Counting Crowes in St. John’s

Actor and musician Russell Crowe seems to be making St. John’s, NL, his second home.


In August, Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer were on the Rock to help out pal Alan Doyle (frontman for Great Big Sea) with benefit concerts for the local theatre community. While there, Crowe and Doyle also released their latest collaboration, The Crowe/Doyle Songbook Vol. III. They have been pals for years, since Doyle produced Crowe’s album, My Hand, My Heart, in 2006.

Crowe hasn’t forgotten his acting career, as he will also guest star on the upcoming third-season premiere of Republic of Doyle, Newfoundland actor and writer Alan Hawco’s hit CBC television series. Filmed in St. John’s, the series sees Doyle reprising his role as a convict and Crowe playing his scruffy-looking colleague. The season premiere of Republic of Doyle airs in January across Canada. In the meantime, if you want to follow the ex-Gladiator’s footsteps around St. John’s, here are a few places he was spotted around town.

O’Reilly’s Pub

Back in 2005, Crowe and Doyle took to the stage for an impromptu performance on open mike night at this popular watering hole on George Street.

Hava Java

Crowe, with Spencer and their two kids in tow, spent several days in the Newfoundland capital. He mingled in the city, stopping with Doyle at this downtown spot for a latte.

Chafe’s Landing

After biking 32 kilometres from the city to Petty Harbour, Crowe stopped for a lunch of local pan-fried cod at Chafe’s Landing and happily posed for photos. Crowe tweeted later that “after a late night with @alanthomasdoyle” the bike ride was a “brutal awakening.”


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