A win­dow into N.L. cul­ture

Mike Sixonate shares a slice of life with au­di­ences in Twillingate

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY CHRIS­TINE HENNEBURY

From May to Septem­ber, Mike Sixonate per­forms six nights a week at the Cap­tain’s Pub at The Anchor Inn in Twillingate.

His job is to en­ter­tain tourists and lo­cals with songs, sto­ries and anec­dotes, but his role is far broader than that — Sixonate sees him­self as a cultural am­bas­sador.

“I feel the role I play is con­nect­ing trav­ellers with a win­dow into our cul­ture,” Sixonate said. “My show is a mix of com­edy, story, and song. It has no script, it has no con­crete set list. It just has a per­former and an au­di­ence.”

While he didn’t nec­es­sar­ily set out to do New­found­land themed ma­te­rial, Sixonate says he came to it quite nat­u­rally.

“I didn’t re­ally choose to per­form NL ma­te­rial per se, my writ­ing kind of evolved in that di­rec­tion over the last five or six years,” Sixonate said. “I love New­found­land and our his­tory and peo­ple. I am proud to be a New­found­lan­der and I think that my song writ­ing in re­cent years re­flects that.”

Sixonate, who has been per­form­ing and tour­ing for well over 10 years, started tak­ing the stage at the Anchor Inn last sum­mer after Glenda Tulk from Mu­sic NL in­tro­duced him to the own­ers, Deb­o­rah Bour­den and Wilma Hart­mann.

“We met a few times and dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­i­ties of me build­ing and cre­at­ing a show that was not only a true rep­re­sen­ta­tion of New­found­land and our her­itage, but also a good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of my mu­sic and sto­ries,” he said.

Shortly after those meet­ings, Sixonate be­gan per­form­ing six nights a week at the pub, en­gag­ing tourists from across the world.

“We are a wel­com­ing peo­ple and I think peo­ple travelling here feel that,” Sixonate said. “I have emails from peo­ple who have been moved by the hon­esty of the show. They leave with a feel­ing of mak­ing a gen­uine con­nec­tion with a home-grown New­found­lan­der.”

Strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion

Sixonate be­lieves that the arts are one of the key strengths of the tourism in­dus­try.

“I think ev­ery ma­jor tourism des­ti­na­tion in our prov­ince needs a strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion of artists from all kinds of dis­ci­plines,” he said. “We have un­de­ni­able tal­ent all over the prov­ince and I be­lieve that we as New­found­lan­ders aren’t afraid to ex­press our­selves in what­ever way we can.”

Mike Sixonate per­forms six nights a week at the Cap­tain’s Pub at the Anchor Inn in Twillingate. His al­bum ‘Rant and Rave’ will launch on June 18 and will be avail­able at his shows as well as via his web­site and all dig­i­tal plat­forms. For more in­for­ma­tion about Sixonate, his work, and his up­com­ing shows, please visit https://mike­sixonate.com/

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Mike Sixonate per­form­ing at The Anchor Inn in Twillingate

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Mike Sixonate is pre­par­ing to re­lease his new al­bum ‘Rant and Rave’.

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Mike Sixonate

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