

About eleven years ago, I approached Garry Cranford of Flanker Press with an idea to write a book of true Newfoundland and Labrador ghost stories. Without seeing a manuscript, Garry said they would publish it. The book "Haunted Shores: True Ghost Stories of Newfoundland and Labrador" was published in May, 2004.

It was my first of several books for Flanker Press. My only previous work had been been the chapter on Newfoundland and Labrador in a compilation of Canadian ghost stories by Lone Pine Publishing. I had been writing stories of the unexplained for the local paper, but Haunted Shores was my first real collection of stories.

It sold well, right out of the gate, and before long was into its second printing. I got busy with other projects, wrote a few more books, and after a few years, rarely thought about Haunted Shores. But a strange thing happened. The book continued to sell, and sell, as the years rolled on by.

This month, I got one of my regular royalty notices from Flanker, and I saw that Haunted Shores, as it has for the past few years, continues to outsell my other books. In fact, it continues to outsell all my other Flanker titles combined!

To date, ten years after its launch, Haunted Shores has sold close to 18,000 copies, which is not bad for a little compilation of local ghost stories! And not only does it outsell print copies of my other books, it is now outselling them in digital sales as well.

As an author, you never know quite what will catch people's attention. But Haunted Shores has done that, for whatever reason, and I'm thankful!

Reviews:

"Drawn from both archival sources and first-hand accounts, these delightfully spooky stories promise to become a campfire essential." -- Luminus

"Well documented as to source and complete with vintage historical photographs, it is well worth reading and shivering over on a dark, rainy night." -- Fate magazine
"Haunted Shores is a fascinating book that helps preserve many of the old supernatural tales from Newfoundland and Labrador." -- The Telegram

"It's a book worth picking up for a well-written, quick and easy pleasure read." -- The Compass

Friday, 4 April 2014

Open Letter to the Members of the Memorial University Senate



The following is a copy of the email I sent today to every member of the Memorial University Senate. If you'd like a copy of the email list in order to send your own letter, send me a note.

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Dear Members of the Memorial University Senate,

I'm a proud alumni of Memorial, one of the founders of the Leida Finlayson Memorial Scholarship, a frequent guest lecturer, MUN volunteer, and a Research Associate of the Department of Folklore. I am writing to you about the Senate’s troubling decision last November to modify its position on weapons on campus. The previous policy to prohibit the possession, storage, or use of firearms, ammunition, or weapons on any property of the University was a good one, and a smart one.

Weapons do not belong in classrooms. That is the ideal, and one which we should never compromise.

One of Memorial’s roles is to provide the best environment for education that it possibly can. This means taking a stand for what is right. No student, faculty, staff member, or visiting lecturer should have to be in a classroom where weapons of any kind are present.

Memorial prides itself as being an inclusive community, dedicated to innovation and excellence in teaching, learning, and public engagement. The Senate has an opportunity here to show vision and courage, to be a beacon for positive and peaceful dialogue, to foster the best possible conditions for student learning, and to set a clear policy which enshrines classroom spaces as weapons-free zones.

These are things that need to be worked out carefully, transparently, and with the participation and consultation of the wider university community. I know that your next regularly scheduled meeting of the Senate is April 8th, and I hope that at that meeting, you and your colleagues will reverse the decision of November 2013, and take strong steps to abolish all weapons from classrooms at Memorial University.

Respectfully yours,

Dale Gilbert Jarvis, BSc, MA
dale@dalejarvis.ca
709-685-3444

“Peace is a mode of behaviour.”
     - UNESCO Yamoussourko Declaration on Peace 

photo: David Miller/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0