It'€™s How I Spent Me Youth: Scene, Subculture, and Community in the St. John's Peace-A-Chord Festival

Lay Summary 

The Peace-a-Chord festival in St. John’s has been an important platform for local alternative music and social justice issues since its inception in 1985, made possible through youth volunteers and grassroots fundraising. Through ethnographic research (or research based on participating in community events and on talking to people) and a focus on subculture and on scene (i.e. the kinds of social interactions typical within the subculture), this paper juxtaposes the nostalgic narratives of past festivals with the harsh reality of today, as the festival finds itself increasingly more maligned.

Paper given at a joint meeting of the American Folklore Society and the Folklore Studies Association of Canada, 2007

Departments 
Folklore
Communities 
St. John's
Locations 
Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada
Themes 
Music
Culture
Industry Sectors 
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports and Related Industries
Start date 
1 Jan 2007