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Summer Arts Series 2016


NOVEMBER UPDATE: ***Please be advised that the final night of the Paradise Summer Arts Series (Songwriters Circle ft. Sean Panting and Dana Parsons) originally scheduled for Thursday, September 1, has been rescheduled to December 6 and 18, 2016.


New for Summer 2016 the Town of Paradise is launching a Summer Arts Series!

Hosted in conjunction with a newly-formed Paradise community arts group with presenting sponsor Body Quest Health and Wellness Centre, the Summer Arts Series is a first for the Town of Paradise.

The program provides an opportunity to highlight the local arts community through themed performance nights such as various musical genres, youth theatre and songwriters circle. The series runs Thursday evenings from July 21 through to September 1, 2016.

All events are FREE admission and take place at the Paradise Double Ice Complex with a 7:30 p.m. showtime (July 28 event will begin at 7:00 p.m.). The schedule is as follows:

July 21, 2016: Blues Night - Headliner Jug Habit 7:30 p.m.

Jug Habit is Denis Parker (harmonica & vocals) Dave Rowe (mandolin & vocals) Brad Power (6 string banjo) and Steve Hussey (guitar). They play a repetoire of classic jug band songs that Denis recorded in 1969 with his band The Panama Limited Jug Band during the skiffle and jug band revival in England for the Harvest Records label of London, England (Pink Floyd, Barcley James Harvest, Deep Purple).

Jug Habit music originated in the Southern US and was first recorded in Kentucky in 1923. The essence of a larger traditional formal band was in effect re-created by using much simpler and often times homemade instruments, and even household items like washboard, comb, washtub bass, spoons & bones. Affordable instruments like kazoos & harmonicas were also used, along with the more conventional mandolins, guitars & banjos, and of course - a good ol' jug. These bands would play a variety of different styles of music including jazz, pop songs, ballads, instrumentals, blues and whatever else the occasion needed, all in a very over the top comedic way.

Jug Habit is a modern day continuation of that sound but stripped of the medicine show kookiness, and focusing on the musical side of the genre.

July 28, 2016: Youth Theatre Performance - Through the Looking Glass  7:00 p.m.

Youth participants of a three-day intensive youth musical theatre camp will conclude the camp with performances from Through the Looking Glass.   

During the camp, participants will sing, dance and act in a fun environment under the direction of weel-known directors Terri Andrews (Director of Our Divas and TaDa! Events), Pamela Pittman (Choreographer of Our Divas and TaDa! Events) and Kyle McDavid (Director/Musical Director of Best Kind Productions).  

August 4, 2016: Traditional Night - Headliner Duane Andrews & Aaron Collis 7:30 p.m.


Duane Andrews and Aaron Collis are two outstanding instrumentalists who are no strangers to the stage having played as members of such groups as The Dardanelles, Craig Young, Rum Ragged and The Swinging Belles to name a few. As a duo they perform their tasty blend of accordion and guitar music regularly on Sundays at Mallard Cottage where they recorded their award winning debut album 'The Mallard Cottage Sessions'.



Nick Earle and Joe Coffin are young emerging blues artists from St. John's, NL who have just released their debut album "Live at the Citadel House". Adopting a distinctive style which is well beyond their years, they draw inspiration from blues greats such as Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters. Rich soulful vocals paired with blow your mind guitar solos are just two of the descriptions that come to mind when watching these two execute their skills. Earle and Coffin have already performed with many of Newfoundland's top roots and blues musicians and have learned to demonstrate the utmost professionalism and style. When the pair are not performing as a duo act they are jamming electric blues, roots and rock with Newfoundland & Labrador's best dressed blues/roots band, Stompbox.

August 11, 2016: Dance / Jazz / Funk Night - Headliner Ouroboros 7:30 p.m.


Ouroboros is a five-piece band armed with a smorgasbord of melodies and grooves inspired by cultures from around the world. Heavy beats of West Africa, folk traditions of Eastern Europe, and a healthy dose of jazz and funk - this is music that makes you move.



iFLY Aerial Arts is an aerial school under the direction of Anahareo Doelle, graduate of the National Circus School of Montreal. Their roots are with Newfoundland's one and only Wonderbolt Circus. iFly's home base is The S.P.A.C.E, a multi purpose venue for classes and events located in downtown St. John's. iFLY's teachers strive to create a fun and safe environment with hands on instruction in Lyra, silks, aerial hammock, trapeze and aerial yoga. Aerial training at IFLY is an empowering experience that nurtures a positive body perception and self confidence.


iFly is under the direction of Anahareo!

Anahareo is a graduate of the National Circus School of Montreal where she specialized in aerial hoop and silks.  For the past fifteen years she has performed in various shows in Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Japan and Germany. She lived in Berlin for seven years before she returned to her hometown St.John's in 2011 with her husband and family.  Anahareo is a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor and operates her own aerial school "iFly Aerials" at Wonderbolt's new downtown studio, the S.P.A.C.E. She teaches Aerial Yoga, Aerials for Kids and Adult classes and loves sharing her passion with others.

 August 18, 2016: Hip Hop Night - Headliner Dark Planet Collective 7:30 p.m.


Hailing from East Coast indie label MadRock Records, the Dark Planet Collective is a hip hop project founded and fronted by Alley C.B Flynn also known as Dark Planet/DPC/The BlueWolf. As a multi-instrumentalist and producer, Alley usually takes the lead on song writing, vocals, instrumentation and live performances while occasionally collaborating with fellow DPC member and producer GlowBrains and many other ultra talented artists and musicians. 

Dark Planet also performs live with a full live four piece band consisting of Allan Brake on drums, Wade Tarling on keys and Mark Green on bass.  



The Clique is a youth commercial dance company run by Red Hot Productions' co-artistic directors Erika Wilansky and Amanda Chretien. The company is comprised of many talented dancers from different local dance studios. The Clique is putting off their annual showcase on October 7th at the CLB Armoury with a portion of the proceeds going to the Light It Up Quinn Fund. Tickets will be on sale in September. Please check out for more information. A huge thank you to Katie Yetman from Coastal Dance for this Hip Hop choreography.

December 6 & 18, 2016: Community Songwriters Paradise Arts Workshop

Master local songwriter Sean Panting will be leading two free sessions exploring the art of song writing while sharing the stories behind the songs. Youth ages 12 to 18 are invited to register today. 

There will also be a performance opportunity on December 14, 2016 which will will be led by: Jenna Maloney, Dana Parsons, Wade Tarling, Melanie O'brien and Ean Panting. 

To register email


Thanks to presenting sponsor, Body Quest Health and Wellness Centre