Piano Adjudication Carbonear, Newfoundland

Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Newfoundland

I’ve spent this week in the town of Carbonear, Newfoundland, a town an hour’s drive from St. John’s, where I have been adjudicating piano at their local community music festival. Being my 3rd trip to the “Rock”, I’ve thought a lot this week about why I enjoy visiting this province. So without further ado, here’s my top 5 reasons why I love Newfoundland so much:

1. It’s so different yet the same. It’s an interesting feeling to visit a place so far away from home yet still be in your own country. Newfoundlanders have such a different culture and customs yet when I’m here, I still feel a connection because we are all Canadian. Yes I know, patriotism can be cheesy and even sometimes dangerous, but I still can’t help feel the pride.
2. Music. The people here love music! This festival I’m adjudicating at is packed with kids strutting their stuff and the population is not that large. Flying here, I was on the same flight as the famous singer-songwriter, Alan Doyle (no I did not introduce myself – too shy). And it’s not just traditional folk music either (which is awesome BTW), but classical, rock, jazz, etc.
3. The geography. Yes being surrounded by endless water is lovely, but the “Rock” and open space is equally amazing and unique. My first trip here was back in 1997 when Lisa and came by ferry from Nova Scotia and drove across the entire island and back. So much rock and interesting formations and lovely views of desolateness and anything undeveloped. The only other place I got that feeling was in the Australian Outback, though obviously different than here.
4. The Accent. The Newfoundlander accent is so unique sounding. It’s not quite Irish or Scottish. I’ll admit if they start speaking quickly, I have no idea what they’re saying, but as a sound/music geek, I love it!
5. The People. I hate to generalize but I have never met such a bunch of nice and kind-hearted people in my life. The politeness is crazy. The constant smiles and laughter. Have you ever met someone for the first time and that person treats like you’ve known each other for years? That’s what it is like here in Newfoundland ALL the time. For the locals, this might just the way it is. But coming from sometime-aloof Toronto, it just blows you away.
Thank you Carbonear for a beautiful week! I hope the 4th visit will not be too far in the future. Or as they say here, ‘Wait a fair wind, and you’ll get one.’
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29 Responses to “Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Newfoundland”

  1. marilynwheadon March 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Thank you for your beautiful comments Frank. We’ve printed them for Bob to share with the Kiwanis Club and I’ve shared on my FB page. Come back again soon.

    Marilyn & Bob Wheadon

    • lisahorvat March 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      Ah, thanks so much for your lovely comments, Marilyn and Bob! I look forward to seeing you all again sometime in the future.

      Kind regards, Frank

  2. peggy graham March 24, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

    thanks b’ys for the lovely things you said about us~` its all good! and do come again to visit us:)) Peggy. from carbonear.

    • Frank Horvat March 25, 2015 at 10:09 am #

      Thanks, Peggy! I look forward to being back again.
      – Frank.

  3. Megan March 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

    Thanks so much for all your kind words! My two daughters competed in piano classes, 9 and under and 7 and under. I thought you were so positive and kind to them and you came right down to their level. It was nothing but a positive experience for them both. I hope to see you back again!

    • Frank Horvat March 25, 2015 at 10:12 am #

      Thank you, Megan! All the kids did such a great job last week. It was a pleasure to work with all of them.

  4. Cheryl March 24, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    Newfoundland is an amazing beautiful province, being a Torontonian myself, I moved here a few years ago, as my husbands from here, we actually settled in Carbonear, and loved it there, it was quite the culture shock for me…we now reside in his hometown of Marystown on the Burin Peninsula, as a mainlander I can’t get over how nice the people are here, it still amazes me, I’m still not used to the friendliness of everyone, smiles, and great stories, this is where I belong, I think the rest of Canada doesn’t know what they are missing here…scenery alone is worth a trip to the Rock, when you leave here, you yearn to come back..

    • Frank Horvat March 25, 2015 at 10:14 am #

      Ditto on all your comments, Cheryl! I might follow your path one day.

  5. Michael March 24, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    I like the shot you took of our Arts and Crafts store Busy Hands which houses my music studio Fingers “N” Keys! Thanks for your generous words on the townspeople!

    • Frank Horvat March 25, 2015 at 10:18 am #

      Your welcome, Michael! I’ll have to pop into your store next time I visit.

      • Michael March 25, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

        We will be honored!

  6. amanda mendes March 25, 2015 at 5:08 am #

    I am a newfoundlander from Hr Grace, my father was born and raised in Carbonear. It was very nice to see pics from there and hear your noce comments about my howntown

  7. Dave March 25, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    I am from newfoundland also. I am living in bonnyville alberta right now. I love to come home for visits now. I don’t like the thought off having to shovel all that snow again. I love newfoundland just not the snow.

  8. Dawn butt March 25, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    Thank you so much for not only loving our province but for being such a kind hearted and informative adjudicator. My 10 year old daughter Emily butt performed for and chatted you up while you were here and said ” mommy he is very nice to talk to and don’t you think he kind of looks like Johnny depp.” I think you have left your mark on “the rock” also

    • Frank Horvat March 25, 2015 at 10:20 am #

      Your welcome, Dawn! Emily and the rest of the students did a fabulous job last week. Congratulations to all the students, teachers and parents. And wow, Johnny Depp??….I’m blushing. Let’s see if he’ll play me in the movie:)!

  9. Gloria Brazil March 25, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    Thank you for your lovely words and your beautifully
    Colorful discription of this Island and it’s people. It makes me proud to be one of us. And you work in the music industry, which makes you an A+ in my book.

    • Frank Horvat March 25, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

      Thanks for your kind comments, Gloria! Speaking from the heart is always easy.

  10. Roxann Dalton March 25, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    Thanks for your wonderful comments. I moved away from Home almost 20 years ago and still love going back once or twice a year. And now take my kids too who say they’re from Newfoundland.

    • lisahorvat March 26, 2015 at 6:48 am #

      There’s no place like home, Roxann!

  11. Vanessa Donnelly March 26, 2015 at 6:59 am #

    Mr. Horvat, you’ve made me homesick! I am from Carbonear, born and raised, and the pictures, your words, made me smile – I miss it! I always love reading about others’ great experiences there, it makes me very proud. Interesting that you drew a parallel between Carbonear and NL overall with the Australian outback, as I live in Sydney, AUS now and have visited the outback a few times. You are right, they are both very different yet the same places of serenity, and expanses of a harsh yet beautiful environment, hosting the kindest people – sometimes I forget I’m not in NL but actually Australia (my now home away from my forever home).
    I’m glad you enjoyed my forever home,

    Kind regards,
    Vanessa Donnelly

    • Frank Horvat March 26, 2015 at 10:04 am #

      Thanks so much for sharing, Vanessa! You are very lucky to have lived in 2 such great places in the world!

  12. Krista March 26, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    Thanks for the lovely comments! Hope that you do indeed return!

    • Frank Horvat March 26, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

      I look forward to that, Krista! Thank you.

  13. Nun ya March 26, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

    DeAdly job get on the india beer its wicked

  14. Alton Watts March 27, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    I just got connected to this group and it makes my old heart sing. I’m not a Canadian, I’m from the US (SC,) but I’ve traveled in most all of the Canadian Provinces but having spent several years in NFLD I totally agree with your comments on the people of NFLD. In 2004 I went back after 60 years and I didn’t want to leave, There was a major change from 1945 but the people were the same. I’m so glad that others see them as I do. Their crime rate must be almost nil.

    • Frank Horvat March 27, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your story and thoughts, Alton! It truly is a special place indeed!

  15. Cheryl Rowe March 24, 2017 at 11:48 am #

    It’s so heartwarming to read such lovely comments from “come from away” people. We’ve seen some pretty nasty comments about our town in the past and I couldn’t understand where the person, or people, were getting their information. We love to meet new people and we dearly love to show off our NL heritage. Being someone who was immensely involved with the Kiwanis Music Festival through the participation of my two daughters for many years in the past, I always enjoyed listening to the adjudicators, such as yourself, speak of the lovely things they liked while they visited our beautiful home. Hospitality and friendship are our #1 strengths. I sure hope you get to visit us again.

    • Frank Horvat March 25, 2017 at 7:35 am #

      Cheryl, thanks so much for your comments. It’s nice to see that the blog post that I wrote over 2 years ago is still resonating with people! I have great memories of my visit to NL. It’s a lovely part of the world. I look forward to returning.


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