The Rock Performs is back with Series 2!

This innovative video series showcases Newfoundland and Labrador’s natural beauty as we set local performers against some of the province’s most iconic landmarks. Culminating in a collection of music, poetry, and dance, this series gives us a brief glimpse into the heartbreak, the love, and the mischief that tie us to this rock. 

From the peak of the Great Northern Peninsula, down the West Coast of the Island, and all the way back to St. John’s, each video highlights the creativity and beauty of our home. With Roger Maunder as our filmographer and Dave Howells as our photographer, the second season of The Rock Performs continues to bring world-class artists directly to your home.

The Rock Performs Films

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Roger Maunder [Up Sky Down Films], our collection of digital films highlight some of the greatest artists and most stunning landscapes in the province.

Special Winter Edition

In this whimsical winter edition of The Rock Performs, Mallory Fisher presents a nostalgic excerpt of Rhonda Payne’s Stars in the Sky Morning. Filmed by Roger Maunder and photographed by Dave Howells at Clovelly.

Special thanks to Helen & Henry Peters, Jane Dingle, and Jan Henderson. 

Season Two

It is our great pleasure to introduce Maestro Judith Yan, Music Director and Resident Conductor for Opera on the Avalon. 

Share in her love of Newfoundland as she conducts in some of the most awe-inspiring locations on the island: Arches Provincial Park, The Tablelands, and Western Brook Pond Fjord in Gros Morne National Park. Filmed by Roger Maunder and photographed by David Howells.

Rachel Cousins performs “Arrow of Love” in L’Anse aux Meadows as we celebrate the millennium anniversary at the tip of The Great Northern Peninsula. Composed by Cousins and Chris LeDrew, this piece will sweep you into the swelling sea. Filmed by Roger Maunder and photographed by David Howells, with wardrobe by Melanie Jacqueline.

Resonating through the fireweed and across Summerside Beach in Cow Head, Deidre Gillard-Rowlings encapsulates the love, loss, and life of Michael Crummey’s “Bread”. Filmed by Roger Maunder and photographed by David Howells.

Taking centre stage in Raleigh, Supinder Wraich will break your heart with this passionate excerpt from “Salt-Water Moon” by David French. Filmed by Roger Maunder and photographed by David Howells.

With Theresa Maria by Hugh Scott, George Masswohl and The Rowdymen bring the best kind of kitchen party to the prettiest coves in Newfoundland. Filmed by Roger Maunder in Bottle Cove, York Harbour and Petty Harbour, and photographed by Dave Howells.

Petrina Bromley brings us back to memories of the past, reminiscing for long ago days in this haunting rendition of Pat & Joe Byrne’s West Moon, arranged and accompanied by Bill Brennan. Filmed in historic Brigus by Roger Maunder and photographed by David Howells.

OOTA is honoured to present “Just After You Say”. Concept and song by Jodee Richardson. Co-directed and edited by Roger Maunder and Jodee Richardson. Photographed by David Howells.

If you or somebody you love are struggling with your mental health, please know that there are resources available to help. If you are concerned about your or any other’s immediate safety, please call 911. 

Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-737-4668 or 709-737-4668;

Mental Health and Addictions Line: 1-877-999-7589 or 709-752-3916;

CHANNAL Peer Support Warm Line: 1-855-753-2560 or 709-753-2560;

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Hilary Knee brings a dream to life, accompanied by Anita Best & Pamela Morgan’s beloved folksong “Lowlands Low”. We are proud to showcase our province’s most stunning views in the final installment of The Rock Performs 2. Filmed by Roger Maunder in Rocky Harbour, Lobster Cove Head, and Western Brook Pond Gorge. Photographed by David Howells.

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In the first video for The Rock Performs, Newfoundland actor and comedian Andy Jones walks Cobblers Path in Middle Cove, performing Agnes Walsh’s poem “The Wind has Borrowed the Legs Off a Mad Woman.” Filmed by Roger Maunder and photographed by David Howells.

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In sunny Fogo, Alanna Fraize performs Kate Read’s arrangement of “Ah! The Sea” by Ged Blackmore for another installment of The Rock Performs. Filmed by Roger Maunder and photographed by David Howells.

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On Topsail Beach, Eastern Owl performs their song “Henrietta,” inspired by the story of Henrietta Millek, an Inuk woman from Nain NL, who has been actively missing from St. John’s since 1982. Filmed by Roger Maunder and photographed by David Howells.

To learn more about the plight of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, please visit www.mmiwg-ffada.ca

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Lynn Kuo walks the Water Street Pedestrian Mall in Downtown St. John’s while performing “ L’Arte del Violino Caprice No. 2,” composed by Pietro Antonio Locatelli. Filmed by Roger Maunder and photographed by David Howells.

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For the third installment of The Rock Performs, please welcome Cheryl Hickman! Singing the traditional song Foggy Dew on the shore and stages of beautiful Fogo Island, this video was filmed by Roger Maunder and photographed by David Howells.

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On the edge of the Southern Shore, David Pomeroy sings the Ode to Newfoundland at the scenic and historic Ferryland Lighthouse in the third installment of The Rock Performs. Filmed by Roger Maunder and Photographed by David Howells.

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For the forth installment of The Rock Performs we have Ruth Lawrence in beautiful Trinity reciting three poems by Ellen Bryan Obed that were written about her time spent in Newfoundland and Labrador. Filmed by Roger Maunder and photographed by David Howells.

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For the next installment in The Rock Performs series, we have OOTA’s own Abra Whitney. Singing on the rocky shore of Bonavista, Abra offers her rendition of Michel Conte’s Évangéline. Filmed by Roger Maunder and photographed by David Howells.

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Mystery and magic come together as Kelly-Ann Evans weaves across Chance Cove Beach performing the traditional folksong Maid on the Shore. Arranged and accompanied by Armondo Fowlow. Filmed by Roger Maunder and photographed by David Howells.

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Join Rob Power on the Witless Bay Barrens as he performs a personal arrangement of the traditional folksong She’s Like the Swallow. Filmed by Roger Maunder and photographed by David Howells.

The Rock Performs Portrait Series

Photographed by international award-winning David Howells, this portrait series is an art gallery in your own home that highlights some of

our talented Newfoundland performers.

Behind the Scenes

Take a look at the making of The Rock Performs!

Season Two

Season One

Our Team

We would like to acknowledge the efforts and passion of our team, without whom this project would not be possible.

The Rock Performs Production Crew

Roger Maunder (Up Sky Down Films) – Director, Main Camera, & Editor
David Howells – Photographer
Cheryl Hickman – Artistic Director
Kate Stenson – Production Manager
Dru Kennedy – Assistant Photographer
Ally Bowes – Makeup & Hair Artist
Keith Roberts – Costume Designer
Cody Silliker – Assistant Costume Designer
Rachael Currie – Assistant Costume Designer
Opera on the Avalon Staff
 
Cheryl Hickman – General & Artistic Director
Amanda Klein – Production & Artistic Operations Manager
Kate Stenson – Director of Operations & Production
Cara Howell – Digital Content & Communications Consultant
Sarah Antle – Director of Human Resources
 
Summer Festival 2021 Staff
 
Sarah Antle – General Manager
Kate Stenson – Production Manager
Olivia Snow – Production Assistant
Matthew McCarthy – Production Assistant
Ally Bowes – Special Events Coordinator
Rachael Currie – Assistant Costume Designer
Cody Silliker – COVID Health and Safety Officer
Liam Bennett – Stage Manager
Greer Schatz – Assistant Conductor
Thomas Rahal – Fundraising Campaign Manager

Our Sponsors

We would like to acknowledge our kind sponsors, without whom this project would not be possible