The Ship Pub
Enter through a plain red door along a nearly hidden alleyway to discover a space where some of Canada’s most celebrated musicians hang out and perform. You’re in The Ship Pub, the bastion of art and culture in the city of St. John’s for almost forty years. St. John’s longest running live music venue is the home of Music NL Open Mic every Monday and Folk Night every Wednesday.
Over the years The Ship’s rich musical history has been evident by the talent featured over the years. From Figgy Duff, Ron Hynes, The Ennis Sisters, Damhnait Doyle, Amelia Curran, Denis Parker, Duane Andrews and Kim Stockwood to Hey Rosetta, The Novaks, Alan Doyle, The Thomas Trio, The Once, Fortunate One’s and many many others. Anyone who is anyone has played The Ship!
The venue is also no stranger to touring acts as well featuring the likes of Joel Plaskett, Matt Anderson, Ben Caplan, Wintersleep, BA Johnson, Arkells, Sarah Harmer, Steve Poltz, Daniel Lanois, David Francey, Hawksley Workman, Rose Cousins, Sarah Slean and Old Man Luedecke to name but a few. If The Ship was in Toronto they would call it The Horseshoe II. The Ship treats its artists like gold! Great PA, lighting, technicians and the only dressing room you’ll ever find with two deep fat fryers. With a capacity of 150 and all door proceeds (100%) always going to the artist, The Ship is and always will be about the artist succeeding musically and financially.
Times change and new established and emerging artists are gracing The Ship stage. In the last year alone Ship audiences have been entertained by the likes of: Soap Opera, Property, Rube & Rake, High & Lonesome, Dormitories, Townhouse, Park Day, Land of the Lakes, Fur Packed Action, Mark Bragg, Ouroboros, The Kubasonics, Hear/Say, Weary, John, Rum Ragged, The Burning Hell, Vibe Galore, Rough Hands, Dave Whitty, Claire Follett, Kellie Loder, Sherry Ryan, Hot x Proxy, Fairgale, Waterfront Fire, Quote The Raven, Trend, Fretboard Journey, Earle & Coffin and tons more.
The Ship also hosts and/or assists many other cultural events over the years including Sound Symposium, The Nickel Film Festival, The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Festival of New Dance, Lawnya Vawnya as well as many book launches and poetry readings. Plus fundraising shows for local charitable organizations and individuals in need are always welcome at The Ship and always will be. Finally, The Ship was just named one of the Top Ten music venues in Canada by Canadian Beats magazine