For over three decades, one of Mount Pearl’s big contributions to Newfoundland & Labrador art and culture has been punk rock music.
The first women’s wrestling match in Newfoundland took place in the summer of 1955 at the Memorial Stadium. The advertised photos of Alberta’s Alma Mills peaked curiosity across the island prior to her arrival, but audiences were shocked when they finally got to see her in the ring.
On the heels of local success, Long Harbour’s Dead Reckoning moved to Toronto where they performed before a studio audience on Dini Petty’s popular Canadian talk show.
These were the third and fourth shows of The Tragically Hip’s Road Apples tour, and the band’s first gigs in St. John’s.
Kitty Power started with Newfoundland’s Traveling Library in 1940.
With Anne Murray’s wholesome, squeaky clean Canadian image, how did an infamous photo of the Springhill singer posing with the unlikely company of Alice Cooper, John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, and Micky Dolenz effectively change her career?
During his lost 1959 visit to St. John’s, Louis Armstrong performed two shows at the Memorial Stadium, enjoyed a feed of fresh salmon, bought a stack of traditional Newfoundland records, and chatted with young journalists outside of his room at the Kenmount Motel.
Just months before recording Dizzy Gillespie Jam live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the legendary trumpeter and bebop pioneer made a stop at the Arts & Culture Centre in St. John’s on January 19th, 1977.
The Krystals formed in 1966 when a young Dutch engineer relocated to Labrador City for work in his field, but soon found himself resuming a role in his other area of expertise: rock n’ roll.