Spirits Off The Port Side!

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 9:30pm to 11:00pm
Newman Wine Vaults, 436 Water Street

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For some reason, Newfoundland has more ghosts than almost anywhere else...and what a better place to hear them than the Newman Wine Vaults. Creep through barrens, lighthouses, seabeds, and even kitchen parties with Charis Cotter and Dale Jarvis, the experts in spooky! Enjoy a sample of Newman Wine Vaults port and some delicious nibbles while you take in this special event.

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Charis Cotter is an award-winning children’s author and storyteller who grew up beside a cemetery and has been living with ghosts ever since. Her first novel, The Swallow: A Ghost Story, won the Violet Downey Book Award. Her second novel, The Painting, won the 2018 Ann Connor Brimer Atlantic Canadian Children’s Literature Award. The Ferryland Visitor: A mysterious tale, with artwork by Gerry Squires, is based on a true ghost story experienced by Squires and his family when they lived at an abandoned lighthouse in the 1970s. Her most recent novel, The Ghost Road, was released September 4, 2018.

Over the years, Charis has been encouraging students to collect traditional Newfoundland ghost stories from their communities. Sponsored by ArtsSmarts, she has published two books of ghost stories written and illustrated by students in Little Heart’s Ease and Bay de Verde. 

October 2018 will mark the Tenth Anniversary of her annual Ghost Tour of Newfoundland schools. Charis has also taken her performances of Newfoundland ghost stories across Canada and to Seaside, Florida.


Dale Gilbert Jarvis is a storyteller and professional folklorist. By day, he is the provincial folklorist for Newfoundland and Labrador. By night, he is the proprietor of the St. John’s Haunted Hike ghost tour, and raconteur of local tales. Dale tells ghost stories, stories of the fairies and little people, tales of phantom ships and superstitions, and legends and traditional tales from Newfoundland, Labrador and beyond. His repertoire includes long-form folk and fairy tales, with a wide-ranging knowledge of local legends, tall tales, and myths.

Former newspaper columnist and author of several books on island folklore, he is a tireless promoter of local culture and oral history.