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Anita Best & Friends
November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$20
Anita Best C.M. is a teacher, broadcaster, and well-known singer from Newfoundland. Best has spent a lifetime exploring, cataloguing and celebrating the rural Newfoundland lifestyle and
culture. In the process she has become one of the province’s most prominent traditional singers.
Born on Merasheen Island in Placentia Bay (since vacated under the resettlement program), Best has worked as an educator, archivist, folklorist, broadcaster and singer. A particular interest in oral history – songs and stories passed down through generations – lead to her performing career. She has toured extensively as a storyteller and singer, made numerous television and radio appearances and added her voice to several Newfoundland recordings.
She is best known for three albums: The Colour Of Amber, a collaboration with Pamela Morgan, was released in 1993. Crosshanded, a collection of twelve songs for solo voice, and Some
Songs, a collaboration with Sandy Morris, released in 2018. In these recordings and in her performances, Best tends to favour some of the lesser known songs and stories collected from around the province.
With Genevieve Lehr, Best collected the songs for Come and I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, published by the University of Toronto. In 2019, Clever Maids, Fearless Jacks and a Cat: Fairy Tales from a Living Oral Tradition, edited by Best, Pauline Greenhill and Martin Lovelace was published by the University of Utah.
She has received several awards and honours for her work, including The Order of Canada, The Marius Barbeau Award and an Honorary doctorate from Memorial University.
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