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Anita Best

Anita Best

Box 69

Norris Point, NL A0K 3V0

Phone: 709 458 2330

Work : 709 458 3014

FAX : 709 458 2065

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Anita Best is well known in the Newfoundland traditional scene. Her involvement in research, teaching, broadcasting and her position as one of Newfoundland's most talented traditional singers puts her at the heart of this scene.

Anita Best grew up on an island in Placentia Bay, which was closed down during Newfoundland's community re-settlement program, under then premier Joey Smallwood. This early life in one of Newfoundland's most culturally rich regions inspired her to attempt to document and interpret a traditional culture which seemed to be departing in tandem with the disappearing communities. Initially Best began professional work as a classroom teacher, later becoming an oral historian and archivist and eventually moving into careers as diverse as radio broadcasting, professional recording and university level instruction.

Anita Best was the host and writer of a local CBC radio series, "A Little Ball of Yarns" in 1995-98 which served as a means for her to continue her much loved oral tradition but it is her ballad singing for which she is best known. Best has been recorded on a dozen albums and has two complete works to her credit, the award-winning “Color of Amber", with Pamela Morgan, and "Crosshanded". "Crosshanded", Best's collection of twelve traditional unaccompanied Newfoundland songs, has received national and international acclaim. Her production company, Newfoundland Voices, has a 12-year history of presenting Newfoundland musicians and writers in exotic ad unusual locations, including the WW2 bunkers at Cape Spear. Anita Best's thoughtful interpretation of traditional songs has enriched and extended an art form she has devoted her life to preserving. She performs for adults and young adults as well as offering workshops for adults, and is willing to travel.

Anita tours in Canada, the UK and the USA as a storyteller and singer, and also freelances as a consultant and professional researcher. She currently lives in western Newfoundland not far from her daughter Kate.

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