Le Carnaval – Entertainment!


Adam Walsh is a reporter for the St. John’s Morning Show, which broadcasts on CBC Radio One, but he also reports for CBC News: Here and Now and contributes to cbc.ca/nl.

Adam joined CBC in 2012 and has worked for various media both in Canada and South Korea. He holds a degree in Political Science from Memorial University and has spent time in the Navy Reserves as a bridge watchkeeper. Adam takes pride in his profession as a reporter and being able to tell the stories that are important to people.

He considers himself an accomplished breakfast cook with many specialties, among them being an avocado-poached egg with spices. Follow Adam Walsh on twitter: @adamfwalsh.


Blair Loveless has been involved with the Auctioneering business since 1989. He started working with John Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick’s Auctioneering just after high school and has thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the business ever since. He went to auctioneering school at Western School of Auctioneering in 1999 and attended Indiana University shortly after and received his Certified Auctioneers Institute designation. Blair purchased the company from John last year and has had a successful first year. Blair is also involved with many charitable organizations and continues to enjoy his job every day!

Circus Performers:

Danielle Knustgraichen from PEI picked up a hula hoop just over a year ago, and hasn’t been able to stop gyrating since. She’s recently begun working with fire. This is her first public performance (although you can often catch her practising in Bannerman Park).

Lana Louise Thorimbert is from Saskatchewan but has made St. John’s home for the past two years. She’s in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Nutrition Degree, and between studies has worked with fire for three years. This is Lana’s second time performing at Thrive’s Carnaval.

Danielle Aubut has been involved in the circus arts for over 10 years, enjoying the thrill of performing, teaching and coaching. A graduate of NECCA professional circus arts program, she was a 3rd place finisher at the PPS international aerial competition.

Victoria Howard has a true passion in performing aerial arts, beginning with Acro-Adix School of Acrobatics, and also Ecole du Cirque in Quebec. She performs static trapeze, doubles trapeze, aerial silks and Spanish web, and is constantly looking to better her skills and for new performing opportunities.

Cassandra McCarthy is pursuing a career in musical theater, singing for ten years and having been involved in many musicals such as Holy Heart Presents ‘My Son Pinocchio’ and ‘Willy Wonka’. She is expanding her repertoire of skills as an aerials artist, starting training in July of this year.

James Burke is from St. John’s and his crafts are object manipulation and character, which have taken him to stages in Germany, France, and the Vancouver Olympics. Trained in Germany and Montreal, James has a unique approach to his work which he is always happy to share.

Molly Graham started Aerial Arts while in her last year of high school and has been addicted to it ever since. She has been in shows “Vayu”, an aerial extravaganza from Holy Heart Productions. She is determined and excited, and can’t wait to show you what she loves to do!

Jonathan Butlerii has been involved in the acrobatics community since 2009, studying with Acro-Adix School of Acrobatics. He has been in many performances around the city and his aerial preferences lean towards Corde Lisee, Duo Trapeze and Flying Trapeze.

Princess Flame-ingo is a fire performer who got her start with Upward Mobility Jugglers. Her circus skills include: unicycling, stilt-walking, and all things fire (dancing, juggling, eating). Princess Flame-ingo is the mother of three daughters and is in her 3rd year of a Social Work degree.

Caution Candy is Princess Flame-ingo’s adventurous firecracker daughter who began her circus career early by attaching herself to the legs of her mother, then developing her skills in Beni Malone’s Mini-Bolt Circus Camps. Her current specialties are devil-sticking and stilt-walking.

Mark Webber began doing magic professionally in 2003, building up his career to the point where he has become one of the most requested entertainers in Newfoundland. He has performed at thousands of venues, perfecting his style of magic and blowing the minds of all who witness his feats!

Live Music:

Greg Bruce Jazz Band
Greg Bruce (Saxophone), Andrew McCarthy (Drums), Brian Way (Keyboard)

Greg Bruce is a woodwind player, educator, improviser, composer, and meditator raised, studied and based in St. John’s. With a Master of Music degree from MUN, Greg has studied with some of Canada’s most accomplished saxophonists including Wallace Halladay and Pat Labarbera. He has toured with such prominent groups as: East Rock Crew, the Idlers, Bay Town, and Wonderbolt Circus. He has played with orchestras in Toronto and St. John’s, and performs in festivals such as the Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival, Sound Symposium, the St. John’s Folk Festival, and Newfound Music.

Live Painter:

Sama Razavi was born in Iran and came to Canada in 2011. She attended the Fereydoon Art Institute, becoming an art instructor while still in high school, and was honored as a Persian Miniature Specialist from the Iranian Art Foundation. Sama teaches at the Art Association of Newfoundland and the Multicultural Women Organization and has been featured on various local news media. She is available to do face and body painting for corporate and private functions.

Sama will capture the essence of Le Carnaval on canvas during the early hours of the evening, and her painting will be part of the Live Auction which begins at 9:15pm.