Snapshot of 2018 Winterset in Summer Festival

“Lyrical Voices”

Jamie Fitzpatrick is back with another amazing line-up of new and upcoming singer/songwriters, as well as some familiar faces, in an evening of musical entertainment.

Singers/Songwriters: Clare Follett, Pamela Morgan, Peter Willie Youngtree, Mary Barry

Host: Jamie Fitzpatrick

“Voices of Romance”

Readers/Writers: Victoria Barbour, Kate Robbins, Melanie Martin

Host: Heather Barrett

Heather Barrett will begin our literary weekend with love and romance in a discussion with internationally best-selling romance writers Victoria Barbour, Melanie Martin and Kate Robbins. Love is in the Newfoundland air!


Chris Brookes will lead a discussion with Jane Christmas, Katherine Govier, and Madeleine Thien on how times and places intersect in people’s lives and influence writing.

Readers/Writers: Jane Christmas, Katherine Govier, Madeleine Thien

Host: Chris Brookes

“New Voices”

Readers/Writers: Melissa Barbeau, Rosalind Gill, Azzo Rezori

Host: Mack Furlong

Mack Furlong will introduce you to three new authors – Melissa Barbeau, Rosalind Gill and Azzo Rzori – as they discuss the trials, tribulations, joys and thrills of becoming a writer.

“Instant Choir”

Join us at St. Alban’s Church in Burnside for Instant Choir. Led by Julia Halfyard, we will sing Wayne Chaulk’s Song for Newfoundland. Open to anyone who loves to sing. We will learn the song, sing some harmonies, perform the song and have some fun in the process.

Host: Julia Halfyard (leader)

“Stage Voices”

Paul Rowe will lead a discussion with the creative team of Jillian Keiley and Robert Chafe. This duo has been collaborating on innovative and creative work since their first project: In Your Dreams Freud in 1995. Since that time, their theatre company, Artistic Fraud has become one of Newfoundland’s foremost theatre companies. They specialize in large scale chorus-based work where spectacle meets story. Wayne Johnston will also be joining the panel for what will surely be a captivating discussion.

Readers/Writers: Jillian Keiley, Robert Chafe, Wayne Johnston

Host: Paul Rowe

“Festival Community Reception”

Immediately following BMO Winterset Award Voices, the Festival Board is pleased to invite all Winterset in Summer event audiences to attend a reception in the Centre’s Foyer where they will have an opportunity to meet this year’s writers, artists, musicians and panel hosts.

Host: Board of Directors

“BMO Winterset Award Voices”

Join the 2017 BMO Winterset Award finalists Bridget Canning, Joel Thomas Hynes and Wayne Johnston as they talk about their respective works with Winterset’s founding host Michael Enright.

Readers/Writers: Bridget Canning, Joel Thomas Hynes, Wayne Johnston

Host: Michael Enright

“Voices of Canada Reads”

2018 Canada Reads finalists Sharon Bala (The Boat People) and Omar El Akkad (American War) discuss their debut novels with host Noreen Golfman.

Readers/Writers: Sharon Bala, Omar El Akkad

Host: Noreen Golfman

“Eastport Peninsula Rocks!”

Local geologists Art Dyke and Ray Penny will take you down the rocky paths of the peninsula. Two sessions; maximum 25 persons per walk.

Host: Art Dyke and or Ray Penny

“Eastport Peninsula Rocks!”

Local geologists Art Dyke and Ray Penny will take you down the rocky paths of the peninsula. Two sessions; maximum 25 persons per walk.

Host: Art Dyke and or Ray Penny

“Book Launches”

All Morning Session – Book launches from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Keep checking our website for further details on this event and the authors who will be participating.

Readers/Writers: TBA

Host: TBA

2018 Sponsors

2018 – Festival Friends

  • Rob Andrews & Robin Kind
  • Betty Badcock
  • Jane Baird & Richard Sharp
  • Carol Bishop
  • Peter Blackie
  • Emma Butler Gallery
  • Roger & Barbara Carpenter
  • Roger & Cris Carter
  • Sheila Curran
  • Carol Daley & Darrell Boone
  • Easton Hillier Lawrence Innes Law Offices
  • Jim & Susan Fallon
  • Kay Bradley & Freeman Rumbolt
  • Gander International Airport Authority
  • Rob & Jennifer Gill
  • Noreen Golfman
  • Richard Gwyn
  • John & Jennifer Guy
  • Bernice & Tom Hallett
  • Al & Mary Henderson
  • Kathy Hodder
  • Rosann Cashin Nichol
  • Jim Oldford & Pauline Duke
  • Tolson & Pat Parsons
  • Alan Pickersgill
  • Lisa Rae & Peter Pickersgill
  • Bill & Penny Rowe
  • Mary-Deanne Shears
  • Susan Sherk
  • Gerry & Barbara Shortall
  • Randy & Gladys Street
  • Pat & Joanne Thompson
  • Susan & Tom Foran
  • Virginia Trieloff
  • Al & Joyce White
  • Gerri Woodford

2018 -Government of Canada

  • Department of Canadian Heritage
  • Canada Council for the Arts

2018 – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

  • ArtsNL – Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council
  • Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

2018 – Principal Sponsors

  • BMO – Bank of Montreal
  • Elinor Gill Ratcliffe C.M., O.N.L, LLD (hc)
  • Penguin Random House Canada

2018 – Donors/Supporters

  • Airport Mazda
  • Rebecca Redmond MacLean Law Office
  • Susan Weiser

Outreach 2018

Eric West – musician/writer in residence at Terra Nova National Park.

Winterset in Summer and Terra Nova National Park will again partner to provide a writer in residence at the Park’s Activity Centre from Monday, August 6th to Thursday, August 9th inclusive. This year’s musician/writer in residence is Eric West.

Eric West is a guitarist, composer and publisher from Ladle Cove, Notre Dame Bay. He performs original, folk and classical music, primarily on solo guitar. Eric has recorded with folk groups, classical ensembles and the children’s musical duo ‘Heather and Eric’. He has composed music for radio, television and stage. Eric’s publications include a guitar method book/CD, seven volumes of folk song arrangements and a children’s book/CD. His music is featured on over a dozen recordings. Eric is president and artistic director of the Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting this province’s traditional music, dance and storytelling arts. Among other activities, Soundbone organizes school tours, community workshops, a Summer Music Series and the Vinland Music Camp. The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council awarded Eric the 2007 Arts Achievement Award for his contribution to the arts in this province.

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