A Newfoundlander in Canada

A Newfoundlander in Canada

Always Going Somewhere, Always Coming Home

eBook - 2017
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Following the fantastic success of his bestselling memoir, Where I Belong , Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle returns with a hilarious, heartwarming account of leaving Newfoundland and discovering Canada for the first time.

Armed with the same personable, candid style found in his first book, Alan Doyle turns his perspective outward from Petty Harbour toward mainland Canada, reflecting on what it was like to venture away from the comforts of home and the familiarity of the island.
Often in a van, sometimes in a bus, occasionally in a car with broken wipers "using Bob's belt and a rope found by Paddy's Pond" to pull them back and forth, Alan and his bandmates charted new territory, and he constantly measured what he saw of the vast country against what his forefathers once called the Daemon Canada. In a period punctuated by triumphant leaps forward for the band, deflating steps backward and everything in between--opening for Barney the Dinosaur at an outdoor music festival, being propositioned at a gas station mail-order bride service in Alberta, drinking moonshine with an elderly church-goer on a Sunday morning in PEI--Alan's few established notions about Canada were often debunked and his own identity as a Newfoundlander was constantly challenged. Touring the country, he also discovered how others view Newfoundlanders and how skewed these images can sometimes be. Asked to play in front of the Queen at a massive Canada Day festival on Parliament Hill, the concert organizers assured Alan and his bandmates that the best way to showcase Newfoundland culture was for them to be towed onto stage in a dory and introduced not as Newfoundlanders but as "Newfies." The boys were not amused.
Heartfelt, funny and always insightful, these stories tap into the complexities of community and Canadianness, forming the portrait of a young man from a tiny fishing village trying to define and hold on to his sense of home while navigating a vast and diverse and wonder-filled country.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday Canada,, 2017
ISBN: 9780385686204
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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IndyPL_KatieF Feb 04, 2019

Do yourself a favor and pick up this delightful memoir, preferably in audiobook form! I started listening to this on a complete whim, having never heard of Alan Doyle or Great Big Sea. I've never been to Newfoundland and have only traveled within 100 miles or less of the US/Canadian border. After this book I count myself a fan of Doyle and his band, and can't wait to explore more of Canada. And while he shares stories of his travels from across the country, his stories of Newfoundland and his perspective as a Newfoundlander will leave you wanting to visit that part of the country more than any other.

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wss1800
Jan 02, 2019

A great read. First time I finished a book within 24 hours since I was a teenager. I especially enjoyed the story about 1997 Canada Day on the Hill since I was there, and saw Alan and Joanne later that day going in to the Glue Pot pub. Didn't realize all of the BS that went on prior to their appearing onstage in front of the Queen. For his lighthearted approach to life, as a Newf I'm impressed he stood his ground and demanded some respect. I sense that was a trailblazing moment for NL entertainers.

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edmontoncanuck
Sep 19, 2018

I agree with the previous comments 100%. I just finished the audio book and will be recommending it to anyone who will listen. The story is great. And Allan's voice and expression adds greatly to it. 6 stars for sure... I feel as if I know so much more about Newfoundland now. And I hope that Allan has a healthier lifestyle these days. haha

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mslighthearted
Nov 14, 2017

Wow! Just when I thought I couldn't love Alan Doyle any more than I already do, he up and suprised me. This follow-up book to Where I Belong did not disappoint!

As funny and heartwarming as his first memoir, A Newfoundlander in Canada provides the reader with more glimpses into the artist's life and into the lives of the Canadians he meets while touring the country with Great Big Sea.

Alan Doyle comes across as a kind, friendly, intelligent man whose love for Newfoundland, Canada, and his fellow Canadians is palpable. Part memoir, part travel guide, this book imparts a vision of Canada you'd have a hard time finding anywhere else. Well written and highly entertaining, this book made me smile more than I have in a long while.

I highly recommend the audio book if you can get your hands on it; listening to Alan Doyle's voice tell his tales only adds to the experience. I could listen to him speak forever.

(I'd give this book 6 stars if I could!)

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