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Adventure Canada Presents The March Hare NYC

Adventure Canada proudly presents The March Hare New York Programme.

What is the Hare?

A night of storytelling and songs from some Newfoundland’s finest talents.

Since 1987, writers, musicians, and anyone who hates Newfoundland winters have been sharing poetry, prose, tunes, and pranks at a cozy pub in Corner Brook to stay warm.

Somehow, over the years, this vigorous but humble celebration has transformed into a literary festival that features not only the work of local poets but also some of the best writers from Canada and beyond—as well as music from some of the finest professional musicians in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Named after Lewis Carroll’s neurotic rabbit and born of the musically poetic loins of Al Pittman, Rex Brown, and George Daniels, the March Hare now travels all over Newfoundland and Labrador and has spread throughout Canada. This year marks its second trip south of the border to the United States, and will be featured for one night only at The Explorers Club.

This one-night event includes refreshments, and is limited to just 130 guests. Please book early to avoid disappointment!

Join us this year with our special guests:

Mary-Lynn Bernard

Mary-Lynn Bernard has been a staunch and intrepid member of the theatre community in St. John’s since 1980. Besides her recent work as a puppeteer in the the many tours and performances of "Queen Of Paradise’s Garden," she has acted in such productions as "Beyond Therapy" (by Christpher Durang); "The Christmas Mummers Play " (by The Mummer’s Troupe); "The Marriage Proposal" and "The Bore" (both by Anton Chekhov); "Overruled" (by George Bernard Shaw); "Pilk’s Madhouse" (by Ken Campbell); the children's theatre production of "Jack Five-Oh" (by Andy Jones and Phillip Dinn); and "Uncivil Servants" (by Steve Palmer). She was a member of the collectives which wrote and performed "Six Gums Headed For Tulsa," "The Boys Who Cried Wolf," and "Dancing on The Roof." Mary-Lynn has also performed as a member of the Flashpoint Improvisational Theatre Troupe, and had a role in the television mini-series "Random Passage." Her recipe for Boiled Dinner appears in "Three Servings."

Michael Crummey

A Canadian poet and writer, Michael Crummey was born in Buchans, Newfoundland and Labrador, Crummey grew up there and in Wabush, Labrador, where he moved with his family in the late 1970s. He began to write poetry while studying at Memorial University in St. John's, where he received a B.A. in English in 1987. He completed a M.A. at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1988, then dropped out of the Ph.D. program to pursue his writing career. Crummey returned to St. John's in 2001.

Since first winning Memorial University's Gregory J. Power Poetry Contest in 1986, Crummey has continued to receive accolades for his poetry and prose. In 1994, he became the first winner of the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for young unpublished writers, and his first volume of poetry, Arguments with Gravity (1996), won the Writer's Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry. Hard Light (1998), his second collection, was nominated for the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award in 1999. 1998 also saw the publication of a collection of short stories, Flesh and Blood, and Crummey's nomination for the Journey Prize.

His debut novel, River Thieves (2001) became a Canadian bestseller, and won the Thomas Head Raddall Award, the Winterset Award for Excellence in Newfoundland Writing, and the Atlantic Independent Booksellers' Choice Award.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones, an actor, writer, story-teller, and director was born and lives in St. John’s Newfoundland. There, he co-founded and worked at the Resource Centre For The Arts at The L.S.P.U. Hall and was a member of the well-known Newfoundland Comedy troupe CODCO in its theatrical and television incarnations. He has also appeared in numerous movies including the much loved Rare Birds and the Newfoundland cult classic The Adventure Of Faustus Bidgood.

Andy is also a children’s book author with five award-winning Folk tale adaptations to his credit, in addition to the brand new just released Jack And The Green Man. Visit for more information.

Pamela Morgan

For 19 years, Pamela Morgan was lead singer, guitarist, and arranger for Canada’s pioneering “Celtic” band, Newfoundland’s Figgy Duff, who brought the traditional music of Newfoundland to the world stage.

Since then, Pamela has been spearheading her own independent record label, Amber Music, producing music for NL’s finest roots artists, including four of her own solo CDs, and licensing tracks to various labels worldwide.

As solo artist she has graced stages in England, Canada, the US and Europe, and overseen productions of two original scores for live theater; her own folk opera, “The Nobleman’s Wedding”, and Figgy Duff’s score for Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”.

In 2007 she received an honorary doctorate from Memorial University, and in 2008 embarked upon a different journey, studying Graphic Design at the College of the North Atlantic. This new skill set led to the release of her handmade book “Newfoundland Ballads for Piano and Voice” in 2011.

In 2013 Pamela completed recording Figgy Duff’s Tempest score, “Sounds and Sweet Airs” and released her fourth solo CD, entitled “Play On”. Further development work of her original folk opera ” The Nobleman’s Wedding” is ongoing, inspired by a 2014 production of the opera at the Stephenville Theatre Festival.

She continues to write, arrange, perform and tour in her own highly original and hauntingly beautiful style. Visit for more information.

Dave Paddon

Dave Paddon is a retired airline pilot originally from Northwest River, Labrador. He grew up listening to the songs and stories of the trappers and attending many a late night “session” around many a kitchen table. In 1986 he married a Gander girl and subsequently became immersed in Island culture. As a result he accumulated a store of material which suddenly bubbled to the surface when he and Kim returned to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2005 after 20 years upalong. He wrote his first recitation in 2007 and has now written 24. Five of these have been published in handmade chapbooks and his work is available on a CD or through electronic download. His recitation “Ralph:Flying Hound” was recently released as an illustrated children’s book.

Dave lives in St.John’s and is a regular at festivals and fundraisers throughout the province. Visit for more information

The Poems of David Elliott

David Lloyd ("Smoky") Elliott (1923–1999) was a Canadian poet.

Born in Garnish, Newfoundland and Labrador, Elliott grew up in a number of Newfoundland fishing outports, but spent most of his youth in Campbellton, Notre Dame Bay. He left school at age fifteen to become a telegraph operator and later served in World War II. In his memoir, A Soldier First, General Rick Hillier, retired Chief of Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces, recalls borrowing books from David Elliott while a boy growing up in Campbellton, and recounts the story that Elliott served in military intelligence during the Second World War.

Elliott entered Memorial University of Newfoundland at the age of 25, where he won numerous scholarships and awards, graduating with a first-class degree in English Language and Literature. Following studies in psychology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, he worked for a time as a clinical psychologist in St. John's, and then as an editor with the Queen's Printer in Ottawa before returning to Memorial as a Ph.D. student in the early 1970s. In 1975, Elliott joined the faculty of the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campus of Memorial University, where he taught until his retirement in 1989.

After an initial burst of creativity, Elliott wrote little between the late 1950s and the late 1970s. Soon after his appointment to the English faculty at Grenfell College, however, inspired by an ambiance that encouraged creative writing, he started to publish new poetry in literary magazines and anthologies, and began to receive invitations to read his work publicly. In 1982, a studio recording of him reading his poetry was included on the vinyl disc, Newfoundland Poets, Vol. 1 (Pigeon Inlet Productions). In 1988, his poetry was collected in The Edge of Beulah (St. John's: Breakwater Books). Elliott was one of the original performers at The March Hare, and in 1995 he was the first person to be honored in having the festival for that year dedicated in his name.

Join us for this special event and be eligible for a special savings on Adventure Canada’s June 2017 Newfoundland Circumnavigation!

Date: Wednesday, March 1

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Performances Begin

Location: Explorers Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, NY, NY, 10021

Reservation Notes:

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Tickets are $25 for non-Members, and $10 for Members

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