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The opening for the Junos were held Monday, April 12, 2010 at the Confederation Building in St. John's. The opening was a testament to Newfoundland talent including the Benoit's shown here playing traditional Newfoundland music in the lobby.- Photo by

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The opening for the Junos were held Monday, April 12, 2010 at the Confederation Building in St. John's. Here Ken Marshall, chairman of the Ruckus on the Edge host committee, speaks at the opening. - Photo by Mark Burt/Special to The Telegram

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Con O'Brien sings during the opening for the Junos Monday, April 12, 2010 at the Confederation Building in St. John's. - Photo by Mark Burt/Special to The Telegram

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People gather to listen to the opening for the Junos Monday, April 12, 2010 at the Confederation Building in St. John's. - Photo by Mark Burt/Special to The Telegram

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People gather to listen to the opening for the Junos Monday, April 12, 2010 at the Confederation Building in St. John's. - Photo by Mark Burt/Special to The Telegram

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The opening for the Junos were held Monday, April 12, 2010 at the Confederation Building in St. John's. Here Ken Marshall, chairman of the Ruckus on the Edge host committee, speaks at the opening. - Photo by Mark Burt/Special to The Telegram

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Gary French performs Monday night, April 12, 2010, at Cochrane Street United Church in St. John's during Gospel on the Edge, one of the first events of Juno week. - Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

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Corner Brook singer and TV host Wendy Woodland performs Monday night, April 12, 2010, at Cochrane Street United Church in St. John's during Gospel on the Edge, one of the first events of Juno week. - Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

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MusicNL nominated Gospel Artist of the Year 2008 Mark House performs Monday night, April 12, 2010, at Cochrane Street United Church in St. John's during Gospel on the Edge, one of the first events of Juno Week. - Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

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The Conne River Mi'kmaq Choir performs Monday night, April 12, 2010, at Cochrane Street United Church in St. John's during Gospel on the Edge, one of the first events of Juno week. - Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

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Dan Bursey performs Monday night, April 12, 2010, at Cochrane Street United Church in St. John's during Gospel on the Edge, one of the first events of Juno week. - Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

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David Chafe performs Monday night, April 12, 2010, at Cochrane Street United Church in St. John's during Gospel on the Edge, one of the first events of Juno week. - Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

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Wednesday night, April 14, 2010 at the Delta, Our Music-Our Heritage featured performances by aboriginal, francophone and world performers from the province showcasing their various musical roots. Among those performing was Daniel Obediah Payne from Co

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Mary Barry and Charlie Barfoot perform Wednesday night, April 14, 2010 at Ruckus on the Edge's Our Music-Our Heritage. - Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Rich Neville performs Wednesday night, April 14, 2010 at Ruckus on the Edge's Our Music-Our Heritage. - Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Harry Martin performs Wednesday night, April 14, 2010 at Ruckus on the Edge's Our Music-Our Heritage. - Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Tzu-Hao Hsu, a traditional Chinese dancer, performs Wednesday night, April 14, 2010 at Ruckus on the Edge's Our Music-Our Heritage. - Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Fred Jorgensen performs Wednesday night, April 14, 2010 at Ruckus on the Edge's Our Music-Our Heritage. - Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram

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Geraldine Hollett performs Wednesday night, April 14, 2010 at Ruckus on the Edge's Our Music-Our Heritage. - Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram

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Mark Hiscock performs Wednesday night, April 14, 2010 at Ruckus on the Edge's Our Music-Our Heritage. - Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram

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Phil Churchill performs Wednesday night, April 14, 2010 at Ruckus on the Edge's Our Music-Our Heritage. - Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram

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Among the singer/songwriters that took part in Tuesday night's, April 13, 2010, Ruckus in the Round - Songs From The Edge was Amelia Curran. - Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram

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Among the singer/songwriters that took part in Tuesday night's, April 13, 2010, Ruckus in the Round - Songs From The Edge was Harry Martin. - Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram

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Among the singer/songwriters that took part in Tuesday night's, April 13, 2010, Ruckus in the Round - Songs From The Edge was Mike Macdonald. - Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram

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Among the singer/songwriters that took part in Tuesday night's, April 13, 2010, Ruckus in the Round - Songs From The Edge was Sherman Downey. - Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram

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Among the singer/songwriters that took part in Tuesday night's, April 13, 2010, Ruckus in the Round - Songs From The Edge was Terry Penney. - Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram

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Matthew Bown (centre), and fellow members of the Newman Sound Men's Choir, perform Wednesday, April 14, 2010, in St John's at the Robin Hood Bay Landfill for Ruckus on the Edge. The choir performed for a small crowd including of St. John's Mayor Dennis

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Alto saxist Susan Evoy with The Idlers performs Thursday night, April 15, 2010 at the Delta Hotel in St. John's during the Ruckus Rock Night Blast Off. - Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Longtime bluesman Scott Goudie opened up the Jazz and Blues Night at The Majestic Theatre during Ruckus on The Edge events Thursday night, April 15, 2010. - Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Erin Best of The Idlers belts out a high note from "Merchant's Dub" off the new album "Keep Out" Thursday night, April 15, 2010 at the Delta Hotel in St. John's during the Ruckus Rock Night Blast Off. - Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Jim Cuddy, lead singer of Blue Rodeo, speaks to the media during a practice Thursday, April 15, 2010 for the Juno Cup hockey game. The game will feature NHL players against musicians tonight at the Jack Byrne arena in Torbay. - Photo by Keith Gosse/The

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Entertainment reporter Ben Mulroney walks down George Street with Newfoundland singer Kim Stockwood Thursday, April 15, 2010 as they record a promo for one of many Juno events in St. John's this week. - Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

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Labrador's Harry Martin almost never made his first St. John's performance in years.

He was part of Ruckus In The Round - Songs From the Edge at the Delta Tuesday night.

He told the audience he had a number of things to do while in the capital city.

Among them was dental surgery, which he underwent Tuesday morning.

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Labrador's Harry Martin almost never made his first St. John's performance in years.

He was part of Ruckus In The Round - Songs From the Edge at the Delta Tuesday night.

He told the audience he had a number of things to do while in the capital city.

Among them was dental surgery, which he underwent Tuesday morning.

Martin - who said his songs are inspired by Labrador's old-timers and their way of life - noted that he left the surgeon's office with a mouth full of gauze.

Perhaps the funniest song at Ruckus in the Round was Mike MacDonald's reggae-like number inspired by an incident in St. Jude's - a small community near Deer Lake - that involved a guy falling through a "mother-in-law door" (an entrance with no bridge).

Its chorus: "No problem, shalla-moo bubble gum. Madge knows you, shalla-moo bubble gum."

The crowd sang along after a few bars and laughed out loud as they learned about the Newfoundlander who dreams of travelling to Gander.

Apologies if shalla-moo is spelled incorrectly. Our spell check didn't pick it up.

MacDonald is a member of The Catch and The Fables. He was nominated for the 2009 Music NL SOCAN songwriter of the year award.

There were some humour exchanges during Ruckus in the Round.

After Karla Pilgrim finished a song inspired by Trisha Yearwood, MacDonald went falsetto and tried imitating her voice.

"What are you on?" Pilgrim asked him.

"For the first time in my life," MacDonald replied, "nothing."

Later, Ron Hynes asked the crowd if they were enjoying themselves.

The audience was affirmative in their answer.

"We'll change that," said Hynes, before launching into "Godspeed."

Sherman Downey, a dread-locked up and comer from Corner Brook, was in the second half of the Ruckus in the Round.

He was among the group that featured Juno nominee Amelia Curran, Maureen Ennis and the legendary Hynes.

After each had played a few songs, Downey said he noticed that when Hynes played a few notes the crowd applauds because they know what he's about to play.

He said he'd like it if the audience did the same for him.

"I just want to know what it feels like," he laughed.

Downey followed with a fast-paced number from the CD he's "still paying off."

It caught on with the crowd and earned the evening's first standing ovation.

"All you got to do is ask, Ron," he chimed.

Ruckus on the Edge school concerts were held Tuesday at Exploits Valley Intermediate in Grand Falls-Winsor, Clarenville Middle School in Clarenville, Stephenville Middle School in Stephenville, Mealey Mountain Collegiate in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Baccalieu Collegiate in Old Perlican.

Great Big Sea fans should note Sean McCann will do a solo gig at Fred's Saturday at 2 p.m.

His performance will be one of five set at the popular Duckworth Street record shop that afternoon.

The Great Lake Swimmer, NQ Arbuckle, Postdata and Tim Baker of Hey Rosetta! will also perform.

McCann recently released a solo album, "Lullabies for Bloodshot Eyes."

On his website - greatbigsean. com - he says it'll be his first solo gig in almost 20 years.

Composer Marjan Mozetch has two songs nominated in the Classical Composition of the Year.

He said one was first written 23 years ago and the other 18 years ago.

"I guess they're standing the test of time," he said.

Juno-nominated composer (at age 26) and tuba player Rob Teehan is blogging daily about his Juno experience (www.robteehan.com).

He is already in town and was at the MUN School of Music for the "Classical Composer Showcase" Monday night.

The members-only Spoke Club in Toronto has set up a satellite centre in St. John's during Juno Awards week.

Open only to invited artists and industry professionals, the clubhouse will be the Majestic Theatre Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Impromptu jam sessions are expected.

With files from Ashley Fitzpatrick and Steve Bartlett

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Organizations: The Catch, Great Big Sea, Fred's MUN School of Music Spoke Club Majestic Theatre

Geographic location: St. John's, Deer Lake, Gander Clarenville Stephenville Corner Brook Mealey Mountain Happy Valley Goose Bay Baccalieu Old Perlican Duckworth Street Great Lake Swimmer Toronto

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  • cyril
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Ruckus On The Edge for our family was top shelf and then some.The eight performers were great with some new and some older songs that moved us to laughter an tears and gave us greater respect and appriciation for our home grown ambassators reflecting Newfoundland and Labrador's diverse resources in culture, music and stand alone talent. A great night was had by all.Great job,thanks to all behind the scenes and in the spotlight.

  • cyril
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Ruckus On The Edge for our family was top shelf and then some.The eight performers were great with some new and some older songs that moved us to laughter an tears and gave us greater respect and appriciation for our home grown ambassators reflecting Newfoundland and Labrador's diverse resources in culture, music and stand alone talent. A great night was had by all.Great job,thanks to all behind the scenes and in the spotlight.