Month: May 2016

St. John’s Art Space Forum

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

6 – 9 PM at the Foran Room, St. John’s City Hall

Calling all artists!

There are several projects coming soon to St. John’s that are aimed at providing rehearsal, studio, and performance space to artists. The new home of the St. John’s Farmers’ Market will have significant amounts of rental space available, as will the Cochrane Community Outreach and Performance Centre, which is transforming the annex building at Cochrane St. United Church into a mix of supportive housing, flexible space, and rental studios.

Happy City will be helping facilitate a joint meeting for these two organizations, who both want to hear from the local arts community about how to make the best use of these exciting spaces!

Come hear a bit about the projects, and tell the organizers what you’d like to see happen, what you’d need from a space, and how much would be a fair price to charge for it.


Click here to register (it’s free!)

Guest post: all about Landscape Architecture month

April was World Landscape Architecture Month!

You’d be forgiven if you don’t share our enthusiasm… yet. In Newfoundland and Labrador, we have but a small contingent of a dozen or so landscape architects that call this place home. But make no mistake: this little group packs a big punch, working on an incredible variety of projects in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors spanning the entire province. Our work includes the usual suspects like landscape design and planting plans but vastly stretches to include less common endeavours like therapeutic gardening, beekeeping and urban farming. Chances are you’ve encountered the work of a landscape architect, whether it was a visit to Frederick Todd and Rudolf Cochius’ historic Bowring Park, or a stroll on your favourite Grand Concourse trail to more contemporary examples like The Loop, in Bannerman Park, or the Hotel Newfoundland courtyard. The work of landscape architects is all around you.

That’s the beauty of landscape architecture and the whole point of World Landscape Architecture month; to recognize and celebrate landscape architecture and the many unique spaces that landscape architects design. We’re trying to promote and spread the word about this humble profession, one that is still growing and emerging nationwide and around the world. And it really is a profession worth celebrating. Landscape architects work to create thriving communities, protect and restore natural environments, and preserve and present local culture. It’s a profession that provides plenty of opportunity for artistic expression and creativity, at the same time demanding the mastery of a broad range of technical skills. But perhaps most importantly, it’s a profession dedicated at its root to people, striving above all else to create amazing places for all of us to live, work and play. Isn’t that something worth celebrating?


To find out more about landscape architecture or World Landscape Architecture Month, we invite you to reach out to either of us at or
You can also check out #WLAM2016 on your favourite social media network.

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