GE 1997-8 Season 4 Episode 7: Paulitorial
Note: this is not a transcript, but a working draft of the script, so there may be differences in the aired version.
PAUL: Not only for their warm hospitality last weekend, but also for
their recognition of the work I do promoting the arts and culture of
our island home, I gratefully acknowledge and thank the people of
Newfoundland's second town Corner Brook, and the professors of fine
arts in the university of Newfoundland there.
And while I'm an avowedly nationalistic townie, and an unapologetic
east-ender to boot, I am forced to admit after having spent three days
there this week, that Corner Brook is one of the best corners of the
province. My own prejudices about the place were proven wrong time
and again as I wandered through its mall, eyeing the shoe store that
would do any town proud. Discount shops abounded. Food courts were
in evidence. You can even get a taxi in Corner Brook. Indeed, Mount
Pearl would be envious of such cultural wealth.
And the arts scene there ! Wow!
It's been not only my privilege but my job to track and explore the art
and culture of Nfld. I learn something new each time I open this microphone.
I meet the amazing people who make some of our art, people who keep alive
old and dead ways of life, people who remember more than our heritage will
So Corner Brook came as a surprize.
Postcard-perfect art positively drools off the walls of the local
art galleries waiting for the fat wallets of globe-trotting ski bums
fresh from the Double Black Diamond (Green Circle?) at Marble Mountain.
And the industry is so finely tuned there that if you can't afford a copy
from one of the mega-runs of prints - each numbered and signed personally
by the artist - you can buy an actual post card of it in the gift shop.
Great art, and great business.
The nightlife, too, is unstoppable. Well-known local radio personalities
and incredible local musicians play tapes and cds at the gorgeous, trendy
dance bars there.
If your taste runs to live music, the hiply-yclept "lounge" at the Holiday
Inn stays open until way after eleven in the evening, with piano-stylings
of your favourite elevator melodies, or the odd Newfoundland show-tune,
or comedy bit.
At the theatre, you can do a few laps in the basement pool, or catch a
classic on the stage - anything from Simon to Strindberg.
In short, never have I seen such a little town come up so big.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland, a community in cultural motion ... I salute you.