An Event You Should be Attending: The Silver Daisy Tea Party

… I’m trying to decide what I would give to check the weather forecast and see sun, 15 degrees and not a sign of precipitation for a week. Sigh. 5 more weeks or winter, give or take. They can’t go by fast enough!

Take a moment this weekend and join Silver Daisy for a tea party – Sunday afternoon from 3-6pm.

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David’s Tea will be on hand serving up a cup a tea. Perfumes Plus will be offering express manicures. There will be prizes and giveaways. PLUS – enjoy 15% off your purchase.

Kate posting this photo on Friday – that’s when my lust for spring was in full force!


If you want to find out about these events a little earlier (as I know Facebook is frustrating when it comes to following stores you love), become a Silver Daisy insider! Click on the photograph below to head to their Facebook page.

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Rumour has it that every once and awhile a surprise coupon or an event invitation will land in your inbox!

See you there!


2015! We’re here!

I’ve finally dug myself out of the insane snowfall over the past week – and I’m back with 4 more giveaways!

I figured I’d save a few #30in30 giveaways that might brighten your spirits leading into the next week of snowstorms.


We’re so lucky to have a pro basketball team in our very own City. The Mill Rats are killing it this year – currently in 3rd – but neck and neck with the Halifax Rainmen.


Photo: Michael Hawkins

The Saint John Mill Rats are offering one lucky reader COURT SIDE SEATS to one of the last games of the 2014-2015 Season!


Enter below for your chance to win:

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See you tomorrow!

(and thanks Michael Hawkins for the killer Mill Rats photos!)

In Their Natural Habitat – James Mullinger

Since meeting James in May of 2014, I’ve gone head first into the comedy scene in Saint John. Not only that, I’ve added James to the list of my friends who like Sons of Anarchy more than I do. This is awesome because he is literally my only friend who likes Sons of Anarchy.

In the short time James and his family have been back in the Saint John area (Rothesay, specifically), they have made it their home. James has supported numerous charities through his comedy gigs (including a cash donation of over $6300 to KV Outreach!), has hosted more than one yard sale (a New Brunswick must) and still seems to be on the Town more than I am!

He has a new show on Bell’s Community One called Blimey! An Englishman in Atlantic Canada (featuring a full length from his fall tour in England)!

Here’s case No. 14 of creative people living and working in the Saint John area….


Hi James! Tell me about yourself and what you do.

Hi Barb. Well firstly I am a big fan of what you do. As are many people in Saint John. So thank you for all you do to celebrate this fantastic city on your blog and in your work with local culture and the arts.

I am also a husband, a dad and a comedian.

My desk where I sit all day

What is the main function of what you do, day to day?

Admin! For a comedian this is the bulk of what we do (travel arrangements, booking arrangements, chasing work, contracts, interviews, promotion – which is another way of saying ‘Facebook’!). Looking after my sons while my wife works (she is the North American Publisher of Monocle Magazine) and then in the evening I go and do shows. A few days a week I film my TV show Blimey: An Englishman In Atlantic Canada. So my days are split between sitting at my desk doing boring stuff, laughing at my sons then going out to make other people laugh. I like it.

BlimeyUK poster

Who is your typical client?

Interesting question. Almost anybody I suppose. Obviously comedy clubs. TV companies. For the main bulk of my work as a comedian. But all kinds of people and companies might hire you to either perform at their events, write press releases for them that are funny, write pieces for newspapers and magazines (I was a journalist for a number of years before becoming a comedian), consult on ways to reach wider audiences for their products. It could literally be anyone.

Imperial Theatre

What is the coolest thing to have happened to you in the past year?

Well, moving to Saint John, New Brunswick without a shadow of a doubt. It’s one of the best things I have ever done. I left a lot behind in London – family, friends, work, clients and audiences I had spent years building up. So it was a risk moving here. But my wife is from here. I love it here and we knew our children would love it here. I knew our home life would improve dramatically. But I really wasn’t expecting my career to take off like it has here. I expected to be travelling back to England frequently to earn. Luckily I don’t need to do that. Because I want to be here with all of you!

But a lot of cool things have happened here this year. I am working on the second series of Blimey! An Englishman In Atlantic Canada for Bell Aliant. I sold out the Imperial Theatre with a new show about my life here, which turned out to be one of the most enjoyable shows of my life. In England it is very difficult for a comedian who isn’t very well known to sell out a venue that size (almost 900 seats). I was honoured and very emotional which I think shows in the televised film of the show.

Very few comedians can even tour solo in the UK because there is so much going on in every town and city that you have purpose built comedy clubs with four of the best stand ups in the country selling struggling to sell out on a Friday night. I loved playing clubs but I also booked my own tours and was lucky enough to build an audience that way, without the backing of the industry in any way, shape or form. I didn’t do Edinburgh every year because I didn’t have money to burn, I wasn’t on panel shows. I was never a darling of the industry suits. Quite the opposite. I built an audience myself by finding people who liked what I do, created a TV show (Movie Kingdom) with a very talented filmmaker friend named Mark Murphy and it found a following. A lovely commissioner at Comedy Central named Sarah Farrell took a punt on us and helped us finance a web series for them which was a dream come true. This led to another show focused solely on comedians. And even then when I toured, I could only sell out on average 200-seater venues. Sometimes bigger, sometimes much, much smaller. I got to a point where it was quite easy to tour because I would go back to the same places where I knew I had a following or rather people that liked what I do. People that had the same sense of humour as me.

on stage in London

Last year though, after 10 months living in Canada I had to go back to the UK to do a tour that had been booked in for some time and it was a bit of a struggle. Some loyal supporters came out but I was out of sight out of mind. I wasn’t there on the ground to promote it and we struggled with numbers. Only about half of the shows sold out. But that’s obviously not what it’s about and why I do it and I did enjoy going back. I only say this to illustrate that while it was hard leaving England, things aren’t all rosy there. As you will see in The Blimey! feature length special that shot during the tour. It really is warts and all. I had been told though prior to moving here that things were even worse for comedians in Canada by a few people. Turns out that – in my case – they were totally wrong. I have been enormously lucky. I hope to continue doing things people like here and most importantly introducing all the nice people who come and see me to all the awesome acts that you have here on your doorstep that you perhaps weren’t aware of. People like Glen K Amo, Shane Ogden, Darren Elmore, Roger LeBlanc, Neal Mundle, Scott Campagna, Debra Steeves. All great acts who have been doing great work here for some time. And there are many more. Right here in New Brunswick. These people are now the funniest thing about my TV show. I am not afraid of being upstaged by them as I frequently am.

Let’s put it this way. If you’d asked me any other year what is the coolest thing that happened to me that year, it would have been one simple answer. The birth of my son. Or selling out this venue. Or getting that TV show off the ground. But this year – the year I moved to this beautiful city – the list is endless. I can’t pick just one thing. So it would have to be moving here. Because that is why all of these wonderful things have happened. My wife and family happier than we’ve ever been. We’ve made dozens of wonderful and amazing friends here. The TV show I’ve been dreaming of making for a decade being commissioned thanks to Jeff Liberty introducing me to Csaba Domokos. Selling out my favourite theatre in the world. Doing the Montreal Fringe. Getting nominated for the Just For Laughs Best Comedy Show award. Opening for Orny Adams in Edmonton. Being booked for a corporate gig in Banff. Working closely with New Bruswick’s best comedians. Working with a director I respect massively on the TV show. Raising lots of money for charities I feel very strongly about like KV Outreach. Any other year it would be easy to pick a highlight. This year, not so much. There’s too many. Every week a new highlight arrives. Which is why I love it here so much. And I will never leave. Moving to Saint John is the best thing I ever did.

I should also say how surprised I have been by the mass of talented people there are here. I have been lucky to meet and work closely with some of the hugely talented writers, photographers, journalists, interior designers, poets, musicians, chefs, music promoters, charity workers, designers that you have here. It’s incredible. So many brilliant people here at the top of their game. Loads of great photographers. And Lindsay Vautour is just the best designer. Incredible. She never fails to wow and amaze me. My favourite poet lives here in Saint John. And then you have people like Wayne Hansen who is not only a highly skilled musician but also a very funny stand up. How dare he be so good at two things! Bastard. I knew it would be a great place to live. I had no idea it had a creative pool as deep and as varied as London.

What’s a typical day like for you?

The biggest misconception and greatest myth about comedians (which is often perpetuated by comedians) is that we only work for 40 minutes a night. In many ways I work more hours now than when I had an office job because the work never stops. You are always looking for ideas all the time. And I am turning over material much quicker living here. I am currently building a whole brand new 90-minute show for the Imperial Theatre this year. About 850 people kindly came to see me and I want them to come again and bring their friends. And they deserve to hear brand new material so I am building a whole new show. Bit by bit, writing all the time, testing the jokes in small venues like the R-Bar where Jon Forward runs an experimental comedy night called No Jokes Barred.


And then there’s all the desk work. Booking shows, arranging travel, all the admin stuff. Especially if – like me – you do all your own PR, marketing, tour managing, venue booking. And for the TV show I am responsible for everything relating to the production side. I have an amazing director John Borbely who has the really hard job of editing hours of footage of me being an idiot into something that make sense. But I have to sort the locations, script, performers, everything. It’s a lot.


It’s not than I am a control freak but it has just ever made sense to me to pay someone to do so something for me which I will be chasing them about all day ever day. Why not do it yourself? No one wants the show to go as successfully as me. Because it’s my name on it. One thing I learned working on the picture desk of a glossy fashion magazine and organising shoots with the likes of David Bailey and Mario Testino is that nothing can wait. Everything must be done now. No excuses that this has to wait until that is done. There is a way to do everything now and you have to find a way. I did this for 14 years. I hate excuses, I hate whining. Just do it now. And I live and work by that philosophy. It’s the only way to survive when you are a full time parent, have a full time job that involves performing most nights and making a TV show and also want to help out your local community, son’s school etc.

In short, I spend a lot of time on the road but also a lot of time at my desk. It’s a mess. Piled up with journals, folders and envelopes stuffed with jokes, half formed ideas. I am writing all the time, analysing my material, reworking it, polishing it, honing it and I keep everything. You never know when you may find a way to make a joke work that you have been struggling with.


How can people stay in touch?

Email me, find me on Facebook. I am also on Instagram and Twitter. I even have a separate Instagram page for my collection of weird and wonderful movie memorabilia. I love sharing this with people.

I love people getting in touch. The greatest pleasure for me is people emailing me after shows saying that they have had a good time. And given I love every single person I’ve met in Saint John and surrounding areas, I’d love to hear from anyone!

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Thanks James!

We’re happy to have you :)

Important Update:

Enter below to win one of five copies of James Mullinger’s Living the Canadian Dream recorded live at the Imperial Theatre!

Don’t want to take your chances? Or maybe you want to order a copy for someone else? Click here – it’s available for purchase!

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See you soon!


River and Trail has been such a great addition to the Valley. Specializing in everything needed to be outdoors anytime of year – camping equipment, snow shoes, pots & pans, boots and shoes, jackets and long johns.

They’re located at 47 Clark Road in Rothesay.

Sean has a great selection of clothing for men and women including the North Face, Arcteryx, Mountain Hard Ware and Lolё.

River and Trail is open until 3pm Christmas Eve!

Check out the gift ideas!







I feel like this is a gift every Dad would love:



In addition to the huge clothing selection, there are great camping tools and accessories available:




The Paracord Survival Grenades from INCH Survival are made right here in New Brunswick! They come packed with items you may need in various types of emergencies.




Sean has a great selection of GoPro Cameras and Accessories. I specifically loved the pieces that attach the camera to your helmet or attach itself to your camera to make sure it doesn’t sink when you lose it water skiing.

Sean also has various “selfie poles” – that’s not actually what they’re called – to get  the full view on your next adventure.



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Enter below to win an MSR POCKETROCKET – an ultralight, fast boiling canister stove + fuel.

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I looked back at the #30in30 post for Happinez from 2013. Wow, those words are more and more true as the months go by….

“It has come to my attention that once you hit a certain age … *cough* 30 *cough* … it’s harder and harder to get together with your girlfriends.”

Starting in the Fall of 2013 and all through this year has been the year of the baby. I’m finding more and more that to have the stars align and have all of my very best girlfriends in the same room on the same night is RARE.

BUT, over the past year, it’s happened. Not all hope has been lost.

What was the first place that came to mind to get together, have a drink and girl talk? Happinez, of course!

Happinez is the sweetest wine bar on Princess Street, tucked in just below Britt’s Pub.

Peter Smit (interviewed here) is the owner, operator and wine lover/expert. He is an amazing community supporter.

He has kindly offered up a $25 gift certificate for one of you to win. It will be perfect for that serendipitous moment where all of your friends can get together. Or maybe you will just head to Happinez with your love and sit on the Homage to the original “Come a Little Closer” bench. Either way, It will definitely put a dent in the bill!


Photo c/o Judith Mackin

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Everyone loves the Feel Good Store – located at 89 Germain Street in Uptown Saint John.

Anne carries everything from loose tea, bath & body products to water bottles and yoga mats. If it feels good – she can probably give you some tools to get it done.

Check out the gift ideas from the Feel Good Store. Drop in this week and give Anne a “high five” for me! (*cough* and snap of a photo of said “high five” for 5 extra entries!)

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These Barefoot Venus products got two thumbs up from Anne – hand soap, massage oil, body butter and many more bath products.




These sea sponge soaps would make a neat gift – the sea sponge is embedded in soap, so it’s easy to get it lathered up in the shower – in one piece!


Love this attractive packaging! Bottles of bubble bath and a jar with a soy candle in it.



As soon as I saw this hammock in a small plastic package I thought – “holy, that would make an AMAZING Secret Santa gift!!!”


These cuppow Mason Jar inserts are incredible.

Anne carries two styles – one that makes your mason jar into a “bento box” of sorts (perhaps separating your carrots from your dip?) and one that fits under the lid to turn your jar into a travel cup!



Anne has loose tea “a la cart” – cute little bags of tea in any flavour you can think of.

Add to your gift: pick up a tea diffuser in a cute shape – maybe a Kokeshi Doll or a candy cane!



Stocking Stuffers galore:








Bath & Body products for me – beard oil, manly soap and natural skin care products:



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The Feel Good Store is offering up an amazing prize package featuring:

  • Beanstock bath bomb
  • Rocky Mountain vanilla candy cane body butter
  • Rocky Mountain vanilla candy cane body wash
  • Beanstock vanilla candy cane soap
  • Rocky Mountain vanilla candy cane body scrub
  • Rocky Mountain vanilla candy cane lip butter
  • Stash organic merry mint tea
  • A box of organic surf sweet candy canes

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #25 – Heartbreak Boutique

I had to give my head a shake today… 9 days to Christmas? Whaa? Where has 2014 gone?!

By now, you likely have the bulk of your Christmas shopping complete…. ha, or maybe not. I find there’s always one or two people in the back of my mind that I haven’t found the right thing for. While checking out the goods in Heartbreak Boutique on Saturday – I think I may have found just the thing!

Heartbreak Boutique is located at 120 Germain Street in Uptown Saint John.

Pam Wheaton is awesome. She carries vintage inspired fashion and Roller Derby gear and apparel…

Check out the gift ideas!

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LOVE the skull hanging from the side of these flats,



Judith Mackin – I feel like this skirt was made for you?


Great shoulder details on this form fitting dress…


Lace details on this one…


Pam has a great selection of pantyhose and fun socks…


Great bow detail…


And love the hearts – save these ones for Valentine’s day?


While I was there, Adam bought me a pair of tall socks with cats on them. I guess he’s tired of my dead lift shin bruises?


Pam has a great selection of men’s clothing, dress shirts and tees.



With all of the babies popping up in my life (and even more of them on the way!).. I was excited to see a small section of Heartbreak Boutique dedicated to clothing for babies including onesies, tees and small little booties!



Pam carries products from the Sussex Beard Oil Merchants and they are lovely. They smell GREAT and can help you on your way to being a full-fledged lumbersexual.







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Want some help with your Christmas shopping … or maybe you’ve spent all your money and still want a little treat?

Pam has a huge selection of dresses, cardigans, t-shirts (for mem and women)… You’ll definitely have to drop by and check it out!

This should help, too!

Pam is offering up a sweater of your choice from Heartbreak Boutique!

Enter below:

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See you tomorrow!

#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #24 – Paddington Station

Today I have some ideas for the perfect gift for the babes on your list. Nieces, Nephews, sons & daughters – there is something for them at Paddington Station.

They’re located on the third floor of Brunswick Square. When I dropped by last week I was instantly happier. The space is so warm and inviting… and filled to the brim with TOYS!

Check out the gift ideas below:

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My kind of toy… (except my hardhat is white)


With a niece on her way in early January (CAN’T WAIT) little tiny socks like these have a whole new meaning to me :) :)







Paddington Station has a very large selection of clothing for girls and boys – newborn ++













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It won’t be hard to spend the gift certificate that Clare has up for grabs!

Enter below to win a $50 gift certificate to Paddington Station.

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #23 – Backstreet Records

Backstreet Records has been a fixture in Uptown Saint John for… ever.

I love stopping in each Saturday, checking out the new arrivals and catching up on the local gossip from Gordie and Corey. (See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

Since Adam and I have started buying and listening to records this year, we have been into Backstreet a lot more. I’m wondering if Adam bought me any of the goodies below for Christmas…. (update: the ALVVAYS album is in my hands! yay!)


Here are a few gift ideas from Backstreet Records in Uptown Saint John.

Thanks to my pal Adam for snapping these photos!

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Reflektor, Neon Bible and the Suburbs by Arcade Fire.

I love all three of these records so much. They’re available at Backstreet on CD and on vinyl. 


I love that Backstreet has such a large collection of Christmas records.



Mark Kozelek’s new Christmas album… appropriately placed next to The War on Drugs.


Joel Plaskett gracing the record holders on the walls of Backstreet Records. Truthfully, Truthfully (my FAVOURITE), La De Da, Ashtray Rock and Three.


Love this Bon Iver record. Specifically the songs “Perth” and “Towers”.


Me: “Adam, why did you photograph the Wu Tang album?”
Adam: “Because it’s awesome?”


What Have You Been Doin With Yer Time by Little You Little Me might be the best album to come out of Saint John this year.

The band gave the CD away for free in the music issue of Hard Times. You can still get it on cassette or on their bandcamp page.


My current most coveted album featuring “Marry Me, Archie”




Featuring the killer song “Everytime the Sun Comes Up” – Sharon Van Etten rules.




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Thanks so much to Gordie and Corey for offering up a $30 Gift Certificate to spend on your favourite record from Backstreet Records!

Enter below!

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #22 – Corn Crib

The Corn Crib has been around in the Saint John area since the fall of 2012. They’re located at the top of King Street and serve the community with food, health, body care and nutritional products!

The Corn Crib is my stop for protein powder (I’ve just recently started using it, maybe I will report back in the new year with my comments on it), bulk staples (like flour, spices and oats) & treats as well as natural make-up products.

I stopped by this week and snapped some photos of gift ideas for almost anyone in your life.

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The Corn Crib has a great selection of natural beauty products including Pacifica and Logona.

Pacifica products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.



The roller ball perfumes were a treat. The Brazilian Mango Grapefruit was my favourite – fresh, citrus-y and not too strong.


The packaging for the Pacifica products is so attractive. I’m imagining it in a Christmas stocking or if a gift bag for a friend.



The body cares lines span far beyond Pacifica – Corn Crib has a selection of bath & body products for men as well as additional brands for ladies.




The coffee selection at Corn Crib is so great.

Sissiboo is a coffee roaster from Bear River, Nova Scotia.



Level Ground coffee is a fair trade coffee company from British Colombia.


A large part of the Corn Crib in Saint John is their bulk food and spices sections.

After eating some of these salted lemon pistachios I was in heaven on earth. I bought about $1 worth. I’m thankful for this and also quite sad. I could have eaten about $7 worth… so maybe it’s actually a good thing I practiced some self control.


These chocolate covered popped quinoa treats were incredible. INCREDIBLE.


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The Corn Crib is offering up an amazing prize package featuring:

  • Treemenda Tea Tree Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Lots of natural Luxury face & body products including: DermaE Very Clear face treatment, Burt’s Bees Mask & Lip balm + Kiss My Face, Weleda & More.
  • A delicious variety of quality protein bars
  • Aspartame & Sugar free PUR gum (sweetened w/ Xylitol)
  • And of course High Quality supplements for Energy & Vitality!

Enter below!

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See you tomorrow!

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