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Marian studied journalism at Carleton University and went on to produce historical documentaries. In 1996 she published her first book of poetry, Skinny Dipping. Marian 
is also the owner and operator of Fire Crown Productions, a Canadian film company.
Marian enjoys the opportunity to share her work at home in St. John's, Newfoundland
or wherever her work takes her.


Firecrown Productions

Fire Crown is a Canadian Film and Video Entertainment company that incorporated under the laws of Newfoundland, Canada in 2002. It is designed to produce, direct, write, photograph, perform, manage and market original films, videos, books, and live performances. Through its productions, Fire Crown endeavors to entertain, educate and provide information to the public and private sector. Fire Crown promotes the artistic talents of artists and provides an outlet for artists and their work. We strive to provide the physical and creative support for artists to develop and work on quality films and videos.

Fire Crown is owned and operated by Marian Frances White and is run by a board of directors who oversee the activities of the company. Fire Crown has produced several successful, award-winning films including Tricksters, a film that takes the viewer to the remote Innu aboriginal communities of Labrador where they celebrate their aboriginal culture. In October 2005, Fire Crown released Stealing Mary, a CSI-style docu drama about the demise of the Beothuk Indians of Newfoundland. Fire Crown has two other films to its credit that include Fool Proof, a history of clown and circus life and an historical docu-drama called The Untold Story of the suffragists of Newfoundland.

We are currently working on a TV mini series, Father's Pride. Please contact Marian This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Current Work

Sights Before Christmas, a half hour TV Special released in 2018.

sights before christmasSights Before Christmas is a half hour TV Special based on the adventures of the young boy, Barnaby Doyle. Sights is based on the popular book of the same title by writers Marian Frances White and Beni Malone. The book is illustrated by the Slovenian artist, Darka Erdelji. Her unique and award winning style of illustration lends itself exquisitely to animation.

Sights Before Christmas takes us on the adventures of the main character Barnaby Doyle, a fun-loving kid who, like most children around Christmas time, is about to come out of his skin with excitement. Barnaby has a plan to stay awake all night so he will not miss one minute of magic. Barnaby puts on popular Christmas music and even sings along with carolers who drop by his window. However, as much as Barnaby tries to keep his eyes open, he cannot stay awake.

As Barnaby drifts into sleep, he has dreams filled with madcap traditional Christmas Mummers, the Turkish Knight, old Father Christmas himself, the bold-but-not-so-bright Sir George, his faithful hobby-horse, Fred, and, of course, the wild traveling medicine man, Dr. Pepperoni. After the Mummers playful characters disappear, Barnaby's dream shifts into high gear with a whirlwind visit from Evergreen, a sparkling Christmas Elf who transforms his room into a Christmas wonderland before vanishing into a puff of smoke…Barnaby wakes to share the joy of Christmas with one and all.




Father's Pride


Father's Pride is told through the original diary of Nellie Hann, nee Walker, written from her ocean view desk in California. The Walker family worked in the London Royal household for generations. Her grandfather, Frederick Walker, was courier for Queen Victoria. His father had been personal bodyguard for Her Majesty and his austere wife, Ellen, her lady-in-waiting. 

The dapper, young Arthur Walker, Nellie's father, was educated at Oxford. His education and love of music inspired him to dream of a more independent life. Arthur falls in love with the high-spirited Mina Tosh whose elegant needlework graced the Royal linens. After Mina's unexpected pregnancy, they elope to escape the formality of life in the Royal palaces and parental disapproval for new adventure and opportunity in Canada. In 1903, Montreal , Arthur, who is fluent in French, enjoys success as a pianist and purveyor of sheet music and musical instruments. They are blessed and they are cursed as they find success and grieve great loss. By 1910, after an embezzlement scandal, Arthur and Nellie arrive in St. John's, Newfoundland where Mina's sister, Lydia, had settled a decade earlier. 

Nellie is growing into a beautiful young woman and is her father's pride and joy and except for his musical tours and frequent flirtations, they are inseparable. Arthur hires Mary Jane Windsor as companion to 16 year old Nellie to help run his business, and care for her, while he is away. Mary Jane is barely two years Nellie's senior and they become fast friends without Nellie knowing that Arthur has proposed marriage. Father's Pride follows the years and combined effort of Nellie's and Mary Jane's daughters to bring about a bittersweet reunion between Arthur and Nellie.

Please contact Marian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Island Vegan

island vegan cookbookIn Island Vegan, Newfoundland’s original trailblazing vegan chef, Marian Frances White, returns with over 100 beautiful and utterly mouthwatering plant-based recipes. Using readily available ingredients with a blend of local and international flavours, Marian provides everything you need, whether you’re a committed vegan or just starting out. Here you’ll find soups, salads, sauces, smoothies, pastries, pancakes, main dishes, delectable desserts, and much more. And there are full-colour photographs to help you create the perfect setting.

Order from: Breakwater Books

 The following recipes were taken from the Eldamar Cookbook written by Marian:


Eldamar Veggie Paté


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Pre boil 2 cups of water and set aside to cool


Using a food processor blend the following until fine:

2 ½ cups flour (rice, spelt, whole wheat) or whatever combination you prefer

1 ½ cups sunflower seeds or 1 cup sunflower seeds and ½ cup sesame seeds


Pour the above into a large stainless steel mixing bowl


Measure and add the following:

2 cups nutritional yeast (not brewers yeast)

1 tbsp each of thyme, basil and oregano

1 tbsp Newfoundland savory

1 tbsp Protein Seasoning (a vegetable seasoning put out by Bernard Jensen and used as a salt substitute. Available at Food For Thought or Healthy Choices)


In the food processor blend until smooth:


¼ cup lemon juice

¼ cup tamari soy sauce

1 cup sunflower oil or other light oil

6 medium onions

4 large potatoes (scrubbed and cleaned, leave skins on)


After blending for four to five minutes combine wet ingredients in bowl with dry mixture.


Add up to 2 cups of boiled water that is by now cool

Mix well and pour into two oiled Pyrex or stainless steel pans (one 9” X 12” pan and one 5” X 8” pan)

Makes two 1"Patés

Bake for 50 minutes. Cool before cutting.

Serve warm or spread cool on crackers as you would regular pate.



Marian Frances White©


Apple Streusel-Berry Muffin


Preheat oven to 400"

Measure and pour the following ingredients

into a mixing bowl:


2 cups organic spelt flower

2 tbsp. coconut sugar

1/2 cup quinoa flakes

½ tsp sea salt

1 tbsp no-alum baking powder


In measuring cup hand mix till smooth:

1 tbsp. egg replacer with

¼ cup spring water

Stir in:

¼ cup sunflower oil

Gradually add 1 cup soy milk to fill the measuring cup.

Hand blend till moist. Do not over blend.

Add a little more soy milk if mixture needs more moisture.


Cut in one diced organic apple. Stir enough to mix.

Add 3/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen.

Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.

Sprinkle with topping below.



In a small bowl crumble together these ingredients:

1/4 cup organic brown sugar

2 tbsp organic spelt flour

2 tbsp sunflower oil or vegetable margarine


Sprinkle a small amount over the top of each muffin.

End with a wisp of cinnamon


Bake for 25 minutes.


Serve warm with blueberry jam.

Created during a rainy May 24th weekend, 2006



Eldamar is out of print. Marian's latest cookbook that incorporates many updated recipes from Eldamar can be found in Island Vegan, released in 2019.


Eldamar Wild Blueberry Juice

In a stainless steel boiler, bring 4 quarts of spring water to a boil
Add 2 quarts or 8 cups of freshly picked blueberries
Bring berries to a boil
Reduce heat and simmer for twenty minutes
Allow to cool in boiler for about 1 hour
Strain off berries
Add ½ cup of Quebec maple syrup to liquid
Bottle in sterilized bottles and place in fridge
Drink at least one cup daily

Note: This recipe also works great with frozen blueberries.
The juice may be frozen but do not fill jars to the top
Juice will keep well in the fridge for up to one week


Marian Frances White©


In 2013 Marian undertook achieving a lifelong passion of hers – reflexology certification. After 600 hours of training and practical work, in May 2013 Marian received her diploma from the Footsteps School of Reflexology, based in Toronto. Marian is a member of the Atlantic Canada Association of Reflexology Therapists and is a certified member of the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists (A.N.N.)

Three days each each (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) Marian has a Reflexology practice where she skillfully massages away tension in the face, hands or feet. To book an appointment email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 763-6462.

Here’s what one of her clients had to say after a session:

“My work requires me to stand all day and after reflexology the swelling in my ankles is much improved, toe pain is gone and the general circulation is amazingly better.” J R


Reflexology Therapist for Feet, Hands and Face

Marian practices reflexology in her loft studio where she skillfully massages away tension in people’s feet.

Book your one hour or 90 minute session with Marian by calling 763-6462 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Massage away tension, pain and other physical discomforts with Reflexology or foot therapy. Reflexology uses the healing touch of the hands to apply pressure to certain zones on the feet. It is based on the knowledge that there are reflexes on different parts of the feet which correspond to organs in all parts of the body.

When these reflexes are stimulated by gentle but firm touch, the body’s natural energy moves along the nervous system to clear any blockages. Reflexology breaks up deposits (felt as if sand were in your feet) which otherwise interferes with the natural flow of the body’s energy. By manipulating these reflexes, the reflexologist removes stress and increases circulation that enables the body to return to a state of calm.

  • Benefits of Reflexology:
  • Relaxation with the removal of stress.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Complements all other healing therapies.

People of all ages can benefit from a half hour or one hour reflexology session.