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(June 28, 2001, Gazette)

Party on ... and support music students
The Molson Canadian Big Canadian Birthday – a three-day party to be held on George Street June 29-July 1 – will benefit musicians in Newfoundland and Labrador, including students at the School of Music at Memorial.

Proceeds from the concerts, which are sponsored by Molson’s as part of a national promotion, will be distributed among the School of Music, the Music Industry Association and the St. John’s Folk Arts Council.

Bands to be featured on June 29 include: Friends of Jack, Silverseed, Photon Band, and Margarita’s Calling. The June 30 show will feature Arthur O’Brien and the Navigators, Shanneyganock, Celtic Connection and the Irish Descendants. Bucket Truck, Timber and Sloan will perform on July 1.

Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and there is a voluntary admission charge of $2 (you must be 19 or over).

“This is a wonderful example of innovative sponsorship,” said Dr. Tom Gordon, director of the School of Music. “Molson has made the connection between musical entertainment and the training of young musicians. Packaging it all in a good times event drives home the point even more.

The school will be able to make excellent use of the proceeds of this event in promoting the development of young musicians.”

Entrepreneurship award for Gulliver
On Thursday, June 14, the Bio-East Entrepreneurship Award was presented to Dr. Wayne Gulliver, president and medical director of Newlab Clinical Research, by Dr. Arthur Carty, president of the National Research Council. Bio-East, a division of the GENESIS Group Inc, is the network for the biotechnology industry in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. Gulliver is a dermatologist in the Faculty of Medicine. A native Newfoundlander, he has played an important role in establishing Newfound Genomics Inc., the first genomics company in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The award recognizes his leadership and entrepreneurial drive in the development of the biotechnology industry in the province.

Fourth unique gallery program
An artists-in-residence program that is unique in Canada, based on the province’s west coast, is entering its fourth season with an expanded number of participants and a brand-new exhibition gallery inspired by the project’s remarkable success in both artistic and community terms.

The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced that four artists will take part in this summer’s Gros Morne National Park Artists-in-Residence Program, a collaborative project of the AGNL and Parks Canada. The artists – Thaddeus Holownia, a Sackville, N.S., photographer; Diana Dabinett, Shoe Cove, NF; Christopher Mona, a painter from Maryland; and Heather Reeves, St. John’s – will spend three to six weeks in Gros Morne on their own work. They will also participate in the park’s public education programming or in program in local communities and schools.

Christopher Pratt online
An on-line collection of artwork by Newfoundland and Labrador artist Christopher Pratt was launched in St. John’s June 8.

Drawing From Memory: The Art and Life of Christopher Pratt features 209 of the artist’s works, as well as information about his life. The site ( has been created as an educational resource by a team of six young Newfoundlanders working under the direction of the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The project was co-sponsored by Canada’s Digital Collections, an Industry Canada program; the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador (AGNL); the Canada Council for the Arts; and Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Virtual Design Centre.

“This collection gives people everywhere the chance to explore Christopher Pratt’s magnificent work,” said Industry Minister Brian Tobin at the launch held at the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador. “It joins more than 400 other collections made available through Canada’s Digital Collections, which enables organizations to hire young Canadians to digitize Canadian content for display on-line.”

Canada’s Digital Collections gives young Canadians aged 15 to 30 entrepreneurial and technology-based job experience developing multimedia web sites displaying Canadian content. Over 400 such sites can be viewed on the Canada’s Digital Collections Web site (

Together, they display Canada’s culture, geography, history, science and technology to Canadians and the world.

The program is part of Connecting Canadians (, the Government of Canada’s strategy to make Canada the most connected nation in the world, and is funded by the federal Youth Employment Strategy.

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