New Secretly Canadian signee Stella Donnelly has given us an in-depth virtual tour of her home city of Fremantle, Australia.
It’s a port town with heritage architecture and a pretty diverse culture. I love Fremantle because we are one of four cities in Australia to be ‘condemned’ and ‘sternly spoken to’ by our Prime Minister for moving our annual Australia Day celebrations to a day that is more inclusive of our Aboriginal community - if you’re not sure what I’m talking about I would suggest googling it. I feel like Fremantle’s motto should be ‘good people break bad laws’. I’m probably going to cop some hate from the feral white patriotic bogans for saying that, but what’s new.
Western Australian bands include Tame Impala, Methyl Ethel, Pond, San Cisco, and an avalanche of new artists. We are also the home of a group called Women of Music Production Perth (WOMPP) which provides a nurturing platform for women to use Ableton and we’ve already seen some incredible artists come out of this group such as Feels, Jamilla, and Your Girl Pho.
The bustling Old Shanghai in Fremantle is the perfect for people-watching, Best Wishes cafe in Fremantle is so good, Francoforte in Northbridge has your pasta hookups, and Wild Bakery in South Fremantle is the best.
For me it’s Mojos because there’s always a band playing but some other nice places are The Local in South Fremantle or if you don’t mind breaking the law take some beers to Monument Hill and watch the sunset.
Our mayor Brad Pettit who supports the music scene here, Kate Daniel who is part of an amazing organisation called Safer Venues WA which is working really hard to drop harassment rates in our pubs and clubs, and Jules Western who has an amazing clothing line called Hickey Hardware... but the best local heroes, for me, are the dogs that run up and down South Beach every day.
There’s always an argument about whether the cranes at the port look like dinosaurs or giraffes. People who say giraffes are idiots and need to get their eyes checked!
Walk, bus, cycle because parking is a bit of a nightmare.
The Doctor - which is short for the Fremantle Doctor which describes the sea breeze that comes in from the ocean most afternoons, sometimes bringing with it smells from the boats that have left the port .Some of these smells are great, some of them not so much... it’s all part of the charm I guess?
South or Leighton Beach.
The smell of the ships that carry live cows and sheep to China and other places, it’s pretty hard to ignore the cruelty when you can smell the piss and shit coming from the boats. It’s a divisive issue over here because live export supports our farming industry.