A Newfoundlander in Canada: Always Going Somewhere, Always Coming Home Read Online Free - Following the fantastic success of his bestselling memoir, Where I Belong, Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle returns with a hilarious, heartwarming account of leaving Newfoundland and discovering Canada for the first time.
Armed with the same personable, candid style found in his first book, Alan Doyle turns his perspective outward from Petty Harbour toward mainland Canada, reflecting on what it was like to venture away from the comforts of home and the familiarity of the island.
Often in a van, sometimes in a bus, occasionally in a car with broken wipers "using Bob's belt and a rope found by Paddy's Pond" to pull them back and forth, Alan and his bandmates charted new territory, and he constantly measured what he saw of the vast country against what his forefathers once called the Daemon Canada. In a period punctuated by triumphant leaps forward for the band, deflating steps backward and everything in between--opening for Barney the Dinosaur at an outdoor music festival, being propositioned at a gas station mail-order bride service in Alberta, drinking moonshine with an elderly church-goer on a Sunday morning in PEI--Alan's few established notions about Canada were often debunked and his own identity as a Newfoundlander was constantly challenged. Touring the country, he also discovered how others view Newfoundlanders and how skewed these images can sometimes be. Asked to play in front of the Queen at a massive Canada Day festival on Parliament Hill, the concert organizers assured Alan and his bandmates that the best way to showcase Newfoundland culture was for them to be towed onto stage in a dory and introduced not as Newfoundlanders but as "Newfies." The boys were not amused.
Heartfelt, funny and always insightful, these stories tap into the complexities of community and Canadianness, forming the portrait of a young man from a tiny fishing village trying to define and hold on to his sense of home while navigating a vast and diverse and wonder-filled country.
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October 03, 2017
I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway.
Alan Doyle delivers a truly delightful read as he takes you across Canada as he and the boys in Great Big Sea discover the country in their early tours as band. The book is structured with a chapter for each province that is followed by a story back in New...
November 25, 2017
With tales of woe like the 1997 Parliament Hill debacle, or funny moments like the Fantasy Elevator party in Saskatoon, Alan Doyle delivers another bout of fantastic story-telling. This time around, his stories encapsulate the band’s travels across Canada and his pride in representing his home pr...
August 28, 2017
I won a copy of this book through a First Reads giveaway.
I was excited to get this as a Canadian stuck in the middle, this book allowed me to have an insight into the unique world of a Newfoundlander.
This was easy to read and quite enjoyable! I have always loved hearing Alan sing but this was ju...
January 11, 2018
This was a very enjoyable book. Mr. Doyle is a fantastic storyteller. The chapter entitled “Worst Seat Ever” is one of the funniest passages I have read in a long time. Highly recommend this light, entertaining, hilarious read.
February 09, 2018
Another great memoir by Alan Doyle. In the book he describes his travels across Canada with Great Big Sea and it really is a delight. It's great how we intersperses his tales from across the country with tidbits from around the island. I strongly suggest the audiobooks for both his memoirs as he...
October 09, 2017
A memoir from Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle about the band's early days on the road, as they make their way from Newfoundland to B.C.,. I'll confess to not being a fan of GBS, and there is something smug about Doyle that basically makes me want to punch him. So given the significant obstacle...
November 14, 2017
Wow! Just when I thought I couldn't love Alan Doyle any more than I already do, he up and suprised me. This follow-up book to Where I Belong did not disappoint!
As funny and heartwarming as his first memoir, A Newfoundlander in Canada provides the reader with more glimpses into the artist's life a...
October 03, 2017
While Alan Doyle's first book, Where I Belong, was set primarily in Petty Harbour and St. John's, Newfoundland, his newest release spans from one Canadian coast to the other.
Beginning in Newfoundland, the chapters of A Newfoundlander in Canada are divided into different Canadian provinces. The re...
January 12, 2018
Alan Doyle is first and foremost an entertainer. Whether he's singing on stage or writing a book, you can't help but smile along singing or reading. I was laughing out loud reading his stories about the evil baby TJ on a plane, or his never-ending supply of Cadbury Creme Eggs. His second book how...
February 07, 2018
While reading this book, I spent my drives home from work listening to A Week at the Warehouse, Alan's latest solo album. I highly recommend this combination, I think it's what pushed my rating from a 4 to a 5 - it felt like an experience rather than just reading a book. Alan's humour is fantasti...