Anita Best

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Anita Best
BornMerasheen Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Occupation(s)Singer, Teacher, Folklorist, Archivist, Broadcaster
LabelsAmber Music

Anita Best C.M. is a teacher, broadcaster, and well-known singer from the Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.[1]

With Genevieve Lehr, Best collected the songs for Come and I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, spending years travelling around the province collecting songs from anyone who cared to sing.[2]

In 2015 the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society awarded her their Lifetime Achievement Award.[3]

Best was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011. The citation read, in part, "As a singer, storyteller and archivist, she has been active in collecting and performing the songs and tales of her ancestors, ensuring this priceless cultural legacy is not lost to future generations."[4]


  • Some Songs (with Sandy Morris)
  • Crosshanded
  • The Color of Amber (with Pamela Morgan)
  • Amber Christmas (with Pamela Morgan and others)
  • Lately Come Over - Bristol's Hope
  • Eleven Eleven
Contributing artist


  1. ^ "Anita Best". Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  2. ^ Lehr, Genevieve; Best, Anita, eds. (2003). Come and I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division. Archived from the original on 2017-03-19. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  3. ^ Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society website.
  4. ^ "Order of Canada: Anita Best". The Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 18 March 2017.