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Meet The Guardian's new entertainment columnist

Julia Cook will put her own entertaining spin on a host of events ranging from drag shows to gallery openings for The Guardian this summer.
Julia Cook will put her own entertaining spin on a host of events ranging from drag shows to gallery openings for The Guardian this summer. - Jim Day

Julia Cook will write a new entertainment column for The Guardian starting June 8


P.E.I. is an entertaining place.

Julia Cook will be taking her pad and pen to a host of nooks and crannies to bring to The Guardian readers a colorful taste of what is available across the Island for a pleasing outing.

Cook, 30, of Charlottetown will put her own entertaining spin on a host of events ranging from drag shows to gallery openings.

“We’ve tasked Julia with finding those incredible entertainment stories off the beaten path, in places where we don’t go now, profiling people that don’t necessarily get our attention now,’’ Wayne Thibodeau, regional managing editor for The Guardian, says in describing Cook’s weekly column that begins Friday, June 8.

“Julia will be in places like Baba’s Lounge, a popup art gallery, or at a campground music night.’’

Cook says she will be on the prowl for gems that are perhaps well-kept secrets or interesting, newly launched events.

“It’s not necessarily like a review column,’’ she explains.

“I think it’s going to be a little lighthearted. I’m open to doing fun takes on stories...I will try to take a little bit of a first-person point of view.’’

Cook, who has been involved in arts from a young age, is fond of intimate shows in cozy venues like the time she saw award-winning P.E.I. singer-songwriter Rose Cousins a handful of years ago entertaining at St. Paul’s Church in Charlottetown.

“That’s my ideal event to cover because it’s intimate (and) it’s in a neat location,’’ she says.

Cook has more than eight years’ experience in journalism, including working five years with CBC in Prince Edward Island in radio, television and online. She spent a couple years as a reporter for CBC in Newfoundland and Labrador as well.

She also worked as a communications and events manager in Corner Brook, Nfld.

In addition to tapping out her weekly column in The Guardian, Cook plans to do freelance writing for other publications.

She will be immersed in the business of entertaining by taking care of the marketing for the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown this season. She will also scare up business doing ghost tours in Georgetown.

Cook welcomes story ideas and suggestions by email at matsyliving@gmail.com.

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