A Newfoundlander In Canada: Always Going Somewhere, Always Coming Home by Alan DoyleA Newfoundlander In Canada: Always Going Somewhere, Always Coming Home by Alan Doyle

A Newfoundlander In Canada: Always Going Somewhere, Always Coming Home

byAlan Doyle

Hardcover | October 17, 2017

Pricing and Purchase Info

$29.32 online 
$32.95 list price save 11%
Earn 147 plum® points

Pre-order online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not yet available in stores


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.
ALAN DOYLE is a Canadian musician and actor, best known as a lead singer in the Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea. Doyle's first book, Where I Belong, published in 2014, was a national bestseller, and in 2015, Doyle released his second solo album, So Let's Go. Doyle lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Where I Belong
Where I Belong

by Alan Doyle


In stock online

Available in stores

Where I Belong Autographed Edition
Where I Belong Autographed Edition

by Alan Doyle


In stock online

Not available in stores

Fountain House: Creating Community in Mental Health Practice
Fountain House: Creating Community in Mental Health Practice

by Alan Doyle


Ships within 1-3 weeks

Not available in stores

Shop this author
Title:A Newfoundlander In Canada: Always Going Somewhere, Always Coming HomeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.3 × 6.2 × 0.9 inPublished:October 17, 2017Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385686196

ISBN - 13:9780385686198

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of A Newfoundlander In Canada: Always Going Somewhere, Always Coming Home


Editorial Reviews

Praise for Where I Belong: • "Excellent adventure. I feel like I've lived another's life." --Russell Crowe, actor/musician • "As Great Big Sea's frontman, Alan Doyle is exuberant, irreverent, hilariously funny and a heart-on-the-sleeve Newfoundlander. As a writer, he's all that and a bag of chips. Doyle's description of growing up on the hills and wharves of old world Petty Harbour is intimate, saucy and note-perfect. In his own words: Deadly." --Michael Crummey, award-winning author of Galore  • "Alternately laugh-out-loud funny, tearfully nostalgic and stunningly beautiful, the stories in Where I Belong have nothing to do with the famous and everything to do with the legendary. . . . The beating heart of life itself runs through this book." --Huffington Post