Pick of the Day (Tomorrow Edition): Support the Novia

The Novia Cafe is a long-standing institution in downtown Regina. Fronting 12th Ave. across from Victoria Park, it’s been hit pretty hard by all the construction that’s been going on for the planned City Square Project.

Once the Square is complete, the cafe will be well-positioned to take advantage of increased activity in the area. For the time being, though, its suffering a downturn in business.

To help the Novia out, a group of local muscians are getting together tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to perform at the cafe. Included will be Belle Plaine, Brandy Moore, Dustin Ritter and more. So if you happen to be in the area, stop in for something to eat and listen to them perform.

And be sure to check out the art on the walls too. It’s by the late Roger Ing (pictured with Regina 5 member Art McKay on the far left) who ran another legendary Regina eatery on Dewdney Ave. called Utopia Cafe. The show draws on work collected by Jack Severson over the years, and will be on display until summer.

Musically tonight, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald is playing at the Exchange. Also on the bill are local pop rockers Carl & the College Kids. To close, here’s the video for Fitzgerald’s “Care For You“.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

17 thoughts on “Pick of the Day (Tomorrow Edition): Support the Novia”

  1. I ate breakfast there 2 mornings ago and it was absolutely fantastic–the eggs overeasy were cooked perfectly and were just bulging. The little potato-chipped hashbrowns were crispy, toast as good as toast should be, and the ham (I chose ham) fine. $5.25 all said and done. The only thing extra is tip. There were 2 other people in the house. Brutal! We talked about whether all the publicity has actually scared people off–has it created a stigma around going to the Novia, like it’s now a statement? Or, do people have an impression now that it’s “too difficult” to get to??? IT’S NOT!

    I am happy to report a businessman walked in and reserved a section for 12 for lunch the day after. We surmised there must be 20,000-45,000 people working downtown any given day…they should do their part!

    We asked the server about their broken window–some idiot smashed it over the holidays. That’s a big expensive window. I’d be willing to contribute to a fund just to fix the window.

    We need to preserve the Novia. You just gotta know the vultures are circling overhead, eyeing up that property for redevelopment.

  2. I like to think of a time when a mother of 3 from Whitmore Park, say, would have jumped in her car while the kids were at school and driven all the way downtown just to spend a few precious hours free time breakfasting/reading at the Novia Cafe. I’m sure it happened.

  3. It was good to see some pd staff there for lunch a week ago yesterday, My party enjoyed the clubhouse sandwiches on rye.

  4. I can’t make the Friday event, but I will be back next week for lunch. Best of luck! If Novia set up a donation box for fixing the window, I’d put money in it. Also, is that artwork for sale? Novia should look at diversifying, if they haven’t already. Sell artwork, take a commission.

  5. I only spotted Paul as he and the others were on their way out, so I didn’t quite have time to say hi.

  6. The REAL best burger in town is the Novia Burger. Now everyone go eat one and tell me if I’m right.

  7. If Anthony Bourdain did a show on Regina…well, it would suck…BUT, the good parts would include feasts at the Novia Cafe and Bushwakker, and visits to Italian Star and Ngoc Van. So it wouldn’t suck. But he would give sneering mention to our fondness for Kelsey’s, Moxie’s-type fare.

  8. I receive only $162 dollars in provincial disability benefits for over 33 years of tax paying and decreasing

    A livable and dignified standard of life is guaranteed under our constitution .
    C p p and O a p and Federal and Provincial Disability are more then $700 a month less then the poverty level and are criminally underfunded .
    The Province of BC has abandoned the disabled pushed them onto federal benefits and reduce there benefits to nearly nothing ripping off every one that spent a life time paying taxes . Grey power must rise again or we will all live our golden years or for the disabled struggle with the disability while living in poverty .
    AWWWWWWWH !!!!!!

    Today The federal government gave us a miserly raise in our C P P disability to reflect the cost of living increases and again the Province of British Columbia reduced our Provincial Disability by the same amount .This has happened over and over in the 6 years I have been disabled and on benefits . This is cruel treatment of the weakest citizens .


  9. The Aristocratic filthy rich has sat on the top of human societies since the beginning of history they allow us the illusion of democracy .They are maggots parasites they sit upon the working classes and suck up all the resources and give nothing back in return ,sick with greed,impoverishing the host .we beat them back in the 50s 60s and 70s had a huge comfortable emerging middle class no homeless,hospitals and mental institutions fully funded ,but since 1975 the right wing lackeys have supported the reemergence of the Aristocratic class to the determent of us all. they receive more money in welfare from the taxpayers then all the disabled , seniors ,welfare and unemployment insurance recipients all added together .it is the same old crowd not happy doing well better then all other citizens they must see homeless ,starving and neglected persons and they are still not satisfied .Now they are out to cut back on working class education and continue to bust the unionized workers .

  10. America looks Stupid to the world community
    USA is having an economic melt down and they wonder why!!!
    Hell USA you have had two wars lasting 10 years at the cost of trillions that have been total failures have been a total wast of cash except to enrich the war mongols that run the military industrial complex ,USA has given the richest citizens at the same time ob-seen tax breaks for 8 solid years and it is to continue !!!You have given billions away to Corporate parasites in the hope they will do the right thing for the country and they have acted treason-ably by taking those monies and moving their manufacturing plants to your enemies strengthening them and weakening you tossing millions of workers out on the street ,allowing the banking parasites to foreclose and rape your middle class and working class ,while at the same time the wealthy American Parasites party and flaunt there riches to the world .
    To solve the problems caused by this insane actions you turn on your children destroying your school systems that has been underfunded forever as the rich parasites send their kids to private schools and claim the cost as tax breaks again getting the middle and working classes to pay the bill .You are now not paying pensions earned by firemen ,police ,teachers ,civil servants!!! Have you all gone mad Down there .
    Our Prime Minister has followed along like a good puppet.It is time we stopped wasting the lives of our soldiers and the billions being spent to destroy the last tribal area in the world The Russians wasted there youth there also .MR Harper stop being an American bring our troops home you have wasted their lives on a fruitless venture that has totally failed .
    We do not need to follow the insane and stupid Americans as they destroy themselves .

    Parasites = they sit on the host suck up the resources and give nothing in return greedy and worthless as they impoverish the host .

  11. Why world wide unrest?
    The simple facts about why civil unrest is a world wide problem.The gap between the haves and have not s is so great and the suffering is so great that the unwanted forgotten people the poor in every country is ready to explode .Yes it can happen here in Canada and in the USA .The greedy rich and the government puppets controlled by them think we the people are vermin and have a plan to exterminate 3/4 of us once they achieve the fascist one world government of the rich we all must rise up and get rid of the old aristocracy that controls the banks and the governments of the world .it is the unquenchable greed of this ruling and wealthy class that is destabilizing the world in preparation to manufacture consent to create the screening masses calling “something must be done “and the answer then will be the totalitarian one world government culling the world back to 100,000 million of the wealthiest .with robots this class dose not need the masses any longer and like the Irish 100 or so years ago we all must go because they don’t need us to labour any longer .We all must rise up or be lost to plagues and pestilence blood and death loosed upon us by that ruling class that has had us all by the balls throughout history .The greedy rich want us working classes and poor to die .

  12. Utopian Democracy / Tony Mclntyre 2008
    Utopian Democracy
    Tony Mclntyre 2008
    Declaration: Mankind is sovereign upon the earth, the earth and all its resources are the property of all the people of the earth. We have no alternative but to change from the robber Barron competitive system of power influence and patronage that has persisted from the first human organizations /societies. To a more cooperative constitutional direct democracy ,were the power rests with the masses and the politician and bureaucracy is to serve the people rather then lead the people .A system of social order and governance that sets as it priority to respond to the needs of the people in a way that ensures the freedom of the people and create the economy and an infrastructure that ensures that all humanity has what they need to live a free and productive life with the resources to comfortably support their needs and the needs of their families. Free from the unfair advantages that have limited many to the advantage of the few .We must gain control of our Governments from the wealthy elite that dominate and control our economies .Our Government must serve the people ,collect taxes and provide fully funded un-corrupted fare ,health care system, educational system, economy and labour laws that ensure fair pay and benefits (no working poor).Judicial system and honest police forces to protect the people and keep the peace .With the checks and balances built in to systematically review and respond to complaints and inequities in the system to keep all systems functioning honestly and moving towards a society with a more perfect peace justice ,and a more perfect freedom. No poor no illiterate ,no homeless, no war .
    We the people must assert out right and rule fairly structured and with the right
    attitude mankind can and must rise to the challenge and to grow up and husband
    develop and fairly distribute the earth resources.we are collectively smart enough to
    figure out how to create enough wealth that no one on earth need to be hungry,alone,ignorant or homeless ,or sick.
    The shameful dominance and saver and deadly exploitation of the masses of
    humanity at the hands of the few ultra rich and greedy powerful must stop .the
    pressure on the masses of humanity world wide are about to erupt into global war as
    the strangle hold is applied and the world elite strangle the population of the world to
    feed their sick need to not just do well but the need to see others starving –

  13. Utopian Democracy / Tony Mclntyre 2011/overview
    Utopian Democracy/overview
    1.Is Constitutional, free market ,system.
    2.Has a Bill of Rights
    3.Direct Democracy The people ratify government proposals /electronic voting /
    4.ISO watch dog agency separate from government observes and reports to government and the people
    5.Truly free press
    6.Utopian democracy strives to more perfectly serve the needs of the people.
    Strives for a more perfect Justice ,Peace ,Harmony .For every one .

    Every human institution has a guiding mission statement or philosophy. Yet there is no specific global plan for Humanity’s future. Without a plan, happenstance determines destination. Instead of leaving its fate up to chance, Humanity should select its own destination.

    Since Utopia is the best Humanity can perceive, Utopia should be Humanity’s guiding philosophy. This ultimate philosophy of striving for the best life possible for everyone, can be one global element of common sense and common purpose in an otherwise complex and fragmented world. Utopian philosophy can be the goal that unites the world for good and noble actions.

    Start your Utopian Democratic movement and strive for a better world for us all .

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